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Members of Parliament may soon get 100% salary hike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Members of Parliament can soon expect a steep hike in salary as the Centre has decided to give a 100 % raise, taking their basic pay from Rs 50,000 to one lakh per month.The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is learnt to have agreed to consider a recommendation made by the Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament, which is headed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath.The PMO is believed to have agreed to revise not only the Parliamentarians’ salary but also their allowances.The government is also mulling over increasing the President’s salary from current Rs. 1.5 lakh per month to Rs. five lakh and the Governor’s salary from current Rs. 1.10 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakh.

‘India’s fight against terrorism not art’: Yogi Adityanath backs Salman Khan in Pak actor row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Extending his support to Bollywood actor Salman Khan for his stand on Pakistani artistes working in the country, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Gorakhpur Yogi Adityanath has asserted that India’s fight is against terrorism and not against any particular form of art. ‘Our fight is against terrorism. It’s not against any art or cultural programme,’ Adityanath told the media here. Salman Khan faced public ire after he slammed the decision taken by the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association by saying that Pakistani actors were artists and not terrorists. Yogi Adityanath’s statement is quite a departure from earlier days when he had blasted SRK during the intolerance row when he said: “I am saying these people are speaking the language of terror. I think there is no difference in the language of Shah Rukh Khan and Hafiz Saeed. We welcome that people go there (Pakistan), at least people who defame India will understand their own originality.” Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray turned the heat on Salman Khan and threatened to ban his movies if he continued supporting artistes from Pakistan. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande told ANI yesterday that Salman Khan needs to be taught a lesson for his statement. “If he has so much love for Pakistani artists, he should migrate there,” she added. MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday blasted Bollywood star Salman Khan for opposing the ban on Pakistani artists in India, saying soldiers guarding our borders face real bullets unlike film actors.”Our soldiers don’t have any personal animosity with Pakistan soldiers. The bullets our soldiers face are not filmy. Salman gets up after being hit by a bullet,” Raj said reacting to Salman’s remarks, adding that “I have seen his (Salman’s) tubelight blinker many a times.” “I am also an artist and artists don’t fall from the sky.Pakistani artists have refused to condemn Uri attacks. Why should our artists speak up for them,” Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief told reporters. The MNS president wondered what would happen if Indian soldiers keep aside their arms wanting to hear a Ghulam Ali concert. “What will happen then. Are soldiers our servants? …they are protecting us,” he said.Refusing to buy the argument that there is no justification to ban Pakistani artists since they are not terrorists, Raj said, “How does that concern me if the people are good. I am seeing only terrorists who come to kill our people.”He said film industry knows only the business of their films. “But the (MS) Dhoni biopic has been banned in Pakistan. Is there dearth of talent in India that we should take artists from the neighbouring country,” he asked. Interestingly, Raj is on good terms with Salman and is a regular visitor to the actor’s home during the Ganpati festival.Salman had on Friday said that artistes from Pakistan should not be treated like terrorists and art and terrorism should not be mixed. The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association has passed a resolution to ban Pakistani actors from the industry in the wake of the Uri attack, which left 19 soldiers dead.The resolution came after Indian Army announced that seven terror launch pads were targeted across the LoC by special forces during a ‘surgical strike’. “Pakistani artistes are just artistes and not terrorists. Terrorism and art are two different subjects,” Salman had said, when asked about his take on banning the actors from Pakistan. With inputs from agencies

Subramanian Swamy backs Yogi Adityanath’s attack on Mother Teresa

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday extended support to his party MP Yogi Adityanath, who accused Mother Teresa of being part of a ‘conspiracy to Christianise India’, saying the views are not isolated, as there have been books published in this regard.”You see the issue of Yogi Adityanath expressing his view is not an isolated view. It is a view which has been reduced to books, there is a writer Christopher Hitchens, who has written a best seller book and if you go to Google you would get a lots of books about her,” Swamy told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Citing an example, Swamy said once a prominent crook, who robbed the pensions of middle class people in California was caught and a trial was taking place and Mother Teresa wrote a letter asking not to prosecute him, as he has given her millions of dollars to further the cause of Christianity in India.”The judge responded that he was surprised that Mother Teresa was coming on his behalf, as he has robbed the pension of hard working people and in the name of Jesus Christ, asked him to return the money, so that relief can be given to the people,” he said. “That is how she was given a rebuke. Why would a religious leader write of a criminal?” he asked.Yogi Adityanath, had earlier accused Mother Teresa of being part of a ‘conspiracy to Christianise India’.According to reports the BJP MP while speaking at a religious meeting in Basti accused Mother Teresa of being a part of a conspiracy to convert Hindus to Christianity.

BJP resorting to issues like Kairana to vitiate atmosphere in UP, says CM Akhilesh Yadav

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday stepped up his attack on BJP over the issue of ‘migration’ of Hindus from Kairana, saying it was raising such “baseless” matters to “vitiate” the atmosphere in the poll-bound state.Yadav’s attack came even as senior BJP leader and Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu said “Kairana migration” will not be a main issue for the party in the Assembly polls in UP due next year and that it will fight on the development plank.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The BJP raises baseless issues like Kairana since they have nothing to show in terms of development during their two years in power. They know if they debated on development, the SP government would lead, hence they resort to raise issues like Kairana to vitiate the UP atmosphere,” Yadav said while addressing a gathering in Lakhimpur Kheri.
ALSO READ Kairana ‘exodus’: 190 Muslims too migrated, to get a better lifestyle”The issue raised by BJP was found baseless on verification as some of the people there migrated 10 to 15 years back for employment or financial matter while others migrated on other issues and some were found dead,” he said.Naidu said the BJP will contest the assembly polls on the plank of development.”Kairana migration would not be a main issue in UP polls. It is a law and order problem. The party would contest the election on the development plank,” the Union Urban Development Minister said in Muzaffarnagar last evening.BJP MP Yogi Adityanath said the alleged exodus of Hindus from Kairana was a result of pseudo-secularism and appeasement policies pursued by different governments in UP.”Because of this, the population of Hindus which was once 68 per cent has come down to 8 per cent (in Kairana),” he alleged while addressing a Ram Katha programme in Basti.Union minister Sanjeev Balyan, a senior BJP leader, claimed that some Muslim families besides those of Hindus have moved out of Kairana area due to law and order problem.”First of all, I have not visited Kairana. Secondly, you all must have seen that there is law order issue in the state. It is better to look at it from that angle. As per my information, it is not only Hindus, there has been some migration of Muslims also,” he told reporters in New Delhi.Balyan, BJP’s Lok Sabha MP from Muzaffarnagar, claimed that the “migration problem” was not only restricted to Kairana area in the state, adding that it was wrong to paint the whole issue with a “communal” brush.”It is a law and order issue and the problem should not be connected with communalism,” he said.He said that his comments were based on the information provided by a BJP team that had gone to assess the situation in Kairana last week.”I have spoken with them (the team) and also to an MP from that place. They say migration was happening mainly due to law and order issue,” he said.

UP elections 2017: Varun Gandhi conspicuous by his absence at BJP MPs’ meet with Amit Shah

A war of words has erupted in the BJP over projecting Varun Gandhi as the party’s face in the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh after he skipped a meeting called by party chief Amit Shah of MPs from the state.Gandhi, who was in Allahabad to attend the BJP’s national executive, was conspicuous by his absence at the meeting of Lok Sabha MPs, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi among others.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When asked about it, party’s state unit president Keshav Prasad Maurya, who is himself an MP from Phulpur, said, “We have more than 70 MPs in the state and out of them at least 13 could not take part. This was not due to any resentment on their part but because of their personal reasons.” He said the meeting went off peacefully, without any tensions and was attended by Modi and also a number of Union ministers.A second-term MP, Gandhi’s absence at the meeting had given rise to speculation that he was miffed at the reluctance of the party’s central leadership to grant him a prominent role in the UP assembly polls due in less than a year.In 2013, the then party president had appointed Gandhi as one of the national general secretaries, making him the youngest person to hold the post. However, when Shah took over and Singh moved to the Union cabinet, Gandhi was stripped off the post.Meanwhile, firebrand MP from Bihar Shatrughan Sinha, who had reportedly voiced his support for Gandhi at the national executive, today defended his stand when a number of party colleagues criticised him.”I stand by what I had said at the national executive. And let me make it clear, I never said it should only be Gandhi. My point is, name anybody, be it Gandhi, or Yogi Adityanath, Rajnath Singh or even Keshav Maurya. But please give the people an idea of who could be the chief minister if the party came to power in UP,” he told reporters.He was replying to queries about the statement of Allahabad MP Shyama Charan Gupta, who had reacted strongly to reports about the former’s vocal stance saying “he is an MP from Bihar. Who is he to comment on UP politics”.Claiming he was “not even aware” that Gupta was a BJP MP, Sinha said, “Everybody has a right to voice his or her opinion in a democracy. I exercised my democratic right. Now let others do the same.”Sinha has been particularly vocal about BJP’s strategy in the Bihar assembly polls last year after the party suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Grand Alliance of JDU, RJD and Congress.

Dadri lynching: Take action against Akhlaq’s kin for eating beef, says Adityanath

Lucknow: BJP parliamentarian Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that action should be taken against Mohammed Akhlaq’s family for eating beef and the compensation given to the family should be taken back.

Compensation given to Akhlaq's family by the government should be taken back, Adityanath added. PTI

Compensation given to Akhlaq’s family by the government should be taken back, Adityanath added. PTI

Akhlaq, a resident of Bisara village near Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, was lynched by Hindu mob on 28 September 28 last year for allegedly possessing and eating beef. The incident, which drew attention of international media, was widely condemned in India.

Yogi’s remarks came after a report from a forensic lab in Mathura emerged, saying that the meat seized in the case was actually beef.

“It is a crime in Uttar Pradesh to slaughter cow and possess or eat its meat. Akhlaq’s family has indulged in this crime. Action should be taken against them for this,” the Bharatiya Janata Party MP said.

“Secondly, the compensation given to Akhlaq’s family by the government should be taken back,” he added.

He also asked for releasing the persons arrested by the state police for Akhlaq’s murder.

An earlier report by Dadri Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer YS Tomar had declared the meat found in Akhlaq home was mutton and not beef.

After the Mathura lab’s report came out, Tomar said he had only “visually examined” the meat and the forensic lab’s report should be seen as the final report.

However, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav raised questions about the relevance of the report, saying nothing objectionable was found in Akhlaq’s home.

“From where was this meat sample collected? As you may recall, nothing objectionable was found in Akhlaq’s household or his fridge. Everyone wants justice in this case, the family (Akhlaq’s) deserves justice as one of their members has been murdered,” the chief minister said.

“What one eats, what one wears, what language one speaks…I think we should keep away from such unnecessary controversies,” he added.

Akhlaq’s brother Jaan Mohammed questioned the veracity of the report, saying that the meat sample in question was not collected from their family fridge.

“The meat sample was not collected from our fridge. The police collected it from outside, and it is possible that somebody planted that meat there to politicise the issue,” Mohammed said.

He said the latest report was not “above doubt” as it may be a tactic to divert attention from the issue of Akhlaq’s murder.

Amar Singh in Rajya Sabha: Azam Khan expresses disappointment, Adityanath mocks SP

Taking a dig at the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh for nominating Amar Singh for the Rajya Sabha, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the Samajwadi Party (SP) is a ‘sinking ship’, adding it is good that all those destined to sink would sink together.”SP doobta hua jahaz hai, accha hai saare doobne waale log ek saath aakar doobein (SP is a sinking ship, it is good that all those who want to sink are coming together,” he told media when asked about Amar Singh.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also said that the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh has been deteriorating and blamed the state government for it. Earlier, senior SP leader and UP Minister Azam Khan had expressed disappointment over the party? decision to nominate Amar Singh, saying the whole incident was ‘unfortunate’.
ALSO READ Amar Singh back in business, gets RS ticket as Mulayam readies for UP polls”As far as I think, this whole incident is unfortunate. Netaji malik hai aur malik ke faisle ko chunauti dena mere adhikar chetra ke bahar hai (Mulayam Singh is the party chief and to challenge his decision is beyond my rights),” Khan told reporters.The Samajwadi Party on Tuesday announced the names of seven party candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for next month, which included name of Amar Singh. The party’s central parliamentary board, at a meeting in Lucknow, said that aside from Amar Singh, the other nominees are Beni Prasad Verma, Sanjay Seth, Sukhram Yadav, Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, Arvind Singh and Revti Raman Singh.Singh was expelled from the party for six years in February 2010. Ever since his expulsion period concluded earlier this year, there have been speculations of his return to the party.

Azam Khan calls Yogi Adityanath ‘frustrated’, advises him to get married

Terming sages in India as a “frustrated” lot, Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan courted a fresh controversy as he advised BJP MP Yogi Adityanath to get married and “prove his masculinity” with the latter seeking his expulsion.”Yogi Adityanath should first get married and prove his masculinity,” Khan told reporters on the sidelines of an event here last night. Replying to question on whether he considered all sages in the country did not possess masculinity, Khan said, “they are frustrated.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”How would a Mahant know what love is … he should first get married and help in growth of generation,” he said.Following the Samajwadi Party leader’s remarks, a fuming Adityanath advised Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to sack him so that people can set him right. He said Khan has lost his mental balance and needed medical attention.Meanwhile in Lucknow, state BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya said such a statement only indicated Khan’s mental bankruptcy. “The SP should apologise for the same,” he said, adding the minister has degraded the dignity of sages.The remarks also invited wrath of various Hindu outfits who held a dharna against Khan and burnt his effigy in protest. Khan also attacked another BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj and said there are many serious cases against him which are condemnable.The BJP legislator from Unnao had recently described the provision of triple talaq (divorce) in Muslim community as an injustice to women.

PM Modi is against MPs deciding their own salary hike, say reports

India’s Members of Parliament want a hike in their salary. However, they might have hit a roadblock in the form of Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself. The Prime Minister is said to be against this practice in principle, DNA reported.

File photo of Prime Minister Modi.

File photo of Prime Minister Modi.

A joint parliamentary committee on salaries and allowances, headed by Gorakhpur MP and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath, recommended raising the salary of MPs from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh, while also increasing the constituency allowance and secretarial allowance from Rs 45,000 to Rs 90,000. It also recommended raising the pension from Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000, the report added.

The Parliamentary affairs ministry examines such matters. It has taken note of the recommendations, which may be finalised only after the ongoing budget session, DNA quoted ministry sources as saying.

“The Prime Minister has said in the past that the decision on increase in salary of MPs should be linked to the hike in pay of certain posts (say that of the Cabinet secretary or President and vice president). MPs should not decide their own salaries and allowances,” The Economic Times quoted a senior minister as saying.

Many MPs feel that the salary they draw is meagre when compared to the expenses they incur. This is the main reason why they feel the need for a pay hike, The Economic Times reported.

The last salary hike took place in 2010, when Meira Kumar was the speaker of the Lok Sabha. Back then, the salaries of MPs was hiked from Rs 16,000 to Rs 50,000, which was a three-fold rise, The Hindu said.

Uttar Pradesh: Farmers, Samajwadi Party to oppose PM Modi’s visit; local outfit to fly black kites

After Samajwadi Party, a group of farmers and a local outfit on Friday said they will oppose Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the district on May 1.The farmers alleged that their crops have been damaged due to preparations for the visit in Maldepur adjacent to the Lucknow-Ballia National Highway where the Prime Minister is scheduled to launch Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to provide LPG connections to women below poverty line.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Agitated farmers on Thursday staged a protest demanding compensation for damage to crops. They were joined by Puvanchal Peoples Party (PPP), a local outfit, which announced that they will too oppose Modi’s visit.Gram Pradhan Vinod Paswan alleged that without the consent of land owners, works were carried out on the land and crops were damaged.They alleged that during Lok Sabha elections, Modi’s public meeting was held at the same place and farmers were promised compensation, which has not yet been fulfilled.The PPP has announced that they will fly black kites to oppose Modi’s visit.”Purvanchal is facing the problem of backwardness, unemployment and hunger, and BJP, which has won all the seats of this area barring Azamgarh, has not done anything to address these problems,” PPP chief Anup Pandey said.”This visit of the Prime Minister is aimed at garnering votes during the coming Assembly elections in the state and has got nothing to do with the plight of people in this region,” he alleged.Meanwhile, local Samajwadi Party leaders have also decided to oppose Modi’s visit over Centre’s alleged apathy towards the development of the district.A delegation of SP leaders, including Ambika Chowdhury and Narad Rai, on Sunday handed over a memorandum to district administration, demanding establishment of AIIMS and other developmental projects.”The district has been ignored by the Centre. With the PM’s visit, we haven’t got any positive indication for start of any developmental project, which is why we are protesting his visit,” the memorandum said.BJP MP Yogi Adityanath has, however, termed the protest as an act of “foolishness” and said the Prime Minister is coming here to launch a scheme related to free distribution of LPG connections to poor.”May God give them (SP leaders) good sense so that they can understand what PM is doing,” he said earlier this week.

Centre using its agencies to harass non-BJP state govts: Sachin Pilot

Senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Wednesday slammed the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for allegedly using central agencies to harass the non-BJP state governments but not taking any action against the Chief Ministers of their party involved in corruption cases.”The BJP government at the Centre is using all central agencies to harass the non-BJP state governments. It used CBI to raid Arvind Kejriwal’s office in Delhi, but no action has been taken against corruption charges on BJP CMs,” Pilot said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He slammed the Centre and the CBI for not questioning Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the Vyapam scam and the scores of deaths related to it.”They (the Centre) are not taking any action on the corruption charges against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje…They used their muscle to topple the Arunachal Pradesh and the Uttarakhand governments and now trying the same in Manipur,” Pilot said.The senior Congress leader also attacked the BJP for its “double standards” in their actions.”You talked about bringing back blackmoney. Where is it? Where are the Rs 15 lakh in accounts? On the other hand, they are trying to divide people with statements of (leaders like) Sakshi Maharaj, Yogi Adityanath, and others… It is BJP’s double speak,” he added.Pilot said the youths want development and jobs, not communally divisive politics. “Assam has always been communally peaceful and the credit goes only to Congress governments. People should keep this in mind while voting,” he added.Pilot also alleged Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF has an understanding with the BJP to defeat Congress.”BJP is not sure of getting votes on its own. So they are trying to divide Congress votes with the help of AIUDF. But people are smart and they know voting for AIUDF is equivalent to voting for BJP,” he added.

Tibet is seething in pain of Chinese oppression: Adityanath

Jodhpur: BJP MP Adityanath on Wednesday expressed his pain for Tibet at a religious meeting in Pokhran in Jaisalmer.

Yogi Adityanath. IBNLive

Yogi Adityanath. IBNLive

Condemning China and all the national and international human rights organisations for turning a “blind eye to the woes of Tibet”, Yogi said that Tibet is seething in “pain of Chinese oppression as well as International negligence.”

“Long ago, Tibet was also a part of India like Nepal and Sri Lanka, which are independent nations today.

“But the struggle and helplessness of Tibet gives much pain due to its victimization by China,” he said while attending a religious function of Shivsukhnatha maharaj at Aseri Math.

“Those powers or institutions, which question the ‘sanatan’ culture of India in the name of threat to secularism, are surprisingly quiet on the issue and persecution of Tibet at the hands of China,” he said.

Expressing similar observations for Pakistan, he said that “Pakistan has been afflicted with its internal conflicts and has gradually been losing its own existence.”

“Like China, Pakistan would also collapse any time soon and would not have any existence in future,” he said.

He said every citizen of India should feel proud in being its citizen and if they do not say Vandematram or “Bharat mata ki Jay”, they did not have any moral right to live in this nation.

PTI

JNU row: No regrets, proud of being jailed for sedition, says Umar Khalid

Hours after his release from Tihar jail in a sedition case, JNU student Umar Khalid said he has no regrets of being jailed and was rather proud of being booked under the said charges.”We have no regrets of being jailed in this particular case. We are in fact proud of the fact that we have been booked under sedition, a law under which activists like Arundhati Roy and Binayak Sen were booked.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Our names have been added to the list of those who have been jailed for raising their voices,” he told a gathering at the varsity.In a 35-minute speech, Umar said, “I am not ashamed that I was in jail. Criminals are those who are in power, those in jail are the ones who raise their voice.” “I also don’t think that freedom of expression is in danger. It only belongs to those in power. People like (Pravin) Togadia and Yogi Adityanath have all the freedom of expression,” he said.Umar claimed that he was being labelled a terrorist because of Islam, which, he said, he did not practice.”I never followed Islam but I was called Islamist terrorist. It was not just my trial but entire Muslim community’s trial. But I want to ask what if I was practising Muslim? What if I came from Azamgarh and wore a skull cap? That will be enough to give me a terrorist certificate”, he said.Khalid, who was welcomed at the gathering by JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and his 6-year-old sister Sara, said, “Those who are raising concerns about wastage of taxpayers’ money, we want to tell them we are not going to go back to studies now that we are back from jail. By jailing us you have given bigger responsibilities on our shoulders and we will fulfill that by fighting.”Umar, and Anirban Bhattacharya, arrested last month on charges of sedition for their involvement in a controversial event organised to protest hanging of Afzal Guru, were today granted interim bail for six months by a Delhi court on ground of parity with Kanhaiya.Kanhaiya, who was also arrested on charges of sedition in connection with the February 9 event at the JNU, was granted bail earlier this month.

Watch: ‘Intolerant’ Yogi Adityanath calls Anupam Kher a real-life villain

BJP MP Yogi Adityanath has hit back at Bollywood actor Anupam Kher for his remarks about him at the Telegraph Debate where he said that the likes of ‘Yogi and Sadhvi should be thrown out of the party for speaking nonsense. Hitting back at Anupam Kher, Yogi Adityanath called him a ‘real life villain’. He was quoted saying by a daily: “Everyone knows about the character of a villain. Kher is not only a reel life villain, but also in real life. I don’t want to say anything more on his statement made in Kolkata.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Incidentally, Sadhvi Prachi isn’t a member of the BJP and even the VHP, which she was part of, has disassociated themselves from her. Anupam Kher had said in the Telegraph Annual Debate: “There are some people in the party (BJP) who speak nonsense, and ill-behave, whether it is Sadhvi or Yogi…they should be put behind bars, thrown out of the party (…Hain kuch log aise party mein jo bakwas karte hain, chahe wo Sadhvi hon ya Yogi ho, unko andar kar dena chahiye aur unko nikal dena chahiye),” Kher said. “…But, you can’t play with the entire country and say that we have intolerance here (…magar aap pure desh ke saath khilwad nahin kar sakte ki hamare desh meyn intolerance hai,” he said.He was speaking at the Telegraph National Debate on intolerance. The noted actor also attacked Congress, saying people in the rival party speak “the most of awful things.” “Your MP Digvijayaji had said about another MP the most awful things…Nothing can be more detestable than that. I have not brought the list of who spoke what, and I am not defending those who speak nonsense,” he said.BJP MP Yogi Adityanath and right-wing leader Sadhvi Prachi have courted controversies in the past for their inflammatory statements drawing sharp reactions from several quarters

Yogi, Sadhvi should be thrown out of party, jailed: Anupam Kher

People like Yogi Aditynath and Sadhvi Prachi who “speak nonsense” should be “thrown out” of BJP and “put behind bars”, actor Anupam Kher has said.”There are some people in the party (BJP) who speak nonsense, and ill-behave, whether it is Sadhvi or Yogi…they should be put behind bars, thrown out of the party (…Hain kuch log aise party mein jo bakwas karte hain, chahe wo Sadhvi hon ya Yogi ho, unko andar kar dena chahiye aur unko nikal dena chahiye),” Kher said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”…But, you can’t play with the entire country and say that we have intolerance here (…magar aap pure desh ke saath khilwad nahin kar sakte ki hamare desh meyn intolerance hai,” he said. He was speaking in Kolkata on Saturday at the Telegraph National Debate on intolerance.The noted actor also attacked Congress, saying people in the rival party speak “the most of awful things.” “Your MP Digvijayaji had said about another MP the most awful things…Nothing can be more detestable than that. I have not brought the list of who spoke what, and I am not defending those who speak nonsense,” he said.BJP MP Yogi Adityanath and right-wing leader Sadhvi Prachi have courted controversies in the past for their inflammatory statements drawing sharp reactions from several quarters. “This is a no debate. The rich and the famous are talking of intolerance. If you ask a man on the street, he won’t talk about intolerance. All they want is food two times a day. Those with a champagne glass are only talking about it.Are you living in India or America,” Kher had said.

Shatrughan Sinha praises JNU hero Kanhaiya Kumar

In an apparent variance with his party’s stance over the JNU row, BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha praised the speech of its students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar after his release from prison. “Happy about the granting of bail (although conditional) by the honourable court to Kanhaiya & pleased that he’s been released from prison,” Sinha said in a tweet.”Hope, wish and pray that he will prove himself worthy of the support that he received from everyone who felt that he was wronged,” he said in another tweet. The actor-turned BJP MP later told PTI he was impressed with the student leader’s speech in Jawaharlal Nehru University after his release from Tihar jail. “He was filled with energy and his body language was impressive as he was delivering speech at JNU after release from prison,” Sinha, the second term BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Sahib, said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said he spoke in favour of Kanhaiya because he did not find the young man speaking anything against the country and also because he was a native of Bihar. “Bihar is my strength and Bihar is also my weakness,” Sinha added. Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested on sedition charge on February 12 and released on March 3 on an interim bail, is a native of Begusarai district of Bihar. When the row over the arrested of Kanhaiya on sedition charge was at its peak, the sidelined BJP MP had defended the JNUSU president which had caused embarrassment to his own party.Rs 11 lakh reward for Kanhaiya’s headThe after-effects of Kanhaiya Kumar’s epic address are still being felt as a controversial poster went up in Central Delhi offering a reward of Rs 11 lakh to anyone who’d shoot the JNUSU president. According to Indian Express, the poster was put up by Adarsh Sharma, president of Poorvanchali Sena, who had put up at least 1,500 posters offering Rs 11 lakh to anyone who shoots dead the JNUSU president. Sharma claims to live 10 km from Kumar’s Begusarai village in Bihar.The posters in Hindi read, “Whoever shoots JNUSU president and traitor Kanhaiya Kumar will be rewarded Rs 11 lakh from the Poorvanchal Sena.” The poster is signed Adarsh Sharma, ‘Son of Poorvanchal, President, Poorvanchal Sena and his mobile number.Don’t misuse freedom of speech: Yogi Adityanath to KanhaiyaCondemning the 9 February event that took place at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath on Saturday advised the JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar to refrain from using freedom of speech and expression to hail terrorists like Afzal Guru, who attacked the Parliament in 2001.”Whatever is happening inside the JNU is condemnable. What is more condemnable is the fact that the teachers of the university are also involved in these activities. It is very shameful,” Adityanath said. “The BJP is not against any individual. But the students should refrain from hailing people like Afzal Guru, who had targeted the Parliament, on the name of freedom of speech and expression,” he said. (Read more…)How Kanhaiya Kumar’s speech turned JNU row on its headIn the recent week we’ve heard many speeches, most of them in Parliament, all of which started from a speech whose contents we’re still debating. We’ve had a fiery retort from Smriti Irani, a calm speech from Sugata Bose and a ‘good try, can’t believe that’s you’ effort from Rahul Gandhi. And on the day that PM Modi addressed Parliament using the words of Jawaharlal, Indira and Rajiv to mock Rahul Gandhi and Congress, it was Kanhaiya Kumar who stole the show.The young lad from Begusarai who had been asked to by Justice Rani (who granted him bail) to not ‘participate actively or passively in any activity which may be termed as anti-national’ and asked that ‘his thoughts and energy are channelized in constructive manner’, took the stage after a hero’s welcome at JNU and addressed thousands of students and media people. (Read more…)

Don’t misuse freedom of speech: Yogi Adityanath to Kanhaiya

Condemning the 9 February event that took place at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath on Saturday advised the JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar to refrain from using freedom of speech and expression to hail terrorists like Afzal Guru, who attacked the Parliament in 2001.”Whatever is happening inside the JNU is condemnable. What is more condemnable is the fact that the teachers of the university are also involved in these activities. It is very shameful,” Adityanath said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also advised Kanhaiya, who has targeted the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre, saying that he should not forget that he has been released on interim bail by the Delhi High Court and that too on conditions.”The BJP is not against any individual. But the students should refrain from hailing people like Afzal Guru, who had targeted the Parliament, on the name of freedom of speech and expression,” he said.Speaking to the media a day after he was released from Tihar Jail after he was charged with sedition, Kanhaiya had yesterday thanked everyone who supported him and alleged that a conspiracy was afoot to malign the JNU campus and its students.Asserting that the JNU students can never be anti-national, he added that he was part of the fight to not let those succeed who use the Constitution as a tool against those who raise their voices for nationalism.Talking about Afzal Guru, he clearly stated that the Parliament attack convict was not his hero and his hero was Hyderabad University scholar Rohith Vemula.”Afzal Guru was a citizen of this nation, he was from Jammu and Kashmir and the law punished him. He is not an icon for me, Rohith Vemula is. There will be a Rohith Vemula in every house,” Kanhaiya said.

Anti-national elements active in JNU, claims BJP MP Yogi Adityanath

Firebrand BJP MP Yogi Adityanath on Monday said anti-India slogan shouting at JNU shows that some “anti-national elements” were active in the university.The Gorakhpur MP said there is a limit to freedom of expression and using it for indulging in anti-national activities was “unpardonable”. “The action taken in JNU case is justified and in national interest. Anti-national slogan shouting in JNU shows that some anti-national elements are active there,” Adityanath told reporters.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said there is a “limit to free of speech and expression and taking its benefit if anti-national activities are done, it is unpardonable”. JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested last week in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy registered over holding of the event at the varsity during which anti-India slogans were alleged to have been raised.The BJP leader demanded strict action against those involved in anti-national activities. “There is a need for initiating strict action against those involved in activities that are not in national interest. The government should strictly deal with such anti-national activities going on in JNU”, he added. The MP had last week termed the anti-national protests at the JNU as signs of “educational lawlessness prevailing on the campus”.

Parliamentary panel tells govt to double MPs’ salary

Several members in a parliamentary panel have pitched for quick implementation of the Centre’s proposed move to double salary and allowances of MPs and insisted that report of any government-constituted committee on the matter must be channelled through it.At a meeting of the Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament on Wednesday, a number of MPs favoured routing of report of any independent mechanism, being set up to review salary and allowances of MPs, through the panel, which draws its power from Parliament, sources said. They said before the report is handed over to the government it should be vetted by the committee.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The members also insisted their pay and perks should be equal to that of the Cabinet Secretary, they said.The Centre had in September last proposed to constitute a three-member Emoluments Commission to determine salary and allowances of Members of Parliament and it was endorsed at the two-day All India Whips Conference on September 29 and 30.The proposal had come in the backdrop of a controversy over a parliamentary panel’s recommendations in June last to double the pay and perks of lawmakers. The Joint Committee, headed by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, in its meetings in May and July last year had opined that there was need for an independent system/mechanism for review of salary and allowances of MPs.The committee suggested that while considering enhancement of salary, parameters like inflation and hike in the salary of government officials should be taken into consideration. The panel also asked the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry to place before it the proposal.The Ministry representatives yesterday told the panel that a cabinet note has been prepared for doubling salary and allowances of MPs. To this, the panel members asked them to place the note before the Union Cabinet soon for its early approval so the proposals become a reality in this Union Budget. The Budget session of Parliament begins on February 23 and the Union Budget will be presented on February 29.An MP gets a salary of Rs 50,000 per month. In addition, Rs 2,000 per day is paid as daily allowance when an MP signs the register while attending Parliament sessions or House committee meetings. An MP is also entitled to Rs 45,000 constituency allowance every month — Rs 15,000 for stationery and Rs 30,000 to employ secretarial assistance staff.In their sitting on October 20 last year, the committee decided to enhance the amount of Constituency Allowance from the present Rs 45,000 to Rs 75,000, which required an amendment in rules.MPs are also entitled for government accommodation, air travel and train travel facilities, besides three landline telephone connections and two mobile phones. They also get a loan of Rs 4 lakh to buy a vehicle.

BJP MP demands Yogi Adityanath as CM candidate for UP assembly elections

A BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh has demanded that the party declare Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath as its chief ministerial candidate for the assembly elections slated for next year.”BJP has only two alternatives, Kalyan Singh and Yogi Adityanath, for the chief minister’s post. Most of the MPs from the state are in favour of Yogi Adityanath,” Salem MP Ravindra Kushwaha said at a meeting of party workers in his constituency.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said BJP should declare Adityanath as the nominee for the chief minister’s post at the earliest and start preparing for the polls.Adityanath, 43, an influential religious leader known for making controversial comments, had last year said those talking about intolerance should go to Pakistan.