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BJP leader Vinay Katiyar claims Taj Mahal is a Temple of Lord Shiva

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New Delhi, October 18: BJP firebrand leader and MP Vinay Katiyar on Wednesday said claimed that the famous  Taj Mahal was a temple of Lord Shiva before it was captured by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. 

His remarks comes days after BJP MLA Sangeet Som said the mausoleum is a “blot on Indian culture, following which it mired in controversy surrounding its history.

Katiyar said the  17th-century monument was a  a temple of Lord Shiva known as Tejo Mahal. Later, Shah Jahan buried his wife there.

However this is not the first time in a recent time that the famous monument became the talking point. As recently, the Uttar Pradesh government invited flak over leaving out the Unesco world heritage site from UP’s official tourism booklet.

After this, the state minister in charge of religious affairs and culture, Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, had stated “The Taj Mahal was not a symbol of any religion and is nobody’s”, and that the monument had been “rightly kept out (of the tourism booklet).

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Alarming rise of crime against women in Assam: Congress

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma highlighted incidents of rape and violence in the recent past, including the alleged rape and killing of a teenager and her aunt in Dibrugarh district.

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Guwahati: The Assam Mahila Congress on Monday expressed concern over the “alarming increase” of crime against women during the last few years under the present BJP government.

The state has reported “the highest rate of crime against women for the last three years consecutively” and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics reveal that it is constantly increasing, Assam Mahila Congress president and MLA Nandita Das told reporters here.

Incidents of registered violence against women were 20,869 in 2016, which increased to 23,082 in 2017 and to 27,728 in 2018, while in 2019, it again reported the highest crime rate “at 177.8 per lakh population”, she said.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma highlighted incidents of rape and violence in the recent past, including the alleged rape and killing of a teenager and her aunt in Dibrugarh district.

The girl was sleeping with her aunt, who was killed, and the girl was dragged out of the house, raped and then killed by the miscreants, Sharma alleged.

“A house is considered to be the safest place but under this government, even the four walls are not safe for women in Assam,” she said.

Sharma said the fact that such cases are increasing proves that the state government and its agencies have failed to instil fear among the perpetrators.

She added that the Congress in its manifesto for the forthcoming polls will include several measures for the protection of women, including a woman police battalion force and women cell in all police stations.

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Has China constructed village in Arunachal? Chidambaram latches onto BJP MP’s ‘allegation’ to corner Modi govt

BJP MP Tapir Gao has claimed that China has built a 100-house village in the “disputed area” deep into the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.

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Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram demanded answers from the government on BJP MP Tapir Gao’s “claim” that China has built a 100-house village in the “disputed area” deep into the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. He said if the allegation made out by the BJP MP is true, will the government again give a clean chit to China or blame previous governments for it.

Arunachal Pradesh is an Indian state, but China illegitimately considers it as a part of south Tibet which is under illegal occupation of the world’s most populous country.

There is a border dispute between the two neighbouring countries and there has been a troops build-up in eastern Ladakh after a bloody clash between the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation of Army (PLA) of China in June last year. India lost 20 soldiers in the Galwan valley clash. China also lost many soldiers but did not disclose the number of casualties.

Chidambaram, who was the home minister in the UPA government, also alleged that the Chinese have altered the status quo in Arunachal Pradesh.

“Mr Tapir Gao MP, belonging to BJP, has alleged that deep into Arunachal Pradesh, in a ‘disputed area’ within Indian territory, the Chinese have built a 100-house village, a bazaar and a two-lane road in the last year. If this is true, it is clear that the Chinese have altered the status quo by converting a disputed area into a permanent settlement of Chinese nationals. What has the government to say about these startling facts?” he asked.

“Will the government give another clean chit to China? Or will the government give a convoluted explanation blaming previous governments?” the senior Congress leader asked in a series of tweets.

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Kerala MLA Vijayadas dies of Covid-related complications

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala also mourned Vijayadas’ death, and termed it a “shocking news”.

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 19 : Kongad MLA and CPM leader KV Vijayadas, 61, has died following multiple complications owing to Covid-19.

He was the Palakad district panchayat president and Chitoor area secretary of the party.

Vijayadas was born in 1959 to Velayudhan and Thatha. He made his way to the Assembly in 2016 by defeating Congress leader Pandalam Sudhakaran by a margin of 13,000 votes.

He is survived by his wife Premakumari and two sons — Jaydeep and Sandeep.

Expressing condolence over Vijayadas’ demise, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he was a grassroot leader who was always with the people.

“His death is a major loss to the people as well as the party,” Vijayan said.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala also mourned Vijayadas’ death, and termed it a “shocking news”.

“Vijayadas had always worked for the people of his constituency. Political differences apart, he was a good legislator and a promising political leader. Deep condolences to his wife and children,” Chennithala said.

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