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New Delhi: The Congress on Monday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apology over BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav’s tweets about Vice President Hamid Ansari’s absence from the Yoga Day event but AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik said the leader had apologised and the matter should be put to rest.
Congress accused the Bharartiya Janata Party of playing divisive politics and sought the Prime Minister’s apology over Madhav’s tweets taking a jibe at Ansari’s absence. He had, however, later deleted the posts.

“Prime Minister and the BJP general secretary must apologise on this issue. The Vice President was not invited due to protocol. It was an effort to malign him,” senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said at a press conference.

His colleague Jairam Ramesh was more critical, saying: “Ram Madhav’s comment shows that polarisation was the intention behind Yoga Day.”

“Communal polarisation is the only thing Modi knows. The obnoxious comments by Ram Madhav is a deliberate attempt at polarisation,” he added.

However, Naik defended the government’s stand on not inviting Ansari to the celebrations at Rajpath, citing protocol.

“We can’t invite the Vice President when the Prime Minister is the chief guest,” he told reporters.

On the Congress demand for an apology, he said there was no need for the government to give an apology to the Vice President as the remarks were made by an individual.

“It is individual issue. He has apologised,” Naik told.

The controversy sparked off after tweets from Madhav questioned the Vice President’s absence.

“Two questions. Did RS TV that runs on tax-payers money completely blackout Yoga Day event? While President participated VP gave a miss,” Madhav tweeted on Sunday evening, when the government was celebrating the International Yoga Day event as a success.

However, in another tweet, Madhav said, “I am informed that the VP was unwell. I withdrew my tweet. My apologies because the institution of VP deserves respect.”

Both tweets were deleted later.

The Vice President’s office later clarified that he was not unwell but had not been invited for the programme.

It said the Vice President only attends those programmes in which the Minister concerned invites him as per protocol.

(IANS)

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Modi Urges Karnataka BJP Women to Popularise His Schemes

Listing various women-oriented schemes promoted by the Centre, Modi asked them to connect with other women across each of the state's 224 constituencies.

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Interacting with Karnataka’s BJP women cadres through his mobile app, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked them to popularise his government’s schemes ahead of the May 12 Assembly polls.

“We need to expose the hollow promises made by the Congress and urge the people of Karnataka to join the journey of development,” Modi told the Bharatiya Janata Party women workers through the Narendra Modi mobile app.

Listing various women-oriented schemes promoted by the Centre, Modi asked them to connect with other women across each of the state’s 224 constituencies.

“We will win the election, but for us (BJP) it is important to win the polling booth,” he said.

Interacting with Karnataka's BJP women cadres through his mobile app, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked them to popularise his government's schemes ahead of the May 12 Assembly polls.
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The BJP-led Union government is keen on giving equal opportunities to women in the society and wants to support them at every stage, whether they want to be a homemaker, job seeker or job creator, added the PM in the 40-minute audio-video interaction.

An estimated nine crore women across the country have benefitted from the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) scheme, which provides loans for small and micro enterprises, he said.

Nearly Rs 12 crore worth loans have been given out under the PMMY scheme, of which more than 70 per cent beneficiaries were women, the Prime Minister said.

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Programmes like Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, which provides LPG gas to women from below poverty line (BPL) households, have also benefitted several women, he added.

Modi highlighted that the central government had increased the paid maternity leave from the earlier 12 weeks to 26 weeks for women in the organised sector.

“When the contribution of women in the country increases, the development of the country is ensured,” said Modi. (IANS)