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Congress, SP reiterate demand to ban Sanatan Sanstha



Sanatan Sanstha

Mumbai, Aug 21: In the wake of an ongoing crackdown on right-wing activists by the CBI and ATS, the Congress and Samajwadi Party on Tuesday sought a ban on the Sanatan Sanstha and its leaders.

Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil asked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to immediately arrest the Sanatan Sanstha founder-chief Jayant B. Athavale.

He alleged that the activities of the organisation were nothing short of ‘terror’ and sought a ban on the outfit.

Referring to the recent police actions, Vikhe-Patil said he had specific information that nearly 500 youths have been trained to use firearms and they must be tracked.

For this, it was imperative to arrest Athavale, which would help unravel Sanatan Sansthan’s modus operandi and plans, he said.

Maharashtra SP President Abu Asim Azmi also asked the Centre and the state government to ensure adequate security at various mosques ahead of the Eid Al Adha festival.

“The ATS has said there was a major plan to foment communal disturbances and made terror strikes in different cities of Maharashtra. It has also seized large quantities of arms and explosives from Palghar,” Azmi pointed out.

In the wake of these seizures, Maharashtra ATS chief Atulchandra Kulkarni should also be provided strong security, he said.

A Sanatan Sanstha spokesperson has dismissed all charges against it and said no such training was imparted to any youth and that it was a spiritual organization.

On Tuesday, a large of Sanstha and Hindu Janjagran Samiti activists took out a procession in Pune protesting what they termed attempts by various organisations and political leaders to defame them.

They carried banners, posters and placards with slogans of Hindu unity and flaying organisations like the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), headed by the slain rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.

HJS convenor Parag Gokhale said neither his organization nor the Sanstha were in any manner involved in the killing of rationalists like Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, M.M. Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh.

With IANS inputs 


Economy is suffering, PM Modi thinks that he’s the biggest economist: Sibal



Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, Dec 10: Reacting to RBI Governor Urjit Patel’s resignation, Senior Congress leader  Kapil Sibal made a satirical attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying PM thinks that he’s the biggest economist and he doesn’t need them.

“People he (PM) appointed are resigning, first Arvind Subramanian left as CEA and now it’s Urjit Patel. Economy is suffering, Modi thinks that he’s the biggest economist and he doesn’t need them, so they are resigning”, the former Union Minister told media.

Earlier in the evening, the Reserve Bank of India Governor resigned from his post citing personal reasons.

“On account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down from my current position (RBI Governor) effective immediately. It has been my privilege and honour to serve in the Reserve Bank of India in various capacities over the years”, Patel said in a statement.

In June this year, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian also resigned due to personal reasons.


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Watch Video: Owaisi reaches Telangana CM’s house on bike



Hyderabad, Dec 10: AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi reached Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s official residence on his motorbike on Monday for a luncheon meeting with him ahead of the declaration of Assembly election results.

Owaisi and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief have been discussing possible scenarios and the strategy to be adopted after the results are known on Tuesday.

Before his meeting with KCR, Owaisi tweeted that he was going to meet Telangana’s caretaker and “next Chief Minister”.

“Inshallah, he’ll form government on his own strength, and Majlis will stand by him. This is our first step towards a larger goal of nation building,” the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief tweeted.

AIMIM had seven members in the previous 119-member Assembly and this time the party contested eights seats, all in Hyderabad. In the rest of the state it extended support to TRS.


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Our goal is to defeat BJP, protect India’s constitution: Rahul Gandhi after Opposition Meeting



New Delhi Dec 10: After the opposition parties meeting, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said our goal is to defeat BJP, protect India’s constitution and our institutions.

“This is a process and it is bringing together everybody. I said in the room that voices in this room are voices of the opposition in the country; our goal is to defeat BJP, protect India’s constitution and our institutions”, he told media.

“In the middle of the meeting(of opposition leaders), we were told that RBI Guv has resigned because he could no longer work with govt. There was consensus in the room that we’ve to stop BJP’s assault on our institutions- CBI, RBI, EC & on the constitution”, he stated.

The meeting held at at the Parliament House Annexe on Monday in the national capital- a day ahead of the five state assembly poll results.

A total of 17 parties are present in the meeting of opposition leaders that is underway. No representation from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) yet.

Today’s meeting is called by Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu in a bid to bring all the anti-BJP parties under a single umbrella.

Opposition leaders including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, National Conference chairman Farooq Abdullah, DMK President MK Stalin and others attended the meeting.

Earlier in a day, Andhra Pradesh CM and TDP Chief met National Conference chairman Farooq Abdullah and Congress leader Ahmed Patel.

Meanwhile, Stalin along with party leaders Kanimozhi, A Raja and TR Balu met Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

In the last few months, Naidu had called on strings of opposition leaders.


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