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New Delhi, May 4: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of disrespecting the armed forces by comparing surgical strikes to video games.

“The Army,Air Force or Navy are not personal properties of Narendra Modi ji like he thinks”, Gandhi said while addresing a press conference in the national capital.

“These surgical strikes were not carried out by Modiji, it was carried out by our forces. And if Modiji says that the earlier surgical strikes were not real surgical strikes and a video game, then he is not demeaning the Congress but he is disrespecting the armed forces.”

The AICC Chief also stated if the media needs record then its written here. General Vikram Singh has said the UPA government had carried out six surgical strikes between 2008 and 2014 and given out the dates of the surgical strikes.

“This has been done by the Army and we don’t want to politicise it. And the Prime Minister must have respect for the armed forces,” he said.

Gandhi’s remarks comes a day after the Prime Minister while addressing a public meeting said that the party that questioned the surgical strikes is now saying “me too, me too”. Modi also said bitingly that “it is no video game”.

The Congress leader also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was losing in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

“More than half of the elections are over and there is clear cut feeling that Modiji is losing. Main issues in this elections are unemployment, corruption of Prime Minister. Our general assessment is clearly saying that BJP is losing the elections.

“The biggest issue in front of the people is unemployment and the economy ruined by Modi government is the biggest issue and the country and Rahul Gandhi wants to understand it. Rahul Gandhi is nothing. Country is the biggest thing.

“Modiji had said that he shall give employment to over two crore youths every year. While in Congress manifesto an entire chapter is about jobs. In this we have listed how we will do and what we will do,” he said.

In a scathing attack on the Prime Minister, Gandhi said: “Five years ago, it was said that Modi ji will rule for 10-15 years, that he is invincible. Congress party has demolished PM Modi ji, it is a hollow structure and in 10- 20 days, it will come crumbling down”.

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Anyone with a mass base is welcome in BJP: Shekhawat on Pilot

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Gajendra Shekhawat

New Delhi, July 14 : Union Minister and BJP Rajasthan leader Gajendra Shekhawat said on Tuesday that anyone with a mass base who wants to join the BJP is welcome. He made the comment soon after the Congress sacked Sachin Pilot as Deputy Chief Minister and Pradesh Congress Committee Chief of Rajasthan.

Shekhawat said this when asked a specific question by a reporter on the possibility of Pilot joining the saffron bandwagon.

Earlier, in a series of tweets, he threw his weight behind the rebel Congress leaders, questioning Rajasthan Chief minister Ashok Gehlot and the Congress party’s handling of the situation. Using word play, he alleged, “Sad to see Rajasthan Govt. on auto-pilot because the CM is busy chasing a Pilot.”

In a fallout of the crisis in the Congress over the leadership issue in Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot was on Tuesday divested of the posts of Deputy Chief Minister and the PCC President. Two other Pilot-loyalist Ministers — Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena — were also removed from the council of ministers.

Earlier, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala told the media after a party meeting: “The BJP conspired to destabilise the Congress government elected by the people of Rajasthan”, a charge the BJP vehemently denied.

State Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara was appointed the new Pradesh Congress Committee chief, leaving everyone wondering about Pilot’s next move.

Meanwhile, a high alert was issued in Gujjar-dominated areas of the desert state to avert any untoward incident. Pilot has strong support in the Gujjar belt in Rajasthan.

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J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina tests corona positive

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Ravinder Raina, president of the Jammu and Kashmir BJP party tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, doctors said.

“Yes, his test report for COVID-19 has come positive”, doctors said.

The doctors said Raina was being put under isolation in the Narayana hospital in the Katra town of Reasi district.

Just two days back, Raina accompanied Union Minister of State (PMO) Jitendra Singh, national General secretary of the BJP, Ram Madhav and some other senior leaders to offer condolences to the family of Wasim Bari, the local BJP leader who was killed along with his father and brother by terrorists in the Bandipora town in north Kashmir.

Earlier on Tuesday, the test reports of J&K police chief, Dilbag Singh and Additional DGP, Javaid Mujtaba Gilani came negative.

The two top police officers of the union territory had undergone COVID-19 test after a senior police officer working at the police headquarters had tested positive.

Reports said the police officer who tested positive is asymptomatic and is recovering after he was shifted into isolation by the doctors.

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After Pilot sacking, Congress leaders hail his contribution to party

wo other Pilot loyalists and ministers — Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena — were also removed from the council of ministers.

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New Delhi, July 14 : After the removal of Sachin Pilot as Rajasthan’s Deputy Chief Minister and state Congress chief, many party leaders sided with him, recalling his work to strengthen the party.

Pilot was sacked as Deputy Chief Minister and relieved from the post of state unit chief along with two other Rajasthan Cabinet ministers by the party on Tuesday afternoon. Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada took to Twitter and wrote, “Sachin Pilot is not just a colleague but my friend. No one can take away the fact that all these years he has worked with dedication for the party. Sincerely hope the situation can still be salvaged. Sad it has come to this…”

Prasada and Pilot were ministers in the Congress-led UPA-2 government. Party spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill also tweeted, “Unfortunate and sad turn of events.” Meanwhile, former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi urged Pilot not to be emotional and be patient. “My advice to Sachin Pilot is to be patient, not to be emotional. Having bright future your turn will come. I also had similar hurdles but ultimately patience helped. Better not to run after power which will come automatically. Ashok Gehlot may also give due recognition to Pilot,” Gogoi said in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, in a direct fallout of the Congress’ political crisis over the leadership issue in Rajasthan, Pilot was divested of both the posts. Two other Pilot loyalists and ministers — Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena — were also removed from the council of ministers.

State Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara was appointed the new Pradesh Congress Committee chief. Congress leaders had called two meetings on Monday and Tuesday and appealed to Pilot to attend these in order to pacify him. However, as he remained absent, disciplinary action was taken against him.

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