Chikballapur (Karnataka), Apr 13: Claiming that the BJP has a tactical understanding with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily demanded to know the basis of Imran Khan’s support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the ongoing elections.
The former Union Minister also charged Modi with adopting a “Hitler-kind of attitude”, stoking an “atmosphere of hatred in the country and thereby destroying all institutions”.
If the Congress comes to power, Moily said it will initiate probes into the functioning of the BJP government during the past five years in which the “nation was misled and kept in the dark” over several important issues like Rafale deal.
“Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has openly supported Narendra Modi as a pre-condition for talks on bilateral resolution of the Kashmir dispute which clearly shows that there is a tactical understanding between the BJP and the Pakistan Prime Minister,” the Congress leader told .
Khan’s support and also the suggestion that Modi would bring in better ties between the two nations indicate a secret understanding, perhaps compromising the interest of India on Kashmir, he said.
Observing that a war-kind of situation always prevailed during the BJP regime, Moily said, “Everytime the BJP comes to power, there is an escalation of hostility between India and Pakistan, it may be Kargil or attack on Indian Parliament under the Vajpayee government or Balakot and Pulwama under the current regime.”
Ridiculing Modi for his 56-inch chest claim, the former Karnataka chief minister said, “Where is the need to demonstrate even if he has one? Politics of love is totally alien to him which has vitiated the political atmosphere in the country.”
As a result of the 56-inch chest narrative, Pakistan has for the first time openly admitted that it has an atom bomb, he added.
Asserting that the Congress will probe functioning of the Modi government if it comes to power, Moily said, “We will investigate all actions taken during the current BJP’s tenure, that include demonetisation, the Balakot attack and sacking of intelligence chief and ferrying of CRPF personnel in a bus despite intelligence input to the contrary.”
On Congress’s prospects in the current Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka, Moily said the party will win at least 21 seats out of 28 in alliance with the JD(S).
“The Congress and the JD(S) will win at least 21 seats. It could be possible to repeat 1971 when all 27 seats were won by the Congress. This is mainly because the Modi wave is fast waning and he is assuming a Hitler-kind of personality which will be devastating for the country in case he is put in any position of authority,” he said.
Both the Congress and the JD(S) are working as a team forgetting differences with a sole aim to defeat the BJP, which has terribly failed to implement its 2014 election promises and created an atmosphere of “fear” among people, he said.
The Congress and the JD(S) are in alliance contesting in 21 seats and 7 seats respectively in the current Lok Sabha elections.
Moily, however, refused make any assessment on the number of seats that the BJP or the Congress would win at the national level saying it will definitely be a Congress-led government in which regional parties may have a say based on pre and post-poll alliances.
Expressing concern over the possibility of EVMs being rigged in this election, the former union minister said the Supreme Court judgement on VVPATs is “too little to check manipulation” as monitoring five machines in a constituency is too less.
He accused the BJP of introducing “politics of hatred” and said, “This must end and pave way for politics of love. This can only be started by Rahul Gandhi.”
Modi, he said, has all qualities like “false ego and anger”, which is not desirable from a national leader.
He further said that the BJP talks of corruption but is least interested in checking it.
“It was during my tenure as Union Law Minister that the Congress brought in a Lokpal bill but it has taken five years for the BJP to implement it and that too under pressure of the impending elections,” he said.
“Rahul Gandhi has been consistently fighting on the issue of corruption by bringing the issue of Rafale deal. Now even the apex court sees something amiss and agreed to the probe,” he said.
Journos protest against 100 days of internet blackout
Srinagar, Nov 12: Journalists in the Valley took out a protest march here against the continued suspension of internet services which completed 100 days on Tuesday since the abrogation of the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.
Scores of journalists working with different media organisations assembled at the Kashmir Press Club here and took out a protest march against the snapping of internet services in the Valley on the night of August 4, hours before the Centre revoked the state’s special status under Article 370 and abrogated it into two Union Territories.
The journalists demanded immediate restoration of the services to facilitate the media persons to discharge their professional duties.
“We took out the protest against the suspension of internet services for 100 days now. Internet is a basic took for journalists to discharge their professional duties and we demand its immediate restoration,” senior journalist Pervez Bukhari told reporters after the protest.
The Centre’s August 5 decision led to an unannounced shutdown in the valley even as authorities imposed severe restrictions, including on communication, which were later gradually eased out.
Postpaid mobile services on all networks were restored in the Valley on October 14, 72 days after they were snapped. However, pre-paid mobile phones and all internet services continue to remain suspended since August 5.
The government has set up a ‘Media Facilitation Centre’ at a conference hall of a local hotel here for journalists to discharge their professional duties. But the media persons complain that it has not enough computers and they have to wait for hours for their turn.
Accused arrested: Six-year-old raped, killed in Samba
Jammu, Nov 12: A six-year-old tribal girl, hailing from Madhya Pradesh, was allegedly raped and killed by youth from her own community in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, a police official said on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old accused, identified as Vishal alias “Chotu”, was arrested and booked in the case, the official said.
The incident took place at a slum inhabited by a group of labourers from Madhya Pradesh in the industrial area of Rakhamtali late on Monday.
The accused lured the girl, allegedly raped her and later strangulated her to death, the official said.
The minor’s body was recovered from inside a shanty and subsequently, the accused was arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday, he said, adding that the post-mortem of the body was conducted at the district hospital Tuesday morning.
‘Unreal Fans of Real Kashmir’: Adidas launches new home jersey
New Delhi, Nov 12: Global Sportswear giant Adidas and Jammu & Kashmir based football club Real Kashmir FC together unveiled the club’s 2019-2020 home jersey dedicating it to fans of the club.
The club, which played in the I-League for the very first-time last season, attracted massive crowds in both home and away games across the country, becoming one of the most loved clubs across India.
Adidas announced its partnership with Real Kashmir FC last season with an aim to bring about a positive change narrating an inspiring story of the ‘Snow Leopards’, as the club is popularly known.
The story has redefined the ‘Real’ Kashmir, with football at the catalyst for change. The result has been unexpected, the team scaled unprecedented heights finishing third in their first appearance in the I-League despite playing in extreme temperatures and having faced numerous challenges, semi-finalists in this year’s Durand Cup and now a serious title contender.
Unveiling the new season jersey, Adidas has dedicated this season to the “UNREAL FANS OF REAL KASHMIR” as the club gave rise to a new phenomenon in the Indian footballing history.
The 2018-19 I-League season saw a unique trend take place where fans of opponent clubs started cheering for Real Kashmir FC. It became the second favourite club of opponent fans on social media. Fans from across India joined in conversation to shut the cynics and lead the voice of positivity. And as the Real Kashmir FC team travelled across the country, often, the club received standing ovations at away games from opponent fans, who did not switch loyalties but rather supported both clubs – a trend not seen before in football fanfare.
Manish Sapra, Senior Marketing Director, Adidas India, “Our partnership with Real Kashmir is an essential part of the brand living its core belief that through sport, we have the power to change lives. With this launch of the new home jersey, we are celebrating this belief with fans who have shown their love and support for the club. This jersey is made for all those Unreal Fans who not only watch football but believe in the higher purpose of sport.”
The new season jersey has been carefully crafted, “Create. Believe. Inspire” written on the neck at the back, inspiring every individual to make a difference in their game, life and world. This season the yellow home jersey is accessible to the fans, available only in limited quantities across select Adidas stores and online on shop.adidas.com starting from 21st Nov 2019, is built with Adidas Climalite fabric and has the iconic Adidas 3-Stripes on the shoulder.
Present at the unveiling of the jersey, Sandeep Chattoo, Co-owner of Real Kashmir F.C, said – “Adidas and the snow leopards share a belief that sport has the power to change lives. Among other things, this power has inspired the youth, and put football at the center of conversations on Kashmir. It has garnered us a mammoth fan base that we could not have imagined. We are thrilled as, with this support, we are sure that we can go on to win the League”.
The club was founded in 2016 by a Kashmiri Pundit and a Muslim to channelize the energies of Kashmir’s youth through football, signed with Adidas last year and has seen great progress both on and off the pitch in a short span of time.