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CPI(M) not to support CAB in Rajya Sabha



New Delhi, Dec 11 : The Communist Party of India (Marxist) claims that they are not supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. CPI(M) member T.K. Rangarajan pointed out that their party will never support this kind of Bill.

He said that the text of the Bill undermines the objective. “It leaves Muslims,” said Rangarajan, adding that the basic structure of the Constitution is being changed on the religious lines.

“Justification to bring the Bill is faulty,” he said. The member highlights that the Bill states that Hindus are persecuted in Pakistan. “Are Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan are not persecuted? Are Rohingyas not being killed in Myanmar? They are killed and persecuted over there,” he said. He also pointed out that Sri Lankan government is persecuting Tamil Hindus.

“Our government frequently takes up the issue. Is it not the truth? In Tamil Nadu, there are 2000 camps for 35 years,” he said.

Rangarajan points that the Bill does not give citizenship to everybody. “In Pakistan, a total of 3.6 million Hindus are there. Bangladesh is third largest country for Hindus. It has 70 million Hindus according to the 2015 census,” he said.

He questions the government on the fallout in Pakistan and Bangladesh if this Bill is passed. “Who will be responsible?” he said adding, “Please… don’t spoil the country.”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, in the Upper House on Wednesday saying that the Bill is a ray of hope for crores of minorities living in a very critical situation in three neighbouring countries who all came to India.

The Bill is already passed from the Lok Sabha.


Amid reconciliation talks, Congress leaders hint at Rahul-Pilot meet

Meanwhile, the Gehlot camp in Jaisalmer is keeping a wary eye on any development in Delhi vis-a-vis the proposed meeting.



Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot

Jaipur, Aug 10 : Political circles in Rajasthan were on Monday agog with talks of a likely resolution to the crisis arising out of rebellion by Congress MLAs owing allegiance to Sachin Pilot. Congress sources claimed that the Pilot camp lawmakers will meet Rajya Sabha MP KC Venugopal during the day and even meet with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi thereafter.

The Congress sources said that veteran party leader Ahmed Patel had pitched in to resolve the issue that had threatened the survival of the Ashok Gehlot government after the Pilot camp raised a banner of revolt over the state leadership.

The Congress had sacked Pilot as Deputy Chief Minister and the Rajasthan Congress President. So far, Gehlot has stayed put in the CM chair amid claims and counter-claims on attempts to poach MLAs.

On Sunday night, a Congress Legislature Party meeting was held in a Jaisalmer hotel, where MLAs from the Gehlot camp are lodged. In this meeting, they held mixed views on taking back the rebels into the party fold.

While a few MLAs suggested that the rebel camp leader should be taken back in view of the “wafer-thin margin” of the Gehlot government over the opposition in the Assembly, others were not ready to budge and were not in favour of taking back the Pilot followers.

Meanwhile, the Gehlot camp in Jaisalmer is keeping a wary eye on any development in Delhi vis-a-vis the proposed meeting.

A senior Congress worker confirmed to IANS that a few Ministers from Rajasthan had hints to the meeting and that the views of party MLAs were sought ahead of the scheduled meeting on reinducting Pilot and his loyalist MLAs.

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Former President Pranab Mukherjee Tests Positive For Coronavirus

In a tweet, the former President said he has tested positive for Coronavirus and asked those who had come in his contact to isolate themselves.




Former President Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday that he has tested positive for Covid-19.

In a tweet, the former President said he has tested positive for Coronavirus and asked those who had come in his contact to isolate themselves and get tested for the Coronavirus.

“On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID19 today.

I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self isolate and get tested for COVID-19,” the former President tweeted.

Pranab Mukherjee is one the several VIPs who have tested positive for Coronavirus. Earlier this month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah tested positive for Coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital in Gurugram, Haryana, The BJP’s UP chief, Swatantra Dev Singh, tested positive for the virus the same day.

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah also tested Covid-19 positive.

Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan, his son Abhishek Bachchan, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter also tested positive for Coronavirus. Aishwarya and her daughter recovered and were released from the hospital. The Senior Bachchan was also discharged from hospital after his tests came negative.

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‘EIA 2020 draft must be withdrawn to Stop Loot Of The Nation,’ Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi govt



Rahul Gandhi Video Conf

New Delhi Aug 10 : Launching another attack at the Narendra Modi government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the objective of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) 2020 draft is “loot of the nation”.

He further demanded that it must be withdrawn to stop environmental destruction.
“The objective of the EIA2020 draft is clear – #LootOfTheNation This is another terrible example of what the BJP government has been doing for the ‘friends’ of the suit-boot who have robbed the resources of the country. EIA 2020 draft must be withdrawn to stop #LootOfTheNation and environmental destruction,” Gandhi tweeted.
The former Congress chief termed the EIA 2020 draft, which has been placed by the BJP government for public feedback, as “disgraceful and dangerous.” Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had said that the final notification regarding EIA 2020 has not been issued and the draft notification is still open for public consultation for more than 120 days.

Earlier on Sunday, In a Facebook post using the hashtag ‘WithdrawEIA2020’, Gandhi slammed the government over the EIA, 2020, draft, saying it is not only “disgraceful”, but “dangerous”.

“Not only does it have the potential to reverse many of the hard fought gains that have been won over the years in the battle to protect our environment, it could potentially unleash widespread environmental destruction and mayhem across India,” he said.

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