HM Amit Shah speaks to Delhi LG; requests him to call JNU representatives for talks


HM Amit Shah speaks to Delhi LG; requests him to call JNU representatives for talks

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday talked to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and requested him to call representatives from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for discussions, officials said.

The telephonic conversation between the home minister and the LG came a day after masked men indulged in violence on the JNU campus. "The home minister spoke to the LG and requested him to initiate discussions with representatives from the JNU," an official said.

 
 

Yesterday, the home minster had spoken to Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik and ordered an inquiry into the incident. The Home Ministry has sought a report from the Delhi Police.

Violence broke out in JNU on Sunday night as masked men armed with sticks and rods attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus, prompting the administration to call in police which conducted a flag march.

At least 28 people, including JNU Students' Union president Aishe Ghosh, were injured as chaos prevailed on the campus for nearly two hours.

 
 
 



'Maaro saale ko': Shocking footage of goons heckling journalist at JNU


'Maaro saale ko': Shocking footage of goons heckling journalist at JNU

On Sunday night, violence broke out at Jawaharlal Nehru University as masked men armed with sticks and rods attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus, prompting the administration to call in police which conducted a flag march.

During the violence, multiple journalists were heckled and abused while they covering the violence at JNU campus. A video of the incident is doing rounds on social media in which it can be seen that a journalist is was surrounded and heckled while reporting from JNU gate.


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Listen to the audio of what thugs say while colleague @ashu3page is surrounded and heckled while reporting from JNU gate: 

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The reporter Ashutosh Mishra, who was attacked, took to Twitter and said: "Horror at JNU last night - i Had to escape the vulture mob attacked me and my Cameraman of outsiders right outside the main gate of JNU. Someone somehow recorded it."


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Horror at JNU last night - i Had to escape the vulture mob attacked me and my Cameraman of outsiders right outside the main gate of JNU.
Someone somehow recorded it.

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Violence broke out in JNU on Sunday night as masked men armed with sticks and rods attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus, prompting the administration to call in police which conducted a flag march. At least 28 people, including JNU Students' Union president Aishe Ghosh, were injured as chaos prevailed on the campus for nearly two hours.




Dantewada: Congress leader Devati Karma's security personnel shoots himself


Dantewada: Congress leader Devati Karma's security personnel shoots himself

Dantewada: A security personnel deployed to guard Congress leader Devati Mahendra Karma, allegedly committed suicide here on Saturday night.

The deceased identified as 30-year-old Aashoram Kashyap allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest from his AK-47 service rifle. The incident took place at Karma's residence.

The post-mortem is being conducted at the district hospital.

Further, details are awaited

 
 
 



Is Manohar Parrikar's arch foe inching his way back into Goa BJP?


Is Manohar Parrikar's arch foe inching his way back into Goa BJP?

Panaji: Is late Manohar Parrikar's arch political foe, former Chief Minister and currently the Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat on his way to back to the BJP?

Political circles in Goa are abuzz about the possibility of yet another high profile departure from the state Congress ranks, especially after leading statements by Kamat himself and state Congress president Girish Chodankar, have raised questions about former's future in the Congress.

Speaking to IANS, the 65-year-old Kamat has said, that he always believes in the present and not about the past or the future.

When asked if his statement could have political implications, Kamat, who has served as the Chief Minister of a Congress-led coalition government from 2007-2012, said:

"I am not bothered about what others say. My thing is very clear. I live in the present. I don't think about the past. I don't think about the future. I think the present. You ask me (about) today".

Like most elected politicians in Goa, Kamat has vaulted political party fences in the past. Kamat has been elected to the state assembly from the Margao assembly seat in South Goa without a break since 1994.

After he was denied a Congress ticket ahead of the 1994 polls, he switched to the BJP and won. He and Parrikar emerged as two key politicians belonging to the influential Gaud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) caste grouping.

Kamat was to remain in Parrikar's shadow in the saffron party until 2005, when he quit the BJP and join the Congress much to the chagrin of the former Defence Minister, who cried betrayal.

Kamat went on to become Chief Minister from 2007-2012. After Parrikar's BJP was voted to power in 2012, Kamat came into the former's cross-hairs and survived a tough spell for a few years, when he was 'chased' by the Parrikar-led administration in connection with an alleged illegal mining scam and the Louis Berger bribery scandal.

Despite the bulls-eye painted on his back by Parrikar, Kamat continued to be in good books with state BJP leaders, something which could pay off now, at a time when the BJP is desperately short of credible 'Hindu' leaders, with a track record in governance, especially in view of the popular flak faced by the Pramod Sawant-led administration over a wide range of issues.

Sawant is also weathering severe criticism from the GSB community, several of who's leaders have accused the CM of trying to target Parrikar's 'legacy'.

Kamat, who led a hodge-podge coalition which completed a full term in power from 2007-2012, despite regular cantankerous fits and egoistic outbursts by alliance members, has the backing of the Brahmin sub caste, which wields control of significant business interests in the state, including the mining industry.

Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar, who appears to cut an isolated and frustrated figure in party's state apparatus, in a recent press conference gave a convoluted response to questions about Kamat's future in the party.

"He (CM Pramod Sawant) cannot manage the economy. He cannot ensure resumption of mining and resolve the Mhadei issue. The BJP leaders are convinced that he does not have the ability to tackle these issues.

They feel that Digambar Kamat has the capacity to resolve these questions," Chodankar told reporters. "Many BJP leaders are chasing Digambar Kamat to join BJP and become CM.

They (BJP leaders) we will will remove Sawant and keep him under (Kamat) for training. We will make the CM as a deputy and let him train. After that he could come back as CM," the state Congress president also said. Chodankar also added a rider, that he wasn't implying that Kamat should leave the Congress.

While BJP leadership is tight-lipped about the possibility of Kamat's entry into the party, the latter's re-entry into the BJP has come up in discussions within the ruling party members, especially immediately following the death of Parrikar (last year), who was against allowing his arch political foe back into the saffron party.

"It was different when Manohar Parrikar was around and calling the shots. But that is not the case now. Ground realities have changed," a BJP leader said on condition of anonymity.

 
 
 



CM Uddhav Thackeray placates angry Sainiks over cabinet berth allocation


CM Uddhav Thackeray placates angry Sainiks over cabinet berth allocation

Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Thursday admitted that there was a tussle among senior leaders of the three ruling alliance parties in Maharashtra for key Cabinet berths, and said some MLAs could not be inducted as ministers because the list of "probables" was huge.

It also took a dim view of some people vandalising the Congress office in Pune to protest against non-inclusion of party MLA Sangram Thopte in the ministry.

The Congress used to call Shiv Sena's protests as 'rada culture' (hooliganism), but what Thopte's alleged supporters did was exactly the same, it said.

This does not suit the "Congress culture", an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expanded his month-old ministry on Monday by inducting 36 ministers.

"The Cabinet expansion was, indeed, delayed but it finally happened. There were some sparks of disappointment from those who could not make the cut, but the list of probables was huge," the Shiv Sena said.

It said the opposition (BJP) may be "bubbling" over such developments, but even the previous Devendra Fadnavis government was no exception to such discontent during its Cabinet expansions.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party also said it kept its word by inducting three Independents, who extended support to the Shiv Sena, unlike the Congress and NCP.

"A strong and experienced Cabinet is in power, it should be allowed to function," the Sena said.

On Shiv Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav expressing "shock" over his exclusion from the ministry, the Marathi daily said Cabinet berth was "not promised" to anyone, including Jadhav, who joined the Thackeray-led party after quitting the NCP.

"Jadhav claimed Thackeray promised to make him Cabinet minister. As per our information, no such promise was made to him. Thackeray must have asked him to join the Sena ahead of the Assembly polls and be part of the government," it said.

The Shiv Sena joined hands with the Congress and NCP, its traditional adversaries, after its alliance with the BJP collapsed over the issue of sharing the chief ministerial post following the state Assembly polls held in October last year.

Noting that there was a tussle over portfolio distribution, the Shiv Sena said senior Congress leader and former chief minister Ashok Chavan, who has been inducted into the state Cabinet, needs a ministry like 'revenue'.

Just few days after the Maharashtra Cabinet expansion, Congress and Shiv Sena leaders who could not be a part of the MVA government's cabinet expressed their discontent. Amit Patel, a Congress MLA who won the Mumbadevi seat thrice, wrote a letter to party President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi expressing his anguish as he was not alloted a Ministry. Malavani MLA Aslam Sheikh, who threatened to quit the party ahead of the Assembly elections, was alotted a Cabinet berth instead.

As quoted by Mumbai Mirror, party sources said, "Patel’s letter talks about his over 30-year-long association with the Congress, his contributions in the organisation and his loyalty." Patel, however, did not speak about the contents of the letter.

Speaking about the injustice against Patel, a senior Congress leader said,“He was the topmost contender for the ministerial berth, so Sheikh's inclusion came as a surprise to many. Sheikh, who had threatened to quit the party before the elections, was given a ticket at the lost moment," quoted Mumbai Mirror.

At least 12 Sena MLA have shown discontent for not being alloted a Cabinet berth. Pratap Sarnaik and Bhaskar Jadhav have openly expressed their discontent in this matter.

“Perhaps I failed in showing enough loyalty to the party leadership and I will make up for it in the future," Mumbai Mirror quoted Sarnaik as he spoke to the media.

Jadhav also alleged that he was promised a Ministry when he had joined the party.

Another Congress hopeful was three-time MLA Praniti Shinde, whose supporter wrote a letter in blood to party chief Sonia Gandhi, claiming that Shinde and her father worked hard for the party and always remained loyal to the leadership.

Praniti Shinde, the MLA from Solapur, is the daughter of veteran Congressman and former Maharashtra chief minister and Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

"Her father could become chief minister and Union home minister because of the Gandhi family and the Congress," the Sena claimed.

A Saamana editorial on Tuesday said that the induction of three independents from the Sena's quota for the exclusion of Sena leaders in the Cabinet.

Former Water Conervation Minister and Sena MLC Tanaji Sawant confronted party Chief and CM Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday to voice his concerns. Apparently, CM Thackeray tried to convince Sawant but he threated to quit the party. Thackeray, however, said ' Jai Maharashtra' and bid him goodbye.

Other leaders who have also expressed their anguish in the Sena include Sunil Prabhu, Prakash Abitkar, Sunil Raut, Deepak Kesarkar, Ravindra Waikar, Anil Babar, Sanjay Raimulkar, Sanjay Shirsat, and Ashish Jaiswal.

(With inputs from Agencies)




Centre should give up 'stubborn stand' on CAA, NRC and withdraw its decisions: Mayawati


Centre should give up 'stubborn stand' on CAA, NRC and withdraw its decisions: Mayawati

Lucknow: BSP president Mayawati on Saturday asked the Centre to give up its "stubborn stand" on the new citizenship law and NRC and withdraw its decisions.

"Now that voices opposed to the CAA and NRC have started coming from within the NDA, the central government should give up its stubborn stand and withdraw its decisions," she said in a tweet in Hindi.

"Also, it is an appeal to protesters to express their opposition in a peaceful manner," the Bahujan Samaj Party chief added.

 
 

In view of continued protests against the citizenship law, Mayawati on Friday said her party "does not believe in vandalism" and requested its members to express their opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act "through posts and mail and by handing over memorandum".

A BSP delegation had met President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday over the contentious law and the violence that has ensued over the legislation.

The delegation, led by the party's national general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, sought a judicial inquiry into Sunday's violence near Jamia Millia Islamia and withdrawal of the law. The delegation members alleged the Act was against Articles 14 and 21 the Constitution.

 
 
 



Anti-CAA bandh called by RJD rocks Bihar; rail, road traffic disrupted


Anti-CAA bandh called by RJD rocks Bihar; rail, road traffic disrupted

Patna: Thousands of RJD supporters fanned out across Bihar on Saturday, disrupting rail and road traffic while trying to enforce a statewide shutdown in protest against the new citizenship law and the proposed NRC.

In the state capital, hundreds of party supporters - among whom children could also be seen - stormed railway stations and bus stands carrying sticks and party flags but they were chased away by police personnel.

In Nawada, bandh supporters staged a demonstration on national highway 31 where they burnt tires on the road causing disruption in the movement of vehicles while agitators protested at Zero Mile Chowk in Muzaffarpur.

 
 

There were reports of bandh supporters squatting on railway tracks in Araria and East Champaran districts.

Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Jitendra Kumar said, "Adequate forces have been deployed in all districts of the state and officials concerned were asked to deal sternly with anyone trying to foment trouble."

The Bihar bandh called by the main opposition party comes barely two days after a statewide shutdown was organised by the Left parties.

The RJD, after initially scheduling the bandh on December 22, had advanced the shutdown by a day in view of police recruitment tests on Sunday.

On Friday night, RJD activists led by leader of the opposition Tejashwi Yadav had taken out a march in the city holding aloft burning torches to garner support for the bandh, which they termed as "an attempt to save the Constitution from the assaults by the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre".

"It will be a peaceful protest. But if the state police indulges in any high-handedness, there would be a backlash", Yadav had said.

 
 
 



NRC not linked to CAA? 5 times Amit Shah said it was


NRC not linked to CAA? 5 times Amit Shah said it was

Violent clashes with police rocked Uttar Pradesh from Gorakhpur to Bulandshahr on Friday while thousands rallied in the national capital with the tricolour and 'Save Constitution' banners as protests raged across states against the amended citizenship law and the proposed NRC, prompting the government to indicate it was ready to accept suggestions.

While the people have hit to streets to protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), the question remains, is CAA linked to NRC?

The government has insisted that the CAA and NRC are completely separate. While speaking at an event organised by AajTak, on December 17 the Union Minister of Law Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that "NRC hasn't been finalised yet. There is no question of joining CAA with NRC as the draft is yet to be completed." He also said that the Act does not take away the citizenship of an Indian national of any religion.

An atmosphere of unrest has gripped the whole of India within 10 days of the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The possibility of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise being undertaken at a national level has only compounded the confusion and fear. But BJP and its supporters have asserted that the CAA has nothing to do with the NRC and that Indian citizens will not be affected by them. Yet those who are protesting are feeling that the combination of CAA and NRC will deny citizenship to certain existing Indian citizens or Indian Muslims.

But the confusion began when Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a few speeches made it clear that NRC and CAA are directly linked.

While the confusion prevails, here's 5 times when Amit Shah NRC and CAA are directly linked:

On April 11, 2019, while addressing a rally in West Bengal, Amit Shah had said, "We will ensure implementation of NRC in the entire country. We will remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddha, Hindus and Sikhs," reported CNN..

On April 23, 2019, BJP’s official YouTube channel, shared a video in which Amit Shah can be heard saying, "First the CAB will come. All refugees will get citizenship. Then NRC will come. This is why refugees should not worry, but infiltrators should.”


On May 1, 2019, Amit Shah tweeted a video and quoted saying, "First we will pass the Citizenship Amendment bill and ensure that all the refugees from the neighbouring nations get the Indian citizenship. After that NRC will be made and we will detect and deport every infiltrator from our motherland."


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First we will pass the Citizenship Amendment bill and ensure that all the refugees from the neighbouring nations get the Indian citizenship. After that NRC will be made and we will detect and deport every infiltrator from our motherland.

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A tweet by the BJP on November 4 that brought much discomfort and enough cross-questioning from the anti-CAA protesters, has quietly been deleted. The tweet, whose screenshot is available with IANS, read, "We will ensure implementation of NRC in the entire country. We will remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddha, Hindus, and Sikhs: Shri @AmitShah."

NRC not linked to CAA? 5 times Amit Shah said it was
During an interview to ABP News, Amit Shah said, "that NRC is linked with CAB. I want to make it clear that first Citizenship Amendment Bill will be introduced, which will give Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddha and Christian from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan citizenship. After which NRC will come and ill remove every single infiltrator from the country." The video was publihed by ABP news on its YouTube Channel on October 2, 2019.




CAA protests: Plea in Delhi HC for contempt action against lawyers who 'disrespected' court


CAA protests: Plea in Delhi HC for contempt action against lawyers who 'disrespected' court

New Delhi: Several advocates on Friday asked the Delhi High Court to take contempt of court action against those lawyers who used derogatory words against judges during the hearing of several PILs relating to violence at Jamia Millia Islamia University.

Senior advocates, heads of bar associations and central government lawyers mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar the need for contempt action against those who "disrespected the judiciary".

 
 

After hearing the lawyers, the bench said it will refer the matter to one of its relevant committees which will deliberate on it.

On Thursday, several lawyers appearing for pleas in relation to violence at Jamia university, during a protest against the amended Citizenship Act, had used derogatory words against the bench when it declined to grant interim protection to students from arrest.

 
 
 



CAA protest: Delhi Police denies Bhim Army permission to protest at Jantar Mantar


CAA protest: Delhi Police denies Bhim Army permission to protest at Jantar Mantar

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday denied permission to Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad to carry out a protest march against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar.

The measures are part of the police efforts to ensure peace and law and order after violent protests erupted against the new citizenship law at various parts of the national capital.

Several protesters and policemen sustained injuries during a protest against the CAA outside the Jamia Millia Islamia on December 15, which later turned violent.

 
 

On December 19, two people were taken into custody for allegedly distributing pamphlets with inciting content on them regarding the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and CAA.

As many as 37 people from North-East Delhi have been kept under preventive detention on Thursday.

Section 144 has been imposed in the Red Fort area to maintain law and order situation after a protest march against the citizenship law was called by various opposition parties. The restrictions are also in place in North-East District.

The Delhi Police have requested the people to not spread rumours and cooperate with the police while holding protests against the CAA in the national capital.

The Act seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and came to India on or before December 31, 2014.

 
 
 



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