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Stop BJP, keep smiling, says Babbar

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00 Written by

Congress campaigner Raj Babbar mocked Narendra Modi’s programmes in Australia while attacking the BJP and urging Kashmiris to stop the party’s march. “I just want to say that he is dancing at a stadium in Australia when women are dying in Chhattisgarh,” he said of Modi.

He said the country is passing through a “tough phase”. “There are forces that have risen in New Delhi and want to bring disappointment to the smiling faces in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, the way they have done in Hindustan,” the actor-politician said while campaigning for candidate Imtiaz Parray at Hajin in north Kashmir. “Only your happy faces can stop the evil powers that have risen in Delhi.”

Around 5,000 people had assembled in the audience. Babbar, who was accompanied by Congress general secretary Moin-ul-Haq and state party president Saifuddin Soz, greeted them with a salaam. “With folded hands, I have come here to request you to press the button for the palm and give Imtiaz victory,” he said. “Please use your right index finger for prosperity, welfare and righteousness… I am happy about the enthusiasm in the youth here; they realise only the Congress can work for prosperity of the people of Kashmir.”

Soz told the gathering that the country is being run by the RSS, not the BJP. “Through newspapers it is being said that the BJP will win 44 seats, and now 50,” he said. “I am saying with full assurance that Kashmir will not let Modi win any seat here.”

Mamata invites President Pranab Mukherjee for industry meet

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00 Written by

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday evening to invite him for an industry meet in the state in January. She earlier invited Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the event when she visited him on Monday evening.

“I have invited Arunji because he is the Finance Minister of the country. I am meeting the President to invite him for BengalLeads. Investors from across the world will come to the event,” Banerjee said. She also met home minister Rajnath Singh in what Trinamool sources described as a “courtesy visit”.

She, however, gave the international conference on Jawaharlal Nehru organised by the Congress a miss. Tuesday was the second and the last day of the conference. During an informal interaction with journalists, Banerjee made light of the Swachh Bharat Mission and the Adarsh Gram scheme under which MPs are adopting villages as a “rehash of old schemes”.

Stability of Fadnavis govt not our responsibility: NCP

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00 Written by

NCP chief Sharad Pawar tells cadres to prepare for mid-term polls.

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