BJP Slams Rahul Gandhi, Calls His Temple Visits ”Fancy Dress Hindutava”

The BJP said that Rahul Gandhi’s visit to temples are nothing but “eyewash”.

New Delhi: 

The BJP on Wednesday slammed Congress for allegedly spreading “hatred” against the RSS and the “Hindus”, and described its President Rahul Gandhi’s temple visits as “fancy dress hindutava”.

The party attacked the Congress by releasing a video clip purportedly featuring Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath, who is seen telling a group of Muslims to be cautious about the RSS campaign and that his party will deal with it after the November 28 state Assembly polls.

“The video exposes the real and divisive face of Congress as to how through appeasement, it was trying to divide syncretic culture of India. This video also shows the hatred the Congress has for the RSS and in particular against the Hindu community,” BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra told a press conference.

He said that the “temple hopping of Rahul Gandhi, the temporary janeu he adorns, the fancy dress Hindutava that he has taken to, are nothing but eyewash.”

He said this was not just a lone video or a solitary statement by Kamal Nath, but there was a narrative attached to it as the Congress in its election manifesto for Madhya Pradesh elections promised to ban the RSS shakhas if it comes to power in the state.

“This is the kind of brazeness that Rahul Gandhi and Kamal Nath have for the RSS and the Hindu community in particular. The same people who, through Shashi Tharoor and the likes, have time and again abused the Hindus,” he said.

Madhya Pradesh goes to the polls in a single phase on November 28 and the results will be announced on December 11. The main contest is between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress.

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नई दिल्ली: सीबीआई के झगड़े पर सोमवार को सीवीसी को अपनी रिपोर्ट सुप्रीम कोर्ट को देनी है. शायद इसी का दबाव है कि पिछले दो दिनों के भीतर सीवीसी ने दोनों को तलब किया और उनका पक्ष लिया. लेकिन इतने बड़े टकराव को लेकर अभी तक क्या हुआ है, इस पर बाहर कोई सूचना नहीं है. शुक्रवार सुबह करीब सवा दस बजे सीबीआई डायरेक्टर आलोक वर्मा सीवीसी के हेडक्वार्टर पहुंचे. करीब एक घंटा रुक कर अपनी सफ़ाई दी और निकल गए. पिछले दो दिन में दूसरी बार सीबीआई डायरेक्टर सीवीसी के सामने पेश हुए. पिछले महीने सीवीसी ने आरोप लगाया था कि वर्मा उनके खिलाफ लग रहे आरोपों की जांच में सीवीसी का पूरा सहयोग नहीं कर रहे हैं. अब सुप्रीम कोर्ट के हस्तक्षेप के बाद वो पेश हुए. राकेश अस्थाना की बारी क़रीब 5 घंटे बाद आई- वो शाम 4.20 के आसपास पहुंचे और सिर्फ़ 20 मिनट रुके. बीते हफ़्ते के दौरान पहले भी दोनों अफ़सरों से कम से कम 2 बार ऐसी पूछताछ हो चुकी है. दोनों ने एक-दूसरे के ख़िलाफ़ कई गंभीर आरोप लगाए हैं.

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सीबीआई डायरेक्टर आलोक वर्मा और स्पेशल डायरेक्टर राकेश अस्थाना ने एक दूसरे के खिलाफ कई गंभीर आरोप लगाये हैं जिनकी जांच सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने सीवीसी को 12 नवंबर तक अपनी जांच पूरी करने का आदेश पिछले महीने दिया था. इन दोनों ने एक-दूसरे पर मोइन कुरैशी मामले में 2 करोड़ की रिश्वत लेने का आरोप लगाया है. आलोक वर्मा पर IRCTC केस में भी जांच में दख़ल देने का आरोप है जिसमें लालू यादव आरोपी हैं. अस्थाना के ख़िलाफ़ सीबीआई एफ़आईआर दर्ज कर जांच शुरू कर चुकी है. 

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Yogi Adityanath Visits Statue Of Unity, Dodges Question On Ram Temple

Statue Of Unity: Yogi Adityanath refused to answer a query on building Ram temple in Ayodhya

Kevadiya, Gujarat: 

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday visited the Statue of Unity, a 182-metre-tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel built near the Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadiya in Gujarat’s Narmada district.

The grand structure, touted as the world’s tallest statue, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.

During his tour of the site, Yogi Adityanath however, refused to answer a media query on building a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani accompanied Yogi Adityanath during his visit to the statue and adjoining attractions, which include a 17-kilometre-long “valley of flowers” and a tent city to accommodate tourists.

Yogi Adityanath praised the efforts of the state government in building such an imposing statue and other attractions near it.

“This, world’s tallest statue, is a befitting tribute to the true ‘Sardar’ of this country,” he said.

In the run-up to the memorial’s inauguration, Mr Rupani and several of his ministers had gone to various states to invite their respective chief ministers for the unveiling ceremony.

Mr Rupani had visited Lucknow to invite Yogi Adityanath.

The President of India is expected to visit Statue of Unity on December 15, government sources said, adding that the dates for the visit of chief ministers from other states are yet to be finalised.

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Donald Trump Visits Pittsburgh Synagogue After Shooting, Protesters Gather

Donald Trump was accompanied by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner


Donald Trump on Tuesday visited the Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were gunned down at the weekend in an anti-Semitic attack, as more than 1,000 protesters gathered nearby to make it clear the US president was unwelcome.

Carrying signs that read “President Hate, Leave Our State!” and “Trump, Renounce White Nationalism Now,” the protesters gathered near the Tree of Life synagogue where the carnage unfolded Saturday.

Trump — accompanied by his wife Melania, as well as his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, who are Jewish — was to light a candle for each of the 11 victims, killed during Shabbat services.

The controversial visit came after mourners crowded into nearby synagogues and joined street processions at the first funerals for some of the victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in modern US history.

The service for brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, both in their 50s, was the first in honor of those killed in what was an apparent hate crime.

Services for 66-year-old doctor Jerry Rabinowitz and 71-year-old Daniel Stein followed in Pittsburgh, where scores of residents protested Trump’s visit.

The president’s trip to Pennsylvania came amid a mounting row over whether his fierce rhetoric at campaign rallies and on Twitter has helped stoke extremism ahead of next week’s midterm elections.

“It’s just enraging that this type of hate crime could occur here and that the leadership of our country does not denounce anti-Semitism and does not denounce white nationalism and does not denounce neo-Nazism. And that is the problem,” mourner Joanna Izenson told AFP.

Suspect Robert Bowers is facing more than two dozen charges related to the bloodshed at the Tree of Life, which is located in the city’s traditionally Jewish Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

The 46-six-year-old reportedly told police after his capture, “I just want to kill Jews,” having claimed on social media that Jews were helping transport caravans of refugees from Central America into the United States, calling the migrants “invaders.”

The caravans are a favorite target of the president, and he has called a group of several thousand impoverished mainly Honduran migrants currently attempting to walk north to the United States “an invasion.”

‘Beautiful tribute’
Friends and strangers alike packed the Rodef Shalom temple, a 25-minute walk from the Tree of Life, for the Rosenthals’ funeral, which took place under tight security.

After the service, mourners spilled out onto the street, some of them sobbing and clasping each other.

The brothers’ caskets were placed in two hearses and driven away, with a sheriff’s car leading the procession.

“It was tragic, it was sad — it was a beautiful tribute to two wonderful, loving, innocent men,” said Paul Taylor, a Catholic priest who attended the service, which he said was “standing room only.”

Another mourner, a retired teacher who only gave her first name Nancy, said: “I was finally able to cry.”

Later in the day, dozens of mourners walked behind the hearse carrying the remains of Rabinowitz in Squirrel Hill, according to footage posted on social media.

Meanwhile, protesters gathered near the Tree of Life synagogue to vent their anger.

“Saturday’s violence was a direct culmination of your influence,” said one organizer, reading from an open letter sent to Trump.

“President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully renounce white nationalism.”

Jeffrey Myers, a rabbi who was present when the attack started, told CNN, said: “The president of the United States is always welcome.”

But protesters disagreed.

“I think it’s more divisive than uniting,” 57-year-old librarian Nonie Heystek said of Trump’s visit.

‘Christian rabbi’
The Pittsburgh shooting spree came in the same week that authorities arrested an ardent Trump supporter from Florida on suspicion of mailing more than a dozen homemade bombs to opponents and critics of the president.

The incidents have led to accusations that Trump has fanned violence through almost daily tweets and speeches lambasting illegal immigrants, political opponents and journalists in divisive language.

Trump has struck back in typically robust fashion, arguing that critical journalists were in fact the ones feeding extremism across the country.

“There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news,” Trump tweeted.

Trump’s Pittsburgh visit is not the only element of the administration’s response to the massacre that has been a source of controversy.  

On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence attended a campaign rally in Michigan at which a so-called “Christian rabbi” was invited to speak on behalf of the area’s Jewish community.

Instead of opening with prayers for the 11 victims of the Tree of Life shooting, Loren Jacobs praised Jesus Christ and then offered prayers for four Republican candidates.

Jacobs later offered words for the dead in the form of a prayer to Jesus Christ, without naming any of them.

Jews expressed outrage over social media, describing Jacobs’ appearance as an “insulting political stunt” and blasting Pence as a “Christian supremacist.”

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

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Chaos As Chief Justice, Amit Shah Temple Visits Coincided. 3 Cops Pay

The officials were suspended for misbehavior and lapses that caused inconvenience to Justice Gogoi.


On October 17, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and his wife were forced to wait at Assam’s famous Kamakhya temple during a visit that coincided with that of BJP president Amit Shah and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. The Chief Justice reportedly expressed his displeasure to police officers on crowd management at the temple on an important day – the ashtami of Durga Puja.

Days later, three senior officials stand suspended for “misbehavior and protocol and security lapses” that caused inconvenience to Chief Justice Gogoi.

One of them, additional deputy commissioner Pulak Mahanta, has been accused of “referring to the Chief Justice in a disrespectful manner while looking at his approaching VVIP car before a Guard of Honour,” according to a government note.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Bhanwar Lal Meena and an additional deputy commissioner, Prasanta Pratim Kathkotiya, were suspended for “lapses in security arrangements”.

Senior Congress leader Debabrata Saikia accused the state’s BJP government of “sycophancy”. He alleged that the top judge was kept waiting outside the temple “while political personalities were being entertained inside.”

Reports suggest the famous temple was opened for about three hours that day because of Durga Puja, and the crowds surged for access in that limited time. There were also a large number of people there to see the BJP chief, and the commotion forced the Chief Justice to wait.

Mr Saikia, the leader of Opposition in the Assam assembly, said the incident had exposed a desperate attempt by BJP leaders to please their “political masters”.

“Misplaced priorities” have resulted in a police officer being made scapegoat, he charged.

The Congress leader pointed out that in protocol, the Chief Justice held precedence over any political personality, but the state government had messed up. He demanded that the suspended officers be reinstated.

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Mushtaq Ahmed Visits Cancer Patients In Pakistan With ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy

Former Pakistan cricketer Mushtaq Ahmed led the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour in Lahore, paying a visit to cancer patients at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. The official Twitter handle of Cricket World Cup posted the video of the visit in which Mushtaq can be seen talking with one of the patients, named Sabiha, who revealed Shoaib Malik was her favourite cricketer. She also spoke to Malik over phone during the trophy tour.

The ICC Cricket World Cup is slated to be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14, 2019.

The trophy tour began from the International Cricket Council (ICC) headquarters in Dubai on August 27. It will travel across five continents, 21 countries and over 60 cities for a period of nine months.

ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson according to a press release said: “The Trophy Tour is a unique opportunity for fans around the world to be part of the ICC Cricket World Cup and by going to more countries and more cities than ever before we’re giving people more opportunities to be part of this fantastic sporting event.”

According to ICC, the trophy will travel not only to countries taking part in the tournament, but for the first time ever will go beyond traditional cricket heartlands and connect with fans in a further 11 countries where cricket is growing including Nepal, USA and Germany.

After covering Pakistan, the trophy will move to Bangladesh followed by Nepal, India, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany before arriving in England and Wales on 19 February, 2019.

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Mike Pompeo Visits China Amid Worsening Ties Over Trade Friction

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi met in Beijing


A meeting of top US and Chinese diplomats got off to a frosty start on Monday, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang airing grievances amid worsening bilateral relations.

“Recently, as the US side has been constantly escalating trade friction toward China, it has also adopted a series of actions on the Taiwan issue that harm China’s rights, and has made groundless criticism of China’s domestic and foreign policies,” Wang said at a joint appearance with Pompeo.

“We believe this has been a direct attack on our mutual trust, and has cast a shadow on China-US relations,” Wang said.

“We demand that the US side stop this kind of mistaken action,” he said.

Pompeo, who was briefing Wang following his visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said: “The issues that you characterised we have a fundamental disagreement.”

“We have great concerns about the actions that China has taken, and I look forward to having the opportunity to discuss each of those today because this is an incredibly important relationship.”

While the exchange included typical diplomatic pleasantries, and the two emphasised the need for cooperation, the remarks in front of journalists at the start of their meeting at Beijing’s Diaoyutai Guest House were unusually pointed for such events.

The two openly disagreed over which side had called off a bilateral security dialogue that had been due to take place in Beijing this month.

Last week, US Vice President Mike Pence intensified the US pressure campaign against Beijing, going beyond the trade war by accusing China of both “malign” efforts to undermine President Donald Trump ahead of next month’s congressional elections and of reckless military actions in the South China Sea.

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Amit Shah’s Mocks Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Says He Only Read Pages On Foreign Visits

BJP President Amit Shah was in Madhya Pradesh to launch the ‘Maha Jansampark Abhiyan’, ahead of polls.


BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday, mocked former prime minister Manmohan Singh, saying that he only read out speeches handed over to him by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, during foreign tours. Mr Shah spoke in Madhya Pradesh, where assembly polls are scheduled for November 28.

Referring to the criticism that Prime Minister Narendra Modi received for his frequent foreign tours, Mr Shah said “Mauni Baba Manmohan Singhji” had made more trips abroad. He only carried papers given to him and read them out and came back, he added. 

“At times, he used to read the page supposed to be read in Malaysia in Thailand and the page meant for Thailand in Malaysia,” the BJP president said. 

“When PM Modi travels to a foreign country, thousands of people come to greet him and chant slogans. These slogans are not for Modi or the BJP, but out of respect for 125 crore Indians,” Mr Shah added.

The BJP chief also, once again, described infiltrators as “termites” and promised to drive them out of the country. “Lal Bahadur Shastri had given the slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’. While you (farmers) feed the people, they (soldiers) guard our borders. But infiltrators are like termites whoeat away at the country’s security. They need to be removed,” Mr Shah said.

Mr Shah had, during a rally in Delhi, said the government would find each and every illegal immigrant and ensure their deportation. 

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Ivanka Trump Visit’s NASA Johnson Space Centre, Confesses Her Dream Job Was To Be An Astronaut

Ivanka Trump had a telephonic conversation with the crew onboard the ISS.

New Delhi: 

Adviser to President of The United States on job creation, economic development and entrepreneurship — this is what it says on Ivanka Trump’s Facebook page. While the credentials to her name seem like a “dream” job by itself, Ivanka Trump today confessed that her dream was to actually be an astronaut. 

US President Donald Trump’s daughter was touring the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston today, where she had a telephonic conversation with the crew onboard the International Space Station. 

“You actually have my dream job, I always wanted to be an astronaut. I always want to go to space,” Ivanka Trump was quoted as telling the astronauts according to reports.

The first daughter spoke to the six astronauts aboard the ISS, and told them of her dreams of being in space and took the opportunity to thank them for their service. 

 Along with the live chat with the astronauts, Ivanka Trump toured a mock-up of the ISS and checked out the space suits where she was caught high-fiving a space suit. 

“Dream realised,” she tweeted along with a video of her tour of the mock-up ISS. 

 The 36-year-old was also seen posing outside the door of the mock-up ISS. 

 Ahead of her tour at NASA’s Space centre, Ms Trump had tweeted” Looking forward to visiting the @NASA Johnson @SpaceCenterHou with Administrator @JimBridenstine! NASA’s work in #STEM education, space exploration & technological innovation is truly out of this world” (sic).


Students working with NASA ahead of the international FIRST Robotics Competition

Ivanka Trump also interacted with “Robonauts” and students competing in a robotics competition. Her tour ended with her test-driving a robot built by the students. 

Ivanka Trump also took questions from interns at the space centre who are learning about engineering and science as part of their internship at NASA. 

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