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Karnataka election results: BJP trying to poach our MLAs, says Congress and JDS

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Ghulam Nabi Azad

Bengaluru, May 16: Amid hectic parleys for government formation in Karnataka, the  Congress and JD(S) on Wednesday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to poach their MLA’s. 

“They (BJP) are poaching our MLAs, we know that. Every day there is a lot of pressure. But it not so easy because two parties have the necessary number. People are watching this ” stated Congress’s DK Shivakumar.

Speaking to media JD(S)’ Saravana said “I don’t know what they (BJP) are offering but they are trying to call our people, but they are not responding. We are all together, no one can touch our party. Our party MLAs are loyal to the party”.

Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad stated: JD(S) has all the faith in their MLAs. Nobody is going to go away. Let BJP try, whatever they want to”.

Congress’ Ramalinga Reddy tells ANI,”We believe in all our MLAs. BJP is trying hard to get them. They don’t believe in democracy, BJP just wants power. All the people are happy, nobody is unhappy here”.

A day after poll results all three parties — the JD(S), the BJP and the Congress held their respective Legislature Party meetings on government formation in Karnataka.

Both Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress-supported Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy called on Vala and staked claim to form the government in the southern state.

Now all eyes are on Governor Vajubhai Vala, who will have to decide whether to call the BJP to try to form the government or go with the JD(S)-Congress alliance, having a clear majority in the 224-member Assembly.

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Atalji called me Kalicharan: Shatrughan Sinha

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“What can I say about Atalji that I havent said before? Atalji and Advaniji are my Gurus my mentors in politics. They are both father figures in my life. I was sent by them to be trained by Nanajee Deshamukh, then to Madan Lal Khurana and Kailashpati Mishra. All through my training initiation and acclimatisation into politics, Atalji encouraged and supported me.

“He was a man of vision. Whether it was the nuclear explosions in Pokhran or the bus service from India to Lahore, Atalji was a visionary first and a politician later. I was in that historic first bus ride to Lahore sitting right behind him.

“We both cracked jokes and kept the journey interesting. We could always trust Atalji to make the journey of life interesting. No matter how sticky the situation, he could lighten the atmosphere with poetry and humour.

“During his Prime Ministership, everybody who worked with him was allowed to speak his or her mind freely. Today we function in an environment of unmitigated fear. No one is allowed to express himself. Atalji encouraged debate and dissent. This is what made him such a democrat.

“I remember I discussed Atalji about the poor medical care in Bihar and Patna and why can’t we have an AIIMS-like hospital in the capital of Bihar. Atalji completely supported my plans and that’s how Patna got its top-notch hospital…

“Ataljee loved movies. He would sometimes address me as Kalicharan, the character I played in the movie of that name. I would tease him back saying he sounded like the villain Ajit from Kalicharan. Such was atmosphere of bantering and joking during Atalji’s days, now sadly gone from the Party.

“His poems were sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Jagjit Singh and Jaya Prada did a dance ballet based on Atalji’s poetry. Not only Atalji, his daughter too is a movie buff. When Salman Khan got to know that Atalji’s daughter was his fan, Salman went over to Atalji’s residence to meet Atalji and his daughter. I think I learnt the gift of the gab from Atalji.

“He was a very sharp politician. He knew when to talk friendship with Pakistan and when to get tough with our neighbour. There will never be another person like Atalji.”

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Swami Agnivesh attacked outside BJP headquarters

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New Delhi, Aug 17: Social activist Swami Agnivesh, who came to pay his respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was attacked outside the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters on Friday.

Minutes after Agnivesh arrived at the BJP office on Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, where the body of Vajpayee was kept for people to pay tributes, a group of people raised slogans asking him to go back.

News channels showed footage of the former Janata Party MP was running and chased by people, who were believed to be the saffron party workers.

The Delhi Police then took Agnivesh in a van and moved him to safety.

Last month,  the 78-year-old saffron-robed activist was thrashed in Pakur district of Jharkhand when he was on way to attend a public function in a village.

Suspected BJP youth wing and ABVP workers had allegedly manhandled Agnivesh accusing him of being involved with Christian missionaries for “instigating” tribals to convert thier religion.

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Vajpayee refused to dismiss DMK government despite threat to his government: Stalin

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Chennai, Aug 17 (IANS) Condoling the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, DMK Working President M.K. Stalin said the late leader did not dismiss the DMK government in Tamil Nadu despite the threat to the BJP-led Central government.

In a statement issued here, Stalin said despite the pressure and threat to his government, Vajpayee as the then Prime Minister, did not succumb and dismiss the DMK government in the state.

Stalin said Vajpayee, a close friend of late DMK President M. Karunanidhi, set up the Cauvery River Water Commission at the latter’s request as per the interim order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

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