NEW DELHI :The Congress top leadership waded into the controversy surrounding the Tamil Diwali hit film "Mersal" over some of its dialogues on GST, or Goods and Services Tax. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Tamil Nadu BJP's demand for cuts in the Vijay-starrer "Mersal", asking him not to "demon-etise Tamil pride" .

"Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don't try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal," Mr Gandhi said in a tweet.
Earlier today, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram also attacked the BJP over its demand for the removal of dialogues critical of the GST in film.

Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor quoted Rahul Gandhi's tweet and wrote,"Remember: @INCIndia stands for freedom of expression, in or out of power. Creative freedom is only safe in the hands of those who value it," he wrote.

Mr Gandhi's tweet came after "Mersal" came under attack from BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu who allege that some dialogues portray "untruths" about new national tax GST or Goods and Services Tax and the centre's Digital India campaign.

"Notice to film makers: Law is coming, you can only make documentaries praising government's policies," Mr Chidambaram tweeted.


The CBI has written to the government for reconsideration of its 2005 decision and allow the agency to file a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court in the Bofors case challenging quashing of an FIR in the alleged scam, officials said.

AYODHYA, UTTAR PRADESH: Yogi Adityanath, who wants a giant statue of lord Ram in Ayodhya, was happy today to give a grand, ceremonial welcome to actors playing Ram, Sita and Lakshman as they arrived by chopper in the temple town at the start of the "Deepotsav", the town's biggest Diwali celebrations ever.

 Pranab Mukherjee, who in his four-decades of public life has worked with four Prime Ministers, today had warm praise for Narendra Modi. But he expressed reservations about the goal the BJP has adopted - that of a Congress Mukt Bharat (Congress-free India).  

There is no denying the fact that the electoral loss in Gurdaspur is a serious setback. Getting less than 25,000 votes is alarming for AAP and a wake-up call as well. But one can always cite several reasons like these:

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