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‘Eight years, eight bluffs’, Congress releases booklet on Modi government



The Congress on Thursday released a report card on the performance of the eight years of the Modi government and named it “eight years, eight bluffs”.

The Congress in the report card has highlighted inflation, unemployment, economic mismanagement and national security as major failures of the government and said that the “Acche din” promised by the BJP is nowhere in sight and people are just facing hardship.

Releasing the booklet named ‘Aath saal, Aath chhal’, Congress General Secretary Randeep Surjewala and Ajay Maken said that people are feeling the pinch now. “During the campaigns in 2014, Modi used to say that good days will come but people are still waiting for it,” they said.

Maken said, “It is only the BJP and a few industrialists have benefited from this government.” Surjewala asked why the incidents of communal violence are on the rise.

The Congress alleged that inflation is at an all time high and the economy is in shambles. “One after another, BJP’s disastrous policies contributed to the severe fall of the Indian economy. What was once the fastest growing economy, is now in turmoil, thanks to BJP’s 8 years of misgovernance. BJP govt is breaking all records in hoodwinking its own people. First, by setting up petrol-diesel prices really high by increasing excise duty and then reducing it a bit to showcase itself as a pro-people government. Are these the ‘achhe din’ you waited for so long?” the booklet said.

It also attacked the government over national security and questioned the Chinese intrusion at borders. “Eight years of the BJP rule has seen continuous threats to the sovereignty and security of our country.”

“China continues to infiltrate our borders, and the PM remains silent. What happened to the PM’s 56 inch chest and laal ankh?” it asked.

It also raised the issue of ex-servicemen and farmers. “Want to know just how much harm the last 8 years of BJP caused? Just ask our farmers. From land acquisition to the black farm laws to refusing MSP to literally crushing them to death – our annadatas faced maximum pain under the BJP rule.”


Assam CM urges Aamir Khan to postpone his visit to state




 Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has urged Bollywood actor Aamir Khan who expressed his willingness to visit the state on the eve of Independence Day to plan the trip after the conclusion of ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ celebrations.

“Aamir Khan spoke to me and he intended to come to Assam during the Independence Day celebration. But it may shift focus from Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav… hence I told him to fix a date after August 15,” Sarma told the mediapersons here on Friday.

The Chief Minister, however, said that he has good terms with Khan and they often speak over the telephone.

Though the intent to visit Assam is unknown, sources said Khan wanted to promote his latest release ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, which is a remake of the iconic film ‘Forrest Gump’.

It could not be known if the actor has agreed to come to Assam after Independence Day.

Khan’s latest film has been embroiled in controversy for the last few days. Some sections were calling for a boycott of the film claiming that the Aamir Khan-starrer was disrespectful towards the Indian Army.

Notably, Khan had earlier extended a helping hand to the flood-affected people of Assam by making a contribution of Rs 25 lakh towards the CM Relief Fund.

Sarma then took to Twitter to thank the Bollywood actor.

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‘Jungle Raj’ returns in Bihar: BJP




Referring to recent incidents of crime after formation of ‘Grand Alliance’ government in Bihar, the BJP on Friday said that ‘jungle raj’ has returned in the state.

Addressing a press conference in party headquarters here, BJP national spokesperson Dr Sambit Patra said that several people, including journalists, have been killed since the two parties — JD(U) and RJD — joined hands to form the government.

Patra also mentioned about the cases of sexual assault and the deaths in Chhapra due to spurious liquor.

“It will not be wrong to say that ‘jungle raj’ returns to Bihar,” Patra said.

He claimed that the BJP’s presence in the NDA government in the state had worked as a restraining influence on crime even though the party did not have home or excise departments.

Patra also hit out at Bihar deputy chief minister and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav over his reported comments on his party’s promise of providing 10 lakh jobs.

“Tejashwi Yadav claimed that he was not the chief minister when asked about the promise of 10 lakh jobs. He should clarify about it,” the BJP spokesperson said.

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BJP appoints new bosses for Maharashtra, Mumbai




 The Bharatiya Janata Party has appointed former ministers Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Ashish Shelar as the chief of the part’s Maharashtra and Mumbai units, respectively, according to an announcement.

Bawankule and Shelar, both sitting legislators, replace Chandrakant Patil and Mangal Prabhat Lodha, who have been appointed as ministers in the government of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, earlier this week.

As per a statement by BJP President J. P. Nadda, both appointments are made with immediate effect, and come ahead of the imminent elections to various civic bodies in the state.

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