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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah Calls BJP-JD(S) Alliance for Lok Sabha Polls ‘Unholy’

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Last month, JD(S) had decided to ally with the saffron party following a meeting of H D Kumaraswamy with Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national President J P Nadda in New Delhi

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday termed the BJP-JD(S) alliance for next year’s Lok Sabha elections as ”unholy” and questioned the secular credentials of the Janata Dal (Secular) after joining hands with a ”communal party”.

Speaking to reporters in this district headquarters town, he said despite having the word ’Secular’ in the party name, JD(S) has joined hands with ”communal forces”. ”They are having an alliance with a communal party.” ”It is an unholy alliance, because till now BJP used to abuse JD(S) and JD(S) used to abuse the BJP, now they have come together. JD(S) has claimed that they have thrown away the ideology to save the party,” Siddaramaiah said.

Last month, JD(S) had decided to ally with the saffron party following a meeting of H D Kumaraswamy with Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national President J P Nadda in New Delhi.

Hitting out at the BJP for sending a ”fact-finding” committee to violence-hit area of the district headquarters town of Shivamogga, Siddaramaiah asked, ”What fact finding will they do? What is there? regarding what they will find facts?” He said a criminal case has been registered against the miscreants involved in stone pelting on the day of Eid Milad procession, and instructions have been given to police to take merciless action against them irrespective of their religion or party affiliation. ”We have instructed the police not to allow anyone to take law into their own hands.” A fact-finding committee consisting of senior BJP leaders visited the violence-hit area of the Shivamogga on Thursday.

Responding to a question on BJP alleging that the Congress government has put a brake on development of the state for the sake of its guarantee schemes (pre-poll promises of the Congress party), the Chief Minister alleged that it is BJP, which has destroyed the economic situation of the state.

”It is they (BJP) who destroyed the state, what moral right do they have? Did we (Congress govt) take so much loan during our period? Was the committed expenditure this high (when Cong was in power earlier)? After destroying the state’s economy they are now speaking, as they are now in the opposition,” he said.

Noting that regular grants are being given to the legislators for development works, Siddaramaiah further said additional funds are not being allotted for fresh projects as of now.

”There is no shortage of funds for regular programmes, also for the five guarantee schemes,” he added.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)

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Lok Sabha Polls Will Be Dynastic Politics & Corruption Versus Development Fight: Nadda

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BJP national president JP Nadda. (PTI/File)

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the LS polls

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda has said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a battle between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Addressing party workers from Mumbai’s western suburbs during his visit to the metropolis on Wednesday, Nadda said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India is well on its way to become the third largest economy in the world from fifth now.

Attacking anti-BJP opposition parties, he alleged that they were either dynastic or steeped in corruption.

“You have to reach out to voters and seek their support for a fresh mandate (for BJP at the Centre). First-time voters in the last ten years have seen only development and not corruption like previous governments,” Nadda asserted, referring to the decade-long rule of the Modi administration that started in 2014.

He said the Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held in April-May, will be a fight between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Dynastic politics and corruption will lead to destruction, Nadda said and highlighted the BJP’s development agenda.

Earlier in the day, Nadda met BJP office-bearers from all the 36 assembly constituencies in Mumbai besides party MPs and MLAs from the metropolis.

In his address, Nadda asked BJP leaders from Mumbai to ensure the party ideology reaches the last person in society and urged them to give a befitting reply to opposition attacks on the saffron outfit and its government.

He advised BJP leaders to extensively use social media and seek support of prominent personalities on issues of public interest.

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the national polls.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and its then-ally, the undivided Shiv Sena, won three seats each in Mumbai. In the Maharashtra assembly polls held in October that year, the BJP won 16 of the 36 seats in the city, while 14 were bagged by the Sena.

The state, where the BJP is in power in alliance with the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the Ajit Pawar-headed NCP, has a 288-member legislative assembly.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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BJP to Release Documentary on Alleged Atrocities Against Women in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali

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Last Updated: February 21, 2024, 23:05 IST

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am (Image: X/BJP)

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

The BJP is set to release a documentary on Sandeshkhali on Thursday with the party intensifying its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government over the alleged incidents of atrocities and sexual assault on women there.

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am, the BJP said in post on X, asking Banerjee in Bangla, “Didi ke bolo aaro koto ‘Sandeshkhali’ (Tell didi how many more Sandeshkhali like incidents)”.

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The riverine Sandeshkhali area — situated on the borders of the Sunderbans, about 100 kilometres from Kolkata — has been witnessing protests after the local women accused absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his supporters of land grab and sexual assault under coercion.

Interestingly, ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ is a campaign launched by the TMC after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to provide a platform for the people of West Bengal to directly raise their concerns or lodge complaints with Chief Minister Banerjee.

The TMC’s move was reportedly aimed at countering the BJP in the state.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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