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CPI-M condemns Alwar lynching, wants action against cow vigilantes

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New Delhi, Nov 13 : The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Monday condemned the lynching of a farmer, Umar Khan, by cow vigilantes in Alwar district of Rajasthan and demanded strict action against the culprits.

“The CPI-M condemns the gruesome killing of Umar Khan, who was attacked along with his two companions with whom he had purchased cows in Alwar,” the party said in a statement.

“All three of them were beaten and also shot at by the so-called gau rakshaks. It is more shocking that the Rajasthan Police registered a case against the victims and has allowed the vigilantes to go scot-free,” it added.

The CPI-M underlined that such incidents were happening despite the Supreme Court’s instructions to the central and state governments to prevent such attacks and take strict action in incidents of vigilantism.

The Supreme Court had said that in every district a senior police officer should be designated to look into such cases and that proper compensation should be paid to the victims.

“The CPI-M demands that the Centre and the Rajasthan government abide by the directions of the Supreme Court and ensure that the culprits are brought to book and that the families of the victims are compensated adequately and assured of justice,” it said.

According to police, a body was found near railway tracks in Govindgarh in Alwar on November 10. The deceased was identified as Umar Khan, 35, by his relatives on Sunday.

Although police remained tight-lipped about the incident, sources close to the deceased’s family told IANS that the incident occurred most likely on November 10 morning when the three persons were transporting some cows from Alwar to a village in Bharatpur.

As they reached near Govindgarh, they were stopped by some “gau rakshaks” (cow vigilantes) and attacked with firearms, they said.

While Umar reportedly died in the firing, another person sustained bullet injuries. He has been admitted to a Haryana hospital.

Alwar Superintendent of Police Rahul Prakash said a case of cow smuggling had been filed. “We have also detained one person on charges of murder. Investigations are on,” he added.

In April, a Pehlu Khan was allegedly beaten to death on suspicion of cow smuggling by cow vigilantes in Alwar district.

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No need of JPC on Rafale after apex court verdict: Akhilesh

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Lucknow, Dec 15 : Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said that his party has given up its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal after Supreme Court verdict in the matter.

Yadav said at an event here that SP had demanded JPC when the apex court had not given its judgement.

“But now the Supreme Court verdict has come and it has looked at all aspects. If someone has to say something in the future, then the doors of Supreme Court are open,” he said.

“There is no bigger court than the Supreme Court and there is nothing bigger on which people have faith,” he added.

The stance of Samajwadi Party is at variance with Congress which is persisting with its demand for JPC into the Rafale jet deal with a French company.

Yadav’s remarks have come at a time when efforts are being made to bring opposition parties together against the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The SP has offered support of its lone MLA to Congress in Madhya Pradesh after the Assembly elections.

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Rahul Gandhi hints at resolving Chhattisgarh CM tussle

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New Delhi, Dec 15: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hinted at the end of tussle for the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, tweeting a picture of himself flanked by all the four claimants to the post.

Posting pictures of the four contenders in the race for the CM post– Bhupesh Baghel, T.S. Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant — Gandhi quoted American internet entrepreneur Reid Hoffman saying: “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.”

The party is likely to announce the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister tomorrow.

Baghel, the state party chief, is said to be the frontrunner in the race.

Gandhi’s tweet follows his hectic parleys with Chhattisgarh leaders, along with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, party’s observer for Chhattisgarh, and P.L. Punia, who is in-charge in the state.

The Congress President had earlier tweeted similar pictures of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Kamal Nath and his rival claimant to the post Jyotiraditya Scindia as well as Rajasthan Chief Minister-designate Ashok Gehlot and his state party chief Sachin Pilot who has been named as the Deputy Chief Minister.

Before the announcements of Kamal Nath and Gehlot as the respective Chief Ministers, there had been power jockeying between the rival camps, with both Scindia and Pilot strongly advocating their stake to the post.

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Government is responsible for giving wrong facts to Supreme Court: Kapil Sibal

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New Delhi, Dec 15: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday targetted the Narendra Modi for giving wrong facts to the Supreme Court on the Rafale deal. 

“Government is responsible for giving wrong facts to the Supreme Court, he said while addressing a press conference in the national capital.

“The Supreme Court is not an appropriate forum because it cannot summon and examine file notings, witnesses on oath, including questioning the Prime Minister, and we need to question the Prime Minister”.

Continuing his attack, the former union minister said: “When Supreme Court is not examining technicality, pricing of the Rafale deal, how is government claiming victory?”

“When I read the Supreme Court judgement, in almost every para there was a reference to press reports”, he added.

The Congress leader further said that there is a need to ask the Attorney General to the PAC and get the issues clarified as to why an affidavit was submitted which did not reflect facts.

He described the Rafale deal as a highly sensitive issue and stated: “It will be discussed in the Parliament too”.

Sibal persisted his demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the matter.

“The BJP govt can oppose all they want, but JPC will be formed to investigate Rafale scam”, he stated.

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed all the pleas seeking court-monitored probe into the purchase of Rafale jet fighters holding that the decision-making process was not in doubt.

The bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it cannot go into the question of pricing and choice of offset Indian partner by the French aircraft manufacturer Dassault.

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