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Opposition front to take ‘greater shape’ before 2019 polls, says Omar Abdullah

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Kolkata, July 28 :Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the proposed Federal Front will take a “greater shape” before the 2019 general elections and no effort for opposition unity will succeed unless the Congress is able to take the fight to the BJP.

“We were discussing how best the regional parties can come together to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the forthcoming general elections. Obviously, no effort towards opposition unity will really succeed unless the Congress is also able to take the fight to the BJP the way we hope,” the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference leader said on the sidelines of an event — Think Federal Conclave.

Abdullah, who met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday, said this is “an ongoing conversation”.

“It (forming a Federal Front) is an ongoing process and as we get closer to general elections of 2019, I am sure it will take greater shape,” he said. “You have seen a number of efforts were made by (former Congress President) Sonia Gandhi to bring opposition parties together.”

Abdullah pointed at the presence of opposition leaders at the swearing-in of Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and said more such attempts would be made in other states as well.

Speaking on Jammu & Kashmir, he reiterated his party’s demand that the assembly be dissolved and efforts made to improve the overall situation in the state.

The state is currently under Governor’s rule after Chief Minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti resigned following the BJP quitting her government and walking out of the alliance.

According to Abdullah, the situation should be like what it was there in 2014, when the assembly election was conducted in November-December.

“Discussion for conducting the elections can be started after improvement in the situation. Under the prevailing situation, there is no scope for discussion on the elections,” he said.

Asked whether the India-Pakistan relationship will improve with a new government coming in power in the neighbouring country, he said let the new government be formed first.

“Let Imran Khan form the government. He has never been in power before.

“There is a need to see what kind of relationship Islamabad wants with India and what is their approach regarding terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack,” Abdullah said.

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Punjab CM announces Rs 50 lakh for upkeep of Bhagat Singh’s memorial

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday announced Rs 50 lakh for the upkeep and maintenance of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh’s memorial at the revolutionary’s ancestral village Khatkar Kalan, where Amarinder paid floral tributes on the martyr’s 113th birth anniversary.

Remembering the courage of Bhagat Singh and other martyrs during the Indian freedom struggle, the Chief Minister exhorted the youth to emulate the high ideals of these revolutionaries.

Amarinder Singh recalled his visit to the Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where scores of revolutionaries lived through horrifying hardships in their fight to free India from the shackles of British imperialism.

The Chief Minister was joined by AICC General Secretary and Punjab Affairs in-charge Harish Rawat, who also paid rich tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh, along with state party President Sunil Jakhar and MP Preneet Kaur at the ‘samadhi sthal’.

Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, while paying homage to Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, called upon the people to follow in his footsteps and take inspiration from his ideals.

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AP minister Vellampalli Srinivas Rao Covid positive

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Andhra Pradesh Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas Rao has tested positive for coronavirus, however, he is currently fine.

“Rao tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday evening. He is admitted in a hospital and everything is normal,” an official confirmed to IANS.

Doctors performed 10 to 15 tests on the minister to check his health condition, all of which returned normal.

“He is doing absolutely fine,” said the official.

Rao was busy monitoring the situation after the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple chariot blaze in Antarvedi in East Godavari district.

Later, he was busy with the Brahmostavams at the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in Tirupati.

Source: IANS

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Mukhtar Ansari to be brought from Punjab jail to UP

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Mau (Uttar Pradesh), Sep 28 (IANS) Jailed mafia don and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Mukhtar Ansari will now be brought to Mau from Punjab’s Mohali jail on October 21 for interrogation in a case of fraud and Arms Act lodged against him in January.

Mau Superintendent of Police (SP) Ghule Sushil Chandrabhan, said, “Warrant B has been procured by the district police from the Chief Judicial Magistrate court in a case of sections 419 (cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating and dishonesty), 467, 468 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and 30 Arms Act, registered on January 5 with Dakshintola police station.”

He said that the CJM Court accepted the plea of the police to bring Mukhtar Ansari here from the Mohali jail on Warrant B on October 21.

The Yogi Adityanath government has been cracking the whip on the economic empire and armory of the jailed don.

In Varanasi, SP City Vikas Chandra Tripathi said that the process of confiscating the property of Mukhtar’s close aide Meraj Ansari was started on Friday by making a public announcement near his residence in the Ashok Vihar area.

Meraj Ansari is absconding after a case under section 419, 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC was lodged against him for committing fraud to procure arms licences. He has been absconding since the case was lodged, added Tripathi.

Meanwhile, large-scale action has been taken against Mukhtar’s family members and henchmen in different districts of the state, including Lucknow.

Illegally acquired property by the don has been demolished and arms licenses procured by his men have been cancelled.

As per the records of Mau police, in 2001 four persons — Israel, Anwar, Salim and Mohd Shah Alam — had managed to get arms licences on the recommendation of Mukhtar’s letter by mentioning fake addresses on their application forms.

Alam was eliminated in an encounter with police in Ghazipur after a few years while others are absconding.

Apart from them, former station officer Dakshintola police station J.K. Singh and a revenue official were also accused in this case by the police.

These facts had come to light during the Ghosi Assembly bypoll process in October 2019, when arms licence verification was initiated across Mau district.

During the investigation, it came to light that apart from Israel, Anwar and Salim, Mohd Shah Alam had also applied for an arms license in 2001. To ensure that they all get licenses for double-barrel guns, Mukhtar wrote letters to the then District Magistrate on his letter pad in the capacity of Mau MLA in December 2001 requesting to issue arms licenses in their names.

The Mau Police have also registered a case against the owner of the Prakash Construction Company, Kiran Rai, at the Kotwali police station for utilizing fake documents to grab major contracts in order to provide financial benefits to the Mukhtar gang, said SP Mau.

Mukhtar Ansari was shifted to the Ropar jail in Punjab in January 2019 and then to Mohali jail.

–IANS

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