'Two-nation theory mooted by Savarkar, not Jinnah'
Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Thursday sought to rake up a fresh controversy over partition by accusing Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar of being the first person to propound the two-nation theory that resulted in the creation of Pakistan.
"It's a historical fact. Savarkar was the first person to have mooted the idea of a two-nation theory….It was later adopted by Muhammad Ali Jinnah," he said.
He first made the remarks at a book release function at India Islamic Cultural Centre and later repeated these during an interaction with journalists at the Congress headquarters.
The BJP, which along with the Sangh Parivar have always held that Jinnah was the proponent of the two-nation theory, refused to react to the statement. "We don't want to respond to all his comments just because he is looking for political relevance," BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
Savarkar's followers, however, contend that Sir Muhammad Iqbal, after becoming the Muslim League president in 1930, had for the first time publicly demanded an "independent, sovereign Muslim state".
Singh further said that extreme communal ideologies create a divide. In this context, he said both Savarkar and Jinnah were non-believers.
In a first, the Delhi police have started registration of the devotees taking part in 'Kanwar Yatra' to enable better coordination among different authorities to provide assistance and facilitation for the pilgrimage. The yatra, which takes place during the Hindu month of Shrawan, is scheduled to begin from July 14 this year. Suman Nalwa, the deputy commissioner of police (public relations), said that the devotees can register themselves at kavad.delhipolice.gov.in through their mobile phones.
Four people were killed in two accidents in Mandi and Shimla districts on Tuesday. Three workers were killed and one was seriously hurt after the pillar of a gate fell on a tipper truck in the Khaliyar locality of Mandi town. The dead were identified as Rishav Kaushik of Mandi, Gurchain Singh of Rupnagar district and Vinod Kumar of Purnea district in Bihar. Locals informed the police after which a rescue operation was launched.
A Mansa court sent four accused, including two shooters, in the Sidhu Moose Wala murder case to eight-day remand of the Punjab Police's special investigation team hours after they were brought from Delhi on transit remand on Tuesday. The court sent them into police custody till July 13. Punjab Police arrested them in the Moose Wala murder case after taking permission from the Delhi court, which also granted the transit remand.
The India Meteorological Department on Tuesday predicted 'heavy to very heavy rainfall' in several areas of Karnataka over the next five days. The weather department said the coastal best of the southern state is likely to receive isolated very heavy rainfall from July 7. “Isolated heavy rainfall very likely over Marathwada from 5-8 July; Coastal Karnataka during 7-9 July; South Interior Karnataka during 06 -09 July,” read the IMD bulletin.
A heavy traffic bottleneck was reported at the Mankoli naka in Bhiwandi, one of the vital links that connects Thane, Bhiwnadi, Kalyan – Nashik highway, due to heavy downpour on Tuesday afternoon. In the last 24 hours, the Kalyan Dombivli cities received 114 mm of rainfall leading to waterlogging in several parts and traffic congestion. Heavy waterlogging was reported on the Kalyan- Ambernarth- Badlapur highway road leading to disruption in traffic flow.