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Modi-Shah biggest threat to country: Kejriwal

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New Delhi, Jan 14 : Calling Narendra Modi and Amit Shah the “biggest threat to the country”, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said if the BJP came to power again in 2019, it will change the Constitution to do away with elections.

Addressing party volunteers over the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the Delhi Chief Minister also said that the need of the hour was to come together and save the nation, adding that the party members must go door to door and expose the BJP’s gameplan.

Speaking on the occasion, AAP leader Gopal Rai said: “The Congress has no presence in Delhi. Only AAP is capable of defeating the BJP in the upcoming elections.”

Kejriwal, in his speech, compared the BJP’s rule to that of Hitler.

“The Modi-Shah pair is the biggest threat to the country. Shah recently declared in a rally that if the BJP wins in 2019, they’ll stay in power for another 50 years. This is part of the BJP’s scheme.

“Just like Hitler did in Germany, the BJP is also planning to amend the Constitution and eventually abolish the practice of elections altogether. If Modi comes to power again, the BJP will change the Constitution and end democracy and elections altogether,” he said.

The AAP Lok Sabha in-charge of North-East Delhi, Dilip Pandey, said that the atmosphere in Delhi clearly indicated that the Aam Aadmi Party was set to win all the seven Lok Sabha seats.

“But that doesn’t mean we can take it easy. Rather we need to double our efforts to save the nation from the dictatorial attitude of Modi and Shah,” he said, referring to the Prime Minister and the BJP President.

The next two months leading to the elections, Pandey said, were equivalent to war for the party.

“This is no time to relax but to get going and contribute as much as we can for the Lok Sabha elections. Each one of us has the responsibility to save our country and our Constitution from the dictatorship of Modi and Shah,” he said.

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Supreme Court allows Mumbai dance bars to reopen with restrictions

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Mumbai, Jan 17: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed dance bars to reopen in Mumbai but imposed regulations such as barring CCTV surveillance.

It said there was no need for CCTV surveillance inside dance bars as it violates privacy.

The apex court said that the performers could be tipped, but showering of cash and coins will not be allowed inside the bars.

The court added that Maharashtra cannot ban dance bars by taking recourse to regulating them, noting that since 2005 no licence has been issued.

“Since 2005 till date, no licence has been issued. There may be regulation but that does not amount to total prohibition,” said a bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan.

Pronouncing the judgment, Justice Sikri said that there could be no segregation of dance stage and that of drinking and eating space as it struck down the provision for “mandatory” installing of CCTV cameras in the dance bars holding that it violates privacy.

The court upheld the definition of obscenity given in the State law saying that it was not vague.

Holding that those visiting the dance bar could give tips, the court said no to the showering of money during dance performances.

The court held as “unreasonable” the provision that says that a dance bar should be one kilometre away from religious places, hospitals and educational institutions.

However, it left it to the state legislature to take a call on the issue.

Striking down the provision that said that the owner of the dance bar should have a “good character” and no “criminal antecedents”, the court said: “There is no precise definition of what amounts to good character and criminal antecedents.”

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Cold, foggy Thursday morning in Delhi

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New Delhi, Jan 17: Delhiites on Thursday woke up to a cold, foggy morning with the minimum temperature recorded at 4.2 degrees Celsius. N

“Shallow to moderate fog enveloped the city in the morning, with the visibility at 8.30 a.m. recorded at 400 metres at Safdarjung,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told news agency IANS.

The sky will remain clear with haze thereafter, he said, adding that the humidity was recorded at 100 per cent in the morning.

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the overall air quality of the national capital was recorded in ‘very poor’ category with the air quality index being at 346.

On Wednesday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 21.3 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average.

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TRS leaders meet Jagan to discuss proposed Federal Front

The TRS chief has already held talks with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Janata Dal (United) leader and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and DMK leader M.K. Stalin.

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Hyderabad, Jan 16 : Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President K.T. Rama Rao met YSR Congress Party President Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy here on Wednesday to discuss the proposed Federal Front.

Rama Rao, who is the son of Telangana Chief Minister and TRS President K. Chandrashekhar Rao, also known as KCR, along with three other leaders of the party met Jaganmohan Reddy, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.

The TRS leaders drove to Jaganmohan Reddy’s Lotus Pond residence around 1 p.m. The leaders of the two parties are expected to brief the media after the meeting.

Earlier, KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known, tweeted that on the direction of KCR he would be meeting Jaganmohan Reddy to discuss modalities on working together to strengthen a federal alternative to the National Democratic Alliance and the United Progressive Alliance.

This is the first direct talks between the leaders of the two parties since KCR floated the idea of the Federal Front in 2018.

The TRS chief has already held talks with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Janata Dal (United) leader and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and DMK leader M.K. Stalin.

After taking over as the Chief Minister for a second term following the TRS’ victory in December’s elections, KCR intensified his efforts to cobble together the Federal Front.

The TRS leaders are also likely to discuss with Jaganmohan Reddy the possibility of their working together in Andhra Pradesh to defeat the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the ensuing elections in the neighbouring state.

KCR in December dropped hints to this effect with a remark that he will “return the gift” to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu. He was referring to Naidu campaigning extensively in the Telangana elections.

The Congress-led Grand Alliance comprising the TDP and two other parties suffered a crushing defeat in the Telangana polls.

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