Reactions pour in as Laxmikant Bajpai claims Taj Mahal to be part of an ancient temple

New Delhi, Dec 08 (ANI): Politicos react as President of BJP unit in Uttar Pradesh, Laxmikant Bajpai claimed that Taj Mahal was a part of an ancient temple. Bajpai said that Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan "purchased a part of Tejo Mahalaya temple's land from Raja Jai Singh" and claimed that he had documents to prove it still exist. Union Minister Kalraj Mishra said that the monument will be as it is and would not change. Congress leader PL Punia said that BJP is trying to communalise the matter by making such claims. CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that he has never heard of such claims and is baseless. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar also condemned politicizing Taj Mahal by the BJP leader. Dec 8, 2014

Political parties react as Sushma Swaraj pushes for declaring Bhagwad Gita as 'national scripture'

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Dec 08 (ANI): Political parties on Monday reacted as Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj urged that the Bhagwad Gita should be declared a 'national scripture', adding that only a formal announcement to this effect was pending. Although Minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that there is nothing wrong on the same and truth should be accepted by all, other political parties stood opposing the proposal. Political leaders are of the view that Indian Constitution is the supreme scripture and that religious books should not be brought up to represent the nation. Politicos also feared a demand of making other religious books as national scripture to crop up soon. Swaraj made the remarks while speaking at 'Gita Prerna Mahotsav', organised to celebrate 5,151 years of religious book Gita at the Red Fort Maidan where VHP President Ashok Singhal said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should immediately declare the sacred text of Hindus as a national scripture. Dec 8, 2014

Politicos react as Parliament logjam over Niranjan Jyoti's remarks continues

New Delhi/Mumbai, Dec 08 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday on the continued Parliament logjam over MoS Food Processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti's controversial remarks. MoS Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Congress should understand that India needs development and hence shouldn't create hurdle in the work for development. NCP leader Majid Memon said that PM Modi's condemning Niranjan Jyoti's for her controversial remarks as well as protecting her shows his double standards. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that Niranjan Jyoti should be punished for her remarks. AAP leader Manish Sisodia expressed similar sentiments. Dec 8, 2014

Politicos react as reports of Uber cab driver being history sheeter in rape case surfaces

New Delhi/Mumbai, Dec 08 (ANI): Politicos reacted after reports surfaced that the Uber cab rape case accused had had spent seven months in jail in a rape case which was filed against him in Mehrauli area in 2011. MoS Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the case should be investigated properly and strict action should be taken. However, Congress leader Pramod Tiwari slammed BJP for maintaining silence in the Uber cab rape case and appealed for strict action. NCP leader Majid Memon and JD (U) leader Ali Anwar also expressed similar sentiments. Dec 8, 2014

Politicos react after AAP, NSUI stage protest outside Rajnath's residence

New Delhi/Mumbai, Dec 08 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday after Aam Aadmi Party and NSUI workers staged protests outside Home Minister Rajnath Singh's residence over the rape of a woman by the Uber taxi driver on Friday night. MoS Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that in democracy people can raise their voice. NCP leader Majid Memon said that Rajnath Singh will have to answer on Uber cab rape case. AAP leader Manish Sisodia slammed PM Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh for maintaining silence and appealed them to take action against criminals. Dec 8, 2014

Cyclone ravaged Visakhapatnam plants new trees amid celebrations

Visakhapatnam, Dec 08 (ANI): Residents of the Visakhapatnam planted new trees amid song and dance to create awareness about the need for plantation after hundreds of trees in the city were destroyed by cyclone Hudhud in October. Local residents and volunteers of India Youth for Society were seen dancing on the road to spread awareness about tree plantation. Children and parents also participated in the event with enthusiasm holding placards reading 'Adopt a plant', 'Protect Trees' and others. The dances attracted a large number of locals who stood watching and clicking pictures on their mobile phones. Dec 8, 2014

Srinagar fortified ahead of PM Modi's rally

Srinagar, Dec 08 (ANI): Srinagar has been put under a tight security cover on Monday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive in the city to address a rally in the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium. The rally venue has been virtually taken over by security forces. CCTV cameras have been installed inside the stadium and Special Protection Group (SPG) personnel will monitor activities of the crowd with binoculars. Besides this, the top police officers have also been given the job to monitor the proceedings of the rally. The arrangements have especially been made in the wake of the recent militant attacks in the valley which killed at least 16 people including army jawans and civilians. The attack was followed by a gun battle in the state capital, Srinagar and a grenade blast in south Kashmir. Reportedly, Defence minister Manohar Parrikar is himself monitoring the situation in Kashmir. The third phase of Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls is scheduled to take place tomorrow. Dec 8, 2014