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Kuchh to Pak connection hai: BJP tears into Cong

He also resurrected the term “saffron terrorism”, a coinage Patra claimed, was invented at the behest of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

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New Delhi, Jan 14 : The BJP on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress after Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s statement giving a communal spin to Kashmir DSP Davinder Singh’s arrest, and said there should be a “democratic surgical strike” on the grand old party.

“Congress has done exactly what it is capable of — to attack India and save Pakistan,” alleged BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.

He also resurrected the term “saffron terrorism”, a coinage Patra claimed, was invented at the behest of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Patra used the opportunity to highlight the Congress’s stance on Batla House encounter, as well as Rahul Gandhi’s alleged statements on “Hindu terror” which were later released through Wikileaks. All this came just a month away from the Delhi Assembly polls.

“Dear Congress, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, do you have any doubt who launched the terror attack on Pulwama? I challenge you to come on camera and express that you don’t trust Indian Army and Indian Intelligence agencies,” said Patra, from the BJP podium.

This comes days after Rahul Gandhi dared Narendra Modi to enter any university in the country and appease the students and explain CAA-NRC, provided the Prime Minister did not have any police protection.

He further claimed this is an effort to give “clean chit” to Pakistan. He went on to allege: “This is not a slip of the tongue, this is Congress speaking in Pakistan’s words.”

BJP went all out to launch an offensive against the Congress party by using the opportunity to remind Chowdhury’s faux pas in the floor of the house during the debate of abrogation of Article 370.

“Kuchh to gadbad hai. Kuchh to connection Pakistan ke sath hai (There’s something is wrong. There’s some connection with Pakistan),” alleged Patra.

He went on to claim that by Tuesday evening, 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Sayeed might express his “love” for the Congress, as well.

Patra even insinuated that the Congress party is a “python” that wants to kill “its mother”.

The Leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha not only raised question on Pakistan’s involvment in Pulwama attack on February 14, 2019, that killed 40 Indian bravehearts, but he went on to communalise the incident.

Chowdhury earlier said: “Had #DavindarSingh by default been Davindar Khan,the reaction of troll regiment of RSS would have been more strident and vociferous.”

The blatant communalisation of the matter by the Leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha left not only the BJP stunned but the nation in disbelief.

Chowdhury didn’t stop at that. He went to claim: “The chink in the armour is exposed in the valley much to the consternation of us, we cannot afford ourselves to be penny wise and pound foolish.

“Now question will certainly be arisen as to who were the real culprits behind the gruesome Pulwama incident, need a fresh look on it.”

Such a senior Congressman raising question on Pakistan’s involvement in Pulwama attack that killed 40 Indian bravehearts has now given BJP a golden fodder ahead of the crucial Delhi elections.

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Storm in NCP as Sharad Pawar’s Delhi home security removed

Earlier security was downgraded for Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, and now Pawar which is a matter of serious concern.

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Mumbai, Jan 24 : The Nationalist Congress Party-Shiv Sena on Friday took strong umbrage at the abrupt withdrawal of security from the New Delhi residence of its party chief Sharad Pawar.

“This is shocking… The Prime Minister is aware that Sharad Pawar is a senior leader who faces threats and was attacked in the past. We have witnessed it,” said Sena MP Sanjay Raut.

He said that earlier security was downgraded for Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, and now Pawar which is a matter of serious concern.

Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil took a swipe at the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying from Mumbai to New Delhi, they are sore at the change of government in Maharashtra.

“That is why the BJP is now taking revenge… This is dangerous in a democracy,” said Patil.

State Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad said: “Sharad Pawar is like the Sahyadri mountains… He’s not one to be daunted by any intimidating tactics…”

Awhad said there’s nothing to worry since “the affection of the masses is the real security cover of Pawar Saheb”.

According to information available, security personnel of Delhi Police who were posted at the Pawar residence in the national capital were abruptly withdrawn from January 20, though in Maharashtra he is accorded adequate security both at home and on his tours.

However, there are no reactions so far from either Pawar, his daughter Supriya Sule, MP or nephew and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

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Sonia’s return temporary, need organisational polls: Tharoor

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Describing as a “temporary arrangement” the return of Sonia Gandhi to the post of Congress president, senior party leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday reiterated his call for elections to all leadership positions in order to revive the party and energise its workers.

In an interview with IANS, the career diplomat-turned politician spoke on the ongoing protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and its potential to bring about opposition unity, the “dismal” situation in the country 68 months into Narendra Modi’s prime ministerial reign and the “uniformly negative” headlines in the world media about the happenings in India where “the social fabric is in tatters” and “tensions are dividing the society”.

The former Union minister said the Congress “certainly has to make a real effort” to revive.

According to the Thiruvananthapuram MP, party interim chief Sonia Gandhi had been a “very effective leader” in the past, but she chose to make way for the new generation of leadership.

Gandhi took over as president of the party in 1998 and was at the helm till September, 2017, when she made way for her son Rahul Gandhi. However, Rahul stepped down after the party’s disappointing show in last year’s general election when the Congress got only 44 seats. After lot of deliberations, Sonia Gandhi was made the interim chief last August.

“She had already made way for a new generation of leadership. So her coming back to office is clearly only a temporary arrangement. I have publicly called for elections to all the leadership positions including the working committee, so the party can be revived, we can energise the workers, stimulate interest among the voters,” said Tharoor on the sidelines of the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet here.

Calling the Congress the party of Indian nationalism and inclusive India, he said it was the “natural alternative” to the “divisive and frankly negative politics” of the ruling BJP-spearheaded NDA government of Modi.

He said the ongoing intense anti-CAA protests seemed unique in the sense that they were “largely self-motivated by ordinary citizens”, and political parties were not the engine of the movement.

“The ordinary people, the students out on the campuses, the housewives on the streets, the ladies of Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, these are people who are not organised by political parties.

“They themselves are genuinely protesting about what is being done to their country. And to my mind that is the extraordinary thing about these protests”.

He said with many political parties agreeing or wanting to support the people’s protests, “if all goes well we will have an opportunity to try and, to put it bluntly, use the awakened consciousness of the public to bring parties together”.

Tharoor, who handled the portfolios of minister of state for external affairs and human resource development in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet, said the challenge in uniting the opposition lay in the fact that many opposition parties are themselves rivals in their home states.

“Apart from the Congress and the BJP, everyone has a strongly regional focus, often confined to one state – whether it is Trinamool Congress in Bengal, CPI-M in Kerala, or Samajwadi Party in UP, etc.”

“And because of the state focus, naturally their success in their own states sometimes can seem more important than subordinating themselves in Delhi to a party that may be their rival in their home state. These are issues which have to be worked out,” said Tharoor.

Coming down heavily on the Modi government, he said rather than implementing its slogan of ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikaas’ (Development for all), the government has done the opposite by dividing the nation and failed to usher in any development.

He alleged while the economic growth has plummeted, there has been price escalation of every item, with unemployment touching a record high, and farmers’ suicides breaking all records.

“Every indicator is negative…. Where can we find anything positive to look at in this government’s performance?”

He said “even bigger than the economic failure” was the “divisive socio-cultural agenda” that is dividing the country on identity issues and religion.

In an obvious reference to the government passing the CAA and time and again talking about a possible nationwide NRC to drive away “infiltrators”, Tharoor said: “Why these people are obsessed about a religious issue that was settled 70 years ago, I don’t know. But today they are reopening wounds that should have been left to heal, rather than made worse and inflamed by their conduct.”

Turning to Modi’s foreign policy, he said the Prime Minister brought a lot of energy to his initial travels around the world.

“But the problem is that everyone looks at the reality of the country behind him. You can be a very good salesman, but even the best salesman can only sell an empty package up to a point.

“Once you have bought an empty package once or twice, you won’t buy it again. And so many people have turned away from India. If you look at the world media today, there is not a single positive story about India … all uniformly negative,” he said.

He ridiculed Modi loyalists’ claims that the Prime Minister has raised the stature of India globally.

“I’d like to see some evidence for that. Because if anything, we have never seen in the 72 years of India’s independence, except for the period of emergency (1975-77), such an unsustained level of negative, unfriendly headlines, dismayed by what is being done by Modi to this country.”

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Remove Kapil Mishra’s ‘India Vs Pak’ comment: EC tells Twitter

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New Delhi, Jan 24 : The Election Commission has asked Twitter to remove the comment of BJP’s Model Town Assembly candidate Kapil Mishra from its platform describing Shaheen Bagh’s anti-CAA protest site here as “mini-Pakistan”.

Mishra had also described the upcoming Assembly polls as a contest “on Delhi roads between India and Pakistan”

Officials in the commission told IANS on Friday that a communication has been sent to Twitter in his regard to remove Mishra’s comment.

Earlier, the poll panel issued a show cause notice to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader for his controversial statement asking him to give a reply to the commission by Friday afternoon.

The Returning Officer (RO) for the Model Town Assembly constituency, Banwari Lal in his letter to Mishra on Thursday said: “It has been observed that there are several news items in the electronic media and social media about your statement on Shaheen Bagh like — ‘Delhi me chote chote Shaheen Bagh Bane’, ‘Shaheen Bagh me Pak ki entry’ and ‘India vs. Pakistan 8th February, Delhi. On February 8, on the streets of Delhi there will be a competition between India and Pakistan’.”

“And, whereas clause 1 (1) of the Model Code of Conduct stipulates as under: No party or candidate shall include in any activity, which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic.

“And, whereas Section 123 (3A) of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951 defines the corrupt practice as under — the promotion of, or attempt to promote feelings of enmity or hatred between different classes of the citizens of India on grounds of caste, religion, race, community or language by a candidate or his agent or any other person with the consent of a candidate or his election agent for the furtherance of the prospects of the election of that candidate or for prejudicially affecting the election of any candidate,” the notice read.

“Therefore, your act is deemed to be a violation of the aforesaid provision of the model code of conduct and the Representation Act and the same is punishable under provisions of law,” the RO said.

“Hence, you are requested to explain as to why action under the provisions of law should not be initiated against you,” the RO said, adding that his reply should reach to the poll panel officer by 12.30 p.m. on Friday.

Lal also said that if he fails to give his reply or his reply is found unsatisfactory, action against Mishra will be taken without any further notice.

The EC took cognisance against the BJP candidate soon after he tweeted on Thursday: “AAP and Congress have made Shaheen Bagh like Mini Pakistan. In their response entire country will rise on February 8. And whenever Pakistan will raise traitors in India, then every time Patriots will rise.”

Mishra had tweeted in response to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP candidate from Patparganj Assembly seat Manish Sisodia’s comment that he stands with the people of Shaheen Bagh.

In another tweet, Mishra, who was earlier a Minister in AAP government said, “….On February 8 on the streets of Delhi it will be a competition between India and Pakistan.”

The election for the 70-member Delhi Assembly is on February 8 and counting of votes will take place in February 11.

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