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#  Cong. in talks with BSP for M.P., Chhattisgarh

But discussions yet to begin in Rajasthan as the party not keen to cede much ground to a third player
Keen to end the BJP’s uninterrupted 15-year rule in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress is moving closer to sealing a deal with the Bahujan Samaj Party for the Assembly elections, scheduled to be held around November this year.

Senior Madhya Pradesh Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia are believed to be in touch with BSP chief Mayawati and senior BSP leader Satish Misra for a pre-poll pact. The BSP secured over 6% of the votes in the last Assembly polls in 2013. The Congress will look for a similar tie-up in neighbouring Chhattisgarh as well, scheduled to hold elections together with MP and Rajasthan.

Strong in Rajasthan

The party, however, may not be keen to cede much ground to a third player in Rajasthan as the Congress has won six of the eight by-polls held in the State since 2013 including two Lok Sabha seats — Ajmer and Alwar — in February this year.

“We are in dialogue with all like-minded parties and the ultimate objective is to form a people’s government in Madhya Pradesh that is committed to the upliftment of the farmers, youth, women and the marginalised sections,” Congress campaign chief Jyotiraditya Scindia told The Hindu .

Mr Scindia didn’t specify the contours of the dialogue but sources said it hasn’t yet reached the stage where Congress and the BSP have started discussing seats. In 2013 Asssembly elections, BSP won four seats but got 6.29% of the votes.

The Congress, on the other hand, managed to get 36.38% of the popular votes but won only 58 of the 230 seats in the State. If the vote shares of the Congress and BSP are added, then the combined vote share goes up to 42.67%, just about two percentage points lower than the BJP’s 2013 vote share.

Tribal ally

More importantly, Congress sources claim, a pre-poll alliance with non-BJP parties would have taken the Opposition’s tally over 100 seats and Congress alone would have won close to 90 seats. Hence the party is also in talks with the regional Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP) that can help the Congress consolidate its vote share in the State’s tribal belt.

#  KCR: Not deterred by reactionary forces

Telangana Formation Day celebrated
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said reactionary forces that created obstacles for separate Telangana continued to do so even now, but the government has proved that it can overcome them effortlessly as it was committed to its goals.

In his State Formation Day address after receiving the salute from police forces at Parade Grounds on Saturday, Mr. Rao talked about the conspiracies of the governments in the combined Andhra Pradesh to deny Telangana irrigation facilities. They started with selection of sites for construction of projects in a manner that inter-State disputes were inevitable. He said the TRS government reversed the trend and entered into an agreement with Maharashtra for construction of a project on lower Penganga, a tributary of Godavari.

#  Arbaaz admits role in IPL betting: police

Actor quizzed for around five hours
Actor Arbaaz Khan, during his questioning by the Anti Extortion Cell of the Thane Police Crime Branch, confessed that he had been an active better on cricket matches for several years, sources said on Saturday.

The actor was quizzed for around five hours in connection with the Indian Premier League betting racket busted last month. The Thane AEC has so far arrested seven persons in connection with the racket, including known bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Malad. Mr. Khan’s name came up during Mr. Jalan’s interrogation.

The police also found a picture of Mr. Khan along with Mr. Jalan and many other bookies on Mr. Jalan’s cell phone. “Mr. Khan admitted that he had been regularly placing bets on cricket matches for five to six years. Investigations also indicate that he lost around Rs. 2.80 crore on a bet that he placed in the recent IPL tournament,” an officer said.

Mr. Khan, who had been issued a summons, reached the AEC office in Thane around 11.10 a.m. on Saturday after which officers started making inquiries about his association with Mr. Jalan.

#  Prices rise as farmers strike

Two debt-ridden farmers from Madhya Pradesh committed suicide on Friday, drawing sharp attention to the ongoing agrarian crisis even as the farmers’ strike or ‘gaon bandh’ in northern and central States entered its second day.

Retail prices of vegetables shot up in some cities and fresh supply of farm produce was hit with a Left-affiliated body saying the stir would intensify from June 5.

In political reactions to the protest, BJP leaders on Saturday dismissed it as an unnecessary “media stunt” while Congress leaders spoke in solidarity with the farmers.

#  Aurobindo case papers fading away

Kolkata museum struggles to preserve rare documents about the freedom struggle
Rare documents about the freedom struggle are falling to pieces in a Kolkata museum due to continued neglect.

Exactly 110 years after the historic trial of eminent nationalist, poet, philosopher and spiritual figure Aurobindo Ghosh (popularly known as Sri Aurobindo) in the Alipore Bomb case, the documents related to the event are crumbling due to poor preservation.

The museum, located in the premises of the District Civil and Sessions Court at Alipore, has more than 50 legal documents on the freedom struggle. The Alipore Bomb case trial, which took place from May 1908 to May 1909, is an event of historical significance during which many young Bengali revolutionaries were charged with “waging war against the King”.

The documents are now kept on the ground floor of a two-storied building in the court premises, which also houses the office of the district judge of South 24 Paraganas. Apart from the Alipore case records, other documents include an arrest warrant against Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The museum, named Smaronio Bicchar Sangroho (Collection of Memorable Judicial Records), was established on August 15, 1998 and is administered by the Court.

Bulbs fight moisture

It consists of three rooms, including the court room where the trial of Sri Aurbindo was held. However, all the rooms are damp and poorly lit. The documents are in wooden cases with glass tops. Bulbs hung over them keep the dampness in check. A court official said that “it is not possible to save the documents from moisture with just bulbs.” The edges of several documents are badly crumpled and the date on the warrant against Netaji is barely visible. The sides of some pages of Aurobindo’s court statement have fallen off. The records of the attack on Writers Building in Central Kolkata’s Dalhousie on December 8, 1930 by freedom fighters Binoy Krishna Basu, Dinesh Gupta and Badal Gupta, are also not in good condition.

Rabindranath Samanta, district judge, South 24 Paraganas, said a request would be made to the State government for air-conditioning of the museum and digitisation of documents. As the museum is under the supervision of the Calcutta High Court, any request for funds from the State government has to be routed through the High Court.

#  PWD Secy. appointed as CMA member

The State government has nominated S.K. Prabakar, Principal Secretary, Public Works Department, as Tamil Nadu’s part-time member of the Cauvery Water Management Authority.

R. Senthil Kumar, Chief Engineer, Water Resources Department, Tiruchi region, has been nominated as a member of the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee. Mr. Prabakar’s nomination was conveyed by Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan to the Secretary, Union Ministry of Water Resources.

The CMA is being constituted pursuant to the notification of the Cauvery Water Management Scheme, 2018, by the Centre in the official gazette.

#  Mayawati vacates house

BSP president Mayawati on Saturday said she was vacating the portion of the 13-A Mall Avenue bungalow she occupied.

#  Discontent in Cong. over granting full term to HDK

Several Congress leaders are believed to have expressed discontent over AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka K.C. Venugopal’s declaration that H.D. Kumaraswamy will be the CM for five years. Congress’ M. Mallikarjun Kharge has criticised Mr. Venugopal’s decision of making the declaration during a press conference.

Source:- The Hindu

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