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MIM-TRS enlisting illegal immigrants as voters: Smriti Irani

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Union minister of Textiles Smriti Irani on Wednesday alleged that the ‘unholy’ alliance of the TRS-MIM is enlisting illegal immigrants in Hyderabad as voters for their political gains.

She said that leaders of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) misused their political positions to include Rohingya Muslims in the voter list. She claimed that two television channels have shown how the MIM leaders used their letterheads to ensure that illegal immigrants are included in the voter list.

The Central Minister, who is in the city to campaign for the BJP in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, was addressing a news conference.

“One of the clips showing a Rohingya Muslim openly expressing gratitude not only to MIM but also to the Chief Minister for including him in the voter list, is a testimony that this corrupt alliance between the MIM and the TRS seeks to depend on illegal immigrants for political gains,” she said.

The BJP leader asked why the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) did not order a probe into the media reports about illegal immigrants finding a place in the voter list.

When asked about the MIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s challenge to show at least 1,000 Rohingyas in the voter list and also the statement as to why the Centre was not taking any action against the illegal immigrants, the Union Minister said law and order being the state subject, it was for TRS government to take action.

“The unholy alliance of the MIM and the TRS to espouse the cause of illegal immigrants tells you what their political identity thrives on,” she said.

She claimed that the BJP has taken a consistent stand, in Parliament and within the organization, against illegal immigrants. “Our consistent stand is that we need to protect the rights of every Indian citizen and the institutions and administration should ensure that taxpayers’ money goes to deserving Indian citizens,” she said.

Irani also alleged that the MIM-TRS alliance deliberately kept the old city of Hyderabad devoid of development to exploit the people for their political gains.

“Was it possible to have 75,000 illegal encroachments in this historic and iconic city without this corrupt and unholy collaboration,” she asked and pointed out that the encroachments were a major cause of floods in the city.

The Central Minister slammed the TRS government for its ‘failure’ to handle flood situation. She said 35,000 families were left to fend for themselves in the floods which claimed 80 lives.

Asked about the TRS allegation that the Centre has given no funds for relief in flood-affected Hyderabad, Irani claimed that the state government has not submitted a final memorandum to the Ministry of Home Affairs about the assessment of losses. “Despite this, the Centre released Rs 224 crore as advance,” she said.

Exuding confidence that the people of Hyderabad will bless the BJP in the December 1 election to the GHMC, she said the result of the by-election to the Dubbak Assembly seat and use of police force against the BJP cadres are indication that the TRS government has lost popular support.

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Narendra Modi and Shah to visit poll-bound Assam on Saturday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit poll-bound Assam on Saturday to attend different government events to campaign for the assembly polls, likely to be held in April-May.

Officials and BJP sources said that Modi and Shah do not have any common programme in the Bharatiya Janata Party ruled state.

The Prime Minister on Saturday would launch a mega programme of the Assam government to distribute land “patta” (land allotment permit) to over one lakh landless indigenous people at a function at Jerenga Pothar in eastern Assam’s Sivasagar district.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who visited the PM’s meeting venue to review the preparations, said that the Prime Minister would ceremonially start the distribution of land ‘patta’ to more than one lakh indigenous people who have been living uncertain lives for decades. “No government in Assam has carried out such a people-friendly initiative in the past.”

He said many pieces of government land were encroached by suspected illegal settlers and the BJP government would evict those illegal encroachers and provide the land rights to the indigenous people, comprising tribals, ex-tea garden labourers and other backward communities.

According to the officials, the state government headed by the Chief Minister Sonowal has already issued “land patta” to more than one lakh landless indigenous families.

Officials said Shah would launch the Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme for central paramilitary force personnel in Guwahati in presence of Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan here on Saturday.

After attending the Guwahati event, Shah would go to Shillong where he would chair the 69th plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC), the nodal agency for the socio-economic and infrastructural development of the eight states of the region.

Shah would come back again in Assam on Sunday and attend a programme to celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the Bodoland Territorial Region Accord, which facilitates political autonomy and address a gathering in western Assam’s Kokrajhar, bordering West Bengal.

In all, 1,615 cadres of four National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) factions had laid down their arms on January 30 last year after the signing of the Bodo peace accord with the central government on January 27, 2020 in New Delhi in the presence of Union Home minister Amit Shah.

Shah would also address an election rally at Kendukuchi in Nalbari district.

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Team India’s win over Australia highly inspirational for youth: Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday again lauded the stellar performance of the Indian cricket team which registered a remarkable Test series win over Australia Down Under, saying the victory is highly inspirational for the youth of the country.

Addressing the 18th Convocation of Tezpur University, Assam via video conferencing, the Prime Minister said the team, despite facing a number of challenges, overpowered the Australia team with their talent and temperament.

“Indian team faced a lot of challenges in the recent tour of Australia. They suffered crushing defeat yet recovered equally fast and won the next match. The players showed determination despite injuries. They took the challenge head on and looked for fresh solutions instead of getting frustrated by difficult conditions,” Modi said.

“There were inexperienced players but their morale was high and they grabbed the opportunity given to them. They overpowered a better team with their talent and temperament,” he added.

The Indian team, after facing an embarrassing loss in the first Test in Adelaide where they were bowled out for their lowest Test score of 36, came back strongly in the next three matches to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy in an emphatic manner. The series saw Indian team register their first win at the Gabba in Brisbane – a venue where Australia last suffered a defeat in 1988.

The prime minister stressed that the stellar performance of our players is important not just from the point of view of the sports field.

First, we should have faith and confidence in our ability; second, a positive mindset begets positive results. Third and most important lesson, said Modi, is – if one is facing two options, one safe and the other is an option of a difficult victory, one must surely explore the option of victory.

“There is no harm in occasional failure and one should not refrain from taking the risks. We need to be proactive and fearless,” he said.

“If we overcome the fear of failure and unnecessary pressure, we will emerge fearless. This new India, confident and dedicated to goals, is evident not only in the cricket field, all of you are part of this picture,” Modi added.

Earlier, after the three-wicket win in the last Test on Tuesday, Modi had congratulated the Ajinkya Rahane-led side and tweeted: “We are all overjoyed at the success of the Indian cricket team in Australia. Their remarkable energy and passion was visible throughout. So was their stellar intent, remarkable grit and determination. Congratulations to the team! Best wishes for your future endeavours.”

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Gujarat government to abolish police RR Cell

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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday announced that the Rapid Response (RR) Cell of the state police will be abolished.

Active since 1995, the RR Cell’s chief task was to keep a tab on the functionings of organised crime in the state.

“We have decided to abolish the RR cell of the police department from today. This decision has been taken because in a new era of technology and mobility, there’s no requirement for such a set-up,” Rupani said.

In response to a query, Minister of State for Home (MoS) Pradipsinh Jadeja said: “The decision to abolish RR Cell is unrelated to the recent incident in which Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) had nabbed an RR Cell Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) for receiving a Rs 50 lakh bribe.”

The ASI, Prakashsinh Raol, was caught red handed by the ACB while accepting the bribe at an eatery in Vidyanagar, Anand, on December 31, 2020.

According to the police sources, the working of the RR Cell was to monitor the suspected illegal activities in the state.

It was functional at the seven range divisions of the state.

But according to sources, the main objective was scarcely used, whereas it was more of a use to settle personal scores amongst police personnel and for corruption.

“Now we will be giving more powers to the District Superintendent (SP) so that they can perform better,” the Chief Minister added.

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