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BJP proposes cells to link all sections of society

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is engaged in making inroads into all sections of the society, right from intellectuals to fishermen. The saffron party has made preparations to reconstitute 17 cells to achieve this feat. A directive has been issued by the party for the formation of these cells at the earliest along with new working committees across the states.

BJP national president JP Nadda has asked all the state unit presidents to form 12 central cells and five cells at the local level along with the state, district and divisional working committees.

National general secretary Arun Singh has issued a letter to the state unit presidents and ministers in BJP-ruled states on August 6.

In a letter accessed by IANS, national general secretary Arun Singh told the state presidents, “We can set up 5 other cells based on the requirement of the state unit apart from 12 central cells. The cell constituted at the state level has one convener, one co-convener and nine members which means nearly 11 members. At the district level, there will be nine persons, including a convenor, and a co-convener, and 7 persons at the mandal level.”

The national general secretary has asked the state presidents to form a cell, keeping in mind the need of the organisation and the availability of party workers.

The party has made preparations to connect people from every section through these cells. This includes professionals, fishermen and weavers along with intellectuals. The party is directed to constitute intellectual cell, legal cell, economic cell, professional cell, medical cell, teacher cell, cooperative cell, ex-servicemen cell, cultural cell, trader cell (business), weaver cell and fisherman cell. Five other cells can be created by the state party units separately.

A senior BJP official told IANS, “The BJP works for every section of society. Therefore, through these cells, the party gives importance to their views by connecting with people from all classes. The central leadership is directed to create 12 party cells while five cells can be created by the state organisation. Earlier also party cells have been created. As new teams are being formed in the states, these cells are also going to be formed afresh.”

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Netaji’s birthday to be marked as ‘Parakram Diwas’ every year: Government

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The Ministry of Culture on Tuesday said that the government has decided to celebrate the birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose that falls on January 23 as ‘Parakram Diwas’ from now on every year.

“To honour and remember Netaji’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation. The government of India has decided to dedicate his birthday (January 23) every year as ‘Parakram Diwas’, to inspire people of this country, especially the youth, to act with fortitude in the face of adversity as Netaji did, and to infuse in them a spirit of patriotic fervour,” the Ministry of Culture said in the gazette.

The gazette said that the people of India fondly remember Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s unparalleled contribution to this great nation in his 125th birth anniversary.

“The Government of India has decided to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary year of Netaji beginning from January 2021 in befitting manner at national and international level,” it said.

The announcement assumes significance ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections scheduled later this year.

Bose, a noted freedom fighter, had floated Azad Hind Fauj to fight for India’s independence.

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Akhara Parishad seeks written assurance from Tandav actors, director

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The Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP) has said that there was no question of pardoning the makers of ‘Tandav’ web series unless all Muslim actors and directors submit affidavits that they will not insult and ridicule Hindu Gods and goddesses.

In a video message, ABAP chairman Mahant Narendra Giri said that the apology from the team of “Tandav” was meaningless since it came only after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took a serious note of the matter and the FIR was registered.

“The police have reached Mumbai and then comes the apology. If these actors and directors belonging to a particular community are truly repentant, they should give affidavits saying that they will not insult the Sanatan Dharma and Hidnu deities,” he said.

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Pinarayi Vijayan asks KSRTC MD not to issue public comments on corporation

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. (File Photo: IANS)

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has come down heavily on Managing Director of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, Biju Prabhakar, and asked him not to issue public statements against officials and employees arbitrarily.

The IAS officer at the KSRTC helm will be meeting the trade union representatives on Monday and brief the Chief Minister after the meeting on the developments, sources in KSRTC told IANS.

Prabhakar last week in a press conference said that a section of officers and employees were not doing their duties properly and some of them have been indulging in turmeric and ginger farming while accepting huge salary from the corporation which is falling into deep debts.

The KSRTC managing director had also lashed out against the executive director of the corporation and said that this officer was responsible for misappropriation of huge funds from the organization. The officer, Sreekumar was transferred to Kochi immediately.

CITU leader and Member of Parliament Elamaram Kareem had come out against the KSRTC Managing Director and said that he should not speak on such matter in public.

The INTUC and BMS had also come out against Biju Prabhakar.

Prabhakar, it is learnt have communicated to the Chief minister that a section of employees are responsible for the crises faced by the corporation and that some officials who were working at the headquarters were responsible for scuttling all development plans to put the loss making body on track.

He said that even CNG buses were not used for plying as certain employees wanted to pilfer diesel from the vehicles.

The KSRTC is planning a subsidiary company SWIFT to fund the development of the corporation including purchases of buses.

The Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) will be funding the formation of SWIFT and the required amount for the purchases of the buses. The unions are in collision course on this stating that this would lead to the KSRTC providing backdoor employment and to reduce the number of permanent workers.

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