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Silence on practices like Triple Talaq is like ‘Draupadi’ Episode: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

To explain his views on the issue of triple talaq practice and the silence of the politicians, Yogi Adityanath refers to epic Mahabharata episode

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Lucknow, April 19, 2017: To illustrate his view that silence on the triple talaq practice among politicians is an offence as well, Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, on Wednesday went back to Mahabharata to refer an episode of the epic on Draupadi.

At the launch of a book on former prime minister Chandrashekhar, Yogi Adityanath said, ” There’s a new debate in the country. Different theories are being floated on it. Some are silent on the issue”.

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“When I see people silent on the raging issue, the episode from Mahabharat comes to my mind. When Draupadi was disrobed in the king’s court she asked – Who is responsible for this? Vidura said those who have committed the crime, those who are the accomplices and those who were silent are equally responsible,” he added, referring to the very famous episode from Mahabharata on the humiliation of Draupadi, in which the silence of the honorable court elders was judged in the same measure as those who were involved in the crime.

The saffron-robbed Chief Minister believes that the political narrative is silent over the triple talaq issue. he said,”The system makes them stand in court with those guilty, the supporters and with those who are silent.”

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According to NDTV report, the comments come at a time when the Supreme Court is hearing petitions challenging the practice of instant divorce by uttering the word “talaq” three times and debating whether the court has the right to step in. Among the petitioners is a woman, divorced by her husband on WhatsApp.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke out strongly against the triple talaq practice, pointing out that the exploitation of Muslim women should come to an end and justice should be done to them.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court was told by the centre that ‘triple talaq’ should be considered among customs that impact the social status and dignity of Muslim women and deny them basic rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

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The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, opposing court interference on Muslim personal law vehemently, has stated that it will issue a code of conduct to keep the misuse of triple talaq practice in check.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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India’s President ‘Ram Nath Kovind’ Designates ‘Narendra Modi’ as PM for Second Term

The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament

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Newly elected lawmakers from India's ruling alliance led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party raise their hands in support of Narendra Modi's election as their leader in New Delhi, May 25, 2019. VOA

India’s president on Saturday appointed Narendra Modi as the prime minister soon after newly elected lawmakers from the ruling alliance, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, elected him as their leader following a thunderous victory in national elections.

President Ram Nath Kovind said in a tweet that he also asked Modi to forward the names of those to be appointed as ministers in his government and the date for the swearing-in for his second five-year term as prime minister. Modi and some leaders of his alliance met the president on Saturday.

Media reports said Modi was likely to be sworn in by Kovind on Thursday.

BJP president Amit Shah announced Modi’s name as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance in a meeting of the lawmakers in the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second right, hugs senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader M.M. Joshi as L.K. Advani, left, watches after Modi’s election as ruling alliance leader, in New Delhi, May 25, 2019. VOA

The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, after the official vote count from the six-week-long election was completed on Friday. That is well beyond the simple majority a party in India needs to form a government.

The BJP’s top rival, the Indian National Congress led by Rahul Gandhi, won 52 seats, and the All India Trinamool Congress led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee won 22.

Unity movement

Critics say Modi and his party have applied divisive policies and used a Hindu-first strategy. But Modi said after Saturday’s vote that “this election has become a movement of social unity.” “It is generally said that the election divides, creates distances, makes walls. But the 2019 elections have worked to break the walls,” he said in his address.

On Friday, Modi met with his outgoing Cabinet ministers and later presented his resignation to the country’s president. The president asked the officials to continue to serve until the new government assumes office.

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The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament. VOA

Gandhi, whose great-grandfather, grandmother and father were all prime ministers, personally conceded his seat, long a Congress party bastion, to his BJP rival, India’s textiles minister, marking the end of an era for modern India’s most powerful political dynasty.

Counting of the estimated 600 million ballots cast over six weeks of staggered polling — the world’s largest democratic exercise — began early Thursday.

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Hindu-first politics

The victory was largely seen as a referendum on Modi’s Hindu-first politics that some observers say have bred intolerance toward Muslims and other religious minorities, as well as his muscular stance on neighboring Pakistan, with whom India nearly went to war earlier this year after suicide attacks killed more than 40 Indian security officials in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Modi effectively used the incident as a major campaign tool after responding to the attack with an airstrike in Pakistan that triggered nationalist sentiments, with the BJP saying Modi is the right person to ensure India’s national security. (VOA)