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Lalu’s Grand Alliance will defeat BJP in 2019: Tejashwi Yadav



Tejashwi Yadav
Tejashwi Yadav (File Photo)

Patna, May 16: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday said that former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad’s formula of a “Mahagatbandhan” (Grand Alliance) at the national level is the only way to defeat the BJP-led NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) taunted the Congress for trying to grab power with the support of the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) in Karnataka, Tejashwi Yadav called for a Grand Alliance at the national level to oust the BJP.

“A Grand Alliance at the national level is the best option to defeat the BJP. The Grand Alliance should be on the lines of Laluji’s formula to unite all non-BJP parties by formation of a Mahagatbandhan the like of which defeated the BJP in Bihar,” he said.

“The Congress-led UPA has to adopt Laluji’s formula,” said the former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

Tehashwi Yadav warned that if a Grand Alliance was not formed at the national level, the BJP would succeed in its attempt to implement the RSS agenda.

He also asked the Congress to give more importance to regional parties and their issues.



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



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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