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Who’s stopping you from building temple, Owaisi tells Bhagwat




Hyderabad, Oct 18 : “Bring it. Who is stopping you and your government?” This is how MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday reacted to RSS Mohan Bahgwat’s demand for a law to build a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya.

The Hyderabad MP said that Bhagwat’s statement was a clear example of a nation converted into totalitarianism.

“The RSS and BJP believe in totalitarianism. They do not believe in pluralism or in rule of law,” Owaisi told reporters here.

Addressing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers during the annual “Vijayadashmi Utsav” in Nagpur, Bhagwat said the government should bring a legislation to build a Ram temple at Ayodhya.

The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief said the RSS chief was ignorant of law as the Supreme Court in Ismail Farooqi judgment made it clear that the government cannot make a law for a particular religion as this was against basic structure of the Constitution and violates Article 14.

“This government and RSS are symbols of totalitarianism. They are ignorant of law. They want to do whatever they like,” said the MP.

On Bhagwat’s assertion that some fundamentalist elements were trying to obstruct the temple construction, Owaisi said fascists and people who believe in totalitarianism ideology believe they are paragon of virtue and rest are anti-nationals.

“This is not new. We have been seeing this since the times when Nazis were ruling Germany and Mussolini was in power in Italy. Wherever there are totalitarian regimes, they call themselves paragon of virtue and consider others anti-national,” he said.

On reports that the RSS planned to campaign for the BJP in 2019 elections, Owaisi said the RSS had always been helping the BJP and that the whole country knows that RSS was the main face of the BJP.

“The Prime Minister of our country himself is Sweyamsevak. RSS keeps forgetting they can’t dabble in politics because one of the conditions for withdrawal of the ban on them was that they will not participate in politics but they have been doing it,” he added.


I take back my comment, says Ram Madhav after Omar Abdullah’s dare



New Delhi, Nov 22: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday challenged BJP leader Ram Madhav to prove his allegations of Pakistani links of his party or apologize, forcing the latter to retract his statement. 

“Now that u deny any external pressure I take back my comment, but, now that u proved it was genuine love between NC n PDP that prompted a failed govt formation attempt,u shud fight next elections Together. Mind u it’s a political comment, not personal”, Madhav Tweeted.

Abdullah has challenged Madhav saying you have RAW, NIA and IB at your command (CBI too is your parrot) so have the guts to place evidence in the public domain. Either prove this or be man enough to apologise.

“Don’t practice shoot scoot politics, he added.

Earlier in a day, Ram Madhav, the BJP’s pointsman for Jammu and Kashmir, alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference boycotted local body polls last month “because they had instructions from across the border (Pakistan).

“Probably they had fresh instructions from across the border to come together & form govt. What they did prompted the governor to look into the whole issue”, the saffron party leader stated.

Ram Madhav’s remarks came a day after Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the Assembly even as the PDP wrote to him saying that the Congress and the National Conference had decided to back her party to form a government and their collective strength was 56.


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Jammu and Kashmir Assembly dissolved: Congress attacks PM




Jaipur, Nov 22: The Congress on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for using Governor Satya Pal Malik to dissolve the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly “illegally and unconstitutionally”.

“We strongly condemn the way the Governor illegally and unconstitutionally dissolved the Assembly.

“The Governor has toyed with the Constitution and it was done at the behest of the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO),” Congress leader Manish Tewari told the media here.

The former Union Minister questioned as to why Malik did not dissolve the House in the last six months after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in June withdrew support to the Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) coalition government.

“For the last five-six months, the BJP tried its best to garner support by indulging in horse trading. But when its conspiracy failed to yield any result, it got the Governor to dissolve the Assembly just after the PDP, National Conference and the Congress staked claim to form the government,” Tewari said.

Earlier in the day former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram also targeted Malik saying parliamentary democracy was “outdated” for the BJP-appointed Governor.

“As long as no one staked a claim to form government, Jammu and Kashmir Governor was happy to keep the Assembly under suspension. The moment someone staked a claim, he dissolved the Assembly. Parliamentary democracy standing on its head.

“The Westminster model of democracy is outdated. Like in all other matters, it is the Gujarat model that has appealed to the J&K Governor,” Chidambaram tweeted.

The party also ridiculed the Governor’s defence on Wednesday, when he maintained that “the grand alliance” of PDP, National Conference and Congress was an “opportunistic” one.

“It is unfortunate that the Governor is talking more like a BJP spokesperson than a governor. We strongly condemn his action and demand that elections are held at the earliest for the sake of democracy,” said party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

In a dramatic development, Malik late on Wednesday dissolved the Assembly after the three parties staked claim to form the government which was followed by People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone making a rival claim to power with the backing of BJP and rebel PDP MLAs.


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Sovan Chatterjee resigns as Kolkata Mayor



Kolkata, Nov 22: TMC leader Sovan Chatterjee on Thursday resigned from the post of Kolkata Mayor.

This comes two days after, Chatterjee has stepped down as West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services and Housing minister.

“He has sent his resignation through a representative,” Kolkata Municipal Corporation Chairperson Mala Roy told reporters here.

On being asked about the reasons cited by Chatterjee for his resignation, she refused to make any comment.

“The (Trinamool Congress) party will decide the next course of actions. A detailed information on the future course of action will be announced after the councillors’ meeting to be held in the evening,” she said.


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