[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Shiv Sena chief made a sarcastic swipe at PM Modi saying if history of India is re-written, we will see only one person’s face
Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray launched a scathing attack on the BJP, asking the ally to refrain from “teaching us patriotism” and hitting out at it over a range of issues from note-ban to cow vigilantism.
“Don’t teach us patriotism. The day when we need to be taught patriotism hasn’t come yet,” Thackeray said, addressing the Shiv Sena’s annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai on Saturday night.
However, the Shiv Sena chief asked his party workers, who had targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi during recent demonstrations against price rise, not to make personal attacks. “We will organise more such agitations… But refrain from criticising Prime Minister Modi. No need to target one person for overall mess,” he said.
Referring to Modi’s much criticised demonetisation move which had, in a single stroke, flushed 86 per cent of the country’s currency out of circulation last year, Thackeray said, “An atmosphere was created that those who favour demonetisation are patriots and those who oppose it are traitors…Then who were the people who lost their lives waiting in queues (in front of banks)?”
The Sena leader pointed to the contradiction in the BJP sharing power with Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir, while stressing his own party’s strong belief in ‘Hindutva’ politics.
“In Kashmir, what ideological bond do you (BJP) share with the PDP? Why hasn’t special status to Jammu and Kashmir been revoked yet?” Thackeray asked in a pointed reference to its senior alliance partner of nearly three decades.
“We allied with the BJP for Hindutva when the word ‘Hindutva’ was taboo. If they (BJP) think we are of no use to them, we’ll see (what should be our course of action),” Thackeray said while throwing a question at the BJP leadership – “Let us know what your definition of Hindutva is.”
The Shiv Sena chief also sought to know from the BJP leadership what it sought to achieve from the ban on cow slaughter while asserting that his party was “not opposing the ban”.
“The BJP does not have consistency over the issues it is bringing up. It supports beef ban, but BJP chief minister (Manohar) Parrikar (in Goa) and newly inducted Union minister of state from Kerala KJ Alphons contradict the party’s line,” Thackeray said.
Thackeray also seemed to be on the same page with his cousin and political rival, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, on the issue of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train. Reiterating Raj Thackeray’s attacks against the BJP leadership that were made in the backdrop of last week’s stampede at the Elphinstone suburban rail station that claimed 23 lives, the Shiv Sena chief said: “Who wants the bullet train? Improve rail infrastructure first.”
The Shiv Sena chief also hit out at the Centre for chinks in the Goods and Services Tax regime and the unprecedented high fuel prices that have burnt a hole in the pockets of people across the country in recent weeks. “This government says GST brings uniform taxation. Where is the uniformity? Even Pakistan has cheaper petrol than us,” Thackeray added.
In a not-so-veiled attack at Modi, Thackeray said, “If the history of India is written (now), I think we will see only one person’s face alone. He will be there on the ‘Charkha’ as well as on book covers.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti 2023: History, Date and Significance
Shastri was a freedom fighter and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. He played an important role in India’s independence movement.
On 2nd October 2023, India also celebrates the birth anniversary of another great leader, Lal Bahadur Shastri. The day holds special significance as India remembers the legacy and life of the man who served as India’s second Prime Minister. Lal bahadur Shastri was born on October 2, 1904 in Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh. He is a symbol of dedication and selfless service to the nation.
Shastri was a freedom fighter and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. He played an important role in India’s independence movement. He was sent to the prison several times by the British government. After India got its independence in the year 1947 he served in many important ministerial positions in the government of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
Lal Bahadur Shastri was born into a lower middle class family. His father’s name was Sharda Prasad Srivastava who was also a teacher. Ram Dulari Devi was a house wife. He was born with the name Lal Bahadur Srivastava. He earned the title Shastri due to his academic excellence. He was commited to education during his entire life. He went on to become not only a leader but also an academic and an activist.
Lal Bahadur Shastri showed unwavering dedication to the Indian National Congress political party. He served as the second Prime Minister of India from 1964 until his death in 1966. His tenure as Prime Minister marked a significant progress and change in India.
He held many important positions which included Minister of External Affairs and Railways. His tenure had many notable achievements which included signing of the Tashkent Agreement. The Tashkent aimed to ease tensions between India and Pakistan.
This diplomatic respect earned him respect on the global arena. Lal Bahadur Shastri gave the slogan Jai Jawan Jai Kisan which means hail the soldier and hail the Farmer. The slogan means emphasizes on the vital contributions of farmers and soldiers to the country’s prosperity.
Rahul Gandhi visits Amritsar, offers sewa at Golden Temple
Rahul Gandhi went to Amritsar for personal and spiritual visit, as per Punjab Congress leader.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited to the Punjab’s Golden Temple today. Rahul Gandhi participated in kar sewa after making prayers at the Golden Temple. He was observed washing dishes alongside other party members and volunteers from the Gurudwara.
He will stay the night in the city, according to a representative of Congress.
Let’s respect his privacy because this is a personal and spiritual visit from him. Request that none of the party’s employees show up in person for this visit. Amarinder Singh Raja Waring, the head of the Punjab Congress, wrote earlier in the day on X, formerly known as Twitter. He also added, you all can express your support in spirit and see him the next time.
The arrest of MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira has caused a rift between the Congress and the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is why Rahul Gandhi is in Amritsar.
Sukhpal Singh Khaira, a Congress leader, was detained by the Punjab police last week on suspicion of taking part in money laundering and narcotics trafficking.
The Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and the AAP have both been called thirsty for blood by the Congress leader. He said, he won’t be shocked if he gets me physically eliminated as well.
According to the AAP government, Khaira was arrested as a result of fresh evidence in a 2015 case.
The national leadership of the AAP and the Congress may support the INDIA alliance, but Khaira’s arrest has exposed regional rivalries that may make it challenging for the two to cooperate.
The release of the video coincides with Rahul Gandhi expanding his network of supporters in advance of the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress leader was recently spotted performing the part of a farmer and engaging in crop transplantation. Later, he tried the coolie and even tried his hand at carrying passengers baggage on his head. Most recently, he even gave carpentry a try as well.
Bihar government releases caste survey report, 27% backward classes, 36% extremely backward classes
Union Minister Giriraj Singh mentioned that the caste census will do nothing more than spreading confusion among the poor and public of the state.
Nitish Kumar led Bihar government released a caste-based survey report on Monday. The report indicated that 36 per cent of the state’s population are from Extremely Backward Classes, 27.1 percent are from Backward Classes, 19.7 per cent are from Scheduled Castes and 1.7 per cent are from Scheduled Tribes. The general population accounts for 15.5 per cent.
Among the OBCs, Yadavs comprise 14.26% of the surveyed population, Kushwaha 4.27% and Kurmi 2.87%. The release of the caste based survey data comes at a time when the Supreme Court continues to hear petitions challenging a Patna High Court’s judgement that paved the way for this controversial caste-based headcount.
Speaking about the caste survey report, Union Minister Giriraj Singh mentioned that the caste census will do nothing more than spreading confusion among the poor and public of the state. He added that the Bihar government should have given a report card that Nitish Kumar ruled the state fr 18 years and Lalu Yadav ruled the state for 15 years but they did not develop the state.
Earlier today Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said he plans to call all nine parties that are part of the ruling coalition, including Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, to discuss next steps, which could include dealing with decisions to increase OBC quotas at 27 per cent.
Reports said that around 2.64 lakh enumerators fanned out across the state, documenting the details of 29 million registered households on 17 socio-economic criteria, ranging from employment, education, marital status, land holding and property ownership and caste. Enumerators will have to choose between 214 pre-registered castes that have been allotted to individual codes.