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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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The fight is between forces “rejecting democracy” and voices “rescuing democracy”: Congress

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“If all charges were to be proved before inquiry as Rajya Sabha Chairman suggests, Constitution and Judges (Inquiry) Act will have no relevance. Don’t muzzle the Constitution”

NEW DELHI: The Congress party has opposed Vice president Venkia Naidu’s decision to reject the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. It has termed the current Supreme Court dispute as a fight between forces “rejecting democracy” and voices “rescuing democracy”.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that within hours of 64 MPs submitting the impeachment notice, Arun Jaitley, the Leader of Rajya Sabha, had expressed “naked prejudice” by calling it a revenge petition “virtually dictating the verdict” to the Rajya Sabha chairman on that day.

“If all charges were to be proved before inquiry as Rajya Sabha Chairman suggests, Constitution and Judges (Inquiry) Act will have no relevance. Don’t muzzle the Constitution,” added the AICC media- in-charge.

Mr. Surjewala claimed that Constitutional process of impeachment is set in motion with 50 MPs giving the motion. The Rajya Sabha Chairman cannot adjudge the motion, for he has no mandate to decide the merits of the motion. This is truly a fight between forces ‘Rejecting Democracy’ and voices ‘Rescuing Democracy’.

Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu rejected the notice moved by 64 Opposition MPs for the impeachment of Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Monday claiming the motion lacked substantial facts to hold CJI Misra guilty of misbehaviour.

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“BJP se beti bachao”: Rahul Gandhi in ‘Save The Constitution’ Campaign

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched his party’s nationwide ‘Save the Constitution’ campaign today, aiming to showcase the alleged attacks on the Constitution and Dalits in recent times.

“Modi isn’t interested in the upliftment of Dalits, minorities and women, or in giving farmers fair prices, or in generating jobs. He’s just interested in being Prime Minister,” said the Congress president, as he blamed Modi for rising atrocities on Dalits and minorities, the state of rising rape cases of minors and for farmers killing themselves.

In his address, he mentioned the BJP slogan ‘Save the girl child, educate the girl child’ and said the BJP is now reduced to the slogan ‘BJP se beti bachao’ or ‘Save the girl child–from BJP MLAs’. Gandhi was clearly referring to the fact that two now-ex BJP ministers in Kashmir marched to support rape accused persons and to the fact that a BJP MLA in Uttar Pradesh is a rape accused.

“Ever since the RSS-supported BJP came to power at the centre, the Indian Constitution has been under severe attack, in one form or the other, thereby, denying the marginalised sections of society their constitutional rights,” chairman of Congress’ Scheduled Castes department Nitin Raut alleged in a statement.

The campaign, that was launched from the Talkatora stadium in Delhi today, will continue till April 14 next year – the birth anniversary of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar.

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Election Commission Of India declares biennials election dates in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh

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Both the elections will be held on May 21.

NEW DELHI: The Election Commision of India (ECI) has announced the date for the biennial elections in Maharashtra and a by-poll in Andhra Pradesh on Monday. Both the elections will be held on may 21 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

As per the ECI schedule, the date of issuance of notifications will be April 26 while the last date of nomination will be May 3. The scrutiny of nominations will be on May 4 while the last date for withdrawal of candidature is May 7.

The ECI also said the elections will be completed by May 29. The biennial election will be held on 6 seats of Maharashtra Legislative council and 1 seat of  Andhra Pradesh  Legislative council

According to the ECI, the terms of Jadhav Jaywantrao Pundlikrao (Nashik), Bhangdiya Mitesh Gotulal (Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadhchiroli), Abdullah Khan A. Latif Khan Durrani (Prabhani-Hingoli), Pravin Ramchandraji Pote (Amravati) and Deshmukh Dileeprao Dagdojirao (Osmanabad- Latur-Beed) will expire on June 21. While Anil Dattatrey Tatkare’s term from the (Raigarh-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg) seat will end on May 31.

Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu from the Chittoor local authorities’ constituency of Andhra Pradesh died on February 7.

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