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

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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.

 

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”.

The midnight vigil received a quite good response with hundreds of people flocking the India Gate in the support of the protest. Senior Congress leaders like Digvijay Singh, Ambika Soni, Ghulam Nabi Azad were present at the march too.

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? What happened to the girl at Kathua is a crime against humanity. It cannot go unpunished.” “What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?” Rahul Gandhi asked.

 

Talking to media here, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said,”We have come here to show solidarity.” Meanwhile, both the rape cases and mishandling of the cases is being widely criticised with BJP drawing ire from all the corners of the country. Many celebrities and sportspersons too have come out to condemn the Kathua horror and demand #JusticeForAsifa.

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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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