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Days after Kushwaha’s NDA exit, Chirag Paswan warns BJP to ‘act before it’s too late’

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New Delhi: After the exit of Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), another Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Bihar, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), has raised an alarm for the ruling alliance. Taking to microblogging site Twitter LJP MP Chirag Paswan suggested that a solution needs to be reached before it’s too late.

Chirag Paswan said that the NDA is going through a sensitive phase after the exit of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the RLSP, adding that the BJP should act in time to resolve issues with other allies.

Tweeting in Hindi, the LJP leader said, “After the exit of TDP and RLSP, the NDA is going through a sensitive phase. The BJP should act on the issues of other allies and resolve them in a respectful manner before it’s too late.”

 

Referring to the seat sharing deal between the BJP and its allies, Chirag, who is the son of LJP supremo and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, said that no concrete solution has been reached despite several meetings with BJP leaders.

“There have been meetings with BJP leaders over seat sharing within the alliance but no concrete solution could be reached till now. If no consensus is built on the issue at the earliest, it might result in loss,” said the LJP leader.

This comes months after Chirag Paswan had said that he was confident of the LJP getting “respectable number” of seats, asserting that the NDA would remain intact in Bihar. However, after an announcement by BJP chief Amit Shah and Janata Dal United (JDU) supremo Nitish Kumar that they would contest on 16 seats each in Bihar, the LJP had dismissed reports of the party making any “sacrifice” on number of seats.

Talking about the issue, Ram Vilas Paswan’s younger brother Paras has said that no seat-sharing talks would be complete until there’s consensus among national presidents of all NDA constituents. “We would like to contest from at least seven seats. We had won six of the seven seats from which we had contested last time and lost one by a slender margin of 7,000 votes. Our graph has not gone down since the last Lok Sabha poll and there is no reason why we should not get our due share,” he had said.


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More than 50 feared killed in landslide at Myanmar

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Yangon: Dozens are feared dead after a landslide in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, local police said, the latest accident in a notoriously dangerous industry.
“Fifty-four people are missing in the mud,” a duty officer from the Hpakant police station in Kachin told AFP, adding that “there’s no way they (the missing) could have survived.”

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‘Voter ID more powerful than IED’, says Modi after casting vote

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Mumbai: Voters in India are wise and their ID is more powerful than the IEDs of terrorists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after voting in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad.

The Prime Minister arrived to vote in an open jeep as he walked down the streets with the BJP’s candidate in Ahmedabad East, Hasmukhbhai Somabhai Patel, and addressed the media after voting inside the polling booth in Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip area of Ahmedabad.

“Today, the third phase of polling is underway. I am fortunate that I got the opportunity to fulfil my duty in my home state of Gujarat. Like one feels pure after a holy dip during the Kumbh, I feel pure after casting vote in this festival of democracy,” the Prime Minister said while speaking to reporters.

 

“The weapon of terrorism is IED, the strength of democracy is voter’s ID. I can say with surety that the voter’s ID is much much more powerful than an IED, so we should understand the strength of our voter IDs,” Modi said.

Amid chants of “Modi, Modi”, the Prime Minister came out after casting his ballot, showed his inked finger and acknowledged the people gathered outside the booth. He also walked a little distance as people continued to chant his name.

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s president Amit Shah, who is up against the Congress’ three-term legislator CJ Chavda in Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, accompanied the Prime Minister.

Earlier, Modi met his mother at her house in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar. Photographs tweeted by news agency ANI showed the Prime Minister touching nearly 99-year-old Heeraben Patel’s feet as she blesses him. Modi also met people outside his mother’s house before getting in.

All the 26 parliamentary constituencies in Prime Minister Modi’s home state of Gujarat is polling in the third phase of ongoing general elections and the contest is primarily between the ruling BJP and Congress. The BJP won all 26 seats in 2014.

The third phase of the Lok Sabha elections will see as many as 117 seats across 15 states and two Union territories going to vote on April 23. Among the seats will be a solitary seat from Tripura, Tripura East, where elections were delayed by one phase due to security reasons.

Chants of “Modi, Modi” were heard as he came out after casting his ballot and acknowledged the people gathered outside the booth. He also walked a little distance as people continued to chant his name.

Earlier, Modi met his mother at her house in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar. Photographs tweeted by news agency ANI showed the Prime Minister touching nearly 99-year-old Heeraben Patel’s feet as she blesses him. Modi also met people outside his mother’s house in Gandhinagar before getting in the house.

All the 26 parliamentary constituencies in Prime Minister Modi’s home state of Gujarat is polling in the third phase of ongoing general elections and the contest is primarily between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress. The BJP won all 26 seats in 2014.

The third phase of the Lok Sabha elections will see as many as 117 seats across 15 states and two Union territories going to vote on April 23. Among the seats will be a solitary seat from Tripura, Tripura East, where elections were delayed by one phase due to security reasons.

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SC notice to lawyer who was ‘offerred money to frame CJI for harassment’

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought response from a lawyer, who had made a sensational claim that there was a conspiracy to make CJI Ranjan Gogoi resign by “framing him” in a false case of sexual harassment.

A three-judge special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra issued notice to lawyer Utsav Singh Bains and sought his response with regard to his claim that he was also offered Rs 1.5 crore to represent a former apex court woman employee and arrange a presser against the CJI at the Press Club of India here. The bench, which also comprised Justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta, has now fixed the case titled as a matter of “great public importance touching upon the independence of judiciary”, for hearing on Wednesday at 10:30 am.

The lawyer had filed an affidavit on Monday following the unprecedented hearing on Saturday during which the CJI had said a larger conspiracy was behind it and that he would not stoop too low even to deny these allegations.

 
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