India Can Face China And Pakistan, But Threat Is From Within: Farooq Abdullah

The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, while addressing a gathering of opposition leaders
hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav in New Delhi, recited poetry and couplets to target the BJP in
a veiled manner but took no names.

NEW DELHI:  India can face China and Pakistan but the threat is from within the country as somebody
is determined to spoil everything by dividing the people, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said
today.

The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, while addressing a gathering of opposition leaders
hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav in New Delhi, recited poetry and couplets to target the BJP in
a veiled manner but took no names.

"India can face China and Pakistan but unfortunately today the threat is from within, not from outside,"
he said. "Andar koi chor baitha hua hai jo hamara beda garak kar raha hai. Voh humaein bant raha hai
(There is a thief inside who is determined to ruin us. He is dividing us)," Mr Abdullah added.

"Earlier, we fought against the British but today we have to fight with our own people," he added at the
'Sanjhi Virasat Bachao' (save our composite culture) programme.

Talking about Kashmiris, Mr Abdullah said some people were trying to question their nationality. "Who
are they to ask us about our nationality? We Kashmiris chose India over Pakistan during partition because
India guarantees equality. And I say it with pride that I am an Indian Muslim," said Mr Abdullah, who has
also served as a union minister.


Expressing pain and grief over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, "Voh hum se kehte hain hum
vafadar nahin, par afsos ki baat hai voh dildaar nahin (they say we are not loyal, but sadly they are not
large-hearted)."

Mr Abdullah said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will stop complaining the day they are treated
with a large heart. "They are talking about unity but are they creating the atmosphere for it? They talk a
lot but lack in action," he said in an apparent attack on the BJP.

His comments came two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to Kashmiris in his
Independence Day speech, saying issues cannot be addressed either by bullets or by abuses, but by
embracing all Kashmiris.

Mr Abdullah alleged that last year an all-party delegation came to Kashmir to evaluate the situation there
and also gave its report, but nothing had been done after that.
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Congress terms Gorakhpur hospital deaths ‘murder’, wants Adityanath’s resignation

Congress on Sunday demanded the resignation of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath over
what it called the “murder” of over 60 children due to lack of oxygen in BRD medical college in
Gorakhpur over three days.

Addressing a press conference in Lucknow a day after his visit to the medical college, UP Congress
Committee (UPCC) president Raj Babbar claimed the government was directly responsible for the
“killing” of so many innocent children, and the CM must resign on moral grounds or he should be sacked.

He said the tragedy was all the more shameful because it happened in Gorakhpur, Adityanath’s
partliamentary constituency. “If Yogi Adityanath cannot take care of a medical college in Gorakhpur,
how can he run the entire state?” he asked.

Babbar also demanded filing of criminal cases against those responsible for disruption of oxygen supply
to the hospital due to non-payment of bills to the private suppler.

Questioning the likely outcome of the inquiry set up in the matter, the Congress leader said the CM had
already given his verdict by saying no deaths happened due to lack of oxygen supply even before the
probe panel was set up.

Terming state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh’s remark that number of deaths in BRD medical
college always went up in August, as highly “insensitive”, Babbar said the minister must disassociate
himself from the great name of late prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Singh is the maternal grandson of
the country’s second prime minister.

Babbar also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his delayed response to the tragedy. “The PM
was more concerned about the forest fire in Portugal and how to welcome US President Donald Trump’
s daughter in India,” he noted.

Babbar said Congress would hit the streets over the tragedy but did not give any date for the stir.
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BJP, Venkaiah Naidu dismiss Hamid Ansari's minority remark

NEW DELHI: Vice-president-elect M Venkaiah Naidu and BJP leadership have dismissed the remarks
made by Vice-President Hamid Ansari that there is a sense of insecurity among minorities in the country.
The ruling party alleged that Ansari may have made these comments with an eye on post-retirement
rehabilitation. Ansari had in an interview said "ambience of acceptance" of minorities is under threat.

Naidu, who will take oath as vice president at 10 am on Friday, did not make any direct reference to
Ansari, but said the contention that minorities have a sense of insecurity is mere political propaganda.
"Some people are saying minorities are insecure. It is a political propaganda," he said. "Compared to the
entire world, minorities are more safe and secure in India and they get their due," Naidu told news
agency PTI.

He also expressed disagreement with the view that there is growing intolerance. He said Indian people
and civilisation are most tolerant and that is what has made democracy a success here. Naidu said
singling out one community will create a divide. "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," he said.

He said history has proved there is no discrimination against minorities. "They (minorities) got prominent
positions, including constitutional responsibilities, because there is no discrimination, and also on account
of their merit," he said, adding that the country stands for "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. 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". However, he added, "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.

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya termed Ansari's remarks "petty" and wondered if the vice-
president is looking for "political shelter" after retirement. "I condemn his comments," Vijayvargiya said.
"He has made political comments as he is retiring.

He is still the vice-president and such comments do not suit the dignity of the office he holds," he said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led his government in bidding farewell to Ansari. "Your life
has been that of a career diplomat," Modi said in the Rajya Sabha where the vice-president is ex-officio
chairperson. "What is a career diplomat, I came to know only after becoming the prime minister, as their
smile and the manner of their handshake is not immediately comprehensible. This is their training."

He said Ansari's past as a diplomat must have helped him in running the House. "A major part of your
tenure as a diplomat has been spent in West Asia," Modi said. "Many years of your life were spent in that
circle. You lived in that atmosphere, that thought, the debates among those people. Even after retirement,
your work was the same — be it the Minority Commission or Aligarh University (where Ansari was vice-
chairman), your circle was the same," he said.

PM Modi underlined that in contrast the last 10 years must have been different for Hamid Ansari as he
had to go by the boundaries set by the Constitution.

"You made your best effort to run the House by the Constitution," he said. "There may have been deep
within you an anxiety but perhaps after today there would be no such worry. There will be a feeling of
freedom to work, think and an opportunity to explain your view as per your fundamental thinking," Modi
said.
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Arun Jaitley slams ruling CPI(M) in Kerala for political violence

Jaitley charged the CPI-M with using its cadres to "eliminate its political opponents and creating an
environment of violence" and added that the party needed to "introspect".

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today slammed the ruling CPI(M) in Kerala for the political violence
in the state, accusing it of "using" its cadres to "eliminate" rival party workers.

At a condolence meeting here after visiting the family members of slain RSS worker Rajesh Edavakode,
he said the RSS and the BJP could not be suppressed through violence.

He also questioned the "complete silence" on the "continuing saga of violence in Kerala" of those who
otherwise speak against any similar incidents in other parts of the country.

Jaitley charged the CPI-M with using its cadres to "eliminate its political opponents and creating an
environment of violence" and added that the party needed to "introspect".

The minister blamed the ruling party there for the recent upsurge in violence in the state which saw the
brutal killing of Rajesh by a gang on July 29 and attack on houses of several BJP and RSS workers.

Jaitley, whose visit to the state was widely seen as an attempt by the BJP to bring into national focus the
issue of alleged increasing attacks on his party's cadres by the CPI-M, said that the LDF government
was yet to take steps to check such incidents.

CPI-M state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, however, alleged that the political violence had increased in
the state after the visit of BJP President Amit Shah in early June.

The BJP was implementing "Amit Shah's plan" in the state by allegedly attacking party strongholds,
Balakrishnan said.

While the state was blessed with the nature's bounty, the challenge for any government would be how to
make it the most prosperous in the country, Jaitley said.

"But if the policy gets diverted and the prime concentration is to use the cadres of the ruling party to
eliminate political opponents and create an environment of violence, then the party in power has to
seriously introspect," the minister said.

Jaitley, who visited the house of Rajesh, said the "karyakarta was "brutally butchered" and had 70-80
wounds on his body.

Even an enemy of the country did not do this, he said, adding political workers of a rival political party
were involved in this.

"We are here to mourn the killing of Rajesh, whose sacrifice will remain with with us and inspire every
karyakarta. We now owe a duty to his family to look after them," he said.
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BJP demands Mamata's resignation over graft charges against nephew

Taking a dig at Trinamul Congress’ slogan of “Ma, Mati, Manush”, the BJP said “the reality is “Aami,
Aamar, Aamar parivar” for her.”

New Delhi: Accusing Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee of
nepotism, the BJP on Wednesday demanded that the Bengal chief minister should either come clean on
corruption allegations against her nephew and party MP Abhishek Banerjee or resign.

Taking a dig at Trinamool Congress’ slogan of “Ma, Mati, Manush”, the BJP said “the reality is “Aami,
Aamar, Aamar parivar” (Me, Mine, My family) for her.”  

Union minister Prakash Javadekar alleged that Abhishek Banerjee received Rs 1.15 crore when he was
director in the firm Leaps and Bounds Pvt Ltd from a realtor Raj Kishore Modi, who is under probe for
criminal activities, including land grabbing. He said it is ironic that the Trinamool supremo had staged a
protest in 2009 demanding the arrest of Raj Kishore and accused him of grabbing land of farmers.

“The real shocker is Mamata, who had opposed the permission given to the realtor, did not withdraw the
permission given by the previous CPI(M) government... This is an open and shut case of corruption and
quid pro quo...And therefore, she (Mamata) has lost her moral right to rule,” said Javadekar.

The minister further claimed that the address at which Banerjee and his wife, who was also a director in
the company, were shown to be staying is the chief minister’s official residence at 30-B, Harish
Chatterjee Road in Kolkata.

“Trinamool Congress is following ‘Vadra-Tejashwi’ model of corruption,” Javadekar added, referring to
Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son
and former deputy chief minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said it can now be concluded that the TMC, which they call Trinamul
Congress, “really stands for ‘Total Mamata for Corruption’...From Sarada to Narada and finally to
Mamata.”

Linking it to corruption expose of other opposition leaders, including Tejashwi Yadav, the BJP leader
said, “This is the saga of Mahagathbandhan. The Mahagathbandhan what they are projecting for 2019 is
a saga of nepotism, corruption and non-performance”.
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Is Pakistan celebrating Nitish victory: Shiv Sena

In a dig at the BJP over recent developments in Bihar, the Shiv Sena on Friday said it seemed its ally had
“made Pakistan happy” by aligning with Nitish Kumar. The Sena said in an editorial that politics today
was “no longer about morals and ideals” and added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief
Amit Shah had “snatched away” the opposition’s prime ministerial face.

“Amit Shah had earlier said if Nitish Kumar won, Pakistan would celebrate. So is Pakistan celebrating
now,” it asked in the editorial in the Sena mouthpiece, ‘Saamana’. It said, “It seems that the BJP itself
has made Pakistan happy by collaborating with Nitish”.

The NDA has got its “old friend” back, it said, but pointed out that Kumar had “splashed a lot of muck”
on Modi when he left the NDA. “Has that muck been washed off now,” asked the Sena, a constituent of
the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and in Maharashtra.

“In just two years, after Modi kept on with his winning spree, Nitish Kumar’s conscience once again
made him join the NDA fold. Politics is no more about ideals and morals,” it said. The BJP formed a
government in Manipur and in Goa despite not having a majority, it said.

“The BJP should ask its conscience if this would have been possible if the party did not have its
government in Delhi,” the Sena said. It said the BJP should “immediately ask” Nitish Kumar to clarify his
views on violence by gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes).

“Nitish Kumar was the prime ministerial face of the opposition parties. Modi and Amit Shah have
snatched that face away,” the Sena added.
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Flood crisis deepens in Gujarat, Rajasthan; PM Modi inspects home state

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a Rs 500-crore relief package for flood-hit Gujarat
after undertaking an aerial survey of the affected districts even as heavy rains continued to batter most
parts of north India.

The worsening floods killed another eight people in Gujarat, taking the toll to 82, as rescue teams stepped
up efforts to save thousands of people marooned in submerged towns and villages.

In neighbouring Rajasthan, six people, including a 10-year-old child, died in rain-related incidents since
Sunday. Rescue operations resumed on Tuesday in Jalore district where two Indian Air Force (IAF)
helicopters were also pressed into service. Rain waters have also caused severe flooding and damage in
West Bengal and Odisha.

After surveying the affected districts in north Gujarat, the Prime Minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2
lakh for the next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those injured grievously from the Prime
Minister’s National Relief Fund.

“Everything possible will be done to help the farmers, who suffer immensely due to floods… While
reviewing the situation, I could see the Government of Gujarat responded to the flood situation quite
swiftly,” the PM tweeted.

Before the aerial survey, Modi took stock of the situation at a high-level meeting attended by chief
minister Vijay Rupani, his cabinet colleagues and state officials in Ahemdabad.

Various places in Banaskantha and Patan, which are otherwise drought-prone, recorded 15 to 18 inches
of rainfall between Monday and Tuesday morning. Heavy rains are likely to lash the state in the next 48
hours, according to the Met department.
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Don't forget 1971, Venkaiah Naidu warns Pakistan

NEW DELHI: Hitting out at Pakistan for "aiding and abetting terror", NDA's Vice Presidential candidate
M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday reminded it not to forget what happened in 1971 in a reference to the
Bangladesh War in which it faced a humiliating defeat.

Naidu was addressing the annual Kargil Parakram Parade here, held in remembrance of soldiers killed in a
war with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir's Kargil sector in 1999.

"Our neighbour should understand that aiding and abetting terror will not help them, they should recall
what happened in 1971... Terrorism is the enemy of humanity, it has no religion," he said.

Criticising Pakistan for "mixing terrorism with religion" as its state policy, the former Union Minister
asserted that Kashmir is an integral part of India and "not an inch" of it will be ceded.

He also urged Pakistan to shun the path of confrontation.

"We are a peace loving people. We never attacked any country. We don't want war, we don't want
confrontation. We want to have peace and good relations with our neighbours, but they should also
reciprocate," Naidu said.
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