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Lucknow: UP Shia Waqf Board chairperson Waseem Rizvi on Sunday reacted to Congress president Rahul Gandhi's plenary session speech that he should work in tandem with the government to let communal harmony prevail.
"Rahul Gandhi should prove the love for his country and love for God and the Congress should support the Indian government to build the temple of Lord Ram at his birthplace (said to be in Ayodhya) and Masjid-e-Aman be constructed in Lucknow," said Rizvi in a statement released today.
Rizvi was responding to Gandhi's speech in New Delhi where he took a jibe at Prime Minister Modi and accused him of diverting attention to trivial things instead of the matter at hand.
"The PM diverts our attention and jumps from one event to another from Gabbar Singh tax to yoga in Parliament but never talks about the issues. But, the Congress cannot be stopped from seeking the truth and justice," said Congress President Rahul Gandhi earlier today.
Medak (Telangana): Five persons of a family, including a woman and two children, drowned in Medak district of Telangana on Monday after they entered into a village tank for swimming.
District Superintendent of Police (SP) Chandana Deepthi said Mohammad Imtiaz, his brother-in-law Hafeez, his two sons Ahmed Ali and Izak Ali and a woman died when they entered the tank for swimming.
The family was in Medak to attend a function in Kowdipally on Monday.
A person managed to rescue Imtiaz's two other children but failed to save the rest, the SP said.
All the bodies have been brought out and sent for post-mortem.
A case has been registered, and an investigation has been initiated into the matter.
Patna: Social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narender Modi, saying he has failed to fulfill promises made to farmers and on the Lokpal.
Hazare said he will start a 'satyagraha' on March 23 in Delhi to highlight the problems faced by the farmers, the Jan Lokpal issue and the need for electoral reforms.
"I will fight for farmers and Lokpal," he said, adding that he was sitting silent on these issues for the last three years but trying to communicate with BJP-led Central government over them.
But nothing happened, he said, noting: "I have written 21 letters to PM Modi but did not receive any reply till date."
[India], Mar. 18 (ANI): Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Sunday accused the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) of mismanaging the Jammu and Kashmir problem.
"They have installed a government, where the two wings of the government are working against each other. The atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir is deteriorating day in and day out," Dr. Singh said at the 84th Congress Plenary Session here.
Underpinning his point, the senior Congress leaders said, "our borders are not secure, whether it is the cross-border terrorism or internal terrorism, internal insurgency. There are issues today, which are the source of great worry to all our citizens and the Modi government has not found ways and means of tackling with this problem."
Dr. Manmohan Singh also said the need of the hour was to recognise the problems of the restive state.
"Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and we all must recognise that and we do recognise, but we also must recognise that our country needs to recognise the special problems of Jammu and Kashmir and we must deal with those problems with all seriousness," he added.
While speaking on the same subject, Dr. Singh also advocated for strong relations with the neighbouring countries.
"The Congress party worked in that direction, whether it is Bangladesh, whether it is Pakistan, whether it is Nepal, whether it is Sri Lanka, whether it is other countries including China. We have problems but these problems are to be sorted out peacefully and not in an atmosphere of hostility and shouting at each other," he said. (ANI)
New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday made a fierce attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of corruption, promised to break walls in the party between workers and leaders to revitalise it and compared BJP to Kauravas and his party to Pandavas for the 2019 Lok Sabha poll battle.
In his concluding remarks at the party's 84th plenary, he said "the name Modi" symbolises collusion between corrupt Indian businessmen and the Prime Minister of India, termed BJP President Amit Shah as "a man accused of murder" and accused RSS of trying to control institutions including judiciary, parliament and police.
The party adopted resolutions on economic situation and foreign policy on the concluding day of three-day session and authorised Gandhi to nominate members of the Congress Working Committee.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his remarks, accused Modi of resorting to further 'jumlas' by promising to double farmers' income and charged his government of messing up the Indian economy.
Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, who moved the resolution on economic situation, accused the government of not generating jobs and damaging existing employment through demonetisation and flawed implementation of Goods and Services Tax and said only the Congress can bring the country out of the present "crisis".
Gandhi, who got rapturous applause from the assembled gathering at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here, packed his address with a lot of punches at Modi, the BJP and RSS.
He sought to energise the Congress rank and file with the party having tasted some electoral success in recent past after a string of reverses over the past four years.
Gandhi particularly focused on the youth and farmers, sections that are perceived to be getting disenchanted with the government, and whose support is critical for the Congress to make an electoral comeback in 2019.
He promised to create jobs for the youth and, referring to the Rs 70,000 crore farm loan waiver by the UPA government, said the party would be prepared to help farmers in a similar way if needed.
Gandhi also sought to take sheen off Modi particularly on the issue of corruption with his fiercest attack on the the BJP leader, and referred to former Indian Premier Leagure (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi and diamond jeweller Nirav Modi, who are accused in different cases of fraud for the purpose.
"Nirav Modi, who carried out India's biggest theft has the same name as our PM. It's an interesting fact that there is more. The most corrupt man in cricket also shares the same name with the PM. So what does Modi actually mean? The name Modi symbolises the collusion between the India's biggest crony capitalists and the PM of India," he said.
"Modi gives Modi Rs 30,000 crore of your money and, in turn, Modi gives Modi money for marketing Modi and winning elections. That is what is going on," he said.
Accusing the Prime Minister of hoodwinking people with his promises terming it "Modi maya", he also charged Modi of trying to divert attention of people and "jumping from one event to another, surgical strikes to demonetisation, from Gabbar Singh Tax to a fancy yoga parade in front of Parliament".
Attacking BJP President Amit Shah without naming him he said: "They (the people) will accept a man accused of murder as the president of BJP. But the people will never accept the same in the Congress party as they expect higher standards."
Gandhi said the battle of Mahabharata was for India's future and the same question was being asked today.
"Centuries ago, there was huge battle on the field of Kurukshetra. The Kauravas were powerful and arrogant, while the Pandavas were humble and they fought for the truth. Like the Kauravas, the BJP and the RSS are designed to fight for power, but like Pandavas, the Congress is designed to fight for truth," he said.
He said BJP's dharma was to conquer power while Congress fights for people.
He accused RSS of telling Muslims that "you don't belong here", Tamils to "change your beautiful language", people from the northeast that "we don't like what you eat" and women to "dress properly or we will thrash you".
He said people go the courts for justice and he had seen it for the first time that judges went to people for justice.
Seeking to inspire the party rank and file, he said: "Congress workers will show in 2019 how party fights an election and wins it."
[Bihar] [India], Mar. 18 (ANI): The allegations that Bihar Police is pressuring the family of Modi Chowk victim are totally "baseless", Darbhanga Deputy Superintendent of Police Dilnawaz Ahmad said on Sunday.
The DSP also said the police had audio-video clips of the family's statements.
"The senior superintendent of police (SSP) is monitoring the case and we are investigating as per his direction. The allegations that we have pressured them (family) for making certain kind of statements is baseless," Ahmad told ANI.
The father of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker Tej Narayan Yadav on Friday night was allegedly attacked and killed by 40 to 50 men on bikes at Modi Chowk for naming the square on the outskirts of Darbhanga after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The police had said the murder was due to an old land dispute and had no connection with the naming of the chowk.
The victim's son and BJP leader alleged that the bike-borne assailants beheaded his 70-year-old father near Sadar Police Station area and also injured his brother, who has been admitted.
Narayan told ANI that some people were unhappy over his initiative to name a local chowk after Modi in 2016.
The DSP earlier in the day said the police had immediately reached the spot and arrested the culprits by night.
"We have the BJP leader's statement and investigating the matter," Ahmad added.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and party chief Lalu Prasad's son Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday said the allegation of the RJD's involvement in the incident was a "drama to communalise the society and cover the BJP's loss in Araria bypoll".(ANI)
[Maharashtra] [India], Mar 18 (ANI): At least three persons were killed and two injured when clashes erupted between two groups here on Sunday, police said.
The incident took place in Mumbai's Bhandup area, the police said.
The police have been investigating the matter.(ANI)
New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday dubbed Congress President Rahul Gandhi's speech at Congress' plenary session the "rhetoric of a loser".
She also questioned Rahul Gandhi's Pandava-Kaurava analogy, and accused the Congress of mocking Hindu rituals.
"Rahul Gandhi's speech sounds like rhetoric of loser devoid of substance. But although devoid of substance, will counter some points....
"Who are Pandavs, who are Kauravas... It (the Congress) is a party that chooses to mock Hindus and Hindu rituals," she said.
Sitharaman also said that the Congress was responsible of anti-Sikh riots 1984, and accused the party of corruption.
"This is a party which had to be thrown out of power because they were involved in Rs 12 lakh crore corruption," she said.
Sitharaman also called Gandhi's remarks "a light hearted comment that goes abysmally low in making mockery".
Slamming Gandhi for his comments on recent loss suffered by the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, she said: "Let us not miss the point... Congress (candidates) lost their deposits in these places."
Gandhi, while addressing the Congress's plenary session here on Sunday, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not fighting corruption but was "corruption himself" and under him, the country is controlled by "corrupt and powerful".
Gandhi also equated the BJP and RSS with the "Kauravas" of the Hindu epic Mahabarata, saying they were designed to "fight for power".
New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Sunday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for making "tall" promises and failing to deliver on them.
"The BJP government has messed up the economy. When Modi ji was campaigning, he made lots of tall promises. Those promises have not been fulfilled. He said the BJP, if it comes to power will provide two crore of jobs, we have not seen even two lakhs of jobs," Dr. Singh said at the 84th Congress Plenary Session here.
He also criticised the major economic reforms, namely demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST), which were brought in by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
"The ill-thought and the ill-considered legislation with regard to demonetisation and hastily put forward legislation for GST have destroyed many jobs. They have created problems for small and medium industry and the informal sector," he said.
Dr. Singh further quoted the Economic Survey and stated, "Just when the world economy has risen steadily from a growth rate of 2.8 percent in 2014 to a projected growth rate of 3.8 percent in 2018, the Indian economy has decoupled itself from the world economy. The main challenges faced by economy include education, health, agriculture and the employment".
According to Dr. Singh, real agricultural growth has stagnated in the last four years, and the Economic Survey itself brings out the inadequacies of the approach of the BJP government in solving social and economic problems in the country.
The former Prime Minister lashed out at his present counterpart, claiming that Modi has made "jumla-type statements".
"I would only say that the BJP government made tall promises. Modi ji himself said we will double farmers' incomes in six years time. If you have to double farmers incomes in six years time, you need a growth rate of 12 percent per annum as the minimum. And that is unthinkable. Therefore, it is one of those statements, which is merely a jumla-type statements, which is not likely to be achieved and Modi ji himself recognises that these are tall promises. Two crore jobs per annum is one of those promises, which again is a pipe dream mooted by the Modi government," he added.
Dr. Manmohan Singh also asserted that India's defence expenditure is inadequate.
"One finds today that the defence expenditure of our country is no more than 1.6 percent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), far too inadequate to meet the challenges that our security apparatus faces and needs," Dr. Singh concluded.
New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday promised to break the "walls" in the party between workers and leaders and promised to give more tickets to the youth in the forthcoming elections to defeat the BJP.
Also sending out a strong message against factionalism in his concluding address at the party's 84th plenary, he said there will be emphasis on discipline as the party prepares for four major assembly polls this year and the Lok Sabha polls in 2019.
Gandhi, who had sought to make the plenary worker-centric, pointed to the empty stage, saying he had kept it like that to make place for talented youth from the party and outside.
Unlike the previous plenaries and AICC gatherings, senior leaders were not seated on the stage. There were also group discussions for greater involvement of workers.
Gandhi referred to shortcomings of the Congress saying that workers who were at the back of the packed hall had the energy but there was a wall between them and party leaders.
"My first task will be to break that wall. We will do it with love and respect to seniors," he said.
Referring to organisational problems of candidates "parachuting" with tickets through connections and workers being denied ticket, Gandhi said the party under him made a small demonstration of its intent by giving tickets to youth in Gujarat elections, stressing that another "wall" that needs to be broken was between India's political system and the youth.
Gandhi also asked party workers to not indulge in factionalism and work at cross-purposes during elections. "If you have to fight, do it after the elections. There will be tight discipline for six-seven months," he said.
Guwahati: In a shocking incident, 36 Himalayan vultures were found poisoned to death in Assam's Sivsagar district even as the condition of seven others of the rare species which were rescued by some wildlife lovers are also deteriorating, an official said on Sunday.
The incident took place on Saturday when some locals spotted several Himalayan vultures lying in the paddy fields, a local forest officer said adding that the condition of seven others which were rescued was deteriorating.
Locals termed the incident as a result of some people's greed for bird meat. "Some individual have dumped the poisoned body of a goat in the paddy field to be used as a bait to catch birds. The goat was killed after being bitten by a dog. So they used the dead goat as bait to catch birds," a local man said adding that the vultures ate the goat and subsequently got poisoned.
"The forest officials in Sivsagar district are not doing anything to protect the vultures and other wildlife. This is not an isolated incident. Last month also some locals have killed over 40 exotic birds for its meat by using poisoned dead pets as bait," said a local.
New Delhi: Two Indigo aircraft were grounded on Sunday after pilots reported about some glitches. The aircraft belonged to Airbus' A320 Neo series, which have been in the news for its glitches-prone engines.
In the first incident, the aircraft that operated on the Bangalore-Delhi route was grounded for maintenance check at Delhi airport as the pilot reported about the malfunctioning engine.
During the maintenance check, metal chips were observed on an engine bearing a chip detector which is known to be a matter of concern with the Neo engines, according to a statement released by the airline.
Later in the day, another Indigo Neo aircraft in Srinagar was grounded due to hydraulic leak from one of its two engines. After some maintenance works, the aircraft was declared fit to fly after rectification of the problem.
On March 13, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) grounded 11 Airbus 320 Neo aircraft owned by Indigo Airlines and Go Air following multiple instances of glitches.
Kolkata: Continuing their crackdown against drug racket here, police on Sunday arrested a drug peddler from West Bengal's South 24 parganas district and seized synthetic drug 'Ecstasy' and large amount of foreign currency from him.
"Rajdeep Sharma alias Suraj, a resident of South 24 Parganas district's Sonarpur was arrested from his residence on Sunday. 10.5 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy) and US and Australian dollars worth Rs 92,000 were seized from him," said Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police, Crime, Praveen Kumar Tripathi.
According to the officer, the accused was arrested on the basis of the statement given by another drug trafficker named Urvil Jaiswal who was arrested in the city on Saturday.
City police on Saturday arrested Jaiswal and Gunjan Kumar from in front of Trincas restaurant in Park Street and seized 11.6 grams of MDMA drug from them.
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[India], Mar. 18 (ANI): Union Minister of State (MoS) in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Sunday said the Congress celebrating the results of Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha bypolls even as its candidates lost deposit money showed the party's mentality.
Singh said the Congress and party president Rahul Gandhi have lost the plot and were voicing the concern of tampering with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) because the party was losing elections successively.
"Why didn't they object to EVM when they were winning elections back to back? Their mindset is evident from the fact that they're celebrating the UP result because the BJP didn't win. Their own candidates lost their deposit there," Singh, who is also the Minister of State for Development of North Eastern region, said.
Singh was talking about the Congress' poor performance in the Lok Sabha bypolls in Gorakhpur - Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's seat -- and Phulpur - Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya's parliamentary constituency -- where the grand-old party lost its deposit and Samajwadi Party emerged as the winner.(ANI)
[India], Mar. 18 (ANI): Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal said on Sunday that Centre has decided to make Raebareli's railway coach factory as the biggest one in the world.
"We have resolved to make Raebareli's railway coach factory the largest factory in the world. The previous governments have hardly done anything for the development of the railways in Uttar Pradesh. We have begun the recruitment of 90,000 people for railways," he said at an event held here on Sunday.
While flagging off redevelopment projects in Lucknow's Gomti Nagar and Charbagh stations, he also said the current Railway ministry would oversee changes to the railway facilities on a scale that has not been done since Independence.
Accusing the previous government of partiality against the Uttar Pradesh and allocating a small amount for the railway projects in the state, Goyal said the current dispensation would give a sum of Rs 7,865 crore for such projects in the state.
"Our government is determined to ensure that all the railway stations in the country are clean, safe and have all kind of facilities. We have decided to put CCTV cameras in all trains and also provide WiFi facility," said Goyal. (ANI)
[India], Mar. 18 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, maintaining that his speech at the 84th Congress Plenary Session is the "rhetoric of a loser".
"It sounds like a rhetoric of a loser, devoid of substance. A party which questioned the fundamental existence of 'Shree (lord) Ram' today wants to be identified with the 'pandavas'. It is the party which chooses to mock Hindus and Hindu rituals," she said in a press conference here.
Earlier today, Gandhi compared the BJP to the Kauravas.
"Centuries ago, there was a huge battle on the field of Kurukshetra. The Kauravas were powerful and arrogant. The Pandavas were humble and fought for the truth. Like the Kauravas, BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are designed to fight for power. Like the Pandavas, Congress is designed to fight for the truth," Gandhi said on the last day of the plenary session.
Meanwhile, Union Minister for Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, too, slammed Rahul Gandhi and said his remarks on the judiciary were irresponsible.
"Rahul Gandhi's rant was shameful. The way he spoke of the judiciary was irresponsible," Prasad told ANI.
Rahul Gandhi said the BJP and the RSS wanted to damage the pillars of democracy.
"BJP has spread fear. People from the press are scared, for the first time, we saw four Supreme Court judges running to the public for justice. There is a difference between RSS and Congress, we respect the country's institutions whereas they want to finish them. They only want one institution that is RSS," Gandhi had said. (ANI)
[India], Mar. 18 (ANI): On the last day of 84th Congress Plenary session, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu said on Sunday that Rahul Gandhi by next year should prepare himself to unfurl national flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort -- a practice undertaken by the prime minister on the Independence Day (August 15).
"Rahul, unite all the workers (Congress), because next year you are going to wave the flag from the Red Fort," said Sidhu, indicating that Gandhi would become the prime minister if Congress or its led alliance comes to power after the general elections, scheduled to take place next year.
Earlier today, former finance minister P. Chidambaram lambasted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government for carrying out demonetisation in 2016.
He also took a jibe at the Reserve Bank of India for failing to count the currency returned to the banks during the past 15 months since the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government effected the demonetisation.
"There can't be a greater lie than demonetisation. Why has RBI (Reserve Bank of India) not been able to complete the counting of currency returned? I would like to tell the RBI officials why don't you go to Hundi collectors in Tirupati? They count money faster than you." (ANI)
[India], Mar. 18 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Saturday hailed the Lok Suraj Abhiyan programme and said the drive would again catapult the Bharatiaya Janata Party to power.
Addressing the press here, the Chief Minister said it was because of that campaign, the BJP won the mandate of the state for the third as well as the fourth time.
Under the drive, the workers go from village to village to spread awareness about the Centre's and state governmental schemes.
The drive was again launched on March 11, months before state goes for polls later this year.
By its end on March 31, the workers would have covered 16 districts publicising various schemes launched by the BJP-led governments at the Centre and state as well, the chief minister said.
In the run up to the state assembly elections, Singh would also embark on the first leg of 'BJP Vikas Yatra' on May 1 and begin the second leg of the tour in August or September
On the occasion, Singh also inaugurated several developmental projects and announced government's targets of giving access to electricity to more than six lakh households, distributing LPG gas to 35 lakh households and generating 55 lakh new health smart cards. (ANI)