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Congress mocks Modi for attempting to appropriate Netaji’s legacy

“Modi knows that the Sangh Parivar is bereft of any locus and had absolutely no role to play in the Freedom Movement. So, like a fish out of water, they are desperately trying to appropriate Netaji’s legacy and dragging him into politics,”

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New Delhi, Oct 21 : The Congress on Sunday mocked at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for attempting to appropriate the legacy of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and accused the RSS-BJP of trying to distort history.

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Azad Hind government formed by Netaji, Modi on Sunday unfurled the National Flag at the Red Fort and targeted the Nehru-Gandhi family for “neglecting” the contribution of nationalist leaders like Bose.

Countering Modi’s offensive, the Congress ridiculed the Prime Minister and flayed him for dragging Netaji and Sardar Patel into politics.

“The only reason that can be ascribed to the Prime Minister being in politics mode 24X7 and constantly making allegations is his desperation to try and appropriate the legacy of Netaji and the legacy of Independence Movement.

“Modi knows that the Sangh Parivar is bereft of any locus and had absolutely no role to play in the Freedom Movement. So, like a fish out of water, they are desperately trying to appropriate Netaji’s legacy and dragging him into politics,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters here.

“Those who do not have their own ideas and idols, and have zero contribution to the National Movement, are trying to attribute and appropriate the legacy of our Freedom Fighters, in an attempt to be perceived nationalist. Today, Modi desperately tried to do the same,” he said.

Rubbishing Modi’s allegations that the previous Congress governments did not follow the legacy of Netaji and Sardar Patel, Singhvi said both the leaders were completely against the philosophy of sectarianism and bigotry espoused by Modi’s ideological parent – the RSS and the Hindu Mahasabha.

Seeking to substantiate his assertion that the RSS had “zero role” in the Freedom Movement, Singhvi read out excerpts from then RSS Chief M.S. Golwalkar’s letter to the RSS spokesperson Krishna Rao Wadekar, asking the Sangh to stay away from the “Quit India movement”.

“Today, the RSS and the BJP are praising Netaji for his military endeavours to liberate India, but their ideological ancestors had done totally the opposite. When Netaji was revamping the Azad Hind Fauj in Japan and Gandhiji had given the ‘Quit India’ call, the RSS was hand-in-gloves with the British. The Hindu Mahasabha under Vinayak Savarkar’s leadership organised recruitment camps for the British armed forces,” said the Congress leader.

Singhvi also took a dig at Modi for attempting to appropriate Sardar Patel’s legacy, reminding the Prime Minister that it was Patel who had banned the RSS and held its ideology responsible for the murder of Mahatma Gandhi.

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Congress asks Centre to provide CISF security to Navjot Singh Sidhu

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New Delhi, Nov 17: The Congress on Saturday asked the central government to provide CISF security and protection to Punjab MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu citing ‘growing threat perception to his life’.

In this regard, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala wrote to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The Congress said that Sidhu has always been a high-risk target as he has held campaigns against drug mafia and criminals in the state.

“Navjot Singh Sidhu has taken on Akali Dal (Badal) and also their anti-people policies, besides exposing the unholy nexus between the Akal Dal (Badal) and certain criminal elements on numerous occasions,” the letter said.

The letter further stated that the threats against Sidhu had increased after he resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party and joined the Congress last year.

“As a result of his highly visible profile and political campaign, he has always been a high-risk target. However, there has been a marked escalation in these threats since S. Sidhu left the BJP and joined the Indian National Congress”.

In his letter to Home Ministery, Surjewala also said that through the Punjab Sidhu has been given adequate security, they cannot do so across the country.

“S. Sidhu is travelling extensively throughout the country during elections as also on other Party programmes on a regular basis. While the State of Punjab has provided him with adequate security, Punjab Police personnel cannot be assigned the responsibility of security in rest of India”.

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RLSP gives ultimatum to BJP over seat-sharing in Bihar

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Patna, Nov 17: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha on Saturday gave an ultimatum to the BJP to ensure by November 30 “respectful” seat-sharing in Bihar for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Kushwaha said the RLSP has decided to reject the offer made to it in the seat-sharing formula finalised by the Bharatiya Janata Party for the ruling National Democratic Alliance.

“The BJP should decide a respectful seat-sharing for the RLSP in the NDA for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Bihar by November 30,” Kushwaha told reporters here after the party’s executive meeting.

Kushwaha said that the party’s State Executive has rejected the offer of seats to the party by the BJP. However, he refused to reveal the number of seats offered by the BJP.

Kushwaha also expressed unhappiness over the failure of BJP president Amit Shah to meet him in Delhi.

“I have twice tried to meet Amit Shah to discuss a respectful seat-sharing in the NDA in Bihar. Even on Friday I waited to meet him, but could not. I was not given time to meet Amit Shah.”

Kushwaha said that now he would not meet any BJP leader except Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the isue of seat-sharing.

“I will not make any move on my part to discuss seat sharing. Now, the BJP will have to make a move for seat sharing with the RLSP.”

He said that a delay in seat sharing will prove disastrous and costly for the NDA.

“It will be harmful for the BJP.”

Kushwaha alleged that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United (JD-U) has been trying to split the RLSP and destroy him politically.

The grand alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) are hopeful that the RLSP will join them soon.

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Parliament Winter Session: Congress to take up Parrikar’s health, constitutional crisis in Goa

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Panaji, Nov 17: The Congress will raise the issue of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s continuance in power and the impending “constitutional crisis” in BJP-ruled Goa in Parliament, party’s national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said on Saturday.

The Congress leader demanded the convening of a special session of the Goa Legislative Assembly while daring the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government here to prove its majority in a floor test.

“We are going to nationally put pressure on the BJP and the Centre. If necessary, we will move the President of India. We will also raise the issue inside the Parliament in the forthcoming winter session and we will say that Goa is the most classic case of a fraud being played on the Constitution of India by the Governor and the BJP government,” Surjewala said at a press conference here.

“This will clear all doubts about who is in-charge in Goa and the floor test will determine as to which party has the rightful claim to head a democratic government in people’s interest,” he added.

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) communications cell in-charge said the coastal state was suffering from a “complete breakdown of constitutional machinery”.

Parrikar is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi for nearly nine months. He returned from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on October 14 and has not moved out of his private residence for any official event since.

The Opposition, as well ruling coalition allies have been demanding Parrikar’s resignation, claiming that the administration has come to a standstill due to his absence.

On Saturday, Deepak Dhavalikar, president of ruling coalition outfit, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, demanded that Parrikar step down from the chief ministerial post and appoint a replacement.

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