Times of India | 1 month ago | 29-11-2022 | 07:38 am
VADODARA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent the message with his decisive actions that India isn’t weak, unlike the Congress-led government of 10 years before him that let Pakistan-backed terrorists behead Indian soldiers with impunity, Union home minister Amit Shah said Monday at an election rally in Vadodara’s Savli. He said when Uri and Pulwama attacks happened, the PM gave orders to the Army and Air Force in 10 days. “Surgical strikes were conducted in Pakistan to destroy terrorists and our armed forced returned safely,” he said. He said the PM had made India safe and sent a message that the Army and borders should not be messed with. “In 2014, Narendrabhai became the Prime Minister and Pakistan did not know what change happened. Pakistan did not realise Maunibaba Manmohan Singh was not the Prime Minister, Narendrabhai was the Prime Minister,” he said, attacking Congress on issues ranging from Gujarat’s developmentto Kashmir and terrorism. Addressing a Naranpura rally, Shah said: “There used to be regular communal riots in the state during Congress regimes. But nobody has dared to create communal disturbance after 2002. BJP has changed the identity of Ahmedabad from “begum and badshah city” to Karnavati”. The home minister took a dig at Rahul Gandhi over Narmada Bachao Andolan activist Medha Patkar joining his Bharat Jodo Yatra. He said Gandhi should be ashamed of it because Patkar stalled the Narmada dam project for 20 years. On Kashmir, Shah said Congress allowed Article 370 to give special status to J&K for 70 years. “This mistake of Nehru was cossetted like a small child,” he said.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: MP Shashi Tharoor disowned Anil Antony’s, senior Congress leader AK Antony’s son, claims that the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Gujarat riots will affect the sovereignty and national security of the country.“Our national security is not so fragile that a documentary made by the BBC would affect our security or sovereignty. Hence the argument that it would affect India’s sovereignty was not convincing,” said Tharoor, while reacting to the statement made by Anil Antony on the screening of the BBC documentary.On Antony resigning from the posts he held in Congress, Tharoor said that he hadn’t spoken to Antony. “I think he can speak for himself,” said Tharoor.Pointing out that all controversies over the BBC documentary was unnecessary, Tharoor said, “Had the government not gone over the top in condemning the documentary, thereby drawing attention to something that wasn’t otherwise available in India, there wouldn’t have been all these noises.”He flayed the Centre’s attempts to remove all links from social media platforms. “By not allowing the people to watch what they want goes against the tenets of democracy. Freedom of expression is a right guaranteed by the Constitution of this country. However, when a foreign organization talks about the Prime Minister or the country, it can be construed differently,” he added.“It is not proper for a government to ban the documentary. We cannot stand with that decision. Censorship is not part of our democracy and our Constitution. What the British diplomats reported about the violence that happened in Gujarat in 2002 has now been made as a documentary. It has to be remembered that our diplomats have also reported about the violence that had happened in Britain,” said Tharoor.“The Gujarat riots happened two decades ago, and it is a matter the Supreme Court has ruled on. The tragedy is something that all Indians, including Muslims, feel that we should now put behind us,” said Tharoor.
CHANDIGARH: Tension gripped the Panjab University (PU) when National Students Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of the Congress, screened the controversial BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots titled ‘Modi: The India Question’ on Wednesday evening, prompting the authorities to stop it midway with Chandigarh Police arriving on the campus.“We started playing the documentary at Student Centre. We were midway through it when campus security and their chief forced us to stop the screening,” Sachin Galav, NSUI Chandigarh president and Congress councillor, told TOI. He said the screening was started at 5pm and the 1-hour-long documentary was played for about half an hour. “India is a democratic country and not a dictatorship. If movies in favour of Modi and his government can be played anywhere in the country, why can’t anything critical of him be screened?”Vikram Singh, chief of university security, PU, said, “Some student leaders tried to play the banned documentary. When informed, we immediately reached there and stopped the screening.” He said the student wing used a portable speaker, projector and a screen and when warned of seizing the equipment, the students stopped the screening. Professor Jagtar Singh, dean student welfare, PU, said, “NSUI members had no permission for screening anything on the campus. So, the security was informed.” A purported video of the incident accessed by TOI showed the NSUI president and the security arguing over “permission” for the screening.
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Bengaluru: Former All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi is likely to shift his attention to assembly elections in Karnataka and will campaign extensively after his Bharat Jodo Yatra ends in Srinagar on Monday (January 30). The Wayanad MP did not spend much time campaigning during the assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh because of the Kanyakumari to Srinagar walkathon, but he is expected to be more active in the run up to assembly elections in Karnataka. “We have requested Rahul to lead the campaign during the last leg of the ongoing Prajadhwani Yatra, and he has agreed,” said Saleem Ahmed, Karnataka Congress working president. “He will visit Karnataka at least thrice a month until the campaign ends.” BJP has been going all out on the campaigning front, with national leaders such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister, and party president JP Nadda visiting the state almost every other week and holding rallies. Congress believes Rahul’s campaign will counter that effect to some extent and bolster its poll prospects. AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had recently visited the state and addressed a women’s convention. The Karnataka Congress unit has already lined up several activities to prepare the ground for Rahul’s arrival. It is aiming to complete the process to select candidates before Rahul’s arrival. The state unit received some 1,400 applications for tickets and the state election committee (PEC) will meet on February 3 to prepare the first list of potential candidates. This list will be referred to the screening committee, which will prepare a shortlist and send it to the central election committee (CEC), which will take the final call on candidates. KPCC is expected to constitute the screening committee by the end of this month, and the entire process could be completed by mid-February. “The plan is to complete the preliminary process and have clarity on candidates before Rahul begins to campaign,” said R Dhruvanarayan, KPCC working president. Rahul is also likely to make more poll promises during his campaign. When Priyanka visited, she announced a poll promise of monthly cash assistance for homemakers. Before that, state Congress president DK Shivakumar and legislature party leader Siddaramaiah will lead separate bus yatras from February 3 as a follow-up to the ongoing Prajadhwani Yatra. Siddaramaiah will launch his yatra from Basavakalyan in Bidar and cover north Karnataka, while Shivakumar will begin his campaign from Kurudumale Ganapathi Temple in Kolar and cover south Karnataka.
NEW DELHI: Accusing Trinamool Congress spokesperson Saket Gokhale of laundering money collected through crowd-funding for creation of personal assets, the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday arrested him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. He was arrested from judicial custody in Ahmedabad and a special court remanded him in ED custody till January 31. Sources said ED has found that Gokhale invested over Rs 50 lakh which he had collected for public activism, in mutual funds and refused to divulge the actual source of another Rs 24 lakh received in cash.He claimed that Rs 23.5 lakh cash deposited in his bank accounts was "given to him by Alankar Sawai of Congress for social media work and other consultancy", ED has alleged."There was no element of forgery in funds collected by Gokhale through an online platform which is used by even political parties. He is a full-time activist sustaining on donations received through crowd-funding. As soon as he joined TMC, he stopped accepting funds to prove his bona fide," PTI quoted Gokhale's lawyer as saying.Sources said Gokhale had collected over Rs 1 crore through crowd-funding to launch a campaign against political leaders. However, he had diverted this money to creation of personal assets and spending Rs 4 lakh on liquor consumption as revealed from his financial transactions.