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In Ayodhya, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says ‘let me talk to everyone on Ram temple’ – 10 updates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar reached Ayodhya on Thursday to meet all stakeholders in Ram Mandir issue.The meeting comes days ahead of the final hearing of the Babri Masjid dispute,which is slated to begin next month.Here are 10 major updates from this story:1: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar reached the temple town in morning amid tight security. He is in Ayodhya to mediate the talks for an out-of-court settlement in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.2: Ahead of the series of meetings that include discussion with Nirmohi Akhada and other claimants in the case, Sri Sri sounded positive.3: Talking to media, he said that ‘the environment is positive. People want to come out of this conflict.’4: However, as a hint of reality check he also added that ‘I know it is not easy. Let me talk to everyone. It is too early to reach a conclusion’5: Though many have welcomed the initiative by the spiritual leader, there are some who don’t exactly seem him as answer to the two decade old dispute.6: One of the most vociferous voices against Sri Sri’s mediation include that of former BJP lawmaker Ram Vilas Vedanti.7: He alleged that the Art of Living founder ‘jumped into Ayodhya issue to avoid into his personal wealth.’ Slamming the spritual leader’s visit, Vedanti asked, ‘Who is Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to mediate? He should continue running his NGO and hoarding foreign funds.’8: The Yogi Adityanath government, however, has remained tight-lipped on the entire issue.9: Even after the meeting with Sri Sri, CM Yogi had said that ‘it was a courtesy call.’10: The 16th century Mughal-era Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992 sparking major riots that killed over 2,000 people.

Non-bailable warrant issued against Hardik Patel by Visnagar Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A local Gujarat court issued a non-bailable warrant against influential Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday. The warrant was issued for not appearing in a case of ransacking the office of local MLA by Visnagar Court. Apart from him, warrant was also issued against another leader Lalji Patel.The news comes hours after Patel spoke about his ‘secret meeting’ with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. Slamming the state government for surveillance, he said that ‘if I meet Rahul, the whole country would know.’The 24-year-old, who is still no eligible for contesting elections is being seen as part of new equation in Gujarat.

Shiv Sena says Parrikar was ‘a failure’ as defence minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday lambasted Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and said that he was a complete failure as the defence minister of the country, while commenting over an alleged video circulated on the social media. The video quoted the Goa Chief Minister saying that he may go back to the Centre if he loses the upcoming Assembly by-polls in Goa. Slamming the former defence minister, Raut said, “There are by-elections in Panaji. It seems he is afraid that he will lose and the people will not accept him. This is a democracy; if your people do not choose you and you lose, then go and sit at your home. You say, I will go to the Centre and be the defence minister again after losing. Is defence ministry of the country a game?? The Shiv Sena leader rued the fact that there is no full-time defence minister in the country. Raut?s remarks come after the Shiv Sena published an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamna’, saying that Parrikar’s image, as an honest and true politician has been proved wrong now, in the wake of the viral video. Parrikar had resigned as the defence minister and was sworn-in as the Goa Chief Minister on March 14 this year. The by-election in Panaji and Valpoi constituencies will be held on August 23. Parrikar is contesting the Panaji Assembly by-polls against Girish Chodankar of the Congress and Anand Shirodkar of Goa Suraksha Manch.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI acting as BJP’s alliance partners RJD on raids against Lalu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hours after RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav came under the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) scanner, the party on Friday asserted that the Central agencies were acting as alliance partners of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). ?Today?s date shall go down in contemporary history as one of the darkest day. There is predictability about these kinds of agencies. Suddenly these agencies have become new alliance partners for the BJP and they are using it. As far as legal issues are concerned they know there is possibility of giving direction and influence from the top of the leadership of BJP. We will fight that legally,? RJD leader Manoj Jha told ANI. Slamming the saffron party, said the BJP has mastered the art of using these agencies to deal with their political opposition. The CBI earlier in the day registered a case against then railway minister Lalu Yadav on the allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of Hotels at Ranchi and Puri to a Private Company dealing with Hotels in the year 2006. The CBI has also registered a case against the RJD chief?s wife, son, then MD, IRCTC, a Private person, two Directors of Private Company, a Private Marketing Company and unknown in the same. Meanwhile, searches are being conducted at 12 locations including Delhi, Patna, Ranchi, Puri and Gurgaon.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Why didn’t Cong make Meira Kumar president when in power’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya today sought to know why the Congress did not make Babu Jagjivan Ram prime minister and his daughter Meira Kumar president when the party was in power. Slamming the opposition for putting up Meira Kumar as their candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment said the Congress was trying to “politicise” the presidential elections. “Ram Nath Kovind is the most apt candidate for the post of president. Congress should not have put up their candidate for the presidential elections. “If they (Congress) really wanted to make Meira Kumar president, why did not they appoint her when they were in power? Why did they not make Jagjivan Ram prime minister of this country,” Dattatreya told reporters here. “The Congress is trying to politicise the elections,” he said. The Union minister said BJP respects Meira Kumar as much as Ram Nath Kovind and hence, the main opposition party should stop the “malafide campaign” against the ruling party’s intentions of nominating Kovind for the president post. Meanwhile, Sudarshan Bhagat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare said the Centre had sanctioned Rs 1,600 crore loan to Telangana for implementing sheep distribution scheme, out of which Rs 400 crore will be treated as subsidy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ram Navami rally: ‘Can anyone perform puja with sword’, Mamata asks BJP leaders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accusing ‘some BJP leaders’ of carrying arms in Ram Navami processions yesterday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned them of legal repercussions saying the law will take its course against such people.Also Read: Ram Navami in Bengal: The Sangh is coming and Mamata needs to recalibrate her ‘pro-Muslim’ image”Some BJP leaders who do not know Bengali culture held processions with swords to create an atmosphere of fear (during Ram Navami) yesterday. But can anyone perform puja with a sword?” she said at a public meeting here. “Lord Rama had worshipped Goddess Durga with flowers, not with swords. Rama did not resort to the riots to kill Ravana. “If any political leader or worker participates in a procession with arms, law will take its own course. There will be no ABCD… All are equal,” Banerjee said. “Ram Navami puja is held at my own home. But I never make a show of it,” she said. The RSS and various right wing groups participated in Ram Navami processions across the state yesterday during which many people had been carrying weapons like swords.”You have no right to carry weapons. What will happen if people belonging to other religions do the same thing tomorrow?” she asked. Slamming the BJP, she said, “They don’t perform worship. They only use religious slogans, put up saffron flags and incite violence.” Banerjee said the BJP leaders have no knowledge about the Bengal’s culture. “There cannot be any work with divisive politics. One day you (BJP) will be wiped out of Bengal as well as out of the country.” She said since the people has put her in the chief minister’s chair, she would work for the people of all castes, creed and religion.

More allegations of ill-treatment of jawans, Army rejects them

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army has yet again been hit by allegations of ill treatment of soldiers with a sepoy posting online a video criticising the Sahayak or buddy system and “poor amenities” including food, which he said is only to keep them alive. Strongly rejecting the allegations levelled by Sepoy Sindhav Jogidas Lakhubhai from Army Medical Corps (AMC), the Army said the matter has been investigated and his charges were found to be false and baseless. Lakhubhai claimed that though huge amount of money is given for welfare of soldiers, the facilities provided are just a “facade” and that he approached the PMO, the Defence Minister and the Army Chief seeking justice but to no avail. The Army said Lakhubhai was posted at Military Hospital (MH) Ranikhet and has never been employed as ‘Buddy’ of any officer nor has he ever been asked to perform any such a duty. The four-minute-long video by Lakhubhai, who hails from Gujarat, came a week after Roy Mathew, a jawan who featured in a sting video by a news website against the Army’s ‘buddy’ or Sahayak system, was found dead in an abandoned barrack in Nashik district of Maharashtra. “I apologise to the citizens of this country and the government. My video will hurt your sentiments and the army’s respect. But every soldier wants respect. How long will we tolerate this,” he said in the video posted on social media. The army said his complaints were investigated by a ‘One-Man Inquiry (OMI)’ and were found to be baseless, adding as per his request, he has been transferred to a military hospital in Leh last month. He is on transit to his new posting. Slamming the “Sahayak” system, the jawan alleged that some officers in the army treated soldiers attached to them for household work as their servants and they do not have any option but to follow the orders. “Because those who speak are victimised. They have to face the consequence,” Lakhubahi said adding he had to suffer for refusing to follow the orders He said he faced Court of Inquiry twice. “The food given to us is only to keep us alive,” he said adding, “Nobody hears our voice. I will stick to my position. I hope reform will come to army.” The jawan said he had approached the PMO and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s office on January 21, 2016 and had again approached the PMO in October last year but there was no reply. He said he was denied entry into the Sena Bhavan on January 28 and there was no response from the Army Chief to his letter. “At the end, I was given a charge sheet for writing against my officers. I have already been punished twice… If we refuse any duty or break a rule, we are punished immediately. But when officers break rules, there are no rules for them,” he said in the video. MORE(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RSS leader`s remark reflects party’s Taliban-like mindset NCP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Slamming the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader`s announcement on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday drew parallel between the right-wing organisation?s ideology and that of Taliban. ?It exposes the ideology of the RSS and shows how it is giving Taliban-like instructions. On the one hand, they condemn the terrorists, and on the other hand they are invoking the same,? NCP leader Tariq Anwar told ANI. Dubbing the statement as a breach of law, another NCP leader Majeed Memon said such statements incite people and provoke people to take law in their hands. ?How could a person belonging to an organisation such as RSS make such a statement and that too also for a constitutional head of the state. The statement is a breach of law. In fact, criminal law must be taken into action,? he said. ?His bosses must ask him to refrain from making such statements because it tends to incite people, provoke people and take law in their hands. So, whether a person belongs to a political party or any organisation, they should be warned,? he added. RSS leader Kundan Chandrawat yesterday offered Rs. one crore to anyone who would bring Kerala Chief Minister’s head. “If anyone beheads the Kerala CM, who is the murderer of RSS activists, and brings his head I will bequeath my property worth more than Rs. one crore to him,” he said. However, the right-wing condemned the minister?s statement, saying it doesn?t subscribe to views advocating violence. “The RSS doesn’t subscribe to any views advocating violence and strongly condemn it. Attached statement is loud and clear”, said RSS spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya in a statement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Why has PM Modi not acted against our ‘looting’ in past two years Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Castigating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his recent ?loot bhoomi? barb in Uttarakhand, the Congress on Monday dared the former to launch an investigation against the grand old party with every possible resource in his arsenal. Congress Spokesperson Sandeep Dixit said if the Prime Minister knew that the so called ?loot? is happening in Uttarakhand, then why did he not take any action against the state government? ?The Prime Minister has been using such cheap language from past many days. Next I would like to say, you are the Prime Minister if you think that Congress did corruption then you have the Police, the CBI and everything by your side, initiate an investigation against us,? said Dixit. ?If you knew that loot is happening in Uttarakhand then why did you not take any action in the past two and half years. Why is all of it coming out at times of elections? This is nothing but a political stunt,? he added. Slamming the Congress, Prime Minister Modi yesterday while rallying in Uttarakhand said the party had turned the ‘dev-boomi’ of Uttarakhand into a ‘loot-bhoomi’. “Those who were appointed to a position of power did not lose the opportunity to make personal gains. They were caught red-handed on camera. They’ve turned this dev-bhoomi into loot-bhoomi,” said PM Modi. Referring to a sting operation in which Chief Minister Harish Rawat was allegedly seen offering bribes to party MLAs for their support in a crucial floor-test in the Uttarakhand Assembly the Prime Minister said, ?Those who cannot think well of the people here, how can they govern?? Uttarakhand goes to polls on February 15.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP Elections 2017: Amit Shah identifies BJP’s major opponent in the upcoming phases

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP chief Amit Shah on Sunday said BSP is the main rival in first two phases of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls and Samajwadi Party in the rest, as he accused Akhilesh Yadav of getting into an “unholy alliance”.”As per the trend of first phase, we will get more than 50 seats (out of 73). In the first two phases we will be getting more than 90 seats (out of total 140). The main rival in these two phases is BSP. In the next phases, the rival will be SP,” Shah told reporters here. He claimed that issues like payment of cane dues, loans at zero per cent interest to farmers, anti-Romeo squads to check crime against women, and some other key points in BJP manifesto had attracted youths and common people and they were supporting BJP.Terming the Congress-SP alliance as “unholy”, Shah said if SP had considered what Lohia had thought about Congress, it would not have forged the pact. “This is alliance of those who ran corrupt governments. UP is behal (suffering) in this regime and cases of riots, rapes and murders have increased. Due to appeasement on basis of caste and religion, people are harassed and they want development. SP government has failed miserably,” he said.”The decision of alliance has been taken to avoid defeat in polls,” he added. Slamming SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Shah said he has conceded defeat by sacrificing 105 (of the 403) seats to Congress. On the chief minister’s charge that ‘acche din’ is elusive in UP, he said, “By saying this, Akhilesh has accepted that he has failed. After ruling for five years, he is asking when will acche din come. It will come after March 11, when BJP will form government.”When asked about his views on Mayawati’s BSP, Shah said, “Both SP and BSP protect each other on corruption. What probe has Akhilesh instituted against BSP leaders against whom there were corruption charges?” On Muslim clerics supporting different parties, the BJP chief said, “BJP does not face any threat nor challenge because of them. It shows desperation of political parties.” About opposition’s charge that BJP was trying to polarise voters, Shah said, “What have we done for polarisation? It is being said as threat of defeat is looming large over them.” He also alleged that the Akhilesh government did not support the Centre for development of the state.”We have given Rs 1 lakh crore per year to UP. Our schemes were not implemented,” Shah said, citing examples. Talking about giving tickets to turncoats leading to bad blood among BJP’s ticket aspirants, he said no one is an outsider once they join the party.

Parties claim they swept the first phase of UP polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the first phase of polling, major parties in Uttar Pradesh claimed that they have swept the round and were on the road to form government in the politically crucial state. Samajwadi Party party chief Akhilesh Yadav said that the downfall of those who had “befooled” the people promising “achche din” has started while Mayawati asserted that she will prove pollsters wrong as she did in 2007 when they predicted her defeat. BJP Chief Amit Shah claimed ‘achhe din’ will come in Uttar Pradesh after counting of votes on March 11. Claiming that SP was ahead of rivals in the first phase, Akhilesh said the trend will continue and the alliance will get majority. “We could have got majority alone, but after alliance with Congress we will comfortably win over 300 seats,” Akhilesh said in Badaun. “The downfall of those who had befooled people promising ‘achche din’ has started. After 2017, they will be wiped out in 2019 also. They (BJP) should tell as to what have they done for people,” he said. Addressing a rally in Sitapur, Mayawati claimed it was a “clean sweep” for BSP in the first phase. “The first phase of UP polls was encouraging for BSP. It was a clean sweep for our party. It’s a positive signal that we are going to form government in the state,” she told an election rally here. She dubbed as “fake” the surveys and opinion polls that said BSP will not come to power and said that they will be proved wrong as in 2007, when her party got majority. “You should not believe in such surveys. If BSP came to power all development schemes will be restarted and names of schemes and places that were changed will be restored,” she said. Shah said BSP is the main rival from BJP in first two phases of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls and Samajwadi Party in the rest five. “As per the trend of first phase, we will get more than 50 seats (out of 73). In the first two phases we will be getting more than 90 seats (out of total 140). The main rival in these two phases is BSP. In the next phases, the rival will be SP,” Shah told reporters in Lucknow. He claimed that issues like payment of cane dues, loans at zero per cent interest to farmers, anti-Romeo squads to check crime against women, and some other key points in BJP manifesto had attracted youths and common people and they were supporting BJP. Slamming Akhilesh, Shah said he has conceded defeat by sacrificing 105 (of the 403) seats to Congress. On the chief minister’s charge that ‘acche din’ have eluded the people, he said, “By saying this, Akhilesh has accepted that he has failed. After ruling for five years, he is asking when will ‘acche din’ come. It will come after March 11, when BJP will form government.” The first phase of UP polls in 73 assembly constituencies witnessed 64.22 per cent voter turnout yesterday. Voting will be held in 67 Assembly constituencies spread over 11 districts on February 15. The other five phases will be held on February 19, 23 and 27 and on March 4 and 8. Counting will be taken up on March 11.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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