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ND Tiwari Ditches Congress for Son Rohit

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ND Tiwari Ditches Congress for Son Rohit

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After refusal from SP, veteran Congressman ND Tiwari switches side and joins BJP just so his son gets a ticket

By Sujit Bhar[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Narayan Dutt Tiwari, a Congress veteran and a Nehru-Gandhi acolyte for most of his 91-year life so far, changed his colours and his identity on January 18. As had been rumoured, he arrived at BJP president Amit Shah’s Asoka Road residence at around 12.30 this afternoon. He was accompanied by his son Rohit Shekhar Sharma, and carried with him the support of many former Uttarakhand chief ministers, except the incumbent Harish Rawat of the Congress.

Tiwari had been once chief minister of Uttarakhand and had also been chief minister of Uttar Pradesh thrice between 1976 and 1989.

Shah welcomed Tiwari with the traditional shawl, symbol of the BJP, and a bouquet of flowers as Tiwari signed on the dotted lines that allowed him to switch allegiance.

Rawat has refused to pay any attention to this, saying the Congress was ready to go it alone in Uttarakhand and would not miss any moral support from outside. Pradeep Tamta, Congress spokesperson, has said: “If he wishes to go, he can. Some vested interests are using him to further their ends.”

Tiwari’s change of heart had nothing to do with his relationship with the Congress. He had been an inner-circle man of the Nehru-Gandhi family and of successive prime ministers, and it was difficult to think of him as anybody but just that. He did it for his son, Rohit, who was refused a ticket by the Samajwadi Party (SP) for the Haldwani seat, where the sitting MLA is Indira Hridyesh of the Congress.

This meant Tiwari could not even approach the Congress for a ticket for his son for that particular seat, because the Congress has declared its alliance with the SP. The only way out was to let go of his very identity, his life’s work and his ideology and join the BJP.

How the BJP will benefit from the 91-year-old Tiwari’s arrival is not clear. Tiwari had been out of politics for some time, and the image the people hold of him at this point isn’t a happy one. If the BJP wants to boost its prospects with the Brahmins in the coming polls, Tiwari, at least, should be visible in campaigns. Considering his physical condition, Tiwari is unlikely to be able to join the campaign for the BJP.

Incidentally, Tiwari becomes the oldest member of the BJP, being older than even the party’s top ideologist and member of the party’s Margdarshak Mandal Lal Krishna Advani, who is reaching 90.

One thing, though, looks eminently possible through this arrangement; Tiwari’s son Rohit should now get a Haldwani ticket from the BJP.

How did it come to such a pass, that a father had to give up decades of hard work and even his identity for a son he not so long ago didn’t even want to recognise? A DNA test has proved that Rohit was his biological son, though out of marriage.

Tiwari, a freedom fighter, an accomplished scholar and a former Minister of External Affairs in Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s cabinet, has been embroiled in sex scandals that have done little to enhance his image. Apart from scandals that rocked the administration when he was governor, Rohit filed a paternity suit against him in 2008. Rohit claimed that Tiwari was his biological father.

This case went completely out of hand, with the court not only ordering a DNA mapping of Tiwari to compare with Rohit, but the Delhi High Court in 2012 also rejected a request from Tiwari’s lawyers to keep the result a secret. Results, available in July that year established Rohit as the son.

In March 2014 Tiwari not only accepted Rohit as his son, but also married Rohit’s mother Ujjwala Sharma.

All that has led to this day’s fiasco. The credibility of politics has been the biggest loser.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Sunita Kejriwal, other INDIA bloc leaders to attend rally in Ranchi ahead of second phase of voting

Top leaders of the Opposition INDIA bloc will attend the mega Ulgulan (uprising) Nyay rally in Ranchi today

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Delhi Chief Minister’s wife Sunita Kejriwal and Kalpana Soren, the wives of Arvind Kejriwal and Hemant Soren, along with at least 14 Opposition INDIA bloc leaders, including Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, party leader Rahul Gandhi would be present at the Ulgulan (uprising) Nyay rally on Sunday in Ranchi.

The arrests of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the Enforcement Directorate would be the main topic of discussion during the massive event.

The protest, which is scheduled to start at about 3 pm in Ranchi’s Prabhat Tara field, is expected to draw about 5 lakh people. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is organising it as a united display of strength in the amid the Lok Sabha elections.

Along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Sunita Kejriwal and Kalpana Soren are also anticipated to speak at the rally.

At the rally, posters depicting prominent members of the INDIA bloc have already been reached. These include Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, Hemant Soren, and his spouse Kalpana Soren.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Champai Soren made the following statement the day before the rally that they need to stop the dictatorship and save our democracy and the constitution. Everyone is aware of the events in Delhi and Jharkhand. At the massive gathering, they will reveal the Center’s autocratic methodology, he added.

Additionally, according to sources, the Chief Minister said that they had the mandate from the people in Hemant Soren’s name, but attempts were made to destabilize his government from the beginning, and finally he was sent to jail.

People in Delhi too encountered similar situation. They will inform the country about the Centre’s dictatorship from the Ulgulan rally dais, he continued.

Shiv Sena (UBT) leaders, Priyanka Chaturvedi said, they are united in this struggle against the BJP’s increasing dictatorship. The opposition is being prevented from operating as it should, and their goal is to silence it.


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AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj says a conspiracy is underway for slow death of Arvind Kejriwal

Saurabh Bharadwaj also slammed the Tihar administration, BJP, Centre and Delhi LG and held them responsible for denying insulin to Kejriwal and said the Delhi Chief Minister has been suffering from Type-2 diabetes for the last 20-22 years.

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The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is being pushed towards a slow death inside Tihar jail as he is being denied insulin and consultations with his doctor.  AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj told the media that Arvind Kejriwal, who is suffering from Type-2 diabetes, has been asking for insulin and a video conferencing with his family doctor as the jail administration is not allowing him to do so.

Bharadwaj said he wants to say with full responsibility that a conspiracy is underway for the slow death of Kejriwal. He said his claims were on the basis of blood sugar readings of the Delhi Chief Minister in jail. He also slammed the Tihar administration, BJP, Centre and Delhi LG and held them responsible for denying insulin to Kejriwal and said the Delhi Chief Minister has been suffering from Type-2 diabetes for the last 20-22 years.

On Friday, the Delhi chief minister’s council Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Kejriwal has not been administered insulin to control his sugar levels since his arrest, and termed it alarming and shocking. The Enforcement Directorate had on Thursday claimed before the court that Kejriwal has been taking high sugar intake by consuming foods like mangoes and sweets every day, inspite of the fact that he was suffering from Type-2 diabetes, to create grounds for medical bail.

Kejriwal refuted the claims of the Enforcement Directorate by asserting before a court that the food he consumed was in accordance with the diet chart prepared by his doctor. Arvind Kejriwal confirmed that he only uses sugar free in his tea.

Bharadwaj further added that overall, it was a conspiracy to give a slow death to Arvind  Kejriwal so that his multiple organs get damaged and when he comes out of jail after 2-4 months he goes for the treatment of heart, kidney and other organs.

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Rahul Gandhi says BJP will not get more than 150 seats in Lok Sabha elections

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said these BJP people are saying that they will secure this many or that many seats and but he wanted to make it clear that BJP will not get more than 150 seats.

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With completion of the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections yesterday, the stage is set for the 2nd phase of the Lok Sabha elections, which has lead the political parties to intensify and accelerate campaigning. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too, with his eyes set on the 2nd phase was addressing a public rally at Bihar’s Bhagalpur on Saturday.

Addressing the rally, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and said these BJP people are saying that they will secure this many or that many seats and but he wanted to make it clear that BJP will not get more than 150 seats.

Rahul Gandhi expressed his confidence that the I.N.D.I.A. Bloc will emerge victorious in the Lok Sabha elections. He also stressed on the party’s vision for INDIA once elected to power. Rahul Gandhi said, As soon as the INDIA alliance government comes, they will end the Agniveer scheme. He said India does not need two types of martyrs and added that everyone should get pension.

Gandhi further added that they will change GST and there will be one tax, minimum tax. He also talked about doubling the salary of Asha and Anganwadi workers. Gandhi said they are giving 2 guarantees to the farmers. The Congress party is going to waive off the farmers’ debts, and secondly, they are going to provide a guaranteed minimum support price to the farmers of India.

Congress leader even promised that his government would provide all diploma holders and graduates in India with the right to an apprenticeship. During the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections which are scheduled to be held on April 26, 4 constituencies in Bihar, including, Kishanganj, Bhagalpur, and Purnia ,Katihar will go for elections.

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