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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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Everyone who lives in India is Hindu by identity, nationality, claims RSS chief

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New Delhi | Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday while speaking on the third day of the RSS conclave ‘ Bhavishya ka Bharat – an RSS perspective’ sparked controversy.

Addressing the media Bhagwat said,”All those who live in India are Hindu. They hesitate to say that. All people are our own. Our tradition is unity.” Responding to the question of increasing mob lynching cases, the RSS chief said, “Gau raksha (cow protection) should not be confused with vigilantism or mob violence”.

Bhagwat during the three-day conclave presented his views on various issues. He said,”RSS is not against inter-caste marriage and it really is a question of compatibility between a man and woman. He further added that if there is was a “census” on inter-caste marriages, he remarked, the maximum cases would be from the Sangh.

Earlier Bhagwat had said, “Hindutva” means inclusivity and accepting Muslims is a part of it. “Hindu Rashtra doesn’t mean there’s no place for Muslims. If we don’t accept Muslims, it’s not Hindutva. Hindutva is Indianness and inclusivity.”

Speaking on allegation on RSS role in the decision making of the Union Government Mohan Bhagwat said, “Often people make this speculation that a call from Nagpur (RSS headquarters) must be behind a particular decision (of the government). This is all baseless. All those working (in the government) are seniors and they are far more experienced in politics than us.”

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Congress didn’t support Triple Talaq bill under pressure of Muslim vote bank, alleges BJP

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New Delhi | The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Wednesday criticised the Congress party for its double standards view on the Triple Talaq bill.

Addressing a press conference after the Union cabinet passed the ordinance on the Triple Talaq bill making it a criminal act, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad alleged that the barbaric Triple Talaq curse was not allowed to be ended because of ambiguity and the vacillations of the Congress party.

Criticising the opposition parties especially UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi of playing vote bank politics Prasad said, “It is my serious charge with full sense of responsibility, that a distinguished woman leader is the ultimate leader of the Congress party, yet such a barbaric inhuman Triple Talaq curse was not allowed to be ended by a parliamentary law because of ambiguity and the vacillations of the Congress party.”

Prasad further alleged that “We made all efforts to take the Congress party on board. On the instructions of the Prime minister, Ananth Kumar and I met the Congress leaders, but under the pressure of their vote bank the Congress party did not support us.”

According to the passed ordinance, instant ‘triple talaq’ has been made a criminal offence and a three-year jail term is proposed for a Muslim man who divorces his wife through this practice. The bill covers all kind of instant triple talaq illegal whether delivered orally through a telephone or a mobile call, or in writing or through an electronic medium like Whatsapp or SMS.

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JD (U) to contest J&K civic, panchayat elections

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Jammu | The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Janata Dal (United) on Wednesday announced its participation in the upcoming municipal and panchayat polls but demanded adequate security for its candidates.

“We are going to fight the urban local body and panchayat polls, and our candidates in north Kashmir’s Kupwara and Baramulla districts have already started getting forms from the authorities concerned,” JD(U) state president G M Shaheen told reporters here. “We appeal to Governor Satya Pal Malik to ensure adequate security to the candidates including our party activists and ensure free-and-fair polls.”

Shaheen accused the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party of playing politics by boycotting the elections. “Otherwise, why did the two parties took part in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council polls?” he asked.

“They know the people are fed up with them and took the escape route… If they believe in what they say, then they should boycott the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls as well. But I know they will not do that and will be in the forefront during those elections.”

Referring to his rallies in the Jammu region, the JD(U) leader said people were very happy that the polls were taking place after a very long time, but were “angry” at the PDP and BJP for their alleged failure on all fronts during their coalition rule.

“We see an opportunity to fill the gap created by the previous PDP-BJP government due to its misrule,” he said, asserting that his party had made great gains across the state.

Continuing his tirade against the BJP, he alleged that the saffron party had failed to address the aspirations of the people of Jammu despite being in power in the state and Centre.

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