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Monumental decision towards national integration: Arun Jaitley

In a series of tweets, Jaitley complimented the Prime Minister and Shah for correcting a “historical blunder” that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

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New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) Soon after Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the proposal to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution ending the special status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in the Rajya Sabha, BJP leader Arun Jaitley hailed it as a monumental decision towards national integration.

In a series of tweets, Jaitley complimented the Prime Minister and Shah for correcting a “historical blunder” that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

“My compliments to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji and the Home Minister Shri Amit Shah for correcting a historical blunder. A historical wrong has been undone today. Article 35A came through the back door without following the procedure under Article 368 of the Constitution of India. It had to go,” he tweeted.

The former Finance minister insisted that Article 370 was a “temporary provision”. “What was a temporary and transient provision cannot be treated as permanent. It had to go. Separate status led to separatism. No dynamic nation can allow this situation to continue,” he wrote.

“J&K integration with India took place in October 1947. Article 370 came into force in 1952, Article 35A came in 1954, four and seven years later respectively. How can Articles 370 and 35A be a condition precedent to merger?” he asked on Twitter.

Jaitley said, “The decision of the government will help the people of J&K the most. More investment, more industry, more private educational institutions, more jobs and more revenue.”

He slammed leaders of the parties from the Valley. “While the Article 370 and Article 35A decision benefits the residents of J&K the most, the Kashmir regional leaders feel that they will not be able to whip up the fake issue of ‘sentiment vs. benefit’ to the people,” he said.

BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav also hailed the Central government’s decision. “What a glorious day. Finally the martyrdom of thousands, starting with Dr Shyam Prasad Mukharjee, for compete integration of J&K into the Indian Union is being honoured and the seven-decade old demand of the entire nation being realised in front of our eyes; in our life time. Ever imagined?” Madhav tweeted.

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Youth Congress workers send handcuffs to UP CM Yogi Adityanath after Vikas Dubey’s encounter

On Friday morning, Dubey was shot dead when he reportedly tried to flee after a road accident in which the vehicle he was travelling in overturned near Kanpur.

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Indian Youth Congress Handcuff ot Yogi

New Delhi, July 11 : A day after encounter death of gangster Vikas Dubey at the hands of UP Police STF, the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) workers, here on Saturday, sent handcuffs to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to indicate growing gundaraj in the state.

IYC leader Varun Pandey said it was evident the UP police didn”t handcuff high-risk criminal. Dubey tried to flee from the UP police custody after having surrendered a day before to the Madhya Pradesh Police in Ujjain.

In a similar case, an aide of Dubey also tried to flee from the police custody and was killed in the encounter.

“It shows the Police don”t have sufficient means to restrain criminals, particularly handcuffs. Hence, the IYC has decided to send handcuffs to the UP Chief Minister as a symbolic protest,” he said.

IYC General Secretary Bhaiya Pawar said with several questions surrounding Dubey”s encounter, like attempts to stop the media from covering the STF cavalcade, changing of vehicle from Safari to SUV, and encounter of other Dubey aides, one thing was clear there was gundaraj in UP.

He said the chain of events given by the police also raised several questions. “If they are not able to hold a single criminal, what”s their utility,” he added..

On Friday morning, Dubey was shot dead when he reportedly tried to flee after a road accident in which the vehicle he was travelling in overturned near Kanpur.

Five Dubey gang members have been killed in the encounters over the past seven days.

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Hardik Patel made Working President of Gujarat Congress

Patidar leader Patel, who launched a movement for reservation for his community in the state in 2015, had joined the Congress in 2017 ahead of the assembly polls.

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New Delhi, July 11 : In a major boost to the party in Gujarat, Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi on Saturday appointed Hardik Patel as the Working President of the state unit.

In a statement, Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal said: “Sonia Gandhi has approved the appointment of Patel as Working President of Gujarat Congress with immediate effect.”

Patidar leader Patel, who launched a movement for reservation for his community in the state in 2015, had joined the Congress in 2017 ahead of the assembly polls.

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Sonia Gandhi chairs Lok Sabha MPs’ meet ahead of monsoon session

The party plans to raise the Narendra Modi government’s “mishandling” of Covid-19 crisis as the main issue. The other issues to be raised are India-China stand-off, rising petrol and diesel prices, and impact of lockdown on industries.

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New Delhi, July 11 : Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, here on Saturday, chaired a virtual meeting of party’s Lok Sabha members to discuss the strategy for the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament, including India-China face-off, lockdown’s fallout and economic situation.

The meeting was attended by all 52 Congress MPs, including former party chief Rahul Gandhi.

The meeting also comes in the wake of government tightening noose around foundations related to the party. The government has set up an inter-ministerial panel to probe into various alleged violations by the Gandhi family”s Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

The leader said Rahul Gandhi, MP from Kerala”s Wayanad, also spoke on issues, like the government”s handling of the Covid-19 and the border standoff with China.

“We apprised Sonia Gandhi about problems in holding committee meetings as well as the decision on MPLADS fund,” the MP said and added it was up to the government to convene the session. But most members felt there should not be any more delay.

According to a party MP, about half a dozen of Lok Sabha members stressed the need for Rahul Gandhi to return to the top party post. Several MPs reiterated their demand to bring back Rahul Gandhi to lead the party, said another MP.

Sonia Gandhi also asked MPs about the relevant issues to be raised in the House.

The party plans to raise the Narendra Modi government’s “mishandling” of Covid-19 crisis as the main issue. The other issues to be raised are India-China stand-off, rising petrol and diesel prices, and impact of lockdown on industries.

They also talked about the urgent need for convening Parliament session with social distancing protocol, the MP said.

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