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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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Breaking News: Kamal Nath appointed as Madhya Pradesh CM

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Bhopal| Ending the two days long speculations the Congress finally declared Kamal Nath as the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister. However, there will not be a deputy Chief Minister in the Hindi Heartland state. The announcement came after party president Rahul Gandhi met both CM aspirants, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath at his residence in Delhi.

Following their meeting with Gandhi, both the leaders returned to Bhopal where a meeting of legislators was scheduled. While confident Kamal Nath greeted thhe party workers as he reached the party headquarters in Bhopal, Scindia was nowhere to be seen.

Earlier, in the day sources from the Congress party had said that party may handover the reins of Madhya Pradesh to Kamal Nath. The official announcement came after thorough deliberation by the Congress top leadership.

Kamal Nath, the state unit chief of Madhya Pradesh was sent to the state ahead of election campaigning to take over the charge. A close confidante of Gandhi family, Kamal Nath was once described by the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as her third son. The MP from Chhindwara has now been elected as the leader of the ruling party in assembly. He is expected to take oath as the Chief Minister by Friday afternoon.

Congress won 114 seats in the Madhya Pradesh assembly becoming the single largest party. It will form government with the support of 2 BSP and 1 SP MLA.

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Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot ask supporters to maintain peace

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Jaipur | Amid the announcement of the Chief Minister in Rajasthan both Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot have asked thier supporters to maintain peace and decourum in the state.

Ashok Gehlot, one of the probable CM in Rajasthan speaking to media said,” I appeal to workers to maintain calm, they have worked very hard, whatever decisions will be taken will be binding on all. Rahul ji is talking to and consulting all leaders.”

Gehlot further added that a decision will be taken soon, there is nothing to worry. Just wait, the decision has to be taken on CMs of three states so naturally, it takes time. Party president will take a call.

Meanwhile Rajasthan State unit chief and CM candidate Sachin Pilot appeal the supporters to maintain peace in the state. He said,”I appeal to party workers to maintain peace and decorum. I have full faith in the leadership, we will welcome whatever Rahul Gandhi ji and Sonia Gandhi ji decide.” He further added that it is our responsibility to uphold the honour of the party, we are dedicated to the party.”


Sachin pilot further asked the media to not run news based on rumours and only rely on confirmed news. “We will welcome whatever the party leadership decides,” he added.

 

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Pilot and Scindia are the ‘young champions’ : Vijay Mallya

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New Delhi: After winning a strong victory in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi is in every conversation. His triumph is being congratulated from all over social media as well as the party workers. Meanwhile, fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya has also given congratulations over this win, but not to Rahul Gandhi but to Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Sachin Pilot is considered to be the next Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Jyotiraditya Scindia is considered the next Chief Minister in Rajasthan. Mallya has tweeted congratulations to both the candidates and has described them as ‘young champions’.

Mallya, who was accused of absconding several PNB nationals worth nine thousand crore rupees. India is in an attempt to extradite Mallya as soon as possible.

 

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