By Amit Kumar
New Delhi [India], February 15 (ANI): Senior CPI-M leader and the party politburo member Prakash Karat on Monday slammed the Narendra Modi government on the arrest of activist Disha Ravi and alleged that Delhi Police is acting under the direction of the Union Home Minister, adding that such prosecution of a young activist must stop.
Speaking to ANI, Karat said that the arrest of Disha Ravi on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy is an atrocious act by the Delhi Police. “She is a young environmental activist and what she has done is to extend support to the farmers. The toolkit which is supposed to be forwarded on the internet is nothing but a guideline on how to mobilise support for the farmers,” he said.
“The Modi government has become paranoid. It is not willing to tolerate any activism or dissent. So we demand that Disha Ravi be forthwith released and the charges against her withdrawn. The Delhi Police is acting under the directions of the Union Home Minister. Such prosecution of a young activist must immediately stop,” said Karat.
The senior CPI-M leader further said, “Who is Greta? She is a well-known environmental activist, just like Disha is. The “toolkit” explains how support can be mobilised for farmers, what is wrong with it? As I said, this is a part of a democratic movement or activity. How do you mobilise support for the farmers? The allegations are totally baseless.”
21-year-old “climate activist” Disha Ravi has been sent to five days police custody for allegedly editing and disseminating the “toolkit” on social media. She was arrested by the Delhi Police cyber cell from Bengaluru on Saturday for her alleged role in spreading a “toolkit” related to the farmers’ protest.
A Delhi court on Sunday remanded Disha to five days of police custody following her arrest in connection with allegedly spreading a “toolkit” related to the farmers’ protest. Duty Metropolitan Magistrate Dev Saroha of Patiala House Courts Complex allowed Delhi Police to quiz Ravi for five days. She was arrested on Saturday.
Last week, the Delhi Police sent a communication to Google seeking registration details and activity log of the account through which a “toolkit” related to the farmers’ protest was created and uploaded on the social media platform.
Two e-mail IDs, one Instagram account, and one Uniform Resource Locator (URL) were mentioned in the toolkit and police have asked for details from the respective platforms.
The police had registered an FIR against unidentified persons in connection with the creators of the “toolkit’. (ANI)
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EC announces polling dates for 824 assembly constituencies in Kerala, TN, West Bengal, Assam, Puducherry
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): As many as 824 assembly constituencies shall be going for polls in four states- Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry (Union Territory), said Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora on Friday.
Tamil Nadu assembly elections to be held in a single phase on April 6, Kerala also goes to polls on April 6; Assam assembly elections to be held in 3 phases- 1st phase of polling- March 27, second phase polling- April 1 and third phase of polling- April 6; Puducherry elections to be held on 6th April.
Counting of all votes will be held on May 2.
“Nearly 18.68 crore electors will vote at 2.7 lakh polling stations for 824 seats in four assembly elections,” Sunil Arora said addressing media persons here today.
He also said the Bihar Assembly polls last year in November amid the COVID-19 pandemic was a watershed moment and proved to be a litmus test for the Election Commission of India (ECI).
Addressing mediapersons Arora said, “In the thick of the pandemic, ECI started test trials with elections of 18 seats to Rajya Sabha. After that, came the challenge of the Bihar elections, it was indeed a watershed moment for ECI. It proved to be a litmus test. Voting turnout was 57.34 per cent exceeding the 2015 Assembly polls and 2019 Lok Sabha polls in the state.”
He applauded the frontline workers, healthcare workers and ECI officials for performing election duty during the COVID times last year.
All poll officials will be vaccinated against Covid-19 before elections,” Arora said
“Our tributes to the COVID warriors, doctors, paramedics, nurses, researchers, scientists and all our officials on election duty who are located on the frontline,” said Arora.
Emphasising on security issues, Arora said, “Adequate CAPFs deployment shall be ensured during elections. All critical, vulnerable polling stations have been identified and an adequate number of CAPFs will be deployed.”
“A total of 824 assembly constituencies shall be going for polls during these elections. 18.68 crore electors will cast vote at 2.7 lakh polling stations in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry,” added Arora.
He also announced guidelines for the upcoming elections.
These include– door-to-door campaigning to be restricted to five persons including the candidate, Polling officials to be vaccinated, separate norms for suspected COVID-19 patients.
The terms of the legislative assemblies of five states — West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry — will come to an end either in May or in June this year.
Elections for the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal that comprises 294 seats will be held soon as the current tenure ends on May 30. (ANI)
‘Majboot PM’ ensures that if he promises 100 paise to people, it reaches them: Rajnath Singh
Dakshin Dinajpur (West Bengal) [India], February 26 (ANI): Raising doubts about the implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) in West Bengal under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that he does not know whether “Didi allowed the opening of Jan Dhan accounts”, but the ‘Majboot PM’ Narendra Modi makes sure that if people are promised 100 paise under the scheme, then the said amount reaches them.
“I don’t know if Didi allowed the opening of Jan Dhan accounts in West Bengal but when the scheme was brought, our former PM Rajiv Gandhi said out of 100 paise sent, people got 14 paise. Modi Ji said he’s not ‘majboor PM’ but ‘majboot PM’, and made sure 100 paisa reaches people,” said Union Minister Rajnath Singh while addressing a public rally in Balurghat of the poll-bound West Bengal.
He targeted the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) for giving more importance to politics above people and not implementing the Central government’s schemes in West Bengal.
The Union Minister also assured the people that if the BJP comes to power in the state, then the party shall not run the government on the basis of caste and religion and follow the principle “Justice to all, appeasement of none”.
“We’ll not run govt on basis of caste and religion but on basis of justice and humanity. ‘Justice to all, appeasement of none’ will be our principle. TMC has put politics above people. It’s the reason they don’t allow the implementation of Centre’s schemes in State,” remarked Singh.
The minister stated that large gatherings of people at BJP rallies in West Bengal indicate that they want to get rid of Mamata Banerjee and bring the BJP.
“People are gathering in huge numbers at our rallies in West Bengal. It shows that people of State have made up their minds to oust Mamata didi and bring BJP,” he added. (ANI)
President Kovind accorded with guard of honour on his 4-day visit to Andaman and Nicobar Islands
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind accorded a guard of honour on his arrival at Port Blair on Friday.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan informed that President Kovind is visiting the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the first time as the President of India. He is expected to stay there for a period of 4 days.
“The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, will visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands from February 26 to March 1, 2021,” read the press release by the President’s Secretariat. (ANI)
Gold paste worth Rs 65 lakh seized from aircraft toilet, one held
New Delhi [India]. February 26 (ANI): Delhi airport customs on Friday seized 1.5 kg gold in the form of paste worth Rs 65.44 lakh from the toilet of an aircraft and arrested one passenger in this connection.
The Delhi Airport Customs conducted the search after a special input.
“Based on specific input Delhi Airport Customs recovered 1.5kg gold valued at Rs 65.44 lakhs concealed as chemical paste in the toilet of aircraft of 6E022 that arrived from Dubai on 24/2/21. One passenger arrested under section 104 of the Customs Act. Further investigation is going on,” said Delhi Customs.
The accused had come to India from Dubai. The matter is being investigated further. (ANI)
Violence has defined the tenure of Mamata Banerjee: Smriti Irani
By Joymala Bagchi
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], February 26 (ANI): Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani on Friday said that violence has defined the tenure of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal.
Irani, during her visit to the poll-bound state, said, “Violence has defined the tenure of Mamata Banerjee. Democratic voices across Bengal have decided that they will make sure that TMC this time loses the assembly elections.”
She further stated, “We are grateful that the people of Bengal are coming out in large numbers to support us either in the Yatras or programs that are being conducted by our senior leadership. This indicates that this time in West Bengal the lotus will bloom.”
Violence was reported in Kolkata on February 24 when a clash broke out between Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party when BJP’s Parivartan Yatra reached Amherst Street.
“Mamata Banerjee has nothing to say about development. The BJP has taken an oath to lead West Bengal towards development,” Irani remarked.
Irani started her roadshow from police para, Dhalai Bridge, Pachpota, in South 24 Parganas on a campaign vehicle. However, after a short while, she got down and rode a scooter.
The fight to power is getting intense in Bengal especially between TMC, BJP and Left-Congress alliance with each party trying to reach the masses, highlighting each other’s failures and projecting an assurance.
West Bengal is gearing up for the upcoming assembly elections for 294 seats this year. The tenure of the current govt in the state is coming to an end on May 30. (ANI)
Reliance Industries thanks Mumbai police for prompt action after explosives found near Mukesh Ambani’s house
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 26 (ANI): Reliance Industries on Friday thanked Mumbai Police for the prompt action it took after explosive materials were found in a vehicle outside group chairman Mukesh Ambani’s residence on Thursday.
“We are thankful to the Mumbai Police for their quick and immediate action. We are confident that the Mumbai Police will complete a thorough investigation quickly,” the Reliance Industries Limited spokesperson told mediapersons.
“Some amount of Gelatin was found in the vehicle. The vehicle was seized by the police. The offence has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and Explosive Substances Act. A letter was found in the vehicle. As the investigation is in the preliminary stage, we cannot share contents now,” the Mumbai Police PRO told ANI.
According to sources, the handwritten “threat letter” in “broken English” was addressed to Mukesh Ambani and his wife Neeta Ambani.
The suspect who parked the car (near Mukesh Ambani’s house yesterday) was seen in CCTV footage but has not been identified as he was wearing a face mask and his head was covered with a hoodie, said Mumbai Police.
Mumbai Police has deployed its personnel outside Ambani’s house after explosive materials were found near his residence on Thursday.
A car carrying unassembled explosive materials was found abandoned at Carmichael Road in South Mumbai on Thursday evening, near the house of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.
The bomb squad and police teams are conducting a probe.
According to the Mumbai Police, a Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) examined the vehicle and found gelatin, a substance often used to make explosives. (ANI)
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