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Modi flays opposition over surgical strikes, Mission Shakti

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Meerut, March 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attacked the opposition parties for raising questions over India’s air strikes against Pakistan and its capabilities in the space.

“The country has seen many governments which believed in sloganeering but for the first time it has seen a decisive government which knows how to fulfil its commitments,” Modi said as he launched his campaign for the Lok Sabha elections.

“Be it land or sky or space, the government of your ‘chowkidar’ has shown courage to conduct surgical strikes,” he added.

Modi’s reference was to the bombing by the Indian Air Force of a terrorist camp in Pakistan on February 26 and Wednesday’s launch of an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile that destroyed a satellite orbiting 268 km above the earth.

The Prime Minister said that by raising questions over the government’s actions, some opposition leaders had become a “hero” in Pakistan.

“People have to decide whether they need a hero of India or a hero of Pakistan. They have to decide whether they need ‘saboot’ (proof) or ‘sapoot’ (hero). Those seeking ‘saboot’ are challenging the ‘sapoot’,” he said.

Modi said the country had decided to again form a BJP government “because here is a decisive government which has delivered on every front”.

His government, he went on, had shown courage with “surgical strikes” not only on the land and from the sky but also in space.

This is Modi’s first election rally for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since the announcement of the April-May Lok Sabha polls by the Election Commission.

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Indian media captured by fascist interests, hate-filled narrative spread: Rahul Gandhi

“The media is muzzled and terrified. The truth seems dormant. But it flows in the blood of every single Indian army officer and soldier. They know exactly what is happening in Ladakh.

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New Delhi, July 13 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday took a swipe at the Narendra Modi government, saying a large part of the Indian media had now been “captured by fascist interests” and asserted that the narrative of lies is tearing India apart.

He said that he would be sharing his own thoughts with people through videos.

In a series of tweets, Rahul Gandhi said: “Today, a large part of the Indian news media has been captured by fascist interests. A hate-filled narrative is being spread by television channels, WhatsApp forwards and false news.”

“This narrative of lies is tearing India apart. I want to make our current affairs, history, and crises clear and accessible for those interested in the truth. From tomorrow, I”ll be sharing my thoughts with you on video,” the Congress Lok Sabha MP from Kerala”s Wayanad said in another tweet.

In the last six years, the Congress leader has slammed section of the media on several occasions for alleged disproportionate criticism of the grand old party.

On June 8, he tweeted on the Chinese ”intrusion” in Ladakh: “The media is muzzled and terrified. The truth seems dormant. But it flows in the blood of every single Indian army officer and soldier. They know exactly what is happening in Ladakh.

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Eviction of Priyanka Gandhi govt’s arrogance of power: Sharad Pawar

Pawar’s no-holds-barred response came in the final instalment of his three-part marathon interview to ”Saamana” and ”Dopahar Ka Saamana” Group”s Executive Editor Sanjay Raut.

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Mumbai, July 13 : Targeting the BJP-led Centre, NCP President Sharad Pawar on Monday said that the move to evict Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from her government residence in Delhi is a “display of NDA government’s arrogance of power”.

“We must remember that the Nehru-Gandhi family has dedicated its life for the country. Jawaharlal Nehru made immense contribution to India”s freedom struggle and put it on the path of democracy. His daughter Indira Gandhi and grandson Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed their lives for the country. Priyanka is from the same family,” said Pawar.

Even after Rajiv Gandhi”s death, his wife Sonia Gandhi built the party and though there may be political differences, “that doesn”t mean that you can misuse the power to harass someone; that”s not wise or honourable,” the Nationalist Congress Party leader said.

The NCP chief said “petty politics” is being witnessed in the country, and recalled how, when Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister, whenever he organised a conference of chief ministers, the BJP would hold separate meetings of the BJP-ruled CMs.

“In those meetings, the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi would use very strong language against Singh. That was unprecedented — how a state CM could adopt such a vindictive attitude towards the country”s PM,” Pawar recalled.

Today, he added, with the BJP ruling at the Centre, Singh has never taken to heart the criticism he faces. Even when Modi as CM would criticize the PM, Manmohan Singh never vent his anger at Gujarat, the former Union Minister added.

Recounting his own experiences, Pawar said that when he was the Union Agriculture Minister, some Congress leaders would grumble that even though Modi criticised the PM so much, ”we are going out of the way to help Gujarat”, but Manmohan Singh stood by him (Pawar), saying “Gujarat is a part of India and it is our duty to protect every Indian and every state”.

“Today, the situation has changed. All we see is — bring down this state government, topple that state government. Now, we are seeing this in Rajasthan. Some (BJP) leaders keep talking like this even for Maharashtra. BJP”s ”Operation Kamal” is misuse of power by the Centre to destabilise, weaken and bring down the government elected by the peoples” mandate,” Pawar said.

However, he expressed confidence that ”Operation Kamal” will not affect the Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Maharashtra, though the BJP has been giving deadlines, and the next one is October.

Pawar’s no-holds-barred response came in the final instalment of his three-part marathon interview to ”Saamana” and ”Dopahar Ka Saamana” Group”s Executive Editor Sanjay Raut.

He cautioned that though Thackeray is doing a good job as CM, there is a need for “enhanced dialogue” among the three allies — Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress — for smoother functioning of the MVA government.

To Raut”s query, Pawar revealed that his 2014 statement to offer outside support to the BJP was actually aimed at keeping the Shiv Sena out of the government since they both (BJP-Sena) had fought elections separately.

“When it became possible that a post-poll alliance could materialise, I made that statement. But it didn”t work out and later the Sena joined the government and it completed its full term,” said Pawar.

Justifying his politics, the NCP chief said that handing out power to BJP again in (2019) was not in the interests of the Sena or other political party “since the BJP doesn”t believe that other (non-BJP) parties have a right to function in a democracy”.

Pawar dismissed Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis” recent claims on this issue and hit back, saying that prior to the 2019 government formation, the BJP had approached NCP to form the government as it did not want Shiv Sena to come to power.

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Abdullahs challenge house detention of NC leaders

Unfortunately that was not to be. The house detentions without any administrative orders are unlawful, undermining the due respect to human rights and individual liberty,” he said.

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Srinagar, July 13 : Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) President and Srinagar MP Farooq Abdullah and his son and party Vice President Omar Abdullah on Monday filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court challenging the ”unconstitutional and ”illegal house detention of 16 NC leaders and functionaries.

As per the statement issued from the party headquarters, Farooq Abdullah has filed a petition for the release of Ali Mohammad Sagar, Abdul Rahim Rather, Nasir Aslam Wani, Aga Syed Mehmood, Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Irfan Shah and Sahmeema Firdous from house detention, while Omar Abdullah has challenged the detention of Mohammad Shafi Uri, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzaan, Mubarak Gul, Bashir Veeri, Abdul Majeed Larmi, Basharat Bukhari, Saifudin Bhat Shutru and Mohammad Shafi through their counsel advocate Shariq Reyaz.

Party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said the decision to move to the court has been taken as a last resort to provide relief to various party members who have continuously been under house arrest or have been kept under house detention after being shifted from detention centers.

“Shifting of the detainees from detention centers to their homes only characterised revolving-door detention practice. Quashing of the PSA on party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar underscored the indefensible nature of all detentions in the court of law, leading us to believe that the administration will release all the detainees in the absence of any convincing reason.

Unfortunately that was not to be. The house detentions without any administrative orders are unlawful, undermining the due respect to human rights and individual liberty,” he said.

“We are hopeful that the court will come to the rescue of our colleagues, who have been suffering for no fault of theirs ever since the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35-A on August 5, 2019. This was the only recourse left to us. We are hopeful that the court will uphold the civil liberties of our colleagues, most of whom have not been keeping well,” Dar said.

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