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In today’s featured cartoon, Alok Nirantar takes a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection to a case relating to the now-defunct newspaper National Herald. The Congress, which claimed that the ED was serving the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) political agenda, held a large-scale ‘satyagraha’ protest, which saw many senior leaders detained by the Delhi Police.
E.P Unny takes a jibe at the BJP’s performance in the Rajya Sabha elections held in four states on 10 June, which saw it win eight 8 out of 16 seats — all this while the controversy over former party spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s remarks about the Prophet Muhammad led to a massive backlash domestically and internationally.
Satish Acharya also takes a swipe at BJP’s wins in the Rajya Sabha elections, which added to its extensive list of electoral victories, while wondering about acche din — the ‘good days’ the party had promised during its successful campaign in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Sajith Kumar comments on the protests over Nupur Sharma’s remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, which saw outbreaks of violence in parts of the country, including reports of stones being thrown. In Uttar Pradesh, demolition drives were launched against the “illegally constructed” properties of those accused of being responsible for the violence.
Sandeep Adhwaryu makes reference to the turmoil the country has seen over issues of religion, including the protests over BJP spokespersons’ remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, which turned violent in several cities.