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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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Shashi Tharoor accuses BJP of destroying the ‘idea of India’

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New Delhi | Congress Leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday while condemning the attack at his office accused BJP of “destroying the idea of India and accepting pluralism”. Tharoor also criticised the recent attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh.

Speaking in Lok Sabha during the Monsoon session, Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor said, “It (attack on office) wasn’t only an attack on constitutionally provided office but a larger attempt by ruling party to destroy the idea of India and accepting pluralism. Swami Agnivesh was also attacked. We shouldn’t stand by as mob lynching and hooliganism rule democracy.”

Earlier Shashi Tharoor who sparked a controversy after his “Hindu Pakistan” comment, earlier today again attacked the BJP-led Centre and questioned whether they are trying to start “Taliban in Hinduism”.

Tharoor while addressing a public gathering earlier on Wednesday in Thiruvananthapuram said, “They are asking me to go to Pakistan. Who has given them the right to decide that I am not a Hindu like them and I don’t have the right to stay in the country? Have they started a Taliban in Hinduism?”

Earlier on Monday, Tharoor accused the Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha (BJYM) of vandalising his constituency office in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram.

 

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BJP must take blame for shabby arrangement at PM’s rally in West Bengal: TMC

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The BJP should take the blame for the “shabby arrangement” at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Midnapore in West Bengal where 90 people were injured due to the collapse of a canopy, TMC member Saugata Roy said in the Lok Sabha.

“The prime minister addressed the Kisan Kalyan rally in Midnapore. People were brought in from Jharkhand, Odisha.

During the rally, a tent collapsed leaving 90 people injured, of which 50 were women. BJP had organised the rally. They must take the blame for the shabby arrangement for the prime minister’s rally,” Ray said during Zero Hour.

A make-shift tent collapsed during Modi’s rally in West Bengal’s Midnapore district on June 16, following which the Centre sought a report from the West Bengal government.

The tent was erected next to the main entrance of the rally venue to shelter people from the rain and the incident happened when Modi was mid-way through his speech.

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Spearate statehood for North Karnataka not a solution, believes BS Yeddyurappa

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Shivmogga | Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa on Wednesday while criticising the growing demand of the separate statehood of North Karnataka said that such demand will not lead to any solution.

The Karnataka BJP chief further suggested that the current Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government should work towards the development of the state instead.

Several North Karnataka leaders accused the state government of having done injustice to the region in its state budget and demanded separate statehood came after

Speaking to media, Yeddyurappa said that “The state government should issue a white paper on the internal status of the state. People need to understand the situation of the state. This can explain the last government’s rule.”

“There is no consensus on the separate state demand. Nobody should talk about a separate state. If there is no development then fight and work for the development of Karnataka. A separate state is not a solution. It is wrong if any party claims it,” he added.

Earlier, criticising the state budget Senior Congress leader H K Patil wrote a letter to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. He accused the Chief Minister of ignoring the minorities in the budget.

Former Minister Patil stated that people in north Karnataka are disappointed with Congress-JD(S) coalition government’s first budget that had no new plans for the development of the region.

In its first budget, the Congress-JD(S) government announced Rs 34,000-crore farm loan waiver and price hike in fuel, power tariffs and excise duty on Indian-made alcohol.

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