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Khattar government faces no-confidence motion on farm issue

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In less than one-and-a-half-year Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP-JJP coalition government on Wednesday put on test on the issue of three Central farm laws with the main opposition Congress moved a no-confidence motion in the Assembly.

Moving the motion, Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda demanded inclusion of 250 farmers killed during the farmers’ agitation in the obituary references of the Assembly.

Describing the government a minority, Hooda said that in the 2019 Assembly elections the BJP failed to get the majority. The BJP formed the government with the support of the JJP (Jannayak Janta Party), which sought votes against the BJP.

Describing Chief Minister Khattar “Nero”, Hooda said, “The Chief Minister is behaving like Nero when Rome was burning. The same thing is happening in Haryana.”

“The situation was bad to the extent that Khattar could not go to Panipat to unfurl tricolour on Republic Day and instead went to neighbouring Panchkula to escape farmers’ wrath,” Hooda said.

He demanded secret voting on the no-confidence motion, which was rejected by Speaker Gian Chand Gupta.

However, a confident Khattar told the media before the House assembled that he was confident that the no-confidence motion against the government would be defeated.

Political observers told IANS that the no-trust motion is a calculated move to embarrass the JJP, the crucial post-electoral coalition partner with the BJP-led government, which is supporting the saffron party despite claiming to be an outfit of a rural Jat-centric party with the farmers as its core vote bank.

The JJP has also been facing criticism within the party too for not walking out of the alliance on the issue of farmers and ‘clinging to power’.

In an alliance, the JJP had extended support to the BJP, which won 40 seats in the Assembly polls in 2019, six short of the majority mark.

Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Gurnam Singh Charuni said that the no-confidence motion against the government was crucial.

In a video message, he said: “Residents of the state should protest in front of the residences of legislators, who have been supporting the state government. They should warn the leaders that they would face social and political boycott if they continued to support the laws.”

The current strength of the 90-member Assembly is 88 members with the resignation of INLD’s Abhay Chautala and disqualification of Congress’ Pradeep Chaudhary after he was sentenced to three-year imprisonment.

The BJP-JJP alliance has a majority with 50 legislators.

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Govt driver arrested in rape case has been suspended: Goa CM Pramod Sawant

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The Goa government has suspended a 33-year-old driver employed with the state Agriculture Ministry, days after he was accused of involvement in a rape of two teenaged women at South Goa’s Colva beach earlier this week, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told the Goa legislative assembly on Thursday.

“The government staff involved in the case has been suspended. He has been suspended first and termination will follow,” Sawant told the ongoing monsoon session.

Four persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged rape of two teenagers at Colva beach on the night of July 24.

One of the accused Rajesh Mane is a driver attached to the state Agriculture Ministry.

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Tejashwi Yadav to meet CM to press for caste census in Bihar

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Tejashwi Yadav, the leader of opposition in Bihar assembly, will soon meet chief minister Nitish Kumar to discuss caste-based census in Bihar.

This comes in the wake of central government’s denial to do the same in the country. Tejashwi Yadav said that Nitish Kumar also advocated caste-based census in the country. He said the opposition party leaders will ask him to put their views before Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Entire opposition parties in Bihar are with caste-based census. Hence, we will put our viewpoint before the chief minister and ask him to form a delegation comprising ruling as well as opposition leaders to meet with Narendra Modi on this issue,” Tejashwi said.

“As the central government has already denied for initiating caste-based census in the country and may not give time to us, in that case, Nitish Kumar should initiate the same in Bihar at the expense of the state government. The Karnataka government did the same in its own state after central government’s denial, the Nitish Kumar government can do the same,” Tejashwi Yadav said.

Tejashwi said that 70 per cent of the Hindu population in the country is from the backward castes. Then, why the Centre is ignoring it is not understandable.

Tejashwi also raised this issue in the Bihar Assembly and requested the Speaker for discussion in the Question Hour. However, Speaker Vijay Sinha disallowed him from doing so. He asked Tejashwi Yadav to discuss the matter later in the day.

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Won’t discuss cabinet expansion in first meet, says Basavaraj Bommai

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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said that he won’t discuss cabinet expansion with leaders in New Delhi in the first meeting. “I have sought appointments with central leaders and if it comes through I will leave for New Delhi on Friday,” he said.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah wished me yesterday. I will meet them along with party president J.P. Nadda and other top leaders to convey my regards,” he stated.

He maintained that the pulls and pressures during the formation of the cabinet are normal and the party will take right decisions.

Sources explained that the high command will take some time before giving green signal to cabinet expansion as it is being planned to let go of senior leaders who had held major portfolios.

Chief Minister Bommai is scheduled to visit the flood affected regions of Karwar district on Thursday. He will reach Hubli from Bengaluru and from there he will visit the flood ravaged district.

“Rain has caused much destruction in Uttara Kannada (Karwar) district. Three persons have been killed due to floods. After the visit, I will hold a meeting with officers and discuss the relief measures,” he explained.

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