We will form govt. in Odisha, says BJP leader

first_imgBJP national general secretary Bhupender Yadav said on Sunday that the saffron party would form the government on its own in Odisha as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies had gained wide acceptance.“The people of the State this time will reject the Biju Janata Dal and install a BJP government,” Mr. Yadav told reporters here. Claiming that the BJD government in Odisha had failed to provide benefits of various Central schemes to the people at grassroot level, Mr. Yadav said: “We are determined to form our government in Odisha and ensure that Central schemes really reach the people here.”Mr. Yadav, however, avoided questions Mr. Modi’s alleged soft stand on the BJD chief and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during his last three public rallies in the State. “This may be your personal observation,” Mr. Yadav said.Spreading the wordThe BJP leader said he would visit different States carrying the message of resolutions of the BJP’s national meet held in New Delhi. “I am travelling to different States to inform people about the hike in MSP (minimum support price), work done by PM and the pro-people initiatives taken by the Central government,” he said. Asked about Saturday’s Opposition rally, Mr. Yadav said: “They are not united and lack leadership. Many of the leaders have past cases of corruption against them. They have joined the Mahagathbandhan as they are feeling the heat from the NDA government.”last_img read more

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Muslim man beaten up in Gurugram, told to remove skullcap and chant Jai Shri Ram

first_imgCow vigilantes beat up three in M.P. for possession of beef; police arrest victims first  When Mr. Barkat tried to push the man and run away, the man allegedly tore his shirt. As Mr. Barkat started crying, the men left. Four of them drove away in a motorcycle and two just walked away into one of the alleys in the area.Mr. Barkat’s cousin Murtuja then took him to civil hospital. The hospital authorities made a call to the police.A case has been registered on charges of promoting religious hatred, causing hurt, criminal intimidation and unlawful assembly, among others, at City Police Station in this connection.Haryana BJP condemns incidentHaryana BJP spokesperson Raman Malik strongly condemned the incident saying that his party was against any kind of appeasement but any illegal act would not be tolerated. He said that he had spoken to the police in this connection and directed them to identify the persons involved at the earliest and take action against him as per the law. A Muslim man was beaten by a group of men at Jacubpura in Gurugram on May 25 night after he was told to remove his skullcap and chant Jai Shri Ram. No arrests have been made so far.Mohammad Barkat, 25, was returning to his shop around 10 p.m. on Saturday after offering prayers at Jama Masjid in Gurugram when a group of about half a dozen men allegedly accosted him outside a sweet shop and told him to remove his skull cap. “One of the men called me with an offensive word and told me that skullcap was not allowed in this area. When I told him that I was returning from a mosque, he slapped me. He also asked me to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Jai Shri Ram. When I refused, he threatened to feed me pork,” Mr. Barkat said. He had come to Gurugram earlier this month to learn tailoring.Mr. Barkat claimed that the man allegedly picked up a stick and hit him and also abused him.Also Readlast_img read more

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Chennai Spartans crowned champions of inaugural Pro Volleyball League

first_imgChennai Spartans were crowned as the winners of the inaugural Pro Volleyball League as they beat Calicut Heroes in straight sets 3-0 (15-11; 15-12; 16-14) in the final on Friday. League’s top scorer and Best Spiker Rudy Verhoeff again delivered as he scored 13 points (11 spikes and 2 blocks). For Calicut, league’s MVP Ajith Lal was the highest scorer with 9 points (9 spikes).As a result of winning the first edition of the league, Chennai Spartans also qualify for the FIVB Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship.The first set of the match started was fitting for a finale as both the teams looked equal until Chennai went into a 3-point lead at 8-5 entering the first Technical Time Out (TTO). Calicut called for a Super Point immediately after the TTO and converted to close the gap to 7-8. With the crowd support behind them, Chennai took inspiration from them and established a 3-point cushion again with the score at 12-9. Calicut was trying to make a comeback but the lead was too steep to climb. Verhoeff and Naveen Raja Jacob scored 4 points each to help Chennai win the set 15-11.Calicut, who hadn’t lost a single match this season, started the second set nervously. Chennai didn’t have to work hard for their first four points as three errors from skipper Vinith and one from Karthik gave Chennai a 4-1 lead. But Calicut’s star spiker and MVP of the season Lal took matters in his hand getting Calicut three spike points to reduce the deficit to 3-5. For Chennai, Verhoeff was in the form of his life as he scored his 100th point in the league when his side took a 9-6 lead. At 10-8 Calicut called for a Super Point and converted it with a Karthik spike. Immediately, Chennai called for one and Verhoeff didn’t make any mistake to bring back a 2-point lead for his side at 12-10. Spike from Lal and service error from Jacob got Calicut at 12-13 but Chennai wasn’t letting this slip and Verhoeff, this time with a block, put them 2-0 up in the match.advertisementCalicut continued to look rusty as they gifted Chennai four of the first eight points as the local team went into TTO with an 8-5 lead. Chennai too gave away two of the first five points to Calicut on errors but they looked a better side going into TTO. It wasn’t to be post TTO as Chennai made two more errors allowing Calicut to find their groove. For the first time in the set, Calicut took lead at 11-8. Trailing 10-13, Chennai decided to take matters in their hand. Two blocks and one spike by Akhin and a service point from local boy Jacob took them to a match point at 14-13. Lal levelled it for Calicut at 14-14. But Vinith, who had been error-prone through the match, conceded two errors in the end and the match too.Also Watch:last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Pat Cummins highlights Glenn Maxwell’s role in Australian team

first_imgAustralia vice-captain Pat Cummins said teammate Glen Maxwell will a vital cog in the team as the all-rounder’s performance with the bat and ball would hold the key to their aspirations of winning the sixth World Cup.Australia have won two back-to-back ODI series — in India and against Pakistan — in the run up to World Cup and Maxwell has played an important role, hitting three half-centuries in their 5-0 series win in the UAE.A spell at Lancashire has also helped him adapt to the English conditions before the mega event.”I think the way he has turned games around for us in the last couple of months has been impressive with the bat and then he is also an option to bowl ten overs,” Cummins was quoted as saying by ICC media.”He is also able to get run-outs and take catches. You get all three facets out of him and he is always there in tough situations. He is probably our sixth bowler but on a good day he can get through all ten. He’s in good form,” the fast bowler added.The defending champions won both their warm-up matches ahead of the World Cup — against England and Sri Lanka — and are now back as one of the favourites to lift the Cup.”Fans always expect us to do well and we are the same. Luckily, we have had a lot of success in the last 30 or 40 years so we are confident,” said Cummins.advertisementThe 25-year-old said they have built a special team in the last six months.”We have played consistent cricket for the last few months. It can be hard to go from Test cricket to ODI cricket and adjust and build a settle team. But in the last six months, we have built a special team and everyone has found their roles.”Australia will begin their title defence against Afghanistan on June 1 at Bristol.”If you asked us six or 12 months ago who would be in the side, there would have been far more question marks.”Everyone feels like we are all in a good place, we have played a lot of games now. We are ready to play. We will just go through the usual routines now, nothing specific, just some low-key bits to make sure we are ready,” said Cummins.Also Read | Great position to be in as compared to 10 months ago: Aaron FinchAlso Read | Surprised by Jayawardene’s comments: Angelo Mathews responds to captaincy criticismAlso Seelast_img read more

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