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After Congress, Shatrughan Sinha invokes ‘chaiwala’ jibe

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New Delhi, Nov 24: Barely days after a Youth Congress magazine published a meme calling Narendra Modi a “chaiwala” (tea vendor), BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on Thursday yet again invoked the jibe against the Prime Minister.

Taking potshots at his detractors within his own party, the famous Bollywood actor wondered if others can do whatever they are doing despite not being specialists, why can he not speak on economy.

He said he is repeatedly questioned by few people as to what qualification he has to speak on economy as he comes from a film background.

“If ‘vakeel babu’ (an allusion to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley) can speak on finance, if a TV actress can become the country’s HRD minister and if a chaiwala can become… I wouldn’t say any further… why can’t I speak on economy,” Sinha said in snide remarks at book launch here.

Modi has himself said that he used to sell tea along with his father at their small tea stall in Gujarat before he joined politics.

Taking potshots at Modi, Sinha said he had been drawn towards “healthy politics” inspired by Ram Manohar Lohia, and that he had no intentions of becoming a minister.

“I am speaking from my heart though it is not mann ki baat because someone else has a patent for ‘Mann ki Baat’ (as Modi’s monthly radio programme is called),” he said amid laughter.

“Some people say I speak against my own government’s policies because I was not made a minister. To be honest I neither have any desire nor any expectations to become a minister. Even those who are ministers today have no standing of their own. They are busy flattering the master to save their skins and seats.”

“I was drawn towards a healthy politics inspired by Lohia. I had not come to politics with the motto of ‘Na jiyunga na jeene dunga’ (I would neither live in peace myself, nor let others live in peace),” Sinha said in a clear parody to Prime Minister Modi’s oft repeated “Na khaoonga na khane doonga” (I will neither take bribe nor let others do) remark.

He said that the atmosphere in the country was such that “either you are with me or you are anti-national”.

“What is happening in this country? Cow vigilantes are killing people, intellectuals, writers, journalists… and now even judges are being killed. ‘Aaj dhan shakti jan shakti par bhari hai’ (Today, money power is stronger than people’s power). And then if people like me come forward, we are attributed motives, we are questioned.”

Sinha said that demonetisation has rendered millions jobless, factories have been shut, small traders, hawkers are out of work and GST is like “neem chadha karela” (bitter gourd is doubly bitter now).

“If I do not speak for the youth, for the poor and downtrodden, for the oppressed, then what am I doing in politics?” he asked.

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Congress MP from Kerala M.I. Shanavas passes away

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Chennai/Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 21: Congress Working President in Kerala and Lok Sabha member from Wayanad, M.I. Shanavas passed away at a private hospital in Chennai on Wednesday, a party leader said. He was 67.

“The party has lost a stalwart. I have lost a dear brother,” Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala said.

Shanavas, a two time parliament member was ailing for sometime and was admitted at a hospital in the Tamil Nadu capital. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

“His body will be brought to Kochi today. It will lay in state for the public to pay their last respects and the final rites will take place tomorrow,” said Chennithala.

A long time close aide of former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, Shanavas along with Chennithala and former Kerala Speaker late G. Karthikeyan in the 1980s parted ways with Karunakaran and formed their own faction, ‘the reformist’.

Shanavas won the 2009 Lok Sabha polls from Wayanad, which he retained in 2014.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his cabinet colleagues condoled the passing away of Shanavas.

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Vishweshwar Reddy resigns from TRS

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Telangana, Nov 20: Ahead of assembly elections, Vishweshwar Reddy, MP from Chevella Konda on Tuesday resigned from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). 

The Chevella cited reasons such as personal, injustice to karyakartas, who worked for Telangana statehood.

Polling is slated to be held on December 7, While the results will be declared on  December 11.

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Sushma Swaraj’s husband thanks her for not deciding to contest 2019 elections

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New Delhi, Nov 20: Welcoming External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s decision not to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, her husband said that “I remember there came a time when even Milkha Singh stopped running”. 

“Madam (Sushma Swaraj) – Thank you very much for your decision not to contest any more elections. I remember there came a time when even Milkha Singh stopped running,” he said in a series of tweets.

“This marathon has been on since 1977 – that is 41 years. You have contested 11 direct elections. In fact you contested all elections held since 1977 except twice when party did not allow you to contest in 1991 and 2004,” he said.

“You have been four terms in Lok Sabha, three terms in Rajya Sabha and thrice elected to state Assembly. You are contesting elections since you were 25 – and fighting elections for 41 years is quite a marathon,” he said.

“Madam – I am running behind you for the last 46 years. I am no longer a 19-year-old. Please, I am also running out of breath. Thank you,” he added.

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