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Opposition protests: Suspension of 25 MPs questions “democratic ethics” of the Modi government

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By Aishwarya Nag Choudhury

The suspension of 25 Congress MPs by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan sparked a protest in the Rajya Sabha today morning. The Congress and the nine other opposition parties were seen protesting at the Rajya Sabha proclaiming their decision to boycott both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha for the next 5 days.

The MPs were suspended by Mahajan for the next 5 working days from the house for protesting with placards in the well of the Lok Sabha and displaying unruly behavior. This, however, has revoked bigger problems for the Parliament and the chair because the opposition parties are demanding the revocation of her decision.

The Speaker took the decision on suspension by invoking Rule 374(A), using it for the first time in the 16th Lok Sabha.  She claimed she had to do this because the congress members were “persistently and willfully obstructing the House by displaying placards and shouting slogans.”

Just as the speaker was about to make her formal announcement, congress MPs Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were seen opposing it. Moreover, TMC leader Sudhip Bandhopadhya and CPM’s P Karunakaran made it a point to translate their parties’ opposition to “harsh action.”

Today morning, the opposition was seen protesting in the Rajya Sabha, triggering adjournment till noon. Congress in collaboration with other parties of the opposition was seen wearing black ties and ribbons around their arms in protest of the suspension.

“As Manmohan Singhji explained, the suspension of 25 MPs is no way of resolving issues,” Mallikharjun Karge said to NewsGram.

However, the issue is no longer restricted to just the suspension of the members. The opposition has delved deeper into the context questioning the democratic ethics of the government.

In an interview to NewsGram, Youth Congress spokesperson Amrish Ranjan Pandey, explained the Congress standpoint. “The Modi government has changed the definition of democracy. MPs are representatives of the common people; the government should listen to their voice. This is the government’s ploy of having not to deal with the debates they cannot withstand” he added.

“Mana ki sansad mein aapki bahumat hain – par sarak humara hain, aur sansad ka raasta sarak se guzar ke jata hain,” Pandey said, referring to the Modi government.

Pandey opined that this is the first time in Indian politics that the government is acting dictatorial and it is not going to work in diversified India.

The Youth congress equally agitated with the suspension are planning to protest against the “undemocratic” government of Modi. The instances of Gajendra Chauhan being trusted to head FTII and Smriti Irani given the education portfolio are being questioned by them. Mahila Congress member Sushmita Puri sharing her opinions with NewsGram said that it is clear that some people in Modiji’s government is corrupt.

“One minister and one cabinet minister is completely corrupt. We demand that you remove them from the ministry and then investigate them, so that they don’t wield power when they are being investigated. If found innocent, they can resume office,” she added.

“We will keep protesting until our demands are met,” was the word of the day in the Rajya Sabha. Samajwadi party’s Dharmendra Yadav paid a visit to support the protest. “I want to ensure democratically fair politics,” he said.  Ghulam Nabi Azad thanked all those who had come in support of the protest and in support of “democracy.”

As the Rajya Sabha resumed at noon, the protestors dispersed. However the agitation against the Modi government has not subsided. This session of the parliament brings into question no ordinary bill, but the democratic ethics of the government.

Discussion is the root of democracy, has the government suspended 25 MP’s to stall discussion and make the opposition weaker? Was the disciplinarian action of Sumitra Mahajan actually required to bring ‘order’ into our Democracy? These were the questions of the protestors in Rajya Sabha. However, it is still to be seen how long the fervour continues. Will the Congress and the opposition parties continue till their demands are met, or will the fervour wither away at the end of the MP’s suspension.

This monsoon session, the government seems to be stuck in a labyrinth that needs efforts to decipher. The steps of the government and the choices of the PM are being closely monitored by the opposition. As the mud-splattering continues, it is still to be seen how the Modi government responds.

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Modi pens foreword for Hema Malini’s biography

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New Delhi, Oct 13 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has penned a “short, crisp and sweet” foreword for “Beyond The Dreamgirl”, an authorised biography of actress and BJP MP Hema Malini.

The book, by former editor of Stardust and producer Ram Kamal Mukherjee, will be launched on October 16, when the “evergreen beauty” turns 69. Its launch also marks the celebration of Hema Malini’s glorious run of 50 years in Indian showbiz.

“Our PM has written very briefly in the book about his feelings for Hemaji. It’s short, crisp and sweet, not rubble and bubble. It’s an honour for me as an author and for Hemaji also that it is perhaps the first time that an active Prime Minister has written a foreword for a book on a Bollywood actor,” Mukherjee told IANS over the phone from Mumbai.

Having started her film career in 1968 with Raj Kapoor-starrer “Sapno Ka Saudagar”, she regaled movie buffs with roles in films like “Seeta Aur Geeta”, “Sholay”, “Dream Girl” and “Satte Pe Satta”. An accomplished classical dancer, Hema Malini earned the epithet of ‘Dreamgirl’ for her flawless beauty, and became a pioneering female superstar in an otherwise male-oriented film industry.

In 1999, Hema Malini campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in the Lok Sabha elections in Gurdaspur, Punjab. She is now a BJP MP from Mathura constituency.

“I guess it’s all because of Hemaji’s credentials and contribution to art and cinema that Mr Modi agreed to pen the foreword. When I was interacting with his office, they were very happy that Hemaji did not just limit her talk in the book to Bollywood,” said Mukherjee, who had in 2005 released a coffee table book called “Hema Malini Diva Unveiled”.

“Beyond The Dreamgirl”, published by HarperCollins India, will give readers an in-depth look into her life.

“It is divided into 23 chapters, covering her childhood, teens, Bollywood, rise as an actor, romance, colleagues, marriage, her second innings, launching Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Dil Aashna Hai’ — which she directed — her ballet, her political journey and spiritual journey. There are two chapters dedicated to her daughters Esha and Ahana.

“She has also spoken about her Agra accident and her singing career. We have summed it all up with a chapter called ‘Bliss’. This book will also have Hemaji’s family tree, which has not been published earlier, and there will be a lot of exclusive unseen photographs from her personal, professional and political spheres,” Mukherjee said.

The ageless talent has shared an insight into her life with Dharmendra as well as spoken on political figures like Modi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani and Sushma Swaraj.

How did Mukherjee get Modi to pen the foreword?

“It was not something thought of when I started writing the book two years ago. I started my research and wanted somebody else to do the foreword,” he said, without naming the film industry person whom he had approached.

“It was almost like a miracle to have Mr Modi write for us. When I discussed it with Hemaji, her first expression was, ‘I hope you know what you’re saying. I know you’re under pressure, but I think you’re losing your mind’.

“When I said there’s no harm in trying, she said, ‘You try and do whatever you want to do’. Then it was a process.”

The writer feels it’s the actress’ constant effort in promoting Indian classical music and dance through her ballets on Hindu mythological characters like Durga and Meera, which Modi appreciates.

“I think Mr Modi liked her inclination towards classical dance and music and how she promotes it at international platforms. I think this is a USP of Hema Maliniji, apart from she being Hema Malini. And I guess that’s also what justifies the title of the book.”(IANS)

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Actor “Prabhas” extends support to Modi’s Clean India campaign

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Chennai, Sep 29 : “Baahubali” fame Prabhas on Friday said he extends his full support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Swachhata Hi Seva” movement, adding that he sees the Clean India campaign not as a duty but as a habit.

“As we approach this significant day, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji, who always strived for cleanliness, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the great work happening on making India clean and green with the Swachh Bharat Initiative,” Prabhas posted on his Facebook page.

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He added that Clean India is something he personally believes in.

“Keeping my country clean and healthy is not just my duty as a citizen but also a habit. To all those who feel the same, let’s continue doing our best for a cleaner India,” he said.

Earlier this month, Modi had written personal letters to celebrities, industrialists and noted personalities to enlist their support for the initiative.

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, Modi said Swachhata is for each of us to practice.

He also said the days leading up to Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 should be about “encouraging widespread participation in cleanliness initiatives across the country.”

Superstar Rajinikanth and filmmaker S.S Rajamouli have already expressed their support.(ians)

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PM Narendra Modi: Don’t believe in vote bank politics, Nation comes first

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Varanasi, Sep 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, said that the BJP did not believe in vote bank politics as the country was above party politics. This is his second day of the visit to his parliamentary constituency in Varanasi.

Modi told a gathering that he had launched a major war against corruption and the corrupt to ease the life of the common man. He also said cleanliness was worship for him as it could rid the poor of various diseases and a lot of economic burdens.

“Governance for us is not about votes or winning elections. The priority is the development of the nation. For us, the country is bigger than party,” he said, in his address to farmers in Shahanshahpur on the outskirts of Varanasi.

He said most of the problems faced by the common people in India were rooted in corruption.

“I have launched a war against it and will take it further to ensure that graft is weeded out from the country.”(IANS)