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Congress legislators meet Goa Governor, demands floor test by BJP-led government in Assembly

Panaji (Goa): The Goa Congress legislators have met state governor Mridula Sinha and demanded floor test by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the Assembly to prove its majority.

All 16 legislators, led by Leader of Opposition in Goa assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar, met the Governor and asked her for an opportunity to form government and dismissal of the BJP-led coalition government in the state, claiming that it is non-functional at the moment. Goa is being ruled by the BJP-led alliance, headed by state Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Reacting on the matter, the Governor assured the Opposition that she would take four days to reply on the proposal.

After meeting the Governor, Kavlekar told media, “Let the state government prove on the floor that they have majority or else we can show that we have more legislators than them.” On September 17, the Congress, along with 14 legislators in the 40-member state assembly, submitted a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha, urging her to invite them to form the government. Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, reached the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for further treatment on Saturday. Earlier this year, he had flown to the United States for treatment and returned to India in June, after two-and-half months.

Forces within JNU ‘waging war against India’, says Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has alleged that there are forces within the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) which are “waging a war” against India. Continuing her claim, the Defence Minister, an alumnus of JNU, said that such forces have often been seen with elected representatives of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU).

“There are forces which are waging a war against India. Their brochures say that. Such people leading the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) or JNUSU members openly participating with such forces, you do not need to hesitate to say anti-India, therefore,” Sitharaman said during an interaction with women journalists at the Indian Women’s Press Corps. Her comment comes days after candidates backed by Left groups won all four key posts in the University Students Union elections. This comes after Sitharaman was asked about developments in the JNU during an interaction.

The JNU irked controversy on February 9, 2016, after it was alleged that anti-India slogans were raised during an event organised in the campus against Afzal Guru’s hanging. A panel had, in 2016, recommended rustication of Umar Khalid and two other students while a fine of Rs 10,000 was imposed on Kanhaiya Kumar, the then students’ union president, in connection with the event.

Babul Supriyo loses cool, threatens to break man’s leg at event in West Bengal

Asansol (West Bengal): Union Minister Babul Supriyo stirred a controversy after he threatened to “break a man’s leg” during a public event in West Bengal’s Asansol city on Tuesday. Interestingly, Supriyo was invited at Samajik Adhikarita Shivir, an event organised to donate wheelchairs and other equipment for the differently-abled people.



 What happened to you? Any problem? I can break one of your legs: Union Minister Babul Supriyo to a man during a program for differently abled people at Nazrul Manch in Asansol #WestBengal

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While speaking at the event, the singer-turned-politician initially got miffed at someone from the public and said, “Why are you moving? Please sit down.” The controversial statement came when Supriyo reportedly lost his cool after a man distracted the former with his continuous movement. The Union Minister snapped back at the man, saying, “What happened to you? Any problem? I can break one of your legs and can give you a crutch.” Supriyo then ordered his security personnel to break the man’s leg and hand him a crutch if he dared to move further from his place. Ironically, he then asked the audience to give a big round of applause to the man.

This is not the first time that the singer-turned-politician has made such statements. In March, Supriyo, was on a visit to Asansol, which was one of the areas affected by communal violence following Ram Navami celebrations in the state, when he reportedly lashed out at the agitating crowd, saying he will skin them alive.

Andhra Pradesh will get special status if Congress wins in 2019, says Rahul Gandhi

Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that Andhra Pradesh will be accorded special status if the Congress party returns to power in 2019.

“Congress party has a very old and loving relationship with Andhra Pradesh. When the state of Andhra Pradesh was divided, the national government, the (then) Prime Minister of India (Manmohan Singh) made certain commitments to the people of Andhra Pradesh. The commitment of the Prime Minister of India was that Andhra Pradesh would be given special status for a period of five years,” Gandhi said while addressing a rally here.

“When this commitment was made, the current Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) and his party (Bharatiya Janata Party) said that is not good enough, Andhra Pradesh should get special status for 10 years. It has been four years since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, and he has not taken one step forward to the commitment that the government of India made to the people of Andhra Pradesh… All the promises made to the people of Andhra Pradesh have been broken by Narendra Modi,” Gandhi added. The Congress president also claimed that Prime Minister Modi “does not understand that the promise to Andhra Pradesh was made by (former) Prime Minister of India (Manmohan Singh).”

 Congress legislators meet Goa Governor, demands floor test by BJP-led government in Assembly
“When the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, does not give Andhra Pradesh its right, he disrespects the people and the leaders of the state from the past. Narendra Modi made many, many promises after 2014 – Rs 15 lakh in each bank account, correct prices to farmers, two crore jobs to every youngster in this country,” he said.

“I am not in the habit of making false promises. I am not going to come here like Narendra Modi and lie to you. But I will tell you one thing that the moment the Congress party comes to power in 2019, it is our commitment to the people of Andhra Pradesh. We respect the people of Andhra Pradesh and the first thing we will do is we will give you special status. I want to be very clear with you. This is not a question of money, this is not a gift that the government of India is going to give to the people of Andhra. This is a debt that the people of Andhra Pradesh are owed by the Prime Minister of India,” he added.

Citing examples of fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya and the controversial Rafale deal, Rahul Gandhi criticised the Prime Minister and called him “corrupt.” “The Prime Minister told the whole country that he does not want to be the Prime Minister and wants to be the ‘Chowkidar’ (watchman). It’s an interesting type of ‘Chowkidar’. He is the type of ‘Chowkidar’, who opens the door at night and let the thieves in to the house. Vijay Mallya stole Rs 9,000 crore from Indian banks. Before he ran away to London, he met the Finance Minister of India (Arun Jaitley). The Finance Minister himself said that Vijay Mallya came met me and said that he is leaving to go to London,” Rahul said.

“The whole country knows that Vijay Mallya is a thief…  There is only one possibility and that is that the Finance Minister allowed Mallya to leave the country in exchange for something. A deal was made by the Finance Minister and Vijay Mallya. And in the meantime, the Prime Minister, who claims to be the ‘Chowkidar’, has not one word to say. At a minimum, if the Prime Minister was really the ‘Chowkidar’, he should have removed the Finance Minister. But he himself is corrupt,” Rahul added.

‘What is my crime?’ Pawan Shah who washed BJP MP’s feet, drank the water, asks trolls

Jharkhand: A video had gone viral in which BJP veteran worker, Pawan Shah, was seen washing a BJP lawmaker’s feet and then drinking the dirty water. He got vehemently trolled on social media. Following which he questioned his trolls “what crime did I commit?” He also threatened to file cases against all those slamming him for the act. Saying that it was his sentiment and the BJP MP was like his elder brother, he asked the trolls not to politicize the matter.
Pawan Shah washed the feet of Nishikant Dubey, a BJP MP from Godda on Sunday when the latter was at a party rally to deliver a speech to the community and then drank the dirty water.
Dubey himself posted the video on social media which went viral within no time, earned a lot of flak. Defending himself he told criticizers that this is a common ritual in Jharkhand. However, he was slammed by all opposition parties including the Congress and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).


Congress denies reports of Ajay Maken’s resignation as Delhi party chief

New Delhi: The Congress has denied reports of Ajay Maken’s resignation as the Delhi party president saying that he is on leave for a health check-up and will be back within a week.

Reacting to reports of Maken’s resignation, the party’s Delhi in-charge PC Chacko told ANI, “The fact is that he has some health problem and he has gone for a check-up. Nothing beyond that, he will be back next week.” Chacko further added that Maken has been worried over not being able to give time to the party. “Probably he is little worried that he cannot devote his full time or travel the way he wants. That problem he shared with me in past. However, he is doing fine and Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) is also doing well. On his return from his medical check-up, we will discuss the working arrangement and all other things. He has not resigned,” he said.

Earlier today, sources in the Congress had confirmed that Maken had recently met party president Rahul Gandhi and party in-charge of Delhi affairs PC Chacko. The clarification from the party comes in the wake of certain media reports claiming that Maken had resigned as the Delhi Congress chief citing health issues. In February this year, former Delhi chief minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit took a dig at Maken saying that his “working style had done a lot of damage to the party.”

Girl sets herself ablaze after beau commits suicide

Hyderabad: On hearing the news of beau’s suicide, the beloved set herself ablaze. This incident took place in the area which falls under the jurisdiction of Shankarpally Police Station.
The couple, Lavanya (19) and Yellesh (21) were neighbors. They were in relation for the past one year. Yellesh consumed liquor along with his friend Srikant and indulged in heated arguments with his beloved Lavanya on the telephone. After the heated discussions, Yellesh went to his agricultural land and committed suicide by hanging himself to a tree.

Before taking this extreme step, the deceased informed his sister and friend that he is vexed up with life and doesn’t want to live anymore.
After coming to know about the suicide, Lavanya and her mother went to the residence of Yellesh. Later, the girl went back home alone and set herself ablaze.


Afrazul lynching: Accused Shambhulal may contest Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: Shambhulal Regar, the man accused of brutally hacking and burning alive a Muslim migrant alleging ‘Love Jihad’ in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand is all set to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
According to a report published in News 18, Shambhulal may contest from Agra as a Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena (UPNS) candidate.
UPNS, a lesser known political party has offered Rajsamand lynching accused a ticket on Monday and even claimed that he has accepted the offer to fight Lok Sabha elections from Jodhpur jail.
Speaking to News18, Amit Jani, National President of UPNS, said, “The Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena has decided that for the Agra Lok Sabha seat, the party’s candidate will be Shambhulal Regar. He will contest the election from inside Jodhpur jail, where he is currently lodged,” he said.
Jani said that they want a Hindutva face and there can be a no better candidate than Shambhulal.

Speaking to News18, Amit Jani, National President of UPNS, said, “The Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena has decided that for the Agra Lok Sabha seat, the party’s candidate will be Shambhulal Regar. He will contest the election from inside Jodhpur jail, where he is currently lodged,” he said.

“We want only Hindutva faces to contest elections on our party’s tickets and there can be nobody better than him,” the report quoted Jani as saying.

Last year in December, Shambhulal brutally kill 48-year-old Mohammed Afrazul, who hailed from Malda district of West Bengal.

In the terrifying video, which appeared on social media on December 7, we got to see the height of dehumanization in which Afrazul was hacked to death and then set ablaze by the accused who termed the cold-blooded murder an act of revenge against “Love Jihad.” media in put

Bhima-Koregaon violence: Supreme Court extends house arrest of 5 activists till September 19

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday said it will examine two days later whether there is material supporting the arrest of five rights activists in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra extended till September 19 the house arrest of the five rights activists–Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha– at their respective homes. “Every criminal investigation is based on allegations and we have to see whether there is some material,” the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said.

The bench said if there are some grave lapses, it may consider prayers like investigation by a Special Investigating Team (SIT) into the case. The plea by Thapar and others has sought an independent probe into the arrests and the immediate release of the five activists. The bench fixed the plea by Thapar, economists Prabhat Patnaik and Devaki Jain, sociology professor Satish Deshpande and human rights lawyer Maja Daruwala for final hearing on Wednesday. The court had on September 12 extended the house arrest of the activists till today. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Maharashtra government, said the court should make it clear that after adjudication by it, the arrested accused cannot avail remedies simultaneously on similar issues at other judicial fora.

The Maharashtra police had arrested the rights activists on August 28 in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave — ‘Elgaar Parishad’ — held on December 31 last year that had later triggered violence at Koregaon-Bhima village. Prominent Telugu poet Rao was arrested on August 28 from Hyderabad, while activists Gonsalves and Ferreira were nabbed from Mumbai, trade union activist Sudha Bharadwaj from Faridabad in Haryana and civil liberties activist Navlakha from Delhi.

The Supreme Court had on September 6 taken strong exception to the statement of a senior police officer on the arrest of the activists, saying he had cast “aspersions” on the top court. An irked court had referred to the statements made to the media by an Assistant Commissioner of Police of Pune and said he was casting aspersions on the apex court by saying it should not have entertained the petition against the arrests.

The Maharashtra government had told the court that the petitioners were “strangers” to the mater and questioned their locus. Its counsel had said there was enough evidence including the materials taken from the activists’ computers and other sources which belied the perception of the petitioners about those arrested. Senior advocate Harish Salve, the counsel for Tushar Damgude who had filed the FIR in the Koregaon-Bhima violence, had opposed the plea of Thapar and said it could have been raised in the magistrate’s court by the affected parties.

Earlier, the Maharashtra government had filed its response to the plea claiming the five activists were arrested due to the cogent evidence linking them with the banned CPI (Maoist) and not because of their dissenting views. The state’s response had come in the backdrop of the apex court, while ordering the house arrest of the five activists on August 29, categorically stating that “dissent is the safety valve of democracy”. The court had questioned the state police’s move to arrest these activists nine months after the incident and said all of them were reputed citizens and “stifling the dissent” was not good.


Congress president Rahul Gandhi to embark on 10-km long mega roadshow in Bhopal

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday will launch his party’s campaign in the poll bound Madhya Pradesh, known to be a BJP bastion, from Bhopal.
Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to arrive in Bhopal around 1 pm. At 1:30 pm, he will drive to Lal Ghati square before embarking on a 10-kilometer-long roadshow in a bus which will start from Lalghati Chowk and end at the city’s Dussehra Maidan, BHEL where he will interact with party cadres from across the state from 4 to 5.30 pm.


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