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Bill to hike Muslim quota introduced in Telangana assembly

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Hyderabad, April 16: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday moved a bill in the State legislative assembly to hike reservation quota for backward Muslims and the Scheduled Tribes (ST) to 12 and 10 per cent respectively.

As soon as the day-long special session began, the Chief Minister moved the Backward Class, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Reservation Bill, 2017, to increase the quota for socially and economically backward among Muslims under the Backward Classes (E) category from the existing four per cent to 12 percent.

The reservations for STs in education and jobs has been increased from 6 per cent to 10 per cent.

The bill will be passed by both houses of the legislature after a debate and it will be sent to the Centre for President’s assent and with a request to include it in the 9th Schedule of the Constitution as it was done in the case of Tamil Nadu.

The Chief Minister clarified that the reservations were being provided purely on the basis of socio-economic backwardness and not on the basis of religion or caste as some parties were trying to mislead people.

Terming it as a historic day, Rao said Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had during the elections promised that quota for the BC (E) and the STs will be increased in proportion to their population in the state.

He pointed out that STs are currently enjoying 6 percent quota though their population as per 2011 Census is 9.8 percent.

He assured Backward Classes that there will be no injustice to them because of increase in quota for the BC (E) and announced that the quota for the BCs will be increased. The state government has directed the BC Commission to submit a report within six months.

Rao also said that the reservation for the SCs, who constitute 16.3 per cent of the state’s population, will be increased by one per cent. He said the government would soon constitute an SC Commission.

The SCs are currently enjoying 15 per cent reservations while the BCs have a total quota of 25 per cent.

The legislation will increase the total reservations in the state to 62 per cent.

The Chief Minister argued that there is no constitutional bar on providing more than 50 per cent reservation.

Rao said with 90 per cent of Telangana’s population comprising the BCs, SCs, STs and minorities, the state definitely needed more than 50 per cent reservation, and pointed out that states like Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand were already providing more than 50 per cent quota.

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PM Modi turns blind eye to anarchy in Delhi: Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, June 18: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the BJP for their protests leading to a stalemate in the national capital, while accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of ignoring the crisis.

Gandhi tweeted “Delhi CM, sitting in Dharna at LG office. BJP sitting in Dharna at CM residence. Delhi bureaucrats addressing press conferences. PM turns a blind eye to the anarchy; rather nudges chaos and disorder”.

“People of Delhi are the victims, as this drama plays out,” he added.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday continued his sit-in protest at the Lt. Governor’s residence for straight eight days in a row, urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “give a nod” to the IAS officers to end their strike.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday also continued its counter-protest against Kejriwal’s stir.

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Manish Sisodia hospitalised

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New Delhi, June 18: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who was on hunger strike since June 13, was admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital in the national capital on Monday following a failing health, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.

“Sisodia being shifted to hospital,” Kejriwal tweeted.

According to the reports, Sisodia’s ketone level reached 7.4, following which the decision was taken to move him to a hospital.

Late on Sunday night, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who was also on an indefinite hunger since June 12, was also shifted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital due to deteriorating health.

In another tweet on Monday, Kejriwal said that Jain “is doing well”.

Jain and Sisodia were camping in the Raj Niwas along with

Kejriwal along with his cabinet colleague have been camping in the Raj Niwas, since June 11 protesting against IAS officers on de facto strike and seeking approval to the Delhi government’s proposal to supply ration to the poor at their houses.

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Ram Madhav’s close aide quits BJP

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New Delhi, June 18: As 2019 Lok Sabha elections are approaching, the resignation of a BJP member and close aide of party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav, Shivam Shankar Singh, has created a political buzz.

Singh, who worked closely with Madhav was a key member of the saffron party.

On Sunday, he wrote a post explaining several issues that led him to leave the BJP.

In his blog, Singh cited various key points such as Electoral Bonds , Demonetisation , Misuse of CBI and ED (the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate, Planning Commission Reports, GST, Petrol and Diesel price hike , messed-up foreign policy and others, that forced him to take a bold step of resignation.

For further reference to Shivam Shankar Singh’ s blog click here “Why I Am Resigning From the BJP“.

Meanwhile reacting to Singh’s resignation General Secretary AICC, Ashok Gehlot said it is an eye-opener for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

“Blog of Shivam Shankar Singh who supported BJP for many years n has quit it now is an eye opener for BJP. Its own ppl are fed up wd BJP’s propaganda, politics of hate, fake news, religious agenda, Polarization, National-Antinational, India-Pakistan debates”, Gehlot tweeted.

By profession, Singh is a data scientist. After studying economics at the University of Michigan, he returned to India and joined the BJP in 2013 to work for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election campaign.

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