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BJP rebukes JMM over Rs 51,000 demand from candidates

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Ranchi, Nov 7 : The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s (JMM) action of asking for Rs 51,000 from those seeking party tickets has invited a sharp reaction from the ruling BJP in the state.

The JMM had issued letters to its district presidents in Jharkhand to ask for Rs 51,000 from those who want to become party candidates in the assembly elections. As per the letter, the interested candidates should deposit Rs 51,000 along with the application form.

After the circulation of the letter, a party leader said that it is getting a good response from people interested in a party ticket. JMM sources said that the party is raising funds for the Assembly polls.

“We cannot match BJP in funding. The BJP is getting funds from big industrialists. JMM is a party of poor people,” said Vinod Pandey, a JMM leader.

The BJP has, however, reacted sharply to the JMM’s decision.

“JMM has exposed itself. It talks of the welfare of the tribal and indigenous people but the party demands Rs 51,000 from interested candidates. It has exposed its real face. JMM president fought for the rights of the tribals and indigenous people for last 50 years and the same party is now making such a demand,” said Pratul Sahdeo, BJP spokesperson.

Targeting former Chief Minister and JMM executive president Hemant Soren, Sahdeo said, “the current JMM leadership does not want poor people to fight elections. JMM’s decision will promote creamy layer of the society to fight the polls.”

Jharkhand is going to the polls in five phases from November 30. The notification for the first phase was issued by the Election Commission on Wednesday.

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Rajinikanth: Tamil Nadu people to perform miracle in Assembly polls

Haasan and Rajinikanth, the two Tamil movie megastars with political ambitions, had recently said they could join hands if needed.

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Chennai, Nov 21 : Tamil actor Rajinikanth on Thursday said people of Tamil Nadu will perform a miracle in the 2021 Assembly elections.

Speaking to reporters here the actor said the Tamil Nadu people will 100 per cent perform a miracle in the 2021 Assembly elections.

Queried who will be the Chief Ministerial candidate if he and actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan join hands and contest the polls, Rajinikanth said that will be decided after he floats a political party and discussions with his partymen.

Haasan and Rajinikanth, the two Tamil movie megastars with political ambitions, had recently said they could join hands if needed.

While Haasan has floated a party called the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), Rajinikanth has announced his intentions to launch a political party and contest all the 234 Assembly seats in the state as and when the polls are announced.

Speaking to reporters at the airport Haasan said, he and Rajinikanth were friends for a long time and if needed they would join hands for the welfare of Tamil Nadu.

Speaking to reporters later, Rajinikanth echoed Haasan.

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Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka PM

The development comes a day after his predecessor and leader of the former ruling United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe resigned from the post.

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Colombo, Nov 21 : Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the island country’s 23rd Prime Minister in the presence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat here on Thursday.

Rajapaksa, who served as the Sri Lankan President from 2005 to 2015, will lead the government’s caretaker cabinet until the general election, the Sunday Times reported.

The development comes a day after his predecessor and leader of the former ruling United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe resigned from the post.

Wickremesinghe tendered his resignation after his party’s presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa lost last Saturday’s presidential election.

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Strong earthquake shakes northern Thailand, Laos

TV footage showed cracks on the wall of a 500-year-old temple hall in Nan.

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Bangkok, Nov 21 : An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit a border area between northern Thailand and Laos on Thursday. The Thai TV images showed collapsed roof from make-shift houses in Nan Province.

Director-General of the Thai Meteorological Department Somsak Khawsuwan said over 100 small and large tremors occurred in neighbouring Laos since 11 p.m. local time on November 20, Xinhua reported.

Somsak also said the major quake was recorded at 6.50 a.m. on Thursday.

School were ordered to shut down.

TV footage showed cracks on the wall of a 500-year-old temple hall in Nan.

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