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VP-elect Naidu dubs Ansari’s Muslim insecurity remark ‘political agenda’



New Delhi, Aug 10 : On the eve of taking over as Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari’s remarks that Muslims in India were feeling insecure were loaded with politics.

Naidu maintained that there was no fear among Muslims in India — “the most tolerant country in the world”.

“Some people are saying minorities are insecure. It is a political propaganda. Compared to the entire world, minorities are more safe and secure in India and they get their due,” Naidu told a section of the media.

“Agenda of politics should be development. People try to use minority issues for political purposes,” he said.

Naidu, 68, who was a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet, did not name anyone in his comments but he was obviously referring to Ansari’s remarks to Rajya Sabha TV that there was a feeling of unease and insecurity among the Muslims amid rising incidents of intolerance and vigilante violence.

The new Vice President disagreed, saying India was “the most tolerant country in the world” and had an “ethos of mutual respect for each other”.

“India is the best model of secularism. If you single out one community, other communities will take it otherwise. That is why we say all are equal. Appeasement for none, justice for all.

“Despite different languages, different attires, our country is one. Unity in the diversity is India’s speciality.”

The former BJP leader said the history of India was witness to the fact that members of minorities have never been discriminated against and have got prominent positions including constitutional responsibilities “on account of their merit”.

Naidu said incidents of vigilante violence in the name of cow or caste or religion in “a huge country” like India were “nothing but aberrations”.

“Unfortunately, some people are trying to blow (these incidents of violence) out of proportion and trying to defame India, raising it to the national forum,” he said.

He said incidents like that needed to be deplored and appropriate action taken against perpetrators of such acts.

Naidu will be administered the oath of office by new President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday.


Parliament Monsoon session Day 4 Live : Opposition to raise Alwar lynching



New Delhi, July 23 : The opposition parties are set to corner the Modi led government over the Alwar lynching incident as the Parliament reassembles on Monday for the first time after the no-confidence motion against the Centre was defeated in the Lok Sabha but exposed the failures of the central government.

Meanwhile, BJP MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe has given a notice for suspension of business in Rajya Sabha to take up the issue of flood and other natural calamities due to heavy rain in several parts of the country.

Congress MPs from Punjab are protesting  over rising unemployment in front of Parliament while TDP MPs are staging  protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament over special category status to Andhra Pradesh and implementation of AP re-organizing Act on the day 4 of the Monsoon session of the Parliament.

Congress is set to raise issues including  Rafale deal  and increase in Lynching incidents in the Parliament.

Union Minister Anant Kumar said, ” Our defence minster has clearly said about the Rafale agreement b/w India&France in the Parliament,now Rahul Gandhi wants to rake up a non issue with baseless charges, let them come with there allegations, govt had made this deal in best interest of the country.”

Parliament Day 4 of the Monsoon session LIve updates

TDP MP YS Chowdary has given notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 to discuss AP Re-organisation Act.


TDP MPs protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament over special category status to Andhra Pradesh and implementation of AP re-organizing Act #MonsoonSession



TDP MP YS Chowdary has given notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 to discuss AP Re-organisation Act.

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Tamil Nadu: Police constable commits suicide in Kovaipudur



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Chennai, July 23: Personnel of Police Force 4th Battalion allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree inside the Battalion campus, in Kovaipudur, last night.

The body has been sent for postmortem.

More details awaited. 


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Shariat believers should go to Pakistan, says Sakshi Maharaj



Lucknow, July 23: Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sakshi Maharaj has managed to be in news again by advising “Shariat believers” ” to go to Pakistan if they want to impose  Shariat in the country”.

Sakshi Maharaj, BJP MP from Unnao constituency in Uttar Pradesh made this controversial remarks on the issue that  some organisations were seeking ‘Shariat courts’ to resolve the personal disputes of Muslims.

“India is the world’s largest democracy. Indian Constitution is very strong. Those who need ‘Shariat’ should go to Pakistan. India will be governed only according to its Constitution and not as per any Shariat,” Maharaj said.

The BJP MP said those who do not have faith in the Constitution of India, “have no right” to stay in the country.

“We would be happy bidding them farewell,” he added.

Maharaj has often stoked controversies.

He has made several statements since the BJP-led NDA government came into power at the center.

Earlier, Sakshi Mahraj urged Hindu women to produce at least 4 children to protect the Hindu religion. He even took a dig at the Muslim community saying “The concept of four wives and forty children just won’t work in India,”.

Last year, he had defended self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted of rape, describing him as a “simple person”.

In another remark that led to an outrage, Maharaj had said couples displaying affection in public should be put behind bars “before anything wrong occurs”.

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