The Hindustan Times – Fight not to remove PM Modi, but against a mindset, says former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha

Yashwant Sinha batted for a united opposition candidate against the BJP in 2019 elections. The former Union Minister made fun of Modi’s government’s slogan of “sabka saath sabka vikas” and said the apt slogan would be “sabka saath sabka vinash”.

Kolkatta – West Bengal – India, 19 January 2019. The opposition’s efforts to form a grand alliance is not an attempt to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi but to get rid of a mindset, former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said at Mamata Banerjee’s rally of opposition leaders on Saturday.

Sinha, a former minister in the NDA government and a known critic of the PM, said democracy has been under attack in India for the last few years when criticising the government makes a person anti-national.

“Under the current regime, the democracy is under danger. BJP leaders will say that we have gathered here to remove PM Modi. But, it’s not about him, but about the mindset, we are here to oppose the mindset,” he said. Yashwant Sinha batted for a united opposition candidate against the BJP in 2019 elections.

The former Union Minister made fun of Modi’s government’s slogan of “sabka saath sabka vikas” and said the apt slogan would be “sabka saath sabka vinash”.

He said now he is left with no personal desire but to see that this “anti-people” government is ousted from power. Sinha, who was in a committee to find solution to the Kashmir problem said when he had suggested to talk to the cross-section of people in the environment of love, he was branded a “Pakistani agent”.

Sinha’s former colleague in the NDA, Arun Shourie said that a never before in the history of India have institutions been so undermined. “From CBI to RBI, all institutions have been subverted,” he said. – Nishant Sharma & two others get three years sentence for attempting attack on Jathedar Hawara

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Chandigarh – Punjab – India, 19 January 2019. A Chandigarh Court of Judicial Magistrate Gurkiran Singh on January 18 addressed three years imprisonment to three radical Hindu elements, including the Shiv Sena Hindustan’s chief Nishant Sharma for deterring public servants from discharge of their duty. Beside it, the Court also imposed a fine of Rs 5000 on the trio culprits.

The case dates back to November 11, 2011 when Nishant Sharma, Ashutosh Gautam, Ramesh Kumar and Manish Sood had tried to attack Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara when he was being produced before the Court in Burail jail break case.

Nishant Sharma had tried to hit Bhai Hawara but he was given a befitted reply by Bhai Hawara with a hardcore slap.

Later, the police had registered a case against them under section 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 341 (wrongful restraint) and section 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

Manish Sood, one of these radical Hindu elements, had died during the trial of this case.

Van der Kunststraat: Gurdwara & Mandir

Gurdwara Singh Sabha Van der Kunststraat
28 December 2018

Gurdwara Singh Sabha

Gurdwara Singh Sabha

Originally the plan was to build a Gurdwara and two Mandirs
The Gurdwara is there and functioning,
one Mandir is under Construction

Gurdwara Singh Sabha

Divan Hall

Podium for Kirtan Jathas

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NDTV – “Has he been charged, sent to jail?” Sheila Dikshit backs Jagdish Tytler

Perhaps there was nothing negative to write about the event so they picked this up as something important, Sheila Dikshit said

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New Delhi – India, 18 January 2019. After 1984 anti-Sikh riots-accused Jagdish Tytler showed up at an event where Congress veteran Sheila Dikshit took charge as the chief of the party’s Delhi unit, and sat in the front row, the grand-old party was accused of “again rubbing salt into the wounds of Sikhs”.

But the three-time Chief Minister of Delhi has backed her colleague saying he hasn’t been charged for anything. Plus he is a Congressman who has every right to attend a party event, she clarified.

“There is no controversy at all. Has he been charged for anything? Has he gone to jail? He hasn’t left the party. He hasn’t been chucked out of the Congress. He came there like any other Congressman. So why is everybody making an issue out of it, I don’t understand,” Ms Dikshit told NDTV.

The 80-year-old also lashed out at those trying to weave a controversy around Jagdish Tytler’s attendance.

“Perhaps they didn’t have anything negative to write about that meeting so they picked this up as something important,” she said.

Jagdish Tytler also said that the charges against him have not been proved. “What can a man say when the court has given a verdict. You also mention my name. Why? Is there an FIR? Is there a case? No? Then why do you take my name? Someone said that and you believed it,” he told reporters indignantly.

Jagdish Tytler, a 1984 riots-accused, was present as Sheila Dikshit took charge as Delhi Congress chief.

A former union minister and a known face from the national capital, Jagdish Tytler has been a dilemma for the Congress. He along with former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was accused by riot victims of leading mobs against Sikhs in Delhi following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.

At least 3,000 people were killed in the violence over the next four days. He was inducted into Manmohan Singh’s cabinet in 2004, but had to quit for his alleged role in the 1984 riots.

Last month, after Sajjan Kumar was convicted and ordered to spend life in prison by the Delhi High Court, demands for action against Jagdish Tytler and Kamal Nath, another Congress leader, re-emerged.

But Kamal Nath, who was also named by witnesses, was picked by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as Madhya Pradesh chief minister prompting the BJP, the Akalis, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and others to target the party for allegedly shielding its leaders accused in the anti-Sikh riots.

Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP alleged that it exposed Congress’s anti-Sikh face and demanded that the party leaders clear their stand on Jagdish Tytler.

“Indira Gandhi to Rajiv Gandhi to Rahul Gandhi, Tytler was their right hand man. It is a clear signal to Sikhs of the country,” Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said.

BJP lawmaker and Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa also alleged that the incident was an act to intimidate witnesses in anti-Sikh riot cases.

“The Congress wants to send a message to the witnesses that the party high command supports Tytler and nobody should even try to testify against him,” alleged Mr Sirsa.

The Hindu – Opposition parties should forget differences and fight BJP unitedly, says Deve Gowda

Herculean task of sharing of seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections has to be addressed to ensure a direct fight against the BJP, he says.

Kolkata – West Bengal – India, 19 January 2019. Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Saturday said that with the general election nearing, Opposition parties should forget their differences and come together to fight the BJP unitedly.

The JD (Secular) supremo said a small group of senior leaders should be formed to decide on a road map on how they will ensure good governance, he said at a rally organised by the Trinamool Congress at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.

The Herculean task of sharing of seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections had to be addressed to ensure a direct fight against the BJP, he said.

“People want a new government. A stable government is needed to build a strong nation, but after getting 282 seats in the 2014 elections, Narendra Modi instead of building a strong nation, wants to destroy the secular nature of the country and destroy all constitutional institutions,” he said.

A question often asked is who would be the prime minister after Mr Modi. Opposition leaders must have confidence that they can give a stable government for five years. This, he said, must be ensured by the galaxy of leaders congregated at the rally.

Mr Modi has claimed that a coalition government would be unstable and cannot achieve anything, but the Opposition has to show that it can give a stable government and develop the nation, he said.

Referring to the coalition government led by him between June 1996 – April 1997, he said it had sanctioned the Bogibeel bridge in Assam, which was inaugurated by Mr. Modi recently.

“The Delhi Metro was also cleared by my government; 36 crore poor people were helped through rice, wheat and kerosene oil at subsidised prices,” Mr. Gowda said.

Mamata a role model for women: Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said that in 70 years, the country had seen the emergence of strong regional parties that have played important roles to protect the interest of their own States and understanding the emotions of their own people.

“India is one of the strongest democracies in the world. But today we are witnessing a day where the democratic government [at the Centre] is headed by some undemocratic persons,” he said.

Late DMK president Karunanidhi had done a lot to protect the interest of Tamil Nadu. In Uttar Pradesh, the SP and the BSP are doing a great job. Mr N Chandrababu Naidu has done a lot for Andhra Pradesh. Mamata Banerjee was a role model for the women of the country. She had empowered women of West Bengal, he said.

Demonetisation had taken a toll on the poor people of the country and those in the rural areas were the most affected. “It is unfortunate that the Union government has turned deaf and mute to people’s needs,” he said.

The Union government gave incentives, tax rebates and subsidies to industries, but farmers were treated differently. The BJP talked about fight against corruption at its national executive and on the same day it resorted to horse trading in Karnataka, revealing the party’s double standards, he added.