Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lit the customary first diya at the Raj Ghat in Varanasi and launched the Dev Deepawali Mahotsav.
The prime minister was accompanied by state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for the ceremony.
In a tweet addressed to Home Minister Amit Shah, Rajasthan MP Hanuman Beniwal, chief of the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP), has demanded that three new agricultural laws at the core of massive farmer protests near Delhi be scrapped.
As the ruling BJP confronts a massive protest by farmers, The head of the BJP's IT cell Amit Malviya, accused the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi of first notifying the central farm laws and then seizing the opportunity to "burn down Delhi" as "Khalistanis and Maoists" had stepped in to oppose them.
Karnataka Minister and BJP leader KS Eshwarappa said that the party ticket might be given to Hindu candidates from any community but not to a Muslim.
US firm Moderna said it would file requests for emergency authorization of its Covid-19 vaccine in the United States and Europe on Monday.
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