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Modi’s Pak comment: How Vijay Goel’s meeting with Manmohan Singh broke ice between govt and opposition

It was a meeting between Union minister Vijay Goel and Manmohan Singh last week that initiated the process to break the government-opposition deadlock in the Rajya Sabha, a top government official said today.The proceedings of both the Houses of Parliament were disrupted for nearly two weeks over remarks by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Gujarat Assembly election campaign.He had criticised his predecessor Singh for attending a secret” dinner with senior Pakistan officials at former Union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar’s residence. According to the official, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Goel reached out to the former prime minister and showed him the copy of Modi’s speech and convinced him that no derogatory references were made to him.Also readParliament: PM Modi didn’t question Manmohan Singh’s commitment to India, says Jaitely; Congress replies with thanks”Singh then agreed to end the deadlock with a statement from the government,” the official claimed. Goel’s meeting with Singh was followed by a meeting of Leader of the Upper house Arun Jaitley and Goel with Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and Congress leader Anand Sharma at Azad’s residence. The process culminated in a statement today by Jaitley, who said the prime minister has never questioned Singh’s integrity and commitment to the nation.However, ahead of Jaitley’s statement, there was a small disagreement between the two sides over its formulation that was resolved with the intervention of Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. Naidu suggested to the government to drop the contentious word and the government relented, they said.Reacting to Jaitley’s statement, Azad said the Congress does not approve of any remarks made against the prime minister, apparently in a reference to the “neech” remark made by Aiyar.

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Modi’s Pak comment: After Jaitley’s clarification, Govt and Oppn end stalemate in RS

The stalemate in Parliament over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh and others at a poll rally in Gujarat ended today, with the government saying the commitment of the former Prime Minister was not questioned.The proceedings of both Houses of Parliament were repeatedly disrupted over the past week on the issue, with the Opposition demanding an explanation from the Prime Minister over his “conspiracy with Pak” remarks and seeking an apology. In Rajya Sabha, Leader of the House Arun Jaitley said the Prime Minister did not question his predecessor’s commitment to India.When the Upper House reconvened at 2 PM after adjournment due to protests over union minister Ananthkumar Hegde’s controversial remarks on secularism and changing the Constitution, Jaitley said the Prime Minister in his statements or speeches “did not question the commitment to this nation either by Dr Manmohan Singh, the former Prime Minister, or Hamid Ansari, the former Vice President”. “Any such perception is completely erroneous. We hold these leaders in high esteem, as also their commitment to this nation,” Jaitley said.Also readParliament: PM Modi didn’t question Manmohan Singh’s commitment to India, says Jaitely; Congress replies with thanksHe said many statements had been made on all sides during the elections, and added that the government “does not want the stalemate as a result of this to continue”. Responding to his statement, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said: “I want to thank the Leader of the House that he issued a clarification on the issue which was causing the deadlock for the last one week.” Azad sought to assure the government on behalf of the Congress that the party dissociates itself from any statement made against the personality of the Prime Minister, apparently in reference to those made by its MP Mani Shankar Aiyar.”If during the elections (recent assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh), any member of our party gave such a statement that was against the stature of the Prime Minister, then our party dissociates itself from any such statement and we would not want any word to be said against the stature of the Prime Minister,” Azad said. The Congress had suspended Aiyar from its primary membership and slapped a show cause notice on him for calling Prime Minister Modi a “neech aadmi” or a lowly person.After the two statements, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu thanked all members of the House for their cooperation in resolving the stalemate. However, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal stood up to object, charging that the fate of the proceedings in the House could not be decided based on statements by only two people. To this, Naidu said, “We discussed it in the morning in the business advisory committee. Every member of the House is important. Let us not sidetrack the issue”.

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Upbeat Congress rocks Parliament

Already up in arms on the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s insinuatory remarks against former PM Manmohan Singh of conspiring with Pakistan to influence Gujarat polls, the Congress got a shot in the arm when the CBI court acquitted all the accused in the 2G spectrum case on Thursday.An upbeat Congress stepped up their attack forcing two adjournments in the Rajya Sabha and continued to protest in the Lok Sabha that managed to function amid disruptions because of BJP being in the majority. Outside the House too, the Congress was on offensive with many of its MPs venting out their anger.Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad who was seeking clarification from the government on PM Modi’s “false allegations” against Singh raised the issue of 2G in tandem almost immediately after he was told about the judgement.”The second clarification we are seeking is Rs. 1,76,000 crore worth 2G scam because of which we are here (opposition benches) and they (BJP) are there (treasury benches). Prove it here, where has it gone?” asked Azad.Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu was quick to rebut Azad by disallowing his submission.”This is not the issue. You have not given any notice. This is not the way Azad ji,” said Naidu instructing nothing will go on record. The citing May 22, 1990 ruling of then Rajya Sabha Chairman Shankar Dayal Sharma, Naidu said the Chair’s ruling on not allowing suspension of a Question Hour or allowing a discussion was final.But the Congress members refused to relent and started swelling the well of the House, forcing Naidu to adjourn the House till 2 p.m.When the House met again at 2 p.m., Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal came in support of the Congress raising the point of order — whether CAG reports can be leaked to newspapers before they are tabled and can the House summon people responsible for tarnishing those in constitutional offices on the basis of CAG reports.Agarwal also asked whether the image of those in constitutional offices can be tarnished on the basis of CAG reports when ‘99% of the points’ raised in them are settled after they reach the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for scrutiny.Naidu disallowed him too for suddenly raising the issue without quoting the rules. But the pandemonium did not stop forcing Naidu to call it a day.House adjournedCongress members refused to hear RS chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and started swelling the well of the House, forcing Naidu to adjourn the House till 2 p.m.

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Sachin Tendulkar’s debut Rajya Sabha speech is silenced

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha ended without him uttering a single word on Thursday as the legendary batsman, once feared by bowlers across the world, kept standing, probably thinking how to deflect and tackle the uproar in the House.The legendary batsman was called by Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to initiate a short duration discussion on the right to play and the future of sports in India.As soon as Sachin rose to speak, the first time during his five-and-a-half-year tenure, Congress members stood up demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his insinuating remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh during an election rally in Gujarat.Naidu came to his help, first cajoling and persuading the members and then scolding them for their unruly behaviour.”The hon. member who has been awarded Bharat Ratna by the government, wants to make a submission on sports which is a very important activity for the country. Please follow the rules and let him speak,” Naidu said, beseeching members’ attention and assuring that he has agreed to sort out the issue by calling the leader of the house Arun Jaitley and leader of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad for a discussion.When the ruckus did not stop, Naidu warned, “Do not trivialise things. Don’t create trouble in the House, and don’t earn bad name… Names of people who are raising slogans would be published tomorrow.”Despite being egged on by Naidu and helped by Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Sachin, cracker of many tons amid hostile conditions and roaring crowds, kept standing bemused with a smile on his face.Failing to rein in Congress benches, Naidu finally drew curtains on the proceedings. Sachin was immediately surrounded by his fans who included Derek O’Brien and Jaya Bachchan, among others.Furious for not letting Sachin speak, Jaya later said, “He has earned name for India at the world stage, it is a matter of shame that he was not allowed to speak even when everyone knew it was on today’s agenda. Are only politicians allowed to speak?”O’Brien was upset for being denied an opportunity to bat, with Sachin being the opener.”I was padded up to bat at No. 5 in Rajya Sabha and speak on sports after Sachin was to open the innings. But the match was called off because of bad weather,” the quizzer said wittingly.Congress members, however, were unrelenting. “Why are you making a mockery of Parliament? Are false allegations on 2G and Manmohan Singh are more important or Sachin Tendulkar who never spoke in Parliament for the last five years? Does ‘Bharat Ratna’ give you the licence to speak in Parliament? All are equal in the House,” said Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury.

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After Naidu’s intervention, Rajya Sabha stalemate over PM’s remarks against Manmohan likely to end

The stalemate over the “conspiracy with Pakistan” charge by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his predecessor Manmohan Singh seemed to be ending today in the Rajya Sabha as the opposition and the ruling party decided to form a panel after agreeing to the Chair’s suggestion for an amicable solution.As the Congress insisted on Modi coming to the House to clarify the statement he made during poll campaign in Gujarat and its members raised slogans and sought an apology, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu urged the opposition and the government to talk and resolve the stalemate over the prime minister’s comments on his predecessor. Raising the issue, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the prime minister should come to the House and clarify on what he said, as his charges that his predecessor was “conspiring” with Pakistan was “a big issue.”Also readCongress to raise ‘Pakistan interference’ remark in ParliamentAzad said allegations are levelled during elections but some are not good for democracy, politics and the country. “Such allegations are deadly for those against whom they are made,” he said, adding that Manmohan Singh’s integrity and loyalty to the country has been questioned. “Is he the person who is conspiring against the Indian state? Is the former prime minister, former vice president not loyal to the country? These allegations are made by no less than the prime minister. “The prime minister of India should come to the House and explain his remarks and if the former prime minister and others are proved wrong, then action should be taken against them,” he told the House amid vociferous protests by Congress members who sought an apology from Modi.Naidu said he had held an “informal meeting” this morning “my suggestion was it is not good for the country to see that the House is not running properly. “I myself suggested, leaders of different parties were there. … To Parliamentary Affairs Minister to speak to Leader of House Arun Jaitley, the Leader of Opposition and other seniors also and then find a way out to end this impasse, which is in the interest of the country,” Naidu said. He also said that for democracy and parliamentary system to function, both sides should come to an understanding and move forward. “All things can be internally discussed and seen that the House functions properly and dignity of Parliament should be maintained,” he said.Agreeing to the suggestion, Azad said, “Let the meeting be held under chairmanship of Leader of the House with all leaders of other opposition parties.” He said it was not a question of Congress party, as other opposition party leaders are equally concerned. “It is a matter of privilege. It should also be to the satisfaction of Manmohan Singh,” he said. Jaitley said “we will try and explore a solution out of that. I will certainly have the privilege to invite leaders of all my colleagues including LoP and we will try and discuss and find solution for this. We will try and do it today” and suggested the formation of a committee for the purpose.Earlier, the chairman said Manmohan Singh had met him and expressed his concern, his feelings to him. “I have talked to him and have understood what he meant. I have also received a note of what exactly what he said and also what the prime minister was sad by others, calling of names,” he said, adding that the prime minister is the prime minister of the country and that has to be kept in mind by everybody. Deputy leader of Congress Anand Sharma said “We want the House to function and the dignity is also maintained. It is the PM’s responsibility.”

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No need to beg… this is independent India: M Venkaiah Naidu

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu presiding over his first full session as Chairman of the Rajya Sabha urged MPs to give up colonial terms like ‘I beg to’ while laying papers.”No need to beg… this is independent India,” he said.Presiding over the Upper House proceedings on the opening day of the Winter Session of Parliament, Naidu said, “Just say I raise to lay on the table” the listed papers.He made the observation after the ministers called to lay the listed papers on the table, began their sentences by saying “I beg to lay on the table the papers listed against my name in today’s revised list of business.”Naidu, however, was quick to clarify that this was only a suggestion and not an order.This was not only the change that Naidu suggested on the first day as the presiding officer of the House.He also stood up while reading out obituary references.His predecessors Hamid Ansari and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat used to read the obituary references while being seated. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan too stands while reading out obituary references.Naidu in August took over as the Vice-President of India in August — also the presiding officer of the Rajya Sabha.

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Rajya Sabha: Amit Shah to be in the front row, 3 senior opposition leaders bid adieu

BJP president Amit Shah will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union minister Arun Jaitley in the front row of the treasury benches, adding weight to the NDA’s voice in the Rajya Sabha.With M Venkaiah Naidu at the chairman’s seat in the upper house of Parliament, the front row position he occupied as a senior leader will now be taken up by Shah. The seating arrangements have been issued by the Rajya Sabha secretariat for new members. Shah will be in the front row, on the other side of the aisle from Prime Minister Modi and BJP’s leader of the house, Arun Jaitley.While Shah will add to the strength of the ruling party, the opposition side will be weakened with the absence of three leading and vocal occupants of its first row — rebel JD(U) member Sharad Yadav, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury and Mayawati of the BSP. With Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) joining the NDA, its members will move from the opposition to the treasury benches. Yadav was recently expelled from the party and disqualified by Rajya Sabha chairperson Naidu. JD(U) leader RCP Singh will now occupy what would have been Yadav’s seat as the party leader in the House.Also readWatch: Pained by falsehood and canards spread by PM Modi, says Manmohan; Amit Shah hits back The opposition voice will lose some of its strength with the absence of CPI(M) general secretary Yechury, whose tenure in the Rajya Sabha came to an end after his party decided not to give him a third term in Parliament. Yechury’s front seat now will be taken by fellow-comrade T K Rangarajan. The BSP will miss its chief Mayawati, who resigned from Parliament in a huff during its last session. The BSP supremo had in July quit the Rajya Sabha, complaining that her voice was being muzzled. After her resignation, her seat was occupied by her confidant, BSP leader Satish Mishra.

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Google can never replace Guru: VP Venkaiah Naidu

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said Google can never replace ‘guru’ (teacher) while emphasising on the importance of teachers and education.He also asked students not to get influenced by the anti-social elements who try to create unrest in universities.Google has been quite popular as the search engine provides answers to people’s all queries, from the most random to the most meaningful.”Google can never replace Guru. A guru gives not mere academics, but gives insights as well,” Naidu said yesterday at the alumni meet of the Andhra University (AU) here.The vice president, who is himself an alumni of the university, spent some time in his classroom at the AU College of Law and shared his memories with students on the campus.A few sections of the society have been fuelling unrest in universities for their selfish plans, Naidu said, and asked students not to get influenced by the ideas of such anti-social elements.He asked the Andhra University to focus on research and improve its academic standard.Andhra University got NAAC ‘A’ grade but it has to improve its quality in terms of teaching, research, among other things, to achieve A++ grade, Naidu said.He also inaugurated the convention centre building of the university, which was built at a cost of Rs 13.5 crore.The auditorium, with five levels of seating, has a fixed capacity of 1,600 seats and can also accommodate 200 extra chairs in its gallery.”The built-up area is around 40,000 sqft and the total area is around 4.5 acres with landscaped gardens and two parking areas that can accommodate 400 cars,” the university’s vice chancellor, Prof G Nageswara Rao, said.Naidu also visited the Chepalauppda village on Visakha-Bheemil beach road?which was adopted by him and launched several development programmes there.

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What’s wrong with Vande Mataram? If not mother, will you salute Afzal Guru, asks Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

After a mayor in Uttar Pradesh ruled that singing of the national song, ‘Vande Mataram’, before local body meetings was not necessary, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday asked if not the motherland, should they salute Afzal Guru.Wondering as to why some people refuse to sing ‘Vande Mataram’, the Vice President said the slogan meant salute to the motherland.”Vande Mataram mane maa tujhe salam. Kya samasya hai? Agar maa ko salam nahi karenge to kisko karenge, Afzal Guru ko karenge kya? (Vande Mataram means salute to mother. What is problem with it, if you don’t salute your mother, who would you salute, Afzal Guru?),” he asked while releasing a book on late VHP leader Ashok Singhal in New Delhi.Afzal Guru was convicted and hanged for his role in the attack on the Parliament in December 2001.Naidu further emphasized that Hinduism was “our culture, our tradition” adding that some people were trying to give a narrow meaning to it and attacking patriotism, nationalism.”I want to tell people Bharat Mata ki Jai is not just about one photo, it is about all 130 crore people living in this country irrespective of their caste, colour, creed, and religion. They all are Indians,” Naidu said.Kicking up a row, newly-elected Meerut mayor Sunita Verma, who was a Bahujan Samaj Party mayoral candidate, on Wednesday reversed an earlier order that had made singing of the national song mandatory before meetings of Meerut Municipal Corporation.Verma, reportedly, said that as per the constitution of the municipal board, National Anthem ‘Jan Gan Man’ would be sung before the meetings.

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Even Ajmal Kasab got chance, but in my case ‘Supreme Court’ gave order straightaway: Sharad Yadav after RS expulsion

Rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav today said he will challenge his disqualification from the Rajya Sabha in court and claimed that his opposition to JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar and the BJP resulted in the ouster.He suggested that he was denied a fair play, noting that the case of embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who “looted” public exchequer, was sent to the Ethics Committee pf Parliament but he was not allowed such an opportunity despite being a veteran parliamentarian who took up “people’s causes” in his career. At a press conference, Yadav disapproved of Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu’s comments defending his decision but said the institution of the Rajya Sabha was too important to him to attack Naidu.Even Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani terrorist hanged in India following his conviction in the Mumbai terror attack case, was allowed to exhaust all appeals available to him but in his case the “supreme court”, an apparent reference to Naidu, gave an order straightaway without referring the matter to a parliamentary committee, he said. Yadav, who was elected to the Lok Sabha seven times and the Rajya Sabha four times, said in a lighter vein that his “new freedom” will give him more time in uniting opposition parties against the BJP.Also readSharad Yadav’s disqualification from Rajya Sabha illegal, must be revoked: Arvind Kejriwal”I was not shocked that I have been disqualified… I was expecting the same outcome,” he said, suggesting that it was decided in advance. Noting that he had resigned three times in past as an MP on moral ground, Yadav said had he been interested in power, then he would have been part of the government now. The constitutional provisions invoked by the Rajya Sabha chairman to disqualify might not apply in his case, he said, noting that he would file an appeal against it in court.”My fight is for principles and democracy. I will fight it in all forums, including court,” he said. Yadav also accused the BJP of using religion to polarise voters in the Gujarat and claimed that the party will suffer defeat like it did in Bihar. The JD(U) had sought Yadav’s disqualification after he attended a RJD rally in Patna in August following his opposition to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to jettison his party’s alliance with the RJD and the Congress and join hands with the BJP.Also readSharad Yadav should seek Lalu Prasad Yadav’s help nowThe disqualification decision came within three months of the JD(U) moving a plea, inviting criticism from opposition leaders. Naidu, however, said yesterday that justice delayed was justice denied, asserting that such matters should be decided quickly.
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Will fight to save democracy, says Sharad Yadav after RS ouster

Reacting to his ouster from the Rajya Sabha, rebel Janata Dal United (JDU) leader Sharad Yadav on Tuesday said that it was a well planned conspiracy and he will continue to fight to save the democracy.Yadav was disqualified from the membership of the Rajya Sabha along with another rebel colleague Ali Anwar Ansari on Monday by Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. The decision came nearly a fortnight after the Election Commission recognised the Nitish-led JDU faction as the real party and entitled it to use the reserved arrow symbol.Sticking to his defiance, Yadav said his removal from the Upper House of Parliament was the price he was paying for questioning the undemocratic style of his party’s functioning.Yadav was referring to party chief Nitish Kumar’s decision to break from the “grand alliance” with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress and join the BJP-led NDA.Yadav claimed the decision was taken unilaterally by Nitish when he refused to buckle under pressure and remained loyal to the principal of saving secularism, on which the Grand Alliance was formed.He said that breaking away from the Grand Alliance amounted to “betrayal” of the people in Bihar who voted it to power to keep the BJP away.Following Yadav’s open criticism of the alliance with BJP, the JDU decided to remove him as the parliamentary party leader.Thereafter he fought a critical battle with the JDU faction led by Nitish over the control of the party’s symbol in the Election Commission. After hearing both sides, the Commission recognised Nitish’s faction as the real JDU and gave it the symbol.SHOWN THE DOORYadav was disqualified from the membership of the Rajya Sabha along with another rebel colleague Ali Anwar Ansari on Monday by Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. The decision came nearly a fortnight after the EC recognised the Nitish-led JDU faction as the real party and entitled it to use the reserved arrow symbol.
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Venkaiah Naidu’s decision to disqualify Sharad Yadav, Ali Anwar from Rajya Sabha casts a shadow: Sitaram Yechury

Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu’s decision to disqualify rebel JD(U) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar from the upper house “casts a shadow”, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said today.Yechury also questioned the “mind-boggling” speed with which the decision was taken.”Like Ceasar’s wife, the Rajya Sabha Chairman’s decision must be above questioning, but the disqualification of Rajya Sabha MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar casts a shadow,” Yechury tweeted.He also questioned the urgency shown by the chairman.”The petition was filed on September 2 and the decision is out on December 4. The speed is mind-boggling. Similar cases are pending in Lok Sabha for over a year. So political affiliation is the only thing that matters?” the Left leader asked.Also readRebel JD(U) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar disqualified from Rajya Sabha Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar were disqualified from the Rajya Sabha on Monday night.Naidu said in his communication that both leaders ceased to be Rajya Sabha members with immediate effect.
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Vice-President warns against violence, bounties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Violent threats and rewards for physical harm are not acceptable in a democracy, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday as he warned forces against undermining the rule of law, in comments that come amid widespread protests against movie ‘Padmavati’.The Vice-President also said that the one should not hurt people’s sentiments and warned against selective condemnation, though he did not directly refer to the yet-to-be-released Bollywood period drama.Speaking at an event in Delhi, Naidu said there is a new problem of people feeling that some films have hurt their sentiments, and this has led to protests. Some people go overboard and announce rewards, he said.Groups claiming to represent the Rajput community have protested and issued bounties for murder and mutilation of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and lead actress Deepika Padukone, and have also been endorsed by a section of politicians, for “distortion of history.””Whether these fellows have that much money or not, I doubt. Everyone is announcing Rs one crore reward. Is it so easy to have Rs one crore? This is not acceptable in a democracy,” the Vice-President said.Protesters say the alleged depiction of romance between legendry Hindu queen Padmini and Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji insults the Rajput community. The film’s makers have been denying the allegation.”You have the right to protest in a democratic manner, go to appropriate authorities… Protesters should protest lawfully, peacefully,” he said.He added, “You cannot physically obstruct and cannot issue violent threats. You have no right to take laws into your own hands. Let’s not undermine the rule of law.”The December 1 release has been deferred indefinitely by the makers and the highly anticipated magnum opus has been banned in multiple states, mostly ruled by the BJP.Naidu stressed that he was not talking about a particular film. He, however, mentioned some movies such as Garam Hawa, Kissa Kursi Ka and Aandhi, which previously faced protests.”At the same time, you don’t have the right to hurt the sentiments of others”, he, however, said, also warning against selective condemnation and said it was wrong to link controversies to religion.Historians are divided over whether Padmavati ever existed. The movie is based on an epic 16th-century poem, ‘Padmavat’, by Sufi Muslim author Malik Muhammad Jayasi.”India always believed in pluralistic traditions and ethos and never allowed narrow and bigoted views or practices to rear their ugly heads. While dissent is agreeable, disintegration is not acceptable,” Naidu said.”That is the bottom line and any attempt to undermine integrity and unity of India by forces inimical to growth of India must be nipped in the bud.”A trader’s body was found hanging in Jaipur’s famous Nahargarh Fort with “we don’t just hang effigies… Padmavati” scribbled on a nearby rock on Friday, potentially marking a grotesque turn in the protests.Trouble started in January this year when Rajasthan-based fringe group Rajput Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali on the sets in Jaipur. In March, unidentified people vandalised the movie sets in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district. Days after the movie’s trailer released, Karni Sena and other fringe Rajput groups came out on the streets to protest in hundreds.

Indian Navy’s pilotless aircraft crashes in Kochi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) of the Indian Navy crashed during take off just outside the Naval base here today, a Defence spokesman said. No casualties were reported.The incident occurred this morning when the Israeli-made pilotless aircraft took off from the Naval airport here for a routine sortie, he said.The crash occurred due to technical reasons, he said “A remotely piloted aircraft ‘Searcher’ on a routine surveillance mission crashed north of the naval airfield INS Garuda after take off at 10:25 am,” a Defence release said. However, there has been no casualty or damage to property. A Board of Inquiry as been constituted to investigate the cause of the accident,” it said.The spokesman said the crash has not caused any damage to the runway. A major tragedy was narrowly averted as the aircraft crashed near a bulk liquid terminal. The crash lead to a security scare too as Vice President Venkaiah Naidu was scheduled to come to Kochi at around 12 PM. With PTI inputs

Hindi played historic role in development of India’s unity and liguistic goodwill: VP Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said Hindi has played a “historic” role in the development of India’s unity, integrity and linguistic goodwill.Addressing the 16th annual convocation of the ‘Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha’ here, Naidu said, “For the unification of the nation there is no element more powerful than the language spoken by most of the Indians.” “Language can help good governance because information and knowledge can create an enlightened citizenry,” the vice president said, according to an official release. “Hindi has played a historic role in the development of India’s unity, integrity and linguistic goodwill,” Naidu said.He said in 1936, the office of the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha was established in Vijaywada and as the presidents of this sabha, freedom fighters such as Konda Venkapapayya Pantulu, Andhra Kesari Tungturi Prakasham Pantulu, Bejawada Gopalreddy, Swami Ramanand Tirtha did a great work.”It is heartening to know that the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha has not only promoted Hindi but also prepared a large number of Hindi teachers, translators and publicists,” he added. Naidu also said that the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha of Andhra and Telangana is celebrating its 16th annual convocation and he reminded the audience of Mahatma Gandhiji’s view that no country is independent in a true sense, until and unless it speaks in its own language. Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali were among the dignitaries who were present at convocation.

Rajnath Singh faces heat on Twitter for praising Jawaharlal Nehru

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Many top political leaders took to Twitter on Tuesday to pay their tribute to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 128th birth anniversary. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Pandit Nehru. “On his 128th birth anniversary, my homage to Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister,” President Kovind said on twitter.”Wish the nation on the occasion of birth anniversary of first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, today,” Naidu tweeted. Modi, who is in Manila to attend the India-ASEAN summit, also paid tributes to Nehru. “Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary,” he wrote on Twitter.Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who is campaigning in Gujarat, also tweeted, “Today we remember a brilliant compassionate man. He reminds us: ‘there is nothing more horrifying than stupidity in action’ – Jawaharlal Nehru.” Former president Pranab Mukherjee and former prime minister Manmohan Singh paid floral tributes at Nehru’s memorial at Shanti Van early in the morning.However it was Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who faced the flak for praising Nehru. He tweeted: Now the second line didn’t go down well with many Nehru baiters, who are presumably on the other side of the political divide.This is how they reacted: This is not the first time Rajnath Singh has faced fire from presumably BJP supporters on Twitter. Earlier he had rebutted a troll saying not all Kashmiris are terrorists, which generated considerable controversy but also earned him praise from a larger section of Twitterverse. With agency inputs

Andhra Pradesh: Setback for TDP as state unit president A Revanth Reddy resigns

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) suffered a setback in Telangana on Saturday as the state working president and MLA, A Revanth Reddy, quit the party saying the recent happenings in the state unit pained him.Revanth, who flew down to Vijayawada for a meeting with TDP supremo and Andhra Padesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, is understood to have handed over his resignation letter to Naidu’s private secretary and immediately left for Hyderabad.When asked about it, Chandrababu Naidu told reporters that he has not received Revanth’s resignation letter.”Resignations are not new in TDP. Some people take decisions in their own interests,” he remarked.Revanth was arrested in the “cash-for-vote” case after he was caught on camera allegedly offering money to a nominated MLA for his vote in the MLC election in 2015.For the past few days, there has been a turmoil in Telangana TDP with reports claiming that Revanth, who is an MLA from Kodangal in Mahbubnagar district, met Rahul Gandhi and was about to join the Congress.Revanth also caused a stir by accusing some leaders of Andhra Pradesh TDP, including two ministers, of securing huge financial contracts from the TRS government in Telangana.He, however, maintained a stoic silence over his future plans and had been saying that he would speak directly with Chandrababu Naidu upon the CM’s return from abroad.He met Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad yesterday, but the TDP chief summoned Revanth and other party leaders from Telangana for a detailed meeting in Vijayawada today.Revanth flew down to Vijayawada, visited the Kanaka Durga temple and came to the CM’s camp office for the meeting.As the chief minister’s arrival was delayed, the rebel leader handed over his resignation letter to Chandrababu Naidu’s PS and left for Hyderabad.Chandrababu was later closeted in a meeting with other leaders from Telangana.

Andhra Pradesh: Two years after PM Modi laid foundation stone for capital, not a single brick has been laid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Although Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for Andhra Pradesh’s new capital city Amaravati exactly two years ago, not a single brick has been laid for the development of the capital so far.Over the last three years, timelines had been set and reset for the capital, but the construction process has not even crossed the designing stage.The Chief Minister’s Office Real-time Executive dashboard says, till date, 2,27,100 people have donated 56,66,596 ‘bricks’ (Rs 10 per brick) for building the capital city.It was on October 25, 2014, that the Chandrababu Naidu government had announced that the new capital city would be constructed within five years, but three years have since elapsed with only the ‘temporary’ structures of the Secretariat and Legislature to show.On October 9 last year, Naidu had written an open letter to the people of the state promising to give a “definite shape” to Amaravati “by Vijaya Dasami next year” (that fell on September 30 this year).However, not even the 18.3-km main seed access road that leads to the capital has been completed till date.In fact, the government announced in February this year that the capital construction will begin in July and be completed by December 2018.Municipal Minister P Narayana, on February 2, had given specific dates for the works: “Construction of the Secretariat will start on May 10 and be completed on December 25, 2018.”Building of the Legislature complex will commence on July 20 and completed by October 4, 2018 and the High Court works will begin on August 17 and completed on April 3, 2019.” On March 25, 2016, the Andhra Pradesh government selected Maki Associates as the master architect for Amaravati (Administrative City), but vacillated till December before scrapping the contract.Britain’s Foster+ Partners was subsequently chosen as the master architect and fresh timelines were set for the construction of the capital.Foster+ Partners was supposed to submit its master plan and designs in April this year.It indeed completed its task, though a couple of months late. However, the chief minister “approved” the designs one day and found them “not impressive” another day.And, with Chandrababu insisting that “Baahubali” director Rajamouli’s “inputs” be taken for the designs, the entire process is being re-done now.”When we are building a world-class capital city, things cannot happen in a haste. Hence, the delay in the works,” Principal Secretary (Infrastructure and CRDA) Ajay Jain said.In fact, the chief minister himself has also been claiming in the recent days that they were “in no hurry” since they were going to build “one of the top five cities in the world”.The government of India has so far released Rs 1,500 crore for the construction of government buildings, like the Secretariat, High Court, Legislature complex and Raj Bhavan in Amaravati, but the state apparently spent the money on “other purposes”.Since it had to submit utilisation certificates to the Centre for the money already released, the state government has shown the temporary Secretariat and Legislature buildings as the actual structures.”These buildings (temporary Secretariat and Legislature) are also part of the capital. So, we have utilised the (Centre’s) money on them,” Narayana justified.But now, the state has been searching for funds to build the actual Secretariat and Legislature, which could cost more than Rs 1,000 crore.For over a year and a half now, the government has been claiming that the World Bank “agreed in principle” to lend USD one billion for capital development, but not a single dollar has actually been sanctioned till date.The Municipal Minister, however, denied that funds crunch was holding up the capital construction.

VP Venkaiah Naidu’s Jaipur visit put off

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s scheduled visit to Jaipur on Monday has been postponed.In a release issued by state government on Saturday , it was informed that the visit has been cancelled due to unavoidable reasons .Naidu was to attend felicitation programme of senior MLAs and offer tribute to former vice president late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat at his memorial.It’s learnt that Naidu had undergone angioplasty recently. He later discharged from AIIMS Delhi and has been advised bed rest by the doctors.

VP Venkaiah Naidu hospitalised for routine checkup

Updated: Oct 20, 2017, 11:00 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has been hospitalised at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.As per reports, VP Naidu who was at AIIMS for his routine checkup has been asked by the doctors to stay back at the hospital as his Blood Pressure and sugar were high. Speaking to ANI, V. Balakrishna Information Officer to Vice President of India said that Naidu will be discharged on Saturday.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu pushes for teaching in mother tongue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday stressed on making mother language compulsory in primary schools, stating that students are dropping out as they are being taught in other languages.The biggest problem the country faces is that the dropping out of children from primary schools, said Naidu. He was speaking at the inaugural session of a two-day international conference on The Journey of Indian Languages: Perspectives on Culture and Society jointly organised by Dr BR Ambedkar Open University (BAOU) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).The Vice President also called for a pragmatic policy to encourage learning of the mother tongue in the early stages of schooling, before gradually moving on to other languages.He said, “Language often becomes a barrier in education, which is why many children, especially in tribal areas, drop out as they are taught in a different language from what they speak at home. According to me, mother tongue should be made mandatory for school education.”The Vice President also said that language is the soul of a society, the binding thread of human existence and it has been a vehicle, from time immemorial, for communication of thoughts, feelings and ideas.He further said, “Not enough attention is being paid to ensure that children master at least one language during their schooling stage and this weakens the foundation for further learning. We need good researches that will aim to cement and enhance our tradition of excellent critical, historical, theoretical and creative scholarships across a full range of periods, genres and linguistic research areas.”Open universities are making higher education opportunities available to a much larger number of students because they offer flexible schedules, enabling learners like women and working population to study anywhere, anytime. Language helps us make sense of what is happening around us and communicate it to others around us. New experiences create new expressions. We were always asked to ‘stand up on the bench’ in class but now we hear ‘Stand up India’, ‘start up’, ‘entrepreneurship’, ‘surfing the internet’ or ‘Twitter’.”According to one study, India, with 780 languages, has the world’s second highest number of languages, after Papua New Guinea where people use 839 languages. However, the current scenario in the country is a little disturbing. The recent surveys showed that children were completing the cycle of education but have very poor, unsustainable literacy skills. This weakens the foundations for further learning. We must remedy this situation. It will be much more challenging to build a knowledge based economy with such poor foundational literacy skills,” he said.Others present at the event included state Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma; Anju Sharma, principal secretary, higher and technical education; Dr Pankaj Jani, vice chancellor of BAOU; and Dr Ravindra Kumar, vice chancellor of IGNOU.WHAT HE SAIDNaidu called for the need of a pragmatic policy to encourage learning of the mother tongue in the early stages of schooling. He said that language is the soul of a society, and has been a vehicle from time immemorial, for communication of thoughts and ideas.

SEE PICS: VP Venkaiah Naidu unveils new Mahatma Gandhi statue at Rajghat; says people should strive to realise Bapu’s dreams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday, the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, said people should strive to realise the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi and usher in ‘Ram Rajya’, where all would be equal with no discrimination of any kind.He was interacting with the students of ‘Dayanand Vidyalaya’ after unveiling the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat here on the occasion of the 148th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.Underlining that Gandhi’s teachings are universal truth, the Vice President said the Mahatma’s desire to build ‘Ram Rajya’ should be properly understood and requested the government and the people to work in that direction, an official release said.’Ram Rajya’ means an ideal rule, where there was no fear, hunger, corruption, exploitation and discrimination, he said.”It is our duty at various levels and we must all work for the ideals of Rama Rajya and… the expectations of Mahatma Gandhi,” he added.Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, among other dignitaries, was present on the occasion.

DDA all set with plan to build 81,000 flats by 2021

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) 2017 housing scheme is due for the draw of lots this November, the urban body is all set to build 81,000 more flats in the Capital by 2021.Senior officials said the flats will be bigger and have better facilities. Over 11,000 LIG flats from the 2014 housing scheme were returned for being too small and lacking basic civic amenities.”This time, the LIG flats will be in the range of 42-60 square meters, as against the 33 square meters as in the previous schemes,”an official said.DDA, the government’s housing body, has mapped these flats in the first phase of its scheme of making 1 lakh flats over five years. The scheme was announced by former union minister for urban development (MoUD), Venkaiah Naidu, on June 30, while launching the 2017 housing scheme. The flats were announced under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana to offer affordable housing in the city.”Of the total 81,000, we have already started work on 68,000 flats in different areas. Most of these are spread across outer Delhi and southwest areas. These are houses that we had conceptualised earlier and had already found land for. When the scheme was announced, construction on these had already begun,”the official said.Besides, the housing department is preparing a layout for 13,000 more flats. The flats on offer will cater mostly to the low and middle-income groups. A small number will be in the high-income category.Flats to come up by December-endAccording to sources, by December-end this year, nearly 20,980 flats are expected to be completed. Of these, around 3,622 will be Janta or for economically weaker sections (EWS), 16,298 will be for low-income groups (LIG), 579 will be for middle income groups (MIG), and 488 for high-income group (HIG) houses.Flats to come up by December, 2018:In the second edition, the urban body plans to ready 13,300 flats. Of these, 10,447 will be Janta/EWS flats, 1,528 MIG and 1,345 HIG flats. These flats will come up mostly in Rohini Sectors 34 and 35, various pockets of Narela, and Sector B of Vasant Kunj. These will come up in Dwarka, Narela, Kalkaji Extension, and Jasola.Flats to come up by December, 2019The Authority plans to come up with 28,930 flats, of which 12,083 are LIG, 4,375 MIG, and 1,954 HIG flats. These will be at Dwarka, Mongolpuri, and Kathputli Colony.”These also include nearly 4,400 flats being built in the slum clusters of Kathputli Colony and others,”sources said.Flats to come up by December, 2020A total of 4,663 flats are planned to be ready in 2020. Of these, 1,248 will be Janta flats, 2,455 MIG, and 960 HIG flats. These will be at Narela and Bakarwala.Flats to come up by December, 2021The urban body is working to ready 13,265 flats. Of these, 4,189 will be Janta/EWS flats, 2,635 LIG, 3,044 MIG, and 3,397 HIG flats. These flats will be built at Vasant Kunj, Rohini, Kondli, Preet Vihar, and Mandawali.HOUSING PUSHDDA mapped these flats in the first phase of its scheme to make1 lakh flats in 5 years.
It was announced by former union minister Venkaiah Naidu.

EC, parties, voters should work together to end use of money: VP Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today expressed concern over the use of money power in elections, saying besides the Election Commission, political parties and voters will have to work together to end the menace.Addressing a gathering at a book launch here, he said some parties and candidates are evening giving out ‘mangalsutra’ (symbol of a married woman) as freebies ahead of polls.Batting for simultaneous polls for Lok Sabha, assemblies and local bodies, he said “election fever” throughout the year means longer imposition of the model code due to which developmental work takes a hit.He also suggested setting up of special election tribunals to dispose of election petitions against candidates which otherwise take years in regular courts. As of now, such petitions can be filed in high courts.The vice president was of the view that the current provisions of the anti-defection law should be made more stringent as they still give scope to defections.Referring to the Hindi version of the book on Indian elections by former chief election commissioner S Y Quraishi, he said there is need to encourage other languages including Hindi.He said other Indian languages should not be referred to regional but Indian languages.Naidu recalled that in his younger days, he had blackened Hindi boards at a post office and a railway station but later regretted when he came to Delhi in 1993 and understood the language’s importance.

HC judge impeachment: Jurists’ panel submits report to V-P

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over two years after the then Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari set up a three-member committee of jurists to probe allegations of sexual harassment (forcing a female Additional District Judge to resign to protect her ‘dignity’) against Justice SK Gangele, a sitting judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, the committee has finally submitted its report.Sources told DNA that the committee comprising Supreme Court Judge R Banumati, Bombay High Court Chief Justice Manjula Chellur, and Attorney-General KK Venugopal submitted the report to Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, last week. While the original committee was headed by Supreme Court judge Vikramjit Sen, after his retirement, it was taken by Justice Banumati.The committee examined several witnesses and also heard the complainant and the accused high court judge. Sources in Naidu’s office said that the report is being “studied” and will be placed before the House at the next session. However, neither the three members nor the RS Chairman’s office was ready to disclose the contents of the report.Ansari had constituted the committee in April 2015 after receiving a motion signed by 58 RS MPs seeking impeachment of Justice Gangele for allegedly sexually harassing a former Additional District and Sessions judge of Gwalior.The judge had resigned in 2014, saying she had done so to protect her “dignity, womanhood, and self-esteem”.In her complaint to the CJI, the ADJ had accused Justice Gangele of sending her a message through the district court registrar to “perform a dance on an item song” at a function in his residence. She said, a day after the function, which she chose not to attend, the judge allegedly told her “he missed the opportunity of viewing a sexy and beautiful figure dancing on the floor”.Incidentally, an in-house committee of judges constituted by the CJI to probe the charges against Justice Gangele, had exonerated him, stating there was “insufficient” evidence to establish a charge of sexual harassment.However, the committee had also found Justice Gangele to be “ambivalent and evasive about facts which are within his knowledge”. It had also raised questions of propriety of a high court judge (Justice Gangele) holding a public event to celebrate his 25th marriage anniversary on December 11, 2013, which was attended by many government officers.

Chandrababu Naidu ‘unimpressed’ with UK architect’s design for new capital Amaravati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu seemed not impressed with the set of designs prepared by world-renowned architectural firm Foster+ Partners for the new state capital atAmaravati .This could further delay the construction of the new Capital as the fresh designs are unlikely to be finalised before November.Non-approval of the designs by the chief minister has cast a shadow on the the state government’s scheduled foundation stone-laying ceremony for the Legislature Complex on September 30. On July 12, the CM gave his “final nod” to the designs prepared for the Government City in Amaravati. On that day he asked Foster+Partners to “interchange” designs of the High Court and the Legislature complex and accordingly the British firm came out with fresh designs yesterday.The designs presented by the firm seem to have junked now. Naidu, along with ministers Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, P Narayana and Ganta Srinivasa Rao and senior officials, today inspected the designs and appeared not impressed. Though he was happy with the waterfront and the layout, he said the facade could “look much better”. “Some elements of the design are good but the facade has not come out well. There is a mixed reaction from the public, so take more time and come out with fantastic designs,” the CM told the Fosters’ team.”Take the top 10 buildings of the world as an inspiration and come out with designs better than them,” he said. The CM has once again asked Fosters to consult Baahubali director S S Rajamouli for “inputs” on the designs for two iconic structures (Legislature complex and High Court) and major government buildings like the state Secretariat. The award-winning British architects had designed some of the world’s iconic structures like the 50 UN Plaza, Singapore Supreme Court, Imperial War Museum (UK), Century Tower (Japan), the Ireo City (Gurugram), Cyber Port (China), Bloomberg headquarters (UK), The Index (UAE), International Airport (Kuwait).A press release from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said Rajamouli could soon be “made to fly to London”, headquarters of Fosters, for delivering his advise. Naidu will visit London on October 25 to inspect the designs. “He will invest enough time, and he intends to lock the final plans by then,” the release added.

Chandrababu Naidu urges voters to give him ‘renewed mandated’, says have delivered what he promised

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday asked people to give him a “renewed mandate” in view of the work done by him in the last three years.He said his party should win all the 175 seats in the 2019 state assembly elections. Although the general elections in Andhra Pradesh are still about 21 months away, the Telugu Desam supremo virtually kicked off his party’s campaign. “I can stand in front of each house (in the state) and say what I have done for them, the benefits delivered to each family in the last three years,” Naidu said, kick starting the party’s 50-day ‘Intintiki Telugu Desam’ programme at Tettangi village in Srikakulam district.”I have delivered what all I promised (in 2014) and much more. I have a whole lot of data related to it. So, I am requesting you to give me another opportunity to serve you. “Target 2019. We have to win all the 175 assembly seats. When I am giving you everything, why should you look towards other parties? Bless me, give me the strength to serve you again and I will do much more for your well being,” the chief minister asserted.The coming election should be a one-sided affair, he said, wondering why people would not elect those who did all good.The TDP chief asked women self-help groups to take the onus of propagating the government goodies to people. Claiming that 60 per cent of people in the state were happy with his government’s performance, Naidu said he would take the figure to 80 and 90 per cent. “Ours is a party of the poor, the downtrodden. I am giving all benefits to them, even to other sections, despite all the economic hardship we are facing (as a result of the state bifurcation),” he claimed.TDP state president K Kala Venkat Rao, state Transport Minister K Atchannaidu, MP K Rammohan Naidu, legislators and others attended the party programme. Naidu also visited a few houses in the district and enquired from people whether the benefits from the government were reaching them, and if corruption was prevalent. “There is no corruption and all benefits are reaching the beneficiaries ,” he said later.

Cabinet reshuffle: MoS Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns, 2-3 more likely

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigned from his position as Minister of State Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. Rudy’s resignation comes at a time when the BJP-led NDA government has addressed a cabinet reshuffle.According to reports, more resignations are likely to take place. The reshuffle is most likely the final reshuffle before the BJP heads for the 2019 general elections.With new allies such as the JD(U) and AIADMK joining the NDA fore, the BJP most likely will appoint leaders from these parties to cabinet positions. The party will also most likely look for a replacement for M Venkaiah Naidu, who was appointed the Vice President of India

Terror has no religion, let us be clear in our minds: Venkaiah Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Terrorism has no religion, but a “dangerous game” is afoot to link it with one faith or the other, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday. Naidu said people will have to guard against such attempts. He also stressed that no language should be attached with any religion, saying many Hindus speak better Urdu than Muslims. Naidu, who had earlier courted controversies emphasising on the need to learn Hindi, said no language should be imposed on anyone and that the primary focus should be on learning mother tongue. “Terror has no religion, let us be clear in our minds. Unfortunately, some people are connecting terror to this religion or that religion. It is a menace to the society.”Some friends want to mix terror with religion so as to confuse the people. It is a very dangerous game being played by some people outside. We have to be extra careful. No religion preaches terror,” the Vice-President said. He was delivering the second Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture at the India Islamic Cultural Centre here. Naidu, who will steer Rajya Sabha proceedings in capacity as its chairman, also warned legislators against wasting precious time and focus on making good laws.”We have to be constructive, not destructive or obstructive. Parliament, legislatures and other bodies should function effectively to get the best out of every individual. We should not waste our precious time,” he said.Disrupting Parliament or any other legislature may make headline for a day, but the country loses out in the end, he said. Naidu, who deviated from the prepared text throughout his speech, said he prefers speaking extempore but has to factor in the protocols of holding a constitutional post these days.

By attending RJD’s Patna rally, Sharad Yadav has ‘voluntarily’ quit party, claims JD(U)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The JD(U) will write to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu seeking disqualification of its rebel leader Sharad Yadav, who today attended an opposition rally in Patna defying the party’s directive against it.The party said Yadav has “voluntarily” given up JD(U) membership by attending the rally organised by Lalu Prasad’s RJD. “As per provisions of the 10th schedule of the Constitution dealing with anti-defection, if somebody attends a rally of another party against the party line it is contrued that he/she has voluntarily given up the membership of the parent party,” JD(U) Principal General Secretary K C Tyagi said.Tyagi had written a letter to Yadav a couple of days back, warning that his attending the rally organised by RJD supremo Lalu Prasad would mean he has acted against the principles of the party and voluntarily quit its membership. JD(U) sources made it clear that the party will not expel Yadav, a founding member of the party and its longest serving president, as it would allow him to retain his Rajya Sabha membership. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha last year and his tenure ends in 2022.
ALSO READ Mega show of photoshop strength: Twitter mocks Lalu Prasad Yadav’s picture of anti-BJP rally in PatnaThe Rajya Sabha membership of former MPs like Capt. Jai Narayan Nishad and Upendra Kushwaha had ended in similar circumstances in the past, he said, adding the party would soon approach Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu for Yadav’s disqualification. “We will intimate him about everything and tell him that it is a fit case for ending the membership of Sharad Yadav,” he said. Yadav was cosying up to RJD ever since JD(U) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar walked out of the Grand Alliance in Bihar and formed government with BJP.The JD(U) had replaced Yadav with a Nitish Kumar confidante R C P Singh as its leader in the Rajya Sabha a few days ago. Earlier in the day, Yadav was warmly received by Lalu at the rally in Patna. Lalu embraced Yadav while his son Tejaswi Yadav addressed him as “guardian”.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu denounces violence in Haryana, Punjab as ‘unacceptable’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday condemned as “unacceptable”, the large-scale violence in Punjab and Haryana triggered by the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case.He also said “some people” incited violence in the name of religion, language or region and the challenge to rid the country of discrimination and inequalities remained.”Some people incite violence in the name of caste, religion, language and region. They provoke people into acts of violence. Such acts are not acceptable in a democracy,” Naidu noted, referring to the widespread violence that led to the death of over 30 people in Haryana.Parts of Punjab also saw violence and arson after the conviction of Ram Rahim by a CBI court in Panchkula.Naidu was speaking at a civic reception hosted by the Andhra Pradesh government here this afternoon.”It’s a shame for anyone in a free India, great India, a cultural India with a great heritage, if social discrimination still continues.” “We have to rid India of such discrimination and social inequalities. This is a challenge before us,” he said.India could claim to be a developed country only when hunger, illiteracy, corruption, inequalities are eliminated, he added.Governor E S L Narasimhan, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, civil aviation minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju, minister of state Y S Chowdary and Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao were present at the function, among others.

Case filed against Jaganmohan Reddy for model code violation during Nandyal poll campaign

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Election Commission on Wednesday asked the Andhra Pradesh State Election Commission to issue a stern warning to YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy for his comments on Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu during election campaign for the Nandyal by-poll. The case has been registered against Reddy under Sections 188, 504, 506 and under Public Representation Act 125 for violating the Model Code of Conduct. Yesterday, the Election Commission had asked the Chief Electoral Officer of the state poll body to take immediate action against Reddy and suggested that an FIR may also be filed against him. ?Using abusive and provocative language, which has the effect of inciting violence during election speech, amounts to violation of model code of conduct,? the EC said in astatement. During the campaign for Nandyal bypoll on August 3, Jagan had said, ?There is nothing wrong if Chandrababu Naidu is shot dead on the road for not fulfilling election promises?.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Naidu presses for good governance, says if people demand will remove liquor shops in residential areas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday asserted that providing good governance is the objective of his government. While addressing a press conference, Naidu said that his government is using 1100 helpline to take feedback directly from public. Naidu further said though initiatives have got positive feedback from the masses, he is making all the efforts to fix loopholes in connection with sand and liquor mafia. ? Using 1100 helpline to take feedback directly from public is making the system corruption free. Bringing good governance to doorstep of public is objective. Welfare scheme benefits will be implemented without pilferage. It gave good response during Nandyal city road widening. We had few problems in sand and liquor. Recently we gave guidelines on sand policy. 82 percent public gave positive response,? said Naidu ?We will remove liquor shops in residential areas if people complain against such shops. To leash the Liquor mafia we are removing belt shops. And will take stern action on belt shops. Mafia are finding different ways to sell liquor illegally. We are setting up mobile police parties to combat the menace,? he added. Naidu also said, in order to attain perfection, his government is emphasizing on rectifying minute problems. ?We are giving full proof delivery mechanism to resolve public problems. I request officials to cooperate to implement schemes. People should be taught discipline and dignity,? he said. ?We developed infrastructure, solved power problems. We are thinking of pensions to transgenders, provide security to orphans and people on streets,? he added. Naidu also took the occasion to promote digitalisation and said that paper less governance will soon become reality. ?Trying for tech based good governance. Paperless office will soon becoming a reality,? he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cabinet reshuffle coming, South may get a lion’s share

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two members from the JD-U — the NDA’s new ally at the Centre — are likely to be inducted into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s confidant Ramchandra Singh and former state CM Karpoori Thakur’s son Ramnath Thakur can be given a Cabinet and a Minister of State (MoS) rank, respectively, sources said.Having both the coming state polls and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in mind, PM Modi may give a South-centric tweak to the next reshuffle.The AIADMK could get two Cabinet and as many MoS portfolios once it joins the NDA. The AIADMK has 37 Lok Sabha and 13 Rajya Sabha MPs. M Thambidurai, who has been instrumental in bringing the two warring factions together, is being seen as a front-runner for a plum Cabinet post.Sources said a process to zero in on names has begun and PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are expected to meet in a few days to take a final call.A Cabinet reshuffle is also a necessity as many ministers such as Arun Jaitley, Smriti Irani, Narendra Singh Tomar, Ananth Kumar and Ravi Shankar Prasad are holding two or more portfolios. Some ministers could be drafted for party work, sources said.Having both the coming state polls and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in mind, PM Modi may give a South-centric tweak to the next reshuffle.The AIADMK could get two Cabinet and as many MoS portfolios once it joins the NDA. The AIADMK has 37 Lok Sabha and 13 Rajya Sabha MPs. M Thambidurai, who has been instrumental in bringing the two warring factions of the AIADMK together, is being seen as a front-runner for a plum Cabinet post.BJP sources said southern states need to play a crucial role in the party’s plan to secure 120 new seats and the Cabinet reshuffle is expected to be done keeping this consideration in mind.The BJP wants to increase its footprint in the southern states where victory has eluded it with Karnataka’s exception. The BJP is exploring the possibility of getting a foothold in Tamil Nadu and boost its chances in the Lok Sabha elections with the likely merger of the AIADMK factions and their becoming part of the NDA. BJP sources said a foothold in the South would allow the BJP to play up Tamil sub-nationalism by embracing symbols like popular Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar.In Andhra Pradesh, where the BJP had only 4.13% vote share in the Assembly elections and won just two Lok Sabha seats, the party wants to increase its presence but not at the cost of its bigger partner and Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP).The possible names which are doing the rounds in BJP circles include Shobha Karandlaje, a sitting MP from Udupi-Chikmagalur constituency in Karnataka and a staunch loyalist of state BJP President BS Yeddyurappa, and Belgaum MP Suresh Angadi who is considered a heavyweight in the dominant Lingayat community of Karnataka.While Siddaramaiah-led Congress government is already facing anti-incumbency in Karnataka, the BJP wants to make a comeback in the Assembly elections that are due next year and improve its tally of 17 Lok Sabha seats from the state in 2019.From Andhra Pradesh, film actor NT Rama Rao Jr, who happens to be the grandson of cult figure NT Rama Rao (NTR), is being considered as a favourite to get a ministerial berth from the TDP.To balance it out, the BJP may also accommodate NTR’s daughter D Purundeshwari who is the elder sister of Naidu’s wife Bhuvaneswari but has politically estranged relations with the TDP chief. A minister in Dr Manmohan Singh’s Cabinet, Purandeswari had joined the BJP just before the general elections in 2014 and currently heads the BJP’s Mahila Morcha.

Naidu for interlinking of rivers to prevent water disputes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu today stressed on the need for interlinking of rivers in the country to prevent inter-state disputes over water. Noting that water was an issue of national concern, he said interlinking of rivers will help in better management of resources. The chief minister was speaking at his camp office here with members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources, who were on a tour of the state. “Water is an issue of national concern. All rivers in the north and the south need to be connected. Water disputes between states can be prevented and the resources managed in a sustainable way,” a release from his office quoted the CM as telling the visiting delegation. Naidu briefed the committee on the progress of construction works on Polavaram, declared as a national project by the Centre under the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014. The meeting also discussed the Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP), Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM), Command Area Development and Water Management (CAD&WM), rain water harvesting programme and the packaged drinking water industry and its effect in AP, the release said. Committee Chairman Hukum Singh, members Siddhant Mohapatra, Apurupa Poddar, V Sathyabama, Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu, Pradeep Tamta, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, A V Singh and Harshvardhan Singh Dungarpur attended the meeting. Officials from the Union Water Resources Ministry, the Central Water Commission and the state government also attended. The panel will visit the Thotapalli reservoir in Vizianagaram tomorrow and inspect the works, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AP govt will supply water to every acre of land in state: CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today said the state government aims to supply water to every acre of land in the state by completing constructing ongoing irrigation projects. He also said that within the next three months, 28 irrigation projects will be completed at a cost of Rs 13,000 crore. Naidu was speaking at a public meeting at Jaggampeta, after inaugurating Rs 16,050 crore Purushotham Patnam Lift Irrigation project. “So far Rs 44,000 crore have been spent for the Purushotham Patnam Lift irrigation project. The state government is taking all the necessary steps to provide water to each acre by constructing more irrigation projects for the sake of farmers and protection of agriculture land,” Naidu said. He said the project will be started on a war-footing from next year and completed in time. Barring Srikakulam and Vizinagaram districts, the remaining eleven districts in the state will benefit from the construction of Pattiseema and Purushotham Patnam Lift irrigation projects, he added. He said Polavaram project will be completed by 2019. Naidu also said that the state government has set up Kapu Corporation to solve the problems of Backward Classes and provide reservation to them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chandrababu Naidu’s unique initiative to reach out to Andhraites in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Office of the Resident Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh at the Andhra Bhawan in New Delhi has launched a unique intiative to reach out to the people of the state putting up in Delhi/NCR. A brainchild of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, the initiative lays down the provision for the people to reach out to the Bhawan or call the authorities in case they have any issue back home, every Monday between 5 and 6 p.m. “There are around 4 lakh people from Andhra Pradesh, who are living in the NCR. They can have a number of issues – ranging from domicile certificates, transfer certificates to everything. So if any person has any issue, I can be their representative. I can talk to the DM of the district, a police personnel or any department and can sort the issue out on their behalf,” Praveen Prakash, Resident Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh at the Andhra Bhawan, told ANI. “The situation is similar to a person facing an issue, while living in the U.K. We have a High Commission there. And the person can contact the High Commissioner to sort the issue out. I am Andhra’s High Commissioner in Delhi/NCR,” he added. Prakash further said that with this first-of-its-kind grievance-resolution initiative, they just want to reach out to the 4 lakh people living here. “They can come in or call me between 5 and 6 p.m. every Monday. I will listen to them and be their representative,” he said. The programme is an extension of the much-larger and much-celebrated ‘Janmabhoomi-Maa Vooru’ programme in Andhra Pradesh. Chief Minister Naidu has always stressed on the need to make people partners in the governance of the state and hence, with the aforementioned programme, which was launched on January 2 last year, the focus is laid on better interaction of the residents of the state with the government. Along with the resolution of grievances, the JBMV is also aimed at getting feedback on the implementation of development and welfare programmes.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RS adjourned sine die

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Monsoon session of the Rajya Sabha came to an end today after passing nine bills and debates on a number of crucial issues like lynchings and the agrarian crisis facing the country. A highlight of the session was that the new Chairman Venkaian Naidu took over on its last day today. During the 19 sittings, the House sat for nore than 80 hours but lost nearly 25 hours due to disruptions over various issues. The House also sat late for more than seven hours to complete legislative and other business. Naidu, before adjourning the House sine die, gave an overview of the proceedings during the session that began on July 17. During the session, members spoke on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement and a resolution was adopted. Two new members Vinay Dinu Tendulkar, Sampatiya Uikey joined the House while BSP leader Mayawati and M Venkaiah Naidu resigned. During the session, references were also made to the passing away of Union minister Anil Madhav Dave and sitting member Palvai Govardhan Reddy as well as 11 former members. References were also made to torrential rains in several parts including the north-east and terror attack in Anantnag district in Jammu and Kashmir. Among the Bills passed by the House were National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public Private Partnership) Bill, Right of children to free and compulsort education Bill etc. The Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill was referred to a Select Committee while the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill was referred to a joint committee. There were 87 special mentions and 17 hours of short duration discussions. During the session, 285 starred questions and 3040 unstarred question were admitted and answered. Of these 46 starred questions were orally answered. Question Hour could not be taken up on three days due to disruptions. Several reports, including those by various committees were also presented during the session.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Naidu as VP, RS Chairman a tribute to democracy: Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said it is a tribute to the Indian democracy that people rise from humble and rural backgrounds to the highest constitutional positions, as he joined members of Rajya sabha in welcoming M Venkaiah Naidu as the Chairman of the House. Soon after he was administered oath as the 15th Vice President of India, Naidu took over as the Chairman of the Upper House. Leading the felicitations, Modi said the day holds a historic value as on this day, Khudiram Bose, a 18-year old young revolutionary of the freedom struggle, was hanged by the British. That event “reminds us of the sacrifice of those who had fought for freedom and the responsibility that it places on all of us,” he said. Naidu, he said, is the first Vice President to be born in independent India. Besides having long experience, he is well-versed with the intricacies of parliamentary procedures and the functioning of the House, Modi said. A son of a farmer, Naidu joined the student movement on a call given by J P Narayan and has since risen from the ranks to lead the second highest constitutional position in the country, he said, adding that issues concerning farmers and the poor have always been dear to his heart. The rising of people of humble and poor background to the highest constitutional positions in the country is a tribute to Indian democracy and shows its maturity, he said. “All constitutional positions today are occupied by poor or sons of farmers or commoners,” he said referring to President Ram Nath Kovind also coming from a similar background. Recalling his long association with the new Vice President, the Prime Minister said Naidu has always been sensitive to the needs of rural areas, poor and farmers and his inputs on these issues have been of immense value. Even as a minister for urban development, he gave more inputs on rural and farmer issues, Modi said, adding that Naidu was the one who gave the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana – a scheme most sought after by the MPs for development of their constituencies. He is also possibly the only Vice President who has spent so many years of his life amongst the people, he said. Modi said Naidu was known for coining acronyms and since he is one who has spent so many years in the Rajya Sabha, there might be an initial discomfort, similar to the one faced by lawyers when one of them becomes a judge. He expressed confidence that Naidu would rise to the occasion and his conduct would win him accolades from opposition benches as well.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Venkaiah Naidu sworn in as vice president

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>M Venkaiah Naidu was today sworn in as the 15th vice president of India. President Ramnath Kovind administered the oath of office to Naidu, 68, at a brief ceremony in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan attended by political leaders cutting across party lines. Wearing his trademark white panche (lungi) and white shirt, Naidu took oath in Hindi in the name of god. While he is the 15th vice president, he is the 13th person to hold the constitutional post. His predecessor Hamid Ansari and the first vice president S Radhakrishnan had held the post for two consecutive terms. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ex vice president Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, BJP veteran L K Advani, several union ministers, governors and chief ministers attended the ceremony. SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, NCP’s Tariq Anwar, CPI leader D Raja, TMC leaders Sudip Bandhopadhyay and Derek O’ Brien and AIADMK’s O Panneerselvam were also seen. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar — who has joined hands with the BJP in his state — also attended the ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan. After the ceremony, President Kovind, Prime Minister Modi, ex vice president Ansari, vice presdent Naidu, and Advani were seen seated together. Naidu’s wife M Usha was also present. Born in a humble agricultural family in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district, Naidu has served as BJP president, minister in various portfolios and a long-time Rajya Sabha member. This remarkable career in politics has been more than four decades in the making. It began in the 1970s when BJP’s precursor Jana Sangh was a marginal player with little clout in the south and a young party worker kept himself busy putting up posters of stalwarts such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani. Naidu has come a long way since those days of political obscurity.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Talk of Muslim unease is political propaganda: Venkaiah Naidu takes veiled dig at Hamid Ansari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day before he takes over as the 15th Vice-President of the country, Venkaiah Naidu called remarks that there was a sense of insecurity among India’s minorities a political propaganda. Naidu’s comments on Thursday were seen as a response to outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari’s assertion a day before that there was a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among Muslims, and the “ambience of acceptance” was under threat.In an interview on Rajya Sabha TV, Ansari (80) had said on Wednesday that he had flagged the issue of “intolerance” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Cabinet colleagues.Naidu did not name Ansari, but said, “Some people are saying minorities are insecure. It is a political propaganda. Compared to the entire world, minorities are safer and more secure in India and they get their due,” the 68-year-old former Union minister told news agency PTI.He also said the Indian society was the “most tolerant in the world” because of its people and civilisation. “There is tolerance… that is why our democracy is so successful,” said Naidu, who quit the government and the ruling BJP after being named vice presidential candidate.He cautioned against singling out one community, saying it would draw adverse reaction from other communities. “If you single out one community, other communities will take it otherwise. That is why we say all are equal. Appeasement for none, justice for all,” said Naidu, who has been a BJP president in the past.Also, the outgoing Rajya Sabha Chairman, Ansari had during the interview referred to cases of mob lynching and ghar wapsi and alleged killings of rationalists as a “breakdown of Indian values and law enforcement.Naidu, however, said history had proved that there was no discrimination against minorities. “They (minorities) got in prominent positions, including constitutional responsibilities, because there is no discrimination, and also on account of their merit,” he said.He said India’s uniqueness was its unity in diversity. “Sarva dharm sadbhav (communal harmony) and secularism is in the mind and blood of India. India is secular not because of political leaders but because of its people and civilisation”.Ansari’s comments were seen to be linked to recent mob attacks in the name of cow protection. Naidu, however, said, “India is a huge country and there could be some stray occurrences, which are nothing but aberrations”. He said some people “blow such incidents out of proportion” for political considerations. “Some go to the extent of defaming the county by raising such issues at international forum”.Ansari had also described the questioning of citizens over their love for India as a “disturbing thought”. Even on Sunday, Ansari had said that the “version of nationalism” that places cultural commitments at its core “promotes intolerance” and arrogant patriotism.

Hamid Ansari’s parting swipe stirs acrimonious debate, successor Venkaiah Naidu calls it ‘political propaganda’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Widely hailed as a gentleman and a scholar, M Hamid Ansari today stepped down as the vice president of India, bringing to an end what was largely an uncontroversial tenure with unexpected outspoken comments that stirred a national debate.The soft-spoken former diplomat — the only vice president to serve two terms after S Radhakrishnan — marked his departure with words of concern about threats to plurality and about insecurity among Muslims in a television interview yesterday.”I am an Indian and that is it,” he said, describing as “unnecessary” calls for assertion of a citizen’s commitment to nationalism.Ansari, 80, was first elected Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman in 2007, when he defeated the NDA’s candidate Najma Heptullah. In 2012, he was re-elected to the post when he won against the BJP’s Jaswant Singh by 252 votes.Kolkata-born Ansari, who schooled at St Edwards in Shimla and graduated from St Xavier’s College in what was then Calcutta, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1961.The grand-nephew of former Congress president and freedom fighter M A Ansari, the VP – originally from Ghazipur in UP — was India’s permanent representative to the United Nations.Ansari’s forte was West Asia, where he served as ambassador in Indian missions in the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. The editor of ‘Iran Today: Twenty Five Years After the Islamic Revolution’ earlier wrote columns on foreign affairs, often focusing on West Asia.The former vice-chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University — from where he completed his doctorate — was the chairman of the National Commission for Minorities post retirement when the United Progressive Alliance government and the Left named him as their candidate for the vice presidential post.In the last few years, Ansari has occasionally been criticised by members of the National Democratic Alliance. BJP leader Ram Madhav, for instance, had made adverse comments when Ansari did not salute the national flag at the Republic Day Parade when then US President Barack Obama was the chief guest.It was later clarified by Ansari that he was following the protocol, under which only the President saluted the flag at the ceremony.”From now on you will be free to act, talk and work in accordance with your basic political ideology and instinct,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Ansari — who will be succeeded by M Venkaiah Naidu tomorrow — in the Rajya Sabha at a farewell function today.Vice President-elect M Venkaiah Naidu rejected as “political propaganda” the view that there is a sense of insecurity among minorities in the country, apparently a rejoinder to outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari.Though Naidu did not name anyone, his comments are seen as a response to Ansari’s remarks in a TV interview that there was unease and a sense of insecurity among Muslims in the country, and that “ambience of acceptance” is now under threat.”Some people are saying minorities are insecure. It is a political propaganda. Compared to the entire world, minorities are more safe and secure in India and they get their due,” Naidu told PTI.He also disagreed with the view that there is growing intolerance, saying Indian society is the most tolerant in the world because of its people and civilisation.There is tolerance that is why democracy is so successful, he said.The former BJP president also cautioned against creating divide in the nation by singling out one community, saying it will draw adverse reaction from other communities.”If you single out one community, other communities will take it otherwise. That is why we say all are equal.Appeasement for none justice for all,” the 68-year-leader and former Union minister said.

Compared to entire world, minorities safe and secure in India: Venkaiah Naidu on Hamid Ansari’s comment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vice President-elect M Venkaiah Naidu rejected as “political propaganda” the view that there is a sense of insecurity among minorities in the country, apparently a rejoinder to outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari.Though Naidu did not name anyone, his comments are seen as a response to Ansari’s remarks in a TV interview that there was unease and a sense of insecurity among Muslims in the country, and that “ambience of acceptance” is now under threat.”Some people are saying minorities are insecure. It is a political propaganda. Compared to the entire world, minorities are more safe and secure in India and they get their due,” Naidu told PTI.
ALSO READ ‘From today you will have freedom to speak you mind’: Watch PM Modi bid adieu to outgoing VP Hamid AnsariHe also disagreed with the view that there is growing intolerance, saying Indian society is the most tolerant in the world because of its people and civilisation.There is tolerance that is why democracy is so successful, he said.
ALSO READ Nation bids farewell to Hamid Ansari: Top 9 quotes from politiciansThe former BJP president also cautioned against creating divide in the nation by singling out one community, saying it will draw adverse reaction from other communities.”If you single out one community, other communities will take it otherwise. That is why we say all are equal.
ALSO READ Such comment don’t suit his office’s dignity: BJP slams Hamid Ansari’s ‘insecurity among Muslims’ remarkAppeasement for none justice for all,” the 68-year-leader and former Union minister said.He said history has proved that there is no discrimination against minorities.”They (minorities) got in prominent positions including constitutional responsibilities because there is no discrimination, and also on account of their merit,” he said.Noting that India’s uniqueness is its unity in diversity, he said ‘sarva dharm sadbhav’ and secularism is in the mind and blood of India.”India is secular not because of political leaders but because of its people and civilisation,” he said.Ansari’s remarks come against the backdrop of incidents of alleged intolerance and violence by self-proclaimed cow protectors, for which opposition parties have attacked the central government.Asked about incidents of alleged intolerance, Naidu said India is a huge country and there could be some “stray” occurrences, which are “nothing but aberrations”.He, however, added that “Nobody can justify attacks on fellow citizens on the basis of community”. Such incidents should be condemned and action should be taken by appropriate authorities, he said.Naidu also said that some people blow out of proportion such incidents for political considerations. Some go to the extent of “defaming” the county by raising such issues at international forum.Some do it to create rift between communities and derive political mileage, he said, adding the basic problem arises due to vote bank politics and due to treating a community as vote bank.A day before he takes oath as India’s next vice president, he said his advice to politicians is not to drag communities into politics.

B R Shetty group to set up quantum and analytics healthcare

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Abu Dhabi-based B R Shetty group will set up a quantum and analytics healthcare centre as a part of the proposed integrated BRS Medicity in Andhra Pradesh’s capital city Amaravati. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today laid the foundation stone for the BRS Medicity, a 1.8 billion USD project, in the capital region. The quantum and analytics healthcare centre is being set up with an investment of Rs 330 crore. It will consist of a research centre, quantum computing secure hardware zone and data centre, according to a release issued by the AP Capital Region Development Authority. The quantum computing centre will employ 300 people, it said. The Medicity will have a Rs 1,150 crore medical university for 800 students, Rs 1,500 crore super-speciality hospital with 1,500 beds, Rs 500 crore medical devices manufacturing facility, knowledge process outsourcing centre that will employ 4,000 people, stem cell research centre, naturopathy and a yoga centre, the release said. The BR Shetty group will also set up an International Baccalaureate School that could have could have an intake of 2,890 students and provide 500 jobs, it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lawmakers should function in constructive manner: Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of legislatures should function in a constructive manner without giving room for disruptions to ensure law-making bodies take up fruitful debates, Vice President-elect M Venkaiah Naidu said today. “The legislative assemblies and Parliament are for debates. They make laws. Unfortunately, in recent times, one sees another as a foe… We can run the system only with the cooperation of all. You talk (it) out or walk out. (But) No break out… Let the government propose, opposition oppose, let the House dispose,” he said here. Naidu was speaking at the release of a book, which is compilation of his speeches, writings and parliamentary writings. Chairman of Eenadu Group Ramoji Rao released the book in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker K Sivaprasada Rao, his Telangana counterpart S Madhusudanachary and political analyst S Gurumurthy. The main focus of governments and legislatures should be on elimination of poverty and development, the former Union minister said. The media should give adequate space for carrying positive stories and meaningful debates in Parliament and not sensational acts by some, the 68-year-old politician said. Naidu recalled that a 50-minute speech on agriculture made by him in Parliament, which was also appreciated by eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan and some senior leaders, did not find adequate coverage in newspapers the next day. Naidu, noting that it could be his last speech in a public function before assuming the office of Vice-President on August 11, said he owed his success to his parents and his RSS background for instilling “great personal values”. By virtue of being the Vice-President, Naidu will also preside over the Rajya Sabha as its chairman. Naidu said he treated the BJP, now his former party, as his mother for having made him what he is today and felt sad when he had to give up its membership to contest the vice- presidential election. His numerous friends, well wishers all over the country also helped him during his long political career, he said. Noting that he never interfered with the career of his children, Naidu said he felt sad when questions were raised on the business involving his son ahead of the vice-presidential elections.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

VP-elect Venkaiah Naidu coins acronym for INDIA

Mon, 7 Aug 2017-12:40am , Bengaluru , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Staying true to his love for acronyms, Vice President elect M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that India stands for ‘Integrated National Development Impacting All Indians’.”India stands for: Integrated National Development Impacting All Indians, equally well. This is the mission for India,” he said after being felicitated here for winning the vice-presidential poll. Naidu had defeated the opposition’s nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, by a wide margin in the August 5 election. The vice president elect said he has the highest respect for Karnataka, for it had given him an opportunity to serve the country as a Rajya Sabha member for three terms.He also spoke about Indian democracy’s might of making a person from a farmer’s family as vice president. Naidu said he would be very keen to make the Rajya Sabha proceedings meaningful in his capacity as its chairman. He later left for Tirumala by a flight.

Opposition divided? Gopalkrishna Gandhi hit by cross-voting, invalid and missing votes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly two dozen MPs of opposition parties defied their leadership and voted for the NDA’s vice- presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu, BJP sources said today.Naidu secured 516 votes against the pledged support of around 495.With the former Union minister securing over 68 per cent of valid votes against 32 per cent of the opposition’s candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who received 244 votes, the margin between two contestants at 272 was higher than Gandhi’s tally.Outgoing Vice-President Hamid Ansari had prevailed over his rivals by 252 and 233 votes in 2012 and 2007 polls, respectively.What should cause concern among the opposition, including the Congress, the Left and the TMC, is that their candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi got only 19 votes more than their presidential nominee Meira Kumar even though 40 more MPs had pledged support to him.Kumar had received votes of 225 MPs, while Gandhi was supported by 244. President Ram Nath Kovind had received support of 522 MPs.The BJD, which has 28 members in Parliament, and the JD (U) with 12 MPs had switched over to the opposition camp after supporting the NDA in the presidential poll.Despite desertion by 40 MPs, the NDA’s vote count went down by only six, underlining major cross-voting in its favour.In an electoral college of 785 eligible members, 771 votes were cast out of which 11 were declared invalid, according to officials.Among the 14 members who could not cast their votes for a variety of reasons, four belonged to the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC, two each to the BJP, Congress and the IUML, and one each to the NCP and PMK. One nominated and one Independent member also could not cast their votes.Polling officials said this was the highest turnout in the vice-presidential election. Before it, the highest number of votes in the poll was 759 in 2002 when BJP candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat had won the election.Gandhi got more votes than Meira Kumar: OppositionEven though its nominee suffered a massive defeat in the vice-presidential poll, the opposition today said Gopalkrishna Gandhi had bagged more votes than Meira Kumar had garnered in the presidential election.Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad pointed out that opposition candidate Kumar had got 225 votes in the July 17 presidential election, whereas her counterpart in the vice-presidential poll, Gandhi, bagged 244 votes.”The number of votes has gone up by 19. It is a good thing that the votes have increased instead of decreasing,” he said.Azad also claimed that the ruling NDA had “approached all the opposition parties”, seeking support for its candidate M Venkaiah Naidu.”Despite all the efforts of the government, our number (of votes) has increased over the last around 20 days, after the presidential election,” he said, while thanking the opposition parties and their MPs for supporting Gandhi.CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury too expressed satisfaction over the number of votes bagged by the opposition candidate going up since the presidential election.He also dubbed the vice-presidential election as a political fight between two trends.”We got more votes compared to the presidential election.Those who want to strengthen the Constitution, had come together to field Gopalkrishna Gandhi. We are grateful to him (Gandhi) for agreeing to be the candidate of a united opposition,” said Yechury.Both Azad and Yechury said the opposition parties would look into the voting pattern of their respective MPs.CPI national secretary D Raja congratulated Naidu on being elected as the next vice-president of the country.”We hope he will uphold the Constitution and constitutional morality and be accommodative to all the parties as the Rajya Sabha chairman,” he said.Naidu bagged 516 of the total of 771 votes cast in the vice-presidential poll, while Gandhi could only manage 244. Of the 771 votes polled, 11 were found to be invalid.Although, there are 785 MPs in both the Houses of Parliament, 14 members could not exercise their franchise.

How Venkaiah Naidu’s VP election win margin compares to Hamid Ansari’s victory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NDA nominee M Venkaiah Naidu was today elected as India’s next Vice-President, receiving an overwhelming two out of three votes against opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi.The 68-year-old BJP leader from Andhra Pradesh got 516 votes out of the total 771 votes cast while Gandhi could only manage 244 votes. Of the total 771 votes polled, 11 were found to be invalid.Although 785 MPs were eligible to vote in today’s election, 14 MPs could not vote. The strength of the electoral college comprising both elected and nominated MPs of the Rajya Sabha (RS) and the Lok Sabha (LS) is 790.Compared to Naidu, in 2007, incumbent Hamid Ansari had polled 456 votes, Najma Heptullah 222 votes and Rashid Masood 075 votes.In the 2012 polls, Ansari had bagged 490 and NDA nominee Jaswant Singh 238 votes.As we can see Naidu’s 516 is in excess of the votes received by Ansari in either term. Also, it’s important to remember that both BJD and JD(U), which supported Ram Nath Kovind had backed, Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi.Nearly two dozen MPs of opposition parties defied their leadership and voted for the NDA’s vice- presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu, BJP sources said today.Naidu secured 516 votes against the pledged support of around 495. With the former Union minister securing over 68 per cent of valid votes against 32 per cent of the opposition’s candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who received 244 votes, the margin between two contestants at 272 was higher than Gandhi’s tally.Outgoing Vice-President Hamid Ansari had prevailed over his rivals by 252 and 233 votes in 2012 and 2007 polls, respectively.What should cause concern among the opposition, including the Congress, the Left and the TMC, is that their candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi got only 19 votes more than their presidential nominee Meira Kumar even though 40 more MPs had pledged support to him.Kumar had received votes of 225 MPs, while Gandhi was supported by 244. President Ram Nath Kovind had received support of 522 MPs.The BJD, which has 28 members in Parliament, and the JD (U) with 12 MPs had switched over to the opposition camp after supporting the NDA in the presidential poll.With inputs from PTI

Vice President Results: Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi congratulate Venkaiah Naidu on his victory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition’s vice presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi today congratulated NDA nominee M Venkaiah Naidu on his victoryAt the same time, Gandhi said that the vote he secured were an affirmation of “the right to free thought and speech”.Thanking the MPs and the parties that backed him in the election, he said they voted for what they felt was “national good”. He said the number of votes he received was “beyond expectation”.The former West Bengal governor said that the MPs voted for him to affirm “the right to free thought and speech and the duty to serve pluralism and secularism”.”I congratulate M Venkaiah Naidu garu on his victory and wish him all the best in his new office of the vice president of all the sections of India.”Secondly, I would like to thank all the members of the Parliament for having voted for me. I believe members who voted for me is beyond expectations or calculations,” Gandhi told reporters after the poll result was out.The former West Bengal governor and diplomat also stressed that the election saw two victories – one of Naidu and another of free speech.”And the second victory belongs to all the people of India,” he added.Congress chief Sonia Gandhi today extended best wishes to Vice-President-elect M Venkaiah Naidu and extended her party’s support in further strengthening the Rajya Sabha for effective scrutiny of legislations and government policies.”The position of vice-president has the crucial challenge of assuming a non-partisan role in running ‘The House of Elders’ which acts as a storehouse of wisdom and sage advice for the government. The House of Elders is an important determinant of our democratic functioning to address appropriate checks and balances,” she said in her message.Naidu got 516 votes out of total 771 votes cast while Gandhi could only manage 244 votes. Of the total 771 votes polled, 11 were found to be invalid.Although 785 MPs are there in both the Houses of Parliament, 14 MPs could not vote.

Vice President polls: 771 out of 785 MPs vote, counting begins at 6 pm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Voting for the vice presidential election ended here this evening with 98.21 per cent of members of Parliament exercising their franchise.Assistant returning officer Mukul Pandey said at the closing of voting process, 771 out of 785 MPs had cast their vote.The counting will begin at 6 pm and the result would be out by 7.15 pm.Two BJP leaders — Sanwarlal Jat and Vijay Goel — are hospitalised and could not vote, BJP leaders said. The NDA’s M Venkaiah Naidu is pitted against opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi.The strength of the electoral college comprising both elected and nominated MPs of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha is 790.There are two vacancies each in the LS and RS.One BJP Lok Sabha MP is barred from voting following a judicial pronouncement.Follow our live updates here

DNA Morning Must Reads: Updates on Vice-Presidential Election, Preview of Vijender Singh v/s Zulpikar Maimaitiali, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Vice-Presidential election: Venkaiah Naidu, Gopalkrishna Gandhi contest todayFormer union minister M Venkaiah Naidu is set to take on former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi for the post of vice-president of India today. Read more here2. DNA Exclusive: Aadhaar a must for kids moving into care homesThe government will make it mandatory from next month that if a missing child is found, he or she will be issued an Aadhaar card before being let in a care home to ensure faster rehabilitation, a move that broadens the use of the contentious 12-digit unique identification number. Read more here3. India huge market for Swiss banks: Rudolf ElmerPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal war against black money and his bid to expose tax evaders is just what Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer is fighting to do. Read more here4. Vijender Singh v/s Zulpikar Maimaitiali: Day ahead of double title bout, fire makes way for bonhomieFor all the trash talk that the two have exchanged in the lead-up to their double title bout, it would have been no surprise to see Vijender Singh and Zulpikar Maimaitiali continue to fire verbal volleys at each other during the official weigh-in at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) here on Friday. Read more here5. Airport look is so last season: Arjun KapoorIn a free-wheeling chat, Arjun Kapoor talks about his look in his last film, his red carpet appearances and brainstorming with stylists. Read more here

PM Modi, Abdul Kalam are karma yogis; committed to growth of India: Venkaiah Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NDA vice-presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu today described both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former President APJ Abdul Kalam as ‘karma yogis’ (selfless workers), committed to the growth of the country.”Kalam and Modi are great ‘karma yogis’ (selfless workers) dedicated to the development of the nation,” Naidu said in his welcome address at a function after the inauguration of the memorial of late ‘Missile Man’ Kalam.He said Modi was “the worthiest person” to open the memorial of the former president simply because the PM stays in MODI-mode for “Making of Developed India (MODI), while Kalam dreamt of a developed India.”
ALSO READ To meet Kalam memorial deadline, workers put in more hours without extra wage: PM ModiPaying rich tributes to Kalam, he said the scientist was the soul of India. A great scientist and an architect of the rocket project, from a small town, he became the President of India.Naidu also hailed late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and said two great souls — one Abdul Kalam and the other ‘Puratchi Thalaivi’ (revolutionary leader) J Jayalalithaa.”God has taken away the two great souls from Tamil Nadu,” he said.Recalling his discussions with Jayalalithaa as Union minister after he was made the coordinator for the memorial project, Naidu said she was kind enough to immediately allot the land for the project.She had also felt it was necessary to have such a memorial for Kalam, he added.

TN CM meets Naidu, offers support in vice-prez poll

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami today called on NDA’s vice presidential nominee M Venkaiah Naidu at the latter’s residence here and extended his support to him in the August 5 election. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members of the AIADMK (Amma), including Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, accompanied Palaniswami on his visit to Naidu. “We have unanimously decided to support Venkaiah Naidu, following a meeting of the senior members of the party,” Palaniswami told reporters after his meeting with the former Union minister. Their rival faction in the AIADMK, headed by O Panneerselvam, had met Naidu yesterday and extended its support to him. “Venkaiah Naidu was close to former (Tamil Nadu) chief minister J Jayalalithaa. He loves Tamil Nadu and its people and he is a south Indian. We are happy to offer our support to him ,” said Palaniswami. He was in Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Ram Nath Kovind, the 14th President of India.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Modi, Mamata bonhomie at Kovind’s swearing-in, Yogi toast of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pomp and grandeur characterised the oath-taking ceremony of Ram Nath Kovind who took office of the President of India today. The ceremony at the Central Hall of Parliament had its share of interesting moments as Kovind, the first leader from the BJP and only the second Dalit occupant of Rashtrapati Bhavan, began his stint as the 14th President of the republic. Following are the sidelights of the event: BJP leaders greet PM with thumping of desk: ————————————– As Prime Minister Narendra Modi entered the hall before the start of the function, he was welcomed by BJP MPs, chief ministers and Union ministers with thumping of desk. Modi, Mamata exchange pleasantries: ———————————- When Modi was about to leave the venue after the function got over, he spotted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee among the attendees. Modi waved to her and the fiesty TMC leader promptly responded with a ‘Namaste’. Putting their political acrimony behind, the two moved forward and chatted briefly. However, there were frosty vibes between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, who lost the presidential race to Kovind. Though the two Bihar leaders sat next to each other, there was hardly any talk between the two. Nitish had supported Kovind, a former Bihar governor against Meira Kumar. Rahul has four suspended Congress MPs as company: ———————————————— Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was seen occupying his place in one of the rear rows with four party MPs who were among the six to have been suspended for their “highly unbecoming” conduct in Parliament over recent mob lynchings yesterday. These included M K Raghavan, Gaurav Gogoi, Sushmita Dev and Ranjeet Ranjan. Mamata Banerjee was seen seated with her party MPs in the rear rows of the hall while most other chief ministers were in the front rows. As soon as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal entered the hall, Banerjee’s close confidant Derek O’Brien invited him to be seated with her. The two leaders, bitter critics of the prime minister, were seen chatting animatedly for a long time. Modi was seated with former president pratibha Patil and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda in the front row. Many were surprised at the arrival of Patil after Kovind had already taken oath. BJP president Amit Shah was seen seated with veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, both members of the party’s ‘Marg Darshak Mandal’, the panel constituted to advise the party. Giving them company was M Venkaiah Naidu, the NDA’s vice presidential nominee. Naidu was seen engaged in conversation with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who occupied the seat beside him. The new president’s wife Savita Kovind, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party MP Satish Chandra Mishra were seen seated in the front row. Judges of the Supreme Court were seated in the second and third rows. Modi exchanged pleasantries with them after the ceremony. Three service chiefs – General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and Admiral Sunil Lanba – were seated in one of the middle rows. Among the governors who attended the function were C Vidyasagar Rao (Maharashtra), N N Vohra (Jammu and Kashmir, S C Jamir (Odisha), P Sathasivam (Kerala), Keshri Nath Tripathi (West Bengal), Najma Heptullah (Manipur), Banwarilal Purohit (Assam), P B Acharya (Nagaland) and Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi among others. Among the chief ministers in attendance were: Devendra Fadnavis (Maharashtra), E K Palaniswami (Tamil Nadu), Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan), Sarbananda Sonowal (Assam), K Chandrashekar Rao (Telangana), Vijay Rupani (Gujarat), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), Manohar Lal Khattar (Haryana), P K Chamling (Sikkim), Pema Khandu (Arunachal Pradesh) and N Biren Singh (Manipur). Yogi is the toast of BJP MPs: —————————- Notwithstanding the presence of a galaxy of frontline leaders, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was the toast of BJP MPs. As the function got over, he was virtually mobbed by BJP lawmakers, many of whom touched his feet while others had a warm handshake. Adityanath sat beside Rajasthan Governor and former BJP stalwart Kalyan Singh. BJP MPs chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’: —————————– As has become quite common these days, some BJP MPs chanted “Jai Shree Ram” and “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, slogans that many see as reflective of divisive politics, after the formalities of swearing-in Kovind had concluded.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Former CM Panneerselvam calls on Kovind, Venkaiah Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rebel AIADMK leader and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Monday called on President Ramnath Kovind and NDA’s Vice Presidential nominee, M Venkaiah Naidu. Panneerselvam greeted Kovind on his victory during their meeting in Delhi yesterday, a release from his AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) camp here said today. Kovind, who defeated opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the election last week, was sworn-in as President today. Panneerselvam, accompanied by senior colleagues and MPs owing allegiance to him, later met Naidu and wished him success in the August 5 election to be held for the post of the Vice-President. The faction, which has 12 MPs, has already extended support to Naidu. The Panneerselvam camp had earlier supported Kovind.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adityanath calls on NDA’s vice-presidential pick Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today paid a visit to NDA’s vice-presidential nominee M Venkaiah Naidu here. “He (Adityanath) came to extend his best wishes to me,” Naidu said after the meeting. The former Union housing and urban affairs minister added that Adityanath apprised him of the progress of various schemes in the state such as the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) and Swachh Bharat Mission. In May, Naidu had visited Uttar Pradesh to review the implementation of these schemes.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress targets NDA VP candidate, Venkaiah Naidu denies allegations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today sought to embarrass NDA vice presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu alleging irregularities involving him and his family in land and some other matters and demanded answers especially since he spoke of transparency and probity.Accusing Naidu of land grab in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district that was reserved for the poor, destitute and landless, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said Naidu was “forced” to return this land after public protests and political pressure. In a point-by-point rebuttal of Ramesh’s allegations, Naidu, until recently Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Urban Development, said they are entirely false and politically motivated as the Congress leader has raised the issues which were responded to in the past.”It is evident that these issues have been referred to a few days before the election to the post of Vice President of India clearly reflecting on the political motives and the mischievous intentions. This is a clear evidence of the sense of hopelessness and political bankruptcy of the Congress Party,” Naidu said in a written statement. Naidu earlier told reporters thaty he felt “really sorry” that the opposition Congress could stoop down to this level by levelling the allegations just days before the vice- presidential polls. Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar said whatever allegations Ramesh has tried to level are “baseless and unsubstantiated.”Ramesh did not give any proof to back up his allegations beyond giving the sequence of events allegedly involving Naidu and his family members. At a news conference here, Ramesh also alleged that on June 20, 2017, the Telangana government issued a “secret order” exempting the ‘Swarna Bharat Trust’ of Naidu’s daughter from paying development charges of more than Rs 2 crore to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority.The Congress leader alleged further that in July 2014, the Telangana government placed an order of Rs 271 crore without inviting tenders for purchase of vehicles for the police from two car dealers – Harsha Toyota owned by Naidu’s son and Himanshu Motors owned by Telangana chief minister’s son.Ramesh also said that the Supreme Court on April 6, 2011 quashed the allotment of 20 acres of land to “Kushabhau Thakre Memorial Trust” of which Naidu was chairman. He said the Supreme Court also passed strictures against the Madhya Pradesh government in alloting this land in Bhopal on September 25, 2004. “I think it is incumbent upon Venkaiah Naidu, it is incumbent upon the BJP to provide satisfactory answers, the nation wants to know,” he said.He said Naidu is a senior, experienced and articulate leader and a candidate for the post of vice president for BJP and he should explain to the country and answer the questions raised by the Congress party. “Naidu has been a great champion of transparency, accountability, integrity and probity in public life, apart from being a master player with words and a poet of sorts. In the same spirit we are asking these questions,” he said. “Those holding the highest public offices must fully disclose their ‘interests’ as also ‘special treatment’ in the shape of state largesse for themselves and for their kith and kin,” he said in his written statement.Asked if he was alleging corruption by Naidu, Ramesh did not answer and instead demanded answers from Naidu and the BJP. In his statement, Naidu said the issue of land grab was raised by the local Congressmen as early as in 2002 and even moved the courts and the charges of land grabbing were dismissed. On exemption from paying development charges by the ‘Swarna Bharat Trust’, he said when this issue was raised by the media, the Government of Telangana in their rejoinder dated July 23 clarified that it was not the first and the last to be given such a benefit.The Telangana government in fact gave details of several other organizations given such exemption including those granted such exemption by the Congress Governments in the state. The government has also clarified that there was nothing in law that prevented it from giving such exemptions.

Venkaiah Naidu warns Pak: ‘Recall what happened in 1971 war’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NDA’s vice presidential nominee M Venkaiah Naidu today warned Pakistan against aiding and abetting terror, saying it should recall what happened in the 1971 Indo-Pak war when it faced a humiliating defeat and Bangladesh was born. He also charged Pakistan with using terror as an instrument of “state policy”. “Pakistan is mixing terror with religion. Terrorism unfortunately has become their state policy. Terrorism is an enemy of humanity and has no religion,” he said at the ‘Kargil Parakram Parade’ here to mark the supreme sacrifice of the soldiers in the 1999 conflict. He said Kashmir is an integral part of India and not an “inch” of it will be ceded to the neighbouring country. Naidu’s strong warning comes days after the US State Department listed Pakistan among the countries providing “safe havens to terrorists”. “Our neighbour should understand that aiding and abetting terror will not help them. They had an experience in 1971, they should remember that experience and focus on creating peace and prosperity for their people,” he said. Naidu also said Pakistan, which had embarked on the “Kargil misadventure”, was now resorting to “diplomatic misadventures” to foment trouble in Kashmir. “It is time all ‘mis-adventurists’ realise that India’s development story can’t be derailed by such ‘shoot and scoot’ tactics. We are too strong to get irritated and lose our focus,” he said, ahead of the Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26. On that day in 1999, India recaptured all the posts in Kargil that had been occupied by the Pakistani troops and intruders from the neighbouring country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Stop abetting terror, don’t forget about 1971: Venkaiah Naidu’s stern message to Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a stern message to Pakistan, former Union Minister and BJP’s Vice-Presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday asked Pakistan to stop abetting terror and not to forget what happened in 1971.”Our neighbour should understand that aiding and abetting terror will not help them, they should recall what happened in 1971,” Venkaiah Naidu while addressing ‘Kargil Parakram Parade’,Stating that terrorism is the enemy of humanity and it has no religion, Naidu added, “It has unfortunately become Pakistan’s state policy.””Ours is a peace loving country. But when this highly coveted peace is denied to us, our brave soldiers respond in a befitting manner,” Naidu said.Naidu’s remark came amid rising infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) and ceasefire violations by Pakistan in which at least eleven persons, including 9 Indian soldiers, were killed and 18 people injured in by Pakistan this month.A day ago, in the exchange of fire, Army jawan Jayadrath Singh was killed in a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan army which opened fire on Indian posts along the LoC in Rajouri district of Jammu and KashmirThe US has listed Pakistan among the nations and regions providing ‘safe havens’ to terrorists, saying terror groups like the LeT and JeM continue to operate, train, organise and fund raise inside the country in 2016.In its annual ‘Country Report on Terrorism’, as mandated by the Congress, the State Department said that Pakistani military and security forces undertook operations against groups that conducted attacks within Pakistan such as Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan.

Cop slaps man for obstructing Chandrababu Naidu’s convoy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After Prime Minister Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government banned the red beacon in the country; the VIP culture refuses to die down in the Indian political system. The latest example of VIP culture came into fore in Hyderabad where a policeman slapped a man for crossing the road while Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s convoy was passing through on Thursday. The shocking incident was caught on camera. The video clearly shows that the man was confused and didn?t know that the convoy was approaching. Only after the convoy passed by, the policeman was seen pulling and slapping him on the main road. Earlier on June 10, Andhra Pradesh Police went a step further and allegedly stopped an ambulance, which was ferrying a patient to a hospital, for about 20 minutes to allow Naidu?s convoy to pass through at Kakinada in East Godavari.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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