Congress party in a spot

Updated 15 November 2012
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Congress party in a spot

In a latest political setback to the ruling Congress party, its very old and important ally in Andhra Pradesh and partner in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the center, the Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (MIM) on Monday pulled out its support and announced that it would ensure the collapse of the Congress government led by Kiran Kumar Reddy in Andhra Pradesh.
The decision to withdraw support was prompted by the arrest of the MIM legislators and corporators in connection with the protest of the expansion and renovation of a controversial Hindu disputed structure at the historical Charminar at the heart of Hyderabad city.
Asaduddin Owaisi, Hyderabad MP and the president of MIM, accused the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy of encouraging Hindu fanatics in Hyderabad and surrounding areas.
In my opinion the stance of Kiran Kumar Reddy is unwise and because of his irresponsible behavior and mismanagement, the state government is losing grip on law and order in the state and is also facing many problems which may adversely impact the prospects of the Congress party in 2012 general election. The Congress party in the state is already in a spot of bother as newly formed YSR Congress which is increasingly becoming popular and other opposition parties are trying hard to oust the present Congress government.
As the elections are nearing now, many political parties have started planning and preparations for the elections. Also the communal parties with the full support of anti-social elements raising their heads and have started to exploit the situation for their benefits. Unfortunately, they are trying to fool public on religious lines and create divisions between the two communities by spreading communal hatred just to grab votes in the name of religion. People should be very careful and should not pay any heed to the communal parties. At this stage a minor mistake by the Congress will strengthen the communal forces; the situation must be handled very carefully and the government should not make blunders. — Zakaria Sultan, Riyadh


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia