Dubai: NRI Global Business Summit that will be organised on April 5, evening under the leadership of renowned businessman and NRI, Padma Shri BR Shetty, is being alleged to be a politically motivated move.
The summit which will be led by BR Shetty is expected to be participated by around 5000 NRIs. The posters and cards of the summit had slogans of ‘Hum bhi Chowkidar’ (We too are watchmen) a slogan coined by PM Narendra Modi ahead of the party’s campaigning for the Lok Sabha Election.
The printed slogans on posters and cards have led to discussion that the summit is politically motivated and aims at promoting Narendra Modi under the banner of ‘Global Business Summit’.
In a press conference ahead of the summit, answering to a query by a reporter if it was a politically motivated event, BR Shetty replied with a no and said “It is not connected with any political party, it is an apolitical event”. When the reporter again asked about why was the slogan ‘Hum bhi Chowkidar’ was printed on the cards and posters of the summit, Shetty said “That slogan is nice and sounds funny. That is why we have added it in the banners and posters”.
Interestingly, a close aide of PM Narendra Modi, Swami Paramatmanand was also present at the press conference. Media in Kerala have quoted Swami Paramanand terming every Indian staying in abroad and thinking about the country as ‘Chowkidars’.
Chakravarthy Sulibele, a Sangh Parivar speaker and a campaigner of Narendra Modi will also be attending the summit in Dubai.
BR Shetty has also been recently widely recognized as the supporter of BJP and Sangh Parivar. In an advertisement the businessman was seen calling for Modi government to be brought back to power.
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Chennai, Apr 23: Shane Watson brought back memories of last year's IPL final with a blazing knock that has now almost ensured a play-off berth for Chennai Super Kings as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets here Tuesday.
On a vastly improved Chepauk track, Watson roared back to form with an 96 off 53 balls as CSK stuttered a bit in end before winning in 19.5 overs.
Watson's innings studded with nine fours and half a dozen of sixes ensured that CSK have reached the cut-off limit of 16 points needed for the play-off even though they would like to finish in the top two.
Watson's innings would also be a relief for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had urged the top order to finish matches.
A 77-run stand between Watson and Suresh Raina (38) created the platform and the former Australia all-rounder singlehandedly decimated the Sunrisers attack.
What made it more difficult for the Sunrisers was the fact that their strike bowler Rashid Khan was pulverised by Watson, who took him to the cleaners with 44 coming off his spell.
Sandeep Sharma was another bowler, who was handed severe punishment as he went for 54 in 3.5 overs. Sandeep repeatedly bowled short and Watson would gleefully pull him. Skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/18 in 4 overs) had no option but to bowl the 19th over and left Sandeep with nine runs to defend.
However Kedar Jadhav literally finished the match with a six off the second ball that sealed the deal.
Earlier, the immensely talented Manish Pandey was back in his element as his unbeaten 83 off 49 balls powered Sunrisers Hyderabad to a fighting 175 for 3 after being put into bat.
Pandey and league's current leading run-scorer David Warner (57 off 45 balls) added 115 runs for the second wicket to lay the foundation for a decent score on what was the best batting track on offer at the Chepauk.
Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh struck an early blow, having the in-form Jony Bairstow caught behind in the second over for a duck.
He was the most successful bowler with figures of 2 for 39 in four overs while Deepak Chahar picked up the wicket of Vijay Shankar (26 off 20 balls).
Despite the early dismissal of Bairstow, the visiting team didn't get tied down as the irrepressible Warner and Manish Pandey kept hitting those boundaries and sixes. They brought up the team's 50 in the sixth over.
Pandey who has not been in the best form, hit his straps, scoring freely and was not afraid to go over the top. Dhoni's shuffling of the bowlers didn't make much of an impact as Warner and Pandey kept attacking.
Pandey was the first to reach 50 in 25 balls, pulling one from Dwayne Bravo for a boundary.
Warner was a touch slower in comparison to Pandey, but didn't miss out when the opportunity presented itself and hit a couple of big sixes.
The pugnacious Warner fell against the run of play, victim of Dhoni's trademark lightning quick stumping off a Harbhajan delivery. The Australian, who is leading the run charts this season, fell for 57 (45 balls, 3x4, 2X6) after adding 115 runs for the second wicket with Pandey.