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Congress to approach court against BJP MLA

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The Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said that the party will approach court against BJP’s Ameet Satam and Mumbai Police in a molestation case

Days after the video of BJP MLA from Mumbai made headlines, the Congress has decided to move to court against him. In the video, Ameet Satam- BJP MLA from Andheri West is seen thrashing the hawkers and even abusing them. The entire incident occurred in the presence of Juhu police who weren’t spared by Satam.

According to Satam, illegal cooking on road posed a serious threat to the lives of residents as many footpaths in his constituency were captured by such hawkers. Talking to HW media he said, “a few days ago, more than Six people died in a fire caused by cylinder blast in his constituency. I have been complaining to BMC and police about it from many years. But such businesses are still operating within the radius of 200 meters from police stations. This is a violation of Bombay High Court’s October 2015 verdict.”
He took it to Twitter to express his anger towards the inaction of the Police.

However, the hawkers tell a different account of the incident. The hawkers filed a complaint in Juhu police station claiming the MLA asked Hafta from them. When they refused, he vandalized their properties.
On Thursday, Hawker’s Union hit the street to protest against Ameet Satam and Juhu Police allegedly, for not filing a FIR against him. One of the Hawker told HW media, that the community has been waiting for an official license for many years. The Hawker claimed, police had done a survey to verify the local hawkers but they still have not got any license.
Congress members led by Sanjay Nirupam too protested outside Juhu Police Station demanding the arrest of Ameet Satam.
Congress also claimed that a hawker’s wife had filed a complaint of molestation against Satam. But the Police did not take its cognizance. Accusing BJP of tampering the investigation, the party spokesperson said, “Police has not yet filed any complaint against goon BJP MLA because they are being pressurized by Chief Minister.”
He also added that the Congress party will soon approach the court against Ameet Satam.

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Everyone who lives in India is Hindu by identity, nationality, claims RSS chief

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New Delhi | Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday while speaking on the third day of the RSS conclave ‘ Bhavishya ka Bharat – an RSS perspective’ sparked controversy.

Addressing the media Bhagwat said,”All those who live in India are Hindu. They hesitate to say that. All people are our own. Our tradition is unity.” Responding to the question of increasing mob lynching cases, the RSS chief said, “Gau raksha (cow protection) should not be confused with vigilantism or mob violence”.

Bhagwat during the three-day conclave presented his views on various issues. He said,”RSS is not against inter-caste marriage and it really is a question of compatibility between a man and woman. He further added that if there is was a “census” on inter-caste marriages, he remarked, the maximum cases would be from the Sangh.

Earlier Bhagwat had said, “Hindutva” means inclusivity and accepting Muslims is a part of it. “Hindu Rashtra doesn’t mean there’s no place for Muslims. If we don’t accept Muslims, it’s not Hindutva. Hindutva is Indianness and inclusivity.”

Speaking on allegation on RSS role in the decision making of the Union Government Mohan Bhagwat said, “Often people make this speculation that a call from Nagpur (RSS headquarters) must be behind a particular decision (of the government). This is all baseless. All those working (in the government) are seniors and they are far more experienced in politics than us.”

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Congress didn’t support Triple Talaq bill under pressure of Muslim vote bank, alleges BJP

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New Delhi | The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Wednesday criticised the Congress party for its double standards view on the Triple Talaq bill.

Addressing a press conference after the Union cabinet passed the ordinance on the Triple Talaq bill making it a criminal act, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad alleged that the barbaric Triple Talaq curse was not allowed to be ended because of ambiguity and the vacillations of the Congress party.

Criticising the opposition parties especially UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi of playing vote bank politics Prasad said, “It is my serious charge with full sense of responsibility, that a distinguished woman leader is the ultimate leader of the Congress party, yet such a barbaric inhuman Triple Talaq curse was not allowed to be ended by a parliamentary law because of ambiguity and the vacillations of the Congress party.”

Prasad further alleged that “We made all efforts to take the Congress party on board. On the instructions of the Prime minister, Ananth Kumar and I met the Congress leaders, but under the pressure of their vote bank the Congress party did not support us.”

According to the passed ordinance, instant ‘triple talaq’ has been made a criminal offence and a three-year jail term is proposed for a Muslim man who divorces his wife through this practice. The bill covers all kind of instant triple talaq illegal whether delivered orally through a telephone or a mobile call, or in writing or through an electronic medium like Whatsapp or SMS.

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JD (U) to contest J&K civic, panchayat elections

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Jammu | The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Janata Dal (United) on Wednesday announced its participation in the upcoming municipal and panchayat polls but demanded adequate security for its candidates.

“We are going to fight the urban local body and panchayat polls, and our candidates in north Kashmir’s Kupwara and Baramulla districts have already started getting forms from the authorities concerned,” JD(U) state president G M Shaheen told reporters here. “We appeal to Governor Satya Pal Malik to ensure adequate security to the candidates including our party activists and ensure free-and-fair polls.”

Shaheen accused the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party of playing politics by boycotting the elections. “Otherwise, why did the two parties took part in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council polls?” he asked.

“They know the people are fed up with them and took the escape route… If they believe in what they say, then they should boycott the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls as well. But I know they will not do that and will be in the forefront during those elections.”

Referring to his rallies in the Jammu region, the JD(U) leader said people were very happy that the polls were taking place after a very long time, but were “angry” at the PDP and BJP for their alleged failure on all fronts during their coalition rule.

“We see an opportunity to fill the gap created by the previous PDP-BJP government due to its misrule,” he said, asserting that his party had made great gains across the state.

Continuing his tirade against the BJP, he alleged that the saffron party had failed to address the aspirations of the people of Jammu despite being in power in the state and Centre.

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