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Naidu sworn in as new Vice President

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Venkaiya Naidu

New Delhi, August 11:  M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday took oath as India’s new Vice President. Nominated by the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, he won the vice presidential poll on August 5.

The swearing-in ceremony was held in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan here.

Earlier Naidu, 68, paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat. He also paid tributes to Jan Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya, besides Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Babasaheb B.R. Ambedkar.

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Chidamabaram pitches for more alliances

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P Chidambaram

New Delhi, July 22 : Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram on Sunday told the Congress Working Committee that the party can win at least 150 seats on its own in 12 states where it is strong and it should forge alliances in other states in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to boost its numbers.

Sources said Chidambaram, a former Finance Minister, told the CWC, the party’s highest decision making body, that Congress should try for alliance with as many parties as possible, while strengthening the party in the 12 states to maximise gains.

The party has 48 members in the Lok Sabha at present.

Chidambaram’s views were echoed by several other senior leaders and with some of them emphasising that Congress should be the pivot of alliances and Rahul Gandhi should be the face of the coalition.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also pitched for a wider alliance with regional parties as well at the national level.

He said people were now showing confidence in Congress.

The CWC meeting was attended by all members, special invitees, former and present Chief Ministers and party secretaries.

Sources said party leaders Digvijay Singh and Janardan Dwivedi were also invited but they did not come.

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BJP-Congress war over Rahul hugging PM intensifies

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Rahul Modi

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took a dig at Congress President for “unwanted hug” during the no confidence motion in Parliament by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, the BJP and the Congress traded barbs over the issue.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) described Gandhi as an “incapable leader” to hold any public office, while the Congress said that Gandhi’s hug was full of grace and Modi’s attack on him exposes “politics of hate”.

Addressing a Kisan Kalyan rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur, Modi without taking any names mocked Gandhi for hugging him in the Lok Sabha on Friday during the no confidence motion against the NDA government, which it won easily.

“We asked the reasons for their no confidence motion but when they failed to give it and then they ended up giving an unwanted hug,” Modi said, referring to Gandhi’s embrace.

“Even a beginner in politics, but Gandhi being what he is I think he has demonstrated is irregibility and incapability to really hold any public office,” BJP leader G.V.L. Narsimha Rao said here.

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot hit back, seeking to remind the Prime Minister said that he has given hugs to various leaders across the globe.

“Modi has hugged various leaders during his visit to foreign countries. Were they unwanted hugs?” he asked.

Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said: “Modi is mocking Rahul Gandhi’s hug, which was given out of pure grace.”

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“This completely exposes Modi’s politics of hate,” he said.

Meanwhile, former Finance Minister and ex-BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who is a critic of the Modi government also took a dig at Modi over the hug.

“The serial hugger has been taken for a hug,” Sinha said in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, Gandhi said that he would tackle Modi’s “hate and fear” with love and compassion.

“The point of yesterday’s debate in Parliament…Prime Minister uses hate, fear and anger in the hearts of some of our people to build his narrative. We are going to prove that love and compassion in the hearts of all Indians is the only way to build a nation,” Gandhi tweeted.

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‘PM Modi Sabse Bada Hai Gappi, Dharam Sikhata Hai Usko Bhi Laga do Jhappi’

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New Delhi, July 21: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday said that he’s saddened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s use of language during his speech at the no-confidence motion debate in Parliament. He further called PM Modi a “gappi” and said that the religion teaches everyone to hug such men.

“Ye jo bhasha maine dekhi kal Lok Sabha mein, mujhe dukh laga. Pradhan Mantri Modi desh mein sabsa bada hai gappi, dharam hamein sikhata hai ki usko bhi laga do jhappi,” Kapil Sibal said, adding, “Isliye Rahul Ji ne unko jhappi di, kyoki hum kisi se nafrat nahin karte hain,” he said.

Referring to Rahul’s accusations that the PM cannot see eye-to-eye with him, Modi said, “You are ‘naamdaar’ (dynast), “I am ‘kaamdar’ (worker). I cannot dare to see eye-to-eye with you”. Referring to Rahul’s wink after hugging PM Modi, he said, “Today, the whole nation saw it on TV.”

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