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‘Modi govt won’t last long with free Press, institutions’

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Rejecting the suggestion that the Central government was able to take unilateral decisions because of a weak Opposition, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said “give me free Press and other key institutions and this (Narendra Modi) government will not last long.”

He pointed out that the Opposition in any country functions within a framework, including the media, the judicial system and institutions that protect the voice of the people. “In India, that entire framework has been controlled and captured by the BJP government, the entire architecture designed for giving voice to the people has been captured,” he added.

The Modi government has taken control of all the key institutions, and it has done so not democratically but forcibly, Rahul told a Press conference here on the third and final day of his Kheti Bachao Yatra in Punjab against the black Farm Laws. The BJP government has captured the soul of the country, which is what the Congress is fighting, he said, adding that this fight will become more and more aggressive, going forward.

Terming the control of institutions by the government a big problem, Rahul noted that no other country in the world today is faced with a situation where even the Media does not question the government when its land has been seized by another nation.

Modi, he said, is not interested in India’s people but is only concerned about protecting and promoting his image, which would have got dented had he admitted to China’s incursion. The media, by helping promote his image, is also to blame, said Rahul, adding that Modi was comfortable in the knowledge that the Press would project his onesided statements. “Why don’t you question him at Press conferences,” he asked the media.

Rahul, however, said while the government may have captured the institutions, the fact is they cannot control farmers, the youth and the small traders, whose interests they are destroying.

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‘If you didn’t count, so no one died?’ Rahul Gandhi’s sharp retort to Modi government on migrant crisis

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday launched a sharp attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Centre’s response in Parliament on “no data” on migrant workers.

“The Modi government does not know how many migrants died during the lockdown, how many lost jobs. If you didn’t count, did nobody die? The sad part is that the government does not care about the loss of lives. The world saw them dying, Modi government was unaware,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.

Rahul Gandhi is currently abroad for the check-up of his other Sonia Gandhi.

He has been active on twitter for attacking the Modi government over several issues including India-China stand-off, corona crisis and others.

The Union government informed the Parliament on the first day of monsoon session that no data was available on the deaths of the migrant workers caused to the lockdown induced by a deadly coronavirus.

Ministry of Labour and Employment, in a written response to a question on whether thousands of migrant labourers lost their lives during this period, said that “no such data is available”.

Further on the question of compensation, it said: “Question does not arise in view of the previous question.”

The government said that it had also not kept track of the job losses amid the pandemic. “No such data is maintained,” it told.

However, as per a report published by the World Bank in April this year, the nationwide lockdown has impacted the livelihood of nearly 40 million internal migrants.

On the question of whether the government has failed to assess the issues faced by these labourers, the government said, “India, as a nation, has responded through the Central government, state governments, local bodies, self-help groups, Resident Welfare Associations, medical health professionals, sanitation workers as well as a large number of genuine and bonafide non-governmental organizations in the Nation’s fight against the unprecedented human crisis due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and country-wide lockdown, including Tamil Nadu.”

More than 4,611 Shramik Special trains were run by the Indian Railways to help the labourers return home, the government told.

“More than 63.07 lakh migrant workers have been shifted to various destinations located in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and other States. Food and water were also provided free of cost to the workers during their journey,” it said.

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Shiv Sena workers beat retired naval officer for allegedly sharing cartoon mocking Uddhav Thackeray

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A retired naval officer was beaten by the Shiv Sena workers in Mumbai for forwarding a cartoon mocking Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The 65-year-old officer, Madan Sharma, was allegedly attacked near his home in Kandivali East, Mumbai.

In the images posted online, wounds on his face and a bloodshot eye can be seen.

An FIR (First Information Report) has been registered in the case.

In his complaint, Sharma said he had forwarded the cartoon to his residential society’s WhatsApp group. He later received a call from one Kamlesh Kadam, who asked his name and address. In the afternoon, he was called outside the building and was attacked by a group of men.

Security footage of the incident has been rapidly shared on the social networking platforms.

In the video, he is seen walking to the main gate of his apartment building and after a few moments, running back inside with a group of men chasing him.

The Shiv Sena workers drag him by his shirt and are seen punching him.

Reacting on the incident, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “Extremely sad and shocking incident. Retired Naval Officer got beaten up by goons because of just a WhatsApp forward. Please stop this GundaRaj Uddhav Thackeray ji. We demand strong action and punishment to these goons.”

“The ruling Shiv Sena which showed its masculinity by demolishing the office of actor Kangana Ranaut has now beaten a retired Navy officer and has injured his eye. The Chief Minister is running dictatorship from his house,” Atul Bhatkhalkar, BJP MLA from Mumbai’s Kandivali East constituency, tweeted in Hindi.

As per the reports, six people, including Kamlesh Kadam, has been arrested in the case.

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Producer of PM Modi biopic who is facing drugs allegations made 53 calls to BJP office: Congress

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Sandip Ssingh, the producer of a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has faced charges linked to drug use emerging in the wake of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death had close ties with BJP and the party’s government in Gujarat even gave him a multi-crore contract recently, the Congress has alleged.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi asked who in the BJP is trying to “save” Sandip Ssingh, who produced “PM Narendra Modi”, the posters of which were unveiled by the then Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Mr Singhvi alleged the film producer who claimed to be Sushant Singh’s close friend made 53 calls to the Maharashtra BJP office in the last few months. “Who he was seeking security from,” Mr Singhvi asked.

He said political parties do not get into Bollywood matters. “But if a suspect is linked to the ruling party, the country wants to know who is he connected to and who in the BJP is trying to save Sandeep Ssingh,” the Congress leader said.

“Was Sandeep Ssingh the reasons for showing alacrity in ordering a CBI probe? Why are such people linked to the BJP?” he asked.

Mr Singhvi said Mr Fadnavis and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari should answer as to why Sandip Ssingh made these many calls to the Maharashtra BJP office and who was his boss.

The Congress leader said Sandip Ssingh’s closeness to the ruling party is evident from the fact that he made the biopic on PM Modi. “He is not a common person as none other than the then CM Devendra Fadnavis released the posters of this film.”

On the drugs angle coming up during the investigation into death of Sushant Singh Rajput, Mr Singhvi asked what was the Fadnavis government doing at the time as it was in power in 2017 and 2018.

He also alleged that a case of assault on a minor Swiss national was lodged against Sandip Ssingh on March 29 in Mauritius, as per documents available from the Indian embassy.

Mr Singhvi also alleged that even though his company had shown losses, the Vibrant Gujarat state summit had signed a ₹ 177-crore agreement with Sandip Ssingh in 2019.

The Supreme Court had last week upheld the transfer to the CBI an FIR lodged by Sushant Singh Rajput’s father in Patna against actress Rhea Chakraborty and others for driving his son to suicide and cheating him financially.

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