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NRC row: Mamata says Detention of TMC delegation reflects BJP’s frustration

When asked about BJP leaders demanding NRC in the state just like Assam NRC, Mamata sternly asked, “Who are they? What significance do they have in West Bengal? Nobody knows them. They are just some hooligans. Their existence itself is in question & they will implement NRC here? I will see how they intervene.”

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New Delhi, Aug 2 : Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said Modi government is frustrated and questioned the credibility of Bharatiya Janta party after a delegation of Trinamool Congress party (TMC) MPs were detained at Silchar Airport by Assam Police and said, “How the hooligans can demand or implement National Register of Citizenship (NRC) in West Bengal.”

The delegation was on a two-day visit to the state where they were scheduled to participate in a convention against the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) which was released on Monday.

When asked about BJP leaders demanding NRC in the state just like Assam NRC, Mamata sternly asked, “Who are they? What significance do they have in West Bengal? Nobody knows them. They are just some hooligans. Their existence itself is in question & they will implement NRC here? I will see how they intervene.”

“These atrocities being done, aren’t only being condemned, I think this is beginning of the end,” Mamata added.

Terming  Modi government as frustrated which pushed them to arrest TMC delegation at the airport, Mamata said, ” They are frustrated, they are political tensed and  depressed. And that’s why they are showing muscle power.”

She asked, “If Section 144 has been imposed in the area, why couldn’t the delegation go in groups of two and meet the affected people whose names have not appeared on the NRC list?”

 

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O Brien accused the Narendra Modi government of imposing “super emergency” in the country after TMC  delegation, including a women MLA, was detained at Silchar Airport by Assam police on Thursday against attending a public convention on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) final draft.

“Our delegation was detained at Silchar airport. It is our democratic right to meet people, this is a super emergency like situation, ” Derek O Brien,TMC MP said.

As soon as they  landed at the airport, the Assam Police on Thursday detained the Trinamool Congress delegation at the Silchar airport to stop them from entering the state over the controversial Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue.

The members were supposed to attend a public convention around 3:30 pm .

The detained six TMC MPs and two party MLAs were planning a campaign against the NRC draft that does not include names of over 40 lakh people in the state.

The delegation includes Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Ratna De Nag, Nadimul Haque, Arpita Ghosh and Mamata Thakur .

It was led by West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim.

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Abdullahs challenge house detention of NC leaders

Unfortunately that was not to be. The house detentions without any administrative orders are unlawful, undermining the due respect to human rights and individual liberty,” he said.

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Srinagar, July 13 : Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) President and Srinagar MP Farooq Abdullah and his son and party Vice President Omar Abdullah on Monday filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court challenging the ”unconstitutional and ”illegal house detention of 16 NC leaders and functionaries.

As per the statement issued from the party headquarters, Farooq Abdullah has filed a petition for the release of Ali Mohammad Sagar, Abdul Rahim Rather, Nasir Aslam Wani, Aga Syed Mehmood, Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Irfan Shah and Sahmeema Firdous from house detention, while Omar Abdullah has challenged the detention of Mohammad Shafi Uri, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzaan, Mubarak Gul, Bashir Veeri, Abdul Majeed Larmi, Basharat Bukhari, Saifudin Bhat Shutru and Mohammad Shafi through their counsel advocate Shariq Reyaz.

Party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said the decision to move to the court has been taken as a last resort to provide relief to various party members who have continuously been under house arrest or have been kept under house detention after being shifted from detention centers.

“Shifting of the detainees from detention centers to their homes only characterised revolving-door detention practice. Quashing of the PSA on party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar underscored the indefensible nature of all detentions in the court of law, leading us to believe that the administration will release all the detainees in the absence of any convincing reason.

Unfortunately that was not to be. The house detentions without any administrative orders are unlawful, undermining the due respect to human rights and individual liberty,” he said.

“We are hopeful that the court will come to the rescue of our colleagues, who have been suffering for no fault of theirs ever since the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35-A on August 5, 2019. This was the only recourse left to us. We are hopeful that the court will uphold the civil liberties of our colleagues, most of whom have not been keeping well,” Dar said.

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Bengal MLA was ‘killed’ as he joined BJP: Tripura CM

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Agartala, July 13 : Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday alleged that West Bengal legislator Debendra Nath Ray was killed because he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party last year.

Deb, who was the Tripura state BJP President until recently, in a tweet said: “Body of Sri Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad, a reserved seat, in Uttar Dinajpur, was found hanging in Bindal, near his village house. People are of clear opinion that he was first killed & then hung. His crime? He joined the BJP in 2019.”

The 65-year-old MLA was found mysteriously hanging on Monday morning, a few meters away from his home near a local market in his village, about 454 km from West Bengal capital Kolkata.

Ray had joined the BJP in 2019. Earlier, he was elected to the state assembly as Communist Party of India-Marxist nominee in 2016.

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Rahul Gandhi again attacks PM Modi on India-China LAC face-off

The Chinese PLA has called back troops from Galwan Valley, Patrolling Point 15 and Hot Springs, said reports.

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New Delhi, July 13 : Upping the ante against the BJP-led Central government over the India-China border face-off in Ladakh, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi indirectly accusing him of lying asleep and the nation paying the price for the same.

“He”s ”lying” asleep. And India is paying for it,” Rahul Gandhi said in the tweet attaching a news report.

The news report claimed that the Chinese moves were likely planned for months.

India and China were engaged in a bitter face-off in Ladakh”s Galwan Valley after 20 Indian soldiers, including an officer, were killed by the People”s Liberation Army (PLA) troopers on June 15. Rahul Gandhi”s remarks came amid reports of the second round of talks with the Chinese authorities on the disengagement at the LAC in the Pangong Lake and Depsang areas in eastern Ladakh.

The government had announced on Thursday about the second round of talks with China.

The delegates of both countries will discuss the withdrawal of tanks, artillery and additional forces from the forward positions. “The next meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on the India-China border affairs is expected to take place soon,” the External Affairs Ministry had announced.

The Chinese PLA has called back troops from Galwan Valley, Patrolling Point 15 and Hot Springs, said reports.

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