NEW DELHI: The Bhartiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) has distanced itself from the Bharat Bandh called on December 8 by the farmer unions.
The BKS in its statement has said that “Bhartiya Kisan Sangh has decided to remain aloof of the Bandh call and appeal to its members all over the country to be attentive and alert the fellow citizens so that any untoward incident may be avoided. We hope that the nation and the farming fraternity will sincerely cooperate to with Bhartiya Kisan Sangh”.
The BKS, an RSS affiliate, said: “It is evident that some anti social elements ,external forces and some political parties are manoeuvering this demonstration towards acrimony.”
The BKS “feared” for a Mandsaur-like incident in 2017 in which six farmers were shot dead during protests, hoping nothing similar to that gets repeated.
“Bhartiya Kisan Sangh has already demanded that these three bills should not be repealed but be implemented with some amendments. Therefore, we cannot support the protest against repealing of these laws,” it said.
Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh are protesting along the borders of national capital Delhi against recently brought three agricultural laws by central government.
Even as the fifth round of talks could not bring any breakthrough, both the sides — farmers’ representatives and the government, agreed to continue the dialogue on December 9.
The BKS said though the farmer leader agreed to continue the dialogue on December 9, they also announced Bharat Bandh on December 8 (All India Strike). IANS
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Victory of teachings of Bhindranwale, says Simranjit Singh Mann
SANGRUR: It is a victory of party workers and the teachings of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, said Simranjit Singh Mann after winning Sangrur Lok Sabha by-poll on Sunday.He also said that he will raise the issues of “Indian Army committing atrocities in Kashmir,” “killing of tribal people in Bihar and Chhattisgarh calling them Naxalites.” Mann was a candidate from Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and won the by-poll defeating Aam Aadmi Party’s candidate in Sangrur, the home turf of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann.Speaking to the media after his victory, he said, “It is a historic victory with which all the parties including BJP, Akali Dal, Congress, AAP will be perplexed because we have won after a long time. We will oppose the political parties in Parliament. Now there will be protests against us because we were mocked that we will not be able to win.”“It’s a win of our party workers and of the teachings that Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale has given. The Sikh community is very upset with the death of Deep Singh Sidhu and Sidhu Moose Wala and now the Indian government will not behave in the same way that it is behaving with the Muslims, like their localities are being questioned, like the Indian Army is committing atrocities in Kashmir and killing Muslims on a daily basis. The tribal people in Bihar and Chhattisgarh are being shot dead calling them Naxalites.
TEESTA, SONIA BEHIND DEFAMING PM MODI: BJP
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sambit Patra said that Teesta Setalvad along with Sonia Gandhi and Congress party were the driving force behind defaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Gujarat riots. “You all saw how the Prime Minister Narendra Modi swallowed poison for 20 years. Saw how false allegation was levelled against him on 2002 Gujarat riots?” Patra said while addressing the media.“You will be surprised to know that Teesta Setalvad was not alone. These people have cheated the judicial system of India. The Supreme Court has strongly criticised them. The driving force behind this was Sonia Gandhi and the Congress party,” he added.“Supreme Court has said very clearly that those people, who conspired and played with the law also will have to come before the court and face the law,” he added.“Some people like Teesta Setalvad who have been detained today, have deliberately created a false story. The Supreme Court has made a strong stand. It has named Teesta Setalvad in its judgment,” he added.The action came after Union Minister Amit Shah in an interview with ANI said that Teesta Setalvad-run NGO gave baseless information about the 2002 Gujarat riots to the police.“I will give a few examples of how Teesta Setalvad and Company worked to mislead the country regarding the Gujarat riots– Teesta Setalvad’s NGO was giving instructions to Zakia Jafri and many witnesses along with her,” he said.Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the troika of BJP’s political rivals, politically motivated journalists and NGOs, together made false allegations against the BJP and its leaders.
Kartikeya Sharma receives “Indian Sports Fan Award 2022”
Kartikeya Sharma, founder of Pro Sportify and Member of Parliament-elect (Rajya Sabha) from Haryana was on Sunday conferred with “Indian Sports Fan Award 2022” for his unmatched contribution to Indian Sports in a glittering ceremony here on Sunday evening.
Kartikeya Sharma was bestowed with the award in recognition of his immense contribution to sports and for exemplary devotion in promoting Olympic sports through the medium of leagues.
Christened as “Mahara Chorra”, he has been supporting Indian sports and is the brain behind the Pro Wrestling League, Big Bout Indian Boxing League, The Indian Arena Polo League and two other upcoming leagues.
Mr. Sharma who has been supporting sports since a decade was handed over the glittering trophy by Shri Sandeep Singh, Minister of Sports, Haryana, Indian superfans Sudhir Kumar Gautam, Sugumar Kumar, India’s first female Olympian Karnam Malleshwari and London Olympics bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt in presence off bevy of Indian sporting luminaries including Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardees, Arjuna awardees and Dronacharya awardees.
Kartikeya Sharma was chosen for this award by Indian Sports Fans – India’s
largest sports fan community and a non-commercial venture which is the oldest and largest fans community on the social media platform. It has over 1 million fans and followers throughout the globe including 21 countries.
“It is a truly unique concept for nominating Kartikeya Sharma who brought smiles and gave joy to sporting fans. This will set a new precedent for sports in India and I wish them all the best for their future endeavours,” said Sandeep Singh, former Indian Hockey captain and Minister of Sports, Haryana.
Sandeep Singh who is fondly known as ‘Flicker Singh’ by his fans globally, captained India for many years including 2012 London Olympics. Sandeep Singh was renowned for his fast and guile drag flicks and scored 110 goals in 147 international matches.
“This award is a reflection of the love and appreciation of sports fans from across the world. On this occasion, I respectfully share my joy and love with all the sports fans across the world,” Kartikeya Sharma, an Oxford Graduate said.
“Kartikeya Ji, the founder & promoter of Pro Wrestling & Big Bout Indian Boxing League has enabled us to create world beaters and this award in an apt recognition to the sport visionary and promoter in the country. The experience of playing in the Pro Wrestling League has been etched in my memory and I thank him for creating the biggest wrestling spectacle in the world which has allowed the country to witness the biggest stars from wrestling” Babita Phogat, CWG Gold Medalist said.
Famous Indian superfans Sugumar and Sudhir were the first recipients of Indian Sports Awards which was conceptualised in 2019 as Global Sports Fan Awards in Manchester.
Looking for fruitful discussions with G-7: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he was looking forward to “fruitful discussions” with world leaders on topical issues like climate, energy, food security, counter-terrorism, environment, gender equality and democracy as he arrived here to attend the G7 Summit.
“Landed in Munich to participate in the G-7 Summit. I look forward to fruitful discussions with world leaders during the Summit,” Modi tweeted. He was welcomed by a Bavarian band on his arrival in Munich.
Earlier, in a statement Modi said, “During the sessions of the Summit, I will be exchanging views with the G7 counties, G7 partner countries and guest International Organisations on topical issues such as environment, energy, climate, food security, health, counter-terrorism, gender equality and democracy,”.
On the sidelines of the Summit, PM Modi will hold bilateral meetings with leaders of some of the participating countries. “Besides participating in @G7 discussions on climate, energy, food security, health, gender equality and more, PM will also hold several bilateral meetings on the sidelines,” the MEA said.
Later, while addressing Indian community, Modi said that 21st century India is at the forefront of Industry 4.0 and asserted that the country is shining at every front whether it is in the field of information technology or digital technology.PM Modi, who arrived in Germany for a three-day visit, said India has the third-largest startup ecosystem and it is the second-largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world. “Today, the New India is at the forefront of Industry 4.0. Be it IT or digital technology, India is shining at every front,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the Indian community here.
Elaborating on the country’s development in various front before the Indian diaspora, “There was a time when India was nowhere in the race of startups. Today, we are the third-largest startup ecosystem. Similarly, we used to import even the simplest phones, today, we are the second-largest mobile
phone manufacturer in the world,” he said.
PM Modi said India was a “slave” during the industrial revolution but now it will not be left behind in the 4th industrial revolution.
“In the last century, Germany and other countries took benefit from the industrial revolution. India was a slave back then that’s why it couldn’t leverage benefits. But now India will not be left behind in the 4th industrial revolution, it’s now leading the world,” he said.“Today, India is working on building a new legacy and this is being led by the youth of the country. We have brought 21st-century policies to the youth of New India. Today, our youth will be able to complete their education in their own mother tongues,” he said.
The Prime Minister also said that India has a unicorn every 10 days, 5000 patents are being filed every month. “We are progressing and we are growing,” he said.Speaking about the Covid-19, PM Modi said that there was a time when people used to say that India will take 10-15 years to vaccinate its population against the coronavirus, but at present most of the population in the country has been vaccinated.“Today, 90 per cent of adults have taken both doses and 95 per cent of adults have taken at least one dose,” he noted.
After attending the G7 Summit, the Prime Minister will be travelling to United Arab Emirates (UAE) while coming back to India on June 28, 2022, to pay his personal condolences on the passing away of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the former UAE President and Abu Dhabi Ruler. He will also congratulate Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his election as the new President of UAE. This will be PM Modi’s first meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan since his election as the new President of the UAE and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
AAP LOSES LONE PARLIAMENTARY SEAT SANGRUR
Just months after sweeping to power in Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party faced an embarrassing defeat as Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) leader Simranjit Singh Mann claimed victory in the Sangrur by-polls.
Sangrur, which is the parliamentary constituency of CM Bhagwant Mann, voted in favour of Sikh hardliner SAD (Amritsar)’s Simranjit Singh Mann, who got 2,52,898 votes, out of a total of 7,10,825 votes. On the other hand, AAP candidate Gurmail Singh fell short with 2,46,828 votes, followed by Congress’s Dalveer Goldie, BJP’s Kewal Dhillon and Akali Dal’s Kamaldeep Kaur Rajoana.
Several factors can be attributed to Simranjit Singh Mann’s victory in Sangrur, including his connection with slain Punjab singer Sidhu Moosewala and the late Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu. Reports are rife that Moosewala was slated to campaign for Mann and this is the reason voters voted fiercely for him.
Mann has also been an IPS
represented the Samajwadi Party from 2016 to 2022.
After winning the crucial by-poll seat, Lodhi said that he wants to dedicate his victory to the workers of the party as they have been working continuously day and night. Thanking the people of Rampur, he further added that BJP has always been working for the development of the public.
Dinesh Lal Yadav, on the other hand, is a popular Bhojpuri actor and singer turned politician. He joined the BJP in 2019 and lost against former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in 2019 by-polls by a margin of 259,874 votes.
Calling his victory ‘a victory of people’, Dinesh Lal Yadav tweeted, “You have done wonders, people of Azamgarh. This is your victory. With the announcement of the bypoll dates, the way all of you have showered love, support and blessings to the BJP, this is its victory. This victory is dedicated to your trust and hard work of party workers.”
Crediting BJP’s massive win to ‘double engine government’, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said, “The historic victory in the by-election in the Azamgarh Sadar Lok Sabha seat is the result of the welfare policies of the ‘double engine BJP government’ under the leadership of the respected Prime Minister. This victory is dedicated to all the hardworking workers of the BJP. Thanks people of Azamgarh!,” adding that the double engine victory of the BJP government in Azamgarh and Rampur is giving a far-reaching message for the 2024 elections in the politics of the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter and said, “The by-poll wins in Azamgarh and Rampur are historic. It indicates wide-scale acceptance and support for the double engine Governments at the Centre and in UP. Grateful to the people for their support. I appreciate the efforts of our Party Karyakartas.”
On being asked his reaction to the results, an agitated Azam Khan said, “It can neither be called an election, nor an election result. Polling station of 900 votes, and only 6 votes were cast? The area is of Muslims, and just one vote was casted? What reason should I cite?”
Akhilesh Yadav also shared a cryptic post after the declaration of results, sharing “chronology of the killing of democracy under BJP rule’, wherein he alleged “discrepancies at the time of enrollment, conspiracy to cancel enrollment, suppression of candidates, abuse of party force to prevent voting, pressure on public representatives and dismantling elected government’. He termed it as “the bitter truth of the elixir of freedom.”
Gujarat Police arrest Teesta, say ‘not cooperating’
The Gujarat Police Crime Branch on Sunday arrested activist Teesta Setalvad in connection with a case on her NGO which gave baseless information about the 2002 Gujarat riots to the police. “Former IPS officer RB Sreekumar was arrested yesterday and Teesta Setalvad was arrested on Sunday. Forging of evidence and hindering with evidence will be looked into,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Chaitanya Mandlik, adding that the accused are not supporting the police in the investigation.
Teesta is remanded to police custody till 2 July.
On Saturday, Gujarat Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) team detained Setalvad from Mumbai.
Teesta, who was produced before the court on Sunday, on the other hand, alleged that her arrest was illegal and she was driven from Mumbai to Ahmedabad in a car to intimidate a “human rights lawyer”.
The Supreme Court had on Friday, dismissed as “devoid of merit” an appeal by Zakia Jafri in a plea challenging SIT’s clean chit to the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi and others in cases related to the riots. Zakia Jafri is the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the riots.A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar, upholding the Special Investigation Team or SIT’s 2012 clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was the then chief minister of Gujarat, in the Gujarat riots case, said that Setalvad, co-petitioner in the case, exploited the emotions of Zakia Jafri.“All those involved in such abuse of process need to be in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with the law,” the judges said, adding that the appeal was filed under “dictation of someone.”“Antecedents of Teesta Setalvad need to be reckoned with and also because she has been vindictively persecuting this lis [dispute] for her ulterior design by exploiting the emotions and sentiments of Zakia Jafri, the real victim of the circumstances,” the top court said in its order.The case pertains to what came to be known as Gulbarg Society incident, in which 68 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were killed in the riots triggered by the burning of a train coach in which 59 people perished in February 2002.
Talking to media DCP Mandlik said that as of now the investigation is at a primary level and later strict actions will be taken once the investigation is done.“We have done the medical check-up, and the due process was followed by the Crime Branch. The investigation is at a primary level, strict actions will be taken once the investigation is done. We have the primary affidavits and documents submitted by accused,” he added.Earlier in the day, Setalvad was taken for a medical checkup at Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad.“They have done my medical. I have a big bruise on my hand, this is what the ATS did to me. They are taking me to the magistrate’s court,” said Teesta Setalvad had said after the medical checkup.
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