Muchiri rescues point for Tusker in Rangers tie

first_imgTusker scored in the first half though Mike Khamati but a well struck freekick by Georson Likonoh 10 minutes into the second half saw Posta claw back.Both sides came into the tie off a poor run of just one win in their last four games and it promised to be a hugely contested affair. However, the pace wasn’t as high, drifting to some pedestrian movement at some point.Tusker had the early chances of the half, first Lloyd Wahome’s point blank header off a Khamati cross from the right being saved by keeper Baraza before Robert Achema’s cross from the right evaded the keeper and Khamati inside the box.Likonoh had his first attempt in the 13th minute taking a first time shot from distance after Tusker had lost the ball cheaply in midfield. However, the effort went inches over the bar with keeper Duncan Ochieng well beaten.Tusker FC striker Mike Khamati dribbles the ball during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Posta Rangers at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 11, 2018Five minutes later, Khamati had another effort from the right when he found some shooting space but his effort rolled across the face of goal begging for the slightest of touches to direct it into the net.Tusker coach Robert Matano was forced into a change after 25 minutes, midfielder Hashim Ssempala being forced out injured and was replaced by Apollo Otieno.The brewers broke the deadlock on the half hour mark when Khamati’s well struck low shot from the right after being set up by Boniface Muchiri found keeper Baraza flat footed.The visitors took control of proceedings, manning possession and forcing the mailmen to play on the back foot.But Posta came back a changed side in the second half, chasing the game for the equalizer and a hunt for the winner.They got the equalizer just 10 minutes in when Likonoh’s well struck freekick from range found keeper Ochieng flat footed, dipping into the top left corner.The mailmen got the confidence they had been yearning for and the introduction of Kennedy ‘Agogo’ Otieno for goal scorer Likonoh added in some much needed punch in attack.Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano shares pleasantries with his Posta Rangers counterpart Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo ball during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 11, 2018With his side playing second fiddle to Posta , Matano was forced into a double change bringing off Khamati and Achema for Peter Nzuki and new signing David Juma.Nzuki brought the much needed punch upfront and a well worked team move by the brewers in the 67th minute saw Nzuki break into the box but he could not pull the trigger, the Posta defense knocking the ball off.However, it only went as far as Jackson Macharia but his effort was well saved by Baraza.Posta continued to press nonetheless and they got the reward they wished for in the 77th minute when Jeremiah Wanjala had the easiest of finishes, tapping home from a yard out after keeper Ochieng spilled a shot from Dennis Mukaisi.Matano was enraged on the touchline after the goal with defender Wahome having stood still waiting for the ref’s whistle after a foul, but the official had waved play on, Mukaisi storming into the box to shoot at goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC midfielder Brian Osumba vies for the ball with Posta Rangers’ Jerry SantoNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11- Boniface Muchiri tapped home three minutes from time to rescue a point for Tusker who fought for a 2-2 draw with Posta Rangers at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Monday afternoon.Posta looked to be sailing to victory after Jeremiah Wanjala had completed a comeback for the mailmen, but a lapse in concentration in the Rangers box saw Muchiri tap the ball home after Peter Nzuki had flicked on a corner from Brian Osumba.last_img read more

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Zinedine Zidane returns to Real Madrid

first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane played for Real Madrid between 2001-2006 © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Mar 11 – Zinedine Zidane has made a sensational return as coach of Real Madrid after Santiago Solari’s sacking was finally confirmed on Monday.Zidane has been given a contract until June 2022, just nine months after he resigned at the end of last season, having led Madrid to an historic third consecutive Champions League triumph. Solari’s dismissal was expected after three consecutive home defeats – to Barcelona, twice, and Ajax – deemed Madrid’s season all-but over before the middle of March.But Zidane coming back, with only 11 games left in La Liga and almost nothing to play for, is a surprise, particularly after he left on the incredible high of yet another European triumph.“Real Madrid’s board has decided to terminate Santiago Solari’s contract as coach of the first team,” read an official statement on Monday.“Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to this club.“The board has also agreed to the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate effect for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022.”Like Solari, Zidane had been in charge of Real Madrid’s reserve side, Castilla, when he was promoted in January 2016. Madrid finished second that year before going on to win La Liga in Zidane’s first full season in charge.They were unable to repeat the feat last term and finished 17 points behind Barcelona but domestic disappointment was almost forgotten as Zidane again oversaw success in Europe, with a victory over Liverpool in the final in Kiev.Immensely popular with most of the players, Zidane’s appointment will almost certainly lift morale in the dressing room, following a week in which captain Sergio Ramos has reportedly argued with club president Florentino Perez and been involved in a training ground spat with Marcelo.Gareth Bale was one of the few to suffer during Zidane’s previous spell in charge, with the pair barely on speaking terms in the run-up to the Champions League final. Bale’s future now appears in serious doubt unless their relationship can be quickly repaired.The Welshman might have left last summer had Zidane stayed but instead it was Cristiano Ronaldo that departed and the Frenchman now takes over a team missing the Portugese’s goals and in urgent need of reform.Despite Madrid’s dominance in the Champions League, there is ground to make up in La Liga, where Barcelona are on course to seal their eighth league title in 11 years.Madrid sit 12 points adrift of Barca in the table despite a 4-1 victory over Real Valladolid on Sunday, which proved to be Solari’s final game in charge.Solari was handed a contract until 2021 after overseeing an improvement following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui in November.But familiar problems, including a lack of goals and a leaky defence, resurfaced in February as a defeat at home to Girona was quickly followed by losses to Barcelona in the league and cup, and humiliation by Ajax in the last 16 of the Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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The most indispensable player at EVERY Premier League club

first_img 20 20 13. Papiss Cisse (Newcastle) – 36.84 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 15= Gareth McAuley (West Brom) – 33.33 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 4. Yaya Toure (Man City) – 69.23 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 20 20 1. Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) – 77.78 per cent win ratio 20 20 12. Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) – 39.29 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 11. Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham) – 40.91 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 20 20 20 20 20. Dean Marney (Burnley) – 20 per cent win ratio so far this season* – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 6. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) – 55.17 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 15= Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) – 33.33 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 8. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) – 48.28 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player Every team needs an undroppable talisman if they’re going to succeed in the Premier League.A lynchpin, a leader, a goalscorer or a stoic stopper, these men come in many shapes and forms.Steven Gerrard, Alan Shearer, Roy Keane and Tony Adams all exemplify the indispensible hero a team desires.But who have been the men with the canny knack of being on the winning side more often than not for their respective sides?The Daily Mail crunched the numbers and you can see the players, who have made 18 or more appearances, with the best win ratio, for each club in our gallery above…Click the right arrow to find your team’s key star…*All stats correct up to 5 May 2015 20 5. Emre Can (Liverpool) – 58.33 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 20 9. Victor Moses (Stoke City) – 47.37 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 10. Leon Osman (Everton) – 44.44 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 20 3. Michael Carrick (Man United) – 72.22 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 20 20 17. Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) – 32 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 19. Jordi Gomez (Sunderland) – 21.43 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 14. Alex Bruce (Hull) – 36.36 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 18. Yun Suk-young (QPR) – 30 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 20 20 20 20 20 2. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) – 75 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player 7. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southamton) – 53.85 per cent win ratio – Click right to find out your side’s indispensible player last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Donegal supermarket seeks Deli Supervisor

first_imgJob Vacancy: A local Donegal supermarket is now hiring for a full-time Deli Supervisor to join their hard-working, motivated and dynamic team. As a Deli Supervisor, you will be expected to deliver excellent customer service, whilst leading the Deli team and sharing a great food experience with our customers.The Role As a Deli Supervisor you will be expected to:Lead and motivate your teamDeliver, and share in, a wonderful food experience to our customersBe responsible for all hot and cold deli orderingTo pro-actively up-sell and cross-sellMeet and exceed weekly sales incentive targetsTake ownership of all Fresh Counter displays – with a focus on abundance and visual beautyPlay an active role in deli set up and close downAchieve SalesDeliver against wastage targetsBe responsible for all HACCP complianceThe PersonYou will be expected to have a great passion for food. The role will also require lots of energy and confidence. You will be chatting with customers throughout the day, so having excellent communication skills, both spoken and written, is important too. Ideally you will have experience working in similar high end retail environments. This will be a fast paced, but fun, environment.Our store opening hours are from 7.30am until 11.00pm, 7 days per week, so being able to work flexibly is vital. In return for your passion and commitment, you will receive a competitive hourly rate (dependent on skills and experience). This is a unique opportunity to work in a busy store and establish your deli in a competitive market.This role will suit people who are passionate about food, and will take pride in leading and motivating a team in order to deliver a fantastic customer experience.To apply for the role, please email CV to apotts@sandwni.comJob Vacancy: Donegal supermarket seeks Deli Supervisor was last modified: August 9th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deli Supervisorfood vacancyjobsretaillast_img read more

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MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO GLENSWILLY GUN ATTACK

first_imgMr Friel arriving in court today. Pic: NorthWestNewsPixA LANDOWNER has pleaded guilty to a gun attack on a neighbour.Patrick Friel, from Ballynakillew, Glenswilly, was due to go on trial before a jury at Letterkenny Circuit Criminal Court today in relation to the attack in the townland of Ballynakillew on January 3, 2015. However he pleaded guilty to two of the three charges today.He admitted possession of an air rifle with a telescopic sight attached without a licence.He also admitted a Section 3 assault causing harm to Gerard Sweeney under the Non Fatal Offences Against The Persons Act.DPP barrister Patricia McLaughlin said the full facts of the case would be given at a sentencing hearing.Judge John O’Hagan remanded Mr Friel on continuing bail to appear at Letterkenny Circuit Court in December.He agreed to a request from the defence for a full probation and welfare report to be prepared on Mr Friel.The judge said the victim Mr Sweeney should be asked to prepare a victim impact statement when sentence is given at the December sitting of the circuit court.The scene of the shooting incident in January last yearMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO GLENSWILLY GUN ATTACK was last modified: May 3rd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gerard Sweeneyguiltygun attackPatrick Friellast_img read more

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Horgan confirms retention of Funston, McMonagle for 2017

first_imgOLLIE HORGAN’S jigsaw is beginning to come together with Michael Funston and Thomas McMonagle the latest pair to commit to Finn Harps for the 2017 season.Following the retirement of Kevin McHugh last year, Bonagee man Funston is the most experience campaigner in the Harps dressing room having played 321 times for the club.The midfielder has been an integral member of the return to and subsequent survival in the Premier Division under Horgan. In 2016 he started 10 league games and came from the bench in a further 13, while he also started two games in cup competitions.Burnfoot’s McMonagle is a versatile operator, most comfortable at centre-back or at left-back and has featured 105 times in the Harps shirt.“We’re glad we got it sorted out with the two lads, they have a lot of experience and know the standard required at this stage,” Horgan said.“They have both played a big part in getting us to where we are now and will no doubt prove themselves again in the battle we face this season.”  Horgan confirms retention of Funston, McMonagle for 2017 was last modified: January 18th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FUFA confirms venues for CHAN 2018 qualifiers

first_imgComments Phillip Omondi stadium will host the CHAN qualification match between Uganda and South Sudan on July 14. Courtesy photo.The Federation of Ugandan Football Association (FUFA) together with the South Sudan Association have both confirmed dates and venues for the CHAN 2018 Kenya qualifications for the two nations.The first leg of the qualifier will be played on Friday July 14 2017 at the Juba Stadium in Juba South Sudan, at 4:30pm while the second leg will be played on the July 22, at the Phillip Omondi stadium, Lugogo in Kampala.“The Phillip Omondi stadium was chosen to host the second leg because of the need to utilize all the CAF sanctioned stadiums in Uganda,” said FUFA chief officer Edgar Watson. Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin Sredojevic will tomorrow submit his squad to start training ahead of the Regional tour in Kabale District, Western Uganda in preparation for the match against South Sudan.The winner between South Sudan and Uganda will face either Tanzania or Rwanda who are playing in the qualifiers.last_img read more

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Seamus Coleman still ‘way off’ injury return – Allardyce

first_imgSeamus Coleman remains ‘way off’ a return to action with Everton, new Toffees boss Sam Allardyce has said.The Killybegs man has been sidelined since suffering a horrific double leg break in March.Coleman sustained the injury playing for the Republic of Ireland against Wales in a World Cup qualifier at Aviva Stadium. There had been suggestions that the full-back could return by the end of the year, but Allardyce poured cold water on that notion.The Irish captain watched as Everton struggled in the early part of this season before sacking Ronald Koeman and replacing him with Allardyce.Coleman’s absence has certainly hurt Everton and Allardyce said: “Seamus Coleman is still a way off. That’s one we would like to get back.”Since Allardyce’s arrival, Everton have turned their fortunes and are up to ninth in the table. Seamus Coleman still ‘way off’ injury return – Allardyce was last modified: December 28th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:evertonKillybegsPremier LeagueSam Allardyceseamus colemanlast_img read more

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Your Firm Is Small, But Still An Attractive Target

first_imgcorey nachreiner 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#security Guest author Corey Nachreiner, CISSP, is director of security at WatchGuard, which sells network- and content-security products.The class of targeted attacks known at APTs (advanced persistent threats) is no longer reserved for Fortune 500 companies. As predicted by leading network security experts, APTs have started to infiltrate small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) at an alarming rate. And they are proving to be just as devastating, regardless of the size of the organization or the motive for the attack.Historically, APT attacks have been created by sophisticated hackers using advanced attack techniques and blended-threat malware. But now, we’re starting to see smarter, every day malware criminals speed up the evolution of APTs and make small and mid-sized organizations even bigger targets. According to Jeremy Grant, senior executive advisor for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace program, hackers are going after small businesses because they typically have more money and information than individuals and are less protected than large corporations, according to Wired.In an October 2012 survey released by the National Cyber Security Alliance, states that U.S. small- and medium-sized business owners and operators clearly have a false sense of cyber security. Seventy-seven percent of the 1,015 survey respondents say their company is safe from threats such as hackers, viruses, malware and breaches, yet 83% have no formal cybersecurity plan. These findings suggest smaller firms are highly vulnerable to this growing threat and can no longer afford to neglect Internet- and network-security policies and practices if they want to avoid being the next victim of these sophisticated attacks.What is APT? Let me spell it out.AdvancedAPTs use the most advanced malware and attack techniques. They often leverage techniques such as encrypted communication channels, kernel-level rootkits and sophisticated evasion capabilities to get past a network’s defenses. More important, they often leverage zero-day vulnerabilities – flaws which software vendors haven’t yet discovered or fixed – to gain access to the systems. In short, APTs are “Q-level,” James Bondesque malware.PersistentThis malware is designed to stick around. It carefully hides its communications, using techniques like stenography. It “lives” in a victim’s network for as long as possible, often cleaning up after itself (deleting logs, using strong encryption and only reporting back to its controller in small, obfuscated bursts of communication).Extremely Blended DangerAPTs are extremely blended threats, much like botnets, and very targeted. Attackers are groups of highly skilled, motivated, and financially-backed attackers with very specific targets and goals. In addition to Fortune 500 companies, typically the attackers (often sponsored by nation-states) have also targeted government-related infrastructure or the industrial sector.No network security provider can block every APT attack, no matter what they claim. According to Gartner, an estimated $60 billion is invested by corporations and governments in network security, yet hackers still sneak past them. By definition, APTs often employ new techniques for which counter-measures and defenses may not exist. While these kinds of attacks occur, a smaller business with no security plan is vulnerable to even the most basic kinds of attack.There are defensive strategies that can provide high-value protection and significantly mitigate the chance of an advanced and persistent infection for a relatively small investment. IT administrators should strongly consider using more than one of the many reporting and monitoring functions available throughout the industry that provide smart and strategic defense against these blended threats.If you already have a security infrastructure set up, many of these tools are likely already at your disposal. Ask your network-security provider about the following best practices, which will undoubtedly equip your firm with the tools to mitigate risk, monitor activity and detect and/or stop the next APT.Build Multiple Layers Of Security ControlA multi-layered approach to network security is the best protection. When combined, firewalls, intrusion-prevention services, proactive anti-virus apps, anti-spam and anti-phishing protection and cloud-based reputation defenses will maximize your chances of being hit with an APT attack.Signature-less Malware ProtectionSimilar to zero-day attacks, APTs often use malware that has not already been found by anti-virus protection and, therefore, no signature exists. The only way to catch this kind of APT is to use active, non-signature techniques.Select a network-service provider that partners with best-in-class anti-malware and anti-virus-service providers that can detect malware without signatures. This type of service provider often specializes in code emulation, behavior analysis, and “sandboxing” to determine what a file does and if it may be malware. These techniques can often catch malicious files without actually having reactive signatures for them.An Evolving Defense FrameworkAPTs are just further proof that hackers and attacks on the Internet are constantly evolving, so naturally, the only way to really protect against evolving threats is to have a defensive platform that can change along with them.Security hardware platforms with adaptable and flexible defense frameworks make it possible for network-security providers to quickly incorporate new defense capabilities, such as cloud reputation and the use of heuristics to detect malware, as new technologies are released.Better Manageability Through VisibilityOften, security practitioners focus on prevention and forget about discovery and response. Deploying tools that help to quickly identify anomalies or problems in a network often find malware through unique monitors, network traffic reports and administrator access to approved or denied external sites.Additional reporting tools and appliances are available through network-security providers and increase visibility and ensure the system is providing optimal internal network protection.Enforce StandardsHold to RFC (request for comment) standards for services such as Web traffic (HTTP), e-mail traffic (SMTP), domain-name traffic (DNS) and file transfers (FTP). Enforcement of these standards will spotlight when crucial rules are broken.For example, if the SMTP RFC states that the maximum line length for an email is 1,000 bytes; deploying enforcement standards will protect a network from attacks (like buffer overflows) that try to use overly-long email lines. That’s just one example; this kind of signature-less protections that can even block zero-day attacks that break protocol standards.Because APTs are continually evolving and getting more elusive by the day, no network-security strategy will anticipate or block every attack. Always assume that a network is already breached and then build a security vault using the tools and best practices discussed here. Using strong prevention and visibility tools will help recognize threats and ensure that IT administrators are taking all necessary action to help mitigate them.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

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We will all work together in Madhya Pradesh: Digvijaya Singh

first_imgFormer Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh describes his 3,100-km Narmada Parikrama Yatra as ‘apolitical’. Yet the large crowds, who joined him en route, forced his political friends and rivals to take note. Nevertheless, Mr. Singh did not find a place in the latest Congress reshuffle in the State. He speaks about his role and the party’s prospects.Congress president Rahul Gandhi seems to have done a balancing act in Madhya Pradesh by appointing Kamal Nath as Congress chief in the State and Jyotiraditya Scindia as the campaign chief. How do you look at this?This has been under discussion for a long time and finally the Congress president has taken a decision. Mr. Kamal Nath has been appointed president with four working presidents. He has been an MP since 1980 continuously, except for a brief period. He is one person who knows the State and has a good connect with the workers. At the same time, the four working presidents are leaders in their own right. They are comparatively younger and can be assets to Kamal Nath.Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia is a very articulate and young face and a popular leader among the youth. He will be looking after the campaign. So I think it’s a well-considered team.But the Congress doesn’t have a chief ministerial face and elections these days are very presidential in nature…In a parliamentary democracy, it is the party that fights the elections. I personally feel in a parliamentary democracy, it is the elected MPs and MLAs who elect the leader. So why should that right be denied to them?In M.P., the Congress seems to be divided among leaders like Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Digvijaya Singh, Ajay Singh and so on.You see, this is a perception. There are some people who are identified with some senior leaders but 80% of the Congress workers are Congress workers. When you say all Congress workers are divided, I don’t agree with that.And you think Kamal Nath will be able to take along everyone?We will all work together. There are many leaders in M.P. who are not identified with any group and are leaders in their own right.Mr. Gandhi met all of you some time ago. What did he say?I can’t go public with what we discussed but broadly we spoke about how we can defeat the BJP in the State.You have not been given any responsibility yet. What role do you see for yourself in your home State?I think what I can do best is to bring everyone together at the lowest level, at the grassroots.This I intend doing with some senior people who know the State and are not seeking ticket. They are not aligned with any group.You had taken political sanyas from your State after losing power in 2003. Then you went on this Narmada Parikrama Yatra for six months. Some say this was a way to reconnect with the grassroots. Wasn’t this something very political?This may be a fallout but not the original intent. The original intent was religious and a commitment made to myself that I should do it.And there was a clear touch of Hindutva politics. Even Mr. Gandhi is visiting temples in Karnataka…First of all, I don’t need a certificate from the BJP and the RSS on my religiosity. I am a believer and a practising Hindu. But I don’t believe in the word Hindutva. It is neither religious nor found in the scriptures. It just signifies a militant political ideology.Earlier, when Indiraji or Rajivji visited a temple or a dargah, none noticed. But after the Babri Masjid demolition and the use of religion as a political tool by the BJP, this has become an issue even in the media. The religion that my mother and my Guru taught me is equal respect to all religion.Moving on, you handled Karnataka before. What’s your assessment of the elections?I have been away for a long time, so don’t really know but I think the Congress government has delivered on all its promises and Siddaramaiah has been a successful Chief Minister.Many say there could be fractured mandate and the Janata Dal(S) led by H.D. Deve Gowda could play an important role?He will lobby to be the kingmaker, but the single largest party must be called.But in Goa which you handled, in Manipur, the Congress didn’t manage to form governments.The floor test had to be on the floor of the Assembly and not the Governor House. In Goa, in Manipur, the way Governors have acted, it has encouraged horse trading.How do you look at the Congress’s prospects in 2019, especially when parties like Trinamool and the TRS don’t want to accept it as the leader?It is the body which wags the body; the tail can’t wag the body. You cannot ignore the fact that the Congress is the largest Opposition party across States.Therefore, any coalition which emerges to fight the fanatic right-wing ideology of the BJP, it has to be led by the Congress.At the same time, the Congress has to recognise the strength of regional parties in each State and should have alliances in each State — whether pre-poll or post-poll.last_img read more

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