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Watch: MNS activists attacks Nanar refinery complex office in Mumbai

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Mumbai, April 16: A group of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activists on Monday afternoon vandalized the offices of the proposed Nanar refinery project coming up in Ratnagiri district with Saudi Arabian collaboration, reported news agency IANS.

Around half a dozen MNS activists barged into the Nanar office in Tardeo, enquired whether they were at the correct address and then started vandalising the premises.

They targeted the furnitures and fitting, breaked glass doors, cabins and other things inside the office even as the security guards attempted to stop them.

After the brief attack lasting a few minutes, the MNS workers escaped, shouting the anti-Nanar slogans, even as a video on the incident went viral on social media networks.

The development came the day after MNS President Raj Thackeray categorically declared in a public meeting on Sunday night that his party would not permit the Nanar project to come up in the coastal Konkan region of Maharashtra.

He also questioned why Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was threatening that if protests against it continued, the project would be shifted to Gujarat.

“Why only Gujarat? Why not Goa or Kerala or Tamil Nadu or any other state in India? What is the reason for this?” he asked.

Earlier on Monday, the Shiv Sena also questioned Fadnavis’ “threats” and said instead of condemning the beautiful Konkan to such poisonous projects like earlier Enron, then Jaitapur and now Nanar, the state could consider setting it up in a backward region like Marathwada or Vidarbha.

On April 11, a consortium comprising three major Indian oil marketing companies – IOCL, BPCL and HPCL signed a MoU with Saudi Arabian Oil Co (Saudi Aramco) for setting up an integrated oil refinery and petroleum products complex in the eco-sensitive Ratnagiri.

When completed, the Rs 3 trillion complex at Nanar will be the world’s biggest single-location oil refinery project with a capacity to process 60 million tonnes annually.

The project however has elicited strong protests from locals united under the Konkan Refinery Shetkari-Machhimar Sangharsh Samiti and Refinery Virodhi Sangharsh Samiti, who have secured backing of all major political parties in the state barring the ruling BJP.

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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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Modis looting country: Yechury

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Sitaram Yechury

Hyderabad, April 23: Launching a sharp attack on the Prime Minister, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri on Sunday claimed that Narendra Modi, fugutive diamantaire Nirav Modi and former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi were looting the country.

The Left leader said people never knew that the country had so many Modis, but what is common among them is that “all were looting”.

Yechury — re-elected the Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary — said the loot increased after the Modi government came to power in May 2014.

He said that though Modi had promised to waive loans of farmers, he waived loans of about Rs 3 lakh crore of big investors and industrialists.

“People’s money kept in banks was looted. Those who did it escaped from the country and the government is not able to bring them back,” he said.

Yechury was addressing a public meeting organised by the CPI-M on Sunday evening to mark the end of five-day party national conclave.

Yechury compared Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah to epic Mahabharata’s ‘Duryodhana’ and ‘Dushasana’.

The Marxist leader said there were 100 Kaurava brothers in Mahabharat but most people know of only two — Duryodhana and Dushasana. “Similarly, people know only two in BJP — Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” he remarked.

Yechury vowed to defeat the BJP-RSS combine and said the CPI-M was determined to defeat the communal forces and restore harmony in the country.

Voicing concern over increasing sexual assaults on children, he alleged that all those involved belonged to the BJP and RSS and no action was taken against them. “Instead of registering cases against them, victims are being booked. The women and children never faced this grave threat before this government came to power,” he said.

On the third alternative proposed by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao against both the BJP and the Congress, Yechury said the CPI-M would take a decision after seeing its policies.

Revealing that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief spoke to him a few days ago about the proposed front, Yechury said a front for the sake of power would be of no help.

He recalled that an effort was made for the third alternative 20 years ago, leading to the formation of United Front government in 1996.

Yechury said that while their priority was to defeat the communal forces and appropriate strategy would be adopted at the time of 2019 general elections, the electoral alliances alone will not help. He underlined the need to build a mass movement to achieve the goal.

He pointed out that during Telangana’s armed struggle, “the Communists protected 5,000 villages for three years from Nizam’s ‘razakars’, the Congress government and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Army”.

Referring to the march of hundreds of red-shirt volunteers at the public meeting, he said such ‘people’s army’ alone could give a befitting reply to the communalists.

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