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After bonhomie in Lahore, PM Modi and Nawaz Sharif to meet in Washington?

The first visit by an Indian premier in 11 years marked another step forward by the two countries in their efforts to put on an even keel in their ties which was going through a chill until recently. Modi also attended a marriage function of Sharif’s grand-daughter Mehrun Nisa (who is the daughter of Mariam Nawaz Sharif) at the latter’s Raiwind home on the outskirts of Lahore.

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‘What’s use of talks, if Pakistan artists not allowed to perform?’ asks Sitaram Yechury

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West Bengal Elections 2016: Alliance with Congress on cards, hint Left leaders

The Kolkata Plenum began on Sunday with the a public meeting at the Brigade Parade Grounds and will end on December 31.

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Congress says ‘odd-even’ scheme a Muhammad Tuglaq-like act from Kejriwal

“Odd and Even ways !! Creating parallel lists of exemption, is complete hypocrisy. If a law is implemented in the interest of the people, we all must adhere, and not be VIPs,” he said in his Facebook post.
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Formulate common population policy, redefine minority: Union Minister Giriraj Singh

The party (Congress) held Parliament “hostage” and tried to block the Narendra Modi’s efforts to put the country on the fast track of development, he said.

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Women outnumber men for PG, M Phil courses

The survey data, which was released recently, also says the highest number of students enrolled for undergraduate courses. Out of the total students, 79.9% students are enrolled at the undergraduate level, the survey report said, while only 11.45% of the students were enrolled at Post Graduate level.

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Air India may seek 65-70 crore compensation from Jet Airways for Kolkata mishap

Based on reports, the legal notice for recovery of losses will be sent, they said adding “preliminary assessment suggests it should be to the tune of Rs 65-70 crore.” Alliance Air operates 32 flights per day to 29 regional routes including Agatti, Bhuj, Car Nicobar, Dehradun, Diu, Dharamshala, Durgapur, Kullu, Pantnagar, Port Blair, Rajkot, Shillong, Silchar, Surat, Vijayawada, Vizag and Tezpur from its bases across Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

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Forward Bloc against Left Front-Congress alliance in Bengal

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The AIFB’s decision comes in the midst of reports that a large section of state Congress leaders are favourable to an alliance with the CPI(M)-led Left Front in order to oust the
ruling TMC from power

CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury is keeping his options open so far

Amidst speculation of a CPI(M)-Congress alliance before next year’s Assembly election in West Bengal, the All India Forward Bloc, a constituent of the Left Front, today said it was not in favour of aligningwith the Congress to oust the ruling Trinamool Congress from power.The AIFB’s decision comes in the midst of reports that a large section of state Congress leaders are favourable to an alliance with the CPI(M)-led Left Front in order to oust theruling TMC from power. “We feel both BJP and Congress are capitalist forces. We should maintain a equi-distance from both these parties. Our party’s stand is clear. We are not in favour of aligningwith the Congress in order to take on the TMC in West Bengal.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Left will alone take on the ruling party,” AIFB general secretary Debabrata Biswas told PTI. Biswas said that the CPI(M) in its party congress has decided to maintain equi-distance from the BJP and the Congress, wondering what prompted to backtrack from thatdecision.”The Left Front is not a regional force. If there is an alliance with the Congress in Bengal, what will happen in Kerala and Tripura where Congress is our main opposition?”Biswas wanted to know. Asked if the AIFB would walk out of the Left Front in the event of the CPI(M) going in for the alliance, Biswas said, “This is a hypothetical question. It can’t be answeredthis way.”CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury earlier this month had said, “The question will come in January. We will tell you. Right now we are involved in struggles and party’sorganisational activities and our upcoming Plenum session.”

New law will keep children and women safe in the future: Reactions to the Juvenile Justice Bill

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Arunachal governor issue stalls Rajya Sabha

The deputy chairman P J Kurien refused to take up the matter saying that role of Governor cannot be taken up by the house unless there is a substantive motion.

On the sixth consecutive day, the upper house got drowned in the din repeatedly and adjourned without conducting any legislative business on the issue of Arunachal governor with Congress alleging why the state assembly’s session was called again in December without taking council of ministers in confidence when it was adjourned till January.The deputy chairman P J Kurien refused to take up the matter saying that role of Governor cannot be taken up by the house unless there is a substantive motion.The Congress got the support of Left parties with CPM member Sitaram Yechury asserting that what was sought to be discussed is the Governor’s action concerning the Legislature. And besides that he CPI(M) has moved a substantive motion too.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>But before the House adjourned on the issue, as a saving grace it took up the matter and discussed tabling supplementary list of business announcing the seventh hike in the Central Excise Duty on petrol and diesel.Raisin the issue, Anand Sharma of Congress questioned the rationale of the hike when international prices of both commodities are on a rapid decline.”When this Government assumed office, the price of crude was around 111 dollars per barrel. Yesterday, the price has fallen to 35 dollars per barrel. In the last financial year, 88 billion US dollars has been the saving on the oil import bill. Petrol was selling, in May last year, in Delhi at Rs 71 and diesel at Rs 63 per litre, when the international price was 110 dollars. Today, the international price is 35 dollars and you are selling the petrol at Rs. 65.You are profiteering,” charged Sharma.Alleging that Modi government has not transferred the benefit of the decline to the people, Sharma retorted, “Are these the ‘Ache Din’ that your Government and the Prime Minister had promised? This is the question. It is also about the fiscal mismanagement. They are trying to save this money to cover up where they have failed.”Sharma also questioned the rationale of supplementary demand to raise Rs 2,300 crore for the ministry of external affairs to be spent for the foreign missions.”Whereas, the Annual Budget of that Ministry has never been more than Rs 3,000 crore or around Rs 3,200-3,300 crore. So, this is profligacy. You need to explain for what purpose you need this extra money to be spent by the foreign missions and that for the visits of the Prime Minister and the profligacy,” said Sharma.The issue was joined in by MPs from CPM, CPI, SP and TMC etc.Responding finance minister, Arun Jaitley explained that one part of the fall in oil prices as a part of proper economic and fiscal planning goes to the consumer; the second part is going to developmental activities, particularly national highways and rural roads, the third part is being consumed by the States by way of VAT. And the fourth part, goes to the oil companies for the reason that when oil companies make international purchases against future purchases, they suffer a huge loss.

Centre pulls out all stops, Narendra Modi speaks to Jayalalithaa

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the situation along with his senior cabinet colleagues and spoke to Tami Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa offering all possible help.

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Worsening human tragedy due to unprecedented floods in Tamil Nadu found strong resonance in the national capital on Wednesday with Centre reviewing it at several levels and both the houses of parliament showing rare camaraderie to speak in unison to provide all possible help to the affected.Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the situation along with his senior cabinet colleagues and spoke to Tami Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa offering all possible help.In the Rajya Sabha, warring Congress and BJP decided to stop their squabble on a controversy related to Kumari Selja’s visit to a temple in Dwarka till Thursday and discuss ways to help Tamil Nadu when parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu sought house to focus on floods.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leader of the opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad of Congress associated himself with CPM leader Sitaram Yechury suggestion to provide assistance to Tamil Nadu government from MPLAD funds.The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met early in the day under the chairmanship of cabinet secretary P K Sinha to review the situation in detail that according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast can deteriorate further as rains are expected to lash Chennai and surrounding areas for the next four days.The floods have also affected several parts of Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry and can be a bigger disaster than expected earlier, said an official of the national disaster management authority (NDMA) .

GST Bill is ‘in interests of the nation’, says PM Modi, appeals to Opposition leaders to help pass it

New Delhi: Appealing to the Opposition for cooperation on the eve of the Winter Session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made a strong pitch for early passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), saying it will be in the interests of the nation.

Modi, who made a brief appearance at the all-party meeting hosted by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, assured the Opposition leaders that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will talk to them to address their concerns, if any, on the key reform measure.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the all party meeting that Goods and Services Tax (GST) legislation is in the interests of nation and the Finance Minister will speak to parties concerned to address their doubts on it,” Naidu said after the meeting.

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Modi also said Parliament should run meaningfuly with the cooperation of all so as to fulfil the expectations of the people.

Significantly, the JD(U) also backed the GST with party president Sharad Yadav announcing support of his party for the measure after the all-party meeting.

CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury, however, said that the Centre should hold talks with states on the issue of GST in view of the fact that they will lose all legislative power on tax matters once GST comes into force.

He regretted that such talks have not been held despite repeated pleas for the same by the Left parties.

The prime minister also said that Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, who has held talks with leaders of various parties, may talk to them further on the issue of India’s stand on the resolution on the climate change issue and anyone can given suggestions for two more days.

Amid indications of a tough session ahead, senior ministers had on Tuesday huddled to chalk out the strategy and work out floor coordination plans while parties like Congress, JD(U) and CPI-M made their intent clear, deciding to give notices for debate on the issue of intolerance and attacking the government on the key reform measure of GST.

NDA ministers had discussed legislative proposals to be brought before consideration of both the Houses of Parliament which include three bills relating to replacement of ordinances; GST Bill; and the Real Estate Regulation Bill.

The ministers also discussed recent incidents like the lynching of a Muslim man in Dadri and the murder of rationalist MM Kalburgi based on which a campaign alleging rising intolerance is on.

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People and party will decide on whether to contest: CPI(M) leader VS Achuthanandan

Earlier, CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran had stated that Achuthanandan should lead the Left Front during the assembly polls and it will do good for the Front, which has not been taken kindly by the Marxist party.

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Veteran CPI(M) leader VS Achuthanandan on Sunday said it was for the people and party to decide whether he should contest in the assembly polls to be held next year.”Whether I should contest or not, it will be as per the wish of the people and parties (of the Left Front), a beaming Achuthanandan told reporters here. Asked who will lead the Left Front in the polls, 92-year-old Achuthanandan, leader of the opposition in the assembly, said “who will lead the Front? People and prasthanam (party) will decide”, he said giving enough hints that he would be very much in the fray.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Achuthanandan, who led the LDF campaign in the recently held local body polls in which the CPI(M) headed front had emerged victorious giving a drubbing to the ruling Congress led UDF, had once again proved that he was the leader of the masses. The veteran leader’s remarks comes close on the heels of CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury hailing Achuthanandan’s contribution to the party saying “it is something our generation should learn from him”. The party had not yet fixed a retirement age, he had said in Delhi recently.Earlier, CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran had stated that Achuthanandan should lead the Left Front during the assembly polls and it will do good for the Front, which has not been taken kindly by the Marxist party. CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said in Kozikode today that coalition partners should give the party freedom to choose their candidates.CPI(M) state committee will decide who will contest the polls, he said. CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and former state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, an Achuthanandan beta noire, who stepped down after completing three consecutive terms in the party, is widely speculated to lead the Front in the assembly elections.

West Bengal: Yechury says assault on journalists cold blooded murder of democracy, demands fresh civic polls

Sporadic violence and assaults on journalists on Saturday marred elections to two municipal corporations in West Bengal even as over 70 per cent people cast their votes.

Sporadic violence and assaults on journalists on Saturday marred elections to two municipal corporations (File Photo)

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Lambasting the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal over violence in Municipal elections, CPI-M on Saturday said it was a “cold blooded murder of democracy” and called for fresh elections to the two Municipal Corporations monitored by Central forces. “Today in the Bengal elections media too has been roundly attacked by the Trinamool Congress. It is a cold blooded murder of democracy in West Bengal. And in the interest of democracy, there should be fresh elections monitored by Central forces. Otherwise, the process of restoring democracy and rule of law in Bengal is in danger,” CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said when asked to comment about about violence in municipal polls and assaults on journalists.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sporadic violence and assaults on journalists on Saturday marred elections to two municipal corporations in West Bengal even as over 70 per cent people cast their votes. “The voter turnout till 5 pm in Bidhanngar and Asansol was 71 per cent. We have received complaints of violence, rigging and malpractices from both places. We are looking into those complaints and will decide the course of action,” State Election Commissioner S R Upadhaya said. The election to Bally under Howrah Municipal Corporation and Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad passed off peacefully, he said.Rubbishing opposition allegations that rulingTrinamool Congress had used outsiders to unleash violence in Bidhannagar and Asansol, senior ruling party leader and state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said “The opposition parties have tried to create violence during the elections. As the ruling party why should we create violence? We want to categorically state that in Bengal rule of the law has been established under Mamata Banerjee.” Several journalists of various media houses were assaulted while covering the elections in the Bidhannagar.Senior CPI-M leader Gautam Deb announced that the Left Front has called a 12-hour bandh at Rajarhat-Bidhannagar area on Monday in protest against the alleged malpractices and violence.

Families of farmers who committed suicide protested against Centre

Though the farmer unions that organised the dharna invited all political parties, in the hope of abroad based movement, only members of the left, such Sitaram Yechury, Hannan Molla, Tapan Sen showed up.

Bereaved families of farmers who had committed suicide assembled at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi, for a two-day dharna protesting against the government policies causing a crisis in agriculture. Some 150 families from Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, West Bengal, Punjab, held a demonstration, trying to make their voices heard in Parliament.Though the farmer unions that organised the dharna invited all political parties, in the hope of abroad based movement, only members of the left, such Sitaram Yechury, Hannan Molla, Tapan Sen showed up. The Congress, which had put its full weight behind the farmers’ movement opposing the amended land bill, was noticeably absent, as it has formed governments in states where suicides are all too rampant.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Congress and BJP are two sides of the same coin, both pursue the neo-liberal economic policies that harm farmers, tenant farmers and land labourers,” said Yashwant, a member of the Karnataka chapter of the All India Kisan Sabha, one of the organisers. Yashwant added that in 45 days along, from June to August, Congress ruled Karnataka has seen some 230 suicides.The gathering was addressed by the daughter and the father of the Gajendra Singh, the farmer from Dausa, Rajasthan, who had allegedly committed suicide at the same spot, at an Aam Aadmi Party rally in April. They exhorted the crowd to unify in their struggle against the harsh government policies.As Vijoo Krishnan, joint secretary of AIKS said, governments and political parties only talked about compensation and loan waivers, not the actual economic policy that favoured capitalist corporates over farmers. He talked about a government circular, issued soon after the NDA came to power, telling states to not fix the cost of any agricultural product. According to Krishnan, the circular stated that the centre would fix the minimum support price.If states were to go over that, the centre would not procure from them. The entire burden would be placed on the state alone. “Kerela used to give an MSP of Rs1900 per quintal of paddy, for example. Now the centre has fixed it at Rs1400,” said Krishnan. The centre claimed in the circular that high MSPs were “distorting the market”.For now, farmers sell products for prices lower than the basic cost of cultivation. Unable to recover that cost, their debts become loans, loans accumulate to such an extent that many kill themselves out of desperation.TC Soumya, a young widow from Mandya, Karnataka is left fending for herself, two children aged 7 and 5, as her husband, 37-year old Shivalinge Gowda committed suicide after his bank demanded payment of Rs4.25 lakh.His payments from last years sugar cane crops had not come through, the price of silk cocoons from his sericulture venture had fallen by 70%, there was pressure from moneylenders. Left with a debt of Rs6 lakh and no proper remuneration for his crops, he jumped in his own open irrigation well.The gathered crowd demanded a minimum compensation of Rs10 lakh for the families, as well as waiving the loans they now had to deal with. Most importantly they asked for a MSP of cost+50%, as laid down by the Swaminathan report, and procurement centres in all areas.All these demands are geared towards a support structure for farmers of all categories, which, according to Krishnan, have been dismantled. Post this two day dharna, these unions plan to spread their campaign to different states, as that is where is the struggle lies.

CPI(M) questions Naga Peace Accord, asks what were the terms and conditions

Yes, the news was shared with us after the accord was signed. But how can we react if we do not know anything about it? What were the terms and conditions he questioned.

File Photo: Narendra Modi has announced the signing of an accord between the National Socialist Council of Nagaland

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday agreed with Congress stand on the Naga peace accord that it was historic, but unacceptable. He said that the accord should have been made after more discussions and consultations.No accord can be made over night, he said to ANI here. There should have been more discussions. The central govt needs to work together on important matters like this.Yes, the news was shared with us after the accord was signed. But how can we react if we do not know anything about it What were the terms and conditions he questioned.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a historic move, the central government and the NSCN-IM signed the Naga Peace Accord settling an almost 20-year-old peace negotiation process that started in 1997 after the ceasefire agreement was signed by the group.Congress chief Sonia Gandhi slammed the accord saying, “The Prime Minister did not even think of taking into confidence our Chief Minister of Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh who are directly affected. We’re actually shocked, that he didn’t even think of taking into confidence our CMs.”

Former PM Deve Gowda begins hunger strike on farmers’ suicide issue

Stressing that it is the beginning of a struggle, he expressed concern over the death of thousands of farmers in the country.

Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Monday began a hunger strike here demanding discussion in Parliament on the farmers’ suicide in the country.Flanked by party MPs, MLAs, and Samajwadi Party supporters at Jantar Mantar here, the JD(S) leader said that his hunger strike will continue till a discussion takes place on the issue of farmers’ suicide in Parliament. Asked about Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh’s reply in Parliament on farmers’ suicide, he said it was the worst statement made by the Agriculture Minister.”It is one of the worst statements made by the Agriculture Minister. It is unbecoming of the Agriculture Minister at the national level. I am so sorry, how Prime Minister Narendra Modi tolerated this type of statement,” Gowda said adding that it should be condemned. Stressing that it is the beginning of a struggle, he expressed concern over the death of thousands of farmers in the country.”In particular, 16 farmers are committing suicide in Karnataka everyday. Even today nine farmers died,” Gowda said, SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, CPI(M)leader Sitaram Yechury, JD(U) Sharad Yadav, CPI leader D Raja have extended their support to the hunger strike. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Yakub Memon helped Indian agencies, hence should not be hanged: Sitaram Yechury

Meanwhile, a petition endorsed by eminent jurists, the Members of Parliament, leaders of political parties, eminent individuals from different walks of life has been submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee requesting him to consider the mercy plea against the execution of Yakub Memon’s death sentence.
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The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Sunday opposed the death penalty awarded to 1993 Bombay blasts convict Yakub Memon, saying that the latter had helped the Indian agencies.”CPI (M) in principle opposes capital punishment to Yakub Memon and others…Yakub Memon helped Indian agencies, he should not be given capital punishment,” CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury told ANI.He further said, “As far as Yakub Memon is concerned CPI (M) considers he is part of conspiracy of Bombay blast and he should be punished. There is no question of any exoneration of his crime. CPI(M) has taken a position that death penalty be abolished in India. We want all death penalty issue should be converted into life imprisonment.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, a petition endorsed by eminent jurists, the Members of Parliament, leaders of political parties, eminent individuals from different walks of life has been submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee requesting him to consider the mercy plea against the execution of Yakub Memon’s death sentence.Yakub Memon has been sentenced to death for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.The Supreme Court had earlier this week rejected his last-minute appeal and upheld his hanging for July 30.

Congress claims govt tarnishing India’s image by claiming Dawood location unknown

Congress today charged the Narendra Modi government with tarnishing India’s image by saying that the location of Dawood Ibrahim was not known, even when successive governments have maintained that the underworld don lived in Pakistan.

Congress today charged the Narendra Modi government with tarnishing India’s image by saying that the location of Dawood Ibrahim was not known, even when successive governments have maintained that the underworld don lived in Pakistan.Opposition parties also sought a statement from the Home Minister on the issue, which the government agreed.Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the enquiry in 1993 Bombay blasts had established that Dawood was the culprit.In the last 20-22 years, he said the stand of the successive governments, whether that of “Atal or Congress” or any other party has been that Dawood lives in Pakistan.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Our intelligence agencies have knowledge about his residence and location. We expect the same (stand) from this government. We profusely regret this (that government does not know location of Dawood). This (statement) has maligned the image of the country as never before,” he said.Maintaining that on several occasions India has given proof to Pakistan of Dawood’s involvement, Azad demanded a statement from the Home Minister on the issue.The senior Congress leader said during the last general election campaign the UPA government used to be blamed for not being able to get Dawood back from Pakistan.CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury also demanded a statement from the Home Minister on the matter.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi assured the House that the Home Minister will make a statement.In a written statement in Lok Sabha yesterday, the Centre had said the location of Dawood Ibrahim was not known to the government and once he is located, his extradition process will be initiated.However, later Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the underworld don lives in Pakistan and the Centre would continue to pursue the case very seriously.The name of Dawood, who is wanted in connection with 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, figures in almost all the dossiers that have been handed over to Pakistan since the NDA rule in early 2000.Dawood, who has been listed as Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the United States for his alleged links with al Qaeda terror group, vanished from Mumbai between 1992-93 and settled in a Gulf country.The CBI has alleged that he conspired with the ISI to carry out the serial blasts in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed and property worth Rs 32 crore damaged.

CPM’s Yechury succeeds Karat, Pillai pulls out of race

Yechury could also kindle hope for a badly battered and bruised CPM in West Bengal as he is capable of forging alliance with the Congress in West Bengal.

Battling hard to retain its base let alone spread wings, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) on Sunday chose a Sitaram Yechury as the new general secretary on the final day of its party congress.Yechury’s name was proposed by the outgoing general secretary, Prakash Karat, a veteran of three terms, and seconded by SR Pillai, who pulled out of the race in the last leg to allow Yechury to be the unanimous candidate.The CPM also named a new central committee, its highest executive body, of 91 members, besides naming five special invitees and five permanent invitees, which then elected Yechury as its fifth general secretary in 50 years of history.Veteran leaders VS Achuthanandan, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and Nirupam Sen were dropped from the central committee.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The central committee unanimously chose Sitaram Yechury as our new general secretary,” Karat said.Addressing the CPM meet in Visakhapatnam, Yechury, after getting elected as the general secretary, said this is the congress of future, future of our party and our country.”Our task is to strengthen unity of Left and democratic forces. The unmistakable conclusion of this congress is that the crisis in capitalism continues to deepen in the world. There is no alternative except to strengthen the struggle for socialism. If there is any future for human civilisation, that future lies in socialism,” said 62 year old Yechury, an alumni of St Stephen’s College and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).”He is capable of swinging the tide in the current scenario as he among those few who are not bogged down by the dogma and can even talk with ease with the corporate,” said a senior party functionary.Yechury could also kindle hope for a badly battered and bruised CPM in West Bengal as he is capable of forging alliance with the Congress in West Bengal.Some leaders from other Left parties feel that Yechury has the capability to consolidate anti-communal forces as he is at ease with most opposition party leaders and has a knack like Harkishan Singh Surjeet to bring all together on a single platform.Yechury also indicated this when he said, “The Modi government has unleashed a new trimurti -communalism, neoliberal economic policies and erosion of democratic practises. We must ensure that this trimurti unleashed by the Modi government doesn’t convert into a trishul that will pierce the heart of India.””It would be interesting to see how the CPM changes its course and at the same time manages to keep its internal disquiet in check,” said a CPI leader. Tough timesYechury’s anointment comes at a juncture when the party is going through a torrid phase of political crisis because of fast eroding mass and electoral base, and highly reduced traction of the youth towards its policies. Party sources said that Yechury is not considered to be a classical Marxist but a liberal and hence would not have been found worthy for the post had the party been in a stronger position or not suffering from a sense of despondency.

Suspended TMC MLA attends RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s programme

Stoking controversy by attending a programme where RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was the chief guest, suspended TMC MLA Swapan Kanti Ghosh on Wednesday asserted there was no such political whip that he could not attend programs where opposition leaders were present.

Stoking controversy by attending a programme where RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was the chief guest, suspended TMC MLA Swapan Kanti Ghosh on Wednesday asserted there was no such political whip that he could not attend programs where opposition leaders were present.”I have come here to listen to the lecture of Professor Dinanath Batra on education system. I was not aware that Mohan Bhagwat was present at the programme. Even if he is present what is the harm in my attending the programme,” Ghosh told reporters in Kolkata.Ghosh was recently suspended from the party for making anti-party statements. “I can even attend programs where CPI(M) leaders Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat are present. There is no such political whip which bars me from attending these programmes,” Ghosh said.

Something ‘fishy’ about BJD supporting coal auctioning: Yechury

Senior CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said there was something ‘fishy’ about BJD supporting MMDR (Amendment) Bill in Parliament and the auctioning of coal after earlier being opposed to both.

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Senior CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday said there was something ‘fishy’ about BJD supporting MMDR (Amendment) Bill in Parliament and the auctioning of coal after earlier being opposed to both. It was surprising that BJD supported the measures despite knowing that Odisha was bound to lose by the present coal auctioning route, Yechury alleged. Talking to reporters, he said, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had earlier opposed the bill, saying that Odisha would lose considerably if coal auctioning took place. Patnaik had even written a letter to the Prime Minister in this regard, he said and wondered why and under what circumstances BJD changed its position. “BJD’s action shows there is something fishy,” the CPI-M leader said. Yechury’s remarks came hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a meeting in Rourkela, thanked Naveen Patnaik for supporting MMDR (Amendment) Bill in Parliament. Yechury, however, claimed that mineral rich states would not get proper benefit from the present route of auctioning. The state is set to earn only around Rs 19,000 crore by reverse auctioning of Mandakini and Utkal C coal blocks in Odisha, he claimed, adding if positive auctioning had been opted, it would have gained Rs 2,00,000 crore. Slamming Odisha Government for high power tariff rates in the state, the CPI-M leader said the Naveen Patnaik government should give an explanation regarding the tariff structure. While power tariff up to 400 units in coal rich Odisha is Rs 3.68, per unit of electricity in the same range is only Rs 2.24, he said. Stating that Odisha would have benefited immensely through value addition, Yechury said private companies are set to make huge profits from the reverse auction route. On the Land Acquisition Bill, the CPI-M leader said the bill did not get through Rajya Sabha due to opposition from around 40 political parties. Though BJD also opposed the bill, it would not be surprising if the regional party took a u-turn as it did in case of coal auctioning, he said. Also Read: Babri Masjid demolition case: Sitaram Yechury lauds SC notice to Advani

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