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Home Minister Amit Shah to meet NE parties on CAA on Friday




Home Minister Amit Shah will meet in New Delhi on Friday leaders of tribal-based parties of north-eastern states, including the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ally the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

The IPFT, which resumed anti-CAA stir after a month, continued its sit-in at Khumulwng, headquarters of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), for the 11th day on Thursday.

In Shillong, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma said he would lead a delegation of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) to meet Shah and urge him to promulgate the inner line permit (ILP) in remaining areas of the state.

The Meghalaya Assembly on December 19 unanimously adopted a resolution, requesting the Centre to promulgate the ILP. The resolution and the state gazette notification have been communicated to the Centre.

“We are in Delhi for the past few days, but are yet to meet the Home Minister due to his prior engagements outside Delhi. The meeting will be on Friday,” JMACAB leader and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) General Secretary Jagadhish Debbarma told IANS over phone from Delhi.

A four-member IPFT delegation, led by party chief Narendra Chandra Debbarma and General Secretary Mevar Kumar Jamatia left Agartala on Thursday to attend the meeting. Debbarma is Revenue and Fisheries Minister and Jamatia the Tribal Welfare and Forest Minister in Tripura.

The IPFT and the JMACAB and other tribal-based parties in Tripura have been demanding that the state be kept out of the CAA’s ambit. Earlier on December 12, all the tribal-based Tripura parties had a meeting with the Union Home Minister.

The IPFT has been demanding since 2009 creation of a separate state for tribals by upgrading the TTAADC and inclusion of Kokborok, a tribal language, in the 8th schedule of the Constitution.

The TTAADC has jurisdiction over two-thirds of Tripura’s 10,491 sqkm area, home to over 12,16,000 people, 90 per cent of whom are tribals.

“At December 12 meeting, Shah said he would look into our issues after Christmas, or would hold another meeting with us. But nothing has happened,” the IPFT chief said.

Before leaving for Delhi, Debbarma said despite the CAA and border management measures, including fencing, infiltration continue unabated. “The influx from Bangladesh has put a burden on our resources, demography and economy. It would further aggravate the joblessness,” he said.

The Tripura Rajya Upajati Ganamukti Parishad (TRUGP), tribal front of the CPI-M, has been demanding that N-E states be kept out the CAA’s purview.

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Punjabi singer Moosewala joins Congress




Famous Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, who was booked on charges of promoting violence and gun culture in a song, on Friday joined the Congress ahead of the Assembly polls in Punjab.

He joined the party in the presence of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and State Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu.

During the induction ceremony, Sidhu described Moosewala as a youth icon.

“Sidhu Moosewala is joining our family. I welcome him in the Congress fold,” Sidhu told the media.

Describing Moosewala as a “big artiste”, Channi said with his sheer hard work, he has won the hearts of millions of people.

Moosewala, whose real name is Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, is known for his hit Punjabi tracks like ‘Legend’, ‘Devil’, ‘Just listen’, ‘Jatt da Muqabala’ and ‘Hathyar’, among many others.

His name also featured in the Billboard Canadian Albums in 2018.

“I am not entering politics for status or to earn praise. I want to become a part of the system to transform it. I am joining the Congress to raise the voice of the people. I am joining the Congress as the party has leaders who have come from common families,” Moosewala said.

He said he is still living in the same house in his village. His father is an ex-serviceman and his mother is a sarpanch. “Residents of my area have expectations from me,” he added.

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‘MLA not a govt servant’, Kerala HC cancels appointment of late leader’s son




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

In a stinging blow to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who had given a government job to the son of late CPI-M MLA K.K. Ramachandran Nair, the Kerala High Court on Friday ruled that a ‘legislator is not a government servant’ and cancelled the appointment.

Nair, a first time legislator after being elected from the Chenganoor Assembly constituency in the 2016 Assembly polls, passed away in 2018 following health issues.

Vijayan, in a surprise decision, decided to appoint Nair’s son R.Prasanth as an assistant engineer in the Public Works Department, which led to a huge criticism from several quarters.

However, a petitioner from Palakkad, Ashok Kumar filed a plea in this regard at the High Court and on Friday a division bench chaired by the Chief Justice S. Manikumar ruled that an ‘MLA is not a government servant as they have an elected term of only five years, and hence a government job under the dying in harness mode is not applicable and cancelled the appointment.

Incidentally, this judgement comes at a time when a petition is before the Lokayukta after Vijayan sanctioned a substantial sum of money from the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund to clear off the debts of Nair.

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SP’s ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ in Jhansi, Akhilesh to address public rallies at 9 places




 Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav is taking out a ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ in Jhansi on Friday, with the focus on Bundelkhand and will also hold public rallies at nine places.

As per information, the yatra will traverse through Laxmi Garden, Elite Square, Jail Square, Court Square, Kunj Vatika Marriage Hall, Mandi Tiraha, University Gate, Medical College Gate, Medical Bypass Tiraha, where he will be welcomed by the party workers.

After this, he will address public gatherings at Mahant Laxman Das Kanya Inter College in Baragaon, Rashtrakavi Maithilisharan Gupt Mahavidyalaya in Chirgaon and Tika Ram Kanya Mahavidyalaya.

Earlier, in Lalitpur, Akhilesh accused the BJP of “fooling” the people. He raised the farmers’ issue and said that only a family man can understand the pain of a family member.

In Bundelkhand, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Banda and Chitrakoot comprise a division (mandal). Jhansi, Lalitpur, Jalon is another division. There are seven districts and 19 Assembly seats in the area.

For Akhilesh, Bundelkhand remains a major challenge because the BJP has a strong hold in the area and it had won all the 19 Assembly seats in the region.

In the 2019 Assembly elections, the BJP wiped out the SP, BSP and Congress in the region.

The SP is busy in stitching together alliances with small parties to give a tough fight to the saffron party.

On October 13, Akhilesh had launched his ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ as part of the 2022 UP Assembly election campaign.

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