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Bahujan Samaj Party names 5 more candidates for Lok Sabha election



Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). (Photo: Twitter/@BSP4mayawati)

he Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Tuesday announced candidates for five more Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.

The third list released by the party includes Arshad Ahmad Siddique from Dhaurahra, Nakul Dubey (Sitapur), C.L. Verma (Mohanlal Ganj), Sukhdev Verma (Fatehpur) and Chandra Dev Ram Yadav from Kaisarganj.

With this, the BSP has named 23 candidates. It will be fighting the general elections in alliance with the Rashtriya Lok Dal and the Samajwadi Party.

Uttar Pradesh will have a seven phased polling, from April 11 to May 19.

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Coming to power, developing Andhra Pradesh among priorities: Somu Veerraju



BJP President Somu Veerraju. (Photo: twitter@somveerraju)

The BJP’s Andhra Pradesh unit chief Somu Veerraju on Tuesday said that it is not only important for the saffron party to gain power in the state but it should also catapult it to the top position in terms of development.

“As much as it is important for the BJP to come to power in Andhra, it is also important to develop the state,” said Veerraju at the new party office bearers meeting.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee came from very humble backgrounds and went on to put India in a strong position in the international community.

“With a similar thought process, today we want to make Andhra a self-sufficient Andhra (Samrudh Andhra) in all aspects,” said the BJP leader.

Commenting on the state of politics in Andhra Pradesh, he said there is no need for the BJP to criticize any political party but highlighted that politics in the southern state revolve around dynasties.

As part of the meeting, the BJP paid tributes to party workers who succumbed to the coronavirus and Veerraju unveiled a district Sevahi Sanghatan e-book.

“During the difficult pandemic time, party workers discharged many welfare activities on a call given by Modi and J. P. Nadda. This e-book details such activities up to the mandal level,” said a party official.

BJP National Joint Secretary V. Satish, National Secretary and co-incharge of Andhra, Sunil Deodhar and others participated in the programme.

Recently, the BJP appointed a slew of office bearers in the party including 10 vice-presidents, five general secretaries, five state secretaries, seven state morcha presidents and six spokespersons.

Andhra Pradesh is one of the four southern states where the BJP is yet to taste success, even as it has came to power in Karnataka.

Following the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into two states in 2014, the Congress party was decimated from the state’s political scene.

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Asaduddin Owaisi-Devendra alliance may change poll equations in Bihar




The announcement by the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi to form the United Democratic Secular Alliance (UDSA) with former MP and Samajwadi Janata Dal (Democratic) Chief Devendra Prasad Yadav for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections has given an interesting turn to the battle at the hustings.

With Owaisi and the SJD (D) entering the poll arena in Bihar together, the political fight won’t be easy for any of the parties in the Seemanchal region of the state.

Forging an alliance with Devendra Yadav’s party, Owaisi has made a political move to play a spoiler of votes for the Yadav and Muslim voters of Bihar who are considered the traditional pocket boroughs of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

Though the UDSA has not yet decided on the number of seats it will contest in the Assembly elections, it is believed that the alliance will field their candidates in Kosi and Purnia regions.

The Muslim vote will supposedly be decisive in 15 to 17 seats in Seemanchal but there are many other constituencies where Muslim voters could influence the poll results.

In the 2015 elections, Owaisi’s party had fielded candidates for six seats and all of them suffered resounding defeats. On five seats, his party candidates lost their deposits. However, in 2019 the AIMIM’s Qamrul Hoda won the Kishanganj seat in the Bihar bypolls.

Political expert and senior journalist from Kishanganj Ratneshwar Jha opines that in the wake of the alliance by Owaisi and Yadav, it is certain that there will be a split in the Yadav and Muslim votes to the disadvantage of the RJD.

Jha says, “The voters who will be targeted by the UDSA have been considered to be the vote banks of the Opposition grand alliance (Mahagathbandhan) so the number of votes that UDSA gets will only harm the Mahagathbandhan.”

Owaisi’s poll campaign has always been aggressive and polarising so it would not be surprising if he swings voters in his favour from other areas of Bihar as well.

RJD spokesman Mrityunjay Tiwari denies any political threat from the AIMIM-SJD (D) alliance, saying, “There is a direct political fight between two ideologies in Bihar. Apart from this, whichever party is contesting this election and at whose behest they do so, the people of Bihar know it well. Whichever party tries to weaken the political fight against the BJP, the people of the state will give them a befitting reply.”

The RJD may reject the UDSA but it will surely make a dent in the Muslim and Yadav vote banks. In the Muslim-dominated areas, Owaisi could field his party candidates which might pay the BJP political dividends. It is certain that not all Muslims will vote for Owaisi and there will be a split in the community’s votes.

On the AIMIM-SJD alliance giving the BJP a political advantage, party spokesperson Dr Nikhil Anand said, “Leaders like Owaisi are always trying to garner Muslim votes through the politics of appeasement by invoking the sentiments of the community. The people of Bihar clearly understand the ideology of such leaders.”

He said the National Democratic Alliance will defeat those parties who play politics on the basis of religion and caste. This election will be fought on the plank of development in Bihar, he added.

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PM Narendra Modi comes in defence of Harivansh, shares letter to President




After openly coming in support of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday shared a letter written to President Ram Nath Kovind by the Deputy Chairman over the Upper House ruckus issue.

“I read the letter written to the Honourable President by Honourable Harivansh ji. Every word of the letter has given new faith in our belief in democracy. This letter is inspiring and praiseworthy. There is truth and sensitivity in it. My request is, all citizens must read it,” said the Prime Minister.

In the said letter, the Deputy Chairman has listed the “violence” and “intimidation” by a few Rajya Sabha members. He stressed he was born in the village of JP, whose social reform call changed India’s polity in the past. He also mentioned how the ruckus has affected him.

The Deputy Chairman quoted Dinkar and said he would observe a day’s fast against Sunday’s ruckus by a few opposition members in the Upper House.

Earlier Prime Minister Modi tweeted, “Everyone saw 2 days ago how he was humiliated, attacked in the temple of democracy and then the same people sat on a dharna against him. But you will enjoy that today, Harivansh ji made the same people drink tea from his house in the morning.”

The eight suspended MPs, who created a ruckus, had been sitting on a dharna in the Parliament House premises since Monday. The protest was later called off.

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