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HD Kumaraswamy invites BSP Chief Mayawati for oath ceremony

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New Delhi: Janta Dal-Secular leader and Karnataka Chief Minister-designate HD Kumaraswamy on Monday met BSP Supremo Mayawati and invited her for his oath ceremony on Wednesday in Bengaluru.

JD(S) contested the Karnataka Assembly Election in alliance with BSP.

Kumaraswamy also met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and set discuss the future of the Congress- JD(S) alliance in Karnataka.

“Ashok Gehlot, KC Venugopal and I briefed Rahul Gandhi on recent political developments in Karnataka. When Kumaraswamy meets Rahul, they will decide on the further strategy,” said senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu along with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is also expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Kumaraswamy.

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday to form the government in the state after Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) B.S. Yeddyurappa stepped down ahead of the crucial floor test in the state assembly.

 

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BJP has killed the economy of Kashmir: Congress

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New Delhi |  Congress Party on Wednesday said that the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has killed the economy of Kashmir during their alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP.

Addressing the Press Conference, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged the BJP of forming an unethical alliance with PDP in 2015. “In 2014 Lok Sabha elections both parties had contested against each other,” he said.

The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad said “BJP had won elections mainly based on ending the Kashmir issue. But what really happened is that they ended the lives of Kashmiris. Highest ceasefire violations in J&K occurred under BJP’s tenure for the last 3 years.”

The Congress leader further questioned that when will terror attacks in J&K stop? “What steps are taken by the Govt of India to stop the radicalisation of youth in J&K?” he asked.

J&K Congress president Ghulam Ahmad Mir accused the BJP-PDP alliance of betraying their own respective voters by allying with each other. Mir further said “J&K’s mainstream opposition parties offered complete support to both the parties to solve the Kashmir issue. But that was another lie by BJP & PDP.”

“For simple reason to satisfy their list for power in J&K, they have worsened the situation in Kashmir,” Congress added further.

The BJP on Tuesday withdrew its support from the Mehbooba Mufti government in the state, leading to the resignation by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.  BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav in the Press conference said that “We have taken a decision, it is untenable for BJP to continue in alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, hence we are withdrawing.”

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Mufti Mohammed’s death was the first blow to BJP-PDP alliance in J&K: BJP

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New Delhi | BJP national general secretary and Jammu and Kashmir in charge Ram Madhav said that the death of Mehbooba’s father and then chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in January 2016 was the first blow to the alliance.

In 11 months’ time, Mufti Sahab passed away and that was the first setback for the alliance. Mehboobaji took her time, thus giving the impression to the opposition that she was not fully on board,” Madhav said

In an interview, Madhav blamed the break-up of the party’s alliance with the PDP on the “soft approach” of the Mehbooba Mufti government over violence in the Valley.

“It was a historic alliance. We do not believe in political untouchability. I agree that it was a compulsion of the moment, but it was not an opportunistic alliance. Mufti described it as the coming together of the North and South poles… We tried our best to maintain this alliance and ensure that the government lasts its full term. I myself put in a lot of effort… but some alliances work and some don’t,” Madhav added.

While referring to the killing of veteran journalist Shujaat Bhukari, the BJP spokesperson said, “Policemen and journalists are being killed because of the soft approach. We don’t want that soft approach.” The BJP leader, however, said he didn’t agree with the contention that 2018 has been the bloodiest year in the Valley.

The BJP on Tuesday withdrew its support from the Mehbooba Mufti government in the state, leading to the resignation by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.  BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav in the Press conference said that “We have taken a decision, it is untenable for BJP to continue in alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, hence we are withdrawing.”

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Yoga shouldn’t be used as a political tool: Top Muslim bodies

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Lucknow | Yoga should not be used as a political tool or linked to a particular community, top Muslim bodies said on Wednesday on the eve of International Day for Yoga.

The organisations also said that Yoga should be seen as form of exercise and not through the prism of religion.

“Islam lays special emphasis on physical fitness and considers things related to fitness as good. Yoga as an exercise is good, but it should not be made compulsory which may not be acceptable to people of other religions.

“The most important thing is that Yoga should not be used as a political tool. But, sadly this practice is going on,” All India Muslim Personal Law Board spokesman Sajjad Nomani told PTI here.

He also said that people of every religion and section of society should be encouraged to celebrate Yoga Day tomorrow.

“It is unfair to force upon someone any particular exercise. There should be no dispute vis-a-vis Yoga. People of every religion and section of the society should be encouraged to celebrate International Yoga Day.

“It is important that Yoga should be perceived as a rahmat (mercy) and not a ‘zahmat’ (worry),” the spokesman said.

The All India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) was of the view that Yoga should not be linked to a community.

“Yoga should not be seen as something linked to a particular community. It is related to the body only. People who have the habit of seeing Yoga through the prism of religion, actually want to see humanity in a sick state of affairs,” AISPLB spokesperson Yasoob Abbas said.

He said several Islamic nations celebrate International Day for Yoga and people participate happily in events.

On Muslims generally having objections to chanting of mantras during different Yoga asanas, Abbas said, “There is no doubt that Muslims worship Allah alone. But, Islam is not that weak that it will break at the slightest instance and moreover, Yoga is not a God.”

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