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Maha legislature’s winter session from tomorrow; oppn may raise farm loan waiver issue

Over a dozen new bills are likely to be tabled in both Houses of the Maharashtra legislature in the winter session beginning here from Monday.The opposition parties are expected to corner the BJP- led government on a host of issues, including the farm loan waiver.The session in Nagpur, the second capital of Maharashtra, will go on for two weeks.State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat has already issued the schedule for the winter session.”Our government will table 13 new bills in both the Houses during the two weeks of the legislature starting on December 11. Besides, 11 ordinances are also going to be tabled for approval,” Bapat earlier said.Also readBJP MLA writes to CM Fadnavis over unemployment, lack of industrial growthThe Shiv Sena is part of the BJP-led ruling coalition, while the Congress and the Sharad Pawar-led NCP are the main opposition parties.Ahead of the session, the BJP received a boost when its candidate won a bypoll to the Legislative Council with more votes than the numbers in favour of the ruling coalition, indicating a crack in the opposition ranks.Also readCM Devendra Fadnavis’s ‘heavy’ chopper sheds his cook to flyPrasad Lad won 209 votes when the combined BJP-Shiv Sena tally of MLAs was 184 in the 288-member Lower House.It clearly means Lad got 25 additional votes from the opposition parties, presumably from the Congress, the NCP and also smaller parties and independents.The members of the Assembly formed the electoral college for the vacant seat in the Upper House

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2G Spectrum Case: Court to pronounce verdict on Dec 21; A Raja says have faith in judiciary

The Patiala House Court on Tuesday set December 21 as the date for the verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.The ED had filed a charge sheet in April 2014 against 19 people, including Raja, Kanimozhi, Shahid Balwa, Vinod Goenka, Asif Balwa, Rajiv Aggarwal, Karim Morani and Sharad Kumar, in connection with a money laundering case relating to the scam.”I am not a judge, I am a law abiding citizen, I faced trial & have faith in the judiciary,” said A Raja when asked about the verdict.Also readCommission approves extension of spectrum payment time to 16 yearsIn its charge sheet filed against former telecom minister A Raja, DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi and others in 2011, the CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs. 30,984 crore in the allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum.All the accused, who are out on bail, have denied the allegations levelled against them by the CBI.Also readTrai starts process for next round of spectrum auction, including 5G
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CM the only beneficiary of this govt, says Uddhav Thackeray

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Coming down heavily on advertisement campaign of Mee Labhaarthi (I am the beneficiary) by Devendra Fadnavis led Government in the state, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday accused the CM and Chandrakant Patil of being the “only real beneficiaries” of this government.He was addressing a farmers’ rally at Karve in Vita of Sangli district. Thackeray had criticized Fadnavis Government on Saturday night during a rally at Miraj. He is on a Western Maharashtra tour.Criticising the government for the advertisement campaign, Thackeray said, “This entire campaign is based on false claims. This campaign is for misguiding the people of the state and Fadnavis along with Chandrakant Patil are real beneficiaries because people have given them mandate.’Minister of state for Water Resources Vijay Shivtare, MLC Anil Babar, Lok Sabha MP Gajanan Kirtikar, Zilla Parishad vice-president and Nitin Bangude-Patil were present on the dais.Stating that he was not interested in becoming Chief Minister of the state, Thackeray said that but he would ensure that Shiv Sena chief minister comes to power in the state. He cautioned the Government that if farmers’ issues are unresolved, he would take it to the streets.Recounting BJP’s slogan of ‘Kuthe Neun Thevlaay Maharashtra Majha’ during the assembly elections which was aimed at criticizing Congress and NCP in the state, Thackeray SAID, `We had supported BJP to bring Aache Din but when I am touring the state I have realized as to where have these people taken my Maharashtra now.’Thackeray said nothing has changed in the past three years and the government is still completing water schemes that were started in 1995 when a Shiv Sena chief minister at the helm. Pointing out that despite Chief Minister’s directions to reduce power rates, his orders are trashed by officers and if the government is ruining the farmers, farmers would not hesitate to pull down this government.Taking a dig at NCP president Sharad Pawar for his criticism of Sena for being in Government and criticizing Government, Thackeray said, `BJP and Sena are two different political parties but Pawar had back-stabbed his own leader late Vasantdada Patil to topple his Government. Pawar who criticized Sonia Gandhi for her foreign origin later became her sycophant. Pawar should not teach Shiv Sena since Pawar is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Guru.’SLAMS PAWARUddhav attacked NCP chief Sharad Pawar over his criticism of Sena for being in a part of the government He said BJP and Sena are two different parties, but Pawar had back-stabbed his own leader Vasantdada Patil

Sharad Pawar was kicked out of Congress by Sonia, still he served her for 15 years: Uddhav Thackeray

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today hit out at NCP chief Sharad Pawar, saying that Pawar `served’ Sonia Gandhi for 15 years despite being kicked out by the Congress president from her party in 1999.Thackeray addressed a rally at Sangli in western Maharashtra, ahead of the Sangli Miraj Kupwad municipal corporation election.”Today Pawar said he had not seen a coalition government such as ours (Sena-BJP) where we criticise the BJP but stay in power. He should know that both the parties are separate since inception. It was you, who back-stabbed then Congress chief minister Vasantdada Patil to become chief minister of Maharashtra. I haven’t seen a leader like you.”Shiv Sena criticises BJP if there is a mistake and we both are capable of sorting it out. Pawar should not worry about it. Pawar did not leave the party, in fact he was kicked out of the Congress by Sonia Gandhi, still he served her for (the next) 15 years,” the Shiv Sena leader said, in reference to NCP’s subsequent alliance with the Congress.Pawar, while paying tributes to the first chief minister of Maharashtra late Yashvantrao Chavan at Karad this morning, took potshots at the Sena. “Shiv Sena is stuck to the power as if by adhesive. I have not seen such coalition government where one party continues to criticise another,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi’s calls to Sharad Yadav sealed Congress-Vasava deal in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was two phone calls made by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav that sealed the deal between the Congress and Chhotubhai Vasava’s Bhartiya Tribal Party for Gujarat assembly polls days after wrangling.The deal was finally done this week but not without tantrums and a fair amount of troubleshooting.Sources say that Congress, which was looking at Vasava, working state President of Sharad Yadav-led faction of JDU as a natural ally in Gujarat assembly polls after the latter’ decisive vote tilted the scale in favour of its veteran Ahmed Patel in Rajya Sabha elections in August, was in for a rude shock as Vasava made a demand for 25 seats.For Congress, a tie-up with Vasava, a consecutive six-term MLA from Jhagadia assembly seat in Bharuch, the home town of Ahmed Patel, was important as Vasava exercised considerable influence on tribal votes even beyond Jhagadia.Congress, which had earlier offered up to three seats to Vasava was baffled as Vasava demanded 25 seats, saying that the influence of his Bhilistan Sena and Bhartiya Tribal Party spreads across East Gujarat.
ALSO READ Gujarat elections 2017: Why Rahul Gandhi’s temple visits may not bear fruit in DwarkaLeaders from Vasava camp had, however, indicated that he would settle for 15 seats. That was also too much for Congress to share.Congress general secretary in-charge for Gujarat Ashok Gehlot and Congress Gujarat chief Bharat Singh Solanki had already met Sharad Yadav twice in last fortnight.
ALSO READ In Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi rakes up Rohith Vemula suicide, says ‘Hindustan ki sarkar’ murdered himYadav was also asked to find time for campaign and accordingly, Yadav will be campaigning in the state from December 4 to December 7. Besides other regions, the rebel JDU leader will also be campaigning in Dwarka-Jamnagar belt, where Yadav community is in significant number.However, as the seat sharing with Vasava remained inconclusive, Rahul called up Yadav twice asking him to speak to Vasava to ensure that some “reasonable” demand is made from the tribal leader.
ALSO READ BJP at vantage point in Gujarat tribal areasAs the undivided JDU for last many years was contesting only around five seats recently, finally a deal was struck with Congress agreeing to give the Bhartiya Tribal Party the seats of Jhagadia, Dediapada, Mangrol, Morva Hadaf and Waghodia, all of which are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (ST) category.Besides, the Vasava’s close aide Anil Bhagat, who is an office bearer in rebel JDU faction of Sharad Yadav has been offered the Congress ticket from Ankleshwar.There has also been an agreement to field another candidate from Vasava’s party Karni Bhaai from Rajkot East but Congress later declared Mithul Donga as its candidate. These seven seats were earlier supposed to go to Vasava’s party.Congress MLA from Rajkot East Indranil Rajguru has been shifted this time to Rajkot West to take on BJP’s Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.Vasava’s party is contesting the election on party symbol auto rickshaw. This was decided after Election Commission decided to recognise Nitish Kumar faction’s claim on Janata Dal United and allotted him the party symbol arrow.Vasava, who is an MLA from Jhagadia in Bharuch had tilted the balance in favour of Congress veteran Ahmed Patel by voting in his favour in the high-pitched Rajya Sabha elections concluded sometime back.The tribal belt that spreads along Gujarat’s eastern border from Dangs in deep South to Banaskantha in the North had earlier been a Congress strong hold but the BJP has made deep inroads in it last few years with sustained efforts by the ruling party as well its mentor RSS to reach out to tribals.Congress had won 16 out of 27 of tribal seats in this region in 2012 assembly polls. Even at the height of post Gohdra polarisation in 2002, BJP could only win 13 of the 26 seats before delimitation.In the last Lok Sabha polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won all 26 Lok Sabha seats from the state including the ones in tribal-dominated area as Prime Minister Narendra Modi juggernaut rolled out. Nitish’ arrow to hit Vasava-Congress allianceMeanwhile Nitish Kumar’s JDU will be fielding candidates in 50 seats, a move which according to Sharad camp is expected to benefit the BJP.The Sharad camp also cites that JDU has fielded another candidate named Chhotubhai in Jhagadia, where Chhotubhai Vasava is contesting to spread confusion.JDU general secretary K C Tyagi, however, said “we are not fighting Guajrat elections to ensure anyone’s victory or defeat. We have been fighting in Gujarat separately for long even when George Fernades and Sharad Yadav were President of the JDU. We did not fight in alliance in Gujarat earlier also. Earlier also we fought over 50 candidates.”He, nevertheless, recalled Nitish Kumar was the first to support Hardik Patel wand also alleged that Congress has “betrayed Paatidaars” by giving them just a few tickets.“We have people lining up JDU for ticket in Gujarat. We are fighting this election to expand our party organisation and meet the demands of party workers. A dozen Bihar Cabinet Ministers will campaign there,” Tyagi said.

Man detained for abusive posts against SharadPawar, Supriya Sule

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 34-year-old man was detained for allegedly posting abusive comments against NCP chief Sharad Pawar and his MP daughter Supriya Sule, police said.Police yesterday detained Walchand Geete, a resident of Surendra Nagar in Dhantoli area of the city, for allegedly posting objectionable and abusive comments against Pawars by tagging their twitter accounts.”On the basis of the complaint received, Geete was called to the police station. He was questioned and then allowed to go,” Nandanvan Police Station senior inspector Manik Nalavade said.The complaint regarding the abusive tweets was received by Nandanvan Police in the city on November 16, the inspector said without elaborating.The tweets were posted on November 15 between 11.37 PM and 11.50 PM.A case was registered against Geete under various sections of the IPC and under Information Technology Act.

Gujarat elections: NCP, Congress seat sharing talk fizzle out, unlikely to make alliance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is unlikely to cement the alliance with Congress Party for Gujarat assembly elections, said Senior party leader Praful Patel citing that Congress has not given them enough numbers of seats.Earlier, NCP president Sharad Pawar had said that they are ready revive the ties and make alliance with Congress. Pawar had said that the secular parties have to put the united fight against the BJP.Interestingly, Congress party has already announced its 70 candidates lists in 182 seats of Gujarat assembly.Praful Patel who is leading seat sharing discussion with Congress said that nothing has been yet finalised with Congress. “Presently, we had two MLAs in Gujarat and we had lost few seats because of few votes. Congress is offering only four seats against our demand for 10 seats. As a party, we have to also stand and grow, but Congress is not in a mood to grow together,” said senior NCP leader requested anonymity.Congress leader from Gujarat told DNA that they no more trust NCP. “During Rajya Sabha elections, NCP’s one of the MLA did not vote to Ahmad Patel despite our alliance and assurance from Pawar. Giving seats to Congress will hamper our total tally. Besides, NCP has no strength and network in Gujarat and giving additional seats to them means giving these seats directly to BJP.”Stating that they are fighting for each seat and can’t afford to give six seats to NCP, he added, “NCP should understand its limitations and extend the support to Congress for this crucial and prestigious fight.”“Entire world is looking at the Gujarat elections. The 2019 Lok Sabha elections calculations depend on this elections. There is strong anger against the BJP that we have to capitalise properly,” Senior Congress leader said requested anonymity.A political observer said that Sharad Pawar might have hinted striking alliance with Congress but the whole word knows that Praful Patel is not in the mood.Congress leader from Maharashtra who is handling crucial responsibility in Gujarat said, “Patel wants to help the BJP. He had already identified candidates in Gujarat to divide the Congress core votes. In Bihar also, they fielded their separate candidates to divide the secular votes. What happened in the end? People of Gujarat had also already made up their mind to ouster the BJP.”

Sharad Yadav faction slams EC over JD(U)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing annoyance over the Election Commission recognizing the claim of Nitish Kumar over the party and allotting it the party symbol, Sharad faction of JD(U) on Sunday trained guns on the poll watchdog, raising questions on the basis of the verdict.Party general secretary Javed Raja from Sharad faction said that they were surprised to receive the above order as it was passed without reasons in support and the grounds for challenge are not yet available.”If they could not give reasons, the Election Commission should have frozen the symbol till it was in a position to pass a reasoned order after adjudication,” he said as his faction prepared to challenge the EC order in the court.”We are the true JD (U) and as a responsible political party we do not wish to cast aspersions on the Election Commission, but are surprised at the manner and basis of the verdict. Such verdicts of the Commission only tend to bring down its prestige and esteem. We are sure that the Courts of law will vindicate our Position,” he said.While allotting the party symbol to Nitish camp, the EC has noted that Kumar’s group demonstrated “overwhelming majority support”.Meanwhile K C Tyagi from Nitish Kumar faction dismissed claims made by the Sharad faction saying the EC decision has “exposed hollow claims” by the rival faction regarding any dispute in the party.

Congress to hold on to list for longer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress is likely to hold back on announcing its list for Gujarat Assembly polls for a few more days till there is clarity on its on-going talks with Patidar leaders led by Hardik Patel even as Central Election Committee of Congress chaired by party chief Sonia Gandhi held deliberations for the second time on Friday.Sources said that a group of leaders from Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti met Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel and AICC in-charge for Gujarat Ashok Gehlot separately.Emerging from the CEC meeting, Gehlot told reporters that a discussion had been completed on almost all the seats but the list of candidates will be released in a day or two as talks on an alliance with Sharad Pawar’s NCP and JDU were also going on.”All the 182 seats may have been discussed but we will have to leave our claim on some seats when the alliance happens,” he said adding that both JDU and NCP want to have an alliance with Congress and vice versa.On a day when the Election Commission recognised Nitish Kumar’s JD-U as the party and allotted the arrow symbol to it, Gehlot said that that it has now split into two and Congress is talking to Sharad Yadav regarding the alliance with Chhotu Bhaavi Vasava led party in Gujarat.”We are also talking to NCP and when the discussions are complete, we will release our list,” he said.NCP had in the high pitched Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat a few months had sided with BJP. Both its MLAs in Gujarat had voted for the BJP and Ahmed Patel could emerge victorious only after Vasava’s vote in its favour and Election Commission declaring two other votes null and void.PAAS leader Hardik Patel has met senior leader of NCP Praful Patel a number of times in recent days, fueling speculations.Gujarat goes to poll in two phases on December 9 and December 14. The election result will be declared on December 18. In first phase 89 of 182 seats will go to polls and the party is keen to declare candidates all the 89 seats at least on November 16.

‘Killfies’: Indian state campaigns against deadly selfies

India records more so-called “killfie” incidents than any other country, researchers say.

BJP ridicules Ajit Pawar’s statement that CM Fadnavis will not be allowed at NCP functions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NCP leader Ajit Pawar has announced that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will not allowed to attend any function organised by the party. Pawar’s statement comes soon after Supriya Sule announced that the NCP would not allow the Maharashtra CM from touring any part of the state.The BJP has ridiculed Pawar’s statement, saying it shows his frustration. State chief spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said that there was no need for the CM to attend any NCP function.Pawar had made the statement after speeches by senior BJP leaders such as Fadnavis and union transport minister Nitin Gadkari at functions organised by the NCP to felicitate party supremo Sharad Pawar had hit headlines. Political experts suggest that the BJP stole the show in an NCP function, which promoted the junior Pawar to make the statement.

Thane NCP MLA gets threat calls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad received threat calls from gangster Suresh Pujari on Wednesday.”I have already informed Thane police and I am expecting the police to probe the matter and nab the culprit,” he said.Sources in Thane police confirmed with DNA that Awhad received threat calls from the underworld gangster Suresh Pujari demanding Rs 25 crore. “If the demand is not met, the gangster has threatened to bump him off. We are probing the matter,” a police official said on condition of anonymity.The NCP chief Sharad Pawar wrote to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis saying if the elected representatives are not safe and secured, “how can the government give a guarantee of the common people’s security. If something untoward happens, then the chief minister will be responsible for this,” Pawar stated in his letter.

Let the ‘sacrifice’ happen, declares Sharad Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid indications of an early decision on his disqualification from the membership of Rajya Sabha, senior JDU leader Sharad Yadav, who has rebelled against party chief Nitish Kumar’s decision to align with the NDA, said “no post or position holds importance when the fight is over issues”.Yadav, as well as another Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar Ansari, had on Wednesday appeared before Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venakaiah Naidu, who is hearing a petition filed by Leader of JDU in Rajya Sabha RCP Singh, seeking their disqualification from the party.Reportedly, Yadav has been told that the RS is looking at the issue only with the perspective of 10th Schedule of the Constitution regarding his disqualification for acting against the party line and it is separate from the issue which is the real JDU, a matter being contested by both Yadav and the Nitish camp before the EC.”Natural justice should be followed in the matter, though for me, post and position does not hold significance when it comes to issues. When one fights on issues, one has to make all sorts of sacrifices. If the sacrifice happens, so let be it,” Yadav told DNA.Yadav’ remarks come in the backdrop of indications that the Rajya Sabha Chairman could decide the disqualification matter soon without referring the matter to Parliament’s Ethics Committee.Matter gets worseYadav had received a communication from RS office in which his request to allow a lawyer to appear on his behalf on the matter was rejected citing absence of any such precedent in past

‘Ready for sacrifice’: Sharad Yadav says no position holds importance when fight is over issues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid indications of an early decision on his disqualification from the membership of Rajya Sabha, senior JD(U leader Sharad Yadav, who has rebelled against party chief Nitish Kumar’s decision to align with NDA, said: “no post or position holds importance when the fight is over issues”.Yadav, as well as another Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar Ansari, had on Wednesday appeared before Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venakaiah Naidu, who is hearing a petition filed by Leader of JD(U) in Rajya Sabha RCP Singh, seeking their disqualification from the party.It is learnt that Yadav has been told that the Rajya Sabha is looking at the issue only with the perspective of 10th Schedule of the Constitution regarding his disqualification for acting against the party line and it is separate from the issue which is the real JD(U), a matter being contested by both Sharad Yadav and Nitish camp before Election Commission.“Natural justice should be followed in the matter, though for me post and position does not hold significance when it comes to issues. When one fights on issues, one has to make all sorts of sacrifices and I am ready for it. If the sacrifice happens, so let be it. I had resigned from Lok Sabha twice,” Yadav told DNA. “Yadav’s remarks come in the backdrop of indications that the Rajya Sabha Chairman could decide the disqualification matter soon without referring the matter to Parliament’s Ethics Committee this time.Earlier on Tuesday evening Yadav had received a communication from Rajya Sabha office in which his request to allow a lawyer to appear on his behalf on the matter was rejected citing absence of any such precedent in past.Yadav camp’s argument is that the general practice in such matters has also been that such disputes regarding disqualification are referred to Ethics Committee of Parliament and if past precedents are to be followed, the committee route should not be bypassed.Before this Yadav had sought eight weeks extension from the Rajya Sabha Secretariat last month to appear before it citing his engagements in assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh but he was given only eight days’ extension with a rider that no further extension will be given in the case.The eighth-day timeline ended on November 8 and there are indications that Yadav may find it difficult to save his membership in Rajya Sabha.Ansari, however, questioned the remit of Rajya Sabha Chairman in deciding the matter.”Action regarding disqualification can be taken under 10th Schedule by Rajya Sabha Chairman only in case violation of whip of Parliamentary Party in the House. In other matters, it is for the party to take disciplinary action and in our matter, even this is still disputed as to which is the real party,” he told DNA.

JD(U) faction seeks action against party leader in RS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ongoing feud between Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav camps took a curious turn on Tuesday with the latter now shooting off a missive to Rajya Sabha Chairman, seeking disqualification of JDU’s Leader of House RC Singh.Singh’s petition seeking disqualification of party MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar Ansari is already pending before the Rajya Sabha and will be heard on November 8.In the meantime, acting president of Sharad camp of JD-U, Chhotubhai Vasava, has written to the Rajya Sabha Chairman, seeking Singh’s disqualification under the same, which prescribes such action against a member “if he has voluntarily given up his membership of such political party”.Their argument is that Singh by supporting Nitish Kumar’s decision to align with BJP and actively supporting in his programmes thereafter has voluntarily given up membership of the JD(U).In the petition, it has been argued that Nitish Kumar faction of the JD(U) by aligning with the NDA has conducted in contrast to the resolutions/decisions taken by the party’s national executive in the year 2013 to oppose the BJP.

Modi govt created Sharadostav account with SBI, violated rules’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former chief minister Suresh Mehta on Monday pointed out to what he called a ‘sophisticated corruption’ scheme in which the BJP government in 2005 used the Sharad Purnima celebrations as a means to extort money from government agencies as well as private companies.Mehta said details of ‘Sharadotsav 2005’ celebrations in Kutch sought through RTI revealed that among the expenses were Rs12,270 exclusively for ‘doodh poha’ (milk and flaked rice) that the then chief minister Narendra Modi had at the event. “Wonder what variety was it that something as inexpensive as flaked rice and milk cost over Rs 12,000,” he said.Citing minutes of the meeting gained through RTI, Mehta said, “To create a fund for the celebrations, a meeting of top level committee set up to oversee various celebration was called on August 16, 2005. In the meeting, it was decided that the Kutch collector would be given permission to begin a ‘Sharad Mahotsav 2005’ bank account in SBI.”He claimed that the expenses of the Gujarat government have to come from a consolidated fund of Gujarat. “It cannot create a separate bank account for expenses,” he said.”Once the fund was created, the Kutch collector wrote to private companies, taluka panchayats and even village panchayats asking for contribution. Adani gave Rs25 lakh, Welspun which was given land at the rate of Rs15 per mt against market rate of Rs 125 per mt gave Rs 55lakh for the mahotsav,” said Mehta citing RTI documents .He further said that another entry shows that the beddings for a camel cart cost Rs15,625. “It is something unusual that first a fund would be created in a bank by the government in violation of rules for a celebration. Then, it extorts money from public and private agencies to contribute to the fund. Then, the fund is spent on celebrations where something as cheap as milk and flaked rice costs Rs12,000,” said Mehta.He said to this date, the account in the SBI continues to be active because the government does not know what to do with it. “We also don’t know how much fund was collected although over 400 units contributed to the fund,” said Mehta.THE ALLEGATIONSMehta said details of ‘Sharadotsav 2005’ celebrations in Kutch sought through RTI revealed that among the expenses were Rs12,270 exclusively for ‘doodh poha’ (milk and flaked rice) that the then chief minister Narendra Modi had at the event. He claimed that the expenses of the Gujarat government have to come from a consolidated fund of Gujarat. He further said that another entry shows that the beddings for a camel cart cost Rs15,625. All this, he claimed, showed extortion by the BJP.

One year of demonetization: Opposition plans joint protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A united opposition plans to hold a joint protest on November 8, the first anniversary of note-ban which it alleged has “caused harm” to the economy and jobs in the country.Some opposition parties led by the Congress today met in Parliament to chalk out modalities for the proposed joint agitation. Leaders of six opposition parties – the Congress, the Left, the BSP, TMC, DMK and JD(U)’s Sharad Tadav faction – who are part of an opposition coordination committee, today met in the chamber of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad over the issue. After the hour-long discussions, Azad told reporters that it was an initial meeting and he was asked to consult all 18 opposition parties before finalising anything further.”We will discuss with the other opposition parties and come with our plan soon,” he told reporters. Sources said the opposition is planning a nation-wide protest on note ban anniversary to highlight the “ill- effects” on the economy hard and the job market. “Today the opposition coordination committee met. Representatives of six parties were present. We decided to meet again before parliament session. We will announce our plan tomorrow,” TMC leader Derek O’Brien said after the meeting.O’Brien said the opposition parties discussed the economic situation in the country, including demonetization, GST and other issues. “Today we met to discuss the economic fallout in the country and discuss various aspects of it. Ghulam Nabi has been given the responsibility to discuss the issue with other opposition parties. We will meet again to chalk out our plans,” said CPI leader D Raja after the meeting. The opposition parties today also discussed the case of Sharad Yadav’s disqualification from the Upper House, which is pending before Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.The Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) had sought Yadav’s disqualification from Rajya Sabha after he revolted against the party’s decision to ally with the BJP. The sources said the opposition leaders have decided to speak to the Vice President tomorrow at a luncheon, where he has invited all leaders of opposition parties. TMC leader O’Brien said his party feels Yadav is been targeted by his party JD(U). “This MP was elected by people on ‘mahagathbandhan’ ideology. He didn’t break the ideology, others broke it. Why should Yadav be penalised ?” he said.Sharad Yadav, Satish Chandra Misra, Derek O’Brien, Kanimozhi and D Raja were among those present at today’s meeting. Another member of the coordination committee Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party could not attend.

Maha govt ropes in private agencies to publicise schemes on social media

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra government’s publicity wing, the DGIPR, has empanelled advertising agencies to help publicise the state government’s schemes and policies.According to a Government Resolution issued by the state government on October 12, the agencies would develop and upload on various social media platforms, creative content or adapt the already available creative.”The content include, but are not limited to banners, videos, info graphics, graphics, cartoons, animation,” the GR stated.The GR added that the agencies would upload posts on social media platforms, post blogs and articles related to the government’s campaign, curate topics on related hashtags on digital platforms.Meanwhile, a clarification issued by the government stated that the government has not hired any private advertising firm for publicity of its policies and schemes.”Maharashtra Government has not hired any private advertising firm for publicity of its policies and schemes. It is a routine exercise of empanelment of agencies since last so many years,” an official statement said.”No work has been allocated to any of the agencies till now and when DGIPR budget is not more than Rs 50 crore, its absurd how allegations are made for provision of Rs 300 crore. This entire procedure is no way related to social media.”Such empanelment has happened during earlier regime too. This is age old practice to empanel various agencies for various type of works. As per the Hon Supreme Court order it is mandatory to have one centralised system to release all the advertisements,” it said.”After this order by Hon Supreme Court the Maharashtra Government issued one GR making it mandatory to all its ministries, departments, divisions, corporations to issue advertisements only through DGIPR,” the statement said.”As the two-year tenure of previous empanelment is about to expire, procedure has been undertaken for appointment of new agencies. The said GR is just of a new empaneled agencies. Not a single work has been allocated to any of them and there is no separate status given to them,” the government said in the statement.NCP chief Sharad Pawar had on Saturday said the government is misusing peoples money to counter its detractors.”Earlier the same work was done by the DGIPR. By appointing event management companies, the government is misusing peoples money to answer those who speak against it,” said Pawar, a former chief minister.”The government has realised that the social media which helped them win elections has now turned against it,” Pawar added.State Congress chief Ashok Chavan termed it a “wasteful expenditure”.”On one hand the government is levying exorbitant surcharge on fuel in the name of farmers, but farmers are under severe stress as the government claims it has no money for granting loan waiver. How can it spend such a huge amount on publicity?” he asked.

Bengaluru’s Little Mermaid: City artist converts city’s potholes into works of art

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There are unique ways in which people protest the pothole menace in various cities. In Thane, a suburb on the outskirts of Mumbai, Shiv Sena corporator Pratap Sarnaik – who was then a part of the Sharad Pawa-led NCP – staged a dharna where he was catching fish in one of the city’s many potholes.Similar protests have been staged in various parts of the country, with some protests more unique than the others. But it is the latest protest from Bengaluru that has grabbed media eyeballs.Bengaluru-based artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy has turned a pothole near Cubbon Park Junction into an art installation, with a woman dressed as a mermaid protesting the poor condition of roads in the city that have led to fatal accidents.Baadhal has previously criticized the Bengaluru civic authorities by putting up unique artworks on damaged roads, as these illustrations demonstrate, but it is the latest one that has gone viral on social media.Four people in Bengaluru have died since the beginning of October allegedly while trying to maneuver around potholes. A woman, 21, was killed on Tuesday after the two-wheeler she was riding pillion on was hit by a truck when the rider swerved to avoid a pothole.The issue has turned into a political slugfest, with the Opposition BJP blaming the ruling Congress government for the condition of public infrastructure in city that hosts India’s IT industry.

New case filed against Dawood Ibrahim’s kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two weeks after Thane Police Anti-Extortion Cell arrested fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and two of his aides in connection with an extortion racket, a fresh case was registered against them at Thane Nagar police station on Tuesday for allegedly extorting Rs 3 crore from a prominent builder in north Mumbai. This is the third extortion case registered against them so far.According to police, the gang had threatened a prominent builder and Kaskar had extorted Rs 3 crore from him over a deal of a 38-acre land in Gorai the builder wanted.Following Kaskar’s arrest, there were reports that two NCP corporators were allegedly linked to the extortion racket.Strongly refuting any links between NCP members and Dawood Ibrahim, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said the party would approach the Chief Minister with a complaint against former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, who is probing the cases against Kaskar, for circulating malicious information.Pawar said, “What credibility does this person have to make such claims.

Farm loan waiver: NCP to widen protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said that if chief minister Devendra Fadnavis failed to give the farm loan waiver before Diwali, the party will widen its agitation and call for a non-cooperation movement. Addressing the press conference, Pawar said that farmers will also stop paying government taxes after November 5.Criticising the government, Pawar said “We travelled across the state and got feedback from the farmers regarding the farm loan. They are not happy with the procedure and the delay in decision-making. Farmers have to fill a two-page online form. The local Internet service providers are charging between Rs 200-Rs 500 to fill the form on behalf of the farmers. Besides, the last note in the form says that if there is discrepancy in the information that is filled out and if it turns out to be fraudulent information then a criminal case will be filed against the farmers. This sort of written agreement has been taken from the farmers. It has never happened before,” Pawar pointed out.Pawar further said that they will have a meeting in Aurangabad on November 5 where the NCP will take a call on the non-cooperation plan. “We are not in hurry. We will give enough time to the government to act on its given promises. Moreover, I personally spoke with various bank authorities and they told me that the current farm loan amount will not go beyond Rs 12,000 crore against the claim of Rs 35000 crore by the state government. After Diwali, we will not extend any kind of support to government,” he said.

Sharad Yadav slams UP police for lathicharge against BHU girl students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav on Sunday denounced the alleged police action against Banaras Hindu University students protesting the increasing incidents of eve-teasing on the campus, and said the issue will be raised in Parliament.A group of students had staged a sit-in at the main gate of the university after a woman student of the Arts Faculty was allegedly harassed by three motorcycle-borne men on the campus.The protesting students were reportedly baton-charged by the police last night.”It has never happened before at BHU. It is sheer violation of freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by the Constitution,” Yadav said in a statement.”We will raise the issue in Parliament… It is intolerable in a democracy and the government should apologise,” he said, adding people will take to the streets to protest it.BHU students have alleged they have to face eve-teasers on the campus regularly and the varsity administration was not taking any action to stop the miscreants.BHU, however, said the protest by the students was “politically motivated” to malign the image of the university.

Sharad Yadav’s claim to JD(U)’s ‘arrow’ symbol misses the mark, EC rejects application

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the tussle with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Sharad Yadav faction had laid claim to the JD(U)’s party symbol the and approached the Election Commission. However, their tussle for the ‘arrow’ doesn’t look very hopeful. On Tuesday, sources told DNA that the ECI has sent communication to the Sharad Yadav camp in response to their application stating that that they hadn’t provided documents to back up their claim of representing Janata Dal (United).The ECI source added that due to the lack of documents, the body had refused to take cognisance of the Yadav camp’s claim and disposed their application.On Friday, Nitish Kumar’s team had submitted affidavits of an ‘overwhelming’ number of party’s elected members and office-bearers in support of the Bihar CM’s claim, urging the EC to reject the Yadav faction’s claim.
ALSO READ JD(U) seek cancellation of Sharad Yadav’s Rajya Sabha membershipJD(U) leaders, including its parliamentary party leader in the Rajya Sabha R C P Singh and secretary general K C Tyagi, urged the EC to take an early decision in the matter.Tyagi accused the Yadav faction of deliberately trying to drag the matter to the commission, so as to use it as a “pretext” to ask the Rajya Sabha chairperson not to act on the JD(U)’s application to disqualify the rebel leader from the House for his “anti-party” activities.
ALSO READ Seven years after rejecting aid from Gujarat, Nitish Kumar accepts Rs 10 crore cheque as Bihar flood relief aid”We have submitted the affidavits of all the 71 party MLAs, all the 30 MLCs, both the Lok Sabha members and seven of the 10 Rajya Sabha members of the party, supporting the leadership of Nitish Kumar,” Tyagi said.Of the 10 JD(U) members in the Upper House of Parliament, M P Veerendra Kumar has been maintaining a distance from both the Kumar and Yadav factions, while Ali Anwar Ansari has sided with Yadav.
ALSO READ Lalu Prasad Yadav blames Nitish Kumar’s ‘engineer’ for ‘man-made’ Bihar floodTyagi told PTI that the affidavits also included those of the 16 central office-bearers of the party out of 20, 16 state presidents and 143 national council members out of 180.”Almost all the elected members and an overwhelming majority of office-bearers are with us. Sharad Yadav or those supporting his claim that he represents the real JD(U) have no locus standi. They are merely some individuals,” he said.Tyagi added that Yadav had urged the Rajya Sabha chairman to defer the decision on the JD(U)’s application to annul his membership because the EC was yet to take a decision as to which of the rival factions represented the “real” party.He said while the Yadav faction was yet to furnish any proof that it represented the “real” JD(U), they had submitted “evidence” of their support to the poll watchdog.The RS secretariat has also asked rebel MPs, Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar, to respond within a week to their party’s petition that they be disqualified from the House for their “anti-party” activities.After Yadav turned against party president Nitish Kumar’s decision to ally with the BJP and attended an opposition rally in Patna, the JD(U) had urged Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu to disqualify him and Ansari, who too had joined Yadav.JD(U) general secretary Sanjay Jha said there was precedent of a member being disqualified from the Rajya Sabha after he attended opposition’s events and cited the example of Jai Narain Prasad Nishad, a BJP member who had drifted toward the RJD.”We have given documentary and other evidence of both the leaders’ anti-party activities. That they have defied the party leadership and gone to the Election Commission seeking its symbol, is also an anti-party activity,” he said.With inputs from agencies

Bihar: Nitish Kumar has the majority support; don’t go by what Sharad Yadav says: JD(U) tells EC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A JD(U) delegation today submitted affidavits of an “overwhelming” number of the party’s elected members and office-bearers in support of Nitish Kumar’s leadership to the Election Commission (EC) and urged it to reject the claims of the Sharad Yadav faction over the party’s poll symbol.JD(U) leaders, including its parliamentary party leader in the Rajya Sabha R C P Singh and secretary general K C Tyagi, urged the EC to take an early decision in the matter.Tyagi accused the Yadav faction of deliberately trying to drag the matter to the commission, so as to use it as a “pretext” to ask the Rajya Sabha chairperson not to act on the JD(U)’s application to disqualify the rebel leader from the House for his “anti-party” activities.”We have submitted the affidavits of all the 71 party MLAs, all the 30 MLCs, both the Lok Sabha members and seven of the 10 Rajya Sabha members of the party, supporting the leadership of Nitish Kumar,” Tyagi said.Of the 10 JD(U) members in the Upper House of Parliament, M P rpt M P Veerendra Kumar has been maintaining a distance from both the Kumar and Yadav factions, while Ali Anwar Ansari has sided with Yadav.Tyagi told PTI that the affidavits also included those of the 16 central office-bearers of the party out of 20, 16 state presidents and 143 national council members out of 180.”Almost all the elected members and an overwhelming majority of office-bearers are with us. Sharad Yadav or those supporting his claim that he represents the real JD(U) have no locus standi. They are merely some individuals,” he said.Tyagi added that Yadav had urged the Rajya Sabha chairman to defer the decision on the JD(U)’s application to annul his membership because the EC was yet to take a decision as to which of the rival factions represented the “real” party.He said while the Yadav faction was yet to furnish any proof that it represented the “real” JD(U), they had submitted “evidence” of their support to the poll watchdog.Yadav, a former JD(U) president, had voiced his opposition to Bihar Chief Minister Kumar, after the latter dumped the RJD and Congress to join hands with the BJP to form government in that state.He had also claimed that he represented the “real” JD(U) and moved the EC, staking a claim over the party’s poll symbol.

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By attending RJD’s Patna rally, Sharad Yadav has ‘voluntarily’ quit party, claims JD(U)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The JD(U) will write to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu seeking disqualification of its rebel leader Sharad Yadav, who today attended an opposition rally in Patna defying the party’s directive against it.The party said Yadav has “voluntarily” given up JD(U) membership by attending the rally organised by Lalu Prasad’s RJD. “As per provisions of the 10th schedule of the Constitution dealing with anti-defection, if somebody attends a rally of another party against the party line it is contrued that he/she has voluntarily given up the membership of the parent party,” JD(U) Principal General Secretary K C Tyagi said.Tyagi had written a letter to Yadav a couple of days back, warning that his attending the rally organised by RJD supremo Lalu Prasad would mean he has acted against the principles of the party and voluntarily quit its membership. JD(U) sources made it clear that the party will not expel Yadav, a founding member of the party and its longest serving president, as it would allow him to retain his Rajya Sabha membership. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha last year and his tenure ends in 2022.
ALSO READ Mega show of photoshop strength: Twitter mocks Lalu Prasad Yadav’s picture of anti-BJP rally in PatnaThe Rajya Sabha membership of former MPs like Capt. Jai Narayan Nishad and Upendra Kushwaha had ended in similar circumstances in the past, he said, adding the party would soon approach Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu for Yadav’s disqualification. “We will intimate him about everything and tell him that it is a fit case for ending the membership of Sharad Yadav,” he said. Yadav was cosying up to RJD ever since JD(U) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar walked out of the Grand Alliance in Bihar and formed government with BJP.The JD(U) had replaced Yadav with a Nitish Kumar confidante R C P Singh as its leader in the Rajya Sabha a few days ago. Earlier in the day, Yadav was warmly received by Lalu at the rally in Patna. Lalu embraced Yadav while his son Tejaswi Yadav addressed him as “guardian”.

Rahul, Sonia Gandhi may skip Lalu’s rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s anti-BJP rally titled “Desh Bachao, Bhajpa Bhagao” on August 27 in Patna being touted as part of fresh efforts to bring in Opposition unity may fail the test, as at least three senior leaders — Rahul Gandhi (Congress), Mayawati (BSP) and Sitaram Yechury (CPM) — have decided to stay away from the rally. Two others — (DMK) and Sharad Pawar (NCP) — are also uncertain. So far only West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and rebel Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav have confirmed their participation.Lalu is in touch with Congress leadership convincing them to send Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. But sources here said that neither Congress President Sonia Gandhi nor Rahul would be able to attend the rally. Instead, the Congress has nominated Ghulam Nabi Azad and C P Joshi to attend the rally with a message from Mrs Gandhi.At the time of announcing the rally, Lalu had boasted of bringing Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav as well as Mamata Benerjee and Left together on one platform, which, according to him would mean the ‘end of the match for the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechuri said that his party is yet to take a call on this.

JD-U showdown over party symbol may reach EC door

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The terse battle between warring Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leaders — Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav — is showing no signs of abating and may now lead to a showdown at the doors of the Election Commission (EC), to lay claim to party symbol ‘Arrow’.Soon after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar put Sharad Yadav on notice on Sunday, daring him to split the party and face action in Patna, the Yadav faction hit back with the warning to approach the EC to stake claim to the party symbol.”Let Sharad Yadav split the party. For splitting the party, support of two-third leaders is needed. If he has the majority, he should prove it,” Nitish said, showcasing the weight of all 71 MLAs, along with two Lok Sabha MPs, behind him.Nitish reminded Yadav that he was elected to the RS with the support and vote of the BJP.He said: “He will not be able to do anything. It is for all to see.” He, however, stopped short of either suspending or dismissing Yadav from the party.Leader KC Tyagi later said the party did not act against Yadav despite his “anti-party activities” because of his seniority and long association. He warned the senior Yadav against attending RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s rally on August 27. “By doing, so he would cross the Lakshman Rekha,” Tyagi said.Meanwhile, sources close to Yadav said that they were planning to approach the EC and would be able put up a show of strength as many MLAs were angry with Nitish’s move to merge with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).Earlier, Yadav had moved the EC in April, 2016, to strike down the appointment of Nitish Kumar as the JD-U President but had failed to convince the panel to intervene. The EC had then asked him to either seek remedy within the party or move the appropriate civil court.

JD-U reiterates Sharad Yadav will face action if he attends Lalu’s rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Janata Dal (United) on Sunday reiterated that party leader Sharad Yadav will face action if he attends Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav?s rally. JD(U) leader Ajay Alok said, ?Our general secretary (K.C. Tyagi) has clearly stated that if he (Sharad Yadav) attends Lalu?s rally, then he should be ready to face serious consequences.? JD (U) leader KC Tyagi had said that the party has not acted against Yadav for his “anti-party activities” because of his seniority and long association with the party. “If he attends RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s rally here on August 27, he will cross the Lakshman Rekha,” he said, and hinted at action against him. However, the Congress earlier in the day said politicos who are thinking of taking action against Yadav should introspect. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that Yadav stood by his beliefs and principles where Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar got buoyed by power. ?Sharad Yadav was one of the founding members of JD(U). Sharad Yadav has let go power and is standing by his beliefs and principles. Those who are attacking Sharad Yadav should introspect,? said Surjewala.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong advices Nitish’s cadre to introspect before acting against Sharad Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Sunday said politicos who are thinking of taking action against Janata Dal (United) veteran Sharad Yadav should introspect. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that Yadav stood by his beliefs and principles whereas Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar got buoyed by power. ?Sharad Yadav was one of the founding members of JD(U). Sharad Yadav has let go power and is standing by his beliefs and principles. Those who are attacking Sharad Yadav should introspect,? said Surjewala. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Manoj Jha said Yadav took a decision which safeguards value of the constitution. ?Sharad Yadav took the decision to save the nation and the constitution and Nitish Kumar has joined hands with a political party which believes in violence,? Jha said. Nitish Kumar on Saturday hinted action against Yadav if he attends RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s rally on August 27. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi had said that the party has not acted against Yadav for his “anti-party activities” because of his seniority and long association with the party. “If he (Sharad Yadav) attends RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s rally here on August 27, he will cross the Lakshman Rekha,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JD(U) decision to join NDA heralds new era of growth in Bihar:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP president Amit Shah today welcomed the decision of the JD(U), headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, to join the NDA and said it heralded a a “new era of development” in the state. The party today passed a resolution at its national executive meeting to become part of the NDA. “I welcome the JD(U) decision of joining NDA, as this will not only strengthen the NDA but will also begin a new era of development and growth in Bihar,” Shah said. Shah had last week invited JD(U) to join NDA in a meeting with Nitish Kumar. The JD(U) national executive also put its seal of approval on the Bihar unit’s decision to walk out of the Grand Alliance with the RJD and Congress and join hands with the BJP to form a government in Bihar. JD(U) senior leader Sharad Yadav skipped the party’s national executive committee meeting and attended a parallel programme, Jan Adalat, with those loyal to him, including suspended JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar Ansari. Sharad Yadav fell out with Nitish Kumar over his decision to join hands with the BJP. A few JD(U) MPs are expected to get a cabinet berth in Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Cabinet in the coming days, sources said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not taking action against Sharad Yadav as he is ‘senior’-JD (U)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Janata Dal (United) on Saturday snubbed reports of a rift in the party saying that all the leaders of the party are strongly in support of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. ?All 71 MLAs and 30MLCs, 16 of 19 office bearers are with us. There is no split as such in JD (U), we have overwhelming majority,? party leader K.C. Tyagi told the reporters here. Touching upon the touchy topic of Sharad Yadav, Tyagi opined that if the rebel leader had a disagreement over the decision of Nitish Kumar, then he could have just raised the matter in the meeting, rather than holding rallies across Bihar with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). ?We even invited him today, to raise the issue and hold discussion on the same. But rather than coming here, he is holding meeting with the people of RJD. Sharad Yadav is doing anti-party activities, but we did not take any action against him because of his seniority,? he said. Tyagi further said that everyone in the party came to this conclusion that it was becoming difficult to work with the RJD, as they were framed with corruption charges as well, that is why they withdrew from the Grand Alliance. ?It was important to remove Sharad Yadav from the Legislature party Leader as he was becoming a hindrance in day-to-day functioning. We are not angry but hurt that he will share the dais with the one against whom so many corruption charges are framed,? Tyagi said. Further stressing on the same Tyagi said that with Nitish, Sharad had a different stature, but on August 27th all his ideals will be buried when he will embraces Lalu. He also asserted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah had asked them to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre and said that the party has passed the resolution to and are now a part of it from today. Sharad Yadav was sacked as JD(U)’s Rajya Sabha leader when he made his chagrin against Nitish Kumar snapping ties with the Lalu Yadav-led RJD and forging an alliance with the BJP, to form the next government in Bihar, quite evident. Yadav also asserted that Nitish’s flip-flop, as far as his views on the BJP were concerned, was an insult to the 2015 mandate of the people given to the “Mahagathbandhan” and that he was still a part of the grand alliance in the state. In the aftermath, the Nitish-led JD(U) even suspended 21 party leaders for participating in Yadav’s recent three-day Jan Samwad Yatra, wherein he interacted with the people of the state, indicative of a widening rift in the party. Lalu Yadav had also come out in support of Sharad Yadav, leading up to the Nitish faction, reportedly, warning the latter that if he attended the August 27 “Desh Bachao, BJP Bhagao” rally of the former, he would be sacked from the party. Meanwhile, today, Nitish chaired the national executive meeting of the party, while Sharad Yadav held a parallel convention in the state under the title ‘Jan Adalat’.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JD(U) passes resolution to join NDA, RJD calls it ‘meaningless’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Calling the resolution passed by the Janata Dal (United) (JD (U)) to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as ?meaningless?, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Saturday said it is simply a ?cover? for the real revolution. Speaking to ANI, RJD leader Manoj Jha said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should call it the ?new BJP or Sanghi? and not the JD(U). ?This resolution is meaningless and it is simply a cover for the real revolution?. JDU was voted by the poor and the down trodden. You have robbed the mandate and now have the audacity to call it that we are going to be part of the NDA. Gentleman, Nitish ji should have said that now we are the new BJP or Sanghi and not the JD-U,? he added. The JD(U) today passed a resolution to join the NDA during the party’s national executive meeting chaired by leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The political move that makes the ruling party in Bihar officially an ally of the NDA at the Centre comes weeks after Nitish broke ties with the Grand Alliance parties – Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal – in the state and re-formed the government in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Earlier in the day, JD(U) leader K.C. Tyagi said that senior leader Sharad Yadav has every right to put forward his points of disagreement with the alliance, but he shouldn’t attend Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s programme as it will break their trust. “Sharad Yadav is invited for the JD(U) national executive meet and he can sort out differences, but he shouldn’t attend Lalu Yadav’s programme. We will lose our faith in him, if he does so. He is one of the founders of the party, therefore, he can put forward his views in the meeting,” Tyagi told the media here. He added that although Sharad Yadav does not agree with the party’s decisions, there is no rift in the party. Meanwhile, ahead of the national executive committee meeting of the JD(U), the two factions of the party – one led by Nitish Kumar and the other by former party president Sharad Yadav – put up striking publicity material in Patna, leading up to a poster war in the city. Incidentally, both factions claim to be the “real JD(U)”. The poster put up by Sharad Yadav’s faction showcased him with “Jan Adalat ka Faisla – Mahagathbandhan jari hai (decision of the people’s court – the grand alliance continues)” written on it. The other has Nitish with party leaders – state JD(U) chief Basistha Narayan Singh, RCP Singh and others. “Nitish Kumar hi zindabad (hail only Nitish Kumar),” said the poster. Sharad Yadav was sacked as JD(U)’s Rajya Sabha leader when he made his chagrin against Nitish Kumar snapping ties with the Lalu Yadav-led RJD and forging an alliance with the BJP, to form the next government in Bihar, quite evident. Yadav also asserted that Nitish’s flip-flop, as far as his views on the BJP were concerned, was an insult to the 2015 mandate of the people given to the “Mahagathbandhan” and that he was still a part of the grand alliance in the state. In the aftermath, the Nitish-led JD(U) even suspended 21 party leaders for participating in Yadav’s recent three-day Jan Samwad Yatra, wherein he interacted with the people of the state, indicative of a widening rift in the party. Lalu Yadav had also come out in support of Sharad Yadav, leading up to the Nitish faction, reportedly, warning the latter that if he attended the August 27 “Desh Bachao, BJP Bhagao” rally of the former, he would be sacked from the party. Meanwhile, today, Sharad Yadav is holding a parallel convention in the state under the title ‘Jan Adalat’.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lalu Yadav-Nitish Kumar-Sharad Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rashatriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday said that the real Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) with Sharad Yadav as the head will prevail over the one with Nitish Kumar. Speaking to ANI about the parallel meetings being chaired by Sharad Yadav and Nitish Kumar, he said that Yadav?s name is synonymous with the JD(U). He said, ?All the supporters of the JD(U) are with Sharad Yadav. He is the founder of the party and the people who were loyal to him are with him.? Lalu added that the Nitish Kumar Government is the root cause of corruption. He cited the Srijan Scandal, where an NGO allegedly siphoned off an estimated Rs. 700 crore of public funds, as an example. ?The amount involved in the Srijan Scam is increasing every day. He joined the BJP, so that the CBI raids against him don?t prove anything,? he said. Yadav also said that he would file a petition in the Supreme Court to seek a probe into the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) passes resolution to join NDA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) on Saturday passed a resolution to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) during the party?s national executive meeting chaired by leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The political move that makes the ruling party in Bihar officially an ally of the NDA at the Centre comes weeks after Nitish broke ties with the Grand Alliance parties – Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal – in the state and re-formed the government in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Earlier in the day, JD(U) leader K.C. Tyagi said that senior leader Sharad Yadav has every right to put forward his points of disagreement with the alliance, but he shouldn?t attend Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav?s programme as it will break their trust. ?Sharad Yadav is invited for the JD(U) national executive meet and he can sort out differences, but he shouldn’t attend Lalu Yadav’s programme. We will lose our faith in him, if he does so. He is one of the founders of the party, therefore, he can put forward his views in the meeting,? Tyagi told the media here. He added that although Sharad Yadav does not agree with party’s decisions, there is no rift in the party. Meanwhile, ahead of the national executive committee meeting of the JD(U), the two factions of the party – one led by Nitish Kumar and the other by former party president Sharad Yadav – put up striking publicity material in Patna, leading up to a poster war in the city. Incidentally, both factions claim to be the “real JD(U)”. The poster put up by Sharad Yadav’s faction showcased him with “Jan Adalat ka Faisla – Mahagathbandhan jari hai (decision of the people?s court – the grand alliance continues)” written on it. The other has Nitish with party leaders – state JD(U) chief Basistha Narayan Singh, RCP Singh and others. “Nitish Kumar hi zindabad (hail only Nitish Kumar),? said the poster. Sharad Yadav was sacked as JD(U)’s Rajya Sabha leader when he made his chagrin against Nitish Kumar snapping ties with the Lalu Yadav-led RJD and forging an alliance with the BJP, to form the next government in Bihar, quite evident. Yadav also asserted that Nitish’s flip-flop, as far as his views on the BJP were concerned, was an insult to the 2015 mandate of the people given to the “Mahagathbandhan” and that he was still a part of the grand alliance in the state. In the aftermath, the Nitish-led JD(U) even suspended 21 party leaders for participating in Yadav?s recent three-day Jan Samwad Yatra, wherein he interacted with the people of the state, indicative of a widening rift in the party. Lalu Yadav had also come out in support of Sharad Yadav, leading up to the Nitish faction, reportedly, warning the latter that if he attended the August 27 “Desh Bachao, BJP Bhagao” rally of the former, he would be sacked from the party.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nitish working as Amit Shah’s servant, says Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Saturday said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who was once a respected leader is now working as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah?s servant. Nitish recently walked away from the grand alliance with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress to join hands with the BJP last month to form government. Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said, ?Many leaders in the party are tensed because of Nitish?s decision. The way he switched sides was astonishing. Nobody has ever done such an act before. He has crushed his morality. He has become a weak chief minister. There was a time when he was a respected leader, but now he is working as Amit Shah?s servant. So, I believe that all the respected JD-U leaders will leave the party.? Nitish and senior rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav are at loggerheads since the grand alliance was broken in Bihar. Kumar later today will be holding party?s national executive meeting in Patna where on the other hand Yadav?s faction will simultaneously hold a separate meeting in the national capital. However the BJP said that it has no concern with what Yadav does, as he has adopted negative politics and will face the consequences in the long run. ?We know that Janata Dal (United) is led by Nitish Kumar ji and this party is an ally of the BJP and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). What other leaders do and say is not our concern. Sharad Yadav is getting isolated because he has adopted negative politics and negative politics does not work in the long run,? BJP leader Sudhesh Verma said. Yadav recently launched ‘Sanjhi Virsasat Bachao Manch’ to oppose alleged divisive politics of the BJP and will be holding a similar programme today.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP slams opposition ‘hypocrisy’ over killing of RSS workers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP today hit out at the opposition saying it was “hypocrisy” to talk about composite heritage but remain silent over the killing of RSS workers in Kerala allegedly by CPI-M workers. Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress vice president’s observations are more of a “political cry” arising out of a deep sense of dismay as to why he and his party are being rejected by the people of the country. He also questioned the silence of “so-called liberal intellectuals” on the killings of RSS workers in Kerala, who had gone on an “Award Wapasi” spree earlier. Earlier in the day, Rahul took part in the ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ (save country’s composite heritage) hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, in which former prime minister Manmohan Singh and other senior Congress members as well as Left party leaders, including CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI leader D Raja, also took part. Rahul had also hit out at the government for not being able to keep its promises while targetting the RSS. “I have a question on the talk of composite heritage (‘sanjhi virasat’) which is going on today. RSS workers in Kerala’s Kannur are being allegedly killed by CPI-M workers, which heritage is that,” Prasad asked. “The organisers of composite heritage – Congress, Left and Sharad Yadav are sitting together, how do they consider the merciless killing of RSS workers in Kannur in Kerala by CPI-M workers and their goons. Is it part of the composite heritage of India? This is hypocrisy,” he said. He said, “Does Rahul Gandhi speak about it (Killings in Kerala?) Where are Delhi’s so-called liberal intellectuals who were doing ‘Award Wapasi’? Today RSS workers are being killed by CPI-M goons, why are the liberal intellectuals silent now?” he asked. Union minister Arun Jaitley had also recently met family members of a slain RSS functionary, a victim of political violence in Kerala. He claimed that those talking about composite heritage are a coalition of “failed people” and they will keep on failing in the future. He said he was “intrigued” by Rahul’s remark that on the one hand, there are those who loot the country and on the other, there are those who give to the nation. “People have removed from power those who looted the country. Your party is also there. But today, one thing was clear by his comments. Rahul Gandhi does not give a speech, he cries,” Prasad said. Taking a dig at Sharad Yadav, he said “The person whose entire politics started at the feet of JP, and opposing the Congress, is feeling happy today sitting beside Rahul Gandhi”. He said “this is a coalition of people who are in fear of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. This is also a coalition of those who have done corruption and now action is being taken”. Prasad said there were local body elections in Madhya Pradesh where BJP gave a good performance. “In West Bengal, there were local body elections in seven places, all were won by Trinamool but BJP came second everywhere. There was no sign of the Left. “I want to congratulate the team of MP and WB and say keep it up. Where is the Left? It was found that Left was sitting at composite heritage (conference),” he said. To a question, he said Rahul has silenced everybody in the Congress to such an extent that despite his party’s loss every time under him, nobody dares to ask him any question. On Kashmir, he said the government is taking “very firm measures” against the terrorists and separatists and probing their funding pattern. “That shall continue. But the larger commitment for Kashmir by the prime minister was outlined in his August 15 speech,” he said. Modi during his Independence Day speech had reached out to strife-hit Kashmiris, saying abuses and bullets will not resolve their problems but embracing them will. Prasad said that the most objectionable comment by Rahul today was that BJP is packing the judiciary and the media with its own people and will change the Constitution. “I would expect Rahul Gandhi not to make motivated political comment about the judiciary. India’s judiciary is independent and we all respect it. They are left with no issues and out of their political fear they are saying these things. I appeal to them not to not drag the judiciary”. Prasad said Rahul’s grandmother had spoken about committed judiciary during the times of Emergency. “The political training of Rahul and the political heritage of Rajiv Gandhi have been very unclear as far as independence of judiciary is concerned. They talk of committed judiciary in the 70s when Emergency was there. “I condemn these utterly irresponsible comments of Rahul concerning the judiciary and media. The Narendra Modi government fully respects the independence of judiciary and fully upholds the independence of media,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Oppn to unitedly fight BJP, RSS, preserve ‘composite culture’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over a dozen opposition parties today launched a scathing attack on the RSS and accused the Modi government of not fulfilling its promises, as Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi demanded a ‘sach Bharat’ or a true India instead of ‘Swachch Bharat’. Gandhi also attacked the BJP’s ideological mentor, the RSS, and accused it of trying to divide society on the lines of caste and religion. The platform for opposition unity was the ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ (save our composite culture) meeting hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and attended by a host of leaders, including those from the Congress, CPI-M, CPI, SP, BSP, NCP, RJD, NC, JD-S and RLD. Addressing the gathering, which included former prime minister Manmohan Singh as well as the CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja and National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, Gandhi said he backed an India that stood for truth. “Modi ji says he wants to create a ‘Swachch Bharat’ but we want a ‘sach Bharat’…We don’t want your ‘fake Bharat’,” Gandhi said and alleged, “Wherever he goes he lies.” He, however, did not elaborate further. Stressing the need for unity in the fight against the BJP and the RSS, the Congress vice president said, “If we all fight unitedly, I can tell you they will not be seen anywhere.” Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress vice president’s observations were more of a “political cry” arising out of a deep sense of dismay on why he and his party were being rejected by the people of the country. The opposition meet reflected “hypocrisy”, he said. Today’s meet was also seen as a show of strength by Sharad Yadav, who has parted ways with his old-time colleague and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, amid speculation that the JD-U would split. If the people united, “even a Hitler” could not stand before them, said Yadav, who appeared to emerge as a rallying point for the opposition with leaders collectively endorsing his call for preserving India’s composite culture. “I am confident that when people of this country, world stand united, even Hitler cannot win over them,” Yadav said. Gandhi also accused the BJP of not fulfilling the promises made to the people during the 2014 general elections, including bringing back black money stashed abroad and creating jobs for youth. He said unemployment in the country was the highest in eight years but did not give any figures to back his claim. Alleging that the RSS knew its views would not help them win elections, he said it was trying to plant its people in every institution. “Till the time RSS did not rule India, they never saluted the national flag…You can look at this nation in two ways. One says this country is mine, other says I belong to the country. That’s the difference between RSS and us,” he said. Referring to the theme of the meeting, CPI(M) general secretary Yechury said several Hindu and Muslims leaders fought against the British but “this composite heritage is being threatened now”. Calling for a joint fight against “divisive and communal” forces, he said more Muslims chose to stay back in India than go to Pakistan after partition. But this composite culture is now being tampered with to convert India into a “Hindu Rashtra”, Yechury alleged. “We are with Sharad Yadav. If we have to save this composite culture, Sharad ji will hold the key to the movement to save it. He will have to complete the task,” he said. “The prime minister talks about not repeating Indira Gandhi’s Emergency. But what is he doing?” he asked, while noting that Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s recorded Independence Day speech was blocked by public broadcasters Doordarshan and All India Radio. “We will fight against the policies destroying diversity,” Yechury added. Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who was recently elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, said, “I urge Sharad ji to prepare an action plan… We will go to every nook and corner of the country and warn people that we will not be able to save the country, democracy, humanity if we do not save our composite culture, heritage.” This was required to defeat forces, which were trying to destroy the country’s social fabric, in 2019, Patel said. Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said Yadav was the “real JD-U” and noted that he had declined a cabinet berth and chosen the path of secularism. CPI’s Raja dubbed the RSS an “unconstitutional” authority and alleged it was instructing the government in every matter. “They are trying to destroy our composite culture by dividing the people. They want to win elections in any manner.” National Conference leader Abdullah also launched a scathing attack on the state of affairs in the country but did not name anybody. “India can face China and Pakistan but unfortunately today the threat is from inside not from outside.” “Andar koi chor baitha hua hai jo hamara beda garak kar raha hai (There is a thief sitting inside who is determined to spoil everything),” Abdullah added in an apparent broadside against the Centre. Reacting to the meeting, Prasad said it was “hypocrisy” to talk about composite heritage and remain silent on the killing of RSS workers in Kerala allegedly by CPI(M) goons. “To this talk of composite heritage which is going on today, I have a question. The RSS workers in Kerala’s Kannur who are being allegedly killed by CPI(M) workers, which heritage is that,” he asked. The Congress termed as “unfortunate and intemperate” Prasad’s comments on Gandhi. Referring to Prasad’s remarks on political violence in the country, Tewari said the political killings had been condemned by the Congress repeatedly. “While the law minister sees the violence of the CPI(M), he does not see the violence which is unleashed by his own party men and organisations which owe allegiance to it,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prasad’s remarks on Rahul unfortunate, intemperate: Tewari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today termed as “unfortunate and intemperate” the remarks of Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Rahul Gandhi and said it does not behove a minister to make obtuse personal statements. Taking exception to Prasad’s remarks against Gandhi, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the Union minister was not even aware of the facts about his party’s existence in 1980. Tewari said Prasad’s remarks truly reflect the exquisite mixture of “ignorance and arrogance” which this government has come to characterise itself within its 38 months of being in power. He asked the minister whether it was not true that the NDA government led by Atal Behari Vajpayee had formed a committee to suggest changes in the Constitution. “Was that not an attempt to change the Constitution of India,” he asked. Tewari said the highest positions in the government, the Prime Minister’s Office and the country’s various institutions are occupied by people who owe their allegiance to the RSS and its affiliated bodies. “Ministers of the Union are serving on the board of a thinktank belonging to the RSS while being ministers is a clear case of conflict of interest,” he said. Referring to Prasad’s remarks on political violence in the country, especially in the context of Kerala, Tewari said the political killings have been condemned from this platform by the Congress repeatedly. “While the law minister sees the violence of the CPI-M, he does not see the violence which is unleashed by his own partymen and organisations which owe allegiance to it,” he said. The Congress leader said all those people who have gathered for the ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ (save country’s composite heritage) are actually “poor runners” of the liberal idea of India, an idea which has been under stress, strain and sustained assault for the last 38 months. “But the ideological battle against sectarianism, against fundamentalism and against the kind of obscurantism would continue, and ultimately we would triumph,” he said. To a question on the BJP claiming that its position is strong and would get more seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Tewari said, “The BJP does not guage the anger on the road and one hoped that 360 seats would not turn 36.” The Congress always believed in nurturing institutions, he said and accused the BJP-led government of superseding one officer with another in the armed forces. “Is this showing respect to the Indian defence establishment and the Indian Army?,” he asked. Earlier in the day, the BJP hit out at the Opposition saying it was “hypocrisy” to talk about composite heritage but remain silent over the killing of RSS workers in Kerala allegedly by CPI-M workers. Taking a dig at Gandhi, Prasad said the Congress vice president’s observations were more of a “political cry” arising out of a deep sense of dismay as to why he and his party are being rejected by the people of the country. “I have a question on the talk of composite heritage (‘sanjhi virasat’) which is going on today. RSS workers in Kerala’s Kannur are being allegedly killed by CPI-M workers, which heritage is that,” Prasad asked. “The organisers of composite heritage – Congress, Left and Sharad Yadav are sitting together, how do they consider the merciless killing of RSS workers in Kannur in Kerala by CPI-M workers and their goons. Is it part of the composite heritage of India? This is hypocrisy,” he said. Rahul today took part in the ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ (save country’s composite heritage) hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, where former prime minister Manmohan Singh and other senior Congress members as well as Left party leaders, including CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI national secretary D Raja took part in.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Opposition joins hands to fight BJP, preserve ‘composite

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than a dozen opposition parties joined hands today to call for a united fight against the BJP with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi taking the government head on and accusing it of not fulfilling its promises. The platform for opposition unity was the ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ (save our composite culture) meeting hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and attended by a host of leaders, including those from the Congress, CPI-M, CPI, SP, BSP, NCP, RJD, NC, JD-S and RLD. Addressing the gathering, which included former prime minister Manmohan Singh as well as the CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja and National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, Gandhi said they backed an India that stood for the truth. “Modi ji says he wants to create a ‘Swachch Bharat’ but we want a ‘Sach Bharat’,” Gandhi said, but did not elaborate further. He also stressed on the need for unity in the fight against the BJP and the RSS. “If we all fight unitedly, I can tell you they will not be seen anywhere,” he said. Sharad Yadav, who has parted ways with his old-time colleague, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, amid speculation that the JD-U would split, echoed him. If people united, “even a Hitler” cannot stand before them, said Yadav, who appeared to emerge as a rallying point for the opposition with leaders collectively endorsing his call for preserving India’s composite culture. Gandhi also accused the BJP of not fulfilling the promises made to the people during the 2014 general elections, including bringing back black money stashed abroad and creating jobs for youth. Alleging that the RSS knew that its views would not help them win elections, he said it was trying to plant its people in every institution. “Till the time RSS did not rule India, they never saluted the national flag… You can look at this nation in two ways. One says this country is mine, other says I belong to the country. That’s the difference between RSS and us,” he said. Referring to the theme of the meeting, CPI(M) general secretary Yechury said several Hindu and Muslims leaders fought against the British but “this composite heritage is being threatened now”. Calling for a joint fight against “divisive and communal” forces, he said more Muslims chose to stay back in India than go to Pakistan after partition. But this composite culture is now being tampered with to convert India into a “Hindu Rashtra”, Yechury alleged. Yechury said Yadav held the key to saving India’s syncretic culture. “We are with Sharad Yadav. If we have to save this composite culture, Sharad ji will hold the key to the movement to save it. He will have to complete the task,” he said. “The prime minister talks about not repeating Indira Gandhi’s Emergency. But what is he doing?” he asked, while noting that Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s recorded Independence Day speech was blocked by public broadcasters Doordarshan and All India Radio. “We will fight against the policies destroying diversity,” Yechury added. Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who was recently elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, also backed Yadav. “I urge Sharad ji to prepare an action plan… We will go to every nook and corner of the country and warn people that we will not be able to save the country, democracy, humanity if we do not save our composite culture, heritage. “We require this to defeat these forces in 2019. All of you will need to cooperate on this issue,” he said. Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said Yadav was the “real JD-U” and noted that he had declined a cabinet berth and chosen the path of secularism. CPI’s Raja dubbed the RSS an “unconstitutional” authority and alleged it was instructing the government in every matter. “They are trying to destroy our composite culture by dividing the people. They want to win elections in any manner.” National Conference leader Abdullah also launched a scathing attack on the state of affairs in the country but did not name anybody. “India can face China and Pakistan but unfortunately today the threat is from inside not from outside.” “Andar koi chor baitha hua hai jo hamara beda garak kar raha hai (There is a thief sitting inside who is determined to spoil everything),” Abdullah added in an apparent broadside against the Centre. Reacting to the meeting, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said it was “hypocrisy” to talk about composite heritage and remain silent on the killing of RSS workers in Kerala allegedly by CPI(M) goons. “To this talk of composite heritage which is going on today, I have a question. The RSS workers in Kerala’s Kannur who are being allegedly killed by CPI(M) workers, which heritage is that,” he asked.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rahul, Manmohan among top opposition leaders attending Sharad Yadav’s Virasat Bachao meeting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav?s efforts to unite opposition parties to save their inheritance got a major boost up today when several top leaders of opposition parties gathered to attend the meeting at the Constitution Club here. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, TMC leader Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Choudhary, Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) leader Manoj Jha and Babulal Marandi, national president of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha are among the leaders attending the meet. Janata Dal (U) leader Sharad Yadav took the initiative to organise ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ (save composite culture) programme after he was expelled from the party by party president Nitish Kumar. The JD(U) removed Sharad Yadav a couple of days ago, as its parliamentary party leader in the Rajya Sabha, when he continued his campaign against the Nitish Kumar?s decision to forge an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). That?s why the programme is seen as a protest against Kumar?s decision to realign with the BJP. On Wednesday, Sharad Yadav had said, “Around 17 parties will attend our ?Sanjhi Virasat Bachao? programme and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ji and Rahul Gandhi ji will also be present from the Congress party apart from the leaders of the Opposition parties, intellectuals and farmers. Dalit and tribal leaders will also attend the meeting.” Yadav, while talking to reporters had also asserted that the composite culture of India is the preamble of Constitution which is under threat, therefore, it was important to launch the programme. He also asserted that, ?This programme is in the interest of the country and not against the government.” Janata Dal-(United) leaders have mocked the Sharad Yadav’s ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ programme terming it as ?reeks of hypocrisy?. Talking to ANI, JD(U) leader Ajay Alok said, “It feels weird to see Sharad Yadav’s ethics taking a 180 degree turn. Thirty years ago, he arranged a similar meeting against the Congress, and now, he is aligning with the Congress for the same meeting.” Echoing a similar view, party spokesman K.C. Tyagi said the JD (U) remains unaffected by the meeting. He said, “The people who are organizing the meeting are not important for us and we remain unaffected by it.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RJD suffers another blow, spox Pragati Mehta join JD(U)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Wednesday suffered yet another blow when party spokesperson Pragati Mehta joined its rival faction in the state assembly – the Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)). This comes in the wake of the heated political environment in the state brought in culmination due to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar undoing the ‘mahagathbandhan’, thereby, severing all ties with the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led RJD, over corruption charges levied on the latter and his son and former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav. In the aftermath of the corruption charges, Nitish Kumar stepped down as the state head and joined the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in no time, thereby, swearing-in as the chief minister for the sixth time – this time in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies. Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav didn’t seem too happy with Nitish resorting to changing his stance on the saffron party and held a Jan Samwad Yatra wherein he interacted with the people of the state to gauge the public sentiment regarding the snapping of the Grand Alliance. This led to rumours that Sharad Yadav would be removed from the party, but he was only replaced as the Rajya Sabha leader. Also, Ali Anwar, who on Sharad Yadav’s insistence, attended an Opposition party meeting called on by Sonia Gandhi, was removed from the JD(U) parliamentary party. More recently, Deputy Chief Minister and BJP Sushil Modi blamed the RJD workers for the attack on his cavalcade in Vaishali.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nitish Kumar ousts Sharad as JD-U RS leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what is being seen as punishment for his disapproval of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to re-join the BJP-led alliance, Sharad Yadav has been replaced by Nitish’s close aide RCP Singh as the Parliamentary Party leader of the Janata Dal-United (JDU) in the Rajya Sabha. All eyes are now on the National Executive meeting, to be held on August 19.A day earlier, Nitish had suspended party deputy leader Ali Anwar Ansari in the Rajya Sabha for attending a meeting of Opposition parties, convened by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.At the August 19 meeting, besides taking a final call on “rebel leaders”, the JDU is expected to announce its merger with the BJP-led NDA. BJP president Amit Shah had extended the invite to Nitish during their meeting in Delhi on Friday.Meanwhile, in a war of words, Ansari attacked Nitish on Saturday for taking the “suicidal” decision of joining the BJP camp and said many JDU members were unhappy. In a defiant tone, he questioned Nitish’s authority for taking the “dictatorial” decision of removing Yadav from the position without holding any party meeting, and said it was time to take the battle to the masses.Rejecting Ansari’s allegations as baseless, K C Tyagi, Nitish’s aide in Delhi, said the entire Bihar unit, including all MLAs, MLCs, national executive members, district committees members, and the party cadre, were with Nitish.Yadav, however, refused to comment on the development. The former JDU President, who concluded his three-day Bihar yatra to gather support for the Mahagathbandhan, brushed aside questions by asking reporters to have tea with him.Earlier on Thursday, Yadav had said that the split in the Grand Alliance had really hurt him. “The Mahagathbandhan had a mandate of five years. People’s trust has been broken,” he said, adding that there were two factions within the JDU — the ‘sarkaari’ faction led by Nitish, and the other one led by the people.After Yadav arrived in Bihar, he had received support from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav. Some JDU functionaries, however, alleged that he had brokered a deal with Lalu to get his son an RJD ticket from the Madhepura constituency for the 2019 elections.The veteran lader of many battles is now expected to open his cards at the Sanjhi Virasat Bachao (Save Common Heritage) conclave, to be held in New Delhi on August 17, where he has invited the leaders of all Opposition parties, including Congress, Left, RJD, TMC, SP, BSP, BJP, INLD, and so on.While Nitish confidants are sure that Yadav will avoid the August 19 meeting, his future course of action remains to be seen.Also, talks have been doing rounds that to bolster Nitish’s stature in Bihar for future elections, he may be made the convenor or co-convenor of NDA, a position once enjoyed by George Fernandes and Sharad Yadav himself. As of now, there is no such position in the NDA.Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi will be meeting Nitish again in August-end to discuss the Bihar package. Sources said Modi might open Centre’s coffers for several schemes in the irrigation, electricity, road construction, and backward area development sectors, to get a firmer grip on the alliance in Bihar.

Nitish Kumar’s Ghar Wapsi: JD(U) to formally re-join NDA, get two ministerial berths

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nitish Kumar is expected to complete his return to the NDA fold sooner rather than later, and according to a media report he will formally announce his decision at the party’s national executive meeting in Patna on August 19.A News 18 report states that BJP president Amit Shah extended the invite during their meeting on Delhi on Friday.Party’s national general secretary KC Tyagi was quoted saying, “Nitish Kumar himself will moot the proposal which will be passed unanimously. This is a historic moment for Bihar when the same alliance is at the helm of affairs in the state and at the Centre. The combined efforts of Centre and state will help the state reach new heights of development.”
ALSO READ Nitish Kumar doesn’t belong to JD(U) anymore, he has gone to BJP: Lalu Prasad Yadav flays former allyBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah on Saturday announced that he has extended an invitation to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of joining the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).This is the first official development between Nitish and the BJP, post the debacle last month, with Nitish Kumar resigning as the Bihar Chief Minister and breaking ties with the grand alliance and then forming the government with the saffron party. The Bihar Chief Minister also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
ALSO READ Nitish Kumar gets tough, JD(U) removes dissenting Sharad Yadav as party’s Rajya Sabha chief The Bihar CM snapped ties with NDA in 2013 after spending 17 years with BJP. A leader close to Nitish told News 18 that PM Modi wanted to ‘harness the potential of Nitish Kumar at the national level’.The JD(U) will reportedly be offered two managerial berths in the Centre, however it will take time as the party will try to replace Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar with new members in Rajya Sabha.
ALSO READ Janata Disunited: Nitish Kumar meets PM Modi, Amit Shah; says Sharad Yadav free to ‘make his own decision’The Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) on Saturday said that senior party leader Sharad Yadav was replaced by Ram Chander Singh in the Rajya Sabha due to his anti-party activities.Speaking to ANI, MP Vashistha Narayan Singh said, ‘This was important and was done due to Sharad Yadav’s anti-party activities.’He further said that the members of Parliament, whether they belong to the Rajya Sabha or the Lok Sabha, showed their disappointment to the authorities regarding Sharad Yadav’s three-day Jan Samvad Yatra, which started on August 10.‘We unanimously elected Ram Chandar as our leader in Rajya Sabha,’ Singh said, adding that it was an important step, because “a leader getting involved in anti-party activities is not good.’‘The whole party agreed to Nitish Kumar’s decision to dissociate itself from the grand alliance in Bihar,’ he added.The party is going to have a committee meeting on August 19 that will take the final decision, Singh said.Earlier today, Sharad Yadav claimed that he had sent fellow party leader Ali Anwar Ansari to attend a meeting of opposition parties convened by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, so that Bihar-like grand alliance is replicated countrywide.Sharad Yadav kickstarted his three-day Jan Samvad Yatra on August 10.With inputs from ANI

Bihar: History won’t forgive Nitish Kumar for going against mandate of people, says suspended JD(U) leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suspended Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) leader Ali Anwar on Saturday said that history will not forgive Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for going against the mandate of the people of Bihar, which was given in favour of the grand alliance.Anwar accused Nitish of sacrificing the nation for saving his government.”You (Nitish Kumar) sacrificed the nation to stay in power. History will not forgive. We will go across the country and tell people about what has happened”, Anwar said.Justifying his stand of attending the opposition’s meet, Anwar said he is still following the people’s mandate.”Nitish Kumar went against the mandate. We are still following the mandate of the people, which was in the favour of the grand alliance”, he said.”The ones who changed the mandate should be questioned”, he added.Anwar said that leaders like him and Sharad Yadav have listened to their conscience and that any sort of sacrifice for truth will be less, adding that what has happened is a political mishap.”The common man is with us. There is restlessness in the entire country due to the economic and social policies and political style of the Government at the Centre and now in Bihar as well. Somebody will have to break it. Someone like Sharad Yadav or Ali Anwar will have to come forward to break it. We have faith that not only people of Bihar but of the entire country is with us”, he said.Anwar was suspended from the JD (U) parliamentary party for participating in the Opposition meeting called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.”MP Ali Anwar stands suspended from JD (U)’s parliamentary party after he participated in the Opposition party’s meeting. This was against the party”, JD (U) general secretary K.C. Tyagi said.The joint Opposition meet was called to discuss unity and chalk out a strategy against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central Government.

History will not forgive Nitish for going against mandate Ali Anwar @ 8/12/2017 12:48:36 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Suspended Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) leader Ali Anwar on Saturday said that history will not forgive Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for going against the mandate of the people of Bihar, which was given in favour of the grand alliance. Anwar accused Nitish of sacrificing the nation for saving his government. ?You (Nitish Kumar) sacrificed the nation to stay in power. History will not forgive. We will go across the country and tell people about what has happened,? Anwar told ANI. Justifying his stand of attending the opposition?s meet, Anwar said he is still following the people?s mandate. ?Nitish Kumar went against the mandate. We are still following the mandate of the people, which was in the favour of the grand alliance,? he said. ?The ones who changed the mandate should be questioned,? he added. Anwar said that leaders like him and Sharad Yadav have listened to their conscience and that any sort of sacrifice for truth will be less, adding that what has happened is a political mishap. ?The common man is with us. There is restlessness in the entire country due to the economic and social policies and political style of the Government at the Centre and now in Bihar as well. Somebody will have to break it. Someone like Sharad Yadav or Ali Anwar will have to come forward to break it. We have faith that not only people of Bihar but of the entire country is with us,? he said. Anwar was suspended from the JD (U) parliamentary party for participating in the Opposition meeting called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “MP Ali Anwar stands suspended from JD (U)’s parliamentary party after he participated in the Opposition parties’ meeting. This was against the party,” JD (U) general secretary K.C. Tyagi told ANI. The joint Opposition meet was called to discuss unity and chalk out a strategy against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central Government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

History will not forgive Nitish for going against mandate Ali Anwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Suspended Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) leader Ali Anwar on Saturday said that history will not forgive Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for going against the mandate of the people of Bihar, which was given in favour of the grand alliance. Anwar accused Nitish of sacrificing the nation for saving his government. ?You (Nitish Kumar) sacrificed the nation to stay in power. History will not forgive. We will go across the country and tell people about what has happened,? Anwar told ANI. Justifying his stand of attending the opposition?s meet, Anwar said he is still following the people?s mandate. ?Nitish Kumar went against the mandate. We are still following the mandate of the people, which was in the favour of the grand alliance,? he said. ?The ones who changed the mandate should be questioned,? he added. Anwar said that leaders like him and Sharad Yadav have listened to their conscience and that any sort of sacrifice for truth will be less, adding that what has happened is a political mishap. ?The common man is with us. There is restlessness in the entire country due to the economic and social policies and political style of the Government at the Centre and now in Bihar as well. Somebody will have to break it. Someone like Sharad Yadav or Ali Anwar will have to come forward to break it. We have faith that not only people of Bihar but of the entire country is with us,? he said. Anwar was suspended from the JD (U) parliamentary party for participating in the Opposition meeting called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “MP Ali Anwar stands suspended from JD (U)’s parliamentary party after he participated in the Opposition parties’ meeting. This was against the party,” JD (U) general secretary K.C. Tyagi told ANI. The joint Opposition meet was called to discuss unity and chalk out a strategy against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central Government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NCP skips Oppn meeting called by Congress chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s attempts to put back on track the dream of Opposition unity against the Modi-Shah juggernaut on Friday came a cropper as the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar skipped the meeting. This comes after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to join hands with the BJP in Bihar.The meeting attended by 16 parties took place in the Parliament House Annexe Building. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury walked out halfway through the meeting. Yechuri appears to be peeved by the importance given to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Sources said the CPI(M) central committee had directed Yechury to stop “piggybacking on the Congress”. He told reporters that his party will do what is required to form an alternative people’s narrative through struggle. He said his party would work for it independently, and other parties are welcome to join. The meeting, however, authorised Sonia to constitute a small coordination committee for planning future programmes on agrarian distress and other issues. Everyone congratulated her political secretary, Ahmed Patel, for winning the Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat despite the BJP’s best efforts to defeat him.Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad tried to play down the absence of Sharad Pawar, saying he was not well. He refused to agree that Pawar’s NCP was a suspect in not voting for Ahmed Patel. Rebel Janata Dal(U) leader Sharad Yadav is touring Bihar, but was represented in the meeting by the party’s Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar, who was later suspended from the party’s parliamentary party for attending the meeting.It is believed that the NCP skipped the meeting to express its displeasure over allegations by some Congress leaders that its two MLAs did not vote for Ahmed Patel. NCP leader Praful Patel said even when his party had issued a three-line whip to its MLAs to vote for the Congress, leaders of that party are accusing it of not supporting its candidate. “Even after we issued a whip to our MLAs, they voted for the Congress. Why should we be accused of not supporting it? That is why we decided to boycott this meeting,” Patel said. He also wondered why the NCP should run after the Congress, when the party led by Sonia Gandhi is one of the various opposition parties.

Sharad Yadav is free to express his opinion, says Bihar CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Retaliating to former Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief and MP Sharad Yadav’s comments made on Thursday, party president and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said Yadav is free to make his own decisions in New Delhi on Friday.Kumar, who was in Delhi to attend the swearing in ceremony of Venkaiah Naidu as the Vice-President of India, said the decision to form a coalition government with the BJP was taken unanimously by the party ranks. “If he has any issue with the decision or is unhappy with it, he is free to express his opinion,” he said while replying to a query on Sharad Yadav’s recent statements against the JD-U-BJP rule in Bihar.Earlier, before commencing his three-day direct dialogue with the people of Bihar on Thursday, Yadav had said that Kumar’s alliance with the BJP was “a betrayal of the trust of 11 crore people of Bihar”.”There are two JD-Us… one sarkari and one of the people… I still stand with the Mahagathbandhan,” he had said, although the Nitish-led JD-U faction had parted ways with RJD and Congress on July 26 and formed a new government with the saffron party a day later.With the cracks within the party now coming to the fore, some decision is likely to be taken soon, as the JD-U has a national executive meeting scheduled in Patna on August 19.While in Delhi, his first after the formation of the new government in Bihar, the Bihar CM also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss Bihar’s developmental issues.

Sonia Gandhi wants to create rift within our party members: JD (U)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Sonia Gandhi inviting Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav in the Opposition meeting on Friday, the party has come down heavily on the Congress President saying she is trying to create a rift within the Nitish Kumar-led party.JD (U) general secretary K C Tyagi said, “Calling our party members in meeting of Opposition leaders reveals Sonia Gandhi’s wrong intentions. We already have broken our ties with UPA and Mahagathbandhan. By calling us she wants to create a rift between party members.”Gandhi has called a meeting of Opposition leaders on Friday morning in New Delhi to chalk out a strategy against the Narendra Modi-led government.Earlier, controversy broke out after Sharad Yadav on Thursday declared in Patna that he was still with the Grand Alliance of the RJD and Congress.This came after Nitish severed ties last month with the Grand Alliance of Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress, to form A government in Bihar with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

End of Grand Alliance broke trust of 11 cr People of Bihar:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On his first trip to Bihar since the end of the Grand Alliance, senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav today said the disintegration of the grouping has broken the trust of 11 crore people of the state and he is “hurt” by it. He arrived at the airport here to embark on a three-day tour during which he would hold “direct dialogue” with the people over breaking of the JD(U)-RJD-Congress coalition and formation of the JD(U)-BJP alliance government. Earlier, after Nitish Kumar had walked away from the Grand Alliance, Sharad Yadav had said it was a “betrayal” of the people’s mandate. Now it is clear the JD(U) too is maintaining a distance with Yadav during the trip. While only a handful of JD(U) workers were present at the airport to receive him, RJD supporters were seen in large numbers. Senior JD(U) leader and former Bihar minister Ramai Ram was the big name present at the airport. Former RJD legislator Ram Badan Rai was also at the airport. “The trust of 11 crore people who gave mandate to form the Grand Alliance government in Bihar has been broken,” Yadav told reporters. “The agreement of Gatbandhan (Grand Alliance) was for five years which has been broken…I am hurt by this.” The Rajya Sabha MP said. He said the Grand Alliance and the BJP had put out different manifestos for the state election and they were face-to-face. “It’s for the first time in history of the country that the two manifestos of rival groupings have mingled.” “I continue to stand for the ‘Gathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance),” he said. Asked whether his trip did not amount to “anti-party activity”, Yadav, who is the leader of the party in the Upper House, said, “I do not want to make any comment.” From the Patna airport, Sharad Yadav’s convoy headed straight for Sonepur in Saran district. From there, he would go to Hajipur and stop at Muzaffarpur during the night. As per his programme on his twitter account, he would visit the Muzaffarpur-Darbhanga-Madhubani stretch tomorrow and to Madhubani-Supual Madhepura the next day i.e. August 12.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sharad Yadav congratulates Ahmed Patel on winning RS poll

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav today congratulated Congress’ Ahmed Patel for winning the election to a Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat, “in spite of the toughest hurdles”. “Heartiest congratulations on your victory in Rajya Sabha election in spite of toughest hurdles. Wish you all success in your career (sic),” he wrote on Twitter. Yadav also posted a photograph of his with Patel, the political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, on the microblogging website. Apparently charting a different path vis-a-vis his party, the senior JD(U) leader is scheduled to embark on a three-day tour of Bihar from tomorrow to have a “direct dialogue” with the people. His congratulatory message to Patel assumes significance at a time, when the JD(U) has joined hands with the BJP to form the government in Bihar. Yadav’s message comes in the backdrop of reports of the lone JD(U) MLA in the Gujarat Assembly, Chhotu Vasava, voting for Patel, notwithstanding the fact that his party is in a coalition with the BJP in Bihar. The JD(U) had last night removed Arun Shrivastav, a close confidante of Yadav, from the post of party general secretary for writing “without authorisation” to the returning officer of the Gujarat Assembly, appointing an election agent for the Rajya Sabha poll. Yadav, who is a Rajya Sabha member from Bihar, has posted the details of his three-day tour of the eastern state on his Twitter handle. After he lost to Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav from the Madhepura Lok Sabha seat in 2014, the JD(U) had sent Yadav to the Upper House of Parliament last year. Yadav’s Bihar tour is being viewed as a sign of his annoyance over Nitish Kumar breaking the Grand Alliance of the JD(U), RJD and Congress and joining hands with the BJP to form the government in that state. Two other JD(U) MPs, Ali Anwar and M P Veerendra Kumar, also reportedly miffed over Kumar’s decision, had met Yadav to express their resentment. Meanwhile, the JD(U) distanced itself from Yadav’s Bihar tour. “We have nothing to do with his yatra…it is a personal programme of Sharad Yadav,” JD(U) chief spokesman in Bihar Sanjay Singh told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav sides with Oppn in RS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who has been reportedly uneasy since his party aligned with the BJP to form a government in Bihar, today sided with the opposition parties in an attempt to corner the government over the alleged printing of new 500 rupee notes in different sizes. Yadav, who continues to occupy the same seat in the front rows of opposition benches as he did before his party forged an alliance with the BJP in Bihar, showed enlarged copies of differently sized 500 rupee notes. “I can give signed copies” of the notes, he said as treasury benches countered his contention which was earlier raised by Kapil Sibal of the Congress. As Congress members trooped into the well of the House, Yadav said no country in the world has different sized currency notes. “One is big, one is small,” he said. Yadav has been maintaining a studied silence on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar breaking alliance with Lalu Yadav’s RJD and Congress to form a government with the BJP. He continues to sit with BSP’s Satish Misra on one side and SP’s Ramgopal Yadav on the other. Also occupying the front row is Sitaram Yechury of CPI(M).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ahmed Patel faces his toughest test

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Tuesday’s Rajya Sabha election may be the toughest test of his four-decade-old political career. Numbers suggest that Patel, who has been a Rajya Sabha member since 1993, and is eyeing a fifth straight term in the Upper House, may just scrape through, but a lot depends on ‘ifs and buts’. Patel needs 45 votes to win.While the strength of Congress MLAs in the Assembly is 51, seven MLAs, including Vaghela who has quit the Congress party, have not confirmed whether they will vote for Patel or not. This leaves the number of MLAs the party can count on at 44, one short of what is needed to win.Speaking with reporters at Ahmedabad on Monday, Patel expressed confidence that he would win.”I am going to win and one of the BJP candidates will lose. I trust my MLAs. They are very committed; they did not go home even for ‘Raksha Bandhan’. They don’t want to go anywhere and is keen to cast their votes first,” Patel said.Patel sounded hopeful that two MLAs of Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party and lone JD(U) MLA Chhotu Vasava will vote for him, which would be enough for his victory. However, late in the evening, NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja said he and his party MLA Jayant Patel would vote for Balvantsinh Rajput, the former Congress MLA who is contesting as BJP’s third candidate.Congress was also hopeful of getting the vote of Nalin Kotadiya, who was elected on Gujarat Parivartan Party ticket, which later merged with the BJP. Kotadiya, too, announced he would vote for the BJP candidates, and not Patel.Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar said Patel had the numbers to win.”All the 44 MLAs who had gone to Bengaluru will vote for Ahmedbhai. We believe the seven MLAs who didn’t go to Bengaluru will also vote for him. If they don’t follow the party whip, mandating that they vote for Ahmedbhai, they will be disqualified and barred from contesting any election for six years. None of them would want that,” said Parmar.However, the MLAs can avoid such a situation by submitting their resignations before the elections.Though Patel and others sound confident, insiders admit that the situation is fluid, and things could change if any of their 44 MLAs indulge in cross-voting.

Gujarat RS poll: NCP yet to decide on extending support to Ahmed Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has yet to decide on extending its support to the Congress candidate Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha election. The Sharad Pawar-led party, which had contested the assembly poll held in 2012 in an alliance with the Congress party in Gujarat, currently has two legislators Kandhal Jadeja and Jayant Patel.NCP leader and former Union minister Praful Patel told DNA, ” The decision will be informed to party’s legislator on Tuesday morning before the polling starts.” Patel, who is the NCP in-charge for Gujarat, declined to divulge further details. The polling will take place for three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat tomorrow. BJP nominee Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani are comfortably placed to win. However, Ahmed Patel, who has served four terms in the upper house, is striving to muster necessary support to win the third seat especially since six Congress legislators decided to switch sides. NCP spokesman Nawab Malik also confirmed that party will convey its decision to two legislators on Tuesday morning when the polling begins for the Rajya Sabha seats.Another NCP leader, who is the member of the national executive, said currently there is no Congress led United Progressive Alliance which led the government at the Centre during 2004 and 2009.

No matter what, Sharad Yadav will never support Lalu Yadav: JD (U)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Janata Dal (United) on Friday said party’s senior leader Sharad Yadav is never going to support Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Yadav, as claimed by him and added that the former is making such comment just because he is upset with the breakdown of the Grand Alliance.Lalu Yadav is just upset after losing power in the state and that is why making such claims. He is just dragging Sharad Yadav in everything, as he thinks that he will leave the JD(U) and join the RJD. But this is not going to happen, JD(U) leader Sunil Kumar Singh said.Resonating similar sentiments, another JD(U) leader Rajiv Ranjan said Lalu Yadav had the opportunity to protect the Grand Alliance from breakdown, but he lost it for his son.”Lalu Yadav should have raised himself above the affection for his son and should have asked Tejashwi Yadav to resign. But he lost an historic opportunity. He can talk to whoever he wants to, but we believe that Sharad Yadav will be with us always, Ranjan said.On Thursday, Lalu said he is in touch with Sharad Yadav and would discuss with him the formation of a formidable front against the BJP.”Sharad Yadav has always fought against the BJP and the RSS. He is coming to Patna on August 8. I will discuss with him the next course of action”, Lalu said.Meanwhile, refuting his close aide Vijay Verma’s statement, Sharad Yadav said that he wasn’t thinking of forming a new party.Nitish Kumar ended the coalition government with the RJD and Congress on July 26 by resigning as the Bihar Chief Minister. However, he formed the government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) the very next day.Yadav vocally expressed his disappointment over Nitish ‘cheating with the mandate of the people of Bihar.’

Kumar blasts Lalu, says nobody can beat Modi in 2019 LS polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today tore into RJD boss Lalu Prasad, insisting continuing in the Grand Alliance would have amounted to “compromising with corruption”. Having embraced the BJP after a four-year hiatus, Kumar claimed there would be “no challenge” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 general elections. He also said the proposal for a reunion had come from the “highest level” in the BJP which he accepted as “going got impossible” in the Grand Alliance due to accusations of corruption against his then deputy Tejashwi Yadav. “There were corruption charges and cases were filed by the CBI (against Lalu Prasad and family). I had only told them to come out with proper answers. Instead, they made fun of me saying whether I was a CBI official or the police,” he told a press conference. “Laluji did not give any clarification on corruption charges. How could I remain silent after having talked about zero tolerance to corruption? Now I have a feeling that they did not have a proper answer,” Kumar said. Kumar, till recently seen as a potential challenger to Modi, said, “Nobody else (other than Modi) can occupy the PM’s post. Now nobody has the strength to beat rpt beat Modi.” Asked about his future role in national politics, Kumar, also the JD(U) chief, said, “Ours is a small party which does not harbour big national aspirations.” When asked about the possibility of JD(U) becoming part of NDA at the national level with ministers in the Modi government, Kumar said the JD(U) national executive will meet in Patna on August 19 and all such issues will be decided there. He also hit back at RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for criticising him for forging an alliance with “communal” BJP. “Making huge money hiding behind the shield of secularism …is this secularism? … I need no certificate of secularism from anybody,” he said, questioning Lalu’s secularist credentials. Highlighting his own commitment to secularism, he said his government had given compensation to the victims of the Bhagalpur communal riots on par with those of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. On reports that senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav was upset over the party joining hands with BJP, he said, “It is not necessary that everybody always agrees on everything. One can have divergent views. The decision to break the Grand Alliance was taken by Bihar JD(U) at its executive meeting which I had to abide by.” “JD(U) is registered with the Election Commission as a regional party in Bihar and hence going against the decision of the state party was not possible for me,” he said. Kumar mocked at Rahul Gandhi for claiming that he had an inkling that Kumar would walk out of the coalition for the last three to four months. “Then why did he (Gandhi) meet me when I had gone to Delhi and sought his intervention…to ask RJD to come clean on the accusations. “Congress did not act on time in Assam also when AGP had come on board. It cost us the Assam polls,” he said, adding “we can be a partner but not a camp follower.” Even as Kumar defended his decision of aligning with the BJP, JD(U) veteran Sharad Yadav had earlier in the day voiced his disapproval, saying the mandate in the 2015 Assembly polls was for the grand alliance. He termed the development “unpleasant” and “unfortunate”. “The situation is very unpleasant to us… It is unfortunate that the coalition has been broken. People’s mandate was not for it. Bihar’s 11 crore people had endorsed our alliance,” Yadav told reporters outside Parliament. The Rajya Sabha member has met a number of opposition leaders since Nitish Kumar walked out of the 3-party Grand Alliance, which also included the Congress, and joined the NDA camp. In Lucknow, BJP chief Amit Shah dismissed allegations of his party engineering splits and defections in rival political organisations. “In Bihar, we did not break any party. Nitish Kumar had tendered his resignation as he had decided that he will not put up with corruption. Should we have told him with a gun to his temple that stay in that alliance?,” Shah told a press conference. Kumar also slammed Lalu over his claim that he made him the chief minister despite RJD having more MLAs. “He (Lalu) arrogantly says that he made me the CM … The people of Bihar showed him his worth in 2010 (when RJD’s strength was reduced to 22),” he said. Meanwhile, in a boost to the fledgling JD(U)-NDA alliance dispensation in Bihar, the Patna High Court today dismissed two PILs challenging the formation of a new government by Nitish Kumar, saying the court’s intervention was no longer required after the floor test in the state Assembly. While one public interest litigation was filed by RJD MLAs Saroj Yadav and Chandan Verma, the other was by Jitendra Kumar, a Samajwadi Party member. Kumar had comfortably won the confidence vote 131-108 on Friday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

There is no one who can defeat him: Nitish Kumar praises ‘biggest leader’ PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday declared that no one is capable to face and beat Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.He praised Prime Minister Modi, calling him the “biggest leader” in the country and added that “there is no one who can defeat him.”Interestingly, Nitish Kumar had taken a morally high ground in June 2013 when he broke his 17-year tie with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the naming of Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.Since then, he was claiming that he will never join hands with BJP again, until July 26 when he resigned as the chief minister and ended two-year alliance with the RJD and the Congress over corruption charges against his deputy and Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav and formed the Government in Bihar very next day with the BJP’s support.Earlier in July 2015, Prime Minister Modi had also attacked Nitish over his frequent change of political allegiances, saying it seemed that there was ‘some problem with Nitish Kumar’s DNA’.
ALSO READ Watch: RJ Raunac’s Sonu song about Lalu-Nitish break-up will leave you in splitsSpeaking in his first press conference after snapping ties with long time ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Nitish today also explained that he had given Lalu Yadav ample opportunities to explain the charges of corruption against him, but to no avail.If Lalu had explained himself over the corruption allegations, then situation could have been different in Bihar, Nitish said.’I had asked Lalu to clarify the allegations of corruption against him and put the facts forward. It will send a positive impact on the public and which is also good for ‘mahagathbandhan. I have tolerated everything, thought this happens in alliance as I didn’t have a choice. I continued my work for the betterment of people,’ he added.Meanwhile, Lalu has invited the Janata Dal (United) co-founder Sharad Yadav to lead the fight against the BJP and Nitish , who, according to him, joined hands with ‘communal and fascist forces and betrayed the people’s mandate’.’Nitish has tarnished the image of Ambedkar. I urge Sharad Yadav, whom we consider the true leader, to travel to every corner of the country and come to Bihar and join our fight against the BJP and Nitish Kumar,’ Lalu told ANI.On July 26, Nitish resigned as the chief minister and ended two-year alliance with the RJD and the Congress over corruption charges against his deputy and Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav.

Sharad Yadav not interested in Bihar’s politics, he is restless Rudy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav broke his silence on party colleague Nitish Kumar’s political change-up and expressed his disappointment, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Monday said that the Janata Dal (United) JD (U) leader is not interested in Bihar?s politics and is simply restless at the moment. Talking to the media, the Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said Yadav doesn?t have any societal or political contribution in Bihar. ?This was a major decision for the state. Nitish Kumar has taken a courageous step. I am in his support. Our only challenge is about how to continue the halted progress in Bihar. Sharad Yadav has his own anxiety. He doesn?t have any interest in Bihar now. He is simply restless,? he added. Yadav, earlier in the day, expressed his disappointment over the prevailing situation in Bihar and said he doesn’t agree with Nitish Kumar?s decision to break the grand alliance with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress and join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “The current situation in Bihar is very disappointing for me. The mandate by the people of Bihar was not for this. I don’t agree with the decision taken in Bihar. It’s unfortunate,” Yadav said. Earlier on Thursday, JD (U) senior leaders asserted they had no idea about the decision being taken by Nitish Kumar. Bihar saw a major midnight political drama soon after Nitish Kumar resigned last Wednesday as Bihar Chief Minister to protest against his deputy and RJD Supremo Lalu Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav’s stubbornness to stay in the Cabinet despite being named in an F.I.R. over the corruption charges.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

End of grand alliance in Bihar very unpleasant: Sharad Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav today broke his silence on the end of “grand alliance” in Bihar, saying it was very “unpleasant” and “unfortunate”. In a surprise move last week, Janata Dal (United) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar left the “grand alliance” with Lalu Yadav’s RJD and the Congress. Kumar allied with the BJP and formed a new government. “The situation (dissolution of coalition) is very unpleasant to us… It is unfortunate that the coalition has broken,” Sharad Yadav told reporters outside Parliament.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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