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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.



Tejashwi Yadav attacks Nitish, says Bihar turned into ‘monster raj’



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New Delhi, Aug 21: Reports of a woman being paraded naked in a Bihar town prompted Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday to allege the state has been transformed into a ‘jungle and monster raj’.

A mob attacked, stripped and paraded a woman naked in a locality in Bhojpur district on Monday suspecting her for murdering a man. A video of the incident went viral on social media. The mob also torched a few shops.

Read More: Woman stripped, beaten by mob on murder suspicion in Bihar

The clip also showed people making video clips of the incident instead of helping the victim.

Yadav tweeted: “What is happening in my Bihar? Today a woman has been beaten up and paraded naked on the road. You (referring to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi) have transformed Bihar into jungle and monster raj.”

Yadav said he was numb to see the “heart-wrenching video clip” of the women.

Presently, the woman is under police custody and undergoing medical examinations.

However, she denied her involvement in the murder.


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Hyderabad: BJP MLA Raja Singh under preventive custody



Hyderabad, Aug 21: BJP MLA Raja Singh has been taken into preventive custody from his residence by the Hyderabad Police on Tuesday.

The Lawmaker was planning to protest in front of Police Commissioner’s office seeking the release of ‘gau rakshaks’ from police custody.


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BJP ministers spar over Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes



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New Delhi, Aug 21: Uttarakhand Tourism minister Satpal Maharaj and urban development minister Madan Kaushik fought over choosing a venue to keep former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes before the immersion in Harki Pauri.

Maharaj had recommended his Prem Nagar ashram as the venue, while Kaushik insisted that the ashes should be kept at Gayatri Teerth Shantikunj.

Shantikunj head Dr Pranav Pandya is considered as a close aide of Kaushik and Chief minister TS Rawat on Saturday announced it as the venue.

Citing BJP insiders, Hindustan Times reported that the Maharaj faction conveyed its displeasure to party Uttarakhand in-charge Shyam Jaju and the CMO.

Following this, at midnight, the information department issued a press release, stating City Sports Stadium will be the venue, where Vajpayee’s ashes will be kept.

“The change of venue at the last moment was not apt, when several functions, be it religious, spiritual, social or political, are held at Prem Nagar ashram,” Maharaj asserted.

“Kaushik arrived last evening at my ashram. We both held talks but I can’t divulge more as other senior party leaders were also there,” he added.


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