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Chidambaram to get home-cooked food once a day in jail

Chidambaram is in Delhi’s Tihar jail since September 5, after the Central Bureau of Investigation finished questioning him in the case.

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New Delhi, Oct 3 : A court on Thursday, while sending former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram back to Tihar Jail till October 17, permitted him home-cooked food one time a day.

“From the medical records shown by the applicant, it is apparent that the applicant is suffering from multiple ailments. He is 74 years of age, he is suffering from inflammation of his digestive track. In the circumstances, it may be conducive to his health condition that he is provided home-cooked food once a day to avoid any further deterioration of health,” said Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar.

During the course of the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was representing the probe agency, told the court that the agency has no objection to Chidambaram’s application for home-cooked food.

“I have no objection if PC is allowed home-cooked food, but this should not become a precedent for other accused,” Mehta submitted.

The court also allowed medical checkups of the former minister in the jail after a request for the same was made by his legal team.

Chidambaram is in Delhi’s Tihar jail since September 5, after the Central Bureau of Investigation finished questioning him in the case.

Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram were named in the INX Media case by Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, who are currently in jail in Mumbai in connection with the murder of Indrani’s daughter Sheena Bora.

The Enforcement Directorate too has filed a money laundering case against Chidambaram.

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Priyanka addresses Dalit panchayat in Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Friday, expressed concern over the increasing atrocities on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing a Dalit panchayat at the party’s state headquarters, through virtual medium, she said that the Yogi Adityanath government was putting Dalits in the dock, instead of addressing their problems, and lauded the efforts being made by the UP Congress in reaching out to the victims.

Referring to incidents in Hathras, Kanpur, Lalitpur, Azamgarh and other districts, she said that even the Chairman of the Congress SC/ST cell was falsely implicated in a criminal case and arrested.

“I have spoken to inmates of Ambedkar hostels and they are apprehensive that the government may close down their hostels. You all should stay united and the Congress will always support you,” she said.

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DMK to hold black flag protest against farm laws on Saturday

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Chennai, Dec 4 : DMK President M.K. Stalin on Friday said that his party will hold a black flag protest against the three farm laws passed by the Central government.

In a letter to party members, he said the protest will be held in solidarity with the farmers protesting against the laws in Delhi.

Stalin said party leaders will hold the black flag protest in all the district headquarters following the Covid-19 safety precautions.

Reacting to the DMK’s protest, Tamil Nadu BJP’s agriculture wing head G.K. Nagaraj said Stalin, who is supporting the protesting middlemen in Delhi, should tell what he has done for the welfare of the farmers.

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Jitin Prasada forms ‘security force’ for empowerment of Brahmins

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New Delhi, Dec 4 : A ‘Brahmin Security Force’ has been formed by Congress leader and former Union Minister Jitin Prasada to protect Brahmins from onslaughts and also to fight for their rights and empowerment.

The announcement by Prasada was made in Uttar Pradesh’s Farukkhabad on Thursday during a community event that he chaired.

Speaking to IANS, Prasada said: “For overall development of Brahmins and to fight for their rights from jobs to education and more importantly for political empowerment, this organisation has been formed which will work under the Brahmin Chetna Parishad.”

According to Jitin Prasada the community has been disempowered under the BJP regime and has to fight back to regain its position in the state.

The Congress leader belongs to the same community and is trying to organise the Brahmins who have been traditional BJP voters except on a few occasions. The 11 percent population is kingmaker in the state and all political parties vie for this vote bank.

The Brahmins prior to the emergence of the BJP had been voting for the Congress but with the rise of Hindutva, the Brahmins have largely moved to the BJP except in 2007 when it voted for the BSP as its leader Satish Chandra Mishra was able to unite the Brahmins with the Dalits and catapulted the BSP to power. But the BSP could not maintain its hold on the Brahmins and they slipped into the hands of the BJP.

But since 2017 when the BJP took power, the Brahmins have been marginalised, alleged Prasada. However the BJP has rejected the charge of bias.

But the BJP is more interested in an umbrella Hindutva vote bank rather than appeasing a particular community, said an analyst. The Congress which ruled the state till 1989 had Brahmins, Dalits and Muslims as its core voters, who have moved in three directions leaving the party in single digits in the assembly.

Since 1989 when the Congress had its last government and the last Brahmin Chief Minister in ND Tiwari, the BJP has held the state many times, while the BSP and the SP also formed the government but no Brahmin could reach the top post.

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