Top 10 news today: BJP and Nehru’s sherwani, Smriti Irani on controversies, sluggish Monsoon, beef ban, more
Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi over his “suit-boot ki sarkar” jibe, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said such criticism shows that Congress has become “direction-less” even as it claimed that it had never commented on the clothes which former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru chose to wear. “Congress is trying to mislead the people by commenting on Prime Minister’s clothes. Did we ever speak about the kind of sherwani Jawaharlal Nehru wore?. HRD Minister Smriti Irani, who has been dogged by controversies, today said this was happening as she was a “straight-talker” who challenged the status-quo in education sector which was being used as a source of “profit” by some people. The onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala has been delayed from the date forecast by the Met department due to its “sluggish” pace. The death toll in the sizzling heat wave sweeping many parts of the country today rose to 2207, with 202 more deaths being reported since yesterday from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha. The results of economic policies adopted by Narendra Modi government will be reflected on the ground in three years and the country will get “complete economic freedom” in 5-7 years, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today hit back at Rahul Gandhi for his attack on the Narendra Modi government over the land Ordinance, saying he should do his homework and not make “wild” and “baseless” allegations as it was Congress that had played “havoc” with the poor with its “garibi hatao” slogan. Ban on sale of beef will promote communal harmony, say BJP’s Shahnawaz Hussain today. Madhuri Dixit meets Nestle officials, assured of Maggi noodles quality. One Rank,One Pension: Antony accuses PM Narendra Modi of ‘criminal inaction’. Considered to be one of the persons responsible for the fall of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999, former Odisha CM Giridhar Gamang claimed that it was not his but the then National Conference member Saifuddin Soz’s cross voting that sealed its fate.
<b>BJP never commented on Jawaharlal Nehru's sherwani, says Hussain</b></br> Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi over his "suit-boot ki sarkar" jibe, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said such criticism shows that Congress has become "direction-less" even as it claimed that it had never commented on the clothes which former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru chose to wear. “When you have no issue to comment on, you start commenting on people's clothes," BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said here. "Congress is trying to mislead the people by commenting on Prime Minister's clothes. Did we ever speak about the kind of sherwani Jawaharlal Nehru wore? We also did never discuss the clothes Congress president wears," he said. (Express Photo) (30/05/2015)
<b>Controversies occurred because I challenged status-quo, says Smriti Irani </b></br>HRD Minister Smriti Irani, who has been dogged by controversies, said this was happening as she was a "straight-talker" who challenged the status-quo in education sector which was being used as a source of "profit" by some people. Irani also rejected the charge of saffronisation of education and listed a number of initiatives by her to "empower" students and parents in decision-making, wondering if that was "saffronisation". (PTI) (30/05/2015)
<b>Monsoon progress sluggish; to miss forecast date </b></br> The onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala has been delayed from the date forecast by the Met department due to its "sluggish" pace. The normal date for onset of monsoon over Kerela is June 1. It also marks the official onset on rains in the country. This year, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted that it will hit the southern state on May 30. According to Skymet, a private forecasting agency, monsoon arrived over Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 16, three days prior to the onset date. Since then, the advance has been slow. By May 21, the southwest monsoon advanced over Bay of Bengal touching southern parts of Sri Lanka. But here on, the monsoon stagnated for a week. (PTI) (30/05/2015)
<b>Heat wave toll goes up to 2207 </b></br>The death toll in the sizzling heat wave sweeping many parts of the country rose to 2207, with 202 more deaths being reported since yesterday from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha. The heat wave was witnessed in many parts of the country but Nagpur in Maharashtra recorded the highest temperature of 47.1 degrees celsius. Andhra Pradesh reported 146 more deaths today, raising the toll 1636 since yesterday. Prakasam district has recorded the maximum number of 333 deaths, followed by Guntur district (233), followed by East Godavari (192), Visakhapatnam (185), Vizianagaram (177), Nellore (163), Krishna (78), Chittoor (64), Srikakulam (60), Anantapur (56), Kadapa (38), Kurnool (34) and West Godavari (23). The highest maximum temperature of 47 deg Celsius was recorded at Jangamaheshwarapur. In Telangana, the toll due to the heat wave rose to 541 today, with 52 more deaths being reported during the last 24 hours. (PTI) (30/05/2015)
Centre backs Sushma Swaraj in Lalit Modi row </br>
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the PM Narendra Modi-led govt stands with Sushma Swaraj, who took a humanitarian approach and helped former IPL chairman Lalit Modi receive travel documents despite the red corner notice against him still in effect. "Sushma Swaraj ji has done the right thing. A person with humanitarian perspective should take the same steps. She had only told the British High Commissioner that if the United Kingdom's rules allowed him to help [Lalit Modi] then India would raise no objections. We justify her actions and the government is completely with her on her stand," Singh said. (PTI)
<b>Rahul Gandhi's Land Bill claims 'baseless', should do 'homework', says BJP </b></br> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hit back at Rahul Gandhi for his attack on the Narendra Modi government over the land Ordinance, saying he should do his homework and not make "wild" and "baseless" allegations as it was Congress that had played "havoc" with the poor with its "garibi hatao" slogan. Seeking to turn the tables on the opposition party, BJP asked Rahul to first explain the "politics of money over bodies" in Congress-ruled Uttarakhand in the wake of allegations of swindling of funds meant for the victims of the natural calamity that struck the hill state in 2013. "Rahul should first give an account of the corruption by Uttarakhand government. Rahul does not do any homework and the making of baseless allegations has become a part of his politics," said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. (30/05/2015)
<b>Ban on sale of beef will promote communal harmony, say BJP's Shahnawaz </b></br> Kicking up another controversy, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain asked Muslims to demand ban on sale of beef in their states to "promote communal harmony". "Decisions are taken by the government based on public sentiments. Each government wants that public sentiments should not be hurt. The Maharashtra government too has banned the sale of beef after taking public sentiments into account," Hussain told reporters here. "Muslims from other states should take cue from the Maharashtra government's decisions and come forward to demand ban on the sale of beef in their respective states. This will promote communal harmony," he said. (Express Photo) (30/05/2015)
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<br>Narendra Modi's tough talk on religious bias not only against Hindus</br>
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's straight talk on zero tolerance to religious discrimination is not only aimed at "pro-Hindutva" forces but also "bigots" converting Hindus, Shiv Sena said today as it raked up core saffron agenda including Article 370 and uniform civil code. "Prime Minister has taken a strong view against extremists by saying that communal intolerance will not be accepted. But the question is whom these comments were meant for. "Modi's statement has been projected as if it is meant for 'Hindutvavadis' in certain sections. But, we don't think that Modi had only Hindutvavadis in mind when he made those comments," Sena said in its party mouthpiece 'Saamana'. Modi had recently asserted that he will not tolerate any discrimination or violence against any community and termed anti-minority comments by some Sangh Parivar leaders as "unfortunate" and "uncalled for". (Express Photo) (04/06/2015)
<b>'Not me, Saifuddin Soz responsible for Vajpayee govt's fall' </b></br> Considered to be one of the persons responsible for the fall of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999, former Odisha CM Giridhar Gamang claimed that it was not his but the then National Conference member Saifuddin Soz's cross voting that sealed its fate. “Vajpayee government lost the confidence motion by one vote for the cross voting of Prof Soz as he had gone against the whip of his party and voted against the motion," he told reporters here. Gamang, who announced his resignation from the primary membership of Congress, said he was being seen as the "bad" element due to a misconception that his vote ensured the defeat of Vajpayee government. "On April 17, 1999 there was voting on Confidence Motion moved by Prime Minister Vajpayee. The confidence motion was defeated by 269 to 270 votes. (30/05/2015)