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Narendra Modi slams Congress, Biju Janata Dal over poverty




Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday slammed the Congress and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for keeping people poor in the country for their personal gain and vote bank politics.

“In fact, the Congress and BJD see their political crop in poverty. This is the reason a large part of India including Odisha has remained impoverished for so many decades,” said Modi at an election rally in Sonepur.

He said generation after generation the Congress was able to give only raised slogans for the eradication of poverty. While people got poorer, their leaders got richer. Poverty will automatically vanish if Congress disappears, he added.

Modi said Congress has planned to implement a policy that will lead to inflation with the increase of the price of essential commodities.

“This election will decide whether our India’s heroes will emerge strong or those who take Pakistan’s side,” said the Prime Minister.

“Do you want a majboor sarkar (dependent government) or a majboot sarkar (strong government),” Modi asked the gathering at Sonepur.

Attacking the Naveen Patnaik led BJD government in the state, he said farmers have been selling their produces in distress even though the Centre has hiked the minimum support price to 1.5 times of the production cost.

Besides, people are migrating to other states in search of jobs.

“Odisha is rich with abundant natural resources. Then, what is the reason for the state to lag behind in terms of development,” asked Modi.

“Once our government is formed in the state and the Centre, Odisha will be recognised for tourism instead of migration of masses,” he added.

He also raised the water scarcity issue in the region in spite of the presence of the Mahanadi and Tel rivers in the region.

Lok Sabha and Assembly elections will be held simultaneously in Odisha in four phases beginning on April 11 for 21 Lok Sabha and 147 Assembly seats.

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SSR case: CBI needs to do more than a media release, says Subramanian Swamy




BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Monday reacted to the press statement issued by the CBI in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. Swamy feels the investigating bureau should file an FIR with murder charge and arrest the suspects.

“CBI has issued a Media Release which brings some transparency about what is going on. But CBI needs to do more than a Media Release about all possibilities. That is, need a FIR [or add to the Court transferred Patna FIR] with murder [IPC 302] as the crime, & arrest suspects,” Swamy tweeted from his verified account on Monday.

Swamy’s lawyer Ishkaran Singh Bhandari also tweeted from his unverified account complaining about the delay in the CBI probe.

“Many #Warriors4SSR are getting frustrated with the speed of CBI investigation. We have to trust CBI but many genuine questions are rising & CBI must answer them for public confidence,” Ishkaran tweeted from his unverified account on Monday.

Meanwhile, Sushant’s fans trended a hashtag throughout Monday demanding #AIIMSBeFairWithSSRReport.

On Friday, Sushant’s family lawyer Vikas Singh had addressed a press conference where he alleged that more than a week had passed since the CBI team probing the case had landed in Delhi but they had not yet met the team of doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Claiming that one of the doctors from the AIIMS team suggested it is a murder case, Singh had said on Friday: “One of the doctors in the team of AIIMS suggests it is 200% death by strangulation and not a suicide. This is after photos clicked by Sushant’s sister Mitu were shared with him.”

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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh vows to fight new farm Acts constitutionally, legally




Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday vowed to fight the “malicious” new agriculture Acts constitutionally and legally, asserting that he will do whatever it takes to protect the farmers from the “nefarious designs” of the Central government.

Addressing the media, he said he would be consulting lawyers to work out the legal course of action for challenging the “unconstitutional” laws in the Supreme Court.

Agitation and legal recourse will have to be undertaken simultaneously to fight these new laws and force the Union government to rethink its decision, he said.

Asserting that he does not want Punjab’s youth and farmers to take to arms to fight for their right to live, Amarinder Singh warned that these new laws will endanger the security of the border state of Punjab, as Pakistan’s ISI was always on the lookout for opportunities to foment trouble.

Punjab has lost 35,000 lives to terrorism in senseless violence in the past and with the unrest among the farmers spreading to other states, the entire nation would be exposed to the ISI threat, he said, adding Pakistan-backed forces will try to feed on the anger in India.

Pointing out that 150 terrorists had been nabbed in Punjab in recent months and a huge amount of arms and ammunition seized, the Chief Minister said he would not let anyone disturb the state’s peaceful atmosphere, which the new legislations had the potential to do.

Congress General Secretary in charge of Punjab, Harish Rawat, who was accompanying the Chief Minister, announced a signature campaign beginning October 2 to collect two crore signatures of farmers against the new farm Laws.

These will be submitted to the President on November 14 to coincide with Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth anniversary, he said, adding “kisan sammelans” would also be organised to take the fight to its logical conclusion.

Describing Amarinder Singh as the protector of farmers, Rawat said the farming community was pinning its hopes on the Chief Minister to lead them in this war against the “black laws” promulgated by the Centre.

He took a dig at the Akalis, saying they had remained silent for a long time and were now coming to take credit for the fight for farmers’ rights.

Slamming the step-motherly treatment meted out on Punjabis and Punjab’s farmers to make big corporates like the Adanis happy, Amarinder Singh asked: “Will the Adanis subsidise food for poor Indians?”

These laws will spell the death knell for the PDS system, apart from ruining Punjab and its farmers, he added.

Terming the new legislations as a total violation of the nation’s federal structure, the Chief Minister described the enactment of the farm Bills as “a black day” for Punjab.

The manner in which the laws were brought in through the ordinances route and then pushed through Parliament without discussion was deplorable, he said, asserting that contrary to the lies being spread by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal, the Punjab government was never once apprised of the move to bring in such ordinances.

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Mull options to override new farm laws: Sonia Gandhi to Congress-ruled states



Sonia Gandhi. (File Photo: IANS)

Amid protests by farmers in a number of states across the country, the Congress said on Monday that its chief Sonia Gandhi had directed party governments in different states to “explore” and pass laws to “override” or negate the newly enacted central farm laws.

Congress’ Rajya Sabha member KC Venugopal said in a statement: “The Congress President has asked party-ruled states to explore the possibilities to pass laws in their respective states under Article 254(2) of the Constitution, which allows the state legislatures to pass laws to override central laws that then go for President’s assent.”

The Congress asserted that since agriculture is a State subject, the Union government cannot pass laws on it.

“This will enable the states to negate the unacceptable anti-farmers’ provisions in the three draconian agricultural laws, that will lead to abolition of MSPs and disruption of APMCs in Congress-ruled states, and save the farmers from grave injustice done by the central govt,” Venugopal added.

Congress MP TN Prathapan has already moved the Supreme Court on the issue.

Congress state units on Monday held protests across India against what they called “anti-farmer and anti-worker laws” passed in Parliament by the Modi government and submitted memorandums against them to the Governors of their states.

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