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Arvind Kejriwal scoffs at BJP for suspending Kirti Azad

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“There is no democracy in BJP. Honest voices are muzzled to protect corruption,” he said in another tweet.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday ridiculed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for suspending its MP, Kirti Azad for raising voices against corruption. “Kirti Azad’s fault was that he raised his voice against corruption. This has left the BJP utterly exposed. BJP is neck deep in corruption,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.”There is no democracy in BJP. Honest voices are muzzled to protect corruption,” he said in another tweet. The BJP today suspended MP Kirti Azad, who was in the line of fire for his tirade against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the alleged scams in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). “Kirti Azad, Darbhanga MP, is suspended from party with immediate effect for his anti-party activities,” Arun Singh, BJP, National Secretary, said in a statement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Azad had defied the party chief and went ahead with a press conference on Sunday highlighting corruption allegations linked to the DDCA of which Jaitley was the president for 13 years till 2013.

DDCA row: BJP MP Kirti Azad suspended from party

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He had targeted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Twitter.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday suspended MP Kirti Azad, who was in the line of fire for his tirade against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the alleged scams in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirti Azad, who has been raising the issue of corruption and irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Administration (DDCA), has been suspended from the party.Azad had targeted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Twitter. Taking to micro-blogging site on Monday night Kirti Azad tweeted, “I was visited at home by so many agencies to take precaution against threat to my life. Dear @arunjaitley darta nahin hoon napunsako se.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, Azad later tweeted, claiming that his Twitter account was hacked and it was not his post. “My A/C is hacked. Statement on @arunjaitley as napunsak is not my tweet,” he said. The BJP had earlier said that action would be taken against Azad for embarrassing the party in connection with the alleged corruption prevailing in DDCA. “Party democracy doesn’t give you the right to slander and then get prodded by the opposition in Parliament. And then, you embarrass the government in Parliament. Through tweets, you provoke the leader and this entire episode amounts to gross indiscipline,” BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh told ANI. “It’s time for action. It is my feeling, because it’s not giving a good name to the party. Because, this indiscipline is not giving a good signal to the party cadre,” he added.

Arun Jaitley files Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Arvind Kejriwal

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Finance minister files civil as well as criminal case against Delhi CM * HC hearing on matter today

Finance minister Arun Jaitley arrives at Patiala House court in New Delhi on Monday to file a defamation case against Kejriwal and other AAP leaders
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Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed a criminal defamation case against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and five others at the Patiala House Court here. The matter was heard in front of a packed courtroom, where Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Sanjay Khandelwal took cognizance of the offence and set the next date of hearing on January 5, 2016. A recording of the pre-summoning evidence will be done that day, following which the court will summon Kejriwal and others on merit. Earlier in the day, senior advocate Manik Dogra, representing Jaitley, also filed a civil suit in the High Court (HC) seeking Rs 10 crore in damages. The hearing on this matter has been listed for Tuesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, who presented the case for Jaitley in court brought charges against six leaders from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that included Kejriwal, Deepak Bajpai, Ashutosh Bhardwaj, Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas and Sanjay Singh. The lawyer argued that “the defendant did not take a single penny” from the Delhi and District Cricket Association – a body Jaitley headed for 13 years. In the complaint, Luthra asserted: “The accused persons individually and collectively undertook a false and defamatory campaign against Jaitley and his family members.” He also said that “Jaitley came from a distinguished family of lawyers and he has no family member who has even one paisa interest in business.” The complaint, filed by Jaitely, was, thus, as a private individual. Almost the entire cabinet and several top brass of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership flanked Jaitley, who personally came to the court to file the suit. Present in the court were Smriti Irani, Union human resource development minister; Venkaiah Naidu, Union minister of urban development, housing and urban poverty alleviation and parliamentary affairs; J P Nadda, Union minister of health and family welfare; Piyush Goel, minster of state for power, among other senior party leaders. The Patiala House District Court saw heavy security, with companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) maintaining law and order as several hundred party members shouted slogans in favour of the BJP and against the AAP. During the 35-minute-long hearing, Luthra presented articles published in the print and electronic media that were defamatory in nature. He even submitted tweets and posts on Facebook by the six accused as evidence. The complaint has been filed under the provisions of Section 200 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) for offence under Sections 400, 500, 501 and 502, read with Sections 34 and 35 of the IPC. If the charges are proved, the maximum sentence is two years. The AAP had alleged massive financial irregularities in the DDCA during Jaitley’s tenure from 1999 to 2013. Kejriwal: “Mr Jaitley should not try to intimidate us with a court case. Our fight against corruption will continue.” Kirti Azad: hello dear @arunjaitley hampar defemation file kar rahe ho na? Please karo na Don’t take injunction, don’t gag freedom of speech.Mera naam kyon hata diya @arunjaitley #Aap ne toh mere letters dikhae theey, mujhpar karo na case, registered post se maine bheje theey

Arunachal Pradesh political crisis: BJP declares rebel Congress leader Kalikho Pul as next CM candidate

Today, a ‘no confidence’ motion by 11 BJP MLAs and two Independent members was ‘adopted’ with deputy speaker T Norbu Thongdok, who is also a rebel Congressman, in the chair.

Rebel Congress MLA Kalikho Pul celebrates with supporters after he was elected as” Chief Minister” by 33 legislators in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday.

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In an interesting turn of events in the Arunachal Pradesh political upheaval, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday declared Kalikho Pul as their Chief Minister candidate.”The sitting chief minister has to prove his majority against the person we are proposing. We are projecting the name of Kaliko Pul for the post of Chief Minister,” leader of the Opposition Tamiyo Taga said.”The next step is to vacate the chief minister post. I have submitted one no confidence motion to be taken up tomorrow in the assembly. There would be a composite floor test for the government. Everything is same but the name is different composite floor test, it is not exactly a no confidence motion,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Today, a ‘no confidence’ motion by 11 BJP MLAs and two Independent members was ‘adopted’ with deputy speaker T Norbu Thongdok, who is also a rebel Congressman, in the chair. 33 MLAs said yes to no-confidence motion against Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and no MLA from the Chief Minister faction was present.Meanwhile, the Congress earlier on Thursday said there could be no business in the Rajya Sabha, because of the recent political developments in Arunachal Pradesh.Briefing media in New Delhi, leader of opposition in the Upper House Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Central government is using the Governor, who is upholder of the Constitution, for political gains. He alleged that the Centre is trying to destabilise Arunchal Pradesh government.In reply to a query, another spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala clarified that the Congress Party has not called any of its state leaders to Delhi on December 19.

PM Modi’s name among world’s top ten criminals: Azam Khan

“If Modi ji can be the Prime Minister, then why can’t I? Have you seen in Google whose name is there in world’s ten top criminals. I have not said this, it is the Prime Minister’s name,” Khan told the media here.

Samajwadi Party leader and Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan made a shocking allegation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi figures in the list of top 10 criminals of the world.”If Modi ji can be the Prime Minister, then why can’t I? Have you seen in Google whose name is there in world’s ten top criminals. I have not said this, it is the Prime Minister’s name,” Khan told the media here.Khan has said that he aspires to become the Prime Minister, since he is the fittest person for the post. He even claimed that Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh would suggest his name for the post at the right time.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I am the fittest person to become the Prime Minister of the country and I aspire to be the Prime Minister. If Narendra Modi resigns and all MPs elect me the Prime Minister, it will send a good message across the country and India will progress each passing day. When the time comes, Mulayam Singh will propose my name,” Khan said.When reporters asked Azam about posters being put up in Lucknow demanding his elevation to the post of deputy chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, he said, “You are insulting me. I want to be become the Prime Minister and I deserve to hold the post. That’s why I have removed posters of me becoming deputy chief minister.”On the CBI raids at the office of Rajender Kumar, the Principal Secretary of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, he said that the Central Government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have shown disrespect to political beliefs.”Everyone knows that it’s a biased action. I think there should not be raids at office of any chief minister of the country without prior permission,” he added.Khan had earlier accused Prime Minister Modi of his alleged involvement in the 2002 riots in Gujarat and asked him to clarify his position on the same.

CBI raids: Delhi CM Kejriwal trying to ‘hide something’ from CBI, says MoS PMO Jitendra Singh

Kejriwal on Tuesday vowed to continue the fight against the ruling dispensation till his last breath and dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that he was not at all scared of the CBI raid.
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Taking on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over his statement that the CBI raided his office looking for the DDCA files related to graft cases in which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is involved, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (MoS PMO) Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said he suspect of the AAP convener trying to hide something from the investigating agency since he is making a big a hue and cry about it.”The raids which were conducted today at 14 different spots simultaneously, out of which two spots belong to officers working in the secretariat of the Chief Minister. If the Chief Minister is making such a big deal about it, one would rather suspect that it is he who has something to hide and when he says that they were fishing some files which would go against the members of the present government at the Centre,” said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I would rather suspect the other way round. May be he was afraid or still apprehensive that there are certain files, he needs to keep hidden and afraid of being let out. The CBI is an autonomous body. The Narendra Modi government have ensured the independence and autonomy of CBI,” he added.Kejriwal on Tuesday vowed to continue the fight against the ruling dispensation till his last breath and dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that he was not at all scared of the CBI raid.”The raid was conducted to look for the files of DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) in which Jaitley is involved in graft cases. I want to tell Modi ji, you scared other people through CBI, but you have no idea what Kejriwal is made up of. I will keep fighting till my last breath for the country,” Kejriwal said.The CBI has registered a case against Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar for allegedly favouring a firm in getting contracts from Delhi Government. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, hit back at Kejriwal for his unwarranted criticism of Prime Minister Modi following the CBI raid and alleged that a ‘nervous’ Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo is demeaning the PMO with his baseless allegation.Refuting Kejriwal’s allegation on the raid on Chief Minister’s office, the CBI has said that the raid was conducted on the Principal Secretary’s office following a warrant.

PM Modi to address defence top brass on board INS Vikramaditya

Addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in a public rally at Thrissur yesterday, the Prime Minister said that the BJP had suffered most in Kerala during the last 50 years, adding that scores of party workers were “murdered” in the state for political reasons.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday will address a combined commanders’ conference on board the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya off the Kochi coast in Kerala.The Combined Commanders Conference is an annual three services event which is being held for the first time outside the national capital.Three service chiefs and other senior officers of the Army, Navy and Air Force will brief the Prime Minister about military issues and also put up suggestions in the one-day event.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Prime Minister will also unveil former chief minister R. Shankar’s statue at Kollam and pay floral tributes to Sree Narayana Guru Mahasamadhi at Sivagiri inVarkala before returning to Delhi.Addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in a public rally at Thrissur yesterday, the Prime Minister said that the BJP had suffered most in Kerala during the last 50 years, adding that scores of party workers were “murdered” in the state for political reasons.He also decried social untouchability in Kerala and said that several saints and Rishis had dedicated their lives to end social unsociability in the state and also lashed out at the Congress-led UnitedDemocratic Front (UDF) coalition and Communist Party of India (Marxist)-Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala and accused them of looting the state in turns.Prime Minister Modi arrived at Kochi Naval Base yesterday on a two-day trip to Kerala and was received by Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Nirbhaya Case: Subramanian Swamy hopes that juvenile order is in public interest

“My guess is that the high court will set a new standard so that juveniles who commit heinous crimes do not have an easy out just by claiming to be juveniles,” Swamy added.

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that he was hopeful about the courts handing down an order to prevent the release of the juvenile involved in the December 2012 gang rape case in outer Delhi.”The main important thing that the management committee has to consider is the mental health which has been provided under the rules as a precondition for setting him out into society. So, what has been finally decided is that the court has reserved its orders, but it has said that it has understood the gravity of the situation and we will definitely give an order which in the public interest. And the most important part which the court have observed is that the rules do provide that the juvenile must be a law abiding citizen before he is released into mainstream society,” Swamy told media.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “My guess is that the high court will set a new standard so that juveniles who commit heinous crimes do not have an easy out just by claiming to be juveniles,” he added. Holding the Congress responsible for the continuing lawlessness against women in society, Swamy further stated that the law has to be amended which is lying in the Rajya Sabha. He accused the Congress of blocking the passage of the legislation into law. “Such an important law has been blocked for almost six months. It is a shame on the Congress Party. It could have been passed in the Rajya Sabha on a priority basis, as it has already been passed in the Lok Sabha. The Congress are to be blamed for continuing lawlessness against women in our society,” he added. Meanwhile, the victim’s father said that the juvenile convict must not be freed as he might be a “threat to society”. “It is not about being a juvenile or an adult, but about crime. The crime he has committed and after he is released it will definitely affect the youth in the country. He is a threat to the society. I believe that he should not be released anyhow. The person who can sit inside jail and learn to be a jihadi, what will he do outside,” asked the victim’s father.

Congress protests in Parliament over BJP MP’s ‘fair skin’ remark

The Lok Sabha was adjourned for sometime on Thursday after a verbal duel continued between the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmakers over MP Virendra Singh’s controversial remarks.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned for sometime on Thursday after a verbal duel continued between the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmakers over MP Virendra Singh’s controversial remarks.Speaking during the discussion on drought, the BJP member who represents Bhadoi lashed out at the Congress for obstructing the Lok Sabha proceedings and said the party only wants the ‘fair skinned’ to occupy the Prime Minister’s Office.”I want to tell Rahul and Scindia that these rulers are born not just from queens but also from women who do menial jobs,” said Singh.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

BJP, RSS misleading people over Ram Mandir issue: Congress

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had on Wednesday said he hopes that the proposed Ram temple will be built at Ayodhya in his lifetime.

Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of misleading the people on Ram temple issue, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Thursday said that both were using the issue for political gains. “Mohan Bhagwat and the BJP politicized the issue of Ram Mandir in the 90s. They are just doing it for political gains. They do not have anything to do with Ram mandir or religion,” Singh told ANI.”First they said that they will do it after coming to power in UP, then they said that they will do it after coming to power in the centre. They came to power during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s time but they did not do it. Then they said that they should come to power with absolute majority, even that has happened. Now, they are saying that it will happen in his lifetime,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had on Wednesday said he hopes that the proposed Ram temple will be built at Ayodhya in his lifetime. “The temple will be built within my lifetime. May be, we will see it with our own eyes. None can say when and how the temple will be constructed, but we need to be prepared and ready,” Bhagwat said while addressing a programme in Kolkata to pay tributes to brothers Ram Kothari and Sharad Kothari who were killed in police firing while performing the kar seva at Ayodhya in 1990.”We need to plan it carefully. A good mix of ‘josh’ (passion) and ‘hosh’ (sanity) is needed to complete the work which Ram and Sharad had initiated,” he added.

Intolerance debate: Dissenting Hindus branded traitors; Muslims told to go to Pakistan, says Congress

Congress leader PL Punia said the government on one hand spoke about upholding freedom of speech and on the other they took down the people who opposed their ideologies.

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Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government of ‘curbing freedom of speech and expression’ in the country, the Congress on Wednesday lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for attacking those who did not agree or were not in tandem with the Centre.”Freedom of expression is the greatest power in a democracy. But these days if a Hindu speaks out against the government then they are branded as a traitor and if it’s a Muslim then he is told to go to Pakistan. So does one’s love for the nation stem from their feelings towards Modi ji and the BJP?” Congress leader Pramod Tiwari told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Backing Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi”s statement attacking the Prime Minister for intolerance, Tiwari said that democracy was at threat if one”s patriotism towards the nation was measured on their feelings towards the government.Related Read: Intolerance was displayed during Partition, Emergency and 84 riots: Rajnath Singh in LSEchoing similar sentiments, Congress leader PL Punia said the government on one hand spoke about upholding freedom of speech and on the other they took down the people who opposed their ideologies.”The major difference between India and Pakistan is that they don’t enjoy the freedom that we have as they have been seeing more of a dictatorship,” Punia told ANI.Speaking in the Lok Sabha during the discussion on intolerance in the country on Wednesday, Rahul had said that India has been successful because the people have had the freedom and space to talk and urged the government to listen to the voice of the people.Related Read: Intolerance debate: Rahul Gandhi tells PM Modi not to learn wrong lessons from Pakistan

BJP tolerant on ‘fabricated propaganda’ of intolerance, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Hitting out at the opposition for creating an illusion of intolerance in the country, Naqvi said the BJP is satisfied that the wrongly portrayed issue of intolerance in the country is now being understood.

Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said his party was very tolerant in discussing the ‘fabricated propaganda of intolerance’ in the Parliament.”We are even tolerant on the fabricated propaganda of intolerance and that is why we openly participated and discussed the issue,” Naqvi said.Addressing the media after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary party meeting held here, Naqvi dubbed the issue of intolerance as a political joke (siyasi shagufa), and added that his party is still concerned and ready to discuss that joke.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu were also present at the meeting.Hitting out at the opposition for creating an illusion of intolerance in the country, Naqvi said the BJP is satisfied that the wrongly portrayed issue of intolerance in the country is now being understood.”All those people who wanted to create an environment of illusion, there masks are now being uncovered,” he added.Naqvi also said that the recently concluded state polls results were discussed at the meeting.”Venkaiah Naidu ji also advised all members to be careful with the use of words and to stay steer clear of controversies,” he added.The Lok Sabha discussed the raging issue of intolerance in the country on Monday, the fourth day of the Winter Session of Parliament, amidst an uproar over accusations made by the Left against Home Minister Rajnath Singh.CPI leader Mohammad Salim accused Singh of saying that ‘a Hindu has become India’s ruler after 800 years’ after Narendra Modi came to power last year.The Home Minister denied making any such remark and sought an apology over the allegation. Parliament had to be adjourned four times on Monday because of this ruckus.Opposition parties also hit out at the ruling party over the recent killings over beef rumours, and for the controversial remarks made by party members.

Muslim women write to PM seeking changes in personal law

The letter states, “Certain orthodox and patriarchal males have dominated the debate on rights of Muslim women and have stonewalled any attempt towards reform in Muslim Personal Law.”

The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), an organisation working for Muslim women empowerment, has written a letter to the prime minister to codify the Muslim Personal Law as per a draft prepared by them and make certain prevalent practices illegal.These include making illegal unilateral oral triple talaq, polygamy, (halala) compulsory marriage of women with another person if she intends to re-unite with divorced husband, and temporary marriage contract (Muta). Their draft seeks a law based on Quranic tenets concerning age of marriage, mehr, talaq, polygamy, maintenance and custody of children among other things.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The letter states, “Certain orthodox and patriarchal males have dominated the debate on rights of Muslim women and have stonewalled any attempt towards reform in Muslim Personal Law.”It goes on to agree with the recent Supreme Court observation and question asked to National Legal Services Authority of India if gender discrimination suffered by Muslim women should not be considered as a violation of fundamental rights under Articles 14, 15 and 21.Citing their study and agreeing with observations made by SC judges, the letter added, “Justice for Indian Muslim women can be enabled either through amendments to the Shariat Application Act, 1937, as well as the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, 1939, or a completely new enactment of Muslim Personal Law.””What we need is codification of law. Those who say that codification has happened do not know what codification means,” said Noorjehan Safia Niaz, co-founder of BMMA. When asked about apprehensions and reservations sounded out due to a “right wing” government at Centre, she added, “It is a democratically elected government, even if it’s right wing. All these years we have been talking to them (ulemas) and, despite creating so much noise, they have not done anything. We want a codified, Quran-compliant law. In this way, at least people do not get the opportunity to talk about the uniform civil code.”

No point of dialogue unless Pakistan gives up terrorism: BJP

Sharif had reportedly said that his government is willing to hold dialogue with India without preconditions.

Pakistan government says something, and the ISI and terrorist organisations there do something else: Hussain said.

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Rejecting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement that they are willing to hold dialogue with India without any preconditions, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said that dialogue with Islamabad was pointless unless it gives up terrorism. “India has always wanted dialogue. It is Pakistan which has always derailed the talks. They run away from dialogue because they cannot stop doing what they do. Pakistan government says something, and the ISI and terrorist organisations there do something else. Unless Pakistan gives up terrorism, there is no point of dialogue,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sharif had reportedly said that his government is willing to hold dialogue with India without preconditions. He said this during his meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Fort Angelo in Maltese capital Valletta on Friday. Sharif also reportedly said that dialogue with India was key to sustainable peace in the region.

‘Popular’ PM Modi mobbed by media for ‘selfie’

He asserted the importance of festivals in the country and said that the celebrations in itself were an example of India’s great unity and diversity.

He waded with folded hands through the sea of scribes as everyone had their cell phones out to click a picture with him.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who attended the ‘Diwali Milan’ lunch hosted at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters here, interacted with the journalists and was later mobbed by them for a ‘selfie’. He waded with folded hands through the sea of scribes as everyone had their cell phones out to click a picture with him. Addressing the media earlier, Prime Minister Modi emphasised on the importance of festivals and their celebration in the nation. “I wanted to host this event around Diwali, but I was indisposed. It’s good it’s happening now or else we would have had to wait till Christmas,” he jested.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He asserted the importance of festivals in the country and said that the celebrations in itself were an example of India’s great unity and diversity. “Celebrating a festival gives direction as well as strength to the society. I can’t imagine the number of stories that can be churned if we sit to analyse the impact of our festivals in our society. If you take the Kumbh Mela for example, a small Europe comes and assembles by the Ganga every day. That much is the number of people, who gather at the event. This signifies strength,” the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister was accompanied by BJP president Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu.Senior BJP ministers Nitin Gadkari, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani were also present at the event. This event comes a day after Prime Minister Modi broke the ice with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and his predecessor Manmohan Singh, whom he invited over for tea, to talk about the landmark Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill and for the smooth running of the Parliament.

India’s sales tax should be below 20 pct – Congress party | Reuters

NEW DELHI India’s proposed sales tax should be set at less than 20 percent, the opposition Congress party said on Thursday, signalling a willingness to compromise as long as the government takes into account its concerns.

The comments by senior Congress leader Anand Sharma came as parliament opened its winter session, with a proposed goods and services tax (GST) topping the priorities of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s government.

“The government should come up with structured proposals on GST,” Sharma, chief tax negotiator for Congress and its deputy leader in the upper house, told Reuters.

Congress first proposed the tax when it was in government, but political hostilities since Modi’s general election triumph 18 months ago have stalled the measure. It would is intended to create a single market and boost commerce in India’s $2 trillion economy.

Now, after a defeat for Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party in Bihar state elections earlier this month and criticism of Congress for paralysing parliament, the two sides appear to be inching toward a compromise.

Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor said he was hopeful a consensus will now be reached with the government.

Asked whether he thought the bill would be passed in the current session, Tharoor said: “It will be rash to predict anything in the political environment … but having said that, on balance I would think so.”

The bill has passed the lower house of parliament but has been blocked in the upper house, where Modi’s coalition lacks a majority.

Congress would like to cap the rate of GST at less than 20 percent, scrap a proposed state levy and create an independent mechanism to resolve disputes on revenue sharing between states.

The government is trying to win over small regional parties to build the two-thirds majority required to pass a key constitutional enabling amendment. It needs to bring Congress round to be sure it can pass.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a television interview on Wednesday night that the three demands by Congress had not been included in its original GST bill.

“GST was not our idea – it was a Congress idea, but it’s a good idea,” Jaitley told the NDTV news channel. “I hope the Congress sticks to the good it proposed rather than flaw it.”

(Additional reporting by Paritosh Bansal and Aditya Kalra; Editing by Larry King)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

BJP targets ‘defensive’ and ‘silent’ Robert Vadra on land deals

“I wonder whether it is a very defensive approach because Robert Vadra has not spoken on the facts that are related to allegations that are coming against him. He has not cleared anything on it till date,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli told ANI.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday alleged that Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, who has so far not answered a single question on the allegation that have been raised against him, is making an attempt to somehow distance himself from the Nehru-Gandhi family.”I wonder whether it is a very defensive approach because Robert Vadra has not spoken on the facts that are related to allegations that are coming against him. He has not cleared anything on it till date,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He is additionally seeking to create distance between himself and the Nehru-Gandhi family because the allegations primarily point out to his actually taking benefit with that kind of proximity,”he added. Kohli further said Vadra is making an attempt to distance himself from the Nehru-Gandhi family. “Where all the allegations then come that he has made use of the proximity to the Nehru-Gandhi family, when especially they were in power. I think this interview raises more questions and answers none,” he added. Kohli also said that Vadra has nothing to fear if he has not broken any law.”As long as he has done everything legally, what is there to fear”. This interview perhaps seem to be more defensive point of view because he has not answered a single question on the allegation that have been raised against him. This he has not done ever,? he addedVadra, whose land deals are being probed in the BJP-ruled states of Haryana and Rajasthan, earlier on Sunday said that a distinction should be made between him as an individual conducting business like anyone else.Vadra alleged that the BJP was using attacks on him as a ?political tool to divert public attention?. The Congress president’s son-in-law further said in an interview that he has always conducted business transparently in accordance with the law but he was being ‘singled out’ and ‘lies’ were spread about him.

Devendra Fadnavis lauds ABVP, says it is making mark in Bengal, Kerala

Fadnavis, who was once associated with ABVP, was speaking after inaugurating a new building of the student organisation in the city.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said youngsters constitute a major chunk of the country’s population and hence, they have the responsibility of inculcating a sense of nationalism and patriotism among the masses.Lauding the role of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in national reconstruction and student-related activities, he said the BJP-wing was committed to all-round development in the country. Fadnavis, who was once associated with ABVP, was speaking after inaugurating a new building of the student organisation in the city.Those below 25 years of age constitute a major chunk of the country’s population. A big responsibility lies on their shoulders to carry forward the duty of inculcating a sense of nationalism and patriotism among people, he said.ABVP activists, over the years, have shown tremendous will power and fighting spirit. After facing setbacks, ups and downs in their history, they are are now tasting success in student elections in universities like Delhi-based JNU and even in West Bengal and Kerala, the Chief Minister said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Spiritual guru Jitendra Maharaj, Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti and District Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, among others, were present on the occasion.

BJP’s saffron allies seek berths in Maharashtra cabinet and at Centre

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis

The Maharashtra cabinet is likely to be expanded soon by giving additional ministerial berths to the Shiv Sena and other allies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), like the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana, Republican Party of India (Athawale) and Mahadev Jankar’s Rashtriya Samaj Paksha and Shiv Sangram that is headed by Vinayak Mete. Talking to reporters on the eve of Diwali, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had confirmed that the cabinet expansion will take place after his London tour. Since then, many names have been doing the rounds and there has been heavy lobbying at the Centre.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> However, leaders of many BJP allies are not members of either House in the state. They have to get elected within six months once they become ministers. BJP sources said that those who are neither MLAs nor MLCs can wait. Those who are already members will have to be given preference, they argue. There are a few prominent names doing the rounds. BJP MLAs Ashish Shelar from Bandra, Jaykumar Rawal from Shindkheda in Dhule district, and Sena MLA Gulabrao Patil from Jalgaon are three of those. Independent MLAs are also asking their share of the pie in return to their support to the government. Sena has been seeking a few important portfolios to have a better say in the government. MLC Vinayak Mete has been eyeing a ministerial berth for a long time. In fact, before the Assembly elections, Mete left the NCP, nursing ministerial ambitions. Mahadev Jankar, who won a lot of his community votes for the BJP in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, is also hoping to be rewarded in the cabinet expansion. RPI (A) leader Ramdas Athawale is another contender. In fact, Athawale has been demanding a share in power at the Centre as well. On Sunday, he said his party wants two ministerial berths at the Centre. Athawale’s spouse Seema is a frontrunner. “If we postpone the cabinet expansion again, the Sena and other allies who helped us come to power will feel jilted. That will lead to a trust deficit and we may face problems in running the government. If chief minister Fadnavis has received the green signal from BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there is no point in delaying it,” a senior BJP leader said.

Azam Khan rakes up controversy, says Paris attacks a reaction to US actions in Syria, Iraq

Khan also added that Western powers have already destroyed countries like Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, and to some extent, Iran, as they want to acquire oil reserves in these countries.

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In a controversial statement, senior Samajwadi Party leader and UP minister Azam Khan has said the European cities cannot be lit up with the ill-gotten wealth from oil reserves of the Middle East and that global superpowers must realise the terror attack was a reaction to their actions in Syria and Iraq.According to an English daily, Khan said, “Do you want to light up cities like Paris, known for their wine and party culture, with the money earned through illegally occupying oil reserves in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Iran? The bombardments in Iraq and Syria on suspected IS strongholds apart from killing innocent civilians are also rendering thousands homeless. What justification do they have for this?” <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Khan also added that Western powers have already destroyed countries like Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, and to some extent, Iran, as they want to acquire oil reserves in these countries.Also read: Paris attacks: Fugitive slipped through police dragnet; now global manhunt underwayMeanwhile, condemning Azam Khan’s remarks, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav should take action against Khan. “Azam Khan’s reaction is most unwanted and condemnable because it puts India in a bad light. It puts India’s fight against terror in a bad light and therefore, it weakens India’s resolve against terrorism,” BJP spokesperson Siddharthnath Singh said. “Akhilesh Yadav should put a check on Azam Khan and also come up with a statement condemning what Azam Khan has said,” said Singh.State president of BJP, Laxmikant Bajpayi, also criticised Khan and said the government should tell the people whether they agree with Khan’s statement or not. “Azam Khan’s statement on Paris attack is not appropriate and highly condemnable. Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav should tell the people whether they agree with Azam Khan’s statement or not. If no answer comes, it means that they are in agreement with his statement,” Bajpayi told ANI. He added that if the SP takes action against Khan, it will prove that the UP Government is committed to fight against terrorism.With Agency InputsAlso read: France launches major airstrike on ISIS in Syria, drops 20 bombs

Anupam Kher ‘humbled’ by LK Advani’s praise for his play ‘Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha’

New Delhi: Overwhelmed by BJP veteran LK Advani’s effusive praise for his play “Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha“, veteran actor Anupam Kher thanked the senior BJP leader for his “generosity” to come and witness the play.

“Thank you Advani Ji for your generosity and praise for our play #MeraWohMatlabNahiTha. We loved your presence,” Anupam tweeted.

Anupam Kher. PTI

Anupam Kher. PTI

Directed by Rakesh Bedi, the play is about two ex-lovers, Preetam Kumar Chopra (Anupam) and Hema Roy (Neena Gupta) meeting after 35 long years, to discover the truth behind their separation.

The play was staged in the capital on Saturday, and will also be brought alive on Sunday.

Anupam, whose actress wife Kirron Kher is a Bharatiya Janata Party MP, also shared a string of photographs in which Advani is seen applauding the actors on the stage. In one image, Advani can be seen with a microphone and seems to be sharing words of appreciation for the actors and director.

Anupam, who has been associated with the world of theatre for long, also appreciated the turnout for the play.

He posted: “What an amazing audience last night for our play #MeraWohMatlabNahiTha. Thank you Delhi for your standing ovation.”

Meanwhile, on the film front, his film “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” has set cash registers ringing at the box office. The Salman Khan-starrer has amassed over Rs.100 crore since its release on Thursday.

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Ex-Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid criticises Modi govt and praises Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan

He praised Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif for attending Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in India: “If you look back at the first face-to-face between our PMs, your PM took a brave, farsighted decision. What we said and did made things uncomfortable for Pakistan after the visit.”

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Senior Congress leader and former foreign minister Salman Khurshid set the cat among the pigeons when he praised Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif while criticising the Modi government. He said in Islamabad at an event: “India has not responded to Pakistan’s overtures for peace in South Asia the way it should have.”He praised Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif for attending Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in India: “If you look back at the first face-to-face between our PMs, your PM took a brave, farsighted decision. What we said and did made things uncomfortable for Pakistan after the visit.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He claimed that the BJP-government had failed to adequately reciprocate Islamabad’s peace overtures. Meanwhile former Pakistani Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman, wondered whether New Delhi had a clear policy on Pakistan, and that all political parties in Pakistan wanted peace in India. She said: “Track-2 exchanges between India and Pakistan were critical because of the cognitive disconnect between the two sides. Simultaneously, a new generation of youngsters in both countries was busy constructing new identities and ideas of themselves and their neighbour.”Sambit Patra slams Congress Responding to the former foreign minister and key Congress leader Salman Khurshid’s slamming BJP for ignoring Pakistan’s peace overtures in Islamabad on Thursday, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday said that the Congress dispensation should explain if this is Khurshid’s statement or the party’s view.
‘Salman Khurshid should remind of the fact that government of India does not represent any party and domestic politics should not be carried to foreign nation because it demeans the people of India and ethos of India. The congress dispensation should explain if this is Salman Khurshid’s statement or this is what the congress means,’ said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra to ANI. Patra added that Sonia Gandhi should explain and apologize. ‘He not only praises the Pakistani Prime Minister and Pakistani government that it is trying its best to fight terrorism, to spread peace in the south east Asia, but the Indian Government is not reacting to these offers by the Pakistani Government. And his statement that PM Modi is yet to become a statesman, by Salman Khurshid is absolutely appalling,’ he added. Patra further added that his statement only means to abuse the ethos of peace loving India. With inputs from ANI

BJP backed trade union takes U-turn on FDI policy

The government has said that there has been no change in FDI policy related to retail and defence, Upadhyay said after meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

Narendra Modi

Within days of opposing the recent FDI liberalisation policy of the government, BJP-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) on Friday took a U-turn saying it is satisfied with the government’s explanation on the reforms and is not opposed to it.”Whatever the Finance Minister explained (on recent liberalisation in FDI policy) we are satisfied with that,” BMS General Secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said. The government has said that there has been no change in FDI policy related to retail and defence, Upadhyay said after meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here. Whatever changes have been made, they are just procedural in nature, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For example, the government relaxed foreign direct investment norms in the defence sector by allowing FDI up to 49% under automatic route and beyond that through FIPB’s approval. The meeting was also attended by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.According to Upadhyay, Sitharaman assured them that her ministry will soon call a stakeholders’ meeting to understand concerns of each and every sector. A day after the government unveiled a liberalised FDI policy, BMS had strongly opposed the decision to allow foreign investment in retail and defence sectors, and wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking review of the decision.It had also demanded that the government should review its stand and come out with a white paper explaining the merits of FDI in the country since 1991 which BMS says has been detrimental to the economy.The BMS leadership had also threatened the government with an open confrontation on streets unless a review was done.

PM Modi attacked by party elders after big poll loss | Reuters

NEW DELHIPrime Minister Narendra Modi is facing a mutiny from senior members of his Bharatiya Janata Party for the first time in his premiership after a humiliating election defeat in the pivotal state of Bihar exposed deep rifts over his leadership.

Three party elders, including former deputy prime minister L.K. Advani, released a statement late on Tuesday questioning the direction of the party, which risks embarrassing Modi just ahead of a visit to Britain.

“A thorough review must be done of the reasons for the defeat as well as of the way the party is being forced to kow-tow to a handful, and how its consensual character has been destroyed,” Advani, BJP ex-president Murli Manohar Joshi and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha, said in the statement.

The doubts around Modi’s leadership raise questions about the viability of his plans to transform the world’s largest democracy into a global power and close a development gap with China.

Sunday’s loss in Bihar, India’s third most populous and poorest state, comes after a similar defeat in Delhi and is the most significant setback for Modi since he won a crushing victory in a general election last year.

The strongly-worded attack took attention away from the government’s move to ease foreign direct investment norms in sectors such as defence, civil aviation and broadcasting. In what looked like a hurried attempt to regain the political initiative, the government listed sectors where investment norms have eased but did not cite precise steps.

Modi’s failure to win enough seats for his party in Bihar despite being its star campaigner indicates a waning of his popularity, prompting senior leaders to ask for accountability.

“Those who would have appropriated credit if the party had won are bent on shrugging off responsibility for the disastrous showing in Bihar,” Advani and the other leaders wrote in the statement.

A BJP statement in response said the party would welcome any guidance from them.

Modi arrives in Britain on Thursday for a three-day visit expected to focus heavily on expanding trade links and during which he will address parliament.

The party has been crippled in the past by infighting among leaders, with several of them – including Advani – harbouring ambitions to become India’s next prime minister.

Modi and a dozen senior party colleagues analysed the reasons for the Bihar defeat in a meeting, but did not point the finger at anyone in particular for the loss.Modi visited Advani at his residence on the day of the results to greet him on his 88th birthday, but there were no signs that differences had been healed.

“The letter penned by BJP party elders reflects what many within the BJP have said in private, but were unwilling to articulate publicly,” said Milan Vaishnav of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

“Unfortunately for the mutineers, they are now marginalised within the party. Hence, their letter will only have impact if its core message is picked up and amplified by those more central to the party’s current operations.”

(Reporting By Andrew MacAskill and Krishna N. Das; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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BJP veterans’ revolt against Modi-Shah: JD(U) says ‘brain dead’ are out of cold storage

‘I had said earlier that these ‘Brain dead’ would become ‘Brain alive’ after the BJP loses in Bihar. They would come out of their cold storage and they would be all heated and charged up. And exactly same has happened,’ JD (U) spokesperson Ajay Alok told ANI.

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Reacting to the statement issued by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veterans against the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of the Bihar fiasco, the Janata Dal (United) on Tuesday said that the ruling party’s senior leaders had finally woken up to the mess being caused by their own top brass. ‘I had said earlier that these ‘Brain dead’ would become ‘Brain alive’ after the BJP loses in Bihar. They would come out of their cold storage and they would be all heated and charged up. And exactly same has happened,’ JD (U) spokesperson Ajay Alok told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, another JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said the ‘dictatorship’ in the ruling party was finally coming to light. ‘The common people in Bihar use to say that one is Shah and another is Taana-shah (dictator). BJP was a cadre based party with a collective leadership but they have hijacked their own party,’ Anwar told ANI. ‘There is growing need to free the party from their (Modi-Shah) clutches and I feel the veterans are feeling the same,’ he said. Anwar added that the veterans were right in questioning the duo, saying ‘Amit Shah needs to answer them’. In a scathing attack at the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) top brass leadership for the Bihar debacle, party veteran including the likes of L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha said that the former failed to learn from the Delhi defeat. ‘The results of the Bihar elections show that no lesson has been learnt from the fiasco in Delhi. To say that everyone is responsible for the defeat in Bihar is to ensure that no one is held responsible,’ the veterans said in statement. (Read: Advani and co lash out against Modi-Shah)

BJP veterans’ revolt: Advani and co lash out against Modi-Shah after Bihar debacle

“To say that everyone is responsible for the defeat in Bihar is to ensure that no one is held responsible.”

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In a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) top brass for the Bihar debacle, party veterans L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha said that the party leadership had clearly learnt nothing from their loss in the Delhi Assembly elections. “The results of the Bihar elections show that no lesson has been learnt, from the fiasco in Delhi. To say that everyone is responsible for the defeat in Bihar is to ensure that no one is held responsible” the veterans said in statement. “It shows that those who would have appropriated credit if the Party had won are bent on shrugging off responsibility for the disastrous showing in Bihar,”it added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“The BJP bigwigs asserted that the principal reason for the latest defeat was the way the party has been ‘emasculated’ in the Delhi polls last year.” “A thorough review must be done of the reasons for the defeat as well as of the way the party is being forced to kow-tow to a handful, and how its consensual character has been destroyed,” the statement added. In a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, the statement said that the review of the loss must not be done by those who managed as were responsible for the Bihar campaign.

Gunehgaar Raj? In new Bihar Assembly, 59% of the MLAs face criminal charges

By Prachi Salve & Saumya Tewari (Indiaspend.org)

* A total of 143 MLAs (59%) in the new Bihar assembly face criminal charges, and 96 MLAs face serious criminal charges including murder and kidnapping.

* Among MLAs facing serious charges, 12 have been charged for murder, 26 are charged for attempt to murder, nine are charged for kidnapping and 13 face extortion charges.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) led by Lalu Prasad, which emerged as the largest single party in the Bihar assembly with 80 seats, has the highest number of MLAs (49) with criminal cases pending against them.

The RJD is followed by its Mahagathbandan (Grand Alliance) ally the Janata Dal (United) with 37 MLAs who have criminal cases pending against them.

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An analysis of affidavits filed by 3,450 candidates for the 243-seat assembly showed that 1,038 (30%) candidates had declared criminal charges, according to data sourced from Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-profit think-tank working on electoral and governance reforms.

As many as 796 (23%) candidates had declared serious criminal cases including charges related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping and crimes against women lodged against them.

As many as 95 (61%) out of 157 candidates from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and 58 (57%) out of 101 candidates fielded by the JD (U) reported criminal charges against them.

As many as 61 (60%) out of 101 candidates of the RJD, 23 (56%) out of 41 candidates of the Congress and 259 (23%) out of 1,150 independent candidates had declared criminal charges against them in their affidavits.

The RJD again has the highest number of MLAs (31) with serious criminal charges, including attempt to murder, against them 31 followed by the JD(U) with 24.

As many as 89 candidates had declared cases related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-302), and 238 candidates had declared offence related to attempt to murder (IPC Section-307).

Ajay Kumar, an independent candidate from Kumhrar constituency, had declared eight charges related to murder in his affidavit. Kumar lost the election.

Visheshwar Ojha, a BJP candidate from Shahpur constituency, had declared 10 charges of attempt to murder (IPC Section-307). Ojha was the runner-up in the constituency by polling over 54,000 votes. The election was won by the RJD’s Rahul Tiwary with over 69,000 votes.

Crorepati MLAs

As many as 105 (67%) out of 157 candidates from the BJP, 76(75%) out of 101 candidates fielded by the JD (U), 66 (65%) out of 101 candidates of the RJD, 25 (61%) out of 41 candidates fielded by the Congress and 229 (20%) out of 1,150 independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.

The average assets per candidate who contested the Bihar assembly elections of 2015 is Rs 1.44 crore.

The average asset per candidate for the 157 BJP candidates was Rs 2.74 crore.

While 101 JD(U) candidates have average assets worth Rs 2.7 crore, 41 Congress candidates have average assets worth Rs 3.90 crore,

While 101 RJD candidates have average assets worth Rs 3.25 crore, 1,150 independent candidates have average assets of Rs 1.83 crore.

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Congress attempting to ‘harm’ India: BJP

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sidharth Nath Singh on Tuesday alleged that the Congress was attempting to harm India with its intention to disrupt the proceedings in the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament.

BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sidharth Nath Singh on Tuesday alleged that the Congress was attempting to harm India with its intention to disrupt the proceedings in the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament.”They (Congress) had in the past created an obstruction, a manufactured obstruction, on issues which have harmed India. And certainly they continue doing that. Congress should learn that there is no point in harming India,” he said.Singh said India needs to move on and added that the BJP is committed to take the nation forward despite Congress’ obstruction in the Parliament.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Certainly the people of this country will judge who is harming India and who is delivering for India. So, we leave it to the people of India. And Congress will be questioned for their behaviour in the Parliament,” he added.With the last session a virtual washout, the government is keen to take up important legislations to be passed in the Winter Session which is scheduled to be from November 26 to December 23.The Winter Session will take place in the backdrop of BJP’s crushing defeat in Bihar, which has further emboldened the Opposition. The Opposition is likely to corner the government over the “rising intolerance in the country” during the Winter Session.

Dog remark: Shatrughan Sinha hits back at Kailash Vijayvargiya, says ‘Haathi chale Bihar, bhaunken hazaar’

A day after BJP’s humiliating defeat in the Bihar assembly elections, a war of word has broken among party leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Shatrughan Sinha.

A day after BJP’s humiliating defeat in the Bihar assembly elections, a war of word has broken among party leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Shatrughan Sinha.Hitting back at Kailash Vijayvargiya’s comment which likened him to a dog, Sinha on Tuesday said ‘Haathi chale Bihar, bhaunken hazaar’.Sinha tweeted his response, Barely 24 hours after the party-led NDA was humiliated in Bihar, the dog analogy was used by Vijayvargiya, a BJP General Secretary and a party strategist for Bihar. His comment came just days after he was forced to withdraw his controversial tweets targeting Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.In a bitterly fought election between Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi, the Mahagathbandhan won 178 seats in Bihar, a commanding two-third majority in the 243-member assembly. The Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies had to settle for a mere 58 seats.Vijayvargiya was on Monday asked to comment on Sinha’s remarks that the poll outcome could have been different had he been projected as the chief ministerial candidate and that those responsible for NDA’s defeat “should be taught a lesson”.”When a car moves, a dog moves under it too, the dog believes that the car is moving because of me. This party is not dependable on one person, it’s a whole organisation and there’s a big hierarchy here. Those who are out of it were on a ‘Maun Vrat’ and now they are speaking,” Vijayvargiya, a former minister in Madhya Pradesh, said.The dog analogy has been used by a BJP leader for the second time in recent weeks after Union Minister VK Singh did so over the Dalit burning incident in Faridabad.Vijayvargiya had said Sinha’s identity in politics is because of the BJP and he alone should decide on his loyalty to the party.Sinha has been severely critical of BJP leadership, particularly those in the Bihar unit. After he was left out of the campaign for the Assembly polls, he said he was “deliberately sidelined”.

Disgruntled BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha meets Nitish, heaps praises; says can’t stop party from acting against him

On being asked if he thinks the party leadership will take action against him, Sinha said he has no such information.

A day after BJP crashed to a humiliating defeat in the Bihar assembly elections, disgruntled MP Shatrughan Sinha met Nitish Kumar and praised him for a victory. Heaping praises on the Janata Dal (United) leader, Sinha said that Nitish Kumar would be a strong Chief Minister.The Mahagathbandhan won 178 seats in Bihar, a commanding two-third majority in the 243-member assembly. The Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies had to settle for a mere 53 seats.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking to media, he said, “A tested and successful Chief Minister has been elected by the people of Bihar. I might even visit Lalu as we are good family friends and we keep going to each other’s houses from time to time,” he said.On being asked if he thinks the party leadership will take action against him, Sinha said he has no such information. “I have not worked against the BJP in any way. If they want to take action against me, I can’t stop the party.”Earlier, asserting that his meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was nothing more than a ‘friendly’ visit, Sinha had said that there was nothing objectionable in the meeting as they were ‘good, old’ friends.”It’s just a friendly visit, nothing political and no one should try to measure personal relations as political ties. Even Prime Minister Modi and Sushil Modi wished him. Don’t take my friendship with Nitish in other way and I must insist that there is no agenda to my meeting,” Sinha told the media.After BJP’s debacle on Sunday, Sinha had termed the grand alliance’s victory as “victory of democracy” and took a swipe at the top party brass, saying the issue of “Bihari versus Bahri” has been settled once and for all.In another tweet, he said,

Bihar debacle: PM Modi to meet top BJP leaders; Amit Shah meets RSS chief

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday attend a meeting of the BJP’s parliamentary board to discuss the impact of the party’s defeat in Bihar assembly elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday attend a meeting of the BJP’s parliamentary board to discuss the impact of the party’s defeat in Bihar assembly elections.The meeting of the party’s top-decision making group of 12 leaders will be chaired by party president Amit Shah. Other members of the group include Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari.Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah on Monday met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, a day after the party crashed to a humiliating defeat in the Bihar assembly elections which had prompted a section of the party to blame Bhagwat’s quota comments as one of the reasons for the loss.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the meeting, Shah is believed to have discussed Bihar results among other things.Party sources added that it was customary for top leaders to meet the RSS chief whenever he spends time in the national capital but the meeting has assumed significance due to Bihar results.The RSS chief’s suggestion for a review of reservation was seized by the grand alliance leaders who used it to rally backward castes, alleging that BJP planned to weaken it.After the loss, a few party leaders including veteran MP Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav has said it was a major reason for their defeat.The mahagathbandhan won 178 seats in Bihar, a commanding two-third majority in the 243-member assembly. The Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies had to settle for a mere 58 seats.Various opposition leaders have dubbed the BJP’s drubbing as a rebuke to the aggressive campaigning by the Prime Minister.

Bihar polls: BJP defends PM, says Narendra Modi remains "most popular leader"

Attempting to downplay its debacle in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday slammed the barrage of attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asserted that he still remained the “most popular” leader in the country.

Attempting to downplay its debacle in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday slammed the barrage of attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asserted that he still remained the “most popular” leader in the country.”In every election, the Prime Minister is the tallest leader of the BJP. He is the principle architect of the BJP’s success over the past few years. Without his leadership in the party, things would have been very difficult. He remains the most popular leader in the country today. Just because we have lost the assembly election does not mean our appeal has diminished,” BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also defended the Prime Minister, saying the Opposition must not use “fiction and frustration” as a measure to celebrate their win.”It’s not like this is the first time that the BJP has ever lost. We don’t drink an elixir of victory before every polls. We have tasted both loss and triumph. We fight the election to win it, but we also know to accept the mandate of the people. There is absolutely no need to drag the number of rallies the Prime Minister conducted in Bihar since it is of no use now,” he added.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had yesterday launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Modi post the grand alliance’s landslide victory in Bihar, saying it is a defeat of hatred, arrogance and anger.”This is a message for Modi ji. The message is clear that Modi ji, the RSS and BJP cannot divide this country. You cannot win the election by making the Hindus fight against Muslims. This is not a nation of caste and religion, this is the country of all and there should be love and brotherhood in this country,” said Gandhi.”I want Mr. Modi to tone down his arrogance as it will be good for him and the nation as well,” he added.The Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) made a clean sweep by securing 178 of the 243 seats, with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) winning 71 seats and the Congress Party securing 27 seats, paving the way for Nitish to form his government for a consecutive third time.However, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, a constituent of the Mahagathbandhan, emerged as the single largest party by winning 80 seats, the final result for which were declared by the Election Commission at 9:28 pm on Sunday.

Bihar assembly election 2015: Fight between development and desperation, says BJP

The result of this elections will decide whether the Narendra Modi factor is still working for the BJP or following a year-and-a-half of his tenure, if his charisma is fading.

The Bharatiya Janata Party seems to be sure of winning the Bihar assembly elections 2015 as counting of votes began on Sunday. After the early trends were in favour of the BJP, it has changed sides marginally towards the Grand Alliance.BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told Zee, “Big day, fight between two ‘D’s today- Development & second D-desperation for existence.”“I am sure for the benefit of Bihar, benefit of the nation, development would be victorious because Bihar has to march ahead,” he added.The result of this elections will decide whether the Narendra Modi factor is still working for the BJP or following a year-and-a-half of his tenure, if his charisma is fading.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If the NDA manages to win Amit Shah will certainly be number two in the BJP while the loss for Mahagathbandhan will mean a tough time for the Congress and RJD in Bihar.

Hindu outfit demands ban on crackers with religious pictures

Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti (ABHSS) President Deepak Bhardwaj said that the Samiti won’t allow sale of crackers carrying religious pictures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

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A Hindu outfit in Punjab on Thursday demanded a ban on sale of crackers carrying pictures of idols in the state.Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti (ABHSS) President Deepak Bhardwaj said that the Samiti won’t allow sale of crackers carrying religious pictures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. It warned cracker-making companies not to supply in markets such crackers in view of coming Diwali.ABHSS also asked administration to rein in sellers of such crackers so that Samiti was not forced to itself initiate action against the erring sellers. The outfit warned shop-keepers not to sell such crackers, otherwise they will face Samiti’s wrath in form of strict action, Bhardwaj said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Baba Ramdev asks Shah Rukh Khan to return his Padma Shri award money

Baba Ramdev’s remark comes hours after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kailash Vijayvargiya had on Tuesday attacked Shah Rukh Khan over his “extreme intolerance” comment, saying his ‘soul’ is in Pakistan though he lives in India and also painted him as an ‘anti-nationalist’.
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The hate storm against Shah Rukh Khan continues to escalate as Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday asked the former to return the money earned after receiving the Padma Shri to the Prime Minister’s relief fund. “If he (Shah Rukh Khan) is a true patriot, he should return all the money he earned after winning the Padma Shri to the Prime Ministers’s relief fund, in case he plans to return the award.”Baba Ramdev’s remark comes hours after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kailash Vijayvargiya had on Tuesday attacked Shah Rukh Khan over his “extreme intolerance” comment, saying his ‘soul’ is in Pakistan though he lives in India and also painted him as an ‘anti-nationalist’. However, the Senior BJP leader retracted his tweets on Shah Rukh Khan, saying he was ‘misconstrued’ by some.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”My tweet was misconstrued by some. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone. I retract my yesterday’s tweets,” Vijayvargiya had said in a tweet on Wednesday.Another BJP MP Yogi Adityanath compared Shah Rukh Khan to 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and said the actor was speaking in the same language of terror.”All such people should go to Pakistan where they will be shown their true position in the scheme of things. Hafiz Saeed and Shah Rukh Khan speak the same language,” Adityanath said.Kailash Vijayvargiya and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Sadhvi Prachi had earlier lashed out at Khan, accusing him of being a ‘Pakistani’ and expressing ‘ anti-national’ thoughts. King Khan had joined the debate swirling around ‘intolerance’ on his 50th birthday, when he told a leading news channel that there was ‘nothing worse than religious intolerance and that it would take India to the Dark Ages’.”Our religion cannot be defined or showed respect to by our meat-eating habits. How banal and silly is that,” he said, supporting the views of writers, filmmakers and others who have returned their awards in protest against the rising intolerance.

RSS wants strictest punishment for Dadri lynching culprits

“We condemn the Dadri killing. We feel such incidents should not happen. We want the culprits involved in the incident should be given strictest punishment,” RSS state secretary Jishnu Basu told a press conference.

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Condemning the Dadri lynching, the West Bengal wing of the RSS on said it wants strictest punishment for the culprits involved.”We condemn the Dadri killing. We feel such incidents should not happen. We want the culprits involved in the incident should be given strictest punishment,” RSS state secretary Jishnu Basu told a press conference. Basu, however, had a dig at a section of the media for highlighting such type of incidents and keeping mum on incidents like when three Hindu dalits were beaten to death in Nadia district earlier this month On writers returning their awards, Basu said that the writers and activists who had expressed their opinion against growing intolerance, were against the change of guard at the Centre.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I feel that those who are raising their voices against growing tolerance are not happy with the change of guard at the Centre,” Basu said. Briefing on the resolution taken by the RSS at the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari, Mandal expressed deep concern over demographic imbalances.”We urge the Union government to reformulate the National Population Policy keeping in view availability of resources in the country, future needs and the problem of demographic imbalance and apply the same uniformity to all,” Basu said. “The Union government should take steps to curb illegal infiltration from across the border. Prepare a national register of citizens and prevent infiltrators from acquiring citizenship rights and purchasing lands,” Basu demanded.

Patels take agitation overseas, seek permission to protest in London

Ahmedabad: Patel community activists have sought Britain’s permission to stage protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visits there this month, a Patel leader said on Monday.

They want to hold the demonstration to press their demand for reservations for Patels in jobs and educational institutions in Gujarat.

Said Varun Patel, a Patidar leader in Ahmedabad: “We have written to British Prime Minister David Cameron to allow us to exercise our right to protest in their great democracy since we are not allowed to do so in our very own state by our own government.”

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Patel, who is the Ahmedabad convenor of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), was referring to the sedition charges slapped on PAAS chief Hardik Patel and his supporters.

“Hardik and his close associates are being tossed from one set of policemen in one city to another in another city,” he added.

Varun Patel said: “We wish to highlight before the Indian community in Britain the plight of the Patel community which is being targeted for raising its voice in the prime minister’s home state Gujarat.”

He wondered how other political parties and groups are allowed to take out processions and stage protests, “but no Patidar gets permission to hold a public function in this state”.

Modi is scheduled to visit Britain from November 12 to 14 before leaving for Turkey to attend the G-20 summit.

Patel said the agitating Patels had decided to vote against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates in the ensuing elections to 323 local bodies, including six municipal corporations, on November 22 and 29.

“Kamal ne kachdi nakhishu (We will crush the lotus)”, Varun Patel said, referring to the BJP election symbol.

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Govt won’t function on basis of religion, caste: Rajnath Singh

“Targeting the Prime Minister or the government is beyond my understanding, but we are open to hearing suggestions,” he added.

Earlier today Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also reiterated the government’s stand that ‘intolerance’ was not on the rise in the country and asserted that India remains a highly tolerant and liberal society.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday asserted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA Government won’t function on the basis of religion or caste, but on the basis of ‘humanity and justice’. “Whoever thinks intolerance has increased in the country, should give us their suggestion and the government will surely consider that. Our government will not function on the basis of caste or religion but on the basis of humanity and justice,” Singh told the media here.”Targeting the Prime Minister or the government is beyond my understanding, but we are open to hearing suggestions,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also read- Full Text: PM Modi has been the victim of intolerance since 2002 writes Arun Jaitley Earlier today Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also reiterated the government’s stand that ‘intolerance’ was not on the rise in the country and asserted that India remains a highly tolerant and liberal society. “There are many who have never intellectually accepted the idea of the BJP being in power. This obviously includes the Congress, many left thinkers and activists. Over decades they have practiced ideological intolerance towards BJP. They wish to project India as an intolerant society but the truth is otherwise,” Jaitley said in his Facebook post.

Congress demands BJP’s apology over Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s remark on Sonia Gandhi

The Congress on Sunday condemned Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi?s remark that party president “Sonia Gandhi cries when a terrorist like Osama is killed” and demanded an apology from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in this regard.

The Congress on Sunday condemned Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s remark that party president “Sonia Gandhi cries when a terrorist like Osama is killed” and demanded an apology from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in this regard.Congress leader PC Chacko said the remark was an attempt to gain cheap popularity.”They think that by attacking Sonia Gandhi and senior leaders of the Congress party they can gain more popularity amongst their team. What he has said is completely ridiculous and is not worth of a reply from our side,” Chacko said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demanding an apology from the BJP, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that action must be initiated against those who have been continuously making inflammatory statements.”When their own party president is going around making inflammatory statements across the nation, what can you expect from their other leaders? We strongly condemn this and demand that the BJP apologise to Sonia Gandhi and the Congress,” Alvi said.Training his guns on the Congress president, Naqvi had said on Saturday in Kanpur that the Opposition talks about secularism, but when a terrorist is killed it is instantly linked to religion.

What is your Aukaat: Uddhav Thackeray asks BJP

Shiv Sena stepped up its aggressive stance against its alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party as party chief Uddhav Thackeray declared his party will withdraw its support in Maharashtra if the BJP continued to act in an arrogant manner.

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Shiv Sena stepped up its aggressive stance against its alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party as party chief Uddhav Thackeray declared his party will withdraw its support in Maharashtra if the BJP continued to act in an arrogant manner.Uddhav was speaking at an election rally in Kalyan on Friday where the civic polls are going to be held on Sunday. Sena and BJP have decided to go alone in these polls and both have been at loggerheads for more than a year after they split in 2014 assembly polls but grudgingly came together to stake claim for power in Maharashtra.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sena minister Eknath Shinde offered his resignation as minister to Uddhav at the rally stage which Uddhav promptly rejected and then went onto an offensive against BJP. “Even Indira Gandhi was overthrown by the people. What is your aukaat?,” Thackeray asked at the rally.He targeted BJP over the skyrocketing prices of pulses and demanded that the prices be lowered before diwali. “You cannot use the government administration as your domestic servant, we will not tolerate this,” he said. If this government continued to act in an arrogant manner, we will seek resignations from all, Uddhav added.

Bihar polls: Grand alliance to move Election Commission over Amit Shah comment, BJP gets there first

However, the BJP top leadership has already reached the EC office and filed a complaint against the grand alliance, accusing it of ‘communalising the Bihar elections’.

Shahnawaz Hussain of BJP and KC Tyagi of JD(U)

The grand alliance will lodge a protest with the Election Commission on Friday against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah’s remark that crackers will burst in Pakistan if his party loses the Bihar Assembly polls. Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi condemned Shah’s remark and alleged that it was an an insult to the Dalits and the backwards in Bihar.”We will take this to the Election Commission and demand a ban against him from further campaigning in Bihar,” Tyagi told ANI. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, the BJP top leadership has already reached the EC office and filed a complaint against the grand alliance, accusing it of ‘communalising the Bihar elections’.The Congress asserted that Amit Shah’s statement was an indication by the BJP of their impending loss in the elections, reports an English news channel.”India will celebrate and burst crackers before Pakistan when the BJP loses and we will defeat them with all certainty. I can tell you for sure that we are defeating them right now,” Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar told ANI.Addressing a rally in Raxaul on Thursday, Shah had said that crackers will be burst in Pakistan if the BJP loses in Bihar. The grand alliance had earlier alleged that after provocative speeches by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and provocative newspaper ads and photos by the BJP president, this was the latest attempt to communalise the Bihar polls.

AAP government to give out enhanced compensation of Rs 130 crore to 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims

According to sources, the enhanced compensation amount of Rs 5 lakh every affected family will be distributed to an estimated 2,600 families affected in the riots within the first week of November, without waiting for the Centre to release financial assistance to the state.

AAP chief and Delhi CM Kejriwal

With an eye on the Punjab elections slated to be held in 2017, the AAP government has readied a plan to disburse a compensation of Rs130 crore out of its own kitty to the families of the 1984 anti-sikh riot victims.According to sources, the enhanced compensation amount of Rs 5 lakh every affected family will be distributed to an estimated 2,600 families affected in the riots within the first week of November, without waiting for the Centre to release financial assistance to the state. So far, only 143 riot-affected families have received the compensation amount.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In October, 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led union government had decided to dole out an enhanced compensation to each of the 3,325 victims of the 1984 riots that followed then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination, over and above the funds received by the families so far received from the government.Last December, union home minister Rajnath Singh had distributed enhanced compensation cheques of Rs 5 lakh each to 17 families of riot victims in west Delhi’s Tilak Vihar. Another 16 cheques were released before the February 15 assembly elections. Other cheques were distributed by the deputy commissioners.Punjab being a crucial state for AAP, the party had already started a thorough groundwork to expand its base in the upcoming state assembly elections. In the 13 seats it contested in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the party won four.Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had recently visited the Golden Temple Amritsar to offer prayers in the wake of the violence that erupted with the desecration of the Sikh holy book.

LK Advani my ultimate guru and guide, says Shatrughan Sinha

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Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) Member of Parliament Shatrughan Sinha on Wednesday described the veteran party leader Lal Krishna Advani as his ultimate guide, friend and philosopher.”Mr. Lal Krishna Advani has been my friend, philosopher, guide, guru and ultimate leader. Main sari baate unke samne rakh donga aur kahoonga aap jo hai ap hi hai. (I will keep all my views in front of him and say whatever you are, you are),” Sinha told ANI in an exclusive interview.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On being asked whether he felt he had been sidelined by the BJP, Sinha refused to say much, but referred to Advani as his mentor and ultimate friend. “Whatever happened with Advani ji, Murli Manohar Joshi ji or Jaswant Singh or with Yashwant Sinha ji, I would not like to speak much on that. I only know that Advani ji is my ultimate friend, guide and guru,” he said.

Wonder whether supporters of ‘jungle raj’ now regret being called ‘junglis’: Shatrughan Sinha

On being asked whether the BJP is experiencing a wave in Bihar, Sinha said that he wished and prayed for it.
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Shatrughan Sinha on Wednesday said supporters of ‘jungle raj’ (lawlessness) in Bihar would now regret being referred to as junglis (one who lives in the jungle).”The ‘jungle raj’ which we are talking about today, many people were supporters and sympathisers of it. Many people also benefitted from it. I am wondering if people might be regretting, being called ‘junglis’, since they were once the supporters of ‘jungle raj’. This should not happen, as they will be pained over this description,” Sinha told ANI in an exclusive interview.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On being asked whether the BJP is experiencing a wave in Bihar, Sinha said that he wished and prayed for it.”I wish there is a BJP wave in Bihar. Ho jai to bahut achcha hai bhagwan kare ho jai. (if the BJP wave happens, great, god willing it happens). I wish even today that the BJP wins in Bihar under the leadership of the honourable Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, so that we are able to bring development in the state,” he added.He however questioned the fact that no action had been taken by the Prime Minister or the party even after the humiliating electoral defeat in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.”There are rumours going on that, I am not happy in the party. Our party is large-hearted. What action was taken against people responsible for the humiliating debacle in Delhi. Many people were responsible for our party’s defeat. Even after losing the UP election, what action was taken? Even in Himachal, we lost, but no action was taken. In fact many were promoted after the defeat,” he said.

Arun Shourie calls NDA govt ‘Congress plus a cow’; BJP says he is in ‘pain’ because he is not part of govt

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday brushed aside former Union Minister Arun Shourie’s statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘managed headlines instead of economy’, saying that the former had made such a remark since he was in pain for not being a part of the NDA Government anymore.

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday brushed aside former Union Minister Arun Shourie’s statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘managed headlines instead of economy’, saying that the former had made such a remark since he was in pain for not being a part of the NDA Government anymore.”All I can say for our former colleague Mr. Arun Shourie is that somewhere, his pain of not being in the government anymore is being reflected through his career nationalism,” BJP spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also slammed Shourie saying the effect of the current company he was in, was showing through his words.Speaking at a book launch event on Monday, Shourie mocked the NDA Government saying that it was nothing but ‘Congress plus cow’.”There is a clearer belief that managing economy means managing headlines about the economy and this is not really going to work. The way to characterise the policies of the Government is Congress scaled plus a cow” Shourie said.He also said that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was never as weak as it was now.”I feel there was never a weaker a PMO as now… There has never been as great a centralisation of functions, not power, of functions in PMO as now,” he said.Shourie further said that looking at the way economy is being managed at present, people have started recalling the days of former prime minister Manmohan Singh.He also claimed that industrialists are afraid of speaking against the government. “The industrialists who meet the Prime Minister don’t speak whole truth. After meeting PM, they wonder what is happening and say ‘please do something’. And in front of media they give the government 9 out of 10,” Shourie claimed. Shourie noted that Parliament has become alibi for not doing anything. Read what Arun Shourie said

Dadri lynching: Incident result of Mohammad Akhlaq’s son’s affair with Hindu girl, alleges ABVP

The ABVP will push the love affair theory during a ‘discussion’ on ‘appeasement politics’ on the first day of a convention.

RSS student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is set to claim that the Dadri lynching happened because one of the sons of (deceased) Mohammad Akhlaq was having an affair with a Hindu girl.According to the Indian Express, the ABVP is set to take this stand at its annual state-level convention to be held in Sitapur from November 1 to 3. Interestingly, Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik has been invited to be the chief guest at the convention.The ABVP will push the love affair theory during a ‘discussion’ on ‘appeasement politics’ on the first day of the convention, says the Indian Express report.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It has appeared in a section of the media in western UP that one of Akhlaq’s sons had an affair with a local Hindu girl and his family was attacked on the same dispute,” ABVP Awadh region organisation secretary Satya Bhan told The Indian Express. “But leaders of different political parties diverted the issue towards another reason, of beef consumption, for appeasement of minorities for political gains. UP minister Azam Khan’s move to write to the UN, also maligned the image of India. It will be clarified at the convention,” he added.Satya Bhan was also quick to allege that the UP government had provided financial help to the bereaved family only because they belonged to the minority community. As it happens, the ABVP is not clear as to which son of Akhlaq the Hindu girl was supposedly having an affair with. The other issues to be discussed at the convention would be communal harmony, women’s security, female foeticide, commercialisation of education, student union elections, terrorism, unemployment, poor condition of farmers in UP, law and order situation of the state and ‘involvement of foreign forces in promoting Naxal activities in the country’, said Indian Express.Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged out of his home and killed by a mob this month following rumours that his family was storing beef. His son Danish was also assaulted and received serious injuries, spending time in a hospital. The incident had sparked off widespread outrage in the political class and among the public.

Patels in Surat threaten to convert for reservation

Local Patel leaders called this move as a symbolic protest against the state government, which according to them, has denied reservation benefits to the community members under OBC category.

The state-wide agitation for quota is being spearheaded by Hardik Patel, a 22-year-old commerce graduate who is hogging the limelight after organising a massive rally in Ahmedabad on August 25.
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With Gujarat government not heeding to the Patels’ demand for OBC status, at least 500 families of the community have threatened to leave Hinduism and convert to another religion for getting benefits of reservation in jobs and education. These families reside in Pasodara village near Surat city, around 260 kms from Ahmedabad. Local Patel leaders called this move as a symbolic protest against the state government, which according to them, has denied reservation benefits to the community members under OBC category.”At least 500 Patel families of Pasodara have decided to go for conversion in the wake of the government’s denial of reservation benefits to the Patels. We have conveyed our wish to convert to various Hindu organisations and leaders of our religion,” said Raju Bodara, a prominent member of Akhil Bharatiya Patidar Sena, a Patel group, in Surat district.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vijay Patel, a local resident, said the families are “compelled” to take such a step.”Looking at the current situation, where the government is terrorising Patels by various means, we are left with no other option but to convert. We are compelled to do so. This government and our religious leaders should now do introspection on this issue,” he said.”We are consulting legal experts to know more about our rights after conversion. We are also studying the Constitution. There must be a law which will give us all the benefits of reservation after conversion,” Vijay added.The state-wide agitation for quota is being spearheaded by Hardik Patel, a 22-year-old commerce graduate who is hogging the limelight after organising a massive rally in Ahmedabad on August 25.

Bihar polls: BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha fires fresh salvo, accuses party of sidelining him

Continuing his rebellious streak, veteran actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha on Sunday accused the party leadership of sidelining him in the assembly elections in Bihar, and urged them to see how “your own Bihari (Babu) has been treated”.

Continuing his rebellious streak, veteran actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha on Sunday accused the party leadership of sidelining him in the assembly elections in Bihar, and urged them to see how “your own Bihari (Babu) has been treated”.Taking to micro blogging site, Sinha tweeted, “My party workers, friends, supporters and well-wishers wonder why I am not seen on the campaign trail,” the veteran actor said. “I assure them it is not by choice.”He said he had been “kept out thanks to insecure local leaders who we know very well… who have fed matter of convenience stories to the party leaders”.Sinha further added, “It was “not a question of Bihari vs Bahari but of how your own Bihari (Babu) has been treated by own people for no fault. However, in the larger interest of Bihar and its people, I hope wish and pray that our people get the support and trust of the voters”.Also read: BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha virtually dares party to take action against himEarlier, Sinha denied that he was “sulking” while stating that he would only attend those saffron meetings that he was invited to.”With all my good wishes and warm feelings for the BJP, I decided not to create more controversy or make the situation more messy.”That is why I have skipped from my side and also I firmly believe that …I only attend when I am invited to,” he said when asked why he was not campaigning for the party in the ongoing politically significant Bihar polls.That, he said, was the reason why he kept away “from the scene” and work towards his parliamentary duties.

Congress calls for ‘ban’ on Shiv Sena

“If he has given a comment against the Constitution, then his party should be banned and I appeal the Prime Minister to look in this matter,” he added.

The Congress on Friday called for a ban on the Shiv Sena after party Chief Uddhav Thackeray demanded that India be declared a ‘Hindu Rashtra’, saying that the comments are against the Constitution.”India is a secular country and the Constitution is secular, and secularism can’t be changed here. Udhhav Thackeray’s comments are totally uncalled for as the comments are against the Constitution of the country. The election commission should take a cognizance of it, and should impose a ban on his party (Shiv Sena) immediately,” Congress leader Rashid Alvi told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”If he has given a comment against the Constitution, then his party should be banned and I appeal the Prime Minister to look in this matter,” he added.Shiv Sena Chief Thackeray on Thursday had said that the country should be declared a Hindu Rashtra, demanding an imposition of uniform civil code in the country.In his 45-minute speech he criticised Pakistan, Muslims and secularists. He further criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the issue of Ram Mandir and their ‘soft approach’ towards Pakistan.

Dalits have always been insulted in India on a large scale: Mayawati

Referring specifically to the death of the two Dalit children in Ballabgarh, she said, “”It’s a shameful incident. It clearly indicates that the BJP is not at all concerned or sensitive about Dalits.”

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday squarely blamed both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, besides other political outfits for perpetrating large scale atrocities on Dalits across the country.Addressing media in Lucknow with reference to the recent burning to death of two children in a village in the Ballabhgarh area of Haryana earlier this week, and also the murder of a 15-year-old Dalit boy in Gohana area of the same state allegedly by police, Mayawati said, “Dalits have always been exploited and insulted at all levels on a large scale, whether it is by the regimes of the Congress, the BJP and other opposition parties, whether it is at the Centre or in the states.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Referring specifically to the death of the two Dalit children in Ballabgarh, she said, “”It’s a shameful incident. It clearly indicates that the BJP is not at all concerned or sensitive about Dalits.””A Dalit family was burnt alive under police protection in the BJP-ruled state of Haryana. These governments have also been trying to protect the culprits who commit atrocities against Dalits. This shows their communal mindset towards Dalits,” Mayawati said.

RSS’ struggle forward despite challenges is ‘inspirational’: BJP

Reacting on the opposition by the Congress over the live telecast of Bhagwat’s address, Hussain expressed his displeasure saying the hostility was uncalled for as the message broadcasted was a good one.

RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat had earlier today praised the country’s progress under Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday praised the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for persisting successfully in their work despite the many ‘challenges’ they have had to face. “The way the RSS has taken the ‘Sangathan’ forward is inspirational and staying strong despite all the challenges they have faced. India waits for Mohan Bhagwat ji”s message on Dussehra and he successfully delivered that today,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said. Reacting on the opposition by the Congress over the live telecast of Bhagwat’s address, Hussain expressed his displeasure saying the hostility was uncalled for as the message broadcasted was a good one. “Private channels are doing live coverage of it then why should Doordarshan not do it? Besides, when people talk filth and abuse openly that gets broadcasted, so why not someone saying something good,” Hussain added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat had earlier today praised the country’s progress under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said India’s image had reached great heights on a global scale as the world expected ‘India to guide it towards a great future’. Making his annual ‘Vijayadashami’ speech, Bhagwat said that the primary agenda now is about how to make India a leading nation in the world as ‘expectations have risen’ since Prime Minister Modi’s government came into power.

Abdul Rashid ink attack: BJP defends attack while Jammu & Kashmir CM Sayeed condemns it

The ink attack took place when Abdul Rashid had called a press conference in the national capital.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday defended the ink attack on Jammu and Kashmir MLA Abdul Rashid by the Vishnu Gupta-led Hindu Sena at the Press Club of India in New Delhi, saying that he was a victim of his own doing.”India is a democratic country where anyone can do anything. If Abdul Rashid can a give beef party, then he should also realise that anything can happen with him also,? BJP MLA Gagan Bhagat told ANI.”The incident is not right. However, Abdul Rashid is a victim of his own doing,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Monday condemned the ink attack, saying the “spate in unpleasant incidents” is “most disturbing”.In a statement, Sayeed said, “in a vibrant democracy like India, we need to have courage to respect dissent and provide space to different points of view.” He added tha, “the spate in unpleasant incidents such as this is most disturbing.”Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also condemned the attack on Rashid and said the “climate of intolerance and violence is very worrying”.The ink attack took place when Abdul Rashid had called a press conference in the national capital. The Hindu Sena has claimed responsibility for the attack alleging that Rashid has insulted cow, which is considered sacred to Hindus.Rashid was recently beaten up by BJP MLAs inside the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for allegedly hosting a beef party at the MLA hotel.

After Shiv Sena protest, PCB-BCCI meeting shifted to New Delhi

The much-anticipated talks between BCCI President Shashank Manohar and his Pakistan counterpart Shahryar Khan on the proposed bilateral series have been rescheduled for Tuesday after protests by Shiv Sena activists forced the Board to cancel the meet in Mumbai.

The much-anticipated talks between BCCI President Shashank Manohar and his Pakistan counterpart Shahryar Khan on the proposed bilateral series have been rescheduled for Tuesday after protests by Shiv Sena activists forced the Board to cancel the meet in Mumbai.”The talks have not been called off. Mr Manohar and Mr Khan will speak to each other on Monday evening and on Tuesday they are coming to Delhi for another round of talks,” IPL Chairman and senior Board functionary Rajiv Shukla told the news agency.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In no way, the dialogue will be stopped. BCCI has never compromised with national interests,” he said.Shukla also condemned the attack. Taking to micro blogging site, he said, “Strongly condemns the attack on BCCI Office by Shiv Sena,””BCCI is a responsible body and will not do anything against national interest. Cricketing decisions should be left to BCCI,” he added.”Cricket is a gentleman’s game and the spirit of the game expects same generosity and tolerance from those who love the game,” he further tweeted.The meeting was to take place in Mumbai on Monday but was cancelled after 40 to 50 members broke into the BCCI’s headquarters at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and “gheraoed” president Shashank Manohar, saying, “We will not allow any cricket ties with Pakistan.”The Shiv Sainiks charged into the office chanting ‘vande matram’ and slogans against PCB chief Shahryar Khan. They were carrying saffron flags of the party and black flags to condemn resumption of Indo-Pak cricketing ties.Reacting to the incident, Congress leader Manish Tewari said, “Law and order has completely broken down in Maharashtra. Ghulam Ali, Kasuri ji and now Shahryar Khan- this is this how you treat guests.”Meanwhile, the Congress party said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is refusing to take action against Shiv Sena?s hooliganism and is turning a blind eye to what is prevailing in Maharashtra, to continue to stay in power.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today demanded that the Shiv Sena be derecognised in the backdrop of the latter’s recent activities, including today’s protests at BCCI office here, saying in its nearly 50 years of existence the regional party has only contributed to “politics of hate and goondaism”.

Khattar controversy a "well planned strategy" by BJP, alleges NCP

Khattar had earlier in an interview to a national daily said that ‘If Muslims want to continue living in India they must give up consuming beef’, after which he drew ire of the political fraternity.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continued to face flak over the beef remark made by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, as the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Saturday slammed the Narendra Modi-led party, saying the entire row was their “well planned and executed strategy.””First such controversial remarks are made and then the BJP either chooses to ignore it or makes a u-turn on it. Clearly it’s some sought of a well planned strategy,” NCP leader Tariq Anwar told ANI here.He added that it was the BJP’s tactic to gauge the general reaction they get over the remarks and when the situation turns sour, they take back their words.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Khattar had earlier in an interview to a national daily said that ‘If Muslims want to continue living in India they must give up consuming beef’, after which he drew ire of the political fraternity.

BJP explains reasons behind PM Modi meeting Netaji’s kin

BJP on Wednesday asserted that the government’s intention is very sympathetic towards the legendary freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose and that is why PM Modi is meeting his kin at his official 7 RCR residence here on Wednesday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday asserted that the government’s intention is very sympathetic towards the legendary freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose and that is why Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting his kin at his official 7, Race Course Road (RCR) residence here on Wednesday.”I can’t say what would be the final outcome of the meeting, but I can say only one thing that Bose’s family is meeting the Prime Minister and government’s intention is very sympathetic towards the whole issue and one can only analyse by looking at what the previous prime minister like Nehru ji was spying or snooping on the family members of the Bose family and INA (Indian National Army).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Whereas the current Prime Minister is feeling honoured to call and invite Netaji’s family at his residence,” BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh told ANI.”Netaji belongs to the entire nation. Everybody would like to know truth about him and the current government is quite sympathetic and considerate towards him,” he added.The Prime Minister will be meeting the family members of Netaji today at his residence where it is expected that they would be requesting him to declassify all files related to Netaji’s mysterious disappearance 70 years ago.

Bihar polls: Will form government with two-third majority, says Amit Shah

Shah, who was addressing a rally at Nokha, Sasaram, said he is confident that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would submit his resignation to the Governor on October 8 when the results are announced.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Tuesday highlighted the development in the states ruled by his party and said that the NDA would form the next government in Bihar with a two-third majority.Shah, who was addressing a rally at Nokha, Sasaram, said he is confident that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would submit his resignation to the Governor on October 8 when the results are announced.”The nation has changed a lot in the last 25 years. Several villages have been electrified. Do you get 24 hours power in villages here? Do you have access to hospitals in every village? Do you have access to education? You must go to the BJP ruled states and see these,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He further said that BJP is committed towards development.”Wherever there is a BJP government, the development has reached farmers, backwards, Dalits and Mahadalits,” he said.Shah also urged the electorate to vote for Rameshwar Chaurasia, the BJP?s candidate from the region.

Shiv Sena justifies attack, calls ex- BJP idealogue Sudheendra Kulkrani Pakistan’s ‘chamcha’

Branding Kasuri a ‘chamchaa’ (sycophant), Raut said that the Shiv Sena has nothing against him personally, but banning Pakistani artists and diplomats who came to India was the only way of sending a strong message to the hostile neighbour.

The Bharatiya Janata Party ally Shiv Sena has justified the attack on BJP idealogue ​Sudheendra Kulkrani for organising former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book launch in Mumbai.The Sena has termed the attack as a ‘mild’ one and warned that until the ‘message is received’ such attacks will keep on happening.”This is not ink, but the blood of our martyrs on his face. He should feel ashamed for siding with Pakistan’s ‘chamchas’. You cannot stop people as they have paint up hatred against Pakistan in their minds,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Branding Kasuri a ‘chamchaa’ (sycophant), Raut said that the Shiv Sena has nothing against him personally, but banning Pakistani artists and diplomats who came to India was the only way of sending a strong message to the hostile neighbour.Even though Raut did not take credit for the attack on Kulkarni, he said that if the Shiv Sena is being accused for the attack then ‘so be it’.”We won’t be cowed down by such events and the book launch will happen as planned,” the organiser said.Meanwhile, Maharashtra chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday assured protection to the book launch event of Kasuri. However, stating that this doesn’t mean that they endorse all views expressed in the program, Fadnavis added, “No anti India propaganda will be tolerated through any such program and if found so the organisers would be held responsible.”Kasuri is scheduled to attend the launch of his book ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy’ in Mumbai. Sena had demanded that the event be scrapped and had threatened to disrupt it.