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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah Calls BJP-JD(S) Alliance for Lok Sabha Polls ‘Unholy’

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah (File Image: X)

Last month, JD(S) had decided to ally with the saffron party following a meeting of H D Kumaraswamy with Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national President J P Nadda in New Delhi

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday termed the BJP-JD(S) alliance for next year’s Lok Sabha elections as ”unholy” and questioned the secular credentials of the Janata Dal (Secular) after joining hands with a ”communal party”.

Speaking to reporters in this district headquarters town, he said despite having the word ’Secular’ in the party name, JD(S) has joined hands with ”communal forces”. ”They are having an alliance with a communal party.” ”It is an unholy alliance, because till now BJP used to abuse JD(S) and JD(S) used to abuse the BJP, now they have come together. JD(S) has claimed that they have thrown away the ideology to save the party,” Siddaramaiah said.

Last month, JD(S) had decided to ally with the saffron party following a meeting of H D Kumaraswamy with Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national President J P Nadda in New Delhi.

Hitting out at the BJP for sending a ”fact-finding” committee to violence-hit area of the district headquarters town of Shivamogga, Siddaramaiah asked, ”What fact finding will they do? What is there? regarding what they will find facts?” He said a criminal case has been registered against the miscreants involved in stone pelting on the day of Eid Milad procession, and instructions have been given to police to take merciless action against them irrespective of their religion or party affiliation. ”We have instructed the police not to allow anyone to take law into their own hands.” A fact-finding committee consisting of senior BJP leaders visited the violence-hit area of the Shivamogga on Thursday.

Responding to a question on BJP alleging that the Congress government has put a brake on development of the state for the sake of its guarantee schemes (pre-poll promises of the Congress party), the Chief Minister alleged that it is BJP, which has destroyed the economic situation of the state.

”It is they (BJP) who destroyed the state, what moral right do they have? Did we (Congress govt) take so much loan during our period? Was the committed expenditure this high (when Cong was in power earlier)? After destroying the state’s economy they are now speaking, as they are now in the opposition,” he said.

Noting that regular grants are being given to the legislators for development works, Siddaramaiah further said additional funds are not being allotted for fresh projects as of now.

”There is no shortage of funds for regular programmes, also for the five guarantee schemes,” he added.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)

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‘Winning and Losing Happen in Life’: Rahul Gandhi Asks People Not to Be Nasty Towards Smriti Irani

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Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi. (PTI file image)

“Winning and losing happen in life. I urge everyone to refrain from using derogatory language and being nasty towards Smt. Smriti Irani or any other leader for that matter,” Gandhi said on X

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi on Friday urged people to refrain from using derogatory language and being nasty towards former Union minister Smriti Irani or any other leader.

His remarks come amid some people taking digs at Irani after she vacated her official bungalow following her defeat in the Lok Sabha polls to Congress’ Kishori Lal Sharma in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi.

“Winning and losing happen in life. I urge everyone to refrain from using derogatory language and being nasty towards Smt. Smriti Irani or any other leader for that matter,” Gandhi said on X.

“Humiliating and insulting people is a sign of weakness, not strength,” the former Congress president said.

The BJP’s IT department head Amit Malviya hit back at Gandhi, accusing him of putting out a disingenuous message after “unleashing” Congress leaders like “a pack of wolves” on her.

Malviya said on X, “This is the most disingenuous message, ever. After unleashing Congress leaders, like a pack of wolves, on the woman who defeated him in Amethi and smashed his arrogance to smithereens, this is rich. All this gibberish doesn’t take away from the fact that Smt Smriti Irani forced Balak Buddhi to abandon Amethi.” Irani vacated her official bungalow at 28 Tughlak Crescent in Lutyens’ Delhi, weeks after she was defeated by Sharma, a close aide of the Gandhi family, from Amethi parliamentary seat with a margin of over 1.6 lakh votes.

The former women and child development minister was dubbed a giant slayer in 2019 after she defeated Rahul Gandhi from the seat.

As Irani vacated her official bungalow, some people took swipes and mocked her over her defeat in the poll.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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Uniform Civil Code Could Be Driven By States, Not Centre, Hint BJP Sources

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This February, BJP-ruled Uttarakhand passed the UCC Bill, becoming India’s first state to implement the Uniform Civil Code, which entails common laws for marriage, divorce and inheritance, among others, for all religions. (Image for representation: Getty)

The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, added that the party was hopeful that after Uttarakhand, other BJP-ruled states would follow suit soon

The Narendra Modi government may not be keen on bringing any law pertaining to the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) through Parliament and would instead prefer states to bring in their own legislation, top Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) sources said on Friday.

The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, added that the party was hopeful that after Uttarakhand, other BJP-ruled states would follow suit soon. States such as Gujarat and Assam are already in the process of passing UCC laws.

This February, BJP-ruled Uttarakhand passed the UCC Bill, becoming India’s first state to implement the Uniform Civil Code, which entails common laws for marriage, divorce and inheritance, among others, for all religions.

Meanwhile, Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said on Friday he would wait for the law commission’s evaluation of the issue. Last month, he had said the issue was still on the government’s agenda.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) was wary of the 22nd Law Commission seeking public opinion on the contentious issue of UCC. Even Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram — an RSS affiliate that focuses on the welfare of members of the Scheduled Tribes in remote areas of India — told News18 last year they too had objections on the issue. The RSS affiliate had doubts about marriage and property rights issues among tribals.

In the third term of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, the BJP doesn’t have simple majority and is dependent on its allies, including the Telugu Desam Party and the Janata Dal (United). The JD(U) has earlier indicated that a decision on UCC would require consensus.



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‘Speaking In One Voice’: NDA May Release List of Spokespersons Ahead Of Budget Session

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Narendra Modi took oath for his third term as the PM on June 9. .(PTI File)

The decision to come up with a panel of spokespersons was taken after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the last special session of Parliament, said the move could help reflect any decision of the government effectively across all states and through all parties

Ahead of the upcoming budget session of Parliament, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is likely to release a list of spokespersons across parties, according to sources.

“The list of NDA spokespersons is expected to be released before the budget session,” a top source told News18.

It is also indicated that unlike during the time of BJP’s the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, currently, there is no need for the post of NDA convener. It may be recalled that during the PM Vajpayee-led government, current Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu was the NDA convener.

The decision to come up with a panel of spokespersons was taken after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the last special session of Parliament, said the move could help reflect any decision of the government effectively across all states and through all parties.

“It is a different scenario in 2024. With so many alliance partners in the government, the message should be clear that it is collective responsibility and collective decision-making. This is why the need to have all voices speak in one tone,” the source said.

The opposition, much stronger after the 2024 Lok Sabha elections compared to 2014 and 2019, is attacking the government with renewed vigour. In such a scenario, it becomes even more important for the NDA to show its strength.

The NDA’s strength will be put to test immediately in the upcoming budget session, where various political parties within the NDA would want to talk about the benefits of the budget.

After enjoying a full majority in 2014 and 2019, with the BJP having absolute numbers by itself, in 2024, the BJP had to form a government at the Centre with the support of several allies of the NDA. Among the principal allies are Telugu Desam Party (TDP) with 16 MPs and Janata Dal United (JDU) with 12 MPs.

Modi, as the leader of the NDA, and 71 members of his cabinet took oath on June 9. Representation was given to all allies, with Rammohan Naidu (TDP) and Lalan Singh (JDU) being part of Modi’s cabinet. Apart from this, the alliance party members who were sworn include HD Kumaraswamy from Janata Dal Secular (JDS), Anupriya Patel from Apna Dal, Jain Chaudhary from Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), among others.

In the last few years, not all has been well between the BJP and its allies such as the JDU and TDP. While the JDU has done a number of turns and U-turns. Chandrababu Naidu, who was with the government in 2014, walked out of the NDA in 2018 over the unfulfilled promise of the Andhra Pradesh reorganisation act. He is back with the NDA in 2024.



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