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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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“Everybody is the face of opposition”: Mamata Banerjee

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When asked, “Who will be the face of Mahagathbandhan?”, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said, “Everybody will be the face of Mahagathbandhan.”

 

Howrah| “Everybody is the face of the opposition,” said West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. She was talking to the press here after a meeting with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.

Talking about the meeting of opposition leaders he said that as senior leaders, he & Mamata Banerjee have some responsibilities. “We’ve to save the nation & democracy, we have to protect institutions. You are watching from last many days,democracy is in danger. Institutions like CBI, ED, RBI & others are under pressure,” Naidu said.

Giving more insight about what transpired in the meeting, Banerjee said the two leaders discussed the future plan. “We can tell you one thing, we are all together to fight against the BJP govt to save the nation,” said Banerjee.

When asked, “Who will be the face of Mahagathbandhan?”, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said, “Everybody will be the face of Mahagathbandhan.”

 

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Protest outside Haryana Bhawan against Khattar’s remark on rape incidents

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Manohar Lal Khattar had said, “The incidents of rape have not increased… (Only) the concern (over such incidents) has increased.”

 

New Delhi, Nov 19 (PTI) A group of people Monday staged a protest outside the Haryana Bhawan here, demanding an apology from state Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for his controversial remark on rape incidents.

According to a statement, activists of All India Democratic Women’s Association, All India Mahila Sanskritik Sangathan, Democratic Youth Federation of India and Students’ Federation of India staged the protest.

“We demand that either Khattar apologies to the women of India through the media or resign from the post immediately to save the honour of women of India,” it read.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had Sunday condemned Khattar’s controversial remark on rape incidents, and raised the issue of their security in that state.

At a function in Kalka town of Panchkula district on Friday, Khattar had said, “The incidents of rape have not increased… Rapes used to take place in the past and happen even today. (Only) the concern (over such incidents) has increased.

“The biggest concern is that in 80 to 90 per cent of rape and eve-teasing cases, the accused and the victim know each other. In many cases, they know each other for a long time and, on one day, when there is an argument… an FIR is lodged, saying: ‘He has raped me’,” Haryana CM had said.

However, Khattar had on Sunday said his statement had been twisted and that the issue should not be politicised.

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Congress is a party dedicated to one family: Smriti Irani

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“The Congress is a party dedicated to one family… how can it work for the development of the country or Amethi,” said Smriti Irani.

 

Amethi (UP), Nov 19 (PTI) Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani Monday attacked the Congress accusing it of being a party dedicated to one family and loath to work for the development of the country.

“The Congress is a party dedicated to one family… how can it work for the development of the country or Amethi,” said Irani after inaugurating and dedicating to the people various schemes worth Rs 77 crores in Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency.

In a dig at Gandhi’s initiative on a distribution of banana saplings among Amethi farmers, Irani said, “Rahul Gandhi criticises the RSS and Prime Minister Narendra Modi all over the country but he is treading the RSS path of planting banana trees.”

“I came to know that Rahul Gandhi is getting bananas seeds of foreign origin planted here, he could not get even banana plants in the country… he should know that poverty cannot be eradicated by planting a couple of banana saplings,” she stressed.

Reiterating her allegation that the Gandhi family has done nothing for Amethi, she said what they failed to do in 60 years, the BJP government managed to do in just over four years.

“Rahul has been an MP for the past 15 years and no ‘rozgar mela’ was organised… it was done during the Modi government’s tenure and over 7,500 unemployed youths are likely to get jobs due to it,” she said.

Maintaining that today’s programme has been organised to mark the fulfilment of the promises made by Prime Minister Modi in 2014, she said by 2022, every household in Amethi will have electricity and all the poor here will have their houses.

Speaking on the occasion, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the state government will leave no stone unturned for development of Amethi.

He termed Rahul Gandhi as “dynastic” president of his party.

To a question on building Ram temple in Ayodhya, Maurya told reporters on the sidelines of the function that the temple will be built at the same place in Ayodhya but he evaded another question on the deadline of its construction.

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