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Kaali row: After backing Mahua Moitra, Shashi Tharoor says whatever he tweeted is his personal opinion

While the BJP severely criticized Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra and her party distanced itself from the comment and condemned it, Tharoor backed TMC MP.

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Amid ongoing controversy over the Kaali documentary poster, the senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday clarified that whatever he tweeted is his personal opinion.

His comments come a day after his Twitter post on Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra’s remarks on Goddess Kali. While her party, the Trinamool Congress, has distanced itself from its party MP terming it as her personal opinion.

Mahua Moitra is facing heat on social media days after erupting a huge controversy at a conclave when she said that she had every right as an individual to imagine goddess Kali as a meat-eating and alcohol-accepting goddess.

Taking to Twitter, Tharoor said he does not have any other kind of opinion except personal. Quoting Alexander Hamilton, he also wrote those who stand for nothing, fall for anything. He had tweeted without making any reference.

While the BJP severely criticised Mahua Moitra and her party Trinamool Congress distanced itself from the comment and condemned it, the Lok Sabha MP got support from Shashi Tharoor who said Mahua Moitra was being attacked for saying something that every Hindu knows.

What devotees offer as bhog to the goddess says more about them than about the goddess, Tharoor had said.

At a time when Trinamool Congress publicly denounced Mahua Moitra’s statement that Kaali is a meat-loving and liquor-accepting goddess, Tharoor had said that he was taken aback by the attack on Moitra and urged everyone to lighten up and leave religion to individuals to practice privately.

A day after the TMC distanced itself from its party MP’s controversial remarks on Kaali, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has now broken her silence on the ongoing controversy and advised her that people make mistakes but they can be rectified.

Mahua Moitra, who is known for his fiery speech, is now facing a series of complaints for her comments on Goddess Kaali.

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Sandeshkhali violence: BJP slams CM Mamata Banerjee, questions Rahul Gandhi’s silence

The BJP leader said that Mamata Banerjee is risking the honour of women in Bengal in order to save her political reputation.

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The alleged land grabbing and sexual harassment case in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal has triggered a major political battle among the ruling Trinamool Congress party and the opposition. BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday claimed that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is hiding something in the matter and is protecting Shahjahan Sheikh and his allies.  

The BJP leader said that Mamata Banerjee is risking the honour of women in Bengal in order to save her political reputation. Questioning why parties like CPI(M) and Congress are  silent on the issue, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that he heard that a woman leader of CPM visited the area but has not opposed the incident or made a public comment. He remarked that Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is also silent on the issue. 

Since last week, several women in the district have been protesting against TMC leader Shahjahan Sheikh who is allegedly the mastermind behind the incident. Though the West Bengal police have arrested two TMC leaders, Shahjahan Sheikh is still absconding. The BJP leaders in the state claimed that the police administration has become the party office of the ruling party. 

Meanwhile, State BJP president Sukanta Mazumdar on Monday, said that the party would hold a 72-hour long protest in the coming days demanding the arrest of Sheikh Shahjahan amid the turmoil in West Bengal over the Sandeshkhali violence. He added that the probable day of protest is February 22. 

Slamming Mamata Banerjee for accusing BJP of instigating violence in the state, the BJP president said that the Chief Minister should be a little more sensitive towards the women in the state and refrain from making such statements. He added that the Trinamool Congress party was in a complete denial mode of any violence in the state initially. 

Reportedly, West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali area has been witnessing massive unrest for more than 10 days as women protestors are seeking justice against alleged atrocities committed by TMC leader Sheikh Shajahan and his aides.

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Mallikarjun Kharge expresses support for protesting farmers, says Congress is with them

Kharge said Congress is going to add the farmers demands in their election manifesto and will also give a legal guarantee to them. The Congress President said all crops cannot be covered but the essential crops should be provided with MSP.

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Congress National President Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday showed strong support for the ongoing farmer’s protest and said the party stands firmly with them. He said the farmer’s reasonable demands should be fulfilled.

Kharge said Congress is going to add the farmers demands in their election manifesto and will also give a legal guarantee to them. The Congress President said all crops cannot be covered but the essential crops should be provided with MSP.

Madhya Pradesh Congress President Jitu Patwari slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he promised to double the maximum support price in the 2014 election but has not fulfilled his promise until now. Patwari said the Prime Minister of the country had said in the 2014 elections what mistake has the farmer made? Why are they not getting the benefit of their crop? Patwari said PM Modi had promised that support price of the crops will be doubled.

Patwari said five years have passed and nothing has been done. He said there were movements in the country many times, talks were carried out with the government that the MSP will be implemented but no action was taken. Earlier Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP for not implementing recommendations of the MS Swaminathan report.

Gandhi asked since bank loans worth Rs 14 lakh crore have been waived off, Rs 1.8 lakh crore corporate tax exemption has been given, why is a little expenditure on farmers an eye sore?

He said the rise in MSP will lead to an increase in investment in agriculture which will further lead to an increase in demand in rural India and this fill further instil confidence in the farmers to grow different types of crops. This is going to guarantee the prosperity of India. Gandhi said those who are spreading confusion on MSP are insulting Dr Swaminathan and his dreams.

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Samajwadi Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya resigns from party, also quits as member of State Legislative Council

Maurya shared his resignation letter on social media. He wrote a separate letter to the Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council. He said he was elected as a Samajwadi Party member in the legislative council. He said as he has resigned from the primary membership of the party, he is also resigning as MLC (member of legislative council) based on morality.

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Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Swami Prasad Maurya resigned from the party on Tuesday and also quit as a member of the state legislative council. After announcing his exit from the party he said he believes in clean politics. He said he has had ideological differences with Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party.

The ex-SP leader accused Akhilesh Yadav of going against socialist ideology. He added he had experience of working with Mulayam Singh Yadav as well and said Yadav was a staunch socialist leader. He said those who are carrying forward his legacy are not able to follow his ideology. He said the situation is unfortunate.

Maurya shared his resignation letter on social media. He wrote a separate letter to the Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council. He said he was elected as a Samajwadi Party member in the legislative council. He said as he has resigned from the primary membership of the party, he is also resigning as MLC (member of legislative council) based on morality.

Maurya resigned as the party’s general secretary on February 13. He even accused the Samajwadi Party leadership of discriminating against him and not defending him over his controversial statements on Ramcharitamanas and the Ayodhya Temple Pran Pratishtha event.

The decision to quit from Samajwadi Party comes after two years he dumped the ruling BJP for Samajwadi Party (SP). The development came amid reports that Maurya is planning to launch his own party. He has called a meeting with his followers in Delhi on Feb 22 to finalize his next move.

According to reports during a recent meeting Maurya’s core supporters had mooted the idea to launch an independent political outfit. In the same meeting a proposal was made to name the new political outfit as Rashtriya Shoshit Samaj Dal. But after the meeting when Swami Prasad Maurya was asked about the idea of formation of a new political outfit, he did not commit to the same.   

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