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Mamata Banerjee is welcome to fight from Varanasi: BJP

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has welcomed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contest from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency in the 2024 elections and said she would never be labelled as an ‘outsider’. This came after a tweet by Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra which fuelled speculation that the TMC Chief might be challenging Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi.

Addressing an election rally in West Bengal on Thursday, Modi said several rumours are doing the rounds that Mamata Banerjee might contest from another constituency in West Bengal where polling would be held in the last and phase of elections.

The TMC Chief is contesting from only one seat – Nandigram against BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari where polling was held on Thursday.

Quoting TMC Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra’s tweet, BJP National General Secretary (Organisation) B.L. Santhosh said, “Mamata Banerjee is welcome in Varanasi. Your leader (Mamata Banerjee) and party will be countered with established democratic practices. You will never be termed as an “outsider”. None of your workers will be killed and hanged like you did in Bengal to more than 140 of the BJP workers.”

Responding to Modi’s jibe at Mamata Banerjee, Mahua Moitra had tweeted, “Contesting from second seat? PM Modi jabs Mamata Banerjee. Yes Prime Minister, she will. And it will be Varanasi! So go, get your armour on.”

The TMC official account tweeted, “Didi (Mamata Banerjee) is winning Nandigram. The question of her fighting from another seat doesn’t arise. Narendra Modi ji, retract from your efforts to mislead people before they see your lies with the end of nomination in West Bengal. Look for a safer seat in 2024, as you will be challenged in Varanasi.”

West Bengal BJP co-incharge, Amit Malviya, challenged the TMC to announce that Mamata Banerjee would not contest from another Assembly constituency in West Bengal.

“If the TMC is so confident of Mamata Banerjee winning Nandigram, let them announce that she won’t contest from another seat in the later phases. The truth of the matter is that a nervous Pishi (Mamata Didi) held up polling at some booths, created ruckus simply to build an excuse for her defeat,” Malviya tweeted.

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Faizabad junction to be renamed as Ayodhya Cantt

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 The Yogi Adityanath government on Saturday decided to rechristen Faizabad junction as Ayodhya Cantt, as per a tweet shared by the Chief Minister’s office.

Earlier, the government had renamed Faizabad district as Ayodhya and Allahabad as Prayagraj.

After becoming Chief Minister of the state in 2017, Yogi Adityanath renamed Mughalsarai Junction railway station.
Adityanath’s proposal to change the name of the station was approved by the Central government and in 2018, it was rechristened as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction.

The Yogi Cabinet also renamed Mughalsarai tehsil as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Tehsil.

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95% people do not need BJP: Akhilesh

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 Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday took a swipe at Uttar Pradesh Minister Upendra Tiwari for saying that 95 per cent people do not need petrol, and said ‘the truth is that those people do not need the BJP’.

Upendra Tiwari had said that prices of petrol and diesel were not increased much considering per capita income and added that 95 per cent people do not need the petrol.

“The BJP minister said that expensive petrol does not bother the general public because 95 per cent of the people do not need petrol. Now, even the minister will not need it as the people will soon put him out of power. The truth is that 95 per cent of the people do not need the BJP,” Yadav said in a tweet in Hindi.

The SP president also asked, “Does Thar need diesel?”

The obvious reference was to the recent Lakhimpur Kheri incident where four farmers were allegedly mowed down by a jeep (Mahindra Thar) owned by Union Minister Ajay Misra.

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Priyanka to flag off ‘Pratigya Yatra’ on Saturday

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 Congress General secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will flag-off the three ‘Pratigya Yatras’ from Barabanki on Saturday.

The yatras will be taken out from October 23 to November 1.

According to the Congress press release, the ‘Pratigya Yatra’ will commence from Barabanki in the Bundelkhand region and will end at Jhansi via Lucknow, Unnao, Fatehpur, Chitrakoot, Banda, Hamirpur and Jalaun.

Similarly, in the western Uttar Pradesh region, the yatra will start from Saharanpur and will move through Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Moradabad, Rampur, Bareilly, Badaun, Aligarh, Hathras, Agra and Mathura.

In Avadh region, the yatra will start from Varanasi and will end at Rae Bareli via Chandauli, Sonbhadra, Mirzapur, Prayagraj, Pratapgarh and Amethi.

During these ‘Pratigya Yatras’, Priyanka will hold several meetings.

Priyanka, according to party sources, is likely to make announcements like women’s reservation in education and jobs, free education for women, farmer’s loan waiver and rebate in electricity rates during the yatras.

She has earlier announced that the Congress will give 40 per cent of the total election tickets to women in the state.

Apart from this, she has also promised to give mobile phones and scooty to the girl students.

The Congress is also especially eyeing women voters and is making a conscious effort to neutralize caste-based politics.

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