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Narendra Modi govt must not make it an ego conflict, Raghav Chadha on farmer unrest

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New Delhi: AAP leader Raghav Chadha addresses a press conference at the party office in New Delhi on March 14, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

Farmers protesting against the Centre’s agricultural laws are camping at the Tikri and Singhu borders. Farmers from Punjab, who have come to Delhi have been allowed to congregate at the Nirankari grounds in Burari and Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha is here to take stock of the arrangements and to ensure they are provided basic amenities. Chadha says the “The Kejriwal government welcomes farmers to Delhi and the Modi government must not turn it into an ego conflict.”

About Aam Aadmi Party banners being put up at Nirankari Maidan, Chadha told IANS, ” If a person is doing something on his own it is a different matter, but we are only here to extend hospitality to the farmers.”

Tents, shelters and portable toilets are being provided to the protesting farmers. “We have been given instructions by Chief Minister Kejriwal to ensure that all the arrangements in Nirankari Maidan are in place. Wherever farmers want to go and protest, they should have complete independence. The Modi government should not make it an ego conflict,” said Chadha.

“Farmers should be allowed wherever they want to go. Arvind Kejriwal will be the host of farmers in Delhi,” Chadha further said.

Basic essential amenities are being provided to the farmers at Nirankari Maidan. As part of this, drinking water was the first thing arranged here. For this the Delhi government had sent its MLA and Delhi Jal Board vice-president Raghav Chadha to Burari to take stock of the arrangements yesterday.

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Yogi Adityanath gives tricycle to man with disability

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Dinesh Kumar Singh, a young man with 60 per cent disability, was given a tricycle by chief minister Yogi Adityanath after he met the latter at his Janata Darshan.

Singh met Adityanath on Tuesday and appealed to him for assistance. The district administration, acting on the chief minister’s directives, promptly gave him a tricycle.

According to a government spokesperson, “Singh is from Alipur village in Dhaurhara tehsil. He met the chief minister and informed him of his financial struggle and difficulties due to his disability. The chief minister asked Lakhimpur district magistrate and deputy director for disability for a report on getting Singh a tricycle. As soon as he reached Lakhimpur, he was given one.”

Around 600 people have met the chief minister between July 12 and 27 at the weekly Janata Darshan which was restarted after a long gap during the pandemic. Many of them have been given financial assistance.

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J.P. Nadda to meet UP party MPs to discuss poll preparedness

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BJP chief J.P. Nadda will meet party MPs from Uttar Pradesh to discuss preparedness for next year’s assembly polls. BJP’s Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members from Uttar Pradesh will attend the meeting with the party chief.

It is learnt that Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP’s state unit chief Swatantra Dev Singh, state general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal and national vice-president and in-charge, Radha Mohan Singh and co-incharges will be present in the meeting. Deputy chief ministers Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya might also attend the meeting.

Sources said that all the BJP’s parliamentarians from Uttar Pradesh are asked to attend the meeting which will be held in batches.

On July 28, Nadda will be meeting with MPs from western Uttar Pradesh, Braj and Kanpur region. On July 29, Nadda will interact with the party MPs from Awadh, Kashi and Gorakhpur area. There is no clarity whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Lok Sabha member from Varanasi, will attend the meeting or not.

A party insider said that a detailed discussion will be held to take stock of BJP’s preparedness for next year’s Uttar Pradesh. “Party chief will also take feedback from parliamentarians to know the ground reality and people’s mood. Based on the feedback, plans will be discussed to ensure BJP’s thumping victory in next year’s assembly polls,” he said.

Sources said the progress of ongoing party activities will be reviewed and plans to speed it up will be discussed. It is also learnt that the MPs will be asked to increase people’s participation in their constituencies and reach out to them as asked by the Prime Minister.

“Plans for increasing public participation and reaching out to people with the achievements of Narendra Modi and Adityanath government are likely to be discussed during Nadda’s two days meeting with party MPs from Uttar Pradesh,” a party functionary said.

Election for 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly will be held in February – March, next year.

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Basavaraj Bommai sworn-in as 30th Chief Minister of Karnataka

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Basavaraj Bommai, a senior BJP leader was sworn-in as the 30th Chief Minister of Karnataka by Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot at a function held in the Glass House of Raj Bhavan on Wednesday. Basavaraj Bommai took oath in the name of God.

Hailing from socialist philosophy and now married to BJP principles, Bommai’s political journey marked a new milestone as he took oath as the Chief Minister. Bommai completed 60 years on January 28. Though he is sworn in as 30th chief minister of Karnataka, he also would be considered as 23rd chief minister as many have sworn in as chief minister multiple times.

Hundreds of people thronged outside Raj Bhavan and cheered for him. The police and security personnel had a tough time in controlling the crowd, while Basavaraj Bommai entered Raj Bhavan. Bommai’s family members were at the Raj Bhavan before Bommai reached to witness the celebration.

The swearing in ceremony was attended by the Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Kishan Reddy, appointed as observers by the BJP parliamentary board, outgoing chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa, all top leaders of the state. Barring senior Congress leader R.V. Deshpande, opposition leaders remained absent.

Bommai, a mechanical engineer, became the third chief minister from Mumbai- Karnataka region after his father S.R. Bommai and Jagadish Shettar. He attained prominence after the 300 kilometer long Padayatra between Kalasa and Nargund demanding implementation of Kalasa-Banduri project. He was also closely connected with former union minister George Fernandes.

Yediurappa had even chided Basavaraj Bommai in front of the media that he should not show his face to him for not joining his new party KJP. Later, when Yediyurappa returned to BJP, Basavaraj Bomai became his favorite and earned respect by helping him to sail through poignant attacks by the opposition leaders in the legislative assembly.

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