Mani Shankar Iyer is known to shoot his mouth but this time his timing was horribly wrong coming on the last day of campaigning in the Gujarat elections. Calling Modi a neech aadmi for his remarks about the Gandhi family, Mani found himself on the wrong end with the PM quickly using it to his own advantage by turning it into a neech jaati or caste issue. Many believe that Aiyar's 'chai-wala' barb at Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls helped the then BJP prime ministerial candidate a great deal as he often referred to it in his campaign to highlight his humble background and attack the Congress. He had then claimed that Modi can never become prime minister but could sell tea at a Congress conclave, which was then underway.
All petitioners in the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi case, including the Sunni Waqf Board, have said that they totally support senior lawyer Kapil Sibal’s plea to the Supreme Court that the hearing of the case should be deferred till July 2019. One of the Babri Masjid litigants, Haji Mehboob, however, felt Muslims want an early resolution of the decades-old dispute, contradicting Kapil Sibal's contention that the hearing is deferred till after the 2019 general elections.
The Delhi government has assured the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that it will bring the next Odd-Even traffic rationing scheme as per the tribunal's direction that includes "no exemptions".
Despite the cyclone alert, Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his campaign in Gujarat and after the cyclone failed to make a landfall in the state he was quick to compare it to Congress party, the big noise which will fail to make its presence in the state.
Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot, who played a major role in social engineering by roping in Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mewani on the side of Congress in Gujarat, wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attack the party and Rahul Gandhi even more so that it will "ensure a Congress victory".
US allies and foes alike expressed dismay over President Donald Trump’s expected move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital with some warning it could potentially trigger violence. The decision will provoke Muslims and Christians alike," said Jordan’s King Abdullah, while Pope Francis urged the White House to reconsider. Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital would be an act of madness that would plunge the region and the world into a fire with no end in sight, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said.