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Nation must back SC judges for speaking truth: Shiv Sena

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Mumbai, Jan 15: The nation must back the four Supreme Court judges who have spoken up boldly in favour of justice and national interest, the Shiv Sena said on Monday.

On January 12, four apex court judges alleged that “truth and democracy are being throttled in the Supreme Court” and took on the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra.

This has triggered an open debate on whether the Chief Justice was indeed under pressure in sensitive political cases and whether impartial judges were being kept away from such matters, the Sena said.

Questions are being raised on what exactly are these ‘sensitive cases’ and what compelled Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice M.B. Lokur and Justice J. Chelameshwar to address the media.

In a restrained editorial in the party mouthpieces Saamana and Dopahar Ka Saamana, the Sena said with the four judges coming out in the open, the secrets of the apex court had been exposed and now “everybody can breathe freely”.

Targeting its ally the BJP, the Sena said if a similar thing had happened during the Congress-led UPA regime, the BJP and others would have raised a huge hue and cry over threats to democracy and judiciary.

The Sena said it feared that the four judges may now be at the receiving end for highlighting the truth before the country.

“Tomorrow, they will be branded as Congress agents, then a ‘foreign hand’ will be blamed for their revolt, and later they will be declared ‘Naxalites’ and defamed. The rule of law is finished,” the Sena said.

“People who once accused Indira Gandhi of interfering with the judiciary are in power now and their actions vis-a-vis Constitutional posts seem to suggest that Indira Gandhi was an ‘extremely humane and democratic’ leader,” the Sena pointed out.

Referring to the justice system in the ancient Roman and Indian contexts, it said the Goddess of Justice is shown with her eyes covered and a sword with which justice is rendered irrespective of the person standing before her (blindfolded) eyes.

“After the media revelations by the four senior judges, it is suspected that the Goddess of Justice occasionally peeps out to see the political party or leader before delivering the verdict.

“The judges who have been dispensing justice to all had nobody to turn to for justice, hence they chose to go to the people’s court. It’s a courageous step and in the interest of the country and the nation should stand up with them,” the Sena said.
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I quit BJP only because of Devendra Fadnavis: Eknath Khadse

Welcoming the development, Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari said: “Khadse is a very popular mass-based OBC leader and his departure will prove costly for the BJP and Fadnavis.”

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Mumbai, Oct 21 : Quitting the Bharatiya Janata Party, after remaining in political wilderness for over four years, senior leader Eknath Khadse on Wednesday said he was “leaving only because of Devendra Fadnavis”.

Set to join the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi partner Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday, Khadse said that he was targeted by the then Chief Minister and current Leader of Opposition Fadnavis on trumped up charges which have still not been proven.

“My family and I have been humiliated for four years… I had worked hard to build up the party in the state for 40 years and this is what I had to undergo,” Khadse told mediapersons shortly after resigning as a BJP primary member.

Making it clear that he had no grouse against the BJP central leadership, Khadse said that “except state President Chandrakant Patil, no BJP leader has called me up so far”.

Forced to quit as minister in June 2016 following corruption charges when he was the de facto No. 2 in the cabinet headed by Fadnavis, he was denied a BJP ticket in the 2019 Assembly elections.

Khadse pointed out that since then (his quitting), “no party, including Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party or Congress has ever demanded any investigations against me”, despite that he was humiliated for several years in the BJP.

“So many agencies probed me, but nothing came out… Then one lady levelled some molestation charges against me to which Fadnavis asked that a FIR should be lodged against me… This was the low-level politics played against me,” Khadse said.

Among the tallest BJP leaders in the state with huge grassroots support, Khadse, 68, hails from Muktainagar, Jalgaon, and his daughter-in-law Raksha Nikhil Khadse has been elected twice as BJP Lok Sabha MP (2014-2019) from Raver parliamentary seat.

Reputed as an efficient administrator and orator, Khadse was groomed by the late Pramod Mahajan and Gopinath Munde, and is now expected to deflect the Opposition Fadnavis-led BJP’s attacks on the MVA government headed by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Having once tutored Fadnavis in legislative politics, Khadse was ironically bypassed by the central leadership when the party swept the 2014 legislative elections and chose Fadnavis to lead the government.

Since then, they enjoyed an uneasy relationship which ultimately led to Fadnavis asking Khadse — who represented the Muktainagar assembly seat from 1989 till 2019 — to quit the cabinet in 2016.

State NCP President and Minister Jayant Patil announced that Khadse would join the party on Friday afternoon, and along with him many other BJP activists and legislators are likely to follow suit in the coming days.

Welcoming the development, Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari said: “Khadse is a very popular mass-based OBC leader and his departure will prove costly for the BJP and Fadnavis.”

“He is among the few leaders who served as a minister in the Shiv Sena-BJP government of 1995-1999, as Leader of Opposition from 2009-2014, and again as minister when the BJP-Sena regime took over in 2014, till his exit from the cabinet in mid-2016,” Tiwari pointed out.

Hoping to mollify him after denying a poll ticket, in 2019, the BJP fielded his daughter Rohini Khadse-Khevalkar, but she lost the polls, after which his (Khadse’s) supporters charged Fadnavis with engineering her debacle.

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KCR wants 15 special teams to prevent breach of lakes in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad, Oct 21 : Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday ordered formation of at least 15 special teams to prevent breach of tanks and lakes in Hyderabad.

He asked the official machinery to be on high alert to ensure that tanks and lakes are not breached due to heavy rains and flash floods.

He said the special teams should examine the tanks in the city from time to time and take the necessary measures to prevent any untoward incident. He spoke to Principal Secretary (Water Resources) Rajat Kumar in this regard.

“Hyderabad received heavy rains which were unprecedented in the last hundred years. This has resulted in heavy floodwater inflows. Besides the floodwater in the city, water from the tanks in surrounding areas also entered the city. All the tanks are overflowing with water,” said Rao.

As the Met department has forecast more rains, the entire official machinery should be on a high alert. “As the tanks in city have water to their capacity and there are still flood water inflows coming into them. There is every likelihood of these tanks getting breached causing more damage. Hence, at least 15 special teams with water Resources department officials and staff should be formed. They should examine each and every tank and lake in the city,” the chief minister said.

He asked the teams to identify the tanks that may breach and take precautionary measures. He also wanted repair of the breached tanks.

The CM instructed officials to alert people in low-lying areas and those living in vulnerable places to shift to safer places.

The chief minister’s instructions came amid reports that at least 100 tanks in and around Hyderabad either breached or overflowed, inundating adjoining residential areas. Hundreds of colonies have submerged, affecting more than five lakh people.

Several areas in Chandrayangutta in the old city and in Uppal remained inundated.

Spells of rains with varying intensity in various parts of the city and outskirts since Tuesday have added to people’s woes and affected relief and rehabilitation work in the affected areas.

The forecast of more rains on Wednesday and Thursday has left the people more worried. The administration has already sounded an alert.

Indian Army flood relief teams have been put on standby for anticipated rescue operations of people due to heavy rains forecast for next few days.

The Indian Army said its teams were kept on standby on request of the state government.

Nine flood relief reams with boats are on standby to be launched immediately on requirement. Additional teams and boats will be sent as per the situation, a defence release said.

Heavy rains and flash floods since October 13 have claimed 33 lives in and around the city and caused widespread damage to houses and civic infrastructure.

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Harsh Vardhan’s comments unfortunate, aim should be to fight the pandemic unitedly: Rahul Gandhi

“It’s an unfortunate comment. The whole nation has to fight this disease together. I don’t think it’s appropriate to blame someone or the other.

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Wayanad (Ker): Describing as “unfortunate” the comments by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on rising COVID-19 cases in Kerala, Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said it was not appropriate to blame others and point fingers, but fightthe pandemic unitedly.

With Kerala witnessing a spurt in infections recently, Vardhan had recently said the state was “paying the price for gross negligence” during Onam festivities when unlocking of services along with an increase in travel for trade and tourism led to the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s an unfortunate comment. The whole nation has to fight this disease together. I don’t think it’s appropriate to blame someone or the other.

The spirit should be to overcome this huge challenge.

I had warned in February that India was facing a huge challenge.However, this is not the time to point fingers and we all should work together,” Gandhi said.

He said Kerala follows a decentralised response to the pandemic and the state was giving out a good, decent result.

“The spirit of the people of Kerala, including the health workers, is giving a good decent result here.Of course there are shortcomings like there are in every situation.

But overall I feel the spirit of the people is going to overcome this disease here.The mitigation work in Wayanad is also good,” the Congress MP said.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has, however, said Vardhan’s comments should not be seen as a criticism of the state government’s COVID-19 management.

The chief minister had said on Monday that the COVID-19 situation in the state was under control during and after the Onam festival season as a strict vigil was enforced.

“Our COVID preventive measures were a success but the massive protests across the state by an irresponsible opposition derailed the efforts of the government,” Vijayan said.

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