QWrap: Modi Thanks Varanasi; Cow Vigilantes Attack in MP, Gurugram
1. Chemistry Beats Arithmetic in 2019 Polls: Modi in Varanasi
Four days after winning Varanasi by a margin of around 5 lakh votes, Narendra Modi reached his home turf to thank the people of Kashi and offer prayers at the Vishwanath temple. Thanking the BJP karyakartas, the Prime Minister-designate said there was no candidate as confident as he was during the elections.
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2. Incidents of Violence Against Minorities
While Modi reiterated his pitch for Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas, there were reports of at least two incidents of violence against minorities in the country over the weekend.
In Madhya Pradesh, three people were thrashed and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ for allegedly carrying beef. In Gurugram, a Muslim man was attacked while he was returning from mosque after offering namaaz. He was thrashed, forced to remove his skull cap and chant 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'.
In another incident, an Adivasi professor in Jharkhand's Jamshedpur was arrested for a two-year-old Facebook post, where he had defended his community's right to eat beef.
3. Respect Closed-Door CWC Meet: Cong Slams Rahul Resignation Rumours
Amid rumblings within the party after a disastrous performance in the Lok Sabha polls, and high-level drama over Rahul Gandhi’s alleged resignation, the Congress on Monday, 27 May, issued a statement saying that “gossip and rumour mongering” among a section of media was “unwarranted.”
The statement termed the media reports “conjectures, speculations and insinuations” and asked for the closed-door meeting to be respected.
4. Irani Vows Action Against Culprits Who Killed Her Aide in Amethi
Vowing to punish the murderers, Smriti Irani carried the bier of her close aid in Amethi, Surendra Singh, who was shot dead by two unidentified men on Saturday morning. While Singh's son suspects a Congress hand behind the attack, Smriti Irani herself took a jibe at Rahul Gandhi saying she got his message of "taking care of Amethi with love" loud and clear.
5. Bengal’s BJP Surge: What Mamata Must Do to Keep the State in 2021
“Thanda thanda cool cool
Banglaye ebar padma phool”
Before 23 May, not many were ready to believe that this slogan would ever be said aloud in Bengal. But with the BJP winning 18 seats and 40 percent of the vote-share in the state, here are a few things CM Mamata Banerjee should ensure to not lose her chair in the 2021 state elections.
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