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Congress government is a government without responsibility: Former CM Basavaraja Bommai

 Former Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai has attacked the ruling Congress government in the state as an irresponsible government.

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Former CM Bommai Slams State Government's Neglect of Rain & Flood Victims in Belgaum
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Hubli: Former Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai has attacked the ruling Congress government in the state as an irresponsible government.

Talking to reporters in Hubli, he said that it has been almost a month since Congress came to power. Natural calamities are coming to the state. Sowing is also delayed due to late monsoon rains. If the monsoon rains do not come on time, it will be very difficult for the farmers. On the other hand, there are warnings of a terrible storm. Even so, the CM is not prepared to deal with them in any way, he said.

There is a drinking water problem in the state. The water level of the dams in the state is very low. But I do not say that drought will come in the state so soon. But the state government should make adequate plans. A task force should be formed at the taluk level and should include officials and local people’s representatives and seek cooperation from them. 100 crore immediately. Grant should be released. NDRF teams should be strengthened. Drinking water is a problem even in urban areas. He said that this government is not helpful to the people.

Ours is a wait-and-see strategy about guarantees. Government is showing bravery by starting free bus pass. In order to give freebies in the form of guarantee, mothers are not getting adequate travel. Buses are becoming a problem in the state. We have already released diesel subsidy. It should be continued. The government is not clear about the financial adjustment for the guarantees. The government is trying to keep people in the dark about finances. It is the right of every Kannadigas to get financial information regarding guarantee. He said that it is like taking it in one hand and gathering it in the other hand.

We have not done electricity rate hike:  Former CM Bommai, who clarified about the sudden increase in electricity rates in the state, said that we have not implemented the electricity rate hike. Our government has not increased electricity rates. We did not agree with the rate hike report. After coming to power, the Congress agreed to the proposal to increase electricity rates. Former CM Basavaraja Bommai expressed his displeasure against the move of the state government saying that the price has increased due to this.

Election of Leader of Opposition during the session:   There is no question of me aspirant for the opposition seat. There is no delay in this condition. As soon as the session is called, the leader of the opposition will be elected. This is a tradition that happens every time, he said.

We have accepted the verdict of the people: there is no question that the national leaders will be upset about the defeat. We have accepted the verdict given by the people. I am morally responsible for the defeat. There were no discussions with JD(S) in the Lok Sabha. I am responsible for everyone’s defeat and there is no question to answer about the allegation of MLA’s defeat. Meanwhile, regarding the issue of Shettar joining the BJP again, he said that he is satisfied because he himself went to the Congress. Then there is no question of coming back to BJP. He said that every time there is a campaign to not give ticket to Prahlad Joshi, this kind of thing happens before the elections.

Contest for three seats of Vidhan Parishad: We will contest for all three seats of Vidhan Parishad elections. Congress is sure to win in three seats. However, former CM Basavaraja Bommai said that we will contest as an opposition party.

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Congress Questions PM Modi’s Silence on J&K Terror Attacks

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi says the country demands answers on why those plotting against it are not being caught under BJP rule.

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The Congress party has taken a strong stance against the BJP’s declarations of peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir. This came after three terror attacks in Reasi, Kathua, and Doda within three days, exposing what Congress describes as the BJP’s “hollow” claims.

Congress Questions PM’s Silence on J&K Attacks

Rahul Gandhi, a prominent Congress leader, voiced the nation’s demand for accountability from the BJP. He questioned why those plotting against the country have not been apprehended under BJP’s rule. Gandhi criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being preoccupied with congratulatory messages instead of addressing the grievous incidents in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a post on X, Gandhi lamented that while PM Modi celebrates, the cries of the victims’ families go unheard. He emphasized the severity of the recent attacks and the prime minister’s apparent indifference. Gandhi’s remarks highlight the increasing concerns about security in Jammu and Kashmir under the current government.

Congress leader Pawan Khera also criticized the prime minister’s silence. He noted that PM Modi seems to have time to respond to Pakistani leaders but has not addressed the brutal terror attacks. Khera condemned BJP’s boastful claims about restoring peace in the region, pointing out that the party did not even contest elections in the Kashmir valley, which he sees as evidence of their failed policies.

Khera highlighted the rise in terror incidents, particularly in Rajouri and Poonch districts. He asserted that national security has been compromised due to the government’s complacency. Innocent lives are at stake, and yet, according to Khera, the BJP continues with “business as usual.”

He recalled a horrific attack in Reasi district on a bus filled with pilgrims from the Shiv Khori Temple to Katra, resulting in nine deaths and 33 injuries. Khera stressed the need for the prime minister to offer sympathy and support to the victims’ families, which has been conspicuously absent.

Further, he pointed out another attack in Kathua, injuring a civilian, and an encounter in Doda where six security personnel and a civilian were injured. According to officials, terrorists fired at a joint checkpoint of the Rashtriya Rifles and police, indicating a serious lapse in security.

Khera accused PM Modi of being more interested in responding to congratulatory tweets from Pakistani leaders than addressing the terror attacks. He questioned why the prime minister has maintained silence on the issue and highlighted the increasing terrorist activities in the Pir Panjal Range, Rajouri, and Poonch areas, which have resulted in significant military casualties over the past two years.

Khera underscored that at least 19 major terror attacks have occurred on security installations under the Modi government, resulting in numerous fatalities. These attacks have targeted CRPF camps, army camps, an Air Force station, and military stations, among others. He also pointed out the Modi government’s controversial decision to invite the ISI to investigate the Pathankot attack in 2016.

Highlighting the Modi government’s track record, Khera mentioned that there have been 2,262 terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir under their tenure, leading to the deaths of 363 civilians and 596 jawans. He concluded by questioning the BJP’s commitment to national security and demanding a more proactive approach to addressing the ongoing threat of terrorism in the region.

The Congress party’s criticism underscores the ongoing debate over the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and raises questions about the effectiveness of the BJP’s policies in ensuring peace and stability in the region.

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BJP’s Amit Malviya Files Rs 10 Crore Defamation Suit Against RSS Activist

BJP leader Amit Malviya files Rs 10 crore defamation suit against RSS activist Santanu Sinha over false sexual misconduct allegations. Malviya demands an apology.

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Amit Malviya, the BJP’s IT cell chief, has taken legal action against Santanu Sinha, who claims to be an RSS activist, by filing a defamation suit worth Rs 10 crore. The lawsuit arises from allegations made by Sinha, accusing Malviya of sexual exploitation of women, which Malviya vehemently denies. The legal notice issued by Malviya seeks the removal of what he describes as false and derogatory social media posts.

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Malviya’s legal notice asserts that the accusations are not only false but also severely damaging to his dignity and reputation. As a public figure, such allegations, according to Malviya, can have far-reaching negative impacts on his professional and personal life. The notice emphasizes that the claims are baseless and have been made with malicious intent to tarnish his image.

RSS sources have distanced themselves from Sinha, stating that he has never been officially associated with their organization. This disassociation further complicates the narrative around the allegations, raising questions about Sinha’s motivations and affiliations.

In his social media post, Sinha alleged that Malviya was involved in the sexual harassment of women during his time in West Bengal. He claimed that political positions in Bengal BJP were being secured through the exploitation of women, although he later clarified that he was merely raising questions rather than making direct accusations. Sinha referenced past incidents where non-political figures were given political tickets, suggesting a pattern of unethical behavior within the party.

Malviya’s legal notice demands an unconditional apology from Sinha and the removal of the defamatory posts within three days. Failure to comply, the notice warns, will result in further legal actions, including both civil and criminal defamation proceedings, along with a demand for Rs 10 crore in damages.

The controversy has also drawn the attention of the Congress party. Congress leader Supriya Shrinate has called for Malviya’s removal from his position pending an independent investigation into the allegations. Shrinate accused Malviya of engaging in nefarious activities and called for justice for the alleged victims. She insisted that a fair and unbiased investigation is only possible if Malviya steps down from his role.

This case highlights the volatile intersection of politics and social media, where allegations can spread rapidly and have serious consequences. Malviya’s decision to pursue legal action underscores the high stakes involved for public figures accused of misconduct, as well as the challenges of addressing such claims in a politically charged environment.

The outcome of this legal battle could set a significant precedent for how defamation cases involving public figures and social media are handled in India. It also raises broader questions about accountability, the spread of misinformation, and the responsibilities of individuals when making public allegations.

As the situation unfolds, the political landscape in West Bengal and beyond will be closely watching the developments. The case not only affects the reputations of the individuals involved but also has potential implications for political dynamics within the BJP and its relationship with the RSS.

The demand for an apology and the threat of a substantial defamation suit serve as a stark reminder of the potential consequences of making unverified allegations in the digital age. Whether Sinha will retract his statements and issue an apology, or whether the matter will proceed to court, remains to be seen. In the meantime, the accusations have already sparked significant public and political debate, underscoring the sensitive nature of such claims and the importance of handling them with care and due process.

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Modi’s NDA Government Reveals New Cabinet Portfolios

Modi’s NDA government unveils its cabinet portfolios, with key ministries led by Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, and S Jaishankar.

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The Narendra Modi-led NDA government has unveiled the new cabinet portfolios, marking a significant phase in its administration. Key figures retain their influential positions, reflecting continuity and stability in governance. Amit Shah continues to lead the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Cooperation. Rajnath Singh remains the Minister of Defence, while S Jaishankar continues to oversee External Affairs. Nirmala Sitharaman retains her crucial roles in the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

JP Nadda, stepping into the cabinet, will handle the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers. Mansukh Mandaviya is entrusted with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports as well as the Ministry of Labour and Employment. Chirag Paswan heads the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan takes charge of both the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and the Ministry of Rural Development. Manohar Lal Khattar manages the Ministry of Power and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is responsible for the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Culture.

Ashwini Vaishnaw holds three significant portfolios: the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Ministry of Railways, and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Kinjarapu Rammohan Naidu, the youngest cabinet member, leads the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Dharmendra Pradhan oversees the Ministry of Human Resource Development, while Annapurna Devi is in charge of the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Bhupendra Yadav manages the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and CR Paatil heads the Ministry of Jal Shakti. Kiren Rijiju holds the portfolios for both the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and the Ministry of Minority Affairs.

HD Kumaraswamy is in charge of the Ministry of Heavy Industries and the Ministry of Steel. Jyotiraditya Scindia takes on the Ministry of Telecommunication and the Ministry for the Development of North Eastern Region. Giriraj Singh oversees the Ministry of Textiles.

Prahlad Joshi manages the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Hardeep Singh Puri remains the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Jitan Ram Manjhi heads the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

Lallan Singh is responsible for the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy. Piyush Goyal continues his role in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Sarbananda Sonowal heads the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. Dr Virendra Kumar manages the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, and Jual Oram oversees the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. G Kishan Reddy is responsible for the Ministry of Coal and the Ministry of Mines.

This comprehensive list highlights the strategic appointments aimed at bolstering governance and ensuring experienced leadership across critical sectors. The Modi government’s allocation of portfolios underscores its commitment to addressing national challenges and promoting sustainable development.

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