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Manmohan ‘hurt, anguished’PM Narendra Modi and former PM Manmohan Singh exchange greetings without apparently making eye contact at the tribute ceremony for martyrs of 2001 Parliament attack, a day after the end of the bitter Gujarat poll campaign, which saw both having a lot to say to each other. PTI

Manmohan ‘hurt, anguished’

Where’s ex-PM’s anger when Modi is belittled, asks Shah14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

NEW DELHI:On the eve of phase two polling in Gujarat, BJP chief Amit Shah attacked former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for remaining silent when PM Narendra Modi was called a low life by a Congress leader and expressing his anguish on the Gujarat election eve only to mislead people.

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 13

On the eve of phase two polling in Gujarat, BJP chief Amit Shah attacked former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for remaining silent when PM Narendra Modi was called a low life by a Congress leader and expressing his anguish on the Gujarat election eve only to mislead people.

Shah’s all-out attack on Singh came after the former PM released a video link in which he reiterated his “hurt and anguish” over what he described as “falsehoods and canards being spread by PM Modi in the face of imminent defeat in Gujarat”. Singh rejected PM Modi’s charges that Congress leaders and Pakistani guests secretly discussed Gujarat at a private dinner hosted by Mani Shankar Aiyer, who’s been suspended from the Congress, and demanded that the PM apologized to the nation.

Moments after Singh’s video link was released, Shah launched an offensive against him, saying he was “amused to see the Congress party so desperate before the Gujarat elections… both Rahul Gandhi and respected Manmohan Singh ji are only maliciously attacking the PM.”

In a series of tweets, the BJP chief asked “where was respected Manmohan Singh ji’s anger when Rahul Gandhi tore an ordinance which his Cabinet had cleared? Where was his concern for the dignity of the Prime Minister’s office?”

“The question that the Congress and Manmohan Singh need to answer is, why did Anand Sharma and Randeep Surjewala vehemently deny that the meeting with a top Pakistani leader has ever happened? 

“After strongly denying the meeting, why did respected Manmohan Singh did a sharp U-turn and declared that he attended the meeting? Only after the secret meeting was exposed, Manmohan Singh said the discussion was confined to India-Pakistan relations. Why did he not consider it appropriate to apprise GoI about such a meeting with a neighbour like Pakistan? Why did he try to hide it?” asked Shah. He also said, “We are seeing a very angry Manmohan Singh ji these days. We just want to ask him whether he was so angry when monumental loot & plunder was happening under his watch? The nation missed this anger then!”

Singh, in a video cast today demanded an apology from the PM again and said, “PM Modi is setting a dangerous precedent with his insatiable desire to tarnish every constitutional office, including that of the former PM and the ex-Army Chief.

Bad loans big UPA scam: PM

14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

NEW DELHI:A day before the second round of polling for the Assembly elections in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged that previous Congress-led UPA government during its tenure had pressured banks to give huge loans to select industrialists and said the “bank scam” was the biggest scam of the UPA, bigger than the coal, 2G and Commonwealth scams.

UP goes the MCOCA way

14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

LUCKNOW:The Uttar Pradesh Government today approved the draft of a Bill to enact a stringent law on the lines of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) to combat land mafia, mining mafia and organised crime in the state.

Patan’s ‘Modi fans’, Dahod’s ‘change seekers’ vote today

Patan’s ‘Modi fans’, Dahod’s ‘change seekers’ vote today

14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

PATAN:As Gujarat readies to cast its ballot in the second phase of polling for 93 seats of north and central Gujarat tomorrow, the bipolar contest between the BJP and the Congress saw hectic activity at the party headquarters throughout the day today.

Rahul lays stress on women’s greater participation in party

14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

NEW DELHI:If what Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi said today is to be believed, women will occupy far greater and larger positions in the party in near future.

Hand in Guj poll ‘strange story’: Kasuri

14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan’s former foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri today dismissed as “a strange story with no basis” the claim made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Islamabad was interfering in the Gujarat Assembly polls.

India, Oz, Japan discuss OBOR concerns

14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

NEW DELHI:The fourth round of India-Japan-Australia trilateral consultations on regional issues were held today.

Hope no Kejriwal emerges from movement again: Anna

14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

AGRA:Social activist Anna Hazare has said he hoped that no Arvind Kejriwal emerged from his movement again.

First indigenous sub to be commissioned today

First indigenous sub to be commissioned today

14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

NEW DELHI:Eighteen years after India launched a submarine action plan, the first of the indigenous conventionally powered submarine is set to be commissioned at the Naval dockyard in Mumbai tomorrow.

10 hurt as tea estate owners open fire on workers

14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

GUWAHATI:At least 10 tea garden workers were injured, two of them seriously, when two owners opened fire on the protesting staff at a tea estate at Numaligarh in Golaghat district of Assam today.

RJD to observe ‘Bihar Bandh’ on Dec 21

14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

PATNA:The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has called a statewide bandh on December 21 to protest rampant corruption and the Bihar Government’s sand mine policy.

29 students fall ill after mid-day meal

14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

MUMBAI:At least 28 students of the Balvikas Vidya Mandir in Mumbai’s suburb of Jogeshwari fell ill after consuming the mid-day meal provided on the school’s premises, the police said.

China on mind, India to host all ASEAN heads at R-Day parade

14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

NEW DELHI:Riding a mix of religion, commerce and a growing challenge of China, India will be hosting all heads of state of the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) for an India-ASEAN summit to mark 25 years of the relationship.

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14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

NEW DELHI:India and China have discussed the ‘Doklam issue’ at a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Fadnavis’ wife trolled for promoting Xmas charity

14 Dec 2017 | 12:54 AM

MUMBAI:Amruta, wife of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, has become a latest victim of trolls by hardline hindutva elements for participating in an event that promoted charity during Christmas season.

Cong to EC: Register FIRs against PM, Shah, Jaitley also

Cong to EC: Register FIRs against PM, Shah, Jaitley also

13 Dec 2017 | 10:51 PM

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday night moved the Election Commission demanding equal application of poll rules to the ruling party and opposition leaders and sought immediate withdrawal of FIR, if any, against TV channels that telecast interviews of Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi.

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13 Dec 2017 | 10:24 PM

MUMBAI: Invoking Babasaheb Ambedkar, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Wednesday said he embraced Buddhism only after he was convinced that Dalits would not get justice in the Hindu religion and asked all members of the community to do so.

Actor molestation case: Man sent to judicial custody till Dec 22

13 Dec 2017 | 10:07 PM

MUMBAI: A Mumbai court on Wednesday sent Vikas Sachdev, arrested for allegedly molesting a teenage Bollywood actor aboard a flight, to judicial custody till December 22.

India, Australia and Japan discuss OBOR concerns

India, Australia and Japan discuss OBOR concerns

13 Dec 2017 | 9:30 PM

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Pakistan submits response in Jadhav case to ICJ

Pakistan submits response in Jadhav case to ICJ

13 Dec 2017 | 10:18 PM

NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Wednesday submitted its formal response in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Hague.

Cong will not leave Centre with choice on Women's Reservation Bill: Rahul

Cong will not leave Centre with choice on Women's Reservation Bill: Rahul

13 Dec 2017 | 8:15 PM

NEW DELHI: Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday made a strong pitch for the empowerment of women by passing a bill in Parliament providing a 33 per cent reservation to them and told the Centre that his party would not leave it with any choice in the matter.

Delhi HC seeks Centre's reply on plea against amendments in rape law

Delhi HC seeks Centre's reply on plea against amendments in rape law

13 Dec 2017 | 7:40 PM

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought to know the Centre's stand on a plea seeking to strike down the amendments made in the rape law after December 16 gang-rape incident in the national capital.

10 tea workers injured as estate owners open fire in Assam

10 tea workers injured as estate owners open fire in Assam

13 Dec 2017 | 7:29 PM

GUWAHATI: At least 10 tea garden workers were injured, two of them seriously, when two owners opened indiscriminate fire on a protesting group of tea workers at a tea estate in Golaghat district of Assam on Wednesday.

Manmohan attacks Modi again on Pak collusion issue, puts out video message

Manmohan attacks Modi again on Pak collusion issue, puts out video message

13 Dec 2017 | 7:34 PM

NEW DELHI: Former PM Manmohan Singh on Wednesday hit out at his successor Narendra Modi again, accusing him of spreading “falsehood and canards” to score political points and seeking an apology for his “ill-thought transgression”.

Hardik Patel denies meeting Robert Vadra

Hardik Patel denies meeting Robert Vadra

13 Dec 2017 | 7:20 PM

AHMEDABAD: Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday denied meeting Robert Vadra, the brother- in-law of Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi.

5-judge Constitution Bench to hear petitions against Aadhaar tomorrow

5-judge Constitution Bench to hear petitions against Aadhaar tomorrow

13 Dec 2017 | 9:20 PM

NEW DELHI: A five-judge Constitution Bench will assemble on Thursday to take up petitions challenging the validity of Aadhaar law and government’s notifications making the 12-digit unique biometric identification number mandatory for various services and schemes.

Who will take the rap if BJP loses in Gujarat, Shatrughan Sinha asks Modi

Who will take the rap if BJP loses in Gujarat, Shatrughan Sinha asks Modi

13 Dec 2017 | 6:44 PM

NEW DELHI: Taking on his own BJP party, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah who would take the blame of the Bharatiya Janata Party lost the Gujarat Assembly elections.

Make portal for complaints on sexual abuse videos: SC to govt

Make portal for complaints on sexual abuse videos: SC to govt

13 Dec 2017 | 6:25 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to have a web portal ready by January 10 next year to enable citizens register complaints on child sexual abuse, child pornography and gang-rape videos.

SC relaxes its order banning pet coke, furnace oil

SC relaxes its order banning pet coke, furnace oil

13 Dec 2017 | 7:49 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday relaxed its order banning use of pet coke and furnace oil in the National Capital Territory and allowed cement industry to use it as feedstock in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Another SC judge loses his cool over shouting by lawyers

Another SC judge loses his cool over shouting by lawyers

13 Dec 2017 | 6:18 PM

NEW DELHI: In less than a week, a second Supreme Court judge on Wednesday lost his cool after lawyers tried to outshout each other and refused to hear a case, saying the court now needed to act tough against such advocates.

Modi dabbling in cheap politics after civic polls: Mayawati

Modi dabbling in cheap politics after civic polls: Mayawati

13 Dec 2017 | 6:10 PM

LUCKNOW: BSP president Mayawati on Wednesday charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi with indulging in “cheap politics” after the civic body elections in Uttar Pradesh by hosting an “exclusive party” for victorious BJP mayors at his official residence.

BJP demands NIA or CBI probe into mysterious death of youth

13 Dec 2017 | 6:04 PM

BENGALURU: Rejecting the ruling Congress party's charge that it was fomenting communal trouble, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday demanded an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the mysterious death of a young fisherman last week, which has sparked tension in the coastal Uttara Kannada district.

Mumbai: 29 students fall ill after consuming 'khichdi' in mid-day meal

Mumbai: 29 students fall ill after consuming 'khichdi' in mid-day meal

13 Dec 2017 | 5:58 PM

MUMBAI: At least 29 students of the Balvikas Vidya Mandir in Mumbai’s suburb of Jogeshwari fell ill after consuming the mid-day meal provided at the school’s premises, police said on Wednesday.

No chanting of mantras at Amarnath, NGT declares cave shrine ‘silence zone’

No chanting of mantras at Amarnath, NGT declares cave shrine ‘silence zone’

13 Dec 2017 | 5:47 PM

NEW DELHI: In a bid to preserve the eco-sensitive Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, the National Green Tribunal on Wednesday declared it a “silence zone” and prohibited religious offerings beyond the entry point.

PM Modi assures protection of bank deposits

PM Modi assures protection of bank deposits

13 Dec 2017 | 10:18 PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said rumours are being spread about the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill at a time when the government is working to strengthen the framework to protect bank deposits.

EC asks TV channels to stop airing Rahul's interviews

EC asks TV channels to stop airing Rahul's interviews

13 Dec 2017 | 9:22 PM

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission of India on Wednesday directed the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Gujarat to lodge FIRs against TV channels that aired Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi’s interview as "it violated the law", and also issued a notice to Gandhi.

Former Pak minister dismisses Modi’s claim as ‘strange story with no basis’

Former Pak minister dismisses Modi’s claim as ‘strange story with no basis’

13 Dec 2017 | 5:11 PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's former foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri on Wednesday dismissed as "a strange story with no basis" the claim made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Islamabad was interfering in the Gujarat Assembly polls.

China on mind, India invites ASEAN leaders to R-day parade

China on mind, India invites ASEAN leaders to R-day parade

13 Dec 2017 | 4:02 PM

NEW DELHI: Riding a mix of religion, commerce and a growing challenge of China, India will be hosting the all heads of state of the ten-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) for an India-ASEAN summit to mark 25 years of the relationship. All the ten will be chief guests at the Republic Day parade down the Rajpath in New Delhi on January 26.

Govt extends Aadhaar linking deadline till March 31

Govt extends Aadhaar linking deadline till March 31

13 Dec 2017 | 9:52 PM

NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday extended by three months till March 31 the deadline for mandatory quoting of national biometric identifier Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number (PAN) for bank accounts and certain financial transactions.

First indigenous sub to be commissioned on Thursday

First indigenous sub to be commissioned on Thursday

13 Dec 2017 | 3:26 PM

NEW DELHI: Eighteen years after India launched a submarine action plan, the first of the indigenous powered sub is set to be commissioned on Thursday.

PM Modi has helped me the most; I don’t hate him: Rahul Gandhi

PM Modi has helped me the most; I don’t hate him: Rahul Gandhi

13 Dec 2017 | 5:49 PM

AHMEDABAD: Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped him “the most” and he does not hate him.

When Aiyar's 'neech' taunt reaches a Gujarat village

When Aiyar's 'neech' taunt reaches a Gujarat village

13 Dec 2017 | 3:35 PM

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Modi, Manmohan Singh pay tribute to Parliament attack martyrs

Modi, Manmohan Singh pay tribute to Parliament attack martyrs

13 Dec 2017 | 7:17 PM

NEW DELHI: The bitter slugfest ahead of the Gujarat polls receded into the background on Wednesday as political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his predecessor Manmohan Singh, gathered to pay homage to the martyrs of the 2001 Parliament attack.

Maharashtra CM’s wife trolled for participating in Christmas charity

Maharashtra CM’s wife trolled for participating in Christmas charity

13 Dec 2017 | 3:02 PM

MUMBAI: The wife of Maharashtra CM was trolled by hardline Hindutva elements for participating in an event that promoted charity during the Christmas season.

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