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Yogi Adityanath to address rally in Lalu-Nitish stronghold

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Patna, June 3:  Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will address a rally in Bihar in mid June to mark three years of the NDA regime at the Centre, BJP state President Nityanand Rai said on Saturday.

“Yogi Adityanath will address a rally in Gandhi Maidan in Patna on either June 15 or 16 to mark three years of the BJP-led NDA government of Narendra Modi,” Rai told the media here.

It will be Adityanath’s first visit to Bihar after taking over as the BJP Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Bihar is considered a stronghold of Janata Dal-United President and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his major ally RJD chief Lalu Prasad.

The BJP leaders are silent on whether Adityanath’s rally will be a show of strength ahead of Lalu’s ‘maha rally’ on August 27 which will be held to showcase a grand unity of non-BJP parties at the national-level before the 2019 general elections.

After his party’s shocking defeat in the October-November 2015 Bihar Assembly polls, BJP President Amit Shah has decided to use Adityanath as the new Hinduvta champion to challenge and counter the Lalu-Nitish nexus, party leaders say.

Adityanath’s visit is bound to boost the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a right-wing group founded by him, which has decided to strengthen its presence in Bihar by enrolling thousands of youths.

The group has demanded that the Bihar government should set up anti-Romeo squads and take action against illegal slaughterhouses, as in Uttar Pradesh.

Cow protection is one of the main objectives of the group, which has a strong presence in the districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh bordering Bihar.

The BJP leaders have already demanded that the Bihar government should set up anti-Romeo squads and seal slaughterhouses.

(IANS)

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Speaker accepts YSR Congress MPs’ resignations

The MPs had submitted their resignations on April 6 — the last day of budget session — to protest against the refusal of the Central government to accord Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.

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New Delhi/Vijayawda, June 21 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday accepted resignations of five Lok Sabha MPs of the YSR Congress party.

The MPs had submitted their resignations on April 6 — the last day of budget session — to protest against the refusal of the Central government to accord Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.

According to a bulletin from Lok Sabha, the speaker has accepted the resignations of the MPs with effect from June 20.

The speaker’s move came two weeks after YSR Congress Parliamentary Party leader Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy and others met her to convey that they stand by their resignations and urged her to accept the same immediately.

The other MPs are Y.V. Subba Reddy, Vara Prasadarao Velagapalli, Midhun Reddy and Y.S. Avinash Reddy.

As the Speaker on May 29 had requested the MPs to reconsider their resignations, they met her in the national capital on June 6 to submit fresh letters, urging her to accept their resignations.

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BJP Minister threatens police superintendent, Says you were appointed due to ‘Casteism’

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Pratapgarh, June 21: Rajasthan’s tribal affairs minister Nandlal Meena reportedly threatened the Superintendent of Police (SP) and asked him to work for the people of their caste.

In a gathering, Meena said “you have been posted here because of casteism, you have to support the people of your caste, or else we have other alternatives”, ABP news reported.

The Minister also allegedly made an alleged rape victim sit on the stage making her identity known. He has been witnessing widespread criticism for both the acts.

The whole incident is of Salamgarh district where a woman of the same tribe had alleged 5 upper caste men of raping her. The allegation was found baseless in police probe as rape was not confirmed in the medical test and the statements of the woman were also not convincing.

However, under political pressure, the police had to make arrest of two people and applied section 354, instead of 376, which had angered Meena and he threatened the SP, who was of the same caste as that of the victim and the minister.

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Kamal Haasan meets Sonia Gandhi

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New Delhi, June 21: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, who has formed a new political party Makkal Needhi Maiam, on Thursday met United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in the national capital 

Informed sources described the meeting that took place at the residence of Sonia Gandhi as a “courtesy call”.

Kamal Haasan had on Wednesday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed the situation in Tamil Nadu.

He had also met Election Commission officials and expressed confidence that the process of registration of his political party will be done in around a week’s time.

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