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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.

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Tejashwi Yadav slams NITI Aayog chief over Bihar remark

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Patna, April 24: Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday slammed NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant’s statement blaming the state for India’s backwardness, saying the remark has exposed the mindset of “babus” in the Modi-led government.

“Bihar and Bihari’s pay equal taxes, contribute equally or more in govrnance and nation building. Bihar gave 33 MPs to NDA, seven Union Ministers from Bihar, both State and Centre governments are of same party and alliance. But still these Babus say Bihar is backward…” the former Deputy Chief Minister tweeted.

Tejashwi Yadav, who is the younger son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, said that if Bihar was backward especially on social indicators as claimed by then NITI Aayog, then Prime Minister Narendra Modi should grant a special category status to the state for its development.

“Modi has failed to grant special category status or special packages promised by him. Four years have passed, but nothing has happened so far, except ‘jumlas’ (hollow words),” he said.

Tejaswi Yadav said the people of Bihar had been betrayed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government.

While delivering the first Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Memorial Lecture in Jamia Millia Islamia University, Kant said on Monday: “Eastern part of India particularly states like Bihar, UP, Chattisgarh, MP, and Rajasthan are keeping India backward especially on social indicators. While we have improved on ease of doing business, we have remained backward on human development index.”

Kant further said that India was still 131 out of 188 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI).

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Beti Bachao, BJP ke logon se bachao: Rahul Gandhi targets Modi at Save the Consitution rally

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New Delhi, April 23: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that earlier slogan was Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. But Now, PM will say is ‘Beti Bachao, BJP ke logon se bachao’.

Addressing save the Constitution rally, Gandhi said: “In his book “Karmayog”, PM Modi justifies manual scavenging by calling it a “spiritual experience” for the Valmiki community. This speaks volumes about his anti-Dalit mindset.

“The Congress Party will stand together to protect the interests of Dalits and other weaker sections of the society wherever the BJP & RSS attacks them”, he added.

Gandhi further stated “we will never allow the BJP & RSS to destroy our Constitution. The people of India will speak their “Mann ki Baat” in 2019″.

“Our institutions were gifted to us by our Constitution. The Modi Govt is now destroying these institutions by appointing RSS ideologues to occupy important positions”.

Taking a jibe at the Prime Minister, the Congress leader said Narendra Modi is only interested in Narendra Modi. Electoral victory is his only focus.

The Congress on Monday launched “Save The Constitution campaign” at the Talkatora Stadium in the national capital.

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BJP MP’s son arrested on charges of drinking alcohol

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Patna, April 23: Son of BJP MP Hari Manjhi has been arrested on charges of consuming alcohol.

“Rahul, son of BJP MP from Gaya, Hari Manjhi arrested on charges of consuming alcohol.He was made to undergo a medical test in which traces of alcohol were found in his blood”, ANI reported.

As per ANI sources, the accused was caught with a group of friends in Bodh Gaya village.

Rahul’s father, Hari Manjhi also represents Lok Sabha in the Parliament.

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