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Support of SP-BSP for each other increases hope of Mahagathbandhan

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Lucknow: The support extended by the SP and the BSP to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh has raised hopes of a grand alliance of anti-BJP parties in states like Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha election next year, analysts said.

Ramesh Dixit, former head of Political Science department at Lucknow University, said doubts over a mahagathbandhan of anti-BJP parties have been cleared by the manner in which the SP and the BSP have risen to the occasion.

On Monday, both BSP chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav skipped a meeting of non-BJP parties to discuss opposition unity.

But on Wednesday morning, Mayawati said in statement that her party would extend support to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh to form a government and, if needed , in Rajasthan.

 

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Yadav also extended support to the party in Madhya Pradesh.

In both states, the Congress fell slightly short of the halfway-mark on its own as results of the December 7 elections came in.

“There was already an understanding between the SP and the BSP and with this step of theirs it has become clear that they understand the necessity of accommodating the Congress also in Uttar Pradesh, where the national party has been left with a limited support base,” Dixit told media persons.

Another academician Nadeem Hasnain said the results will give the Congress more bargaining power.

 

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“With these results, the regional parties will no doubt take the Congress more seriously, realising that they will need the Congress at the national level to effectively challenge the ruling party,” he said.

But he added a note of scepticism over Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati’s offer.

“If Mayawati had been more reasonable she could have easily got into an alliance in these Assembly polls itself.

 

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Today also she said that her party was extending support with a heavy heart,” he said.

Both analysts said the Congress and other constituents needed to be reasonable in their expectations on seat-sharing.

Hasnain said the latest election results had dented the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invincibility.

While the SP has got one seat in Madhya Pradesh, the BSP bagged two seats there. In Rajasthan, it won six.

 

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Nasa finds Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram with help of Indian engineer

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New York: NASA has found the crash site and debris of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander following a tip from an Indian space enthusiast who examined pictures of the area of the moon taken by a US orbiting camera.

The site was located by Shanmuga Subramanian, who on his own scoured the pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC), NASA and Arizona State University announced on Monday confirming the find.

The first mosaic image of the likely crash site made from pictures taken by the LROC on September 17 was downloaded by several people to look for signs of the Vikram, NASA said.

One of them, Subramanian, contacted the LROC project with a positive identification of debris, it said.

Arizona State University (ASU), where the LROC project is located, said: “After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.”

When the images for the first mosaic were acquired on September 17, the impact point was poorly illuminated and could not easily be identified, it said.

But two image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15, and on November 11 were better.

The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one pixel shadow.

The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and casts a one pixel shadow.

The university said that based on Subramanian’s tip, the LROC team scoured the surrounding area in the new mosaics and found the impact site and the debris field.

The impact site is located at 70.8810 degree S, 22.7840 degrees E, at an elevation of 834 metres, it said.

“The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 metres northwest of the main crash site,” ASU said.

Vikram lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) following its launch from Chandraayan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make a softlanding near the moon’s south pole.

In a statement NASA said: “Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement.”

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