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Akbaruddin Owaisi challenges govt to demolish PV, NTR’s samadhis




Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi challenged the Telangana government to demolish samadhis of former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao and former (undivided) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao and remove other encroachments on the Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad.

Addressing a public meeting in connection with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, he said that the government is demolishing houses of poor built on lakes but ignoring the encroachments on Hussain Sagar in the heart of the city.

Akbaruddin Owaisi, who is MIM leader in Telangana Assembly, said the area of Hussain Sagar shrunk from 4,700 acres to less than 700 acres.

“The Necklace Road has come up on Hussain Sagar. Samadhis of Narasimha Rao and N.T. Rama Rao and Lumbini Park have been built on lake. I am challenging the government to demolish samadhis. Do you have guts to do this?” he asked.

He also alleged that it is the government which encroached on the Tank Bund and built even GHMC office on the banks of the lake.

Akbaruddin, who is younger brother of MIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, said successive governments failed to protect lakes and tanks and the poor who purchased the land wherever it was available could not be faulted for this.

Referring to the recent floods in the city, he said the natural flow of water into Musi River was disrupted by developing the Outer Ring Road (ORR) and taking up other constructions.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President K.T. Rama Rao has condemned Akbaruddin Owaisi’s remarks on samadhis of Narasimha Rao and N.T. Rama Rao. He tweeted that MIM leader’s remarks about the two late leaders are inappropriate.

The TRS leader, who is also the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister, said both Narasimha Rao and NTR served the people and worked to for the self-respect of Telugu people.

BJP’s Telangana unit President Bandi Sanjay Kumar also reacted sharply to Akbaruddin Owaisi’s comments, daring the MIM leader to demolish the samadhis. “Within two hours of the demolition of samadhis, BJP workers will pull down Darussalam (MIM headquarters),” he said.

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Amit Shah to attend golden jubilee of Himachal’s statehood




Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be the chief guest in the presence of BJP President J.P. Nadda at the golden jubilee function of Himachal Pradesh’s statehood here on January 25, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Saturday.

He told the media that the function would be held on the Ridge in the presence of 2,000 people owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The journey of the state’s 50 years would be depicted in an exhibition where various departments of the state government would showcase their achievements.

Governor Bandaru Dattatreya will preside over the function that will also be attended by Union Minister Anurag Thakur.

The Chief Minister said that a special postal stamp would be released to mark the occasion. A total of 51 events would be organised round the year to commemorate the golden jubilee of Himachal’s statehood, he added.

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Karnataka to soon issue directives to mine owners: Basavaraj Bommai




Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said the state government will soon issue a directive to all mine owners and explosive material suppliers. The order would specify the quantity of explosives for storage, use or transportation at a time.

Inaugurating a Road Safety week organised by the Bengaluru Traffic police here, Bommai told the media that the state government would deliberate on what types of explosives could be allowed to be used.

“We need to have a system in place such as how much quantity of explosive material can the mine owners store, use or transport at a time. The Shivamogga blast is an eye-opener in the matter,” he said.

Responding to a query, the minister maintained that only the original mine owner Sudhakar was taken into custody for investigations in the Shivamogga blast.

“Sudhakar is the one who took mining lease of this ill-fated quarry on the outskirts of Shivamogga city,” he added.

The Home Minister said the state was awaiting forensic reports, explosives reports and various other reports in one or two days.

“Once we get these reports we will be able to ascertain the exact cause behind the accident and what kind of explosive material was used in this mine, besides the mine’s area of operation,” he added.

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BKU leader accuses govt of acts to disrupt tractor rally




A day after the protesting farmers leaders on Delhi’s Singhu border caught a person who confessed to hatching a conspiracy to disrupt the proposed tractor rally on January 26, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Saturday alleged that the Centre and the administration are the ones behind such a “conspiracy”.

The farmer leader alleged that a conspiracy has been hatched to kill four of them and create disturbances during their tractor rally. The person was later handed over to the Haryana Police.

Tikait told IANS: “The man caught from the Singhu border’s protest site was a member of the gang. Only the central government and the administration can carry out such acts.”

“The government has been saying that the tractor rally on January 26 will be violent. How do they know that it will be violent?”

“1Our movement has been quite peaceful for the last two months,” the BKU leader added.

“The apprehended man was associated with a 10-member gang. We have handed him over to the police. Which agency will interrogate him is a matter to be seen,” he said.

Tikait said, “The same people were also part of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s programme. It has now been revealed that the government is behind all such acts.”

“Where there is a mob, violence has to be forcefully created and such an action is resorted to by the administration. These gangs have been imparted training, the same people are part of the mob and commit violence. “

“We have nearly 200 volunteers deployed at various borders of Delhi who are monitoring such suspicious people. We want a peaceful protest,” the BKU leader added.

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