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No cosmetic change will change politics of hate: Yechury on Anandiben’s exit

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Sitaram Yechury

New Delhi, Aug 1 : Terming the offer by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel to quit as a “cosmetic change”, Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday said this was meaningless in the context of the recent incident of flogging of Dalits by cow vigilantes in the state.

“The ‘offer’ by Gujarat Chief Minister is meaningless in the context of recent events in the state. Gujarat state government must instead take action and punish the culprits. Any change of face or offer to resign is only a ploy to distract from the absence of concrete state action against the guilty,” Yechury wrote on his Facebook page.

“A cosmetic change will not alter the policies of the ruling party which have wreaked havoc on the weaker sections of the society in the state. This tokenism serves no purpose. Why has no immediate action been taken, as demanded by the massive rally of Dalits in Ahmedabad yesterday?” he added.

Yechury noted that the “malaise of vigilantes, mob-violence and fanning hate runs deeper and wider” than Gujarat and its Chief Minister.

“What action is being taken by the BJP’s top leadership and the union government to ensure that all Indians feel equal and secure in their homeland, as guaranteed by the Constitution? Why are people from certain sections of society not being allowed to exercise their choice of food or occupation?” he wrote.

The Communist leader said that leading ruling party functionaries continue to make incendiary speeches against minorities and Dalits.

“They incite mobs and fan prejudiced ideological hate, which have resulted in public lynching, hanging, flogging and beatings across the country. “How can one change of face be the answer to a problem emanating from the top? It is only a distraction. We await concrete action,” Yechury concluded.

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Wrong to prevent farmers from holding peaceful demonstrations: Kejriwal

Thousands of farmers have been marching to Delhi from Punjab and Haryana protesting against the laws that liberalise the agriculture sector

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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday showed his support to the farmers who are protesting against the three farm laws passed in the Parliament in September, and said that they should be allowed to stage a peaceful protest.

“The three farm bills of the central government are anti-farmer. Instead of rolling back these bills, farmers are being stopped from staging peaceful protests. Water cannons are being used against them. This is injustice to the farmers. Peaceful protest is their constitutional right,” said Kejriwal in a tweet on Thursday.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had voted against the Bills in both Lok Sabha (where it has one MP) and Rajya Sabha (where it has three MPs).

Thousands of farmers have been marching to Delhi from Punjab and Haryana protesting against the laws that liberalise the agriculture sector. While some groups were stopped in Haryana on Wednesday and water cannons used against them, several others continue to approach Delhi to stage a protest. The Delhi Police has issued a notice prohibiting any gathering in the Capital, citing Covid-19 regulations and the Delhi Metro has temporarily closed operation on certain routes.

The three laws that have led to widespread protests are the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.

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I have lost a comrade, colleague and friend: Sonia on Ahmed Patel’s death

Congress has lost one of its greatest son. I am at loss of words at his death. May his soul rest in peace. May god give strength to his family to cope up with this terrible loss.”

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New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday while condoling the death of Ahmed Patel said she has lost a dedicated Congress colleague.

“In Sh. Ahmed Patel, I have lost a colleague, whose entire life was dedicated to the Congress Party.” she said

She said, “His faithfulness and dedication, his commitment to his duty, his always being there to help, his generosity were rare qualities that distinguished him from others.”

“I have lost an irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague and a friend. I mourn his passing and I feel deeply for his bereaved family to whom I offer my sincere feelings of empathy and support,” she added

Scores of Congress leaders condoled Ahmed Patel’s death, “It is very hard to come to terms with Ahmed patel Ji’s passing. He was a political troubleshooter par excellence & will be sorely missed by all. “Ahmedbhai” was also a close friend of my late father’s & a mentor to me,” tweeted Milind Deora.

B.K. Hariprasad said in a tweet, “Its very saddening to know about the demise of Shri Ahmad patel ji. Congress has lost one of its greatest son. I am at loss of words at his death. May his soul rest in peace. May god give strength to his family to cope up with this terrible loss.”

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Ahmed Patel’s role in strengthening Congress will always be remembered: PM Modi

A top strategist of the Congress and a most-trusted ally of its president Sonia Gandhi, Patel (71) died in the early hours of Wednesday.

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Condoling the death of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his role in strengthening the opposition party will always be remembered.

Patel spent years in public life, serving the society, Modi noted.

A top strategist of the Congress and a most-trusted ally of its president Sonia Gandhi, Patel (71) died in the early hours of Wednesday.

He was admitted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram and had been critical for a few days. He had contracted COVID-19 and subsequently, developed complications.

“Saddened by the demise of Ahmed Patel Ji. He spent years in public life, serving society. Known for his sharp mind, his role in strengthening the Congress Party would always be remembered. Spoke to his son Faisal and expressed condolences. May Ahmed Bhai’s soul rest in peace,” the prime minister said in a tweet.

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