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DUSU Elections: NSUI promises IoE tag, Rs 10 food-plate



New Delhi, Aug 27: The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) released its election manifesto on Monday for the September 12 poll, promising to fight for the ‘Institution of Eminence’ (IoE) tag for the Delhi University (DU), a Rs 10 food-plate in canteens, and a programme to spot and groom 100 women leaders from the varsity.

The Congress-affiliated group said it will demand a ‘Students Rights Commission’ on the lines of women and minority commissions and free laptops for students.

“We will fight for an ‘Institution of Eminence’ tag for the university which will bring Rs 1,000 crore extra budget which can be used for better infrastructure,” All India Congress Committee (AICC) Joint Secretary and In-charge Ruchi Gupta told reporters.

“The BJP government rejected the application of Delhi University for the tag and chose the Manipal University and the Jio University, which is yet to be established… Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims to be an alumnus of the University from 1978. How can he reject the proposal of his own alma mater?,” she asked.

She also remarked that despite filing an RTI asking for Modi’s degree, the University could not provide it nor is there any proof that the Prime Minister was ever a student of the University.

Fairoz Khan, National President of NSUI, said that the group will spot potential women leaders from the University, who will be mentored by former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit.

NSUI at present holds two top positions of President and Vice President in the Students’ Union, with the other two — Secretary and Joint Secretary — being held by its arch-rival Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, which is affiliated with RSS.

Khan claimed that NSUI in the last one year has kept the campus violence-free and the students have not been scared of being labelled as “anti-nationalist”.

Among its other promises were reduction in college fees, construction of hostel on vacant land under the University, and more study rooms in the campus.

The Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections will be held on September 12. Apart from NSUI and ABVP, Aam Aadmi Party’s student wing, Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), and Leftist-group All India Students’ Association, will be in the fray for the four central panel seats.

The last date to file nomination is September 4. The date for counting is yet to be announced.


My phone is being tapped: Mamata



Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that her phone is being tapped by Central agencies.

While reacting to the terror attack on the CRPF convoy in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the Trinamool Congress chief levelled the charge of phone tapping against the Narendra Modi-led Central government.

“The Government had inputs from intelligence agencies on February 8 that such attacks might happen before elections. Why no action was taken? Why was the convoy of 78 vehicles allowed?…I also have intelligence reports that my phone is always tapped, as you all know,” she said.

Mamata also accused several Hindutva organisations including the RSS of hatching a conspiracy in the wake of the Pulwama attack to create divisions in the country, including in her state.

“In Hooghly’s Srerampore, they intervened in a community celebration. RSS workers are outsiders and they do not belong to Bengal. They are creating a riot like situation between Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians.

Banerjee said it’s a ploy to spread communal violence.

“It is a gameplan to spread communal violence. No one should fall in this trap. I have also heard that the RSS are forcing people to wear burqa and pose as child lifters.

“Rumours are being spread and some incidents have taken place in Kolkata as well. This is being done by the RSS, the BJP and the VHP, they only spread violence.”

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Pulwama attack: Why no action despite inputs from intelligence, asks Mamata



Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Feb 18: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Monday questioned the central government for not taking actions despite inputs received from intelligence agencies warning of terror attacks before the Lok Sabha elections.

The Government had inputs from intelligence agencies on Feb 8 that such attacks might happen before elections. Why no action was taken?, she asked while addressing a press conference.

The Chief Minister further stated “Why 78 convoys were still allowed?…I also have intelligence reports that my phone is always taped, as you all know”.

Banerjee also accused the RSS and the BJP of trying to incite communal violence in West Bengal.

“We have kept quiet, but we have seen Modiji and Amit Shah delivering speeches daily. And the way they are speaking, it seems as if they are the only patriotic leaders in the country. This is not right,” she said.

Banerjee told media following Thursday’s terror attack, the entire Opposition has stood behind the Centre without asking any question.

“Modiji must tell us what action he has taken between the attacks in Pathankot and Pulwama. What action has he taken in the past five years?” she asked, adding, “If he cannot take control of the political situation in the country, he should resign.”


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Rahul Gandhi to launch election campaign in Maharashtra on March 1



Rahul Gandhi

Mumbai, Feb 18: Congress President Rahul Gandhi will launch the national campaign for the coming Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra with a mega rally in Dhule, a traditional party bastion, on March 1, an official said here on Monday.

Gandhi will begin the campaign at 3 p.m. in the presence of other top leaders.

The same day, as per a tentative schedule, he may even visit Mumbai and address a rally here.

The UPA alliance in Maharashtra will set the ball rolling for the parliamentary elections by its first joint poll campaign rally in Nanded on Wednesday, said state party chief Ashok Chavan.

The rally will see the participation of UPA constituents including the Nationalist Congress Party, the PRP and other parties and their top leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge, Sharad Pawar and Jogendra Kawade.

This will be followed by another UPA rally to be hosted by the NCP’s Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde, in his home town of Parli, Beed, on Saturday.

According to party sources, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi is also likely to address some rallies in the state, although the details are yet to be finalised.

Dhule and Nanded are traditional Congress bastions in Northern Maharashtra and the Marathwada regions of the state, with a fair sprinkling of minorities, tribals, Dalits and other sections of population.


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