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Sharad Yadav’s show of strength with opposition parties on Thursday



Sharad Yadav

In an another move towards an impending split in JD(U), its senior leader Sharad Yadav announced that he would organise a ‘Sajha Virasat Bachao Sammelan’ on Thursday, August 17, aimed at saving India’s “composite culture”, at the Constitution Club here.

Top leaders of the Congress, the Left, Samajwadi Party, BSP, TMC, other parties opposed to the BJP, intellectuals, farmers, Dalits and tribals from across the country have been invited to the programme which is being seen as Yadav’s show of strength against his party chief Nitish Kumar’s decision to ally with the BJP.

This will be the next big gathering of the opposition after it decided to launch a joint campaign against the ruling party. The conference comes days after Yadav held road shows in Bihar. Several leaders close to him are being targeted by the leadership with 21, including Dalit leader and former minister Ramai Ram, being suspended from the party on Monday for their participation in Yadav’s road shows. The political dais to centrestage “secular values” would follow what is turning into a complete divorce between Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav.

The JD(U), which has asked Yadav not to hold the event, removed him as its parliamentary party leader in the Rajya Sabha last week when he continued with his campaign against the alliance with the BJP. Yadav was accompanied by Ali Anwar Ansari, a Rajya Sabha member suspended from the parliamentary party by the JD(U), and Arun Shrivastava, recently sacked from the post of general secretary.

Asserting that “composite culture” was the soul of the Constitution, which Yadav alleged was being “tinkered with”, he announced that the Opposition will hold ‘Sajha Virasat Bachao’ (Save Composite Culture) conferences across the country — to be coordinated by him — starting from Delhi on Thursday.

While refusing to answer questions on his disapproval of Bihar Chief Minister Kumar’s alliance with the BJP, the former JD(U) chief said the decision to hold tomorrow’s event was taken weeks ago, when his party was with the loose opposition group.

“The ‘sajha virasat bachao sammelan’ (save composite culture programme) is not against anybody but in the interest of the country. This is in the interest of 125 crore people of the country,” he said.

Sharad Yadav added that he hoped to hold such a conference in various cities with an aim that “all citizens irrespective of any region or religion should come together to save our Constitution and composite culture as enshrined in the Constitution of India.”

Talking about the Constitution of India, Yadav said, “The Constitution of India is a holy book which was given to the nation by the members who framed it in such a manner that our people should live together without any difference or the basis of caste and creed.”

He said although the preamble of the Constitution speaks of securing justice, liberty, equality and fraternity for all citizens but “what is happening in the present India is totally reverse” and that people are “living in fear”.

“At present Dalits, Tribals, farmers and unemployed youth are not only suffering, but are also not seeing any light after the tunnel now,” Sharad Yadav said.

He cited incidents such as the suicide of Rohith Vemula and the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, besides suicides of farmers across the country, to suggest that the situation was tough for underprivileged people. While supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments against violence in the name of faith, Yadav said it was not reflected on the ground and Modi needed to tell his party’s governments to follow his dictum.

Asked whether Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would come for the conference, he said that everybody is invited to join this conference.

There has been speculation about Yadav forming another party with some JD(U) lawmakers on his side. Yadav is reportedly set to present his faction as the “real” party, claiming that many of its state units are with him while the support for party president Nitish Kumar is confined to Bihar.

The Yadav-led faction includes two Rajya Sabha MPs Ali Anwar Ansari and Veerendra Kumar, and some national office-bearers, and has armed itself with support from 14 state unit presidents, Yadav’s close aide Arun Shrivastava said on Sunday.

Kumar had previously asserted that the JD(U) was recognised only in Bihar. Reacting to it, Shrivastava had claimed the party always had a national footprint.

During his visit to New Delhi last week, Kumar had virtually ruled out any reconciliation with Yadav. “As far as the party is concerned, it has already taken its decision. The decision was not mine alone and it was taken with the consent of the party. If he keeps a different opinion, then he is free to do so,” Nitish had told reporters.

Refuting Yadav’s claim of enjoying support of 14 state units, JD(U) spokesperson KC Tyagi had claimed “98 percent of office bearers, 100 percent of MLAs and 75 percent of state committees” are with Kumar, who is also the party president.

JD(U) MLAs will meet in Patna later this week to formally take the party back into the NDA’s folds after a gap of more than four years.

Nitish Kumar will formally join NDA on 19 August, with a likelihood of JD(U) getting two ministerial positions at the Centre. JD(U) has said that the step is only a formality after Nitish parted ways with the Mahagathbandhan and formed a new government in Bihar with the help of BJP.

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says every passing day feeling more confident as he meets his Tamil Nadu counterpart MK Stalin

The AAP leader was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.



Arvind Kejriwal Bhagwant Mann MK Stalin

On Thursday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin as a part of his nationwide campaign to seek support of opposition leaders in his fight against ordinance.

Kejriwal post the meeting with Stalin addressed the media saying if the elected government don’t hold any control over the officials, there is no value of having an elected government. He said it is first time in the history when the government negate a Court verdict, he further termed it unconstitutional and undemocratic.

The Delhi CM further added that the ordinance will soon be moved in the Rajya Sabha, he informed in the upper house the BJP has 93 seats and if all non-BJP parties unite, it will be possible to defeat the BJP.

Kejriwal thanked Stlain for his support and said with each passing day he is getting more confident and termed it a semi-final of the 2024 general elections.

The AAP leader was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.

Since, last month Kejriwal has embarked on a pan India tour to meet and garner support of the various opposition parties and leaders in order to defeat the ordinance in Rajya Sabha.

The AAP leader until now has held meetings with his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and his deputy Tejashwi Yadav, Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar, former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray.

Kejriwal is also schduled to meet Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Friday.

The Centre last month had moved an ordinance to nullify the Supreme Court judgement in favour of the Delhi government giving it the powers of transfer and postings of officials working under it.

The Supreme Court had solved the 8-year long dispute between the Centre and Delhi government, ordering in favour of it but later was changed by the Centre moved ordinance taking back the power to its hands.

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Congress’s poll strategist Sunil Kanugolu appointed Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah’s chief advisor with cabinet minister rank

Amid the finalisation of the new cabinet formation in the state, the CM office has shared the news of Kanugolu’s appointment as the chief advisor.



Congress’s poll strategist Sunil Kanugolu appointed Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah’s chief advisor with cabinet minister rank

Top poll strategist and the man behind Congress campaigns in the recent held Karnataka elections Sunil Kanugolu has been appointed as the chief advisor to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah with cabinet minister rank.

Congress after coming to the power in Karnataka after marking a landslide victory officially took charge after Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar were sworn in as the CM and Deputy Chief Ministers respectively on May 20.

Amid the finalisation of the new cabinet formation in the state, the CM office has shared the news of Kanugolu’s appointment as the chief advisor.

Kanugolu, known to be a champion strategist for political parties for political parties was born in the Ballari district of Karnataka.

Congress which secured a huge mandate of 135 seats in the Karnataka assembly elections was said to be because of its campaigns that hit success reaching out to the masses.

Reports said, Kanugolu’s micro-management strategies was what Congress relied heavily on, he was the part of the core strategy building team of the party contributing in the making of catchy campaigns for the party to encircle the BJP during elections.

Some of the key campaigns were PayCM, 40 percent commission among others.

Kanugolu is a key member of  the Congress Task Force 2024, who got appointed in May last year, a team created to execute the Nav Sankalp declaration of the grand old party after its brainstorming session held in Udaipur last year.

The Task Force also includes senior leaders of the party Priyanka Gandhi, Jairam Ramesh, KC Venugopal and others.  

Kanugolu was earlier associated with the sharp witted poll strategist Prashant Kishor and was part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2014 Lok Sabha elections campaign.

Kanugolu has earlier also worked for the DMK and AIADMK.

As per reports, the data driven strategist was also behind the planning of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.

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Video of Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi running to avoid questions on wrestlers protest goes viral; watch

Lekhi was kept chasing by the media person asking her comments on the ongoing wrestlers protest.



Video of Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi running to avoid questions on wrestlers protest goes viral; watch

A video of a Union Minister running is doing rounds on the internet.

In a viral video, Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi can be seen running towards her car avoiding questions by a reporter on the issue of wrestlers protest.

Lekhi was kept chasing by the media person asking her comments on the ongoing wrestlers protest.

First the Minister walked briskly and then started running towards her car with her security personnel around and fled the incident ignoring the question asked by the reporter.

The incident is reportedly moments before the protesting wrestlers gathered in Haridwar where the immersion of their medals was attempted, which was later prevented by farmer leader Naresh Tikait.

Meenakshi Lekhi is a Lok Sabha MP representing the Delhi constituency and is Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture.

The video has gathered various reactions along with criticism from users across the internet. In fact, opposition leaders could not have got a better opportunity to criticise this action by the Minister.

A user wrote that being a lady minister she is avoiding the questions concerned to the country’s female athletes and further slammed the BJP saying they will bring laurels in running from issues.

The Aam Aadmi Party also Tweeted through its official handle tagging Lekhi as shameless.

The Congress also took a jibe at the Minister sharing the video on Twitter.

A user shared a hilarious picture morphing the poster of the film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and changing it to Bhaag Lekhi Bhaag with her face on it.

The ace grapplers of India Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Sakshee Mallikh have been demanding action against Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh alleging sexual harassment of female athletes including some minor girls.

Singh on Wednesday challenged the wrestlers that if he is found guilty he will hang himself and asked them to produce evidence before the court.

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