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Rajasthan crisis now haunts Uddhav sarkar in Maharashtra

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After the BJP’s successful “Operation Lotus” toppled the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, all eyes are now on the current political crisis in Rajasthan where an adamant Sachin Pilot has signalled that he has had enough by revolting against his own party. And as all’s not well between the CM and the Pilot, a crash landing seems all but certain.

And now, speculations are gaining ground that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to bring down the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra as well. Political instability and chaos would be the last thing in the mind of the people of the state, already reeling under the coronavirus pandemic. But political bickering and mudslinging in the midst of the pandemic are an indicative of the fact that the Maharashtra government too is on a sticky wicket and that the BJP won’t shy away to take an advantage of the situation in the state.

Since last week, Nationalist Congress Party patriarch Sharad Pawar’s rampant meetings at Raj Bhavan in Malabar Hills and Matoshree, followed by a veiled attack on Rahul Gandhi in the Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamana, have further fuelled the political rumour mills in the state. It is also an indicative of the growing differences within the ruling coalition, which sources say is being closely looked at by the BJP, which has been forced to sit in the Opposition despite winning most seats in the Assembly elections.

The pundits of Maharashtra politics believe that the mishandling of Covid-19 by the Uddhav Thackeray government has only made the political life of the usual coalition more uncertain. At a time when Covid cases in Mumbai have crossed the 1-lakh mark and the overall state tally is more than 3 lakh, swords are out against the state government. Political sources say none of the three parties of the ruling alliance are happy with the current state of affairs, with each blaming the other for the Covid-19 crisis, with the state government constantly looking at the Centre to bail it out of the pandemic. Sources further add that a section of Shiv Sena MLAs too is unhappy and may switch sides at any moment.

Monsoon has arrived in the state. With this, the problem of waterlogging has started appearing. And if politics doesn’t stop, then the Opposition will obviously be benefited from this mudslinging and “lotus” might bloom in Maharashtra in the near future.

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Congress backs CBI raids on AAP leader Manish Sisodia, says ‘It is not surprising

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Sandeep Dikshit

Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit backs the CBI raid at the residence of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. The raid has been conducted in connection with the excise policy probe on Friday.

“It is not surprising. We have been hearing about what has been happening in the Delhi Government for the last 7-8 years. It is surprising that the CBI raids didn’t happen earlier. Be it liquor case, construction of rooms in schools, teachers recruitment, the civil defense recruitment case or the contracts case wherever you see, there should’ve been not one but 10 CBI raids,” Dikshit said.

Congress leaders said the Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP collusion in Delhi to damage the prospects of Congress.

“AAP is making money, damaging Congress, and supporting BJP. Now they (BJP) might have felt they’re (AAP) not needed anymore, so all sins of AAP will come out. We’ll see if BJP strikes an agreement with them or does justice,” Dikshit.

Meanwhile, Sandeep Dikshit is the son of the late Shiela Dikshit who was chief minister of Delhi from 1998-2013.

“I am sure that, if the raids are done with integrity and the cases go on, there will be no minister in AAP cabinet will left,” he said adding that it remains to be seen whether the BJP “will strike an agreement with them (AAP) or do justice,” Dikshit said.

Moreover, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera also tweeted, ” “The flip side to the relentless misuse of agencies against political rivals is that even legitimate, rightful actions of agencies come under a cloud of suspicion. In the process, the corrupt get away hiding behind the ‘misuse’ argument and the honest end up paying the price.”

According to the information, the CBI team is raiding more than 21 locations across Delhi-NCR. The CBI is conducting these raids in connection with the alleged excise scam in Delhi.

“Raids are going on at 21 places in Delhi and NCR, including the residence of Manish Sisodia and premises of four public servants in the Excise Policy case,” a CBI official said.

Earlier on Friday morning, the CBI officials reached the residence of Manish Sisodia. Sisodia himself has informed about the action of CBI by tweeting.

“CBI has arrived. We are honest, building a future for lakhs of children. Unfortunate that in this country, whoever does good work is hassled just like this, that is why our country is still not number 1,” Sisodia said.

“I extend my welcome to the CBI. I will cooperate with the investigation so that the truth comes out at the earliest. Till now many cases have been filed against me but nothing has come out. Nothing will come out of it either. My work cannot be stopped for a good education in the country,” Sisodia tweeted.

Moreover, Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal came in support of Manish Sisodia. Taking Twitter Kejriwal said, “I welcome CBI. We will cooperate fully. There have been many such probes, and raids in past. Nothing came out. Nothing will come out this time too.”

Earlier in July, Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena demanded a CBI probe into revamped excise policy in Delhi. He also approved the suspension of 11 officials including Gopikrishna and deputy excise commissioner Anand Kumar Tiwari.

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Droupadi Murmu pays tribute to former President Shanker Dayal Sharma on his birth anniversary

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On the birth anniversary of former President of India Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma, Droupadi Murmu paid homage on Friday at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Taking to Twitter Murmu said, “The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, paid homage to Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma, former President of India, on his birth anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (August 19, 2022). The President and officials of Rashtrapati Bhavan paid floral tributes in front of the portrait of Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma.”

Meanwhile, Shanker Dayal Sharma was the 9th president of India and besides this Sharma has been 8th vice president of India. As a President Sharma served from 1992 to 1997.

Moreover, Sharma was also the President of the Congress party from 1972 to 1974 and from 1974 to 1977 he became the Union Minister.

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Dilip Ghosh’s remarks against TMC’s Sougata Roy kick up controversy: ‘People will beat him up with shoes’

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Dilip Ghosh, national vice president of the BJP, sparked controversy when he declared that senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) politician Sougata Roy “would be beaten up with shoes” for his remark targeting his party’s detractors.

“Sougata Roy is a veteran politician. He was a professor once upon a time. But we are stunned to hear the language he used to attack the opposition. He is telling his party cadres that shoes will be made by peeling off the skin. The day is not far away when people will beat him up with shoes. The TMC leaders will be beaten up with shoes in various parts of the state,” Ghosh said.

Roy had slammed the opposition parties for “maligning” the ruling party in Bengal after Partha Chatterjee and Anubrata Mondal, two of its leaders, were taken into custody in separate cases. Under the guise of protest, the TMC leader had declared that “shoes will be manufactured by peeling off the skin of those who believe they can get away by maligning the party.”

He later expressed regret over his remark.

Additionally, Ghosh asserted that these remarks demonstrate how TMC officials are now “scared” as two of their top colleagues are in jail.

Roy responded angrily to the BJP leader’s statement, saying the man lacks “formal education.” The TMC leader further asserted that Ghosh was in contact with his party since the saffron camp no longer had faith in him.

Reportedly, he said, “It’s beyond my dignity to comment on what a person with little or no formal education is saying. Dilip Ghosh himself is in touch with our party as he no longer enjoys the confidence of the BJP leadership.”

The CBI detained Mondal for reportedly refusing to cooperate with it in a cattle smuggling case, while the Enforcement Directorate detained Chatterjee in connection with the school employment recruiting fraud.

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J&K: Earthquake of 3.1 magnitudes jolted Hanley

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The National Center for Seismology on Friday said a 3.1 magnitude earthquake jolted South Soutwest of Jammu and Kashmir’s Hanley.

Taking to Twitter, NCS informed, “Earthquake of Magnitude: 3.1, occurred on 19-08-2022, 12:02;14 IST, Lat: 31.89 & Long: 78.67, Depth: 5 Km, Location: 92km SSW of Hanley, Jammu and Kashmir, India.

However further details are awaited.

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PM Narendra Modi, President Droupadi Murmu extend greetings on Janmashtami

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On the occasion of Janmashtami Prime Minister Narendra extended greetings to the people.

Taking to Twitter PM Modi said, “Hearty greetings to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami. May this festival of devotion and gaiety bring happiness, prosperity, and good fortune to everyone’s life. Long live Shri Krishna!”

Earlier in the morning, President Droupadi Murmu also extended a greeting to the people.

“Hearty greetings to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami. From the life of Lord Krishna, we can imbibe the qualities of providing education by doing selfless deeds for the welfare of the people. I wish that this holy festival gives inspiration to all of us to give priority to everyone’s interest with thought, word, and deed,” Murmu tweeted.

Meanwhile, on the eve of Janmashtami President Murmu said, “On the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens living in India and abroad.

“Lord Krishna’s life and teachings included the message of well-being and virtue. He propagated the concept of “Nishkam Karma” and enlightened the people about the attainment of the ultimate truth through the Path of ‘Dharma’. I pray that this festival of Janmashtami inspires us to follow the path of virtue in our thought, words, and actions,” Murmu further said.

Moreover, Janmashtmi is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna throughout the country. Every year Janmashtami falls in August and September.

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IAS officer in ‘disbelief’ at release of Bilkis case convicts

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Bilkis Bano

The release of 11 men convicted in the gang rape of Bilkis Bano and the murder of her 5-year-old daughter and 13 other people during the Gujarat riots in 2002 shocked an IAS officer from the Telangana cadre. As a woman and a government servant, Smita Sabharwal, also known as The People’s Officer, stated that upon learning of the discharge of the defendants in the Bilkis Bano case, she sat in shock.

“As a woman and a civil servant, I sit in disbelief, on reading the news on the #BilkisBanoCase,” the 2001-batch IAS officer tweeted. “We cannot snuff out her Right to breathe free without fear, again and call ourselves a free nation.”

Additionally, Bilkis Bano’s attorney made a statement on the survivor’s behalf in which she said that the release of the defendants had destroyed her confidence in the legal system and left her feeling numb.

“On August 15, 2022, the trauma of the past 20 years washed over me again when I heard that the 11 convicted men who devastated my family and my life and took from me my three-year-old daughter had walked free,” she said in a statement released by her lawyer Sobha. “I was bereft of words. I am still numb.”

She has pleaded with the Gujarati government to “correct this harm” and restore her right to “live without fear and in peace.”

There has been a widespread outcry about the release of the convicts under the previous 1992 remission regime, and many people are demanding the Supreme Court to get involved. Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and Jairam Ramesh, among other senior Congress leaders, criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), claiming that the choice would not have been made without the approval of the national government.

After a BJP MLA who served on the state government panel that recommended the release said that some of the prisoners were “Brahmins” with good “sanskaar,” or morals, the argument heated up. The Godhra-based BJP MLA, C K Raulji, claimed to be unaware of the inmates’ possible involvement in the crime.

“We took the decision on the basis of a Supreme Court order. We were asked to look at their (convicts’) behaviour and decide (on their early release),” Raulji told MoJo, a news portal. “We asked the jailer and learnt that their behaviour was good in the prison…also, some of the convicts) are Brahmins. They have good ‘sanskaar’ (values),” he added.

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