On Republic Day, a day when the Indian Constitution came into effect 68 years ago, opposition leaders including Sharad Pawar, Omar Abdullah, Hardik Patel, Sitaram Yechury and TMC leaders came together for a ‘Samvidhaan Bachao’ (Save the Constitution) rally in Mumbai to protest the policies of the Narendra Modi government.
The march was held from the statue of BR Ambedkar, near the Mumbai University campus, to the Gateway of India.
It has long been alleged that the BJP and its parent outfit, the RSS, have had serious reservations about the Indian Constitution – a charge that was strengthened by the recent statement of Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde when he fulminated against secularism and the Constitution.
Opposition leaders who have been protesting Hindutva, vigilantism and alleged persecution of minorities and Dalits have found ‘Save the Constitution’ an ideal platform to come together.
Independent MP from Maharashtra Raju Shetti, CPI leader D Raja, rebel JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, Congress leaders Sushilkumar Shinde, Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan and Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil also attended the event.
Ahead of the rally, opposition leaders Sharad Pawar (NCP), Sharad Yadav (rebel JD-U leader), D Raja (CPI), Hardik Patel (Gujarat’s Patidar leader), Omar Abdullah (Jammu and Kashmir National Conference), Dinesh Trivedi (Trinamool Congress) and Sushilkumar Shinde (Congress) attended the meeting at the official residence of leader of opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil in south Mumbai. NCP leaders Praful Patel and DP Tripathi and former MP Ram Jethmalani were also present.
Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan and Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam took part in the march and Tushar Gandhi, the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, also participated, said media reports.
The ‘Save the Constitution’ march is being seen as an attempt to consolidate anti-BJP forces ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Earlier, Independent MP from Maharashtra Raju Shetti, the convener of the ‘Save Constitution’ march, who was also present at the meeting, said participants would gather at Dr B R Ambedkars statue near Mumbai university and walk to Shivaji Maharajs statue at the Gateway of India. He said it would be a ‘silent march’ and once the participants reach the Gateway of India, they would stage a sit-in for some time.
“There will be no speeches,” he said.
In what is seen as an attempt to counter the rally, the Maharashtra unit of the BJP too organised a ‘Tiranga Yatra’ in the city today.
Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar was reported to have said that several ministers, MPs and MLAs will participate in the Yatra. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will address the gathering when it converges at Kamgar Maidan, he said. The procession will start from Chaityabhumi, the memorial of B R Ambedkar in Dadar, before reaching Kamgar Maidan in central Mumbai.
AIADMK leader KP Munusamy says party will form new alliance after ending ties with BJP
KP Munusamy, a senior leader of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) said, the party will form a separate alliance for the upcoming elections.
KP Munusamy, a senior leader of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) said, the party will form a separate alliance for the upcoming elections. The Palaniswami’s party ended its tie with the BJP and withdrew its coalition with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) three days earlier.
According to reports, KP Munusamy further said that the party has not asked to remove K Annamalai, the BJP state president.
Speaking on the removal of the BJP party’s state president, Munusamy said that it is childish to even ask if such a large party like AIADMK would demand anything like that. The party will never commit a mistake like that, he added.
He further clarified that his party’s leaders are not someone who would tell another party how it should function.
Speaking on the relationship with NDA and joining the alliance in future, Munusamy said Stalin and his son Udhayanidhi are claiming that this is a drama.
Stalin and his son Udhayanidhi are only speaking in such a manner because they have a fear after we broke ties with BJP, the AIADMK leader said.
The AIADMK on September 25, announced that it is breaking the alliance with the BJP, ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The AIADMK unanimously passed a party resolution in this regard.
Announcing the decision, AIADMK deputy coordinator K P Munusamy said the BJP state leadership has been continuously making unnecessary remarks about their former leaders, their general secretary Edapaddi Palaniswami and their cadres for the past one year.
The decision to part ways follows months of speculation over the strained relationship between the AIADMK and the BJP. Notably, Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai had repeatedly commented against AIADMK leaders and that did not earn him any wrath as the BJP was seemingly fine with Annamalai’s assault on the AIADMK leadership.
Even though the AIADMK’s relationship with Annamalai had not been smooth for more than a year, the latter’s observations on DMK founder CN Annadurai, the AIADMK is a breakaway from the DMK and founded by MG Ramachandran after Annadurai’s death, for the last couple of weeks, had provoked the latest round of spat between the two parties.
Opposition slams BJP as Ramesh Bidhuri gets key Rajasthan poll responsibility, says BJP rewards hate
Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal took to X, formerly Twitter and wrote that BJP rewards hate. He added that Bidhuri is rewarded for attacking Danish Ali (BSP) in the Special Session of Parliament.
The opposition slammed Bharatiya Janata Party after it gave election responsibility to Lok Sabha member Ramesh Bidhuri. On Wednesday, MP Ramesh Bidhuri was appointed as the party’s election in-charge of the Tonk constituency in Rajasthan. The BJP MP is in the eye of a storm for his derogatory remark against his parliament colleague BSP MP Danish Ali.
Slamming the move, Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal took to X, formerly Twitter and wrote that BJP rewards hate. He added that Bidhuri is rewarded for attacking Danish Ali (BSP) in the Special Session of Parliament. He noted that the Muslim population in Tonk is 29. 25% and that this move symbolises hate for political dividends.
Notably, with the Gurjar community present in large numbers in the Tonk district, which has four assembly seats, including the one held by senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot, the BJP believes Ramesh Bidhuri can help it swing the votes as he is also from the same caste.
The Congress leader is also from the Gurjar community. Evidently, Tonk is Sachin Pilot’s stronghold. The Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election is scheduled to be carried out in or before November of this year to elect representatives for the 200-member house.
In addition, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh also took to the social media platform and said that BJP’s, Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas is a fake campaign. Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra also criticized the BJP and said Bidhuri had been rewarded for his remarks against a Muslim MP. She further questioned, how does a showcaused person be given a new role by BJP.
During the discussion of Chandrayaan 3 success, Bidhuri’s remarks calling Danish Ali a terrorist, militant etc triggered an uproar in the House with opposition leaders demanding strong action against him.
Previously, speaking on Bidhuri’s remarks, BSP MP Danish Ali expressed that he will now see if the BJP is taking any action against Bidhuri or if he will be promoted and included in the central cabinet of ministers.
BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri appointed as election in-charge of Tonk constituency in Rajasthan
Ramesh Bidhuri’s appointment comes amid speculation that Congress leader Sachin Pilot would be contesting from the Tonk constituency in the upcoming assembly election.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Ramesh Bidhuri has been appointed as the party’s election in-charge of the Tonk constituency in Rajasthan, according to reports. Earlier, the party had issued a showcause notice to him for anti-Muslim slurs against his Parliament colleague Danish Ali of the BSP.
During the discussion of Chandrayaan 3 success, Bidhuri’s remarks calling Danish Ali a terrorist, militant etc triggered an uproar in the House with opposition leaders demanding strong action against him. On Monday, BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri met party’s President JP Nadda.
Nonetheless, Ramesh Bidhuri’s appointment comes amid speculation that Congress leader Sachin Pilot would be contesting from the Tonk constituency in the upcoming assembly election. Notably, Tonk is Sachin Pilot’s stronghold. The Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election is scheduled to be carried out in or before November of this year to elect representatives for the 200-member house.
Previously, speaking on Bidhuri’s remarks, BSP MP Danish Ali expressed that he will now see if the BJP is taking any action against Bidhuri or if he will be promoted and included in the central cabinet of ministers, adding that maybe it has become a competition among BJP leaders to make such statements not just outside but even inside Parliament.
Danish Ali added that when this is the condition of an elected member like him then what will be the condition of a common people. He voiced that he hopes that he will get justice and the Speaker will conduct an enquiry or else he will leave the Parliament with a heavy heart as this can not be tolerated. He further mentioned that the party did not only insult him and his followers but also insulted the whole nation.
As per reports, when the incident took place, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla took cognizance of the matter and cautioned the BJP member for his remarks in the House, adding that strict action would be taken against him if he repeats such behaviour in future.