Poolside Winter Brunch At Hyatt Regency Delhi Promises Good Food And Fun


Highlights

  • Hyatt Regency in Delhi just opened it Deck to the public
  • Hyatt’s winter brunch has something for everyone
  • The Indian Mains are the real stars of Hyatt’s winter brunch

Winter is here and we don’t know about you, but we wouldn’t want to give up any chance of going on a lazy weekend brunch and basking in the winter sun. Brunches have been trendy for a while and a number of restaurants in Delhi have separate brunch menus that allow you to catch up with friends and family over good food and drinks during the weekends. But how many will allow you a chance to live a tiny summer in the middle of December winter? Hyatt Regency in Delhi is hosting a winter brunch that promises you just that- a poolside party with good food, live music and drinks. The venue for Hyatt’s winter brunch is their new poolside area called The Deck. The menu is an eclectic mix of global and Indian food, giving everyone enough options to choose from.

Hyatt’s winter brunch menu includes a wide range of options in salads, soups, starters, mains and even desserts. There are four salads, a cheese station, chicken and prawn dumplings and a number of barbeque options. Among the salads, the char grilled broccoli and apple salad is delicious, while in the starters, prawn satay and chicken pizza quesadillas are great options for non-vegetarians. The hariyali paneer tikka is a delicious vegetarian starter option, trumped only by the tandoori dahi bhalla. The Indian Mains are the real stars of the meal, with options like lasooni palak dal and Malabari fish curry shining in taste and flavour. The barbeque grill will churn out Red Snapper, chicken breast and mab chops for meat lovers.

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Tandoori dahi bhall at Hyat Regency, Delhi

There are a number of dessert options as well, including an excellent tiramisu and a startlingly delicious nougat berry trifle. The latter should be your first choice from the sweet selection. For drinks, you can opt for Prosecco Beverage Package (includes food, white wine, martini, red wine and domestic beer) or the Taittinger Brut Package (includes food, red wine, white wine, taittinger brut, domestic beer), while teetotallers may opt for Soft Beverage Package (includes food, soft drinks and mocktails).

The Deck is open from Monday to Sunday between 7 pm and 12.30 am, while the Sunday brunch timings are 12 pm to 5 pm.

Where: The Deck, Hyatt Regency, Bhikaji Cama Place, Delhi

Timings: 7pm-12.30pm on weekdays; 12pm-5pm on Sunday

Price: Rs 2,450 onwards (plus taxes)

Contact (For Reservations and other queries): 91 11 6677 1308



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#NewMenuAlert: Hong Kong Club’s New Menu Promises A Burst Of Flavours With An Edgy Twist 


Highlights

  • Hong Kong Club by Andaz Delhi is a lounge specialising in Cantonese food
  • The Hong Kong Club has found a loyal fanbase among foodies
  • The ingredients for the new menu are sourced from local farms

When about a year back, Andaz Delhi came up with a lounge specialising in Cantonese food, the expectations were towering high. After all, Andaz’s first outing in AnnaMaya had already struck a chord with foodies who loved the delicious, clean and locally sourced food that was on offer. The Hong Kong Club at Andaz, Delhi has been equally successful at finding a loyal fanbase among authentic Cantonese food lovers. And if you have haven’t had the chance to visit this trending hotspot as yet, Hong Kong Club’s sumptuous new tasting menu may be the motivation you have been looking for all this while! 

Speaking about the new menu, executive chef Alexander Moser said, “working with Chef Fuhai, we have created a modern day story, inspired by traditional Cantonese cooking. Using carefully sourced ingredients from our local partners, with time-honoured techniques, we have curated a menu with punchy flavours and the occasional edgy twist. ” 

(Also Read: 5 Things You Should Never Do While Eating Chinese Food)

While Delhi has no dearth of options or accessibility to Chinese food, an authentic Cantonese fair is a rare deal. The extensive range of captivating cocktails and liquers, further elevate the dining experience at this exclusive restaurant.

Cantonese cuisine refers to the cuisine popular in China’s Guangdong Province, particularly the provincial capital, Guangzhou. The eclectic blend of sauces, balance of cold and dry ingredients and soothing consistency of soups and wok-fried dishes make Cantonese cuisine a gastronomic showstopper of sorts in the gourmet space.

The Hong Kong Club, promises to take you on an authentic and flavourful ride through the streets of Guangzhou and offer you some of the best dim sums like the crystal dumplings made with the goodness of cauliflower, red and chinese cabbage or the delicious prawns, asparagus and crispy garlic dumplings. Bao lovers can enjoy a toothsome spread of classic barbequed pork and chicken bao, or the mixed mushroom and oyster sauce bao. Then there’s a range of crispy fried, boiled and lotus leaf wrapped dumplings to leave you further spoiled for choices. 

The hot and cold appetizers made with the locally grown veggies makes for a scrumptious treat too! From asparagus, home cured cucumber, spinach, endives, pomello, scallions, shallots and a lot more fresh and crunchy delights are tossed in a variety of sauces is sure to leave your taste buds tingling long after you have left. 

(Also Read: 13 Best Vegetarian Chinese Recipes| Easy Chinese Recipes)

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Hong Kong Club’s new menu will leave you spoiled for choices

Those looking for authentic Cantonese soup are in for a treat too! Clear mushroom broth with Kashmiri morels wonton, seafood hot and sour soup with prawns and squid lobster and hand-pulled noodle soup, chicken broth with vegetable and crispy shallots are some of the soothing treats on offer. 

Barbeque Hong Kong duck, pork belly, wok fried bamboo red rice, Cantonese sweet and sour prawns, lobster, chicken and crispy noodle fungus with shitake mushrooms are some of the other exciting dishes of the new menu that looks oh-so-interesting to miss! 

Where: Hong Kong Club, Andaz Delhi, Asset 1, Aerocity, New Delhi

Cost For Two: INR 3500





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In Poll Season, ‘Mystery’ Promises Of Jobs Haunt Political Parties


Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje (left) faces a stiff challenge in Rajasthan elections this year.

Jaipur: 

India’s unemployment worries may have led political parties to make increasingly unrealistic claims on job creation in election season, NDTV has found.

In its manifesto for the Rajasthan election, scheduled on Friday, the ruling BJP promises to create 50 lakh private jobs and 1.5 lakh government jobs in five years, three times what it had promised in its 2013 manifesto – 15 lakh jobs.

On the campaign trail, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia claimed to have achieved the 2013 target, though in a somewhat modified version. “Employment opportunities” have been created by her government, she said.

“I had promised earlier that I would link at least 15 lakh people to employment opportunities. I am glad to note that around 14 lakh to 15 lakh people have been linked to employment opportunities through employment fairs and technical institutes,” she said at a recent rally.

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley released the BJP manifesto for the 2018 Rajasthan assembly elections.

The state government’s portal admits that it has “been creating a number of job opportunities, but the increase in jobs has been more than offset by the rapid growth of population.” The thrust is now on self-employment, it says.

A report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Rajasthan’s Skill Development Corporation says of the 1.8 lakh youth it trained between 2014 and 2017, only 36 per cent or 63,000 got jobs.

In an interview to NDTV, the Chief Minister stood by her numbers. “We managed to do 15 (lakh) plus 50 (lakh) jobs, that is through the MUDRA scheme (the centre’s scheme to streamline loans to small businesses). The point is that over a period of time, if the state is doing all-round development, areas for jobs open up,” she said.

The BJP manifesto also promised an unemployment allowance of Rs 5,000 per unemployed youth – almost 10 times more than what the state currently pays (between Rs 500-Rs 1.000 per month).

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The Congress manifesto for the Rajasthan assembly elections 2018 was released by Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot.

In reality, the allowance covers only four per cent of the estimated 33 lakh unemployed in the state (the estimate is by the national auditor).

If the state were to pay all 33 lakh the new promised amount of Rs 5,000 each, that would amount to a whopping Rs 99,000 crore in five years.

The Congress party, while critical of the BJP’s track record in job creation, offers no concrete solutions in its manifesto.

The party promises jobs for the educated, loans at easy rates for self-employment and filling vacant posts in all government departments. It also promises, somewhat vaguely, “maximum employment and self-employment opportunities for youth”.

The Congress also promises a generous unemployment allowance of Rs 3,500 per head. When asked if the state could afford it, Congress leader Ashok Gehlot told NDTV “it (the allowance) isn’t for everyone. Many people do work. Only a few are unable to work, because of some kind of compulsion. They can’t even start their own business. They can’t get jobs. They can’t do any work. So I think it should be seen like that. It isn’t that you are distributing it to lakhs of people. That is impossible”.





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BJP Promises To Give Away 1 Lakh Cows A Year If Elected In Telangana


The BJP reportedly promised to give away the cows during festive seasons every year.

Hyderabad: 

The cow is in the spotlight again, this time in Telangana.

With Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao spoiling voters in the state with doles and waivers, the BJP has no choice but to play the game by his rules. So, the party’s manifesto for the upcoming assembly polls promises loan relief of up to Rs 2 lakh for farmers, free laptops for degree students and — in keeping with its motto of furthering the bovine cause — the distribution of one lakh cows among the people every year.

The document, released today by state BJP president K Laxman, contains assurances for the conservative too. It promises a legislation to prevent “forced religious conversions” through monetary offers and inducements, besides strict regulation of liquor sale and the deportation of Rohingya migrants. Telangana goes to the polls on December 7.

The assurances, however, do not stop there. The BJP, which is keen on making a mark in the state this time, vows to further sweeten the deal for farmers through the distribution of free seeds and pump sets. Providing an incentive for girls to pick the education option, it has promised free cycles for female students from Class 7 to Class 10 and mini-scooters at 50% subsidy to those opting for higher education.

The BJP also took a page from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government’s 2BHK Housing scheme, promising free houses to all eligible people in the economically backward section by 2022. Up to Rs 5,000 will be paid to them every month by way of rent until the construction work is completed.

Besides this, the BJP has said that it will bring Telangana under the ambit of the Narendra Modi government’s Ayushman Bharat health scheme — something that Mr Rao’s government shied away from earlier this year — and also set up generic medicine centres at every administrative unit.

Among the other assurances made in the manifesto are a dole of Rs 3,116 per month to the unemployed; a gift of Rs 1 lakh and 12 gm gold to poor women at the time of marriage; subsidy for senior citizens who want to visit Kailash Mansarovar, Kashi and Puri; and skill development classes at Madrassas. Additionally, it has promised to allocate Rs 100 crore to set up a “linguistic board” for Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Oriya and Hindi speakers in the state.

(With inputs from PTI)





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The Third Edition Of World Week Of Italian Cuisine Promises All Things Indulgent And Italian 


Highlights

  • The third edition of World Week of Italian Cuisine kick started In Delhi
  • The festival is known to be a gastronomic extravaganza
  • The Grand Opening of Week of Italian Cuisine took place at Chanakya Mall

The third edition of the World Week of Italian Cuisine kick-started on Sunday, 25th November 2018 in Delhi with great aplomb and flair. The festival, known to be a gastronomic extravaganza from its earlier editions, would also be hosting plenty of invigorating panel discussions, workshops, competitions, tasting sessions, food walks, and spectacular performances. The celebrations would close with a luxury symposium featuring iconic Italian F&B brands. The events are lined up in various locations around the city like IICA, The Chanakya, Hyatt, Sorrento, PUSA  Institute and the Italian embassy. The festival is an ideal time for seasoned and budding entrepreneurs, chefs, sommeliers, and food enthusiasts In India to get an insight and exposure into the ever-burgeoning food sector of Italy. 

The Grand Opening of Week of Italian Cuisine took place at Chanakya Mall on Sunday, 25th November. This was followed by a scintillating Opera performance. Another major highlight of the event was of course the Italian Aperitif that took place in the food hall at The Chanakya. Chef Bruno Ruffini gave a unique interpretation to the Italian snack tramezzino and enriching it with regional flavors. Plenty of other Italian finger foods and wines were on offer too. A Gelato corner and Extra Virgin Olive Oil tasting counter was one of the main attractions of the evening. 

(Also Read: 11 Expert Tips From Top Italian Chefs To Cook Authentic Italian Fare At Home)

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The third edition of the World Week of Italian Cuisine kick-started on Sunday 25th November

On 26th November, the action is expected to shift to multiple locations such as Institito Cultura and IICA school for a host of conferences and workshops. On the 27th, Sorrento Restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel in Delhi will host a workshop on Gelato Italiano and a competition between Italian and Indian prestigious schools of cuisine. In the ultimate face off, students from ALMA , IICA and PUSA would battle it out to make some sumptuous Italian treats for the audience. Next, a major conference has been organised on 28th November, and this would be on the Mediterranean diet, which also happens to be the main theme of third edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine. Mediterranean diet has emerged to be one of the most talked about cuisines in the world of health and nutrition lately, the conference would discuss what has contributed to its global popularity.

(Also Read: 11 Best Italian Food Recipes | Easy Italian Recipes)

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Farfalle, tomato, mozzarella cheese salad at The Chanakya, Food hall

The festival would also see many bigwigs of the Italian food industry such as Chef Carlo and Chef Ruffini participating in various events. Chef Cracco along with India’s very own Chef Ritu Dalmia would also be hosting a Gala dinner at the residence of the Italian Ambassador on Thursday, on 29th November. The park of the Ambassador’s residence will be dressed up in scintillating lighting and decorations. About 150 guests will have the privilege of tasting the delicacies. Also on the 29th of  November at Hyatt, one can witness a grand symposium which is being conducted in cooperation with ace designer Ritu Berry. The symposium would be featuring luxury wine and food brands of Italy.
 



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Amit Shah Calls Congress An ATM That Dispenses Fake Promises


Amit Shah was addressing an election rally. (File)

Dhamtari: 

BJP president Amit Shah launched a broadside against the Congress Saturday, terming the party an “ATM” that dispensed “false promises”, instead of development, when problems were inserted in it.

Addressing a rally in Dhamtari ahead of the second and final phase of the Chhattisgarh polls, Mr Shah accused the Congress of not doing anything for the state (part of Madhya Pradesh earlier) during its 55-year rule in the country.

He also lavished praise on the incumbent Raman Singh government for turning Chhattisgarh into a developed state from a “bimaru” (ailing or backward) one.

“The Congress is known for making false promises. I say this several times, the Congress is such an ATM that if you insert a problem in it, you do not get development in response, but false promises,” Mr Shah told the gathering.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ridiculed the leaders of the Congress, including its president Rahul Gandhi, for “daydreaming” that the opposition party would form government in the state.

He alleged that the people of Chhattisgarh did not get adequate electricity under the Congress’s watch and setting up a factory too was a pipe dream in the Naxal-hit state.

“The same Chhattisgarh is taking India forward in the production of aluminium, steel, cement. Chief Minister Raman Singh has done that job,” Mr Shah said.

Addressing another rally in the Kharsia Assembly segment in Raigarh district later in the day, the BJP chief said Chhattisgarh had come into existence only because of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The state was carved out of Madhya Pradesh in 2000, when Vajpayee was heading the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the centre.

“The Congress was not in favour of the formation of Chhattisgarh. It was possible only after Atalji’s government came to power at the centre. Otherwise, the region would still have been a part of Madhya Pradesh,” Mr Shah said.

He added that while Mr Vajpayee had created the state, Mr Singh had developed it during his 15-year rule.

Mr Shah junked the Congress’s manifesto for the Chhattisgarh polls, calling it “jhoot ka pulinda” (a bunch of lies).

“The Congress has been defeated in 14 states, where the BJP has come to power. The Congress is a party that makes false promises and assurances, while the BJP is the only party that does development works,” he said.

The BJP chief claimed that when the Congress was in power in Chhattisgarh (from 2000 to 2003), it had neither purchased paddy from the farmers nor given them a bonus.

He said it was the Raman Singh government which took such measures, adding that Chhattisgarh, a backward state once, had now attained the heights of development due to Mr Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The election to the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly is being held in two phases. The first phase of polling for 18 seats was held on November 12. The second round of voting for the remaining 72 seats will be held on November 20 and the results will be announced on December 11.





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Donald Trump, Kim Jong May Meet After New Year, US To Steer Clear Of Broken Promises


Donald Trump has said he hopes to have a second meeting with Kim Jong Un early next year (File)

Singapore: 

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will likely meet again after New Year, the US vice president said Thursday, but insisted his government would not repeat past mistakes where “promises are broken.”

The US president and the North’s leader held a historic summit in Singapore earlier this year, signing a vaguely worded deal on denuclearisation.

North Korea has taken some steps since then — forgoing nuclear and missile tests, dismantling a missile test site and promising to also break up the country’s main nuclear complex if the US makes concessions.

But progress has generally been slow, with the two countries sparring over the exact meaning of the agreement.

Trump has said he hopes to have a second meeting with Kim early next year, but talks between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a top North Korean official planned for last week, partly to prepare for the meeting, were cancelled.

The US said the North axed the talks because they weren’t ready, and Trump insisted he was in “no rush”.

Speaking in Singapore, US Vice President Mike Pence insisted plans for the second meeting were still “ongoing”.

“We believe that the summit will likely occur after the 1st of the year but the when and the where of that is still being worked out,” he told reporters.

“We don’t want to repeat the mistakes of prior administrations — frankly both political parties have made over the last several decades — where promises are made, sanctions are lifted and economic support comes and then promises are broken.”

His comments came after a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of a summit attended by world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

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Pence urged other countries at the meeting to keep up sanctions pressure on the North amid signs that Pyongyang’s traditional trading partners, China and Russia, have eased enforcement.

Seoul has also said it is mulling lifting its own measures against Pyongyang.

US officials insist on the complete, verified and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula before sanctions are lifted.

The North has rejected demands for what it calls “unilateral” disarmament, and has instead sought unspecified reciprocal US measures in a gradual process.

It has also called for sanctions to be eased as a reward for coming to the table, warning Washington’s stance is undermining confidence.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe piled on the pressure in a meeting with members of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), insisting sanctions should be fully enforced.

“He urged ASEAN countries to collaborate on concrete measures such as ship to ship transfer of prohibited materials, including fuel,” said foreign ministry spokesman Takeshi Osuga.

Trump has skipped this week’s Singapore summit, the biggest annual meeting organised by ASEAN, raising new questions about US commitment to Asia.

Taking his place, Pence insisted America’s commitment to the region was “steadfast and enduring”.

“In all that we do the United States seeks collaboration not control,” he said at the meeting with Southeast Asian leaders.

He also took a swipe at Beijing, whose growing assertiveness in the South China Sea has long been a source of friction with rival claimants in Southeast Asia and the United States.

“Empire and aggression have no place in the Indo-Pacific,” Pence said.

“We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you for freedom of navigation and our determination to ensure your nations are secure in their sovereign borders, on land and at sea.”

Beijing claims almost the entire South China Sea, even areas approaching the coastlines of other countries, and has been establishing military installations on disputed outcrops.

After Singapore, Pence is heading to Papua New Guinea for a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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Vasundhara Raje Made 611 Promises, Says Sachin Pilot. Has A Query


Sachin Pilot refused to be drawn out on the question of who would be the Chief Minister in Rajasthan.

New Delhi: 

The Congress is just a platform and the people of Rajasthan are fighting the battle for the party, said Sachin Pilot, who is spearheading the Congress campaign in the state. Rajasthan is the only state in the coming round of assembly elections where opinion polls have predicted a Congress victory. But 41-year-old Mr Pilot, known to be close to party chief Rahul Gandhi, described himself as “overcautious”.

Fielding questions at NDTV’s townhall, Mr Pilot said Vasundhara Raje had come in with a huge mandate, but she has “squandered” it.

“Vasundhara-ji made 611 promises. How many of them have been implemented,” he said. “There was a great promise five years ago, of giving 15 lakh jobs in the state,” but that promise too remains unfulfilled. The state, he said, has a woman Chief Minister but eight to ten rapes are reported every day.

For over three decades, Rajasthan has not given a second mandate to a ruling party. This time, an aggregate of opinion polls indicated that the Congress might comfortably win more than 120 of the state’s 200 seats, where the majority mark lies at 101.

Mr Pilot refused to be drawn out on the question of who would be the Chief Minister of the state if the party wins.

The Congress – which is banking on anti-incumbency to tip the scales in their favour — is yet to indicate who will get the top job – Mr Pilot or veteran former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. The 67-year-old Mr Gehlot headed the Congress government that was swept out of power five years ago.

Both leaders will be contesting the elections, which will be held in one phase on December 7. While they announced their candidature this morning, the party is yet to name their constituencies.

The issue has been capitalized by Ms Raje, who has been saying that neither she, nor the people know whom she is fighting. It is usually the BJP which does not project anyone as Chief Minister ahead of the elections in a state. Ms Raje is one of the rare exceptions.

“I don’t know who she’s fighting but it’s the people of Rajasthan that are fighting her,” Mr Pilot responded. “For 5 years, there was a real arrogance to the government… farmer suicides, agrarian crisis, joblessness, corruption. So… the people of Rajasthan are fighting the battle for us. The Congress party is only a platform,” Mr Pilot said.





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Congress Promises Ban On RSS Shakhas In Madhya Pradesh, BJP Hits Back


Congress released it manifesto on Saturday.

Bhopal: 

The Congress’s manifesto for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, pledging a ban on holding RSS shakhas on government premises and stopping government staffers from attending those has raised the heckles of the ruling BJP in the poll-bound state.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Sambit Patra, vice-president Prabhat Jha and Madhya Pradesh unit chief Rakesh Singh hit out at the Congress on Sunday, accusing it of being opposed to Lord Ram.

The Congress manifesto also talks about withdrawing a relaxation given to state government staffers to attend shakhas (class) conducted by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

“The Congress believes in mandir nahin banane denge, shakha nahin lagne denge (won’t allow the temple, won’t allow shakhas). These are the very people who had earlier said that Lord Ram did not exist, that he was a mythical character. That’s why they were opposed to the construction of the Ram temple,” Mr Patra told reporters in a hurriedly-convened press meet here.

“Kapil Sibal (senior Congress leader and lawyer) had objected to the hearing of the Ram temple issue in the Supreme Court before 2019. The Congress’s ideology appears to be mandir nahin banane denge, shakha nahin lagne denge.

“This is a consistent effort by (Congress chief) Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party to demean the efforts of the RSS,” he claimed.

Hitting out at former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh, Mr Patra said, “Digvijay Singh has also said that the RSS should be banned. He had referred to terrorist Osama bin Laden as Osamaji and also called Zakir Naik, on the run now, an apostle of peace.”

Zakir Naik is a controversial Islamic preacher who has been living abroad to evade arrest in various cases related to hate speeches and money laundering in India.

“And post 26/11 (Mumbai terror attack), he (Digvijay) had said 26/11 was the RSS’s conspiracy and tried to give a clean chit to Pakistan. The same Digvijay Singh calls for a ban on the RSS today,” Patra said.

“This is nothing but the politics of appeasement followed by the Congress. It reminds us of the days of Emergency of (former prime minister) Indira Gandhi,” he added.

“For Rahul Gandhi and the Congress, urban Naxals are the best-performing NGOs of India, while the RSS, which is known across the globe for its humanitarian approach, is being defamed,” Patra said.

Mr Jha told reporters in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh that former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi had banned the RSS, but their moves had boomeranged.

“Rather, the RSS then grew stronger and expanded manifold. No one can stop the RSS as it is a cultural organisation. It is the biggest cultural organisation in the world. The threat of the Congress against the RSS will boomerang and sink the party,” he later told reporters here.

Singh too lashed out at the Congress, saying the opposition party’s remarks against the RSS signalled its “beginning of the end”.

“I challenge the Congress to impose a ban on the RSS if it has the strength,” he said.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said, “The RSS, while it calls itself a cultural organisation, is busy pushing and aggressively promoting a pMr olitical ideology and a political party.”

In Indore, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram described the RSS as a political organisation and defended the Congress manifesto.

“They can deny it to whatever extent but the truth is that the Sangh is a political organisation. This organisation has a political agenda,” he told reporters.

“After coming to power in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress will fulfil its election promise by banning the government staffers’ tendency to participate in RSS shakhas,” the former Union minister told reporters.

“The people of the state will welcome it, because government staffers should not get connected to a political organisation,” he said.

The 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly will go to the polls on November 28 and the results will be announced on December 11.





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In Madhya Pradesh Manifesto, Congress Promises To Disband Vyapam


112-page Congress manifesto was released in Bhopal. (File)

Bhopal: 

The Congress on Saturday promised to disband the Vyapam and refund the examination fees of the lakhs of youth who had appeared for the recruitment tests conducted by the scam-hit board in the last 10 years.

The Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, popularly known by the acronym Vyapam (Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal), is at the centre of a massive recruitment scandal, involving bribery and fudging of marks among others, that is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

In its 112-page manifesto released in Bhopal, the opposition party said it would disband the board if it comes to power in the state and replace it with a “Rajya Karmachari Chayan Aayog” to ensure transparent recruitments and a corruption-free system.

In MP, recruitment in government jobs and admission for professional courses in medicine, engineering and others are conducted by Vyapam.

In the manifesto, titled “Vachan Patra” (document of promises), the Congress stated it would set up a board and enact a policy for the welfare of transgenders.

The party promised laptops for Class XII students obtaining over 70 per cent marks, and subsidised two-wheeler loans for female college students.

It proposes to bring a law to give housing rights to the people, as well as 35 kilograms of wheat and rice at Re 1/kg to the poor. It also talks about setting up a ‘Vidhan Parishad’ or legislative council, the upper House in a bicameral system.

The manifesto was released at a press meet in the presence of state Congress president Kamal Nath, state campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh.

The state goes to polls on November 28 and counting of votes will be on December 11.
 





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