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Gopalkrishna Gandhi congratulates Naidu, says got votes beyond calculations



Gopalkrishna Gandhi

New Delhi, Aug 5 : Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi congratulated his NDA rival nominee M. Venkaiah Naidu who was elected India’s new Vice President on Saturday.

“I congratulate him on his victory and wish him all the best in his new office of Vice President of all the sections of India,” he said, but noted that the number of votes he got was beyond certain calculations.

Thanking the MPs who had voted for him, he said: “I believe the number that has voted for me is beyond the expectations of certain calculations. I thank all of them very deeply and sincerely. They represent different political persuasions, they come from different parts of India.

“And they had come together to vote for what they thought was the national good, which is affirmation of the right to free thought, to free speech, the right to hold a different opinion and the duty to serve cause of pluralism and secularism in India,” he said.

Gandhi also expressed his gratitude to political parties and their leaders who nominated and supported him.

He said the MPs have a great responsibility and hoped they discharge it in the tradition of great parliamentarians.

“Finally, I will like to say to all MPs across the party divide, across the divide of this vote, I would like to say all of them – honourable ladies and gentlemen, you carry a great responsibility and a great weight on your shoulders. And may you discharge your responsibilities in the tradition of the great parliamentarians of our country (with) diligence and courag”,” he said.

Gandhi said the word of conscience and the word of constitution should be treated as the guide.

He said there were two big victories from the contest – one of Naidu, another of free speech.

“In the end, I would like to say that in this election there have been two big victories. First the clear victory of Venkaiah Naidu Garu, who has got majority and who will be our next VicePresident, and the second victory is of the awareness in the country, its curiosity due to which free thinking and free speech has stayed safe. This is victory of the ballot, this is also victory of free speech.”

Gandhi, who was candidate of Congress and some major opposition parties, got 244 votes compared to 516 received by Naidu.


Parliament Monsoon session Day 4 Live : Opposition to raise Alwar lynching



New Delhi, July 23 : The opposition parties are set to corner the Modi led government over the Alwar lynching incident as the Parliament reassembles on Monday for the first time after the no-confidence motion against the Centre was defeated in the Lok Sabha but exposed the failures of the central government.

Meanwhile, BJP MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe has given a notice for suspension of business in Rajya Sabha to take up the issue of flood and other natural calamities due to heavy rain in several parts of the country.

Congress MPs from Punjab are protesting  over rising unemployment in front of Parliament while TDP MPs are staging  protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament over special category status to Andhra Pradesh and implementation of AP re-organizing Act on the day 4 of the Monsoon session of the Parliament.

Congress is set to raise issues including  Rafale deal  and increase in Lynching incidents in the Parliament.

Union Minister Anant Kumar said, ” Our defence minster has clearly said about the Rafale agreement b/w India&France in the Parliament,now Rahul Gandhi wants to rake up a non issue with baseless charges, let them come with there allegations, govt had made this deal in best interest of the country.”

Parliament Day 4 of the Monsoon session LIve updates

TDP MP YS Chowdary has given notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 to discuss AP Re-organisation Act.


TDP MPs protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament over special category status to Andhra Pradesh and implementation of AP re-organizing Act #MonsoonSession



TDP MP YS Chowdary has given notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 to discuss AP Re-organisation Act.

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Tamil Nadu: Police constable commits suicide in Kovaipudur



Tamil Nadu police

Chennai, July 23: Personnel of Police Force 4th Battalion allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree inside the Battalion campus, in Kovaipudur, last night.

The body has been sent for postmortem.

More details awaited. 


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Shariat believers should go to Pakistan, says Sakshi Maharaj



Lucknow, July 23: Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sakshi Maharaj has managed to be in news again by advising “Shariat believers” ” to go to Pakistan if they want to impose  Shariat in the country”.

Sakshi Maharaj, BJP MP from Unnao constituency in Uttar Pradesh made this controversial remarks on the issue that  some organisations were seeking ‘Shariat courts’ to resolve the personal disputes of Muslims.

“India is the world’s largest democracy. Indian Constitution is very strong. Those who need ‘Shariat’ should go to Pakistan. India will be governed only according to its Constitution and not as per any Shariat,” Maharaj said.

The BJP MP said those who do not have faith in the Constitution of India, “have no right” to stay in the country.

“We would be happy bidding them farewell,” he added.

Maharaj has often stoked controversies.

He has made several statements since the BJP-led NDA government came into power at the center.

Earlier, Sakshi Mahraj urged Hindu women to produce at least 4 children to protect the Hindu religion. He even took a dig at the Muslim community saying “The concept of four wives and forty children just won’t work in India,”.

Last year, he had defended self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted of rape, describing him as a “simple person”.

In another remark that led to an outrage, Maharaj had said couples displaying affection in public should be put behind bars “before anything wrong occurs”.

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