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No tie up with JD-U, Says Sushil Modi

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New Delhi, July 13 : Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi today ended all speculation made over alliance with the Janta Dal United in Bihar by saying there is no such plan of tying up with Nitish Kumar’s JD-U.

In an exclusive interview with IANS, Modi said BJP would not  tie-up with the JD-U in Bihar even if it snaps ties with ally RJD, whose leader Lalu Prasad and his kin are CBI and ED scanner over corruption charges.

He also stated that BJP is not at all interested in breaking any alliance or government. The government will only fall due to the corruption (charges) and other things against its partners.

“There is no such plan with the BJP (of tying up with JD-U). In case of any fresh political development, the BJP Parliamentary Board alone is empowered to take a decision,” Modi, a former Deputy Chief Minister, told IANS in an interview.

When asked about Bihar BJP President Nithyanand Rai’s remarks that the BJP would consider providing outside support to the JD-U if it snaps alliance with Lalu Yadav’s Rahstra Janta Dal, Modi said Rai had refused  making such a statement.

Modi asserted, that Bihar’s ruling party JD-U and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have supported each other on several issues but this should not be considered as the two parties joining hands together.

“The support (in the Presidential election) is issue based and nothing more should be read into it. The BJP has supported Nitish Kumar’s liquor prohibition policy and he has supported the NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind,” he further added.

“But for Vice President’s election, his (Nitish Kumar) party has supported the UPA candidate.” Modi said.

BJP’s senior leader said his party was not hatching any conspiracy to destabilise the government of Bihar, adding we are not at all interested in breaking any alliance or government. The government will only fall due to the corruption (charges) and other things against its partners.

On  Bihar Chief Minister’s “silence” over the allegations of corruption against Tejashwi Yadav, Modi said: “The day Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav came together he had compromised with his integrity and transparency. He joined hands with RJD to remain in power and now it has become a ‘gale ki haddi’ for him.

“The only option left with him is to dismiss Tejashwi Yadav,” he asserted.

He said Nitish Kumar cannot give “good governance” in the company of Lalu Prasad, adding the BJP wants a time-line from Nitish Kumar on the Tejashwi Yadav issue.

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A go getter, Kamal Nath faces onerous task as MP state chief

Kamal Nath will be expected to replicate at state level his own expertise in repeatedly winning elections from Chhindwara.

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Kamal Nath, who the Congress has appointed as the new Madhya Pradesh unit chief in a bid to break BJP’s hold in the state, is seen as a go-getter, a quick decision-maker and a smart tactician, who has won nine Lok Sabha elections.

He faces an onerous task in his new role to lead the party’s effort to unseat the well-entrenched BJP in Madhya Pradesh, where Congress has been out of power for the last 15 years.

With about seven months left for the assembly elections, Kamal Nath, 71, will need to take quick steps to galvanise the party unit and forge appropriate social and caste matrix for party’s success.

While his seniority and acceptability across different factions of the state unit is seen as an advantage, Kamal Nath will be called upon to use his resourcefulness to inject a momentum into the party’s as quickly as possible to face the poll change.

The central leaderhip took its time in announcing a leadership change in the Madhya Pradesh as it weighed various options.

There was speculation that Jyotiradtiya Scindia, 47, a four-time MP, would be declared the chief ministerial candidate.

Kamal Nath was in favour of an early announcement of the chief ministerial candidate and had gone on record to state that he would welcome announcement about Scindia being declared the candidate.

Scindia has now been made Chairman of the Campaign Committee for the assembly polls.

Though the party has not formally announced a Chief Ministerial candidate, Kamal Nath is seen as a front runner for the post in case the party gets a majority.

Kamal Nath has signalled that he will take along all leaders, including former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, in his efforts to unseat the BJP. Singh had embarked on a Narmada Yatra recently and has considerable support base across the state.

Among the factors that seem to have worked in favour of Kamal Nath are his vast organisational and administrative experience and his resourcefulness.

Kamal Nath’s appointment also signals Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s endeavour to give regard to experience of party’s senior leadership while making crucial election-related decisions.

There was speculation that young leaders will be appointed to key posts in states after Gandhi’s elevation as party chief in December last.

Kamal Nath not only has to take on three-time Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the electoral arena but faces a BJP election machinery which has shown considerable booth level dexterity under party chief Amit Shah. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP’s most popular campaigner, is also expected to campaign extensively in Madhya Pradesh in the run-up to the assembly polls.

Kamal Nath will be expected to replicate at state level his own expertise in repeatedly winning elections from Chhindwara.

He has undertaken several welfare initiatives in Chhindwara and maintained a connect with the voters. He retained his seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls despite the BJP sweeping the elections in Madhya Pradesh. He was later elected pro-term Speaker, being the senior-most member of the 16th Lok Sabha.

Kamal Nath has been a union minister in different Congress-led governments and has also held organisational posts including being in-charge of Gujarat and Haryana in his nearly four-decade political career.

Kamal Nath also has friends across the political spectrum. A friend of the late Sanjay Gandhi, he was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1980. He was Minister of Environment and Forests as also Textiles Minister during the Narasimha Rao government.

Kamal Nath was a key member of the two UPA governments and was Commerce and Industry Minister from 2004-2009. During the UPA-II government, he held portfolios of Road Transport and Highways, Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs.

As India’s Commerce minister, he championed the cause of developing countries at WTO ministerial meetings.

He also took initiatives for the protection of the environment.

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New US Visa Rules, huge setback for India: Rahul

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New Delhi, April 26: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday termed the proposed US visa rules as a “huge setback” for India.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress leader said “some things a hug can buy”, but for visas “you’re on your own”.

Gandhi tweeted, “New US Visa Rules, a huge setback for India…as Foreign Policy by Modi, Foreword by Trump”

His remarks come amid Donald Trump’s government plan to propose to end giving work permits to the spouses of H1-B visa holders to work in America, a decision that could have a devastating impact on scores of Indians.

Besides this, global entrepreneurs will not be able to apply for parole to nurture their startups for a certain period.

According to the reports, both of these Obama-era policies will be revoked in a bid to clinch the objectives of ‘Buy American, Hire Amercian’.

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PILs filed in Judge Loya case were politically motivated: Sibal

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New Delhi, April 26: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday said the PILs filed in Judge Loya case were politically-motivated.

Addressing a press conference, the former Union Minister stated ” After the investigation of Judge Loya case, there were several PILs lodged. But by the recent SC judgement, PILs have been considered to be politically-motivated”.

Sibal claimed that a PIL was filed in Nagpur bench by Suraj Lolage, who is an RSS ideologue, on 27 November 2017. Lolage had contested for a BJP ticket in Municipal elections.

“After the press conference in AICC on 30 Jan 2018, a phone conversation between Suraj Lolage and Satish Uke’s brother revealed that Lolage’s petition intended to elevate Judge Loya case to the apex court, where independent probe was rejected”, he added.

The Congress leader further stated that “What does this show? Clearly, Bhaiyyaji Joshi and the RSS were very keen that this matter be heard in the Supreme Court as quickly as possible because they are the ones who initiated the PIL.

Sibal cited two possibilities either RSS’s Bhaiyyaji Joshi wanted that an enquiry into Judge Loya’s death be conducted or wanted an outcome which ensures that the matter is closed without an enquiry.

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