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Kolkata: Asserting that defeat of the ruling Trinamool Congress was imperative for the welfare of West Bengal, Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar on Wednesday hinted at a possible alliance with the CPI-M for the 2016 assembly polls.

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Mani Shankar Aiyar

“It is now an established fact that the Trinamool has a tacit understanding with the BJP and so long as the Mamata Banerjee government is here, welfare of the minorities and of the entire Bengal is not possible,” Aiyar told media persons here.

Aiyar, along with a host of Congress leaders including actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar, participated in the party’s minority conference here.

Asked if the Congress was open to an alliance with the Communist Party of India-Marxist for the assembly polls, Aiyar replied: “What we need to do is defeat the Trinamool. And to do that whatever is necessary the party leadership will reflect on that.”

“What is necessary is that the secular forces must come together for protecting secularism,” added Aiyar.

However, Congress general secretary Shakil Ahmad said the party at the moment had no proposal of an alliance. “So far as my knowledge is concerned, the party has no such proposal in consideration,” said Ahmad.

Ahmad, however, remained noncommittal when asked if the Congress was ruling out such an alliance.

“It is for the party high command to decide on a political arrangement with another party,” added Ahmad.

Earlier, CPI-M leader and former state minister Gautam Deb hinted at an “understanding” with the Congress, saying: “There was a need for a greater alliance with other like-minded political parties to defeat the Trinamool.”

CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury though had ruled out aligning with the Congress.

(IANS)

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Unity in Diversity is the Strength of the Country: Rahul Gandhi

Country can't benefit if brothers fight, says Rahul Gandhi

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Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that making brothers fight against each other cannot benefit the country. Wikimedia Commons

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked the policies of the central government and said that unity in diversity is our strength, and the strength of the country will increase by uniting all.

He said “making brothers fight against each other cannot benefit the country.”

Rahul Gandhi was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the three-day National Tribal Dance Festival here in the Chhattisgarh on Friday.

He said: “Without taking everyone together, every religion, every caste, tribal, Dalit, or backward, the country’s economy cannot run. Until all the people of this country are united, until everyone’s voice is heard in the Assembly and in the Lok Sabha, nothing can be done about unemployment or about the economy.”

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Rahul Gandhi raised questions about the current economic situation. Wikimedia Commons

Rahul raised questions about the current economic situation and the relief given to a select few: “The economy is run by the peasants, labourers, the poor and the tribals. If all the money is given to 10-15 people, demonetisation is done, wrong GST is implemented, then employment cannot be created in India, economy cannot run.”

Appreciating the initiatives taken by the Chhattisgarh government, Rahul Gandhi said: “Here farmers, youth, tribals, women are being heard and are taking the state forward.”

“Together, everyone is taking this state forward. It makes a difference, violence has reduced here, the economy here is overtaking other states. This difference is visible, because nothing can be made by disintegrating, the country cannot benefit by making brothers fight each other.”

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Describing the National Tribal Festival as a symbol of unity in diversity, Rahul Gandhi said: “Tribals have come here from different parts of the country. They will display their culture and art here, unity will be seen in diversity.”

A three-day National Tribal Dance Festival began on Friday at the Science College ground in the capital, in which tribals from 25 states will participate. Artists from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, Belarus and Maldives are also attending this festival. (IANS)