“The Congress is neither part of Gupkar Alliance nor PAGD. Will Mr Amit Shah bother to explain why the BJP formed a coalition government with the PDP that he is now attacking?” he asked.(Parwaz Khan/HT Photo)
“The Congress is neither part of Gupkar Alliance nor PAGD. Will Mr Amit Shah bother to explain why the BJP formed a coalition government with the PDP that he is now attacking?” he asked.(Parwaz Khan/HT Photo)

Congress says it’s not part of Gupkar alliance

In a statement, Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala accused Shah of making mischievous statements on Jammu & Kashmir and insisted that the Congress would never compromise on the country’s territorial integrity.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 18, 2020 07:23 AM IST

The Congress on Tuesday said it was neither a part of the Gupkar Alliance nor the six-party bloc of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) in Jammu & Kashmir, hours after Union home minister Amit Shah asked the party to clear its stand on whether it is backing the alliance that is seeking to restore Article 370 in the erstwhile state.

In a statement, Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala accused Shah of making mischievous statements on Jammu & Kashmir and insisted that the Congress would never compromise on the country’s territorial integrity.

“The Congress is neither part of Gupkar Alliance nor PAGD. Will Mr Amit Shah bother to explain why the BJP formed a coalition government with the PDP that he is now attacking?” he asked.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had on June 19, 2018, ended its almost 40-month-old alliance with the Mehbooba Mufti-led People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and withdrew its support to her government citing irreconcilable differences.

“To spread lies, fraud and creating new illusions have become the way of the [Narendra] Modi government. It’s a shame that the home minister is keeping aside the responsibility of the national security and is making false, misleading and mischievous statements on Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh,” Surjewala said.

Also Read: Amit Shah aims at Gupkar group on ‘foreign link’

He said the Congress was never in favour of international intervention on the Kashmir issue and the party was committed to the country’s integrity, sovereignty and the tricolour.

The Congress leader also asked Shah to explain who was responsible for the release of Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Masood Azhar, released along with two others in exchange for the passengers of hijacked Indian Airlines plane IC-814 in Afghanistan’s Kandahar in December 1999, and why it allowed Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) to visit the Pathankot air base following a terror attack.

“Congress doesn’t need any lesson in nationalism from parties that were slaves or stooges of the British Empire. The nation still remembers the sacrifices of its leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi, former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi,” Surjewala said.

“May be Amit Shah and the Narendra Modi government need new lessons in patriotism and national as their parent organisation, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), never hoisted the national tri-colour for 52 years at its headquarters,” he added.

Surjewala said the Congress is fighting the district development council (DDC) polls because it favours democratic elections in Jammu & Kashmir.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
The Supreme Court. (HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court. (HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court ends bail of over 2,000 prisoners given on Covid-19 ground

By Abraham Thomas
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:51 PM IST
  • On October 29 last year, the top court had stayed a direction passed on October 20 by the Delhi High Court directing 2,318 undertrial prisoners to surrender in a phased manner.
Close
Supporters of Left Front, Congress and Indian Secular Front (ISF) at a joint rally, ahead of West Bengal assembly polls, at Brigade Parade Ground, in Kolkata on Sunday. (PTI)
Supporters of Left Front, Congress and Indian Secular Front (ISF) at a joint rally, ahead of West Bengal assembly polls, at Brigade Parade Ground, in Kolkata on Sunday. (PTI)

Congress divided over alliance with cleric Siddiqui in Bengal

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:04 PM IST
  • Deputy leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, accused the party’s Bengal president and Lok Sabha member Adhir Ranjan Chowdury of diluting the party’s core ideology and the secularism by allying with Abbasuddin Siddiqui’s Indian Secular Front (ISF).
Close
The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 1.47 crore on Monday, the ministry said.(Reuters)
The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 1.47 crore on Monday, the ministry said.(Reuters)

1.28 lakh people over 60 years get first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:04 PM IST
The ministry said that 25 lakh potential beneficiaries registered on the Co-Win portal since the registration opened up at 9 am on Monday.
Close
Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, on Monday launched its flight services under the Centre's UDAN scheme in Bilaspur town of Chhattisgarh, connecting it with Delhi. (HT File Photo)
Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, on Monday launched its flight services under the Centre's UDAN scheme in Bilaspur town of Chhattisgarh, connecting it with Delhi. (HT File Photo)

Alliance Air launches flights from Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur under UDAN

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:00 PM IST
The service, which will connect Bilaspur to Delhi via Jabalpur and Prayagraj, was launched virtually by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
Close
In the wake of rising cases, restrictions were imposed in several parts of the state.(HT Photo)
In the wake of rising cases, restrictions were imposed in several parts of the state.(HT Photo)

Covid-19 in Maharashtra: How various districts fared since Feb 24

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:05 PM IST
After registering over 8,000 new daily cases beginning Feb 24, Maharashtra on Monday logged 6,397 new infections of the viral disease.
Close
"The scientific community rose to the occasion during the pandemic," Harsh Vardhan said.(PTI)
"The scientific community rose to the occasion during the pandemic," Harsh Vardhan said.(PTI)

Harsh Vardhan says scientific community 'rose to occasion' when Covid-19 hit

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 10:47 PM IST
The minister said right from scaling up the laboratories to conduct Covid-19 tests and working on vaccines to manufacturing Personal Protection Kits (PPE), scientists handled the challenge very deftly.
Close
On being challenged, the miscreants adopted aggressive posture and started pelting stones on the ACP party during which Constable G Sarvan sustained an injury on his head. (Representative Image) (HT archive)
On being challenged, the miscreants adopted aggressive posture and started pelting stones on the ACP party during which Constable G Sarvan sustained an injury on his head. (Representative Image) (HT archive)

BSF soldier injured in attack by miscreants in Tripura

ANI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 10:44 PM IST
According to a statement, on February 27 at 4:35 am, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) party observed some suspicious movement of 8-10 miscreants approaching an unfenced area near the International Border.
Close
The second phase of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive for age-appropriate population groups (people above 60 and those with comorbidities above 45) began on Monday.(AP)
The second phase of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive for age-appropriate population groups (people above 60 and those with comorbidities above 45) began on Monday.(AP)

IMA pushes for free Covid-19 vaccine, make online portal more user friendly

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 10:00 PM IST
"We request the Government of India to make the online vaccination portal more people friendly. We also request to provide the Covid-19 vaccination free of cost to the HCWs and people of the country," the IMA said.
Close
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses after the presentation of the state budget 2020-21 in Vidhan Sabha, in Lucknow.(ANI)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses after the presentation of the state budget 2020-21 in Vidhan Sabha, in Lucknow.(ANI)

Adityanath heads for Malda to begin poll campaign in Bengal

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:51 PM IST
  • This will be the first of the many public meetings Adityanath is scheduled to address in Bengal where the BJP is looking to unseat the led TMC.
Close
File photo: Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari.
File photo: Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari.

'FASTags will save 20,000 crore per year on fuel': Gadkari

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:55 PM IST
  • "Toll collection through electronic tolling has reached 93 per cent during the last fortnight after the FASTag was made mandatory," Gadkari said.
Close
Indian assistance to the Madagascar government was conveyed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in a phone conversation with Madagascar's Foreign Minister.(PTI)
Indian assistance to the Madagascar government was conveyed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in a phone conversation with Madagascar's Foreign Minister.(PTI)

India sending rice, HCQ tablets as humanitarian assistance to Madagascar

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:49 PM IST
The humanitarian assistance is being delivered on-board Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa, which will leave with the food and medical assistance on March 3 and is expected to reach the Port of Ehoala in Madagascar between March 21 and 24, 2021, the MEA said.
Close
Out of the 13, nine were recruited from Raipur range and 20 people had appeared for the exam.(Photo: Vidhya Rajput)
Out of the 13, nine were recruited from Raipur range and 20 people had appeared for the exam.(Photo: Vidhya Rajput)

News updates from HT: Chhattisgarh police recruit 13 transgender constables

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:17 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Close
Former school teacher Ramkishore Sahu at the Sadar Hospital in Ranchi where he had gone to take Covid-19 vaccine.(HT PHOTO)
Former school teacher Ramkishore Sahu at the Sadar Hospital in Ranchi where he had gone to take Covid-19 vaccine.(HT PHOTO)

80-year-old rides bike 70 km to get first shot of Covid vaccine in Ranchi

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:07 PM IST
  • The senior citizen said he would return on Tuesday with his wife on Tuesday o she could be administered her vaccine.
Close
A doubling in the price of crude oil over the past 10 months has contributed to record fuel prices at gas stations in India.(Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)
A doubling in the price of crude oil over the past 10 months has contributed to record fuel prices at gas stations in India.(Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)

Finance ministry considers cutting taxes on petrol, diesel: Report

Reuters, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 08:44 PM IST
Finance Ministry has now started consultations with some states, oil companies and the oil ministry to find the most effective way to lower the tax burden, sources said.
Close
File photo: Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal.(HT photo)
File photo: Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal.(HT photo)

Kisan panchayat part of AAP's plan to make its presence felt in Uttar Pradesh

By S Raju, Meerut
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:29 PM IST
  • The AAP has already announced it would contest the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP