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India abstains on UNGA resolution calling for humanitarian truce in … – Vartha Bharati

United Nations (PTI): India has abstained in the UN General Assembly on a resolution that called for an immediate humanitarian truce in the Israel-Hamas conflict leading to a cessation of hostilities. It also called for unhindered humanitarian access in the Gaza strip.
Israel has launched a massive counter-offensive against Hamas after unprecedented attacks by Hamas on October 7 killed more than 1,400 people.
The 193 members of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), which met in a resumed 10th Emergency Special Session, voted on the draft resolution submitted by Jordan and co-sponsored by more than 40 nations including Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan, Russia and South Africa.
The resolution titled “Protection of civilians and upholding legal and humanitarian obligations” was overwhelmingly adopted with 120 nations voting in its favour, 14 against it and 45 abstaining.
Besides India, countries that abstained included Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Ukraine and the UK.
The Jordanian-drafted resolution did not make any mention of Hamas, with the US expressing outrage at the “omission”.
Before the general assembly voted on the resolution, the 193-member body considered an amendment proposed by Canada and co-sponsored by the US to the text.
The amendment proposed by Canada asked for inserting a paragraph in the resolution that would state that the general assembly “unequivocally rejects and condemns the attacks by Hamas that took place in Israel starting on 7 October 2023 and the taking of hostages, demands the safety, well-being and humane treatment of the hostages in compliance with international law, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release”.
India voted in favour of the amendment along with 87 other nations, while 55 member states voted against it and 23 abstained. The draft amendment could not be adopted, having failed to obtain a two-third majority of members present and voting.
President of the 78th session of the UNGA, Dennis Francis, announced that the draft amendment could not be adopted.
The Jordanian-drafted resolution called for an immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities.
It also demanded the immediate, continuous, sufficient and unhindered provision of essential goods and services to civilians throughout the Gaza Strip, including but not limited to water, food, medical supplies, fuel and electricity.
The draft resolution stressed the imperative, under international humanitarian law, of ensuring that civilians are not deprived of objects indispensable to their survival.
It also called for “immediate, full, sustained, safe and unhindered humanitarian access” for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and other United Nations humanitarian agencies and their implementing partners.
The draft resolution also demanded humanitarian access for the International Committee of the Red Cross and all other humanitarian organisations.
This should be done by upholding humanitarian principles and delivering urgent assistance to civilians in the Gaza Strip, encouraging the establishment of humanitarian corridors and other initiatives to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians, according to the resolution.
The US expressed outrage at the resolution not naming Hamas and called it an “omission of evil”.
“As you’ll notice, two key words are missing in the resolution before us. The first is Hamas. It is outrageous that this resolution fails to name the perpetrators of the October 7th terrorist attacks: Hamas. Hamas. It is outrageous,” US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, in her remarks before the vote on the resolution, said.
She added that another key word missing in the resolution is “hostage”.
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Bhopal (PTI): A war of words has erupted in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh after the Congress objected to the ruling BJP putting up hoardings taking credit for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
The BJP said the Congress was “pained over the construction of the Ram temple”, while the opposition party accused the former of “going astray from the devotion to Lord Ram”.
Earlier this week, the Indore unit of Congress complained to the Election Commission of India (ECI) that the BJP, in violation of the model code of conduct, used religious symbols during poll campaigning by showcasing the Ayodhya Ram temple and Mahakal Lok in Ujjain.
Sharing the Congress’ complaint on their X handles, BJP leaders accused it of being “anti-Ram”.
State BJP chief VD Sharma on Saturday said at a press conference that the basic character of Congress has been against “Lord Shri Ram, Hindutva and Sanatan Dharm”.
The Congress is complaining to ECI against the hoardings of Ram temple, which is the centre of faith not only in India but also in the world, said Sharma.
“They are saying that such hoardings should be removed… Congress is pained as to why the hoardings of Ram Mandir have been put up… They are pained by the construction of Ram temple,” he said.
Sharma said that the Ram temple is the centre of faith for 9.5 crore people of the state.
“You (Congress) should also put up such hoardings. Who stopped you? Your leader (Kamal Nath) is saying that Ram temple is for all,” he said, accusing the Congress of playing appeasement politics.
The BJP leader said that the Congress is pained because the consecration ceremony of the Ram temple will be held on January 22, 2024, in Ayodhya because of the “willpower” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Earlier on Friday, MP Congress chief Kamal Nath had said that the Ram temple belongs to all.
“Does the Ram temple belong to BJP? This temple belongs to the citizens of the country,” Nath said.
On the other hand, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan claimed that the Congress used to submit an affidavit in the court denying the existence of Lord Ram and terming him “imaginary”.
“After seeing the people’s faith in Lord Ram, they (Congress) are becoming Ram bhakt (devotees of Lord Ram), reciting his bhajans’ and Hanuman Chalisa’,” Chouhan said while talking to reporters in Chhatarpur on Friday.
Congress general secretary in-charge of Madhya Pradesh Randeep Surjewala on Saturday said that Ram is Maryada Purushottam’ and a symbol of love, devotion, faith and sacrifice.
“How can Lord Ram be a subject of politics? Can there be any party of Lord Shri Ram? Those who deviated from the path of devotion and whose intellect has also become corrupt should sit at the feet of Lord Ram to get some wisdom. Lord Shri Ram cannot be the subject of partisan politics,” Surjewala said in reply to a question at a press conference in Bhopal.
The polling for the 230 seats of Madhya Pradesh will be held on November 17.
Israel is expanding its ground operation in Gaza with infantry and armoured vehicles backed by “massive” strikes from the air and sea, the Israeli military spokesman said Saturday.
The ruling BRS on Saturday attacked the BJP over its announcement of making a backward class (BC) leader as Chief Minister of Telangana after the upcoming assembly polls, saying the Centre has not yet agreed to the demand of setting up an OBC welfare ministry.
Accusing BJP of attempting ‘Operation Kamala’ to destabilise his government, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday asserted that they will not be successful in their efforts, as none of the Congress legislators will fall victim to it.
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