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Rohingyas will never be accepted as Indian citizens: Shah

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New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in the Lok Sabha on Monday that the Centre will never touch Article 371 and that Rohingyas will never be accepted as citizens of India.

Shah made the remarks while speaking in the debate over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was tabled in the Lower House on Monday.

“Rohingyas will never be accepted as citizens of India. They infiltrated India through Bangldesh. The came from Myanmar,” Shah said.

“There is a difference between Article 370 and Article 371. Article 371 does not give flag to anyone. We will never touch Article 371. I am assuring this to the whole northeast region,” the Home Minister said.

After the government abrogated Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Article 371, which has special provisions for other states, primarily from the northeast region, has gained attention.

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Heartening to see people’s belief in Constitution: Pranab Mukherjee

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New Delhi, Jan 23 Referring to the agitation against the new citizenship law, former President Pranab Mukherjee, here on Thursday, said it was heartening to see people raising their voices and asserting their belief in the Constitution.

Speaking at the first Sukumar Memorial Lecture, Mukherjee said the Indian democracy had been tested time and again.

The last few months had witnessed a large numbers of people coming out on the streets to voice their views on issues that in their opinion were important, the former President said.

He praised the stellar role played by the Election Commission in strengthening India’s democracy.

On the development activities getting hindered by elections, Mukherjee said the model code of conduct could be amended.

The former President said the strength of Parliament should be revised to reflect the growth in the electorate and steps to ensure adequate representation of women in the legislatures.

The Sukumar Sen Memorial lecture was organised as a tribute to the first Chief Election Commissioner of India, who supervised the first two general elections, Assembly polls, putting India firmly on the map of democracy.

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Release political detainees on R-Day: Ex-J&K minister Mir

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Jammu, Jan 23 Senior Jammu and Kashmir leader Ghulam Hassan Mir who was a part of the group led by Altaf Bukhari that met Lt. Governor G.C. Murmu earlier this month for presenting a set of measures to restore political activity in J&K, said much progress has been made since the meeting took place.

Speaking at a press conference in Jammu on Thursday, the former Minister said many political detainees and youth jailed outside Kashmir have been released.

“These are all positive developments since our meeting with the L-G,” Mir said.

He demanded the release of prisoners including three former chief ministers on Republic Day.

“This will be a goodwill gesture,” Mir said.

He said all those youth who have been detained in jails in other states must be shifted to Jammu and Kashmir.

On the issue of restoration of the Internet, he said although 2G Internet has been restored at some places but this is not enough. “Internet must be fully restored,” Mir said.

He said that the demand for restoration of the Internet is equally strong in Jammu as well as Kashmir.

He said the media is worst-affected by the Internet gag. “Government should restore broadband Internet for the media persons.”

He demanded domicile rights for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, and allaying their fears about job losses post abrogation of Article 370.

Mir said the government should compensate for the losses suffered by the agriculture and horticulture sectors.

He was flanked by former PDP minister Dilawar Mir who was among the eight leaders expelled by the PDP after meeting the Lt. Governor and the delegation of foreign ambassadors.

Dilawar Mir said that he continues to be a member of the PDP and only party president Mehbooba Mufti who is under detention has the power to expel him.

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I’m an Indian first: Digvijay attacks RSS’s Bhagwat on ‘people born in India are Hindus’ remark

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Bhopal, Jan 23: Taking a swipe at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’ claim that all people who have taken birth in India are Hindus, Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Thursday asserted that he is neither inclined towards Muslims nor Hindus, rather he is an Indian first.

Criticising the central government over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR), Digvijaya visited Shaheen Bagh in the national capital to express solidarity with people, mainly Muslim women, who have been staging protests against the CAA and NRC for over a month now.

Digvijaya Singh said, “People say I’m inclined to Muslims. I’m neither inclined to Muslims, nor Hindus. I am inclined to India. My strength comes from unity in the diversity of this country. I’m an Indian first then Hindu or whatever.”

“Workers of RSS say all residents of Hindustan are Hindus. Going by this logic, what is the identity of Hindus born in America, Africa and other countries?”he asked.

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