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Omar, Mehbooba hit back at Amit Shah over his ‘Gupkar Gang’ remark

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In a series of tweets on Tuesday Union Home Minister Amit Shah called Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) a “gang” and said that along with Congress they have formed an “unholy global alliance” to push back Jammu and Kashmir into an era of “terror and turmoil”. These tweets have come as the elections for the District Development Councils are going to be held from 28 November in eight phases.

The tweets of the Union Home Minister evoked sharp reactions from two former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. Mehbooba in her tweet said that BJP was trying to wriggle out of main issues faced by the country and resort to remarks like “Gupkar gang”, “tukde tukde gang” and branding all opposing thoughts as anti-national has only one aim that is to divert the attention of people. Omar Abdullah said that PAGD is a legitimate political alliance and not a gang.

 Earlier Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra intensified attack on Congress and PAGD ahead of local polls in J&K. Both these leaders of BJP have accused PAGD of saying what Pakistan desires them to. Ravi Shankar Prasad has called them anti-national and asks Congress leaders especially Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi to tell the nation what is their stand on PAGD.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala uploaded a two-page statement, rejecting the allegations levelled by Amit Shah accusing Congress of pushing back Kashmir to terror and turmoil.

In the statement, the Congress said that it strongly refutes “concocted and baseless assertions”. Surjewala accused Amit Shah of making mischievous statements on J&K. “Congress was never in favour of international intervention on Kashmir issue and was committed to country’s integrity, sovereignty and tricolour”.

The Twitter war started when the Union Home Minister in a series of tweets not only questioned PAGD for its anti-national remarks but also questioned Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for being in support of PAGD.

In a sharp reaction to these tweets, Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter and said, “Fighting elections in an alliance is also anti-national now. BJP can stitch as many alliances in its hunger for power but somehow we are undermining national interest by putting up a united front. BJP›s stale tactic of dividing India by projecting themselves as saviours and political opponents as internal and imagined enemies is far too predictable now. Love jihad, tukde tukde and now Gupkar Gang dominates the political discourse instead of rising unemployment and inflation.”

Omar Abdullah also hit out at Amit Shah and said that only in J&K political leaders can be called anti-national for participating in elections. “Only in J&K can leaders be detained and called anti-national for participating in elections and supporting the democratic process. The truth is all those who oppose the ideology of the BJP are labelled corrupt and anti-national,” he tweeted

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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], February 27 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Cabinet on Friday approved a Penal Law (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2021 to give life imprisonment to food adulterators.
Informing about it, the state’s Home Minister Narottam Mishra said, “Madhya Pradesh Cabinet has approved Penal Law (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2021 to give life imprisonment to food adulterators.”
It is noteworthy, in December 2019, an awareness rally was held in Bhopal to fight the menace of adulteration. The rally saw the participation of the people of all age groups.
The rally was held from Roshanpura to Lal Parade in the capital city. The enthusiastic volunteers were heard raising slogans against adulteration and demanded pure food products. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): Lieutenant General Yogendra Dimri has been appointed as the next Commander-in-chief of the Lucknow-based Central Army Command.
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Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], February 27 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy here on Friday called upon the town planners to come up with solutions to the emerging challenges with a futuristic outlook on the goals set by the United Nations for sustainable development.
While inaugurating the 69th National Town and Country Planners Conference virtually at Vishakhapatnam, the Chief Minister said that he is looking forward to the recommendations on affordable housing for lower-income groups and reducing the financial burden on the government in wake of the growing cost of land and high rents in urban areas making the land acquisition a difficult task.
He expressed confidence that the three-day meet will come up with solutions that are pertinent to the State and country vis-a-vis the 17 sustainable goals for 2030 set by the United Nations.
“The Conference, being organized by the Institute of Town Planners of India (ITPT) and attended by Town Planners, Academics, Researchers, Directors and others from across the country, would deliberate on the emerging challenges in the changing scenario, and I hope the Summit will come up with useful recommendations,” the Chief Minister said in his inaugural address.
Some of the interesting topics the Summit would be discussing include the impact of COVID in work culture and the requirements besides environment and climate change.
“Water management is another issue of major concern and it needs comprehensive planning as cities are growing from multiple directions and there will need to extend the water facilities to all areas,” he said.
The Chief Minister has stated that the government is looking forward for developing the coastal region utilising the vast stretch of 974 Km coastline in the State, where even Visakhapatnam city is also one of the beneficiaries of an integrated coastal development plan.
Jagan Mohan Reddy reiterated that the purpose of this summit is to deliberate various issues on sustainable development goals by 2030 as recommended by the UN and looking forward to the solutions that would emerge in the summit for a remarkable change in current situations to lead better.
“We will take forward all the suggestions and recommendations that the Conference will give after the deliberations and put them to best use,” he added. (ANI)

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Prayagraj/Haridwar (Uttar Pradesh/Uttarakhand) [India], February 27 (ANI): Devotees across Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Friday took holy dips on the occasion of ‘Magh Purnima’, the full moon night in the Magha month of the Hindu calendar.
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Devotees in Prayagraj and Haridwar were seen observing the holy occasion by offering diyas (lamps) in the water.
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Spike was paraded on the bonnet of the Police van on the occasion while Police marched by the side of the vehicle.
The unique way of paying respect to the dog ended with the cutting of a cake. (ANI)

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An NGT bench headed by its chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed Central Monitoring Committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and the Chief Wildlife Warden, Madhya Pradesh to look into the grievance in the present application and take remedial action in accordance with the law.
The tribunal was hearing an application moved by one PG Najpande seeking for fixing accountability for the death of an elephant by electrocution and to protect the lives of 40 elephants in Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh.
The applicants have stated that on November 28, 2020, one elephant lost its life by electrocution in the forest area of Bargi, village Mohas, District Jabalpur on account of a high voltage trap with high voltage over-loaded power lines.
Apart from the death of one elephant, there is a danger to the lives of 40 wild animals in the forest of Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh.
The tribunal noted that a Central Monitoring Committee has been constituted by the MoEF&CC to coordinate with the elephant-bearing States on the issue of the safety of elephants in elephant protection zones. (ANI)

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