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EC’s withholding of Gujarat poll schedule ‘strange’: CPI-M

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New Delhi, Oct 13, 2017: The CPI-M on Friday called the Election Commission’s reasoning behind declaring the poll schedule in Himachal Pradesh but not Gujarat as “strange”.

“It is strange that the Election Commission has announced the date of election for Himachal Pradesh Assembly while withholding the announcement of date for Gujarat Assembly elections,” the Communist Party of India-Marxist said.

Usually when elections are due within a period of six months, these states are combined and a joint announcement is made, it said. “This has been the practice followed so far.”

After the announcement of poll schedule, the Model Code of Conduct has come into effect in Himachal Pradesh, but not in Gujarat.

“The Chief Election Commissioner has announced that the Gujarat polls will be held before the results of Himachal Pradesh elections are declared on December 18.

“This is even stranger if Gujarat Assembly elections are to be completed before December 18, then the Model Code of Conduct must be applicable to that state as well,” the CPI-M said.

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Policeman attempts to fire at Kamal Nath

Rajya Sabha MP and advocate Vivek Tankha posted two tweets informing about the incidence.

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As per Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tanka, a policeman tried to fire his rifle at senior Congress leader Kamal Nath at the Chhindwara airstrip in Madhya Pradesh. The policeman was overpowered by the security personnel present at the airstrip and has now been placed under suspension.

Rajya Sabha MP and advocate Vivek Tankha posted two tweets informing about the incidence.

Kamal Nath represents Chhindwara in Loksabha and is presently the longest serving member of the Indian Parliament. He has been elected nine times from Chhindwara.

He has won every election since 1980 with the sole exception of elections to 11th Loksabha in 1996.

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Activists seek political support on triple talaq bill, AIMPLB opposes

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New Delhi, Dec 15 : Women activists on Friday sought support of all political parties in converting the triple talaq Bill into law in Parliament, even as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) termed the Bill a “direct interference in religious matters”.

The women activists said the Bill to ban triple talaq — oral divorce by Muslim men — should be converted into law in Parliament’s Winter Session so that its victims can get justice.

The Union Cabinet on Friday cleared the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, to make the practice of triple talaq an offence.

The AIMPLB said it is against ‘Shariat’ and asked the Centre to consult the Muslim organisation before making any such law, after the Bill was approved by the Cabinet.

Activist Zakir Soman claimed the board and the Muslim community are not taking proper care of triple talaq victims, and such women should get justice from the law.

“If the community and the board were doing enough, why would triple talaq victims be approaching women’s organisations?” asked Soman.

“We will not give up our constitutional and legal entitlements. We are all citizens of a democracy and living in the 21st century. We are entitled, educated, and empowered, and want justice as per the law of the land…,” the activist said.

According to Soman, they have written to Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury for support in ensuring the passage of Bill in Parliament.

“It is not a matter of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress or any other political party. It is the responsibility of all political parties and their representatives and all women in this country,” she said.

Opposing the proposed law, AIMPLB member Maulana Khalid Rashid said: “As far as the divorced women’s rehabilitation is concerned, the Muslim community is already doing it. So, we consider the Bill as a direct interference in the religious matters of our community. It is an attack on our religious freedom…”

“Women are not being tortured in the name of triple talaq. Muslim women have said they do not want changes in the community’s personal laws, including on triple talaq. If certain people are misusing such laws it doesn’t mean you will completely end it. It is part of our ‘Shariat’. The government should at least have consulted Muslim organisations before making any such law.”

Woman activist Hina Zaheer said: “According to the Quran, there is no provision for instant talaq… So, it should not be a matter of prestige for the board. Since the board failed to resolve the issue, a lot of politics has been done on it.”

According to the draft Bill sent out to the states earlier this month, it was proposed that triple talaq be made a cognisable and non-bailable offence, attracting three years in jail.

The draft law was prepared in the backdrop of the August verdict of the Supreme Court that struck down the practice of “instant” divorce as illegal.

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Mehbooba’s brother quits as CM grievance cell head, likely to get cabinet berth

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Jammu, Dec 15 : Sayeed Tasaduq Mufti, brother of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Friday resigned as coordinator of CM’s grievance cell.

Tasaduq Mufti had given up his career as a Bollywood cinematographer and came back to the state after his father, Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed died on January 7, 2016, and was appointed as coordinator of CM’s grievance cell to address day-to-day problems of the people brought to his notice.

He is also the ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate for the Anantnag Lok Sabha bypoll, which has not been held yet due to the challenging security situation in districts of Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama.

Informed sources said that decks have been cleared for Tasaduq Mufti’s nomination to the upper house of the state’s bicameral legislature.

The seat fell vacant after sitting legislative counsellor Vikramaditya Singh resigned from both the house and the PDP following differences with the party leadership over issues concerning the Jammu region.

Sources also said once he becomes a legislator, he would be inducted into the state cabinet and allotted the important Tourism portfolio that is presently held by the Chief Minister.

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