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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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Some hours prior to demonetisation, PNB exchanged 90 crores of Nirav Modi: Majeed Memon

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The NCP leader, Majeed Memon on Sunday made a claim that a PNB branch changed 90 crore rupees of old denominations into the new some hours prior to demonetization.

The leader also claimed that Nirav Modi left India some hours before Prime minister Narendra Modi announced Demonetisation.

The leader told ANI, “some hours prior to PM’s announcement of ‘Demonetisation’, 90 crore rupees of cash was brought in one of the branches of PNB & were exchanged for billions or something. This needs to be investigated.”

Jewellery Tycoon Nirav Modi has been declared defaulter  after his company recieved LOUs of almost 12 thousand crores from a PNB branch illegally. Nirav Modi, along with his wife Ami, brother Neeshal and Mehul Choksi left India in the first week of January before the PNB accused them of committing the fraud.

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Modi Govt. is only for rich but the Congress Govt in Karnataka is inclusive: Rahul Gadhi

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On his second day visit to the poll bound state Karnataka the Congress President, Rahul Gandhi addressed a public gathering in Jamakhandi.

The leader while addressing the people attacked Central government and said,”todays government is only for rich but the Congress Govt in Karnataka is inclusive. We have worked for the farmers. Water is farmers’ lifeline and our Govt has worked to launch various irrigation projects.”

The leader compared the Karnataka government of Congress with the BJP government in Gujarat and said,”Karnataka gives free education to women up to Post Graduation. This is unlike the Govt in Gujarat, where most of the institutes are privatised and students have to bear the burden of hefty fees.”

We will never say we alone have changed this nation. We recognise the strength of this nation and it is the youth and women who have transformed this country. And we stand with you
Rahul Gandhi also acclaimed that it is just the Congress government which has cahged the country but it happened because of the efforts of youth and women who have transformed this country. And we stand with you.

Earlier Gandhi also flagged of  ‘Vrukshathon 2018’ Half Marathon in Vijayapura.

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Congress gave clean administration in Karnataka, says Rahul Gandhi

Karnataka is ahead of most states in empowering women. We believe that everyone should have equal opportunities.

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Athani (Karnataka), Feb 24 : Invoking the teachings of 12th century social reformer Basavanna, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday claimed that his party’s government in Karnataka gave a clean administration in the last five years.

“Following the teachings of Basavanna, our party has given a clean administration over the last five years in Karnataka. We have developed rapidly and did not make any fake promises,” said Gandhi at a public rally here in Belagavi district.

Gandhi, who is on a three-day visit to the state’s erstwhile Bombay-Karnataka region, said the Congress government in the southern state had truly imbibed the philosophy of Basavanna’s teachings — follow what you preach.

“Basavanna said: ‘Do not harm’. But under the Modi government, atrocities against Dalits, Adivasis and minorities have been on the rise. We started celebrating Akka Mahadevi Jayanti and Kittur Rani Chennamma Jayanti. The BJP only talks, it didn’t do anything when it was in power in the state earlier (2008-13),” asserted Gandhi.

Noting that women’s empowerment is an integral goal of the state’s development, Gandhi said the Congress government had implemented many schemes, which helped the women improve their life and unlock their potential.

“For the benefit of women, our government has launched ‘Anila Bhagya’ scheme to provide free cooking gas connection and stove to about 30 lakh families. ‘Mathrupoorna’ scheme meets the nutritional needs of pregnant women,” reiterated Gandhi.

Participating in the “Jana Ashirwade Yatra” (seeking people’s blessings) to return to power in the ensuing assembly election, the party chief repeatedly quoted Basavanna.

“Basavanna had said five things — don’t indulge in theft, don’t indulge in violence, do not lie, do not boast about yourself and don’t spread anger,” recalled Gandhi in a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre.

“Basavanna’s first sermon is ‘don’t indulge in theft’. Modi says the Congress government in Karnataka is corrupt. When he says it, on his right side is his chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa who had gone to jail, on the other side, four more ministers who too had gone to jail,” pointed out Gandhi.

“He (Modi) banned high currency notes, implemented GST (Gabbar Singh Tax) and destroyed lakhs of businesses, but Jay Shah’s (BJP President Amit Shah’s son) business turned into Rs 80 crore from Rs 50,000 within three months. But Modi does not speak about it,” recalled Gandhi.

Quoting Basavanna’s other sermon — don’t indulge in violence, Gandhi accused the Modi government of dividing society on communal lines.

Interacting with hundreds of women at Tikota in the neighbouring Vijayapura district, Gandhi said Karnataka was the first state in the country to have an industrial park for women entrepreneurs.

“Karnataka is ahead of most states in empowering women. We believe that everyone should have equal opportunities,” added Gandhi.

State Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, party’s state unit president G. Parameshwara, other state leaders and cabinet ministers from the state’s northwest region accompanied Gandhi on his day-long visit to the districts of Belagavi, Vijayapura and Chikkodi.

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