Omar snubs PM's "Kashmir remark" Independence Day Speech

Anand Sharma criticises PM Modi for addressing Gorakhpur tragedy in trivial manner

The Prime Minister said that only governments and their initiatives will not make a New India, while encouraging entrepreneurs to participate in government initiatives. Repealing special status of Kashmir is the violation of United Nations resolutions and its charter which is not acceptable to the people of Kashmir across the LoC, he said.

The latter is a significant overture as it suggests that while bullets or stones will not change anything, should there be a mindset shift or the emergence of new leadership in Kashmir, the Centre is listening and willing to reciprocate. Gandhi said that the work done by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for 10 years to maintain peace in the Valley had been "destroyed" by Modi in one month. "We brought in a "small" change - people can recommend names for awards, unlike the past", he said.

India could face China and Pakistan but somebody within the country was determined to spoil everything, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said on Thursday without naming anyone. It also means RBI has finished counting demonetised notes to arrive at this firm figure of 3 lakh crores.

Stating that the speech gave a holistic view to the entire freedom struggle in the present day context, Rajnath said that the Prime Minister made a reference to every major touch point that led to massive political movement of 1942.

"He cited the speedy implementation of the goods and services tax as an example of what the government and the people can achieve, given the will to do things".

The call for achieving "New India" by 2022 was "remarkable", Paswan said.

The US energy supply commitment to India is essentially aimed at weaning New Delhi away from the Gulf/Arab countries that have always been India's primary suppliers.

He expressed support to the women battling the practice of Triple Talaq.

Gandhi hit out at Modi's foreign policy which he said had alienated neighbouring countries. The Prime Minister mentioned empowering this region to perform to its full potential as a priority. Kashmiris have always rejected elections held in Occupied Kashmir and have been observing India's Independence Day as Black Day as they did this year as well.

"India and Canada enjoy a special relationship with so much in common". Similarly, there are attacks on Muslims in various pockets of the country.

PM Modi will attend a more than two-hour interaction with startup owners in India.

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