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Hours after the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) suspended its Nanguneri MLA Ruby R Manoharan over a scuffle that broke out at party headquarters Sathyamurthy Bhavan in Chennai last week, AICC leader Dinesh Gundu Rao issued a statement Thursday staying the decision.Rao, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) leader in charge of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Goa, said the suspension procedure was carried out in an improper manner and in contravention of the principle of natural justice.“I hereby stay the suspension order made against Ruby R Manoharan MLA and also stay the entire disciplinary proceedings in the above matter being conducted by the Disciplinary Action Committee of Tamil Nadu PCC,” Rao said Thursday.Congress MP Karti Chidambaram took to Twitter on Thursday to share Rao’s statement and said he was glad that the AICC quickly resolved the “injustice done to Manoharan”.@INCTamilNadu கட்சியின் பொருளாளர்,நாங்குநேரி சட்டமன்ற உறுப்பினர் திரு @ruby_manoharan அவர்களுக்கு இழைக்கப்பட்ட அநீதிக்கு அகில இந்திய காங்கிரஸ் கமிட்டி உடனடியாக தலையிட்டு தீர்வு கண்டது எனக்கு மகிழ்ச்சி அளிக்கிறது @INCIndia pic.twitter.com/p48uKuAvky— Karti P Chidambaram (@KartiPC) November 24, 2022Last week, members of two factions of the TNCC broke into a fight and exchanged blows with each other at the party headquarters over the appointment of functionaries to certain posts. The police had to intervene to bring the situation under control and several party workers sustained injuries.Following this, TNCC disciplinary action committee chairperson K R Ramasamy announced that Manoharan had been temporarily suspended from the party. In a statement, he said the committee sent him a letter on November 17 seeking his explanation on the incident. Manoharan, in his reply, explained his side and sought more time.“The committee has decided that the remarks you mentioned in your letter were not acceptable. In the next meeting, you are asked to appear in person with relevant documents to explain your stand. Till then, the committee announces that you have been temporarily suspended from the party,” the statement read.The fallout between the K S Alagiri-led TNCC and the AICC has led to much debate in Tamil Nadu, with cadres taking sides over the incident.
Questioning the “repeated trips” made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to Gujarat, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said he had never seen such high anti-incumbency, as seen in the poll-bound state.Addressing an election meeting in Ahmedabad, the “Prime Minister has left all work in Delhi — which is his main job — and is here in Gujarat. What is the need for him to make repeated trips. Both Prime Minister and (home minister) Amit Shah are camping in the state.”Gehlot was speaking at Dariapur in Ahmedabad where sitting MLA Gyasuddin Sheikh is contesting.“You all are seeing what they are talking about in their speeches,” he said adding that unemployment and inflation were adversely affecting people in Gujarat. “I have never seen such high anti-incumbency, as I am seeing now in Gujarat. People are opposing them. They are not going to their meetings, because they have not done any work in the last five years,” the Rajasthan CM said adding that the BJP was forced to change its entire Cabinet last year.The Rajasthan CM said the anti-incumbency wave is bigger than 2017 elections, when congress fell a few seats short of forming the government in Gujarat. “If Congress wins this election, the Centre and Modji will get a shock. They will realise that they have lost due to high inflation and they will take steps to reduce prices. The entire country will benefit,” Gehlot said.“In Gujarat, Congress MLAs win. Thereafter horse trading happens and they are taken into BJP. This never used to happen earlier. After Modiji became the prime minister, a new model has come in the country, where elected governments are made to fall— Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka. These are dangers for democracy,” he said. Gehlot pointed out how sitting MLAs have rebelled within the BJP. “They blame the Congress, but they are not able to keep their own house in order.”Gehlot also remembered those who died of hooch tragedy in Ahmedabad and the recent bridge collapse tragedy in Morbi.
Panaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend the World Ayurveda Congress that will be held in the state from December 8 to 11. Union Minister of State of ports, shipping and waterways and tourism Shripad Naik who made the announcement on Tuesday also said that during the visit the Prime Minister will also inaugurate the new greenfield airport at Mopa, the All India Institute of Ayurveda at Pernem and one lane of the new Zuari bridge.“The World Ayurveda Congress is held once every two years in India and this year it will be held in Goa. There are two more programmes for which the PM will come to Goa. The PM has not finalised the date, but he has given a tentative date,” Naik said.Naik said that the All India Institute of Ayurveda is ready. It will have two colleges, including one post graduate college, while the Ayurveda hospital will have 150 beds, a research centre and out patient department (OPD).Stating that the work of constructing a cruise terminal at Mormugao Port Authority is in progress, the Union minister said, “We will provide facilities for cruise ships to arrive in Goa. Lots of tourists want to come to Goa and cruise tourism will get a boost in the state.”Last week, chief minister Pramod Sawant had said that December 11 is the tentative date finalised by the state for the inauguration of the Mopa airport, but that Modi is yet to confirm the date. Sawant said that once the PM confirms the date, it will be officially announced.Under the Rozgar Mela, Naik handed over 64 appointment letters to recruits in Goa. Addressing the new recruits, Naik said that the Rozgar Mela is a step towards fulfilling the commitment made by the government to accord the highest priority to employment generation.
PANAJI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend the World Ayurveda Congress that will be held in the state from December 8 to 11. Union Minister of State of ports, shipping and waterways and tourism Shripad Naik who made the announcement on Tuesday also said that during the visit the Prime Minister will also inaugurate the new greenfield airport at Mopa, the All India Institute of Ayurveda at Pernem and one lane of the new Zuari bridge. “The World Ayurveda Congress is held once every two years in India and this year it will be held in Goa. There are two more programs for which the Prime Minister will come to Goa. The PM has not finalised the date, but he has given a tentative date,” Naik said. Naik said that the All India Institute of Ayurveda is ready. It will have two colleges, including one post graduate college, while the Ayurveda hospital will have 150 beds, a research centre and out patient department (OPD). Stating that the work of constructing a cruise terminal at Mormugao Port Authority is in progress, the Union minister said, “We will provide facilities for cruise ships to arrive in Goa. Lots of tourists want to come to Goa and cruise tourism will get a boost in the state.”
Launching a scathing attack on the Congress’ cross-country march ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ led by Rahul Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president J P Nadda Tuesday termed it a facade for its ‘Bharat Todo’ (translated as Dividing India) agenda as the party had sided with those who chanted slogans against the execution of Afzal Guru and India. Nadda also called the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) a party of “banners” that would “lose election deposits in all 67 seats of Himachal Pradesh and also in Gujarat” in the Assembly polls.BJP candidate Jetha Ahir, who is also the deputy Speaker of the Gujarat Assembly, said that the BJP would “send a naked Kejriwal back to Delhi”.Speaking at an election rally at Shehra in Gujarat’s Panchmahal district where Ahir is the candidate, Nadda took a dig at the Congress party for organising a ‘Bharat Jodo’ rally after being part of an alleged anti-India sloganeering on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus.Nadda alleged that when Congress did not respect former deputy prime minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who united the nation, it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who gave due respect to the leader by building his statue.“Now I am told Rahul Gandhi has finally arrived to campaign in Gujarat. Better late than never. But only the Congress knows if it is doing a ‘Bharat Jodo’ or ‘Bharat Todo,” he said.He reminded the gathering about the prolonged delay in hanging Afzal Guru, the mastermind in the 2001 Parliament attack, in February 2012 when the Congress was in power. Nadda said, “They (Congress) are people who say ‘Afzal hum sharminda hain tere kaatil zinda hain’, (translated as Afzal we are ashamed your killers are alive). They rue the hanging of Afzal, who was given capital punishment by the Supreme Court, and whose clemency petition was rejected by the then President Pranab Mukherjee.”The university had witnessed protests in the campus in protest against the death sentence awarded to Afzal Guru.“Rahul Gandhi stands with such people in JNU and in that same event there were also slogans that said ‘Bharat tere honge tukde tukde inshallah inshallah’ (translated as ‘India, you will be chopped into pieces’). He (Rahul) should first piece together his own party and then go out to unite the country.”Nadda came down heavily on Rahul Gandhi for walking along with Medha Patkar, Narmada Bachao Andolan activist. “Who is he (Gandhi) roaming with? Medha Patkar? Do you know who she is? She is the one who stood against Gujarat and delayed the completion of the Sardar Sarovar project for 15 years by orchestrating mindless protests. Instead of protecting the rights of the poor, she created obstacles in the raising of the height of the dam,” the BJP president said.Nadda said that today the dam is complete and the water reaches Saurashtra and fills up 115 dams and provides water round the clock to the people there. “After Modi became the Prime Minister, in 17 days, he gave permission to raise the dam by 17 metres. Do you want to vote for people who suppress the voice of Gujarat and are opposed to development?” he asked.The Gujarat assembly elections are slated to be held in two phases on December 1 and 5. The results of the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections held on November 12 would be announced on December 8.Nadda lashed out at the Congress for “shedding crocodile tears” for the issues related to tribals and the Other Backward Communities (OBC). “There are tribal people and OBCs in this audience today. Which other party has thought about tribals and OBC other than the BJP? Many will shed crocodile tears but the one who has tried to change your fate on the ground is the BJP under the leadership of Modiji. Why didn’t anyone from the tribal community ever sit in the seat of the President for so many years?”Nadda heaped praises on PM Modi, who first made a Dalit sit on the President’s chair, and then made a tribal woman – Draupadi Murmu – the President. He has given the tribal community respect in the world, he said while criticising the Congress for never holding an annual tribal day.He lauded the PM for taking measures to set up a tribal welfare institute, document the contribution of the tribals in the freedom struggle, and do research on the contribution of tribals to nation-building.Nadda said that the Congress “played” with the OBC community for years in the name of creating commissions. “It is Modiji who turned the Commission into a national body – the National OBC Commission and gave the respect that OBCs deserve.”Without naming Kejriwal, Nadda also attacked the Aam Aadmi Party, saying that in Uttar Pradesh, the AAP contested in 350 seats and lost their deposit in 349. “In Uttarakhand, they lost their deposit in 68 seats and their CM candidate switched over to the BJP. During the Goa elections, when I landed in Goa, I was stunned to see the number of banners they had put up there – the face of the same leader (Kejriwal) and the locals were so hopeful saying, ‘See the results when they come’. I said, let’s wait. And what happened? They lost their deposit in 35 of the 39 seats They are a banner-based party, we are a cadre-based party,” he criticised.Nadda also hailed various development schemes under the leadership of PM Modi such as Ayushman Bharat scheme, Indira Awas Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana and the Covid-19 vaccines. Nadda said that during his tenure as MLA, many people approached seeking medical aid for expensive surgeries. “Poor people would come to ask for a grant of Rs 2 lakh and I would have to tell them that I can give you Rs 1 lakh but it was as good as giving nothing because how can you save someone’s life by giving only half the amount needed for the treatment? So when I became the union health minister, Modiji gave me a huge responsibility and told me to make healthcare free for all poor,” Nadda said, recalling the measures taken by the then government which paved way for Ayushman Bharat scheme under which poor persons can avail of medical treatment up to Rs 5 lakh per year.Regarding Covid-19 vaccines developed in India, Nadda said that while it took decades for India to get vaccinations for other illnesses in the past, India produced two Covid-19 vaccines within nine months due to “the leadership of Modiji”.The former minister said that it took 25 years for a TB dose to reach India, 28 years for Tetanus vaccine to be available in India and a century to have a vaccine against Japanese Flu. “The vaccine had been ready in 1906 in Japan but came to India in 2006. But look at when Covid-19 struck the world in 2020 Modiji had formed a task force immediately. And within nine months, we had not one but two vaccines,” he said.At a time when Europe has not been able to come out of Covid, Nadda said that India has been able to thwart Covid. “No one is wearing a mask and people are sitting so close. This is the protective shield of Modiji’s vaccine given to the 19 crore people. The United States has not been able to finish its vaccination programme. We have given vaccines to 100 countries, out of which 48 have received our vaccination for free. We are not a country who takes, but a country who gives,” the BJP president pointed out.Nadda asked the audience to “protect” Jetha Ahir until December 5, so that he could “protect you after December 8”. “It is your duty to make Jetha win. It is your contribution to nation building and development,” he said.Five-term MLA Ahir, who also addressed the crowd, said that the party workers in Shehra had set a “target of 1 lakh victory margin”. “Like Arjun only saw the fish eye in Mahabharata, you only have to see the button of the ‘Kamal’ (BJP symbol of lotus) in the voting booth. Our workers have fixed a target that we are going to win Shehra by 1 lakh votes. There is no doubt that the BJP is going to form the government in Gujarat,” Ahir said while adding that Kejriwal’s promise of freebies is not going to work as “Modiji has been giving us free benefits for a long time”. The people of Gujarat trust the BJP, Ahir said.
Panaji: Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s statement about Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj prompted Congress and NCP to burst out in protest. The two parties also hit out at BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi, accusing him of insulting Shivaji.Congress and NCP have demanded that Trivedi be dropped as the BJP spokesperson.“It is proved time and again that the BJP has used ‘Hindutva’ and great leaders only for its political convenience,” said Congress media cell chairman Amarnath Panjikar.“BJP used the name of Shivaji Maharaj to get votes but is now silent on all negative statements made against him,” said NCP national spokesperson Clyde Crasto. Congress has demanded that chief minister Pramod Sawant state his stand on the statements made by Trivedi.