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A laser show and fireworks will light up all temples, streets, 'crossroads' and other public places in Varanasi.

With the inauguration of Kashi Vishwanath corridor in Varanasi on December 13, the whole of Uttar Pradesh will be lit up similar to Diwali-like celebrations. This year the people of the state will invoke Lord Shiva in their homes by lighting lamps on the occasion of the inauguration of Kashi Vishwanath corridor, the highest revered shrine of Hindu faith. Along with this, a laser show and fireworks will light up all temples, streets, 'crossroads' and other public places in Varanasi.

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Gearing up for the 2022 Assembly polls and next general election, the BJP has decided to complete the formation of booth committees at over 10 lakh polling stations across the country by year end.

Gearing up for the 2022 Assembly polls and next general election, the BJP has decided to complete the formation of booth committees at over 10 lakh polling stations across the country by year end.

Addressing the inaugural session of BJP National Executive Committee meet here, party chief J.P. Nadda set the target to complete the process of forming the booth committees.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that to strengthen the party at ground level chief Nadda has asked to complete the formation of the committees by December 25.

"Formation of booth committees have been completed in 85 per cent of polling booths and remaining work will be completed by December 25," Pradhan said.

The party has also decided to implement the successful 'page committee' concept of Gujarat across the country.

"Page committee will be formed across the country and appointment of 'Panna Pramukh' will be completed by April 6, next year," Pradhan said

He said that Nadda also asked for an institutionalised mechanism to listen to the Prime Minister's 'Mann ki Baat' radio programme at each polling booth.

"Party chief talked about three works to strengthen the organisation at ground level as BJP has yet to reach its 'Utkarsh' (peak)," he said.

Nadda also talked about election results and said that BJP's victory in Huzurabad shows it's rise in Telangana.

"Nadda also said that BJP is getting strong in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha to win the next elections," Pradhan said.

In his address, Nadda thanked the people of West Bengal who supported the BJP in this year's Assembly polls.

"In the 2016 Assembly polls, the BJP's vote share was negligible, now it's 38 per cent. We have got the blessings of Bengal. In political history, such rapid growth in vote share has never been registered. the BJP chief assured people of West Bengal that the party is with them," Pradhan said.

Pradhan added that Nadda in his address also mentioned about the repeal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, which is now on the path of development under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

Talking about the meet, Pradhan said that it is being held in a hybrid mode.

"All participants have registered digitally, including Prime Minister Modi, L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are also attending the meeting virtually from their homes," Pradhan said.

(IANS/JB)

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Rahul Gandhi said that “Hinduism” and “Hindutva”are two different terms.

After a controversy erupted over remarks made by senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid in his new book, 'Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times', the Congress seems to have got into more trouble with Rahul Gandhi's saying that Hinduism and Hindutva are different things.

Speaking virtually at a party function, he said, "Is there something common between Hindutva and Hinduism? What is the difference between Hinduism and Hindutva. If they are the same, why do they have different names? Why then use the name of Hinduism, and not Hindutva."

He asked, "Is there something common between what Guru Nanak, Kabir, Gandhiji, and King Ashoka said about the Hindutva ideology?" The difference between Hinduism as we know it & Hindutva? Are they the same thing? Can they be the same thing? They are obviously two different things. "

Rahul Gandhi said the RSS has overshadowed the Congress ideology. "Today, whether we like it or not, the divisive, hateful ideology of the RSS-BJP has overshadowed the loving, affectionate, and nationalistic ideology of the Congress. We have to accept it. Our ideology is alive, it's vibrant, but it has been overshadowed. "

He said we have to train groups of people who have an understanding of the ideology and connect with the issues, and we have to explore, and understand, and develop a group of people who understand the difference between these and apply these differences to issues.

The debate on Hindutva is already in the public domain, and the Congress is facing flak from the BJP. A passage from a chapter titled 'The Saffron Sky' from Khurshid's book reads: "Sanatan Dharma and classical Hinduism known to sages and saints were being pushed aside by a robust version of Hindutva, by all standards a political version similar to the jihadist Islam of groups like ISIS and Boko Haram of recent years."

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad disagreed and said in a statement, "We do not agree with Hindutva as a political ideology distinct from the composite culture of Hinduism, but comparing Hindutva with ISIS and Jehadi Islamists is factually wrong and an exaggeration."

Meanwhile, Vineet Jindal, a Delhi-based lawyer, on Thursday filed a complaint with the police against Khurshid for the remarks made in his book, demanding an FIR be lodged against Khurshid under Sections 153, 153A, 298 and 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, Hinduism, Hindutva, Rahul Gandhi, Propaganda


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The first meeting of BJP national executive after 2019 Lok Sabha polls started in the national capital on Sunday to discuss forthcoming Assembly elections in five states and other current issues.

The first meeting of BJP national executive after 2019 Lok Sabha polls started in the national capital on Sunday to discuss forthcoming Assembly elections in five states and other current issues.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief J.P. Nadda, former party presidents and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari are attending the meeting, which is taking place at the NDMC Convention Centre.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was supposed to participate virtually from Lucknow, flew to Delhi to physically attend the meeting.

The meeting started with the inaugural address of Nadda and will conclude with Prime Minister Modi's valedictory address around 3 p.m.

Following the Covid-19 protocols, all national executive members have not been called to Delhi to attend the meeting. Only 124 senior BJP leaders will be present at the NDMC convention center and all the Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers of the BJP ruled states, all the BJP state unit presidents and other senior leaders from the states who are part of the national executive will virtually attend the meeting from their respective state headquarters.

On Saturday, BJP national general secretary Arun Singh had said that various issues will be discussed in the meeting, which include a special brainstorming session on the forthcoming assembly elections in five states.

Early next year, Assembly polls will be held in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab Manipur, and Goa.

A condolence resolution will also be adopted in the memory of all those who lost their lives in the Covid pandemic.

The meeting will also discuss programmes and policies to make the BJP more broad-based in order to incorporate greater sections of the society.

An exhibition has also been organised at the venue to showcase all policies and programmes of the Modi government. (IANS/JB)


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