BJP on Friday sent a notice to suspend the Question hour in the Parliament to raise the issue of removal of Justice Ganguly, accused of sexual assault on a law intern.
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B-town’s exotic actress Priyanka Chopra will be seen as a cabaret dancer in her upcoming movie ‘Gunday’.
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Priyanka plays the role of Nandita, the gorgeous cabaret dancer in the film.
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केंद्र सरकार ने ठंडे बस्ते में डाले लोकपाल विधेयक को लाने का फैसला किया है। आज इसे राज्यसभा में पेश किया जाएगा। संसदीय कार्य मंत्री कमलनाथ गुरुवार को कहा कि हमारी…
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The rupee fell by 30 paise to trade at 62.13 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market on strong demand for the American currency from importers.
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बसप के सांसद शफ़िक़ुर रहमान बर्क़, द्वारा राष्ट्रगीत का संसद मे अपमान एक बहुत हीं निंदनीय घटना है । इसमें दोष भारत को इस्लामी साम्राज्यवाद की नज़रों से देखने का है, भारत तब भी था, जब इस्लाम नहीं था। भारत मैं कई राजनितिक व्यवस्थाएं आई और चली गयी। भारत आगे बढ़ता गया शक आये हूण आये, सब भारत में विलीन हो गए । भारत कभी रुका नहीं, कई दर्शनशाश्त्रों का यहाँ जन्म हुआ, द्वत, अद्वेत, सांख्य, विषिष्ट अद्वैत, यहाँ तक की नास्तिक (महर्षि चरक ) आदि को भी भारत न स्वीकारा ।
इस्लामी साम्राज्यवाद जहाँ भी गया, वह उस देश, देश की संस्कृति को पदाक्रांत करते हुए आगे बढ़ा, न तो उस साम्राज्य में किसी और मत / दर्शन के लिए जगह थी, और न हीं किसी प्रकार की सहिष्णुता थी। भारत एक मात्र ऐसा देश था, जिसने इस असहिष्णु साम्राज्य के रथ को न सिर्फ रोका, बल्कि इसके पतन की शुरुआत की । भारत कमजोर हुआ पर उसने गौरी, अकबर, औरंगजेब, टीपू सुल्तान आदि के इस्लामी साम्राज्य को कभी पूरा नहीं होने दिया| पृथ्वीराज चोहान, महाराणा प्रताप, गुरु तेग बहादुर, गुरु गोबिंद सिंह, शिवाजी, मराठा, सिख सबने अपनी अपनी तरह से इस साम्राज्य के रथ को रोका ।
औरंगजेब के पश्चात् (1707 ) मुग़ल साम्राज्य का मराठा सेनाओं ने तक़रीबन अंत भी कर दिया, 1761 मे पानीपत का तीसरा युद्ध मराठा सेनाओं और अहमद शाह अब्दाली ( जो की अफ़ग़ानिस्तान से था ) मैं हुआ, इस युद्ध मे भारत के हीं मुस्लिम राजा (शुजा उद दौला - अवध का नवाब, आदि ) इस्लाम के नाम पर अब्दाली के साथ हो गए|
आनंदमठ ऐसा हीं एक उपन्यास है, जिसमे इस काळ- खण्ड की विवेचना की गयी है, इसको सिर्फ मुस्लिम विरोध के रूप मैं देखने उचित नहीं है, यह एक राजनितिक व्यवस्था के विरोध की बात है । पर - वन्दे माँ तरम- गीत आनंदमठ का हीं गीत नहीं रहा, वह अंग्रेजी साम्राज्य के विरोध का ध्येय वाक्य भी बना । यदि वन्दे मातरम आनंदमठ का हीं गीत रहता, तो शायद अंग्रेज कभी भारत से न जाते । वन्दे माँ तरम - इस देश की अपनी परम्परा का द्योतक है, यह धरती हमारी माँ है, सारे देवी देवता अगर हैं तो उनका निवास इस धरती में हीं है, यह मातृभूमी हमें सुजल, सुफल, शितलता देने वाली है । यदि किसी को इस गीत से आपत्ति है, तो शायद वह व्यक्ति इस देश की आत्मा को समझ हीं नहीं पाया है, ऐसे हीं लोग भारत के विभाजन के लिए जिम्मेदार थे ।
वन्दे माँ तरम ।
Bangalore: Govindaraja Nagar unit of RSS along with Yadava Seva Pratishtan and Rashtrotthana Blood Bank, organised Blood donation Camp on Sunday, March 17. The blood donation camp was held as part of 107th Birth year of Second Sarasanghachalak of RSS Guruji Golwalkar and 150th Birth Year of Swami Vivekananda. The camp was held at Nachiketa Manovikas Kendra at Govindarajanagar at Bangalore. More than 100 volunteers donated blood on the occasion.
THE profoundness of Dharma as the overarching basis of life transcended all Indian religions – namely Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Says Professor Gavin Flood on Hindu concepts: “Dharma is an important term in Indian religions.(1) But a concept like Dharma is entirely absent in other civilisations. Because of that the colonial scholars wrongly perceived ‘Dharma’ as equivalent of religion. But religion is a Western concept; the Indian concept is neither religion nor even Hinduism nor any ‘ism’ — it is Sanatana Dharma, the eternal law of the universe, which cannot be formulated in any rigid and final set of tenets.”(2) The West knew religion but it had no familiarity with the idea of Dharma. In India people knew that Dharma was common to all religions in India, which was known to all in the country down to illiterate villagers through wandering priests, bards and the like.(3)
Therefore Guruji had been arguing, emphasising and asserting that Dharma, which is an overarching idea, should not be equated to religion which is a narrower concept. Yet the Indian intellectual discourse ignored his plea and the Constitution which was amended three years after Guruji’s life time actually legislated Dharma as equal to religion. When Guruji was endeavouring to explain to the people of India the truth about Hinduism, Hindus, their past and their history, and about the difference between Dharma and religion, particularly in the context of the Semitic religions and their attitudes, secular intellectuals refused to understand the deeper and profound implications of his thoughts. This was essentially because of the basic belief of the people of this country that all religions are alike, leading to the well meaning but not so correct use of the principle of the word “Dharma” in the concept Sarvadharmasamabhava in the sense of equal treatment for all faiths. This idea of Sarvadharmasamabhava had led to total intellectual and political confusion in the mind of even informed people about the very meaning of what ‘religion’ was and what ‘Dharma’ meant. There was a popular tendency to equate ‘Dharma’, which was common to all faiths in India, with ‘Panth’, that is religion.
The principle of Dharma commonly shared by different religious tenets made religious differences minimal. In the process the religion itself also became known by the suffix “Dharma” like ‘Hindu’ Dharma, ‘Jaina’ Dharma, ‘Sikh’ Dharma, ‘Buddha’ Dharma, which meant that there was nothing like separate dharma for each religion, but the common idea of Dharma was interpreted by different religions and masters in their own way, namely Dharma as interpreted by Buddha was Buddhism, Dharma as perceived by Mahavira was Jaina Dharma, Dharma as understood by Guru Nanak was Sikh Dharma and so on. Then came the intervention of the Semitic faiths, which having had no experience of sharing any common idea, much less anything akin to the concept of Dharma, with other religions – even with other Abrahamic faiths with which they shared common history – brought in a different, and exclusive, concept of a religion. Dr S Radhakrishnan, the philosopher statesman of India had described the exclusiveness of the Semitic religions as debilitating. Not only the idea of different religions in India never suffered from any exclusiveness, as none of them denied the right of the other to exist, the idea of Dharma was common to all the Indian faiths. But with the advent of the Semitic faiths in India in addition to the Indian religions, the very common idea of Dharma got mixed up with religion. This was how the Dharma got substituted for religion in popular Indian parlance. So, despite the fact that Dharma was common for all religions in India, the word Dharma itself became synonymous with religion. This is where the catch came.
Dharma equated to religion in the Hindi version of the Constitution
The meaning of Dharma in the distorted popular discourse that followed the Semitic religious interpretation of Indian religions later entered the Constitution of the country though after Guruji’s life time. When the Constitution was amended in the year 1976 to include the word “Secular’ as one of the attributes of the Indian State, the Hindi version of the Constitution of India translated the word “secular”, that was considered neutral to religion, to read dharma nirapekshata to characterise religion neutral state, namely the secular state. But this had perverted the meaning of Dharma in the Indian context. Dharma nirapekshata — which was intended to convey that the Indian State is religion-neutral – in effect had the effect of making the Indian State Dharma-neutral, namely neutral to Dharma. Neutrality to Dharma meant keeping equidistance from Dharma which would mean that the State would keep equal distance both Dharma and Adharma! The State in our conception cannot be neutral to Dharma and Adharma. But the State has to adhere to Dharma – Rajadharma. By wrong popular use, the great concept Dharma got mixed up with religion for lack of clarity between the two.
‘Dharma’ as different from ‘religion’ was the far reaching message of Guruji
The first challenge that Guruji faced in his struggle against the popular notion that Dharma was equal to religion was how to preserve the concept of Dharma as common to all sections of the people of this country regardless of their faiths and how to make everyone understand that Dharma in this sense is different from religion in the sense in which the Semitic/Abrahamic faiths have been understood in the West. To initiate a debate on this fundamental issue, Guruji had go into elementary things about what was ‘Religion’ and what was ‘Dharma’. He struggled all alone and fought relentlessly to keep the difference between Dharma and religion in the discourse. He kept on insisting and repeating, as is evident from his discourses, that Dharma is not religion in the sense in which the latter word is meant in the West. It was in an utterly confusing situation that Guruji had to initiate the process of clearing and recovering the mind of India. He saw that the restricted meaning given to the idea of religion in the Abrahamic/Semitic parlance had begun influencing the different belief systems in India and created differences among them. Guruji compared the Semitic idea of religion which was based on one single book, one single prophet and one single God(4) with the Hindu view that all religions were different paths to reach the same God, and pointed out how the Hindu society itself, thanks to the influence from outside, has begun to perceive its diversity in worship as differences. Guruji said that “the narrow concept of religion [meaning the Semitic concept] seems to have had its effect upon us” and that “the Semitic concept of religion bred intolerance and divided people in the name of religion.” Guruji explained how Hindu Dharma had integrated and assimilated the diverse streams of faiths and beliefs by the idea of Dharma.(5) While Guruji was endeavouring to raise the level of debate to important issues and not persons or politics, the discourse in the country, either intellectual, political or judicial, never rose to the heights to which Guruji had endeavoured to lift it, even though it had shown enormous propensity to misunderstand and misrepresent Guruji. Guruji thus had to struggle against the shallow discourse that had no objective other than immediate political or other gains, even though it risked and prejudiced the long term interests of the nation. The impediment that Guruji faced in his mission to recover the true meaning of Dharma was more from the Indian intellectual establishment’s colonial training to mix up ‘Religion’ with ‘Dharma’.
Guruji’s views on Dharma accepted by judiciary and in politics decades later
But it took a long long time for the Indian establishment to realise the difference between Dharma and religion. Only after Guruji’s life time, the general Indian discourse started becoming conscious that there is a world of difference between Dharma and religion and that Dharma is a higher, overarching principle of life on earth. With the result, in the judicial pronouncements as well as in political discourse today, Dharma is freely and unreservedly used as different from religion and worship. The highest judiciary in India today speaks about Dharma thus: “‘Dharma’ is that which upholds, nourishes, or supports the stability of the society, maintains social order and secures the wellbeing and progress of mankind.”(6) It is precisely in these terms Guruji expounded the idea of Dharma, namely, “the power which brings individuals together and sustains them as a society is called Dharma.”(7) The understanding about Dharma as distinct and different from religion permeates in the political discourse of India. Many political leaders including a self-professed non-believer like M. Karunanidhi, who heads the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam [DMK] that has clearly visible anti-Hindu tendencies, talks of “Coalition Dharma” in politics.(8) Atal Behari Vajpayee, as Prime Minister, spoke of “Raj Dharma”.(9) So Dharma is not only a national idiom for value based order in the society but also a political idiom for an ethical and moral principle that stood above religion and worship.
So, despite the Hindi version of the Constitution continuing to equate Dharma with religion, the highest judiciary has accepted that Dharma is not but above religion – though long after Guruji’s lifetime. Likewise the Indian political discourse which had distorted the meaning of Dharma as religion too has begun talking of Dharma as a higher principle than religion.
 Michel Danino French Scholar http://veda.wikidot.com/dharma-and-religion
 Sociology of religion in India Volume 3 of Themes in Indian Sociology Volume 3 of Contributions to Indian Sociology Series; Author: Rowena Robinson; Editor: Rowena Robinson; Contributor: Rowena Robinson; Publisher: SAGE, 2004; ISBN 0761997814, 9780761997818
 Bunch of Thoughts 1980Ed p137
 Ibid p135-37
 The Global Ethic by Justice M Rama Jois (Former Chief Justice, Punjab & Haryana state, India) available at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/8499774/Dharma-Global-Ethics
 Bunch of Thoughts p.60
 The Hindu newspaper dated 31.10.2006
NDIA is making headlines once again in the world press, but not for anything India or Indians have done. First, British prime minister David Cameron paid a visit, his second in two years, and though he came here on business – Business with Capital B – he found time to pay a visit to Jallianwala Bagh to pay homage to hundreds of Indians killed in cold blood there by a mad British Commander way back in 1919, almost a hundred years ago. But for the unexpected visit, nobody would have taken notice of Cameron’s visit, except the usual mad-for-foreign crowd that go mad at such things.
The second big event of the week was the triumph, if you can call it that, of India and Indians at the presentation of Oscars in Hollywood. A film, Life of Pi, in which Indian actors, including a young boy, feature prominently, received three awards, including one for director Ang Lee, who is not an Indian but a citizen of Taiwan. Ang Lee thanked everyone profusely and ended his speech with a graceful namaste, as unusual ending on the part of a Chinese. This is the second time a film with an Indian them and a large number of Indian actors have figured prominently in what happens to be an Indian story in recent Oscar awards.
Let me take Cameron first. Did he have something more in mind when he made a trip to Jallianwala from Delhi? Was he angling for Sikh votes back in his country where the Sikhs figure prominently in certain areas? It doesn’t seem likely. Actually, Cameron didn’t really offer an apology for the massacre at the hands of British troops – all he did, going by the photographs, is to stand stiffly before the monument in silence, like a Guards officer outside Buckingham Palace in London – and later issued a statement of regret, a century too late. After all, it was his own army, or his country’s army, that had been responsible for the unprovoked massacre in cold blood, though for the British it may have been one of those imperial incidents they have learnt to take in their stride.
But the shooting was not done by British soldiers. There was not a single British officer in sight, except Brig-General R.E.H. Dyer, who was in charge and who ordered the shooting. He was very much an Indian himself, born and bred in India, admittedly of British parents, who had spent his entire life in India—in a military career that had brought him so far. His family belonged to the famous Dyers of Murree, now in Pakistan, who had set-up a brewery in Solan, near Simla, where they brewed the famous Dyer-Meakin beer. Dyer had gone to school in Simla, knew Urdu very well, but, for some reason, was not a happy man. What provoked him to such a step is not known. Dyer died in England, a rich man, after collecting a lot of money from his admirers, most of them MPs, who had no regrets whatsoever about their friend’s role in the ghastly atrocity.
Actually, the story is not as simple as it is made out to be. You have to go back sixty years to 1857 when the story began to take root. The uprising of 1857 shook up the British establishment, for it had almost cost them their empire. For the first time after taking over the reins from East India Company, they had to face a widespread rebellion, in which Hindus and Muslims came together to put up a fight against them. This was, as they say, a wake-up call, and they had vowed never again to fall into the trap. They never really trusted Indians after 1857 and did everything possible to keep Hindus and Muslims apart. Thus was born the Indian National Congress, an essentially Indo-Anglian operation, or rather a Hindu-Anglian operation, with most of ropes in the hands of the Britishers. A few years later, came the Muslim League, which, together with the Congress, set the tone for British imperial policy in the sub-continent.
The Britishers, especially uneducated army men like Dyer, saw a mutineer in every Indian and this panic reaction to any large-scale demonstration by Indians always set off bells ringing in army messes, and later in the government. Dyer must have seen red on that Baisakhi day in Amritsar and gave an order to shoot at sight. This is what they were to !do again and again whenever they were confronted by large gatherings of Indians on the war-path.
I have a feeling that the British never really believed in Gandhi’s non-violence and never really understood or tried to understand his truth and non-violence claptrap. At least, the army did not. They were always on the alert and ready to strike at the shortest notice, and strike hard until it hurt. They also used British forces – not Indian soldiers – whenever they felt things were going to far, as, for instance, during the Quit India movement.
I was a student in Pune at the time, and we were always watched by British army men and intelligence agencies, not Indian police or Indian army men, at almost every step. We had taken out a procession the day after Gandhiji and others were arrested and found ourselves suddenly surrounded by rifle-toting red-faced British soldiers, whose faces could be seen clearly under their khaki helmets. At a road junction, not far from Lokmanya Tilak’s house and office, we were halted by a posse of these soldiers, a full company of British troops with fingers on the triggers. One step forward, we were told on the loudspeaker and they would fire without further notice, that is, shoot at us, or may be shoot us, as they had done in Jallianwala Bagh less than 25 years earlier. I have a feeling that they meant what they said, for a soldier in panic is worse than a tiger at bay.
We have been led to believe that it was Gandhiji’s non-violent movement that brought us freedom, and, but for him, we would still be chains, I don’t believe it at all. I have spoken to Britishers, including men who had held high posts in India and England and were close to the British establishment, and they always had a glint in the eye whenever they spoke about these matters. What really shook the British were people like Savarkar and Bhagat Singh, men who had seen through the British game in India, and never trusted them. They were treated brutally. Bhagat Singh was hanged and they would have hanged Savarkar too but he was one step away from any assassination, and could not be nailed. They tried everything in their bag of tricks to eliminate him but the man was too much for them. They hated his guts, and the guts of people like him, but could do nothing. For Gandhi, they had nothing but contempt, though they kept him in good humour for other reasons.
After Jallianwala, the British really stepped up their “Divide and Rule” tactics and encouraged men like Jinnah at every step. The transformation of Jinnah from a nationalist into a communalist was their biggest achievement, which ultimately weakened Hindus and led to the Partition of India.It was the British who created Jinnah and he did precisely what they wanted him to do. For they had made up their minds to split up India before handing if over to the Hindus, whom they feared, and who, they believed would use their strength in a massive industrialised India to rise again in the world and pose a threat to the West.
Mohammed Ali Jinnah was the creation of the British, along with the so-called Macaulay’s children – actually Macaulay’s intellectual inheritors – the English – speaking westernised Indian hordes, who were neither Hindus nor Westerners but somewhere in between, like all inheritors, led by the likes of Jawaharlal Nehru, who was as much a creation of the British as Jinnah. Between these two, India would be paralysed for ever, so the British believed, and they were not far wrong.
Jinnah Partitioned India physically, while Nehru did so politically and culturally, until the Hindus realised they were being fooled by this “secular” crowd, which was nothing but a fifth column left behind by the west. Now Nehruism is being elevated into an “Idea of India” by some stupid men residing in the west, who, too, like Nehru & Co., despise Hindus and would rather be bootlickers of West than genuine self-respecting children of the soil.
I have a feeling that Gandhiji must have realised that he and his non-violence must have made him play into the hands of the British, but by then, it was too late, No wonder, he died a broken man, long before he was killed.
I was in England at the time of our Independence, some of us had been invited by India office – the office of the secretary of state for India, the ultimate seat of British power in India – on the eve of Independence to have tea with the secretary of state, a man called Lord Pethick-Lawrence. I asked him how he felt.
“Do you really want an answer?” he asked.
For man who had just lost an empire, he seemed quite at peace with himself, though like other Britishers, he did not show it!
The number of MLAs in Madhya Pradesh with criminal charges against them has risen by six per cent, as compared to figures of the 2008 Assembly polls.
The Uttar Pradesh police has asked the Special Investigation Team to complete its probe into Muzaffarnagar riot cases by this month. The SIT officials have been asked to complete its probe into the riot cases at Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Baghpat and Meerut districts by this month, state Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mukul Goel said.
Uttar Pradesh government has admitted before the National Green Tribunal that large scale illegal sand mining had been going on in Gautam Budh Nagar district of the state and said it has arrested 120 persons in this connection.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Friday and discussed bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern, sources said.
Metro projects in India are the cheapest in the world due to availability of abundant manpower resources, Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna said on Friday.
With Anna Hazare going on indefinite hunger strike, UPA govt fast-tracks Lokpal Bill
Former Bihar chief minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad granted bail by Supreme Court in the fodder scam; he was earlier sentenced to five years in prison by a special Ranchi court
32-year-old Mohammad Shahid was arrested on from Mewat in Haryana; police have records of his conversations with a Pak-based LeT commander
BJP leader Harsh Vardhan says if any party is interested in forming a government they are welcome
More than $343 billion in black money was sent abroad in ten years; India ranked third in 2011, exporting $85 million
BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan after meeting Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung said his party will not form the government in the national capital
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday questioned whether any state has been able to prevent murders and said that linking them to law and order was like looking through a "coloured glass".
"Has any state totally stopped murders? ... Linking them with the law and order situation means looking at things through a coloured glass," he said, apparently referring to the Opposition's clamour over the killing of a doctor here on Saturday.
The killing of Rajnish Patel by unidentified assailants in Bahadurpur area triggered protests with the Bihar chapter of Indian Medical Association, which threatened to go on strike if the killers were not arrested by tomorrow.
The Opposition BJP has alleged that it seemed the state was returning to the "bad days" under RJD rule.
Kumar said that the police would soon crack the case and establish whether it was caused by personal enmity or some other reason.
Condemning the killing, Kumar said that it was a personal loss for him as the doctor was close to him and he is keeping a tab on the investigation.
Stating that law and order was the top-most priority of the government, Kumar said the police were playing a proactive role and speedy trials have created a conducive environment in the state.
Srinagar: Separatist group Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front or JKLF on Monday alleged its chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik and his family had to spend several hours on road in Delhi after they were forced to leave the hotel booked by them.
Mr Malik and his family, including his 18-month-old daughter, went to Delhi on Sunday and booked two rooms in a hotel near Nizam-ud-din, the JKLF said in a statement.
However, they were asked to leave around midnight by the hotel management, the group alleged.
Mr Malik and his family had to wait on the roadside for several hours before they took shelter in a friend's house, the statement said.
"If Delhi gets upset due to our presence there, it should formally introduce a law that could prevent the people of Kashmir from visiting the national capital," it said.
"Only due to the person's political ideology, he was thrown out of the hotel along with his family. Such action cannot be legitimised at any level," the statement said.
Clear signs of differences emerge within the BJP camp over the resignation issue of West Bengal Human Rights Commission chairman A.K. Ganguly over allegedly sexually harassing a law intern.
New Delhi: To counter any attempt by its rivals to woo voters through distribution of cash and liquor, AAP has installed 2,000 high resolution spy cameras in and around slums of Delhi and said it was their attempt to end the age-old practice of buying votes.
Aam Aadmi Party also claimed that it has already met success with the endeavour as locals and party volunteers in Badli village Assembly constituency caught red-handed some people allegedly distributing liquor bottles at night.
“We have bought 2,000 spy cams and deployed them at various places in slums and jhuggis to put an end to the age-old practice by other parties of buying votes through distribution of cash and liquor,” an AAP leader said.
Delhi Assembly polls are notorious for “buying” voters a night before the elections by offering them alcohol and money. AAP has deployed its specially trained volunteers and also educated the voters not to fall prey to such tactics.
It had planned to snoop on the vulnerable areas and record any malpractice, the party leader said. The recordings would then be submitted to the election commission and a complaint will be filed.
“We tasted our first success, locals and volunteers caught a big haul of liquor in Badli which was brought in a van for distribution at night,” he said, adding that the footage has been submitted to the EC. AAP Convener, Arvind Kejriwal also said the party will neither buy votes nor allow others to do so. “We will neither buy votes using money and liquor, nor will we allow others to do so,” Kejriwal said.
The party has planned to keep a watch on susceptible areas and has even prepared a detailed list of these areas and planning to keep a strict vigil on these areas. The list include slum clusters, rural areas, rehabilitated colonies and areas lying on city’s border.
New Delhi: Amid a debate over special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah has said even if Narendra Modi becomes prime minister for "ten terms" he will not be able to repeal Article 370 of the constitution.
"Even if Modi becomes PM for ten times, he will not be able to do away with Article 370. You talk of debate, BJP does not indulge in any debate," Farooq told reporters here.
Addressing a gathering of former army officials from India and Pakistan at the residence of former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, Farooq said both the countries will have to live together for prosperity.
On Pakistan repeatedly raising the Kashmir issue, he said, "you (Pakistan) cannot win Kashmir. I can write this with my blood."
The National Conference leader said his maternal grandfather was buried in Lahore but he was not being allowed to visit the place.
On Pakistan's fear that India would divert waters of Jhelum, Chenab and Indus rivers to create water scarcity in the neighbouring country, he said New Delhi would never resort to such a tactic.
The campaigning for the December 4 Delhi assembly polls, seen as a major battle ahead of next year's Lok Sabha election, ended this evening as all major contenders for power made last-minute attempts to woo voters. With this, the curtain came down on campaigning in all the five states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi which were due to assembly polls.