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People should decide if BJP can be called Balatkar Janata Party: Kamal Nath

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New Delhi, April 16: Congress leader Kamal Nath on Monday hit out at the saffron party over Unnao rape case and claimed that there are 20 leaders in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who have rape charges on them.

“Maine kahin padha tha ki 20 aise neta hain Bharatiya Janata Party ke jo balatkar se judehue hain. Ab inka naam Bharatiya Janata Party hona chahiye ya Balatkar Janata Party, ye janta ko sochna hai (I had read somewhere that there are 20 BJP politicians who are involved in rape cases. People should decide whether it should be called BJP or Balatkar Janata Party),” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.

Earlier in a day, the Congress leader also targetted the central government in a tweet over the spate of sexual violence against women.

In a recent instance, the BJP is under the cloud over Unnao Rape Case as MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was arrested by CBI for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl. He was produced before a Lucknow court where he pleaded innocence.

The alleged rape case came into the limelight after the victim tried to set herself on blaze outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence last week after alleging police inaction against the politician.

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Shivpal Yadav launches new party

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Lucknow, Oct 23 : The rebel Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and estranged uncle of former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has floated a new political outfit  known as ‘Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia’.

 Shivpal Yadav, the younger brother of SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was also the number two in the party has announced that the Election Commission had granted his party the new name and added that he will ensure that every marginalized person in the political and social system found a voice in his party.

Yadav said that time had come to take the socialist movement forward in the form of the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party- Lohia (PSP-L).

He cautioned party workers to keep away from people who flatter and sugar-coat their words. This, he said, had led to the downfall of the SP and should be taken as a serious lesson.

He also informed that 40 small and regional parties had so far come under the umbrella of his party. Completely marginalized in the SP, a party he founded with Mulayam Singh Yadav, Azam Khan and Beni Prasad Verma some 25 years back, Shivpal has also announced his intention to field 80 candidates in the 2019 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Yadav, who was formerly irrigation and PWD minister in successive SP government, has broken ranks with the SP after Akhilesh Yadav saw him out as the state SP chief in January 2017 and completely banished him from the party.

Shivpal waited for more than a year before he decided to carve out his own outfit, initially named as Samajwadi Secular Front.

Mulayam Singh Yadav who initially threw his weight behind Shivpal has since distanced himself from his younger brother and is inching closer to his son.

SP leaders allege that Shivpal is being propped up by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party to dent the prospects of the SP, especially in Yadav-dominated belts.

The recent allotment of a sprawling bungalow vacated by Mayawati to Shivpal is also being cited as a proof of the growing proximity between the Yadav chieftain and the saffron camp. Shivpal, however, has trashed such charges.

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I will not contest polls: Prashant Kishor

Chief Minister Nitush Kumar, who is also the JD-U president, was expected to soon send Kishor, 41, to Rajya Sabha.

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Patna, Oct 23 : Election strategist-turned-politician Prashant Kishor, who is the new national Vice President of Bihar’s ruling JD-U, said on Tuesday he will not contest any elections for the next 10 years to concentrate on bringing the state out of the “undeveloped” tag.

He would aim all his efforts to strengthen the Janata Dal-United party that he joined in September, Kishor said ending all speculation as he addressed the youth members of his party.

“I will not contest any elections, including for the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha, for the next 10 years… and serve Bihar. My goal is to work to help Bihar get into the 10 developed states of the country,” said the founder of the Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC), who was appointed JD-U’s No.2 on October 16.

There was speculation in political circles here that the former BJP poll strategist, who played a role in Narendra Modi’s party securing an absolute majority in the 2014 general elections, would contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Chief Minister Nitush Kumar, who is also the JD-U president, was expected to soon send Kishor, 41, to Rajya Sabha.

Instead, Kishor said he would “work on the strategy to ensure a strong JD-U by attracting youth and students into its fold” and put his entire time and energy into strengthening the party in Bihar and on the national level.

Kishor’s elevation by Nitish Kumar was viewed as a political masterstroke by the Chief Minister, who plans to put his best foot forward ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls

“In JD-U and outside, Prashant Kishor is considered close to Nitish Kumar. More than anyone he enjoys trust and confidence of the Chief Minister,” a senior party leader said.

The former UN official, who founded the Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG), had also successfully ran the campaign of the Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance during the 2015 Bihar Assembly election.

The Grand Alliance comprised the JD-U, Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress and it had humbled the BJP-led alliance.

In last two days, Kishor has been busy meeting and interacting with members of the JD-U’s youth and students wing. He has asked each one of them to enlist 200 more active members.

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Cabinet meet cancelled, Yogi leaves for Chhattisgarh

Adityanath has been extensively deployed by the saffron camp in election campaigns ever since his elevation as Chief Minister in March 2017.

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Lucknow, Oct 23 : The weekly meeting of the Uttar Pradesh cabinet was cancelled on Tuesday as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath headed for poll-bound Chhattisgarh to canvass support for BJP candidates, an official said.

Adityanath is one of the star campaigners of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and on Tuesday he was scheduled to address election rallies at Rajnandgaon, the assembly seat of his counterpart Raman Singh.

Adityanath has been extensively deployed by the saffron camp in election campaigns ever since his elevation as Chief Minister in March 2017.

Other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, Adityanath is one of the most sought after campaigners by the party candidates.

In the past too, Adityanath has had successful electoral forays in states like Karnataka, the northeast and Himachal Pradesh.

The BJP has also picked him for campaigning in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where he will be addressing a string of rallies.

Chhattisgarh will vote on November 12 and 20 while Madhya Pradesh will go for polls on November 28. Voting will be held in Rajasthan on December 7.

Adityanath was lined up for many rallies in these states in the next few weeks, an official said.

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