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Gujarat Congress to move no-confidence motion against BJP government

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Ahmedabad | The Gujarat Congress Saturday said it would move a no-confidence motion against the Vijay Rupani government which it claimed had failed on all fronts and had lost the faith of the people.The two-day monsoon session of the Gujarat Assembly begins on September 18.

Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar Saturday said that he had submitted a no-confidence motion notice against the BJP government in the state.

“This government has failed on all fronts, whether it is the issue of farmers, rising cost of education and living, corruption…which is why we have moved the no-confidence motion,” Mr Parmar said.

Mr Parmar said that among the issues on which the government has failed are those related to farmers.

He claimed that the state government did not come up with a loan waiver scheme for farmers nor did it ensure proper supply of water for irrigation or offer them a good support price for crops.

The government had also not been able to control private school fees despite coming out with a fee regulation act which has been a failure, Mr Parmar said.

The Congress had demanded a probe by a committee headed by a sitting High Court judge, but the government, instead, set up a committee under a retired judge to look into incidents of fire in groundnut godowns, the MLA said.

The state government had also failed on the law and order front, he said.

“The government should discuss the motion if it believes in taking all stakeholders together in running the state. We will ensure that we are not suspended from the House,” he said.

Earlier, the opposition party had, during the budget session this year, moved a no-confidence motion against Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi after accusing him of being partisan.

The opposition party withdrew the motion after the BJP agreed to reduce the duration of suspension of three Congress MLAs till the end of the Budget session.

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Akhilesh slams Yogi government over proposed move to rename Allahabad as ‘Prayagraj’

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Lucknow | Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav on Monday attacked the Yogi Adityanath government’s proposed move to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj, stating that the present dispensation wanted to show their work only by “renaming”.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during his visit to Allahabad on Saturday had announced that there was a proposal to rename the city as Prayagraj ahead of the 2019 Kumbh Mela.

In a Twitter post on Monday, Yadav said today’s rulers were trying to show that they are working by just changing the name of Allahabad.

“… They have even re-named Ardh Kumbh to Kumbh. This is toying with tradition and belief,” the former UP CM tweeted.

However, reacting to Yadav, Energy Minister and government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma claimed that the belief of people were hurt when the city was named Allahabad.

“Some persons are objecting to renaming Allahabad as Prayagraj. The objections are baseless. It is the right of the government to rename any city. If needed, we will rename more cities and roads. The mistakes done earlier will be rectified,” he said.

UP Governor Ram Naik had already supported the demands of the saints and the people of the Sangam city, he had said.

“The government will soon send a proposal to the Centre to change the name of the city,” the CM had said.

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I am not a Congress spokesperson: Shashi Tharoor clarifies on ‘Ram Temple-Hindu’ remark

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New Delhi | Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor on Monday gave his clarification about his earlier statement on the Construction of Ram Temple on the disputed land in Ayodhya.

“I condemn the malicious distortion of my words by some media in the service of political masters. I said: “most Hindus would want a temple at what they believe to be Ram’s birthplace. But no good Hindu would want it to be built by destroying another’s place of worship,” tweeted Tharoor.

Tharoor further stated that he was asked about his personal opinion on the matter in the festival and it does not reflect the view of his party. He wrote,”I was asked for my personal opinion at a literary festival & gave it as such. I am not a Spokesperson for my party & did not claim to be speaking for @incindia.”

Earlier on Sunday while speaking at the ‘The Hindu Lit for Life Dialogue 2018’ in Chennai  Tharoor said, “A vast majority of Hindus believes that Ayodhya was the birthplace of Lord Ram, no good Hindu would want to see a Ram temple built “by demolishing somebody else’s place of worship.”

Various BJP leaders criticised the Tharoor’s statement. Union HRD minister Prakash Javdekar while responding to Tharoor’s remarks said,” Astonished that Shashi Tharoor believes that true Hindus don’t want a Ram Temple in Ayodhya. This could be a view of Tharoor or Rahul Gandhi, not of ppl. This shows how cutoff they are from reality and how they only become Hindu during elections.”

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Rahul Gandhi targeting Hindus to appease ‘Pakistan’, says Rajasthan Minister

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Jaipur | Rajasthan Minister Jaswant Singh Yadav on Monday attacking Congress President Rahul Gandhi alleged that the Congress president has called Hindus terrorist.

Addressing a public rally in Rajasthan’s Alwar constituency, Yadav said, “He (Rahul Gandhi) says Hindus are terrorists. What will such a man do by becoming the Prime Minister? He tells people of India that Hindus are terrorists. What does it mean? If you want to please Pakistan why are you insulting us?”

Responding to the ongoing Indo-France Rafale deal controversy where the opposition has cornered the Union government of an alleged scam in the deal, Yadav called Rahul Gandhi ‘disturbed’ as Pakistan had acquired the fighter Rafale jets. He said,” There was Rafale deal. These are fighter planes which are acquired after great difficulty. Pakistan did not acquire it. Rahul Gandhi is disturbed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji and not Pakistan received it.”


Yadav’s comment has come weeks before the upcoming assembly elections in Rajasthan. Assembly election will be conducted in the state of Rajasthan on 7 December while the results will be announced on 11 December.

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