India http://www.theweek.in/news/india.rss en Mon Sep 19 12:12:00 IST 2022 https://www.theweek.in/privacy-an-settlement.html yamuna-water-level-crosses-warning-mark-in-delhi-likely-to-rise-further <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/yamuna-water-level-crosses-warning-mark-in-delhi-likely-to-rise-further.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/images/2021/9/11/rains-delhi-pti.jpg" /> <p>The water level in the Yamuna here breached the warning mark of 204.5 metres on Monday following heavy rain in the upper catchment areas and is expected to rise further in the next two days, officials said.</p> <p>The Delhi flood control room said the water level crossed the warning mark at 1 am on Monday and rose to 204.7 by 8 am.</p> <p>It reported a discharge rate of 2,95,212 cusecs at 6 am from the Hathnikund barrage in Haryana, which is the highest so far this monsoon season. The flow rate was 2,57,970 at 7 am.</p> <p>One cusec is equivalent to 28.32 litres per second.</p> <p>Normally, the flow rate at the Hathnikund barrage is 352 cusecs, but the discharge increases after heavy rainfall in the catchment areas. The water discharged from the barrage normally takes two to three days to reach the national capital.</p> <p>Authorities have not issued a flood alert yet.</p> <p>Announcements are being made to caution people living in low-lying areas near the river banks about a further increase in the water level, East Delhi District Magistrate Anil Banka said.</p> <p>&quot;The water level is predicted to touch the 206-metre mark by Wednesday. A flood alert will be issued when it crosses the danger mark of 205.3 metres,&quot; he said.</p> <p>Incessant rains have battered parts of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and north Uttar Pradesh over the last few days. The catchment of the Yamuna river system covers parts of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.</p> <p>The low-lying areas near the river in Delhi are considered vulnerable to flooding. They are home to around 37,000 people.</p> <p>The Yamuna had breached the danger mark of 205.33 metres on August 12, following which around 7,000 people were evacuated from the low-lying areas near the river banks.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/yamuna-water-level-crosses-warning-mark-in-delhi-likely-to-rise-further.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/yamuna-water-level-crosses-warning-mark-in-delhi-likely-to-rise-further.html Mon Sep 26 16:03:12 IST 2022 active-covid-cases-decline-to-43415 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/active-covid-cases-decline-to-43415.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/2020/images/2022/2/10/Microbiologist-lab--biological-sample-Coronavirus-Covid-19-shut.jpg" /> <p>With 4,129 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India's tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 4,45,72,243, while the active cases declined to 43,415, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Monday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The death toll climbed to 5,28,530 with 20 fatalities, including 13 fatalities reconciled by Kerala, the data updated at 8am showed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> The active cases comprises 0.10 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has increased to 98.72 per cent, the health ministry said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> A decline of 579 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.51 per cent. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 1.61 per cent, according to the health ministry.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,40,00,298, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 per cent.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> According to the ministry,&nbsp; 217.686 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4, three crore on June 23 last year and four crore on January 25 this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> The seven fatalities reported in the last 24 hours include two each from Maharashtra and Nagaland and one each from Karnataka, Kerala and West Bengal.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/active-covid-cases-decline-to-43415.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/active-covid-cases-decline-to-43415.html Mon Sep 26 11:28:47 IST 2022 55-afghan-sikhs-hindus-reach-delhi <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/55-afghan-sikhs-hindus-reach-delhi.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/images/2022/9/26/sikh_revised.jpg" /> <p>Fifty-five Afghan Sikhs reached India on Sunday night as part of the efforts to evacuate distressed minorities from the Taliban-led nation. A special flight carrying them, along with some from the Hindu minority as well, landed at Delhi airport to an emotional welcome from family and friends. Relief and happiness were evident on most of the tired faces, as they disembarked from the aircraft and stepped onto the Indian soil.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>38 adults, 14 children, and three infants were evacuated from the country. The evacuation efforts were carried out by the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandak Committee in coordination with the Indian government and the social organisation Indian World Forum.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Distressing stories of persecution and terror were shared by many who landed at the airport. &quot;The condition is not very well in Afghanistan. I was imprisoned for four months. Taliban have cheated us, they butchered our hair in prison. I am thankful and happy to return to India and to our religion,&quot; said an Afghan Sikh, Baljeet Singh to ANI.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We would like to thank the Indian government to give us urgent visas and help us to reach India. Many of us still have families left behind as around 30-35 people are left stranded in Afghanistan,&quot; Sukhbeer Singh Khalsa, an Afghan Sikh refugee told ANI.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Puneet Singh Chandhok, president of the Indian World Forum, around 68 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus have arrived in Delhi after the attack at Gurudwara Karte Parwan in Kabul. More than 300 have arrived since the Taliban took over Kabul, added Puneet.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Meanwhile, around 40 Sikhs and Hindus are still stranded in Afghanistan and still, and about 9 visa applications are pending with the Indian Government.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the PTI reports, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had earlier granted e-visas to the latest batch of Afghan minorities, and their repatriation was facilitated by both the Indian and Afghanistan governments.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/55-afghan-sikhs-hindus-reach-delhi.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/55-afghan-sikhs-hindus-reach-delhi.html Mon Sep 26 10:23:49 IST 2022 person-who-has-support-of-mlas-will-be-next-cm-rajasthan-minister <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/person-who-has-support-of-mlas-will-be-next-cm-rajasthan-minister.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/the-week/Current-affairs/2016/march/image/22Sachinpilot.jpg" /> <p>Amid the fast-paced political developments in Rajasthan, Food Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas on Sunday said democracy runs on numbers and whoever has the support of MLAs will be the state's next chief minister.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He also said that Congress MLAs reaching the assembly speaker's house should not be seen as a rebellion by the party high command.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> High drama unfolded in Rajasthan as a group of Congress MLAs loyal to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot reached Speaker C P Joshi's residence earlier on Sunday to submit their resignation ahead of a legislature party meeting which was called to decide on his successor.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> The development suggested a worsening power struggle between the chief minister and Sachin Pilot, who was tipped to be Gehlot's replacement after he declared his candidature for the Congress president's post.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> The group of MLAs earlier held a meeting at Minister Shanti Dhariwal's residence, which was seen as an attempt to thwart the possibility of Pilot being made the next chief minister.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Khachariyawas said the Congress leadership should not see the decision of party MLAs to go to the assembly speaker's house as a rebellion.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;This should not be seen as a rebellion against the high command. We can give our life for the high command. This is about our Congress family,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> On Gehlot's successor, Khachariyawas said, &quot;As of now Gehlot is the chief minister. In a democracy, an election is decided by counting votes. Democracy runs on numbers, whoever has the support of MLAs of Rajasthan will be the leader.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> Khachariyawas also accused the BJP of trying to destabilise the Congress-led government.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;(During the meeting at Dhariwal's residence) the MLAs said that the BJP's conspiracy will not be successful. The people of the BJP have been trying to destabilise the government for the last four years. The BJP wants to topple the Rajasthan government,&quot; he charged.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> Gehlot and Pilot were at loggerheads for the chief minister's post soon after the Congress won the Assembly elections in December 2018. The high command then chose Gehlot as the chief minister for the third time while Pilot was made his deputy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> In July 2020, Pilot along with 18 party MLAs rebelled against Gehlot's leadership.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> Earlier in the day, Gehlot said a one-line resolution stating all Congress legislators have full faith in the party president's decision on his successor is likely to be passed during the legislature party meeting.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> The meeting, however, did not take place.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/person-who-has-support-of-mlas-will-be-next-cm-rajasthan-minister.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/person-who-has-support-of-mlas-will-be-next-cm-rajasthan-minister.html Mon Sep 26 10:12:15 IST 2022 rajasthan-congress-crisis-gehlot-says-sorry-sonia-seeks-written-report <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/rajasthan-congress-crisis-gehlot-says-sorry-sonia-seeks-written-report.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/images/2022/9/26/ashok-gehlot-pti260922.jpg" /> <p>The Congress high command is reportedly upset with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot over the revolt of his loyalist MLAs on Sunday night, though the veteran leader maintained that he had no involvement in the developments. Reports said Gehlot had apologised to central observer Mallikarjun Kharge who was in Jaipur on Sunday for the Congress Legislature Party meet.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Both Kharge and AICC in-charge for Rajasthan Ajay Maken briefed party interim president Sonia Gandhi on the developments, after which she sought a detailed written report on it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Kharge ji and I have apprised the Congress president of the CLP meeting in Rajasthan. The Congress president has sought a written report on the entire chronology, which we will submit by late night or tomorrow,&quot; Maken said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The CLP meeting, which was to be held at Gehlot's residence in Jaipur on Sunday evening, could not be conducted after more than 90 MLAs loyal to the chief minister threatened to resign over the possible move to appoint Sachin Pilot as his successor. Gehlot, who is set to contest the Congress president election scheduled on October 17, will have to quit the CM post if he wins.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Talking to reporters in Delhi, Maken said the MLAs loyal to Gehlot cannot pose conditions to the party leadership as they amount to a &quot;conflict of interest&quot;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Some representatives of MLAs, ministers came and put forth three demands. Their condition is that the CLP leader be elected after October 19 and any decision should be taken after that... This cannot happen as those who are moving the resolution after October 19 would themselves take the decision and this would amount to a conflict of interest,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gehlot, according to an <i><a href="https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/ashok-gehlot-sachin-pilot-rajasthan-congress-congress-firefights-as-rajasthan-chief-minister-question-sparks-big-crisis-3377286#pfrom=home-ndtv_topscroll" target="_blank">NDTV</a></i> report, denied any role in Sunday's rebellion and apologised to Kharge for the developments. “It should not have happened,” he reportedly said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>However, Kharge is of the opinion that such a rebellion could not have happened without Gehlot's consent, says the report.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath, who was also seen as a potential candidate for the party president election, reached Delhi and met Sonia Gandhi.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Nath, who is known to have close ties with Gehlot, may be asked by the leadership to broker a truce to end the crisis in Rajasthan, <i>PTI </i>reported.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gehlot's loyalists, meanwhile, maintain that the new CM should be someone who was instrumental in saving the government during the political crisis in 2020 and not someone who was involved in toppling it, referring to Pilot's open revolt against the party.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gehlot and Pilot were at loggerheads for the chief minister's post soon after the Congress won the Assembly elections in December 2018. The high command then chose Gehlot as the chief minister for the third time while Pilot was made his deputy. In July 2020, Pilot along with 18 party MLAs rebelled against Gehlot's leadership.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/rajasthan-congress-crisis-gehlot-says-sorry-sonia-seeks-written-report.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/rajasthan-congress-crisis-gehlot-says-sorry-sonia-seeks-written-report.html Mon Sep 26 20:16:03 IST 2022 kamal-nath-may-broker-truce-as-crisis-in-rajasthan-congress-deep <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/kamal-nath-may-broker-truce-as-crisis-in-rajasthan-congress-deep.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/images/2019/12/12/Kamal-Nath-PTI.jpg" /> <p>Senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath has been called to Delhi by the party high command amid a deepening political crisis in Rajasthan over the leadership change. Kamal Nath, who is known to have close ties with Rajatshan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, is likely to meet party interim president Sonia Gandhi at her residence in the evening.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Reports said Nath may be asked by the leadership to broker a truce.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>High drama unfolded in Jaipur on Sunday evening with more than 90 MLAs close to Gehlot threatening to resign over a possible move to appoint Sachin Pilot as his successor. Gehlot, a top contender in the Congress president election scheduled on October 17, will have to abdicate the CM post if he wins.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Gehlot loyalists, however, refused to accept Pilot as the next CM and maintained that any decision on the chief ministerial face should be taken after the party president election. The legislators, including a few Independents, arrived at Speaker C.P. Joshi's residence and submitted their resignation on Sunday night.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The fresh developments forced Congress to cancel a scheduled Legislature Party meeting which was to be held at Gehlot's residence to elect the new leader.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>AICC observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken, who had waited in vain for all legislators to arrive for the CLP meeting on Sunday evening, were trying to persuade the Gehlot loyalists to meet them one by one in an effort to defuse the political crisis, reported <i>PTI</i>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Both Kharge and Maken have reached Delhi and will submit a report to Sonia Gandhi.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/kamal-nath-may-broker-truce-as-crisis-in-rajasthan-congress-deep.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/kamal-nath-may-broker-truce-as-crisis-in-rajasthan-congress-deep.html Mon Sep 26 17:33:09 IST 2022 probe-reveals-temple-for-yogi-adityanath-built-on-government-lan <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/probe-reveals-temple-for-yogi-adityanath-built-on-government-lan.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/2020/images/2022/2/10/Chief-Minister-Yogi-Adityanath-may2022-pti.jpg" /> <p>Initial investigation into a complaint against a temple built in the name of Yogi Adityanath in Ayodhya has found that the land on which it is constructed belongs to the government.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In July this year a small temple dedicated to the UP chief minister was thrown open to the public. It was built by Prabhakar Maurya, a self-declared publicist of Adityanath, who has also recorded several songs for his ideal.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 32-year-old Maurya, a resident of the hamlet of Maurya ka Purwa in Kalyan Bhadarsa village, was said to be absconding after a complaint was filed accusing him of usurping the land to construct the temple.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A distraught Maurya, however, told THE WEEK, “I am being unfairly targeted only for showing my devotion to a man I consider God”.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He also said that he has been receiving support from thousands of Adityanath supporters who were ready to come to Ayodhya in his defence.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The complaint against Maurya was filed by his uncle Ramnath who had alleged the land on which the temple was built had mango trees which his nephew had cut without permission. The temple was built with the sole aim of taking illegal possession of the land, said the complaint which was addressed to the CM’s office on September 21 when news of the temple started doing the rounds.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Though Maurya has no clear answer on the ownership of the land, he responded to tweet of Akhilesh Yadav, saying the former CM should first focus on freeing all the land that had been taken over by Yadavs under his rule.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“The administration should focus on all those people who have fake land titles in and around this village,” he said.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Maurya did not respond to the allegation that the idol of Adityanath that he had installed in the temple was not from Jaipur, as he had initially claimed, but from Barabanki. The maker of the statue has come forth with the complaint that he was not paid for his work instead just promised a meeting with the CM.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On Sunday, the district administration’s inquiry has revealed that the land on which the temple was built did belong to the government and was allotted for an agricultural university.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The temple, meanwhile, remains locked.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/probe-reveals-temple-for-yogi-adityanath-built-on-government-lan.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/probe-reveals-temple-for-yogi-adityanath-built-on-government-lan.html Sun Sep 25 19:35:59 IST 2022 molotov-cocktail-hurled-at-rss-functionarys-house-in-tn-police-chief-warns-of-stern-action <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/molotov-cocktail-hurled-at-rss-functionarys-house-in-tn-police-chief-warns-of-stern-action.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/images/2022/9/24/pfi-raid-madurai-pti.jpg" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Two unidentified persons hurled molotov cocktail at the house of an RSS functionary in Ammapet in Salem on Sunday, police said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The bottle filled with kerosene fell near the door of the house and broke, without catching fire in the early hours of Sunday. Six people belonging to PFI and SDPI were detained for interrogation at the police station, where Salem City Police Commissioner Najmul Hoda and Deputy Commissioner M.Madasamy were present.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Meanwhile, over 100 workers belonging to VCK, SDPI and other Muslim organisations assembled near the station, protesting against the detention. Police personnel, including armed force, were deployed in and around the station, to prevent any eventualities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>CCTV footage near the house on Paramakudi Nannusamy Street, showed two persons moving suspiciously and suddenly hurling the bottle and fleeing the scene, police said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Based on the complaint from the RSS functionary, police rushed to the spot and conducted inquiries. Police personnel have been deployed near the house as part of protection, they said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Meanwhile, amid continuing incidents of Sangh Parivar activists' properties being targeted in the wake of NIA raids against the Popular Front of India (PFI), the Tamil Nadu police on Sunday warned of slapping the stringent National Security Act against those indulging in such acts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A release from the office of DGP C.Sylendra Babu said investigation is being held in connection with various incidents of explosive substances being hurled at the premises of the members of 'some organisations', and 250 people have been enquired so far.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Without specifying the numbers, he said arrests have also been recorded in connection with the incidents. Similar fresh incidents -- from Madurai, Salem and Kanyakumari -- where unidentified miscreants hurled such substances were reported from the state.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Earlier, the premises and vehicles of members of the BJP and RSS, mainly in and around Coimbatore, were targeted in the wake of NIA raids against the PFI earlier this week, with the BJP holding the radical Islamist outfit responsible for the incidents.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Police said the miscreants hurled &quot;kerosene-filled&quot; bottles. On Sunday, the DGP said security has been beefed up in Coimbatore with the deployment of around 3,500 personnel from the Rapid Action Force and the state commando force, among others.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;It is being warned that those impeding public peace through such acts will be arrested under the NSA,&quot; the DGP said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>ADGP (Law and Order) P.Thamarai Kannan was camping in Coimbatore.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/molotov-cocktail-hurled-at-rss-functionarys-house-in-tn-police-chief-warns-of-stern-action.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/molotov-cocktail-hurled-at-rss-functionarys-house-in-tn-police-chief-warns-of-stern-action.html Sun Sep 25 17:16:59 IST 2022 modi-to-leave-for-tokyo-to-attend-shinzo-abes-state-funeral <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/modi-to-leave-for-tokyo-to-attend-shinzo-abes-state-funeral.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/2020/images/2022/7/2/PM-Narendra-Modi--Shanghai-Cooperation-Organization-SCO-ap.jpg" /> <p>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for Japan today to attend the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra, Modi will attend the state funeral ceremony at Budokan which would be followed by a greeting occasion at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kwatra added that Modi will also meet PM Fumio Kishida and Mrs Abe during the visit. &quot;We understand that representatives from over 100 countries, including more than 20 heads of state and heads of government, are expected to participate in the funeral,&quot; Kwatra told ANI News.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The foreign secretary said the visit by the Prime Minister will be an opportunity for him to honour the memory of Abe, who he considered a dear friend and a great champion of India-Japan relationship.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Abe was shot dead while making a campaign speech three months ago.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Modi had earlier paid tributes to Abe, calling him &quot;close friend.&quot; The Prime Minister said Abe will live in the hearts of the people for years because of his contribution to India's growth story.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Calling him towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and a remarkable administrator, Modi recollected his association with the leader. &quot;My association with Mr. Abe goes back many years. I had got to know him during my tenure as Gujarat CM and our friendship continued after I became PM. His sharp insights on economy and global affairs always made a deep impression on me,&quot; Modi had said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Besides working for an open and free Indo-Pacific region, Abe was also instrumental in the creation of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), which brings together Australia, India, Japan and the US.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The state funeral will take place on Tuesday and is expected to be attended by representatives from around 100 countries. Besides Modi, US vice president Kamala Harris and British foreign secretary James Cleverly will be among foreign dignitaries arriving in Japan for the funeral.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/modi-to-leave-for-tokyo-to-attend-shinzo-abes-state-funeral.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/modi-to-leave-for-tokyo-to-attend-shinzo-abes-state-funeral.html Mon Sep 26 15:47:46 IST 2022 its-indiscipline-amid-rajasthan-crisis-maken-hits-out-at-gehlot-camp <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/its-indiscipline-amid-rajasthan-crisis-maken-hits-out-at-gehlot-camp.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/2020/images/2022/7/2/Congress-leader-Ajay-Maken-pti.jpg" /> <p>With more than 90 MLAs loyal to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Ghelot threatening to resign, Congress leader Ajay Maken called it 'indiscipline'. Maken, along with Mallikarjun Kharge, arrived in Jaipur to meet Gehlot loyalists and end the impasse.</p> <p>Gehlot loyalists have threatened to resign over reports that he will be replaced by rival Sachin Pilot as chief minister if he moves on to the role of Congress president.</p> <p>The MLAs skipped a meeting called by the central leaders on Sunday evening, and held a separate meeting.</p> <p>&quot;It is indisciplinary to call a meeting parallelly when an official meeting is already called. We'll see what actions can be taken.&quot;</p> <p>Speaking to mediapersons about the latest turmoil within the Congress party, AICC observer Maken said that only three MLAs—Pratap Khachariyawas, S. Dhariwal and C.P. Joshi—met them, and put forth three demands. “One was to announce the implementation of resolution of handing over the responsibility (to appoint CM) to Congress President after October 19,” Maken said, adding that it was a 'conflict of interest'. They also placed a condition that the new chief minister should be chosen from the 102 legislators in the Gehlot camp.</p> <p>“We said that never in the history of Congress has any resolution been passed with strings attached to it and which is conditional,” Maken added.</p> <p>The MLAs also insisted that they would come in groups instead of one-on-one meetings. “We said we have a tradition of meeting one on one so that we can talk freely and frankly. But they said no,” said the Congress leader.</p> <p>Gehlot and Pilot were at loggerheads over the chief minister's post soon after the Congress won the Assembly elections in December 2018. The high command then chose Gehlot as the chief minister for the third time while Pilot was made his deputy.</p> <p>In July 2020, Pilot along with 18 party MLAs rebelled against Gehlot's leadership.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/its-indiscipline-amid-rajasthan-crisis-maken-hits-out-at-gehlot-camp.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/its-indiscipline-amid-rajasthan-crisis-maken-hits-out-at-gehlot-camp.html Mon Sep 26 15:54:08 IST 2022 ghulam-nabi-azad-announces-new-political-party-in-jammu <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/ghulam-nabi-azad-announces-new-political-party-in-jammu.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/images/2022/4/3/Former-Chief-Minister-Ghulam-Nabi-Azad-waves-at-supporters-pti.jpg" /> <p>Former Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who quit the party after five decades, launched a new political party—Democratic Azad Party—in Jammu on Monday.</p> <p>The veteran political leader also displayed the flag of the party in blue, while and mustard colours.</p> <p>“From today Navratri begins and we also decided to launch our party on this auspicious occasion,’’ he said.</p> <p>He said mustard signifies creativity and the birth of a new idea. He said it also represents diversity. “All of India is as diverse as J&amp;K with different religions, geography and culture,’’ he said.</p> <p>He said white relates to peace. “We believe in Gandhiji and therefore peace is our priority and ideal,’’ he said. “Blue signifies depth like that of an occasion and height of the sky,” he added.</p> <p>He said the world Azad in the party name stands for free and independent thinking.</p> <p>“The members of our party should be inspirational and join politics for serving the people and not for making a fortune,’’ he said.</p> <p>Asked about the criticism he faced for his statement that Article 370 restoration was impossible, he said what he meant was Parliament can restore Article 370 only if those who demand its restoration have the numbers in the Parliament to do so.</p> <p>“I am not saying it cannot be done, but for that one needs numbers or if those who demand its restoration can motivate Prime Minister Narendra Modi,’’ he said.</p> <p>When asked about his time in Congress, he did not want to answer. He said he will make trips to Delhi but mostly he will be touring the state and meeting people.</p> <p>He said the new party will have a mix of old and young. “Youth will be preferred and there will be no age bar in the distribution of tickets,’’ he said.” The next big priority for us is to get the party registered as the elections can be held anytime.”</p> <p>He appealed to the government to reconsider ending the centuries-old practice of shifting the government to Jammu in winter as it has badly impacted the economy of the region. He said many industrial units in Kathua and Samba that used to supply goods mostly to Kashmir have been adversely impacted after the removal of Article 370.</p> <p>“I would also like to appeal to the government that it should accord the same preference to the apple trucks stuck on the highway as is given to ambulances,'’ he said.</p> <p>He said when he was the chief minister, his government ensured all-round development of the state. He said the government was transparent, free of corruption and also worked double shifts.</p> <p>“ I spoke for four hours in assembly, and after a pause of two minutes, for another four hours in the legislative council which is a record,’’ he said. “He said those criticising him for Article 370 remarks should check the records of the Parliament as to who spoke in its favour.</p> <p>He reiterated that land and jobs should be reserved for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.</p> <p>“ Many people wrongly believe that these rights were given to them by Kashmiris, but the fact is that it was done by Maharaja Hari Singh who had great foresight,” he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/ghulam-nabi-azad-announces-new-political-party-in-jammu.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/ghulam-nabi-azad-announces-new-political-party-in-jammu.html Mon Sep 26 14:46:00 IST 2022 ex-cm-of-karnataka-s-m-krishna-admitted-to-hospital-with-respiratory-infection <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/ex-cm-of-karnataka-s-m-krishna-admitted-to-hospital-with-respiratory-infection.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/images/2018/4/10/sm-krishna-afp.jpg" /> <p>Former Karnataka chief minister S M Krishna was on Sunday admitted to a private hospital with acute respiratory tract infection.<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; The hospital, however, said Krishna is on a minimal respiratory support.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;Shri S M Krishna is admitted in Manipal hospital, airport road Bengaluru. He has acute respiratory tract infection,&quot; Manipal Hospital said in a statement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;He is on minimal respiratory support and in a cheerful frame of mind. His health status is being monitored by Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar,&quot; the bulletin added.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> Krishna was the 16th chief minister of Karnataka from October 11, 1999 to May 28, 2004.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> He had served as Governor of Maharashtra and was the External Affairs Minister during the Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance government from 2009 to 2012.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> He later joined the BJP in 2017.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/ex-cm-of-karnataka-s-m-krishna-admitted-to-hospital-with-respiratory-infection.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/ex-cm-of-karnataka-s-m-krishna-admitted-to-hospital-with-respiratory-infection.html Sun Sep 25 12:59:15 IST 2022 chandigarh-airport-to-be-named-after-bhagat-singh-modi <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/chandigarh-airport-to-be-named-after-bhagat-singh-modi.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/images/2022/4/3/Prime-Minister-Narendra-Modi-video-call-pti.jpg" /> <p>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that the Chandigarh airport will now be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh as a tribute to the great freedom fighter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In his Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast, Modi also said that climate change is a major threat to marine ecosystems and that the litter on beaches is disturbing. &quot;It becomes our responsibility to make serious and continuous efforts to tackle these challenges,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In the broadcast, Modi paid tributes to BJP ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, saying he was a profound thinker and a great son of the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Modi also said that 130 crore Indians were filled with pride over the return of cheetahs. He said a task force will monitor them and, on the basis of that it will be decided when people can see them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He said that an important day of 'Amrit Mahotsav' is coming on September 28, when the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh will be celebrated. &quot;Just before his birth anniversary, as a tribute, an important decision has been taken, it has been decided that the Chandigarh airport will now be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh,&quot; Modi said.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/chandigarh-airport-to-be-named-after-bhagat-singh-modi.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/chandigarh-airport-to-be-named-after-bhagat-singh-modi.html Sun Sep 25 12:37:33 IST 2022 expect-party-to-take-care-of-loyal-workers-rajasthan-minister-says-as-congress-crisis-deepens <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/expect-party-to-take-care-of-loyal-workers-rajasthan-minister-says-as-congress-crisis-deepens.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/images/2022/4/3/Rajasthan-Chief-Minister-Ashok-Gehlot-with-AICC-General-Secretary-KC-Venugopal-pti.jpg" /> <p>After leaving the residence of Rajasthan Speaker C.P. Joshi in Jaipur, Rajasthan Minister Mahesh Joshi said that he expected the party to take care of people who have been loyal to it. The MLAs, all faithful to Gehlot, had earlier met at the residence of Speaker Joshi; they had threatened to resign if Sachin Pilot was announced the chief minister. &quot;Every MLA has faith in interim president Sonia Gandhi. We have kept our point and expect that our demands will be considered when the final decision is taken by the high command. We want the party to take care of people who've been loyal to Congress,&quot; Joshi said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken are in the state to conduct one-on-one talks with the MLAs to resolve the issue.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Congress in Rajasthan plunged into a crisis Sunday as the MLAs submitted resignation letters over a possible move to appoint Pilot as the next CM, their rebellion erupting just ahead of a Congress Legislature Party meeting.&nbsp; &nbsp;Gehlot loyalists claimed that over 90 MLAs went to Joshi's home, but the number could not be verified independently. The Congress has 108 MLAs in the House of 200. There was no word from the Speaker's office on the resignation letters.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gehlot, seen by many as a reluctant candidate for the top party position, initially appeared unwilling to give up his CM's post. Later, it was speculated that he would rather see C.P. Joshi—or anyone else—as CM, rather than Pilot, who had rebelled against his leadership. Earlier in the day, Gehlot told reporters in Jaisalmer that the MLAs would pass a one-line resolution at the CLP meeting calling upon party president Sonia Gandhi to pick his successor. But the MLAs seemed to go off script.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Late at night, a large group of MLAs were at the speaker's home. At the CM's residence, a smaller group was believed to be in a huddle that reportedly included Gehlot, Pilot and some of his loyalists, Kharge and Maken. Before setting off for Joshi's home, some Gehlot loyalists said the next CM should be someone who was instrumental in saving the government during the 2020 crisis and not anyone involved in the bid to topple it, a veiled reference to Pilot.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/expect-party-to-take-care-of-loyal-workers-rajasthan-minister-says-as-congress-crisis-deepens.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/26/expect-party-to-take-care-of-loyal-workers-rajasthan-minister-says-as-congress-crisis-deepens.html Mon Sep 26 08:18:25 IST 2022 mukul-rohatgi-declines-centres-offer-to-be-next-attorney-general <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/mukul-rohatgi-declines-centres-offer-to-be-next-attorney-general.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/2017/june/mukul-rohatgi-pti.jpg" /> <p>Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi on Sunday said he has declined the central government's offer to be the next Attorney General of India.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rohatgi told PTI that there was no specific reason behind his decision.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Centre had offered the post of AG to Rohatgi earlier this month to succeed K K Venugopal, 91, whose term will end on September 30.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rohatgi was the AG from June 2014 to June 2017. He was succeeded by Venugopal, who was appointed to the post in July 2017.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Venugopal was reappointed as the top law officer of the country for three months on June 29.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He had been unwilling to continue in the post due to &quot;personal reasons&quot;. However, he acceded to a request from the government for continuing till September 30, Union law ministry officials had said earlier.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When Venugopal's first term as the AG was to end in 2020, he had requested the government to relieve him of his responsibilities on account of his age.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He later accepted a fresh tenure of a year since the government was keen on him continuing, given the high-profile cases he was handling and his vast experience at the Bar.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The AG usually has a tenure of three years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rohatgi, a veteran lawyer, has appeared in several high-profile cases in the apex court as well as high courts across the country.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/mukul-rohatgi-declines-centres-offer-to-be-next-attorney-general.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/mukul-rohatgi-declines-centres-offer-to-be-next-attorney-general.html Sun Sep 25 22:41:08 IST 2022 mlas-loyal-to-gehlot-threaten-to-resign-if-sachin-pilot-is-made- <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/mlas-loyal-to-gehlot-threaten-to-resign-if-sachin-pilot-is-made-.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/images/2020/7/14/gehlot-pilot-pti-ahlawat.jpg" /> <p>High drama unfolded in Rajasthan on Sunday night with more than 90 Congress MLAs loyal to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot threatening to resign if Sachin Pilot is made his successor. The legislators, who met at cabinet minister Shanti Dhariwal's residence ahead of the scheduled Congress Legislature Party meeting, also demanded that the new CM be picked up from their camp.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The CLP meeting was to be held at the chief minister's residence at 7.30 pm but delayed in the wake of fresh developments that have now pushed the party into a full-blown crisis.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gehlot will have to abdicate the CM post if he wins the Congress president election on October 17. There have been reports that the party high command has tapped Pilot for the state's top post.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>However, Gehlot's loyalists maintained that the new CM should be someone who was instrumental in saving the government during the political crisis in 2020 and not someone who was involved in toppling it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The MLAs, including a few Independents, reached Speaker C.P. Joshi's residence in Jaipur to submit their resignation. The Congress has 108 members in the 200-member house. It also enjoys the support of 13 Independents.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;All the MLAs are angry and are resigning. We are going to the speaker. The MLAs are upset and how can CM Ashok Gehlot take a decision without consulting them?,” Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, a cabinet minister, told <i>ANI </i>before leaving for the speaker's residence.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;CM Gehlot should pay heed to the suggestions of MLAs. We have 92 MLAs with us,” he further said.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gehlot and Pilot were at loggerheads for the chief minister's post soon after the Congress won the Assembly elections in December 2018. The high command then chose Gehlot as the chief minister for the third time while Pilot was made his deputy. In July 2020, Pilot along with 18 party MLAs rebelled against Gehlot's leadership.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Congress observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken, along with Gehlot, have reached the chief minister's residence where the Congress Legislature Party meeting was to be held. Pilot also has reached there separately. About 25 legislators were present there, <i>PTI </i>reported.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gehlot and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor are considered to be the top contenders for the Congress president post. Filing of nomination started on Saturday and the election will be held on October 17. Result will be declared on October 19.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/mlas-loyal-to-gehlot-threaten-to-resign-if-sachin-pilot-is-made-.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/mlas-loyal-to-gehlot-threaten-to-resign-if-sachin-pilot-is-made-.html Mon Sep 26 01:24:09 IST 2022 mp-teacher-suspended-after-disrobing-girl-washing-her-uniform-on-school-campus <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/24/mp-teacher-suspended-after-disrobing-girl-washing-her-uniform-on-school-campus.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/images/2022/9/24/mp-teacher-washing-student-uniform.jpg" /> <p>An assistant teacher at a government school in Shahdol of Madhya Pradesh was suspended after he reportedly disrobed a girl student of class 5 for wearing an unclean uniform and went on to wash her dresses in front of other students.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The tribal girl, 10, was made to remain in semi-naked condition, only in her undergarment, for close to two hours until her uniform dried up.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Moreover, the teacher, Shrawan Kumar Tripathi shared photos and video of the incident on the departmental social media group, posturing himself to be a ‘cleanliness messenger’.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Assistant commissioner of tribal affairs department, Shahdol, Anand Rai Sinha confirmed to THE WEEK that the teacher has been suspended with immediate effect pending probe, keeping in view the sensitive nature of the issue.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sinha said that the video and photo were prima facie enough evidence for the suspension. Block education officer Neelam Singh has been asked to conduct a probe into the matter and further action will be taken based on the report, Sinha said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The incident happened at a government primary school run by the state tribal affairs department in a settlement in Paudi of Jaisinghnagar of Shahdol district. The girl had gone to the school in a soiled uniform and the teacher asked her to take it off. Then he got students to bring water and detergent powder and made all the students including the girl watch as he washed the uniform. Then he shared the photos and video in a departmental social media group, saying that it was a way to give a message of cleanliness to the students.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As the video and photos of the incident went viral, the villagers were enraged and demanded action against the teacher. They also alleged that earlier too, the teacher had been involved in controversial actions. Tripathi, however, maintained that he had done nothing wrong and was ready to face the probe against him, sources said.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/24/mp-teacher-suspended-after-disrobing-girl-washing-her-uniform-on-school-campus.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/24/mp-teacher-suspended-after-disrobing-girl-washing-her-uniform-on-school-campus.html Sat Sep 24 22:17:18 IST 2022 nitish-kumar-lalu-yadav-meet-sonia-gandhi-amid-opposition-unity-talks <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/nitish-kumar-lalu-yadav-meet-sonia-gandhi-amid-opposition-unity-talks.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/images/2022/9/24/nitish-kumar-lalu-prasad-yadav-pti.jpg" /> <p>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav called on Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi at her residence at 10 Janpath in Delhi on Sunday. The three leaders are expected to have discussed the strategy to bring together all opposition parties together to form a formidable alliance against the BJP ahead of the 2025 Lok Sabha elections.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Notably, this was Kumar's first meeting with Sonia after he walked out of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and joined hands with the RJD and the Congress in Bihar. Nitish had met Rahul Gandhi during his last visit to the national capital earlier this month.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;All opposition parties are on the same page in the fight against the BJP and discussion on a concrete plan of action will happen later after the election for the post of Congress president,&quot; Nitish told reporters after the meeting.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The meeting is also seen as Lalu Prasad's first active political engagement in a long time. &quot;We have to bring all opposition parties together to defeat the BJP. The Congress is in the process of electing its new president and Sonia Gandhi told us we will meet again after the election,” the RJD chief said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Reports suggest that both Lalu and Nitish are likely to meet other opposition leaders, including those who are politically distant from the Congress party, in the coming days.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Earlier in the day, Nitish had called for uniting all opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, to take on the BJP and said this &quot;main front of opposition&quot; will ensure that the saffron party loses badly in the 2024 general elections.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He had suggested that an opposition front cannot be envisaged without the Congress and the Left parties, and urged leaders on the dais, including some with a strong anti-Congress history, to work for a larger unity. He even asserted that the need of the hour is a main front of all opposition parties and not any third front, a reference to non-BJP and non-Congress parties.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Nitish and Lalu are expected to approach Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana, Yuvajana Sramika Rythu (YSR) Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in Haryana, the Left in Kerala, Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), Odisha's Biju Janata Dal (BJD), and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference (NC) in Jammu and Kashmir, reported ANI.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who also has been spearheading the efforts to form an anti-BJP alliance, had earlier claimed that West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee was ready to sink the difference with the Congress to form a united opposition front. He claimed that former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdulla, too, were not averse to join hands with the Congress.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/nitish-kumar-lalu-yadav-meet-sonia-gandhi-amid-opposition-unity-talks.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/nitish-kumar-lalu-yadav-meet-sonia-gandhi-amid-opposition-unity-talks.html Sun Sep 25 20:03:26 IST 2022 nitish-calls-for-opposition-unity-says-bjp-trying-to-create-hindu-muslim-disturbances <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/nitish-calls-for-opposition-unity-says-bjp-trying-to-create-hindu-muslim-disturbances.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/2022/images/2022/6/15/nitish-kumar-b-salil.jpg" /> <p>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday called for uniting all opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, to take on the BJP and said this &quot;main front of opposition&quot; will ensure that the saffron party loses badly in the 2024 general elections.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If all non-BJP parties unite, then they can get rid of those who are working to destroy the country, Kumar said at a mega rally organised by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) here to mark former deputy prime minister Devi Lal's birth anniversary.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He accused the BJP of trying to create &quot;Hindu-Muslim disturbances&quot; in society to benefit politically.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There is no real Hindu-Muslim conflict in society, he said, adding that some mischief-makers are there everywhere. A large number of Muslims chose to remain in India after the Partition in 1947, he added.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kumar suggested that an opposition front cannot be envisaged without the Congress and the Left parties, and urged leaders on the dais, including some with a strong anti-Congress history, to work for a larger unity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>INLD leader Om Prakash Chautala, Shiromani Akali Dal's Sukhbir Singh Badal, both with a long history of fighting the Congress, were on the stage with other senior leaders such as NCP's Sharad Pawar, CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury and Arvind Sawant of the Shiv Sena.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav was also on the stage in what was seen as a step towards unity among non-BJP parties.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>However, no one from the Congress attended the rally.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kumar asserted that the need of the hour is a main front of all opposition parties and not any third front, a reference to non-BJP and non-Congress parties.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Then such a front will win handsomely,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While leaving the rally venue, Kumar told reporters he was not a contender for the prime minister's post.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>No real work is happening under the BJP government at the Centre, he alleged, accusing it of imposing its control over different institutions, including the media, to peddle a &quot;one-sided&quot; narrative.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With Home Minister Amit Shah asserting at his rally in Purnea recently that the BJP will win Bihar during the Lok Sabha polls in 2024 and then in the assembly polls in 2025, Kumar dismissed his claims without naming him.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Seven parties are together in Bihar and the BJP is all alone, the Janata Dal (United) leader said, adding that the BJP can't win in the elections.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/nitish-calls-for-opposition-unity-says-bjp-trying-to-create-hindu-muslim-disturbances.html http://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/09/25/nitish-calls-for-opposition-unity-says-bjp-trying-to-create-hindu-muslim-disturbances.html Sun Sep 25 17:14:49 IST 2022