BJP, oppn clash over J&K net clampdown at panel meet
Wednesday, 25 November 2020 A meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on information technology headed by Shashi Tharoor saw a sharp exchange between BJP and opposition over whether “national security” issues can be taken up in the context of suspension of internet and telecom services, particularly in Jammu & Kashmir.
Ceasefire violation was initiated by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on January 16. Regular shelling has been a major problem for the locals. People living in the Balakot sector urged government to not concentrate on elections instead on the people living here. One of the locals said, "The Central government has given the full emphasis on elections, but elections will not resolve people's problems. People want roads, bunkers, they are disturbed due to the regular shelling activities. The emphasis should not be on elections instead authorities should think about the people living here."
BJP workers celebrated the launch of the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive in Mumbai. They burnt effigy of coronavirus in Ghatkopar area to celebrate the vaccine drive. The mega COVID-19 vaccination drive began in India on Jan 16
The Congress proposed that the TMC should merge with it instead to put up a united fight against the BJP. The BJP, which has emerged as a potent force in the state, said the TMC's suggestion amounted to admission that it was not in a position to take on the saffron party on its own in the assembly polls in West Bengal due in April-May. "If the Left Front and the Congress are genuinely anti-BJP, they should rally behind Mamata Banerjee in her fight against the communal and divisive politics of the saffron party," senior TMC MP Sougata Roy said. Reacting to the TMC's proposal, state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury blamed the West Bengal's ruling party for the growth of the BJP in the state. "We are not interested in aligning with the TMC. Why is the TMC now interested in an alliance with us after poaching our MLAs over the last 10 years. If Mamata Banerjee is in keen on fighting the BJP, then she should join the Congress as it is the only pan-India platform to fight against communalism," he said. Watch the full video for more details.
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After Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned US Capitol incident, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor called it a "good sign". Shashi Tharoor said, "I don't believe it should've any implication for our bilateral relations with US but it's a sobering reminder. I think the Prime Minister expressing concern was good sign, it showed that he and Government are distancing themselves from those who believe 'iss baar bhi Trump sarkar'. I think Delhi will have to work with the new Biden administration as it heals its own country and works with other democracies to strengthen democracy around the world, including in the USA."
Congress leader Manish Tewari alleged that the union government has 'politically misused pandemic in its entirety'. Tewari also slammed the Centre over the grant of approval to Bharat Biotech's Covid vaccine. The congress leader, however, did not name the Hyderabad-based company. On Sunday, DCGI approved the Oxford University-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for restricted emergency use. Many other opposition leaders including Jairam Ramesh, Shashi Tharoor and Akhilesh Yadav have voiced against the approval to Bharat Biotech's vaccine. Amid the political slugfest, Bharat Biotech chairperson and managing director, Krishna Ella, hit out at the critics. The company also asked for a weeks' time to prove its efficacy with evidence.
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On the day that the Drug Controller General of India announced the approval of two vaccines for Covid-19, a war of words between the government and the Opposition intensified. Congress leaders also raised questions after Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. While Shashi Tharoor said that made-in-India Covaxin's approval was 'premature', Jairam Ramesh said protocols on phase 3 trials were modified for the same. Earlier, Akhilesh Yadav had said that he doesn't trust 'BJP's vaccine'. Union minister Hardeep Puri, and Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra countered the opposition. Watch the full video for more.
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