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Mamata to skip Modi’s oath ceremony as BJP invites kin of those killed in political violence

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today (Wednesday, May 29) decided not to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony tomorrow after she learnt that BJP has invited families of its workers killed in political violence in her state.

Banerjee tweeted: “The ceremony is an august occasion to celebrate democracy, not one that should be devalued by any political party which uses it as an opportunity to score political points.”

Rubbishing BJP’s claim that 54 of its workers were “murdered”, she said: “There have been no political murders in Bengal. These deaths may have occurred due to personal enmity, family quarrel and other disputes; nothing related to politics. There is no such record with us.”

Banerjee had earlier agreed to attend the swearing-in. “I had a talk with two-three Chief Ministers and we together decided that we will try to attend it as it is a formal ceremonial programme and a Constitutional courtesy. As Chief Ministers, we can always attend ceremonial programmes of the Prime Minister and President. We are trying to attend the ceremony the day after tomorrow,” she had told reporters in Kolkata yesterday.

IANS reported that invitations were extended to 54 members belonging to families of BJP workers who were allegedly killed in political violence. The invite is seen as a gesture to convey BJP central leadership’s concern towards the party cadre in Bengal.

The party has booked their train tickets and informed them personally, BJP leader Mukul Roy said reportedly. “It is a gesture of showing respect to our martyrs who died while working for the party during the violence unleashed by Trinamool Congress (TMC) goons,” he said, according to media reports.

One of the invitees, son of late Manu Hansda from Bengal’s Midnapore, told news agency ANI, “My father was killed by Trinamool goons. We are happy that we are going to Delhi. There’s peace in our area now.”

They will be among the 7,000 invitees for the inauguration of the second stint of the Modi government at the Jaipur Gate of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

A senior TMC leader alleged that the kin of BJP workers have been invited to the ceremony to “humiliate” the state administration. “Had they been so serious about showing respect to the family of martyrs, they should have also called the family members of TMC workers who were killed in the violence.

“By not doing so, the message they want to give is quite obvious,” the TMC leader said.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP won only two seats and secured about 17% of the votes. But this time, it won 18 seats with a vote-share of 40% in what was billed as a saffron surge.

Leaders from the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries, Kyrgyz Republic and Mauritius have been invited to the ceremony. Tamil actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are also likely to be among the 6000 guests at Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 30.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Bharat Jodo Yatra: Rahul Gandhi snowball fight with sister Priyanka in Srinagar goes viral | WATCH

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared a loving moment is Kashmir’s Srinagar city as the brother-sister duo enjoyed a playful snowball fight ahead of mega rally scheduled to conclude the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared a loving moment is Kashmir’s Srinagar city as the brother-sister duo enjoyed a playful snowball fight ahead of mega rally scheduled to conclude the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

In videos and pictures posted on Twitter, Rahul Gandhi is seen grabbing fistfuls of snow and dumping them on Priyanka’s head as the siblings enjoy the snowfall in Srinagar city. The videos and pictures have gone viral on social media.

Other pictures show Priyanka and Rahul play-fighting and hurling snow at each other as Congress workers look on.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress national general secretary joined his brother on the last leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kashmir on Saturday.

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Gandhi’s marathon trek concluded with the unfurling of the national flag at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk on Sunday and a mega rally is scheduled today before the Wayanad MP wraps up his yatra.

The former summer capital of the erstwhile state was sealed in view of the yatra and movement of common citizens was restricted, police had said on Sunday.

Rahul Gandhi, accompanied by his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other senior Congress leaders, resumed the march from Pantha Chowk at 11 am and reached Lal Chowk around noon where Gandhi hoisted the tricolour.

Earlier, Congress had temporarily halted the march on Friday, January 27, near Qazigund, the gateway to Kashmir valley, due to an alleged breach of security and mismanagement of crowd by the erstwhile state’s administration.

Congress leaders alleged that Rahul Gandhi after crossing Qazigund, started his march towards south Kashmir’s Vessu, but the party workers noticed that the outer cordon maintained by the Jammu and Kashmir police, was lifted all of a sudden.

However, the J&K Police has refuted the allegations of a security lapse. In a series of tweets, the police claimed that organizers of the march had not told them that such a large gathering would be joining them from Banihal and full security arrangements were in place and deployments were done as per SOPs.

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Papiya Dutta is BJP candidate from Agartala for Tripura elections

Tripura, which was seen as a bastion of the Left parties, saw the BJP in office for the first time in 2018

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced the name of Papiya Dutta as its candidate for the Agartala assembly seat for the ensuing Tripura elections.

BJP’s Central Election Committee made the announcement on Sunday. This came a day after Congress announced the name of its candidate for Agartala. Congress named Sudip Roy Barman as its candidate for Agartala.

Both parties the BJP and the Congress have announced their candidates for the Tripura assembly polls on Saturday with the state set for a multi-cornered contest in the February 16 election for 60 seats in the state assembly.

Congress announced 17 candidates, while the Bharatiya Janata Party published two lists with 48 and six candidates, respectively. Additionally, the agreement between the BJP and IPFT was confirmed. Five seats are up for election by IPFT.

Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik, a candidate for the BJP, is from Dhanpur. The party has not offered tickets to six of its incumbent MLAs for the 2019 elections.

The MLAs that were refused tickets include Vimmi Majumdar, Subhash Chandra Das, Arun Chandra Bhowmik, Virendra Kishore Dev Burman, Parimal Debbarma, and Viplav Kumar.

The state assembly elections are coming up, and the incumbent chief minister Dr. Manik Saha will run from the Town Bordowali district.

Tripura, which was seen as a bastion of the Left parties, saw the BJP in office for the first time in 2018.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, and party chief JP Nadda were among those present at the Bharatiya Janata Party Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting on January 27.

The nomination period ends on January 30. The voting will take place on March 2.

Nine states, as well as possibly the Union Territory of J&K, will have assembly elections in 2023. Given that there will be Lok Sabha elections in 2024, these elections are more significant.

The tone and atmosphere of the major conflict will be established by these state polls. For instance, if the BJP loses in several states, it will inspire the opposition and make it clearer whose leaders have the most negotiating leverage to be prime ministerial contenders.

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Akhilesh Yadav’s new team declared, 14 people including Shivpal, Swami Prasad, Azam Khan appointed as National General Secretary

Abhishek Mishra, Pawan Pandey have also got a place in the National Executive.

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Akhilesh Yadav's new team declared, 14 people including Shivpal, Swami Prasad, Azam Khan appointed as National General Secretary

Samajwadi Party’s national president Akhilesh Yadav has announced the national executive after three months. Kiranmoy Nanda on the post of Vice President and Professor Ramgopal Yadav on the post of Chief General Secretary are intact. Both of them were on the same post earlier also.

14 General Secretaries have been made in the National Executive. This includes Mohammad Azam Khan, Shivpal Singh Yadav, Swami Prasad Maurya, Lalji Verma, Ram Achal Rajbhar, Awadhesh Prasad, Indrajit Verma, Madhu Gupta etc. In the 62-member National Executive, full care has been taken of the caste equation.

Abhishek Mishra, Pawan Pandey have also got a place in the National Executive. Similarly, former ministers Ram Asare Vishwakarma, Lilavati Kushwaha, Dharmendra Yadav, Javed Abdi, Dayaram Pal etc. have also been included.

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