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Samajwadi Party names 5 more candidates for Lok Sabha polls




The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Thursday named five more Lok Sabha candidates in Uttar Pradesh.

Nasir Qureshi will contest from Moradabad, Bhagwat Sharan Gangwar from Bareilly, Puja Pal from Unnao, Shyam Sundar Singh Yadav from Jhansi and Nathuni Prasad Kushwaha from Kushinagar parliamentary seat, a senior party leader said.

So far the party has announced the names of 27 candidates in the 37 seats it is contesting in alliance with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal.

The SP has fielded party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav from Mainpuri parliamentary constituency, party chief Akhilesh Yadav from Azamgarh, his cousin Akshay Yadav from Firozabad, and senior party leader Azam Khan from Rampur.

According to the seat-sharing formula, the SP is contesting from 37 seats, BSP from 38 seats and the RLD from three seats in the state. The SP-BSP-RLD alliance has left two seats for the Congress.

Uttar Pradesh will see a seven-phased polling, from April 11 to May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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Amit Shah to visit Kerala for culmination of BJP’s ‘Vijaya Yatra’




To make its presence felt in the Kerala Assembly, the BJP is all set to deploy more union ministers and senior leaders from other parts of the country in the state. Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be visiting the state at the culmination of BJP’s ongoing ‘Vijaya Yatra’ in the first week of March.

Giving a boost to BJP campaign in Kerala, where party has won only one assembly seat in 2016 polls, Metroman E. Sreedharan officially joined the party on Thursday in presence of Union Minister R.K. Singh and BJP Kerala Chief K. Surendran.

Polling for 140 seats Kerala Assembly will be held in a single phase on April 6.

BJP Kerala spokesperson Sandeep Vachaspati told IANS the party is fighting the assembly polls to form the government in the state for the first time with two third majorities in the state assembly.

“BJP has worked continuously among people and in Kerala assembly polls our party will surprise everyone. From the current strength of one MLA O. Rajagopal, the BJP is going to form the government in Kerala this year,a Vachaspati said.

On February 21, UP Chief Minister Adityanath flagged off the ‘Vijaya Yatra’ of Kerala BJP and Union Home Minister Shah will attend its culmination on March 7.

“Home Minister Amit Shahji will join the Kerala BJP workers on the culmination of Vijaya Yatra. Several senior national leaders and union ministers have participated in different legs of Yatra,” Vachaspati said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to address election rallies. “The Prime Minister came to Kerala earlier this month and he will come again to address election rallies after announcements of dates for assembly polls. Number of rallies the Prime Minister will address will be decided later,” he said.

Former Union Minister and Bihar Industry Minister Shahnawaz Hussain, union ministers R K Singh and V K Singh already visited the state.

“Union minister Smriti Irani and Nirmala Sitharaman, BJP Yuva Morcha national president and Lok Sabha Member Tejasvi Surya , party leader Khushbu Sundar will be coming to Kerala. Many other senior leaders from different parts of the country are also coming to Kerala to guide us with their experience,” he said.

A senior BJP leader said that many senior leaders from other states will be sent to Kerala to oversee party poll preparedness.

“Experience of senior leaders and elected representatives of the party will be used in the Kerala Assembly election held on April 6,” he said.

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Don’t let BJP indulge in corruption: Arvind Kejriwal to AAP Surat corporators




Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday interacted with the newly-elected corporators of AAP at Surat in Gujarat. He advised them and the workers not to let the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) continue indulging in corruption and show them the power of the opposition.

The Delhi Chief Minister is in Gujarat to thank the people of Surat as the AAP clinched 27 seats in the SMC.

By winning 27 seats in the 120-member SMC, the AAP has made inroads into Gujarat’s politics. Although, the BJP by winning 93 seats in the polls has retained power, the entry of the Kejriwal-led party has jolted the saffron party, besides the Congress which failed to secure a single seat in the SMC.

Kejriwal held a meeting with the AAP workers and leaders. “‘Aap Aisa Accha Kaam Karna aur ruling BJP Ko Unki Naani Yaad Dila Dena. Apko Ek Bhi Galat Kaam Nahi Hone Dena Hai’. (You should not let the BJP indulge in any wrongdoing. Show the people of Gujarat that through the AAP, the politics of good work has arrived),” Kejriwal told the AAP corporators.

Kejriwal arrived at the Mini Bazar in Mangadh Chowk where he garlanded the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and thereafter proceeded with his roadshow, which will end at Sarthana in Surat.

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Assam CM stresses on strengthening trade ties with Bangladesh




Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran on Friday met Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and latter emphasised trade and ties on agriculture, agri products, information technology, textile besides discussing various bilateral issues and enhancing mutual trade and business, officials said.

An official of CM’s secretariat said that during the discussion, Sonowal flagged issues concerning bilateral trade and commerce for the mutual interests of both Bangladesh and Assam. The Chief Minister while highlighting the areas like agriculture, agricultural products, information technology, textiles, said that both Assam and Bangladesh should work to explore markets in their respective territories for the mutual benefits.

He also said that since Assam is a next-door neighbour to Bangladesh, there should be frequent exchange programmes between both the geographical entities.

According to an official release, the Chief Minister also advocated for improvement of connectivity between Assam and Bangladesh through waterways, airways and roadways.

Referring to ‘Act East Policy’, Sonowal said that riding on this policy Assam and Bangladesh should collaborate for a new high in their mutual relations. Bangladesh envoy said that his country is very eager to have more trade and cultural ties with Assam.

The visiting High Commissioner also emphasised on restrengthening import and export between Assam and Bangladesh with cooperative collaborations.

Industry and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, Chief Minister’s Legal Advisor Santanu Bharali, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Paban Borthakur, Principal Secretary to Industry and Commerce K.K. Dwivedi, Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Guwahati Shah Mohammad Tanvir Monsur, First Secretary Bangladesh High Commission Zakir Ahmed were present during the meeting.

Imran on Tuesday also met Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi and discussed various bilateral issues and the latter had requested the envoy to enhance mutual trade and business.

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