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Allegations of minority appeasement against me deeply insulting, says Mamata



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Kolkata, Sep 21: Reacting strongly over allegations of appeasing the minority community, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said such remarks against her are “deeply insulting”.

On the eve of Durga Puja, while addressing public in South Kolkata, Banerjee said “I do not believe in appeasement. These comments are deeply insulting. I believe in the religion of humanity that talks about the harmony among all the religions”.

Not only this, West Bengal CM also accused the centre of conspiring against the state.

“The centre hatches several conspiracies against us. They take help of different agencies from time to time. But I am strong believer in divine powers. I believe we will demolish all the conspiracies,” she asserted.

Banerjee said she observes the rituals and customs of all the communities with equal enthusiasm but nobody raises the question of appeasement when it comes to a hindu or any other religion festival.

“If I go to Muslim festival, people terms it as appeasement. But when I go the Chhath puja celebrations or observe Buddha Purnima, does anybody ask whom am I appeasing? When I go to the temples or be present in the midnight prayer on Christmas, does anyone raise the question of appeasement?” she asked.

Criticising Calcutta High Court order to lift the ban on Durga idol immersion on the day of the 10th day of Muharram, imposed by state government, Mamata said “Someone can slit my throat, but no one can tell me what to do. I will do what I can to keep peace”, news agency ANI quoted.

“It is not the custom to immerse the goddess on a Saturday or on Akadoshi (the day after Dussehra). So where was the problem? Some people are trying to demean the festival. They are trying to disrupt peace,” Banerjee alleged.

Issuing strict warning, Banerjee said “If anybody tries to create unrest, I would be their biggest enemy. If anyone conspires to disturb the peace, they would have to take the responsibility”.

Wefornews Bureau 


Govt ‘Invented’ story on Data theft to divert attention from death of 39 Indians in Mosul: Rahul Gandhi



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New Delhi, March 22: Launching a scathing attack, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the Narendra Modi government invented a story on “data theft” to divert public attention from the death of 39 Indians in Mosul. 

Taking to Twitter, Gandhi stated as the Centre caught lying over the death of thirty-nine Indians so they created a story on Congress and Data Theft.

As a result, all the attention diverted to data theft.

The AICC chief asserted problems and solutions in a tweet.

Problem: 39 Indians dead; Govt on the mat, caught lying.

Solution: Invent story on Congress & Data Theft.

Result: Media networks bite bait; 39 Indians vanish from radar.

Problem solved.


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Election Commission allows Mukhtar Ansari to vote in Rajya Sabha polls



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Lucknow, March 22: The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday allowed jailed Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mukhtar Ansari to cast vote in the upcoming Rajya Sabha (RS) elections.

BSP national general secretary, Rajya Sabha member and renowned Supreme Court advocate, Satish Chand Mishra had filed a plea in the Allahabad High Court for the release of two Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), Mukhtar Ansari of the BSP and Hariom Yadav of the Samajwadi Party (SP), so that they could participate in March 23 elections.

Ansari is the prime accused in the killing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Krishnanand Rai, among other crimes, and has pleaded not guilty.

In September 2017, He was acquitted in connection with contractor Manna Singh’s murder case.

There will be 59 vacancies in the Rajya Sabha in April.

The tenure of three nominated members – actor Rekha, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and social worker Anu Aga – will also be ending then.


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TDP calls for statewide protest




Amaravati, March 22: The Telugu Desam Party to stage a statewide peaceful protest in the support of party MPs’ agitation in the Parliament on Thursday. 

Calling for the agitation, TDP Andhra Pradesh unit president K . Kala Venkatrao in a teleconference with MPs, MLAs, MLCs, in-charges and other party leaders told them to sit on demonstration and protest meetings in major junctions of all constituencies , ANI reported.

Venkatrao also urged them that the agitation must be peaceful and should not cause any trouble to the common man.

Meanwhile, the mass organisations affiliated to left parties on Thursday also called for highway blockade, which all parties except the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backed.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu also announced support to the blockade and cited state interests as the reason .

Venkatrao stated the YSRCP may cause destruction and violence during the protest, so the TDP should not join protests along with them but hold public agitation separately.

On the other hand, Naidu in a teleconference with MPs asserted the BJP had been suspecting the TDP for quite some time now and not believing the TDP chief’s statement about his interest in national politics.

“They do not believe even after I clarified that I don’t have any interest in national politics . For the same, though there was no need, the ruling party at Centre took the support of YSRCP during the presidential polls”.

After the Andhra ruling party’s withdrew from the NDA, Wednesday’s assembly session witnessed  a confrontation between the TDP and BJP on ranges of issues.


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