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Mahanta slams AGP’s top brass for silence over Citizenship Amendment Bill

“I have expressed my opposition against the CAB from day one and my stand remains the same. I appeal the AGP leadership to break the silence and oppose the Bill,”

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Prafulla Kumar Mahanta

Guwahati, Nov 23 : Expressing his displeasure over the party’s role regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, former Assam chief minister and senior Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta on Friday said that a section of party’s top brass have surrendered to the BJP for the sake of remaining in power.

Mahanta’s statement came in the wake of series of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by different organizations and the stoic silence maintained by the AGP, which is a partner of the BJP led ruling alliance in Assam.

“I have expressed my opposition against the CAB from day one and my stand remains the same. I appeal the AGP leadership to break the silence and oppose the Bill,” he said adding that while the regional party is opposed to the Bill, the top brass of the party are maintaining silence over it.

“AGP is a party of the people of Assam. The regional party should not side with the BJP on CAB merely for the sake of remaining in power. The top leadership must oppose the Bill as they are part of the government, ” the former Assam chief minister said.

He said that most of the AGP leaders are opposed to the bill but they are silent as they fear expulsion from the party if they against the whims of a few top leaders of the regional party.

“There are examples of expulsion of sone AGP leaders b the party top brass for opposing CAB in Jorhat in the past, ” he said.

The BJP is planning to table the controversial CAB in the ongoing session of the parliamentt.

“Some of the BJP leaders are saying that the BJP is pushing hard CAB due to West Bengal electiins. Why should Assam suffer due to Bengal elections, ” Mahanta said.

Asked about the launch of a new student win of the AGP on Thursday, the senior AGP leader said he was invited for the programme by AGP top brass. “Even if I am invited, I would not have gone. Student wing cannot strengthen the party, rather we should all strengthen the All Assam Student’s Union for the interest of the state, ” he said.

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Jitin Prasada urges Yogi to restore Parshuram Jayanti holiday

Parshuram Jayanti had earlier been declared a public holiday but when the Yogi government came to power, the holiday was cancelled.

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Former Union minister and senior UP Congress leader Jitin Prasada has written a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, urging him to declare a holiday on Parshuram Jayanti.

Parshuram Jayanti had earlier been declared a public holiday but when the Yogi government came to power, the holiday was cancelled.
In April 2017, the chief minister had cancelled 15 public holidays, including Parshuram Jayanti. The government also cancelled the birth and death anniversaries of several eminent people.

In his letter, Jitin Prasada, who has been leading a campaign against atrocities on the Brahmin community, said that Parshuram is revered as the Lord of Justice and is also seen as the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

He said that Parshuram is held in high esteem by the Brahmin community. Prasada has urged the chief minister to restore the holiday on Parshuram Jayanti.

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Uttar Pradesh: 6-yr-old brutally raped, accused on the run

Dr S.K. Garg, the principal of the Meerut Medical College where the girl is admitted, said that she will need treatment for a long duration and more surgeries.

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Minor Girl rape

Hapur (UP), Aug 10 : A six-year-old girl, who was kidnapped and brutally raped in Hapur district on Thursday, remains in a critical condition even as the police continue to hunt for the accused.

The police have released three sketches of the accused on the basis of the statements of the girl’s parents and neighbours.

The girl was kidnapped from outside her home in the Garh Mukhteshwar area, reportedly by a man on a motorcycle.

The police launched a hunt for the girl after her parents lodged a missing complaint.

She was found the next morning, unconscious and soaked in blood, behind bushes not far from her village. The girl was rushed to a specialised hospital in Meerut where the medical examination confirmed rape.

She has already undergone one surgery and doctors say she is stable but not yet out of danger.

The doctors said that the girl was brutalised in a manner that is shockingly similar to the Nirbhaya gang rape case of 2012.

Dr S.K. Garg, the principal of the Meerut Medical College where the girl is admitted, said that she will need treatment for a long duration and more surgeries.

Hapur SP Sanjeev Suman said that they have not yet been able to record the victim’s statement because of her medical condition. He said that six police teams have been formed to arrest the accused.

Meanwhile, protests are being held by the Samajwadi Party and Congress over the incident.

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UP woman commits suicide after allegedly being beaten up by police

Her family members said Yogesh Pathak beat up Nishu at the station. She was called to Kotwali by police again on Saturday and was stressed about it.

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Jalaun, Aug 10 : A 22-year-old woman committed suicide in Uttar Pradesh’s Jalaun after she was allegedly beaten up by a police inspector.

The incident took place in Naya Ramnagar area.

The deceased, Nishu Chaudhary, was found hanging by a noose at her house on Saturday. The family rushed her to the hospital but doctors declared her dead.

According to Nishu’s family, she had gone to the market in Baldau Chowk on Friday afternoon.

Some shopkeepers accused the victim and two of her friends of stealing passports and caught them. They called the police and handed them over to inspector Yogesh Pathak.

Police took the three to the Kotwali police station and after questioning they were handed over to their relatives.

Her family members said Yogesh Pathak beat up Nishu at the station. She was called to Kotwali by police again on Saturday and was stressed about it.

“She was very disturbed since the beating by the inspector,” said a family member.

After Nishu committed suicide, her family went to the police station and created a ruckus, demanding action against the inspector.

Circle Officer (CO) Santosh Kumar reached the spot and assured the family that the matter will be investigated.

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