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Kanhaiya falsely implicated in cases by BJP-RSS: CPI

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Patna | The Communist Party of India on Wednesday charged the BJP and the Sangh Parivar with having falsely implicated former JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar in criminal cases lodged here and in his native district of Begusarai in the past few days.

Addressing a press conference, CPI leaders Jabbar Alam and Ram Naresh Pandey alleged that Kumar faced a threat to his life from the BJP-RSS combine which was miffed by the enormous public support the young leader is receiving everywhere and urged the Bihar government to provide adequate security to the former JNUSU president.

Kanhaiya Kumar was prevented from meeting a friend admitted at AIIMS, Patna on Sunday by doctors sympathetic towards the BJP who called him anti-national. They later on levelled false charges against him and got an FIR registered.

The state health minister Mangal Pandey stoked the fire by his own remarks,” the CPI leaders alleged.

An FIR was lodged at the Phulwarisharif police station on Monday by doctors who alleged that Kumar and his supporters had thrashed an intern on the previous night and snatched his mobile besides beating up a security guard who tried to intervene.

Pandey, who is a BJP leader, had said that he has sought a detailed report on the incident from the Director of AIIMS, Patna and remarked Bihar is not JNU where you can get away with anything.

Two years ago, while he was the JNUSU president, Kanhaiya Kumar was slapped with sedition charges and sent to jail for taking part in a demonstration staged on the varsity premises where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

The CPI leaders also alleged that the Begusarai residents who clashed with Kumar’s supporters on Monday night were supporters of the BJP, the RSS and the Bajrang Dal.

Police had said that the clash that erupted in Bhagwanpur police station area of Begusarai had resulted in injuries to two local residents and damage to a number of vehicles belonging to Kumar’s supporters who were accompanying him while he was returning home after addressing a public meeting.

An FIR was lodged at Bhagwanpur against Kumar and his supporters in connection with the incident on Tuesday while a counter FIR was lodged at Barauni by the former student leader, associated with the Left-affiliated AISF, along with his supporters.

Ever since Kumar has embarked on holding rallies titled Bhaajpa Harao Desh Bachao (defeat the BJP and save the country), his life has become imperiled. Given the vindictive character of the Sangh Parivar, the Centre and the state government should take serious note, provide the young leader with adequate security and immediately withdraw all the false cases lodged against him, the CPI leaders said.

The Left parties, which would contest the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar unitedly and possibly have an electoral understanding with the Congress-RJD alliance, have indicated that Kumar may be fielded from Begusarai, which had been a CPI stronghold till the 1990s.

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Aim of opposition’s alliance is to form secular govt: Abhishek Singhvi

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Kolkata | Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Saturday hailed TMC’s mega opposition rally here and said the aim of the rainbow opposition alliance is to defeat the BJP and form a secular government.

“The cloud is dispappearing and rainbow will emerge soon with the fall of Modi Government and fulfil people’s expectation,” Singhvi said at the mammoth gathering at the Brigade Parade Grounds, where leaders of more than 14 parties, except the BJD and the CPI(M)-led Left Front, spoke at the united opposition rally.

“Never before have we seen such vendetta politics as now … When Amit Shah did 100 rallies in Uttar Pradesh, no one questioned, but when RJD organised a rally it got an income tax notice,” he said.

Congress is an ally of the Lalu Prasad’s RJD in the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) in Bihar. Accusing the Centre of indulging in “cheap politics”, the Congress leader said the biggest beneficiary of vote division is BJP.

“Narendra Modi makes fun of the opposition alliance, but his party made the most unethical alliance in Kashmir. What will he say about it?” Singhvi asked.

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BSP-SP alliance a mismatch, its leaders unreliable: Shivpal Yadav

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Ballia (UP) | Terming the BSP-SP alliance as a “mismatch”, former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Shivpal Yadav on Saturday alleged that the leaders of the two parties were unreliable as they both had betrayed Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Shivpal Yadav, who has floated Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (PSP) after parting ways with the SP, hit out at his nephew and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, alleging that he had deceived not only his father Mulayam Singh Yadav but also the Congress party.

“The BSP-SP alliance is a mismatch… their leaders Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav are unreliable as they have betrayed the SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav,” Shivpal Singh Yadav, who was here to attend a function in Sahatwar, told reporters. “After forming the government with the Samajwadi Party in 1993, the BSP had betrayed Mulayam Singh in merely 17 months ,” Shivpal Yadav said recalling her association with the BJP in the past.

On Akhilesh Yadav, he said that the SP president not only betrayed his father but also the Congress with which he fought the last Assembly polls in UP by going ahead and entering into an alliance with the BSP, leaving the Congress out.

He claimed, “backbiters and sycophants have brought the party to a situation where senior leaders are parting ways with it”. He accused SP Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav of damaging the party and blamed him for the SP’s defeat in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

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Opposition’s rally a summit of conflicting ideologies, will form next govt: BJP

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New Delhi | The BJP on Saturday described the united opposition rally organised by TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee “a rally of self interest and of conflicting ideologies”, and exuded confidence of forming the next government in the country.

Speaking at a press conference at the party office here, BJP’s national spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy termed the rally an anti-Modi exercise and said the party was not threatened by such events.

Banerjee on Saturday organised ‘United India’ rally against the Narendra Modi government in Kolkata, which was attended by more than a dozen leaders of opposition parties, including SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, NCP president Sharad Pawar, TDP leader, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha.

“Don’t know where the threat to unity is. While Mamata calls it United India, we can clearly see a divided leadership. It’s a summit of contradictions and conflict. They talk of a new front but I am not sure if it’s even the second or the third front,” Rudy said.

He further said this rally has also exposed divisions in the opposition camp, “many of these parties are just snubbing each other.”  “Left has refused their invitation. SP-BSP alliance snubbed Congress in UP which has now extended support to the rally. This is a rally of self-interest,” he said.

People have seen the performance of the Narendra Modi government and the BJP will form the next government with full majority, Rudy said. “Today’s opposition rally in Kolkata is an anti-Modi exercise. Who is their leader,” he asked.

On the question of BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha attending the opposition rally, he said BJP will take cognisance of it and said,”They make it a point to be present after party issues whip so that they don’t lose their membership. At the same time they are so opportunistic that they want to climb the stage and be present at a conclave.”

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