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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In the wake of BJP patriarch L.K. Advani’s comments on the emergency, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday said there was a “communication gap” within the saffron party.

Participating on a live interactive session on a TV channel, Banerjee also slammed the Narendra Modi-led central government for weakening the country’s federal structure.

Commenting on the 40th anniversary of the imposition of Emergency, Advani has said that “forces that can crush democracy, notwithstanding the constitutional and legal safeguards, are stronger”.

“Advani ji has subsequently said his comments were misinterpreted, that is their internal matter I should not interfere. But I feel, there is a communication gap within the BJP.

“Through media reports, I came to know that Advani ji was not invited to a programme on emergency,” said Banerjee referring to a programme organised to felicitate those who fought against Emergency.

The programme was held at Delhi’s Mavalankar Hall on Thursday and attended by BJP president Amit Shah among other leaders.

“I don’t want to interfere in their internal matter but the public realise that there is a communication gap, a coordination gap,” said Banerjee.

She also accused the Modi government of weakening the federal structure of the country.

“We have our ideological difference with the BJP and it will continue. It is our constitutional obligation to coordinate with the central government and we will do that but the BJP government is unnecessarily interfering in our work and weakening the federal structure.

“The BJP government is interfering in our affairs in every field, and I feel this is not done,” said Banerjee.

She also reiterated her party’s opposition to the Land Acquisition Bill.

“We are not supporting the Land Bill, as regards supporting the GST bill, we did that because it was in our manifesto,” she said.

Banerjee also said even if the Communist Party of India-Marxist forged alliances both the BJP and the Congress, its revival was not possible.

Speculations of a possible tie up with the Congress was rife after CPI-M leader Gautam Deb said the Left Front was not in a position to defeat and needed to walk the extra mile to defeat the Banerjee regime.

“This is nothing new for the CPI-M, they have aligned with the Congress earlier as well. It was the atrocities that they perpetrated in name of communism, that led to their demise. Even if the BJP Congress and the CPI-M come together, CPI-M’s resurrection is not possible because the people have disowned them,” added Banerjee.

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Karnataka Polls: BJP On The Way to Win, Congress May Get Hard Defeat

Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Polling did not take place in two constituencies on Saturday.

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A state of 60 million people, Karnataka is home to the Information Technology hub of Benguluru and was ruled by the BJP once before.
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The BJP was on Tuesday set to return to power in its southern bastion Karnataka as its candidates crossed the half-way mark in vote count, stunning and ousting the ruling Congress and leaving the JD-S at the third spot.

Noisy celebrations broke out in party offices in Bengaluru, New Delhi and across Karnataka as Bharatiya Janata Party nominees were on the victory lap in 118 of the 222 constituencies which voted on Saturday.

This was a dramatic jump from the 40 seats the BJP won five years ago.

The Congress, desperate to retain power in the state amid shrinking appeal nationally, suffered major blows and was ahead only in 62 seats, with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah trailing in both the constituencies he contested: Badami and Chamundeshwari.

The Congress leader was way behind G.T Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal-Secular in Chamundeshwari, Election Commission officials said. And after leading initially, Siddaramaiah fell behind B.R. Sriramulu of the BJP in Badami.

In contrast, the BJP’s Chief Ministerial face B.S. Yeddyurappa was ahead of his Congress rival by more than 11,000 votes in Shikaripura.

Energy Minister and Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar said that the numbers indicated that his party was on the way out after five years in power.

Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Polling did not take place in two constituencies on Saturday.

The BJP was overjoyed. “We are in a jubilant mood because we have crossed the half-way mark. We are confident of winning,” spokesman S. Shantharam told IANS.

BJP activists and leaders celebrated noisily in both Bengaluru and New Delhi, waving party flags and shouting slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, their main vote-getter, and party President Amit Shah.

There were also celebrations outside the residence of Yeddyurappa, who has been Chief Minister earlier too.

Of the 2,654 candidates in the fray for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections, at least 883 are crorepatis and 645 have criminal cases against them, said two watchdogs after analysing their affidavits filed with the Election Commission (EC).
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The Janata Dal-Secular of former Prime Minister H.D. Dewe Gowda, which has been expected to play the role of a kingmaker in the event of a hung Assembly, was leading in 40 seats — the same number it won five years ago.

As the vote count progressed, BJP leaders became assertive, saying they were confident of taking power again in Karnataka while Congress leaders began to speak about the possibility of an alliance with the JD-S.

BJP leader and Union Minister Sadanand Gowda said that there was no question of any alliance.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar, who is in charge of Karnataka, met BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi.

Analysts said the BJP was leading in Lingayat dominated seats and the JD-S in Vokkaliga dominated areas.

Expectations of a BJP victory in Karnataka lifted the key Indian equity indices during the mid-morning trade session on Tuesday.

Modi’s Performance: Survey Reports That Significant Number of People Rate Performance of Modi Government as Below Expectations

According to market observers, broadly subdued Asian indices and disappointing macro-economic inflation data points released on Monday capped some gains.

Sector-wise, healthy buying was witnessed in banking, capital goods, metals, consumer durables and automobile stocks.

The Sensex has so far touched a high of 35,993.53 points and a low of 35,498.83 points during the intra-day trade. (IANS)