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Gyanvapi case: Notice to VVSS chief over ‘power of attorney’ to Yogi



The Varanasi police have served a notice to Vishwa Vedic Sanatan Sangh (VVSS) chief Jitendra Singh Visen, seeking clarification on his announcement to give power of attorney of five cases related to the Gyanvapi case to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Asking Visen to clarify whether the chief minister’s prior consent had been taken in the matter, police have given him three days to reply or face legal action.

Inspector Chowk Shivakant Mishra issued the notice to Visen, referring to his statement published in newspapers claiming that he would give the power of attorney of all five Gyanvapi related cases being contested in different courts by VVSS or associated people to the chief minister.

“Apart from district magistrate and commissioner of police, the state of UP is already among the defendants in all these cases. The published statement shows that consent of the chief minister had not been taken for it. The confusing and baseless announcement is creating doubts among the masses that how can a chief minister become a party in a case when the state of UP and its local authorities are already nominated as defendants,” the notice said.

The notice has directed Visen to give his clarification in this regard in three days otherwise legal and punitive action would be initiated against him,” said police.

Visen admitted that he had received the notice. “It is a legal notice, which is not surprising, and I will give my reply within the stipulated time,” he said.

He added, “But, I have serious objections over the writing of ‘Gyanvapi Masjid’ by the government officials. This structure is being claimed as a temple by us and the matter is sub-judice. How can any official certify it as a mosque in an official document? I have started formalities to seek permission of the chief minister and other authorities concerned to allow filing a case against Inspector Chowk under section 153a of IPC for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race.”

Visen said, “I will file a case against Chowk police for terming the Gyanvapi structure as mosque in the notice as the matter is sub-judice and no government official can certify it as mosque in the official documents.”

Visen added that he was going to hand over the power of attorney of these cases to Goraksh Peeth’s Mahant Yogi Adityanath and not to a chief minister.

“Earlier, we had decided to complete the papers of power of attorney by November 15, but now this process is being expedited to complete in two-three days,” he added.

Visen’s niece Rakhi Singh is plaintiff-1 in case no. 18/2022 Rakhi Singh vs state of UP and others in which five women plaintiffs have sought worship of Shringar Gauri and other deities in the Gyanvapi mosque compound. This case is in progress in district judge Varanasi court.

Apart from it, four more cases including one in civil judge (senior division) fast-track court seeking banning entry of Muslims in Gyanvapi mosque, handing over Aadi Visheshwar temple to Hindus, are being contested by Visen-led VVSS.

On October 28, Visen had announced handing over the power of attorney — which refers to a legal authorisation that gives a designated person the power to act for someone else — to the chief minister.

A day after it, he also announced to hand over the amount deposited in the bank accounts of VVSS, himself, his wife and son, Rakhi Singh and her husband to the chief minister.

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‘I Will Work Diligently’: Supriya Sule On Taking Charge As Working President Of NCP




Nationalist Congress Party’s new working president Supriya Sule vowed to work hard with the rest of the party members after she was appointed to the top post by her father Sharad Pawar on Saturday. Pawar named Sule and Praful Patel as the working presidents of the NCP, thus, sidelining Ajit Pawar.

Pawar made the announcement at a function to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Nationalist Congress Party here.

Sule will be in charge of NCP affairs in Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, and issues related to women, youth, students and the Lok Sabha.

By making Sule in-charge of Maharashtra, Pawar had effectively made nephew Ajit Pawar report to her on party matters, a move that could lead to unease in the party.

“I am grateful to NCP President Hon. Pawar Saheb and all the Senior Leaders, party colleagues, party workers and well wishers of for bestowing this huge responsibility of Working President along with Hon. @praful_patel Bhai.

“To my fellow members of the party, because of whom we have come this far,I will work diligently along with all of you to further strengthen the NCP and we collectively will serve the nation for the larger good of our fellow citizens,” Supriya Sule tweeted.

Ajit Pawar, who had joined hands with the BJP in 2019 and was sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister in an early morning swearing in ceremony with Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister, appeared visibly upset with the announcement and left the party office here without interacting with the media.

An elated Patel said he was surprised by Pawar’s announcement and would continue to work for the party.

“I have been working alongside Pawar saheb since 1999. So, this is nothing new for me. Of course, I am happy at being elevated as Working President. I will continue to work to increase the footprint of the party,” Patel said.

Pawar also made Patel party in-charge of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Goa, and Rajya Sabha.

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Nashik: Madhavi Salve Creates History as First Female MSRTC Bus Driver




Madhavi Salve has made history by becoming the first woman to drive a bus for the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) on the Nashik to Sinnar route.

This momentous occasion took place when six women were inducted as bus drivers-cum-conductors into the MSRTC on June 6-7, marking a significant milestone in the state’s public transport history.

Madhavi’s Journey

Madhavi Salve, a 34-year-old mother of two, originally from Mahiravani village in Trimbakeshwar taluka had been driving a light commercial vehicle since 2016. She expressed her gratitude towards the warm welcome she received from her male colleagues at the MSRTC depot in Sinnar.

Salve’s journey to becoming a bus driver has been fueled by her passion for driving buses and her determination to break gender barriers. Despite facing skepticism from some friends and relatives, she pursued her dream with the support of her family.

MSRTC’s Recruitment

As many as 206 women drivers had qualified in a direct recruitment scheme in 2019, and so far 28 of them have been recruited. Since their recruitment process began in 2019, these women have undergone rigorous training and tests on MSRTC buses.

The MSRTC, which has a fleet of more than 16,000 buses, already has more than 5,500 women conductors in its ranks. A total of 12 women drivers have been recruited. Among them, four are serving at Sinnar depot, three at Pimpalgaon depot, two at Peth depot, and one each at Lasalgaon, Peth, and Kalwan depots in Nashik district.

This progressive step by the MSRTC signifies their commitment to gender equality and opening up new opportunities for women in the transportation sector.

They officially joined the service in June and are now proudly serving passengers with the slogan “Pravashyanchya Sevesathi” (for service to passengers).

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Bengal Panchayat Polls: Tension Mounts In Murshidabad Over Murder Of Congress Worker




Tension mounted in pockets of Murshidabad district in West Bengal on Saturday following the murder of a local Congress leader. State Congress president and Lok Sabha member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has alleged that Fulchand Seikh (42) was shot at from point-blank range in Khargram on Friday killing him on the spot.

“Friday was the first day for filing of nominations for the forthcoming state panchayat polls which started with the death of a Congress worker. I will be going to the spot today and interacting with the members of the victim’s family,” he said. He also alleged that Seikh was sitting in front of his residence along with his son when a group of miscreants led by local Trinamool Congress leader Rafiq attacked and killed him by shooting from point-blank range. “Three others who tried to save him were also assaulted by the ruling party activists,” Chowdhury claimed.

TMC denies any and all involvement

Although the district Trinamool leadership has denied their involvement with the incident, tension continued to prevail in the district. The State Election Commission has sought a detailed report from the Murshidabad district administration on the matter. This morning, the district police arrested two persons in connection with the gruesome murder. Those arrested are Kajal Sheikh and Safique Seikh. Congress leadership has alleged that both were actively associated with the state’s ruling party.

Meanwhile, the Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Suvendu Adhikari has launched a scathing attack against the state administration over the gruesome murder.

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