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MGP, GSM, Shiv Sena form anti-BJP coalition in Goa




Jan 10: Setback to the BJP, RSS rebel Subhash Velingkar on Tuesday announced the formation of a new three-party political alliance between the MGP, Shiv Sena and Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM).

Former PWD minister and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader Sudin Dhavalikar would be the Chief Ministerial candidate of the coalition front.

Velingkar, who was appointed convenor of the alliance, also said that they, for now, had decided to contest 37 out of the 40 legislative assembly seats in Goa.

MGP, being the senior alliance partner would contest in 26 seats, GSM in six and the Shiv Sena in five assembly seats.

“We will work out a common minimum programme to ensure smooth functioning of the alliance,” Velingkar told a press conference in Panaji.

“Our agenda is to protect Goa’s languages and culture… Once we come to power government grants to English medium schools will be withdrawn,” he said.

The former RSS leader was sacked as sanghachalak for Goa region, for his consistent criticism of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), over its alleged anti-regional language policies, especially promotion of English language as the medium of instruction in government-aided primary schools.

The MGP entered the alliance, which was first floated by Velingkar, less than a month after two of its cabinet ministers were sacked from the BJP-led coalition cabinet after their criticism of Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar’s leadership.

The Shiv Sena, meanwhile, was already committed to a grand anti-BJP alliance.

The alliance was represented on Tuesday by leaders of the three parties namely Anand Shirodkar, Sudin Dhavalikar and the member of parliament Sanjay Raut of the GSM, MGP and the Shiv Sena, respectively.

While Velingkar said, that the Manch would not enter into any alignment with the BJP after the results were declared, the MGP leader expressed his party’s commitment to taking on the BJP in all the 37 constituencies but preferred to keep his options open in the post-poll scenario.

“I cannot tell you that now… Sometimes in politics you have to adopt Chanakyaniti,” Dhavalikar said.

The MGP leader also had words of praise for Union minister Manohar Parrikar and Nitin Gadkari, while he blamed Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar for sacking them from the alliance government in Goa, of which they were cabinet ministers from 2012-2016.

The MGP has also been in alliance with the Congress in Goa from 2007-2012.



Truth will catch up with Amit Shah: Rahul Gandhi

Indians are deeply intelligent. Most Indians, including those in the BJP, instinctively understand the truth about Amit Shah. The truth has its own way of catching up with people like him.



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New Delhi, April 19 : With the Supreme Court dismissing pleas for an SIT probe into the death of Judge B.H. Loya, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said truth will finally catch up with BJP President Amit Shah.

“Indians are deeply intelligent. Most Indians, including those in the BJP, instinctively understand the truth about Amit Shah. The truth has its own way of catching up with people like him,” tweeted Gandhi.

At the time of his death, Judge Loya was presiding over the trial in a case related to the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in an alleged staged shootout in November 2005 near Gandhinagar in which the now BJP chief was an accused. Shah was later discharged from the case.

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Arvind Kejriwal discharged in DDCA defamation case



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New Delhi, April 19: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and suspended BJP parliamentarian Kirti Azad has been discharged in a criminal defamation complaint filed by the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and its then Vice-President Chetan Chauhan.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal allowed Kejriwal’s application for discharge, saying that there was not an iota of evidence that the DDCA or any official were personally defamed by his statement.

Chauhan, in February 2016, filed a defamation case against Kejriwal and Azad and accused them of defaming the cricket body by passing “scandalous” remarks.

Referring to Kejriwal’s interview to a news channel wherein he allegedly said that sexual favours were sought for selecting players, the complainant alleged that “false” charges were levelled against the cricket association.

The plea claimed that Kejriwal’s “false” statements were immediately endorsed and repeated by Azad.

The complainant said the accused (Kejriwal and Azad) had severely damaged the credibility and reputation of the complainant (DDCA) in the eyes of thousands of cricket lovers and citizens of India as well as internationally.


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Supreme Court verdict on Judge Loya case leaves many questions unanswered, fair probe needed: Congress



New Delhi, April 19: Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Supreme Court verdict on Judge Loya death case has left many questions unanswered adding, there were discrepancies in the post-mortem report.

Addressing a press conference, the Congress leader stated “the verdict marks a sad day in India’s history. The Supreme Court verdict has left many questions unanswered. There were discrepancies in the post-mortem report, even in recording the name of the victim properly”.

Earlier in a day, the Supreme Court dismissed the petitions seeking an independent investigation into the death of special CBI judge.

Stating that the Congress reiterates demand for a fair probe into Loya’s death, Surjewala said the issue of criminality or lack of it can only be decided through an investigation.

“Loya’s sister gave an interview, alleging that he was offered a bribe of Rs 100 crore along with a flat in Mumbai if he were to deliver a verdict in favour of the accused”, he said.

His kin had publicly said that clothes had blood stains, especially near his neck, the Congress leader further said.

The ECG and histopathology report showed no evidence of a heart attack whatsoever. AIIMS doctor RK Sharma clearly stated that there was no sign of a heart attack and there was evidence that Loya was hit on the head by a blunt weapon,” Surjewala added.

Asking how there was no record of the judge travelling by train from Mumbai to Nagpur, the communications in-charge of All India Congress Committee (AICC) claimed that Loya had no security protection during his visit to Nagpur.

Surjewala said that there was no record of Judge Loya staying in the hotel and there was no reason for three judges to sleep in two beds during their stay when adjoining rooms were empty.

The Congress leader said ” the Post-Mortem was conducted without information and consent of any family member, adding there were discrepancies in recording the name of the victim properly.


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