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BJP hogs Bihar electoral seats, allies offered measly numbers

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18_amit_shah_jpg_2008786fBy NewsGram staff writer

The BJP is set to contest the major chunk of the electoral seats (170 out of 243 seats) in the upcoming Bihar assembly polls, leaving a measly 73 seats for its three allies– LJP, HAM and RLSP.

According to informed sources, the maximum of 40 seats is likely to go to Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party, followed by 20 seats to Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, and 13 seats to former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular).

However, the offer raised by Union minister Ananth Kumar, election in-charge of Bihar, during meetings with Kushwaha and Manjhi separately at his official residence to discuss the seat-sharing formula, has not gone down well with Kushwaha and Manjhi, though they have publicly refrained from conveying their unhappiness.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s general secretary in-charge of Bihar Bhupendra Yadav was also in attendance during the meeting.

During the meeting, BJP decided a broad formula in which, each party would get 6-7 assembly seats in its share for every parliamentary constituency in its kitty.

The idea was opposed by Manjhi as his party has no parliament member, and instead, he pitched for seats as per numbers in the present assembly.

Manjhi has 13 MLAs whereas Paswan has no members in the assembly. As per the formula, the BJP, which has 22 MPs in Bihar, was likely to get around 170 seats.

Paswan’s LJP with six MPs is likely to get around 40 seats and Kushwaha’s RLSP with three MPs is expected to get around 20 seats.

The BJP has offered 13 seats to Manjhi as his party has 13 MLAs.

Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah is expected to take a final call on the seat-sharing formula.

“A letter has been written to Amit Shah that he should decide the seat-sharing at the earliest. We hope that the BJP would do justice to the seat sharing, keeping all the parties in view. We will accept the decision taken by the BJP,” Kushwaha said, soon after meeting Ananth Kumar.

Manjhi also reposed confidence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah after Ananth Kumar said the decision over seat sharing between the BJP and its allies would be taken in the next 2-3 days.

“Whatever decision the prime minister and the BJP president take, it will be okay with us. We have decided that whatever is in favour of Bihar and the NDA, that route will be taken,” said Manjhi.

According to sources, the seat sharing announcement will be made in Patna after convening a meeting of the NDA leaders in a day or two.

Polls in the 243-member Bihar assembly will be held in five phases starting October 12 and ending on November 5. Counting of votes will take place on November 8.

(With inputs from IANS)

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‘Janaraksha Yatra Kerala’ Witnesses escalating BJP-Left Confrontation

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Amit Shah, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Amit Shah, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Wikimedia

Hurling anti-left maneuver during Janaraksha Yatra Kerala, Indian BJP National President Amit Shah launched serious allegation against the ruling CPM government for triggering political violence and imputed to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan the culpability for the mass killings of party workers in the state.

The BJP Chief traced back the origin of violence-centric politics in ”God’s Own Country” to the inception of the Communist regime. “Left always paralyses the state it rules. West Bengal and Tripura witnessed similar political vehemence under the CPM government”, elucidated the President.

Criticizing the Human Rights Activists of the nation, Amit Shah pointed out that they are very selective when it comes to what they support. “You turn your eyes away when our workers die. Why is there no march in Delhi? Violence has no color. More than 120 workers of the BJP have succumbed due to political violence so far. What was their fault? They were working for the betterment of Kerala”, complained the BJP Chief.

Acclaiming BJP’s ideology enthusiastically, Shah called upon the people to join as workers. Addressing the gathering at ‘Janaraksha Yatra Kerala’, the President added that family members of the deceased have stood by the BJP and he wouldn’t let the martyrdom of the workers go waste.

Amit Shah inaugurated the ‘Janaraksha Yatra Kerala’ at Payyannur to protest against alleged killings of party workers. The “padayatra” was led by the party’s State President Kummanam Rajashekhharan.

The National President of BJP attributed the diminishing power of the CPM to their increasing reliance on political violence. Apart from CPM, the once dominating Congress is also losing momentum thereby giving BJP the opportunity to flourish with their ideology. “More the mud of violence, more the lotus will bloom” added Shah.

The BJP Chief assured his party workers and volunteers that BJP would fight the war with CPM until emerging victorious. Shah declared, “We must all unite against the rule of the Left Government.”

Shortly after the launching of the yatra, three BJP workers adorning the National Highway 66 were ambushed by anonymous men on Monday. During his address, Shah alleged that the assailants were CPM cadres who have also destroyed BJP flags in the area.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is ready to augment the saffron stand with his visit to Kerala on Wednesday. As per the report of Times Now, Adityanath will basically be in the Muslim-dominated district of Mallapuram.

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Eminent Gujarati playwright Taarak Mehta passes away at the age of 87

The nation is mourning the passing away of Taarak Mehta, well known author, humorist and columnist, and misses his humor already!

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Ahmedabad, March 1, 2017:  Following a prolonged illness, Eminent playwright and humorist and Taarak Mehta, widely known for his Gujarati column “Duniya Ne Undha Chasma”, breathed his last today at the age of 87.

According to family sources, “the writer died at 87 after a prolonged illness due to age-related problems at his residence in the city.”

The writer’s family has made the decision to donate his body to be used in medical research purposes.

Mehta’s famous columns were first published in Gujarati weekly magazine ‘Chitralekha’ in 1971. His columns were adapted into a popular TV serial, “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma” in 2008 which made him a household name all across the country.

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Through Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tributes to the writer in a series of tweets.

According to PTI reports, Modi tweeted, “Taarak Mehta’s writings always reflected India’s unity in diversity. His characters like Tappu live in people’s hearts.” The PM also said Mehta was a man who “never left the company of his pen and satire”, Along with a photo taken with Mehta.

“Tributes to famous playwright and humourist Taarak Mehta.He spent a lifetime dedicated to satire and pen.I have had the good fortune of meeting Taarak Mehta. I had also met him when he was honoured with the Padma Shri award,” he added.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also expressed his condolences following the writer’s demise. In his tweets he said, “Gujarati writer and Padma Shree (sic) Tarak Mehta ji passes aways. May his soul rest in peace.”

“Tarak Mehtaji will always be remembered for his rich contribution to society and the laughter he gave to millions,” in a tweet, BJP President Amit Shah stated, expressing grief over Mehta’s death.

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In the memory of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Mehta is the person “who always brought smile to our faces.” He tweeted, “Saddened by the death of Tarak Mehta – humorist and columnist. He always brought smile to our faces.My condolences to family members.”

In his visit to Mehta’s residence to pay homage, the Senior state Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil said, “The beauty of the writings of Tarak Mehta was that it had nothing against anyone, nothing vulgar and not even a bad word, but it made us all laugh. The loss is very grave.”

Mehta has authored numerous comedy plays and books. A number of columns in newspapers on contemporary issues have been penned by him as well.

Actor Jitendra Thakkar, who has acted in many plays written by Mehta, said, “His writing was a class apart. His writings did not have any vulgarity, but made generations laugh till pain in our stomaches.”

Several film and television actors have mourned his demise.

“Extremely saddened by the passing away of Shri Tarak Mehta… a great humorist in any language! RIP Mehta Saheb,” Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal tweeted.

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Actress Richa Chaddha stated, “Rip Tarak Mehta. Thank you for the humour. You shall be missed.”

According to Munmun Dutta, who plays the character of Babitaji in “Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashma”, the writer was full of life despite poor health: “Saddened by the news of #TaarakMehta sir passing away.Last time when I met him, I could see his health failing him.He was still spirited… and full of life… My respect to him.”

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

 

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India can’t be Superpower if Spiritual Heritage is compromised, says BJP Chief Amit Saha

BJP President Amit Shah urged the people to follow the path shown by Swami Dayanand Saraswati, founder of Arya Samaj

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Kurukshetra, October 23, 2016: Underlining the need for preserving India’s spiritual heritage, BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday said the country could not become a superpower if its spiritual heritage was compromised.

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“If we make even a little compromise with its spiritual heritage, India cannot become a superpower,” Shah said while addressing the 104th annual function of Gurukul, Kurukshetra.

“Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, the country is fast progressing towards a prosperous, secure and strong nation by preserving its spiritual heritage,” Shah said.

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Referring to Kurukshetra as a pious land where Lord Krishna delivered the message of Gita, Shah said: “The solution to all problems in the world lies in this sacred book.”

Highlighting the selfless work of various saints, Shah pointed to the contribution of Arya Samaj founder Swami Dayanand Saraswati.

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Shah made it clear that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supported the Arya Samaj ideology and urged the people to follow the path shown by Swami Dayanand. (IANS)