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‘Speak Up India’ emerged as biggest digital protest: Congress

Venugopal said that the ‘Speak Up India’ campaign registered a strong protest against the “indifferent attitude” of the government towards these demands.

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New Delhi, May 28 : The ‘Speak Up India’ campaign, launched by the Congress to highlight the Central government’s “gross failure” in tackling the problems amid the Covid-19 induced lockdown, has seen 57 lakh people post live videos, which have reached up to 10 crore people, as per party estimates, a Congress leader said on Thursday.

General Secretary, Organisation, K.C. Venugopal said: “‘Speak Up India’ emerged as the biggest and most robust digital protest movement in the country.”

The Congress said the Central government has failed in addressing the problems faced by the country’s migrant workers, farmers, daily wage earners, traders, and small entrepreneurs

It also claimed that hashtag #SpeakUpIndia has topped global trends on Twitter and Facebook.

According to the feedback received at the party’s social media department, over 57 lakh people have posted live videos, which has reached up to 10 crore people.

“The popularity of the campaign and the support received from the people are explicit from these statistics. Through this campaign, the party raised the concerns of the problems of migrant workers, farmers and the daily wage earners,” said Venugopal in a statement.

The Congress demanded that the government implement the scheme of direct cash transfer of Rs 7,500 into the bank accounts of the common people for the next six months, and take immediate steps to deposit Rs 10,000, provide free transportation service to the migrant workers and increasing the number of working days under the rural job guarantee scheme to 200.

Venugopal said that the ‘Speak Up India’ campaign registered a strong protest against the “indifferent attitude” of the government towards these demands.

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CRPF’s CoBRA Officer Killed in IED Blast Triggered by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma

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An Assistant Commandant of the CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) unit, Nitin P Balerao, succumbed to his injuries from an IED blast triggered by naxals near Tadmetla area in Sukma district on Saturday night.

Ten personnel of the CRPF’s CoBRA unit were injured in an IED blast triggered by naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on late Saturday evening. The Improvised Explosive Device went off in the forest near Tadmetla village when a team of security forces was out on an anti-naxal operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P said.

From among the injured, 8 personnel were lifted from a helicopter to Raipur during the midnight for further treatment. Two injured personnel are getting treatment at the CRPF Hospital in Chintalnar.

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Special ‘angavastram’ awaits PM Modi in Varanasi

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Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Nov 29: A weaver from Varanasi has woven a special silk ‘angavastram’ for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to visit his constituency on Monday.

The ‘angavastram’ carries the Buddhist mantra “Buddham Sharanam Gachchami, Dhammam Sharanam Gachchami, Sangham Sharanam Gachchami” along with a leaf of the ‘Bodhivriksha’.

The weaver, Bachche Lal Maurya, said that he wants Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to gift the ‘angavastram’ to the Prime Minister during his visit to Varanasi on November 30.

Maurya said, “There are reports that Prime Minister Modi may go to Sarnath during his proposed visit to Varanasi, I started weaving the ‘angavastram’ with a Buddhist mantra and a leaf of ‘Bodhivriksha’ especially for him.”

Modi is likely to visit the holy site of Sarnath to watch the light and sound show which shows the transformation of prince Siddhartha into Lord Buddha, his first preaching and then chronicles his journey.

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Don’t want food from Badal’s supporter: Farmers tells Sirsa at Tikri

As the situation tensed up a bit, Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) leader Sirsa beat a hasty retreat. The protesters soon calmed down and got busy with their other activities.

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New Delhi: SAD’s Delhi leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Saturday faced embarrassing situation when he went to offer ‘langar’ or community kitchen food to farmers rallying at Tikri on the Delhi-Haryana border, as protesters dubbed him a ‘chamcha’ or obsequious supporter of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

As soon as Sirsa, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) President, moved towards the protesting farmers, they protested his presence and climbed on the concrete block and police barricades to raise slogans against him as he stood there with folded hands.

“Badal de chamcheyan da langar nahi chahida (we don’t want to eat langar handed over by Badal’s obsequious follower),” the farmers shouted amid sloganeering against the Centre’s farm policies.

As the situation tensed up a bit, Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) leader Sirsa beat a hasty retreat. The protesters soon calmed down and got busy with their other activities.

On Saturday, a day after their stand-off with security forces over entry into Delhi, farmers from Punjab and Haryana continued to rally and shout slogans at the Tikri interstate border entry/exit point, without any interference from the policemen who preferred to look on.

Various farmer leaders addressed the protesters even as the situation was more relaxed compared with what was witnessed on Friday, as policemen armed with a water cannon and tear-gas shells remained stationed in vicinity.

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