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Shatrughan Sinha chooses RJD’s Iftaar party over JD(U)’s

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Patna | Disgruntled BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha on Wednesday attended an Iftaar party hosted by RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav here, triggering speculations about his future political move.

The Iftaar at Yadav’s 5, Circular Road residence coincided with a similar feast for “rozedars” held at the Haj Bhavan, which was organized by the ruling Janata Dal (United) in Bihar and where the actor-turned-politician remained conspicuous by his absence.

“It is an auspicious and happy occasion. Iftaar parties are a part of our composite culture. Lalu Prasad (RJD supremo) is my dear friend. I am delighted to be among my family friends,” Sinha told reporters.

Asked why he skipped the Iftaar hosted by the JD(U), the Patna Sahib MP claimed he did not have knowledge of the Haj House function.

Asked whether his presence at a function hosted by an opposition party leader while skipping the one hosted by an ally of his party could lead to bitterness, he asserted “iftaar only sweetens relationships”.

When pressed further by journalists, he responded with his trademark – Khamosh!

The actor-turned-politician spent close to half an hour at Yadav’s residence, where Lalu Prasad – sentenced for fodder scam cases and currently out on bail for medical treatment – was, however, not present.

Restrained by the Jharkhand High Court – which had granted him provisional bail – from interacting with the media and makig political statments, the former Bihar Chief Minister has avoided making appearances in the public.

Speaking on the occasion, Tejashwi Yadav – who is the RJD heir apparent – regretted his absence at the Iftaar hosted by Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi and said “our programme had been decided long ago so I could not be present there. But our Rajya Sabha member Manoj Jha is representing our party and I hope that the Iftaar at Delhi sends out a strong message in favour of opposition unity”.

Tejashwi’s elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav, MLA, and eldest sister Misa Bharti were also present at the Iftaar, seeking to put to rest recent speculations about sibling rivalry that was triggered by a tweet from Tej Pratap.

“Tej Pratap never said that he had a problem with his brother or sister. It was a creation of the media. Today all the mischief-mongers have got a reply seeing all of us together”, Misa Bharti told reporters.

At the JD(U) iftaar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, Union minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and state JD(U) chief Bashistha Narayan Singh, JD(U) MLC Ashok Chowdhury – who made the prepartions – and state BJP president Nityanand Rai were among those who attended.

Dissident RJD MLA Maheshwar Yadav also turned up at the JD(U) iftaar and showered praises on the Chief Minister.

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Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray slams BJP on Ram Temple issue; announces date of Ayodhya visit

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Mumbai | Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday criticised the ruling BJP government in the state and the center at the annual Dasherra rally in Mumbai’s Shivaji Park.

Expressing his views on the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid issue Thackeray said, “Every year Ravan comes and stands but when Ram temple would arise.” Praising the stand of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on the issue of Ram Temple, Thackeray said, “I want to praise RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, we are on the same page on the Ram Mandir issue.”

Announcing the date of his visit to Ayodhya which will be 25 November, Thackeray said, “Either build the Ram temple at Ayodhya or declare it is a ‘jumla’, I will go there on 25 November. He warned the government to not play with the sentiments of people over the issue. ” Targetting PM Modi over the issue of Ram Temple, he asked,”PM Modi visits China, Russia, other countries but has he been to Ayodhya even once in last 4 years?”.”We are loyal soldiers of Balasaheb Thackeray, we will ensure Ram temple gets built,” he asserted. The Shiv Sena chief also alleged that the government lodged a case against Lal Krishna Advani in the Babri Masjid demolition case just to stop him from contesting for the post of President.

Uddhav Thackeray addressing the party workers said, “Many tried to finish the Shiv Sena but no one ever became successful in destroying Shivsena. Expressing his concern over the drought situation in Marathwada and other parts of Maharashtra”. Thackeray said,” If the Congress-JDS government can instantly react to the drought in the state and provide relief to the farmers, why can’t the Devendra Fadnavis governement?” Accepting the allegations of speaking against the government, the Shiv Sena chief said, “I will always question what I feel what is wrong with the government”.”Is speaking against govt an act of treason”? he added.

Thackeray remembered Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his speech and stated that the nation has never seen a Prime Minister like Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi without taking his name said that the wave that the country witnessed in 2014 has changed now. Taking a dig at BJP he said,” The Bhartiya Janta Party wants his government everywhere today. If there is election even in some housing society people call Devendra Fadnavis.” He further added that the Shiv Sena was the first to stop the winning streak of BJP.

Speaking on the ceasefire in Kashmir during the month of Ramzan, Thackeray alleged that the in Ramzan you did  ‘yuddha bandhi’ and during Ganeshutsav, Navratri you do ‘aawaz bandhi’. He further stated that if the Shiv Sena is with the government if they Scrap Article 370 giving special privileges of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Taking a swipe at the Narendra Modi on the issue of inflation, Shiv Sena chief asked, “Why can’t you control prices when the 11th avatar of Vishnu is with you”.”People are asking, when will ‘acche din’ come,” he added.

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NDA’s re-negotiated Rafale deal has put pilots’ lives at risk: Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi | Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the Modi government over the Rafale issue alleging that Indian pilots were at risk flying the “ancient” Jaguars due to the NDA renegotiating the Rafale aircraft deal that did not allow transfer of technology to the country.

In a Facebook post, Gandhi alleged the NDA renegotiated the UPA deal to benefit crony capitalists and reduced India’s prestige globally.

India could not get a transfer of technology as negotiated during the UPA rule and it was shameful that Indian pilots have to put their lives at risk flying the ancient Jaguar aircraft as the new technology did not come into the country, he said.

He cited a media report to allege that instead of getting 126 Rafale aircraft together with the transfer of technology that would have transformed the Indian Air Force, the NDA government renegotiated the deal to get only 36 aircraft made in France.

“Since 2014, instead of taking to closure deals that had been negotiated by the UPA Government, the present government has focussed on renegotiating those deals to benefit crony capitalists.

“For instance, the UPA’s Rafale deal for 126 aircraft would have transformed the Indian Airforce allowing us to scrap and replace ancient aircraft like the Jaguar.

“It involved the transfer of technology to HAL which would have helped make us become more self-reliant in the future. Instead, the deal was re-worked for Anil Ambani’s benefit and reduced to just 36 aircraft – all made in France. These aircraft will take years to arrive in India,” he claimed in his post.

Gandhi later tweeted, “Thanks to the PM’s massive corruption, the best pilots in the world now have unlimited access to French junkyards for Jaguar spare parts, rather than new, Indian made planes.”

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group has denied the Congress’ allegations in connection with the deal.

Gandhi and his Congress party have been attacking the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal, alleging corruption and favouritism.

The Government has dismissed Rahul Gandhi’s allegations, while the BJP has accused him of spreading lies on the issue.

The Congress chief alleged that India’s pilots are forced to put their lives at risk each day, flying ancient Jaguars, that are kept in the air “using parts scrounged from junkyards in France and other parts of the world”.

“Not only is this shameful, it reduces India’s prestige globally and puts the lives of our pilots at risk,” he said.

He cited a media report claiming that “India is the only air force in the world still flying the Jaguar aircraft, and will now cannibalise’ retired aircraft for spare parts”.

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Madhya Pradesh: BJP files complaint against Kamal Nath for tweet against CM Shivraj

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Bhopal | The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) unit of Madhya Pradesh has filed a Police complaint against state Congress chief Kamal Nath for tweeting a fake image of damaged road belonging to Bangladesh criticising Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Kamal Nath tweeted an image of a man rolling up a just laid road made up of tar-like a carpet as some puzzled children watched and alleged widespread corruption in the incumbent Madhya Pradesh government.

और वाॅशिंगटन से अच्छी मख़मली सड़क कर लो घड़ी।
भजपा के सामने भ्रष्टाचार के सारे रिकॉर्ड लजाते हैं ,
मामाजी जाते जाते तथाकथित विकास को घड़ी कर साथ लिए जाते हैं ।
बढ़िया है।#वक़्त_है_बदलाव_का pic.twitter.com/Qojc3igCyQ

Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan later highlighted that the photograph was fake. He also cited a similar instance where another Congress leader, Digvijaya Singh, was caught sharing the image of a broken bridge from Pakistan as one from Bhopal.

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