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Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray slams BJP on Ram Temple issue; announces date of Ayodhya visit

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Mumbai | Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday criticised the ruling BJP government in the state and the center at the annual Dasherra rally in Mumbai’s Shivaji Park.

Expressing his views on the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid issue Thackeray said, “Every year Ravan comes and stands but when Ram temple would arise.” Praising the stand of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on the issue of Ram Temple, Thackeray said, “I want to praise RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, we are on the same page on the Ram Mandir issue.”

Announcing the date of his visit to Ayodhya which will be 25 November, Thackeray said, “Either build the Ram temple at Ayodhya or declare it is a ‘jumla’, I will go there on 25 November. He warned the government to not play with the sentiments of people over the issue. ” Targetting PM Modi over the issue of Ram Temple, he asked,”PM Modi visits China, Russia, other countries but has he been to Ayodhya even once in last 4 years?”.”We are loyal soldiers of Balasaheb Thackeray, we will ensure Ram temple gets built,” he asserted. The Shiv Sena chief also alleged that the government lodged a case against Lal Krishna Advani in the Babri Masjid demolition case just to stop him from contesting for the post of President.

Uddhav Thackeray addressing the party workers said, “Many tried to finish the Shiv Sena but no one ever became successful in destroying Shivsena. Expressing his concern over the drought situation in Marathwada and other parts of Maharashtra”. Thackeray said,” If the Congress-JDS government can instantly react to the drought in the state and provide relief to the farmers, why can’t the Devendra Fadnavis governement?” Accepting the allegations of speaking against the government, the Shiv Sena chief said, “I will always question what I feel what is wrong with the government”.”Is speaking against govt an act of treason”? he added.

Thackeray remembered Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his speech and stated that the nation has never seen a Prime Minister like Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi without taking his name said that the wave that the country witnessed in 2014 has changed now. Taking a dig at BJP he said,” The Bhartiya Janta Party wants his government everywhere today. If there is election even in some housing society people call Devendra Fadnavis.” He further added that the Shiv Sena was the first to stop the winning streak of BJP.

Speaking on the ceasefire in Kashmir during the month of Ramzan, Thackeray alleged that the in Ramzan you did  ‘yuddha bandhi’ and during Ganeshutsav, Navratri you do ‘aawaz bandhi’. He further stated that if the Shiv Sena is with the government if they Scrap Article 370 giving special privileges of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Taking a swipe at the Narendra Modi on the issue of inflation, Shiv Sena chief asked, “Why can’t you control prices when the 11th avatar of Vishnu is with you”.”People are asking, when will ‘acche din’ come,” he added.

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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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