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Sharad Pawar to lead anti-CAA protest on January 24

It is imperative to protect Constitutional values and the people of the country must unitedly fight against these tactics of the Centre for the interest of the nation, he said.



Sharad Pawar Yashwant Sinha Anti CAA

Mumbai, Jan 10 : For the first time, Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar will take to the streets here on January 24 to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act, the organisers said here on Friday.

Pawar, 79, will lead the rally organized by the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) at the Kamgar Stadium in Dadar along with top leaders of other parties in the ruling alliance.

The decision was taken at a meeting hosted by Mumbai Congress President Eknath Gaikwad in which representatives of the NCP, the CPI, the CPI-M, the Janata Dal-S, the RSD, the BRSP, the Lok Bharti, representatives of tribal, labour and students unions, said the convenors Kapil Patil and Kiran Pawaskar, legislators of the Lok Bharti and the NCP, respectively.

“The new laws like CAA, NRC, NPR will adversely affect people irrespective of their religion, and also hit tribals, nomadic communities, Lingayats, etc, who comprise more than one-third of the country’s population,” said Patil.

Pawaskar said that the effects of these oppressive laws would be more severe than the demonetisation, and will not be confined to any religious group, but the people of the country as a whole.

It is imperative to protect Constitutional values and the people of the country must unitedly fight against these tactics of the Centre for the interest of the nation, he said.

The January 24 protest would be conducted using the banner of ‘We The People Of India’ on the national flag and not under the flag of any particular political party or group, as suggested by Rashtra Seva Dal President Ganesh Devi.

The MVA leaders present at Friday’s meeting included Patil, Pawaskar, Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant, Samajwadi Party’s Miraj Siddiqui, CPI’s Prakash Shetty, Rashtra Seva Dal Trustee and Anjuman-e-Islam chairman Zahir Kazi, BRSP’s Suresh Mane, CPI-M’s Ashok Dhavale, JD-S’s Malvindshingh Kuharana, Citizens Against CAA/NRC/NPR leader Farooq Shaikh, Scheduled Tribes leader Kailas Gaud and Chhatra Bharati’s Sachin Bansod.

The development came a day after Pawar and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan, Shatrughan Sinha and others flagged off the 3000-km, 21-day long ‘Gandhi Shanti Yatra’ launched by former BJP leader and ex-Union Finance Minister, 82-year old Yashwant Sinha, from Mumbai to New Delhi.


Ex-BJP MLA and Fadnavis aide booked for rape in Thane



Devendra Fadnavis

Thane (Maharashtra), Feb 28 In a huge embarrassment to the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, it’s former MLA from Mira Road Narendra Mehta was booked on charges of alleged rape levelled by a BJP woman municipal corporator, officials said here on Friday.

A close aide of Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Mehta has been booked for offences of sexual assault by the Navghar Police on Friday after the complaint by his party female colleague and a civic lawmaker.

Known for his lavish lifestyle and influence, Mehta was considered a prominent figure of Mira-Bhayender towns of Thane, a BJP stronghold, around 10km to the northwest of Mumbai.

Besides IPC provisions, he has also been slapped with charges under Attrocities Act following the victim’s complaint.

There was huge speculation in political circles after Mehta suddenly quit all party posts a couple of days ago, followed by certain videos which went viral on social media networks.

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Barmer SP removed, SHO suspended after Dailt death in police custody





Jaipur, Feb 28 Twenty-four year old Jitendra Khatik, a dalit was killed while in police custody and after much hue and cry Barmer SP Sharat Choudhary was removed from his post late last night.

Jitendra Khatik was detained for committing theft on Wednesday, without an FIR, and died while in police custody on Thursday.

Nagaur MP and Rashtriya Loktantrik Party convenor Hanuman Beniwal, following which the Station House Officer Deep SIngh of Barmer Rural was suspended, and then the Superintendent of Police was removed from post until further orders.

The entire staff at the police station is in the line of fire as the incident has turned political after the RLP laeder raised questions on police working.

Beniwal has asked how can a youth be detained and tortured without any case registered against him. He could have been called for investigation but keeping him in police custody raises questions, he said.

The Rajasthan government is expected to respond to Beniwal’s questions in the Assembly on Friday.

Khatik’s family members said that they went to meet him on Thursday morning and at that time, he complained about police beating him. They came back after meeting him. However, his health deteriorated in afternoon suddenly in police station from where he was shifted to hospital.

The family has alleged that the youth was beaten and tortured leading to his death. The SHO did not care for him when he had fallen ill and the constable also took him to hospital not in an ambulance but in normal vehicle when he was quite unwell, the family said.

The doctors declared Jitendra Khatik as brought dead.

A post mortem is yet to be conducted.

The issue was raised in the Assembly on Thursday.

A judicial inquiry has also been ordered in the matter with Jodhpur IG Navjyoti Gogoi reaching Barmer on Thursday to look into the matter.

Barmer SP Choudhary on Thursday admitted that Khatik was picked up for questioning but no case was registered against him. “A medical board has been formed to conduct his post mortem and the SHO suspended while the entire staff of police station has been sent to lines.”

Late on Thursday even Chowdhury was declared APO till further orders.

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BSP blames police for Delhi violence, demands action against rioters



BSP supremo Mayawati

Delhi, Feb 28: Expressing deep concern over the Delhi riots that claimed 39 lives, Bahujan Samaj Party National Spokesperson Sudhindra Bhadoria demanded strong action against those behind the rioting and blamed Delhi police that is under direct control of Home Minister Amit Shah for the inaction to prevent the Hindu -Muslim clashes.

“The government needs to act swiftly ,all those who are responsible for this rioting should be book and dealt with iron hands and peace and normalcy should be maintained at all cost,” Sudhindra Bhadoria said.

Terming the riots in Delhi as unfortunate incident in which 38 people lost their lives and property worth hundred of crores rupees destroyed.

Pointing to the intelligence failure on the part of the police without naming AMit Shah, BSP National Spokesperson blamed the police for inaction at the time when the riots started.

” It’s time to maintain peace, law and order situation and everybody should be treated equal before the law” Bhadoria further added.

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