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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a sit-in (dharna) protest against CBI raid to Kolkata Police Commissioner house at Metro Channel in Kolkata last night on Feb. 04, 2019.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a sit-in (dharna) protest against CBI raid to Kolkata Police Commissioner house at Metro Channel in Kolkata last night on Feb. 04, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

‘Remove BJP’ campaign gets a boost with Kolkata rally but challenges remain

New Delhi, Jan 20 (News Analysis -IANS) The “BJP hatao” campaign of opposition parties got a major boost at the Kolkata rally convened by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee but the idea of a “mahagathbandhan (grand alliance)” continues to be a challenge over the absence of a common face to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

The grand event of opposition unity, barely three months before the Lok Sabha polls, had its incongruities. Congress President Rahul Gandhi and BSP chief Mayawati skipped it even as they sent their nominees, apparently not wanting to put any doubt on their own claims to prime ministership in the post-poll scenario.

The event was not attended by the Left parties, Banerjee’s rivals in West Bengal, Biju Janata Dal, the Telangana Rasthra Samithi and YSR Congress Party.

Some of the parties which shared the platform will be fighting against each other in the Lok Sabha elections – the Congress against the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi and Congress against the Bahujan Samaj Party-Samajwadi Party combine in crucial Uttar Pradesh.

There is no clarity yet if the Congress party will ally with Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal. The Left will leave no stone unturned to defeat the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. The Congress and Left will battle it out in Kerala.

But as a platform, the Kolkata rally sent important signals that the opposition parties are willing to cooperate and coordinate to the largest extent possible against the Modi government and that they will have no hesitation in forging an alliance in the post-poll scenario to keep the BJP out.

All the issues in the opposition’s quiver, including the Rafale deal, demonetisation, “flawed” implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), unemployment, job losses and farm distress, “attack” on institutions, “misuse” of investigative agencies and apprehension over misuse of electronic voting machines (EVMs) were raised at the meeting and virtually spelt out the opposition’s narrative in the run-up to the general elections.

The opposition’s challenge makes re-election tougher for Modi, who has already started attacking the grand alliance and is pitching the election as a “people versus mahagathbandhan” battle.

The poll arithmetic in terms of alliances such as that between the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh will also make the going tough for the BJP.

A doughty campaigner, Modi is also potraying the opposition parties as greedy for power, pointing out that their only agenda is to remove him and come to power for their “selfish” ends while he is constantly working for welfare of the people.

The Modi government is also making course corrections following election losses in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

The show of unity at Kolkata has augmented the opposition challenge in the Lok Sabha elections and the opposition parties are expected to follow with some more such shows of strength in other parts of the country in the coming weeks.

क्या यह ख़बर/ लेख आपको पसंद आया ? कृपया कमेंट बॉक्स में कमेंट भी करें और शेयर भी करें ताकि ज्यादा लोगों तक बात पहुंचे

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Samsung doesn’t see India with one lens or one portfolio: Asim Warsi Vice President, Samsung

New Delhi, Jan 14 . Unlike most Chinese smartphone manufacturers who are "one portfolio" players, South Korean giant Samsung does not see India with one lens and one portfolio and believes in serving all consumers across price points, stresses Asim Warsi, Global Vice President, Samsung India.

By Nishant Arora

Gearing up to launch two smartphones -- M10 for around Rs 9,500 and M20 for nearly Rs 15,000 -- with industry-first features this month, Warsi said the company is deeply committed to the whole smartphone ecosystem and not just one price segment.

"We are here to serve all consumers -- from flagship premium and luxury to mid-range, affordable and popular smartphone segments. Being a full-range player, we have a full deployment and infrastructure in place in the country," Warsi told IANS in an interview.

"We have been developing products for India via our robust R&D and product design teams based here. We have made deep investments into the country. We do not see India from one lens or one portfolio, unlike others."

The first-ever 'M' series smartphones with features like Infinity V display and massive battery power are being manufactured for the millennials at Samsung's facility in Noida -- the world's largest mobile phone factory.

"India is the first market for the global launch of 'M' series. It will go to other markets later. The 'M' portfolio which will be made available through online channel is singlemindedly designed and intended for millennials," informed Warsi.

Industry experts believe that Samsung, which is still the most vertical integrated player in the Indian market, has set its eyes firmly on dethroning Xiaomi's highly successful 'Redmi' series in the affordable and mid-price range segment.

"Samsung has access to latest display, camera, memory and connectivity technologies from hardware perspective. Further, it can enjoy global scale for the same 'M' models more than Xiaomi," Neil Shah, Partner and Research Director at Counterpoint Research told IANS.

According to Warsi, collective knowledge, understanding on tech and R&D and consumer behaviour -- the company has put all these together in conceiving the 'M' series.

"Nearly third of India's population are millennials. Studies show that more than half the shoppers online are millennials. The 'M' series through the online channel is designed for them."

The young consumers are on top of the chain when it comes to using the hardware and software and over-the-top (OTT) applications on their devices.

"They are very evolved, intelligent consumers and research drives them to best value devices and the 'M' series is just that -- in terms of battery, speed, display and visual richness. We have changed the bar with 'M' series in the popular price segments in the country," noted Warsi.

Galaxy M20 will house a massive 5,000mAh battery -- the first-ever on any Samsung smartphone -- a big plus for phone users in the country who treat battery life as one of their key requirements. The M10 will house a 3,500mAh battery.

"You will see evocative display, massive battery with power management solutions, memory management solutions, fast charging technology -- all in 'M' devices.

"In one word, these are powerful devices, made for India keeping the local requirements in mind," Warsi added.

According to him, the Rs 10,000-Rs 20,000 price segment is very large and high-growing segment.

"In fact, all price segments are growing but most important is what millennials are buying into. The 'M' series is going to give them what they are currently doing with their devices, including shopping.

"Our pursuit of the consumer is clear: wherever is the demand, we will be there," said Warsi.

क्या यह ख़बर/ लेख आपको पसंद आया ? कृपया कमेंट बॉक्स में कमेंट भी करें और शेयर भी करें ताकि ज्यादा लोगों तक बात पहुंचे

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