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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi chairing meeting of the Council of Ministers, at 7RCR, in New Delhi on December 17, 2015.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a meeting with members of his Council of Ministers.

Sources said it was a normal get-together at the end of the year.

The meeting was held amid tensions between the government and the Congress on a range of issues, including actions of Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa on the functioning of the state assembly.

The winter session of the parliament witnessed daily adjournments forced by the Congress and other opposition parties on issues such as alleged atrocities against Dalits and CBI searches in the office of the principal secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The government had a heavy legislative agenda for the winter session, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill.

There is a feeling in the government that the session, which ends on December 23, could be a washout.

The monsoon session of parliament had also been a washout over the Congress demand for the resignation of three BJP leaders.

BJP leaders have accused the Congress of not respecting the verdict of the people and holding the country’s development hostage to its political interests. (IANS) (Picture Courtesy:pib.nic.in)

 

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Government Uses Movie Stills to Make Creative Appeal to Citizens to Make Best Use of Right to Vote

The image featured a recreated version of the movie's famous dialogue "Babuji ne kaha gaon chhod do..."

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Indians stand in queues to cast their votes at a polling booth for the first phase of general elections, near Ghaziabad, India, April 11, 2019. VOA

After using stills from Shah Rukh Khan’s “Mohabbatein”, the government on Friday shared a collage of photographs from the superstar’s film “Devdas”, to make a creative appeal to citizens to make the best use of their right to vote during the ongoing 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The Press Information Bureau (PIB), the publicity arm of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, tweeted the collage featuring SRK and Jackie Shroff,

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The image featured a recreated version of the movie’s famous dialogue “Babuji ne kaha gaon chhod do…”. Wikimedia

The image featured a recreated version of the movie’s famous dialogue “Babuji ne kaha gaon chhod do…”. It read: “Babuji ne kaha ghar chhod do, sabne kaha Paro ko chhod do. Par koi kuch bhi kahe, main vote dena nahin chhodunga.”

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The picture was captioned: “Voting is citizens’ right, responsibility and a duty. Don’t get swayed by what people say. Be a responsible citizen, go out and vote. It matters.”

The Lok Sabha elections, which began on Thursday, will run till May 19. (IANS)