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Hug gone wrong? BJP to bring privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi for his allegations on Rafale deal

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Hug gone wrong? BJP to bring privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi for his allegations on Rafale deal

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Congress president Rahul Gandhi may have talked about wanting to spread love and burying hate and then ended by giving a hug to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but all this did not go down well with the ruling BJP – or even Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

The BJP decided to move a privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi for making “false allegations” and “misleading the House” with regard to Rafale deal.

BJP leaders criticised his gesture of hugging PM Modi and Sumitra Mahajan also said it was not right of Rahul Gandhi to hug PM Narendra Modi. “The manner in which it was done was not right,” she said, “Decorum of the House should be maintained. I did not like it too. At that time he was sitting in the Prime Minister’s seat.”

So far, it has been PM Modi who is known for hugging heads of states across the world. However, BJP leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the Congress chief’s behaviour was childish.

“His behaviour was childish. He has grown old but it is unfortunate that he has not grown up. It is unfortunate that the president of Congress is so ill-informed and immature,” Kumar told reporters.

Beyond the hug, what BJP remembered was Rahul Gandhi’s scathing attack on the government. The hint of an allegation of a scam in Rafale deal hit them where it hurts, and Kumar said that his party will move a privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi for putting forth “falsehood and misleading the Parliament”.

Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s allegations, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the secrecy agreement with France was signed in 2008 and that the Rafale deal was also covered under it, reported ANI.

Union Minister Smriti Irani said, “We all have witnessed the lies propagated by Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha today. He had absolutely no proof but only political negative rhetoric and that itself has cost him in every election that he has fought.”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1532088749511{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;background-color: #a2b1bf !important;border-radius: 10px !important;}”]What Rahul Gandhi said about Rafale deal, as per media reports:

“I don’t know what happened, or who he spoke to, but the PM went to France and magically made the price of an aircraft Rs 16,000 crore. The Defence Minister said she will announce the deal but later said details cannot be provided as India has a secrecy pact with the French govt. I have met the French President and asked him if there’s any such pact between the two governments and he denied it. He also told me that he has no objection in saying this and the whole government can know about it.”

“The Defence Minister has clearly spoken an untruth. The fact of the matter is that the French President has personally told me that there is no secret pact between the two governments. Everybody understands the relationship the PM has with certain business people. Everybody can see the amount of money that goes into the marketing of India’s Prime Minister and everybody understands who it comes from. One of those people was given the Rafale contract and he benefitted thousands of crores from it. That contract was withdrawn from HAL and given to the gentleman who benefitted approximately Rs 40,000 crores. The PM must explain whether the Cabinet committee on security benefitted from this deal. Why has a businessman benefitted?”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1532088797197{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;background-color: #a2b1bf !important;border-radius: 10px !important;}”]Some reactions on Rahul Gandhi hugging PM Narendra Modi:

Tejashwi Yadav, RJD: Oh that wink my friend! Hit them hard where it hurts..Congratulations for unearthing their mines of lies & a fantastic speech @RahulGandhi

Anurag Thakur, BJP: Did anyone feel the earthquake? Well it was definitely felt by @INCIndia! @RahulGandhi ji spoke without any factual data & reduced it to merely becoming a laughing stock. You indeed make it memorable everytime you speak in the house

Omar Abdullah, National Conference: Hugs are against Parliamentary democracy & norms?

Harsimrat Kaur, Shiromani Akali Dal: Pappu ji, if you want to be Mumba Bhai, please go to Mumbai. “Ye sansad hai, ye Munna bhai ka pappi jhappi area nahin hai (This is parliament, this is not the place for a Munna Bhai hug.”

Shashi Tharoor, Congress: What an astonishing performance by @RahulGandhi. It was a game-changing speech, tearing apart the Govt ‘s claims & ending with that unscripted hug that has literally taken the BJP’s breath away #BhukampAaGaya[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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PM Modi inaugurates 3 major space infrastructure projects, announces names of astronauts for Gaganyaan mission

The four pilots have been training at the astronaut training facility in Bengaluru.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today revealed the names of four pilots preparing for the country’s historic Gaganyaan human space travel program. Group Captain P Balakrishnan Nair, Group Captain Ajit Krishnan, Group Captain Angad Pratap, and Wing Commander S Shukla, are the four pilots who are selected for this mission.

The PM also bestowed astronaut wings to the four astronaut-designates.

PM Modi addressed the people there and said, he is happy that today he got the opportunity to meet these astronauts and present them in front of the country. He also congratulated the astronauts on behalf of the entire country. PM Modi also hailed the astronaut as the pride of the country.

Meanwhile, the PM inaugurated three major infrastructure projects of ISRO valued at 1800 crore during his visit to Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Kerala on Tuesday. PM Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu starting Tuesday, February 27.

The projects include the PSLV Integration Facility at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, the new Semi-cryogenics Integrated Engine and stage Test facility at ISRO Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri, and Trisonic Wind Tunnel at VSSC, Thiruvananthapuram.

Before the inauguration ceremonyISRO chairman S Somanath extended his respects to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a felicitation ceremony held at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram.

The ISRO chairman said, with the support of the honorable Prime Minister, the space sector is undergoing rapid transformation for expansion. He added that the long-term space vision for Amrit Kal had already been announced by the Prime minister. He further added that the vision had been created for Amrit Kal with the space sector as the torch bearer.

After the inauguration ceremony, the Prime Minister is scheduled to address public gatherings in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, and Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu. Additionally, he will participate in the program called Creating the Future – Digital Mobility for Automotive MSME Entrepreneurs in Madurai.

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Rahul Gandhi reacts to Hijab controversy, says what a person wears is their responsibility and nobody should decide what they wear

Rahul Gandhi said what a woman wears is her responsibility and it is her decision. He thought nobody should decide what they wear. His comments came after the Congress government in Karnataka allowed students to wear Hijab during competitive exams in October last year.

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Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that women’s choice of clothing including a hijab should be respected and one should not dictate what a person has to wear. Rahul Gandhi was interacting with female students at the Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh during his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.

During the interaction a girl mentioned the hijab controversy in Karnataka and asked the Congress leader about his views on the same. He said what a woman wears is her responsibility and it is her decision. He thought nobody should decide what they wear. His comments came after the Congress government in Karnataka allowed students to wear Hijab during competitive exams in October last year.

The issue erupted in Januray 2022 when Muslim students at a government pre-university college in Karnataka’s Udupi were denied entry for wearing hijabs, citing a violation of the college’s uniform policy. The incident has sparked widespread protests and counter-protests across the state.

The then BJP government issued an order that made mandatory for students to wear uniforms in educational institutes. The order banned the wearing of hijabs in these settings. This decision was challenged in court, and on March 15, 2022 the decision was upheld by the Haryana High Court.

The court said wearing a hiujab is not an essential religious practice in Islam and as result it does not fall under the protection of Article 25 of the Indian Constitution, which guarantees the fundamental right to freely practice one’s religion.

In October 2022, The Supreme Court pronounced a split verdict on the petitions challenging The Karnataka High Court order which refused to overturn a ban on hijabs in educational institutions in the state. The Top court’s split verdict means the issue will be revisited by a larger bench for final decision.In December last year, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced that his government will withdraw the order banning hijab in schools and colleges in the state .   

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Rajya Sabha election: Samajwadi Party leader Manoj Kumar Pandey steps down as Chief Whip, voting underway

Samajwadi Party MLA Manoj Kumar Pandey on Tuesday resigned from the post of party chief whip amid the voting for 10 Rajya Sabha seats.

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In the midst of voting for the Rajya Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party leader and MLA Manoj Kumar Pandey resigned from his position as the party’s chief whip in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday.

His resignation from the position was announced barely one day after eight Samajwadi Party MLAs failed to show up for a meeting that the party Chief Akhilesh Yadav had called.

Eight BJP candidates and three Samajwadi Party candidates have applied for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh as the voting has begun.

The main opposition SP and the ruling BJP both have enough members to send seven and three members to the Rajya Sabha, respectively, without opposition. However, since the BJP is fielding an eighth candidate, a competitive race is expected in one of the seats.

The results will be announced by the end of the day.

The BJP has put up seven other candidates which includes, former Union minister RPN Singh, former MP Chaudhary Tejveer Singh, general secretary of the party’s Uttar Pradesh unit Amarpal Maurya, former state minister Sangeeta Balwant (Bind); former MLA Sadhna Singh, and former Agra mayor Naveen Jain.

Actor-turned-MP Jaya Bachchan, former IAS officer Alok Ranjan, and Dalit activist Ramji Lal Suman are the candidates officially nominated by the Samajwadi Party.

In Uttar Pradesh, a candidate needs around 37 first-preference votes to be elected to the Rajya Sabha.

Voting will end at 4 p.m., and counting will start at 5 p.m.

With 252 and 108 members, respectively, the BJP and the SP have the majority of seats in the 403-member state assembly. The SP’s alliance partner, the Congress, holds two seats.

Thirteen seats are held by the BJP ally Apna Dal (Sonelal), six by the NISHAD Party, nine by the RLD, six by the SBSP, two by Jansatta Dal Loktantrik, and one by the BSP. There are presently four open seats.

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