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With Kapil Sibal’s comment on Ram Mandir, Congress has played into the hands of BJP

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Many Hindu religious organizations who have extended support to the construction of Ram Mandir have hoped that the BJP government will build ram Temple if it comes to power.
On Tuesday, the final hearing on Ayodhya land dispute began at around 2 PM in Supreme Court. The matter for centuries has pitted people from Hindu and Muslim communities against each other. Though the matter which majorly has been religious turned one of the biggest political matter in the country after 1992 with Babri Masjid being razed to the ground by Karsevaks.
The construction of Ram temple on disputed land has served as a fodder to the political parties for over two decades, mainly for BJP. Not to mention that the demolition that led to several repercussions in the coming years took place in the presence of BJP’s some top brass leaders.
Though the Ram Mandir issue was never a part of BJP’s election promise, it was always seen as the surreptitious promise. From the very birth, the party had successfully kept its image of “party for Hindus” intact. Many Hindu religious organizations who have extended support to the construction of Ram Mandir have hoped that the BJP government will build ram Temple if it comes to power. Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s International Joint Secretary Surendra Jain in 2015 had said: “We expect that this government will fulfil its commitment to construct a Ram temple at Ayodhya.”
The Hindu organizations have pinned their hopes on the present government. However, despite speaking in favour of the Ram temple, present government could do little as the matter is in Supreme Court and the law is taking its due course.
Congress leader Kapil Sibal represents Sunni Waqf board-one the stakeholder in Ayodhya property dispute in the SC. During the final hearing of the case, he argued that the developments in the court have serious repercussions outside the court. He also suggested the hearing to be postponed and conducted after general elections of 2019.
The comment spread like a wildfire inviting ire from the ruling BJP.
Gujarat Election:
The upcoming elections in Gujarat saw sharp competition between BJP and resurging Congress. While BJP has ruled the state for almost two decades the revamped side of Rahul Gandhi is also attracting voters. BJP government’s decisions like Demonetization and GST have been already received with discontent by Gujarat’s people. The growing fury coupled with rebellious Patel community has rocked BJP’s throne in Gujarat. However, Congress is encashing the issue to storm back to power in PM Modi’s home state.
Congress’ soft Hindutva:
The Congress also seemed to realize the power of Hindu vote bank and thus, have accepted soft Hindutva. Congress VP Rahul Gandhi is visiting temples ahead of the election and has also cleared that he is a ‘Shiva Bhakt’. Congress is always accused of minority appeasement. With this, the party is also trying to fix this image.
Strong counter:
In such a situation, BJP needed a strong point to counter the three-fold alliance that threatened its existence. The Ram Mandir issue is exactly the same it needed to counter Congress and its allies. Kapil Sibal’s comments gave the BJP what it wanted. Only three days have remained for the first phase of assembly elections. With this new issue at hand, BJP leaders have jumped in and are re-asserting their image of ‘pro-Hindu’ party. Will this create a hurdle in a seemingly smooth journey of Rahul Gandhi and Congress in Gujarat so far?
The answer could be known only after the results come out, but one thing is sure, the Congress has played right into the hands of BJP.

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Kumaraswamy government in deep slumber, alleges Yeddyurappa

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Belagavi |Alleging that the Congress-JDS coalition government in Karnataka was in a deep slumber like the epic character ‘Kumbhakarna,’ state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday said it had no moral right to remain in power.

The Congress was now regretting its decision to support the JD(S) to form a government, Yeddyurappa claimed in the assembly, as he asked the ruling coalition to work towards addressing issues of the people or “resign and go”.

Seeking to corner the government on a host of issues, he said the coalition worries in the ruling alliance were “hampering” the administration and developmental works.

Initiating the debate on drought situation in the state, Yeddyurappa said, the government has announced hundred taluks as drought-hit and the situation was such that 20 more taluks are likely to be added to the list.

Demanding answers from the government on drought mitigation measures, he said, according to information gathered by him, except for one or two places, ministers had not visited affected areas and funds were not being utilised efficiently for relief works.

Pointing out at the delay in setting up of fodder banks, he said, “no minister or Chief Minister had taken the situation seriously.

Noting that the state had overall deficit rainfall of about 49 per cent, Yeddyurappa sought to know the steps taken to address the situation with summer approaching fast.

“The government is in a deep slumber like Kumbhakarna.

It has closed it eyes. It is not coming to the rescue of farmers and people at the time when they need it the most,” he added.

Coming down heavily on the JD(S), Yeddyurappa while pointing at the promises made by the party ahead of assembly polls, including waiving of farm loan within 24 hours after coming to power, said its manifesto was a “bundle of lies”.

“I want to tell this Chief Minister that he had made a false promise to the 6.5 crore people of the state through his manifesto of lies….,” he said.

Stating that he would have wanted the government to complete its five-year term if it had fulfilled the promises made and worked for the betterment of the people, the BJP leader said, “after having seen its administration and its functioning, I feel this government has no moral right to stay in power.”

Yeddyurappa, the leader of Opposition also questioned Congress’ silence on the functioning of the government, headed by its coalition partner the JD(S).

“Have you (Congress) read JD(S)’ manifesto…. Chief Minister still speaks only about big things, but nothing was happening on the ground,” he said.

He alleged that during the previous Siddaramaiah government rule, 4,712 farmers had committed suicide and 489 under the current dispensation.

There was growing disgruntlement within the Congress and “it may explode any time”, he claimed.

“People are waiting when this government will go…

you (ruling coalition) work for the people and address their issues or resign and go,” he added.

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President accepts Upendra Kushwaha’s resignation

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New Delhi | President Ram Nath Kovind Tuesday accepted RLSP president Upendra Kushwaha’s resignation from the Union council of ministers. In a press communique, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said the President, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has accepted the resignation of Kushwaha from the Union Council of Ministers with immediate effect.

Kushwaha on Monday had severed his ties with the BJP and tendered his resignation accusing the Prime Minister of reducing the cabinet to a “rubber stamp”, “betraying” backward classes and giving Bihar only “jumlas”.

Making the announcement a day ahead of Parliament’s Winter Session, the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) leader Kushwaha from Bihar said he is open to joining the opposition alliance, which includes Lalu Prasad’s RJD and the Congress.

He also claimed the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance would not be able to win a single seat in the state.

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Winter Session: PM Modi urges political parties to take up issues of public interest

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New Delhi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged all parties to utilize the Winter Session of Parliament for public interest rather than political interests. Speaking outside Parliament before the start of the session, the prime minister asked leaders of various political parties to participate in debates, discuss issues of public interest and work towards resolving them.

Modi hoped that the session would be constructive and members would participate in debates on key issues concerning the public, even if sharper. He hoped the winter session would function more than its stipulated time.

“I am confident that political parties will keep public interest in mind and make use of this session to utilize it for furthering public interests and not parties interests,” he told reporters.

Modi said this Winter Session of Parliament is important and everyone should participate in the discussion.

“There should be a debate, discussion, and dialogue,” he said.

The Winter Session of Parliament starts Tuesday and will end on January 8.

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