Pro-Khalistan group Sikh for Justice (SFJ) had on 2 January released a message offering a reward of $100,000 to “policemen, journalists, hospital employees and to general public” for showing a shoe to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his election rally at Ferozepur, Punjab, on 5 January.
PM Modi eventually could not attend the rally, scheduled for Wednesday, due to an unprecedented security lapse which saw his cavalcade being stuck on a flyover for 20 minutes due to protesters blocking the movement of his cavalcade.
This was supposed to be PM Modi’s first visit to Punjab since the repeal of the three farm laws, for which the local unit of the BJP had been preparing for days. Apart from addressing the political rally, the PM was supposed to lay the foundation stone of PGI Satellite Centre at Ferozepur and two medical colleges at Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala.
The Daily Guardian has accessed messages sent by SFJ functionaries, including its “face”, the US-based Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, asking their supporters to “show” shoes to the PM during his visit to Ferozepur. Pannun in another message has also stated that “they” can carry out bomb blasts if they want but they believe in “ballot bombs”. On 23 December, a bomb blast in the District and Sessions Court, Ludhiana, that was reportedly carried out by the SFJ had led to the death of one individual. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is investigating the case. The SFJ had denied their role in the blast.
The Centre had banned SFJ in July 2019, a separatist group that was formed in 2007. Security agencies have, officials said, gathered substantial proof that its activities were being financed by Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI.
As per sources, the PM had arrived Bathinda on 12.05 pm and was scheduled to fly to the National Martyrs Memorial, Hussainiwala, Ferozepur. However, due to rain and poor visibility, it was decided that he would go there by road. The distance from the airport to the memorial is around 100 km. The PM’s cavalcade left the airport at 12.40, local official source said. When he was at a distance of about 30 km from the memorial, his cavalcade was stopped by protestors. Pictures shared by government agencies show SPG personnel surrounding the SUV of the PM from all sides even as they waited for the road-block to be cleared.
At 1.55 pm, the local media was informed that the rally has been cancelled. Half an hour later, Union minster Mansukh Mandaviya, who was present in Ferozepur on the stage, told the close to 15,000-17.000 people who had assembled at the spot that the rally had been cancelled. In a press release on the issue shared by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) at 3.02 pm, it said that that the Punjab state government did not deploy the required security measures despite being informed of the PM’s plan well in advance.
“Today morning the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi landed at Bathinda from where he was to go to the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussain Wala by helicopter. Due to rain and poor visibility, the Prime Minister waited for about 20 minutes for the weather to clear out. When the weather did not improve, it was decided that he would visit the National Martyrs Memorial via road, which would take more than two hours. He proceeded to travel by road after necessary confirmation of necessary security arrangements by the DGP Punjab Police.”
“Around 30 km away from the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussain Wala, when the Prime Minister’s convoy reached a flyover, it was found that the road was blocked by some protestors. The Prime Minister was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes. This was a major lapse in the security of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister’s schedule and travel plan was communicated well in advance to the Punjab Government. As per procedure, they have to make necessary arrangements for logistics, security as well as keep a contingency plan ready. Also in view of the contingency plan the Punjab Government has to deploy additional security to secure any movement by road, which were clearly not deployed. After this security lapse, it was decided to head back to Bathinda Airport,” the release read.
BJP president J.P. Nadda, while sharing his thoughts on the matter through Twitter, attacked the Congress government in Punjab for the security lapse. “What is extremely worrisome is that this incident was also a big security lapse as far as the PM is concerned. Protesters were given access to the Prime Minister’s route while the Punjab CS and DGP gave assurances to SPG that the route is clear. To make matters worse, CM Channi refused to get on the phone to either address the matter or solve it. The tactics used by the Congress government in Punjab would pain anyone who believes in democratic principles,” Nadda tweeted.
The MHA led by Amit Shah has asked for a detailed report from the state government while asking it to fix responsibility for this lapse and take strict action against the officers concerned. The Charanjit Singh Channi government has however denied any security lapse. “There were no shortcomings in the security arrangements during the PM’s visit to Punjab today. The accusations of a security breach are baseless. The truth is that BJP’s rally was a flop show. When PM got to know this, he decided to return,” Punjab minister Rajkumar Verka told the local media.
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Telangana CM KCR slams BJP; advises people not to fall prey to BJP’s policies
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Tuesday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and advises people not to fall prey to BJP’s policies.
Earlier on Tuesday KCR inaugurated the District Collectorate office in Vikarabad.
“There is a need to protect Telangana so that the foxes do not come and eat it again. We need to see if it does not go back to the old system. We cannot let the conditions deteriorate again, and do not fall prey to their political interests. I fought for 14 years during the agitation. I went to the brink of death and achieved this state. We are implementing many welfare schemes. All these schemes should continue. Industries, IT, and agriculture should be advanced,” KCR said.
Speaking on the occasion KCR said, “Those at the Centre say that what we give are freebies. Some people with flags blocked my bus. What did they get done? Has BJP done any good for 8 years? People should discuss it. If we do not have a politically conscious society, we will be robbed. We were crushed in the hands of the united rulers. Farmers ate curd rice and died after consuming pesticides back then. We have to be vigilant and see those days do not come again.”
Meanwhile, attacking BJP KCR said no one has benefited from the central government.
“If you are fooled by the BJP flag, they will put meters for electricity in the fields and fill the bellies of big people. Should not the electricity in fields be given for free? Gas and petrol prices have increased. Banks are being robbed. Lakhs of crores of rupees have been looted,” KCR alleged.
Rohingyas to get flats in Delhi: Hardeep Singh Puri promises basic amenities
In Delhi’s Bakkarwala neighbourhood, apartments and police protection would be made available to Rohingya refugees. The minister of home affairs held a high-level meeting where the decision was made. Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri praised the choice and predicted that those who made a profession of “spreading canards on India’s refugee policy deliberately linking it to CAA will be disappointed.”
The minister stated, “India has always welcomed those who have sought refuge in the country. In a landmark decision all Rohingya Refugees will be shifted to EWS flats in Bakkarwala area of Delhi. They will be provided basic amenities, UNHCR IDs & round-the-clock Delhi Police protection.”
Taking to Twitter he said, “India respects & follows @UN Refugee Convention 1951 & provides refuge to all, regardless of their race, religion or creed.”
All 1,100 Rohingyas would reportedly be housed in a total of 250 units that are part of the EWS (Economically Weaker Section). They are currently living in the Madanpur Khadar camp.
The social welfare department of the Delhi government has been ordered to ensure that basic amenities like a fan, three times meals, a landline phone, television, and recreational facilities, among others, are provided while the Delhi Police has been asked to provide security, according to the report. According to the report, the Delhi government previously used these apartments for the Covid camp.
Supreme Court hearing for Monday on freebies promises by political parties during elections
The Supreme Court adjourned for Monday on the hearing of a plea against distributing freebies from public funds.
The apex court asked the parties to file their suggestions by Saturday on spending the public money in the right way.
Earlier on 10 August, the top court distributing and promising freebies by political parties is a “serious issue”. The amount should be spent on infrastructure etc.
A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Krishna Murari had told the parties, “Economy losing money and welfare of people, both have to be balanced. That is why this debate and there must be someone who can put their vision and thoughts. Please submit something.”
Meanwhile, Supreme Court is strict on the tendency of political parties to announce free schemes in elections. In the last hearing, the central government had presented its stand to the Supreme Court.
Moreover, The Supreme Court is contemplating setting up an expert committee to probe the matter. The Supreme Court had said that the expert committee should also have representatives from other parties including Finance Commission, NITI Aayog, Reserve Bank, Law Commission, and political parties.
Eshwarappa slams Congress, says “supports anti-nationals”
On Wednesday, KS Eshwarappa, a former minister for the state of Karnataka and current member of the BJP, directly attacked the Congress, claiming that the party supports anti-nationals not just in certain regions but throughout the entire nation. In the midst of racial unrest in Shivamogga, the BJP leader declared, “I want to attack directly.” Both the PFI and the SDPI are being supported by the Congress.
Eshwarappa stated, “The man who removed Savarkar’s portrait is an SDPI employee whose wife is a Congress councillor.”
Eshwarappa warned Muslims in India on Tuesday, saying it was their responsibility to participate in Hindu holidays. According to the previous minister, Hindus would manage Muslims’ young if Muslims failed to do so.
“The government is making all attempts to maintain peace. I’m not saying all Hindus and Muslims are involved in such things. Hindu society is strong; it is not weak. If Hindu society really stands up, Muslim goondas will not survive, but Hindus don’t want to take the law into their own hands and want the government to take action,” Eshwarappa said on Tuesday.
On August 15, tension rose in Shivamogga when fights broke out near Amir Ahmad Circle between two groups over a picture of Savarkar. The opposing side desired to mount a picture of Tipu Sultan. Prem Singh, a young man, was stabbed during the tense situation. The atmosphere was still tense on Tuesday as Mohammed Zabiullah, a suspect in Prem Singh’s stabbing, was shot by police after they claimed he had attacked them.
‘Shameful that atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits continue today’, says Anupam Kher
Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Tuesday condemned the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit by a terrorist in the Kashmir Valley.
“Shameful that atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits continue today. They’re killing even their own people. They are killing everyone who stands with India. This has been happening for the past 30 years. The more you condemn it, the less it’s. We’ll have to change the mindset,” Kher said.
Earlier on Tuesday, a Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead at an apple orchard in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists. In the Chotipara area, the incident took place.
Meanwhile, the deceased have been identified as Sunil Kumar Bhar and his brother Pintu who sustained injuries.
The areas have been cordoned and the injured person has been shifted to the hospital.
Moreover in June 2022, a bank manager named Vijay Kumar has shot dead and on 31 May a female Hindu teacher, Rajni Bala was shot dead by terrorists in the Kulgam district.
However, Anupam Kher a Kashmiri Pandit starred in this year’s hit movie ‘The Kashmir Files’. The movie showed the life of Kashmiri Pandits during the 1990 Kashmir insurgency.
Raju Srivastava on ventilator, manager informs about slow recovery
Comedian Raju Srivastava was hospitalised on August 10 after having a heart attack. Later, Raju had an angioplasty for the same, and he is currently on a ventilator. Raju’s management said in a new media exchange that the actor is gradually getting better.
Raju’s manager, Nayan Soni, stated, “Raju’s condition is slowly getting better. He is responding to the treatment. There is an improvement in his health and he can now move his body parts a bit. He continues to remain in the ICU and on a ventilator. Doctors have informed us that it will take about a week for him to regain consciousness.”
In a message posted on Raju Srivastava’s official Instagram profile last week, his family stated that his status was “stable” and urged people to “ignore any rumour or fake news being propagated.
The statement on social media read, “Dear all, Raju Srivastava Ji’s condition is stable. We are praying for his speedy recovery. The doctors are treating him and are doing their best. Thanks to all the well-wishers for their continued love and support. Please ignore any rumours or fake news being circulated. Please pray for him.”
According to reports, actor Amitabh Bachchan sent Raju an audio message wishing him a swift recovery ” It’s enough Raju. Rise up Raju, and keep teaching us all to laugh.”
The movies Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya are some of movies featuring Raju. He also made an appearance in Bigg Boss’ third season. He gained notoriety for his superb comic timing after his appearance as a stand-up comedian on the programme The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He is the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council’s chairman.
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