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Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Nyay Jodo Yatra’ in Jharkhand Amid Turmoil; JMM-Cong MLAs ‘Kept Safe’ in Hyd | Top Points

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Last Updated: February 03, 2024, 09:13 IST

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with the newly sworn-in Jharkhand Chief Minister Champai Soren during the ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’, in Pakur district (Image: PTI)

JMM’s Champai Soren, who took oath as Jharkhand Chief Minister on Friday, will have to prove his majority in a floor test in the assembly session to be held on February 5 and February 6

Amid poaching fears, 38 MLAs of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-led coalition ‘Mahagathbandhan’ in Jharkhand have been flown down from Ranchi to Hyderabad in Congress-ruled Telangana. The legislators are going to stay at a private resort in Shamirpet, on the city’s outskirts, till the time a floor test is held at the Jharkhand assembly.

A senior leader of the ruling coalition said in Ranchi that the decision to shift the legislators to Hyderabad was taken considering that the opposition BJP may make attempts to “poach” them.

“We were given 10 days to prove the government’s majority. We can’t take any chance during the period as the BJP might try to contact our MLAs,” the senior leader said.

Floor Test Soon

JMM’s Champai Soren, who took oath as Jharkhand Chief Minister on Friday, will have to prove his majority in a floor test in the assembly session to be held on February 5 and February 6.

Jharkhand was plunged into uncertainty after JMM executive president leader Hemant Soren resigned as chief minister on Wednesday night, shortly before he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case linked to an alleged land fraud.

Despite Champai being immediately elected as JMM legislative party leader and staking claim after Hemant’s resignation, governor CP Radhakrishnan did not invite him to form the new government till late Thursday night. This led to speculation to swirl about possible “poaching” by the BJP.

Sending MLAs to Hyderabad Part of ‘Strategy’

“We have submitted to the governor the signature of 43 MLAs (two more than the majority mark), but we now have the support of 47 MLAs and this will be proved during the floor test on February 5. Sending the MLAs to Hyderabad is part of our strategy to counter the BJP.” Champai Soren told reporters after taking the oath.

These MLAs are likely to stay at ‘Leonia Holistic Destination’ at Shamirpet till February 4 and could leave for Ranchi on February 5 for the floor test in the Jharkhand Assembly.

Rahul’s ‘Nyay Yatra’ In Jharkhand

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, with his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra also reached Jharkhand on Friday. He was accorded a warm welcome in Jharkhand’s Pakur with newly appointed Chief Minister Champai Soren also present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Gandhi said the BJP tried to destabilise the Jharkhand government elected by the people but the INDIA bloc stood up against its “conspiracy” and did not let it “steal the popular mandate”,

“The BJP once again tried to steal and destabilise a government which had been elected by the people of Jharkhand. The Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) stood up against the BJP’s conspiracy and did not let it steal the popular mandate”, he said.

He also alleged the BJP has “money power and probe agencies” but he and the Congress are not scared of them and will keep on fighting against the ruling party’s “divisive ideology”.

The former Congress president said that while the earlier Bharat Jodo Yatra was against the “divisive agenda” of the RSS and the BJP, the current yatra is seeking justice for the people of the country.

The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will be in Jharkhand for eight days in two phases and cover 13 districts.



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

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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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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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