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Ram Mandir not an issue in UP elections, says Rajnath

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday said that the BJP will not contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year on the Ram Mandir plank as it is not a political but cultural issue.

“The Ram Mandir issue is not a political but cultural issue. The matter is also sub judice. We are not going to contest the Uttar Pradesh elections on this plank. We will contest on the development plank,” Rajnath Singh said during an interview with news channel.

The minister said his party did not indulge in the politics of communal polarisation for votes and will not do so in the future either.

On the divisive and controversial statements made by certain party leaders over beef and ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ slogan, Singh said such statements should not be made.

“Whenever such statements came, we talked to the prime minister and gave a statement that such commentary should stop. People who make such controversial statements are also chastised. There cannot be any excuse for hate-mongering,” the minister said.

On the possibility of him becoming the BJP face in the Uttar Pradesh election campaign, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said there is “no dearth of BJP leaders” in the state.

“I will campaign for my party, will hold public meetings. But the party has plenty of leadership faces in the state,” he said.

Touching upon the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) controversy, the home minister said he still stands by his stand on the issue and justified police action in the case.

“Slogans like ‘Bharat ki barbadi hogi’ won’t be tolerated. This is not freedom of expression. The police are doing what they ought to,” he said.

Soon after the JNU controversy wherein some students and others allegedly raised anti-India slogans at an event on the campus on February 9, Singh had said that these were supported by Pakistan-based terrorist Hafiz Saeed.

His statement had drawn flak from the opposition.

On the changed stance of the prosecution and investigating agencies in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case, the 2006 Malegaon blast and 2007 Samjhauta Express blast, the minister denied any intervention by the Narendra Modi government.

On the Pathankot attack probe, Singh said it will be a “betrayal” on Pakistan’s part if it did not allow India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) to visit the neighbouring country for further probe.

India had allowed a Pakistani investigating team to visit the Pathankot airbase.

Singh said the Congress is shrinking and had been swept away from the ‘plains of India and confined to the hills’.

He said the probe into the AgustaWestland chopper deal will be taken to its logical conclusion.

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Anyone with a mass base is welcome in BJP: Shekhawat on Pilot

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New Delhi, July 14 : Union Minister and BJP Rajasthan leader Gajendra Shekhawat said on Tuesday that anyone with a mass base who wants to join the BJP is welcome. He made the comment soon after the Congress sacked Sachin Pilot as Deputy Chief Minister and Pradesh Congress Committee Chief of Rajasthan.

Shekhawat said this when asked a specific question by a reporter on the possibility of Pilot joining the saffron bandwagon.

Earlier, in a series of tweets, he threw his weight behind the rebel Congress leaders, questioning Rajasthan Chief minister Ashok Gehlot and the Congress party’s handling of the situation. Using word play, he alleged, “Sad to see Rajasthan Govt. on auto-pilot because the CM is busy chasing a Pilot.”

In a fallout of the crisis in the Congress over the leadership issue in Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot was on Tuesday divested of the posts of Deputy Chief Minister and the PCC President. Two other Pilot-loyalist Ministers — Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena — were also removed from the council of ministers.

Earlier, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala told the media after a party meeting: “The BJP conspired to destabilise the Congress government elected by the people of Rajasthan”, a charge the BJP vehemently denied.

State Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara was appointed the new Pradesh Congress Committee chief, leaving everyone wondering about Pilot’s next move.

Meanwhile, a high alert was issued in Gujjar-dominated areas of the desert state to avert any untoward incident. Pilot has strong support in the Gujjar belt in Rajasthan.

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J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina tests corona positive

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Ravinder Raina, president of the Jammu and Kashmir BJP party tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, doctors said.

“Yes, his test report for COVID-19 has come positive”, doctors said.

The doctors said Raina was being put under isolation in the Narayana hospital in the Katra town of Reasi district.

Just two days back, Raina accompanied Union Minister of State (PMO) Jitendra Singh, national General secretary of the BJP, Ram Madhav and some other senior leaders to offer condolences to the family of Wasim Bari, the local BJP leader who was killed along with his father and brother by terrorists in the Bandipora town in north Kashmir.

Earlier on Tuesday, the test reports of J&K police chief, Dilbag Singh and Additional DGP, Javaid Mujtaba Gilani came negative.

The two top police officers of the union territory had undergone COVID-19 test after a senior police officer working at the police headquarters had tested positive.

Reports said the police officer who tested positive is asymptomatic and is recovering after he was shifted into isolation by the doctors.

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After Pilot sacking, Congress leaders hail his contribution to party

wo other Pilot loyalists and ministers — Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena — were also removed from the council of ministers.

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New Delhi, July 14 : After the removal of Sachin Pilot as Rajasthan’s Deputy Chief Minister and state Congress chief, many party leaders sided with him, recalling his work to strengthen the party.

Pilot was sacked as Deputy Chief Minister and relieved from the post of state unit chief along with two other Rajasthan Cabinet ministers by the party on Tuesday afternoon. Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada took to Twitter and wrote, “Sachin Pilot is not just a colleague but my friend. No one can take away the fact that all these years he has worked with dedication for the party. Sincerely hope the situation can still be salvaged. Sad it has come to this…”

Prasada and Pilot were ministers in the Congress-led UPA-2 government. Party spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill also tweeted, “Unfortunate and sad turn of events.” Meanwhile, former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi urged Pilot not to be emotional and be patient. “My advice to Sachin Pilot is to be patient, not to be emotional. Having bright future your turn will come. I also had similar hurdles but ultimately patience helped. Better not to run after power which will come automatically. Ashok Gehlot may also give due recognition to Pilot,” Gogoi said in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, in a direct fallout of the Congress’ political crisis over the leadership issue in Rajasthan, Pilot was divested of both the posts. Two other Pilot loyalists and ministers — Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena — were also removed from the council of ministers.

State Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara was appointed the new Pradesh Congress Committee chief. Congress leaders had called two meetings on Monday and Tuesday and appealed to Pilot to attend these in order to pacify him. However, as he remained absent, disciplinary action was taken against him.

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