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Kanhaiya falsely implicated in cases by BJP-RSS: CPI

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Patna | The Communist Party of India on Wednesday charged the BJP and the Sangh Parivar with having falsely implicated former JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar in criminal cases lodged here and in his native district of Begusarai in the past few days.

Addressing a press conference, CPI leaders Jabbar Alam and Ram Naresh Pandey alleged that Kumar faced a threat to his life from the BJP-RSS combine which was miffed by the enormous public support the young leader is receiving everywhere and urged the Bihar government to provide adequate security to the former JNUSU president.

Kanhaiya Kumar was prevented from meeting a friend admitted at AIIMS, Patna on Sunday by doctors sympathetic towards the BJP who called him anti-national. They later on levelled false charges against him and got an FIR registered.

The state health minister Mangal Pandey stoked the fire by his own remarks,” the CPI leaders alleged.

An FIR was lodged at the Phulwarisharif police station on Monday by doctors who alleged that Kumar and his supporters had thrashed an intern on the previous night and snatched his mobile besides beating up a security guard who tried to intervene.

Pandey, who is a BJP leader, had said that he has sought a detailed report on the incident from the Director of AIIMS, Patna and remarked Bihar is not JNU where you can get away with anything.

Two years ago, while he was the JNUSU president, Kanhaiya Kumar was slapped with sedition charges and sent to jail for taking part in a demonstration staged on the varsity premises where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

The CPI leaders also alleged that the Begusarai residents who clashed with Kumar’s supporters on Monday night were supporters of the BJP, the RSS and the Bajrang Dal.

Police had said that the clash that erupted in Bhagwanpur police station area of Begusarai had resulted in injuries to two local residents and damage to a number of vehicles belonging to Kumar’s supporters who were accompanying him while he was returning home after addressing a public meeting.

An FIR was lodged at Bhagwanpur against Kumar and his supporters in connection with the incident on Tuesday while a counter FIR was lodged at Barauni by the former student leader, associated with the Left-affiliated AISF, along with his supporters.

Ever since Kumar has embarked on holding rallies titled Bhaajpa Harao Desh Bachao (defeat the BJP and save the country), his life has become imperiled. Given the vindictive character of the Sangh Parivar, the Centre and the state government should take serious note, provide the young leader with adequate security and immediately withdraw all the false cases lodged against him, the CPI leaders said.

The Left parties, which would contest the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar unitedly and possibly have an electoral understanding with the Congress-RJD alliance, have indicated that Kumar may be fielded from Begusarai, which had been a CPI stronghold till the 1990s.

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“Everybody is the face of opposition”: Mamata Banerjee

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When asked, “Who will be the face of Mahagathbandhan?”, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said, “Everybody will be the face of Mahagathbandhan.”

 

Howrah| “Everybody is the face of the opposition,” said West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. She was talking to the press here after a meeting with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.

Talking about the meeting of opposition leaders he said that as senior leaders, he & Mamata Banerjee have some responsibilities. “We’ve to save the nation & democracy, we have to protect institutions. You are watching from last many days,democracy is in danger. Institutions like CBI, ED, RBI & others are under pressure,” Naidu said.

Giving more insight about what transpired in the meeting, Banerjee said the two leaders discussed the future plan. “We can tell you one thing, we are all together to fight against the BJP govt to save the nation,” said Banerjee.

When asked, “Who will be the face of Mahagathbandhan?”, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said, “Everybody will be the face of Mahagathbandhan.”

 

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Protest outside Haryana Bhawan against Khattar’s remark on rape incidents

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Manohar Lal Khattar had said, “The incidents of rape have not increased… (Only) the concern (over such incidents) has increased.”

 

New Delhi, Nov 19 (PTI) A group of people Monday staged a protest outside the Haryana Bhawan here, demanding an apology from state Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for his controversial remark on rape incidents.

According to a statement, activists of All India Democratic Women’s Association, All India Mahila Sanskritik Sangathan, Democratic Youth Federation of India and Students’ Federation of India staged the protest.

“We demand that either Khattar apologies to the women of India through the media or resign from the post immediately to save the honour of women of India,” it read.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had Sunday condemned Khattar’s controversial remark on rape incidents, and raised the issue of their security in that state.

At a function in Kalka town of Panchkula district on Friday, Khattar had said, “The incidents of rape have not increased… Rapes used to take place in the past and happen even today. (Only) the concern (over such incidents) has increased.

“The biggest concern is that in 80 to 90 per cent of rape and eve-teasing cases, the accused and the victim know each other. In many cases, they know each other for a long time and, on one day, when there is an argument… an FIR is lodged, saying: ‘He has raped me’,” Haryana CM had said.

However, Khattar had on Sunday said his statement had been twisted and that the issue should not be politicised.

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Congress is a party dedicated to one family: Smriti Irani

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“The Congress is a party dedicated to one family… how can it work for the development of the country or Amethi,” said Smriti Irani.

 

Amethi (UP), Nov 19 (PTI) Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani Monday attacked the Congress accusing it of being a party dedicated to one family and loath to work for the development of the country.

“The Congress is a party dedicated to one family… how can it work for the development of the country or Amethi,” said Irani after inaugurating and dedicating to the people various schemes worth Rs 77 crores in Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency.

In a dig at Gandhi’s initiative on a distribution of banana saplings among Amethi farmers, Irani said, “Rahul Gandhi criticises the RSS and Prime Minister Narendra Modi all over the country but he is treading the RSS path of planting banana trees.”

“I came to know that Rahul Gandhi is getting bananas seeds of foreign origin planted here, he could not get even banana plants in the country… he should know that poverty cannot be eradicated by planting a couple of banana saplings,” she stressed.

Reiterating her allegation that the Gandhi family has done nothing for Amethi, she said what they failed to do in 60 years, the BJP government managed to do in just over four years.

“Rahul has been an MP for the past 15 years and no ‘rozgar mela’ was organised… it was done during the Modi government’s tenure and over 7,500 unemployed youths are likely to get jobs due to it,” she said.

Maintaining that today’s programme has been organised to mark the fulfilment of the promises made by Prime Minister Modi in 2014, she said by 2022, every household in Amethi will have electricity and all the poor here will have their houses.

Speaking on the occasion, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the state government will leave no stone unturned for development of Amethi.

He termed Rahul Gandhi as “dynastic” president of his party.

To a question on building Ram temple in Ayodhya, Maurya told reporters on the sidelines of the function that the temple will be built at the same place in Ayodhya but he evaded another question on the deadline of its construction.

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