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CWC meet : Rahul Gandhi discussed strategy on Assam NRC, Maratha issue



New Delhi, Aug 4 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi convened the second meeting of the Congress Working Committee, the highest policy decision making body of the party, at his residence on Saturday and discussed the Assam’s draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).The Congress President also chalked out a strategy to confront the BJP’s immoral design of giving the NRC issue a communal angle to create a Hindu-Muslim divide so as to get political dividends in the upcoming Assembly and lok Sabha elections.

At the CWC meet it was decided that Congress president Rahul Gandhi will meet 51 Maratha leaders in Delhi on 8 August, media reports said.

The development comes days after the Maratha quota agitation that rocked several parts of Maharashtra.

The CWC  also deliberated on ways to mount pressure on the Narendra Modi government on the Rafale deal , joblessness and the poor state of the  economy.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has skipped Saturday’s meeting of the Congress Working Committee ,  due to health issues.


The Congress has slammed the Narendra Modi government over the NRC and the word “infiltrators” used by BJP President Amit Shah for those who have been excluded from the list , saying the highly sensitive exercise has been “tardy” and led to massive insecurity in Assam.

The NRC draft, published on July 30, has excluded 40 lakh people.


Senior party leader Ahmed Patel tweeted: “Not guts but greed for power, driving them to polarise India over NRC.” He said it was the Congress that shows the guts even at the risk of losing polls.

“Rajivji championed Assam & Punjab accords, knowing it will adversely affect party’s chances in polls. Earlier INC sacrificed its govt in J&K for peace. Legacy of Congress is to keep nation before party. This is guts,” Ahmed Patel added.

The preparations for the Assembly polls in four states that are due this year and the issue of alliances for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will also be discussed.

The CWC meeting last month had authorised Gandhi to take decision regarding alliances to oust the BJP-led government at the Centre. Gandhi had said after the meeting that a group will be formed to discuss the alliances.

The members of the new CWC are: Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Motilal Vora, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, Oommen Chandy, Tarun Gogoi, Siddaramaiah, Anand Sharma, Harish Rawat, Kumari Selja, Mukul Wasnik, Avinash Pande, K C Venugopal, Dipak Babaria, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Raghuveer Meena, Gaikhangam and Ashok Gehlot.


BKU leader accuses govt of acts to disrupt tractor rally




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A day after the protesting farmers leaders on Delhi’s Singhu border caught a person who confessed to hatching a conspiracy to disrupt the proposed tractor rally on January 26, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Saturday alleged that the Centre and the administration are the ones behind such a “conspiracy”.

The farmer leader alleged that a conspiracy has been hatched to kill four of them and create disturbances during their tractor rally. The person was later handed over to the Haryana Police.

Tikait told IANS: “The man caught from the Singhu border’s protest site was a member of the gang. Only the central government and the administration can carry out such acts.”

“The government has been saying that the tractor rally on January 26 will be violent. How do they know that it will be violent?”

“1Our movement has been quite peaceful for the last two months,” the BKU leader added.

“The apprehended man was associated with a 10-member gang. We have handed him over to the police. Which agency will interrogate him is a matter to be seen,” he said.

Tikait said, “The same people were also part of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s programme. It has now been revealed that the government is behind all such acts.”

“Where there is a mob, violence has to be forcefully created and such an action is resorted to by the administration. These gangs have been imparted training, the same people are part of the mob and commit violence. “

“We have nearly 200 volunteers deployed at various borders of Delhi who are monitoring such suspicious people. We want a peaceful protest,” the BKU leader added.

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Terror hideout busted, ammunition recovered in J&K




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A large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered after a terrorist hideout was busted by the security forces in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, officials said.

According to details, the security forces received specific input about the presence of a terrorist hideout in a forested area in Mandi.

A joint team of the Border Security Force, police and army carried out the operation.

The hideout was busted and a large quantum of arms and ammunition was recovered including one AK-47 rifle, three AK-magazines, 82 AK rounds, three Chinese pistols, five pistol magazines, 33 rounds of pistol ammunition, four hand grenades and one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL).Searches were undergoing in the area.

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India, China to hold 9th round of talks to resolve border dispute




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Indian and Chinese militaries will hold a ninth round of talks aimed at resolving the border disputes in Eastern Ladakh after a deadlock prevailed since the last negotiations in November 2020, sources said.

The latest “Corps Commander level meet is likely to take place in the next few days, probably in a day or two”, the sources, adding contours of the dialogue were being worked out and some changes are expected.

A Ministry of External Affairs representative is likely to be part of the dialogue.

The eight round had taken place on November 6, 2020.

Though the talks ended in a deadlock, both countries agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels, and also to take forward the discussions, push for the settlement of other outstanding issues, so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

Earlier this month, Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane had said that the force is ready for a long haul along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), while hoping for an amicable solution in its nine-month-long conflict with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

“We are prepared to hold our ground where we are for as long as it takes to achieve our national goals and interest,” he had said.

On August 30, 2020, India had occupied critical mountain heights on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake like Rechin La, Rezang La, Mukpari, and Tabletop that were unmanned till now.

India has also made some deployments near Blacktop also after the Chinese tried to make a provocative military move.

Now, dominance at these 13 peaks allow India to dominate Spangur Gap under the Chinese control and also the Moldo garrison on the Chinese side.

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