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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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TDP moves no-confidence motion against centre ahead of Parliament’s monsoon session

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New Delhi | Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP Kesineni Srinivas on Tuesday wrote to Lok Sabha Secretary-General to include a no-confidence motion in the council of ministers over the Andhra Pradesh special status row, in the list of business on the first day of the Monsoon session of the parliament.

Earlier on July 15, TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu wrote letters to non-BJP, non-Congress parties’ presidents and Parliamentary party leaders seeking support on a no-confidence motion against the Centre in the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament over the demand for special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

A delegation comprising of TDP leader C.M. Ramesh, T.G. Venkatesh and M. Murali Mohan also met DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi in Chennai on Monday and sought support on a no-confidence motion against the Centre.

The TDP had earlier made six-subgroups of the party leaders, who would meet and handover Chandrababu Naidu’s letter and a booklet explaining the injustice done to the state and seek support.

During the last Budget Session in 2017, the Parliament secretariat received three notices on a no-confidence motion against the central government for its refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

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Election Commision to hear final argumment on disqualification of 20 AAP MLA’s on July 23

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New Delhi | The Election Commision (EC) on Tuesday announced that it will hear the final argument of the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA’s on July 23.

The Commision in a 70-page order dismissed the application for the cross-examination of the petitioner moved by the AAP MLAs. The order stated that “There is no occasion and need for cross-examination of the petitioner as he is not a witness in the present proceedings and the respondents have failed to make out a case for calling any witness.”

The Commission has further stated that the factual matrix which the poll body and High Court has taken cognisance of is drawn on the basis of information which it received from the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNTCD).

“Moreover, in order to follow, Principles of Natural Justice in letter and spirit, multiple opportunities were accorded to the Respondents to offer their comments on these documents. After receipt of these documents the Respondents did not deny or challenge any single page from the 2500 pages of documents received from GNCTD,” the order said.

The ECI’s order also said that the prayer by AAP MLAs to call GNCTD Officers for proving government records and documents which GNCTD has submitted to the Commission is “nothing but tactics employed to drag and delay this matter”. The order also mentions the observation of the Delhi High Court, stating that the proceedings before the commission would continue from the stage the error and lapse occurred.

In January 2018 the EC recommended the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs including Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gahlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

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BJP appoints Anurag Thakur as Chief whip in Lok Sabha

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New Delhi | The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Tuesday appointed Anurag Thakur as the Chief Whip in Lok Sabha.

Thakur who replace Rakesh Singh, the newly appointed Madhya Pradesh BJP President as the party’s chief whip in the lower house of Parliament. Earlier Anurag Thakur held the position of the President of Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI), the governing body of Cricket in India.

The former President of BJP Youth wing, Anurag Thakur is an MP from the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency in Himachal Pradesh. Thakur is also the son of former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Prem Kumar Dhumal.

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