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Idea of ‘mahagathbandhan’ in UP is good: Azad



Ghulam Nabi Azad

Lucknow, Apr 16 : Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today supported the idea of forming a ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) along with the SP and the BSP in Uttar Pradesh to counter the surge of the BJP.

“The idea of ‘mahagathbandhan’ is good,” the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said here.

However, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar, while commenting on the issue, said, “It is too early to say. If we do not honour the feeling of the people and workers, it will be wrong. We will also talk about ‘mahagathbandhan’ with our senior leaders.”

He also claimed the Congress does not practice votebank politics as done by Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.

The party’s Rajya Sabha MP Pramod Tiwari, when asked about the idea of formation of a grand alliance with the SP and the BSP, said, “My best wishes are with them.”

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav has yesterday supported the idea of forming a coalition of political parties against the BJP, saying, “There should be a coalition, which can pave the way forward. We are ready to welcome it. We had welcomed such a move earlier too.”

BSP chief Mayawati too had asserted that she would join hands with other parties to take on the BJP.

The Congress’ district unit presidents, who had gathered here to deliberate upon the strategy for the upcoming civic body elections in the state, alleged that the pre-poll tie-up with the SP was a major roadblock for the party’s prospect in the Assembly elections.

“Most of the district presidents are of the view that the SP-Congress pre-poll alliance proved to be a major roadblock for the party’s poll prospect in the 2017 UP Assembly elections,” a party office bearer who attended the meeting said.

According to party sources, nearly 30-40 district chief of the Congress, from eastern and central Uttar Pradesh, attended the meeting at the party’s state unit headquarters here.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Tiwari said, “The party workers are sad over the poll outcome in Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, but their morale is high and we will resurrect the Congress with the help of this spirit.”

On any possible changes in party leadership at the state level, the Rajya Sabha MP said, “There is no question of any hints being given in any organisation. Whenever, changes take place, it would be visible to all.


Kamal Hassan gets Rajini’s wishes ahead of his political journey



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Rajini Kanth with Kamal Hassan (File Photo)

The two superstars of South, Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan met on Sunday at Rajinikanth’s residence in Chennai to discuss their political interests.

The duo has been taking interest in politics mainly after the death of actor turned politician J Jayalalitha. After the meeting when Kamal Haasan was asked if Rajinikanth and he are entering into an alliance, he said,”Only time will tell”

Kamal Hassan also said that the meeting was not a political meeting but a courtesy call. The leader said,”I came to inform him about my political tour. He wished me good luck.”

Stating that he wishes success for Hassan, Rajinikanth said,”Kamal (Haasan) wants to serve the people of Tamil Nadu. I pray to God that he attains success.
“He has not entered politics for fame or money but only to serve people of the state,” he added.

Kamal will begin his “Naalai Namadhe” (tomorrow is ours) journey from Rameswaram on February 21. He will announce the name of his party and unveil the party flag at a public meeting in Madurai on the same day.


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PNB fraud fuelled during demonetisation: Mamata Banerjee



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Kolkata, Feb 18: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said that the $1.8 billion Punjab National Bank fraud was fuelled during demonetisation and demanded the unearthing of the “full truth” behind the scam.

“This is just a tip of the iceberg. This big bank fraud was fuelled at the time of #DeMonetisation. Big money-laundering happened during DeMo. Key bank officials were changed. Who are these people put in? There are more banks involved. The full truth must come out,” she tweeted.

Banerjee had earlier demanded a thorough investigation into the Punjab National Bank fraud and said she would not let the central government off the hook until the people’s money is secured.

Accusing the Centre of trying to take away the people’s money deposited in the banks with its Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, the Chief Minister said she had written “strong” letters to the Finance Ministry to demand withdrawal of the bill.


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BJP MP warns voters, says if you don’t elect our candidate, you will remain backward



BJP MP, Yashodhara Raje Scindia
BJP, MP,Yashodhara Raje Scidia (Photo-ANI)

Bhartiya Janta Party leader and Madhya Pradesh minister, Yashodhara Raje Scindia warned people to vote them saying that they will not get benefits of Ujjawala Yojana if they would vote Congress.

The Madhya Pradesh minister for Commerce, Industries and Employment said that the scheme which was introduced by the BJP will not be provided if people vote for Congress.

“We have our government. If you don’t elect our candidate, then you will remain backward,” she added plainly.

“Aap agar panje ko vote doge toh hum panje ko kyun denge? Hum panje ke haath se kyun denge aapko chulha?

Nahi denge. Aaapko apni samajhdaari se aisi party ko vote dena hai jiski har cheez aapke gharon mein aa jaaye”

“Chulhe ki yojana, kyun nahi aayi aapke paas? Bharatiya Janata Party, kamal ki yojana hai. Aap panje mein vote doge, aapke paas aaegi nahi. Aap kamal ko doge, aapke paas aaegi. Seedhi baat hai”

The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched in 2016 by the NDA particularly for the welfare of women in poor households.



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