Netizens share hilarious ‘diary entries’ to mock Congress’ latest shoddy allegations against BJP

BJP President Amit Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In a bizarre allegation against the BJP, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala today shared a ‘diary’ alleging former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa made payouts to senior BJP leaders during his tenure Karnataka Chief Minister. Surjewala then held up a photocopy of a paper which had handwritten notes, allegedly written and signed by Yeddyurappa where he had mentioned amounts given to senior BJP leaders.

A note which Congress claims is written by BS Yeddyurappa

No sooner than the ‘note’ was published, trying to implicate BS Yeddyurappa, many Twitter users pointed out how the ‘evidence’ presented appears so absurd.

Soon, people started sharing their own versions of diary entries to mock Congress’ ‘diary’ allegations.

As it can be seen above, it is alleged that OpIndia CEO Rahul Roushan was paid Rs 25 crore by UnReal Times for reasons best known to them. Soon, armed with these allegations, wellwishers started tagging employees of OpIndia trying to instigate them to revolt against Roushan for not being paid a penny from the above Rs 25 crore.

However, as revealed by OpIndia employees, OpIndia CEO Rahul Roushan actually takes money from his employees to let them keep their jobs.

Soon, other such diary entries were also shared by twitterati.

Meanwhile, the BJP has called the diary fake and shared handwriting and signature of BS Yeddyurappa to show how it doesn’t match the one shared by Congress even by a far stretch of the imagination.

Arun Jaitley takes ‘Guru-Shishya’ jibe on Rahul Gandhi after his mentor Sam Pitroda’s remarks against Indian airstrikes

Jaitley slams Congress and its President Rahul gandhi for its ideologues' remarks
Union Minister Arun Jaitley (Source: Hindustan Times)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s mentor and senior Sam Pitroda today stirred a hornet’s nest by questioning the death toll of terrorists in Balakot airstrikes and calling it was ‘not right’ to attack Pakistan for an action committed by a few.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was at an event welcoming former cricketer Gautam Gambhir’s into the BJP. When asked about Pitroda’s remarks, Jaitley responded, “Jab guru aisa ho toh shishya kitna nikamma niklega ye desh ko aaj bhugatna pad raha hai.” Jaitley further added that no country in the world, including the countries part of OIC (Organisation of Islamic Countries), felt that the action we took against the Terror camps in Pakistan was wrong, only Pakistan had this view. Congress ideologues seem to have a similar stand as that of Pakistan, he said.

Pitroda had attempted to normalise the terror incidents by callously claiming that such attacks happen regularly. “It happened in Mumbai as well, we could have sent a plane to attack Pakistan, but that’s not the right approach,” he said in an apparent bid to defend Congress inaction following the attack on Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

PM Modi too slammed Congress party for insulting India’s Armed Forces alleging that their courtiers have kick-started Pakistan National Day celebration on behalf of Congress. In a series of tweets posted by PM Modi, he blasted at the Congress party for being terror apologists and undermining the security forces of the country. He further asserted that people will not forgive such treacherous behaviour exhibited by Congress and its loyalists.

BJP’s aggressive candidate list for 2019 election like a blizzard on Congress led by Rahul Gandhi

Congress' official twitter handle tweets the wrong date of Shahidi Diwas
Congress President Rahul Gandhi

The first list of 184 candidates from 20 states, announces by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday is like a blizzard on the face of a whippet, in this case, the Congress party.

While silly noises have been ratcheted up in the Congress camp on the sidelining of BJP patriarch L.K. Advani from Gandhinagar, they are being hard put to explain their lack of respect for Manmohan Singh who wasn’t put up as a candidate in three successive Lok Sabha elections—2004, 2009 and 2014. Nobody is even asking why the former Prime Minister has pulled out of 2019 contest. That he still has been a Rajya Sabha member since 1991 is another story for another day.

Smriti Irani is being projected as someone who would have her third successive defeat in Amethi though the fact is it would keep Rahul Gandhi grounded in his own bastion where little development is reported, unlike Varanasi which is shinning under a single spell of Prime Minister Narendra Modi thus far. Rahul Gandhi would be hard put to explain his record not just in his constituency but also in the Parliament: No question in five years in Parliament; No private member bill; only 14 debates when the national average is 67; only 52 per cent of attendance when the national average is 80 per cent.

The massive first list of BJP itself shows the scrambled-eggheads of Congress in poor light for its first two lists only have 12 and 5 candidates thus far and strategic alliances are quickly slipping like sand out of their grasp.

The pliant Lutyens Media is doing a good job in putting a photo of Priyanka Gandhi every day in its editions as a matter of shahadah of a devout Muslim but the poor crowd and “Modi, Modi” chant in her public appearances is secret to no-one but to them.

This Lutyens media goes to town when Congress strikes a pact with National Conference (NC) in Jammu and Kashmir and strives hard to hide the dichotomy of the two parties being rivals in half of the seats in the state.

The crumbling façade of Congress is evident in Karnataka itself where it had struck an unholy alliance with bitter enemy JD (S) just to be in power—three of its MLA who defected to BJP in recent days have been given tickets.

Umesh Jadhav will take on Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Malikarjun Kharge from Gulbarga. A. Manju and Devendrappa have been rewarded with tickets from Hassan and Bellary.

The boldness of BJP is apparent in that it has 21 present Union and ministers of state in the list, alongside the candidature of its party president, Amit Shah from Gandhinagar in Gujarat. It’s a confident stride in seeking a mandate on not just Modi but the entire Modi government. Contrast this with not just the Congress but others who are in anti-Modi mode: Mayawati won’t contest the 2019 Elections (even though she says she won’t mind being Prime Minister); and so do K Chandrashekhar Rao from Telangana. Sharad Pawar has already pulled out of contesting 2019 polls.

BJP’s aggressiveness is also evident in that it is fielding candidates from every seat in West Bengal and Kerala, the two states where Mamata Banerjee and Pinaryi Vijayan and their goons of TMC and CPI(M) have indulged in politics of hate, vendetta and killings.

Jaish terrorist Sajjad Khan, aide of Pulwama terror attack mastermind arrested in Delhi

Locals even pelted stones at injured jawans
Image Source: DNA

A terrorist of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has been arrested in Delhi by the officers of the special cell of Delhi Police. As per reports, the JeM terrorist Sajjan Khan was arrested from the Red Fort area on Thursday night.

According to reports, Sajjad Khan was constantly in touch with Mudasir Ahmed Khan, who is believed to be the mastermind of the Pulwama terror attack. Mudasir was gunned down by security forces in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Tral area on March 11. Khan, who used to sell shawls in Delhi, was on the wanted list of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Sajjad Khan, who is the resident of Jammu and Kashmir, allegedly had the details of the Pulwama attack on the CRPF convoy. Reportedly, his two brothers were also Jaish terrorists, who were killed by the forces in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir. One of his brothers was killed in an encounter along with Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar’s nephew Usman in South Kashmir’s Tral in October 2018.

Suicide attacker Adil Ahmed Dar, who blew his explosive-laden vehicle next to a bus in a CRPF convoy on February 14, had been in constant contact with Mudasir. The investigation has revealed that Sajjad was communicating with Mudassir and Pakistani terrorist Yasir via an app using fake numbers. Mudassir Ahmed Khan arranged the vehicle and explosives used in the Pulwama terror strike.

Adil Ahmed Dar, a terrorist belonging to Pakistani Army backed Islamic terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, had rammed an SUV laden with over 300 kg of explosives into the CRPF bus carrying about 40 personnel. The collision exploded the bus and the vehicle, causing the deaths of more than 40 CRPF soldiers.

Christchurch Mosque shooting: New Zealand women wear Hijab to show solidarity with Muslims, critics term it ‘cheap tokenism’

Women in New Zealand wearing 'Hijab'

As a mark of homage to the victims, women all over New Zealand on Friday wore Hijabs and scarfs along with some men who wore the scarf around their shoulders, to express their solidarity with Muslims a week after 50 people were killed at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, reported New Zealand Herald.

According to the reports, a doctor in Auckland, Thaya Ashman, came up with this idea to inspire people to wear a ‘Hijab’ after hearing about a woman who was too scared to go out as she felt her headscarf would make her a target for terrorism.

“I wanted to say, We are with you, we want you to feel at home on your own streets, we love, support and respect you,” Ashman said.

Last week, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden had also worn a black ‘Hijab‘ when meeting members of the Muslim community after the shootings. Interestingly, on Friday, Radio and TV stations across New Zealand has decided to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer. Meanwhile, journalists and TV anchors are wearing ‘Hijab’ or scarfs to express their solidarity with Muslims in the country.

However, a Muslim woman has written an opinion piece in Stuff.co.nz, calling the so-called solidarity movement as a “cheap tokenism”.”The attack in Christchurch was not just about Muslims, it was against any person of colour in a ‘white’ country so this focus on hijabs is derailing the examination of white supremacy, systematic racism, Orientalism and bigotry,” she said.

In a dastardly shooting attack, nearly 50 people were killed and several others were injured in two New Zealand mosques last week after a terrorist had opened fire. The mass shootings have taken place one at the Al Noor Mosque next to Hagley Park, and another at the Linwood Mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

Hijab or a headscarf is one of the most regressive and patriarchal symbolism in Islam, which depicts the sign of female oppression. Throughout the world, there has been a growing movement across the world, especially in Islamic nations against regressive practices of forcing women to wear ‘Hijab’.

Even some of the critics have pointed out that women in Iran, who are protesting again oppression, are discarding their headscarf indicating that ‘Hijab’ was an expression pointing towards negativity and regression. It is rather perplexing to understand why a progressive society like New Zealand chose a symbol of oppression and discrimination to mourn a shooting incident.

Latest News: Former Word Cup Winning cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP

Gautam Gambhir. Credits- News18

Cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who retired in December last year, has started his new innings by joining Bhartiya Janta Party today, in presence of Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad. The former opener batsman cited PM Modi’s vision for the country as the reason for him joining the party.

Gautam Gambhir is a resident of Rajendra Nagar in Delhi and reports are speculating that he might contest Lok Sabha elections from New Delhi seat, currently held by BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi. The New Delhi seat has been considered a bastion for the BJP, making it first choice of all leader contesting from Delhi. Gambhir, however, has stated that he has a young family and needs to spend time with them.

BJP is yet to declare the name of candidates for the seven Lok Sabha seats and is reported to announce it soon as its rival Aam Aadmi Party has already done so.

Gautam Gambhir was conferred with the fourth highest civilian award Padma Shri, earlier this month. Gambhir had debuted in April 2003 as a cricket player and played for team India for 15 years. During tenure he played, 58 test-matches scoring 9 centuries and 147 ODIs scoring 11 centuries.

Gautam Gambhir has been vocal about national security and armed forces and on issues like Kashmir. In 2017, Gautam Gambhir had pledged to bear all the educational expenses of the children of the 25 CRPF jawans who were martyred in Sukma on 24th April.

Gambhir is popular on Twitter and is often in the news for his support of the Indian armed forces. He has over 9 million followers on Twitter.

Here are the opposition members who have asked for proof of Balakot airstrikes

Sam Pitroda

Sam Pitroda, one of the accused in the National Herald ‘cheating and breach of trust’ scam and one of the most trusted aides of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, today came out to back Pakistan to demand proofs of the Balakot airstrikes carried out by the Indian Air Force on Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps in Pakistan.

The Indian Overseas Congress chief, adding insult to injury, said that he would like to know a little more about the Balakot airstrikes since he has read in New York Times and other newspapers ‘what did we really attack’.

He questions, did we really kill 300 people? “I don’t know that. As a citizen, I am entitled to know. And if I ask, it is my duty to ask. That does not mean I am not nationalist. That does not mean I am on this side or that side. We need to know the facts. If you say 300 people were killed, I need to know that. We all need to know that. People of India need to know that. And then the global media says that nobody was killed. I look bad as an Indian citizen,” he said.

Over and above the fact that Congress leader is again toeing the line of Pakistan, Pitroda is giving credibility to New York Times article, which had not only downplayed Pulwama terror attack by referring to it as ‘explosion’ but also peddled half-truths and whole lies to perpetuate its anti-India narrative.

Unfortunately, Pitroda is not the only Congress leader to cite pro-Pakistan foreign media to make a point. Referring to the terror attack as an ‘accident’, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had said that reports in various foreign media regarding the “air strike” have created a doubt in our minds. This has made us question the credibility of the Indian government as well, he added. Kapil Sibal and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath were also seen taking a similar stand.

With these statements, however, Pitroda joins a lost list of Opposition leader who have questioned the Balakot airstrikes as well as floated conspiracy theories regarding the Pulwama terror attack itself.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi himself was caught on camera dancing just hours after the Pulwama attack. Congress then deleted the video after it was pointed out.

Congress leader B K Hariprasad, a Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka, had stirred a controversy by mocking the Pulwama terrorist attack which claimed the lives more than 40 CRPF personnel. Hariprasad called the terrorist attack a ‘fixed-match’ between PM Modi and Pakistan.

Similarly, Goa Congress leader Chellakumar had alleged that the Pulwama attack was orchestrated by PM Modi and went on to ask where were the bodies of terrorists who were killed in the airstrikes. Kumar had also floated a conspiracy theory that the Pulwama terror attack, the responsibility of which was claimed by Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad, was an inside job.

Just after the cowardly attack by a Kashmiri terrorist belonging to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad claimed 40 lives of our CRPF soldiers, the Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had rubbed salt on their wounds by alleging that the terrorist was a ‘Home-grown so-called terrorist’.

Following Pitroda’s shameful comment, Prime Minister Modi came down heavily on him and said that the Indian citizens will not forgive Congress leaders’ pro-Pakistan stand.

ED files supplementary chargesheet: Nirav Modi’s sister helped divert Rs 1201 crores through shell firms

ED issues supplementary charge sheet against Purvi Modi
Purvi Modi (left) Nirav Modi (right), Image Credit: Indiatoday.in

Along with Nirav Modi, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has started an investigation against his sister, Purvi Modi. As per a report in Hindustan Times, in a supplementary charge sheet filed before the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court, the ED has claimed that Rs 1,201.18 crore was diverted with the active participation of Purvi, Nirav Modi’s sister.

The charge sheet which was filed on March 8 claims that Mehta was a director in Dubai and Hong Kong-based companies which received funds through LoUs by Nirav Modi.

The ED, in the charge sheet say, “The proceeds of crime generated through fraudulent acts have been syphoned off and laundered to various overseas companies and countries for concealment, layering and integration into main financial system through acquisition of properties or through investment in financial assets and layering through various accounts in different countries, with the active partaking by Purvi.”

However, in her reply before the court hearing of the plea filed by ED for the confiscation of Nirav Modi’s properties, Purvi maintained she had nothing to do with the alleged proceeds of the crime.

Meanwhile, the agency had attached her savings account with the syndicate bank which had a balance of Rs 1.96 crore.

Mehta was listed as a director in a shell company floated by the fugitive, Nirav Modi, called Lili Mountain Investment Company based in the British Virgin Islands which he used to transfer Rs 343.02 crore between March 2013 and March 2014.

Moreover, Mehta is also the owner/director of the Dubai-based Fine Classic FZE, which had, in a separate transaction, transferred Rs 446.12 crore to Firestar Holding Ltd in Hong Kong, a subsidiary of Firestar International Pvt Ltd. For this transaction, Firestar issued preference shares to Fine Classic FZE and later transferred that amount to Mehta seemingly as the redemption of those shares.

Additionally, Purvi is listed as a beneficial owner of Singapore-based Novelar Investments Private Ltd and Islington International Holdings Pvt Ltd.

She is also a settler of The Ithaca Trust, which Nirav Modi used to buy at least two properties in New York within a month of leaving India in early 2018.

On May 24 2018, a charge sheet including 24 accused, namely, Nirav Modi, his father, brother Neeshal Modi, sister Purvi Modi, brother-in-law Mayank Mehta and firms M/s Solar Exports, Stellar Diamonds and Diamonds R Us, was filed in the USD 2 billion PNB fraud case stating that over Rs 6,400 crore of bank funds were allegedly laundered abroad to dummy companies.

In fact, investigators had revealed that Purvi, a Belgian citizen, was the point person handling Nirav’s money. She was the third in the family to have Red Corner Notice against her. Interpol’s Loyn office had in September, last year, on the request of the ED, issued a Red Corner Notice against absconding diamond businessman Nirav Modi’s sister Purvi Modi in connection with the Punjab National Bank scam.

Since the fraud came to light, the agencies have been in relentless pursuit to extradite the fugitive Nirav Modi, back to India.

In the latest Nirav Modi has been arrested in London and sent to judicial custody until March 29, meanwhile, the Prevention of Money laundering Act (PMLA) court in Mumbai has given its approval to the Income-tax department to auction 68 paintings and 11 luxury cars owned by the absconding billionaire Nirav Modi in a bid to recover its dues.

Sam Pitroda calls his statement trivialising Pulwama terror attack and shielding Pakistan a ‘trivial matter’

Sam Pitroda calls his statement trivialising Pulwama terror attack and shielding Pakistan a 'trivial matter'
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Sam Pitroda, close aide

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi’s close aide and confidante Sam Pitroda had stirred a hornet’s nest with his controversial remarks about the Balakot airstrikes conducted by India deep inside Pakistan territory. Pitroda had said that such attacks have happened before as well, as the Mumbai terror attack, and that the Balakot airstrikes were not the right response. He had also asked for proof of the government’s assertions of how many terrorists were killed in the airstrikes considering the foreign media has raised questions. Now, he has made matters worse with his so-called ‘clarification’ on his statement by calling it a ‘trivial matter’.

Sam Pitroda, the Indian Overseas Congress Chief said that he doesn’t understand the controversy here and that he is baffled by the response to his statement. He said it “shows how people react to trivial matters in India”.

He also said that he is asking these questions as a citizen of India and that “he has a right to know what happened”.

Congress too has said that the statements by Sam Pitroda are his personal views and doesn’t reflect the views of the party on the whole.

Sam Pitroda’s remarks also show his utter disdain for Indians on the whole, apart from trivialising the Pulwama terror attack and calling India’s Balakot airstrikes as an incorrect response. In his statement, Pitroda says that the reaction to his statement shows how “Indians react to trivial issues” thereby mocking Indians and their sentiments attached to the martyrs of Pulwama attack and their demand for retribution from Pakistan.

While this “clarification” by Sam Pitroda is no clarification at all and rather, a reinforcement of his earlier statement, Congress too cannot distance itself from the statements by merely stating that these are Pitroda’s personal views. Several Congress functionaries have made similar statements that insult the martyrs of the Pulwama terrorist attack and deride India’s response to the terror strike.

Congress leader B K Hariprasad, a Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka, had stirred a controversy by mocking the Pulwama terrorist attack which claimed the lives more than 40 CRPF personnel. Hariprasad called the terrorist attack a ‘fixed-match’ between PM Modi and Pakistan.

Goa Congress leader Chellakumar had alleged that the Pulwama attack was orchestrated by PM Modi and went on to ask where were the bodies of terrorists who were killed in the airstrikes and Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had mocked the martyrs by calling the Pulwama terrorists as “so-called homegrown terrorists”.

In fact, after the dastardly attacks, Rahul Gandhi had himself shown the utmost respect for Pakistan and its terrorists by referring to terrorist Masood Azhar as “Masood Azhar ji”.

The Congress’ party’s official stand seems no different from Pakistan’s and Sam Pitroda’s statements, who is a close confidant of Rahul Gandhi. Congress cannot brush over it by saying that these were his personal views and does not reflect the views of the party.

Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Harsh Vardhan among seven Indians named in ‘World’s 100 most influential people in climate policy 2019’

Piyush Goyal was also the recipient of the prestigious Carnot Prize in 2018
Source: Union Minister for Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal/Facebook

Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Dr. Harsh Vardhan are named among the seven Indians mentioned in the “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy 2019″, for their significant contribution towards battling climate change.

‘Apolitical’, a global network of for government helping public servants find the people, ideas and partners they need to tackle climate challenges, has published the list on its official website.

They are among the seven Indians who have been recognised for their efforts. The list was unveiled on the late evening on March 20.

According to his profile on the Apolitical’s website, Union Minister for Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal has been instrumental in speeding up the electrification of nearly 18000 unelectrified villages and has also played an important role in the rollout of a drastic power sector reform and the world’s largest LED bulb distribution programme.

A 2018 Carnot Prize recipient for his contribution to energy policy, Goyal, under his leadership, has led India to witness a massive proliferation of renewable energy through the world’s largest renewable energy expansion programme.

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan the other Indian who found a mention in the list, has focused on motivating scientists to develop new technologies that address social and environmental problems.

He has also played a vital role in making India a leader in environmental preservation. In 2008, Harsh Vardhan launched the anti-plastic bag campaign in Delhi and the ‘Green Shopper Campaign’, which encourages business enterprises to manufacture environment-friendly products.

The present government understands that Climate Change is one of the serious challenges faced by humanity. Prime Minister Modi has set ambitious targets for his government to achieve clean energy initiatives. Last year, United Nations Environment Programme chief, Erik Solheim, had praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for his initiatives to tackle the global issue of Climate Change.

Meanwhile, third in the list was, Pune’s mayor Mukta Tilak, who is also the wife of renowned activist and freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s great-grandson Shailesh Tilak. According to her profile on the website, under her guidance, Pune banned all dumping of solid waste and implemented measures to cut down on carbon and improve air quality.

On account of her work, Pune received the Award for Innovative Policy at the 2018 Climate and Clean Air Awards at the Global Climate Action Summit.

Jyoti Kirit Parikh, the executive director of Integrated Research and Action for Development and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change in India who served as energy and environment consultant to the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program was also amongst the seven Indians named in the list. Parikh, in 2007, was also a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Amongst others was, a well-renowned environmentalist and political activist, who is also the director of the Centre for Science and the Environment and the editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth,  and a recipient of the World Water Prize, Sunita Narain.

Another environmental activist, Vandana Shiva, was among those mentioned in the list. Meanwhile, Upendra Tripathy, the director general of the International Solar Alliance and the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration in 2009 along with Varshini Prakash, who is the co-founder and executive director of Sunrise, a youth-led movement advocating for political action against climate change in the United States were also recognised for their contributions.

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