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Feel sorry for those in power who can’t help Bihar: Lalu Yadav

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Patna, June 12 : Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Friday blamed the Nitish Kumar government for the plight of migrant labourers, saying those occupying the seat of power are unconcerned about people in distress and are helpless even though they had the freedom to take decisive action.

In jail over several cases in fodder scam, Lalu thanked people who wished him on his birthday.

In an emotional letter written from Lalu”s twitter handle and addressed to the Bihar people, he says he is overwhelmed by people”s affection. “In each of your greetings, I see a ray of hope and change, giving me support in my struggles and fight against injustice,” it said.

“Biharis are in grief and agony; as they are living in the absence of many facilities. Many of them are left to walk on roads and die. Whenever I get to hear the plight of crying labourers, I feel a sense of deep empathy, and I feel like patting their shoulders in my own style and tell them ”why worry, I am with you,”” the letter reads.

“But I am helpless by my circumstances; entrapped as I am by conspiracies. I feel sorry for those who, though free, are helpless while in government. How could they sleep and have their food,” the letter says.

The letter expresses the former Chief Minister”s helplessness as he is incarcerated miles away from the state. “Had I been in Bihar, I would not have spared any effort. I have given responsibility to Tejashwi (son) and the party, who have made me realize that though out of power, my RJD family has solidly stood by the people, giving me a sense of relief”.

Lalu also referred to his opponents saying they kept calling him as someone who has reveled in levity and mirth and has never been graceful enough. “I want to tell you that I have worked diligently and gracefully for the rights of the poor, the exploited and deprived sections. From my heart, I have made each attempt to make my Bihari natives happy. When lakhs of my supporters laugh about something I say in front of them, all allegations leveled by my opponents fade away,” the letter said.

On his 73rd birthday, Lalu also had words of praise for his younger son and leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav. “I am proud of whatever you have done despite your young age,” the letter refers to Tejashwi, adding, he should not stop in his works.

“You have to use your own energy as well as my own, with double the vigour. You should fulfill your commitment to public welfare and ensure smile on the faces of those who are suffering. That will be the biggest birthday gift for me,” said the letter.

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Where’s the Rs 20-lakh-crore package: MPYC to PM Modi

“My only question to the PM is – Modiji, who exactly got the Rs 20 lakh-crore?” Tambe demanded.

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Mumbai, Aug 14 : Attempting to corner the Centre on the eve of Independence Day on Saturday, the Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress on Friday sought to know from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has actually benefited from the Rs 20-lakh-crore assistance package announced four months ago.

Leading a MPYC agitation, the party President Satyajeet Tambe said the PM insists that a Rs 20 lakh-crore economic package was given to farmers, entrepreneurs and jobless, but he claimed that MPYC has yet to find “a single individual” who has benefitted from it.

“My only question to the PM is – Modiji, who exactly got the Rs 20 lakh-crore?” Tambe demanded.

He said that fact-finding teams of the MPYC workers and activists have been trying to find out the intended stakeholders of the “astronomical figure”, not a single one has been found who has so far received the promised aid.

The teams found that no farmers, unemployed persons, traders, shopkeepers or factories and MSMEs who joined the survey have recorded their testimonies and express the same disillusionment across critical sectors of the economy.

“Because of the stark variance between the Prime Minister’s professions and the zero beneficiary reality on the ground, we at MPYC continue to apply to the Central Government for a breakdown of the COVID-19 assistance to Maharashtra,” said Tambe.

He said the “BJP’s silence and thuggery is symptomatic of the elite capture and the cronyism that is Modi’s Operandi” even as the economy is on the ventilator, threatening to flatten as unemployment takes a serious turn.

Tambe also asked BJP’s three Members of Parliament from Mumbai to account for the actual money received by socio-economically marginalised people in Maharashtra from the Centre’s Rs. 20 Lakh Crore COVID-19 Economic Assistance Package, even as the Opposition termed the MPYC agitation as “a total failure”.

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‘Apologise with folded hands on TV’: Shiv Sena to Arnab Goswami

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Nagpur, Aug 14 : Taking umbrage at “insults and humiliations” meted out during its debates on the issue of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, a Shiv Sena leader on Friday demanded that Republic TV’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami should apologise with folded hands on TV or face criminal proceedings.

The Sena is the second party in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, headed by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, to act against Goswami after the Congress filed criminal proceedings against him a couple of months ago for linking party chief Sonia Gandhi to the Palghar mob-lynching case.

Slapping a legal notice on Goswami, Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavlamban Mission (VNSSM) President Kishore Tiwari, who is accorded Minister of State status, contended that the manner in which the debates are conducted on the channel were an attempt at “Contempt of the Supreme Court”.

The Sena leader – who is also a lawyer – said that despite his protests during the debate, Goswami continued his “wilful disobedience and contempt of court” and attempted to influence and interfere with the court proceedings, on the Sushant case.

“Once during the programme, you had gone one step more to term (Chief Minister) Uddhavji Thackeray as ‘prime accused’ of the (Sushant) case in your prejudged, perverse, biased and pre-determined style towards the Thackeray family,” said Tiwari.

He added that the entire style and approach of debates was “based on false, concocted stories and a prejudiced mindset in a predetermined way”, which, he held, is also contempt of the Supreme Court.

“These acts of yours and your team are highly unlawful and nothing but a case of criminal defamation, insult, public humiliation….” he said, citing the institution of a civil suit for infringement of fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution “caused in programmes on your channels – Republic TV and Republic Bharat”.

Tiwari also alleged Republic TV had targeted former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj, linking her with the Lalit Modi case, and she could not bear the shock, leading to the collapse of her immune system and finally, she succumbed to cancer in August last year.

In a similar manner, he alleged that Republic TV is targeting the Thackeray family to tarnish their image which is tantamount to sheer misuse of freedom of expression and media.

In the legal notice, Tiwari called upon Goswami to “apologise with folded hands” on his television during prime time and also publish the same apology in leading print publications.

Failing this, he has warned the Republic TV chief and his team of criminal and civil proceedings besides launching a separate case requesting the Supreme Court to initiate contempt proceedings as Goswami has “wilfully and mischievously” tried to influence the matter which is before the apex court.

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Congress cracks whip in Rajasthan

Gehlot further said, “We will move the confidence motion ourselves. We shall also resolve the grievances of our MLAs who are upset with us.”

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New Delhi/Jaipur, Aug 14 : The Congress has tried to convey a tough message to its legislators in Rajasthan that the party comes first and there should be no statements and no interviews to the media from anyone.

The Congress Legislature Party meet was convened on Thursday at the Chief Minister’s residence where rival leaders Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot were present.

Congress General Secretary (Organisation) K.C. Venugopal said in a video that “Forget the nightmare of the last 30 days and work together for the people of Rajasthan. We have done a lot of post-mortem but from now on no words, no interviews and no statements. This is the message of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. They told me to convey this.”

Venugopal said that “the party has to come first and if the party is not there then nobody will be there so everybody has to work with unity. It is time for unity and everybody should work together.”

He also praised the state government for its work towards Covid management.

Gehlot and Pilot met before the CLP meeting at Gehlot’s house. At the meeting, Gehlot gave a call to forget the past, saying, “Apne to apne hote hain’. We could have proved the majority on the floor of the House even without these 19 MLAs, but then there would have been no happiness around.”

Gehlot further said, “We will move the confidence motion ourselves. We shall also resolve the grievances of our MLAs who are upset with us.”

The BJP on Thursday announced that it will move a no-confidence motion against the Gehlot government when the special Assembly session commences on Friday.

Venugopal, who was present at the meeting, tweeted: “There is no substitute for truth and integrity. The bonds of friendship & ideology are unbreakable, they will stand the test of time & reinvigorate the party. The direction & leadership of Hon’ble Congress President Sonia Gandhi & Rahul Gandhi ensured this bond gets stronger.”

Earlier in the day, suspension of two MLAs – Bhanwarlal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh, who had pledged loyalty to the Pilot camp, was revoked. They were suspended after being charged with alleged horse-trading to topple the government.

Gehlot also tweeted in the afternoon saying, “Our priority should be to save democracy with the feeling of forgive and forget. The conspiracy being followed in the states to topple the elected governments one by one in Karnataka, MP and Arunachal Pradesh by misusing the ED, CBI, Income Tax, judiciary etc. will weaken democracy.”

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