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Yashwant Sinha: No response from PMO after visiting Kashmir

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New Delhi, April 25: Former Union Minister and BJP veteran Yashwant Sinha who had twice led a delegation to Kashmir to hold talks with Separatists and people of Kashmir has raised serious doubts over the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government’s Kashmir Policy and its approach to restore normalcy in the valley.

Sinha while talking to Indian Express said, “As far as the government is concerned, we are still waiting for the response.”

Following the incessant Kashmir unrest after the killing of Burhan Wani last year, a five member peace seeking delegation visited Kashmir Valley in order to look for ways to restore normalcy in the state.

Sinha who twice led such delegation to Kashmir however is still awaiting a response from the central government on his recommendations.

He said to national daily that they had requested Prime Minster for a meeting, but unfortunately there has been no response. The delegation that visited Kashmir had suggested an interlocutor for conducting a dialogue between all the stakeholders. He said PDP BJP alliance was meant to restore faith of local people but in the absence of dialogue, the entire agenda fails.

Citing former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s approach to Jammu and Kashmir, of “insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and jamhooriyat” Sinha said this was exactly what was quoted by the BJP alliance government in J&K. To follow the path an appointment of an interlocutor with full authority is required to go there and talk on its behalf.

He said, “Hopefully, the government would respond to the situation in a statesman-like manner, like Vajpayee did, follow the line that Vajpayee followed, which is what they had promised.”

He added, “We should be dealing directly with people in the Valley and indeed the whole of J&K, instead of depending on Pakistan.”

Speaking on the recent boycott of Lok Sabha byelection by a large number of voters, Sinha said, “…these byelections have done no good to the image of our democracy. And I am happy that the Anantnag byelection has been postponed. I request the Election Commission to seriously consult the Home Ministry and the state government before finalising the dates. Such a low turnout can enable us to elect somebody, but does not carry conviction.”

On issue of treatment of stonepelters by army, Sinha said the problem in the Kashmir is a political problem and it would be unfair to expect Army and security forces to solve a political problem. “The security forces can take care of law and order, but they cannot take care of the political problem. The political problem can be sorted out only through a dialogue process. Therefore, we are pleading and reiterating the need for a dialogue. I think that approach to treat the problem in J&K, particularly the Valley, as a law and order,” said Sinha.

Yesterday J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also met PM Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh and urged for initiating dialogue between the stakeholders. Mufti also urged the central government to take steps to restore faith of youth in government.

For more than 10 days, several cases of clashes between security forces and college students have been reported. The opposition parties including Congress and CPI-M have slammed Modi government’s Kashmir Policy as a total failure and blamed PDP BJP alliance for the unrest in valley.

Wefornews Bureau

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16-Year-Old Boy Held For ‘Threatening’ Yogi Adityanath, Sent To Juvenile Home

The 16-year-old boy had sent a WhatsApp message on 112 emergency number allegedly threatening the CM.

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A teenager has been detained for allegedly issuing a threat to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, police said.

The 16-year-old boy had sent a message threatening the Chief Minister on the WhatsApp number of the 112 emergency service on Sunday after which an FIR was registered at the Sushant Golf City police station, they said.

Police, however, did not divulge contents of the message but said it was for “threatening” the CM.

The mobile phone and the SIM card used for the threat have been recovered, police said.

“The boy was brought from Agra to Lucknow and later produced before the Juvenile Justice Board, which sent him to a juvenile home,” said Station House Officer Sachin Kumar Singh.

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Supreme Court Dismisses Ex-BSF Jawan’s Plea Challenging PM Narendra Modi’s Election From Varanasi

The Supreme Court of India rejects sacked BSF jawan’s plea against rejection of his nomination to contest 2019 Lok Sabha Polls against PM Modi from Varanasi

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Supreme Court rejects an appeal filed by dismissed BSF (Border Security Force) constable, Tej Bahadur, against the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, which had reserved its verdict in the case on November 18, upheld the Allahabad High Court judgment dismissing Tej Bahadur”s election petition against the poll panel”s decision to reject his nomination papers.

On May 1 last year, the returning officer had rejected the nomination papers of Tej Bahadur, a Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate, who was dismissed from the Border Security Force (BSF) in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the quality of food served to the troops.

The hight court had upheld the returning officer”s decision to reject his nomination.

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Tarun Gogoi: Supreme Court lawyer who went on to become longest serving CM of Assam

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Tarun Gogoi started his political career as a ward member of the Jorhat Municipality in 1968. In 1971, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) in the Lok Sabha and served for six terms till 2001, first from Jorhat and later from Koliabor.

Former Assam chief minister and veteran Congress leader Tarun Gogoi succumbed to post-COVID complications on November 23. The Congressman was rushed to GMCH on 2 November due to post-Covid complications, just a week after he was released. He was first admitted to the hospital on 26 August after testing positive for Covid-19.

Expressing his grief, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Shri Tarun Gogoiji was a popular leader and a veteran administrator, who had years of political experience in Assam as well as the Centre. Anguished by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti.”

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Tarun Gogoi started his political career as a ward member of the Jorhat Municipality in 1968. In 1971, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) in the Lok Sabha and served for six terms till 2001, first from Jorhat and later from Koliabor.

As the leader of the Congress party in Assam for over 50 years, Gogoi was first elected joint secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in 1976 under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He later served as general secretary of the AICC (1985–90) under Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Gogoi served six terms as a Lok Sabha MP from Assam. He first represented Jorhat for three terms between 1971 and 1985. He was later elected from Kaliabor in 1991-96 and then 1998-2002. The Kaliabor seat is currently held by his son Gaurav Gogoi.

He stayed CM from 2001 to 2016, a total of 15 years.

Gogoi, a lawyer by profession, was in court to assist Congress leader P Chidambaram. The last time the former chief minister was in court to argue a case was in 1983. After more than three decades, Gogoi in December attended court proceedings as a lawyer as the Supreme Court took up a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act. Gogoi had opposed the Citizenship Act, calling it “discriminatory”.

States in the Northeast, especially Assam, witnessed intense protests in the wake of the Citizenship Amendment Act, ever since the Bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha. Army and paramilitary columns were called in to control the violence.

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