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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members in Delhi slammed for showing Victory Signs during Protests over Dengue Deaths

Leaders in the state unit of the AAP were also miffed at the behaviour of its district unit and were contemplating action

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  • AAP came in for sharp criticism for posing with victory signs and smiling at an event related to protests over dengue deaths in Uttar Pradesh
  • Sources said leaders in the state unit of the AAP were also miffed at the behaviour of its district unit and were contemplating action
  • BJP leaders also said that while the AAP government in Delhi had been rapped by the courts left and right for dengue and chikungunya outbreak, its cadres were involved in theatrics in Lucknow

Lucknow, India. October 22, 2016: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) district unit in the state capital on Saturday came in for sharp criticism for posing with victory signs and smiling at an event related to protests over dengue deaths in Uttar Pradesh.

The team of AAP’s Lucknow unit office bearers lodged a FIR against the municipal commissioner and city mayor Dinesh Sharma and then broke out into a cheerful celebration, posing for photographers flashing victory signs and smiling all through.

Dinesh Sharma. Youtube
Dinesh Sharma. Youtube

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“With over 200 deaths in the city alone due to dengue and the menace still far from being contained, it is unfortunate that AAP office bearers have behaved in such a manner,” a municipal official said.

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The official also said that the party cadres were indulging in arm twisting with them rather than helping the officials in identifying places where this menace was spreading.

Sources said leaders in the state unit of the AAP were also miffed at the behaviour of its district unit and were contemplating action.

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“The entire world now knows that the AAP stands for ‘tamasha’ and that’s what we are seeing here as well,” said a close aide of the city mayor while observing that the “immature behaviour of the leaders as seen on Saturday indicated how non-serious the party was to serious issues like dengue”.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders also said that while the AAP government in Delhi had been rapped by the courts left and right for dengue and chikungunya outbreak, its cadres were involved in theatrics in Lucknow. (IANS)

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BJP Offers Christians a Pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Is Religious Pilgrimage A New Playground For The Political Parties?

This would not be the first time that India has bankrolled pilgrimages for the Christians. Before this, the government had subsidized the Haj pilgrimage for the Muslim community

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In a country like India, such miscalculated steps could backfire in form of communal rights and the results could be unprecedented. Wikimedia Commons
In a country like India, such miscalculated steps could backfire in form of communal rights and the results could be unprecedented. Wikimedia Commons
  • The political parties (BJP and Congress ) are promising a free trip to Jerusalem for the pilgrimage in the coming local elections of the eastern states of India
  • The Christian population in Meghalaya and Nagaland is almost 75 percent and 88 percent respectively
  • After the Supreme Court’s intervention, the government had drafted the policy to abolish the Haj subsidy in a phased manner by 2022

The Campaign promises during the elections times are quite bizarre nowadays, from “I’ll cut your taxes,” to “vote for me, and I’ll set you free.”

In the coming local elections in the Christian- majority state of Nagaland in India the agenda by the rival BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and Congress parties are unique: “Vote for us and get either a free or a heavily subsidized pilgrimage to Jerusalem.”

Yes, you read it right. The political parties are promising a free trip to Jerusalem for the pilgrimage. The offer has been put up by the Prime Minister Modi- led BJP for the upcoming elections. Even the local partners of the Congress party are treading up the same path.

Recently, the central government decided to withdraw subsidy given to hundreds and thousands of Muslims for the annual Haj pilgrimage. Wikimedia Commons
Recently, the central government decided to withdraw subsidy given to hundreds and thousands of Muslims for the annual Haj pilgrimage. Wikimedia Commons

The BJP has not made it clear yet if it is offering the scheme to all of India’s Christians, or only to Christians in the northeast, or only to Christians in Nagaland. The Christian population in Meghalaya and Nagaland is almost 75 percent and 88 percent respectively. Nagaland is one of smallest states of India, with the population of just under two million people.

Also Read: Muslim women can now travel for Haj without Mahram

As per the Tourism Ministry figures, around 58,000 Indian tourists came to Israel in 2017, a 47% increase from 2015.

The elections are scheduled for the February 27 in three northeastern states – Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura – later this month.

The AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi also tweeted on the double standard of the government and lashed out at the government for its discriminatory decision, ending Haj subsidy but allowing subsidies to continue for Hindu pilgrimages like the Mansarovar Yatra.

This would not be the first time that India has bankrolled pilgrimages for the Christians. Before this, the government had subsidized the Haj pilgrimage for the Muslim community. But recently, the central government decided to withdraw subsidy given to hundreds and thousands of Muslims for the annual Haj pilgrimage. The government cited the reason for the subsidy withdrawal as they wanted to utilise the funds saved from withdrawing the subsidy for the education of minorities, particularly girls. After the Supreme Court’s intervention, the government had drafted the policy to abolish the Haj subsidy in a phased manner by 2022.

Also Read: Government ends Haj subsidy as part of a new policy

The scheme is a clear cut example of hypocrisy and opportunism, especially considering the cancellation of Haj subsidies. It seems quite contrary, on the one hand, the government is cutting down the benefit scheme for one section of the society and on the other hand, some other community is been offered the same thing. Such moves bring out the double standards of the political parties just for the sake of vote bank. In a country like India, such miscalculated steps could backfire in form of communal rights and the results could be unprecedented.

In 2011, Nigeria also did something same as that of India. For many years, their government financed a trip to Mecca for Muslims, leading to some 42,000 Nigerians visiting the country. But with the change in the government, subsidies have been cut considerably and now a 12-day pilgrimage costs around 2000 dollars. The change in stance has resulted in 78% decrease from 2011.