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Congress welcomes SC observations, demands repealing of farm laws




The Congress on Monday welcomed the Supreme Court’s observations on the three farm laws while hearing a bunch of petitions, and demanded that the government should repeal the contentious laws.

Speaking to IANS over phone, Congress Lok Sabha MP and former Union minister Manish Tewari said, “The Supreme Court should stay the operation of these farm laws and hear the constitutionality of these laws on a daily basis.”

He said that the Supreme Court should do this because this impacts 65 per cent of the population of the country.

The Congress leader’s remarks came after a Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde toughened its stand on the farm laws and said the court has made up its mind to stay the implementation of the three farm laws which have led to protests by thousands of farmers at various Delhi borders.

“We do not believe the Centre is handling the situation correctly. We do not believe your negotiations are effective. We are attempting to make the atmosphere conducive by keeping the implementation of the laws in abeyance,” the Chief Justice told Attorney General K.K. Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre.

The Attorney General insisted that the top court should not pass any order in a hurry. The CJI replied: “You should not lecture us on patience.”

Four senior lawyers — Dushyant Dave, Prashant Bhushan, H.S. Phoolka and Colin Gonsalves — represented eight farmer unions before the top court.

The Chief Justice told these lawyers to ask the protesting old men, women and children to go back home.

Speaking to media here, Congress General Secretary and national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala welcomed the top court’s observations and demanded that the three farm laws should be repealed immediately.

Surjewala claimed that for the last three months “crores of farmers” of the country are agitating peacefully. “While coming to Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, the government stopped them at the borders of Delhi. In the last 46 days, 65 farmers have died,” he said.

He said that farmers are demanding justice in the shivering cold and by braving the rains in the chilling weather.

The apex court has taken note of the failure of talks between the farmers and the government and has shown its anguish.

“The court said that if you cannot hold talks, then we will stay the farm laws. In the last 73 years no government would have shown such arrogance. Modiji it is time as the Supreme Court has lambasted your government and questioned the failure of talks. He should apologise to farmers, and he should repeal these farm laws,” Surjewala said.

“The three farm laws should be repealed. And nothing less is acceptable to the farmers,” he said.

He further said that when the government is ready to make 18 amendments then the law is not good. “Why is the government not repealing these laws?” he asked.

“And we demand the Prime Minister should come forward and speak on the farm laws and wipe the tears of farmers and immediately announce the repealing of these farm laws,” Surjewala added.

Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal slammed the government saying the Supreme Court has noted that the central government has failed to protect the interests of farmers and the government must repeal the farm laws and the Prime Minister should speak over the issue.

In a tweet, Venugopal said, “Now, the Supreme Court has said that the central government failed to protect the interests of the farmers. Lets hope good sense prevails with the Govt. The central govt should repeal the farm laws and the PM should speak to the farmers and offer his apologies.”

Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill also took to Twitter and wrote, “Supreme Court observations and hearing today has completely exposed BJP government’s ‘3Ms’ – Mismanaging, Mishandling and Maligning’ – blunders on farmers issue and has sent a strong signal to government that they do not have licence to bulldoze farmers’ rights and consultative process preceding legislation.”

Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh took a jibe at the Prime Minister saying its all about ‘ME’ — “Modi’s ego”.

Ramesh tweeted, “The Supreme Court has rightly asked today in relation to putting the farm laws on hold: What’s the ego? The answer is obvious. It’s all about ME (Modi’s Ego)!”

Speaking to IANS, Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi, who is also a Rajya Sabha member, said, “The country witnessed how the farm laws were brought in through an ordinance. How it was bulldozed in the Lok Sabha. Rajya Sabha members were barely given time and how farmers were given empty promises and called vile names. As the protest continues, heartening that Supreme Court has taken note.”

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh have been sitting on protest against the three farm laws since November 26 last year demanding the repealing of the three farm laws passed by Parliament in September last year.

The farmers are also demanding the government to ensure the guarantee of the minimum support price (MSP). Since November 26, over 60 farmers have lost their lives while protesting against these farm laws.

The government and the farmers have held eight rounds of talks but the stalemate has continued on these farm laws.

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Amit Shah to visit poll-bound Puducherry, Tamil Nadu on Sunday




Union Home Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Amit Shah will visit poll-bound Puducherry and Tamil Nadu on Sunday to participate in various poll-related programmes of the party.

In a statement, BJP Rajya Sabha MP and media in-charge Anil Baluni said, “The Union Home Minister will leave for Tamil Nadu today and reach Chennai by 10:45 pm tonight. He will participate in various important programmes tomorrow.”

Baluni further stated that Shah will attend BJP’s Puducherry core committee meeting at Karaikal.

“After the core committee meeting, he will address a public rally at Karaikal. After the public rally, the Home Minister will attend the BJP Puducherry mandal and office bearers meeting in the afternoon,” he said.

After Puducherry, Shah will then reach Villupuram in Tamil Nadu where he will attend the BJP Tamil Nadu core committee meeting at the Theivanai Ammal College for Women.

“In the evening, he will address a Vijay Sankalp rally at Jankipuram, Villupuram (Tamil Nadu). After that, he will participate in the BJP Tamil Nadu mandal and office bearers meeting at Theivanai Ammal College for Women,” Baluni said.

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Ramdas Athawale demands 15% reservation for Kshatriyas in Uttar Pradesh




Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale on Saturday demanded 15 per cent reservation for the Kshatriya community in Uttar Pradesh. Speaking to the media in Lucknow Athawale said, “People of any community who live below the poverty line should be given reservation.”

Commenting on the farmers’ protest, Athawale said the current National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is not against the farmers, adding that we fully support them.

He said the demand for repealing the Union farm laws is unfair. If a law is withdrawn today, then there would be more similar demands made in the future. Taking a dig at the farmer leaders, he said the farmer leaders are causing inconvenience to the farmers.

Apart from advocating the ethnic population census, Athawale said the Marathas in Maharashtra, Jats in Rajasthan and the Kshatriyas in Uttar Pradesh are demanding reservation. He is demanding from the Central government that all these communities must be given 10-15 per cent reservation.

National President of the Republican Party of India (RPI), Ramdas Athawale launched a blistering political attack on Congress National General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s visit to Varanasi on Saturday. He said whether Priyanka visits a temple or any other place, there can’t be any progress for the Congress till her brother Rahul Gandhi is in the party.

The Union Minister appealed to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to give his party RPI a total of five to six seats in UP in the upcoming Assembly elections. At the same time, he demanded to conduct a caste census and said that it will not increase casteism.

He said the assembly elections are going to be held in five states across the country and his party will contest the polls in all the states. The chairman of RPI, an ally of the NDA government, said that there are talks over seat sharing with the BJP in all the poll-bound states. Wherever there is no compromise over seat-sharing, the RPI will support the NDA. He said the BJP’s victory in four states is almost certain and the party could win in Kerala as well.

Asked about Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad’s activism in Uttar Pradesh, Athawale said he would not create any significant impact. If he wants, he could join the RPI. Also if Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati also merges with the RPI, then she would be elected as the party’s National President.

The Union Minister said he is also going to meet Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday.

Asked about the rising inflation in the country, Ramdas Athawale said the Central and state governments should reduce some taxes.

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RSS has destroyed institutions and free press: Rahul Gandhi




Congress leader and former AICC president Rahul Gandhi has charged that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) has destroyed the free press and institutions in the country in a systematic manner over the past six years. He was addressing a meeting of advocates at VO Chidambaram college hall, Tuticorn, on Saturday.

He said the nation is held together by institutions including elected institutions like Lok Sabha,Vidhan Sabhas and Panchayats and institutions like the judiciary and a supporting free press. Pointing out that all these institutions and a free press hold the nation together, Rahul Gandhi stated that democracy in India is dead. He went on to say that democracy does not die in a day but in a systematic manner and alleged that the RSS was instrumental in destroying the democracy of the country.

Gandhi, who is an MP from Wayanad constituency in Kerala, said that the RSS combined with capitalists has destroyed the balance of the country. He also charged that when the institutional balance of the country is lost, states don’t have equal say.

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi directly, he said “The question is not that the PM is useful or useless but to whom is he useful? It’s like Hum Do Hamare Do”.

On the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Congress leader said that it is discriminatory and added that the farm laws passed by the parliament, are against the poor farmers of the country.
Rahul Gandhi also said that the people cannot rely on the institutions to protect democracy and added that people’s power is the only power that can protect democracy and democratic institutions.

The Congress leader is on a three-day visit to Tamil Nadu where assembly elections are being held on April 6, along with Puducherry and Kerala. He had visited Puducherry before embarking on the Tamil Nadu visit.

It may be noted that the Congress party has been staking claim to contest in 45 assembly seats in the DMK-led alliance but the DMK has been sticking to its stand of allowing only 22 assembly seats to the grand old party.

Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was deputed by the Congress high command to have a one to one meeting with DMK supremo MK Stalin but a consensus was elusive even in that meeting.

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