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Let Bhutan handle border row, CPI-M tells Modi government

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New Delhi, July 13: India should let Bhutan take the lead in negotiating with China on the disputed Doklam Plateau and other disputed territories instead of getting involved itself, the CPI-M has said.

An editorial in the CPI-M journal People’s Democracy has also blamed India’s growing strategic ties with the US for the deteriorating relations with China.

The standoff between India and China on the Doklam Plateau, adjoining the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan, is now a month-old and shows no signs of ending.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist said the issue “has assumed more serious proportions… because of the deterioration in the overall relations” between India and China.

But it noted that the present dispute did not pertain to any border area between China and India.

“The Modi government must realise that there is no alternative to settling the recurring disagreements on the border except through negotiations,” the editorial said.

“It is also important to keep in mind that Bhutan is the main party in the dispute. Bhutan is not a ‘protectorate’ of India.

“It must be underlined that Bhutan has been negotiating with China directly on its border issues since 1984.

“It is better that India let Bhutan take the lead in negotiating with China on the Doklam Plateau and other disputed territories. India can lend support to Bhutan’s position.”

The CPI-M said the present border fracas had assumed greater salience because Sino-Indian differences had aggravated since the Modi government took power.

“The prime factor contributing to this divergence is India’s strategic alliance with the US. India has joined the US in its strategic designs in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region which is aimed at containing China.

“India has openly sided with the US position on the South China Sea; India has opposed the Belt and Road Initiative.

“Within the country, the Modi government has increased the profile of the Dalai Lama and the so-called Tibetan provisional government (which) are serious irritants for China.”

The editorial said India saw China as a stumbling block in its bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group and Beijing had not helped to get Pakistan-based Masood Azhar on the terrorist list notified by the UN.

“The erosion of trust and mutual confidence has contributed to the present tensions related to Doklam.”

The CPI-M quoted Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar as saying that India and China must not allow differences to become disputes.

“It will be good if this approach is put into practice by the Modi government,” it said. “Extraneous factors must not be allowed to interfere in the quest for better relations between the two neighbours in Asia.”

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Beti Bachao, BJP ke logon se bachao: Rahul Gandhi targets Modi at Save the Consitution rally

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New Delhi, April 23: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that earlier slogan was Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. But Now, PM will say is ‘Beti Bachao, BJP ke logon se bachao’.

Addressing save the Constitution rally, Gandhi said: “In his book “Karmayog”, PM Modi justifies manual scavenging by calling it a “spiritual experience” for the Valmiki community. This speaks volumes about his anti-Dalit mindset.

“The Congress Party will stand together to protect the interests of Dalits and other weaker sections of the society wherever the BJP & RSS attacks them”, he added.

Gandhi further stated “we will never allow the BJP & RSS to destroy our Constitution. The people of India will speak their “Mann ki Baat” in 2019″.

“Our institutions were gifted to us by our Constitution. The Modi Govt is now destroying these institutions by appointing RSS ideologues to occupy important positions”.

Taking a jibe at the Prime Minister, the Congress leader said Narendra Modi is only interested in Narendra Modi. Electoral victory is his only focus.

The Congress on Monday launched “Save The Constitution campaign” at the Talkatora Stadium in the national capital.

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BJP MP’s son arrested on charges of drinking alcohol

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Patna, April 23: Son of BJP MP Hari Manjhi has been arrested on charges of consuming alcohol.

“Rahul, son of BJP MP from Gaya, Hari Manjhi arrested on charges of consuming alcohol.He was made to undergo a medical test in which traces of alcohol were found in his blood”, ANI reported.

As per ANI sources, the accused was caught with a group of friends in Bodh Gaya village.

Rahul’s father, Hari Manjhi also represents Lok Sabha in the Parliament.

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Modis looting country: Yechury

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Hyderabad, April 23: Launching a sharp attack on the Prime Minister, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri on Sunday claimed that Narendra Modi, fugutive diamantaire Nirav Modi and former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi were looting the country.

The Left leader said people never knew that the country had so many Modis, but what is common among them is that “all were looting”.

Yechury — re-elected the Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary — said the loot increased after the Modi government came to power in May 2014.

He said that though Modi had promised to waive loans of farmers, he waived loans of about Rs 3 lakh crore of big investors and industrialists.

“People’s money kept in banks was looted. Those who did it escaped from the country and the government is not able to bring them back,” he said.

Yechury was addressing a public meeting organised by the CPI-M on Sunday evening to mark the end of five-day party national conclave.

Yechury compared Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah to epic Mahabharata’s ‘Duryodhana’ and ‘Dushasana’.

The Marxist leader said there were 100 Kaurava brothers in Mahabharat but most people know of only two — Duryodhana and Dushasana. “Similarly, people know only two in BJP — Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” he remarked.

Yechury vowed to defeat the BJP-RSS combine and said the CPI-M was determined to defeat the communal forces and restore harmony in the country.

Voicing concern over increasing sexual assaults on children, he alleged that all those involved belonged to the BJP and RSS and no action was taken against them. “Instead of registering cases against them, victims are being booked. The women and children never faced this grave threat before this government came to power,” he said.

On the third alternative proposed by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao against both the BJP and the Congress, Yechury said the CPI-M would take a decision after seeing its policies.

Revealing that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief spoke to him a few days ago about the proposed front, Yechury said a front for the sake of power would be of no help.

He recalled that an effort was made for the third alternative 20 years ago, leading to the formation of United Front government in 1996.

Yechury said that while their priority was to defeat the communal forces and appropriate strategy would be adopted at the time of 2019 general elections, the electoral alliances alone will not help. He underlined the need to build a mass movement to achieve the goal.

He pointed out that during Telangana’s armed struggle, “the Communists protected 5,000 villages for three years from Nizam’s ‘razakars’, the Congress government and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Army”.

Referring to the march of hundreds of red-shirt volunteers at the public meeting, he said such ‘people’s army’ alone could give a befitting reply to the communalists.

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