Your Daily Wrap: AAP to back Yashwant Sinha for Presidential polls, PM’s ‘revdi culture’ jibe; and more

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Bundelkhand expressway and said that attempts were being made by “some people to collect votes by distributing free revdis (sweets)” and warned that this “revdi culture” could be dangerous for the development of the country. He also said that the “double-engine government is not taking this shortcut” and that it is “living up to the expectations of people by building roads and new rail routes.” Hours later, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attacked the Prime Minister His remarks are appreciated. According to the chief minister, providing quality and free services to the public is not free revdi. He also stated that giving undue benefits certain corporations and ministers was part of free revdi.

The Aam Aadmi Party(AAP), today stated that it will support Yashwant Sinha, Opposition candidateFor the July 18 Presidential Elections. The decision was made at the PAC meeting presided over by Kejriwal. The AAP’s pledge to support Sinha would ensure he gets over 4 lakh votes, even as NDA’s candidate Droupadi Murmu is comfortably poised to sail through the election by expectedly garnering at least 6.60 lakh votes. On AAP’s decision to support Sinha, a senior party leader told The Indian Express: “The AAP will contest the Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh this year, where the BJPis at power, and the Congress is the principal Opposition. It made no sense for the party to give a handle to the Congress to whip up the narrative that AAP is BJP’s B-team.”

Refuting the charges levelled against the late Congress leader Ahmed Patel by the Gujarat Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing charges of fabrication of evidence and conspiracy linked to the 2002 riots, the Congress today said that the “SIT is dancing to the tune of its political master and will sit wherever it is told to”. The party stated that the “mischievous charges” manufactured against Patel is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “systematic strategy to absolve himself of any responsibility for the communal carnage unleashed when he was chief minister of Gujarat in 2002”.

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The year-long farmer agitation against the Centre’s three now-repealed agriculture laws during 2020-21 has boosted the morale of farmer groups in Haryana, who now regularly hold protests on various issues concerning their rights or interests. Some recent examples include farmers’ over two-month-long dharna for compensation for their damaged crops and their campaign against the central government’s Agnipath scheme. The Bharatiya Kisan Union’s leader Rakesh Bains says: “The victory of farmers against three farm laws has given them hopes that they can win if they are ready to struggle for long.” The farmer groups in the state are now gearing up to launch an agitation against the process of restoration of “illegally-sold shamlat deh (common land)” to the gram panchayats. Sukhbir Siwach Reports.

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Two artworks were discovered this week by x-rays beneath Vincent van Gogh’s canvases. While Dutch master Van Gogh’s Head of a Peasant Woman in the collection of National Galleries of Scotland has a hidden self-portrait, curators at Israel’s Hecht Museum have identified three previously unknown sketches by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani beneath his 1908 canvas Nude with a Hat. How are xrays used to study art studies? How did Van Gogh’s self-portrait come to be? We Please explain.

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