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Watch: Gujarat police lathicharged traders who were protesting peacefully

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Gujarat, July 4:  The Aam Aadmi Party shared a video on its Twitter handle showing how the Gujarat police lathi charged traders who were protesting peacefully.

The Textile traders in Surat on Monday were protesting against the GST and allegedly pelted policemen with stones, forcing the law enforcement personnel to lathi charge.

The traders in thousands walked out on the Ring Road and raised slogans like “GST hatao, saral tax lao” (remove GST and bring in a simple tax).

The protest was held in support of an indefinite bandh called by the GST Sangharsh Samiti against Goods and Services Tax on textiles.

The police wielded batons to disperse the crowd who allegedly engaged in stone-pelting.

“We had to resort to lathi-charge after some protesters pelted the policemen with stones, injuring one personnel,” Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma said.

The traders, however, claimed that they were protesting peacefully.

They alleged that the police action came unprovoked as the administration was working at the behest of the ruling BJP’s Lok Sabha member from Surat, C R Patil, who held a meeting with traders on Sunday.

 Wefornews Bureau

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Shiv Sena to fight 2019 General Elections alone

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Mumbai, Jan 23: The Shiv Sena, a long-time ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party will go it alone in the crucial 2019 national and assembly polls, party’s top leaders decided on Tuesday.

The resolution was moved by Sena leader MP Sanjay Raut, who said the BJP had been demoralising the party for the last three years news agency PTI reported.

The resolution was passed unanimously in the party’s National Executive meet here.

“I moved the resolution for the Shiv Sena to fight the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls on its own in 2019,” Raut asserted.

He also said the party will clinch  at least 25 Lok Sabha seats (out of a total 48 in Maharashtra) and 125 Assembly seats (out of a total 288) in the state.

“The BJP allied with the Sena in the name of Hindutva and the Sena kept patience for Hindutva. However, the BJP in the last three years has been demoralising the Sena and using power to do so,” Raut stated.

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Disqualified AAP MLAs move Delhi High Court

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New Delhi, Jan 23: A number of disqualified AAP MLAs on Tuesday moved the Delhi High Court challenging a notification disqualifying them on the ground of holding ‘office of profit’ as Parliamentary Secretaries.

The Aam Aadmi Party MLAs mentioned the matter before a Division Bench headed by Justice S. Ravinder Bhat seeking quashing of the notification and got it listed for hearing on Wednesday.

Earlier, the Election Commission had recommended to President Ram Nath Kovind to disqualify 20 AAP legislators for allegedly holding offices of profit.

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AAP withdraws petition in HC on disqualification of 20 MLAs

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New Delhi, Jan 22 : Aam Aadmi Partys (AAP) disqualified MLAs on Monday withdrew from the Delhi High Court their plea seeking a stay on the Election Commission’s recommendation to the President to disqualify 20 MLAs in an office of profit case.

Justice Rekha Palli said the plea moved by six AAP legislators had become infructuous as the President has already issued a circular to disqualify all 20 MLAs.

The court’s decision came after it was informed by the EC that it had already sent its opinion to President Ram Nath Kovind on January 19, before the MLAs had moved the court.

EC also informed the court that the President issued the notification on January 20.

The court said: “What remains with the writ now, the final order has been passed by the President. The plea is dismissed as withdrawn.”

On Friday, the Election Commission recommended to the President for disqualification of the 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

Following the President’s approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry had issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of the Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) Act.

These 20 MLAs are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

The counsels appearing for the disqualified MLAs said they wanted to withdraw the plea and will examine the EC’s order.

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