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Congress leaders totally ignorant of CAA: Nadda



J P Nadda

Guwahati, Jan 4 (IANS) BJP national working President J.P. Nadda on Saturday slammed Congress leaders for their opposition to Citizenship (Amendment) Act, saying they were “ignorant” of the legislation and were driven by “politics” and not “nationalism” in their protest against the new law.

He also threw an open challenge to former Congress President Rahul Gandhi to speak just “ten lines” on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

Days after Gandhi addressed a rally here and said that right wing outfits BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) won’t be allowed to “attack Assam’s history, culture and language”, Nadda gave a riposte.

“I am from the hills. I know what culture, heritage and language are. I understand the sentiments associated with language and culture. It is our responsibility to protect the culture and heritage of Assam and we will do it,” Nadda said.

Describing Congress leaders as “totally ignorant”, Nadda ridiculed them for saying that the authorities would seek passport and Aadhaar card in connection with CAA.

“What are you referring to? This is a bill to give citizenship, not to take it away. You are not driven by patriotism, you are driven by politics.

“You don’t see the nation, you only see the vote bank. For you, vote comes before the nation. For us, the nation always gets priority over vote. Why do you see everything from the point of view of vote,” Nadda asked while addressing BJP’s booth level functionaries — the first major party rally in the state capital after protests broke out against the CAA.

Nadda urged the people of Assam not to believe the opposition parties’ propaganda that the state would be swamped by a fresh influx of people from the neighbouring nations.

“CAA will be applicable only to those persons who have come to India on or before December 31, 2014. So there is no question of any fresh influx of people,” he said.

Nadda assured the people that the government will ensure that Clause 6 of Assam Accord, which was signed in 1985, is protected in letter and spirit.

Clause 6 pledges to provide constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards “to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people”.

Challenging Congress leaders to visit the refugee camps in Guwahati, Nadda said that people lodged there were unable to get admission to schools or join skill development courses.

“Still, these people are living here. And now they (Congress) are saying crores of people will come. No, they won’t come. They are already living here. They came during your rule,” he said.


Ex-BJP MLA and Fadnavis aide booked for rape in Thane



Devendra Fadnavis

Thane (Maharashtra), Feb 28 In a huge embarrassment to the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, it’s former MLA from Mira Road Narendra Mehta was booked on charges of alleged rape levelled by a BJP woman municipal corporator, officials said here on Friday.

A close aide of Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Mehta has been booked for offences of sexual assault by the Navghar Police on Friday after the complaint by his party female colleague and a civic lawmaker.

Known for his lavish lifestyle and influence, Mehta was considered a prominent figure of Mira-Bhayender towns of Thane, a BJP stronghold, around 10km to the northwest of Mumbai.

Besides IPC provisions, he has also been slapped with charges under Attrocities Act following the victim’s complaint.

There was huge speculation in political circles after Mehta suddenly quit all party posts a couple of days ago, followed by certain videos which went viral on social media networks.

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Barmer SP removed, SHO suspended after Dailt death in police custody





Jaipur, Feb 28 Twenty-four year old Jitendra Khatik, a dalit was killed while in police custody and after much hue and cry Barmer SP Sharat Choudhary was removed from his post late last night.

Jitendra Khatik was detained for committing theft on Wednesday, without an FIR, and died while in police custody on Thursday.

Nagaur MP and Rashtriya Loktantrik Party convenor Hanuman Beniwal, following which the Station House Officer Deep SIngh of Barmer Rural was suspended, and then the Superintendent of Police was removed from post until further orders.

The entire staff at the police station is in the line of fire as the incident has turned political after the RLP laeder raised questions on police working.

Beniwal has asked how can a youth be detained and tortured without any case registered against him. He could have been called for investigation but keeping him in police custody raises questions, he said.

The Rajasthan government is expected to respond to Beniwal’s questions in the Assembly on Friday.

Khatik’s family members said that they went to meet him on Thursday morning and at that time, he complained about police beating him. They came back after meeting him. However, his health deteriorated in afternoon suddenly in police station from where he was shifted to hospital.

The family has alleged that the youth was beaten and tortured leading to his death. The SHO did not care for him when he had fallen ill and the constable also took him to hospital not in an ambulance but in normal vehicle when he was quite unwell, the family said.

The doctors declared Jitendra Khatik as brought dead.

A post mortem is yet to be conducted.

The issue was raised in the Assembly on Thursday.

A judicial inquiry has also been ordered in the matter with Jodhpur IG Navjyoti Gogoi reaching Barmer on Thursday to look into the matter.

Barmer SP Choudhary on Thursday admitted that Khatik was picked up for questioning but no case was registered against him. “A medical board has been formed to conduct his post mortem and the SHO suspended while the entire staff of police station has been sent to lines.”

Late on Thursday even Chowdhury was declared APO till further orders.

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BSP blames police for Delhi violence, demands action against rioters



BSP supremo Mayawati

Delhi, Feb 28: Expressing deep concern over the Delhi riots that claimed 39 lives, Bahujan Samaj Party National Spokesperson Sudhindra Bhadoria demanded strong action against those behind the rioting and blamed Delhi police that is under direct control of Home Minister Amit Shah for the inaction to prevent the Hindu -Muslim clashes.

“The government needs to act swiftly ,all those who are responsible for this rioting should be book and dealt with iron hands and peace and normalcy should be maintained at all cost,” Sudhindra Bhadoria said.

Terming the riots in Delhi as unfortunate incident in which 38 people lost their lives and property worth hundred of crores rupees destroyed.

Pointing to the intelligence failure on the part of the police without naming AMit Shah, BSP National Spokesperson blamed the police for inaction at the time when the riots started.

” It’s time to maintain peace, law and order situation and everybody should be treated equal before the law” Bhadoria further added.

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