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Last Updated: August 15, 2023, 18:03 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday launched attacks on Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge for skipping the Independence Day event at Red Fort in Delhi from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation.
The chair reserved for Kharge, who was also Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, was left vacant in the audience. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi also skipped the grand celebrations at Red Fort.
The Empty Red Chair: Kharge Skips I-Day Event at Red Fort, Says ‘Some People Speak As If…’
BJP leader and Minister of State Rajeev Chandrasekhar said Kharge must have got directions from the Gandhi family to not attend the event.
“He must have got direction from the 10, Janpath and family to not go. He can’t do anything without clearance from the family. The family must have said that as long as we are not in government we should not celebrate India and Independence Day, maybe he’ll show up for the Italian Independence Day,” he said.
Union Minister Prahlad Patel said the opposition parties should refrain from doing politics on the day of the national festival.
“The country and people like us expect that no politics should be played on national festivals. I don’t know how much the country will trust his (Mallikarjun Kharge) absence but the fact is that we have two national festivals and everybody be it a party member or opposition member should take it seriously. These are such occasions when everybody should keep their differences aside and come forward for the pride of India. This isn’t a law but an esteemed tradition,” he said.
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said that the opposition does not participate in Parliament discussions and walks away when the PM speaks.
“The opposition doesn’t play its role. They don’t participate in Parliament discussions and walk away when the PM speaks. The LoP (Mallikarjun Kharge) doesn’t attend the event despite being invited,” he said.
Kharge Clarifies For Skipping PM Modi’s Speech
Kharge clarified that he could not attend the PM’s event due to eye-related problems and a security situation.
#WATCH | Congress president and LoP Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge gives details on why he did not attend the #IndependenceDay celebration at the Red Fort today.He says, “Firstly, I have some eye-related problems. Secondly, I had to hoist the Tricolour at my residence at 9.20… pic.twitter.com/4KqdpMRVdK
— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2023
“Firstly, I have some eye-related problems. Secondly, I had to hoist the Tricolour at my residence at 9.20 am as per protocols. Then I had to come to the Congress office and hoist the Tricolour here too. So, I could not have reached here. The security is so tight that they don’t let anyone else leave before the PM leaves…I thought that I will not be able to reach here on time…I thought it better to not go there to the security situation and lack of time.”
(With inputs from ANI, PTI)
Last Updated: July 18, 2023, 18:56 IST
After the deliberation at the Congress’s big opposition meeting in Bengaluru, the leaders of key opposition parties decided to call their alliance ‘Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge announced.
The Congress President also said that an 11-member committee will be set up for coordination and the next meeting of the I.N.D.I.A will take place in Mumbai. The date of the meeting will be announced soon.
Kharge said a common secretariat will also be set up in Delhi for campaign management and specific committees will be formed for separate issues.
Taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, Kharge said that he was now trying to bring together parties that had splintered and this shows that “he is afraid of opposition parties”.
“There are some differences between us but we have put that behind… We are together in the interest of the country,” Kharge said. “We’ll fight the 2024 Lok Sabha elections unitedly and succeed,” he said.
Addressing a joint press conference after a meeting, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that all the opposition parties have jointly decided to prepare an action plan for 2024 where they will talk about their ideology and programmes.
“The fight is against the ideology of the BJP and their thinking, they are attacking the country, unemployment is rampant, and the country’s wealth is being taken away from millions and handed over in the hands of a few,” PTI quoted Gandhi as saying.
Who Suggested The Name I.N.D.I.A?
According to PTI, the name I.N.D.I.A was suggested by TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and there was a lot of discussion on the full form of the term, INDIA. She wanted the name to be aligned with the values the coalition represents in connection with the country.
In her remarks at the presser, Banerjee thanked all leaders present and referred to Rahul Gandhi as “our favourite.”
She also launched a scathing attack at the Bharatiya Janata Party and said, “BJP, can you challenge INDIA? We love our motherland, we are the patriotic people of the country, we are for farmers, Dalits, we are for the country, for the world.”
The only job the regime at the Centre does today is to buy and sell governments, she alleged.
Top opposition leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Kharge, chief ministers of West Bengal, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, and former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra along with presidents and leaders of several parties attended the meeting