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Adhir Chowdhury flexes muscle from Nabanna Rally

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By Arnab Mitra

Kolkata: Nabanna Rally by Congress party gave a clear indication that they would give a tough fight to the leading Trinamool Congress in the 2016 Bengal Assembly elections.

OI08000_NABANNA MARCH_RRAVE_08SEP15_MADANMOHAN SAMANTA (0) (1)The Congress party, led by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, was able to portray the unanimous picture of a united party. All the leading and the so-called against the Adhir line leaders, like Mausam Benejir Noor, Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury, and Abhijeet Mukhopadhay were also present at the rally.

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OI08000_NABANNA MARCH_RRAVE_08SEP15_MADANMOHAN SAMANTA (3) (1)The protest march was focused on the issue of student death in Sabong and above all the lawless situation of the state. The Congress leaders sat at the Dorina Crossing in Esplanade after police restricted their move towards Nabanna. The agitated supporters blocked the road and burnt effigies of Mamata Bannerjee.
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OI08000_NABANNA MARCH_RRAVE_08SEP15_MADANMOHAN SAMANTA (15) (1)OI08000_NABANNA MARCH_RRAVE_08SEP15_MADANMOHAN SAMANTA (7) (1)From the Dharna Manch, Congress leaders gave a strong message to the government as Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said: “Soon the door of Nabanna will be opened for the people.”

The party leaders called off the demonstration after Additional Police Commissioner R Shivkumar accepted Congress’ memorandum. The party leaders took it as a moral win and claimed it would give a boost to the party workers before the assembly elections.

OI08000_NABANNA MARCH_RRAVE_08SEP15_MADANMOHAN SAMANTA (12) (1)But the main success of  the Nabanna Rally was Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s ability in marginalising the confrontation between the top party leaders and showcasing an unanimous picture of the Bengal Congress.

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Brazil’s President Bolsonaro Faces First Defeat in Congress

The defeat on the floor of the house came one day after Bolsonaro fired a senior minister amid a scandal.

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro arrives at the inauguration ceremony of the new president of the Parliamentary Front of Agriculture (FPA), at the Clube Naval, in Brasilia, Jan. 19, 2019. VOA

Brazil’s lower chamber handed right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro his first defeat in Congress on Tuesday, the day before his government presents its most important legislative proposal to rein in a gaping budget deficit and spur growth.

The house voted overwhelmingly to suspend an executive order by the Bolsonaro government that altered Brazil’s freedom of information law to broaden the number of officials allowed to designate data and documents as secret or ultra-secret.

Lawmakers voted 367 to 57 to fast-track a bill overturning the secrecy measure and government whips were unable to muster votes to avoid defeat.

The bill must still be voted on by the Senate, but the reversal showed that Bolsonaro, who took office on Jan. 1, has not yet been able to organize a coalition in Congress to back his legislative agenda.

On Wednesday, Bolsonaro will send to Congress his plan to overhaul Brazil’s generous and costly pension system that eats up more than half of federal spending and is the main factor behind an unsustainable budget deficit.

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FILE – Gustavo Bebianno in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sept. 29, 2018. VOA

Approval of pension reform is vital for the recovery of investor confidence in Latin America’s largest economy.

The defeat on the floor of the house came one day after Bolsonaro fired a senior minister amid a scandal involving campaign financing for some of his party’s congressional candidates in the October elections.

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The ousted minister, Gustavo Bebianno, was instrumental in getting Bolsonaro elected but had a run-in with one of the president’s sons, triggering the weeks-old government’s first cabinet crisis.

In a note to clients, analysts at Eurasia Group said the scandal indicated the administration’s political team was in disarray, but they still expected the pension reform to get passed, albeit in a less ambitious version. (VOA)