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Lalu: Mulayam to attend August 30 rally

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Patna, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav will attend a joint rally of the JD-U, RJD, Congress and NCP here on August 30, RJD leader Lalu Prasad said on Sunday.

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Lalu Prasad said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would also be invited to the Gandhi Maidan rally.

“Mulayam Singh Yadav will address the rally,” the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader told his party leaders and workers here.

The former chief minister reiterated he had joined hands with Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United leader Nitish Kumar to defeat the “BJP and the RSS”.

“We will reply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark about the DNA of Nitish Kumar at our rally,” he said. “Modi has insulted Bihar, and Biharis will take revenge.”

(IANS)

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US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump asks Latinos, African Americans to give him needed win in Florida

According to a poll taken by the website Real Clear Politics, Clinton leads Trump by less than 2% nationwide

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Miami, November 6, 2016: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump asked on Saturday in Tampa, Florida, for the Hispanic and African American electorate’s vote in this vital state, where polls show him in a technical tie with rival Hillary Clinton.

“What the hell do you have to lose?” Trump asked Latino and African American voters, and at his first rally of the final sprint to next Tuesday’s elections he promised to fix what is wrong with the country.

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Before the elections he will visit eight states, including another visit to Florida next Monday, EFE news reported.

Trump said that African Americans and Latinos are suffering in Florida’s cities and all over the country from high crime rates, the worst education and no jobs, problems that he vowed to remedy if he wins the November 8 election.

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He also said that Democrats always forget about these minority voters once the elections are over.

These segments of the electorate, which polls indicate massively support former US secretary of state Clinton, could be vital for determining who will win Florida’s 29 electoral votes — which Trump needs to obtain the total of 270 that will give him the key to the White House.

Latinos represent 16% of Florida’s registered voters, while African Americans make up 13%, and their vote is crucial in these Florida elections, where surveys point to the Democrat having a minimal lead, EFE news added.

In Florida, 4% more Latinos have come out for early voting or have voted by mail than in 2012, while African American participation has dropped 7% compared to the last presidential election when the candidate was President Barack Obama, who finally won the state.

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Trump said he felt good about the voting results up to now, which on Saturday showed a difference of less than 7,300 between the registered Democrats and Republicans who have already voted, out of a total of 5.7 million registered voters in Florida.

The real-estate magnate said the final vote of African Americans and Hispanics will be very different from what people think.

He said Clinton is the candidate of the past, while his is the movement of the future, and it’s time for change, for new leadership.

According to a poll taken by the website Real Clear Politics, Clinton leads Trump by less than 2% nationwide. (IANS)

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10 Injured During White Nationalist Rally in California

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Sacramento rally injuries Image Source: 10tv.com
  • The Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP) whose leader describes it as a “white nationalist” group, had a permit for an afternoon rally near the state Capitol
  • It was unclear how many TWP members participated, but they were clearly outnumbered.
  • The TYN was believed to be a small group established in 2013

Ten persons were stabbed outside the state capitol in Sacramento, California, after violence broke out between a white supremacist group and counter-protesters, authorities said.

Two of the injured had critical stab wounds, Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Chris Harvey said.

The nine men and one woman were between 19 and 58, the fire department said, adding all had multiple stab and laceration wounds, CNN reported.

The Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP) whose leader describes it as a “white nationalist” group, had a permit for an afternoon rally near the state Capitol, said Officer George Granada, California Highway Patrol public information officer with the Capitol Protection Division.

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Another group showed up “to stop them from carrying on their permit”, he said.

“They (counter-protesters) showed up ahead of time in a large group, probably 300 or more,” Granada said.

“They were positioned around the Capitol to stop them (TWP demonstrators) from carrying on their permit.”

Anti-fascist counter-protestors parade through Sacramento after multiple people were stabbed during a clash between neo-Nazis holding a permitted rally and counter-protestors on Sunday at the state capitol in Sacramento, California, United States, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Max Whittaker
Anti-fascist counter-protestors parade through Sacramento Image Credits: REUTERS/Max Whittaker

Around 11.45 a.m. PT, TWP members and supporters came out to a location south of the Capitol building, he said. It was unclear how many TWP members participated, but they were clearly outnumbered.

Video showed people running and being pursued by others with sticks. Some of the people hid their faces with scarves and masks.

However, the identities of the victims remain unknown.

The TWP called off its rally and a group of counter-protesters remained on the scene for about an hour. So far, nobody has been arrested, authorities said.

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The TWP claims to be “America’s first political party created by and for working families” and states on its website that “European-American identity is under constant attack by members of American institutions such as the state, education, culture and even churches.”

The Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), a non-profit organisation that combats hate, intolerance and discrimination in the US, reveals that the TWP was formed in January of this year as the political wing of the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), an umbrella group that aims to indoctrinate high school and college students into white nationalism.

The TYN was believed to be a small group established in 2013. (Source: IANS)

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Dynasty syndrome: Lalu chosen as RJD chief for 9th time

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Patna: Lalu Prasad was on Sunday formally elected the Rashtriya Janata Dal national president for the ninth consecutive term.

The re-election of the former railway minister for another three-year term was a foregone conclusion since he was the only candidate in the fray for the top party post.

“Lalu Prasad has been formally elected the RJD national president for the ninth consecutive time,” party’s national election officer Jagdanand Singh said.

The formal voting to elect Lalu Prasad, 67, was held at the party’s national council meeting here, with more than 700 delegates from 24 states attending.

Lalu Prasad, who filed his nomination papers at the RJD state headquarters here on January 8, has been the RJD chief since the party’s formation on July 5, 1997, after a split in the Janata Dal.

Soon after his re-election, hundreds of party leaders and workers garlanded the former chief minister and presented flowers to him amid slogan-shouting.

After his re-election, Lalu Prasad said the RJD will play an important role in uniting like-minded parties on one platform to end the “misrule” of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.

Earlier, the RJD chief — a former Bihar chief minister — reached the meeting venue at S.K. Memorial Hall here along with his wife Rabri Devi and sons Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap and RJD state president Ram Chandra Purbey besides scores of other senior leaders.

The RJD won 80 of the 243 seats in the Bihar assembly to emerge as the single-largest party after the November 2015 polls.

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Lalu’s re-election as the RJD president is hardly a surprise for anyone. Dynasty politics is a one of the most ingrained, yet undesirable realities of our country. From running the government by appointing his wife as the Chief Minister to being the ‘super CM’ in the present Government, Lalu has ensured that he controls the state without being a part of the government. From Bihar to Punjab and UP, dynasty politics has overpowered the merit and put the state in shambles. Unless the Election Commission ensures internal democracy within the political parties, a robust democracy where merit triumphs all would remain a distant dream.