Agartala (Tripura) [India], February 20 (ANI): The BJP received a major jolt in Tripura on Friday evening as its ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) announced an alliance with newly-minted The Indigenous People’s Regional Alliance (TIPRA) for Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council polls.
The announcement was made three months ahead of the ADC elections during a joint press conference by IPFT President and Revenue Minister N C Debbarma in presence of Tripura’s royal scion Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarman, IPFT general secretary and Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia and MLA Brishaketu Deb Barma.
The newly formed alliance will be the largest tribal partnership in the state and a setback to the BJP with only three months ahead of the election, which has been on hold since last year.
Speaking at the press conference, NC Debbarma said that his party and Maharaja Pradyot Kishore have been demanding for Tipraland or Greater Tipraland to bring an end to the social-economic and deprivation of indigenous communities by carving out a separate state with all areas under the jurisdiction of the ADC.
“Both have the same goal and moreover, the common people also wish that IPFT and TIPRA stitch an alliance and fight the tribal council polls together,” he said.
Jamatia said that IPFT and BJP formed an alliance before the assembly election to oust the CPI(M) and have succeeded but both the parties have their separate ideology, demands and so there is no bar to form an alliance with any other party or any permission required for that.
“I think BJP will understand, the other party’s permission isn’t needed. My party is not satisfied with the BJP’s performance and implementation of the poll promises for tribal welfare and development but we are still continuing the alliance and are in the government as it is the people’s mandate,” he said.
Meantime, Pradyot claimed ‘thancha’ (unity) over ‘Kokborok’, the lingua franca of the state’s indigenous people, had been achieved as 95 per cent of tribal parties are with TIPRA on the issue of Greater Tipraland.
“We are organising a mega rally on February 24 to push for Greater Tipraland. We are confident the mindset of Tiprasa will be reflected in the rally,” he said.
N C Debbarma, however, clarified that the alliance with the BJP is safe and shall continue but since BJP is a national party, it has its national agenda but his party along with the national issues also has to give importance to the local issues. (ANI)
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Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am tomorrow
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 11 am on Tuesday following a ruckus over fuel prices in the parliament.
Earlier today, Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated adjournments following repeated sloganeering by the Opposition MPs.
“We will continue our agitation (demanding a discussion on fuel price rise) when Rajya Sabha reconvenes at 1 pm,” said Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha.
“Petrol and diesel prices are nearly Rs 100 per litre and Rs 80 per litre respectively. Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) prices have also gone up. Rs 21 lakh crores have been collected by putting excise duty/cess, because of this entire country including farmers are suffering,” Kharge had said.
After slogans were raised, Rajya Sabha Chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu said: “I don’t want to take any drastic action on the first day.”
Meanwhile, Congress MP Manish Tewari has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over the rise in fuel prices.
The second part of the Budget session of Parliament commenced from today with all COVID-19 precautionary measures in place. (ANI)
Karnataka Budget: Revenue deficit estimated to be Rs 15,134 crores
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 8 (ANI): Karnataka government in its Budget on Monday said the revenue deficit of the state is estimated to be Rs 15,134 crores during Financial Year 2021-22.
“The revenue deficit is estimated to be Rs 15,134 crores. The fiscal deficit is expected to be Rs 59,240 crores, which is 3.48 per cent of GSDP (Gross State Domestic Product). The total liabilities at the end of 2021-22 is estimated to be Rs 4,57,899 crore, which is 26.9 per cent of the GSDP. The suitable amendment will be brought to the Karnataka Fiscal Responsibility Act 2002 in this regard,” CM said in the Assembly.
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa, who also holds the finance portfolio, announced to construct Yathri Nivasa in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh for devotees from Karnataka visiting the temple town. He allocated Rs 10 crores in 2021-22 Budget and said the UP government will provide five-acre of land for it.
Reading out Budget for 2021-22, Karnataka CM also announced to establish goshala in every district of the state to prevent ‘slaughter of cows and to conserve livestock’.
Meanwhile, Congress leaders led by CLP leader Siddaramiah boycotted the Budget session in light of the alleged cases against Chief Minister and Ramesh Jarkiholi.
Siddaramiah also said six MLAs who were earlier with the Congress and JD(S) have got interim injunction, which is unconstitutional.
“People’s money should not be given to this government so we will protest in the session and stage a walkout. We will wear a black band and we will protest in the Assembly and council,” he added. (ANI)
SC extends limitation, asks Centre to amend guidelines for containment zones
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): While disposing of the Suo moto case, the Supreme Court in an order on Monday extended the limitation and asked the Union of India (UOI) to amend the guidelines for containment zones, as discussed.
A three-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde and also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian passed the order on the suo motu case.
The Apex Court’s three-judge bench, led by the CJI Bobde passed the order on the lifting of the extension of the limitation period for filing of cases granted by the Court in March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (ANI)
Rajasthan: Sub-inspector arrested for allegedly raping woman for 3 days
Alwar (Rajasthan) [India], March 8 (ANI): A sub-inspector has been arrested in Rajasthan’s Alwar district for allegedly raping a woman for three days at the Kherli Police Station.
According to Jaipur Range Inspector General Hawasing Ghumaria, the woman had gone to file a complaint on March 1 regarding a matter involving dowry with the in-laws.
“The woman told us that the incidents took place on March 1, 2 and 3. There is room near the police booth where the inspector lives. The incident allegedly took place there,” Ghumaria said.
“We had sent the woman for a medical but she refused. But since this is a very serious matter, we have arrested the inspector,” he added. (ANI)
Army officer arrested from Tamil Nadu in army recruitment exam paper leak case
Pune (Maharashtra) [India], March 8 (ANI): A 45-year-old army officer of a major rank has been arrested by Pune city police in Tamil Nadu in connection with the Army recruitment exam paper leak.
The police said that the accused was arrested in Wellington town and has been brought to Pune where he will be produced in a court later on Monday.
The police further informed that it was the ninth arrest in the case in which two different FIRs were registered with the police last month.
Earlier, in a joint operation with military intelligence of southern command of the Indian Army, Pune city police had arrested eight accused in this case including two serving defence personnel, a defence civilian and some who were running pre-military training institutes in different parts of the country.
The army recruitment exam scheduled for February 28 was cancelled by the Indian Army after the leak was revealed. (ANI)
Punjab govt increases pension for freedom fighters in budget 2021-22
Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], March 8 (ANI): Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal on Monday proposed to increase the monthly pension for freedom fighters from Rs 7,500 to Rs 9,400 from April 1 in the state budget for 2021-22.
The government has issued a notification exempting the freedom fighters and their legal heirs (children and grandchildren) from the toll tax on state highways on the production of identity cards issued to them. Also, freedom fighters and their legal heirs have been provided with a free bus travel facility in roadways and PEPSU Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) buses.
The government has also proposed a free transport facility for students and women, and has introduced a free pickup facility for women at night by the Punjab Police in all the districts of the state for which an allocation of Rs 170 crore has been provided.
The government has proposed to enhance the assistance under the Aashirwad Scheme from Rs 21,000 to 51,000 from July 1, 2021. An allocation of Rs 250 crore has been provided in 2021-2022 for this scheme. (ANI)
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