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Mamata lashes out at Dhankhar, calls him ‘BJP mouthpiece’

Since his swearing in on July 30, Dhankhar has been having constant run-ins with the Banerjee government, on a wide number of issues.

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Kolkata, Nov 14 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday made a veiled attack on Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, calling him a “nominated” person and accusing him of behaving like a “BJP mouthpiece” and trying to run a “parallel administration”.

“There are some people, who are behaving just like a BJP mouthpiece. In my state also you have seen what is going on. Just like a parallel administration they want to run,” a visibly unhappy Banerjee told media persons in reply to a question on Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s role in the promulgation of president’s rule in the western state.

Stating that both the central and state governments were elected bodies, who need to work in a federal spirit as per the constitution, the Chief Minister said: “Central government must work as per constitutional provisions, state government should also work as per the constitutional provisions.

“But some nominated persons, they are behaving too much. They should not supersede the state, the central government also. I think the central government must take care,” she added on the sidelines of a programme at the secretariat Nabanna.

Since his swearing in on July 30, Dhankhar has been having constant run-ins with the Banerjee government, on a wide number of issues.

The latest trigger for Banerjee’s comment came as Dhankhar visited Singur in Hooghly district and interacted with employees at the BDO office and common people. Following protests from the Trinamool Congress, Dhankhar on Thursday declared he wanted to stay for long durations in Singur and East Midnapore district’s Nandigram – the two epicentres of peasant movements which played a big role in bringing Banerjee’s party to power in the state in 2011.

Dhankhar also took a swipe at the Banerjee administration, saying “whatever you want to hide, people want to see them”.

“I went to Singur, they say you went to Singur all of a sudden. But I went to Singur after informing the Collector. If my visit to any area in West Bengal generates so much curiosity, then I feel I should spent a long time in Singur and Nandigram. You will always see, whatever you want to hide, people want to see them,” he said.

Dhankhar also announced that he could go to severe Cyclone Bulbul-hit areas, if “required”.

“I would urge, let us not put politics into governance. The moment we put politics into governance, we will some way damage the fabric of democracy. All agencies are working, for those who have suffered by loss of property or life, agencies must come forward, government must come forward, and NGOs must also come forward… I don’t want any politics.

“Whether I will visit or not, I will assess the situation, if my visit is required, I will go,” he said.

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Maharashtra IPS officer Abdur Rahman quits over “blatantly communal and unconstitutional” Citizenship Amendment Bill

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Mumbai, Dec 11 : In what could be a jolt to the government, senior IPS officer Abdur Rahman on Wednesday quit his service, ostensibly in protest against the Citizens (Amendment) Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in the post two days.

“Yes, I have quit the service citing personal reasons. I have also released a statement explaining in detail the reasons behind my decision,” Rahman, an IGP rank officer with the Maharashtra Police, told IANS soon after quitting.

Condemning the Bill, he said as a ‘civil disobedience’ move, he decided to resign from the police service and will not attend official duties from Thursday.

He appealed to all those belonging to the poor and deprived sections to oppose the Bill in a democratic manner as it would harm them the most, and also called upon the tolerant, secular and justice-loving Hindus to oppose the Bill, besides activists who should challenge it in the courts.

With 22 years of distinguished police service behind him, Rahman said that the Bill aims to grant citizenship to illegal migrants from all communities except Muslims.

“It clearly discriminates against the people belonging to the Muslim community. The Bill is totally un-Constitutional and against the very basic feature of Equality before Law,” Rahman said in his statement.

He said it is against the very ethos and spirit of the Constitution and violates Articles 14, 15 and 25 of the Constitution, and that religion cannot be the basis for giving or denying a person citizenship.

“The whole idea behind the Bill is to divide the nation on religious and sectarian lines. It creates fear among the people belonging to the Muslim community. It also compels Muslims to leave their faith and adopt some other religion to save their citizenship. This is totally divisive and unconstitutional,” Rahman said in the hard-hitting communication, which went viral on social media with thousands of likes and retweets in a short time.

Referring to the Assam example on National Register of Citizens (NRC), the officer said that if it is implemented jointly with the CAB, non-Muslims will be declared refugees and granted Indian citizenship even if they cannot produce the required documents.

“This means that the real burden will be only on Muslims to prove their citizenship. This will cause statelessness and hardships to Muslims who have been living in India for thousands of years and a majority of them are the original inhabitants of India,” Rahman said.

Rahman also apologised to those who wanted him to continue in service and urged for justice to all the deprived people.

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‘Man-eater’ leopard shot dead in Gujarat

Amreli district collector Aayush Oak said the leopard was spotted in a camera trap. “It was a seven-year-old male leopard,” he said.

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Amreli (Gujarat), Dec 11 : A suspected ‘man-eater’ leopard was shot dead on Wednesday evening by forest department personnel near Bagasara village in Amreli district of Gujarat, officials said.

A senior official claimed the big cat had killed at least ten people in the nearby areas and 14 to 15 people in the entire region.

The big cat was lurking behind eucalyptus plantation near a cow shed when it was shot dead by a member of the team of forest guards, they said.

The Amreli region had seen a sharp rise in attacks by leopards in the last few months.

“We shot dead the leopard near Bagasara village at 7 pm on Wednesday. We were hunting for it as it had turned into a man-eater. We are sure that it was the same leopard we were looking for. Other leopards were rescued and shifted out of the area,” said Conservator of Forest (Rajkot), Ashwin Parmar.

Amreli district collector Aayush Oak said the leopard was spotted in a camera trap. “It was a seven-year-old male leopard,” he said.

Oak said the Forest department first tried to capture the big cat, but it attacked the personnel, following which it was shot dead.

“Forest department will analyse the pug marks to ascertain involvement of the killed leopard in recent human deaths. But it is certainly suspected to have killed human beings. If required, the forest department will continue its operation,” he said when asked whether the forest personnel killed the same leopard they were looking for.

Meanwhile, Parmar said a huge team of forest personnel was deployed to either trap or kill the leopard in view of deaths of many people in feline attacks in the region.

“We scanned CCTV footage videos as well as pug marks to ensure that we shoot down the man-eater. We will also get an independent analysis done to find remains of human beings, if any, from the intestine and stomach of the dead leopard,” he said.

Parmar said the leopard had killed at least 10 people in nearby areas. “In all, it might have killed 14-15 people in the entire region,” he added.

In its bid to identify the “man-eater leopard”, the Forest department had formed a team of 150 trained personnel and set up 30 cages at different locations to trap and rescue other leopards from the area.

At least 40 leopards have already been caged in Amreli and neighbouring Junagadh districts.

The state government had told the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday that the total 14 people were killed while 71 others were injured in as many as 80 attacks by leopards in Junagadh and Amreli districts during the last two years, a significant rise than the previous year.

Recently, two persons were killed in a leopard attack on October 25 and December 5 in Munjiyasar village in Bagasara taluka of Amreli district.

A child was mauled to death by the big cat in Rafala village on November 17 while a 60-year-old man was killed in Visavadar taluka in the same district in September.

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Citizenship Amendment Bill passage marks victory of bigoted forces: Sonia Gandhi

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : Soon after the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesdday, Congress interim Chief Sonia Gandhi described it as a “dark day” in the constitutional history of the country and said passage of the Bill marks the victory of “narrow minded and bigoted forces” over India’s pluralism.

In a statement, Sonia Gandhi said, “Today marks a dark day in the constitutional history of India. The passage of the CAB marks the victory of narrow-minded and bigoted forces over India’s pluralism.”

Her remarks came soon after the Rajya Sabha passed the CAB that seeks to give Indian nationality to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan though it was vehemently opposed by major opposition parties who described it “against Muslim community”, which the government rejected saying it does not affect the community residing in the country.

The Bill was tabled for discussion in the Upper House by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The CAB was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Hitting out at the government, the Congreess leader said that the Bill fundamentally challenges the idea of India that the forefathers fought for and, in its place, creates a “disturbed, distorted and divided India” where religion will become a determinant of nationhood.

She said the CAB is not just an affront to the eternal principles of equality and religious non-discrimination that have been enshrined in our Constitution, but represents a rejection of an India that would be a free nation for all her people, irrespective of religion, region, caste, creed, language or ethnicity.

Sonia Gandhi further said that in its design, its grave implications, this flawed legislation is antithetical to the “spirit of the freedom movement and violative of the soul of our nation”.

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