Kharge lashes out at PM for not speaking on NEET, Manipur


The Congress national president Kharge said PM had used “customary words” more than necessary, while country was expecting his words on relevant issues….reports Asian Lite News

Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday criticisised the central government, questioning how long they intend to govern by constantly bringing up the issue of the Emergency.

Kharge was responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks to media persons ahead of the beginning of the 18th session of Lok Sabha.

“He will repeat this 100 times. Without declaring an emergency, you are acting this way. How long do you plan to rule by bringing this up?” Kharge said.

He also took to social media platform X to target the PM for not mentioning issues like the alleged irregularities on the NEET exam, Manipur violence and West Bengal train accident while addressing media persons outside the new Parliament building before taking oath as as a Lok Sabha MP.

The Congress national president Kharge said PM had used “customary words” more than necessary, while country was expecting his words on relevant issues.

Kharge said the “arrogance” remains despite a defeat.

Listing the issues in detail in a post on X Kharge wrote, “He will show some sympathy towards youth regarding paper leak in NEET and other entrance exams, but he will not take any responsibility for the rigging and corruption of his government.

“Modi ji also remained silent about the recent train accident in West Bengal. Manipur has been in the grip of violence for the last 13 months, but Modiji neither went there nor did he express any concern about the recent violence in his speech today,” said Kharge.

In his post Kharge also raised issue of flood situation Assam and the issue of the long pending census.

“There are floods in Assam and the North-East, backbreaking inflation, falling rupee, Exit Poll-Stock Market scam; The Modi government has kept the next census pending for a long time; Modi ji was completely silent on the caste census as well,” Kharge highlighted issues in his post.

Kharge further singled out the PM, questioning him for giving advice to the opposition but forgetting about 10 years of undeclared emergency.

“Sir, you are giving advice to the opposition. You are reminding us of the 50 year old Emergency, but have forgotten the last 10 years of undeclared Emergency which was ended by the people,” said Kharge.

“People have given their mandate against Modiji. Despite this, if he has become the Prime Minister, then he should work. “People need substance, not slogans” – remember this yourself,” he added.

Notably, PM Modi took an indirect jibe at the Congress party over the emergency while addressing media persons outside the new Parliament building.

Recalling the 21-month period of emergency that was implemented in the country on June 25, 1975, PM Modi said the new generation of India will never forget that time when the country was turned into a prison, adding that they will take a resolution of a vibrant democracy so that no one will dare to do such a thing in India again.

‘Manipur issue will be raised’

After a meeting with Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge and party MP Rahul Gandhi, Manipur Congress president Keisham Meghachandra Singh on Monday said that the party will raise the Manipur issue in the Parliament.

“We had a discussion over the Manipur issues and raising it in the Parliament. There have many incidents that took place in Manipur, that were discussed in the meeting,” Singh said.

The Congress on Monday met the party leaders of Manipur and discussed ways to alleviate their pain.

In the one-hour-long meeting at his North Block office, the Home Minister stressed upon strategic deployment of the central forces to restore peace and tranquillity in Manipur.

Shah mentioned in the meeting that the “forces will be increased if required”, and directed that “strict action must be taken as per law against the perpetrators of violence.”

The Home Minister directed the Chief Secretary of Manipur to ensure proper health and education facilities for the displaced people and their rehabilitation.

He underscored the importance of a coordinated approach to resolve the ongoing ethnic conflict.’

He said that the Ministry of Home Affairs will talk to both the groups, Meiteis and Kukis, so as to bridge the ethnic divide, at the earliest, adding “the Central government has been actively supporting the Manipur government in strengthening the security situation in the state.”

The northeastern state has been witnessing ethnic violence since May 3 last year following clashes during a rally organised by the All Tribals Students Union (ATSU) to protest against the demand for the inclusion of the Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribe category.

Security forces recover huge cache of arms

A huge cache of arms and ammunition and warlike stores were recovered in a joint operation conducted by the Assam Rifles and Manipur police in Thoubal district of Manipur, an official statement from Assam Rifles said on Sunday.

As per the official statement, the operation resulted in the recovery of one 12 bore single barrel gun, one 12 bore Bolt action rifle, one 9 mm CMG, ammunition, and grenades.

The operation was launched following a specific intelligence regarding the presence of arms and ammunition in general area Waithou Ridge.

“Acting on specific intelligence of presence of arms and ammunition in general area Waithou Ridge area of Thoubal district in Manipur, Assam Rifles and Manipur Police launched a joint operation and recovered one 12 bore single barrel gun, one12 bore Bolt action rifle, one 9 mm CMG, ammunition, grenades and warlike stores,” said the official statement from Assam Rifles.

“The recovered items have been handed over to Manipur Police,” added the statement. (ANI)

Akhilesh slams Centre over NEET

Amid the row over the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-UG examination, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday took a jibe at the central government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claiming that the latter gets exam papers leaked to “please” its people.

Speaking to reporters here in the national capital, Yadav said, “This is nothing new. This is an old way of the BJP. If you see history, the BJP gets exam papers leaked to please its people. This was a huge issue in UP and now it has reached Delhi. They have cheated crores of people”.

The SP Chief further expressed gratitude towards the people of the country, stating, “I would like to express gratitude towards the people of the country who voted in order to save the Constitution.”

Attacking the BJP government, he stated that people are now tired of waiting for “good days”.

” Achche din ka intezaar karte karte log thak gaye ! (People got tired of waiting for ‘good days’). I hope the country sees happy days in the coming times”, he said.

The SP Chief was also seen engaging in an informal and playful chat with the reporters.

The NTA, which conducted the NEET-UG exams, is facing criticism over alleged irregularities in the exams. This resulted in several protests across the country, with protestors and political parties demanding to disband the NTA. An unprecedented 67 candidates achieved a perfect score of 720 marks out of 720, which added to the concerns.

Earlier today, the first session of the 18th Lok Sabha commenced with various prominent leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, taking oaths as Members of Parliament.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing mediapersons ahead of the commencement of the Parliament Session took an indirect jab at the Congress over the Emergency imposed in 1975, calling it a “blot” on democracy “when the Constitution was discarded”. (ANI)

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