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Brawl incident: Police on look out for MLA Ganesh, says Home Minister Patil

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Bengaluru | Police are on the lookout for “absconding” Congress MLA J N Ganesh, who is facing a case of attempt to murder for allegedly assaulting his lawmaker colleague Anand Singh during a brawl at a private resort here on Saturday night, Home Minister M B Patil said Wednesday.

He said Ganesh, who has been suspended from the Congress, would “not be spared” and would be arrested at the earliest.

“No one is above the law. Already an FIR has been lodged.

The party (Congress) also has taken disciplinary action by suspending him.

Police and our department are doing their duty…we are looking out,” Patil told reporters here.

He said Ganesh not having been arrested till now did not mean they “are sitting quietly” and added, “I want to make it clear that there is no interference by anyone.

The government and Home Department are under no pressure.

Our department is taking the necessary steps. We will not spare him, we will arrest him (Ganesh) at the earliest,” he added.

Ganesh and Anand Singh allegedly entered into a brawl at Eagleton Resorts on the city outskirts where the Congress MLAs were herded together to prevent them from BJP’s alleged poaching bid to topple the Congress-JDS government.

Patil claimed that the Congress was “instrumental” in registering an FIR and took action against Ganesh after looking at the “heinous” assault on Singh.

“We had all (Congress leaders) gone to meet him (Singh)…we told him and his family to take all necessary action and that the party will not interfere,” he said.

Asked why Ganesh had not yet been arrested, he said “…whenever such cases happen, they all (accused) abscond, they take legal advice and abscond, so police face a little difficulty.

But it is not impossible to arrest him. We will arrest him.”

A red-faced Congress on Monday suspended Ganesh, who had claimed that he was also injured in the incident.

To a question on whether the government allowed Ganesh to abscond before registering an FIR, Patil said it was not sitting quiet and action would be taken according to the law.

“…nothing of that sort has happened.

The reason for filing an FIR is AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal, KPCCPresident Dinesh Gundu Rao and Siddaramaaih (CLP leader) as they took the decision…as the family was not in a good state of mind…” he said.

Asked about conflicting versions by Congress leaders and ministers on Sunday stating that no brawl had taken place, Patil said no one had complete information about the incident and things became clear to party leaders only after they met Singh at the hospital.

A police official probing the case said “We have teams to arrest him, but he is not reachable. We could not arrest him.”

Besides the attempt to murder, Ganesh, who was one of the MLAs reportedly under the BJP lens for desertion, has been charged with causing grievous injuries and threatening Singh.

Singh’s son Siddharth Singh told reporters at the hospital that his father has fractured two ribs and a bone below the right eye.

“There is a fracture below the right eye.

Also, two ribs below the chest have also fractured.

Doctors have decided to take a call after the swelling in the right eye reduces.

Doctors have instructed that he has to undergo treatment for the next four-five days. We are praying for his speedy recovery,” he said.

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Pulwama attack: Shiv Sena MLC wants boycott of tourism in Jammu and Kashmir

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Mumbai | Against the backdrop of the Pulwama terrorist attack that claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel, a Shiv Sena MLC wants people from other parts of India to boycott tourism in Jammu and Kashmir for two years.

Sena legislator and spokesperson Manisha Kayande said boycotting tourism in Jammu and Kashmir, “where youth, women and children pelt stones on security forces”, would hurt the economic resources of the northern state. “The need of the hour is to counter the mentality of keeping the state on tenterhooks by targeting Indian jawans,” she said in a statement issued on Saturday.

Noting that Jammu and Kashmir is a beautiful state that attracts visitors from across the globe, Kayande said, “Tourism benefits the local people. If these resources earned are used against the country and the security forces, Indians should boycott tourism in the state for next two years.”

“Whenever there is an encounter between militants and security agencies, locals pelt stones on jawans to help militants get away,” she claimed. The Sena leader also demanded boycott of all Chinese goods, saying that country was supportive of Pakistan, which has been fomenting trouble in India.

China on Friday condemned the Pulwama terror attack carried out by a Jaish suicide bomber but declined to back India’s appeal to list the Pakistan-based terror group’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.

At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.

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Rajinikanth and his party won’t contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls

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Chennai | Actor turned politician Rajinikanth has announced that he along with his party Rajni Makkal Mandram won’t be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in 2019.

In an issued Press release Rajinikanth stated that his party Rajni Makkal Mandram (RMM) will not support any party and added that its focus will on next assembly elections. The Tamil actor also appealed to his supporters to that he wants them to vote for a party which will solve Tamil Nadu’s water issues.

Rajinikanth further mentioned that his photo or party symbol should strictly not be used for any propaganda. On 31 December 2017 Rajinikanth had announced his entry into politics with the intention to contest in the 2021 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly elections in all 234 constituencies.

Out of the 2014 Lok Sabha election held on the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK won 37 seats while PMK and BJP managed to win 1 seat each. DMK and Congress failed to win even a single seat in Tamil Nadu.

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Lok Sabha polls: Mumbai Congress promises jobs, unemployment allowance

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Mumbai | The Mumbai Congress is set to roll out a campaign aimed at providing employment to youth in the megacity and a monthly allowance to unemployed people if the party is voted to power in the Lok Sabha polls.

The campaign, titled ‘Chalo Ward Abhiyaan’, taken up in view of the “rising unemployment in the country”, will commence from Monday, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam said in a statement. The city Congress unit has already started working on the plan and printed around six lakh forms, he said.

The Youth Congress workers will be visiting every house in all the Assembly segments in Mumbai to ensure that every youngster fills these forms, Nirupam said. “Those who fill the forms will be given allowance cards. If we are voted to power, the allowance card holders will be given preference in employment, or else they will provided unemployment allowance,” he said.

Nirupam said people between 18 and 40 years of age would be eligible for the unemployment allowance. The new Congress-led governments in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have already announced unemployment allowances of Rs 3,500 and Rs 4,000 per month respectively, he noted.

Nirupam also said that unlike the ruling BJP, the Congress will “actually walk the talk”, if it is voted to power in the Lok Sabha elections.

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