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Dalit MP Savitribai Phule resigns from BJP

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Lucknow, Dec 6: Savitribai Phule, a BJP MP from Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh resigned from the party on Thursday.

The Dalit leader decided to quit the Bharatiya Janata Party on the death anniversary of BR Ambedkar. She alleged that ‘ the BJP is trying to create divisions in society’.

“I am a social worker. I work for Dalits. The BJP is doing nothing for Dalit reservation,” the saffron-robed politician stated on the sidelines of an event to mark the death anniversary of Amedkar here.

Phule said she will complete her term as a member of Parliament.

According to the reports, the Bahraich MP will also launch a protest to champion the cause of Dalits from December 23.

The 37-year-old has been working at cross-purposes with the BJP for the last one year, many times openly criticising the party line.

Recently, she also took exception to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s statements that Lord Hanuman was a Dalit and asked if that was the case, why Dalits were not made priests in all Hanuman temples.

Phule has sought that instead of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, the BJP should build a temple of Lord Buddha there.

Reacting to Phule’s resignation, Uttar Pradesh cabinet Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar, leader of a BJP ally, said this was the beginning of a revolt in the saffron party.

“There are many MPs and MLAs who are not happy with the style of functioning of the state government, Wait and watch… more such events will happen”, he asserted.

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Election results setback for Modi, Shah: CPI-M

The editorial pointed out that overall, the results of the Assembly elections “are a setback for the BJP and the leadership of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

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New Delhi, Dec 13 : The results of Assembly elections in the Hindi heartland are a setback for the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, the CPI-M has said, warning that the BJP may be tempted now to whip up more communal frenzy.

An editorial in the CPI-M journal “People’s Democracy” also warned the Congress to immediately address the problems of agrarian distress and employment generation in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

“They cannot afford to take a soft attitude to communal activities and must crack down on cow vigilantism and mob lynching,” said the Communist Party of India-Marxist.

The editorial pointed out that overall, the results of the Assembly elections “are a setback for the BJP and the leadership of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

“It provides the much needed momentum for the forthcoming battle in the Lok Sabha elections to defeat the BJP,” it added.

The results of the elections in the three BJP-ruled states have a national significance, it said.

“The defeat has dented the image of invincibility around the Modi-Shah duo which has been assiduously built up by the BJP… They have proved to be ineffective in their own traditional strongholds.”

The editorial also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had been increasingly losing by-elections, reflecting “the growing discontent among the people against the Modi government at the Centre and the BJP-ruled state governments”.

At the same time, it faulted the Congress for trying to borrow some issues from the Hindutva platform. This, it said, did not get them any electoral benefits.

But it warned that the BJP had still got a substantial vote share — 41 per cent in Madhya Pradesh and 38.8 per cent in Rajasthan. In the former it was 0.1 per cent ahead of the Congress vote share and just 0.5 per cent less than the Congress share in Rajasthan.

“This underlines the scope for a BJP recovery if there is a slight swing in its favour. It also points to the likely possibility of the BJP-RSS combine stepping up its communal agenda in the coming days in view of the Lok Sabha elections.”

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Manohar Parrikar’s sons offer prayers on his birthday

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Panaji, Dec 13: Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s sons celebrated his 63rd birthday on Thursday by offering prayers at a popular temple here.

Parrikar’s sons were accompanied by former Panaji MLA Sidharth Kuncalienkar and several other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and workers to the Mahalaxmi temple, after which a blood donation camp was organised at the party’s state headquarters here.

“Holding a blood donation camp is our Chief Minister’s tradition on his birthday. We are following it,” Kuncalienkar told the media.

Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has not moved out of his private residence since October 14, was however not present.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah also wished Parrikar on Twitter.

“Wishing a very happy birthday to the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri @manoharparrikar ji. His passion and commitment towards the development of Goa is truly great, I pray for his good health,” Shah tweeted.

State Congress president Girish Chodankar also wished the Chief Minister “good health”.

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I’ll live and die in Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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Bhopal, Dec 13: Outgoing Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said that ” I will not go to the centre, I’ll live in and die in Madhya Pradesh.

His remarks come a day after, Chouhan resigned from his post following a nail-biting defeat in the State.

Taking moral responsibility for the defeat in the Madhya Pradesh assembly polls, the outgoing Chief Minister yesterday stated that the BJP will now play the role of a “vigilant and constructive opposition”.

In the recently held assembly elections, the Congress fell two short of the halfway mark when it won 114 seats and the BJP secured 109 seats.

Though, with the support of three MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) and four Independents, the Congress is all set to form the government in Madhya Pradesh.

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