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PM Narendra Modi Lookalike Who Ditched BJP Ally For Congress

Abhinandan Pathak used to campaign for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP earlier

Bacheli, Dantewada: 

He looks like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, dresses and speaks like him and begins his speech with ‘Mitron’, but their similarities end there — He is Abhinandan Pathak, a Congress campaigner in the Naxal-affected Bastar region of Chhattisgarh who says “achche din nahin ayenge”.

A new entrant to the grand old party, Abhinandan Pathak was with the BJP-led NDA constituent Republican Party of India (Athawale) as its state vice-president for Uttar Pradesh till he joined the Congress last month in the presence of actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar.

“Since I look like Modiji, people will always ask me where are the ‘acche din’ (good days), as promised by Modiji ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Hurt by seeing problems of the common man, I left the BJP’s ally to join Congress last month,” Mr Pathak told PTI.

Abhinandan Pathak, who has been campaigning for the Congress in various seats of the region, including Jagdalpur, Dantewada, Kondagaon and Bastar, is drawing attention in a big way from the locals who jostle to click selfies with him.

On his campaign trail, Mr Pathak always targets the Prime Minister, while mimicking his style, over his promises of ‘good days’ and depositing Rs 15 lakh in bank accounts of every Indian after retrieving black money stashed abroad.

Mitron (friends), I came here to tell you the truth that ‘achche din’ (good days) are not going to come. It was a false promise and please vote for the Congress which can ensure your development,” he said, while addressing a small gathering in a local market here.

Abhinandan Pathak claims he is campaigning against the BJP and PM Modi for the first time since 2014 and till now he used to campaign only for the ruling party and its allies.

During the last Lok Sabha polls, there were several lookalikes of PM Modi, including Mr Pathak, who were seen in different places across the country during election campaigns.

However, sitting Congress MLA Devti Karma, who is again contesting the election on the party ticket, said she is not even aware about any PM Modi lookalike campaigning for her.

Devti, who is the wife of Salwa Judum founder late Mahendra Karma, said she is seeking votes in the name of her late husband.

Mahendra Karma is said to have mobilised the controversial movement against Naxals in Chhattisgarh and he was killed by the left-wing extremists in 2013, days ahead of the state assembly elections that year.

Local Congress leaders, who are accompanying Mr Pathak, however, said his unique way of campaigning is helping them in reaching out to BJP voters.

The BJP candidate, Bhima Mandavi, however, said that the Congress resorting to using a PM Modi lookalike for the campaign only proves the Prime Minister’s popularity.

“People here are very wise. They can differentiate between the original and the fake. There is only one Modi, there cannot be another,” Mr Mandavi said.

Incidentally, Abhinandan Pathak has been campaigning in the region at a time PM Modi himself is scheduled to address a rally in Jagdalpur on Friday.

The voting for the 12 assembly seats of the Bastar region will be held on November 12.

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Dead American Missionary John Allen Chau Was Carrying Football, Fish For Andaman Sentinelese Tribe

Police officials in Andaman Islands are trying to recover John Allen Chau’s body.

Port Blair: 

An American missionary killed in a hail of arrows by an island tribe untouched by modern civilisation was bent on converting them to Christianity, it emerged Thursday.

John Allen Chau, 27, was attacked last week as he illegally set foot on the remote North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean, after paddling his kayak towards the shore carrying fish and a football as gifts, according to a journal quoted by different media.

He was crying: “My name is John. I love you and Jesus loves you… Here is some fish!”

Tribespeople fired arrows at him, one of then piercing his Bible, and he returned to a fishermen’s boat and spent the night writing about his experiences before going back to the island the next day.

He never returned.

North Sentinel in the Bay of Bengal is home to the Sentinelese people, believed to number only around 150. To protect their way of life, foreigners and Indians are banned from going within five kilometres (three miles) of the island.

The tribe is known to be hostile to outsiders, having reportedly killed two fishermen whose boat drifted onto the island in 2006, and to have thrown spears at a helicopter checking for damage after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Chau called himself an “outbound collective explorer” and “snakebite survivor” on his purported Instagram account.

Authorities in the Andaman Islands, of which North Sentinel is one, say that Chau, paid local fishermen to take him off the shore so that he could paddle the rest of the way himself.

“You guys might think I’m crazy in all this but I think it’s worthwhile to declare Jesus to these people,” the reports quoted a letter to his parents as saying.

“Please do not be angry at them or at God if I get killed,” he said.

“I can’t wait to see them around the throne of God worshipping in their own language as Revelations 7:9-10 states,” he wrote, referring to the apocalyptic final book of the Bible’s New Testament.

“God, I don’t want to die.”

Fishermen saw the tribe burying his body on the beach the following day, a fellow missionary wrote in an email to his mother, the Washington Post reported.

“I believe he is still alive,” Lynda Adams-Chau said in a short email to the US daily. Asked why, she replied: “My prayers.”

‘Highly sensitive’

The police have consulted field experts including anthropologists, and tribal welfare and forest officers to help them try and retrieve Chau’s body.

“We have to take care that we must not disturb them or their habitat by any means. It is a highly sensitive zone and it will take some time,” Dependra Pathak, local chief of police, told AFP.

He said that a helicopter and then a ship were sent to the area to identify where the incident took place, and that they were holding talks with experts on how best to handle the delicate situation.

“We maintained a distance from the island and have not yet been able to spot the body. It may take some more days and… (reconnaissance) of the area,” Mr Pathak said.

Since authorities keep away from the island, it was unclear whether Chau’s killing will have legal repercussions.

Police officials said a murder case had been registered against “unknown” tribespeople and that the fishermen who allegedly helped Chau get to the island were arrested.

London-based Survival International, which defends tribal rights, said that the “tragedy” of the American’s death “should never have been allowed to happen”.

“The Indian authorities should have been enforcing the protection of the Sentinelese and their island for the safety of both the tribe and outsiders,” it said.

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Eviction Notice Of Herald House In High Court Today

National Herald Case: The government had given a notice to AJL to evict Herald House by November 15

New Delhi: 

The Delhi High Court, which had ordered “status quo” in a case involving land leased to the publishers of Congress-linked newspaper National Herald, will hear the case today.

Associated Journals Limited, which owns National Herald, had gone to the high court last Monday challenging a government order on October 30 cancelling its 56-year-old lease and asking it to vacate the building, Herald House, by November 15.

One of the reasons mentioned in the order to vacate the building (Hearld House) was that no newspaper office has been functioning on the premises for last 10 years and the building was being used only for “commercial purposes” against the conditions on the lease agreement.

Last week, Congress leaders approached the Delhi High Court alleging that the eviction at Herald House had started even before the court had decided on the petition by Associated Journals. “It is malicious prosecution and an impugned order vitiated by malafides and ulterior political motives,” said Congress leader and lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, during the hearing.

The court then ordered a status quo till today, to which Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was representing the government’s Land and Development Office, gave the assurance of no action until then.


The government has ordered the eviction of Herald House, owned by the publishers of Congress-linked newspaper National Herald

Accusing the government of acting with “revenge” and “malice” against the National Herald newspaper, the Congress said last Thursday that it will fight the government with the “same zeal and spirit” as it fought the “oppressive British” and thwart efforts to “silence” the voice of the newspaper.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Modi government is “blinded by revenge” in targeting the National Herald, the newspaper founded by Jawaharlal Nehru and other freedom fighters to take on the British.

The eviction order by the government gave a new twist to the National Herald case, which has been described by the BJP as a prime example of corruption by the Congress and the Gandhi family.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has alleged that Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi – the Congress president – set up a company to buy debts worth Rs 90 crore owed by Associated Journals, which publishes three newspapers including National Herald, founded by Jawaharlal Nehru – Rahul Gandhi’s great-grandfather – before he became India’s first prime minister.

In 2008, Associated Journals had shut down because its debts. The BJP alleges that the Gandhis (Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi) used Congress party funds to pay off its debts even though the publisher has real estate assets worth thousands of crores.

On November 12, National Herald tweeted that it was being targeted by the BJP government for its growing digital presence.

In 2012, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had filed a case against then Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, alleging irregularities related to a loan of Rs 90 crore given by the Congress to Associated Journals limited.

Young Indian (YI), which was incorporated in November 2010 with a capital of Rs. 50 lakh, had acquired almost all shareholdings of the AJL, which owns the National Herald newspaper. In this process, YI had also acquired AJL’s debt of Rs. 90 crore.

Young Indian, which has Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi as directors, gives Herald House as its registered office address.

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