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Kerala RSP (B) leader Shibhu Baby John upset with his party and Congress




Just imagine what would have happened in the Congress led UDF had the son-in-law of a Congress Chief Minister or the wife of the convenor appointed as a minister, asked senior RSP (B) leader Shibhu Baby John.

The undivided RSP in Kerala was an ally of the Left and during the late nineties it split with one faction remaining in the Left and the other in which Shibhu was part, joined the Congress led UDF.

After a few more splits, today there is only a small faction which is there in the Congress led UDF and in the past two assembly polls, the RSP (B) has no legislator in the 140 member Kerala Assembly and they have only one Lok Sabha member — N.K. Premachandran.

Shibhu is a two time legislator and also a former State Minister in the Oommen Chandy cabinet (2011-16).

He is deeply upset after he lost the April 6 assembly polls, to the son of the candidate (Vijayan Pillai) who beat him at the 2016 assembly polls.

Pillai passed away last year.

Shibhu lost to Sujith Vijayan from the former’s home turf, Chavara in Kollam district by a slender margin of 1,096 votes and since then he has been deeply upset and failed to turn up at the first meeting of the Congress led UDF, held here on Friday.

When the media on Saturday came searching why he decided to skip the meet, the answer that was given is that he has applied for leave to his party as he has some important personal issues to attend.

Shibhu John is the son of RSP legend Baby John, a veteran trade union leader and State Minister on a number of occasions and Chavara was his political territory for several decades and following his death. His son Shibhu, an engineer by profession took over and by now he has won twice and lost thrice from Chavara.

Shibhu is unhappy the way Congress party is going about things in the state and said there is a lot of delay when it comes to taking important decisions.

“This is not really good at all. And just imagine what would have happened had the son-in-law of Congress Chief Minister and the wife of the UDF convenor be appointed as a State Minister. All can gauge what would have happened,” said Shibhu.

The son-in-law (P.A. Mohammed Riyas) of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the wife (R.Bindhu) of acting CPI-M secretary and the Left convenor A. Vijayaraghavan, both first time legislators are now cabinet ministers.

“There has been leakage of votes from the RSP and the Congress party in my constituency. I vow my allegiance to the RSP and would always remain to be one. Now that I have some personal needs I have applied for leave from the party. The party is yet to decide on it and it will meet again next week,” said Shibhu and added that at the moment there is no talk of his party leaving the UDF.


Maharashtra: Congress livid as Didi writes UPA’s epitaph




Relegated to the political pavement as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stormed Mumbai in her 2-day-long high-profile trip which ended on Thursday, the Maharashtra Congress unitedly slammed her for her ‘RIP’-ping comments spelling doom for the UPA.

Banerjee met leaders of two of the 3 ruling allies – Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena’s MP Sanjay Raut and Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, met civil society members, some industrialists, film personalities, but obviously she had no love lost for the state Congress.

The visiting leader’s shocker came during her brief media interaction, when she virtually blurted out – “What UPA? There’s no UPA now…” stunning the Congress and momentarily even the NCP supremo Pawar seemed dazed but kept his legendary cool.

An enraged Congress top brass hit back, though diplomatically – to avoid antagonising the Sena-NCP leaders or even remotely appear siding with the BJP – and harked on the grand old party’s contributions, the Gandhis’ leadership while blaming Banerjee’s “personal ambitions and ego” and painting the BJP as the real villain.

“The BJP is a threat to the Constitution and Democracy. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are constantly challenging the dictatorial attitude of the BJP,” said State Congress President Nana Patole.

The Congress Legislature Party Leader Balasaheb Thorat dismissively said, “no individual party can fight the BJP if that party only thinks of its own political gains and personal ambitions” and the Congress remains the sole viable option before the country.

AICC Secretary Sanjay Dutt said, “if there is one party which has been fighting fascist forces and standing up for the people of India, it’s the Congress”, and others are now posturing only to grab the ‘chair’ (power).

“If any other party leader makes any baseless, sarcastic or malafide comments about Rahul Gandhi, we will give a befitting reply and show them the mirror of their past stance and statements,” hissed Dutt.

State PWD Minister Ashok Chavan hit back at Banerjee saying the “Congress and its leadership needs no certification for its commitment to Democracy and Constitution, or its tireless struggle against the BJP’s policies”.

“Since before Independence, Congress has been fighting for the commoners, the rights of the people… The (BJP) central government is using the ‘divide-and-rule’ policy on the opposition parties. In such a scenario, it becomes the responsibility of all non-BJP parties not to indulge in politics that supports this policy of the Centre,” said Chavan sharply.

Patole pointed out how Rahul Gandhi has stood firm against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP, on the land acquisition law and the three black agriculture laws, the BJP’s divisive policies, inflation, unemployment, etc.

“The country is more important than personal ambitions or egos… A political party restricted to one state cannot provide an alternative to the BJP. Given the gravity of the situation, all like-minded parties must come together in the national interest,” urge Patole, adding only Congress is the viable option to the BJP.

Thorat cautioned that criticising Rahul Gandhi would only help the BJP which he has fearlessly challenged, plus the Congress and the entire Gandhi family has borne the oppression of the BJP, but they were not cowed down.

Some political commentators have claimed that despite the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) venturing into uncharted territories where it is barely known or has any base, ultimately they will need Congress support to form the government as it happened during the tenures of the former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda or I.K. Gujral.

Besides Congress, even the Opposition BJP leaders attacked Didi, questioning her ‘private’ meeting with Shiv Sena leaders and asked whether Maharashtra would go the West Bengal way.

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Oppn stages walkout from Rajya Sabha over inflation




The opposition parties resorted to sloganeering after the Rajya Sabha assembled for question hour and later walked out from the house after they were denied permission on discussion over inflation.

Congress MP K.C. Venugopal had given suspension of business notice under rule 267 to discuss the rising prices of essential commodities, which the chair did not permit.

Leader of opposition Mallikarjun Kharge urged the chair, “its an important issue.”

Earlier, the chair denied point of order to be raised by Anand Sharma.

Shakti Singh Gohil of the Congress said, “We have walked out in protest.”

The house was earlier adjourned till 12 noon after opposition forced the adjournment.

The Congress has given notices in both houses of the Parliament on the issue of inflation, and has demanded discussion on the price rise of essential commodities.

In his notice, Congress MP Manish Tewari said, “The high rate of inflation has hurt the economically weaker sections of the country. Prices of oil and vegetables have skyrocketed and fuel is breaking new records almost everyday with petrol going way beyond the 100 rupee mark and LPG cylinders having more than doubled in price since 2014, now cost more than Rs 900.”

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Pak PM shouldn’t interfere in India’s internal matters: RSS leader




Indresh Kumar, a senior RSS leader and the chief patron of Muslim Rashtriya Manch, has urged the ‘ulemas’ of the country to not only provide religious education in the madrasas, but also encourage skill development, computer education and knowledge of other subjects there.

He also advocated the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), and assured that persecuted minorities from countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan would be granted citizenship in India.

Simultaneously, he advised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to stop interferring in India’s internal matters.

The senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader slammed Imran Khan for condemning the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya and asked whether the temple is a major problem for the Muslims of the world.

Kumar said the madrasas should limit their reach to imparting education only. A few people try to malign the name of Islam as a whole by promoting illegal activities in the madrasas, he said.

Therfore, strict action is needed against such people so that the terrorists are not able to defame Islam, Muslims and the country.

Stressing on imparting education to children, the RSS leader said that the parents must provide best education to their children.

The parents must inspire their children with stories of patriotism and martyrs right from their childhood, so that the next generation moves forward by respecting the past generations, becoming aware of the country’s history, he said.

Responding to the Imran Khan-led Pakistan government’s comments against the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya, the Sangh leader said, “Is the Ram temple the main problem for the Muslims of the world? Why are you (Imran Khan) so interested in interferring in the internal affairs of India? Wherever Hindus live in the world, they live according to the laws of that country.”

He said Imran Khan should understand that when the Covid-19 pandemic spread, India saved many people in Maldives and Bangladesh, besides helping many other countries irrespective of their religious leaning.

He said that those working with nefarious intentions like Imran Khan need to understand that India undertook these steps in a humane manner, and did not take any money for it.

He also emphasised that the constutional ban on triple talaq has not only saved the lives of many Muslim women, but people have also understood the true spirit of Islam. Archaic practices like the triple talaq are not considered permissible in Islam, he said.

Therefore, the campaign to bring a law on triple talaq by the Muslim Rashtriya Manch was to provide justice to the Muslim women and safeguard the rights of children, which the people from the community have accepted with open arms, he said.

The Sangh leader said that women are capable of achieving success in every field provided they get the right opportunities.

The RSS leader also advocated the implementation of CAA and NRC, saying that Assam and various other states of the country share the borders with other nations, which want to foment infiltration into India and create an atmosphere of violence and terror, which must be controlled.

In Assam and many other states of India, the persecuted minorities from other countries will be granted citizenship.

Kumar said that in 1947, there were about 30 per cent Hindu population in Bangladesh which has now come down to just 9 per cent.

The minorities in Bangladesh are being killed with a rise in atrocities against women. In such a situation, being a tolerant country, such persecuted minorities must be granted citizenship in India, he said.

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