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Sharad Pawar hits out at ‘Bullet Train’ but his main aim is BJP

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BJP offered Narayan Rane to join the NDA. This clearly has miffed the NCP which was anticipating that Shiv Sena would pull out of the government and it would get a chance to form an alliance with the BJP.

 

After a number of veteran BJP leaders called out the government for poor economic progress, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar too, slammed the Modi-led central government. Pawar expressed grave concerns about the slowed economic growth. “The Prime Minister has taken decisions of demonetization and GST without adequate planning which has resulted in the economic slowdown,” he said while addressing the Press.

NCP which was considered as a potential ally for the BJP until recently seemed completely against the BJP government in the state as well as in the Centre.

Pawar also lashed out at Modi government’s ambitious Bullet Train project terming it “impractical” and “not viable” for Maharashtra. However, unlike the other two parties opposing Bullet train- MNS and Shiv Sena, NCP maintained that it was not against Gujrat’s development but was concerned about Maharashtra.

This rather cautious stand comes as the Gujrat Assembly elections are due this year. The GST-hit traders are in no mood to listen to BJP’s promises and can benefit the NCP in the elections.

From taking a dig at Narayan Rane to expressing dissatisfaction about Fadanvis government’s poor loan waiver scheme, Sharad Pawar did not mince his words.

One may wonder, why a party that once offered “unconditional support” to BJP after state assembly elections turned against BJP?

The answer lies in the rapidly changing equations in the state politics. Since Devendra Fadanvis paid a visit to Narayan Rane during Ganesh Festival, rumours of Rane joining BJP were doing rounds. It was confirmed when last week Rane announced falling out of Congress party.

However, considering the rivalry between Shiv Sena and Narayan Rane, BJP preferred to let Narayan Rane his own party and then join the NDA alliance. This clearly has miffed the NCP which was anticipating that Shiv Sena would pull out of the government.

However, Sena announced that it is no mood to break the alliance as of now which turned the political settlement upside down. This also explains why Sharad Pawar chose to oppose Modi only after Narayan Rane announced the creation of his party.

 

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Stop all advertisements featuring Hema Malini: RLD writes to EC

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Lucknow| The Rashtriya Lok Dal Saturday urged the Election Commission to stop all advertisements featuring cine star Hema Malini, who has been renominated as BJP candidate from Mathura.

In a letter addressed to Chief Electoral Officer of UP L Venkateshwarlu, RLD spokesperson Anil Dubey said, “The advertisements of a water purifying machine featuring cine star Hema Malini are appearing in various media. This is a blatant violation of model code of conduct, as in the advertisement she appeals to the public to use the water purified by the said water purifying machine.”

Dubey said, “Either the advertisement should be stopped on all media or the cost of the advertisements should be added to the election expenses of Hema Malini.”

When contacted, UP’s chief electoral officer L Venkateshwarlu told PTI a decision in the matter will be taken soon.

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‘Modi following Hilter’s tactics to grab power’: Kejriwal

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“Goons of Hitler use to beat and kill innocent people. Later, police use to file cases against the victims. Modiji is also doing the same,” said Kejriwal.

 

New Delhi| Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging he is “following” German dictator “Adolf Hitler’s tactics to grab power.”

Kejriwal launched the scathing attack on Modi while re-twitting a video that purportedly showed members of a Muslim family in Gurgaon’s Dhamaspur village being beaten up with sticks and rods by a group of men on Thursday.

Police had said a mob pelted stones at a house in Gurgaon and beat up family members, after a quarrel over a game of cricket on Holi. Later six persons were arrested for attempt to murder.

In a series of tweets, Kejriwal hit out at Prime Minister Modi.

“Goons of Hitler use to beat and kill innocent people. Later, police use to file cases against the victims. Modiji is also doing the same. He is following Hitler’s tactics to grab the power and his supporters are not able to see in which direction India is going,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

The Delhi Chief Minister also re-tweeted the video of the incident and said, “Look at this video. In which holy book it is written that one should beat Muslims. Is it in Gita? Or in Ramayan? Or in Hanuman Chalisa? These people are not Hindus but goons in their disguise”.

Earlier, on Friday ACP, Gurgaon, Shamsher Singh had said that the incident occurred on Thursday evening at 5.00 pm when some of the victim family members, belonging to a minority community, were playing cricket outside their residence in Bhup Singh Nagar in Bhondsi area.

According to a victim, Shahid, six to seven drunk people asked his my family members not to play cricket on the street.

The attack was captured on a cellphone by one of the victims.

The family later alleged it was a planned attack by a group of people “backed” by a Hindutva group.

The police, however, did not confirm the allegation.

AAP senior leader Sanjay Singh also alleged the BJP is trying to turn India into Taliban and urged the opposition parties to be careful of the saffron party’s tactics of “polarising people ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.”

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Adityanath to launch Lok Sabha poll campaign from Saharanpur

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Lucknow| Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will begin his campaign for the Lok Sabha elections from Saharanpur on Sunday.

UP BJP spokesperson Chandramohan said that before addressing a public meeting, Adityanath would visit the Shakumbhari Devi temple in Saharanpur and offer prayers.

He said the chief minister would highlight the achievements of the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state.

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