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Expelled BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui joins Congress

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Naseemuddin Siddiqui was ousted from BSP last year.  He then formed his own party named Rashtriya Bahujan Morcha which he merged with Congress.

The Indian National Congress on Thursday welcomed the former Bahujan Samaj Party leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui as he joined the party. Siddiqui was expelled from BSP following the charges of anti-party activities. Not only Siddiqui but several other former BSP leaders who held key positions in the BSP government and the party administration joined the Congress. The move came in the wake of BSP-JD(S) pre-poll alliance in Karnataka which deliberately kept Congress out of the alliance.

The leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha and AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad was present at the spot. When asked about whether this induction will upset BSP chief Mayawati, Azad observed that the event is unlikely to affect the grand alliance in making ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Azad said, “I think Mayawatiji has no reason to be upset as the members joining Congress were expelled from her party and no longer hold any position in it.” Azad further asserted that the party has not taken away the BSP leaders.

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The former BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui with Congress leaders Raj Babbar and Ghulam Nabi Azad

Naseemuddin Siddiqui was ousted from the party after the UP Assembly Elections last year. Following the expulsion, Siddiqui along with other BSP leaders formed his own party named Rashtriya Bahujan Morcha. Talking to media present at the spot, he announced that the political outfit has decided to merge with Congress. Along with Naseemuddin Siddiqui, 19 former BSP legislators and 43 former BSP office-bearers joined Congress. The new entrants also included former ministers OP Singh, Raghunath Shankwar, Liyaqat Ali and Achchelal Nishad.

Talking about the effect of the move on the state dynamics, Ghulam Nabi Azad pointed out that state and national level dynamics are different. He said, “Greater alliances are formed to achieve greater things and to defeat some people.” He further added that such small things don’t affect the larger mutual goals.

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Shashi Tharoor accuses BJP of destroying the ‘idea of India’

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New Delhi | Congress Leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday while condemning the attack at his office accused BJP of “destroying the idea of India and accepting pluralism”. Tharoor also criticised the recent attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh.

Speaking in Lok Sabha during the Monsoon session, Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor said, “It (attack on office) wasn’t only an attack on constitutionally provided office but a larger attempt by ruling party to destroy the idea of India and accepting pluralism. Swami Agnivesh was also attacked. We shouldn’t stand by as mob lynching and hooliganism rule democracy.”

Earlier Shashi Tharoor who sparked a controversy after his “Hindu Pakistan” comment, earlier today again attacked the BJP-led Centre and questioned whether they are trying to start “Taliban in Hinduism”.

Tharoor while addressing a public gathering earlier on Wednesday in Thiruvananthapuram said, “They are asking me to go to Pakistan. Who has given them the right to decide that I am not a Hindu like them and I don’t have the right to stay in the country? Have they started a Taliban in Hinduism?”

Earlier on Monday, Tharoor accused the Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha (BJYM) of vandalising his constituency office in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram.

 

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BJP must take blame for shabby arrangement at PM’s rally in West Bengal: TMC

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The BJP should take the blame for the “shabby arrangement” at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Midnapore in West Bengal where 90 people were injured due to the collapse of a canopy, TMC member Saugata Roy said in the Lok Sabha.

“The prime minister addressed the Kisan Kalyan rally in Midnapore. People were brought in from Jharkhand, Odisha.

During the rally, a tent collapsed leaving 90 people injured, of which 50 were women. BJP had organised the rally. They must take the blame for the shabby arrangement for the prime minister’s rally,” Ray said during Zero Hour.

A make-shift tent collapsed during Modi’s rally in West Bengal’s Midnapore district on June 16, following which the Centre sought a report from the West Bengal government.

The tent was erected next to the main entrance of the rally venue to shelter people from the rain and the incident happened when Modi was mid-way through his speech.

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Spearate statehood for North Karnataka not a solution, believes BS Yeddyurappa

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Shivmogga | Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa on Wednesday while criticising the growing demand of the separate statehood of North Karnataka said that such demand will not lead to any solution.

The Karnataka BJP chief further suggested that the current Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government should work towards the development of the state instead.

Several North Karnataka leaders accused the state government of having done injustice to the region in its state budget and demanded separate statehood came after

Speaking to media, Yeddyurappa said that “The state government should issue a white paper on the internal status of the state. People need to understand the situation of the state. This can explain the last government’s rule.”

“There is no consensus on the separate state demand. Nobody should talk about a separate state. If there is no development then fight and work for the development of Karnataka. A separate state is not a solution. It is wrong if any party claims it,” he added.

Earlier, criticising the state budget Senior Congress leader H K Patil wrote a letter to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. He accused the Chief Minister of ignoring the minorities in the budget.

Former Minister Patil stated that people in north Karnataka are disappointed with Congress-JD(S) coalition government’s first budget that had no new plans for the development of the region.

In its first budget, the Congress-JD(S) government announced Rs 34,000-crore farm loan waiver and price hike in fuel, power tariffs and excise duty on Indian-made alcohol.

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