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Another BJP leader in Meghalaya quits over its non-secular ideology




Tura (Meghalaya), June 6: In a major blow to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Meghalaya one more senior party member quit over its non-secular ideology and centre’s new cattle trade and slaughter rules.

Bachu Marak, the district president of the BJP in North Garo Hills, alleged that BJP leaders were “attempting to impose its non-secular ideology on the indigenous people in Meghalaya”.

Bachu Marak’s resignation came after Bernard Marak’s, who as the district president of the BJP in West Garo Hills, had alleged that the leaders of the party were “not respecting the tradition and culture of the indigenous people”.

“As a responsible leader, I cannot mislead the people and allow them (BJP) to impose the non-secular ideology on us. They cannot impose the beef ban in our state,” Marak told IANS over phone.

“Beef is one of our traditional diet and no government can restrict people’s food habit. The moment they impose such restriction the ruling party would surely lose people’s confidence,” he said.

State BJP President Shibun Lyngdoh, however, refuted  Marak’s claim.

“He (Bachu Marak) is making such statement to mislead the people. The party has no intention to impose any anti-constitutional measures to the people. The objective of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi government is to ensure all round development across India,” Lyngdoh told IANS.

Last week, several saffron party leaders in the state had threatened to resign from the party if the central government refused to repeal the new cattle trade and slaughter rules.

“Most party leaders in Meghalaya are not happy with the new rules which are directly affecting the socio-economic status of the people,” BJP Vice President John Antonius Lyngdoh said.

“We cannot accept the new rules on cattle trade and slaughter. We cannot go against our food behaviour besides putting the economic interest of those people dealing in cattle trade and slaughter in jeopardy,” he said.

Wefornews Bureau


BJP govt’s economic policies favour the rich, says Rahul Gandhi




Padubidri, March 20: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at the Narendra Modi government saying they favoured the rich and had ignored the interests of farmers, poor people, traders and small businesses.

Addressing a  ‘Corner Meeting’ organised by the Kaup Block Congress Committee, Gandhi stated ” In last few years BJP govt waived off a loan of 2.5 lakh cr of 15 richest people.

“When farmers talk about the loan waiver, PM Modi & FM say it isn’t their policy. Siddharamaih ji & Congress govt in K’taka waived off loan of Rs 8,000 cr of farmers of Karnataka”.

After concluding the ‘Corner Meeting’ in Padubidri, the Congress president paid a visit to the Sri Brahmashri Narayana Guru Mandira at Hejmady village and offered prayers.

He was accompanied by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and other leaders.

Earlier in a day, Gandhi also inaugurated the Rajiv Gandhi Political Institute at Tenka Yermal and interacted with the State office-bearers of the Cognress Seva Dal.


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15-day parole for Sasikala after husband dies



Bengaluru, March 20: AIADMK’s jailed leader V.K. Sasikala was granted parole for 15 days on Tuesday to attend her husband M. Natarajan’s last rites, Bengaluru Central Jail Chief Superintendent M. Somashekar said.

Natarajan, 74, died on Tuesday in Chennai after he was hospitalized on March 16 for chest infection and kept on ventilator support.

His body is to be taken to his village in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, about 350 km south of Chennai, for last rites.

Sasikala is currently serving a four-year sentence since February 15 last year after the Supreme Court upheld her conviction in a corruption case.


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Opposition blames government for Rajya Sabha impasse



Gulam Nabi Azad

New Delhi, March 20: The Opposition on Tuesday held the Narendra Modi government responsible for the continued impasse in the Rajya Sabha.

The Upper House of Parliament was on Tuesday adjourned for the day without transacting any business for the 12th working day in a row.

The leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, while speaking even as din prevailed in the House, blamed the government for the logjam.

“We want a discussion on three issues. First of all, the banking fraud where billions of rupees have been siphoned off from the public sector banks. Then, there is special status to Andhra Pradesh and the Cauvery water management. We are interested in discussing all three subjects on the floor of the House,” Azad said over the din.

However, as soon as Azad stood up to speak, members of AIADMK and TDP came near the Chairman’s podium and started shouting slogans. So Azad had to shout over the din to be heard.

He said that a number of opposition parties had met in the morning and decided that the House should function and all the relevant issues, including government bills, should be discussed.

“We want the House to function. We want a discussion on these issues, we want a discussion on the bills. We want the government business to be transacted in addition to discussion on these issues. I request the government that it should engage itself with all these political parties,” Azad said amid the noise.

“No effort has been made so far by the government to talk to these (opposition) political leaders to sort out the issue. So the government is responsible for the impasse because it has made no effort to solve this issue. The opposition is unitedly interested in functioning and running the proceedings of the House,” he said.

Earlier, various political parties, including the Congress, DMK, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Communist Party of India-Marxist, Nationalist Congress Party and the Communist Party of India, met in Azad’s chamber and discussed the continued logjam in the Upper House.

The opposition leaders, sources said, blamed the government for using a “friendly party” to disrupt the proceedings of the Upper House to avoid discussion on the multi-thousand-crore-rupee banking fraud.


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