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It’s ‘look Bengal’ for BJP now


New Delhi: After the Bihar debacle, BJP is now gearing up for the Bengal battle with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah stewarding the charge.

For this, the party is organizing the Utthan Divas rally in Kolkata on November 30 where Amit Shah will sound the bugle for his party cadres to begin preparation for the ensuing Bengal polls next year.

BJP, however, has to be cautious in distributing tickets to candidates as there were allegations from within the party that candidates with criminal backgrounds competed in the Bihar polls.

The onus will also be on state BJP chief Rahul Sinha who has failed to consolidate the party in West Bengal.

However, he sounded optimistic about the rally.

“On November 30, we will hold Utthan Divas rally in Kolkata. Our national president Amit Shah will address a mammoth gathering. This will be followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a series of rallies in the coming months,” Rahul Sinha said.

The state wing of BJP is eagerly waiting for the final nod from Amit Shah, Sinha added.

However, Amit Shah has reportedly postponed the rally.

Moreover, the party’s mixed bag fortune after it came to power in the center is also a major concern.

While, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP grabbed control over the prized seat in Delhi, the Nitish-Lalu entente dented BJP’s plans for Bihar. Furthermore, with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee providing outside support to the Grand Alliance in Bihar, it would be tough for BJP to gain momentum in the state.

Despite gaining momentum in 2014 Parliamentary polls, BJP did not do well in the recent civic polls in West Bengal. Critics attributed the debacle to dearth of national level leaders, unorganized grass-root level cadres, infighting, and lack of streamlined agendas.

Nitish-Lalu’s swashbuckling victory, Mamata’s bastion in West Bengal and BJP’s differences with its allies also indicates the rise of a probable third front in the national politics. So, BJP can ill-afford to get whitewashed in West Bengal.

What can go in BJP’s favour in West Bengal is that former Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy is on the verge of floating a political outfit to topple Trinamool Congress. Mukul roy was a mainstay of the party and was instrumental in the party’s success. With state transport minister Madan Mitra embroiled in the Sharda Ponzi, it is high time for BJP to sharpen its claws to make any impact in Bengal.

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Difference between AAP and other parties is now non-existent, says Social Activist Mayank Gandhi

Simplicity, humility, decency and the desire for a new political culture was unfortunately replaced by the use of uncouth language against opponents

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October 6, 2016: Social Activist Mayank Gandhi in his recent blog, shared his political stance that the difference between AAP and other parties is now non-existent.

One cannot turn a blind eye towards Arvind Kejriwal and the steps he chooses to take, says Gandhi. Soon after the surgical attacks, he congratulated the Indian Army but cared not to applaud the decision of the government. Even though everyone knows, our armed forces would not do anything without the nod of the government and, the credit is equally due to the decision maker Narendra Modi, wrote Mayank Gandhi in his opinion piece.

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As soon as AAP leaders heard about questions that the Pak propaganda rose, Kejriwal asked to provide them the proof of the strikes to retaliate against Pakistan.

“Modi is going to use the surgical strike to win in Punjab, so let us sow doubts in the minds of the people so that all anti-Modi votes come to us and Punjab can be won. Therefore, in an over-clever video, Kejriwal glorified Modi and the army but asked them to provide proof of the strikes to retaliate against Pakistan. If the government does not give evidence, it would lose credibility, and AAP can win Punjab. And if it does share evidence, then the government would have played its winning hand now (seven months before Punjab elections) and AAP could neutralise the goodwill of the BJP within that period. Smart political move,” explained Gandhi.

He further added, “For me, most importantly, AAP lost all respect. My colleagues, with whom I have waved the Indian flag and shouted “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” till my voice became hoarse, had traded national interest with votes. For me, national interest in non-negotiable.”

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India Against Corruption movement, AAP and the Delhi victory were based on certain principles. A new revolution of clean money, principles and decency seemed at hand. The nation rejoiced once again.

“In 2012, many like me had quit their job – hundreds of volunteers, some of them daily-wage earners whose parents were unwell, who had family problems, who sold their land, who took sabbatical from their jobs or studies – all came to serve the nation instead of hand-picked, self-serving, arrogant leaders.”

Simplicity, humility, decency and the desire for a new political culture was unfortunately replaced by the use of uncouth language against opponents – Narendra Modi, Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, and also the media. All pretence to simplicity and decency has been abandoned.

After Delhi elections, Swaraj was one of the first casualty. It was even removed from the party constitution.

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He added, “Clean money is another casualty. When I was in the party, my main pitch to donors was that we displayed even a rupee donated and that we were very prompt on making a Balance Sheet, and an Income and Expenditure Statement. It is alleged that there is a mismatch of around 14 crores between financial statement given to Election Commission and the donation list. Therefore, the donation list has been removed from the website for the last 13 weeks. The balance sheet and expense statement has not been displayed since 31st March 2014. Which means it has been 30 months since accounts have been shown.”

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Veteran social activist Anna Hazare condemns Arvind Kejriwal’s demand to prove Surgical Strikes on Pakistan

India said it carried out the operation and destroyed terrorist launch pads following the September 18 attack by terrorists on an army camp which killed 19 soldiers at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir

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New Delhi, Oct 4, 2016: Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday disagreed with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give a “befitting reply” to Pakistan over the surgical strikes, saying it is not good to ask for proof of such actions and the army should not be mistrusted.

“I don’t know whether Kejriwal has said it or not. But we should not mistrust the army. I will condemn those who speak against army or doubt the army,” said Anna, who was in the capital to promote his upcoming biopic “Anna”.

“Before doing surgical strike, our military generals and other people must have done some planning. So why will they lie on it? We should trust them. This matter is of army, the country and its citizen. In such talks, it’s not good to justify someone on it.

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“They must have planned it. So how can we doubt them,” he added.

Speaking in Jodhpur on Tuesday, Kejriwal urged Modi to give a “befitting reply” to Islamabad’s insistence that no such operation took place and New Delhi was lying about the September 28-29 surgical strikes.

Kejriwal’s comments followed a spate of aggressive criticism by the Bharatiya Janata Party, which accused the Delhi Chief Minister of raising doubts about the surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC).

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India said it carried out the operation and destroyed terrorist launch pads following the September 18 attack by terrorists on an army camp which killed 19 soldiers at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

Talking about the film, which has been directed by Shashank Udapurkar and features him in the lead role, Anna said: “I never drempt that a film will be made on a poor man like me. It will give out a message that those who will do work like this poor man, people will also make films on their lives.

“The film tells the story of my whole journey from a small child till the time I fought against corruption. They can’t show my whole journey in two hours, but the film will give a summary of my life.”

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During the press conference, Anna, who went on a hunger strike in 2011 to exert pressure on the Indian government to enact a stringent anti-corruption law, The Lokpal Bill, also said warned the central government doesn’t implement it soon, then he will take the same step again.

“The youth has witnessed a lot of change since 2011. I promise if the central government will not bring the Lokpal Bill, I will again protest at Ram Lila Maidan,” said the 79-year-old.

“Anna” is slated to release on October 14. (IANS)

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It’s a shame for India that Netaji’s whereabouts are still unknown: Mamata


Kolkata: Calling it a national shame that the country continues to be unaware about Netaji’s whereabouts, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday demanded explanations regarding the mysterious disappearance of the nationalist leader.

Speaking at an event to mark the 75th anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s great escape from his Elgin Road house here, Banerjee called for raising with the Russian government, the issue of declassifying secret documents on Bose.

It has been 75 years since his great escape, but even today we don’t have answers as to what really happened to him. What can be more shameful and unfortunate than the country still doesn’t know about his whereabouts.


“If Mahatma Gandhi is the father of the nation, Netaji is the leader of the nation. The man who gave so much for the country, it’s a shame for the country in front of the whole world that we still don’t know about his whereabouts. We still don’t know if he is alive,” she said.


Referring to claims that Netaji did not die in the alleged plane crash in 1945 and escaped to Siberia, she called for a dialogue with the Russian government for unravelling the mystery.

I believe the Russian mystery is a great mystery. Has there been any discussion with the Russian government about declassifying secret files in their possession,

Mamata Banerjee’s government in September last declassified 64 files on Netaji.


I don’t know if Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to Russia discussed the issue or not. But I believe we need to raise the issue with the Russian government. So that we get answers on whether Netaji had escaped to the country and if yes, then how long did he stay and where did he go from there,


“With so much time passed, the Russian government should have made public the files,” she said.

Asserting that the entire country deserved to know the actual fate of Netaji, Banerjee announced setting up a committee with the sole agenda of seeking explanations on Bose’s whereabouts.


Today the people of the country are seeking explanation and this explanation has to be given. We will set up a committee which for the entire year will undertake various programmes with the sole agenda – seeking an explanation about what happened to Netaji. We demand explanation and explanation has to be given,


The committee would comprise representatives from the state information and cultural affairs department and the Netaji Research Bureau.

Banerjee said she did not believe Netaji died in the alleged plane crash of 1945 in Taiwan, and wondered why no DNA test was conducted on the remains claimed to be that of him preserved at Japan’s Renkoji Temple.


The fact that even after Independence, extensive snooping was carried on Netaji and his family, is perhaps is a proof that the entire plane crash thing was planted and he did not die. People may have their own belief I believe he did not die in the crash.In fact, I feel he may still be alive. People like him never die,


On the occasion, she launched a book “The Oracle” and an exhibition depicting details about Netaji’s escape from the city residence on the intervening of Jan 16-17, 1941 in a car to Gomoh railway station.

(Inputs from IANS)