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MIXED RESPONSE TO BANDH IN GUJARAT, CM RUPANI LASHES OUT AT RAHUL

Abhijit Bhatt

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Gandhinagar: The Bharat Bandh called by protesting farmers throughout the country and supported by many Opposition parties, including the Congress, elicited a mixed response in Gujarat on Tuesday.

Congress MLA Kanti Kharadi was detained near Amirgarh while trying to close the Gujarat-Rajasthan border. Also, an attempt to burn the statue of the Prime Minister in Jamnagar was foiled. On the Shamlaji-Bhiloda-Idar road in Aravalli, Congress workers blocked ST buses.

The impact of the bandh was felt in north Gujarat, central Gujarat, Saurashtra-Kutch and south Gujarat. Many Congress leaders, activists and farmers who came out in support of the Bharat Bandh, were detained, and this affected public life in the state.

In Gujarat, too, tyres were burnt and there was jam on the Vadodara-bound national highway, Sanand on the Ahmedabad-Malia state highway and on the Bharuch-Dahej highway. Opposition leader Paresh Dhanani was detained in Amreli. Congress activists, leaders and farmers were detained across the state. Former MLA from Dahegam Kamini Bani was detained, apart from Rajkot Women’s Congress president.

Demonstrations were held by the Congress in Vadodara in support of the Bharat Bandh; Congress protested by burning tyres on the national highway near Vadodara from Jambuwa bridge to Tarsali, which led to a traffic jam on the highway.

Local body elections in Gujarat may be held in February. According to government sources, the Gujarat government has now started compiling a list of various schemes of the Centre and the state government for farmers. Apart from this, various budget schemes for farmers and other announcements besides compensation due to them, will also be announced soon. With this, BJP president C.R. Patil immediately started holding meetings and formulating a strategy. Also, on Monday, Patil held a conference with various BJP peasant leaders and planned to thwart the farmers’ movement in Gujarat.

Meanwhile, claiming that the Bharat Bandh has failed in Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that former Congress president Rahul Gandhi should say what the difference between coriander and fenugreek is. Responding to Rupani’s sarcastic statement, Gujarat Congress state president Amit Chavda said indignantly that if the government had the strength, millions of farmers would protest after the Delhi border was opened.

Targeting Rahul Gandhi, Rupani said, “If you know the difference between coriander and fenugreek, then answer, everyone else knows how much you know. I have to ask the Congress that in the 2019 election manifesto, you promised that if the Congress comes to power, trade in the interstate market will be given permission, but if this is what PM Modi has done today, then the Congress will have to answer why they have come out in support of the bandh today”. He said that Rahul had said in a press conference that “it should be allowed to sell vegetables and fruits from APMC and farmers can sell it anywhere.”

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CASH SEIZED FROM BIHAR DRUGS INSPECTOR’S RESIDENCE

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A team of surveillance department raided the residence of Drug Inspector Jitendra Kumar in the disproportionate assets case on Saturday in Patna, capital of Bihar.

The officials seized a large amount of cash from Drug Inspector’s possession that took them several hours to count. Apart from cash, the officers found documents of many properties, a huge amount of gold and silver and four luxury cars, informed Surendra Kumar Maur, DSP Monitoring Department.

“A team of surveillance department raided the residence of Drug Inspector Jitendra Kumar in the disproportionate assets case. A huge amount of cash, many land papers, gold, silver and four luxury cars were recovered,” said the DSP Monitoring Department officer.

In the video, the officials were seen counting the bundles of notes of all denominations between Rs 100 and Rs 2,000 piled up on the table and bed. More details are awaited.

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UP CM’S HELICOPTER MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING AT VARANASI AIRPORT

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s helicopter made an emergency landing at Varanasi airport after a bird-hit incident on Sunday, informed the Varanasi District Magistrate Kushal Raj. The helicopter landed safely at Reserve Police Lines ground. He later boarded a state plane to Lucknow from Varanasi’s Lal Bahadur Shastri International airport. “The CM and his staff are safe and will be travelling to Lucknow by another aircraft,” added Raj.

The CM had come to Varanasi on Saturday and had paid obeisance at Kashi Vishwanath temple, besides holding a review meeting.

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J-K POLICE SHARE DETAILS OF SHOWKAT’S ENCOUNTER AFTER MUFTI RAISES QUESTIONS

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Hours after Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti raised questions over the killing of terrorist Showkat Ahmad Sheikh, Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday said that they have already shared a detailed note on June 20 encounter in which the latter got neutralised and his involvement in terror-related activities.

Taking to Twitter, Kashmir Zone Police shared the press note based on the 20 June encounter and killing of terrorist Showkat Ahmad Sheikh. «We have already issued a detailed press note of the #encounter on 20th June, in which #terrorist Showkat along with three foreign terrorists got #neutralised. Besides, his involvement in # terror-related activities was also shared. @JmuKmrPolice,» Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

This came after Mufti raised questions over the killing of Showkat, in custody, whom police said was a militant and was killed in an encounter in Kupwara on 20 June.

She also appealed to the youth in the union territory to shun violence and refrain from «picking up guns». «I request youngsters and parents to stop youth from picking guns. They (forces) get money by killing you. I request them to stop picking guns,» said Mufti while addressing reporters here.

On 20 June, seven terrorists, including an arrested terror suspect, were killed during three separate encounters with the security forces. According to police, four terrorists, including Showkat who was arrested on terror charges, were killed during an encounter in the Lolab area of Kupwara.

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Maha governor writes to DGP, seeks security for rebel MLAs

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Amid the continuing political crisis in Maharashtra, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari wrote to the state Director General of Police (DGP) to provide security to the MLAs of Eknath Shinde camp and their families on an immediate basis. “I have received a representation dated 25 June 2022 from 38 MLAs, of Shiv Sena, two MLAs of Prahar Jan Shakti Party and seven Independent MLAs stating that the police security of their families has been illegally and unlawfully withdrawn,” the Governor said in his letter to DGP. 

“They have also raised serious concerns about the safety of their homes and families in the context of the provocative and threatening statements being made by certain political leaders,” Koshyari said.

Already, offices and homes of some of the MLAs have been vandalised with the police being a mute spectator, he added. “I, therefore, direct you to provide adequate police protection to the MLAs, their families and homes on an immediate basis,” the Governor said.

The Central government has provided ‘Y+’ category armed CRPF security cover to 15 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, who are currently in Assam’s Guwahati, top government sources said on Sunday.

The MLAs provided with round the clock CRPF security are Ramesh Bornare, Mangesh Kudalkar, Sanjay Shirsat, Latabai Sonawane, Prakas Surve, Sadanand Saranavnkar, Yogesh Dada Kadam, Pratap Sarnaik, Yamini Jadhav, Pradeep Jaiswal, Sanjay Rathod, Dadaji Bhuse, Dilip Lande, Balaji Kalyanar and Sandipan Bhumare. The security was provided on Sunday by the CRPF which received an order from the Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday.

The Central security cover was provided to these MLAs after Shinde on Saturday alleged that the Maharashtra government has withdrawn the security cover provided at the residences of 16 rebel legislators, including himself, and dubbed the action as “political vendetta”, although Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil denied any such move.

Shinde had also tweeted a letter signed by 16 MLAs that was addressed to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and state’s Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil.

In the letter, the legislators said CM Thackeray and the leaders of the ruling MVA alliance will be responsible if any harm is caused to their family members. In their letter, the legislators demanded that their security cover be reinstated.

Security forces have been deployed outside the office of Samadhan Sada Sarvankar, son of rebel Shiv Sena MLA, Sada Sarvankar. Also, security has been heightened outside the residence of rebel Shiv Sena MLA Mangesh Kundalkar. CRPF personnel have been deployed along with Mumbai Police.

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‘How long will rebel MLAs hide in Guwahati, have to return to Chowpatty?’

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Amid twists and turns in the political drama of Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut took a potshot on the Eknath Shinde-led faction of rebel MLAs on Sunday. Raut asked how long they will hide in Guwahati in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Assam as they will have to return to Mumbai finally.

The political turbulence in Maharashtra was triggered by the faction war in Shiv Sena after Minister Eknath Shinde flew to Surat with some MLAs and then to Guwahati where he claims of having the support of 38 MLAs of the party, thus achieving the two-thirds majority in the Shiv Sena.

Taking to Twitter, Raut said, “Kab tak chhipoge Gauhati mein…Aana hi padega Chowpatty mein (How long will you hide in Guwahati, you have to come back to Chowpatty).”

According to sources, Maharashtra deputy speaker Narhari Zirwal has sent notices to the 16 Shiv Sena rebel MLAs.

The MLAs have to be present in Mumbai on Monday for the hearing of disqualification.

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UDDHAV OFFERED CM POST TO SHINDE ON 20 MAY: ADITYA

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Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray claimed that on 20 May, CM Uddhav Thackeray had asked Eknath Shinde to become CM if he wanted to, but at that time he did drama and now just a month later, he rebelled.

Aditya said this at the Yuva Sena national executive meeting. “But they (Shinde faction) aren’t capable of doing so, this isn’t rebellion, this is separatism. They took undue advantage of CM’s ill-health to do all this,” he said.

While terming rebel MLAs as “traitors”, Aditya said Maharashtra will never forgive those who have betrayed Shiv Sena. “Shiv Sena’s doors are open for those who want to leave and those who want to return to the party. Those rebel MLAs who are traitors will not be taken back into the party,” he said.

Attacking the group of MLAs who are currently in Guwahati hotel, Aaditya said it is good that some dirt has gone away from the party.

He challenged rebel MLAs and asked them to resign and fight the election. “This is happening for the first time in the state that the ruling party MLAs left the party to sit in the opposition. People are telling their numbers but I want to say that we have the figures. I challenge them to resign and contest the elections. The truth will come out,” Shiv Sena’s leader said.

Aditya alleged that Rs 9 lakh a day is being spent on rebel MLA Eknath Shinde-led faction while flood-affected people in Assam are left to fend for themselves. He also alleged some MLAs had been taken to Guwahati “forcibly”. Aditya said, “Lakhs of rupees being spent on our MLAs who were forcibly taken there; Rs 9 lakhs a day. Lakhs of flood-affected people are there in the very same Assam, they are left on their own. For the first time, the Opposition is supporting a faction leaving the ruling party.”

While addressing the Shiv Sena workers in Mumbai on Sunday, he said, “Looking at the last two to four days in #Maharshtra, it feels that those who left, left for good… the entire country saw that the person who did the most powerful work during #Covid-19 had to leave his official residence.”

Aditya questioned rebel MLAs who went to Surat, then Guwahati, to break the party, “Many people told me that many leaders will come but no one will be like this CM …

Why did rebel MLAs go to Surat, then Guwahati, to break the party? Many MLAs there look like they were forced to be there. 10-15 MLAs are in touch with us and they can vouch for this.”

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