Politics live: BJP disqualifies eight leaders for ‘anti-party activities’ in J&K

Amit Shah, right, and Nitish Kumar in New Delhi.

Amit Shah, right, and Nitish Kumar in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Here are the top political developments of the day


BJP disqualifies eight leaders for ‘anti-party activities’ in J&K

The BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit on Thursday disqualified eight party leaders for filing their nominations as Independents against the official candidates for the Block Development Council (BDC) elections, scheduled to be held on October 24, a party spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the state Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) also discharged its senior leader Aqib Mir from his present party post of state secretary due to “breach of party discipline”, he said.

“Taking strong note of the filing of nominations as Independents by party leaders against the official candidates of the BJP for the BDC elections, the state BJP has disqualified them for indulging in anti-party activities,” the spokesperson said.

“They have been disqualified from the active membership of the party with immediate effect,” he said.


Ensure PM’s constituency Varanasi is cleanest in country: Adityanath to officials

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.   | Photo Credit: PTI


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the officials concerned to initiate a campaign to ensure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi is the cleanest in the country.

Mr. Modi had won the seat in the Lok Sabha elections held earlier this year by a huge margin of 4.79 lakh votes. He had not only retained the seat, but also saw his victory margin increase by nearly 1 lakh votes as compared to the 2014 general elections.

The Chief Minister held a review meeting of the development work and law and order situation in the State in Varanasi on October 16 night and instructed the officials to make “Kashi number 1 in the country” in terms of cleanliness.

According to an official spokesperson, he also asked the officials to launch special cleanliness drives in villages as well as urban areas before the festival of Diwali.

Roads, parks and vacant plots of land should be included in the campaign. In view of Chhath Puja, start a special campaign to clean the ghats of the Ganga, the Chief Minister said.

Do something special so that Kashi remains illuminated from Diwali till Dev Diwali, Mr. Adityanath said as he directed the PWD to make the roads free of potholes by October 30.

The government is committed towards the makeover of Kashi. Prime Minister Modi had laid the foundation stone of many projects in February 2019 out which 13 have been completed and the remaining 25 will be completed in this financial year, he said.

The Chief Minister further said that the government schemes should not be misused at all and only eligible candidates should be entitled for beneficiary schemes.

Stray cattle should not be seen on the streets, he said.

He also asked the officials to to solve water logging problems within three days and organise health camps in the affected areas.

Mr. Adityanath further directed them to ensure compliance of safety standards at major construction sites and organising special loan fairs of banks before Diwali.


Nitish to lead NDA in 2020 Bihar assembly polls: Amit Shah

Speculations about the BJP-JD(U) alliance in Bihar suffering yet another split were put to rest on Thursday with Union Home Minister Amit Shah stating that the NDA will contest the assembly polls next year under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Leaders of the JD(U), headed by Kumar, erupted in joy as snippets of an interview given to a news channel by Shah were beamed, capping weeks of bad blood between the two parties. “The gathbandhan (coalition) is atal (unshakeable). The NDA will contest assembly polls under the leadership of Nitish Kumar in Bihar. Nationally, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will continue to lead the coalition,” Mr. Shah was shown as having said in the interview, to be telecast later in the day.

“An-ban (bickering) is a sign of a healthy coalition. But matbhed (difference of opinion) does not necessarily mean there is manbhed (mental rift),” Mr. Shah added.

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AIADMK celebrates founding day

AIADMK leaders garland the statues of M.G. Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa on the party's founding day.

AIADMK leaders garland the statues of M.G. Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa on the party's founding day.   | Photo Credit: K.V. Srinivasan


The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Thursday celebrated its 48th founding day, with top leaders K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam leading the celebrations.

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) was founded by the late chief minister MG Ramachandran in 1972 following the charismatic actor’s expulsion from the DMK by its then chief, the late M Karunanidhi.

Ramachandran was shown the door by Karunanidhi from the DMK following difference between the two leaders.

At the AIADMK headquarters at Royapattah which was bedecked for the occasion, Palaniswami and Panneerselvam garlanded the statues of Ramachandran and the late chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday.

They also unfurled a party flag and distributed sweets to those present, including senior leaders and mediapersons, a release from the AIADMK headquarters said.


Ex-Sena MLA’s house attacked after remarks on Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray   | Photo Credit: PTI


Former Shiv Sena MLA Harshwardhan Jadhav’s residence in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district was vandalised by unidentified persons in the early hours of Thursday after he allegedly made demeaning remarks against Uddhav Thackeray at an election rally, police said.

A car and window panes of Mr. Jadhav’s home were damaged in the attack that took place around 1.30 a.m., a police official said.

His wife and two sons were present inside the house at the time of the incident.

Mr. Jadhav, who is contesting the October 21 State polls as an Independent from Kannad in Aurangabad, at a rally here on Wednesday allegedly made some objectionable comments against Mr. Thackeray over the induction of former Congress Minister Abdul Sattar into the Sena, the police official said.

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People with nationalistic ideology being killed in Bengal: RSS

A file picture of Manmohan Vaidya, Saha Sarkaryavah.

A file picture of Manmohan Vaidya, Saha Sarkaryavah.   | Photo Credit: PTI


The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has termed as “unfortunate” the “killing of people having faith in nationalistic ideology” in West Bengal.

RSS joint general secretary Manmohan Vaidya said this in reply to a question on the Murshidabad triple murder case in neighbouring West Bengal.

The organisation had claimed that the slain teacher, Bandhu Prakash Pal, was its supporter while the victims’ family insisted that he had no political affiliation.

Mr. Vaidya was speaking after the inauguration of the three-day Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal meeting by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat here on Wednesday.

Being organised in Odisha for the first time, it is being attended by 350 prominent RSS functionaries from across the country, including the organisation’s second-in-command Bhayyaji Joshi.

Organisational activities, plans for expansion and growth of the RSS and training of karyakartas will be discussed at the meeting, Vaidya said, adding it is a review of the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha held in March.


In Rajasthan, BJP-RLP alliance poses a challenge to Congress

Rashtriya Loktantrik Party candidate Narayan Beniwal during his election campaign in Khinvsar.

Rashtriya Loktantrik Party candidate Narayan Beniwal during his election campaign in Khinvsar.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement


The alliance between the BJP and Rashtriya Loktantrik Party, which won Rajasthan’s Nagaur seat in this year’s Lok Sabha election, has posed a formidable challenge to the ruling Congress which is trying to retain the legacy of politically influential Mirdha family in the by-election to the Khinvsar Assembly seat. All eyes are on the farmers in the Jat-dominated constituency.

The RLP, floated by the then Independent MLA from Khinvsar, Hanuman Beniwal, entered into an alliance as a regional party with the BJP and joined the NDA just before the 2019 general elections. The Khinvsar seat became vacant after Mr. Beniwal was elected an MP from Nagaur, creating new political equations in which the Congress seems to be at a disadvantage.

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(With inputs from our Correspondents and Agencies)

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