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Congress accuses BJP-BJD of nexus in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar, Dec 25 :The Odisha unit of Congress on Tuesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of being hand-in-glove and ignoring the interests of the state.

The Congress’s barb came a day after the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who attacked the BJD government on several issues but did not name Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his party for the alleged misgovernance in the state.

“Both Naveen and Modi have betrayed people of Odisha. They are trying to hoodwink people by taking the name of Lord Jagannath. The doubt about a secret nexus between the BJP and the BJD has been proved true,” said Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik.

He accused Naveen Patnaik and Narendra Modi of trying to fool the people by giving false assurances.

However, the ruling BJD said that their party has maintained equidistance from both Congress and BJP.

“We have always kept equal distance from both BJP and Congress. We are accountable to people of Odisha because they have reposed faith in us for four consecutive times and we don’t need to answer the BJP or the Congress,” said BJD MP Pratap Deb.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the Prime Minister questioned the state government on several issues including growing corruption in the state.

“Everyone knows who the demon of corruption is. Several people are in jail for their involvement in chit fund scam. Whose MLAs and MPs are behind bars? Who are taking PC (percentage commission)?” he asked.

On Monday, Modi during a rally in Khurda had attacked the state government on corruption, farmer issues, malnutrition and cleanliness.

“What is the reason that from chit fund to PC culture, the demon of corruption has become so powerful in Odisha? Who is feeding the demon?” asked the Prime Minister.

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Mayawati neither man nor woman: BJP MLA Sadhana Singh

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Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Mughalsarai Sadhana Singh sparked outrage after she used offensive language against former Chief Minister Mayawati.

During a public meeting, Singh said that Mayawati is neither a man nor a woman and added that in spite of being humiliated by the Samajwadi Party in the infamous 1995 Lucknow guest house incident she joined hands with the same party.

Singh said that Mayawati is a blot in the name of women and added that it was a BJP leader who saved her.

Reacting to Sadhana Singh’s comment BSP leader Satish Mishra said after the announcement of SP-BSP coalition the BJP leaders have lost their mental balance and they should be admitted to mental hospitals in Agra and Bareilly.

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FTII student missing since suspension orders

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Pune, Jan 19 : A student of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has been missing since January 13 after he was suspended by the college authorities.

The college authorities have lodged a missing complaint on January 17 with the local police.

The missing student was identified as Manoj Kumar. The FTII director B Kainthola on Kumar’s missing mentioned that the college has reported him missing and they are hopeful that he will return to the Campus soon.

Reportedly, the FIR stated that Manoj Kumar Verma was disturbed after being suspended and left without informing anybody.

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‘Felt like chopping off his hand’: Misa Bharti on Ram Kripal Yadav joining BJP

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Patna, Jan 19: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Misa Bharti has said that she wanted to chop off Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav’s hand when he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

While addressing RJD workers at Vikram near Patna on January 16, she said when she “heard that Yadav is joining the BJP, then I felt like chopping off his hand…I was so angry inside”, reports in the local media said on Saturday.

Yadav, once considered close to Lalu Prasad and his family, joined the BJP in 2014. He contested and won the Lok Sabha poll from Patliputra constituency of Bihar defeating RJD candidate Bharti.

Bharti, elder daughter of Lalu Prasad, said that she had great respect for Yadav but that respect was over after he joined the saffron party and stood with Sushil Kumar Modi, a BJP leader and the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

Doctor-turned-politician Bharti is likely to contest the general elections from the same seat again.

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