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Advani turns 90, greeted by political leaders across spectrum

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New Delhi, Nov 8: BJP veteran L.K. Advani, who turned 90 on Wednesday, was greeted on his birthday by leaders across the political spectrum with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that his efforts had richly contributed to the building of the party.

Those who greeted the nonagenarian leader included Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad.

Advani, a former Deputy Prime Minister, started his day by greeting 90 blind children at his residence and took breakfast with them.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu visited Advani’s residence to greet him.

“Visited residence of former Dy. PM, Hon’ble Shri L.K. Advani ji and conveyed my best wishes on his Birthday. May god bless him and I wish him good health and a very meaningful long life,” Naidu said in a series of tweets.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee also extended his “warm birthday greetings.”

“May you be blessed with good health and many more years in service to the nation,” he tweeted.

Modi conveyed his greetings in a series of tweets.

“Birthday greetings to respected Advani Ji. I pray that he is blessed with good health and a long life,” he said.

Describing Advani as a political stalwart, Modi said: “He is a leader who has distinguished himself through hard work and dedication towards our nation. We BJP karyakartas are fortunate to always receive the guidance of Advani Ji. His efforts have contributed richly to the building of BJP.”

Lalu Prasad took a veiled dig at Modi in his congratulatory tweet, saying Advani should not mind his disciple turning “hostile.”

“Warm Birthday greetings to Advani Ji! Never mind if any disciple turns hostile. May God bless you more cheerful, healthy, long & successful life ahead!”

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar and BJP General Secretary, Organisation, Ramlal were among those who visited Advani’s residence at Prithviraj Road in central Delhi to wish him.

“Wishing Sh Advani ji on his birthday. A great leader himself and a mentor to many of us. May God grant him a long and healthy life to guide the nation,” Ananth Kumar tweeted and shared a photograph of him touching Advani’s feet.

“Happy Birthday, Advani ji. Have a lovely day,” Rahul Gandhi said in his tweet.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said Advani had been a mentor and a guide.

“B’day Greetings to Shri LK Advani. Wishing him long life, good health & happiness. Mentor and guide to us individually and @BJP4India collectively,” he said.

Banerjee said: “Wishing a very happy birthday to Lal Krishna Advani Ji. Health and happiness for a long life.”

BJP Chief Ministers including Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), and Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh) were among those who greeted Advani.

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Narendra Modi should resign as PM : Kharge

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Launching a blistering attack on Modi, senior Congress leader, Mallikarjun Kharge said that   Narendra Modi is not suitable for the Prime Minister’s post and therefore he should immediately resign and  appoint any cabinet minister as Prime Minister.

Launching a blistering attack on Modi, Mallikarjun Kharge, said “It’s my personal demand that he (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) is not suitable for the post and therefore he should immediately resign & appoint any cabinet minister as Prime Minister. He is morally not suitable for the post now.”

The claim by the former French president has given fresh ammunition to the Congress party, which has been mounting an attack on the government, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Modi.

The controversy over the ongoing Rafale deal took a new direction when former French president Francois Hollande said that Dassault Aviation was given no choice but to partner with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence for the offset clause in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

In an interview to a French media house, Hollande on a question about who selected Reliance as a partner and why, said it was the Indian government that proposed Reliance’s name and Dassault had no choice but to take the company given to it.

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Is Former French President lying or our PM, asks Owaisi on Rafale

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New Delhi, Sep 22: All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi today asked Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to throw a light on who is lying over Rafale fighter jet deal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Former French President Francois Hollande. 

“People of India would like to know who is lying. Is the former French President Hollande lying or our PM is not saying the truth?, asked  Owaisi.

He further said, “We want the Defence Minister to throw light on this”.

In an article published by French journal Mediapart, Hollande said that the Indian government had proposed Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Defence ‘Dassault’ as a service provider for the Rafale deal.

With his remarks, the controversy over the ongoing Rafale deal took a new direction.

The deal to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from France was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 and signed in 2016.

Earlier, the UPA government was negotiating a deal to purchase 126 Rafale jets, with 18 to come in flyaway condition and 108 to be manufactured by HAL under licence.

The Modi government has repeatedly said it was Dassault that chose its India partner for offsets and that the government had no say in the deal.

While, the Congress has been alleging irregularities in the deal, saying the UPA had finalised the price of each aircraft at Rs. 590 crore in 2012, and the price increased by 1690 crores in 2015 under the BJP-led government

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Education system must be allowed to have its own voice: Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, Sep 22: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that the Indian education system must be allowed to have its own voice and express its own opinion.

Addressing a gathering of academicians, Gandhi expressed his concern over the pressure and imposition of ideology on the professors.

Flagging concern over the pressure and imposition of ideology on academicians, Gandhi told the gathering “government has to move to see education as a central part of India’s strategic resource.

“I understand you feel under pressure,threat&that an ideology is being imposed on you and country of over a billion people can’t be run with one single idea”.

He further said “There are two visions of India. Our vision is India constitutes of people who live in it. The only way to understand India is talk to its people”.

There are two visions of India. Our vision is India constitutes of people who live in it. The only way to understand India is talk to its people:

Referring to BJP national chief Amit’s ‘golden bird’ remark, Gandhi stated “RSS view India as a product, how it is to be utilised and they decide on who utilises it”.

“What we are fighting is the attempted capture of this ‘golden bird’ by RSS. Education institutions, Supreme Court, ECI all these are systematically being captured”, he added.

Citing RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat speeches, Gandhi asserted ” Bhagwat said we are going to organise the nation”. Who is he to organise the nation? The nation will organise itself. In the next couple of months, their fantasy will be smashed”.

In his address, the Congress President also targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, “When Modi came to power, a person from Gujarat was chosen to head the SPG. In a short time, he left the position. He told me that he refused a list of SPG officers handpicked by RSS, and that is why he was sent home”.

The event is being held at Siri Fort auditorium in the national capital and several leading professors from across the country are present.

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