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PM Modi kickstarts election campaign from Bastar

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Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh), Nov 9: Kickstarting his election campaign in Chhattisgarh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the Congress of sympathising with Maoists and calling them “revolutionary” and ruining the lives of tribals.

“You people must have seen the Urban Maoists, seated in air-conditioned rooms in cities, who look good, are in good company and enjoy status. Their children study abroad,” he told a public rally here ahead of the first phase of the two-phase election in the state on Monday.

“But while seated there, through remote control, they ruin the lives of the tribal children here,” the Prime Minister said, adding that a bunch of such people were contesting elections this time.

Modi accused the Congress of supporting the Urban Maoists with statements and said: “If the government acts against them, then you (Congress) try to save them.”

Modi said that when the Congress comes to Chhattisgarh, “they speak about freeing the state from Maoists”.

“Should we forgive such people? Those who ruin your life, should we forgive them?” Modi asked the crowd.

Slamming the Congress for describing the Maoist as revolutionary, Modi said: “A cameraman from Doordarshan news named Achutyanand Sahu was killed here a few days ago.

“He had come with a camera and not a gun. He came to share your dreams to the world through his camera but he was killed by Maoists. Three of our troopers were also killed by the Maoists here. But shamefully the Congress calls them revolutionary,” he alleged.

“What kind of language they are speaking. The country will never forgive them. They are only speaking lies and misleading the people of the country,” he said.

Modi also targeted the Congress for considering the tribals, marginalised and Dalits as their vote bank and said they don’t consider them as “humans”.

He said the Congress, despite ruling the country for long, never thought of a tribal ministry.

“It was late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who made a separate tribal ministry and made a separate budget for them,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister pointed out that before he came to power in 2014, for 10 years, the Congress ruled the Centre.

“They did not pay any attention towards the needs of Chhattisgarh. They never thought of the region’s progress. They tried to halt the work of development in the state.

“But despite all obstacles, (Chief Minister) Raman Singh has brought development to the state,” he said. In the last four years, the state had got funds that were not given in 10 years.

Speaking about the time when Madhya Pradesh was ruled by the Congress and when Chhattisgarh was its part, Modi said: “Everyone knew what the people had to suffer. The Congress never thought about the aspirations of the people.

“We are sparing no efforts to develop Bastar. We are making efforts to enhance the quality of life of people here.”

In an apparent jibe at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Modi said: “Those who were born with golden spoon never understood the problems of tribals.”

The first phase of Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh will see polling in 18 seats in eight Maoist-affected districts. The ruling BJP had lost 12 of the 18 seats in the 2013 Assembly polls. The remaining 72 constituencies will go to polls in the second phase on November 20.

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Another batch of farmers manages to enter Haryana

“The voice of farmers cannot be muzzled indefinitely. Centre should immediately initiate talks with the Kisan Union leaders to defuse the tense situation at the Delhi borders.

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Chandigarh, Nov 27: Bracing tear gas and water cannons, another batch of a large number of protesting farmers from Punjab on Friday breached the massive blockades comprising huge boulders, barbed fence and mounds of earth on the Bathinda-Dabwali road to enter Haryana on their onward march to the national capital.

The farmers were led by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Ekta-Ugrahan.

Simultaneously, hundreds of thousands of farmers belonging to the Kisan Sangharsh Committee started their journey from Jandiala in Amritsar district towards Delhi via Haryana.

A day earlier both groups had positioned themselves in their respective areas.

Riding more than 4,000 tractor-trailers and nearly 1,500 buses, besides cars and motorcycles, the farmers, comprising women and children, started marching towards Delhi after breaking barriers at Dabwali and Jind in Haryana.

An advance team of farmers, largely the youth, has been taking the lead of the rally, which is 10-15 km long, to clear the blockades erected by the police to make way for the protesters to move ahead without obstructions.

“We just managed to break a multi-layer police barricade on the border despite the use of water cannons by the Haryana Police,” protester Zile Singh said.

Earlier in the day, a large group of farmers from Punjab and Haryana continued their “Delhi Chalo” march from Panipat and almost reached the national capital. Marching through Haryana where they were joined by an equal number of local farmers.

Amid the protest, ‘langar’ preparations by special committees were underway to feed the scores of farmers.

Expressing solidarity, farmers have got thousands of litres of milk in the morning from Punjab and Haryana villages.

“We have enough ration with us to support the protesters in Delhi at least for two months,” said protester Rajinder Kaur.

A huge contingent of the police comprising the Rapid Action Force has been deployed at all entry points in Haryana, while residents of several towns located along the Punjab-Haryana border faced a harrowing time due to the heavy deployment of the security forces and snapping of the bus services in the past 24 hours.

The farmers affiliated to 33 organisations are part of the United Farmers Front, an all-India body of over 470 farmer unions that will participate in the indefinite protest in the national capital.

Farmers protesting against the farm laws have expressed apprehension that these laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporate entities.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has once again reiterated that voices of the protesting farmers “cannot be muzzled indefinitely” and the “Centre should initiate talks”.

“The voice of farmers cannot be muzzled indefinitely. Centre should immediately initiate talks with the Kisan Union leaders to defuse the tense situation at the Delhi borders.

“Why wait till December 3 when the situation is getting out of hand now?” a tweet by Chief Minister’s Media Advisor Raveen Thukral quoting Amarinder Singh said.

In a series of tweets, the Chief Minister said the Central government “needs to show statesmanship and accept the farmers’ demand for assured MSP (minimum support price), which is the basic right of every farmer”.

“If they can give verbal assurance, I fail to understand why they can’t make it a legal obligation of the Government of India.”

“Those claiming it is the Congress that’s instigating the farmers are blind not to see the lakhs of farmers trying to enter Delhi from across the country. It is a fight for their lives and livelihoods and they don’t need any backing or provocation,” the Chief Minister added.

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Tikri, Singhu borders sealed as farmers rally for Delhi entry

Police was also checking vehicles at the DND e-way and National Highway-24 crossings adjoining Uttar Pradesh.

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Farmers Protest Delhi Gurgaon Border

New Delhi, Nov 27: Even as hundreds of farmers on Friday rallied at interstate borders to enter Delhi for their proposed protest against the three central agricultural laws, Delhi Police said it had decided to close Tikri and Singhu entry points.

The Delhi Traffic Police advised commuters to avoid roads and stretches on the Delhi- Haryana border due to crowds of farmers who were adamant on marching into Delhi. Hundreds of commuters have already been left stranded and stuck in traffic jams and snarls on these roads.

Earlier in the day, thousands of protesting farmers had gathered on the Delhi-Haryana borders, after which Delhi Police used tear-gas shells and water cannons to push them back.

“Tikri border is completely closed to traffic movement. Traffic intending to go towards Haryana is also closed. All motorists are advised to avoid this route in view of the protest by the farmers,” the Delhi Traffic Police advised.

Traffic was heavy on the carriageway from Peeragarhi towards Punjabi Bagh due to checking by police at Ordnance Depot. The Traffic Police requested motorists to avoid the stretch.

Heavy traffic congestion was also seen on the Delhi-Gurugram border as police along with paramilitary forces were deployed to check incoming vehicles.

“Obstruction in traffic on the carriageway from Gurgaon towards Dhaula Kuan due to checking by local police near Dhaula Kuan police chowki. Kindly avoid the stretch,” a senior Delhi Traffic Police officer said.

Police also advised people to avoid Outer Ring Road, Mukarba Chowk, GTK Road, NH-44 and Singhu border areas.

“Commuters are requested to avoid Mukarba Chowk since there is a traffic diversion and vehicles are not allowed to move towards the Singhu boarder. Interstate vehicles may take the Western/Eastern peripheral expressway,” the officer added.

Police was also checking vehicles at the DND e-way and National Highway-24 crossings adjoining Uttar Pradesh.

Around 500 organisations of farmers from various states like Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh etc had planned to hold protests in Delhi from November 26-27 to demand repeal of the farm laws.

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Kangana bungalow demolition smacks of malice, says Bombay High Court

Ranaut had sought Rs 2 crore in damages from the BMC and urged the court to declare BMC’s action illegal

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Mumbai, November 27: The Bombay High Court on Friday has said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) action of demolishing part of Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow here smacks of malafide and was done to cause substantial loss to the actor, and quashed the demolition order.

The court also said it did not approve of authorities using “muscle power” against any citizen.

A division bench of Justices SJ Kathawalla and RI Chagla noted that the action undertaken by the civic body left hardly “any manner of doubt” that it was unauthorised.

The bench was hearing Ranaut’s petition challenging the demolition carried out by the BMC at her Pali Hill bungalow in suburban Bandra on September 9.

“The civic body has proceeded to act wrongfully and illegally against the rights of a citizen,” the bench said.

Ranaut had sought Rs 2 crore in damages from the BMC and urged the court to declare BMC’s action illegal.

On the issue of compensation, the bench said it was appointing a valuer who would hear the petitioner and the BMC on monetary damages caused to her due to the demolition.

“The valuer shall by March 2021 pass appropriate orders on compensation,” the court said.

The civic body had opposed the plea and said the actor had brazenly and unlawfully carried out extensive alterations and additions to the bungalow in breach of its approved plan.

Ranaut had filed the petition on September 9 when the demolition process was initiated by the BMC. The court had in an interim order on September 9 stayed the demolition work. PTI

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