Union minister Smriti Irani took on All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi over the issue of 'love jihad', a conspiracy to convert Hindu women as alleged by some Hindutva groups.
A day earlier, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh promulgated an ordinance to nullify marriages solemnised with the primary purpose of converting the bride.
It also has provisions to punish 'unlawful' religious conversion.
The first convocation of 31 students of National Institute of Fashion Technology Srinagar was held in Srinagar's Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre on April 09. Textiles Minister Smriti Irani was the chief guest on the occasion and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju was the Guest of Honour at institute's convocation. JandK Governor Manoj Sinha also attended the convocation via video conferencing from Jammu's Raj Bhawan. NIFT Srinagar offers two undergraduate courses in Fashion Design and Fashion Communication of four years respectively. It plays a vital role in providing exposure to students in order to enhance their creativity. Students were overjoyed with the convocation that took place amid pandemic.
Union minister Smriti Irani hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the latter's comments regarding personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force. The Trinamool Congress chief reportedly said that she respects 'real soldiers', but not those who 'create nuisance, and harass people at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party'. Irani said that Bengal residents have decided to end Mamata's roguishness. Watch the full video for more.
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A day after 3rd phase of West Bengal assembly elections, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani targeted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her remarks on paramilitary forces. "Mamata ji's hooliganism took another turn but people of West Bengal have decided to stop it. She can see her defeat in these polls. She was against poor in Bengal and is now speaking against paramilitary forces," said Smriti Irani in Phansidewa, Darjeeling. In a rally in Cooch Behar, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "We want free and fair polls, public should be allowed to cast their votes. CRPF shouldn't obstruct them from entering the polling center. I respect CRPF who are real jawans but I don't respect BJP CRPF who are doing nuisance, attacking women and harassing people."
After West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said she hailed from the 'Shandilya' lineage, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said political parties have always vying to prove who among them is the bigger Hindu and this is not good for a secular and democratic India. Owaisi said: "Throughout her election campaigning, Mamata Banerjee has been reciting Chandi Path and Durga Paths. Now she said that her Gotra is Shandliya and she is a Hindu Brahmin. If she is saying that she belongs to the upper caste in a state where 27 per cent are Muslims and 22 per cent are Dalits. Where should Muslims and Dalits of West Bengal go, who are not part of the 'varna' system? She's practicing PM Modi & BJP's politics of communalism. They are made for each other." Watch the full video for more details.
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While speaking to media in Tamil Nadu's Trichy on March 31, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her 'gotra' remark. Owaisi said, "I condemn her remarks in which she is claiming to be from an upper caste community. Where should Muslims and Dalits of West Bengal go, who are not part of 'varna' system? She is practicing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) politics of communalism." "They are made for each other," he added.
Amid the assembly polls in the state, while addressing a public gathering in Murshidabad on March 27, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he called the people of Murshidabad Bangladeshis. Owaisi said, "In Bangladesh, PM Narendra Modi yesterday (March 26) said he did 'Satyagrah' for liberation of Bangladesh. If you did 'Satyagrah' for Bangladesh, then why are you calling people of Murshidabad Bangladeshis. Why are you abusing us?."
After receiving flak for giving out 'free Flabiflu' in his parliamentary constituency East Delhi, BJP MP Gautam Gambhir on Thursday asked if a few strips of Fabiflu he obtained is causing its shortage and said he is proud to save somebody's life in this pandemic. "If a few 100 strips of tablets obtained from a distributor are being given for free, then, can it be called 'hoarding'? Is my obtaining a few strips of Fabiflu causing the shortage?", he said. "Those people, who let Remdesivir sell for Rs 30,000- Rs 40,000, or one hospital bed being given out for 5-10 lakhs, are calling this 'hoarding'?" he added. Watch the full video for more details.
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During the sixth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections, a clash erupted on April 22 between the workers of BJP and TMC workers in West Bengal's East Bardhaman. Reason that triggered clash is yet to be known.
Jharkhand Congress MLA Irfan Ansari stoked controversy by performing puja at a temple. Ansari performed puja at Deoghar's Baidyanath Dham temple, a sacred abode of Lord Shiva. BJP MP Dr Nishikant Dubey demanded arrest of Ansari after he offered prayers at temple. Dubey claimed that entry of non-Hindus is strictly not allowed at Baidyanath temple. The MP from Godda demanded that Jharkhand's JMM-led govt order arrest of Ansari. He also sought action against the deputy commissioner and SP of Deoghar. Meanwhile, Ansari accused Dubey of playing dirty politics in the name of religion. Ansari, MLA of Jamtara, had entered temple's sanctum sanctorum with his companions and performed puja. Ansari claimed that he has been coming to the temple since childhood to seek blessings.
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Nishikant Dubey on April 16 said that today it is a black day for Deoghar as Congress MLA Irfan Ansari entered the Baidyanath Dham temple besides being a non-Hindu. Dubey said, "Entry of non-Hindus is not allowed in Baidyanath Dham temple at Deoghar. But Congress MLA Irfan Ansari entered the temple. I've spoken to chief secretary, demanding suspension of DC and SP. I've also demanded that Ansari be booked under NSA."
Halfway through the West Bengal elections, a controversy over Trinamool Congress' poll strategist Prashant Kishor's leaked chat caused a storm. One of the statements made by Kishor, as released by BJP, involved a declaration that 'if there's a vote, it's for Hindus, for polarisation, and for Modi'. Pollster Yashwant Deshmukh decodes this statement, and how political parties in India have used appeasement and polarisation politics to win votes. Watch the full video for more.
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As the West Bengal assembly polls approach, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is now stepping up her outreach of Hindu voters with several temple visits. She was also seen reciting the Durga shlokas during her public meetings. This comes as the BJP has accused her of minority appeasement on several occasions during the poll campaign. So will Mamata’s Hindutva card work in West Bengal? Watch the first episode of Poll Baazi with Hindustan Times senior editor Aditi Prasad and psephologist and founder of C-Voter Yashwant Deshmukh.
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Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief Vaiko, after releasing his party manifesto for the upcoming state assembly elections, said that his secular progressive front will fight and protect Tamil Nadu from the invasion of 'Hindutva' forces and will win. Calling AIADMK the "most corrupt government", Vaiko said that their alliance will be thrashed out. MDMK chief Vaiko said, "Tamil Nadu is in the custody of the social justice and secularism. Now, there is a grave threat from BJP circles, Hindutva forces to destroy secularism and social justice. So it is our foremost duty to protect Tamil Nadu, from the invasion of Hindutva forces. And AIADMK government is the most corrupt government ever seen in Tamil Nadu is fully supporting the Hindutva forces. Therefore their alliance has to be thrashed out. For that purpose we have forced our front, and this is our secular progressive front to fight these forces. We will win".
As reports of oxygen shortage continue in Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia spoke over the delay in the supply of oxygen from neighboring states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Sisodia said that oxygen trucks were stopped by officials in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that a system has been created to allocate oxygen supply to Delhi. Watch the full video for more details.
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In last 24 hours, Uttar Pradesh has reported 34,379 fresh cases of COVID in the state, informed Additional Chief Secretary of Health, Amit Mohan Prasad while addressing virtual press conference on April 22. "The total number of deaths due to the COVID now stands at 10,541," he added.
"Hospitals in Delhi are facing oxygen crisis receiving messages and emails from hospitals since morning," said Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on April 22. He also accused Haryana and Uttar Pradesh government for the crisis. "Many hospitals in Delhi are facing Oxygen crisis right now. Oxygen is completely exhausted in some, I have been receiving messages and emails from hospitals since morning. We are somehow providing them cylinders by rearranging from other hospitals that have slightly more stock," said Sisodia.
Amid worsening COVID situation in the country, oxygen cylinders were looted by some people at Damoh District Hospital in Madhya Pradesh. The incident happened on April 20. "We've been told that as soon as Oxygen truck came, people looted cylinders even when the hospital has adequate Oxygen supply. We're identifying these people and filing cases," said District Collector of Damoh, Tarun Rathi to media persons.
At the time when COVID cases are surging with a rapid speed, thief in Haryana's Jind showed humanity. The thief has stolen bags but returned it when he came to know that the stolen bag contains COVID vaccines. Narrating the incident, Jiytender Khatkar, DSP said, "At 12:30 pm, an unidentified man came to a tea stall and gave a bag to an old man. 1,710 stolen doses of COVID vaccines were recovered from the bag. The probe is underway. No arrest has been made yet".
Amid oxygen crisis across the country, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar on April 22 said, "For last 2 days, we're facing problems with oxygen supply. 162 MT O2 has been assured to Haryana. 12 stations will supply 480 MT O2 to Delhi. Supply centres are requested to give O2 as per the allocation.