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Modi regime creating intolerance across nation: Congress

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New Delhi, May 16: The Congress on Tuesday attacked the Narendra Modi government for its failures during the past three years and said that an “atmosphere of intolerance” is being created across the country.

“This government weaved a dream of bringing ‘Acche Din’ and doing something new when it came to power in 2014,” Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said at a press conference here.

“Instead of bringing the ‘Acche Din’, they shattered the dreams of 125 crore people of the country,” he said.

“There is an environment of intolerance in the country, and if anyone raises his/her voice or debates it, then they are branded anti-nationals,” Scindia said.

Scindia also accused the government of forcing on the people to what to learn, what to read, what to eat and what to wear.

“This government is trying to push its policies based on a regimented thinking,” the Congress leader said, adding that under this regimented thinking it formed anti-romeo squads and harassed people.

He said an “anti-Dalit kind of atmosphere is being created in the country”, where this government calls a session to celebrate the Ambedkar Jayanti, and hold a programme in Mau, Uttar Pradesh, and in London.

“But on the other hand, their people are harassing the Dalits across the country everyday,” he said.

“From my state (Madhya Pradesh) 50 people belonging to the Dalit community have expressed their desire to die,” he said.

“Big programmes are organised for them, but the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) wants Dalit-Mukt and Adivasi-mukt Bharat,” he alleged.

“The death of Rohith Vemula and the beating of four Dalits in the name of protecting cows in Gujarat’s Una are a stigma on our society,” he said.

“And their leaders and ministers define these incidents as good for the society,” he added.

(IANS)

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LS Speaker accepts resignation of BSY, Sriramalu as MPs

Mr Yeddyurappa was representing Shimoga parliamentary seat while Mr Sriramalu was elected MP

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New Delhi, May 22 : The Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has accepted the resignation of three sitting MPs from Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa and B Sriramalu – both BJP and the JD(S) lawmaker C S Puttaraju.

According to sources here the Speaker has accepted the resignation but a normal notification will be issued in a day or two.

Mr Yeddyurappa was representing Shimoga parliamentary seat while Mr Sriramalu was elected MP

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Eyeing 2019 battle cry, BJP seeks to play messiah for rural poor

The BJP chief clarified that the developmental measures should not be linked to the Parliamentary election due next year.

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New Delhi, May 22 : Just as all actions and political realignments get fast paced eyeing the 2019 Parliamentary polls, the BJP on Tuesday launched a massive nationwide programme to reach out to the poor and said massive multi-pronged welfare measures are being undertaken by the Modi government to bring about drastic improvement in the conditions of the downtrodden.

Hum gaon ko samasyaon se mukh kar rahen haen…yeh ek naya soch hae (We are improving the conditions of the poor and bringing about drastic changes in the conditions of villages through multi-pronged programmes. This is a new vision itself)," BJP chief Amit Shah told a press conference at party headquarters – his second media interaction within 24 hours and three days since the fall of B S Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka.

He said 21,844 total villages were earmarked when seven nationwide welfare projects including Ujjwala, Saubhagya and Ujjala were launched from April 14 and till May 5, a total 16,850 villages were covered spread over 484 districts. He said the remaining villages in mostly in Karnataka and West Bengal where code of conduct was in force will be covered till next year.

The BJP chief clarified that the developmental measures should not be linked to the Parliamentary election due next year.

He said out of these 16,850 villages, no household is without electricity and no mother or her newborn has been left without vaccination. ‘For the first time, the country is witnessing a new yardstick of development where poor people do not have to queue up for redressal of their grievances but it is the government which is reaching out to them,’ he said.

In this context, Mr Shah said for the next year’s election, irrespective of political stand of various parties, the public mood will be in favour of Narendra Modi in any case.

‘Mahol toh Modi ke liye bana hua hae (Elections mood is set in people for the BJP and Modi). We will win with bigger margin.

Gas was provided under Ujjala Scheme, electricity under Saubhagya yojna, LED bulbs were given under Ujala scheme to the poor, he said. ‘Bank accounts were opened for 20,53,599 families, this is the achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,’, he said.

Gram Swaraj Abhiyaan is a unique experiment which was run between April 14 to May 5, this is the first time after Independence that such a programme has been undertaken, Mr Shah said, a day before the swearing-in ceremony takes place in Karnataka with Mr H D Kumaraswamy as the Chief Minister.

As many 1,200 officers stayed overnight in villages which were taken in batches, he said.

He asked to play a proactive role in taking the programmes to the people.

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Digvijaya Singh appointed as Congress’ Madhya Pradesh coordination committee chief

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New Delhi, May 22: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday appointed senior leader Digvijaya Singh as the coordination committee chairman of Madhya Pradesh, where elections are due later this year.

While Jyotiraditya Scindia was named the chief of election campaign committee for Madhya Pradesh.

The other committees Rahul has formed are communications strategy committee, manifesto committee, and disciplinary action panel.

Apart from this, the Congress president named 20 district presidents for the state.

The term of the 230-member state assembly is ending in January 2019.

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