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AK Antony’s son Anil Antony quits Congress after post slamming PM Modi BBC documentary

Former Defence Minister, AK Antony’s son Anil K Antony has resigned from the Congress party, a day after seemingly coming out in support of the ruling BJP’s stand on the controversial BBC documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Former Defence Minister, AK Antony’s son Anil K Antony has resigned from the Congress party, a day after seemingly coming out in support of the ruling BJP’s stand on the controversial BBC documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Posting his “redacted resignation letter” on Twitter, Anil Antony wrote that he was quitting the Congress because of “intolerant calls to retract a tweet” wherein he had condemned the controversial BBC documentary on PM Modi.

Anil Antony, who was part of Congress’s social media cell in Kerala, also took a jibe at Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra. In his tweet, Antony wrote that he was received abuses by “ones supporting a trek to promote love.”

In his resignation letter, the Congress veteran’s son lashed out at the party leadership saying that he was well aware that only criterion of merit in the party is become a yes man who is at the beck and call of the party’s top brass.

Contrary to the Congress’ stand in Kerala and pan-India, Anil Antony on Tuesday, had slammed the BBC for its “long history of prejudices against India” and condemned its two-part documentary on PM Modi.

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The Kerala unit of the Congress has announced that it would organize screenings of the documentary across the state.

Reports quoted Antony as saying that he had no problem with Rahul Gandhi or anyone in the Congress but India, in its 75th year of Independence “shouldn’t allow foreigners or their institutions to undermine our sovereignty or run down our institutions.”

The contentious documentary, titled ‘India: The Modi Question’ which questions PM Modi’s leadership as the state CM during the 2002 Gujarat riots, has been dubbed as “a piece of propaganda” and “colonial mindset” by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Last Thursday, the controversial piece was dubbed as “a piece of propaganda” by the MEA.

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the government believes it is a propaganda piece designed to “push a particular discredited narrative.”

He said that the documentary lacked objectivity and the bias and colonial mindset of the makers was clearly visible, adding that the Indian government will not dignify such efforts.

Congress has accused the Narendra Modi-led BJP government of censoring free speech by blocking videos and links to the documentary on social media platforms.

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Rajya Sabha Election: Congress wins 3 seats in Karnataka, BJP 1

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CM DK Shivakumar said this shows the unity and integrity of Congress. He thanked all the MLAs, party workers and the media. He said he is very happy that all the candidates from Congress won. He thanked all the voters, chief minister and the party workers and the AICC president also.

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The ruling Congress in Karnataka won three seats and the BJP one in the Rajya Sabha elections in Karnataka on Tuesday. The candidates who were selected to Rajya Sabha are Syed Naseer Hussain, GC Chandrasekhar and Ajay Maken who belong to the Congress, and Narayansa K Bhandage of the BJP.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CM DK Shivakumar said this shows the unity and integrity of Congress. He thanked all the MLAs, party workers and the media. He said he is very happy that all the candidates from Congress won. He thanked all the voters, chief minister and the party workers and the AICC president also. He said he would like to thank Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge.

Congress candidates Naseer Hussain and former union minster Ajay Maken won with 47 votes, while GC Chandrasekhar secured 45 votes. The BJP won 1 Rajya Sabha seat from Karnataka with candidate Narayansa Bhandage securing 47 votes.

Each Rajya Sabha candidate needed at least 45 votes in the 224-MLA Karnataka Assembly to win a Rajya Sabha seat from the state. With 135 MLAs, the Congress had the exact number to elect its three candidates. The BJP has 66 MLAs, which secured a comfortable win for party worker Narayansa Bhandage.

The Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant following the retirement of 4 members – Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar (BJP) and Congress’s GC Chandrashekhar, Syed Naseer Hussain and L Hanumanthaiah

5 candidates contested for the 4 Rajya Sabha seats in the elections, including JD(S) contestant D Kupendra Reddy. The elections were marred by cross-voting. One of the BJP MLAs, ST Somasekhar voted for the Congress’s Maken, the other, A Shivaram Hebbar, abstained. Leader of Opposition R Ashoka said they would seek action against Somahekhar, and termed the MLA’s decision political suicide. Soon after voting, Somashekhar told the media that he voted as per his conscience.  

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says BJP will win 10 seats or more from Kerala in Lok Sabha elections

The Prime Minister said during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Kerala gave a two digit vote share for the BJP but this time the party will win 2 digit seats from Kerala. He added the opposition parties have realised their defeat in the elections of 2024. PM Modi said they have lost their mental balance. He said the opposition parties do not have a roadmap for the country’s development.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Thiruvanthpuram on Tuesday that the BJP would win double-digit seats from Kerala in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Prime Minister was addressing a rally of BJP workers to mark the conclusion of a month-long, state-wide padyatra led by party state president K Surendran.

The Prime Minister said during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Kerala gave a two digit vote share for the BJP but this time the party will win 2 digit seats from Kerala. He added the opposition parties have realised their defeat in the elections of 2024. PM Modi said they have lost their mental balance. He said the opposition parties do not have a roadmap for the country’s development.

He said their only agenda is to utter abuses against Modi. He said he is confident that Kerala will stand with him this time. This has been the prime minister’s third visit to Kerala in less than 2 months. The prime minister said the huge crowd that had joined the Surendran-led padyatra has made the BJPs target of 370 seats in the Lok Sabha easier.

The Prime Minister said he is committed to fulfill the expectations of people and this is Modi’s guarantee. He said the BJP-led union government has never shown any discrimination towards Kerala. He said in the last 10 years the BJP-led central government has ensured Kerala’s development and the wise people of the state know this.

PM Modi predicted that in the third term of the BJP government, India will become the largest force in the world and this is Modi’s Guarantee. He said the third Modi government will increase its fight against corruption. He added in the last 10 years, more than 25 crore people have been brought out of poverty. The Prime Minister referred to various development projects and schemes which have been launched during the BJP rule at the centre. 

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Union Minister Anurag Thakur shares BJP’s first-time voter campaign’s song

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Union Minister Anurag Thakur shared the Mera Pehla Vote Desh Ke Liye anthem on his Twitter handle on Tuesday. He urged everyone to share it and join the Mera Pehla Vote Mere Desh Ke Liye campaign.

The Union Minister encouraged people to motivate young voters to exercise their democratic rights as the nation gears up for its biggest festival of democracy.

He requested people to take on the responsibility of the campaign and celebrate the power of their collective voices online on the My Government India website and in colleges.

Responding to the union minister’s tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also urged people from all walks of life to spread the message about the Mera Pehla Vote Mere Desh Ke Liye Campaign among first-time voters.

Meanwhile, the election commission’s campaign, Mera Pehla Vote Desh Ke Liye, is underway to spread awareness among first-time voters and encourage young voters to exercise their democratic rights.

Earlier on Sunday, during Mann ki Baat, PM Modi urged first-time voters to come forward in large numbers and vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. He said that India takes pride in its youth power, which is full of enthusiasm and energy. He emphasized that the more young people participate in the electoral process, the more beneficial it will be for the country.

PM Modi said to the young voters that by turning 18, they have the opportunity to elect a member for the Lok Sabha. He further explained that this means that the 18th Lok Sabha will also symbolise youth aspirations. Therefore, the importance of their vote has increased significantly.

Notably, PM Modi also urged the influencers of the country, from the sports world, film industry, literature world, other professionals, or Instagram and YouTube influencers, that they too should actively participate in this campaign and motivate first-time voters.

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