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BJP ally BPF to contest only Kokrajhar in Assam

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Barama (Assam) | The Bodoland Peoples’ Front, an ally of the ruling BJP in Assam on Tuesday announced that it will contest only from the linguistically sensitive Kokrajhar seat.

Party MLA and state minister Pramila Rani Brahma will contest from the constituency, BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary told reporters here in Baksa district. The BPF has decided not to contest any other Lok Sabha seat and will extend its support to the BJP in all other constituencies in Assam, he added.

“We have fixed our Lok Sabha candidate for the Kokrajhar constituency. It is Pramila Rani Brahma. We are sure she will win,” Mohilary said.

Brahma, 68, is the state’s social welfare and soil conservation minister, has won the Kokrajhar East (ST) Assembly seat six times in a row since 1991. She won as an Independent four times and on the BPF’s ticket in the 2011 and 2016 polls.

In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Chandan Brahma of the BPF came third in Kokrajhar, a Scheduled Tribe seat. Independent Naba Kumar Sarania, a former ULFA militant, recorded a massive victory bagging 6.34 lakh votes compared to 2.79 lakh votes by Independent Urkhao Gwra Brahma, who came second. The BPF candidate got 2.44 lakh votes. Kokrajhar will go to polls in the third and last phase on April 23.

It includes 10 Assembly constituencies, of which seven fall under the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) – Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri. Several clashes have been witnessed between the Bodo and non-Bodo communities in those districts since 2003 when the BTAD was set up.

According to 2011 census, 30.5 percent people in BTAD speak Bodo, while Assamese and Bangla are spoken by 26.8 percent and 23.7 percent respectively. Santali, Hindi, Nepali, Kurux, Rabha and other languages constitute the rest.

Mohilary, who is also the Chief of the Bodoland Territorial Council, was also asked why the BPF was not contesting Mangaldoi Lok Sabha constituency that has a sizable population of Bodo people.

“We wanted this seat, but it is not possible in the present circumstances. We have some local issues. So, we have left this seat to the BJP,” Mohilary said. He, however, did not elaborate what he meant by “the present circumstances”. Mangaldoi is outside the jurisdiction of the BTAD

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Stop all advertisements featuring Hema Malini: RLD writes to EC

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Lucknow| The Rashtriya Lok Dal Saturday urged the Election Commission to stop all advertisements featuring cine star Hema Malini, who has been renominated as BJP candidate from Mathura.

In a letter addressed to Chief Electoral Officer of UP L Venkateshwarlu, RLD spokesperson Anil Dubey said, “The advertisements of a water purifying machine featuring cine star Hema Malini are appearing in various media. This is a blatant violation of model code of conduct, as in the advertisement she appeals to the public to use the water purified by the said water purifying machine.”

Dubey said, “Either the advertisement should be stopped on all media or the cost of the advertisements should be added to the election expenses of Hema Malini.”

When contacted, UP’s chief electoral officer L Venkateshwarlu told PTI a decision in the matter will be taken soon.

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‘Modi following Hilter’s tactics to grab power’: Kejriwal

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“Goons of Hitler use to beat and kill innocent people. Later, police use to file cases against the victims. Modiji is also doing the same,” said Kejriwal.

 

New Delhi| Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging he is “following” German dictator “Adolf Hitler’s tactics to grab power.”

Kejriwal launched the scathing attack on Modi while re-twitting a video that purportedly showed members of a Muslim family in Gurgaon’s Dhamaspur village being beaten up with sticks and rods by a group of men on Thursday.

Police had said a mob pelted stones at a house in Gurgaon and beat up family members, after a quarrel over a game of cricket on Holi. Later six persons were arrested for attempt to murder.

In a series of tweets, Kejriwal hit out at Prime Minister Modi.

“Goons of Hitler use to beat and kill innocent people. Later, police use to file cases against the victims. Modiji is also doing the same. He is following Hitler’s tactics to grab the power and his supporters are not able to see in which direction India is going,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

The Delhi Chief Minister also re-tweeted the video of the incident and said, “Look at this video. In which holy book it is written that one should beat Muslims. Is it in Gita? Or in Ramayan? Or in Hanuman Chalisa? These people are not Hindus but goons in their disguise”.

Earlier, on Friday ACP, Gurgaon, Shamsher Singh had said that the incident occurred on Thursday evening at 5.00 pm when some of the victim family members, belonging to a minority community, were playing cricket outside their residence in Bhup Singh Nagar in Bhondsi area.

According to a victim, Shahid, six to seven drunk people asked his my family members not to play cricket on the street.

The attack was captured on a cellphone by one of the victims.

The family later alleged it was a planned attack by a group of people “backed” by a Hindutva group.

The police, however, did not confirm the allegation.

AAP senior leader Sanjay Singh also alleged the BJP is trying to turn India into Taliban and urged the opposition parties to be careful of the saffron party’s tactics of “polarising people ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.”

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Adityanath to launch Lok Sabha poll campaign from Saharanpur

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Lucknow| Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will begin his campaign for the Lok Sabha elections from Saharanpur on Sunday.

UP BJP spokesperson Chandramohan said that before addressing a public meeting, Adityanath would visit the Shakumbhari Devi temple in Saharanpur and offer prayers.

He said the chief minister would highlight the achievements of the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state.

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