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Kanhaiya attacks PM over ‘jumlas’

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Mumbai, April 23 : Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar on Saturday demanded that the government stop ‘jumlas’ (idioms) and start “working” as public patience was wearing out.

Addressing a students rally in Tilak Nagar, he said the people don’t want false promises or ‘jumlas’ in the name of Stand-Up India, Make In India, Skill India or communal-casteist politics, but need education, jobs, and development.

“Ours is politics of social justice, helping the masses of the country. The students and workers of the country are getting united. That’s why the Modi government is so scared,” Kanhaiya Kumar said in his speech punctuated with cheers and thunderous applause.

He demanded a complete end to caste-communal based politics inspired by the RSS and said the struggle was to save democracy and ensure social justice and empowerment.

“For how long will the masses continue to suffer?… The sun will rise,” he said.

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union president arrived for an educational conclave organised by the the Left, students and youth organisations in his first visit to Mumbai followed by another engagement in Pune on Sunday.

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Digvijaya switches off cell phone after harassing calls

Sources said that the callers had used unparliamentary language for the senior Congress leader.

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Bhopal, April 3 : Harassed by unsolicited calls on his mobile phone for the past four-five days, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said on Friday that he had complained to police and also switched off his cell phone.

“These phone calls were disturbing me for the last four-five days. I also complained to the state DGP and to the service provider, but with no results. So, I switched it off. However, I am available on my landline number in Bhopal due to the lockdown,” the senior Congress leader tweeted.

Sources said that the callers had used unparliamentary language for the senior Congress leader.

Efforts to contact Singh for comments on the issue were not successful.

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Opposition attacks Modi for failing to address economic woes

“People are disappointed at both counts. Symbolism is important, but serious consideration is equally important for ideas and measures”, said Chidambaram.

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New Delhi, April 3 : After Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people to light candles on Sunday at 9 p.m. for nine minutes amid the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, the opposition on Friday slammed him saying symbolism was important, but serious consideration was equally important to address financial anxieties of the people.

In a series of tweets, former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram said, “Dear Narendra Modi, we will listen to you and light diyas on April 5. But, in return, please listen to us and to the wise counsel of epidemiologists and economists.”

He said, “What we expected from you today was FAP II, a generous livelihood support package for the poor, including the categories of the poor who were completely ignored by Nirmala Sitharaman on March 25”.

Chidambaram added, “Every working man and woman, from business person to daily wage earner, has also expected you to announce steps to arrest the economic slide and restart the engine of economic growth.

“People are disappointed at both counts. Symbolism is important, but serious consideration is equally important for ideas and measures”, said Chidambaram.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) while attacking the Prime Minister demanded a fiscal package. TMC MP Mahua Moitra said in a tweet, “Turn out lights and come on balconies? Get real Mr Modi. Give India fiscal package worth 8-10 per cent of GDP.

“Ensure immediate wages to construction and other labour during lockdown –laws exist permitting this. Stop Gagging real issues in name of curbing fake news.”

Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP, Shashi Tharoor called the Prime Minister a showman and said that Modi was invoking Hindu Symbolism.

“Listened to the Pradhan Showman. Nothing about how to ease people’s pain, their burdens, their financial anxieties. No vision of the future or sharing the issues he is weighing in deciding about the post-lockdown. Just a feel-good moment curated by India’s Photo-Op Prime Minister,” Tharoor said in his tweet.

In another tweet, he said, “This is no accident: the PM spoke on Ram Navami at 9 am for 9 mins, asked us to light diyas & candles on 5/4 at 9 pm for 9 mins. He is invoking all the auspicious elements Hinduism associates with number 9. Back to Ram Bharose?! #COVID19 must be more serious than we thought!”

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal also criticised the Prime Minister and in a tweet said, “Modiji, learnt nothing about government’s steps to contain the virus, protect our medical practitioners, provide testing kits, reach food and supplies to the poor, finance migrant labour, the jobless.

“Light the ‘Diyaa’ of reason, not that of superstition,” Sibal said.

The opposition leaders’ remarks came after Modi on Friday once again reached out to the nation amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown and urged people to light a candle or “diya” on April 5 at 9 p.m. for nine minutes to dispel the darkness and gloom brought about by the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus.

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Congress stands with nation to fight coronavirus: Manmohan

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New Delhi, April 2 : The Congress on Thursday reiterated that it stood with the nation to take on the coronavirus threat amid a 21-day nationwide lockdown.

During the Congress Working Committee meeting held through videoconferencing in the morning to discussed various issues, including government response to the pandemic, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reiterated the party’s support to the government, earlier also voiced by the party leader Rahul Gandhi.

In her opening remarks, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said: “We meet today in the midst of an unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis. The magnitude of the challenge before us is daunting but our resolve to overcome it must be greater.”

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who was among the Congress CMs to attend the meeting, informed the CWC about the preparations and steps taken to fight COVID in his state, including provision of food and medication and preventive steps.

Praising the efforts of various organizations and Punjab Police during the lockdown, he pointed out to non-release of Punjab’s share of Rs 5,000 crore by the Centre as a hindrance in the fight against coronavirus.

He said he had taken up the issue with the Union Finance Minister.

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