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  • After Bringing ‘Bachha’ will win more than 150 seats: B. S. Yeddyurappa

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    An election in Karnataka, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President of state B. S. Yeddyurappa, identified Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi as ‘Bachha’ on Wednesday and said that it would be easy now to defeat the ruling party from the state.

    Former Chief Minister of State and BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Karanataka assembly election Mr. Yeddyurappa declared that his party now would win more than 150 seats in the state.

    “By bringing that Bachha ‘Kid’ (Rahul Gandhi) in Karnataka, we now ensure that we will win more than 150 seats here,” Yeddyurappa said at a BJP social media conclave.

    Previously, the Karnataka BJP chief had called Rahul Gandhi an ‘election Hindu’. Commenting on Rahul Gandhi’s religion, B. S. Yeddyurappa took to his Twitter account and in a ‘welcome’ message for Rahul Gandhi, he had said, “I heartily welcome #ElectionHindu Rahul Gandhi to Ballari.”

    (With Agency Inputs)

  • After Sisodia its Jain under CBI’s lens

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    New Delhi: 3 days after a team from Central Bureau of Investigation questioned deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia's at his residence in relation with a programme related to, 'Talk 2 AK', Satyendar Jain’s turn on Monday. The CBI on Monday questioned PWD minister’s wife, Poonam Jain, in connection with a case of alleged money laundering against him.

  • All that you need to know about Ram Nath Kovind and why his victory won’t be a surprise

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    New Delhi: Despite Congress led opposition having announced the very competent Meira Kumar as its candidate, Kovind still has way brighter chances of becoming the 14th President of India. Apart from being a Dalit face, Kovind’s image has also been clear and he has generally steered clear of controversy. His nomination was certainly a big surprise for all and set the stage for an interesting presidential election. Here are a few facts you definitely need to know about the next prospective president and his family and also why his victory is definitely confirmed.

    Kovind's birth and marriage:

    Kovind, who was associated with the Koli community of the Dalits, was born in Parakh, a small village in Kanpur village. Ram Nath Kovind's wife's name is Savita Kovind. They were married on May 30th, 1974. They have a son, whose name is Prashant and he is married, while his daughter's name is Swati. Swati’s done B.Com and LLB from Kanpur University and is a successful lawyer.

  • Aurangzeb was a ‘terrorist’, says Maheish Girri

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    While calling Mughal emperor Aurangzeb a ‘terrorist’, BJP MP Maheish Girri also hailed his brother Dara Shikoh as a scholar, who espoused "syncretic values", and pitched for building greater awareness about his life.

    The MP from East Delhi was yesterday interacting with reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of twin events- a conference 'Aurangzeb & Dara Shukoh: A Tale of Two Brothers' and an exhibition, titled, 'Dara Shukoh, the Forgotten Prince of Islam' at the IGNCA and Dara Shikoh was also known as Dara Shukoh.

    "Aurangzeb was a terrorist, in today's parlance... The punishment that he should have got he did not get, but at least, the road named after him, has been changed," he told reporters.

    Aurangzeb Road in Lutyens' Delhi was rechristened Dr APJ Kalam Road in 2015. Girri had sent a proposal to the Centre for renaming the street after the former president.

    Muslim groups had objected to the New Delhi Municipal Council's decision to rename Aurangzeb Road, terming it a "deliberate" move that is "likely to set the trend of rechristening other cities/streets distorting history".

    Addressing a gathering at the launch of the events, he has said, "I used to feel extreme pain whenever I saw that signage of a road bearing the name of a cruel ruler. I felt is was against the idea of India and not in the interest of the country. So, I went after it (renaming)."

    "I also faced obstacles and received threats from people, but I went ahead," he said.

    The Lok Sabha member hailed the qualities of the Mughal emperor's brother Dara Shukoh, and said his life and times, and the values he stood for, should be taught simulataneosly, while telling the story of Aurangzeb.

    "When it come to Dara, history has not been told or portrayed, the way it should have been. He stood for the true values of Islam unlike his brother, who was cruel and oppressed people," Girri told reporters.

    Dara Shukoh was the eldest son of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who was his heir apparent. Aurangzeb got him killed in 1659.

    "In schools, when you teach Aurangzeb, you must also teach about his brother. It will not only present a balanced perspective, but also help people judge the two as to who was good and was bad. If you just show Aurangzeb, that teaching of history is also wrong," Girri said.

    Former speaker of Iranian Parliament Gholam Ali Haddad- Adel also hailed Shukoh as a "miracle of India".

    "Instead of contemplating wars and bloodshed to expand the Mughal empire, Shukoh engaged in dialogue with people of different faiths and produced scholarly works. He promoted peace and co-existence," he said.

    Later, on the sidelines, Adel said, "The world needs to focus more on Dara Shukoh than Aurangzeb".

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who was scheduled to inaugurate the two events, was not present because of his preoccupation with Parliament. The vice president is also the chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

    The exhibition of nearly 30 paintings by contemporary artists in Mughal style, depicting the life of Dara Shukoh, hosted at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), will end on Sunday.

     

    With agency inputs

  • Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind to be NDA's presidential candidate: Amit Shah

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     New Delhi: Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind will be NDA nominee for Presidential election, addressing a press conference in New Delhi, BJP chief Amit Shah announced his name. 

  • BJP MP slammed who feel shy to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’

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    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Bairia Surendra Singh on Sunday slammed those who are not in favor or shy to say Bharat Mata Ki Jai, saying they are Pakistanis.

    Such controversial statement has been noticed even earlier by Singh in January 2018 when he had claimed that India would become a Hindu nation by the year 2024, breaking the constitutional oath he took to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India.

    "There are a very few Muslims who are patriotic. Once India becomes a Hindu 'rashtra' (Hindu nation), Muslims who assimilate into our culture will stay in India. Those who will not are free to take asylum in any other country," Bairia MLA Surendra Singh had said.

    Singh was also in headlines for his comment on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Singh had described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an 'avatari purush' (reincarnation of a deity).

    He was quoted saying, "By the grace of God, India is going to be a global superpower thanks to the leadership of PM Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Not only will India become a 'vishwa guru', it will also become a Hindu 'rashtra' by 2024."

    Not only against Hindus and Non Hindus, Singh had also attacked the Congress and its chief Rahul Gandhi saying, "There are two sets of values in Rahul Gandhi - one is Italian, while the other one is Indian...He can never become the torchbearer of the Indian thought."

    The BJP lawmaker had said that Gandhi scion could coin any slogan to become the prime minister of the country, but he lacked the strength and values to make India strong.

    (With Agency Inputs)

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  • Cong attacked PM for PNB scam

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    Congress leveled up with another salvo on Centre over the PNB fraud allegedly involving designer jeweller Nirav Modi, saying the country's "biggest bank loot scam" is pegged far bigger at Rs 21,306 crore with fresh revelations.

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi fired yet pointed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Nirav Modi fleeing the country. Taking to Twitter, he posted, "The scamster's escape formula: La(Mo) + Ni(Mo) ---(with) Na(Mo)---> Bha(Go)", while using the hashtag "#ModiRobsIndia".

    The opposition party hit out at the PM for his "silence" on the issue, alleging that he did not act on the scam even after his office was informed about it by one Vaibhav Khuraniya on May 7, 2015.

    Releasing letters purportedly written to various agencies in this regard, Congress communications incharge Randeep Surjewala asked why the BJP and government were silent on the issue and how accused Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi were "allowed" to escape.

    "India's biggest 'bank loot scam' has got bigger over the last 24 hours to Rs 21,306 crore as layers of the conspiracy got unearthed by the hour," he told reporters.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Cong: Asking jobless youth to sell pakodas is a shame on BJP

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    The Congress on Tuesday slammed Bhartiya Janata Parti national chief Amit Shah over his statement in his speech at Rajya Sabha on Pakoda sellers.

    “It is so disgraceful to learn that the unemployed youth of our country, who are extremely talented and decently educated are being asked to sell pakodas by our ruling party,” Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan said.

    “No one has gone to such depth in making this despicable and disgraceful remark,” he further added.

    Ranjan also hit out at Shah's statement that the GST was brought after all parties' consensus.

    "The fact that he has to give a justification is proof enough that he realizes he made a mistake. GST was Congress' proposal but we wanted to implement 14.5 percent and BJP took it to 28 percent. With the labour cost added, it increases to as high as 46 percent," he said.

    Congress leader Nasir Hussain also criticised Shah for including "vendors as jobs creation by their government."

    "Post GST and demonetisation, the employment has come down, so now they feel that even selling pakodas, rolling bidis, rolling incense sticks," Hussain added.

    Terming the GST a scheme to loot people, Hussain further said, "People of this country have realized what demonetisation and GST have done to them. This is why they (BJP) had come very close to getting defeated in Gujarat and they lost all the by-elections from Rajasthan to West Bengal."

    In his maiden speech at the Upper House on Monday, Shah hit back at former finance minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram for comparing pakora seller to a beggar, and said it was better to sell 'pakodas' than stay unemployed.

    In defence of the GST launched by the NDA government, Shah stated that the taxation system was implemented after everyone's consensus.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Cops detained AAP leader for sealing drive

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    City Police on Monday detained Aap Aadmi Party leader after lathi charged, during their 'Parliament March' as a protest against the sealing campaign by Municipal Corporation Delhi (MCD).


    Answering to the Police action, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj tweeted that MLAs and MCD councilors were protesting against sealing by MCD and Police beat up the female volunteers of AAP.

    Senior AAP leaders including Ashutosh and Dilip Pandey have been detained from the situation.


    PM’s police attacked elected MLAs, councilors and women protestors were protesting against the BJP action of sealing shops in various markets in the Capital. Are elected representatives treated such way, elsewhere in India? Tweeted Nagendra Sharma, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

    The sealing drive is being carried out by a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee against business establishments using residential properties for commercial purposes, and it is being implemented by the three BJP-led municipal corporations.

    Saurabh Bharadwaj told media, BJP is solely responsible for the sealing drive for the past two months.

    He also added that the Central government will have to change Master Plan 2021 for Delhi to put stoppage to the sealing drive, reports IANS.

     

  • Don’t teach us ‘democracy’: PM slammed Cong

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    The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday slammed the oppositions in Lok Sabha by accusing them for dividing the country.

    The PM was reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Lok Sabha.

    Amid chants from the opposition, ‘stop giving false hopes, stop giving false speech’, PM also said, addressing Congress and the glorification of the Gandhi parivar “Despite you have divided Bharat Mata, we stood by you. You have ruled when you had almost no one as opposition to fight with.

    Adding further to it, he also said that “You spent your entire time to glorify one family. You spent your entire energy to make the country remember just Gandhi family. If your intentions were pure and right, this country would have been much ahead of where it is now." 

    “Democracy was never Congress or Nehru's charity. Rather it's in our blood, our culture," PM stated.

    He also said “Look who is talking about democracy? Your PM Rajiv Gandhi had humiliated a Dali CM of your own party. Please don't teach us lessons on democracy."

    In a direct attack to Congress party, PM also raised his voice and said that had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been our first Prime Minister, ‘entire Kashmir would have been ours.’

    The BJP has issued a whip asking its members to be present in the House today and tomorrow, as the government may introduce some important bill on Thursday in the Lok Sabha where the ruling NDA has a big majority. 

    The debate on the motion of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session began Tuesday. It was initiated by the BJP's chief whip Rakesh Singh.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Edu minister promotes ‘gayatri mantra’ in Haryana schools

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    Being politically secular, recently Ram Bilas Sharma, Education Minister, Haryana has asked schools to introduce 'Gayatri Mantra' in school prayer despite especially government schools have shortage of teachers and buildings are not properly maintained.

    State ruled by Bhartiya Janta party saw criticism from the opposition parties and the academia who called the step by government was towards 'saffronisation of education'. "The government is trying to divert the core issues related to education, health and agriculture. The move by government is totally against culture, ethos and the country’s Constitution that guarantees secularism," said Sarvesh Kumar Tiwari, Social activist.

    Earlier, in 2015 Gita shlokas were included in the school syllabus soon after formation of the BJP government in Haryana.

    Government is keen on promoting ‘Geeta shlokas’ and Gayatri Mantra’, in fact they should be more focused towards the recruitment of teachers and strengthening the infrastructure for betterment of schools. We are the part of secular country and education is a step to educate children about society, person and even all religions but the government is focusing on one religion when in schools children come to stude from different religion, to become secular and to practice all the religions," said Shafiq, a social activist.

    Whereas talking to media in Chandigarh on Saturday the education minister had said that the government had made the decision after meeting school principals, teachers and other stakeholders in the matter on Friday and will issue a notice on it on Tuesday. Sharma claimed that the government made the decision after its move to include the Bhagvad Gita in the school syllabus “yielded positive results”.

    Haryana Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhry in her statement released earlier said that the government was “chasing the wrong priorities” and hiding its failure.

    Vikas Siwach, President. Maharishi Dayanand University Teachers Association (MDUTA), Rohtak (Haryana) said that for Hindus the step is good but what for other religions. "Moral values must be inculcated in children to make them grow as responsible citizens and become an asset to the society but not in this way. There are lots of other thing that government can introduce to improve education," said Siwach.

    (Writer is Assistant Editor with NewsMantra)

  • FIR lodged against BJP MP

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    On the charge of grabbing a piece of land in Rustampur area in Gorakhpur, police as lodged an FIR against BJP MP Bansgaon Kamlesh Paswan today, police said today.

    According to police, on the basis of a strong source, police has registered an FIR against Paswan . However no arrests have been made till now, hinting that his arrest would be pondered over after the inquiry.

    (With Agency Inputs)

  • FODDER SCAM: RJD Supremo termed for jail sentence

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    Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others were convicted in fodder scam case under fraudulent which withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar treasury 21 years ago. A Jharkhand court stated that Yadav will receive his quantum of sentence on Thursday and he was brought from Ranchi's Birsa Munda Central Jail to the court for sentencing in a Fodder Scam case. 
  • Giriraj booked for grabbing dalit’s land

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    Union minister Giriraj Singh has been booked for grabbing a land that belongs to a dalit in his native Bihar, police said today.

    In total, 32 FIR have been lodged on 2 February by the order of a Special SC&ST court where the complainant had filed an application under Section 156(3) of CrPC seeking directions to police for registering a case against the accused, SHO Sandeep Kumar Singh told PTI

    Singh, BJP MP from Nawada, is Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

    The complainant, Ram Narain Prasad, a resident of Asopur village, alleged that the accused grabbed a land parcel of two acres and six decimal that he owned. He claimed he was abused when he protested their action.

    "As per the court order, an FIR has been lodged under relevant sections of the IPC and also the SC/ST Act. Further investigations are on", the SHO said.

    The registration of the land grab case prompted Tejashwi Yadav, Leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, to demand the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the BJP was an ally of his party JD(U).

    "Nitish Kumar ji, don't hesitate. Speak up, awaken your inner voice and morality and rush to the Governor's House with your letter of resignation. Your dearest friend Giriraj Singh has grabbed three acres of land belonging to Dalits", Yadav said in a tweet.

    Yadav's tweet was an obvious dig at Kumar for having resigned as chief minister last July after Tejashwi Yadav's name cropped up in corruption cases including benami land deals. Tejashwi, RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son, was then the Deputy Chief Minister.

    Kumar had also walked out of the 3-party Grand Alliance, which included the RJD and Congress, and formed government with the BJP.

    In another tweet, Yadav also took potshots at Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who has been coming up with disclosures of alleged benami land transactions involving Lalu Prasad's family.

    "Where are you, master of disclosures and rumours Sushil Modi? Your favorite Union minister Giriraj Singh has grabbed land belonging to Dalits. Why is SuMo keeping quiet? Do you have a share in the land?" Yadav said.

    Meanwhile, reacting to the development, BJP spokesman Rajiv Ranjan said Giriraj Singh is a law abiding citizen and will present his side of the story before the court when the time comes. Attempts by some people to politicise the issue is deplorable, he said.

     

    (With agency inputs)

  • It’s better to be laborer then a beggar: BJP chief

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    Bhartiya Janata Parti national chief address in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, highlighted ‘pro-poor’ government schemes that are functioning under government run by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Pointing out at Congress leader P. Chidambaram’s jibe against Modi’s comment on ‘pakoda sellers, Shah says being a street vendor and selling fritters is still better than being jobless

    (Answering to the question that Chidambaram Sir's has tweeted that 'there are people who started selling pakodas under Mudra scheme, can this be called employment?' Yes, I believe that it’s better that somebody is earning from labour rather than begging. Their next generation will become industrialists)," he said.

    He said that a chai-wala's son is now sitting in the House as Prime Minister and that should inspire people.

    Shah went on to slam the Congress party on several counts. Responding to the opposition's criticism of Goods and Services Tax (GST), he asked all parties to come together and support the government's tax system.

    "Sarvanumat se faisla hua hai.Aur shabd kya diya? Gabbar Singh Tax, kon hai Gabbar Singh? Sholay film me dakait ka naam tha. Kanoon se bana hua tax wasoolna daikaiti hai kya? (This was an unanimous decision. And now what do they call it? Gabbar Singh Tax, who is Gabbar? A dacoit from sholay film. How can a legal tax system be equated with dacoity?," he asked.

    (With agency's input) 

  • Let the party throw me if it wants, says Sinha

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    BJP leader Yashwant Sinha today said that he has not worked so hard to quit from the party, but still if the party want it can throw him.

    He also mentioned that despite sending end number of letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the same issue, there is no response, something that prompted him to float a political action group called 'Rashtra Manch'.

    He said one of the tasks before the Manch was to ensure that the NDA government's policies are aligned with the BJP's election manifesto.

    "Why should I quit the BJP? I had toiled hard during 2004-14 when the UPA was in power. Let the party throw me out if it wants," Sinha told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar here on the Union Budget for 2018-19.

    Sinha, who served as the finance minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet, said the policies of the present NDA government were not in line with what had been promised in the election manifesto.

    "My protest is to bring those back on track along the lines of the election manifesto of the BJP. I have been protesting for the last four years and this has culminated in the formation of the platform Rashtra Manch," Sinha said.

    The Manch, he said, is a broad-based platform with people from many political parties and farmers' organisations.

    (With agency inputs)

  • LS adjourned; tribute paid to BJP MP

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    After the house paid the tribute to the deceased Bhartiya Janata Party MP Hukum Singh, who passed away in JP Hospital at Noida on Saturday, Lok Sabha adjourned for the first day.

    A prominent BJP leader and a member of parliament from Kairana, Hukum Singh was hospitalised for a month and was undergoing treatment due to facing breathing difficulties.

    He was the part of a major controversy last year, that claimed around 350 families had to flee Kairana in Uttar Pradesh due to threats from a 'particular community' and also released a list of Hindus who had to leave the town. However, he later claimed them not communal in nature.

  • Malayalam poet attacked, 6 taken into custody

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    Six people from BJP and RSS have been taken into custody for allegedly attacking K Sreekumar, poet in Kollam district area, Kerala on Monday. He was returning after attending a public function, media report said.

    His car suffered with minor damages yet the poet was successful in escaping without the injuries and directly filed a police complaint at a local police station, the report said.

    It was also noticed that a BJP-affiliated local Panchayat member was part of the group that attempted to attack K Sreekumar.

    City Chief Minister Office has also directed the local police to see into the case and take a serious action against the responsible people.

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  • MCG Election 2017 Results: 35 seats, independents win 20, BJP 14, INLD 1

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    The counting ended around 8pm of MCG Election 2017 on Sunday, the independent candidates emerged victorious in this MCG polls, winning 20 of the 35 seats. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was confident of bagging about 30 of the 35 seats, had to contend with just 14 seats while one seat has gone to the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).

    As results came in, they brought in good news for the women of the city as well with 15 women candidates emerging victorious. Of them, 10 are independents, while five are from the BJP.

  • NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind gets support of AIADMK & JD(U)

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    New Delhi: NDA proposed Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind got a boost with the AIADMK (Amma) faction, led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami announced its support to him.