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Katchatheevu Row: How A Tiny Island Became Major Flashpoint In Tamil Nadu Politics | News18

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Katchatheevu has emerged as a major flashpoint between the BJP and ruling DMK-Congress alliance in Tamil Nadu ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha elections in which the saffron party is hoping to make inroads.After an RTI report revealed that Congress government under Indira Gandhi gave away Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka in 1974, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers launched a scathing attack on the parties.



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Salman Khan Firing: Milind Deora Slams Oppn For Questioning Law & Order, Says ‘Unable To Control Internal Gang Wars’

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The former Congress leader stated that parties that are ‘unable to control internal gang wars’ should refrain from making such comments. (ANI file photo)

Targetting the opposition, the former Congress leader stated that parties that are “unable to control internal gang wars” should refrain from making such comments

Shiv Sena (Eknath Shinde faction) leader and former Union Minister Milind Deora strongly criticised political parties for commenting on Mumbai’s law and order in light of the shootout incident outside actor Salman Khan’s residence.

Targetting the opposition, the former Congress leader stated that parties that are “unable to control internal gang wars” should refrain from making such comments.

“I’m shocked by the shootout outside @BeingSalmanKhan’s home. @MumbaiPolice is one of India’s most professional forces & I have full confidence in their thorough investigation. Parties unable to control internal gang wars should refrain from commenting on Mumbai’s law & order. Let’s not forget, #Mumbai hasn’t experienced a single terrorist attack in the last decade,” the former Congress leader wrote in a post on X Sunday.

On Sunday, two assailants on bikes fired shots outside Salman Khan’s Bandra residence in the early hours. No one was injured, but a bullet was discovered inside the actor’s home gallery.

Opposition leaders from the INDIA alliance bloc reacted strongly to the incident, expressing concerns about Maharashtra’s law and order situation and questioning the absence of the Home Ministry.





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‘Sab Badhiya Chal Raha Hai’: Why Some Muslims May Well Vote for BJP This Time in Western UP | News18 Special

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Muslims in Rampur question the point of voting for an opposition candidate in Rampur as the MLA, MP, chief minister as well as PM Modi are from BJP. (News18)

News18 travelled through the region to find that while most Muslims root for the SP-Congress alliance and some for the BSP, a section of Muslim voters is veering towards BJP citing benefits of government schemes and improved law and order situation

In a hair-dresser’s shop in Deoband, a group of Muslims are divided between voting for the Samajwadi Party-Congress candidate and the BSP. One of them, however, surprises us by saying that he will vote for the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Sab badhiya chal raha hai…shanti hai, kaam theek chal raha hai (All is well and peaceful in BJP rule),” the man told News18, when pressed on why he would vote for Modi. Another Muslim man sitting next to him interjected, saying that a “few of our brothers” may vote for BJP as they have got benefits of schemes but the majority of Muslims would not.

Both the Ganga and the Yamuna flow through Western Uttar Pradesh and people here say that the region is known for its ‘Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb’ (communal harmony). The region has a decisive number of Muslim voters in many Lok Sabha seats like Kairana, Muzzafarnagar, Saharanpur, Rampur and Moradabad, which all are polling in Phase 1 on April 19.

Most Muslims root for the SP-Congress alliance in UP. (News18)

News18 travelled through West UP last week to find that while most Muslims root for the SP-Congress alliance and some for the BSP, there is a section of Muslim voters slowly veering towards the BJP too. Some of the last lot cited the benefits of government schemes, and improved law and order situation, and a few even asked what is the point of being opposed to BJP which is in power both in Lucknow and Delhi.

A group of people playing a game of cards in Saharanpur town told News18 that some Muslims may vote for BJP as they have seen development. “Their mohallah (neighbourhood) now has a better road than mine. Why won’t they vote for the BJP?” this group, all Hindus, asked. A group of Muslims in a village of Saharanpur attended Congress candidate Imran Masood’s rally but admitted that a few Muslims among them too could vote for the BJP. “Some feel they have got benefits of schemes of Modi government…” one of them said.

Muslims take selfies with BJP’s Rampur candidate Ghanshyam Singh Lodhi (center). (News18)

News18 drove to Rampur where Shafeek Ahmed Ansari is the MLA from Suar assembly seat — the only Muslim MLA in the NDA camp in Uttar Pradesh. A group of Muslims are at his office to meet the BJP’s Rampur MP and candidate Ghanshyam Singh Lodhi and take selfies with him. “BJP has brought government schemes to everyone without any bias. I got Ujjwala and drinking water connections without much running around. Whoever gives benefits, people vote for them,” two Muslim friends in Suar told News18.

Another Muslim man here asks what is the point of voting for an opposition candidate in a seat like Rampur. “Our Suar MLA is from BJP. Our MP from Rampur is from the BJP. The government in Lucknow and Delhi is of BJP. Then, who will bring development to Rampur or Suar? One can’t turn a blind eye,” another Muslim man in Rampur asked. In Moradabad, News18 spotted some Muslims at both the rallies of Home Minister Amit Shah and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

“Some Muslim women are also leaning towards the BJP…they appreciate the Triple Talaq ban brought a few years ago,” a Muslim man at Shah’s rally told News18. He cited how the BJP was in power in two of the five assembly seats in Moradabad, a first in history. “That is not possible without some Muslim support,” the man at the rally said. News18, however, found that many Muslims were not willing to express their political preference before media cameras and pleaded to be excused, saying they didn’t wish to speak on the polls.

Muslims at BJP leader Sanjeev Balyan’s rally. (News18)

A young Muslim girl having a meal at KFC with her family in the main market of Moradabad said things were safer for women in the region now after the BJP came to power. “I just hope they spend more on education and health facilities in Western UP. I am an MBBS student and have seen the condition of hospitals. But I have no complaint with the BJP on the issue of safety…there is a marked change,” she told News18.

In Muzzafarnagar, a sizable number of Muslims were present at BJP candidate Sanjeev Balyan’s nomination rally. “Look, they were asking me if Muslims will support me,” Balyan told a group of Muslim persons while pointing to the News18 team. These people in turn told us that they had voted for Balyan in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections too as there was now peace in the region for the last 10 years. “The wounds of the 2013 communal riots have now healed for everyone,” says Balyan.

A few Muslims blame the BSP for their disillusionment and will probably move to the BJP. “Muslims today are distressed because BSP has stopped performing its political role for us. Why has Mayawati put up so many Muslim candidates and broken her alliance with the SP? Some Muslims may well vote for the BJP as they feel it will anyway win due to the division of votes,” an aged Muslim man in a Deoband market said.

Muslim women seen at PM Modi’s rally in Meerut. (News18)

Such anecdotal narrations seem to be turning around the theory on its head that Muslims always vote for the stronger opposition party which can defeat the BJP. While most Muslims may still vote for one of the opposition parties in Western UP, some seem to be leaning towards the BJP too. This may consolidate gains for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.



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Ayodhya MP Seeks Two-Third Majority For BJP To Change Constitution; Oppn Hits Back

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Ayodhya BJP MP Lallu Singh sparks controversy. (Image: X/@Pawankhera)

The BJP MP Lallu Singh’s remarks that triggered a controversy went viral on social media with the Opposition attacking the PM Modi-led central government

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s sitting MP from Ayodhya Lallu Singh sparked a controversy by stating that the saffron party will need a two-thirds majority in Parliament to “make a new Constitution”. The BJP MP’s remarks that triggered a controversy on Sunday went viral on social media with the Opposition claiming that the book drafted by Dr Ambedkar faces an existential threat by the current central government.

Addressing a public meeting in Milkipur Assembly constituency last week, Lallu Singh, who has once again been fielded from Ayodhya by the BJP, was heard saying that while a government can be formed even with 272 seats, “a government formed with 272 seats cannot amend the Constitution”.

“For that, or even if a new Constitution is to be made, there is a need of over two-thirds majority,” the MP was heard saying in the video.

However, soon after receiving criticism, the Ayodhya MP asserted that it was just a “slip of the tongue” and he didn’t had any “wrong intentions”.

“I have been an RSS worker and have a habit of talking like this about the welfare of the country. I was simply saying that to make our country great, we have to ensure that PM Modi comes to power again and that we may need to make constitutional amendments for which we have to ensure that we get over two-thirds majority,” he said.

Opposition Attacks BJP

Soon after the BJP MP’s remarks stoked a controversy, Congress leader Pawan Khera said the remarks came to light days after PM Modi had assured the country that the Constitution couldn’t be changed “even if Ambedkar himself tried to do it”.

“Now, the current BJP MP from Ayodhya is openly stating that 400 seats were needed to change the Constitution. Will Modi ji forgive them?” he said in a post on X.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav also reacted to the controversy and called on the Election Commission of India to take cognisance of the speech.

As per the schedule announced by the poll body, Ayodhya will vote in the third phase of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on May 7.





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