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Advani terms UPA-II ‘illegitimate’, retreats after
NEW DELHI: BJP leader L.K. Advani on Wednesday created a storm in the Lok Sabha by dubbing UPA-II as “illegitimate”, but withdrew it after strong protests from the Congress.
Advani, who came under carping attack with Congress President Sonia Gandhi leading from the front, later said he was referring to the 2008 confidence vote for which “crores of rupees were spent” to save the government.
There was ruckus in the House soon after Advani spoke of the UPA-II as illegitimate while initiating a debate on the violence in Assam after Speaker Meira Kumar admitted an adjournment motion on the subject.
“The UPA-II is illegitimate. It has never happened in the history of India ... crores of rupees were never spent to get votes,” Advani said, provoking the Treasury benches.
As an angry Gandhi was seen strongly objecting to the remark and apparently demanding withdrawal of the comment, Leader of Lok Sabha Sushil Kumar Shinde appealed to him to withdraw the words.
“Advani is a senior leader. We all respect him. But today he has said the entire (2009) election was illegitimate. This is an insult for all of us. I think he should withdraw his words,” Shinde said in his first intervention as the Leader of the House.
The Speaker also reminded Advani that she had allowed adjournment motion as people were concerned about the situation in Assam. “But one word used by you has hurt the sentiments of everyone. If you want, you can withdraw it.”
Advani admitted that he made a mistake by speaking about UPA-II and what he actually intended to say was the 2008 vote of confidence secured during the UPA-I. “My comments were on the confidence vote and not on election. ... Those who were whistleblowers were sent to jail,” he said. — PTI
Ready to discuss Assam violence:
Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that the
government is ready for any discussion in accordance with rules and
procedures in Parliament before the beginning of the monsoon session
even as BJP said it will raise the issue of Assam ethnic violence.
said he hoped all political parties will work with the government to
ensure that this session of Parliament goes smoothly.
NDA on Tuesday had said it will move an adjournment motion in Lok
Sabha and suspension of Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha to discuss
the ethnic violence in Kokrajhar, Assam.
has decided that we will not let Parliament function on Wednesday
unless the issue of ethnic violence in Assam is taken up for
discussion," BJP President Nitin Gadkari said at a programme in
Delhi on Tuesday.
parliamentary party chief LK Advani will move an adjournment motion in
the Lok Sabha on Wednesday during Question Hour to press for a
discussion on this issue.
Rajya Sabha, deputy leader of BJP Ravi Shankar Prasad and his party
colleague Balbir Punj will move a suspension of Question Hour notice
on the same issue.
had declared in the all-party meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker
Meira Kumar on Monday that it wants a discussion on this issue on the
first day of the session. In case the chair rejects the NDA demand,
they are likely to disrupt proceedings on Wednesday, sources said.
Tattoos on US gurdwara gunman's body hid racist codes
OAK CREEK (Wisconsin): The neo-Nazi gunman who killed six innocent
persons at a Wisconsin gurdwara had adorned his body with tattoos that hid secret racist codes and symbols showing allegiance to white supremacist beliefs.
Wade Michael Page, 41, the Army veteran who was killed on Sunday after gunning down the six
persons at the gurdwara, left behind a startling trail of clues detailing his descent into hate in the tattoos that marked his body and in his music.
Many of the tattoos covering his arms and torso, Marilyn Mayo, co-director of the Anti-Defamation League's Centre on Extremism, said contained specific racist codes and hidden symbols that showed his allegiance to white supremacist beliefs and to a specific skinhead group.
The ADL maintains an on-line database of racist symbols.
"Symbols are an important part of this culture," Mayo said.
"It allows others to know you're part of the skinhead movement and is used as a way of intimidation. Getting a tattoo is permanent and it comes with a serious commitment. It means you're a member, you're part of this club and have been initiated," he said.
Page, 41, had a tattoo on his right arm below his shoulder with the number "838," which Mayo said is a coded symbol indicating membership in the Hammerskins, a skinhead group whose members have been accused of multiple violent crimes, including murders, since the 1980s.
The number 838 corresponds to the letters H, C, H, an acronym for the group's motto "Hail the Crossed Hammers," a reference to the group's logo, the ABC News reported.
"The tattoo is indicative of membership in the Hammerskins," Mayo said.
"Only a member would have that tattoo." The ADL believes that he was a prospective member as recently as early 2011, but that his membership became official in late 2011.
A former soldier, Page, was demoted from sergeant to specialist before leaving the Army in 1998. His body art would have been banned under Army policies outlawing extremist and racist tattoos.
In the years following his discharge, Page posted dozens of photos of himself
online that show the ink on his body.
On the back of his hands, he had tattooed the letters "W" and "P," which Mayo said is an acronym for White Power.
On his left shoulder appeared a Celtic cross, a cross inscribed inside a circle.
"The Celtic cross is a symbol of white pride and is one of most popular symbols for neo-Nazis and White Supremacists," Mayo said.
Within the circle on Page's arm was the number 14, which corresponds to the number of words in the supremacist motto: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children." — PTI
Kingfisher cancels 31 flights as employees strike
MUMBAI: Kingfisher Airlines on Wednesday cancelled over 30 flights from Delhi and Mumbai due to a strike by a section of its employees protesting non-payment of salary.
While 22 flights of the airline were cancelled from Delhi, nine were cancelled from Mumbai, sources said.
A section of its employees, including pilots and engineers are not reporting for work to protest non-payment of salary, they said.
Meanwhile, the board of the near-bankrupt airlines is meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday to discuss finances ahead of the announcement of quarterly results.
“The airlines’ board is meeting at a five-star hotel in south-west Delhi this afternoon to discuss finances,” the sources said.
The airline’s operations have been disrupted time and again since April when pilots called off work protesting salary delays.
Kingfisher Airlines, which has been facing fund-crunch for almost a year now, has not paid salary to its staff for the past five months. A sizeable number of its employees have not been paid since February.
The decision of airline employees to go on agitation coincides with the monsoon session of the Parliament that starts Wednesday. “We hope that the strike will pull the attention of Parliament and our plight and misery echoes in political corridors,” an employee said.
case: Police to grill Gopal Kanda
Delhi: A day after Geetika Sharma’s family demanded a CBI probe,
Delhi Police will question former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda for
having allegedly abetted suicide of his former employee.
former air hostess with Kanda's now defunct MDLR airline, 23-year-old
Geetika Sharma was found dead on Sunday at her Ashok Vihar residence
in north-west Delhi.
a suicide note found at her residence, Geetika accused Kanda and MDLR
official Aruna Chaddha of repeatedly harassing her.
family had accused Kanda of ruining her chances of working with the
international Emirates airline, pressurising her to remain with MDLR.
want justice for Geetika Sharma. I want a CBI enquiry. This is not
just a suicide case," said her mother.
Karunakaran, Deputy Commissioner of Police(North-West), said they have
now added Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC in the case which
was registered on Sunday. Police had earlier registered a case of
abetment to suicide against Kanda on the basis of the suicide note.
Kanda, the police have also sent notices to Aruna Chadha and Ankit
22 killed as bus falls into gorge in Meghalaya
Shillong: At least 22 people were killed and several others critically injured when a Tripura-bound bus fell into a deep gorge in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia hills district in the wee hours of Wednesday.
The incident took place sometime between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. at Tamseng village near the Meghalaya-Aassam border.
The bus was on its way to Agartala from Guwahati when it fell into the 80-feet deep gorge.
“We have been able to retrieve 22 bodies even as six critically injured persons were shifted to Khliehriat community health centre”, district police chief M.K. Dkhar said.
“There are possibilities of more deaths and the district police and fire service personnel are on the job to rescue the trapped persons in the bus”, he said.
The depth of the gorge is over 80 feet. — PTI
Kom’s decisive match today
MC Mary Kom will enter boxing ring on Wednesday with the hope of
achieving yet another historical feat.
became the first Indian women boxer to claim an Olympic medal on
Monday by entering the semifinal of women`s 51 kg category defeating
Maroua Rahali of Tunisia.
if Mary defeats Nicola Adams of Great Britain, she will become the
first Indian boxer to book a final showdown and thus be assured of at
least a silver medal.
far it has been a successful campaign for the diminutive boxer from
Manipur who increased her weight from 48kg to 51kg in order for her to
be eligible for participation in the prestigious quadrennial event.
mother of two has been a five-time world champion in the 48kg
defeated Karolina Michalczuk of Poland 19-14 in the pre quarterfinal
and then dominated Maroua Rahali of Tunisia with a 16-5 scoreline that
ensured India another medal in the 2012 London Olympics.