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Auto, Taxi Corporations In Goa If AAP Voted To Power: Arvind Kejriwal – dot newz

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Arvind Kejriwal has hit out at the opposition Congress and the ruling BJP in Goa.

Panaji (Goa):

Stepping up AAP’s campaign in Goa, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress are spreading casteism and were talking of welfare of ”Bhandari Samaj” only for gaining votes in the assembly polls early next year.

Arvind Kejriwal interacted with taxi drivers at Vasco da Gama and said if AAP is voted to power in Goa, it will form a corporation to meet the needs of auto and taxi drivers.

He also said if a driver meets an accident, the government will bear the medical expenses.

AAP had reached out to auto drivers in a big way in Delhi also as it expanded its base in the national capital. Taxi and auto operators have a sizeable presence in Goa as it is a major tourist destination.

Delhi Chief Minister also hit out at the opposition Congress and the ruling BJP in the state.

“Congress and BJP are blaming me for spreading casteism in Goa. I want to say that in Goa, Bhandari Samaj has the largest population. Its population is more than 30 per cent,” he told reporters.

Kejriwal said the community has not due representation in the highest political office in the state.

“I am not doing casteism. Both these parties are doing casteism by using Bhandari Samaj only for votes,” he said.

He alleged that Congress and BJP were not serious about making Chief Minister from the Bhandari community.

“I felt agitated. What do Congress and BJP think…that they (Bhandari community) do not have talent…..and only they have talent?” he asked.

“What has the Bhandari Samaj not done for Goa? There are doctors, lawyers, pilots, engineers from Bhandari Samaj. They (opposition) only think that only Congress and BJP have talent. All sections have talent be it the Bhandari community, SC community, Brahmins. The next Chief Minister will be from Bhandari Samaj, who will not indulge in casteism but will work for all the sections of the society including the poor,” he added.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrived in Goa on Tuesday on a two-day visit. Former BJP leader Vishwajit K Rane joined the party in his presence on Tuesday.

Kejriwal addressed a public meeting at the Poriem Assembly constituency in North Goa yesterday.

He also spoke of AAP”s promise to provide 300 units of free electricity to every family in the state every month.

AAP is making a strong pitch to woo voters in Goa and has made several promises.

The party has decided to contest all 40 seats in the state assembly. It had performed poorly in the last polls, having lost its deposit on 38 of 39 seats it contested. (ANI)



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The Arab world is among Brazil’s most important trade partners.

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India surpassed Brazil in food exports to the League of Arab States for the first time in 15 years as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted trade flows in 2020, according to data provided by the Arab-Brazil Chamber of Commerce to Reuters on Tuesday.

The Arab world is among Brazil’s most important trade partners, but its distance from those markets took its toll as the pandemic rattled global logistics.

Brazil accounted for 8.15% of the total agribusiness products imported by the 22 League members last year, whereas India captured 8.25% of that trade, ending Brazil’s 15-year advantage, the data showed.

Despite remaining competitive “from the farm gate in,” Brazil lost ground to India and other exporters such as Turkey, the United States, France and Argentina amid a disruption of traditional shipping routes.

Brazilian shipments to Saudi Arabia that once took 30 days could now take up to 60 days, according to the Chamber, whereas India’s geographic advantages allow it to ship fruits, vegetables, sugar, grains and meat in as little as week.

Brazil’s agricultural exports to the Arab League rose just 1.4% by value to $8.17 billion last year. Between January and October this year, sales totaled $6.78 billion, up 5.5%, as logistics problems subsided, Chamber data showed.

China’s push to boost its own food inventories during the pandemic also diverted some of Brazil’s trade with the Arabs, leading countries such as Saudi Arabia to step up promotion of domestic food production, while seeking alternative suppliers.

“It’s a turning point. The Saudis are still big buyers, but they are also net re-exporters of food,” the Chamber said in a statement.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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“BJP Development? Coconut Breaks A Road Open!” Akhilesh Yadav Sneers – dot newz

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Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, ally Jayant Choudhary at his side, berated Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the BJP on multiple issues today — including development, which the ruling party placed front and centre of the coming election. “What infrastructure has the BJP created,” he questioned, citing a recent headline from Bijnore that has raised many a chuckle in the state.

“The older tradition was — hit the coconut on the road and the coconut breaks. The new tradition they have started is hit the coconut on ground and the ground must break,” he told NDTV, speaking on the sidelines of a rally in Mathura attended by thousands.

Suchi Mausam Chaudhary, the BJP MLA from Bijnor Sadar, was left furious earlier this month at the traditional inauguration when bits of a 7-km road, renovated at a cost of Rs 1.16 crore, came off when struck by a coconut.

Challengers to the BJP government which came to power in the state with a sweeping mandate, the two leaders made a prediction. “Looking at anger among the people, BJP can even lose 400 seats. They will be wiped out in the western UP,” Akhilesh Yadav said.

Their sharpest barbs were reserved for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

In his address, Mr Yadav had spoken of the BJP “misrule” in terms of jobs, education development and farmers’ issues. Asked about his remark that the “Baba (Yogi Adityanath) just sits in Gorakhpur and rings a bell (while all this is happennig),” and how it would be received by the state’s Hindu voters, Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary spoke up.

“Adityanath is not a symbol of Hindu unity, he can be questioned,” Mr Chaudhary said. “This is not an issue about Hindu pride but issues like unemployment. Adityanath said he will give 70 lakh jobs. Today, their own posters say they have given only four lakh jobs,” he added.

Akhilesh Yadav had other questions. “The Chief Minister should answer whether the man sitting in the jeep that mowed down farmers (in Lakhimpur Kheri) was the Union Home Minister’s son or not… Yogi must answer how many cases were against him that he removed himself after becoming the Chief Minister,” he added.



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Kishori Pednekar is the current Mayor of Mumbai. (File)

The Maharashtra State Commission for Women has asked the Mumbai police commissioner to submit a factual report about an alleged objectionable remark passed by BJP leader Ashish Shelar about mayor Kishori Pednekar in connection with the recent cylinder blast in Worli.

Taking to Twitter, the Commission’s chairperson Rupali Chakankar said “insulting” comments made about women by responsible public representatives “will not be tolerated”.

The Commission has, therefore, taken a “serious” note of the comment and asked the Mumbai police chief to submit a factual report in this connection, Ms Chakankar tweeted on Monday night.

In her letter to the police commissioner, Ms Chakankar claimed, “Shelar’s comment ”the Mumbai Mayor visited (those injured in the blast) after 72 hours of the incident, where were you (the mayor) sleeping for these many hours?” is being broadcast in the news media”.

“So, a factual report should be submitted in this connection as per section 12(2) and 12(3) of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women Act, 1993,” she said.

Three members of a family died after a gas cylinder exploded in their home in a chawl in Worli area of central Mumbai.

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