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Swamy asks Modi to acquire land for Kashi, Mathura

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Varanasi, Dec 2 Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanium Swamy has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to acquire land for “renovation” of the Kashi Vishwanath temple and the Krishna Janmabhoomi in Mathura.

Two days ago, Swamy wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an amendment to the Places of Worship Act, 1991 which provides for maintaining the “religious character” of holy structures as it existed on August 15, 1947.

The law also prohibits the conversion of any temple into a mosque and vice versa.

Swamy urged the Prime Minister to give directions to the Ministry of Law to make amendments to the Act, specifically section 4, which he claimed was “offensive and ultra virus of my fundamental rights” to freedom of worship.

“This Act was enacted by the Congress government headed by Narasimha Rao,” Swamy said in his letter.

Swamy raised the issue again on Sunday while he was addressing the Ashok Singhal Smriti lecture series in Varanasi.

He said that after the Supreme Court verdict that favoured the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, people are now anxiously waiting for the expansion of the Kashi Vishwanath temple and the Krishna Janmabhoomi.

Both these shrines are located adjacent to Muslim sites. While the Kashi Vishwanath temple is adjacent to the Gyanvapi mosque that even shares its boundary with the temple, the Krishna Janmabhoomi is next to the Eidgah in Mathura.

Swamy said: “These are issues that religion is a matter of fact and after Ayodhya, people are looking towards Kashi and Mathura. The RSS and VHP are already prepared to launch campaigns for these shrines and we should take steps at the earliest.”

Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who was also present at the function, approved of Swamy’s demand.

“Aap Swamy hai, aapko kahin bhi jaane ki azadi hai (You are Swamy and free to go anywhere),” he said.

Swamy, meanwhile, said that there was no need for a legal battle on the Kashi and Matura issue, adding that the centre can acquire the land in national interest.

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Priyanka Gandhi writes to Yogi, demands better price for sugarcane

The State government has fixed the sugarcane prices at Rs 315 per quintal and it has remain unchanged from the last year.

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : Amid protests from sugarcane farmers in western parts of Uttar Pradesh, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday wrote to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and demanded better price for the sugarcane.

Priyanka Gandhi wrote: “UP government has not raised the sugarcane price this year. I am surprised that in the last crushing season also, the prices were not raised. While your Government has raised the rates of electricity, fertilizers, but the sugarcane price has not been raised, even though the cost of labour has also increased”.

“The farmers are not getting back their input cost and I request you to raise the price of the sugarcane in view of the distress in the community”, she said.

The State government has fixed the sugarcane prices at Rs 315 per quintal and it has remain unchanged from the last year.

The farmers’ Unions in the state are up in arms against this. They have blocked many arterial roads in Meerut, which is the highest sugarcane producing region in the state. The protesters blocked the main highway leading to the Meerut-Karnal road and the arterial road adjacent to Muzaffarnagar.

On Saturday the state government announced that the rates will not be changed this year also, to the disappointment of the farmers. The farmers are also worried that their dues of the previous year have also not been paid.

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JD(U) to support Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha

The Rajya Sabha is debating the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

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Delhi: The Janta Dal United JD(U) to support Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha. JD(U) MP Ram Chandra Prasad Singh says the Bill is not affecting any rights of Indian citizens.

JD(U) member Ram Chandra Prasad Singh said his party supports the Bill. “I am supporting this Bill. I was really amazed about this Bill and what is being discussed in the House.”

He claimed that the bill is simple that the people who were persecuted due to religion will be given citizenship rights and protected.

“Who all are citizens of India have equal rights… India has its own culture,” he said, adding that people are unnecessarily making a hue and cry of it.

He also stressed that India had three Presidents hailing from minority communities. “But we all know what is happening in Pakistan with minorities,” Singh said.

Talking about his party, Singh said: “We support brotherhood. In this country, if anything happens in the name of religion we will never be behind it. We all are Indians.”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in the Upper House on Wednesday saying that the Bill is a ray of hope for minority people living in a very critical situation in India’s three neighbouring countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh – as well as for those who came to India but have not been given citizenship.

The Bill was cleared in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

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We oppose this bill as it is anti-Muslim: TRS

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Delhi: We oppose this bill as it is anti-Muslim. It is wrong to say that India was divided on the basis of religion during Partition. We were not. What is the fear in Assam today?

The fear is that some may not remain a citizen of this nation. We agree that persecuted religious minorities should be protected. But no community should be excluded.

This bill is against Muslims. It cannot be read in isolation. It has to be read along with the NRC.

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