New Delhi: The Bharat Bandh called by farmers’ organisations against the farm laws evoked mixed to poor response in several states on Tuesday. Several Opposition parties had also extended support to the call for the farmers’ call for nationwide shutdown.
Except for Punjab, parts in Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Delhi and Haryana, the presence of farmers’ organisations on the roads to enforce the bandh was not largely noticeable.
In the Northeast, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, the bandh call evoked little or lukewarm response. The train services remained largely normal and efforts were made to quickly lift blockades at places where traffic was disrupted. Shops, business establishments, offices and airports remained functional.
In Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, the police took action in instances of forcible closure of shops by activists of political parties.
The bandh saw mixed response in Opposition-ruled states. In Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s call to observe the Bharat Bandh in a peaceful manner proved futile on Tuesday after Congress workers gheraoed and pelted stones at the state BJP headquarters in Jaipur, getting embroiled in a clash with the workers of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM).
Terming the Congress workers as ‘goons’, state BJP president Satish Poonia tweeted tagging Gehlot, “Congress goons pelted stones at BJP state headquarters in the presence of police. What kind of bandh is this? What kind of protest is this? What is the reason for this and what is the fuss about?” He also asked the CM where is his democracy and good governance model? “This much pride is not good,” he said.
In Punjab, over 50,000 government employees have taken mass casual leave in support of farmers, said Punjab Civil Secretariat Staff Association president Sukhchain Khaira, PTI reported.
Major cities in Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh, including its capital Raipur, wore a deserted look too with most business establishments closed and public transport keeping away.
In Patna, supporters of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) and the Left parties participated in a protest march on Tuesday. The Opposition parties’ supporters blocked the Dak Bungalow Chowk intersection leading to disruption of traffic.
Maharashtra too saw mixed response. In Matunga area of Mumbai, shops remained open and regular traffic movement was seen.
The farmers continued to block Delhi borders during their symbolic four-hour ‘chakka jam’ protest at Ghazipur-Ghaziabad (Delhi-UP) border as part of Bharat Bandh call.
Protesters blocked railway tracks at several places in West Bengal, Maharashtra, Bihar and Odisha.
Although Delhi remained peaceful, tension spiralled after the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that Delhi Police had put Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal under house arrest ever since he returned from Singhu border. Delhi Police, however, refuted the claims, saying they were “baseless”.
In Delhi, most main markets remained open but app-based cabs and autos, except for a few, were off the roads. As for the Delhi Metro services, entry and exit gates of Pandit Shree Ram Sharma station on Green Line were closed.
Farmers are protesting in border areas of Delhi since November 26 against the three newly enacted laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Leaders of farmer groups have held five rounds of talks with the government but all of them remained inconclusive so far. The next round of talks is scheduled to be held on Wednesday.
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CONGRESS WILL PERFORM BETTER THAN BEFORE IN PUNJAB: HARISH CHAUDHARY
CHANDIGARH:Newly-appointed Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Chaudhary has claimed that the party will form the government in Punjab by winning more seats than last time. He said that there was no difference of opinion among the leaders of Punjab Congress and in the 2022 elections, the party would perform better than before.
On former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s announcement regarding formation of a new party and the possibility of an alliance with the BJP, Choudhary said that what Punjab Congress MLAs were objecting about Captain is public now. He said that if the Captain had done a little work according to Punjabiyat and had taken everyone along, the party would not have needed to replace him.
Regarding his future plans, Harish Chaudhary said that he will work to take the ideology of Congress to every citizen of Punjab and strengthen the organization. He would take everyone along and whatever differences there may be between the party leaders, would be resolved. Chowdhary said that there is no tussle in Punjab Congress.
He also said that he believes in the principle of one post and one person and whenever he would meet the high command, he would convey this sentiment to the party leadership. After this, whatever the would be the party’s decision, would acceptable to him.
TAMIL NADU EXTENDS LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS WITH SOME RELAXATIONS TILL NOV 15
CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government has further extended the lockdown restrictions till November 15 with some relaxations in the state to stop the spread of Covid-19.
The order passed on Saturday by the state government, allows Intra and inter-district and inter-State air-conditioned buses, except Kerala to occupy 100% seats from November 1.
“All school classes will be allowed to open and function on an alternate basis,” reads the order. As per the official release, Cinema theatre halls can fill up 100 per cent seats from November 1st. Bars in the state can reopen once again. However, functions and political gatherings are still banned in the southern state.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu reported 1,140 new COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the medical bulletin released on Saturday. As many as 1,374 patients recovered in the last 24 hours.
Further, there are 13,280 active cases in the state . COVID-19
U’khand: SDRF rescues 60 people, recovers five bodies from rain-hit Bageshwar district
Bageshwar State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has so far rescued a total of 60 people trapped due to heavy rains and retrieved five bodies during search and rescue operations in various parts of Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand.
As per SDRF’s statement, from the Sunderdhunga Glacier region, four people have been rescued while one is still missing. Five bodies have also been recovered from the region.“23 people have been rescued from Kafni Glacier while 33 have been rescued from Pindari Glacier,” SDRF said.
In the other areas, SDRF personnel are searching for people via foot. Another team of personnel is scheduled to conduct searches via helicopters on Sunday.
“The rescue operation is being monitored closely by the Inspector General of Police, SDRF, Pushpak Jyoti; Deputy Inspector General of Police, SDRF, Ridhim Agarwal; and General SDRF, Navneet Singh. All necessary guidelines have been issued to rescue teams,” the release added.
SDRF has been conducting search and rescue operations in the various parts of the rain-affected states since October 17.
Amid torrential rains, the hilly state has witnessed flooded roads, buildings, landslides, and overflowing rivers leaving people stranded. As per official data, the death toll in the rain-battered Uttarakhand has mounted to 64 and 11 people are still missing.
ANARCHY PLAYING OUT IN PUNJAB CONG UNIT: TEWARI
Manish Tewari further said that history would record that the appointment of the Committee that ostensibly heard perceived and real grievances was a serious error of judgement.
Amidst the ongoing political crisis in Punjab Congress, senior party leader Manish Tewari alleged that chaos and anarchy are being played out at the Punjab state unit and added that people are disgusted by the daily “soap opera”.
Days after All India Congress Committee (AICC) appointed Harish Chaudhary as Punjab and Chandigarh in-charge, party leader Harish Rawat on Friday said that he is satisfied that Punjab Congress will progress on the path of development, adding that now he can focus on his new responsibility as Uttarakhand Congress campaign committee chairman.
In a series of tweets, Tewari today said, “Respected Harish Rawat ji! Since you referred to me in an interview, I also have great regard and respect for you, going back to days when I headed NSUI and you @CongressSevadal. However, in my 40 years plus in @INCIndia, I have never seen such chaos….”
“…,anarchy as what is playing out in @INCPunjab today. Repeated open defiance of AICC by a PCC President, colleagues squabbling publicly with each other like children. Guttural language against each other that even fish wives would not use. For the past five months, it is @INCPunjab….,” he tweeted.
His tweet further read, “vs @INCPunjab. Do we think that the people of Punjab are not disgusted by this daily soap opera? Irony is that those who complained loudest of transgressions and aberrations were unfortunately and continue to be worst offenders themselves.”
Tewari further said that history would record that the appointment of the Committee that ostensibly heard perceived and real grievances was a serious error of judgement. “Where is progress on the issues that agitated these MLA’s and other eminences- Bargari, Drugs, Power PPA’s, illegal sand mining. Has there been any movement forward…….,” he tweeted.
Punjab Assembly polls are scheduled to be held next year.
Adhir calls Mamata ‘PM Modi’s middleman’, says she is helping BJP by opposing Congress
Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday called West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “middleman” and accused her of helping Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by opposing the Congress.
While speaking to ANI here today, Chowdhury said, “Mamata Banerjee is helping BJP by opposing Congress. She is becoming a middleman of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” “When Sonia Gandhi chaired a meeting of opposition parties in August, Mamata participated but soon after, Enforcement Directorate (ED) called Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee for questioning. It’s clear that PM Modi does not want the opposition to get stronger. It looks like they had an agreement that ‘Delhi yours, Kolkata ours’ otherwise she would not have spoken useless things about Congress,” added the Congress leader.
The Congress leader’s attack on the TMC supremo came after the TMC in its mouthpiece ‘Jago Bangla’ had said that Mamata Banerjee should be the face of the opposition against PM Modi and not Congress’s Rahul Gandhi.
The editorial also said that Congress has become irrelevant, calling TMC as the “real Congress”.
DELHI LOGS 37 NEW COVID-19 CASES, NO DEATHS FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE DAY
Delhi recorded 37 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday and no single death was reported for the second consecutive day. According to Delhi Health Bulletin, as many as 25,091 have succumbed to the disease so far in the national capital. The total count of coronavirus cases in the city has gone up to 14,39,603. The city has 320 active cases at present. The case fatality rate in the national capital is 1.74%. The positivity rate is 0.06%. With 51 more persons discharged in the last 24 hours, the total number of discharged patients has gone up to 14,14,192.
As many as 2,90,32,667 Covid-19 tests have been conducted in Delhi including 47,902 RT-PCR tests and 12,802 rapid antigen tests conducted in the last 24 hours. As many as 73,833 beneficiaries were vaccinated in the last 24 hours taking cumulative beneficiaries to 71,52,597.
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