We are fighting polls to punish terrorists, says Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said only a strong government can punish terrorists and achieve development, and alleged the Congress and its allies were fighting the elections to give a free hand to terrorists.
Addressing a rally at Hathuad in Balod district of Chhattisgarh, Mr. Modi also said the naamadar (dynast) of the Congress (apparently referring to Rahul Gandhi) party had to run away to find a “safe” seat.
The Congress president is contesting the Lok Sabha polls from two seats — Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi and Kerala’s Wayanad.
When the government is strong, the country does not sit quiet after a terror attack, the Prime Minister said. “Didn’t you feel proud when the country punished perpetrators of terror?”
The Congress and its allies were contesting the Lok Sabha elections to “give a free hand (khuli chhuth) to terrorists and separatists” while the BJP was in the fray to “punish terrorists and separatists for their sins,” he said.
“Do you want a government of a chowkidar or a procession of corrupt (bhrastachariyon ki baraat),” he asked the gathering.
Mr. Modi has often referred to himself as the country’s chowkidar (watchman) protecting its interest within and outside India. “When there is a strong government,” Mr. Modi said, “There is surgical strike and air strike and the world listens to us.”
Calling the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act a suraksha kavach (armour)) of the armed forces, he slammed the Congress over its manifesto promise to review the act. Saying the Congress’ naamdar family was out on bail, Mr. Modi alleged their “intentions” were not good and they “take bribe” even in a helicopter purchase deal.
He also accused the Congress of “betraying” the farmers of Chhattisgarh with a “false” assurance of loan waiver.
Congress in unholy alliance with Muslim League, alleges Yogi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath alleged that the Congress had entered into an “unholy alliance” with the Muslim League, which was evident from the green flags seen when Rahul Gandhi went in a procession to file his nomination papers for the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala.
“Gandhi ran away from Uttar Pradesh and filed his nomination from a seat in Kerala. In his procession there was neither the Indian Tricolour nor the Congress symbol ‘hand’ but only the Muslim League’s green flag with stars and moon,” he said at a poll rally at Hojai in central Assam.
“This unholy alliance has exposed the mindset of the Congress. The Muslim League was responsible for the Partition of the country and the killing of lakhs of people during that time. Now the Congress has a political alliance with the same party,” he said.
In Assam too, the Congress had entered into an understanding with Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front), which is responsible for myriad problems in the State, he said. “The Congress has compromised the national security and your security by entering into both these alliances.”
Mr. Adityanath asserted that India under Narendra Modi had emerged as a global economic power attaining the sixth position from the earlier 11th place under the United Progressive Alliance regime.
Mr. Adityanath was campaigning for BJP’s Nowgong candidate Rupak Sarmah.
Sonia says people being taught a new definition of patriotism
Senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi said people were being taught a new definition of patriotism while those not accepting diversity were being called patriots.
Speaking at a People’s Agenda-Jan Sarokar 2019 event in New Delhi, Ms. Gandhi alleged that the current government was not ready to respect dissent. When there were attacks on people who stuck to their faith, this government turned away. The country’s soul was being crushed through a well-planned conspiracy, which was a matter of concern. The BJP-led government was not ready to fulfil its duty of enforcing rule of law in the country, she alleged.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi addresses the Peoples’ Agenda-Jan Sarokar 2019 event in New Delhi on April 6, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@INCIndia
On the Congress’s poll promises, Ms. Gandhi said that if it came to power, a system would be developed to monitor their implementation.
“I have no doubts about the promises we have made. After our government is formed, a system will be in place to monitor their implementation,” she stated.
Jan Sarokar 2019-People’s Agenda is a collaborative work of social activists from all over the country.
Election Commission of India transfers Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma
In a major reshuffle of the police brass in West Bengal ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission of India (ECI) directed the transfer of Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma.
Mr. Sharma is being replaced by Dr. Rajesh Kumar, who is currently the ADG of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board. Mr. Sharma, a 1991 batch IPS officer, was appointed as the Kolkata police chief only a few months ago after his predecessor Rajiv Kumar’s tenure ended. He was the ADG (Law & Order) earlier.
The ECI, in a letter to the Chief Secretary, also sought the transfer of the Commissioner of the adjacent Bidhannagar city police Gyanwant Singh. He will be replaced by N. Ramesh Babu, ADG & IGP (Operations). The Bidhannagar City Police, which has its jurisdiction over Salt Lake and Newton areas in the north eastern fringes of the city, was in the news for his alleged intervention at the Kolkata airport in an incident involving TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife.
Shatrughan Sinha joins Congress
Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha joined the Congress on Saturday in the presence at the party headquarters in New Delhi. He was with the BJP till recently.
Congress general secretary K.C. Venugopal welcomed Mr. Sinha into the party fold and termed him the “best politician who was earlier with the wrong party“.
The Patna Sahib seat is currently held by Mr. Sinha, who has often openly criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. He is all set to take on the BJP’s Ravishankar Prasad in the constituency.
“The BJP has become one-man show and two-men army“, said Mr. Sinha after joining the Congress.
Amit Shah takes out roadshow in Gandhinagar
BJP president Amit Shah, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar seat, embarked on a roadshow in the city, on the 39th foundation day of the party.
Before the roadshow, which started from Sarkhej area of Ahmedabad in the morning, Mr. Shah garlanded pictures of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founders Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Syama Prasad Mukherjee.
Mr. Shah asked people present to chant, Jaha hue balidan Mukherjee, woh Kashmir hamara hai, sara ka sara hamara hai. [Where Mukhejee sacrificed his life, that Kashmir is ours, entire Kashmir is ours].
Mr. Shah set out on the roadshow in an open vehicle with BJP State unit president Jitu Vaghani accompanying him.
The roadshow will cover several areas of western parts of Ahmedabad city, which falls in the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency. It will pass through areas like Vejalpur, Prahladnagar, Jivraj Park, Mansi Cross road and will end at Haveli in Vastrapur.
Mr. Shah is expected to meet party workers in Bopal area of his constituency on Saturday night and interact with them.
He has replaced BJP veteran L K Advani, who had been winning uninterrupted from Gandhinagar since 1998. This is Mr. Shah’s maiden Lok Sabha election.
Hurt by your comments on Advaniji, Sushma Swaraj tells Rahul Gandhi
Senior BJP leader and Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj took strong objection to Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on the ”treatment” meted out to BJP veteran L.K. Advani by the party. She asked the Congress president to maintain “some decorum” in his comments.
In a tweet, Ms. Swaraj said, “Rahulji – Advani ji is our father figure. Your words have hurt us deeply. Please try to maintain some decorum of your speech.”
Mr. Gandhi on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of humiliating Mr. Advani, saying disrespecting one’s guru is not Hindu culture. Addressing a poll rally at Chandrapur in Maharashtra, he said, “The BJP talks of Hinduism. In Hinduism, guru is supreme. It talks of guru-shishya tradition. Who is Modi’s guru? Advani. Joota maar ke stage se utara [Advani was kicked out from the stage].”
Mr. Gandhi’s comments followed the BJP patriarch’s blog published on April 4 where he said the BJP never considered its political adversaries as anti-national.
Modi says Odisha will reject both BJD and Congress
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the people of Odisha would defeat both the ruling BJD and the opposition Congress in the Lok Sabha and the Assembly Elections to be held this month.
“Odisha’s election results will surprise the entire country. The BJP will win the polls with record number of seats. People will reject both the BJD and the Congress,” Mr. Modi said in a twitter post ahead of his election rallies in the State.
Mr. Modi will address two election meetings later in the day at Sundergarh and Sonepur in western region, considered as strongholds of the party in Odisha.
Mr. Modi’s rallies will be followed by BJP president Amit Shah’s visit to the State on Sunday. He will attend the party’s ‘Vijay Sankalp Samabesh’ at Polsara and Bargarh. Mr. Shah, according to BJP sources, will again campaign in Odisha on April 9, the last day of campaigning for the April 11 elections to four Lok Sabha seats and 28 Assembly segments.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi is also scheduled to visit south Odisha to campaign for the party candidates April 9, OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik said.