Will Murli Manohar Joshi fight Narendra Modi in Varanasi

first_imgIn October last year, BJP MPs had shouted down a draft report prepared by Joshi recommending that the methodology used for GDP estimation should be reviewed. The BJP members averred that this would reveal wreaker growth in GDP.Activist Prashant Bhushan recently highlighted another action of Joshi that rankled the nerves of PM Modi. This was when Joshi raked up a list of bank defaulters that former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan had submitted to the government.  “Modi doesn’t forgive,” [this], Bhushan said, according to Deccan Herald. Narendra Modi: It is not Modi’s Strength, It is the strength of your vote, that the world is witnessing today Closecenter_img Will BJP stalwart Murli Manohar Joshi take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi? The Delhi grapevine is abuzz with rumours of high-level confabulations that underline an effort to field Joshi, one of BJP’s founders, from Varanasi.The unseemly development follows BJP’s decision to deny Joshi his Kanpur Lok Sabha seat for the 2019 elections. Joshi, the third president of the BJP and one of the foremost leaders of the party, was eliminated along with veteran leader LK Advani.  Joshi was also miffed over the way in which the party decision to shunt him was communicated. It was reported that neither PM Modi nor party chief Amit Shah spoke to him about the reasons for denying him the party ticket.Joshi later told the electorate in Kanpur that the party has asked him not to contest. “Shri Ramlal, General Secretary (Org.) Bharatiya Janata Party conveyed to me today that I should not contest the ensuing Parliamentary elections from Kanpur and elsewhere,” he said in a statement. BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi wave to their supporters at a public rally in Varanasi on 18 October, 2008.Reuters fileThe 85-year-old had moved to Kanpur in 2014 as Modi wanted to contest from Varanasi. Joshi won the Kanpur seat with a thumping majority. A report in the NDTV said Joshi held talks with senior Congress leaders. The report said the Congress asked the veteran leader to contest from Varanasi as the joint Opposition candidate.A thorn on Modi’s side?The report also says that Joshi is being persuaded by the leaders of Congress and other opposition parties to contest either from Varanasi or another BJP bastion. It also says that Joshi, feeling betrayed, is prepared to issue a public statement that condemns the Modi-Shah leadership of the BJP.There have been reports in the press for a long time that Joshi would be eased out in this election as he had caused considerable unease to the government and the party in his role as the chairman of the Standing Committee of Parliament on Estimates. In one of the reports of the high-powered panel, Joshi had underlined that the government’s defence spending as a percent of GDP was stuck at pre-1962 level, something that ran counter to the hyper nationalism pitch of the BJP and the government’s stated commitment to modernise the defence forces.last_img read more

One missing as vessels sink near Bhasanchar

first_imgTwo lighter vessels capsized in the Bay of Bengal near Bhasanchar of Noakhali in two separate incidents on Thursday, officials said.A sailor remained missing in one of the incidents. The name of the victim could not be known immediately.Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) officials said, one vessel named Khaja Baba Faridpuri laden with wheat left Chattogram for Narayanganj on Thursday morning. After several hours, the vessel ran aground while crossing Bhasanchar. It sank after the vessel developed a crack at its bottom and tilted towards one side. Out of 13 sailors, 12 were rescued by the members of Navy and Coast Guard.Another vessel named N Islam loaded with corn left Chattogram for Narayanganj. The vessel hit by another vessel capsized near Bhasanchar. Navy and Coast Guard men rescued all the 13 sailors of the vessel.last_img read more

Floods kill 6 people in Kurigram

first_imgSix people drowned in Ulipur and Roumari upazilas of Kurigram on Tuesday as the Brahmaputra and Dharla rivers continue to flow above the danger level, leaving thousands of people stranded, reports UNB.Manzil Haque, deputy-assistant director of Kurigram Fire Service and Civil Defence, said five people died after a boat sank at Natun Anantapur in Ulipur.The deceased are Runa Begum, 28, wife of Rezaul Islam, Rupa Moni, 8, daughter of Mohsin Ali; Sumon, 8, Ruku Moni, 8, and Hasibul Islam, 7, son of Aynal Haque.Besides, Saiful Islam, 25, from Roumari’s Kartimari area drowned after coming in contact with a live wire in the morning. His body was later recovered.According to the district control room, worsening floods and river erosion affected about 400,000 people until Tuesday.The Brahmmaputra and Dharla rivers were flowing 125cm and 117cm above the danger level respectively at Chilmari and Bridge points.Meanwhile, in Roumari upazila, 10 villages were flooded after the Wapda Dam in Kartimari Chaktabari area collapsed on Monday night.last_img read more

One killed three injured in two separate accidents

first_imgKolkata: One person was killed and three others injured in two separate road accidents in two different districts.The first incident took place near Berhampur in Murshidabad on Tuesday morning, when a motorcyclist was killed after being hit by a speeding truck. The victim has been identified as Surat Kumar Mondal (66), who was riding his motorcycle along National Highway 34. The accident occurred when he was crossing Bhagirathi Bridge. According to the police, the victim was going to Berhampur from the Gathla area of the district. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe truck, which was coming from the opposite direction, knocked him down. Local residents rushed the injured victim to a nearby hospital, where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. The incident caused traffic jam on National Highway 34 for some time in the morning. Police later brought the situation under control. The truck driver had fled from the spot along with the vehicle, immediately after the incident. Police are conducting raids to nab the driver. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn the other hand, three persons were injured in another accident that took place at Ashokenagar in North 24-Parganas on Tuesday morning. The victims were hit by a truck when they were crossing the road. Local residents staged a demonstration, protesting against the rash driving of vehicles in the area. A huge contingent of police swung into action to pacify the irate mob. Some local residents even engaged in heated altercations with the police. The demonstration lasted nearly four hours, paralysing traffic movement in the area completely. The agitation was later lifted, following intervention of senior police officials. All the injured victims were taken to a hospital in Habra, a few kilometres away from the spot. Two of the victims have reportedly received serious injuries in the accident. The truck driver had fled from the spot along with the vehicle, following the accident. Police have started a probe in this regard. Raids are being conducted to nab the absconding driver.last_img read more