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BJP trying to disrupt peace in Jhargram, alleges Mamata Banerjee

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Jhargram | West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the BJP of trying to disrupt peace in the erstwhile Maoist-affected areas of Jhargram district. She also alleged that the saffron party was creating a divide among people on the basis of religion, caste and creed.

Banerjee asked people to repose faith in her, saying she would never allow anybody to act against their interests. During a visit to Jhargram district, her first after the panchayat polls in May this year, the Trinamool Congress chief urged the people to stay united against communal forces and stop them from entering the district. The BJP had fared well at the rural polls in the tribal-dominated district.

The BJP, on the other hand, accused Banerjee of “throttling democracy” in the state and supporting infiltrators from Bangladesh after the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was updated in Assam last month.

BJP national general secretary P Murlidhar Rao said Banerjee was “supporting infiltrators” to secure her vote bank. The BJP, he said, will never “tolerate” infiltrators.

“Mamataji is supporting infiltrators from Bangladesh … She is touring the entire country to garner support for infiltrators just to secure her vote bank. She is trying to communalise the issue,” Rao told reporters here.

Meanwhile in Jhargram, Banerjee directed the MLAs, TMC leaders as well as the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police to help solve people’s problems. She also inaugurated a number of health care projects for the district.

Accusing the BJP of trying to disrupt peace in this erstwhile Maoist-affected area, she said, “In the last seven years, we have not let anybody disrupt peace in this region. We have not allowed the Maoists to enter this place. A few people are bringing in Maoists from neighbouring Jharkhand to create bloodbath in Jhargram.”

“If you (people) have faith in me, I will ask you not to trust anybody else other than us (TMC). Till I am alive, I will never let anybody to act against the interests of the people. You are my family. I love the Adivasis (tribals),” she said at a public meeting here.

Banerjee claimed that during the Left Front government, around 300 people were killed in Jhargram in a year, while it was almost nil now.

Hitting out at the BJP, she said, “I do not create any division among people. I do not create division among the Hindus and Muslims, nor among the other communities. It’s the ruling BJP at the Centre which does that. We are not with them (the BJP).”

“They (BJP) want the poor to face problem. They do not want them to get rice at Rs 2 a kg, free education, job and health care,” the TMC chief alleged.

Calling upon people to stay united in the fight against communal forces, Banerjee said, “Let us strengthen the unity. Let us take oath today that there would not be no place for communalism in our state. We will stay together and create a new Bengal,” Banerjee said.

Against the backdrop of the BJP making inroads in Jhargram district, the TMC had made some organisational changes last month at block level in the district.

Earlier in the day, Banerjee tweeted that her government has ensured all-round development for the tribal people in the state.

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Central government constructed 1.25 crore houses in last 4 years: PM Modi

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Shirdi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday during his visit to the Shirdi town in Maharashtra for the conclusion of the year-long Sai Baba Samadhi centenary programme allotted houses to 2.5 lakh families under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

Addressing the rally PM Modi said, “The previous government during its 4 years constructed only 25 lakh houses while our government constructed more than 1.25 crore during this period.” Speaking on the issues of farmers, PM Modi said,” The Central government is working to solve the problem of water crises for the farmers. The government is working to complete the projects stuck under the Prime Minister Agricultural Irrigation Scheme.”

Attacking the Congress party, PM Modi said,” Similar efforts were made earlier, but unfortunately, instead of empowering the poor section of society by providing them affordable housing, the prime focus was on the promoting a particular family.” He further added that the current NDA government is making serious efforts to uplift the poor or middle-class family by providing them there own house in the last 4 years.

PM Modi further announced that the government will provide affordable housing to the homeless and poor section of the society till 2022. He further asserted that the government has achieved half its target.

 

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BJP begins search for Manohar Parrikar’s succesor; hold talks with allies

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New Delhi | Amid the deteriorating health condition of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the BJP President Amit Shah has begun the search for his successor by holding talks with its allies in Goa.

According to sources, Amit Shah held one-on-one talks with Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party’s Ramkrishna Dhavilkar and Goa forwards party’s Vijay Sardesai along with Goa’s health minister Vishwajeet Rane and Assembly speaker Pramod Sawant. During the course of decision, names of Union Minister Sripad Naik and Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar arise along with the name Rane and Sawant. “The BJP is looking for a soft transition of power in Goa and assured the coalition partners that they dont need to worry about their positions in the new cabinet.

Speaking to media after the meeting, Vijay Sardesai said,”The BJP is seriously looking at the leadership issue and to provide a stable government for the state of Goa.” However, Gomantak party’s Ramkrishna Dhavilkar asked the BJP president that if similar situation arise in the future the BJP should give the Chief Ministerial position to the allies.”

Manohar Parrikar who has been ailing since mid-February was discharged from the AIIMS in Delhi and was shifted to his residence in Goa.

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Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray slams BJP on Ram Temple issue; announces date of Ayodhya visit

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Mumbai | Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday criticised the ruling BJP government in the state and the center at the annual Dasherra rally in Mumbai’s Shivaji Park.

Expressing his views on the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid issue Thackeray said, “Every year Ravan comes and stands but when Ram temple would arise.” Praising the stand of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on the issue of Ram Temple, Thackeray said, “I want to praise RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, we are on the same page on the Ram Mandir issue.”

Announcing the date of his visit to Ayodhya which will be 25 November, Thackeray said, “Either build the Ram temple at Ayodhya or declare it is a ‘jumla’, I will go there on 25 November. He warned the government to not play with the sentiments of people over the issue. ” Targetting PM Modi over the issue of Ram Temple, he asked,”PM Modi visits China, Russia, other countries but has he been to Ayodhya even once in last 4 years?”.”We are loyal soldiers of Balasaheb Thackeray, we will ensure Ram temple gets built,” he asserted. The Shiv Sena chief also alleged that the government lodged a case against Lal Krishna Advani in the Babri Masjid demolition case just to stop him from contesting for the post of President.

Uddhav Thackeray addressing the party workers said, “Many tried to finish the Shiv Sena but no one ever became successful in destroying Shivsena. Expressing his concern over the drought situation in Marathwada and other parts of Maharashtra”. Thackeray said,” If the Congress-JDS government can instantly react to the drought in the state and provide relief to the farmers, why can’t the Devendra Fadnavis governement?” Accepting the allegations of speaking against the government, the Shiv Sena chief said, “I will always question what I feel what is wrong with the government”.”Is speaking against govt an act of treason”? he added.

Thackeray remembered Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his speech and stated that the nation has never seen a Prime Minister like Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi without taking his name said that the wave that the country witnessed in 2014 has changed now. Taking a dig at BJP he said,” The Bhartiya Janta Party wants his government everywhere today. If there is election even in some housing society people call Devendra Fadnavis.” He further added that the Shiv Sena was the first to stop the winning streak of BJP.

Speaking on the ceasefire in Kashmir during the month of Ramzan, Thackeray alleged that the in Ramzan you did  ‘yuddha bandhi’ and during Ganeshutsav, Navratri you do ‘aawaz bandhi’. He further stated that if the Shiv Sena is with the government if they Scrap Article 370 giving special privileges of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Taking a swipe at the Narendra Modi on the issue of inflation, Shiv Sena chief asked, “Why can’t you control prices when the 11th avatar of Vishnu is with you”.”People are asking, when will ‘acche din’ come,” he added.

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