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Lalu on Advani: Prime Minister in waiting is now President in waiting; All Modi’s plan

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Patna, April 19: Taking a jibe on L K Advani, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday said BJP’s top leader’s last dream to become President of India is not possible any more after the Supreme Court’s order for the former to face the trial in Babri Masjid demolition case.

Welcoming the apex court’s decision, Lalu said Advani is now out of race for the President’s post. He was projected as a strong candidate for the top constitutional post, but it is not possible anymore.

He added: After Advani was denied to become the Prime Minister of India, now he has also lost the chance to become the President of India.

Further smelling the fish in the entire gamut of things Lalu alleged BJP for setting up a ploy to dismiss Advani from the presidential race. He said Advani is made a “scapegoat” (bali ka bakra) in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.

Lalu said the CBI is under the “control” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who “used it to sideline and oust Advani from the race for the President.” Advani was hopeful of becoming at least the President after he was not able to become Prime Minister in 2014.

Lalu alleged it was a “well-planned political strategy” to oust Advani from the race of President.

“After all, Advani and his supporters in the BJP were sure that he will be made President, but he has lost the chance.”

Lalu said it was he who ordered the arrest of Advani in 1992. “I arrested Advani, no one else,” he added. He said those accused of demolishing the Babri Masjid should get harsh punishment because it will send a message that it was an attack on the secular fabric of the country.

The RJD chief said he and his party RJD have been fighting for social and communal harmony.

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Modi is ‘Mauni Baba’ in India, but talks on domestic issues when abroad: Shiv Sena

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New Delhi, April 21: The Shiv Sena hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi by referring him as Mauni Baba, who only speaks about domestic issues when he is abroad.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party also said Modi should follow the advice of his predecessor Manmohan Singh and speak more often.

“(Former prime minister) Manmohan Singh has advised Modi to speak more often and to speak on time. He has also said that Modi’s advice to him when he was the prime minister is now applicable to him as well” news agency PTI quoted Sena as saying in its sensational mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

“The advice given by Manmohan Singh is only fair. Except for bhakts (Modi supporters), who are flying in the air, the whole country feels the same.

“However, what Manmohan Singh said was only a half-truth. Modi may become a ‘mauni baba’ (mute spectator) in India, but he talks abroad,” the editorial piece added.

Taking potshots on Modi, the Marathi daily said if one wants to see the PM speak, the country’s capital will have to be taken to London, New York, Tokyo, Paris or Germany.

If that is not possible, like, in movies, a “set” of national capitals would have to be established in foreign locales, the editorial stated.

“The Prime Minister has talked about rape cases (in India) in London. This is part of his sensitive mind. He is emotional and there are sparks in his mind against injustice, and we are seeing the sparks turn into flames on foreign land. Is it right for Modi to speak on an issue like rape abroad? Why speak about the insulting incidents there?

“Why should a picture of prevalent corruption, rape incidents and an insecure country should be painted outside?” it questioned and added that on a visit to Japan, Modi had spoken about black money and corruption in India.

“You may have enmity with the previous regime. You may also have a deep enmity with the Congress or the Gandhi family… Speaking about the incidents occurring in the country on foreign land does not befit anybody,” the Sena said.

The Sena publication further said that Diamantaire Nirav Modi looted the country and fled, and Mallya is in London itself, but “our prime minister visit the country that has given him shelter and comes back empty-handed”.

Nirav Modi is a prime accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Fraud, while Mallya is wanted in a loan default case.

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Election Commission conspiring with Modi to destabilize Delhi govt: AAP

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New Delhi, April 20: Calling the Election Commission “biased”, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that the poll panel was conspiring with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to destabilize the AAP government in Delhi.

Interacting with the media here, AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj referred to remarks by EC’s former legal advisor, S.K. Mendiratta, that his opinion was not taken before the Election Commission disqualified 20 AAP MLAs for holding “office of profit”.

“Now it’s established that the EC is biased,” he said. “If advice was not taken from him (Mendiratta), it means that advice was coming from the Prime Minister’s office.”

Bharadwaj claimed the former Election Commission chief during whose tenure the decision to disqualify the AAP MLAs was taken was an IAS officer who had good relations with Modi when the latter was the Gujarat Chief Minister.

“Country’s EC with Prime Minister is conspiring to destabilize the elected government in Delhi,” the AAP leader stated, adding this was a “very dangerous sign”.

Speaking to The Indian Express on Wednesday at Idea Exchange, Mendiratta, who left EC last month, said, “I was (working) on contract with them (EC). I have given them my opinion whenever it was sought. In this case (office-of-profit complaint against AAP), they did not feel the necessity of seeking my opinion. So I (have) just kept away”.

Apart from this, Poll panel’s veteran legal troubleshooter confirmed he was associated with the AAP case until EC’s June 23, 2017 order, which had promised further hearing on the matter. That time Nasim Zaidi was the CEC.

However, the EC did not conduct any oral hearings after that and, straightaway tendered its opinion to the President on January 19, 2018.

On being asked that if he was consulted by the Commission for the June 23 order, Mendiratta said, “I was (consulted) in this matter till the last order, where it was decided that they have held an office. Thereafter, I have not been associated with that case”.

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FIR filed against Karnataka BJP MLA for ‘Hindu Vs Muslim’ remark

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Belgaum, April 20: An FIR has been lodged against Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Sanjay Patil on Friday on charges of delivering a provocative speech in Belagavi.

Patil, while addressing the public Patil said that the forthcoming elections in the state is not about roads, water or other issues but about Hindus vs Muslims, Ram Mandir vs Babri Masjid.

The complainant has demanded disqualification of Patil’s candidature for his communal speech and for violating model code of conduct.

The FIR was registered in Marihal police station in Belgaum rural district under Sections 253a, 259A of Indian Penal Code (IPC), according to news ANI.

Karnataka will vote on May 12 to elect its representatives for the 225-member assembly. The results will be declare on May 15.

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