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Kolkata: Many BJP workers were seen joining All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) on Sunday. These members, who gathered at Hemanta Basu Bhawan, were former members of AIFB, who had left the party to join BJP.

Many who left BJP and returned to AIFB complained that BJP had changed its agenda. Dipa Chakravarty, a BJP candidate in the last Kolkata Municipal elections, claimed: “We joined the BJP in the hope that it will fight the misrule of the Trinamool. But with the tacit understanding with the BJP and the Trinamool, we have decided to leave the party,”

Ali Imran, party’s MLA and general secretary of the youth wing, Yuva League, said that “The home coming you are seeing now started a few months back. Those (who) had left us have finally realized that the BJP is a non-entity in Bengal”. He further claimed that ‘ghar wapsi’ (homecoming) started a few months ago.

Anirban Chowdhury, former secretary of Yuva league, party’s youth wing and also one of the AIFB leaders who joined the BJP in July 2014, returned to the party a few months back. (Photo:

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Modi is anti-Dalit, will defeat BJP in 2019: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media

Rahul Gandhi becomes president of Congress as mother Sonia Gandhi steps down
Rahul Gandhi steps in as President of Congress, Wikipedia

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

Rahul Gandhi becomes the president of Congress as mother Sonia Gandhi Steps Down
Rahul Gandhi is against Modi and his rule.

“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Rahul Gandhi says Modi controls the Media. Twitter

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS

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