GDP slipping, Unemployment on rise and we still voted for Vikas?

Promises around development and economic growth were aplenty in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections 2019 but did they have any desirable effect on voters’ mindset? Detailed accounts and reports suggest that the country’s overall growth was not among top factors that helped Narendra Modi’s party cruise to a landslide victory. Modi’s social outreachIndependent journalist Kunal Purohit, who travelled extensively across the country’s hinterlands before the 2019 elections, reported that rising unemployment, farm distress and growth slowdown were not major concerns among voters residing in India’s poverty-stricken rural belts.…

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What does Narendra Modi’s return to power mean for India’s Muslims?

After a landslide victory, India’s PM reaches out to Muslims, who fear they will continue to be a target of Hindu hardliners. Days after returning to power with a resounding mandate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi struck a conciliatory tone by saying his party needed to win the trust of Muslims – the country’s largest minority.  Modi led his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a landslide win on the back of a divisive campaign that ostensibly targeted Muslims.  The Indian prime minister said that the opposition parties “deceived minorities” by not addressing their…

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Amid EVM Row, Nationwide alert sounded about violence on counting day

The Home Ministry on Wednesday put out a nation-wide alert to states about possible eruption of violence in different parts of the country in connection with the counting of votes. The Centre’s advisory comes just a day after former union minister Upendra Kushwaha threatened of bloodshed in Bihar if any attempt is made to steal “the peoples’ votes”. Ram Vilas Paswan, the union minister and the BJP ally in Bihar, had responded to Kushwaha’s warning of bloodshed. Paswan, who spoke after the dinner for NDA allies hosted by BJP chief…

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EVM’s On Run: Multiple videos of EVMs stacked in cars, shops surface on social media

Several incidents of EVMs being stored in illegal cars and shops surfaced on Twitter Opposition will move EC demanding VVPATs be verified in entire Assembly segment in case of discrepancies Results for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be declared on May 23 Days before results for the fiercely fought Lok Sabha elections are declared, several videos of EVMs being stored and moved from one unauthorised storage house to another surfaced on Twitter. While some machines are seen stored at local shops, others are seen stacked in the boot of…

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Won’t forgive Pragya Thakur for her remarks on ‘Bapu’: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hammered his party’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur for calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot, underlining that this kind of a language could not tolerated in a civilized society. “She has apologised. That is a different thing. But in my heart, I cannot forgive her,” said PM Modi. In an interview, the prime minister said: “Everything that has been said about Godse and Gandhi is horribly wrong and fit to be hated and criticised. Those who say this should think a 100 times…

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India’s Muslims fear for their future under Narendra Modi

With an increase in hate crimes against Muslims in India in recent years, some fear the world’s largest democracy is becoming dangerously intolerant under the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan reports. It happened just days before the first phase of voting in the Indian elections. A Muslim trader in the north-eastern state of Assam was leaving work when he was accosted by a mob. Shaukat Ali was surrounded by the group, forced to kneel in sludge as he was attacked. “Are you Bangladeshi?” one man…

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After backlash on ‘Godse a patriot’ remark, Pragya Thakur apologises to BJP

Pragya Thakur, who provoked national outrage by calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot, has apologised for her comments, the BJP’s Madhya Pradesh unit said after a barrage of criticism from political parties across the board. “She has apologized for her statement. She said she had said it by mistake.” Rajneesh Agrawal, a BJP spokesperson in Madhya Pradesh said. Another BJP leader added that the BJP’s state president Rakesh Singh had also called up Thakur and ticked her off. The Congress had called her patriot remark an “insult to…

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Stand by ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai Slogan’, Apologised to Supreme Court, not PM Modi: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday he will stand by his “Chowkidar Chor Hai” jibe as it is a reality and continue using the slogan again Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rahul Gandhi said during a press conference in New Delhi that he apologised to the Supreme Court as he felt he had made a mistake. “There is a process is going on in the Supreme Court and I made a comment attributed to SC so I apologised. I did not apologise to the BJP or Modi ji. ‘Chowkidar Chor…

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Allying with PDP was BJP’s mahamilavat in Kashmir: PM Modi

Ahead of his nomination filing in Varanasi on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to India Today Group editors and said that BJP’s alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir was its “mahamilavat”. “We went with the PDP because Mufti Saab [Mufti Mohammad Syed] was there, but it was like mixing oil and water. The PDP-BJP alliance was our mahamilavat. We only did it because that was the people’s mandate,” said PM Modi while speaking to us. The Prime Minister has once again hit out at the Mufti family and…

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BJP’s Giriraj Singh wants EC to ban green flags, ‘Gives feeling of being in Pakistan’

Union minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh courted yet another controversy on Tuesday when he called for a ban on green flags, which he said “tend to create hatred in the society and gives one a feeling of being in Pakistan”. Talking to media persons in Begusarai on Tuesday, Singh demanded that the Election Commission ban green flag, claiming it gave an impression of Muslim-related political or religious institutions. “These type of flags tend to create hatred in the society and gives one a feeling of being in Pakistan,” he…

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