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INDIA Bloc’s Unity Will Dislodge BJP; Stalin Says Saffron Party Dangerous Than ‘Coronavirus’

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Leaders of the opposition INDIA bloc including its member party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam have stressed on putting on an united front to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) organised a conference “Democracy Will Win” on Friday in Tamil Nadu. Among the attendees were leaders from the INDIA bloc parties — Congress, DMK, the Left parties — namely TN Chief Minister MK Stalin, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury and CPI’s D Raja among others.

Headed by Lok Sabha MP Thol Thirumavalavan, VCK is a key ally of DMK in the southern state.

The conference came amidst the heated situation in Bihar with the strong probability of JD(U) President and state CM Nitish Kumar making yet another shift and returning to the saffron party-led NDA.

In the past week, two other members of the INDIA bloc — Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) — had announced that they would not contest the Lok Sabha polls with Congress in West Bengal and Punjab respectively.

Stalin’s Dig At The Saffron Party

Addressing the conference, Stalin pointed at the need for the INDIA bloc leaders to realise that BJP was rattled at the thought of opposition alliance winning even at a Mayor poll level. He said unity among the INDIA parties will ‘dislodge’ the saffron party from the Centre.

He slammed the BJP-led Centre for ‘cancelling’ the mayor-level election because victory for the AAP-Congress tie up was more probable.

“When they cancel even a mayor level poll, the INDIA alliance leaders must realise the fear of the BJP. We have to use this. We have to clasp the opportunity that we have now got. If we remain united, the BJP will be defeated. Democracy will win and time will say that. Thirumavalavan will also win and time will say that too,” the Tamil Nadu CM said.

Stalin in fact termed the saffron party to be “more dangerous than Coronavirus”, saying that tears were shed for those who walked hundreds of kilometres during the pandemic and even got crushed by trains. “Now the government is trying to divert people’s attention by consecrating the Ram temple,” Stalin said while taking a dig at BJP.

Kharge’s Reference to Ambedkar

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge who couldn’t take part in the conference sent his address to be read out by his party’s Lok Sabha MP Su Thirunavukkarasar.

Kharge underlined Dr BR Ambedkar’s warning against the ‘cult of personality’ and appealed for a political culture based on ‘reason and dialogue’.

“Today, as we navigate a nation, where personality often overshades principles, let us follow Ambedkar’s words and strive for a political culture based on reason, dialogue and inclusivity,” Kharge was quoted as saying in his address.

Further slamming the saffron party, Kharge said even funds for any disaster is released on the basis of a state’s ruling party. He cited the funds ‘held up’ for ration shops in Bengal as they did not have ‘supreme leader’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pictures.

CPI(M) & CPI’s Slam on BJP

Meanwhile, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that INDIA bloc was committed to protecting the character of ‘our republic’ and that Tamil Nadu was leading the country in putting up a united fight against the BJP.

“The only slogan we have to give today is to save India in order to change India for the better,” Yechury said.

He said that the Opposition bloc should prepare itself for the “big political battle” against the forces dominating the “secular democratic republic”.

Meanwhile, CPI General Secretary D Raja referred to Ambedkar’s draft of the Constitution and said that he would not have wanted India to become a ‘Hindutva rashtra’.

Earlier, VCK Chief Thirumavalavan — in a resolution — had said that all EVMs in the general elections should be ‘100 per cent’ linked to Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system and electors should deposit the VVPAT slips in separate boxes.

Only on the basis of VVPAT slips, should the results be declared by the election authorities, his resolution said.

In total, 33 resolutions proposed by Thirumavalavan were adopted in the meet.

(With PTI inputs)



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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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