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RSS Chief’s army remark grave: Owaisi

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Hyderabad, Feb 13: MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday described RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s army remark as “grave”. 

The Hyderabad MP said that this statement needs to be looked into deeply as has lot of messages, repercussions and ramifications, while asking Bhagwat to clarify how a cultural organisation trains its cadre as an army.

Bhagwat had said RSS could raise its cadre in three days, while the Army would take 6-7 months.

“He can be right but how is that a cultural organisation trains its cadre as an army,” Owaisi asserted, asking to know if Bhagwat is saying that RSS is efficient than army.

“How can anyone compare a cadre with Indian Army. There can be no comparison as our brave Armymen are sacrificing their lives for the country.

“Does he know what goes into making an Indian soldier,” the MIM leader asked.

Owaisi remarked that if RSS chief is so confident of their ability, he should lead them at the border.

On terrorist attack on Army camp in Jammu, Owaisi said that “we the failed to learn lessons from similar attacks in the past”.

He said the terrorists had carried out attack in Sunjunwan area in 2003 and lessons were not learnt from Pathankot, Uri and Nagrota attacks.

He asked BJP to clarify where is the responsibility for this lies. “Is it not the failure of IB as well,” he asked.

Stating that out of seven brave soldiers who laid down their lives, five were Kashmiri Muslims, Owaisi said why those TV channels which question the nationalism of Indian and Kashmiri Muslims were silent.

Owaisi said even Prime Minister has not tweeted over the Jammu attack.

On Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti calling for talks with Pakistan, he said Modi should respond.

“BJP is sharing power with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir and when their Chief Minister has raised this demand, it should come out and say what it thinks,” he added.

On Ram Rajya Ratha Yatra being launched from Ayodhya on Tuesday, Owaisi said this was aimed at diverting people’s attention from real issues like jobs, GST and increasing terrorist incursions.

 

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Congress MPs, MLAs to donate month’s salary to flood-hit Kerala

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Randeep Singh Surjewala

New Delhi, Aug 18: The Congress on Saturday demanded that floods in Kerala should be declared a “national calamity.”

All elected representatives of the party would donate one month’s salary towards relief efforts in the state, it said.

The decision to donate salaries was taken at a meeting of Congress general secretaries, party in-charges of states, legislative party leaders and state unit chiefs, which was presided over by party chief Rahul Gandhi.

Gandhi had earlier in the day urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately declare the floods in Kerala as “a national disaster.”

Briefing reporters after meeting of Congress office-bearers, party communications in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Modi government should come forward to help Kerala where over 180 people have died and property worth over Rs 3,000 crore has been damaged due to floods.

“It was decided that all Congress MPs in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Congress MLAs across India and party MLCs will donate one month’s salary, which will be sent through the AICC for relief measures in Kerala,” Surjewala said.

He said it was also decided that all Congress governments will come forward to help the people of the state.

Surjewala said Punjab government has already donated Rs 10 crore to the Kerala Relief Fund and JD-S and Congress- government in Karnataka has also donated Rs 10 crore to the relief measures. The government in Puducherry has also donated Rs 1 crore.

He said special relief committees will be formed in adjoining states including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu apart from Puducherry. Material collected by Congress workers will be sent to the people of Kerala.

Surjewala said the party also noted with concern the grave situation due to floods in Karnataka and some other parts of the country.

“Modiji should stop discriminating in matters of flood relief. The Prime Minister must rise above party-politics and come forward to help Kerala, Karnataka and other flood-affected states. The Prime Minister should declare Kerala floods as a national calamity,” Surjewala said.

Overflowing rivers and a series of landslides in Kerala have resulted in the death of 180 people as of Saturday morning, with over 3 lakh others forced to move to some hundreds of relief camps.

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Back series GDP calculation proved UPA years best: Chidambaram

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P. Chidambaram (File Photo)

New Delhi, Aug 18: Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to match up with the UPA’s GDP rate in its fifth year and said that back series calculation of GDP has proved that the best years of economic growth were the UPA years 2004-2014.

Quoting figures of the recently released Ministry of Statistics’ data, Chidambaram said: “Truth has triumphed. The back series calculation of GDP has proved that the best years of economic growth were the UPA years 2004-2014.”

“The average growth rate under four governments since 1999 were– NDA I – 5.68 per cent, UPA I – 8.36 per cent UPA II – 7.68 per cent and NDA II – 7.35 per cent (four years),” Chidambaram tweeted.

“I wish the Modi government well in its fifth year. It can never catch up with UPA I, but I wish it catches up with UPA II,” he added.

Chidambaram said that the UPA governments delivered the best ever decadal growth and lifted 140 million people out of poverty and thanked the people for the opportunity to serve them for 10 years.

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Stop ‘Bhashan’ Concentrate on ‘Shashan’ : Kapil Sibal

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New Delhi, Aug 18: Senior Congress leader and former union minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday took to twitter over the current Indian Economy Growth.

Kapil Sibal took to Twitter to target PM Narendra Modi, saying “The truth can’t be suppressed for long. Modiji says nothing happened prior to 2014. Now we know India clocked the highest GDP growth ever between 2004 – 2014 : Average 8.4% and in 2005-06 10.2%. Stop ‘Bhashan’  Concentrate on ‘Shashan’ Modiji !

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