Nathuram Godse bust to be installed near Mumbai
The media reported that after getting a bust of Nathuram Godse installed at its office in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut last October, the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha was set to install another Godse statue in Maharashtra. Pandit Pramod Joshi, National Spokesperson of the Hindu Mahasabha, told The Indian Express he was in the process of purchasing a piece of land in Kalyan, near Mumbai. “A two-foot-high white marble bust of Godse is ready in the Mahasabha’s Delhi office. It weighs three tonnes. It will be brought here,” Joshi said. The first-ever bust of Godse, which had caused a controversy in 2014, was installed and unveiled by the right-wing outfit on Gandhi Jayanti last year. Joshi said he had identified the land parcel in Kalyan’s Sapade taluka. Raising the matter on the floor of the state legislature, the Congress attempted to corner the ruling BJP over the issue. “This is hypocrisy by the ruling government. The true face of the government is now coming to the fore. Fascist forces who killed Mahatma Gandhi are raising their heads once again. The proverb Mooh Mein Ram, Dil Mein Nathuram aptly describes the situation,” said Congress legislator Sanjay Dutt, who initiated the discussion on the issue in the Maharashtra Legislative Council, after raising a point of propriety over it.
Hardik Patel on the march
Hardik Patel had said he would take out a march for justice ahead of PM Modi’s Gujarat visit. Alleging police atrocities on members of the Patidar community, Hardik Patel and 50 of his supporters took out “Nyaya Yatra (march for justice)” from a Botad village on Sunday. He and 50 members of his Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), Dinesh Bambhaniya, Atul Patel, Mahesh Patel alias Dadhi and Dilip Sabva, had got their heads shaved at Lathidad, a Patidar-dominated village, as a mark of protest. He had also addressed a Patidar gathering there. He said to protest police atrocities against the Patidar community he had his followers had observed the custom of ‘sunvala’ by getting their heads tonsured. PAAS spokesperson Varun Patel said leaders of the outfit and youth of the community got tonsured to mark the death of the BJP in the state.
Bharatiya Janata Party supports Yedyyurappa over breakfast controversy
The BJP had sought to downplay allegations against State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief B.S. Yedyyurappa for eating breakfast brought from a nearby hotel at a Dalit household in Tumakuru. The BJP said the allegations were politically motivated. During his visit to Tumakuru district on Friday, the former Chief Minister who was accompanied by other party members visited the residence of a Dalit family where he allegedly ate 'idlis' from a nearby hotel and not the food prepared by the family, thus inviting criticism that he was promoting untouchability and caste discrimination. Claiming his act would spark off negativity in the community, a young man from the family lodged a complaint with the police. Dismissing claims of disrespecting the family, a BJP spokesperson painted the allegations as a political move, adding that those who raised the issue must immediately apologise to the family. Yeddyurappa had received flak over a similar situation earlier in Tumakuru where he was photographed eating "tatte idli" at a Dalit's house at Gubbi.
The EVM challenge
With the Election Commission of India ( ECI) placing a challenge before the political parties to tamper with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), the Bharatiya JanataParty said that it was time for the political parties to prove the claims made by them earlier by hacking the polling machine or to just apologies. BJP leader S. Prakash told the media "Election Commission has thrown the open challenge to build credibility of the EVM which was doubted by many irresponsible parties. Those who accused and charged that EVMs are hacked due to which the BJP was able to win the election should not demonstrate how the EVMs can be hacked on June 3," . The Election Commission had asked the Opposition parties and experts to prove that the EMVs, used in the Assembly elections, could be tampered with. But the EC put forth terms and conditions for the parties attempting to tamper the machines. The EC said that only those parties, national and regional, that took part in the recently concluded Assembly elections could hack the EVMs. Each party to appoint three people to hack the EVMs. The poll panel said that the EVMs need to be picked from its warehouses in Delhi at the parties' own cost. The EC said that if a party failed to report at the alloted time, without prior intimation or approval, their challenge would be cancelled. Each each political party would get to pick at least four EVMs of their choice from any four polling stations out of the five poll-gone states. The EVMs involved in the election petition or those sealed would not be allowed in the hackathon. The poll panel said that if the EVM became non-functional after the tamper attempt or if the tamper result was same as the one put out by the EC or if the challenger violated the rules-set, the challenge would be struck down.