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Talk on Ram Mandir cancelled because JNU fears my arguments: Swamy

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New Delhi, Dec 6 : BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said his lecture on the Ram Mandir issue was cancelled by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) authorities because they feared his “powerful” arguments in favour of the temple.

A talk by Swamy was scheduled to take place on Wednesday evening at Koyna Hostel in the campus under the rubric “Why Ram Mandir in Ayodhya”. The event was organised by a group of students on the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya.

In an interview to a TV channel, Swamy said the university feared him because he could articulate his arguments well and advised the Vice Chancellor of the varsity (M. Jagadesh Kumar) to “grow some spine”.

“I advise the Vice Chancellor to grow some spine… He can let us know (if concerned about security), we will make the arrangements,” Swamy said.

“(The) problem essentially was that the Left was threatened by my arguments…. the Leftist charge against us of intolerance is most ridiculous, to say Hindus are intolerant is even worse. The entire history is against this, look at the Parsis, look at the Jews, how they were looked after.

“Left is a fascist ideology, and they coin these popular terms hoping people will swallow it, but today people are not ready to swallow it because there’s a counterview,” he added.

JNU Students Union Vice President Simone Zoya Khan told IANS that the union — constituted of members from Left parties — had nothing to do with cancellation of the programme, which was organised by a few students “associated with the right wing”.

“The competent authority has decided that no talk will take place in Koyna Hostel, JNU on December 6. Hence the talk has been cancelled,” a note from senior warden Koyna Hostel read.

IANS

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Congress MP from Kerala M.I. Shanavas passes away

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Chennai/Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 21: Congress Working President in Kerala and Lok Sabha member from Wayanad, M.I. Shanavas passed away at a private hospital in Chennai on Wednesday, a party leader said. He was 67.

“The party has lost a stalwart. I have lost a dear brother,” Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala said.

Shanavas, a two time parliament member was ailing for sometime and was admitted at a hospital in the Tamil Nadu capital. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

“His body will be brought to Kochi today. It will lay in state for the public to pay their last respects and the final rites will take place tomorrow,” said Chennithala.

A long time close aide of former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, Shanavas along with Chennithala and former Kerala Speaker late G. Karthikeyan in the 1980s parted ways with Karunakaran and formed their own faction, ‘the reformist’.

Shanavas won the 2009 Lok Sabha polls from Wayanad, which he retained in 2014.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his cabinet colleagues condoled the passing away of Shanavas.

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Vishweshwar Reddy resigns from TRS

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Telangana, Nov 20: Ahead of assembly elections, Vishweshwar Reddy, MP from Chevella Konda on Tuesday resigned from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). 

The Chevella cited reasons such as personal, injustice to karyakartas, who worked for Telangana statehood.

Polling is slated to be held on December 7, While the results will be declared on  December 11.

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Sushma Swaraj’s husband thanks her for not deciding to contest 2019 elections

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New Delhi, Nov 20: Welcoming External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s decision not to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, her husband said that “I remember there came a time when even Milkha Singh stopped running”. 

“Madam (Sushma Swaraj) – Thank you very much for your decision not to contest any more elections. I remember there came a time when even Milkha Singh stopped running,” he said in a series of tweets.

“This marathon has been on since 1977 – that is 41 years. You have contested 11 direct elections. In fact you contested all elections held since 1977 except twice when party did not allow you to contest in 1991 and 2004,” he said.

“You have been four terms in Lok Sabha, three terms in Rajya Sabha and thrice elected to state Assembly. You are contesting elections since you were 25 – and fighting elections for 41 years is quite a marathon,” he said.

“Madam – I am running behind you for the last 46 years. I am no longer a 19-year-old. Please, I am also running out of breath. Thank you,” he added.

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