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Gehlot writes to Sonia as coal crisis deepens in Rajasthan

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In the wake of shortage of coal in the state, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has written a letter to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi enumerating the political losses being reported due to delay in the approval of the coal mines by the Chhattisgarh government.

The letter states that there will be a coal crisis in Rajasthan-based power plants by the end of December. If the coal mines are not approved, the state will have to buy coal at expensive prices which shall increase the cost and burden on the consumer.

Official sources confirmed that the dispute between the Congress-ruled states has widened because the Baghel government is not giving permission for passing coal mine benefits even after getting approval from the Centre for Parsa East and another coal block of Chhattisgarh coal mines allotment to Rajasthan.

Gehlot has hence sought intervention of Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi in the matter.

Earlier, in November, Gehlot had appealed Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel for early approval of coal mines. Even after a month of writing the letter, no action was taken, so now the matter has been taken to Sonia Gandhi.

As per the sources, the Rajasthan government has been allotted mines in the second block of Parsa and in second block of coal mines in Chhattisgarh.

The central government has given environment clearance for this, but the forest department of the Chhattisgarh government has not yet given approval.

Officials said that coal mines area fall under forest area where local tribes are protesting against the mining process and hence Baghel is keeping mum on the issue as it may lead to local protests.

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Angry mob attack Udaipur murder accused outside court; hurls slippers, bottles

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 An angry mob attacked the two main accused in the Udaipur tailor murder case outside the premises of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here on Saturday.

The accused were thrashed by the mob as well as lawyears who were waiting outside the court premises when the accused were being escorted by the police.

A heavy police force was deployed outside the NIA court where a large group of people gathered and raised slogans when the accused were being brought out of the court.

Earlier, the NIA court sent all the four accused, including prime accused Mohammad Riyaz and Ghouse Mohammad, to 10-day NIA remand till July 12.

A few lawyers inside the courtroom premises also demanded death punishment for the accused. When the two prime accused were escorted outside the court by the police, an infuriated crowd attacked them with bottles and slippers.

On June 28, a tailor named Kanhaiya Lal was beheaded in broad daylight inside his tailoring shop on a crowded lane in Udaipur for allegedly supporting suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma over her controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammed.

The prime accused — Mohammad Riyaz and Ghouse Mohammad — even filmed act and uploaded it on social media.

While Riyaz and Ghouse Mohammad were arrested that day itself, two more persons, identified as Mohsin and Asif, were arrested on Thursday in connection with Kanhaiya Lal’s murder.

The NIA is probing the matter with support from the Anti-Terrorist Squad and Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Rajasthan Police.

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‘Don’t buy from Muslim vendors’ notice surfaces in Guj village

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An alleged gram panchayat notification bearing the name of the Sarpanch directing shopkeepers and residents not to buy anything from Muslim vendors is doing the rounds at a village in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district.

The notification says if anyone is seen buying goods from Muslim vendors, he or she would be fined Rs 5,100, and the fine amount would be used for ‘Gaushalas’.

The letter dated June 30 mentions that the rule has been introduced in the aftermath of the grusome killing of a tailor in Udaipur on June 18.

The letter has a stamp on it along with the Sarpanch’s ‘signature’. Five members have signed the letter including, one name written in Gujarati, Patel Jethabhai.

When the Sarpanch, Patel Mafiben Virabhai, was contacted, her husband Virabhai Patel received the call and told IANS: “My wife is not a Sarpanch anymore since last November.

“I am also a member of the village administration… none of us wrote that letter. We are trying to find out who has written it, signed and put a stamp. There is no one called Patel Jethabhai in our village. Someone is trying to spoil our image.”

Reacting to the notification, Congress MLA Gulabsinh Rajput from Tharad constituency in Banaskantha told IANS: “India is a democratic country and no one can issue such a ‘farman’. This is misuse of power and designation.”

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AAP alleges govt may charge for borewells in housing society in Gujarat

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 With Gujarat Assembly polls approaching, the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday scaled up its attack on the ruling BJP in the state. The party said the BJP has failed to provide the basic necessity like water to the people and will charge Rs 10,000 for digging a bore well for housing society.

AAP’s Gujarat vice president Sagar Rabari said, “The Central Water Authority has made an announcement that people who take water from boreholes and tube wells in Housing Society have to pay Rs 10,000 for registration.”

He said further, “The Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Act enacted in 2013 was for villages and agriculture only. According to this, farmers had to register their boreholes, wells and tube wells and get license to build new ones. But as per the new announcement of the Central Water Authority, if the society wants to build a new borewell or tubewell, it will have to get a license.”

“Providing water to residential houses, villages is the responsibility of the municipality, municipal corporation and the government. But the BJP government has failed to provide this. It has not been able to provide water in many residential areas. By drawing water, societies pay electricity bills at their own expense. This is putting an extra burden on them. Not only will Rs 10,000 have to be paid, how much water is extracted from underground will also be metered. They will also have to pay the bill in proportion to the water extracted. If anybody violates the terms, his license will be revoked.”

Sagar Rabari said, “It is clear that voting for the BJP means voting for slavery. All this paints a clear picture of the next election. I appeal to the people of Gujarat to understand the advantages and disadvantages of this rule and vote accordingly.”

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