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AT NATIONAL EXECUTIVE, PM URGES PARTY TO BE A BRIDGE OF FAITH FOR COMMON MAN

PM asked the party to focus on creating an emotional and interpersonal connection with the people including workers who toil for the party. An 18-point resolution was adopted at the meeting.

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The BJP’s national executive, which was held after more than two years, ended with a 45-minute speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where he focused on establishing an interpersonal relationship with party workers and asked party leaders to become a “bridge of faith for the common man”.

PM Modi’s speech, as per leaders who were a part of the meet, focused on creating an emotional and interpersonal connection with the people including workers who toil for the party.

PM Modi, during his speech, gave his own example of how he, during the Covid-19 lockdown, called up old friends and party leaders seeking their well-being. “They told me that on getting my call, they felt like they too were a part of the government”, the PM said. He also gave the example of how government employees did not avail Leave Travel Concession (LTC) despite the validity of the same being extended by the Ministry of Finance.

“His speech was truly the highest point of the otherwise ‘mechanical’ proceedings that is expected from any such events of a political party. He told us that now the party has reached a point where many things related to its functioning will happen automatically now, organizational structure will function on its own and that we need to focus on creating, maintaining and sustaining a feeling of ‘apnapan’ (belonging) among the party members and people”, a well known party functionary told The Daily Guardian,

During the five-hour-long congregation of party functionaries, the discussion revolved around the upcoming elections in the five states, the 100 crore—that is 1 billion—vaccination “achievement”, the government’s policy that swiftly “revived” the economy post the lockdown and the Covid management done by the BJP government at the Centre and the states. Four booklets highlighting these issues and one on “Kamal pushp”, which is a new feature in the NaMo app, were released.

The government, according to party leaders, is concerned about the negative perception it had generated during the second Covid wave. Accordingly, BJP leaders have been asked to reach out to the voters and tell them how the government “successfully” tackled the pandemic.

Apart from Covid-19, the party leaders deliberated on the steps that were to be taken to expand the party across India. In pursuance of this, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, while briefing the media, said that the party would set up booth committees in all 1,040,000 polling booths, deploy panna pramukhs (voter list in-charges) in them and institutionalise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat in every booth within the next six months.

There was no deliberation on the topic related to border tension with China, inflation or terror, party sources told this newspaper. The three farm laws came up for discussion.

Party president, Jagat Prakash Nadaa, while inaugurating the meet, said that the party’s peak was yet to come and the party was yet to expand in states such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Telangana.

The political situation in West Bengal too came up for discussion, where the party is facing a sort of exodus to the TMC, with BJP leaders alleging “violence and atrocities” against their workers at the hands of the state’s ruling party and government. The party said that it said it would “stand like a rock” with the state unit and the people despite the “violence and atrocities” against party workers and that it “will fight back democratically.”

As per Pradhan, of the 346 members in the national executive, 342 attended the meeting, while 124 leaders were physically present in the meeting.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while addressing the media, shared the work done by the government to combat the challenges posed by the pandemic.

An 18-point political resolution, moved by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and seconded by Tamil Nadu BJP chief K. Annamalai too was adopted. Among the resolutions that were passed included ensuring victory in the Assembly elections slated early next year. As per Nirmala Sitharaman, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was asked to move the resolution as he is the CM of the biggest state in the country and for the way he tackled Covid-19 and generated jobs in his state.

The resolution also criticised opposition parties and condemned their “opportunist politics”. “They were not to be seen on the streets during Covid, but did everything to create confusion on Twitter. At the time when the Prime Minister was trying so hard to build trust within the country and image of the country, they were trying to weaken it,” Sitharaman said in an apparent dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

The resolution welcomed India’s position on climate change in the ongoing COP26 at Glasgow, vaccination programme, and other achievements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including “corruption-free government” and “reduction in terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir”.

Six leaders including Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Union Ministers Anurag Singh Thakur, Ashwini Vaishnaw and G. Kishan Reddy spoke on the political resolution.

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PAK ENVOY MEETS TALIBAN’S ACTING FM, DISCUSSES BILATERAL COOPERATION

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KABUL: Pakistan’s envoy to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan met Taliban acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and discussed bilateral cooperation between both countries.

“Pakistan Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan met with acting FM Amir Khan Muttaqi and discussed bilateral cooperation, Khan said.

Pakistan has decided that wheat and emergency medicine provided by India can be transported from Wagah port in Pakistan on Afghan trucks to Afghanistan,” Tolo News reported.

Earlier, Pakistan’s envoy and the Taliban acting foreign minister met in the month of September where both sides discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation particularly facilitating humanitarian, economic and people-to-people exchange.

Pakistan, along with China were among the first countries that began engaging with Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover in August this year.

The meeting came amid the Taliban’s repeated appeal for wider international recognition. Pakistan is among the very few which seem to have started engaging with the outfit. Other members of the international community are taking a wait and watch approach.

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According to the International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS), there was a rather secret deal between TLP and the Imran Khan government reached on October 31 to end the latest round of protests. The deal was not made public and on November 7, Khan’s cabinet revoked the declaration of the TLP as a banned group. The TLP benefitted mainly from the divisions between the PML-Nawaz government and the military establishment deep state’, IFFRAS said, adding that Pakistan military establishment’s effort to prop up different religious groups to deteriorate the PML-Nawaz government permitted the TLP to increase greater political space. Earlier, Rizvi was released on the eve of his father, Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s death anniversary on November 19 who was the founder of TLP.

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Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum on Saturday, Austin said that the US is “very concerned” about the alleged buildup of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border and will try to ensure that Kiev “has what it needs” to defend its “sovereign territory.” The Pentagon chief said he was not going to speculate on different scenarios pertaining to the alleged Russian aggression on its borders.

Over the past several weeks, Ukraine and some Western countries have expressed concern about the alleged increase in what they characterise as “aggressive actions” by Russia on their border. However, Russia has refuted the accusations by saying it is moving troops within its own territory and at its own discretion.

US President Joe Biden plans to discuss the issue of Ukraine, as well as other topics, during the upcoming video call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, December 7.

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As Western powers continue to retreat from Africa, China is busy creating an atmosphere that emboldens generals and military cliques to seize power in one of the largest continent in the world, said a media report.

In an opinion piece for Al Jazeera, Harvard University lecturer Christopher Rhodes said that “backsliding on the part of Western powers, the rise of autocrat-friendly China, have created an atmosphere in Africa that emboldens generals and military cliques to seize power.” Rhodes further wrote that the coup, which had been widely rumoured in Sudan but still managed to blindside the United States, remains a source of outrage for Sudanese citizens. But Washington is yet to take a clear stance on the issue, Rhodes said.

According to the lecturer, the reaction from the West has diverged widely from that of Sudanese citizens, who continue to reject military hegemony. The report says that American diplomats have signaled acceptance of the new arrangement and willingness to turn a blind eye to the continued military dominance of the transition government.

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Noting that the fight for democracy and against military rule in Africa has seen significant setbacks, Rhodes said while African populations remain overwhelmingly committed to democracy and opposed to military governments, the lack of reliable international pro-democracy partners makes the struggle against military rule much more difficult.

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A protest was held outside Pakistan High Commission in Colombo on Sunday by a large crowd, including a group of monks, against the killing of a Sri Lankan national in Sialkot city of Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Priyantha Kumara, a Sri Lankan executive of a garment factory was lynched and his body burnt by angry supporters of a hardline Islamist party that attacked the facility in Sialkot over blasphemy allegations on Friday.

A police official alleged that Kumara tore a poster of the hardline Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) in which Quranic verses were inscribed and threw it in the dustbin. A mob enraged over the alleged blasphemy incident, started gathering outside the factory from adjoining areas, most of them activists and supporters of the TLP.

They dragged the Sri Lankan executive, who was in his 40s, from the factory and severely tortured him. After he succumbed to his wounds, the mob burnt his body before police reached the crime spot. Late on Friday, Punjab police said they have arrested 100 suspects, after identifying them through video footage that went viral on social media.

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“My heart goes out to his wife and family”, Rajapaksha said in a tweet.

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