Lucknow: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is said to be “very angry and upset” over the growing tendency of BJP leaders to make uncalled for and controversial remarks that only serve to tarnish the party’s image.Whether it is the Akash Vijayvargiya episode or the remarks of Sadhvi Pragya or the recent controversy over BJP MLA Rajesh Misra’s daughter, the Sangh is worried that such incidents are making the BJP lose its USP of being a “party with a difference”. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The BJP was always known as a ‘party with a difference’ but some of the leaders are destroying the party’s image. The BJP leadership should now go beyond issuing warnings. Time has come to strict action against such MPs and MLAs. “Our government at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh have a very comfortable majority and a few numbers less will not make a difference,” said a senior RSS functionary.The Sangh Parivar is particularly upset over the recent controversy involving BJP MLA Rajesh Misra’s daughter’s marriage with a Dalit youth. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”This one episode has undone our efforts at establishing ‘samajik samrasta’ social harmony and bringing Dalits into the Hindu mainstream. “The MLA should have accepted the marriage and not projected an anti-Dalit stand. What will he do now that the High Court has confirmed the validity of the marriage?” he asked.The new political conspiracy angle to the Bareilly marriage has further demolished the BJP’s image.The RSS feels that if the party leadership had taken action on party leaders who have been making controversial statements, the trend would have been checked. He said that the RSS, “which normally does not interfere in the working of the BJP”, will now take up the issue with the party leadership and suggest remedial measures before the situation goes out of control.”The behaviour of some BJP leaders is against the philosophy of ‘sanskar’ (virtues), ‘samrasta’ (harmony) and ‘samuhikta’ (oneness) which the Sangh practices and preaches,” the functionary said.Union Minister Giriraj Singh’s “go to Pakistan” statement, former Union Minister Mahesh Sharma referring to Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as “Pappu ki Pappi” and former Minister Maneka Gandhi’s remark that development is only for Muslims who vote for her, have upset the Sangh.The RSS is particularly upset with Ballia MLA Surendra Singh who now has a history of making objectionable statements.From claiming that Muslims have 50 wives and 1,050 children, to calling unprintable names to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and then saying that the Bareilly couple’s marriage was driven by “lust” — Surendra Singh has said it all.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and state chief Mahendra Nath Pandey have remained mute spectators to Singh’s statement and not even a word of warning has been issued to him.Former MP Nepal Singh said that there was no need to grieve over the deaths of army personnel because “when they join the service, they know they are bound to die.”BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj is another leader, who is known to kick up controversies with his statements.He claimed that all madarasas are “nurseries for terrorists”, and then said that “we are ready to kill and get killed to protect cow mother”.Sakshi Maharaj said that the Dadri lynching victim was given Rs 20 lakh because he happened to be a Muslim. He also claimed during elections that if the Modi government returns to power, there will be no more elections in the country.”The anti-Muslim statements are a violation of the Modi government’s slogan of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas” and also demolish the Prime Minister’s efforts to bring Muslims into the BJP fold,” the RSS functionary said.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018 playoff: Tallawahs, Patriots battle tonight, loser goes homeSeptember 12, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2018: Table-topping Tallawahs stay perfect with 47-run victory over PatriotsAugust 16, 2018Similar postEarly wickets fail to stop Jamaica Tallawahs romping home against St Kitts PatriotsJuly 17, 2016In “Sports” Tallawahs needed 27 off 12 balls, with four wickets in hand, when Cutting’s six over long-on off Thomas brought the equation down to 16 off eight balls. Lewis fell two balls later to another sharp effort from Russell on the boundary, and Powell was tossed the ball for the first time on the night to defend 14 off the final over.Brathwaite followed a swing and a miss on the first ball with a full toss that was hit for six over square leg. But Russell snapped up his third sensational low catch of the night, diving forward at long-on in the third ball, to leave Cutting on strike with nine needed off the last three balls.The next ball arrived with the perfect width, just inside the tram lines outside off, but was controversially signaled wide. The decision appeared to rattle Powell, who followed it up with two more clear-cut wides. Cutting turned down a run to mid-on off the next ball, putting the onus on himself, instead of tailender Hayden Walsh Jr, to get Patriots across the line. Another wide down leg was followed by a juicy length ball that was heaved over the midwicket rope to end the Tallawahs season and put the Patriots one win away from returning to the CPL final. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 193 for 8 (Devcich 50, Sodhi 3-36) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 191 for 5 (Phillips 103) by two wicketsGlenn Phillips celebrates a hundred Getty ImagesESPNcricinfo-Ben Cutting provided a sense of deja vu at Providence, striking a six off the penultimate ball to clinch a nailbiting two-wicket victory, the second time in two nights that victory had been registered by that margin in this venue. This time, the result went in favour of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, as the 2017 finalists knocked out Jamaica Tallawahs in a record-breaking chase.Tallawahs had posted the highest-ever T20 total at Providence, making 191 on the back of a fantastic Glenn Phillips century. But the mark lasted less than two hours as Anton Devcich sparked a middle-order revival following Ish Sodhi’s three-wicket haul. Cutting, who had dropped Phillips during the course of his century, then turned from goat to hero by smashing the decisive blow over the midwicket boundary to put Patriots on the plane to Trinidad, where they’ll take on Trinbago Knight Riders on Friday night for the right to face Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final of CPL 2018.Kiwi Phil-harmonicPhillips batted all 20 overs to become just the eighth batsman in CPL history to record a century, and just the second overseas batsman to do so, following in the footsteps of Colin Munro, another South African-born New Zealand international, who achieved it in 2016.The 21-year-old played second fiddle to his senior New Zealand teammate, Ross Taylor, through the first half of the innings. After the fall of Johnson Charles, caught at backward point off Fabian Allen’s left-arm spin in the third over, Taylor controlled a 70-run second-wicket stand with 33 off 23 balls, before falling four balls after the mid-innings drinks break, playing over the top of a slower ball from Cutting.Phillips finally got his motor revving in the 13th over, bashing Cutting for two sixes and a four to bring up his half-century. Rovman Powell fell in the following over, slogging Tabraiz Shamsi to Cutting at long-on, and Andre Russell didn’t last long either, skying a catch to deep point off Carlos Brathwaite.Phillips kicked on past 100 with a helping hand from Cutting, who spilled him on 79 at long-on off Shamsi. Phillips became more adventurous as he closed in on three figures, ramping Brathwaite over wicketkeeper Devon Thomas for four, before shuffling all the way across his stumps, to a ball bowled almost off the pitch outside off stump, and yanking it over wide long-on for six to move to 97. He brought up his century off 58 balls in the 18th over, cutting behind point for a boundary.However, Phillips lost steam thereafter, as a wheezing finish to the innings arguably cost them in the end. Phillips and David Miller added just 17 runs in the final two overs, underwhelming after the position they had got into, which made a record total suddenly appear far less daunting to chase.Sod’s lawPatriots’ chase got off to a sluggish start as Thomas was caught in the deep off Steven Jacobs in the second over. Sodhi continued to trouble the Patriots, striking twice in the 10th over. Rassie van der Dussen fell trying to force the pace, as he skied a slog sweep over point, where Phillips arrived, running from behind the stumps, for a catch.Chris Gayle drove to long-off two balls later to make it 62 for 3. When Allen creamed a flat, low chance that was expertly taken by Russell at long-on in the 14th over, Patriots needed 74 off the last 38 balls. Unfortunately for the Tallawahs, their most potent threat with the ball was two balls away from finishing his spell.Dev-con OneWith alarm bells ringing, and the season on the line, Devcich stepped up to steal the Man of the Match award away from Phillips with a clinically devastating spurt. Having swatted Jacobs for four and six over wide long-on in the 13th over, he pulled two fours off de Grandhomme in a 17-run 15th over that took the required run rate down to 10 an over for the first time since the Powerplay.Devcich continued peppering the leg side by starting the 16th with another pulled four off Russell, and brought up his half-century off 22 balls with a single later in the over. A double strike by Oshane Thomas in the 17th over accounted for both Devcich and Brandon King, swinging the momentum Tallawahs’ way before Cutting’s heroics.Cut through the heart