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Weekly Political Roundup: Kathua, Unnao and the opportunistic silence

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The condemnation of horrific Kathua and Unnao rape cases from the Prime minister and the ruling party came only after the public outrage.

 

The Indian politics never ceases to amaze. This time the political parties returned to older ways to protest but with a new twist. Dalit atrocities were still at the forefront this week. The Congress staged a nation-wide fast to protest the atrocities committed against the Dalit community and SC/ST act amendment. BJP too, followed the suite and staged a day-long fast to protest the parliament impasse. While PM Modi continued his scheduled visit to Defence expo on the day of fast, several BJP Ministers and MPs staged fast throughout the country. Taking a jibe at this Fast politics of BJP, former NDA ally TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu said that this theatrics will not solve the real problems and accused the BJP of weakening the allies.

The noisiest news among all was the Prime Minister’s silence on the Unnao and Kathua rape cases. The condemnation from the Prime minister and the ruling party came only after the public outrage and a candlelight march by Congress president Rahul Gandhi demanding the PM to speak up.

  1. Congress Fasts against Dalit atrocities:

Intensifying its attack on the Modi-led government, Congress observed a day-long fast on Monday across the country. Congress President Rahul Gandhi led the nation-wide fast. Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to arrive at the venue at 11 AM and mark his presence till 4 PM. However, the fast event in Delhi stirred a controversy when Anti-Sikh riots accused Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar was spotted on the stage. Estimating the possible backlash, Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken asked both of them to leave the spot. However, while talking to a news agency, Tytler refuted the claim and said he was not asked to leave the site.

The fast also drew criticism after the picture of its Delhi leader hopping on Chhole Bhature earlier that day surfaced on the internet. The BJP slammed the Congress for making a mockery out of the protest fast.

You can read the detailed report on Congress Fasts against Dalit atrocities, here:

Congress Fast: Rahul Gandhi to fast from 11 AM to 4 PM, Jagdish Tytler’s presence stirs controversy

 

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  1. Chandrababu Naidu alleges BJP of weakening the allies:

Prime Minister Modi’s announcement of holding a hunger strike didn’t go down well with the Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu who pulled out of the Narendra Modi government last month. He accused the Prime Minister of playing diversionary tactics. Terming the day-long hunger strike ‘ridiculous’, Chandrababu Naidu said that it is an attempt to run away from the issues raised by the opposition.

The party had left the NDA government over Andhra Pradesh Special category status demand. When asked why the Centre did not help the Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu alleged that the BJP wanted to weaken the TDP to get the control over the state. He said the BJP wanted the TDP to surrender before it.

You can read the detailed report on Chandrababu Naidu alleges BJP of weakening the allies, here:

“BJP wanted to weaken the allies”: Chandrababu Naidu

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The relation between Telugu Desam Party and BJP is soured

 

  1. BJP holds a nation-wide Fast:

Following the footsteps of Congress, BJP on April 12 staged a day-long hunger strike. BJP leaders from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis observed a day-long fast in the different parts of the country. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to continue his schedule of attending the Defence Expo in Chennai, Party president Amit Shah participated in the sit-in Dharna at Hubbali in Karnataka.

In Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with Mumbai BJP President Ashish Shelar and BJP MP Paresh Rawal attended the day-long fast. While Railway Minister Piyush Goyal too observed the fast at Thane, Union Health Minister J P Nadda fasted in PM Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi.

Here too, the party members couldn’t resist their hunger pangs and several MLAs were spotted feasting on the day of Fast itself.

You can read the detailed report on BJP holds a nation-wide Fast, here:

The fast politics: BJP leaders stage a nation-wide protest; Congress calls it “Farsical”

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  1. Rahul Gandhi leads candle-light march against Kathua and Unnao rapes:

Congress President Rahul Gandhi led a candle-light march organized to protest the horrific Unnao and Kathua rape case, on Thursday. Gandhi was also accompanied by his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, her husband Robert Vadra and their daughter Miraya.

The midnight march was called by the Congress President in the wake of Kathua rape case where an eight-year-old girl was gang-raped and killed brutally and Unnao rape case where a BJP MLA was accused of raping a minor and assaulting her father to death.

On Thursday evening Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Like millions of Indians my heart hurts tonight. India simply cannot continue to treat its women the way it does.” He also called for a peaceful candlelight march at Delhi’s India Gate to protest the “violence and demand justice for the victims”.

Condemning the horrific rapes, Rahul Gandhi said that the party is not trying to politicise the issue. “We want the government to resolve the matter, women should at least feel safe,” Rahul Gandhi said. Terming the Kathua gangrape a crime against Humanity, Rahul Gandhi asked, “How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil?

You can read the detailed report on Rahul Gandhi leads candle-light march against Kathua and Unnao rapes, here:

Rahul Gandhi leads candlelight march against the government inaction in Kathua and Unnao rape cases

Rahul Gandhi 

 

  1. Unnao rape accused BJP MLA arrested:

Following the verdict of Allahabad High Court, the CBI on Friday arrested the Unnao BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar- accused in the rape case. The two-judge bench of Chief Justice D B Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar was hearing the case. The senior advocate Gopal Swaroop Chaturvedi had written to them demanding a court-monitored investigation of the case, which was treated as a PIL.

The court in its 20-page verdict made several scathing remarks on the situation of law and order machinery in the state. The Court observed, “The disturbing feature of the case is that the law and order machinery and the government officials were directly in the league and under the influence of Kuldeep Singh.” The judges also lashed out at the state law enforcement over the tampering of evidence and intimidation of the victim. The court also took cognizance of the arrest of victim’s father and the assault he faced in the judicial custody.

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You can read the detailed report on Unnao rape accused BJP MLA arrested, here:

Unnao Rape case: accused BJP MLA arrested, Allahabad HC slams state police

“No perpetrator will be spared”: Said a furious PM Modi over Kathua and Unnao rape cases

Your silence is unacceptable and India is waiting for you to speak up: Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi

UP Police arrest brother of BJP MLA accused in Unnao rape

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Sitaram Yechury gets re-elected as the General Secretary of CPI(M)

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The CPI(M) today on Sunday elected Sitaram Yechury as its General Secretary at its 22nd party Congress.
Mr. Yechury said, “We had a momentous Congress, detailed discussions and we have taken important decisions in this Congress. If any message that should go to rank and file and our class enemy, it is that CPI(M) has emerged as a united party”.
He further added, “The main task today is to defeat this BJP government and for that all necessary measures will be undertaken.”
Tapan Sen, the West Bengal leader and Nilotpal Basu both have given new positions whereas A K Padmanabhan, the former CITU leader has been relieved.
S Ramachandran Pillai, the Kerala leader despite the supposition that he will be retiring and getting back to Kerala continues to be with the Politburo. MV Govindan Master from Kerala, Deshabhimani, the Chief Editor of the party and K Radhakrishnan, the former Kerala Assembly speaker are the ones that have made a fresh entry in the Central Committee.

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Weekly Political Roundup: A week of a setback for the opposition

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From the backlash over Saffron Terror remark of Congress to Bringing the impeachment motion against the Chief justice of India Dipak Mishra, the opposition had to endure quite a setback.

 

This week in politics has been filled with setbacks for the opposition. From the backlash over Saffron Terror remark of Congress to bringing the impeachment motion against the Chief justice of India Dipak Mishra, the opposition had to endure quite a setback.

At the beginning of the week, a special NIA court acquitted all the five accused in the Mecca Masjid Blast case. The accused who were linked to several right-wing organizations were arrested in the series of bombing cases. However, their acquittal triggered a political war after BJP asked the Congress to apologize for its “Saffron Terror” remarks.

Similarly, the opposition which was demanding an independent probe into the death of Judge Loya who was hearing the case of Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter in which Amit Shah was the main accused received a blow after the SC bench rejected all the PILs. A day after the judgement, seven opposition parties signed up for the impeachment motion and presented it to Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. However, the Congress which was leading the signature campaign had to face internal rift over the motion.

Newly elected CM of Tripura Biplab Deb from BJP also created quite a stir with his remarks saying internet existed in the days of Mahabharata too.

The big news, however, came on Saturday with senior leader Yashwant Sinha quitting BJP. Sinha is first from Advani camp to resign from BJP. Sinha has been consistent Modi critique.

  1. Mecca Masjid blast: BJP calls Congress “Anti-Hindu”

A spitfire of statements was exchanged between Congress and BJP after the right-wing activist and four others were exempted from all the charges related to the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast controversy. While the opposition questioned the working of the National Investigation Agency, BJP slammed the Congress party for using derogatory terms such as “saffron terror”.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra demanded an apology from the party president Rahul Gandhi and his predecessor Sonia Gandhi for using belittling terms such “Saffron terror” and “Hindu terror” at the same time making a remark about how Congress has long defamed Hindus for the sake of their vote bank.

Mecca Masjid Blast

Mecca Masjid Blast

You can read the detailed report about Mecca Masjid blast, here:

Mecca Masjid blast: BJP exposes the politics of defaming Hindus

 

  1. New Scientific discoveries by Tripura CM:

Adding to the bizarre statements by BJP leaders, the newly elected Tripura CM Biplab Deb has made yet another statement. Biplab Deb said that internet wasn’t invented in western countries but several centuries ago in India. He even claimed that satellite technology was available during Mahabharat period. He even said that it was with the help of Internet Sanjay could see the war and describe it to Dhritarashtra.

Earlier, Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan had also claimed that cosmologist Stephen Hawking, agreed that the Vedas have a theory that is superior to Albert Einstein’s equation e=mc^2 that sums up the theory of special relativity.

You can read the detailed report aboutNew Scientific discoveries by Tripura CM, here:

Internet, satellite were available even during Mahabharat: Tripura CM Biplab Deb

3.      SC Verdict on Judge Loya case and Impeachment:

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed all the PILs seeking an independent probe into the case of mysterious death of Judge BH Loya. The SC upheld that the death was natural and slammed the petitioners calling the petitions “motivated” and a “personal attack on the judiciary”.

While the BJP hailed the decision, seven opposition parties led by Congress met Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday and submitted an impeachment motion for the removal of Chief Justice Dipak Misra. Congress stated that the concern of all those who’ve signed the impeachment notice is that democracy is being undermined.

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You can read the detailed report aboutSC Verdict on Judge Loya case and Impeachment, here:

Chief Justice impeachment: Opposition led by Congress submit a notice to Vice President

SC verdict will raise more questions: Congress on Judge Loya case

Ravi Shankar admonishes Rahul Gandhi not to fight political battles through court corridors

 

  1. Yashwant Sinha bids adieu to BJP:

Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and a known Modi critique today announced that he has decided to resign from BJP. His announcement has come at a time when 2019 Lok Sabha Election is less than a year away.

Talking at an event in Patna organized by National Forum– a platform launched by Yashwant Sinha and few of his supporters, he said, that the biggest danger that the Nation faces today is about the state and future of democracy. “I am going to dedicate the rest of my life to this mission. BJP, I RESIGN!” he announced.

Yashwant Sinha

You can read the detailed report about Yashwant Sinha bids adieu to BJP, here:

Yashwant Sinha resigns from BJP

 

 

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Justice A.P Shah dismisses the impeachment movement as “Purely Political”

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Following the opposition-led impeachment motion against Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.P Shah has decided to share his thoughts on the same by completely dismissing this movement as “Purely Political”

“It is a purely political issue. I’m not sure of the purpose for this impeachment. The opposition doesn’t have the numbers. There is a possibility that the Speaker may or may not accept the motion. Then the matter will have to be taken to Supreme Court and in that process, the Chief Justice would retire by that time”, he stated.

Disregarding this turmoil he went on to say that it would be the “blackest day” for Indian judiciary if Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is tipped to be the Supreme Court Chief Justice after Justice Misra retires in October, is not elevated.

“If this doesn’t happen, if the appointment does not go through, I would say that would be the blackest day for the judiciary of India. Justice Gogoi is one of our finest judges. He has come out openly on principle. It is true that an outgoing judge recommends the new CJI. that’s the reality. But I am sure that the wiser counsel will prevail and there would not be such adventure,” he said in Gogoi’s favour.

Justice Misra was appointed the Chief Justice of India in August last year and is due to retire in October when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 65.

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