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Assam will be made free from illegal immigrants: Amit Shah

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday asserted that Assam would be made free from illegal immigration and floods, adding that the government has already been successful in eliminating terrorism and agitation from the state.

Addressing four election rallies at Kamalpur and Jagiroad in central Assam and Patharkandi and Silchar in southern Assam, Shah said that with the surrender of over 2,000 extremists of various outfits the state under the BJP rule curbed reign of terrorism even as the armed militants were performing naked dance during Congress rule.

“To control the flood in Assam, appropriate plans and projects would be undertaken after a satellite survey. Then Assam would be a flood free state,” he told the gatherings.

He said that the Congress and AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) alliance would only patronise illegal migrations, terrorism and agitations. The former BJP national President claimed that the Congress is trying to project AIUDF chief as Assam’s identity.

Shah said Assam’s identity is Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva, Bharat Ratna Bhupen Hazarika and Lachit Borphukan and not Ajmal, who he termed as “Kalapahar”.

Highlighting the sacrifice and contributions of Lachit Borphukan and other important personalities in Assam, the Home Minister said steps were taken to remember Borphukan and other prominent personalities.

Borphukan had in 1671 led the Ahoms in the Battle of Saraighat, considered the greatest naval battle on a river, to victory over the Mughals. He died in April 1672, almost two centuries before the Indian freedom movement had begun.

Shah announced that after the elections, the new BJP government would increase the daily wages of tea garden workers to Rs 350 and promised to set up hospital, schools and colleges in each tea garden areas.

“Already Rs 1,000 has been allocated in the central budget for the welfare of the tea garden workers.”Increase of the daily wages of 10 lakh tea garden workers in Assam is the key issue in the run up to the BJP ruled state.

Amid huge applause, Shah said that for the official and other administrative purposes people of Barak Valley need not go to Guwahati or Dispur after travelling several hundred kilometres as a aMini Secretariat’ is being set up in the region. Over four million populations, mostly Bengali speaking, reside in the three districts of Barak Valley region in Southern Assam – Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi.

Explaining various mega developmental projects implemented and under implementation in Assam, the Union Home Minister said that the Congress during its rule backed the poachers who killed hundreds of Assam’s pride rhino but there is no incidents of poaching of rhino after BJP came to power and the poachers either in jail or in hiding.

He also said that a Special Economic Zone is being set up in Guwahati and it would greatly boost the economy of the state. Shah along with many central BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers during the past more than one month have undertaken massive campaign for the BJP which in alliance with its old ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and new partner United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) contesting against 10-party ‘Mahajot’ (grand alliance) led by Congress.

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Govt driver arrested in rape case has been suspended: Goa CM Pramod Sawant

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The Goa government has suspended a 33-year-old driver employed with the state Agriculture Ministry, days after he was accused of involvement in a rape of two teenaged women at South Goa’s Colva beach earlier this week, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told the Goa legislative assembly on Thursday.

“The government staff involved in the case has been suspended. He has been suspended first and termination will follow,” Sawant told the ongoing monsoon session.

Four persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged rape of two teenagers at Colva beach on the night of July 24.

One of the accused Rajesh Mane is a driver attached to the state Agriculture Ministry.

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Tejashwi Yadav to meet CM to press for caste census in Bihar

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Tejashwi Yadav, the leader of opposition in Bihar assembly, will soon meet chief minister Nitish Kumar to discuss caste-based census in Bihar.

This comes in the wake of central government’s denial to do the same in the country. Tejashwi Yadav said that Nitish Kumar also advocated caste-based census in the country. He said the opposition party leaders will ask him to put their views before Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Entire opposition parties in Bihar are with caste-based census. Hence, we will put our viewpoint before the chief minister and ask him to form a delegation comprising ruling as well as opposition leaders to meet with Narendra Modi on this issue,” Tejashwi said.

“As the central government has already denied for initiating caste-based census in the country and may not give time to us, in that case, Nitish Kumar should initiate the same in Bihar at the expense of the state government. The Karnataka government did the same in its own state after central government’s denial, the Nitish Kumar government can do the same,” Tejashwi Yadav said.

Tejashwi said that 70 per cent of the Hindu population in the country is from the backward castes. Then, why the Centre is ignoring it is not understandable.

Tejashwi also raised this issue in the Bihar Assembly and requested the Speaker for discussion in the Question Hour. However, Speaker Vijay Sinha disallowed him from doing so. He asked Tejashwi Yadav to discuss the matter later in the day.

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Won’t discuss cabinet expansion in first meet, says Basavaraj Bommai

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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said that he won’t discuss cabinet expansion with leaders in New Delhi in the first meeting. “I have sought appointments with central leaders and if it comes through I will leave for New Delhi on Friday,” he said.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah wished me yesterday. I will meet them along with party president J.P. Nadda and other top leaders to convey my regards,” he stated.

He maintained that the pulls and pressures during the formation of the cabinet are normal and the party will take right decisions.

Sources explained that the high command will take some time before giving green signal to cabinet expansion as it is being planned to let go of senior leaders who had held major portfolios.

Chief Minister Bommai is scheduled to visit the flood affected regions of Karwar district on Thursday. He will reach Hubli from Bengaluru and from there he will visit the flood ravaged district.

“Rain has caused much destruction in Uttara Kannada (Karwar) district. Three persons have been killed due to floods. After the visit, I will hold a meeting with officers and discuss the relief measures,” he explained.

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