Former Union Minister and parliamentarian Sharad Yadav on Sunday announced that his political front Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) had merged with the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) amid speculation that Lalu may send him to the Rajya Sabha on RJD’s symbol. The tenure of five members of Rajya Sabha from Bihar will complete in June this year.
“The merger of our party with the RJD is the first step towards opposition unity. It’s imperative that the whole opposition gets united across India to defeat the BJP. As of now, unification is our priority, it’ll be only after that we will think about who’ll lead the united opposition,” Sharad Yadav said.
The two leaders were seen as rivals in the politics of cow belt since the late 1990s and faced each other in the Lok Sabha elections from Madhepura seat in Bihar. In the run-up to the merger, Sharad Yadav claimed that both the leaders were working behind the scenes for a few months to create a larger socialist bloc for the 2024 general elections.
Yadav added: “This step (merger) has been necessitated as an initiative of my regular efforts for bringing together the scattered Janata Dal parivar in view of the current political situation in the country.”
Political analysts and observers feel that it’s just an attempt by both leaders to show unity and nothing much. “The era of so-called Mandal politics has ended now. No social group in Bihar or Uttar Pradesh is going to accept the leadership of the dominant Yadav community. We have seen the results of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Assembly polls in the last one-and-a-half years. Lalu Yadav will use Sharad Yadav. I don’t think, RJD would have forgotten that it was Sharad Yadav who played an important role in fodder scam cases against Lalu,” said Binod Kumar Choudhary, a social scientist based in Patna.
Sharad Yadav, who first fought the 1974 by-election from Jabalpur Lok Sabha segment in Madhya Pradesh as the candidate of Jai Prakash Narayan, had shifted his political loyalties many times in his 48-year-old career.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav welcomed the move and urged all the opposition parties in the country to stand united, adding that it is imperative for the Opposition to prioritize unification to defeat the BJP.
Tejashwi said: “The decision (merging of LJD into RJD) taken by Sharad Yadav was the demand of the people. It has given a message to other opposition parties that we should have united in 2019 but it’s better late than never. What Sharadji has done is now written forever. It is great to see both the brothers together on the stage.”
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Snehalata Memorial Foundation brings Sambhav on Stage at Triveni Kala Sangam
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Amazon Smbhav announces launch of smart conferences
The third edition of Amazon Smbhav, Amazon India, with the theme ‘Pragati’ discusses innovation and growth along with exploring ideas to drive India’s success towards development in terms of business. The summit has also announced the launch of Smart conferences, an initiative to transform local stores into Digital Dukaans. The initiative aims to digitalise 1 crore small businesses by 2025.
Announcing its launch, Amit Agarwal, SVP, India and Emerging Markets, Amazon said, “We are humbled by how neighbourhood stores from across India are taking advantage of our Local Shops on Amazon program to go online and grow their business, with over 1.5 lakh stores already selling on Amazon.in within two years of launch. Today, we are excited to launch Smart Commerce that will enable any store to truly become a digital dukaan, and serve customers with the best of Amazon no matter where they are in their physical store, directly through their own online storefront, or on Amazon.in. We are just getting started and remain committed to our pledge to digitize one crore small businesses by 2025.”
In the opening session, Manish Tiwary, Country Manager, India Consumer Business, said, “Over the last two years, we have invested significantly towards the pledges we announced at the inaugural Smbhav Summit in 2020. We are humbled to share that we have already digitized over 4 million small businesses and local stores, are on track to enable $5 billion in cumulative exports and have created over 1.16 million direct and indirect jobs in India including 135K new jobs added in the last year.” Many India-First innovations such as Seller Flex and Easy Ship have been implemented in global markets as well. Moreover, technology has been used to bring small businesses online. Moreover, most of the customer orders on Amazon are from tier 2 cities. Around 8 million local stores and businesses are using Amazon Pay, with 75% of the customers (tier 2 and tier 3 cities) using Amazon Pay UPI.
Similarly, Dave Clark also emphasised that Amazon has invested more than $18 billion in its selling partners’ success since 2020. Amazon has also digitized more than 4 million small businesses and enabled exports worth nearly $5 billion. To support the idea of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the minister of state in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, also focused on using technology to create opportunities for youth. As post-COVID reshaped the value chain of products and services, the growth of small businesses and villages would make India Atmanirbhar.
POLICE BUST INTER STATE DRUG CARTEL IN DELHI, HEROIN WORTH RS 20 CR RECOVERED
A team of Special Cell/Northern Range, on Wednesday, successfully busted an interstate drug cartel after arresting one of its key members from Delhi. The team, led by Inspr. Vivekanand Pathak and Inspr. Kuldeep Singh was under the supervision of Shri Ved Parkash, ACP, and overall guidance of DCP/Spl Cell/NR & STF, Sh. Rajiv Ranjan Singh. The arrested member has been identified as Rajesh Gupta of Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar.
Five kilograms of high-grade heroin worth more than Rs. 20 crores in the international market have been recovered from the possession of arrested 47-year-old Gupta. One mobile handset and two SIM cards used in the drug trafficking activities have also been recovered from the detainee.
Rajesh Gupta has served 12 years in the Indian army, and was court-martialed and dismissed in 2006, after being found involved in a financial scam. Later, Gupta was put in civil jail in Kohima, where he came in contact with a person namely Sushil who lured him to work with him in drug trafficking. Thereafter, Gupta started supplying heroin after procuring it from drug suppliers of Manipur.
Special Cell in its continuous crusade against drug suppliers had busted many narcotic drug cartels in the past by arresting several drug suppliers and by recovering huge consignments of high-grade heroin. Sleuths of Special Cell of Northern Range were working on information that an Interstate narcotic drug cartel is active in the states of Manipur, UP, Delhi etc.
In a statement, police said: “Members of this cartel are involved in the supply of high-grade heroin in Delhi, NCR, UP, after procuring the same from suppliers from bordering areas. This information was further developed through technical as well as human surveillance.”
It took about 3 to 4 months of painstaking efforts to successfully investigate the case. During this process, members of this cartel were identified and their activities were kept under discreet surveillance, police statement added.
Arrested Rajesh Gupta was thoroughly interrogated, and after that, the accused person disclosed that he was part of an interstate narcotics syndicate.
The police statement said: “Rajesh Gupta disclosed that he is indulged in drug trafficking activities for the last five-six years. He used to transport heroin after taking delivery from one Limanthang resident of Manipur. Further investigation is in progress.”
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