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JD-U not just Nitish’s party, is mine too: Sharad Yadav

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Patna, Aug 12 : Senior JD-U leader Sharad Yadav on Saturday hit out at current JD-U president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying the party is not Kumar’s alone but belonged to him too.

“JD-U sirf Nitish Kumar ki hi party nahi hai, yeh meri bhi party hai,” Sharad Yadav said in Bihar’s Madhepura district on the last day of his three-day Samvad Yatra to meet people and interact with them. He told them of his displeasure and pain over Nitish Kumar’s decision to break the Grand Alliance of JD-U, RJD and Congress and join hands with the BJP and form a new government.

Nitish Kumar is the Janata Dal-United national president and said to fully control the party in Bihar. “There are two JD-Us in Bihar, one is sarkari (official) and another is janata (of the people). All the party legislators, leaders, who are close to the government for personal benefit are with Nitish Kumar, but leaders and workers close to the people are with me,” Sharad Yadav said.

Patna: JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav talks to press as he arrives at Patna Airport on Aug 10, 2017. (Photo: IANS)

Patna: JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav talks to press as he arrives at Patna Airport on Aug 10, 2017. (Photo: IANS)

He refused to comment on reports on the JD-U decision to replace him as the parliamentary party leader.

Sharad Yadav, who is Rajya Sabha MP, said when he had “not been afraid of Indira Gandhi, what do others matter”.

“I am not afraid of any one to speak the truth and stand by my principles,” he said in reference to his fight against Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in the mid 70s, when he was a student leader close to Jayaprakash Narayan, who led the movement that ousted Indira Gandhi from power for the first time in 1977.

Sharad Yadav said action has been taken against a few leaders of the party “who are standing with me”, and leaders close to Nitish Kumar have been threatening other JD-U leaders supporting him.

Sharad Yadav reiterated that he is still with the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) that was given a mandate by 11 crore people in Bihar in the 2015 assembly polls to rule for five years.

“The decision to join hands with the BJP and form a government in Bihar was against the mandate given in the 2015 assembly polls.”

He said it was the people who had made the Grand Alliance of RJD, JD-U and Congress in 2015 Bihar Assembly polls and given their mandate to rule for five years. “People’s mandate was against the BJP-led NDA,” he said.

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Appeal to President to hear our view too, says Sisodia on AAP MLAs’ disqualification

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New Delhi, Jan 20: AAP leader Manish Sisodia on Saturday said that the MLAs of his party, who were recommended by the Election Commission for disqualification were never given a chance to speak out their side of story and appealed President Kovind to hear his party’s view too.

While addressing media a day after Election Commission recommended to President Ram Nath Kovind to disqualify 20 MLAs of his party, the  deputy chief minister of Delhi came with this statement.

“There was no hearing, we were not given a chance to explain our stand. We appeal to the President to hear our view too”, he asserted.

Sisodia also informed that MLAs will meet President in this context.

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Cops bar people from wearing black at Amit Shah’s rally in Varanasi

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Varanasi, Jan 20: People wearing black clothes were not allowed to participate in a public rally here to be addressed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

As per police offical, the move was to prevent any protests from “troublesome elements”.

However, the police did not explain why even media were also halted  from entering the premises.

Shah and Adityanath are in the city to attend an event named ‘Yuva Udghosh’ which is an attempt by the party to connect with 17,000 first time voters.

Angry youngsters stated they found the move objectionable as they were humiliated and barred from attending the event.

More than thirty students have also been detained and barred from attending the event, an official confirmed, news agency IAN reported.

State BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey and State Organisational Secretary Sunil Bansal are also made their presence the high-level event.

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Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs was Jyoti’s gift to PM Modi: AAP

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New Delhi, Jan 20:  Senior AAP leader Gopal Rai on Saturday said Election Commission’s (EC) decision to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit, was its chief, A.K. Jyoti’s parting gift to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While addressing media, Rai also said that the party will launch a campaign against BJP’s decisions to allow FDI in retail and the sealing drive in the national capital.

On Friday, the poll panel recommended President Ram Nath Kovind to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs for holding offices of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries, triggering calls for resignation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The President is bound to act in accordance with the EC’s recommendation.

Rai stated that Jyoti was Principal Secretary in Gujarat when Modi was the state’s Chief Minister and he was Modi’s closest officer, news agency IANS quoted.

“The disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs was his gift to Modi. What is the reason for this gift? Why it has been given? Aam Aadmi Party and the country want to know this,” AAP leader asserted.

“Everyone in the country has only one question on their mind: What was the compulsion for him to take the decision with only two days to retire,” Rai asked.

The leader also rubbished claims that the AAP MLAs were given multiple chances to appear before the poll panel and said that lies were being spread in the media.

Rai said that all notices given by the EC were replied by AAP’s advocates and added that even during the the British rule, people were heard before giving punishments.

Holding out a purported order from the poll panel, Rai stated that the EC had not given a date of hearing for the AAP MLAs, after March 13, 2017.

The Election Commission gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

The decision prompted calls by the Congress and BJP — who have been seeking the disqualification — for Kejriwal’s resignation.

Later on Friday, the Delhi High Court rejected to grant interim relief to AAP MLAs against the ]poll panel’s recommendation.

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