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Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu building anti-BJP alliance in south

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Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu building anti-BJP alliance in south

In the “now it’s there – ‘now it isn’t” alliance-building efforts of opposition parties against the BJP, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has been meeting opposition leaders across the country to tie up grand alliance to take on BJP in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

The Andhra chief minister was a BJP ally till March this year, when he exited the NDA over his state not being granted special status.

After meeting Janata Dal (Secular) leaders and Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, Nadu met Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin at his residence in Chennai on Friday. Other DMK leaders such as Rajya Sabha MP MK Kanimozhi and MK Alagiri were also present at the meeting where Stalin announced his party’s decision to support Naidu’s efforts to unite opposition parties against the ruling BJP-led NDA at the Centre.

“Regional leaders across India should immediately come together to oust BJP from power. Anti-national, anti-secular BJP rule needs to be stopped and Naidu has taken the efforts towards that. Naidu had met Rahul Gandhi. When he met Rahul, I had welcomed and supported it,” Stalin said.

Stalin urged leaders from all states to unite against the BJP at Centre, adding, institutions such as CBI, RBI and judiciary are supposed to be autonomous but the government does not allow that.

“Under the BJP rule at the Centre, states are losing their rights. Federal structure and democracy of the nation are facing a threat. I have been vocal on urging all the regional and federal forces to work together to remove BJP,” Stalin told reporters after coming out of the meeting.

“Since Chandrababu Naidu is concurring with my contention, he has called on me and asked DMK’s support to show doors for BJP. I assured him that we will stand together to remove BJP government from the centre,” he said.

Stalin also said that they will form a minimum programme plan to form the alliance.

“We, all the like-minded parties, will sit together and form a minimum programme plan for proceeding further. After that meeting, we will devise further strategies. Our only agenda is to work for removing BJP from the Centre,” Stalin said.

Speaking to the media, Naidu said when compared with Modi, Stalin is the better leader.

“I came here to request Stalin to join with us for saving the nation. Both the nation and democracy are in danger now. The BJP government is interfering with the autonomous institutions,” he said.

Naidu said he is trying to bring the opposition leaders on one platform. He said he has good relations with DMK and wants to work with the Congress to “save the nation”. TDP leader said they had differences with Congress for the last 40 years but will have to come together as Nation and Democracy are more important.

“We have good relation with DMK. We want to work with the Congress. We want to save nation and we want to protect the nation. We are together. I am only bringing them on one platform. They will decide how to take this forward. We have differences with Congress for last 40 years. But we joined together. Nation is important. Democracy is important,” Naidu told reporters after meeting DMK president.

“All of us are having some differences. But for the sake of protecting the nation, we should ignore the differences. As a major opposition party in the nation, Congress will play the role of an anchor in the Lok Sabha elections. I already met Rahul Gandhi. We have spoken a lot about this subject. Also, I will meet Mamata to discuss this,” he told reporters.

Naidu clarified he does not have any national ambitions behind his efforts to stitch an alliance saying, “Congress is the main opposition party. They have a pan India base. We are regional leaders. Mamta is strong in WB. Stalin is strong in TN. Am not face of this alliance. Am not any aspirant, I am only a facilitator.”

Targeting the government over “destruction” of key institutions, Naidu said: “CBI is completely defamed. See RBI today, even the RBI Governor prefers to quit. Interference by this government in such autonomous agencies, it never happened in the past.”

“The Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax are being used to malign and harass opposition leaders,” Naidu said, adding that the economy is in chaos.

Naidu also asked what was the benefit of demonetisation. “Honourable finance minister is now saying that demonetisation was not to curb black money. All black money has become white money after demonetisation,” he said.

Speaking of a “derailed banking sector and lack of confidence and escape of big time defaulters as NPA increases”, Naidu said “intolerance” towards other communities is increasing in India under the leadership of Modi.

He said people are prepared to defeat the BJP government now. Asked who would lead the Opposition alliance against the BJP, Naidu asked a reporter, “Have you got any benefit from the NDA government? You stood for so many days to get your money.”

When the question was repeated, Naidu said, in a lighter vein, “There are so many leaders. Even Stalinji is better than Narendra Modi.”

Naidu said he is to meet West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

Naidu met his Karnataka counterpart HD Kumaraswamy and his father and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal (Secular) in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Earlier, he had met several leaders of various parties, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, J-K National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, BSP’s Mayawati, SP’s Akhilesh Yadav and former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, during his two visits to Delhi.

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Lok Sabha elections 2024: Amit Shah files nomination from Gandhinagar

The Union Home Minister Amit Shah was accompanied by Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel.

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Ahead of the upcoming general elections, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah submitted his nomination today from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency. During his nomination, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhuperndra Patel accompained him.

Former deputy prime minister and BJP chief LK Advani, who earlier served as a representative of this seat during Shah’s successful run for re-election.

Soon after filing nomination, Shah said, today he has submitted his nomination from the Gandhinagar seat. He said it is a matter of pride for him that this seat was represented by the former Prime Minister  Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani and the seat where Narendra Modi himself is a voter. He also said he has been an MLA and MP from this seat for 30 years. The people of this region have given him immense love, Shah said.

With an astounding vote share of 69.67 percent in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Shah maintained the BJP’s stronghold in Gandhinagar with a resounding victory. Election turnout has been consistently high in the city.

In 1984–85, Amit Shah joined the BJP. His political skills and organizational prowess were recognized, and he soon became the national treasurer of the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha.

Amit Shah’s political career took a significant turn in 1991.

Shah became the national president of the BJP in 2014, and he was promoted to the position of Home Minister five years later.

In the context of Indian politics, Gandhinagar is a historical landmark. The former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, won seats from Gandhinagar and Lucknow in the 1996 Lok Sabha elections. However, he decided to stay to his Lucknow seat, opening the door for other leaders to set their mark in Gandhinagar.

Meanwhile, Congress has fielded its party secretary Sonal Patel from Gandhinagar.

Gujarat is scheduled to go for a single phase of elections on May 7. The results of the election will be announced on June 4.

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Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai says party will sweep Karnataka and emerge victorious in Telangana, accuses DMK, AIADMK of influencing voters in Coimbatore

Annamalai expressed his confidence of a historic result for the NDA on June 4, the IPS officer-turned-politician said the BJP will see a rise in its vote share in Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu BJP chief and party candidate from Coimbatore seat K Annamalai said the time of Dravidian politics is over and also accused the ruling DMK and AIADMK of spending Rs 1,000 crore in Coimbatore to influence voters. Annamalai made the statement after casting his vote at Uthupatti polling booth in Karur village on Friday.

He expressed his confidence of a historic result for the NDA on June 4, the IPS officer-turned-politician said the BJP will see a rise in its vote share in Tamil Nadu. Annamalai further added people of Tamil Nadu are with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  

He said in the state of Karnataka the party is expecting a clean sweep this time. The State BJP chief said the BJP will be the number 1 party in Telangana. He said he was confident that Tamil Nadu will deliver a very big resounding result this time. He said there will be a rise in BJP’s vote share in the state and time of Dravidian politics is over.

In Coimbatore, K Annamalai is contesting the election from Coimbatore and is facing DMK’s Ganapathy P Rajkumar and AIADMK’s Singai Ramachandran. All 39 seats in Tamil Nadu will go for voting in the first phase. K Annamalai spoke to the media after casting his vote and accused the ruling DMK and AIADMK of spending more than Rs 1,000 crore in Coimbatore to influence the voters.

He said if the ruling DMK and AIADMK can bring 1 voter in front of the media to say that BJP is trying to influence them, then he will leave politics the same day because he is running in this election as a matter of principle. The elections to the state of Tamil Nadu will be closely monitored as the state has been at the centre of the BJP’s southern push in order to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 400 paar goal.

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Lok Sabha elections 2024: TMC, BJP workers clash in West Bengal’s Cooh Behar ahead of voting

As the voting began, some of the BJP-TMC workers clashed in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar constituency

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As soon as the first phase of the Lok Sabha elecrtions for three of West Bengal’s 42 seats began at 7 a.m. on Friday, reports of clashes between the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bhartiye Janta Party (BJP) began to circulate.

An argument between workers and supporters of the two bitter rivals at Chandmari, close to CoochBehar town, resulted in at least one injury. Reports of stone stone pelting also cirrculated.

Anant Barman, a local TMC functionary, was reportedly injured in a crude bombing at Bhetaguri and was admitted to the hospital. the state minister Udayan Gandhi, raced to visit Barman in the hospital.

All three seat, Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, and Jalpaiguri, where the first phase of voting is taking place today, were won by the BJP in 2019. 15.2% of voters in CoochBehar, 15.91% in Alipurduar, and 14.13% in Jalpaiguri turned up till 9:00 am for voting.

The BJP and TMC both charged that the other was intimidating voters, keeping them from going to the polls, and attacking poll workers. It is stated that temporary electoral offices were set on fire in places like Toofanganj in Cooch Behar and Dabgram-Fulbari in Jalpaiguri.

The majority of calls regarding voter intimidation and poll violence, according to a representative of the West Bengal governor’s office, came from Cooch Behar.

Five people were killed in April 2021 during Cooch Behar assembly elections, one of them was a first-time voter. There have also been reports of clashes between state minister Udayan Guha and union minister Nisith Pramajick’s supporters.

Meanwhile, for complaints regarding electoral violence, the BJP has established a helpline at its office in Kolkata. TMC officials reported that Abhishek Banerjee, the party’s national general secretary, was keeping an eye on the voting process from Kolkata.

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