Tue, Feb 28, 2017 | updated 11:08 PM IST

Amid political slugfest on terror, JD (U) pitches for national unity

Updated: Jul 08, 2016 14:46 IST

New Delhi, July 8 (ANI): Amid the ongoing political slugfest for attending Islamic preacher Zakir Naik's programmes between the Congress Party and BJP, Janata Dal (United) on Friday called for a national unity for fighting terrorism.

"The politicisation of terrorism is the worst way of handling and defeating terrorism. I would only press and emphasise the point that terrorism can only be fought when there is a national unity," JD-U leader Pawan Verma told ANI.

Verma further noted that politicisation of terrorism in order to foster short term political gain is not in the interest of the country.

"Politicising terrorism for short term political gain or scoring brownie points by one party against the other is not the right way," he added.

When asked to respond on Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who is under fire for attending events of Naik, the JD(U) leader said he has already issued a clarification.

"Infact, he has welcomed an investigation into Zakir Naik, but whether it is BJP or Congress, the politicisation of terror should not happen," he added.

Meanwhile, facing flak from BJP for sharing the stage with Zakir Naik who is in the midst of a controversy for his 'hate speech' reportedly inspiring one of the five militants involved in the recent terror attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh questioned the double standards in application.

"Is Zakir Naik a terrorist, is there a case against him, is he a criminal. When Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shares a stage with him that is Nationalism, if Shri Rajnath Singh goes and Visits Pragya Thakur, an accused of Malegaon bomb blast that is nationalism, and if I share the stage I am anti national. What kind of double standard is this," Singh told ANI.

In 2012, a video emerged showing Digvijaya Singh sharing stage with Islamic preacher Zakir Naik at an event.

The video shows Digvijay Singh saying that people like Zakir Naik can bridge the gap between Hindus and Muslims.

Zakir Naik is reportedly in Saudi Arabia for a religious pilgrimage and would return to India on July 11.

Naik, a popular but controversial Islamic orator and founder of the Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, is banned in UK and Canada for his hate speeches.

He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia. (ANI)

Darjeeling (West Bengal) [India], Feb 28(ANI): West Bengal CID has arrested one person from Panitanki Indo-Nepal border on Tuesday for allegedly trafficking two girls.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met a group of over 100 youth and children from Jammu and Kashmir, who are currently touring different parts of India as part of the initiative "Watan Ko Jaano."

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb 28 (ANI): The External Affairs Ministry Secretary (Economic Relations) Amar Sinha on Tuesday stated that a joint coordination committee will be created by India and Israel to plan out high level political visits between both nations.

Full Story >>

Panji (Goa) [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): The Women Organisation Ranaragini appealed to the Goa State Commission for Women on Tuesday to remove all contraceptive advertisements on Kadamba buses and other public places featuring actress Sunny Leone to save women from embarrassment.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid, whose presence as a speaker at a cultural event at Ramjas College triggered a spiral of violence at the Delhi University, has come out in support of Gurmehar Kaur and students of the Delhi University condemning former cricketer Virendra Sehwag's tweet saying he represents BCCI and not India.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Reacting to the recent controversy surrounding the Ramjas College scuffle, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday alleged the "far" left affiliated political parties are trying to impose its ideology over Delhi University.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has written to Facebook India, urging the social media giant to take prompt action against individuals who were involved in harassing Gurmehar Kaur, who launched a social media campaign in support of students of the Delhi University.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb 28 (ANI): Expressing his concern over the scuffle that took place at Ramjas College, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala today slammed members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the All India Students Association (AISA), describing them lumpen elements who will not be tolerated.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): A day after Union Minister Kiren Rijiju termed anyone who attempted to break the nation as 'anti-national', Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha, known for his outspoken personality said that no one had the right to brand any citizen as such.

Full Story >>

Kannur [Kerala], Feb. 28 (ANI): A Malayalee priest, who is accused of raping a minor in Kannur, Kerala leading to her pregnancy, has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.

Full Story >>

Madurai (Tamil Nadu), Feb.28 (ANI): 'Kolaveri Di' fame star Dhanush appeared before the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday in connection with an elderly couple's claim that he's their biological son.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): In wake of the recent clashes that broke out between the students of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and All India Student Association, FTII Chairman Gajendra Chauhan on Tuesday urged students to stay away from political issues and concentrate on their studies.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Relentless in his attack on Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who has attacked the Left for misleading people amid the raging controversy over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, Bollywood lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar asserted that the former was 'grossly biased'.

Full Story >>

Malayalam actress breaks silence post-assault

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 18:25 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): The noted Malayalam actress, who was abducted and assaulted by a gang in Kochi on February 17, has broken her silence and has thanked everyone for their support even as she said she will always rise above the difficult times.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): The Parliament Standing Committee on Home Affairs on Tuesday raised concerns over the scuffle that took place in Ramjas College between the members of ABVP and AISA and the alleged rape threats received by Kargil martyr's daughter Gurmehar Kaur.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): In the wake of the ongoing controversy post last week's scuffle at Delhi University's Ramjas College, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) will be organizing a peaceful demonstration on March 2 in order to restore peace on the campus and to call for exclusion of the Left wing.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.28 (ANI): Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday alleged that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) wants to impose its regressive ideas on the country.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi on Tuesday said expression of views must be restricted if it goes against national interest.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Following complaints that female students and media persons were harassed by police personnel during the violent clashes at Ramjas College on February 22nd, the National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday issued a notice to the Delhi Police Commissioner.

Full Story >>

Imphal (Manipur) [India], Feb.28 (ANI): Launching a frontal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday alleged that the former did not even discuss about the Naga Peace Accord with Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.

Full Story >>