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Four CMs back Kejriwal’s protest, say Centre restricting the federal system

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New Delhi, June 17 :Four  chief ministers came out in support of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi, whose sit-in protest against Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal entered the seventh day on Sunday while  AAP leaders and workers will march to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence on Sunday to protest against the lack of response by the Lt Governor and the Centre .

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh’s N Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan and Karnataka’s HD Kumaraswamy have backed Kejriwal and are seeking PM Modi’s intervention to resolve what they have described as a “constitutional crisis”.

The chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Kerala and Karnataka urged the Centre to “rise above politics”, solve the “constitutional crisis” and not “restrict the federal system”.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is on a dharna at the lieutenant governor’s house demanding a direction to the IAS officers working in the Delhi administration to end their undeclared strike.

Accusing the Modi government of snatching his powers, Arvind Kejriwal said, “Delhi was under de facto President’s rule through IAS officers’ strike as the officers strike has been instigated by the Modi government to paralyse the Delhi government.”

“Elected Delhi government canot take any action on officers,” he added.

Kejriwal claimed that the strike by IAS officers has stalled important works related to the people of Delhi .

The officers strike has been instigated by the Modi government to paralyse the Delhi government concerning the transfers and postings of officers
Kejriwal, along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Cabinet ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, has been camping in the Raj Niwas — the official accommodation-cum-office of the Lt Governor — since Monday evening.

Aam Aadmi Party’s planned march to the PM’s residence from Mandi House metro station at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“Delhi is all set to launch a mass protest like the one we did which changed its political picture,” Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Pankaj Gupta told the media here on Saturday.

“We have tried all we can, but they are not ready to listen,” he added.

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Pulwama fallout: Security of 18 separatists, 155 politicians in J&K withdrawn

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The security cover of four senior separatist leaders -- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Shabir Shah, Professor Abdul Gani Bhat and Bilal Lone were already withdrawn on Monday. (Photo Credit- Reuters)

Jammu, Feb 21: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday withdrew security of 18 separatists and 155 political persons in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack on February 14 in which over 40 CRPF troopers were killed.

An order issued by the Home Department late on Wednesday said security cover of separatists and some mainstream politicians was also being withdrawn/downgraded apart from those that were initially withdrawn on February 18.

As per the new order, the new list includes names from the National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress.

Some of them are Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, former IAS officer Shah Faesal and PDP leader Waheed Para.

“Over 1,000 personal security guards and 100 vehicles provided to the secured persons are being withdrawn,” officials said here.

The security cover of four senior separatist leaders — Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Shabir Shah, Professor Abdul Gani Bhat and Bilal Lone were already withdrawn on Monday.

The decision to cut down heavily on separatist leaders’ cover was taken in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack when an explosive-packed SUV rammed into a bus of a Central Reserve Police Force convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway killing 40 paramilitary troopers on the spot in the worst-ever terror attack in the state since militancy struck there in 1989.

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Women, children used to ferry Pulwama explosive: Intelligence sources

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CRPF troopers killed in suicide attack in Pulwama

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Women and children helped terrorists to ferry the deadly explosive RDX grade 5 (for military use) and ammonium nitrate from transit point Tral in Pulwama district in south Kashmir in carrying out a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy on February 14, intelligence sources told IANS.

More than 40 Central Reserve Police Force troopers were killed when a local suicide bomber, Aadil Dar, rammed his SUV into a bus carrying the troopers from Jammu to Srinagar.

The sources said the trigger for the explosive was manufactured locally and that ammonium nitrate was used as an oxidizer in the RDX explosive.

The attack took place on Jammu-Srinagar highway near Latoomode in Pulwama around 3.33 p.m. on February 14, stunning the over 2,500 troopers who were part of the convoy.

The military grade RDX was procured from across the border and the device was assembled around 10 km from the blast site, the sources said.

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Farmers Nashik-Mumbai Protest March begins for loan waiver, minimum support price

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Mumbai, Feb 20 : Members of All India Kisan Sabha have started their march from Nashik to Mumbai against the Modi government and the state government for not fulfilling various demands of farmers and tribals of the state.

Accusing the government of not fulfilling the promises made to them last year,the AIKS said, “A year has passed, but the government has not executed the promises it made. There is dissent among the farmers.”
“Hence, a long march will be taken out again against this betrayal by the Centre and state government,” it said.

The farmers demands include immediate drought relief, loan waiver , MSP at one and a half the full cost of production.

The farmers will reach Mumbai on February 27, the AIKS said in a statement after its meeting.
The meeting of ALL India Kisan Sabha and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has failed,”That meeting was inconclusive. Till now, only half of the farm loan waiver disbursements have taken place. The government had announced a package of Rs 34,000 crore. Only Rs 17,000 crore has been disbursed. Where is the rest of the money? Our farmers haven’t received it. The chief minister gave us evasive answers, saying some terms and conditions will have to be changed. That will take time. Also, barely any step has been taken to control drought. Maharashtra has been hit by a severe drought. Farmers have to sell their cattle and move out of their homes for jobs. We also demand completion of infrastructure projects,”Farmer leader Ashok Dhavale, who represents the All India Kisan Sabha, said the government was brazenly repressing the leaders.

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