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Loktantrik Janata Dal with Sharad Yadav as mentor to be formally launched on May 18

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New Delhi: Aiming to stitch an alliance of non-BJP parties to oust the NDA major from power and introduce “politics of socialism”, supporters of rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav will formally launch their party Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) here on May 18.

The party is being formed with Yadav as its “mentor”, a leader of the rebel group Arun Srivastava told reporters here.

The foundation convention will be held at Talkatora Stadium, where around 8,000 members of the LJD are expected to converge on the day, Srivastava added.

“Yadav Ji will be present on the occasion besides other senior leaders like (currently independent) MP Veerendra Kumar. The party aims to introduce a new kind of politics,” he said.

Srivastava said the LJD is being floated as the matter relating to “which is the original JD(U)” is pending before the court. After the Nitish Kumar-headed JD(U) decided to switch to the NDA fold last year, a faction of the party had opposed. The faction had approached the Election Commission, contending “it was the real JD(U) and not the one led by Kumar”.

“We are politicians and needed a party to contest elections. Since the matter is pending before the court, we decided to float the party. We will make efforts to bring all the anti-BJP parties together ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to oust the party which is posing threat to democracy,” Srivastava said.

He said Yadav has already been making efforts to bring in-BJP parties on a common platform through his ‘Preserve Composite Culture’ campaign.

Srivastava added that the decision whether Yadav and other senior leaders with joining the LJD or not will be taken based on the court case verdict.

He said that the LJD, with former Rajasthan minister Fateh Singh as the president, will pay special attention to issues concerning farmers, workers, weaker and marginalised sections, the youth and women.

The LJD intends to introduce electoral reforms “to rid politics of the influence of money, muscle, and mafia”. The party will follow the path shown by iconic leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Ram Manohar Lohia, BR Ambedkar, Jai Prakash Narayan and others, he said.

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Karnataka’s Deputy CM G. Parameshwara accuses BJP of EVM tampering

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Bengaluru: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G.Parmeshwara on Thursday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of manipulating the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in the recently culminated assembly polls.

“Some of our leaders and I personally feel EVMs have been manipulated by BJP. Many Congress leaders lost at places even where Congress had a stronghold. We will complain to the Election Commission,” said Parmeshwara while addressing the media. “The Congress Party will approach the Election Commision regarding this,” added the newly appointed Deputy Chief Minister.

When asked about the Congress forming the government in Karnataka in coalition with JD(s),he said the party high command took the decision to restrict the “dictatorship of the prime minister”.

He claimed that the Congress- JD (S) alliance will mark the beginning of a new era.

G. Parmeshwara also informed the media that Congress leader Rakesh Kumar will be appointed as the speaker of the Karnataka assembly.

Congress leader G. Parmeshwara on Wednesday took oath as the deputy chief minister of deputy chief minister along with HD Kumaraswamy who took oath as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka.

 

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Yeddyurappa accuses Kumaraswamy of ‘arrogant, authoritative’ behaviour

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BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa today accused Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy of “arrogant and authoritative behaviour”, claiming that he did not seem to have faith or trust in the Congress, the coalition partner of his party JD(S).

Questioning Kumaraswamy for not allowing Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara from the Congress to speak in his maiden press conference, Yeddyurappa said it indicated his lack of camaraderie towards the coalition partner.

“Kumaraswamy’s arrogant and authoritative behaviour makes it clear to the people of the state that he does not have faith or trust in the Congress party,” Yeddyurappa claimed in a statement here.

“What can people expect from such an unholy alliance? It also indicates lack of camaraderie in him,” he alleged.

In addition, his behaviour with a sober politician like Parmeshwara was an insult to the political community itself, Yeddyurappa claimed.

The BJP leader said Kumaraswamy’s remark against Lingayat pontiff Panditaradhya Shivacharya Swamiji, asking the latter not to poke his nose in politics was “unfortunate and unwarranted”.

“Such derogatory remarks from him on first day of his becoming chief minister are both surprising and shocking,” he added.

“Kumaraswamy’s comments about Swamijis who are a guiding spirit for the people are in poor taste and had hurt the feelings of crores of followers and disciples,” he claimed.

Kumaraswamy’s remarks exposed his bent of mind besides indicating his “arrogance of power,” Yeddyurappa claimed.

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Why is our tweet-a-minute PM silent on terrible disaster of Tuticorin: Congress

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New Delhi: The Congress Party on Thursday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on the police firing in Tuticorin in which around 13 people died and more than 100 were injured.

Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi in a press conference criticized PM Modi and said that”The fitness challenge has time enough for the PM to respond. You are all running on a treadmill but getting nowhere. You are fit for a camera but not fit for governance.”


Attacking the BJP, Singhvi said that If a plant is located in an Industrial Zone, it requires no environmental clearance merely cause of the fact that it is situated in an Industrial Zone. This was a major change made by the BJP. There is no requirement of public consultation anymore.

“There has not been a single suspension despite the firings in which nine people have lost their lives, No enquiry has yet been formally called for.” added the Congress leader.

Questioning Chief Minister E Palaniswami, he asked that will the CM explain why he has not visited the site till date? “Who ordered the firing? There is a protocol. Under whose authority or supervision did it happen? he added.

He also stated that the Tamil Nadu Govt. has forfeited the moral right to rule.

On Tuesday, the police fired at the protest rally demanding the closure of the Sterlite Copper’s smelting unit in Thoothukudi. Around 13 people died in the firing while 60 persons, including police, suffered injuries in stone pelting and have been admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital in Thoothukudi.

 

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