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Kapil Sibal accuses Modi of speaking in Pakistan’s language

He said that Modi and Shah sleep at night dreaming about Pakistan and keep on talking about the neighbouring country the entire day.

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Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Monday asserted that the duo is “obsessed” about Pakistan.

Speaking to ANI, Sibal said, “Who is speaking the language of (Pakistan Prime Minister) Imran Khan? It is the Prime Minister and the Home Minister. The divisive agendas of Pakistan are being perpetrated in this country. So, they are the ones who are speaking in Pakistan’s language.” He was responding to a question about BJP levelling allegations against Congress speaking in the language of Pakistan.

He said that Modi and Shah sleep at night dreaming about Pakistan and keep on talking about the neighbouring country the entire day.

“Both of them sleep at night dreaming of Pakistan, thinking of Pakistan when they get up in the morning and talking about Pakistan. They should be rather dreaming about India, thinking of India when they get up in the morning and talking about India the entire day. They are obsessed with Pakistan,” Sibal asserted.

Recalling Modi’s statement on demonetisation, Sibal continued, “During demonetisation, the Prime Minister said that give me 50 days and everything will be fine. There will be no terrorism, no black money and no fake currency. Did it happen?”

He also asserted that the “people did not believe in the Prime Minister anymore because of the statements made by him in the past”.

He also said that the people will launch a struggle against the “divisive agenda” of the central government.

Talking about the citizenship law, Sibal said, “Kerala Assembly passed a resolution. What was the intent of the resolution? It is to tell the Centre that don’t take the CAA forward and withdraw it…There is growing support among the people of the country and within opposition states including those who were their allies, who have said that they will not implement the CAA.

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With CAA, you have brought Jinnah’s logic: Shashi Tharoor

“Everybody has freedom of expression in this country, I will definitely enquire about the incident.”

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Jaipur, Jan 27: Stressing that he condemned the CAA as soon as it was introduced, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said that it was unconstitutional as the foundation of Indian independence clearly says that religion has nothing to do with citizenship. “Unlike Pakistan, we have always believed that the country is for everyone. And that is the way we have lived like for 70 years. On principle, CAA is wrong. The central government has brought Jinnahs logic.”

Adding that the country is going through challenging times, he said that it was important for every citizen to preserve originality of thinking and freshness of ideas.

Speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the MP from Thiruvananthapuram further said that the CAA issue is a central one and the resolutions passed by different state assemblies including those of Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal were political statements telling the centre and the world that they were not happy with the move.

“However, after CAA, when the central government does NPR and NRC, they would need the support of state government employees, for example school teachers and government officials in different state departments. If the state government tells them not to go ahead, how can the employees refuse considering they report to the state government?

When asked about the five people who were detained at JLF for raising anti-CAA slogans, the MP said he didn’t know about the same and would ask Rajesh Pilot, the Deputy CM of Rajasthan who was also present at the festival about the same.

“Everybody has freedom of expression in this country, I will definitely enquire about the incident.”

(Sukant Deepak can be reached at [email protected])

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Hindu, Muslim students tie rakhis at anti-CAA march

“Stand with JNU and AMU. Stand with nation,” said another banner carried by the students.

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Kolkata, Jan 26: A large number of students belonging to both Hindu and Muslim communities took out a protest march against the new citizenship law on Republic Day on Sunday and tied the rakhi on one another in an attempt to strengthen bonding between the two communities.

The march started from Nakhoda Mosque in central Kolkata and concluded in north Kolkata’s Tagore house at Jorasanko where first non-European Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was born.

“We, the people of India, have nothing to lose, but chains,” said a prominent banner at the forefront of the march, where a large number of common people of all ages also joined in.

“Stand with JNU and AMU. Stand with nation,” said another banner carried by the students.

They repeatedly raised slogans pledging “We won’t allow the country to be divided,” and assailed the Central government for trying to divide Hindus and Muslims.

Many of the students, who came from several colleges and universities, carried rakhis, and tied them on members of the other community, in a show of Hindu-Muslim bonding.

A participant recalled that in 1905, when then Viceroy Lord Curzon tried to partition Bengal, Tagore had led a procession from Joransanko to Nakhoda mosque where he tried rakhis on members of the Muslim community.

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Can’t let Mahatma be killed again, says Yashwant Sinha

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New Delhi, Jan 26 : In a veiled reference to the new citizenship law (CAA), former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha said in Saifai (UP) on Sunday, Mahatma Gandhi, who believed in communal peace, should not be “killed again” by creating divisions on the basis of religion.

“We will not allow killing of the ‘Father of Nation’ again due to the actions of a few selfish politicians at the Centre,” said Sinha while addressing a large gathering on the occasion of the 71st Republic Day after the ‘Gandhi Shanti Yatra’, led by him, reached this Etawah village from Agra.

Sinha, once an integral part of the BJP think-tank, said, “We have come out with the message of peace in the form of ‘Gandhi Shanti Yatra’.”

The yatra, launched at the Gateway of India in Mumbai on January 9, is aimed at opposing the CAA that seeks to provide Indian citizenship to minorities coming as refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, but leaves out Muslims.

Sinha also took part in the R-Day celebrations. The key highlight of the event was hoisting of the Tricolour on a 155-foot pole.

Samajwadi Party president and former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav were also present on the occasion. Sinha was presented with a shawl as the welcome gesture.

SP National Secretary Rajendra Chaudhary, Dharmendra Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav, Dilip Yadav (MLA), Raj Kumar Raju and Anurag were present at the event, SP spokesperson I.P. Singh told IANS over phone.

“Mahatma Gandhi came out of Gujarat wearing a dhoti and holding a staff. He showed the world the path of truth and non-violence. It’s unfortunate to say today few leaders from the same Gujarat are creating obstacles in the path of truth and non-violence,” said Akhilesh Yadav.

Stating that farmers are sad, the future of the next generation is in dark, and development is blocked, the former UP Chief Minister said, “Today a battle is being fought to save the Constitution on which rests the edifice of our democratic system.”

The SP spokesperson said a prayer meeting would be held on Monday at the SP headquarters and after that the next plans for the ‘Gandhi Shanti Yatra’ would be chalked out.

(Sanjeev Kumar Singh Chauhan can be contacted at [email protected])

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