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One year of demonetisation: Congress observes black day in Karnataka

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Bengaluru, Nov 8: The Congress party in Karnataka observed Wednesday as a black day, marking the completion of one year of demonetisation in the country. There were protests held across the state capital here.

On November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes which, he said, was aimed at “eradicating black money and terror funding”.

Wearing black bands tied across their foreheads as a sign of protest, Congress leaders from the state gathered at Freedom Park, in the city centre, holding placards and shouting slogans against Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the note ban move.

“What good did the note ban do, except for bring the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) down,” questioned Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President G. Parameshwara at the gathering.

“The GDP has dropped to 5.7 per cent (in the first quarter of 2017-18) from 7.9 per cent (during the same quarter) in 2016 as a result of demonetisation”.

The Congress will observe this day of “unfruitful implementation” of demonetisation as black day, he said.

Several Karnataka Youth Congress workers also joined the protests in the city, with a number of labourers and vegetable sellers taking part in it.

Some Congress leaders could also be seen pushing vegetable carts as part of their protest.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders in the city also took to the streets in a silent protest, holding placards against demonetisation.

“I was made to beg for my own money,” read one of the placards.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had termed demonetisation as a “thoughtless” act by the Prime Minister.

“Demonetisation is a tragedy. We stand with millions of honest Indians, whose lives and livelihoods were destroyed by PM’s thoughtless act,” Gandhi tweeted on Wednesday.

Modi defended the decision calling demonetisation a “historic and multi-dimensional success” in eradicating corruption and black money.

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EC notice to Gujarat BJP in crucial Dec 20 Assembly by-election

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Gandhinagar, Dec 18 : Even as campaigning for the prestigious by-election to Gujarat’s Jasdan assembly constituency ended on Tuesday evening, the Election Commission issued notices to the state government on electricity bill exemptions announced on Tuesday for rural consumers.

The model code of conduct is in force in the Rajkot town since the by-election was announced.

The state government on Tuesday simultaneously made an announcement on setting up of a branch of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Rajkot.

The canvassing for the by-election to the seat in Rajkot district in the Saurashtra region concluded at 5 pm. Cabinet minister Kunvarji Bavaliya, who is a turncoat from the Congress, is contesting from Jasdan which he vacated after he quit the Congress to join the BJP recently.

The veteran Congress leader from the Koli community was inducted in the Vijay Rupani Cabinet within hours of joining the BJP.

Both the parties, the BJP and the Congress, have made it a prestige election since the opposition party as well as Bavaliya have seldom lost from there. While the BJP is trying to woo the influential Koli community in Gujarat through Bavaliya, the Congress feels energized after its recent poll victories in the neighbouring Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The Election Commission’s notices to the state energy as well as health departments seek state government’s explanation on making the announcements when the model code of conduct was in force in Jasdan.

The BJP government announced pending electricity bill waiver for all categories of rural consumers and the BPL families in urban centres in the state.

Energy minister Saurabh Patel said the state government had decided to exempt the rural consumers from pending electricity bills amounting to over Rs 650 crore.

In addition, the defaulters would also be provided new power connections on a payment of only Rs 500.

The opposition Congress promptly described it as a “lollipop” by the ruling BJP compared to the relief the Congress governments had granted in the other states.

On a trip to the constituency, cricketer-turned-politician and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Siddhu said: “It is as impossible to make the BJP speak the truth as to put an elephant in your lap and feed it.”

He cited the farm loan waiver by newly-formed Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, reminding the voters that Prime Minister Modi, despite making similar election promises, did nothing to waive the farmers’ debts in Gujarat.

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‘All women’ political party launched

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New Delhi, Dec 18: A “National Women’s Party” was launched here on Tuesday with the aim of ensuring 50 per cent representation for women in Parliament and other places.

Announcing the launch, the party’s national President Swetha Shetty said: “In a male-dominated political system, an all women’s party is important. Women and their issues are only raised during the mother’s day, the women’s day or during the election time. NWP will be a platform for women to raise their voices.”

The party, which started its ground work in 2012, was launched with the aim of getting 50 per cent reservation for women candidates in the Lok Sabha Election, she said adding they have applied for registration with the Election Commission.

With no prominent names to mention, the party claimed it has the support of 1.45 lakh women members of Hyderabad-based Telangana Mahila Samiti, “and their numbers are persistently increasing across India”.

“Even in 2018, women rights are avoided. I invite all the women, who feel the party can be a platform to improve the condition of women in present time, to join it,” Shetty said.

A doctor by profession, 36-year-old Shetty also heads an NGO in Telangana where she realised “the acute need to be a part of the system to bring the change”.

“We won’t be quiet until we see that women are represented equally in the Parliament.

“My initial aim will be to ensure 50 per cent reservations inside the parliament and slowly in all walks of life,” she said.

She also said the party will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and will support and seek backing from like-minded parties.

She said that the party also welcomes political support from men, “if they agree with our ideology”.

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Land Dispute Case: Non-Bailable warrant issued against BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj

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Prayagraj, Dec 18: A non-bailable warrant was issued against BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj in connection with land dispute case.

According to News 18, the Special Judge of MP-MLA Court in Prayagraj, Pawan Kumar Tiwari issued a warrant against him and five others on Monday and passed an order to arrest the accused.

As per the reports,  In 2012, Maharaj along with others had allegedly transferred a portion of land, which was originally a part of a cremation ground in their name.

In this regard, an FIR was filed against them by Jabar Singh and after due investigations, a chargesheet was filed before the court.

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