Padmavati controversy: Karni Sena creates ruckus outside theatre playing trailer of Bhansali’s movie

Barwani (MP): In no let up in the wave of resentment against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati”, Karni Sena activists created ruckus outside a cinema hall at Anjad town here for playing the trailer of the controversial movie. The police, however, have not registered a case.

“Karni Sena members created ruckus after the trailer of ‘Padmavati’ was shown in the middle of a movie through satellite last night,” said Dharmendra Jain, owner of Virendra Talkies. He said the film’s trailer would not be shown again.

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Anjad police station in-charge R R Chouhan said the Karni Sena had last month submitted a memorandum to the district authorities, demanding a ban on screening “Padmavati” and its trailer. He said police personnel brought the situation under control soon after they were informed about the protest.

“The cinema hall owner has been asked not to screen any part of the movie or its trailer, until its release is duly approved by authorities,” the officer said.

Chouhan said no case has been registered in this regard.

Political leaders and a number of organisations, especially the Karni Sena, have been opposing the release of the history drama, claiming that it had portrayed Rajput queen Padmini in bad light.

The Rajasthan-based outfit had even threatened to chop off the nose of lead actor Deepika Padukone if she did not refrain from making “provocative” statements. The fringe outfit had also threatened violence if the movie was released.

A Haryana BJP leader is reported to have announced a bounty of Rs 10 crore for anyone beheading Padukone and Bhansali.

The film’s December 1 release was recently deferred.

Can Rahul Gandhi’s coronation as Congress president revive the fortunes of the Grand Old Party?

Indian National Congress (INC) or more commonly known as Congress is a party which is more than 130 years old and has played an important role in India’s evolution from being the party which took part in freedom struggle to governing the Indian republic for close to 60 years since its independence, the Grand Old Party (GOP) now finds itself at crossroads and is unsure about what kind of legacy it wants to leave.

Rahul Rajiv Gandhi, the 47-year-old dynast of the Nehru-Gandhi clan according to reports will be elected (coroneted) as the new president of Congress before the results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections, taking over from his ailing mother Sonia Gandhi, who had held the post for unprecedented 19 years since 1998 and now the throne will be passed to the ‘Yuvraj’ of Congress. Rahul Gandhi’s journey as a politician has been a peculiar one because ever since he won the election in 2004 Lok Sabha fighting from Amethi constituency big things were expected from the chosen one, but more often than not the three-time Member of Parliament has let down many people and his record as a vice-president of GOP was nothing to write home about.

During the lead up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the baton was passed to Gandhi to lead the charge against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Narendra Modi and we all know how the elections panned out. Congress got 44 seats out of 543 and it was a humiliating defeat for the GOP and Gandhi took the blame and said that party will fight back and regain the trust of Indian electorate. Congress after the general elections debacle has lost Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, Delhi, Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand to name a few, but the party has always defended and shielded the vice-president and reiterated that Rahul Gandhi is learning about the Indian polity. If this would have been a corporate structure then it would have been mighty difficult for the CEO to keep his job, but Congress has always looked the other way to safeguard the interest of its beloved leader.

Rahul Gandhi Elevation: Only sabotage can spoil show
The current dispensation led by prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah are ruthless because they go into every election as a do or die battle and they leave nothing to chance. The saffron party is currently at the helm of 18 states and is trying all the tricks in the book to expand its voter base. Gandhi over the past six months is developing into a mass leader and is taking on the government by raising important issues in the public domain. Gandhi has put all its might in Gujarat assembly elections and is now taking a keen interest in social media to reach out to the people. This new version of Gandhi is making headlines, but to stay relevant you have to win elections and most likely Congress will lose Himachal Pradesh and the win in Gujarat looks highly improbable.

India is a country, which is very demanding and restless and Gandhi has to take leaders of his own party in confidence to prepare a roadmap for the future. The cadre and leadership have to be in sync and the preparation for the 2019 general elections should start from now. There is a huge disaffection with the current Modi government on various factors and it is up to Gandhi to tap into that and give its leaders believe that the party will bounce back and for that Rahul Gandhi has to lead from the front and by being the president he will have to be a 24*7, 365 days politician and prove that he is in for the long haul. Indian state needs a strong and throbbing opposition and for that Congress and Rahul Gandhi have to wake up from their slumber.

Post Script: The battle for Gujarat is intensifying with each passing day and this election could go down to the wire. Congress after a long time is putting up a fight with different groups and this is being touted as Rahul Gandhi’s second coming. What if on December 18 (result date for the elections) Gandhi is holidaying in the Bahamas or Europe and god forbid if Congress loses then who will take the blame? Just a thought!

Never misused my position like Mallya: Robert Vadra

New Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra on Tuesday cried foul after liquor baron Vijay Mallya drew parallels citing both of them were victims of political vendetta.

In his defence before a UK court against India’s request to extradite him in a money laundering case, the businessman had said that he was a political victim like Vadra and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. Vadra, however, shrugged off Mallya’s statement saying that he was a political victim but never misused his position or ran away with anyone’s money.

“Yet again, I came across the news, where somebody or the other is using my name as crutches, for their personal benefits… This time, none other than Mr Vijay Mallya citing my references in the UK courts. I would like to remind Mr Mallya, yes I am a political victim, but I never misused my position and have full faith in my country’s judicial system… I never ran away with anyone’s money from the country like him,” Vadra said.

Mallya, who is wanted in India for financial irregularities involving a total amount of Rs 9,000 crore as well as money laundering, will be tried in the UK court on December 4. Vadra also advised the now-defunct Kingfisher airline’s chairman to come back to India and face all pending legal matters against him.

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“My piece of advise to him is ‘to please return to India and face all pending legal matters and to clear his dues to the people owed’, and last but not the least, ‘please avoid using my name’, I do not wish to be associated with you in any matter,” Vadra said. Mallaya has been staying in the UK for over a year now.

Vadra has been under the scanner for dubious land deals made in Haryana when the Congress was in power for 10 years. The deals were held up by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during poll campaigns for years as proof of massive corruption on Congress watch.

Shashi Tharoor draws flak for calling Miss World ‘chillar’

New Delhi, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday drew flak after he referred to Manushi Chhillar, who was crowned Miss World on Saturday, as “chillar” (meaning small change).

Chhillar, a medical student from Haryana, won the title in China, ending 16 years of drought for India at the international beauty pageant.

“What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World!” the former Union Minister tweeted.

The Twitteratti were quick to point out that there is difference between Manushi’s surname “Chhillar” and the word “Chillar” – in spelling and meaning. A few expressed their exasperation through creative memes and GIFs.

Last seen, 1,700 persons had commented on Tharoor’s post, which was also “liked” by as many people. One of the respondents wondered if Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi — whose tweets have of late grabbed much attention for their humour and satire — and Tharoor had switched accounts.

“Logout Rahul Gandhi. Get back to your account,” tweeted a popular parody account. Interestingly, Rahul Gandhi’s tweet celebrating the 21-year-old’s achievement at Miss World pageant was quite sober.

“Congratulations to Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar on her achievement. Our young achievers make us proud. India’s future lies in the indomitable spirit and excellence of our youth,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Another person shared a picture of Congress President Sonia Gandhi seen shouting with her hand raised. The accompanying text was: “Abe ye wala Pidi le dubega koi roko” (Hey, this Pidi will drown us all, someone stop him).

Pidi is Rahul Gandhi’s pet dog, who, Gandhi claimed a few days back, tweets for him. Some users, however, responded with anger. “Shame on you… You are the one who disrespected Haryanvi surname ‘Chhillar’ and linked it with a joke,” one user said.

Another tweeted: “This is not funny at all. Making fun of someone’s surname is not what we expect from you… disheartened.” “Not expected from you,” wrote a user. Tharoor soon took to Twitter and Facebook to ask people to “chill”.

“Guess the pun is the lowest form of humour, and the bilingual pun lower still! Apologies to the many who seem to have been righteously offended by a light-hearted tweet today. Certainly no offence was meant to a bright young girl whose answer I’ve separately praised. Please: Chill!”

DMK chief Karunanidhi sheds his glares

Chennai: For two generations people cannot fathom the image of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi without his trademark dark glasses, which was later popularised by his friend-turned-foe late M G Ramachandran (MGR) as well. From now on, many have to get used to seeing Karunanidhi in an optical frame that no longer covers his eyes, if the ageing leader gives a public darshan.

The 94-year-old political warhorse has been confined to his house for nearly a year because of age-related issues. And on Saturday on the advice of doctors, he changed his spectacles, which now has a see-through lens and a lighter frame.

In his younger days, Karunanidhi wore ordinary glasses, but in 1971, he changed to dark shades which after American ophthalmologists prescribed for his persistent pain on his left eye — one which has plagued him since the mid-1950s. Only those who are in close contact with him have seen the DMK stalwart without the sun shades.

Recently, doctors found that the dark glass frames were too heavy for him and recommended a lighter frame. After a hunt, a city-based company Vijaya Opticals, a household name in this part of the country, managed to get an imported frame which now sits on his nose perfectly.

210 government websites made public Aadhaar details: UIDAI

New Delhi: More than 200 central and state government websites publicly displayed details such as names and addresses of some Aadhaar beneficiaries, the Unique Identification Authority of India has said.

The Aadhaar issuing body added, in response to an RTI query, that it took note of the breach and got the data removed from those websites.It did not specify when the breach took place.

It said Aadhaar details have never been made public from/by UIDAI. “However, it was found that approximately 210 websites of central government, state government departments including educational institutes were displaying the list of beneficiaries along with their name, address, other details and Aadhaar numbers for information of general public,” it said.

The UIDAI took note and got the Aadhaar data removed from the said websites, it said in reply to the RTI application. UIDAI issues Aadhaar — a 12-digit unique identification number — which acts as a proof of identity and address anywhere in the country.

The central government is in the process of making Aadhaar mandatory for people to avail benefits of various social service schemes. “UIDAI has a well-designed, multi-layer approach robust security system in place and the same is being constantly upgraded to maintain highest level of data security and integrity,” the RTI reply said.

The architecture of the Aadhaar ecosystem has been designed to ensure data security and privacy which is an integral part of the system from the initial design to the final stage, it said.

“Various policies and procedures have been defined, these are reviewed and updated continually thereby appropriately controlling and monitoring any movement of people, material and data in and out of UIDAI premises, particularly the data centres,” the UIDAI said.

It said security audits are conducted on a regular basis to further strengthen security and privacy of data. Besides this, all possible steps are taken to make the data safer and protected, the authority said.

Gujarat polls: BJP ‘creates’ PSS to take on rival PAAS

On pins and needles dealing with Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti(PAAS) and its defiant convenor Hardik Patel, the ruling BJP is now working on a new strategy to create a rival organisation with members weaned away from the parent organisation in a desperate bid to split the Patidar vote bank. Thus you have the Patidar Sankalan Samiti(PSS) which has been created by the ruling party for this precise purpose. The purpose of creating this outfit and weaning away PAAS members by ‘hook or by crook’ has been entrusted to the state party chief Jitu Vaghani who is being aided by other key Patidar party office bearers or union and state ministers. The task was to first identify leaders within the PAAS fold who were unhappy with Hardik Patel and then woo them.

It was as part of this strategy that Reshma Patel and Varun Patel were first approached through intermediaries. Highly reliable sources say that Reshma wanted a Congress ticket and had even opened a line of communication with the Congress high command, but it was Hardik who is reported to have thwarted the effort and soon thereafter both joined the BJP.

On Saturday PAAS leaders Ketan Patel, Amrish Patel and Shweta Patel joined the BJP and had minister of state for Road Transport welcoming them into the party.

The BJP game plan is to create a spearhead in the PSS to take on the PAAS with the backup force of BJP workers. In the face of PAAS resistance, the BJP finds itself shut out of even campaigning in the Patidar strongholds. PSS is slated to hold its first rally in Mehsana in support of deputy chief minister Nitin Patel.

Despite the purported sex videos brought out to tarnish the reputation of Hardik, the man and his supporters remain defiant as ever. PAAS leadership has termed the sex CDs as the handiwork of the BJP.

“There are in all 52 clips, fake ones, morphed and made abroad, 22 of these pertain to Hardik. It is the handiwork of chief minister Vijay Rupani and state party chief Jitu Vaghani and over Rs 40 crores has been spent making them. You can go on doing anything you want, even put me back behind bars, (but) I am not scared and will see this agitation to its logical end”, says Hardik.

Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel denied the charge and termed it the work of some of the PAAS dissident itself.

Meanwhile PAAS has also rolled up its sleeves to warn the Congress not to take it for granted. The reason for their ire is believed to be the delay in the finalization of the number of seats. The Congress has agreed to give half a dozen seats to the PAAS which however wants more, the details of which were being worked out.

The purpose of creating this outfit and weaning away PAAS members by ‘hook or by crook’ has been entrusted to the state party chief Jitu Vaghani who is being aided by other key

Patidar party office bearers or union and state ministers. The task was to first identify leaders within the PAAS fold who were unhappy with Hardik Patel and then woo them.

List of happy, unhappy ‘cops’

You are in queue, please wait”, was a familiar voice in the good old days, when one dialled a call and had to wait. Same seems to be the plight of a number of bureaucrats who have lined up for a BJP ticket to fight the ensuing state assembly elections.

While for others the wait may be a little longer but for P C Baranda, the superintendent of police of Chotta Udaipur district, the wait just ended. The first list of 70 candidates announced by the ruling party, announced his name as the party candidate from the tribal reserved seat of Bhiloda in North Gujarat. Baranda had joined the Gujarat Police as a direct entry deputy superintendent of police in 1996 and was promoted to the IPS in 2012.

No sooner that Baranda came to know that his name has been cleared, he put in his papers and when it is the ruling party which selects you to contest then papers, which would normally take ages to move in the state secretariat at Gandhinagar, acquire wings and are cleared pronto. So the officer is all set to contest.

However many others who had done duty for the ruling party while still donning the uniform and found themselves embroiled in litigation and in jail for alleged fake encounters are still waiting. Two lists have been declared and none of these officers figure in it. But hope lives eternally in the human heart. A former director general of police, Kuldip Sharma who had once recommended the arrest of the present BJP president, Amit Shah when he was the minister of state for Home in the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat and was subsequently harassed no end is also being considered for a Congress ticket. Sharma had joined the Congress after his retirement.

Karadia Rajputs miffed with BJP

As if the confrontation with the triad of youth leaders-Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mevani was not enough, the BJP is now embroiled in a battle of attrition with the Karadia Rajputs as well.

The Karadia Rajput community has been demanding the resignation of the Gujarat BJP president Jitu Vaghani, who they claim used his influence to get Dansang Mori, the former sarpanch of Budhel village in Jamnagar suspended from his post after he refused to give in to his unfair demands. Vaghani, the Rajputs claim, used his influence to have the sarpanch suspended under false charges of mobile theft after he refused to transfer valuable gauchar land of the village to him. Thereafter numerous false charges were levelled against the sarpanch and he was suspended. Now the entire Karadia Rajput community in the state have lined up behind Mori. A mahasammelan of the community was held at Bavla in the first week where it was decided that if Vaghani does not tender an apology, the community will vote against the BJP.

Vaghani is reported to have apologised in private but had it refuted in public by the party spokesperson adding fuel to fire. The Karadia Rajputs are now livid. The community accounts for six lakh votes and is in a position to influence the results in 25 constituencies, it is said.

Padmavati row: Protesters block tourist entry to Chhittorgarh Fort

Jaipur:[AGENCY] Protesters today blocked the entry to the Chhittorgarh Fort, which houses Padmini’s Palace, amid protests against Bollywood film ‘Padmavati’ across Rajasthan and various parts of the country. However, SP of Chhittorgarh Prashan Kumar Khamsera said the fort, a world heritage site in Rajasthan, is not officially closed.

“We have been informed by the protesters that entry to the fort will be blocked for tourists. We have made ample security arrangements to deal with the situation,” he said.

Member of Sarv Samaj Sangathan and president of Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, Ummed Singh said, “A dharna demanding a ban on ‘Padmavati’ is continuing for the last eight days at Padan Pole. The Chhittorgarh Fort will be closed for tourists today.”

The Sarv Samaj Sangathan and some other outfits have termed a song in the film, which shows actor Deepika Padukone as Queen Padmini dancing in a courtyard, “crossing dramatic license”. The Karni Sena had alleged distortion of historical facts in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film starring Padukone, Shahid Kapur and Ranveer Singh.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) managing director Pradeep Kumar Borad has ruled out any change in operations of luxury train – Palace on Wheels – and said the train would be operating through the circuit and will be going to Chhittorgarh.

On whether the tourists would be taken to Chhittorgarh Fort, he said the local administration be able to comment on it better.

In March, Chittorgarh Fort was vandalised by a group of men who broke mirrors installed at the Padmini Palace of the Rajput queen. Three mirrors installed at the Padmini Palace were damaged by four-five unidentified men.

The controversy over the film had taken an ugly turn yesterday as a leader of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena cited Ramayana’s Surpanakha nose-chopping incident and warned Deepika Padukone against “inciting” sentiments. Following this the Mumbai Police tightened the security of Padukone. Police have beefed up security at Bhansali’s residence in Versova in the city.

Jammu and Kashmir: Footballer Majid Arshid Khan, who joined Lashkar-e-Taiba, surrenders

Srinagar: College student and footballer Majid Arshid, who had joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba a week ago, has surrendered before security forces, officials said today.

Arshid walked into a security camp in south Kashmir last night and surrendered with his arms and ammunition, the officials said.

He was whisked away to an undisclosed destination early this morning. The college student, a goalkeeper for his local team in Anantnag in south Kashmir, is believed to have turned to militancy after a close friend was killed in an encounter.
Police was constantly in touch with his friends and family members, urging them to put pressure on Arshid to return home.

The surrender follows appeals by his parents and Jammu and Kashmir Police. His parents had gone on television and social media to ask him to surrender. A video showing his mother Asiya Khan crying and asking him to come home went viral on social media.


Two jawans, one terrorist killed in Chandel

Chandel (Manipur): At least two security personnel and one terrorist were killed in an ongoing encounter in Chandel’s Sajik Tampak in Manipur. One AK-47, and two unexploded Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were also recovered. A search operation by 4 Assam Rifles (28 Sector) was launched earlier in the day, where armed terrorists ambushed the Regiment at Chamoli Top at around 05:30 am. Firing is underway. Further details are awaited.


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