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K’taka Cong readies itself to attack Bommai govt in upcoming Assembly session

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Bengaluru, Sep 9: The opposition Congress in Karnataka has decided to launch a full-fledged attack on ruling BJP in the state on the issue of release of caste census, implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) and Mysuru gang rape case in upcoming Assembly session starting from September 13.

The ruling BJP seems to be placed in a better place as new Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has managed to silence dissenting voices and strike a balance between the party and former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa. The BJP camp is also upbeat about managing to wrestle power in Mysuru and Belagavi city corporations for the first time.

The issues were finalised in the recently held meeting under the chairmanship of Opposition leader Siddaramaiah, the sources in the Congress said. In the meeting it was decided to exert pressure on the BJP to release the controversial caste census.

The caste census carried out during the tenure of Siddaramaiah as the chief minister has not seen the light to date. The upper caste groups are opposed to it and have submitted a memorandum not to release the caste census report. They are claiming that the report is flawed and facts are manipulated. While the most backward classes are pressing for its release.

Sources in the Congress said the decision has been made even as KPCC President D.K. Shivakumar is not happy with raking up the issue. However, Siddaramaiah camp is all set to bring up the matter on the floor and wants to turn it into a movement.

The Congress also wants to press for a cut on GST by the state on fuel like neighbouring Tamil Nadu to bring soaring petrol and diesel prices down. Both Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar camp have agreed to attack the government on law and order situation in the state in the backdrop of sensational Mysuru gang rape case.

The Congress appointed fact-finding committee has already submitted a report on the Mysuru gang rape case and highlighted the failure of the government to prevent such crimes and also handle the investigation. The Congress leaders will also attack Home Minister Araga Jnanendra for his loose comments on the rape incident.

Siddaramaiah has also decided to take up the poor management of finances by the ruling BJP government. The Congress leaders have also agreed to debate the implementation of NEP, an ambitious project of the ruling BJP in haste without discussion. Siddaramaiah had refused the invitation to be a part of the discussion by stating the ruling BJP had called very late for the discussion and that too after the decision was made. Shivakumar has urged the government to postpone the implementation by at least one year.

Meanwhile, the ruling BJP seems to be well placed to confront the Congress attacks under the leadership of the new Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. The dissenting voices challenging the ruling government have been silenced and Bommai has managed to create a good impression with his flexible and mellowed down approach. He has also managed to strike a balance with party high command and former Chief Minister Yediyurappa.

Sources explain that JD(S), another major party in Karnataka which is all set to make an alliance in Kalaburgi city corporation and will remain neutral in the session and not launch attacks on the ruling BJP.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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MoS home’s son Ashish Mishra sent to judicial custody for 14 days

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Lakhimpur: Son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, Ashish Mishra, was produced before a court here late on the night of October 9, 2021, which sent him to 14-day judicial custody in connection with the October 3 Lakhimpur violence.

After around 12 hours of questioning in connection with the violence in which eight persons including four farmers were killed, a medical team examined Ashish Mishra in the crime branch office, after which he was taken for production before a judicial magistrate, who sent him to custody, senior prosecution officer SP Yadav.

He said an application for police remand of Ashish Mishra was submitted to the judicial magistrate who fixed it for hearing at 11 AM on October 11, 2021. Ashish Mishra was named in an FIR following allegations that he was in one of the vehicles that mowed down four farmers protesting over UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit last Sunday.

Farmer leaders and opposition parties had been demanding Mishra’s arrest but the minister and his son had denied the allegations.
Two BJP workers and their driver were allegedly lynched by angry farmers in the incident. Local journalist Raman Kashyap also died in the violence, which has triggered a political storm and put the BJP government on the back foot in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

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Mayawati questions the Congress on the killing of Dalit in Rajasthan

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Lucknow: Selective outrage of the Congress is always criticised and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on October 10, 2021 took on the Congress and termed as “condemnable” the incidence of a Dalit person being beaten to death in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh. The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh questioned the silence of the Congress.

A Dalit man was allegedly beaten to death on October 7, 2021 by a group of men in Hanumangarh over his love affair, the Rajasthan police said. Three people have been detained in connection with the case on Saturday. There are several such cases on which the Congress keep blind eye.

Mayawati said: “Will the Chief Ministers of Chhattisgarh and Punjab go there and give Rs 50 lakh to the victim’s family? The BSP demands an answer, otherwise it should stop shedding crocodile tears in the name of the Dalits.”

On the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, she tweeted, “The cropping up of the name of the son of the Union minister in the Lakhimpur violence raises questions on the working style of the BJP government.” The BJP should sack the minister as only then will there be any hope of justice for the aggrieved farmers, she added.
Mayawati also said terrorists are killing innocent people almost everyday in Jammu and Kashmir, which is very sad and shameful. The BSP demands that the Centre should take some strong steps in this regard.

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