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Shiv Sena hits back after Amit Shah advises BJP workers to prepare for a solo fight in 2019

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A few hours after Party President Amit Shah asked Maharashtra BJP workers to start preparing for a solo fight in the 2019 general elections, long-time ally Shiv Sena has stung back with another vicious blow.

“I’m fighting for the common man’s dream, not for (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’s dream,” Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said in an interview published in the party’s mouthpiece Saamana on Monday.

“We don’t have only one friend. We are friends of the public,” Mr Thackeray added, saying, “I will hunt but don’t need to shoot from anyone else’s shoulder. Nor will I need a gun for the hunt.”

BJP’s animosity with Shiv Sena has reached a new high after its oldest ally chose to stay away from the no trust debate in the parliament on Friday and refused to vote in its favour even after Amit Shah personally called up Uddhav Thackeray and requested him to do so.

BJP had claimed that Sena was on board and would vote in favour of the government. Sena had even issued a whip ordering all party MPs to be present in parliament and vote. But the next morning, just before the no-confidence motion was about to be taken up, Sena declared that they would not even attend the debate.

This overnight change of heart deeply embarrassed BJP, which then went on to seize the no-confidence motion as an opportunity to show off its numbers not just to allies but also to other parties. The Sena’s decision was followed by a Saamana editorial that said: “Those ruling the country are butchers who save animals but kill humans”, which reportedly referred to the recent Alwar lynching where a man was killed on the suspicion of being a cow smuggler.

Sena further shocked BJP by praising Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s speech, who launched a searing attack on PM Modi during the debate and then walked across the house to give him a surprise hug that rattled the PM.

The BJP has not yet decided on whether the alliance should be called off yet but Amit Shah’s words at a party meeting in Mumbai showcase the party’s toughest stand ever. Sources say Amit Shah told party workers that they should prepare to fight next year’s national polls alone in Maharashtra, where the two parties have been allies for nearly three decades.

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PM Modi not declaring Kerala floods as a ‘National Disaster’ to use funds for self-promotion: Congress

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New Delhi | The Congress Party on Monday alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi of playing politics at the times of humanitarian crisis in Kerala.

Addressing a Press Conference, Congress leader and Supreme Court lawyer Jaiveer Shergill alleged that the State of Kerala requested Rs. 2000 crore for the relief work, however, the Central government just announced Rs. 500 crore relief package for the state.

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his extensive media coverage, the Congress leader questioned that a large-heartedness of PM Modi is only shown in his self-publicity. When he can spend ₹5000 Cr for his advertisements then why did he give only ₹500Cr to Kerala?” He further alleged that PM Modi is not declaring Kerala Floods as a National Disaster so as to prevent utilising the Contingency funds and instead use it for his self-promotion.

Alleging PM Modi of a step-motherly treatment towards Kerala, Shergill said,”The step-motherly treatment to Kerala by PM Modi proves that he does not believe in cooperative federalism.”

The Congress party further questioned that why is PM Modi not declaring Kerala Floods as a National Disaster? “By declaring it as a National Disaster fund by Central and State government in the ratio of 3:1 will be released for relief measures,” added Congress.

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We are not in favour of Sidhu hugging Pakistan Army chief: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

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Chandigarh | Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday clarified that the Congress party is not in favour of its minister Navjot Singh Sindhu hugging Pakistan’s Army Chief during the oath-taking ceremony of Cricketer turned Politician Imran Khan as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Speaking to media, Amarinder Singh said, “It was wrong for him (Navjot Singh Sidhu)to have shown the affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief,  I am not in its favour of this act.” He further added that “Everyday our jawans are getting martyred. To hug their Chief General Bajwa…I am against this. The fact is that the man should understand that our soldiers are being killed everyday.”

Criticising Sidhu for his act Amarinder Singh said, “To say that ‘I don’t know General Bajwa’…it is written on their uniform. That’s wrong for him (Sidhu) to have shown the affections he did for the Pakistan Army Chief.” Holding Bajwa responsible for the death of Indian soldiers at the LOC Amarinder Singh said, “My own regiment lost 1 Major & 2 jawans a few months ago & everyday somebody is being shot & whether the man who pulled the trigger is to blame or the man who gives the order which is the chief, and the chief is General Bajwa.”

However, when asked about Sidhu being sited next to the President of Pakistan’s Kashmir Masood Khan, Singh said that maybe he (Sidhu) didn’t know who he was. He further stated that the Punjab government has nothing to do with Sidhu attending the oath ceremony of Imran Khan as he went there in his personal capacity.

Responding to the controversy of sitting next to POK President, Cricketer turned Politician Navjot Singh Sidhu said that, “If you’re invited as a guest of honour somewhere, you sit wherever you are asked to. I was sitting somewhere else but they asked me to sit there”. When asked about him hugging Pakistan Army Chief General Bajwa, Sidhu said,” If someone (Pak Army Chief General Bajwa) comes to me & says that we belong to the same culture & we’ll open Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Prakash Parv, what else I could do?”

The Punjab minister was criticised by the opposition for visiting Pakistan and hugging Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during the oath ceremony of Imran Khan. BJP leader and Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij termed Sidhu’s participation in the ceremony as an “act of disloyalty” towards India which “will not be endorsed by any patriotic citizen” of the country. While another BJP leader Shwait Malik demanded an apology from him for the “unacceptable act.”

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Patidar leader Hardik Patel detained in Ahmedabad

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Ahmedabad | Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Sunday was detained by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch ahead of his participation in a hunger strike.

Hardik Patel was traveling to the Nikol assembly constituency in Ahmedabad along with other Patidar leaders where he was supposed to hold a 1-day hunger strike demanding reservation for the Patidar community. Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader was earlier requested Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to allow the patidar leader to hold a one day protest. However, the local authorities denied permission to Hardik Patel to observe any kind of protest.

Earlier attacking the BJP government over denial of permission to hold a protest, Patel in a tweet said, “Everyone has the right to agitate in a constitutional way but in Gujarat BJP government prevents us from mobilizing the agitation.We are deprived of our rights by the BJP government but we will not sit quietly, we will fight and win.”


Responding to his arrest, Patel alleged that the state government has deployed more than 200 policemen near his house. “The police arrested more than 130 protesters and 58 agitators were kept under house arrest at his residence just to stop us,” he added.

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