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Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) joins NDA, warns Sharad Yadav of action if he joins RJD rally

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Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) joins NDA, warns Sharad Yadav of action if he joins RJD rally

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) formally joined BJP’s NDA with a resolution to this effect adopted by the party’s national council today at the chief minister’s residence in Patna.

At the same time, the rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who is opposed to Nitish Kumar’s decision to form an alliance government with the BJP, held a parallel function to show his strength in the state capital. The split is all but formalised, and they plan to approach the Election Commission to claim the JD(U) symbol, arrow.

Some JD(U) MPs loyal to Nitish Kumar are likely to be inducted in Union Council of Ministers, with at least one of them getting cabinet rank. A reshuffling of the portfolios in the union cabinet is in order due to the resignations of Manohar Parrikar (who became Goa CM) and Venkaiah Naidu (who became the Vice President) and the death of Anil Madhav Dave, the Environment and Forests Minister.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is also likely to get a key role in the NDA – such as the co-convener of the BJP-led alliance. JDU has two MPs in the Lok Sabha and seven out of its nine Rajya Sabha MPs are with Nitish Kumar.

The move comes weeks after Kumar broke ties with the Grand Alliance parties, Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), in the state and re-formed the government with the support of the BJP. The Grand Alliance or ‘Mahagathbandhan’ had been formed ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections in 2015 to counter the BJP.

Sharad Yadav, estranged from Nitish Kumar over his alliance with the BJP, skipped the meeting where he had been invited to voice his views about the alliance. He reached Patna, but to attend a meeting convened by about two dozen JD (U) leaders who were suspended because they were seen with him during his tour of three districts.

Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) joins NDA, warns Sharad Yadav of action if he joins RJD rally

Sharad Yadav put on notice

Yadav, who had co-founded the JD (U), was removed as leader of the party in the Rajya Sabha for speaking against the alliance with the BJP. He hasn’t been suspended by Nitish Kumar’s party so far, but the JD(U) led by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday virtually put him Yadav on notice, hinting at action against him if he attends RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s rally on August 27.

JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi was reported as saying 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.

Tyagi said that Yadav has left the party “on his own” and is “no longer with us, emotionally or physically”.

He accused Yadav of indulging in anti-party activities by holding separate meetings with his own supporters and RJD members. He claimed Yadav had always taken a stand against Nitish, “whether it is on demonetisation, surgical strikes and women’s reservation. He always took a different stand and went to the extremes”.

Tyagi maintained there was no split as the entire JD(U) was with party president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. He said heads of 16 state committees were with Nitish Kumar, contrary to claims made by the rival group.

He said in Bihar all 71 party MLAs, 30 MLCs and two Lok Sabha MPs and most of the Rajya Sabha MPs were with Nitish Kumar-led JD(U), except Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar.

Sharad Yadav faction’s ‘Jan Adalat’ meeting

The rival, Sharad Yadav camp, held a ‘Jan Adalat’ meeting in Patna after Yadav landed in the city to be received with slogans in support of his faction and against Kumar. Yadav claims his faction of the party is the genuine unit.

As the rival groups held their meetings in Patna, a poster war in Patna city between the two JD(U) factions took an ugly turn when about a dozen bikers broke security cordons and managed to reach Rajendra Chowk just outside the chief minister’s residence where a meeting of the JD-U national executive committee was underway.

The workers backing Sharad Yadav waved JD(U) flags and shouted slogans against Nitish Kumar. The bikers clashed with JD(U) workers, who alleged that these were actually RJD workers disguised as Sharad Yadav’s supporters.

At the ‘Jan Adalat’ meeting of his camp, Sharad Yadav said, “There is unemployment in the country today. Youths are having no work. PM promised in 2014 that 2 crore people would get jobs but till date nothing has happened. In democracy, what one says and promises is important. Farmers are committing suicide in thousands. In the name of love jihad, people are being killed today.”

“Since the split of the Mahagathbandhan, I have been touring the entire country, which is in a difficult situation today. The flood situation in Bihar is also very bad. In the last 70 years, the situation in the country has not changed… In Una, Dalits were beaten for skinning cows. This is the state of affairs in the country.”

JD(U) MP Ali Anwar  said, “Our target and agenda is not any person (Nitish and PM Modi), but the country is seeing farmers, who predominantly feed the population, commit suicide… I appeal to the Muslims. There is fear among Muslims today. Dalits are insecure. There is massive turmoil in the country’s universities today. Nitish is looking like a dwarf today who once attained a high stature when he became the chief minister of the Mahagathbandhan in 2015.”

The rebel JD(U) programme follows a mega meeting of anti-BJP parties held recently in the national capital, which they said, was to save the “composite culture” of the country.

The party’s former national general secretary Arun Kumar Srivastava, who was expelled after the JD(U) legislator in Gujarat voted against the NDA candidate in the recent vice-presidential polls, said in Delhi that the rebels could approach the Election Commission to claim the party’s name and symbol in case of a split.

Srivastava also claimed that all the state party units, except those in Bihar and Jharkhand, were supporting Sharad Yadav and those opposed to Nitish Kumar. “We have received support letters from presidents of 14 state units who are opposed to the JD(U) alliance with BJP. They expressed their willingness to attend the Patna convention but may not be able to do so since it is being held at short notice,” he said.

He accused Nitish Kumar of not honouring the “democratic norms” in removing party leaders without seeking explanation. “I was not served any notice or asked for any explanation. The same happened with Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar and 21 other leaders who were removed in Bihar,” he claimed.

“We will soon knock on the door of the Election Commission to stake claim over the party symbol ‘arrow’ and inform (people) that the real party is with him (Sharad), not with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,” Srivastav said.

“The real JD-U belongs to Sharad Yadav and party units in different states across India are with him,” Srivastav said. “It is Sharad Yadav who formed the JD-U, not Nitish Kumar,” said Srivastav.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges citizens to vote in record numbers as voting for first phase of Lok Sabha elections begins on 102 seats across India

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also urged citizens to vote in large numbers and added that it is not only meant to determine the fate of a Lok Sabha or a candidate but also for shaping a bright future for the country.

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Voting for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is taking place on 102 seats spread all over India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to X and urged citizens to vote in record numbers. He said he particularly called upon the young and first time voters to vote in large numbers. He added that every vote counts and every voice matters.

Congress leader P Chidambaram and RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat cast their votes in Chennai and Nagpur, respectively. Chidambaram was confident that INDIA bloc will sweep all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also urged citizens to vote in large numbers and added that it is not only meant to determine the fate of a Lok Sabha or a candidate but also for shaping a bright future for the country.

He appealed to all the voters who are voting in this phase to vote in large numbers because every vote of theirs has the power to create a secure, developed, and self-reliant India. He appealed to the people to choose a strong and decisive leadership that has shown the determination to free the country from corruption, nepotism, and appeasement while fulfilling its promises.

In the first phase, elections are being held on all seats in Uttarakhand (5), Tamil Nadu (39), Meghalaya (2), Arunachal Pradesh (2), Mizoram (1), Puducherry (1), Nagaland (1), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (1)   and Lakshadweep (1), Sikkim (1).  Besides, there is voting in 8 seats in Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra, 6 seats in Madhya Pradesh, 12 seats in Rajasthan, 4 in Bihar, 2 in Manipur, 3 in West Bengal, and 1 seat each in Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura, and Chhattisgarh. Assembly elections are also taking place on 60 seats in Arunachal Pradesh and 32 seats in Sikkim.

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Mamata Banerjee accuses BJP of plotting riots on Ram Navami

The Bengal chief minister added at an election rally that the BJP will win the election by vote looting and rioting.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that there are plans being hatched to incite riots in West Bengal on the occasion of Ram Navami. Last year’s celebrations were marred by violence in the state, which lead to a massive confrontation between the Trinamool Congress and BJP.

She said the BJP will engage in rioting today. There is a prospect and possibility of rioting. The Bengal chief minister added at an election rally that the BJP will win the election by vote looting and rioting. Earlier Banerjee greeted the people of West Bengal and appealed to maintain peace during the celebrations. The BJP, however, condemned it and said that the West Bengal CM is humiliating the Indian and Sanatani culture.

BJP Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee has made a post on social media appealing to maintain peace, this is demeaning the festival of Ramnavami as on the other religious occasions she has given the message of peace, but here she is asking to maintain peace instead of giving the message of peace and prosperity. He added by doing this she is trying to humiliate the Indian and Sanatani culture.

Both the BJP and Trinamool Congress held Ram Navami processions across West Bengal. Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari attended one such Ram Navami procession in the New Town area of the city, while Trinamool Congress minister Arup Roy and TMC’s Howrah Lok Sabha constituency candidate Prasun Banerjee walked with Ram Navami processions in Howrah town.

Many similar processions, small and big, with youths chanting Jai Shri Ram and holding saffron flags and replicas of swords amid frenzied beating of drums, took place across West Bengal. Police and security forces are staying vigilant and the situation has remained peaceful so far.

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MK Stalin says if Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes to power again, the country would go back by 200 years

MK Stalin said if PM Modi comes to power again, the country will be pushed back by 200 years and history will be rewritten.

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Tamil Nadu CM and DMK leader MK Stalin said on Tuesday that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes to power again, India would be pushed back by 200 years.  Stalin was addressing a rally in Sriperumbudur in the state in support of DMK candidate TR Baalu, he said, if PM Modi comes to power again, the country will be pushed back by 200 years and history will be rewritten.  He asserted that science will be pushed back, and superstitious stories will be given prominence. He added that Dr BR Ambedkar’s constitution will be replaced by the rules of the RSS.

The Tamil Nadu chief minister said a vote for the BJP is a vote for the enemy of state, a vote for the AIADMK is a vote for the betrayers of the state. Stalin hit out at the AIADMK and said that voting for the AIADMK was equivalent to voting for the BJP.

He added the AIADMK and the BJP were called natural allies, but they are now acting as if they are separated. The Tamil Nadu CM pointed out that when he was asked if the AIADMK would support the BJP in case they need majority, Edappadi K Palaniswami did not say that the AIADMK would not support the BJP. Stalin said everybody is waiting to see AIADMK’s answer.

The Tamil Nadu CM asserted that the AIADMK can never go against the BJP. He said a vote for the AIADMK is equivalent to a vote for the BJP. Stalin responded to former chief minister and AIADMK general secretary Palaniswami’s claim that he had got several awards from the centre and said that Palaniswami had got the awards for being the best of slaves. He said they are carefully implementing schemes for the development of Tamil Nadu and Palaniswami claims that he has got awards from the central government.

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