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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.


Kumaraswamy government in deep slumber, alleges Yeddyurappa





Belagavi |Alleging that the Congress-JDS coalition government in Karnataka was in a deep slumber like the epic character ‘Kumbhakarna,’ state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday said it had no moral right to remain in power.

The Congress was now regretting its decision to support the JD(S) to form a government, Yeddyurappa claimed in the assembly, as he asked the ruling coalition to work towards addressing issues of the people or “resign and go”.

Seeking to corner the government on a host of issues, he said the coalition worries in the ruling alliance were “hampering” the administration and developmental works.

Initiating the debate on drought situation in the state, Yeddyurappa said, the government has announced hundred taluks as drought-hit and the situation was such that 20 more taluks are likely to be added to the list.

Demanding answers from the government on drought mitigation measures, he said, according to information gathered by him, except for one or two places, ministers had not visited affected areas and funds were not being utilised efficiently for relief works.

Pointing out at the delay in setting up of fodder banks, he said, “no minister or Chief Minister had taken the situation seriously.

Noting that the state had overall deficit rainfall of about 49 per cent, Yeddyurappa sought to know the steps taken to address the situation with summer approaching fast.

“The government is in a deep slumber like Kumbhakarna.

It has closed it eyes. It is not coming to the rescue of farmers and people at the time when they need it the most,” he added.

Coming down heavily on the JD(S), Yeddyurappa while pointing at the promises made by the party ahead of assembly polls, including waiving of farm loan within 24 hours after coming to power, said its manifesto was a “bundle of lies”.

“I want to tell this Chief Minister that he had made a false promise to the 6.5 crore people of the state through his manifesto of lies….,” he said.

Stating that he would have wanted the government to complete its five-year term if it had fulfilled the promises made and worked for the betterment of the people, the BJP leader said, “after having seen its administration and its functioning, I feel this government has no moral right to stay in power.”

Yeddyurappa, the leader of Opposition also questioned Congress’ silence on the functioning of the government, headed by its coalition partner the JD(S).

“Have you (Congress) read JD(S)’ manifesto…. Chief Minister still speaks only about big things, but nothing was happening on the ground,” he said.

He alleged that during the previous Siddaramaiah government rule, 4,712 farmers had committed suicide and 489 under the current dispensation.

There was growing disgruntlement within the Congress and “it may explode any time”, he claimed.

“People are waiting when this government will go…

you (ruling coalition) work for the people and address their issues or resign and go,” he added.

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President accepts Upendra Kushwaha’s resignation




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New Delhi | President Ram Nath Kovind Tuesday accepted RLSP president Upendra Kushwaha’s resignation from the Union council of ministers. In a press communique, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said the President, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has accepted the resignation of Kushwaha from the Union Council of Ministers with immediate effect.

Kushwaha on Monday had severed his ties with the BJP and tendered his resignation accusing the Prime Minister of reducing the cabinet to a “rubber stamp”, “betraying” backward classes and giving Bihar only “jumlas”.

Making the announcement a day ahead of Parliament’s Winter Session, the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) leader Kushwaha from Bihar said he is open to joining the opposition alliance, which includes Lalu Prasad’s RJD and the Congress.

He also claimed the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance would not be able to win a single seat in the state.

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Winter Session: PM Modi urges political parties to take up issues of public interest





New Delhi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged all parties to utilize the Winter Session of Parliament for public interest rather than political interests. Speaking outside Parliament before the start of the session, the prime minister asked leaders of various political parties to participate in debates, discuss issues of public interest and work towards resolving them.

Modi hoped that the session would be constructive and members would participate in debates on key issues concerning the public, even if sharper. He hoped the winter session would function more than its stipulated time.

“I am confident that political parties will keep public interest in mind and make use of this session to utilize it for furthering public interests and not parties interests,” he told reporters.

Modi said this Winter Session of Parliament is important and everyone should participate in the discussion.

“There should be a debate, discussion, and dialogue,” he said.

The Winter Session of Parliament starts Tuesday and will end on January 8.

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