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Rajinikanth says Kamal’s Makkal Needhi Maiam will win people’s confidence

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Rajinikanth responding to Kamal Haasan’s party launch said that the Makkal Needhi Maiam will be able to win people’s confidence.

A day after Tamil actor Kamal Haasan officially forayed into the Tamil Nadu politics by launching his party ‘Makkal Needhi Maiam’, his possible political opponent Rajinikanth praised the party. Rajinikanth called Kamal Haasan efficient and said that Haasan will be able to win people’s confidence.

On Wednesday, Kamal Haasan launched his party Makkal Needhi Maiam and unveiled the party flag. Before this big launch, Kamal Haasan met Rajinikanth and M Karunanidhi of DMK. He had also invited Rajinikanth for the launch of his party. However, Rajinikanth chose not to attend.

Responding to questions from media persons, Rajinikanth in Madurai reiterated that every person has different paths while pursuing their aim but their ultimate aim is public welfare.

Wishing him luck in his political endeavour the Tamil Superstar said, “Kamal’s party launch was very nice and well organized.”

Kamal Haasan earlier last year made his plans to enter politics public. In December last year, Rajinikanth too had assured his fans that he will soon take a political plunge. Since then, the speculations of the two stalwarts of Tamil cinema joining hands started making rounds. However, brushing them aside as rumours, Kamal Haasan said that the alliance between both the stars is unlikely as Rajinikanth’s politics has a saffron hue.

However, both have time and again highlighted that despite the different paths, their ultimate goal is to serve the society.

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Election Commission Of India declares biennials election dates in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh

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Both the elections will be held on May 21.

NEW DELHI: The Election Commision of India (ECI) has announced the date for the biennial elections in Maharashtra and a by-poll in Andhra Pradesh on Monday. Both the elections will be held on may 21 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

As per the ECI schedule, the date of issuance of notifications will be April 26 while the last date of nomination will be May 3. The scrutiny of nominations will be on May 4 while the last date for withdrawal of candidature is May 7.

The ECI also said the elections will be completed by May 29. The biennial election will be held on 6 seats of Maharashtra Legislative council and 1 seat of  Andhra Pradesh  Legislative council

According to the ECI, the terms of Jadhav Jaywantrao Pundlikrao (Nashik), Bhangdiya Mitesh Gotulal (Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadhchiroli), Abdullah Khan A. Latif Khan Durrani (Prabhani-Hingoli), Pravin Ramchandraji Pote (Amravati) and Deshmukh Dileeprao Dagdojirao (Osmanabad- Latur-Beed) will expire on June 21. While Anil Dattatrey Tatkare’s term from the (Raigarh-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg) seat will end on May 31.

Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu from the Chittoor local authorities’ constituency of Andhra Pradesh died on February 7.

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Congress is working on a counter-narrative to defeat the BJP in 2019: Milind Deora

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“The honeymoon period is over and the government is being judged on the same parameters as any other government before…When the narrative starts to change, one way to deflect attention is to attack the opposition”

MUMBAI: Congress needs to stitch together into an alliance that will not only help it win the elections but work on a long-term basis too, Congress leader Milind Deora said this while talking about Congress approach to defeat the BJP in the upcoming election.

The former Union minister criticised the Narendra Modi government, saying it has failed on multiple counts, like the economic front, the social front as well as in the foreign policy arena.

“We have to tell the people that if you are upset and if you are disappointed and feel let down by the policies of last four years (of the Modi government), why you should vote for us,” he told PTI.

“We have to come up with a counter-narrative to the BJP and Narendra Modi,” Deora added.

He highlighted that the Congress party needs to provide “a very clear narrative”, socially and economically.

Deora further added that “Socially it is clear what we stand for. Economically, it is very critical that we come with a blueprint of what is our agenda of going forward and that is something which is happening”.

Regarding the coalition aspect, Deora said, “We have to think long-term as a party. We can’t just think of winning elections or defeating the BJP. We also have to think who are our partners, who want to govern, who will work with us.”

While expressing his concern over the aspect needed for the “right narrative”, he said it will include elements like “What is the team which will come to power, what will it look like, who are the people, what will be the economic plan, how will we help the poor and the downtrodden, how will we help growth and industry, how will we encourage investment and jobs.

“The people have given the government a chance. And on multiple fronts — economic front, social front, and foreign policy front — there have been failures, some serious, some not so serious failures,” the Congress leader said.

In the 2014 elections, the Congress had won only 44 out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats after ruling the country for two successive terms of five years (2004-2014).

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‘Save The Constitution’ Campaign will be launched by Rahul Gandhi in Delhi

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“The community is being denied opportunities in spheres of education and jobs. The programme aims to highlight these issues nationwide.”

NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will launch a nationwide ‘Save The Constitution’ today. The Campaign will be continued until till April 14 next year – the birth anniversary of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar.

The campaign aim is to highlight the recent attacks on the constitution and the Dalit community.

Senior Congress leaders like Former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, Loksabha leader of opposition Mallikarjun Kharge and Sushil Kumar Shinde will attend the launch.

‘Save The Constitution’ Campaign is an effort by Congress to reach out to the Dalit community ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The campaign, which will be launched from the Talkatora stadium in Delhi today and continue until April 14 next year – the birth anniversary of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar.

The attendees of the event also include Congress’ present and former Dalit lawmakers, those holding offices in Zilla Parishad, civic bodies and panchayat samitis, the party’s office-bearers attached to its regional units.

The attendees are expected to take the message forward, holding similar campaigns in states to reach out to the Dalit community members, sources in the party told news agency PTI.

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