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Farooq bats for India-Pak dialogue to end terrorism in J&K; Don’t let tainted ones use Yatra to whitewash their past, warns Omar as Abdullahs join Bharat Jodo Yatra

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has stressed for a bilateral between India and Pakistan as he stressed that terrorism is alive in the erstwhile state, and can only be ended if both neighbors sue for peace.

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has stressed for a bilateral between India and Pakistan as he stressed that terrorism is alive in the erstwhile state, and can only be ended if both neighbors sue for peace.

The National Conference (NC) chief lashed out at the ruling BJP for “spreading hatred” endangering the integrity of India.

Abdullah asked why the Narendra Modi-led BJP regime is “shying” away from talks with Pakistan if they can get China on the table, a country which has infiltrated into India 16 times, why not Islamabad.

“I am going to give you in writing with my blood that terrorism is alive and it will not finish till you start talking to Pakistan,” Abdullah was quoted as saying.

The former chief minister also said the Kashmiri Pandits need a balm for their wounds, which is possible when you replace hatred with love.

Abdullah reached Kathua by bus from Jammu and participated in the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra which entered this entry point via Pathankot in Punjab Thursday evening to begin the Congress heir’s last leg of his foot march from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.

Abdullah, when asked, whether talking to Pakistan can end terrorism in the conflict-riddled region, alleged that the BJP government was reluctant because they’ve to keep Muslims and Hindus divided by hatred in order to cater to their vote bank.

Abdullah alleged that they (BJP) are “spreading hatred without caring for the safety of Pakistani Hindus or Indian Muslims.”

He said there is a need to soothe the wounds of Kashmiri pandits who have suffered a lot over the past 30 years.

Taking a dig at the controversial film Kashmir Files, Farooq Abdullah said the film was made only with the agenda to spread hatred and disrupt communal harmony.

Abdullah said both Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims suffered and even his workers and ministers were killed in large numbers since the eruption of terrorism.

“One of my ministers was blown to pieces by a bomb planted in his car. They were killed for hoisting the tricolor. We had a choice to choose between India and Pakistan in 1947 but we preferred India as we believed that we will live honorably and with rest in the country,” the NC leader said.

Don’t let tainted ones to use Bharat Jodo Yatra to whitewash themselves

Meanwhile, Farooq’s son and former chief Minister Omar Abdullah, has cautioned the Congress to not let leaders with tainted recent records to join the march as some “might use” it to “whitewash themselves”. 

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Asked if leaders like alleged “rapist supporter” in Kathua rape case, Chaudhary Lal Singh, should be allowed to join the Yatra, Omar warned that Congress will have to see that some people “might use the yatra to whitewash their past”.

“We should not forget the role of those leaders who tried to save the rapist and played with the sentiments of the people. It is not hidden. These leaders will use the yatra to present themselves as secular. This is wrong. Congress leaders should see who is joining the yatra and what the recent track records have been of those leaders,” Abdullah was quoted as saying.

However, another former chief minister and People Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti said that it doesn’t matter who joins the Yatra as the “motive” behind the march was more important.

Mufti said that thousands of people are joining Rahul Gandhi on the streets “trying to stitch back the fabric” of the country, and it hardly matters who joins as long as the motive is fulfilled.

On Tuesday, Jammu and Kashmir Congress spokesperson, Deepika Pushkar Nath resigned from the party after the grand-old party’s J&K unit gave a nod to let former minister Lal Singh to participate in the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Singh had publicly defended the accused in Kathua rape case back in 2018.

Nath, a lawyer by profession, had also supported the family of Kathua rape victim with legal assistance.

The news of Nath’s resignation came to the fore after she tweeted about the same where she had written that she resigned from the party on ideological grounds.

The Congress spokesperson in a Tweet wrote and said that in lieu of Lal Singh’s proposal of joining the Bharat Jodo Yatra and the outfit allowing for the same, she is left with no other option but to resign from the Congress party.

In her Tweet, she alleged that Lal Singh was responsible for sabotaging the the Kathua rape case in 2018 by brazenly defending rapists. In the Tweet thread, she also added and said that Lal Singh divided the entire region of Jammu and Kashmir to protect the rapists whereas Bharat Jodo Yatra is working to unite. She also wrote and said that on ideological terms, she cannot share the party platform with such people.

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JD(U) leader Upendra Kushwaha lashes out at Nitish Kumar, says CM unable to exercise his own volition

On Monday, Kushwaha alleged that his convoy was attacked at Jagdishpur in the Bhojpur district of Bihar.

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Janata Dal (United) parliamentary board chairman Upendra Kushwaha on Tuesday lashed out at Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar and said the CM is unable to exercise his own volition.

Speaking at a press conference, he also cited it to be the reason for JD(U)’s vulnerability.

Kushwaha further said he has been asked to clarify what he meant by claiming his own share in the party that Nitish Kumar demanded at the unforgettable rally of 1994 when Lalu Prasad Yadav didn’t want to give their leaders due.

He further dismissed Nitish Kumar’s claims that he was appointed as the Chairman of the JDU Parliamentary Board out of respect. Even after being the Chairman of the Parliamentary Board, he cannot nominate a member and no attention was paid to his suggestions, claimed Kushwaha.

On Monday, Kushwaha alleged that his convoy was attacked at Jagdishpur in the Bhojpur district of Bihar. Reports said the JD(U) leader was travelling to Buxar from Bhojpur to attend a private event.

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In a tweet, Kushawa alleged that a few people started pelting stones at his convoy while it was passing Nayka Tola crossing and he managed to escape. He also informed that the people who attacked his convoy covered their faces.

However, Bhojpur superintendent of police Pramod Kumar dismissed the claim and said there was a fight between supporters of Kushwaha and his opposition.

In 2017, Upendra Kushwaha merged his Rashtriya Lok Samata and returned to the JD(U). He alleged that parliamentary board chiefs are unable to exercise their powers. He split with Nitish Kumar’s party twice. After the split in 2013, his party went down and suffered defeats in multiple elections including the Lok Sabha elections of 2019 and the assembly elections of 2020.

Kushwaha started his political career in 1985 and served as National General-Secretary, of Yuva Janata Dal, from 1988–93.

Former Karnataka CM Yediyurappa announces retirement from electoral politics, says will work to ensure PM Modi is re-elected in 2024

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Former Karnataka CM Yediyurappa announces retirement from electoral politics, says will work to ensure PM Modi is re-elected in 2024

Veteran BJP leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa announced his retirement for electoral politics on Monday, however, he maintained that he will continue to be active in politics to ensure that BJP is back in power in the state and PM Narendra Modi gets a third term in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

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Veteran BJP leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa announced his retirement for electoral politics on Monday, however, he maintained that he will continue to be active in politics to ensure that BJP is back in power in the state and PM Narendra Modi gets a third term in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Speaking to reporters in Belagavi, Yediyurappa,80, revealed that he won’t be contesting in upcoming Assembly elections due to his age but stressed that his only aim now is to ensure Prime Minister Narendra Modi is re-elected in next year’s elections and the BJP returns to power in Karnataka.

Yediyurappa, who is also a member of the BJP’s Central Parliamentary Committee, is in a tussle with local BJP leadership over getting his son B.Y. Vijayendra a befitting position in the party. The former CM announced that his son would contest polls from Yediyurappa’s Shikaripura Assembly constituency, however, he said that he would respect the party’s final decision on the matter.

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Reports quoting BJP insiders claim that the BJP strongman is slighted within the party and prevented from undertaking independent yatras and tours.

Yediyurappa said that he has already as MLA and CM and announced that he will help build the party by touring and do everything in his power to bring back BJP in power.

The BJP leader resigned as Chief Minister in July 2021 and was replaced by current Karnataka CM Basvaraj Bommai. Yediyurappa began his electoral politics as “Purasabha’ president in Shikaripura and in 1983 was elected to represent the constituency. Since then, he has won eight times from Shikaripura.

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Bharat Jodo Yatra: Rahul Gandhi snowball fight with sister Priyanka in Srinagar goes viral | WATCH

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared a loving moment is Kashmir’s Srinagar city as the brother-sister duo enjoyed a playful snowball fight ahead of mega rally scheduled to conclude the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared a loving moment is Kashmir’s Srinagar city as the brother-sister duo enjoyed a playful snowball fight ahead of mega rally scheduled to conclude the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

In videos and pictures posted on Twitter, Rahul Gandhi is seen grabbing fistfuls of snow and dumping them on Priyanka’s head as the siblings enjoy the snowfall in Srinagar city. The videos and pictures have gone viral on social media.

Other pictures show Priyanka and Rahul play-fighting and hurling snow at each other as Congress workers look on.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress national general secretary joined his brother on the last leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kashmir on Saturday.

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Gandhi’s marathon trek concluded with the unfurling of the national flag at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk on Sunday and a mega rally is scheduled today before the Wayanad MP wraps up his yatra.

The former summer capital of the erstwhile state was sealed in view of the yatra and movement of common citizens was restricted, police had said on Sunday.

Rahul Gandhi, accompanied by his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other senior Congress leaders, resumed the march from Pantha Chowk at 11 am and reached Lal Chowk around noon where Gandhi hoisted the tricolour.

Earlier, Congress had temporarily halted the march on Friday, January 27, near Qazigund, the gateway to Kashmir valley, due to an alleged breach of security and mismanagement of crowd by the erstwhile state’s administration.

Congress leaders alleged that Rahul Gandhi after crossing Qazigund, started his march towards south Kashmir’s Vessu, but the party workers noticed that the outer cordon maintained by the Jammu and Kashmir police, was lifted all of a sudden.

However, the J&K Police has refuted the allegations of a security lapse. In a series of tweets, the police claimed that organizers of the march had not told them that such a large gathering would be joining them from Banihal and full security arrangements were in place and deployments were done as per SOPs.

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