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If I open my mouth many BJP people will be in trouble: Nitish Kumar

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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Friends for 17 years within the NDA, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (United) are fighting a bitter battle of words in Bihar following their unsavoury split over the Narendra Modi issue recently.

Faced with repeated attacks by the BJP leaders, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday hit back by hurling a veiled warning to the leaders of his erstwhile saffron ally. He said that the BJP leaders would land in trouble if he opened his mouth. “If I speak up, many of them (BJP leaders) will be in trouble,” he said.

Nitish’s succinct remark followed blistering attack on him by the BJP leaders during the two-day visit of their party president Rajnath Singh to Bihar.

On the last day of his visit on Monday, Singh cautioned Nitish against falling in the trap of the Congress which raised the issue of Narendra Modi before every election. Referring to Nitish, he said that it was the duty of all anti-Congress forces to carry forward the ideology of Socialist leaders such as Ram Manohar Lohia and Jaya Prakash Narayan. “While many disciples have failed to carry forward their legacy, the BJP has done so by emerging as an alternative to the Congress,” he said.

In another jibe at the JD-U, Singh also said that some parties seemed to be afflicted with a disease called ‘secularitis’ and were trying to divide the country on secular and communal lines. “Our country must be saved from this disease,” he said.

He said that the Congress’ attack on Modi was part of its strategy. “More than 13,900 riots have taken place since Independence but the issue of no riot had been raised in the manner of Gujarat riot,” he stated.

Singh said that the Congress was doing it purposely to divert public attention from its failures.

Earlier, addressing a party workers’ conference on Sunday, Singh had warned Nitish that his party would be wiped out in the next polls if it aligned with the Congress.

The BJP leaders from Bihar also went hammer and tongs in hitting out at him. Former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, once considered a close associate of Nitish, hit out at the Chief Minister for dismissing the 11 BJP ministers unceremoniously from the Cabinet. “The BJP and JD-U had worked together to rid Bihar of the ‘jungle raj’ but Nitish showed least sensitivity in sacking the 11 ministers,” he said. “He, in fact, dismissed Ashwini Chaube while he was fighting for his life in Kedarnath.”

Senior party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad wondered whether Nitish would go to receive Narendra Modi at Patna airport in case the latter became the prime minister.

Syed Shahnawaz Hussain that Nitish had taken least steps for the welfare of the minorties while he was the Union minister. “One does not become secular only by wearing a (topi) cap,” he said. “Topi is, after all, meant for prayers not for politics.”

The BJP leaders squarely blamed Nitish for the split and the electorate would teach him a lesson in the next elections.

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After Modiphobia, Congress now suffers from secularosis

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By Ankit Grover on June 19, 2013

After Modiphobia, Congress now suffers from secularosisWhat does it take to prove the ‘secular credentials’ of a certain individual. Is secularism an absolute or a relative term? Is secularism decided by thoughts and actions, or is it certified by an overarching authority?

In the Indian political context at least, in both cases, the latter appears to be the case.

Most recently, the definition of secularism — subject to much revision — is defined by one man: Narendra Modi. Already, having identified him as the greatest threat to their fortress, the UPA has been doing all it can to supress the tidal wave of Modi coming at them, albeit with little success. BJP leaders have aptly termed this fear as ‘Modiphobia’.

The ruling party, devoid of any secular credentials itself, has been gleefully handing out certificates of secularism to those it deems fit. Especially to those who try and step up to Modi.

No sooner did Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announce his party’s breakaway from the NDA, a certificate was hastily prepared by the PMO for the country’s newest secular leader. Instant headlines were made, and talks of a prospective partnership between ‘like-minded secular parties’ were aplenty. Once branded secular by the Congress, one is absolved of all his sins, and more importantly, is free to do business with the UPA.

But really — what gives the Congress any credibility to decide whether a leader/party is secular or communal? This question remains, pitifully, unanswered. Plainly and simply, the Congress sees itself as the self-proclaimed voice of secularism and has tried to posit itself as the ultimate authority. Its ‘impeccable’ reputation cannot possibly be tarnished, even after having overseen most of the the country’s deadliest riots since independence.

Secularism was one of the founding principles of the Indian state, but it has been shamefully and annoyingly exploited, politicised and misconstrued by the Congress; so much so that it has become a disease — secularosis.

Congress is using your tax money to promote beef!

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By Kanchan Gupta on February 19, 2013

Congress is using your tax money to promote beef!

Navbharat Times has published an interesting story, headlined अल्पसंख्यकों को सरकारी सलाह, खून बढ़ाने के लिए खाएं गोमांस” , about a booklet that is being circulated among children in minority-dominated areas of Uttar Pradesh. The booklet, called ‘Poshan’, has apparently been produced by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, headed by K Rahman Khan, in collaboration with the Department of Child Welfare. It urges children to eat green vegetables, chicken and beef to “generate oxygen and blood in the body”. This is possibly the first official, tax-funded promotion of beef in this country.

The Constitution’s Article 48 explicitly states: “The state shall endeavour to organise agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle.” If the state begins promoting the consumption of beef, it would be violating the Constitution. Such considerations have never stood in the way for the Congress in its pursuit of crass minorityism and pandering to Muslim vote-bank politics. Last year’s Union Budget listed the slaughter of bovine animals as an activity exempted from service tax.

Examples of Congress’s contempt for the Constitution abound. For instance, the Constitution’s Article 44 says “The state shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India.” What the Congress has done, instead, is to reinforce shari’ah through the obnoxious and deceptively titled Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act that was pushed through Parliament by Rajiv Gandhi to overturn the Supreme Court’s landmark judgement in the Shah Bano case.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – the more things change, the more they remain the same in this wondrous land of ours!

Coalgate scam is India’s hall of shame, says BJP

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By Niticentral Staff on June 19, 2013

 

 

Coalgate scam is India’s hall of shame, says BJPTerming the Coalgate scam as India’s hall of shame, the BJP on Wednesday said the scandal speaks volumes of the Congress-led UPA’s corrupt empire.

“Coal blocks have been allocated with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signing on them as Coal Minister. The CAG estimates a loss of more than Rs 10 Lakh crore to the national exchequer,” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said addressing a Press conference in New Delhi.

Lekhi said, “The recent action of ex-Law Minister Ashwini Kumar to alter the CBI’s probe report on Coalgate in order to protect Manmohan Singh’s culpability is too very well known. The CBI being a caged parrot of the Congress it seems is finally acting fast at the behest of Supreme Court.”

The BJP demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister to facilitate a free and fair investigation. “It is such an irony that the same CBI which reports to the PM is now directly investigating the PMO on the actions of the PM who is still in the office. To facilitate a free and fair investigation Manmohan Singh must step aside. It will be in the interest of the nation that truth on this matter must come out expeditiously. It is to be investigated whether PM acted of his own or was part of a larger conspiracy and was only complying with his role,” the BJP spokesperson said.

On CBI questioning some PMO officials in Colagate case, Lekhi said, “It is is merely the first step. We will hope that the CBI questionnaire is honest and bring out the truths.”

“As neither the mandatory procedure was followed and nor the back ground checks were performed, before allocating the Coal blocks to the companies. Only after the interrogation of the tainted PM, the details of the conspiracy will be unraveled,” she said.


BJP Press on Coal Block allocation & Ishrat Jahan case: Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi

By Niticentral Staff on June 19, 2013

 

 

Coalgate scam is India’s hall of shame, says BJPTerming the Coalgate scam as India’s hall of shame, the BJP on Wednesday said the scandal speaks volumes of the Congress-led UPA’s corrupt empire.

“Coal blocks have been allocated with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signing on them as Coal Minister. The CAG estimates a loss of more than Rs 10 Lakh crore to the national exchequer,” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said addressing a Press conference in New Delhi.

Lekhi said, “The recent action of ex-Law Minister Ashwini Kumar to alter the CBI’s probe report on Coalgate in order to protect Manmohan Singh’s culpability is too very well known. The CBI being a caged parrot of the Congress it seems is finally acting fast at the behest of Supreme Court.”

The BJP demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister to facilitate a free and fair investigation. “It is such an irony that the same CBI which reports to the PM is now directly investigating the PMO on the actions of the PM who is still in the office. To facilitate a free and fair investigation Manmohan Singh must step aside. It will be in the interest of the nation that truth on this matter must come out expeditiously. It is to be investigated whether PM acted of his own or was part of a larger conspiracy and was only complying with his role,” the BJP spokesperson said.

On CBI questioning some PMO officials in Colagate case, Lekhi said, “It is is merely the first step. We will hope that the CBI questionnaire is honest and bring out the truths.”

“As neither the mandatory procedure was followed and nor the back ground checks were performed, before allocating the Coal blocks to the companies. Only after the interrogation of the tainted PM, the details of the conspiracy will be unraveled,” she said.


BJP Press on Coal Block allocation & Ishrat Jahan case: Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi

Muslims are safer, more prosperous in NaMo’s Gujarat

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By Kiran Kumar S on June 18, 2013

Muslims are safer, more prosperous in NaMo's Gujarat

The loudest and the most oft-chanted pseudo-secular hymn in India is that Narendra Modi is communal and anti-Muslim. Even those with no basic depth in politics or current affairs just go around repeating this as it has been made famous via Goebbels principle. It essentially involves repeating a lie again and again so often that people tend to believe it as the truth. Congress and many other parties have invested so much into this hymn that it is almost impossible for the victims of that mindless Goebbels attack to believe that Modi is actually a truly secular leader. Yes, I used the word secular here meaning a true panth-nirapeksh person, not quote unquote ‘secular’ meaning ‘deseperate-for-minority-votebank and anti-Hindu’ politician.

So how exactly is Narendra Modi NOT anti-Muslim, as you were made to believe for a decade by the Goebbels practitioners in India?

To start with, the votes

In 2012 election, 31 per cent of the Muslims in Gujarat voted for Narendra Modi. By the 2013 by-election, Modi had done a clean sweep of 6 out of 6 seats that were held by Congress. Could he have done it without the local Muslims’ support? Similarly, Gujarat has 8 Muslim-majority MLA seats. Six of them were won by the BJP. Can anyone think that was possible without active Muslim electoral support for Modi’s team?

Gujarat’s Muslims reject victimhood

Communal harmony

The fact is that during the past six decades of well-documented history of independent India, the ONLY communal riot-free 10-year-period in Gujarat was under Narendra Modi’s rule! No self-professed secular will ever highlight that incredibly important point on social and communal harmony.

Circling back to the six major communal riots that Gujarat has seen since independence, Congress was directly or via allies in power during 1969, 1987, 1989, 1990 (except for a few months) and 1992 riots. Crores of rupees worth of property of Muslims were looted. Thousands of Muslims were killed in those riots. Forget charge sheets, even no FIRs exist on records today. But for 2002 riots under BJP Government, more than 200 Hindus were arrested and 150 are serving life sentences. See the difference? Do you still think Modi’s Government is anti-Muslim while the previous ones were pro-Muslim?

Literacy higher among Gujarati Muslims, says Governor

And for those who parade the 2002 riots as ‘anti-Muslim’ BJP state policy, did you ever question the 1964 Bihar, 1969 Gujarat (Ahmedabad), 1980 UP (Moradabad), 1983 Assam (Nellie), 1989 Bihar (Bhagalpur) or 1993 Maharashtra (Mumbai) riots? All these unfortunately had more Muslim deaths than the 2002 Gujarat riot. All these happened under Congress Governments! Still BJP is ‘anti-Muslim’?

Who can forget the dastardly 1984 Sikh slaughter in Delhi? The then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi brushed off the huge death toll around his home in the Capital, with the infamous ‘big tree falls’ shameful speech. Why did no Human Rights Group ever speak against that Congress leader?


Modi defines secularism as ‘India First’


Popular minority names speak out

Actor Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan once asked: “Mumbai 1993 was no less violent than Gujarat 2002. Can you tell which party’s Chief Minister was ruling Maharashtra then?”

Gujarat’s Maulana Vastanvi observed: “The community that benefited most from Modi’s inclusive development, is that of Gujarati Muslims.”

Maulana Mahmood Madani of Jamiat Ulema e Hind: “Compared to the other States, Muslims in Gujarat are much happier.”

Maharashtra’s ex IGP SM Mushrif told to Milli Gazette paper: “Today the most safe place for Muslims is Gujarat.”

Kerala’s VV Augustine, member of National Minority Commission: “I have travelled across States. In Gujarat, there are rich Muslims and poor Muslims. The economic status of poor Muslims in Gujarat has improved the most (during BJP rule). How can I deny that?”

Modi has won over Gujarati Muslim hearts

What they don’t tell you about Gujarati muslims

During the Sabarmati Riverfront Project, 13,000 families got displaced. 68 per cent of them were actually Muslim. But every one of them was provided with an apartment as promised. Modi did not discriminate based on religion when rehabilitating the citizens.

Gujarat’s Haj quota is 3500. But by now, 41,000 applications are already in place. Traditionally, people go to Haj only when they can afford it themselves (not via loans). This shows how Gujarati Muslims have become financially well off.

Muslims best off in Gujarat: Just look at the statistics!

Muslims form less than 10 per cent of Gujarat’s population. But 18 per cent of the RTO registration of new two wheelers are by Muslims. Their four-wheeler registration also is higher than their proportion in the overall population. 12 per cent of the police in Gujarat are Muslims. 10 per cent of the Government jobs held by Muslims. If Muslims were discriminated against during the 11 years of BJP rule, would all these have been possible?

In summary, Gujarati Muslims are more well off financially and much safer in 2013, than they have ever been in their history since 1947. It is futile to keep falling victim to ‘secular’ Goebbels propaganda that Narendra Modi is anti-Muslim.

Reference: The above points and numbers are translated excerpts from an outstanding article by DG Lakshman that appeared in the Hosa Digantha Kannada newspaper on Monday. All the facts and figures are taken exactly as is, except one small change of using 1989 for Bihar instead of 1980. All credits to the original research and publishing by DG Lakshman. You can find the full article and author’s contact information here: hosadigantha