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Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Hum do, humare do’ jibe at govt on ‘crony capitalism’

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(Asian News Hub) – Rahul Gandhi, during a discussion on the 2021 Budget in the Lok sabha on Thursday, accused the government of crony capitalism.

Reinterpreting the ‘Hum do, humare do’ slogan, once used in government’s family planning campaigns, the Congress leader said the NDA government is ensuring well being of only a few rich people close to those in power.

“This ‘hum do humare do’ began with Notebandi. Then came GST. Then came Covid. Migrant workers pleaded for a bus or train ticket to return home, but were told to walk back.” he said.

Amid interruptions from the treasury benches, Speaker Om Birla requested Rahul Gandhi to limit his discussions to the Union Budget. Rahul agreed, saying he is just laying the foundation before speaking on Budget.Continuing to speak on farmers’ issues, Rahul criticized the newly enacted farm laws and said, “Intent of first law is to give one friend, the right to have all crops of India. Who’ll be at loss? ‘thelawalas’, small businessmen and those working in the mandis.”

“The content of the second law is that big businessmen can store as much food grains, fruits & vegetables as they want. They can hoard as much as they want. Content of the second law is to end the Essential Commodities Act. It is, to start unlimited hoarding in India,” Rahul said.

“The content of the third law is that when a farmer goes before the biggest businessman of India to demand the right price for his crops, he will not be allowed to go to the Court,” he added.

But then he announced that he will not speak on Budget but only on farmers’ issues. He then appealed to the House to stand in silence for a minute to remember those have lost their lives during the farmers’ protest.

Speaker Om Birla objected to this, and asked members to take their seats. He requested members to submit in writing, in advance, if anyone wished for a similar observation within the House.

(With agency inputs)

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Amit Shah warns Pakistan, refers to surgical strike

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(Asian News Hub) – In a warning to Islamabad, Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday said there was a time when there used to be talks when India’s border came under attack. But now, India gives a befitting reply to attacks, the home minister said in Goa as he remembered 2016’s surgical strike, Hindustan times reported.

“Surgical strike under PM Modi and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar was an important step. We sent out a message that no one can disturb India’s borders. There was a time for talks, But now is the time to reciprocate,” Shah said remembering the contribution of Goa’s Manohar Parrikar as the defence minister. The home minister was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the National Forensic Sciences University in Goa.

“When the militants attacked Poonch, India gave a befitting reply in the form of surgical strike. That was the beginning of a new chapter when India conveyed the message that it will give a reply in the same language,” Amit Shah said as per Hindustan times.

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The home minister’s message comes at a time when militant activities have seen an uptick in J&K and many civilians have been killed in the last few days.

The rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan is being globally seen as an impetus to terror activities, against which India has issued stern messages on international platforms as well.

On September 229, 2016, the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control, in a response to the terrorist attack on Uri.

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India won’t exist if storm of division of communities doesn’t stop forthwith: Dr Farooq Abdullah

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Says In Kashmir, Muslims, Sikhs, Pandits, Buddhists have to stay united to defeat designs of those killing minorities; leaders leaving parties happens in politics, nothing new in it

(Asian News Hub) – National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah Wednesday said that a storm has engulfed the entire Indian where communities are being divided and if the same won’t stop forthwith, the country won’t exist anymore.

Talking to reporters at Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga Baghat Barzulla Srinagar, Dr Farooq said that it’s a storm that has gripped entire India. “Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus are being divided across the country. If this won’t stop forthwith, India won’t exist,” the NC chief said as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

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On Kour’s killing, Dr Farooq said that Mulsims, Sikhs and Pandits have to be united and face the killers together. “We have to fight the enemies unitedly and don’t need to be afraid of them,” he said.

Asked about former NC leaders Devender Singh Rana and Surjeet Singh Salathia leaving the party, Dr Farooq said: “In politics leaders leaving parties happens. This isn’t anything new.”

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Hike in petrol, diesel prices due to free COVID-19 vaccines: MoS Petroleum Rameswar Teli

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(Asian News Hub) – Union minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Rameswar Teli on Saturday said that the price for the vaccines is being collected by levying taxes on diesel and petrol. He also said that the price of fuel is not that high when the taxes levied is factored in, Hindustan times reported.

“Fuel prices aren’t high but include the tax levied. You must’ve taken a free vaccine, where will the money come from,” Teli was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. “You haven’t paid the money, this is how it was collected,” Teli said.

Soaring fuel prices across the country have dampened the mood ahead of the festive season. Petrol prices recorded on Monday across the country remained above Rs100. Monday was the seventh straight day of price hike which pushed the fuel prices to a new record high.

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