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Manish Tewari.

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New Delhi

If Xi says China is watching Kashmir, then why does PM not say we are watching Hong Kong: Congress

Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit, the Congress on Thursday asked why does Prime Minister Narendra Modi not say that India is watching muzzling of pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong when Mr. Xi says he is watching Kashmir.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari slammed the Modi government for failing to stop China from targeting India’s internal matters.

“Xi Jingping says he is watching Kashmir but why does @PMOIndia/MEA not say 1) We are watching pro-democracy protests muzzled in Hong Kong. 2) We are watching human rights violations in Xinjiang 3) We are watching continued oppression in Tibet 4) We are watching South China Sea,” Mr. Tewari said on Twitter.

He also dared India to ask China about Aksai Chin which has been “illegally ceded” by Pakistan to the country, when it keeps raising the issue of PoK and talks about taking it back.

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New Delhi

Mob lynching a reality, a ‘new normal’, says CPI, hitting out at RSS

Mob lynching is a reality and has become a “new normal”, the CPI said on October 10, hitting out at RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for his comments that the word “lynching” was “alien” to the Indian tradition.

In his Dussehra address in Nagpur, Mr. Bhagwat had said isolated incidents of social violence should not be labelled with foreign words, like lynching, to defame the country.

“RSS, instead of condemning the mob lynching, gives a spin saying that lynching is alien concept and a conspiracy to tarnish Hindu culture. Mob lynching is a reality and has become a new normal. The country knows who are the lynchers,” said a statement from the party.

Touching on various aspects of Mr. Bhagwat’s speech, the statement alleged that RSS-BJP “trampled” upon every right of the people won through relentless struggles.

The party appealed to all the left, democratic, secular forces to “strike together, while marching separately” and raise their voices against the shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir where people have been allegedly denied even the basic rights and leaders have been held under house arrests.

“The sinister move to consolidate Hindu votes making full use of armed forces’ victories, Islamaphobia, etc, have to explained in detail to the masses,” the statement said.

The National Executive of the CPI at its last meeting in September called upon all its units to carry out an ideological and political campaign from October 2 to November 7, “to expose the nefarious designs and activities of RSS, BJP and their affiliates.”

Maharashtra

Cong-NCP opposed Modi’s 'great job of revoking Article 370': Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday hit out at the Congress and NCP for “opposing” the NDA government’s move to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Lavishing praise on Narendra Modi for doing a “great job” of abrogating Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Shah said the prime minister has ensured national security.

Addressing a rally at Jat in Sangli district to campaign for the BJP for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls, Mr. Shah said, “Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar should make it clear if they favour scrapping of Article 370.”

Under Mr. Modi’s watch, the national security has strengthened and the entire world now knows that “10 enemies will be killed if one Indian jawan is martyred,” he said, apparently referring to the Balakot air strike after the Pulwama terror attack.

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Maharashtra

Shah, Uddhav to address rallies in Amravati on Friday

Electioneering for the eight Assembly seats in Maharashtra’s Amravati will gain momentum from Friday when BJP president Amit Shah and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will address separate rallies in the district located in Vidarbha region.

Mr. Shah will address a public gathering in Melghat constituency, a tribal belt where the BJP has fielded Ramesh Mavaskar, a fresh fresh, in place of sitting MLA Prabhudas Bhilavekar.

Mr. Mavaskar is pitted against NCP’s Kewalram Kale.

Mr. Thackeray will address a public meeting at the Dussehra maidan in Amravati city to campaign for Shiv Sena candidates Preeti Band (Badnera Assembly seat), Rajesh Wankhade (Teosa) and Sunita Fiske (Achalpur).

Madhya Pradesh

Congress needs to introspect, says Jyotiraditya Scindia

Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Wednesday that his party needs to do some introspection.

Speaking to media here, Mr. Scindia was responding to a question about senior leader Salman Khurshid’s statement about leadership “vacuum” in the party.

“I don’t comment on others’ statement, but it is true that the Congress needs introspection. The party’s situation should be assessed and improved, and this is the need of the hour,” he said.

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Jammu and Kashmir

BJP emerges as lone contender in BDC polls

The Congress on Wednesday decided to stay out of the Block Development Council (BDC) polls scheduled for October 24 in J&K, leaving the BJP as the lone contender in the elections being held on party basis.

“We won’t participate in the BDC election. How can political parties take part when leaders are under detention? The Election Commission should have consulted political parties before announcing the dates,” said Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress chief G.A. Mir.

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Karnataka

Siddaramaiah dropped from Congress Working Committee

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has lost his berth in the Congress Working Committee, the highest decision-making body of the party.

Mr. Siddaramaiah has been appointed as Leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. Alongside this announcement came an one-line order from party general secretary (organisation) K.C. Venugopal that the party “appreciates the contributions of Mr. Siddaramaiah as member of Congress Working Committee”.

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Haryana

BJP eyes split in Congress votes in Haryana

Within hours of Ashok Tanwar, the former chief of the Congress in Haryana resigning from his party’s primary membership, BJP leader and State Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar put up a ‘no entry’ sign, for the 43-year-old erstwhile Congressman.

“We will not give him [Ashok Tanwar] entry [into BJP],” asserted Mr. Khattar, speaking in his constituency Karnal last Saturday. “None with baggage will be welcomed into” the party, he added.

The remarks by Mr. Khattar, who was responding to a question on whether the BJP had invited the former Congress chief, stood out in sharp contrast with the ruling party’s past electoral strategy in Haryana.

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New Delhi

Salman Khurshid slams Rahul Gandhi for ‘walking away’

As an intense power struggle rages between Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s team and the old guard, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has slammed Mr. Gandhi for “walking away” soon after the 2019 results, robbing the party of an opportunity to carry out a detailed analysis.

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(With inputs from our Correspondents and agencies)

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