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Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha detained; Fadnavis government faces ire

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Yashwant Sinha who was protesting alongside 250 farmers from Vidarbha said the farmers are carrying out a surgical strike on the government just like Indian soldiers did.

The state’s BJP government once again came under fire as Maharashtra Police detained the BJP veteran leader Yashwant Sinha in Akola on Monday. Sinha, who has openly criticised the Modi government in the centre recently, was protesting along with the farmers from “Vidarbha” region. The farmers had staged a protest against the current governments’ apathy towards farm crisis.

Rakesh Kalasagar, Akola DSP told a news agency that Sinha was detained along with 250 farmers outside the district collectorate as per section 68 of Bombay Police Act. The Soybean and cotton cultivators of the state have expressed discontent towards the policies of the present day government.

Sinha, even after detention said that he would stay put in case the police frees him. He said, “I want to tell the authorities, state government and the police that if we are formally arrested and then released; still we will not go home.” In a press conference addressing the issue District Collector, Asit Kumar Pandey said that the authorities are trying to convince Sinha that the government is taking cognizance of these issues. However, Sinha wants FIR’s to be filed against bogus BT Cotton companies. Clarifying government stance Pandey said, “The government has already taken firm action against six such companies.”

Speaking at a rally by Shetkari Jagar Manch Sinha launched an attack on the BJP government. He said, “the government backed out from the promise it made to farmers before coming to power.” He also compared the statewide farmers’ agitation against the present government as ‘Surgicle strike’. “Just like Indian Soldiers, farmers too will carry out a ‘Surgical Strike’ on the government if justice is not served,” Sinha said.

However, after Sinha’s detention the State government attracted flak from the opposition.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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