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RSS holds three-day meet in Kanpur

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Kanpur, July 11

A three-day high-level meeting of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) opened here on Monday, and informed sources said a key topic of discussion will be the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

A RSS leader said that while the meeting would deliberate on various issues and challenges facing the country, a training programme had been scheduled for volunteers of various frontal organisations.

The sources said there would be focussed discussions on the Uttar Pradesh election due early next year.

The eight-point agenda includes topics such as growing terror threats globally, the return of Kashmiri Pandits to Jammu and Kashmir as well as social harmony.

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Nitish Kumar loses cool as media questions him over Bihar’s law and order situation

Nitish Kumar said Bihar DGP SK Singhal has assured him that the police will soon make a breakthrough in the Rupesh Kumar Singh murder case.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar lost his cool on Friday when the media questioned him about the law and order situation in the state in the backdrop of the recent murder of Indigo station manager Rupesh Kumar Singh.

Slamming the media for asking him questions, Nitish Kumar accused the media of “trying to demoralise” the police force in Bihar.

Nitish Kumar asserted that police were investigating the Rupesh Kumar murder case from all possible angles and once the accused is arrested, speedy trial will take place in the case to ensure strictest possible punishment.

“The murder of Rupesh Kumar Singh is extremely unfortunate and police are investigating the case. The media should not forget that government was cracking down on crime and criminals,” said Nitish Kumar.

When asked why the Patna Police has failed to crack the case even three days after the murder, Nitish Kumar said the media should inform the police if they have any information pertaining to the case.

“The media should not demoralise the police as they are doing their duty responsibly,” said Nitish Kumar.

The chief minister also said reminded the media of the crimes that used to take place between 1990 and 2005 during Lalu-Rabri regime.

“Media should highlight what was the state of affairs in Bihar before 2005 when crime and violence used to take place. Is the situation in the state today similar to what it was before 2005? Bihar ranks at 23rd place today across the country in crime,” Nitish Kumar said.

He also attacked the media and accused it of “playing in the hands of the Opposition”.

“I want to ask journalists who are they supporting? Why does the media not highlight crimes that used to take place before 2005?” he asked.

Nitish Kumar said Bihar DGP SK Singhal has assured him that the police will soon make a breakthrough in the Rupesh Kumar Singh murder case.

When journalists informed the chief minister that DGP SK Singhal is not taking calls from the media to give information about crimes in the state, Nitish Kumar said he will direct the DGP not to do so.

According to sources, Nitish Kumar after briefing the media called DGP SK Singhal on his mobile phone and told him to take calls from journalists.

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Rahul, Priyanka join Congress protest against farm laws in Delhi

Slamming the BJP, the Congress leader said the government is working for businessmen and these laws are not in favour of the farmers.

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New Delhi, Jan 15: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and former party chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday joined a protest march here to show solidarity with the protesting farmers, and walked towards Raj Niwas which houses the residence and office of Delhi’s Lt. Governor.

Later, both went to Jantar Mantar and joined the ongoing protest of the Punjab MPs against the newly passed farm laws.

Speaking on the occasion, Rahul Gandhi said: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not respect the farmers… the party is with farmers in support of them till these laws are withdrawn.”

Slamming the BJP, the Congress leader said the government is working for businessmen and these laws are not in favour of the farmers.

The Congress has been opposing these farm laws for long. They were passed in Parliament after the Congress MPs were suspended along with MPs from the TMC.

The Congress on Friday staged protests at all Raj Bhavans (Governor’s House) across the country and demanded the withdrawal of the farm laws.

In Delhi also a Congress march was taken out against the contentious farm laws.

The party has been demanding the repeal of the laws by the Centre, as demanded by the farmers’ unions who have been on the streets near the borders of Delhi for more than 50 days.

The Congress workers assembled near the Chandgi Ram Akhara and marched towards LG House. They were, however, stopped midway by the police.

In Uttar Pradesh too, state party president Ajay Kumar Lallu and several Congress workers were detained on Friday as they attempted to march towards Raj Bhavan to observe ‘Kisan Adhikar Diwas’.

Scuffles between Congress workers and the police were reported from other places as well as party workers attempted to reach the Raj Bhavans.

Ajay Kumar Lallu said that the Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh was infringing on their democratic right to hold a peaceful protest.

“The Congress will continue its fight against this kind of oppression,” he said.

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Sonia Gandhi calls meet of Kerala leaders after local polls debacle

The Congress allies, including the IUML, had asked it to examine why it did not do well in the polls.

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New Delhi, Jan 16: Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi has called a meeting of party leaders from Kerala next week to discuss the upcoming Assembly polls in wake of the setback the party received in the recent local body polls, sources said.

The leaders called include former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, state President M. Ramchandran and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala. The Congress in the state is pitted against the ruling Left Democratic Front, but not making headway despite the anti-incumbency factor, due to its internal rifts with factions led by Chandy and Chennithala scrambling for supremacy, party insiders say.

The divisions in the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) came out in the open in December after it faced a rout in the local body polls despite performing well in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

After the poll debacle, Ramachandran, Chennithala and Chandy had said that party will introspect. Congress MP K. Sudhakaran and other state leaders had lashed out at the state Congress leadership and said democracy needs to be reinstated in the party. “We need to reinstate democracy inside the party. The party should bring in leaders who can instill confidence in the minds of party workers and the civil society. Then we can save the party,” Sudhakaran had told the media.

The Congress allies, including the IUML, had asked it to examine why it did not do well in the polls.

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