Ahmed Patel confident of victory ahead of Gujarat RS Polls

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India] August 7 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who is contesting for a Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat, on Monday said that he trusts his party MLAs commitment, adding he will definitely win the elections by defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).


“I trust my MLAs completely. Our MLAs are very committed as they did not leave even their homes on the occasion of Rakshabandhan, although we were keen to make every possible arrangement. They are not ready to go anywhere because they want to cast their votes first. I am going to win and BJP’s one candidate will lose,” Patel told media here.


He added that the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has also announced its support towards him.


“The BJP not only wants a Congress free India, but they want to remove the SC and ST reservations and wants a minority free House,” Patel said.


Meanwhile, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday said that it will support Congress in the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat.


Speaking to ANI, NCP leader Majeed Memon said their party president Sharad Pawar has made it extremely loud and clear that they are going to support Congress candidate Ahmed Patel, who is contesting for a Rajya Sabha seat.


However, earlier in the day, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani expressed confidence that the BJP will win all three seats and Congress’ Ahmed Patel will lose in the upcoming Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections.


“The BJP will win three seats and Ahmed Patel will definitely lose,” he told the media here.


He further said that at a time when people are dying due to floods, the Congress MLAs are hiding in resort.


At least 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs were camping at a resort in Bengaluru since July 29 to prevent their possible poaching by the ruling BJP ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections.


“People are dying in flood and MLAs are enjoying in resort. Their (Congress) MLAs are not under their control. They don’t trust them,” he added.


All the Gujarat Congress MLAs returned back to the state earlier in the day.


All the MLAs were holed in to Bengaluru’s Eagleton Resort, after six of the Gujarat Congress MLAs quit the party and joined the BJP.


As soon as the MLAs landed at the state capital they were taken to the Neejanand Resort in Gujarat’s Anand district, located 77 km from Ahmedabad.


The Gujarat Rajya Sabha election is slated to be held tomorrow for three seats.


The BJP has fielded party president Amit Shah, Union Minister Smriti Irani and Balwantsinh Rajput against Congress’ Ahmed Patel. (ANI)

BJP will form govt. in Tripura in 2018: Dharmendra Pradhan


Agartala (Tripura) [India] August 7 (ANI): Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday informed that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Congress MLAs are joining the saffron party, adding that Tripura will be headed by a BJP Chief Minister in 2018.


“They are joining my party, a strengthened party in Tripura. It is very clear that next party in Tripura will be headed by a BJP Chief Minister,” Pradhan told media here.


Meanwhile, TMC MLA Sudip Roy Barman said that his party was searching for a platform from where they can give a solid fight to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM), thereby defeating and uprooting it form the government.


“We have been observing the BJP since a long time, their natural leadership and the central government. We thought for the greatest interest of the people of state that the BJP has given a platform to fight the CPM in Tripura,” he said.


“Therefore, we have preferred to join the BJP. There will be heavyweight leaders of West Bengal also joining our footsteps and within few months they will also join the BJP to dislodge the communist forces in West Bengal as well,” Barman added.


Former leader of the opposition and Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath said that the BJP has no link with the CPM at any level and they would work together to eradicate CPM from the state.


Nath is also set to join the BJP but it may get delayed for some time due to legal issues.


Less than seven months from assembly elections in Left-dominated Tripura, the BJP is set to become the main opposition party in the state with six members of legislative assembly (MLAs) of TMC expected to formally join the BJP today.


The development is politically significant because the BJP has never won an assembly seat in Tripura, whose politics is dominated by Manik Sarkar-led CPM.


The BJP has seen a recent surge in support in the North East, after winning elections in Assam and forming governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, it wants to establish a strong presence in Tripura as well.


Currently, the ruling CPM has 50 seats in the assembly and its ally, the Communist Party of India (CPI) one seat. (ANI)

Kerala Govt. needs to discipline its own cadres: Jaitley

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India] August 6 (ANI): Condemning attacks on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) members in Kerala, Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that the state government needs to have a hold on its own cadres rather than letting them loose on the opposition party leaders.


“This sort of attacks on political leaders has never happened in the past. Political will and determination by the state government is needed to discipline its own cadres rather than let them loose on political opponents. It is predominantly state government’s responsibility to ensure peace restoration,” Jaitley said while addressing a press conference here.


He added that the kinds of wounds inflicted on RSS activist Rajesh Edavakode would have embarrassed even terrorists.


“I had, since this morning, the opportunity of meeting a large number of victims of violence which has been going on in the state for the last several months. I must say that what, I have heard and seen, saddens me immensely as it should sadden and disturb every Indian. The state of Kerala and its people have a huge potential. Therefore the state needs peace, it deserves a peaceful environment and it deserves civility,” Jaitley asserted.


The Union Minister further said that in an environment of violence, people suffer, economy suffers, investment suffers and obviously the atmosphere of democracy suffers.


“I pray that this environment doesn’t continue for long and hope that the state government takes action against recurrence of any such incident. It is sad that every time Left Democratic Front (LDF) is in power, incidents of violence increase. You witness political opponents being killed,” Jaitley added.


Jaitley, earlier in the day, met the grieving family members of RSS worker Rajesh Edavakode, who was killed during political clash in Kozhikode.


A series of clashes between CPM and BJP-RSS activists had rocked Thiruvananthapuram last month in which the 34-year-old RSS worker was murdered in Kozhikode.


Earlier, the RSS urged the central and state government to take strict action towards bringing this series of murders to an end in Kerala.


“Centre must intervene in state sponsored violence in Kerala,” said RSS Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale


RSS also passed a resolution in RSS Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal meet regarding these attacks on the RSS by CPM cadres in the state.


Eight suspects were detained in connection with the murder.


Earlier, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condemned the murder and called for an all-party meeting on August 6 regarding the same.


He said that party offices and workers’ houses can’t be attacked and political parties should be more vigilant and ask workers to keep away from such incidents.


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had called on Vijayan to nab the perpetrators and bring them to justice expeditiously.


He even requested the Chief Minister to curb the political violence in the state and said, “I expect that the political violence in Kerala is curbed and that the perpetrators are brought to justice expeditiously.”


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on July 4 issued notice to the Kerala Government over growing incidents of political violence in the state and sought a report on the issue within four weeks.


The Commission also asked the state Chief Secretary and Director General of Police to take effective measures to stop such incidents. (ANI)