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Congress-BJP deal is now becoming more evident in Kerala: Pinarayi Vijayan



Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. (File Photo: IANS)

Continuing his stock statement, ever since the beginning of the Assembly elections campaign, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday reiterated that the close relationship between the Congress-led UDF and BJP in the state has now become an overt relationship.

Kerala goes to polls on April 6 to elect its 140 legisaltors. The counting will be held on May 2.

“Gone are the days of the erstwhile covert deal known as Co-Le- B (Congress, League and the BJP) which was there in the yesteryears, today the pact between them is out in the open and that’s what we have heard from one of the BJP leaders Suresh Gopi, who is also a candidate in the Assembly polls, saying that since they do not have their candidate at Guruvayoor- the Indian Union Muslim League candidate should win, likewise in Thalassery in Kannur also they do not have their candidate and hence A.N.Shamsheer (CPI-M) should be defeated,” Vijayan told the media at Kannur.

Last week the BJP-led NDA got a shocker when the nomination papers of two BJP candidates at Guruvayoor and Thalassery and the their ally- AIADMK candidate at Deviculam was rejected on technical grounds, making the electoral battle in these three constituencies a straight fight between the Left and the Congress.

“In hindsight if we now see all the things that has taken place, it’s become evident that the deal between the BJP and the Congress was fixed some time back. You would all remember that the Congress never ever said a word when Kerala was not given the sanction to receive funds from abroad when the state suffered the worst ever floods in 2018,” said Vijayan.

“Moreover, of late there has been a dent in the federal structure of governance, where it should be a strong Centre and a happy State. But if we look into what’s happening is central sponsored schemes share has been sliced by 15 per cent and it started in 2015-16. What the Congress should realise is it’s not gratis of the Centre, but the state’s right. Likewise, despite pleas, there was no special package for Kerala after the floods hit. When all this happened, the Congress never ever spoke a word against the Centre,” said Vijayan.

Each time Vijayan meets the media, he has been harping on this and dismissing all this as humbug of Vijayan, the Congress top brass has been countering it by saying it’s Vijayan who has struck a deal with the BJP.

“The SNC Lavalin case in which Vijayan’s fate is hanging fire in the past few years at the Supreme Court has been postponed 26 times. Just look at the speed at which the gold smuggling and dollar cases was investigated by the various central agencies and when the probe reached the office of Vijayan, everything has come to a standstill. The people of Kerala know who is having what sort of relationship with the BJP, as it’s Congress which is fighting the BJP all over India, while the CPI-M is there only in Kerala,” said senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala.


TV actress Kamya Panjabi joins Congress in Mumbai





 The Congress got a fresh dose of glamour with well-known television actress Kamya Panjabi joining the party here on Wednesday.

Mumbai Congress President Bhai Jagtap and other leaders like Charan Singh Sapra welcomed Panjabi to the party fold.

Shooting to popularity with her appearance in the reality show “Bigg Boss-7” (2013), Panjabi has been working in the entertainment industry for over two decades and had expressed a desire to join politics and serve the masses.

Congress activist Niraj Bhatia and other leaders shared pictures of her joining the party on the social media.

Kamya, 42, has worked in several teleserials including “Banoo Main Teri Dulhann”, “Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak”, “Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki”, “Rethi”, Astitva… Ek Prem Kahani”, “Piya Ka Ghar”, and “Kyun Hota Hai Pyaar”.

Besides, she has acted in Bollywood films like “Na Tum Jaano Na Hum”, “Yaadein”, “Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani”, “Koi.. Mil Gaya”, and music videos like “Mehndi Mehndi” and a play “Pajama Party”

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Amarinder to meet Shah on farmers’ stir




 Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will lead a non-political delegation of agricultural experts to meet the Union Home Minister to discuss possible solutions to the ongoing farmers’ agitation on Thursday.

Disclosing this here on Wednesday, Amarinder Singh, who announced to float a new political party with seat sharing with parties, including the BJP, said he had been discussing various options with Home Minister Amit Shah, whom he will be meeting in Delhi again on Thursday, and others.

“I think I can help in finding a solution as I have been the Chief Minister of Punjab and am also an agriculturist,” Amarinder Singh told a press conference.

While there could be no pre-decided formula for resolution of the farmers’ stir, something will emerge during the talks as both sides — the Central government and farmers — want a resolution to the crisis triggered by the farm laws, he said.

Making it clear that he had not met any farmer leaders, the former Chief Minister said he had deliberately not interfered in the matter as the farmers did not want politicians involved.

The farmer leaders had four inconclusive meetings with the Centre but back channel talks have been going on, he added.

Amarinder Singh had earlier said any seat arrangement he made with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would be subject to a resolution of the farmers’ issue in their interest.

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TN CM announces Rs 5L as relief to kin of victims killed in fire





Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin announced a financial compensation of Rs five lakh to the family of all five persons killed due to an alleged fire in a firecracker shop in Kallakurichi district.

Eight others were reportedly injured in the incident, which occurred on Tuesday evening and are in a serious condition.

Stalin announced a relief of Rs one lakh to the injured persons admitted in the Kallakurichi government hospital.

The deceased victims include Khaleed (23), Shah Alam (25), Shaikh Basheer (67) and Ayyasamy (62). The police said it is yet to identify the fifth deceased victim.

Police sources told IANS that the mishap occurred due to a short circuit in an electric line and further investigation is on to ascertain the exact cause. A grocery shop was allegedly converted into a firecracker shop ahead of Diwali and was doing brisk business when the incident occurred.

The whole building was engulfed in fire and the police and fire personnel from Sankarapuram and Kallakurichi arrived at the spot to douse the fire.

Kallakurichi District Collector, P.N. Sridhar told media that the fire was doused after nearly three hours of intense efforts by the team of fire personnel and the police units that rushed to the spot.

The team cordoned off the area and started rescue operations as well as saved the grievously injured from the fire engulfed building.

State Minister, E.V. Velu reached the spot and visited the injured persons at the Kallakurichi government hospital on the same day of the incident.

The police said further investigation is on and whether the grocery shop that was converted into a firecracker shop had the mandatory license to conduct business. Whether the shop had the precautionary measures required to conduct a firecracker business, the police added.

The state government had issued warnings to the people and the firecracker manufacturers and traders to be safe during the Diwali season.

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