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J&K Assembly dissolved: Governor dissolved the assembly under Centre’s pressure, says Saifuddin Soz

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Saifuddin Soz said, “Mehbooba Mufti should go to court against the governor’s move to dissolve the assembly at the behest of the Center.

 

Srinagar| The PDP, National Conference and the Congress, who have been trying to establish a new government in Jammu and Kashmir, have received a big blow from governor Satyapal Malik. Amidst the ongoing talks of a possible PDP-NC-Congress alliance to form a government, governor Satyapal Malik has dissolved the Assembly. Earlier, PDP had written a letter to the governor presenting the claim to form the government. PDP had sent this letter to the governor’s office through fax. However, in strange circumstances, the Governor did not receive it. Malik later cited technical issues with the Fax machine as the reason. Former Chief Minister of the state Mehbooba Mufti tweeted and informed that this fax has not been received from the Governor’s office nor the governor is answering the phone.

Mufti, while writing a letter to the Governor, had said, “As you know, PDP is the largest party with 29 MLAs in the state assembly. Through media, you may have been informed that Congress and National Conference have agreed to form a government with PDP.”

However, Governor Satyapal Malik ordered the dissolution of the assembly under section 53. Along with this, reports of a revolt in PDP started coming out. Some legislators opposed the formation of the coalition government.

After dissolving the Assembly, Mehbooba Mufti criticised the governor and said that it is unfortunate to dissolve the assembly in such a haste. She said being the biggest party in the state, the governor should have called them. “But he did not do that. The governor should first have found all the options,” Mufti said.  According to the information, former Chief Minister of the state Mehbooba Mufti can challenge the decision of the governor to dissolve the Assembly in the Court.

BJP’s dictatorial attitude again came in front: Azad

Reacting on the dissolution of the assembly, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that there were no formal talks among the parties and the meeting of the legislators was called. “BJP does not want any government in Jammu and Kashmir. The dictatorship of BJP has come out again,” Azad said. Azad further said that we want elections in the state.

Omar Abdullah’s tweet

National Conference Chief Omar Abdullah wrote in a tweet that “it can not be coincidental that Mehbooba Mufti was going to present a claim to form the government and the Governor dissolved the assembly.”

Assembly dissolved under Center’s pressure: Saifuddin Soz

Senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz has reacted sharply on the incident. Talking to the media, he said, “Mehbooba Mufti should go to court against the governor’s move at the behest of the Center. Dissolving the Assembly is undemocratic and unconstitutional.”

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UDF disrupts Kerala Assembly for 6th day, proceedings adjourned in 32 minutes

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Thiruvananthapuram | Sloganeering and a banner protest by the opposition Congress-led UDF legislators over the Sabarimala issue marred proceedings of the Kerala Assembly for the sixth consecutive day Monday.

As opposition members, armed with placards and banner, trooped to the well of the House and continued sloganeering, Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan scrapped the question hour and zero hour and rushed through the listed business of the day before adjourning the House in 32 minutes.

Public Works Minister G Sudhakaran started replying to questions but the UDF MLAs stood in front of the speaker’s podium demanding lifting of prohibitory orders in Sabarimala, which was further extended by the government till December 12. The Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government’s alleged lukewarm response towards the ‘satyagraha’, staged by three UDF MLAs at the portals of the House since last week demanding removal of curbs at the hill shrine, also irked opposition members.

They raised slogans expressing solidarity with fellow lawmakers-V S Sivakumar (Congress), Parakkal Abdullah (Indian Union Muslim League) and N Jayaraj (Kerala Congress-Mani)- who had launched the indefinite ‘satyagraha’ on December 3. Some of the opposition members even tried to attract the Speaker’s attention by blocking his view by the banner.

Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala later told reporters that the CPI(M)-led LDF government was extending prohibitory orders “intentionally” as UDF MLAs were staging protest. He, however, said the opposition would go ahead with the protest and would not buckle under pressure of the Left government and the chief minister. As soon as the House proceedings began, the lone BJP MLA O Rajagopal and independent Legislator, P C George staged a walkout.

They said the walkout was a mark of protest against the LDF government’s decision to continue prohibitory orders in Sabarimala and to express solidarity with the BJP leader A N Radhakrishnan, who has been on a fast for the last eight days in front of the Secretariat here demanding lifting of curbs at the hill shrine. The hill shrine had been witnessing protests by devotees and right wing groups against the government’s decision to implement the September 28 Supreme Court verdict, permitting women of all age groups to offer prayers at the temple.

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Agusta Westland case: CBI Special Court extends Christian Michel’s custody

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New Delhi | The CBI special court on Monday extended Agusta Westland Middleman Christian Michel’s custody for an additional 5 days.

The Central Beaureu of Investigation (CBI) had demanded a custody of further 9 days claiming that Michel was uncooperative and evasive during the custody. The agency further claimed that Michel didn’t co-operate with the Italian investigation in the case.

Opposing the custody Michel’s lawyer Aljo Joseph argued that Police custody is not required anymore as there is no incriminating evidence against Michel. CBI further informed the court that the British Council has approached it for consular access to Michel.

Earlier the CBI special court on December 5 sent Christian Michel to a 5 days CBI custody in a case related to the 3,600 crore AugustaWestland case. Christian Michel James, the alleged middleman in politically-sensitive Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, was brought to India on late December 4 night following his extradition by the UAE. Earlier, the UAE Ambassador Ahmed Albana had said that the decision of the extradition of Christian Michel- a British citizen should be left on the judicial system of the United Arab Emirates.

Michel has been accused of influencing politicians, officials and journalists using monetary incentives to procure 12 VVIP helicopters, to be used for the Indian Prime Minister, the President and other important personalities. The deal signed in 2007, was scrapped in 2013 following the bribery allegations.

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Develop Gorakhpur as city of knowledge: President Ram Nath Kovind

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Gorakhpur (UP) | President Ram Nath Kovind said Monday that Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh should be developed as a city of knowledge in the next 15 years as the state has the largest human resource in the country.

Addressing the founder’s week celebration of Maharana Pratap Shiksha Parishad, Kovind said Gorakhpur, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath‘s political home turf, should be developed as a knowledge city by 2032 — the centenary year of the Parishad, which works in the field of education and capacity building. He said Uttar Pradesh has the largest number of youths in the country and the new policies of the state government should help them become “job creators”.

The president said the objective of education is to develop a good human being, but stressed that quality of education is as important for a country’s development. Recalling the great men from the region — such as Paramhans of the Nath sect, Sufi saint Roshan Ali Shah, Baba Raghav Das, Munshi Premchand, Ram Prasad Bismil and Firaq Gorakhpoori, the president asked students to follow the path of Maharana Pratap, a Rajput warrior from the Mewar region of Rajasthan.

He also praised the contribution of saints from the Nath sect in the field of education and contribution towards society and during the freedom struggle. He said he has visited the Gorakhnath temple several times when Mahant Avaidyanath, the mentor of Adityanath, was its head.

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