New Delhi, June 25: Misuse of media and social media, mob lynching and communalism were among the issues that Opposition members raked up to hit out at the government in the Rajya Sabha today as the debate over the motion of thanks on President’s address continued for the second day.
Accusing social media firms of favouring the ruling NDA government during the election campaign for the recent Lok Sabha poll, TMC member Derek O’Brien said they provided a major share of advertisement to the BJP.
On the relevance of media, he said, “With media in hand, it is easy to manufacture great men these days. Dr BR Ambedkar said this. He saw this problem coming long ago. We appeal to media owners that you have a role to play to save democracy. We appeal to journalists to bring back the days of editors — the ’60s, ’70s.” He also demanded sweeping electoral reforms saying there should be a collegium to appoint the Election Commissioner. He advocated return of ballots and state funding for political parties.
Earlier, Congress’ Digvijay Singh said, “You have injected venom of communalism into the people of this country. Slogans of Jai Shri Ram and Allah hu Akbar are being raised in Parliament. This is not the tradition of Parliament.”
Raking up the issue of mob lynching, NCP member Majeed Memon attacked the government for increase in such incidents. He sought to know whether the 21 crore Muslims were getting the right to life under the Constitution.
Memon said “with all humility and respect I ask the Prime Minister” how can the government win the trust of Muslim youth when Tabrez was mercilessly beaten and forced to say “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”. The youth died despite “Constitution promising that every citizen of India is entitled to right to life”, he said.
Tabrez Ansari (22) died in a Jharkhand hospital on Sunday, days after being brutally thrashed by a mob at Dhatkidih village on the suspicion of stealing a bike.
The death of seven persons while cleaning a hotel sewer in Gujarat found a mention when D Raja of the CPI said the PM had not uttered a word on the issue so far.
We had Allah with us, says Morgan after England’s historic win
After leading the England men’s team to their maiden World Cup glory, skipper Eoin Morgan said that “we had Allah with us” and also mentioned that New Zealand had a better outing as compared to the hosts.
Empathising with the Kiwis, who lost the match on the basis of boundaries after both the regulation 50 overs and the Super Over ended in ties on Sunday.
Morgan on New Zealand’s campaign: “They’ve been actually through a better tournament than we have. The fact a trophy is sitting here is, you know — like I mentioned, we got the rub of the green today,” Morgan said during the post-match conference.
He added, “New Zealand, throughout the group stages, were absolutely outstanding, very consistent and in the semifinal were very ruthless in playing against India, India are an extremely strong team.”
Morgan on becoming the first captain to lead England men to World Cup glory: “I hope it (life) hasn’t changed that much. I enjoy my life. I lead quite a quiet one, so I hope it hasn’t changed too much. I would love it to change for everybody else who wants it to change, but I enjoy my life.”
On being asked if it was Irishman’s luck: “We had Allah with us as well. I spoke to Adil (Rashid), he said Allah was definitely with us. I said we had the rub of the green (smiling).”
Morgan is an Irish by birth, Ben Stokes a New Zealander, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali are second-generation Pakistanis, Jason Roy, a South African.
Speaking on the diversity in the England squad: “It actually epitomises our team. Diverse backgrounds and cultures and guys grew up in different countries and to actually find humour in the situation we were in at times was pretty cool.”
Speaking on his future: “We will let the dust settle, we’ll celebrate as hard as we can. I think it’s deserved. And then we will look at things. Four years is a long time away. I think the big question I will have to answer is will I be in the team in four years, will I be good enough? These guys are improving very quickly. Will I be able to keep up with them.”
England’s World Cup-winning football legend Bobby Moore and rugby icon Martin Johnson’s black visage is carved on Mount Rushmore.
On being asked if he wants a similar sculpture: “Not at all. There’s no Mount Rushmore. Primrose Hill, that’s about it.”
Concluding with an emotional tribute, Morgan said: “They are the best, and they do it in a fashion that you’d have no qualms in turning around to your kid and saying, ‘Please idolise these guys, they are very admirable.’ They are.”
Muslims with 50 wives, 1,050 kids ‘animalistic’: BJP MLA
In a statement that could stir controversy, BJP MLA from Ballia, Surendra Singh, has said that Muslims who have many wives and children in large numbers have an “animalistic tendency.”
“In the Muslim religion, you know that people keep 50 wives and give birth to 1050 children. This is not a tradition but an animalistic tendency. In society, giving birth to only two to four children is normal,” the BJP leader said while speaking to reporters in Ballia on Sunday.
Surendra Singh has been in the news, time and again, for his controversial statements.
Last year in July, the Ballia legislator had said that every Hindu couple must have at least five children for Hindutva to remain intact.
Surendra Singh, in an interview to ANI, had said this step is necessary to increase the population of Hindus in India.
“It is the desire of every spiritual leader (mahant) for every couple to have a minimum of five children. This way the population will be under control, and Hindutva would remain intact,” Surendra Singh said.
Babri demolition: Special judge seeks 6 months’ time to conclude trial
New Delhi, July 15: A special judge holding trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case, involving BJP veterans LK Advani, MM Joshi and others, on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking six more months to conclude the trial in the case.
The special judge, in a letter written in May, has informed the top court that he is due to superannuate on September 30, 2019.The matter came up for hearing on Monday before a bench headed by Justice RF Nariman, which asked the Uttar Pradesh government to apprise it by July 19 of a mechanism by which the tenure of the special judge could be extended till he delivered the verdict in the high-profile case.
On April 19, 2017, the top court had ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years in the case.
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