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Karnataka temple demolition: BJP to face oppn heat in Assembly today

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 Even as the ruling BJP in Karnataka tabled The Karnataka Religious Structures (Protection) Bill 2021 in the Legislative Assembly, the issue of temple demolition is expected to dominate the session on Tuesday. The Congress is all set to launch an attack on BJP, questioning its commitment to protect the temples.

The Congress has been attacking the government over the rising inflation and Siddaramaiah said there was a “criminal loot”. The phrase ‘Criminal loot’ was coined by late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee over inflation against then Prime Minister Late Indira Gandhi over inflation at that point of time.

Buoyed by an energetic start to the session with the bullock cart and cycle yatras, the opposition is getting ready to attack ruling the BJP questioning its commitment to Hindutva.

Siddaramaiah, who has raised the issue of demolition of a temple near Nanjangud, has already embarrassed the ruling BJP. The opposition is also aiming to convey a message that BJP has taken the issue of temple demolition casually.

Coming under severe pressure from all corners over the temple demolition issue, the ruling BJP which has come under fire by Hindutva forces is on a defensive mode and is therefore trying to enact a new law. The new Bill presented in the Assembly on Monday is aimed at protecting unauthorised places of worship that have come up in the state and face the threat of demolition in the backdrop of the Supreme Court order.

It assures protection to all religious centres including temples, churches, mosques and other major religious constructions that have come up on the public property without permission.

The Bill was tabled by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai after a decision in the cabinet. The enactment is expected to protect illegal religious centres across the state that have come up after the Supreme Court order in 2009 on playgrounds, parks, roads and other public places. As many as 6,300 religious structures have been ear marked as illegal across the state. The Bill also seeks to prevent illegal religious places coming up in public places in the future.

Meanwhile, the state cabinet also approved the construction of the demolished Huchgani Mahadevamma temple in Nanjangud taluk of Mysuru district by the state unit of BJP.

The state government has also issued notice to the Mysuru district administration in connection with demolition of the temple.

The Mangaluru police have booked eight people of Akhila Bharatha Hindu Mahasabha in connection with issuing death threats to Bommai in a press conference over the temple demolition issue. Four people have been arrested so far. They allegedly threatened, “when we did not spare Gandhiji, who are you.” The Hindu Jagaran Vedike members have staged a massive rally in Mysuru in this connection.

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Faizabad junction to be renamed as Ayodhya Cantt

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 The Yogi Adityanath government on Saturday decided to rechristen Faizabad junction as Ayodhya Cantt, as per a tweet shared by the Chief Minister’s office.

Earlier, the government had renamed Faizabad district as Ayodhya and Allahabad as Prayagraj.

After becoming Chief Minister of the state in 2017, Yogi Adityanath renamed Mughalsarai Junction railway station.
Adityanath’s proposal to change the name of the station was approved by the Central government and in 2018, it was rechristened as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction.

The Yogi Cabinet also renamed Mughalsarai tehsil as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Tehsil.

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95% people do not need BJP: Akhilesh

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 Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday took a swipe at Uttar Pradesh Minister Upendra Tiwari for saying that 95 per cent people do not need petrol, and said ‘the truth is that those people do not need the BJP’.

Upendra Tiwari had said that prices of petrol and diesel were not increased much considering per capita income and added that 95 per cent people do not need the petrol.

“The BJP minister said that expensive petrol does not bother the general public because 95 per cent of the people do not need petrol. Now, even the minister will not need it as the people will soon put him out of power. The truth is that 95 per cent of the people do not need the BJP,” Yadav said in a tweet in Hindi.

The SP president also asked, “Does Thar need diesel?”

The obvious reference was to the recent Lakhimpur Kheri incident where four farmers were allegedly mowed down by a jeep (Mahindra Thar) owned by Union Minister Ajay Misra.

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Priyanka to flag off ‘Pratigya Yatra’ on Saturday

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 Congress General secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will flag-off the three ‘Pratigya Yatras’ from Barabanki on Saturday.

The yatras will be taken out from October 23 to November 1.

According to the Congress press release, the ‘Pratigya Yatra’ will commence from Barabanki in the Bundelkhand region and will end at Jhansi via Lucknow, Unnao, Fatehpur, Chitrakoot, Banda, Hamirpur and Jalaun.

Similarly, in the western Uttar Pradesh region, the yatra will start from Saharanpur and will move through Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Moradabad, Rampur, Bareilly, Badaun, Aligarh, Hathras, Agra and Mathura.

In Avadh region, the yatra will start from Varanasi and will end at Rae Bareli via Chandauli, Sonbhadra, Mirzapur, Prayagraj, Pratapgarh and Amethi.

During these ‘Pratigya Yatras’, Priyanka will hold several meetings.

Priyanka, according to party sources, is likely to make announcements like women’s reservation in education and jobs, free education for women, farmer’s loan waiver and rebate in electricity rates during the yatras.

She has earlier announced that the Congress will give 40 per cent of the total election tickets to women in the state.

Apart from this, she has also promised to give mobile phones and scooty to the girl students.

The Congress is also especially eyeing women voters and is making a conscious effort to neutralize caste-based politics.

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