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Ready to slay Ravana politically: Mamata taunts BJP

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Kolkata, Dec 3 : Taunting the BJP’s proposed “Rath Yatra” in West Bengal as “Ravana Yatra”, Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Monday said her party is ready to slay the demon king “Ravana” through the political process.

“These are all Ravana yatras. Lord Rama fought to slay Ravana. We are ready to slay Ravana through political process.” she said, adding that her party honours saints of religious institutions but “not those who work like agents of them (the BJP)”.

The saffron outfit is scheduled to hold three Rath Yatra rallies on December 7, 9 and 14 from north Bengal’s Cooch Behar, South 24 Pargana district’s Gangasagar and Birbhum district’s temple town Tarapith respectively.

The rallies, to be inaugurated by BJP President Amit Shah, will cover all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state before converging in Kolkata in the second week of January next year.

Upping the ante against the BJP, Banerjee said the saffron outfit will draw nothing in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and be dethroned from the Centre.

“BJP will become zero. Our resolve is to remove them from power,” she said a public rally at Keshiary in West Midnapore district.

She also said that some local leaders of her party had sabotaged in the Panchayat elections and the party had lost to the saffron outfit in some seats.

“Members of a party were elected by you in gram sabhas. But you do not know how dangerous they are. They will evict you and sell your properties.” she said.

She also accused the BJP of misleading and dividing people in the name of religion.

“They are comparing Hanuman with Dalits and changing the names of historical places. They are insulting people… One day they may start comparing people or classes with rat, dog, cat… Our government constructed sky-walk at Dakhineswar temple and also developed burial grounds in the state. We do not believe in destructive politics,” she said.

Banerjee urged people to keep faith in her party and not support the “divisive forces”.

Referring to the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the Trinamool supremo said her party would not allow the NRC to be implemented in West Bengal.

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Bhopal may get country’s first cremation ground for cows

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Bhopal, Jan 18 (IANS) The country’s first cremation ground for cows will be prepared in Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal and the city’s municipal authorities are already on the lookout for a site for the purpose.

Bhopal Mayor Alok Sharma said: “The municipal corporation wants to prepare a cow cremation centre for their salvation. We will do it as soon as we find a suitable land for it.”

Sharma said that the project was already under discussion during former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s regime, and now they were taking it forward.

Hailing the civic authorities’ effort, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamalnath said the government would encourage the efforts made for the welfare of cows. The government was committed to fulfilling its promises, he said.

The Congress had promised to construct cowsheds at Panchayat level in its manifesto before the Assembly elections.

There are an estimated 227 crore cattle in the state, out of which 90 lakh are milch cows.

Farmer leader Kedar Sirohi has also welcomed the effort and urged the government to take in notice the cows who are dying due to malnutrition at early age.

Stray cattle have become a problem in the state and often cause accidents and destroy crops.

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10% quota for economically weak applicable from Jan 14 in UP

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Lucknow, Jan 18 :The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Friday ratified 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections among the upper castes, a government spokesman said.

A meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here decided to enforce the reservation in government jobs and higher education institutions with retrospective effect, from January 14.

“The officials have carefully studied the formula of reservation to the upper castes, as rolled out by the Central and the Gujarat governments, and it has been decided that the quota will come into effect in the state the way it is being implemented by Centre,” said state Power Minister Srikant Sharma.

All Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states, including Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Gujarat, have already implemented the 10 per cent reservation for economically weak, after President Ram nath Kovind gave his assent to the constitutional amendment bill passed by the Parliament.

In another key decision, the cabinet okayed a proposal to use Rs 165 crore earned through the cess on liquor sale for protection of cows.

Besides, it was also decided that the cabinet approval will not be required for the projects worth up to Rs 1 crore.

The cabinet also gave the nod for renaming Mughalsarai tehsil after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay.

Also, a decision to rebore 1,101 tubewells and install 2,000 new sets was taken on Friday.

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Bihar: Boy’s jaw broken for plucking plums in Muzaffarpur

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Patna, Jan 18: A seven-year-old boy was beaten, his jaw was broken and six of his teeth were knocked out as punishment for plucking some plums from a tree in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, police said on Friday.

An FIR has been lodged on the basis of the complaint filed by the boy’s mother, police officer Mohammad Sujauddin said.

Mohammad Sohail was attacked by Faizan Warsi alias Jonny, who beat the boy black and blue for plucking fruits from the tree near his house. The child has been admitted to a hospital in critical condition.

Sohail’s mother also claimed that Warsi’s parents had asked her to keep mum on the matter and not involve the police.

The police were yet to nab the culprit.

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