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Kerala Bypolls: Not BJP, Congress-led UDF is the real loser

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The results of the by-polls held in Kerala have come as a shocker to everyone, but the ruling Left government. On November 30, by-polls were held in 39 local bodies including 27 panchayat wards, five block panchayat wards, six municipality wards and one corporation ward. The CPI(M)-led LDF won a majority of the seats i.e. 21 seats. Whereas, the Congress-led UDF bagged 12 seats. The BJP, which was eyeing on mighty political dividends after the recent Sabarimala protest that rocked the state, however, was limited to only two seats.

Now, we do realize that the by-polls held in just 39 seats cannot spell out the mood of the entire state but the elections do hold a significance as it was for the first time after the Sabarimala controversy the state was going for polling. Those who have closely followed the recent political developments in the state can bear the testimony of the fact that it was probably rare in Kerala that the Hindu anger erupted at such a large scale.

For the saffron party BJP, which has been trying to create a base in the coastal state, Sabarimala issue ticked every box. It was related to Hindus and even led to unprecedented widespread outrage. The party sensing the “Golden opportunity” launched aggressive protests targeting the left-led government. Even then, it did not turn into expected political dividends.

On the contrary, the CPI(M) which had come under fire from the majority of the Hindu society over the implementation of Supreme Court order of allowing women in Sabarimala, expected an electoral backlash. However, the party ended up winning the majority of the seats.In this video, we dioscuss, why not BJP but the Congress-led UDF is the real loser in the Kerala Bypolls.

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Former Kerala Minister C N Balakrishnan dead

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Kochi | Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala minister C N Balakrishnan died at a private hospital here, party sources said Tuesday.

He was 84. Balakrishnan, a former Cooperation minister, undergoing treatment for pneumonia at a private hospital here and the end came late Monday night, the sources said.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala were among those who condoled his death.

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Supreme Court refuses to recall its order, dismisses PIL against FM Arun Jaitley

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New Delhi | The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to recall its order by which it had imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on a lawyer for filing a PIL against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, raising allegations relating to the capital reserve of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, which had also dismissed the petition, said it would hear petitioner lawyer M L Sharma only after he deposits Rs 50,000 as cost with the apex court registry. “We are not going to recall our any order. You deposit Rs 50,000 then only we will hear your any old or new petition,” the bench which also comprised Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said. The lawyer, who had filed the PIL in his personal capacity, Tuesday sought urgent hearing of his plea alleging that the RBI was in a mess as its Governor Urjit Patel has also resigned.

The apex court, however, did not entertain his plea.

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Urjit Patel’s resignation a fallout of rift with Jaitley: CPI

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New Delhi | RBI Governor Urjit Patel’s resignation was a fallout of a rift between him and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said on Monday. Patel, who had a run in with the government over autonomy of the central bank, resigned from his job earlier on Monday, citing personal reasons. His resignation came 10 months before his three-year tenure was to get over.

“It should be an eye opener for the PM. Even Modi’s own people are unable to digest these things. I believe this is a setback to Modi government and particularly to Arun Jaitley,” Reddy said. He claimed said that a rift with Jaitley was the actual reason behind Patel’s resignation.

“I think he was very much attacked by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and his company,” he said. The CPI leader further alleged that Patel was unable to digest the so-called reforms introduced by the Modi government and as a result, he resigned. “It should be an eye-opener for the PM. Even Modi’s own people are unable to digest these things. I believe this is a setback to Modi government and particularly to Arun Jaitley,” Reddy said. He alleged that more than the prime minister, the finance minister was responsible for the pathetic economic situation of the country. “Jaitley is destroying the economy of the country. His advice made the economy suffer,” he alleged.

Patel, 55, who took over as the 24th Governor of the central bank on September 5, 2016, had the shortest tenure since 1992.

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