Chidambaram only a burden on earth, says TN CM Palaniswami

Chidambaram only a burden on earth, says TN CM Palaniswami

Salem (TN): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Tuesday launched a blistering attack on P Chidambaram, saying the veteran Congress leader was "only a burden" on the earth.

The chief minister was responding to criticism of his party by Chidambaram who had reportedly said that if the Centre decided to make Tamil Nadu a union territory like it has done in Jammu and Kashmir, the ruling AIADMK would not resist any such move.

Palaniswami said despite being a Central Minister for long, Chidambaram had not addressed issues concerning the state including the Cauvery river water dispute. "What schemes had he brought ?(apparently to Tamil Nadu) How long was he the Union Minister? (but) what is the use to the country... (Chidambaram) is only a burden on the earth, " the chief minister said.


Passage of Jammu and Kashmir bill momentous occasion, new dawn awaits: PM Narendra Modi

Passage of Jammu and Kashmir bill momentous occasion, new dawn awaits: PM Narendra Modi

Petition filed in Bihar court against Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah for opposing abrogation of Article 370

Petition filed in Bihar court against Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah for opposing abrogation of Article 370

Bettiah (Bihar): A petition has been filed against former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and other political leaders for allegedly opposing the abrogation of Article 370.

An advocated in Betia Court Murad Ali has filed the case under charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy for opposing the scrapping of the Article which has recently been scrapped through Presidential order. "I have filed a case against former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and other political leaders who have opposed the abrogation of Article 370," Ali told ANI.

"I have filed the case under Section 124 A (sedition), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups of religion, race, place of birth, residence and language), 153 B, 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code," he said. Ali said that the court heard his case and transferred the case to the court of Judicial Magistrate KK Shahi. Next hearing in the case is on September 24.

In the complaint, Ali has alleged that Mufti and Omar opposed the scrapping of the Article which has created a rage for the Indian Government through print, electronic and social media. "They attempted to create enmity among the citizens of other states of India. They have hurt the integrity and unity of the nation. They have done the work of disturbing national integrity and peace," he said. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference deputy chief Omar Abdullah were taken under preventive arrest in Srinagar after the Centre scrapped Article 370 which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.


Ladakh rejoices over UT status, no legislature a concern

Ladakh rejoices over UT status, no legislature a concern

Leh: "This is the best gift given by the Central government to the people of Ladakh, who always had to take the burden of Kashmir's hegemony," said Member of Parliament from Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal amid a huge applause in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Celebrations and congratulatory messages started in Ladakh on Monday right after Union Home Minister Amit Shah declared the removal of Article 370 and announced the region was being reclassified as a Union Territory (UT). The jubilation continued on Tuesday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party had promised the residents of Ladakh the UT status ahead of the parliamentary polls back in 2014. Even though nothing came out of it, the Ladakhis trusted the BJP again in 2019 and finally, got what they were promised.

In 2018, former BJP MP from Ladakh Thupstan Chhewang had resigned from the Lok Sabha on the grounds that the UT status was the demand of the people and the party was not able to meet it.

The issue created an uproar in the region, with people vowing to teach the BJP a lesson in 2019. However, it was only after the local and national BJP leadership intervened that the BJP candidate Jamyang Tsering Namgyal won the 2019 polls by a huge margin.

Apart from the UT status, the Ladakhis were also overjoyed by revoking of Article 370, which was considered discriminatory by the residents of Jammu and Ladakh. MP Namgyal said Ladakh wanted separation from Kashmir for more than 30 years due to the discrimination the locals faced.

In February, Ladakh was granted divisional status with a separate divisional commissioner, Inspector General of Police and division-level offices.

By Arjun Sharma


Indian Army offers Pakistani counterparts to take slain soldiers bodies

Indian Army offers Pakistani counterparts to take slain soldiers bodies

New Delhi: The Indian Army on Sunday offered its Pakistani counterparts to take the dead bodies of its soldiers who were killed in a foiled infiltration attempt in Jammu and Kashmir.

"The Pakistan Army has been offered to approach with white flag and take the dead bodies lying on the Indian side for last rites," Indian Army sources said.

Pakistan is yet to respond to the offer, the sources added.

The incident took place in Karen sector after a Pakistan Border Action Team's attempt to infiltrate in India was foiled on the intervening night of July 31 and August 1.

Five to seven terrorists and possible SSG personnel were killed. Four bodies were still lying in the open along the Line of Control (LoC), sources said on Saturday.

During the past one week, there has been a rise in infiltration and BAT attempts besides frequent ceasefire violations to disrupt peace along the LoC in the state.

Following these incidents, the Amarnath Yatra was cut short by two weeks and pilgrims and tourists were asked to leave the Valley.


JD-U to contest all 81 seats in Jharkhand, & it will not take BJP even for a company

JD-U to contest all 81 seats in Jharkhand, & it will not take BJP even for a company

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U national president Nitish Kumar will launch election campaign for Jharkhand Assembly polls on August 25. In the elections to be held in November this year.

JD-U has decided to contest all 81 seats against Bihar coalition partner BJP, president of Jharkhand unit of JD-U Salkhan Murmu announced here on Sunday.

Murmu said BJP is dangerous for the Constitution of India. In the 2014 Assembly elections, JD-U was an ally of the Congress in Jharkhand but failed to win any seats. BJP had won 37 and its ally AJDSU five. Later, six members of the Jharkhand Vikash Morcha too joined BJP. Now, BJP has fixed a target of 65 plus in the 81-member House.

On Friday, the core group of the central leadership of the JD-U met here at Kumar’s residence and it was decided that JD-U will not enter into any alliance with the BJP in the tribal-dominated state.

"JD-U wants to project itself as an alternative to BJP in Jharkhand, where the Grand Alliance is divided," Murmu said.

Former chief minister of Bihar and president of HAM(S) on Sunday commented that the Grand Alliance was hell-bent on committing suicide in Jharkhand as the alliance partners are divided based on their self-interests while BJP is already in the campaign mode.

RJD in Jharkhand is literally defunct with its state unit president Anapporna Devi joining the BJP before the Lok Sabha elections, and her successor Gautam Sagar Rana forming a parallel RJD.

Another partner of the Grand Alliance, JVM is in a bad shape as its general secretary and MLA Pradip Yadav has been jailed on the charges of criminally assaulting one of the party leaders in a hotel in his constitutency.

JD-U, which is a key partner of NDA in Bihar, will emerge as a strong challenger to the BJP as Jharkhand has a strong presence of Kurmi and Mahto voters (the caste of Nitish kumar) and in 29 constitutencies, their presence is decisive.

Several BJP leaders on Friday joined the JD-U in presence of Nitish kumar. They had come from Gumla, Latehar, Garwah, Dumka, Palamu and Ramgarh.



2 JD(S) MLAs quit politics, blame coalition leadership

2 JD(S) MLAs quit politics, blame coalition leadership

Bengaluru: Two senior MLAs from the Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka on Sunday quit politics blaming the former coalition government partners -- the Congress and the JD(S) -- for their decision.

Both the MLAs particularly blamed the attitude of former chief minister Siddaramaiah and the family politics played by former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and his son.

Former JD(S) president and MLA from Mysuru H Vishwanath singled out Siddaramaiah for the downfall of the coalition government. “Why blame the BJP for the downfall of the Kumaraswamy government? It was all because of Siddaramaiah who treated the MLAs shabbily and without respect.

When the Congress lost the Lok Sabha elections, the party’s president Rahul Gandhi resigned. But when the party lost in Karnataka, Siddaramaiah shamelessly remained in power and never took responsibility,” he said.

His lust for power led to the downfall of the coalition government. But Siddaramaiah put the blame on BJP and Operation Kamala (poaching of MLAs) as the reason. This is falsehood being spread by the former CM, Vishwanath added.

The other MLA who quit was GT Devegowda, the JD(S) MLA who made Siddaramaiah bite the dust in his home town Chamundeswari. He too blamed Siddaramaiah and the HD Deve Gowda clan for treating the MLAs as commodities. There was hardly any democracy or respect for MLAs in JD(S), he said.

Both the MLAs said they were quitting out of sheer disgust with the present leaders who are selfish and arrogant. On Saturday, former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy too indicated that he wants to retire from politics.

Meanwhile, the Congress and JD(S) informally split with both the parties deciding to fight each other in the next bypolls to the 17 Assembly seats. In another development, rebel MLAs are reportedly toying with the idea of forming a separate party in Karnataka.


ACB asks Mehbooba Mufti to clarify role in J&K Bank backdoor appointments

ACB asks Mehbooba Mufti to clarify role in J&K Bank backdoor appointments

Srinagar: Former J&K Chief Minister and President of Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, has been asked by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to clarify her role in the backdoor appointments made in Jammu and Kashmir Bank on references of some of her former ministers.

ACB Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) has sent a communication to Mufti which said that during the investigations into the backdoor appointments made in the J&K Bank, it has surfaced that some ministers had sent recommendations to the J&K Bank Chairman and on these references backdoor appointments were made.

Mufti has been 'requested' to clarify whether such references had her endorsement, verbal or otherwise.

Whem asked if her explanation was found to be unsatisfactory, what would be the next legal move by the ACB, sources said, "In that case, she would be summoned to appear before the investigators".

Dozens of backdoor appointments in the J&K Bank came to the surface during the ACB investigations into the working of the bank's sacked chairman, Pervaiz Ahmad Nengroo.

Unearthing of backdoor appointments and virtually unsecured loans to influential businessmen or kith and kin of the then ministers had jolted the reputation of the bank as the state government and the Reserve Bank of India stepped in quickly for course correction in April-May this year.

Assurances to shareholders and depositors have steered the bank out of a crisis situation and efforts are on to sustain and strengthen the largest financial institution of the state.

Mufti has been spearheading the creation of a joint front of all mainstream political parties in Kashmir "to protect the state's special status".

She has convened an all-party meeting at her high security Gupkar Road residence in Srinagar at 6 p.m. on Sunday for the purpose. She told reporters that since the National Conference President and MP Farooq Abdullah was not keeping well, his son Omar Abdullah would attend the meeting.

She also said the scheduled meeting was to take place in a hotel, but the police had told her that such a meeting would not be allowed there.

In a related development, former legislator and President of Awami Ittehad Party (AIP), Engineer Rashid, is in Delhi after the NIA summoned him to appear before the investigating agency on Sunday.

By Sheikh Qayoom


Punjab: Man commits suicide after killing family members

Punjab: Man commits suicide after killing family members

Chandigarh: A 27-year-old man committed suicide after he shot dead five members of his family in a village in Punjab, police said on Saturday. The incident took place at Nathuwal village near Moga on Friday night, a police official said.

Sandeep Singh allegedly shot dead his grandmother, father, mother, sister and her three-year-old daughter and later shot himself, the official said. His grandfather received bullet injuries. The reason for the shooting is yet to be ascertained.


14 disqualified rebel Congress, JD(S) leaders move SC

14 disqualified rebel Congress, JD(S) leaders move SC

New Delhi: Rebel Congress-JD (S) leaders from Karnataka on Thursday moved the Supreme Court challenging their disqualification as MLAs from the state assembly. A total of 17 rebel MLAs were disqualified from the House ahead of the July 29 trust vote moved by then chief minister H D Kumaraswamy.

Kumaraswamy lost the floor test, paving way for a BJP-led government in the state under BS Yediyurappa. Two rebel Congress leaders -- Ramesh Jharkhiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli -- and an independent leader R Shanker, who were disqualified on July 25, had moved the apex court on July 29. Other 14 rebel MLAs were disqualified on July 28 by then Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar.

After the fall of the Congress-JD (S) government on July 29, Ramesh Kumar had resigned as the Speaker. The disqualified JD(S) MLAs -- AH Vishwanath, K Gopalaiah and Narayana Gowda -- filed a joint petition challenging the July 28 decision of disqualification by K R Ramesh Kumar.

Congress MLAs who approached the apex court are Prathap Gouda Patil, BC Patil, Shivaram Hebbar, ST Somashekar, Byrathi Basavaraj and Munirathna.

Other Congress leaders who were also disqualified are Roshan Baig, Anand Singh, MTB Nagaraj, Sudhakar and Sand Shrimant Patil. They have sought direction for quashing and setting aside the order of the Speaker rejecting the resignations tendered by them.

In the petition, they also narrated the sequence of events leading to their disqualification and sought a direction to call for records of the proceedings before the Speaker, pertaining to the resignation and disqualification proceedings against them.

The rebel leaders alleged that the decision taken by Ramesh Kumar before his resignation as Speaker was wholly "illegal, arbitrary and malafide" exercise of his power under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution.

They also questioned his decision to reject their resignations by holding that it was not voluntary and genuine.

They alleged that the Speaker had acted in haste as he had received a letter from the party to take action accordingly, adding the action of the Speaker is thus in violation of Fundamental Rights of the petitioners.