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Modi Is Accused Of Using Hate Speech For Calling Muslims ‘Infiltrators’ At An Indian Election Rally

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New Delhi  – The principal opposition party in India has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of employing hate speech by referring to Muslims as “infiltrators,” which is considered to be one of his most inflammatory statements toward the religious minority. This comes only days after the commencement of the country’s lengthy general election.

The comments made at a political event on Sunday received strong condemnation, with some accusing Modi of promoting negative stereotypes about Muslims. The Congress party lodged a protest on Monday with the Election Commission of India, accusing him of violating regulations that prohibit candidates from participating in any action that exacerbates religious tensions.

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Modi Is Accused Of Using Hate Speech For Calling Muslims ‘Infiltrators’ At An Indian Election Rally

Detractors of the prime minister, who openly identifies as a Hindu nationalist, argue that India’s longstanding values of diversity and secularism have been threatened since his Bharatiya Janata Party came into office ten years ago. The party is accused of promoting religious intolerance and occasionally even inciting violence. The party refutes the claim and asserts that its policies are advantageous to all citizens of India.

During a rally in Rajasthan, Modi asserted that while the Congress party held power, they claimed that Muslims had the primary entitlement to the nation’s resources.” Should the party regain power, it would collect all of your riches and redistribute it among individuals who have a greater number of children,” he stated, eliciting applause from the audience.

“They will allocate it to individuals who have infiltrated,” he said, questioning, “Do you believe that your diligently earned funds should be bestowed upon infiltrators?”

Mallikarjun Kharge, the president of the Congress party, characterized the prime minister’s remarks as “hate speech,” while party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi deemed them “profoundly objectionable.”

The party requested intervention from the electoral commission, which has a rule of conduct that prohibits candidates from making appeals based on caste or sectarian sentiments in order to obtain votes. The six-week election’s preliminary voting took place on Friday, and most polls indicate that Modi and his Hindu nationalist BJP will win. The results will be released on June 4th.

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Modi Is Accused Of Using Hate Speech For Calling Muslims ‘Infiltrators’ At An Indian Election Rally

Asaduddin Owaidi, a Muslim legislator and leader of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen party, stated on Sunday that Prime Minister Modi has consistently targeted and insulted Muslims for political gain since 2002.

Rights groups argue that under Modi’s leadership, attacks against minorities in India, particularly Muslims, have gotten increasingly audacious, exacerbating the existing tensions between the Hindu majority and the Muslim community.

Hindu mobs have carried out acts of lynching against Muslims based on accusations of consuming beef or engaging in cow smuggling, an activity that is considered sacred by Hindus. Muslim businesses have faced economic boycotts, their houses and establishments have been demolished, and their places of worship have been intentionally set ablaze. There have been explicit calls for the extermination of their whole population.

Modi’s comments alluded to a statement made in 2006 by the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of the Congress party. Singh asserted that it is imperative for India’s lower castes, tribes, women, and specifically the Muslim minority, to have an equitable role in the nation’s progress.

Singh asserted that they should be given priority access to resources. Twenty-four hours later, his office provided clarification that Singh’s statement encompassed all marginalized demographics.

The Congress party, in its plea to the electoral commission, alleged that Modi and the BJP had consistently used religion and religious symbols and sentiments in their election campaign without facing any consequences. “The commission’s failure to penalize the prime minister and the BJP for their clear violations of electoral laws has further strengthened these actions,” the statement stated.

“Modi has diminished the prestige of his position more than any other prime minister in the history of India,” stated Kharge, the head of the Congress party, on the social networking platform X.

The panel has the authority to issue warnings and temporarily suspend candidates for infractions of the code of conduct.

“We refuse to provide a statement,” a representative for the commission informed the Press Trust of India news agency on Monday.

During his speech, Modi reiterated a Hindu nationalist narrative that suggests Muslims are surpassing the Hindu population through higher birth rates. The Hindu population in India constitutes 80% of the total population of 1.4 billion, whereas the Muslim population, at 200 million, accounts for 14%. According to official statistics, the fertility rates of Muslims have experienced the most significant decline compared to other religious groups in recent decades. The rate has decreased from 4.4 in 1992-93 to 2.3 between 2019–21, which is slightly higher than the fertility rate of Hindus at 1.94.

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Modi Is Accused Of Using Hate Speech For Calling Muslims ‘Infiltrators’ At An Indian Election Rally

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Modi has previously labeled Muslims as infiltrators and portrayed them as undocumented immigrants who entered India from Bangladesh and Pakistan. Several states governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have enacted legislation that imposes limitations on interfaith marriage, citing the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory of “love jihad,” which alleges that Muslim males exploit marriage as a means to convert Hindu women.

Throughout the entire period, Modi has predominantly refrained from speaking out, which opponents argue has encouraged a faction of his most radical followers and facilitated an increase in hate speech targeting Muslims.

SOURCE – (AP)

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RFK Jr Tells Media Biden Should Drop Out of 2024 Election

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Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told national media this week that incumbent President Joe Biden should withdraw from the 2024 election contest to prevent former President Donald Trump from recovering the White House.

“We only have one shot to defeat Donald Trump, and we need a nominee who can do the job. And that would be me,” Kennedy stated during a 30-minute presentation on campaign polling at a rented location in downtown Brooklyn.

Kennedy then urged Biden to make a “No Spoiler Pledge” and resign from the race if he performed lower than Kennedy in a head-to-head showdown with Trump in a survey of 30,000 or more people in mid-October.

Kennedy stated that he would be pleased to make a similar pitch to the former president, but Trump “is not a spoiler because he can actually win.”

The address appeared to be a response to both parties’ criticisms on his capacity to influence the general election. Kennedy has come under fire from Trump in particular in recent days, with the former president claiming on social media that backing Kennedy was a “wasted vote.”

Democrats have not been hesitant in criticizing Kennedy, either, forming an organization with professional campaign strategists to tackle third-party dangers like Kennedy.

According to Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Matt Corridoni, Kenendy’s request to have Biden quit out is “as deeply unserious as his campaign is.”

Polling Show Biden Can’t Beat Trump

Kennedy and his campaign manager, Amaryllis Fox Kennedy, offered a survey from John Zogby Strategies, a business that has worked with both the campaign and a Kennedy-aligned super PAC, as proof that he should remain in the race rather than Biden.

According to the poll, Kennedy would defeat the former president if Biden or any other Democratic Party contender were not running.

“Is it possible that President Trump will participate in the election but not win? Yes, there is just one. “And that scenario is that President Biden admits that he cannot win,” Fox Kennedy stated during the presentation.

Fox Kennedy stated that calling on Biden to drop out of the race is fair because the DNC has also asked Kennedy to quit.

The Trump and Biden campaigns did not return a request for comment.

Any possible choice to drop out in October would be far too late to influence election results — mail and early voting begins in some states as early as September — and would almost certainly split the Democratic vote.

Younger Generation Prefers Kennedy

The Kennedy campaign’s presentation did not include any results for a three-way contest. Kennedy has roughly 11 percent support in national polls against Biden and Trump, according to a RealClearPolitics polling average, which is well short of what is required to win any Electoral College votes.

However, the polling presentation was well-received by Kennedy volunteers at the news conference and provided welcome new talking points.

“I’m always talking to people on Instagram, and they say, ‘he’s a spoiler,’ and ‘a vote for Kennedy is a vote for Trump,'” said Queens resident Alexis Leyco, 28. “I am excited. I’m absolutely going to use this.

According to Will Boothby, the Kennedy campaign’s Northeast regional director, over a dozen volunteers canvassed prior to the event and collected 500 signatures. The campaign is seeking to collect roughly double the 45,000 signatures required to place Kennedy’s name on the ballot in New York, and hundreds are arriving every day, he added.

Boothby said that much of the support for Kennedy’s petitions comes from younger people who are concerned about issues such as student loan debt and affordable housing, followed by older veterans from across the Empire State.

The campaign did not disclose how many signatures it currently has in New York, which has one of the higher signature requirements to get on the November ballot.

Kennedy’s ability to collect those signatures and defend his candidacy against legal challenges from both parties will determine how influential he is in the November election. “People who believe that I am spoiling at this point for President Biden,” stated Kennedy, “need to look at data.”

Source: Politico

 

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Thousands Descend on New York’s South Bronx for Trump Rally

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Thousands of people have gathered on the South Bronx in New York for Donald Trump’s historic event on Thursday night, as he attempts to do what many believe is impossible: turn New York red for the first time since 1984.

Former President Trump’s devoted supporters braved heavy rain to gather at Crotona Park, hours before he was scheduled to take the stage in the deep-blue district that Joe Biden won with more than 60% of the vote in 2020.

Supporters lined up to listen to MAGA rappers, display tattoos honoring the GOP leader, and insist he can follow Ronald Reagan by winning in the Empire State.

People holding Dominican Republic and US flags chant while waiting in line to attend a demonstration for former US President Donald Trump at Crotona Park in the Bronx, New York.

Trump Resonating with Voters

While the gathering was not as diverse as the South Bronx as a whole, it did contain a considerable number of Black and Hispanic voters, with Spanish spoken throughout.

Ed Rosa, who made the short trek from the North Bronx, said he regrets voting for Biden in 2020 and intends to support Trump in November.

He believes the Democratic Party has “become too socialist” and is concerned about the economy and immigration crossing the southern border.

“For 50 years I was a Democrat and switched in the last three or four years,” said Rosa, 60, whose family is from Puerto Rico.

Some in the audience replied by yelling “Build the Wall,” a reference to Trump’s quest for a border barrier between the United States and Mexico while he was in office.

Trump portrayed himself as a better president for Black and Hispanic voters than Biden, slamming Biden’s immigration policy.

Biden’s Race Based Ads

He emphasized that “the biggest negative impact” of the flood of migrants in New York is “against our Black population and our Hispanic population, who are losing jobs, housing, and everything else they can lose.” They are the most affected by what is going on.”

On Thursday, the Biden team aired a pair of TV and radio ads criticizing Trump’s treatment of Black people. These included erroneous accusations that Barack Obama, the first African American president, was not born in the United States, as well as calls for the death of a group of Black and Hispanic adolescents convicted but later exonerated of raping a white lady jogging in New York’s Central Park in 1989.

Janiyah Thomas, Black media director for the Trump campaign, said in a statement that Biden was attempting to divert attention away from “terrible policies that are harming our community,” and that as a senator, Biden helped advance a bipartisan crime bill in 1994, which resulted in more Black men being imprisoned.

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British Prime Minister Sunak Announces July 4th National Election

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a general election on Wednesday, citing July 4 as the date. After 14 years in power, his Conservatives are widely likely to lose to the opposition Labour Party.

Sunak, 44, stood outside his Downing Street office and announced that he was calling the election sooner than expected, a dangerous strategy given his party’s polling position.

“Now is the time for Britain to choose its future,” he added, highlighting highlights of his tenure in office, including the implementation of the so-called furlough program, which assisted businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We will have a general election on July 4.”

Sunak enters the election not only considerably behind the Labour Party in the polls, but also somewhat isolated from others in his party, relying on a small team of advisers to guide him through what promises to be a nasty campaign.

But, with some economic benefits, such as decreasing inflation and the economy growing at its quickest rate in over three years, he appears to have concluded it was time to take a risk and formally offer his program for a new term to voters.

Parties Prepare for Election

The former investment banker and finance minister took office less than two years ago and has since battled to explain his values, growing more upset that what he regards as his accomplishments have gone unnoticed.

Both parties have almost begun campaigning for the election, with their attack lines on the economy and defense already well defined.

Sunak and his government accuse Labour of being prepared to raise taxes if elected, and that the party would not be a safe set of hands for Britain in an increasingly perilous world because it has a plan, which the opposition disputes.

Labour accuses the government of 14 years of economic mismanagement, which has left people worse off, as well as a series of chaotic administrations that have failed to provide the stability that businesses want to stimulate growth.

If Labour wins the election, Britain, historically recognized for its political stability, will have six prime ministers in eight years, a first since the 1830s. Prior to the declaration, Labour stated that it was more than ready for an election.

“We are totally prepared to go whenever the Prime Minister declares an election. We have a fully structured and operational campaign ready to go, and we believe the country is ripe for a general election,” Labour leader Starmer’s spokeswoman told reporters.

Labour Ahead by 20 Points

Last week, Starmer launched his party’s election campaign by promising to “rebuild Britain” and outlining the first steps Labour would take if it formed the next administration.

Labour is roughly 20 percentage points ahead of Sunak’s Conservatives in opinion surveys, but some party officials are anxious that their lead is not as strong as it appears, worrying that many voters are undecided.

Sunak may be attempting to play on this uncertainty while also confusing Labour, which has yet to nominate all of its parliamentary candidates, according to a party veteran.

Sunak will also hope that economic achievements and the first flights in his centerpiece immigration plan, which involves sending illegal asylum seekers to Rwanda, will bolster his party’s fortunes. The earliest probable date for these flights is June 24, ten days before the election.

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