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HIGHLIGHTS: Mukhtar Naqvi targets Owaisi, says ‘champions of secularism’ kept minorities as tenants

Amit Shah met Rajnath at his residence this morning. Newly-elected NDA leaders are likely to meet today, a day after the distribution of portfolios to the 57-member Council of Ministers.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 1, 2019 9:07:04 pm
Cong history-sheeter in throttling democratic values: Naqvi Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is the lone Muslim in the Modi cabinet. (Express photo by Rohit Jain Paras/File)

Targeting AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Saturday said, “Yeh jo secularism ke siyaasi soorma hain, inhone desh ke alpsankhyako, vishesh taur se musalmaano ko kirayedaar bana rakha tha, hissedaar nahi banaya tha. Modi ji ne desh ke 130 crore logon ko vikas ka hissedaar banaya (These people who are the champions of politics of secularism, had kept the country’s minorities, especially Muslims, as tenants and not as stakeholders. PM Modi made the 130 crore people of the country stakeholders in development).”

Owaisi had reacted sharply to Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy’s remark claiming Hyderabad as a ‘safe zone for terrorists’. “An MoS speaking like this! This shows their hatred for Telangana, Hyderabad. Such irresponsible statements don’t suit a minister, but we expect this from him. Wherever they see Muslims, they take them for terrorists. We can’t cure them,” he had said.

Earlier in the day, Home Minister Amit Shah took charge of his new office and said country’s security and welfare of the people are the key priorities of the Modi government. “Country’s security and people’s welfare are the Modi government’s priorities. Under the leadership of Modi, I will try my best to fulfill all these priorities,” he tweeted after assuming the charge.

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    20:31 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    No intention of imposing any language: Govt dismisses fears of Hindi imposition in Tamil Nadu

    After political parties in Tamil Nadu protested over the recommendations of new draft education policy submitted to the government that suggested making Hindi a mandatory third language in schools, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar Saturday said the Centre has no intentions of imposing any language on anybody.

    “There is no intention of imposing any language on anybody, we want to promote all Indian languages. It’s a draft prepared by committee, which will be decided by govt after getting public feedback,” ANI quoted Javadekar, the former HRD minister as saying.

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    18:13 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    BJP says will send 10 lakh 'Jai Shri Ram' post cards to Mamata Banerjee

    The BJP will send 10 lakh post cards with "Jai Shri Ram" written on them to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a party leader said Saturday, in a move likely to add salt to the ruling TMC's wounds after a bruising performance in Lok Sabha polls.

    "We have decided to send 10 lakh post cards with 'Jai Shri Ram' written on them to the chief minister's residence," newly elected lawmaker Arjun Singh told PTI.

    17:39 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Mukhtar Naqvi takes on Owaisi

    Targeting AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Saturday said, "Yeh jo secularism ke siyaasi soorma hain, inhone desh ke alpsankhyako, vishesh taur se musalmaano ko kirayedaar bana rakha tha, hissedaar nahi banaya tha. Modi ji ne desh ke 130 crore logon ko vikas ka hissedaar banaya (These people who are the champions of politics of secularism, had kept the country's minorities, especially Muslims, as tenants and not as stakeholders. PM Modi made the 130 crore people of the country stakeholders in development)."

    Owaisi had reacted sharply to Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy remark claiming Hyderabad as a 'safe zone for terrorists’. “An MoS speaking like this! This shows their hatred for Telangana, Hyderabad. Such irresponsible statements don’t suit a minister, but we expect this from him. Wherever they see Muslims, they take them for terrorists. We can’t cure them,” he had said.

    17:20 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    J&K governor meets Amit Shah, PM Modi

    Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik met Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Modi today.

    16:20 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Tamil leaders react to alleged attempt to impose Hindi in schools

    State party leaders in Tamil Nadu Saturday reacted sharply over the alleged attempts to impose Hindi as the third language in the state by the Centre. DMK leader T Siva in Trichy said the attempt to force Hindi language on people of Tamil Nadu will not be tolerated by its people. "We are ready to face any consequences to stop Hindi language being forced on the people here," ANI quoted him as saying.

    Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan said, "I have acted in many Hindi films, in my opinion Hindi language should not be imposed on anyone."

    Trends such as #StopHindiImposition and #TNAgainstHindiImposition were also trending on Twitter today.

    15:52 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Will be happy to cooperate: Praful Patel on ED notice

    Former civil aviation minister and NCP leader Praful Patel Saturday said he will cooperate with the Enforcement Directorate on being summoned by the agency in a in UPA-era alleged aviation scam. Speaking to ANI, Patel said, "I will be happy to cooperate with the Enforcement Directorate to help them understand the complexities of aviation sector."

    15:28 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    ED summons Praful Patel in UPA-era alleged aviation scam

    The Enforcement Directorate Saturday summoned NCP leader and former civil aviation minister Praful Patel in UPA-era alleged aviation scam, PTI quoted officials in state.

    15:20 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Owaisi on G Kishan Reddy's statement: Wherever they see Muslims, they take them for terrorists

    AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi Saturday took strong offence to MoS (Home) G Kishan Reddy's statement alleging Hyderabad a 'safe zone for terror'. "An MoS speaking like this! This shows their hatred for Telangana, Hyderabad. Such irresponsible statements don't suit a minister, but we expect this from him. Wherever they see Muslims, they take them for terrorists. We can't cure them," ANI quoted the Hyderabad MP as saying.

    "I'd like to ask him that in last five years how many times have NIA, IB and RAW gave in writing that Hyderabad is a safe zone for terror? It is unfortunate the he is saying such things," he added.

    Owaisi also said that Hyderabad is a growing city where people are living in peace and harmony. "Since past five years there is peace here, there are no communal riots, religious festivals are peacefully celebrated, it is a growing city and he is speaking like that. What enmity do they have with Telangana, Hyderabad? Do they not like that it is growing?" he said.

    14:54 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Rajnath Singh instructs Defence Ministry to prepare detailed presentations on depts

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has instructed Defence Ministry officers to prepare detailed presentations on all divisions and departments under him and set time bound targets to achieve the desired outcome, ANI reported. 

    14:43 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    What is Leader of Opposition?

    With an addition of just eight seats, it is likely Congress will not get the Leader of Opposition status. In order to get the LoP status, a party should have 55 MPs out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats. The Congress, however, won 52 seats, three short the numbers required for the post. 

    In Lok Sabha, a party is bound to secure 55 seats or ten per cent of the seats, while in Rajya Sabha party is required to get 25 out of 245 seats or 10 per cent of the seats in the House. LoP leads the official opposition party in either of the Houses. 

    Meanwhile, newly-appointed CPP leader Sonia Gandhi will have the responsibility to elect Congress' leader in Lok Sabha. In the 16th Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge was the leader in the lower house representing Congress, however, Kharge failed to win the polls this time.

    14:33 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    We will not claim LoP till we have strength of 54, onus lies on govt to designate party formally: Congress' Surjewala

    Congress chief spokesperson RS Surjewala said the party will not claim the Leader of Opposition till they have a strength of 54. He further said the onus anyway lies on the "doorsteps of government- whether they want to designate a party formally as principal opposition or not". "It's a fact that,it's 10% of the strength of House. Since we're 2 short officially we can't have a Leader of Opposition. However onu also lies at doorsteps of govt-whether they want to designate a party formally as principal opposition or not. We will not stake a claim to the Leader of Opposition till we have the strength of 54 & since we don't have we're not going to stake a claim," Congress spokesperson said. 

     

     

     
    14:15 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Uttarakhand CM Rawat, Guvs of Kerala and Maharashtra visit Amit Shah

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat and Governors of Kerala and Maharashtra visit Home Minister Amit Shah. Speaking on challenges which the new Home Minister might face, Minister of State Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said, "All challenges seem to fail before Amit Shah."

    13:53 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    'We (Cong) will claim LoP and Dy Speaker posts': K Suresh

    Congress member K Suresh Saturday assured CPP chairperson Sonia Gandhi will consult senior leaders and nominate the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Lok Sabha. "We will claim the Leader of Opposition and Dy Speaker posts," said Suresh. 

    13:23 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    G Kishan Reddy, Nityanand Rai take charge

    Ministers of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy and Nityanand Rai take charge. Rai won from Ujiarpur by a margin of over 2.75 lakh votes. He represented Hajipur Assembly segment from 2000 till 2014 and contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls successfully from Ujiarpur. As he offered challenge to the RJD in the Hajipur region with sizeable Yadav population, he has emerged as a Yadav face of BJP and is now the BJP state president.

    13:16 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Why having one Minister for Rural Development & Agriculture is key step forward

    The appointment of Narendra Singh Tomar as Union Minister in charge of both agriculture and rural development marks the start of an effort to integrate two departments that have tended to work in isolation with markedly varying performance.

    The success in the rural sector has, however, not been seen vis-a-vis agriculture. Part of it has to do with the lack of imagination and focus: the flagship rural development schemes have been well-funded. Moreover, they have been target-oriented with clear deadlines and dashboards tracking implementation on a near real-time basis. The same sense of purpose and scale has been missing in agriculture-specific programmes. READ MORE 

    12:54 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Narendra Singh Tomar takes charge as Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

    Narendra Singh Tomar takes charge as the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. He won from Morena by a margin of over 1.13 lakh votes. Tomar began his political career as a councillor in Gwalior Municipal Corporation. He was elected to MP Assembly in 1998 and 2003. Tomar was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2009. In May 2009, he was elected to Lok Sabha from Morena. He was Union minister for Steel, Mines, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj portfolios in the previous Narendra Modi government. Served as a minister in MP government earlier.

    12:34 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    What are the key ideologies expected under Shah's regime?

    Amit Shah is expected to push key ideological projects of the Sangh Parivar, which include National Register of Citizens (NRC). The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill could see a renewed push under his leadership. Issues of abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35 A in Kashmir could also see a more pro-active Home Ministry.

    During the election campaign, the then party chief, Shah spoke around issues related to national security, illegal immigration, special privileges available to Kashmir and border security — all hot button subejcts that fall under the purview of his Ministry. READ MORE 

    (Express photo: Praveen Khanna) 

    12:23 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Amit Shah takes charge as Home Minister

    Amit Shah reaches Ministry of Home Affairs and takes charge as the Union Home Minister.

    12:20 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Sonia Gandhi laudes Rahul's role in LS polls, says led 'party from front with dynamism'

    Former prime minister Manmohan Singh proposed Sonia's name. It was seconded by Jharkhand MP Jothimani S and Kerala MP K Sudhakaran.

    In her speech, Gandhi lauded the role of Rahul Gandhi during the Lok Sabha elections and said he led the "party from the front with dynamism". She added that the party with its 52 MPs in Lok Sabha will play the role of the opposition sincerely and raise people's issues.

    12:08 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Rahul laudes Sonia Gandhi, says Congress will be 'strong, effective opposition party' under her leadership

    Rahul Gandhi congratulated his mother Sonia Gandhi on being elected as the leader of the CPP and said under her leadership, Congress will prove to be "strong and effective" opposition party that will fight to defend the Constiution of India. 

    (Source: Randeep Singh Surjewala/Twitter)

    11:30 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Minister of External Affairs Jaishankar makes news Twitter account, posts first time

    Former foreign secretary S Jaishankar was given the charge of the External Affairs ministry on Friday. With the new responsibility, Jaishankar is a surprise entrant to PM Narendra Modi’s Cabinet, which took oath on Thursday. Jaishankar becomes part of a long line of career diplomats taking the political plunge. The former US Ambassador has been one of the most active diplomats in the Modi government and steered the government’s agenda across the world. A 1977 batch Indian Foreign Service Officer, Jaishankar has previously served as Indian ambassador to US (2014-15), China (2009-13) among other European nations, and had a major role in the negotiation of the ambitious India-US civil nuclear agreement. The longest-serving foreign secretary is credited for forming the crux of Modi’s foreign policy in his first term as the prime minister.

    11:20 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Javadekar, Supriyo take charge of their offices

    Prakash Javadekar takes charge as the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Babul Supriyo takes charge as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. 

    (Source: Express photo: Amit Mehra)

    11:15 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Each one of you is fighting for the Constitution: Rahul Gandhi to Congress members

    Responding to her mother re-election as the CPP leader, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi thanked the voters and said every party member must remember that "each one of you is fighting for the Constitution, for every person in India irrespective of the color of his skin or belief".  He further thanked his party workers as well. 

    11:04 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Sonia Gandhi elected as leader of CPP

    Sonia Gandhi has been elected as the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP), party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala posted on Twitter Saturday. "We thank the 12.13 Cr voters for reposing faith in the Congress Party," Sonia said. 

    10:37 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Rahul Gandhi leaves for CPP meeting

    Congress chief Rahul Gandhi leaves for the CPP meeting. The big question is whether Rahul will take over as the leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha. The first meeting of the newly-elected Lok Sabha MPs and members of the Upper House will be attended by CPP chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and other top leaders.

    10:26 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    G Kishan Reddy arrives Ministry of Home Affairs to take charge

    Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy arrives at Ministry of Home Affairs to take charge. Reddy won from Secundrabad constituency in Telangana, defeating the TRS candidate by over 61,000 votes. This is the first time BJP has won from Telanagana. 

    In 2009 and 2014, he won from Amberpet Assembly constituency, however, lost in December 2018. But the BJP nominated him from Secundrabad Lok Sabha constituency. He was the BJP Telangana president since 2009.

    10:19 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at Rajnath Singh's residence
    10:01 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    What are the challenges the Defence Minister could face?

    The newly-appointed Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be facing one of the biggest challenge of modernisation. The armed forces have been struggling with their vintage equipment. Some of its arms, artillery and air defence in particular cannot operate in today's environment. While the Navy needs major accretion to its fleets. READ MORE 

    09:51 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitish Gadkari arrives in Nagpur
    09:49 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    ICYMI: Rahul Gandhi sulks, does not meet Congress leaders, lets Priyanka do the talking

    Rahul Gandhi had recently indicated that he will continue on the post till such time a suitable replacement is found. He has been insistent on stepping down as the party chief. While sources close to Rahul said he has given a month’s time to find a replacement, party leaders said it could go beyond a month. Some senior leaders believe they have managed to secure some breathing time.

    Rahul had avoided to meet the top party leaders who had reached his residence last week, instead fielded his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to hold talks with them. READ MORE 

    09:30 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Congress parliamentary panel meets today, all eyes on Rahul Gandhi

    The newly-elected Lok Sabha MPs of the Congress are scheduled to meet for the first time today and are likely to elect the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP).

    The CPP is currently chaired by Sonia Gandhi. The meeting will be held in the central hall of Parliament. READ MORE

    09:23 (IST)01 Jun 2019
    Rajnath Singh pays tribute at National War Memorial, will formally take charge as Defence Min

    A day after Rajnath Singh was appointed as the Defence Minister, he visited the National War Memorial Saturday. Singh will formally take charge today.

    09:18 (IST)01 Jun 2019

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    sonia gandhi, sonia gandhi cpp leader, sonia gandhi elected, Congress meeting, cpp meeting, cpp meeting today, nda meeting today, union cabinet meeting, modi government, rahul gandhi meeting, indian express news Congress president Rahul Gandhi with party Senior Leader Sonia Gandhi. (Express Photo by Renuka Puri)

    UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was re-elected leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) on Saturday. The CPP, comprising newly-elected Lok Sabha MPs and members of the Rajya Sabha, held a meeting in the national capital a day after dates of the upcoming Parliament session were announced. Speaking on the occasion, Gandhi said, "We thank the 12.13 crore voters for reposing faith in the Congress Party." There was speculation as to whether Rahul Gandhi would take on the role, amid uncertainty of his stepping down from the position as Congress president.

    Senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, A K Antony, P Chidambaram, Anand Sharma, K C Venugopal, Jairam Ramesh and Randeep Surjewala attended the Friday a meeting of the Congress core committee during which the party’s concerns regarding EVMs were also discussed. Sources told The Indian Express that senior leaders tried to convince Rahul to remain as Congress president.

    Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh among others took charge of their ministries today. Earlier today, Rajnath Singh paid tribute to soldiers at the National War Memorial in New Delhi before taking charge as Defence Minister. Shah met Rajnath at his residence this morning. Newly-elected NDA leaders are likely to meet today, a day after the distribution of portfolios to the 57-member Council of Ministers. The new Council has 24 Cabinet ministers, 9 Ministers of State with independent charge and 24 Ministers of State.

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