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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

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Maharashtra MP Raju Shetti reaches railway station to block trains carrying milk

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Mumbai | The centre of action in the three-day old ‘milk blockage’ stir by dairy farmers in Maharashtra today shifted to a railway station over a 100 km from here as the Raju Shetti spearheading the agitation camped there to stop trains from Gujarat carrying milk to Mumbai.

“The state government seems in no mood to listen to the woes of milk-producing farmers, who will hold a chakka-jam (roadblock) protest on major roads in the state tomorrow. There will be cattle on roads tomorrow,” Swabhimani Paksha MP Raju Shetti said, after reaching Dahanu station in adjoining Palghar district.

Railways have made special arrangements for the supply of milk to Mumbai. A Western Railway official had yesterday said milk tankers will be attached to the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central passenger train to mitigate problems faced by consumers. Three such tankers reached Mumbai yesterday, he added.

On bringing cattle into the agitation, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna leader Ravikant Tupkar said, “We have used this method to increase the effectiveness of the agitation. You can disperse people easily, but when over 50 cattle gather at a spot, you cannot move them off the road.”

The Kolhapur-based farmers’ organisation has supporters in many districts in Maharashtra. Since Monday, they have started halting milk tankers across the state. They have staged protests in districts like Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Ahmednagar, Nashik, Nanded and Aurangabad.

Many private and cooperative dairies in state have also reduced or stopped their milk collection from farmers to avoid any untoward situation, Tupkar said. Some tankers were also emptied on roads by the agitators, he added.

The Gujarat Dairy Development Corporation Limited has asked the railways to make provisions for transportation of additional supply of milk through trains. “Instead of increasing the milk purchase rate by Rs five per litre, the state government is using railways to get milk supply from Gujarat for Mumbai, which is the biggest market of packaged milk,” Shetti told PTI.

“This shows that it wants to protect the interests of urban people rather than those of farmers,” Shetti said. “I will see that no train carrying milk from Gujarat to Mumbai will pass from this station. I am here with my party workers and we are going to stop the trains if we come to know that they are carrying milk,” he said.

Meanwhile, a Western Railway official today said milk supply through train to Mumbai has been rescheduled.

The WR yesterday announced that 88,000 litres of milk would be supplied via train daily for six days to meet the demand of Mumbai city.

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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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