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RSS volunteers to take forward pro-CAA campaign

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Even as the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is intensifying its campaign to clear misunderstandings over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has now stepped in to assist in the campaign by enlisting over 30,000 volunteers to distribute pamphlets containing details about the law.

The Lok Jagran Manch, an RSS-backed organization, has come up with a pamphlet carrying pictures of minor Hindu girls allegedly abducted, sexually abused and converted in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to put forth a strong case in favour of the citizenship law.

The coloured pamphlet explains the need for CAA, claiming that Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Christians and Parsis, on the other side of the borders, are facing atrocities after partition and continuously fleeing to India for the past 70 years.

The pamphlets which bear a photograph of Mahatma Gandhi cite his views that every Hindu and Sikh residing in Pakistan could always come to India if they do not wish to live in Pakistan.

“Then providing jobs to them and making their life normal would be the first duty of the Indian government,” it said claiming that Gandhi expressed these views during a prayer meeting held on September 26, 1947.

The rear side of the pamphlet has five passport size photographs of minor Hindu girls aged between 12 to 17 years who have been abducted and abused in these neighbouring countries.

The pamphlet claims that on an average, every day, a Hindu girl is being kidnapped in Sindh province of Pakistan and after which they are forced to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim man. It says that some of these girls are as young as eight years.

Referring to the recent incident of Nankana Sahib in Punjab province of Pakistan, the pamphlet points out that 19-year-old daughter of a ‘granthi’ was kidnapped at gunpoint on August 28, 2019.

The pamphlet also points out the decreasing count of Hindus in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, grabbing of temples and lands of Hindus to prove its point.

The pamphlet distribution is being carried out by volunteers including those associated with pro-RSS organisations including Bhartiya Janata Party, BJP’s Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Lok Jagran Manch (LJM), Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarathi Parishad (ABVP), Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini.

The RSS cadre plans to distribute these pamphlets in awareness programme for the CAA down to the villages and development blocks of Uttar Pradesh.

“We are fully backing the public awareness initiative. As many as 60 lakh of these pamphlets have been printed for distribution in UP alone at a rate of over 10 lakh for each of the six ‘prants’ in which the state is divided by BJP and RSS,” said a senior RSS functionary.

Besides the pamphlet, two booklets on misinformation and doubts have also been printed on CAA and are being distributed among the opinion-makers and community leaders.

BJP media in-charge of Kashi Prant, Mrityunjay Tiwari, said the anti-CAA protests were politically motivated and the RSS and the BJP, along with affiliated and sister organizations, including ABVP, Akhil Bhartiya Adhivakta Sangh, Seva Bharti etc, were all working together under the banner of Lok Jagran Manch.

The new citizenship law has triggered nationwide protests and clashes with police that have led to 23 deaths across the country.

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Navjot Sidhu reigns as Punjab Congress chief

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 Unhappy over the first expansion of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s cabinet, state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday resigned from his post. But he said he would continue in the party.

He announced his resignation on his Twitter handle in just an hour after Channi announced allocation of portfolios to his Cabinet colleagues.

In a letter to party President Sonia Gandhi, he wrote, “The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner, I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab.”

“Therefore, I hereby resign as the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress,” he added.

It is learnt that Sidhu was upset over the non-inclusion of the MLAs of his choice in the expanded Cabinet and the appointment of new Advocate General, A.P.S. Deol.

On Sidhu’s resignation, former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted, “I told you so… he is not a stable man and not fit for the border state of Punjab.”

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‘Upset’ Amarinder likely to meet Shah, his office denies

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 Less than a fortnight after he was ‘unceremoniously’ asked to quit as the Punjab Chief Minister in the run-up to the Assembly polls, Congress veteran Amarinder Singh is likely to meet Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah in Delhi late Tuesday evening.

The former Chief Minister is also likely to meet Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President J.P. Nadda, sources said.

However, Amarinder Singh’s media advisor denied his meeting with the BJP leaders, saying he’s on a personal visit to Delhi to meet some friends.

“Too much being read into @capt_amarinder’s visit to Delhi. He’s on a personal visit, during which he’ll meet some friends and also vacate Kapurthala house for the new CM. No need for any unnecessary speculation,” Thukral informed in a tweet.

The proposed meeting seems crucial as Amarinder Singh has been saying that he stepped down as he felt ‘humiliated’.

At the same time, he said the “future politics option is always there” and he will use that option.

Speculations are rife that Amarinder Singh is likely to join the BJP.

After his resignation, Amarinder Singh said he had offered his resignation to party President Sonia Gandhi three weeks earlier but she had asked him to continue. “If she had just called me and asked me to step down, I would have,” he said, adding that “as a soldier, I know how to do my task and leave once I am called back”.

He had said he had even told Sonia Gandhi that he was ready to hang his boots and allow someone else to take over as the Chief Minister after leading the Congress to another sweeping win in Punjab. “But that did not happen, so I will fight,” he asserted, taking strong exception to being subjected to humiliation by calling a Congress Legislative Party meeting in a secretive manner, without taking him into confidence.

“I would not have taken MLAs on a flight to Goa or some place. That is not how I operate. I don’t do gimmicks, and the Gandhi siblings know that is not my way,” he had said, adding, “Priyanka and Rahul (Gandhi siblings) are like my children, this should not have ended like this. I am hurt.”

He said the Gandhi children were quite inexperienced and their advisors were clearly misguiding them.

Indicating that he was still keeping his political options open, the former Chief Minister had said he was talking to his friends before deciding on his future course of action.

After his resignation and political tussle, Charanjit Singh Channi, a Scheduled Caste Sikh, took oath of office on September 20 along with his two deputies — one a Jat Sikh and another belonging to the Hindu community.

Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and O.P. Soni, both ministers in previous Council of Ministers led by Amarinder Singh, took oath for the posts of the Deputy Chief Ministers.

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ED summons Shiv Sena’s Maharashtra minister Anil Parab for probe

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday summoned senior Shiv Sena leader and Transport Minister Anil Parab for questioning.

The development came a day after the ED had summoned Sena’s former Union Minister of State for Finance Anandrao V. Adsul and his son Abhijit A. Adsul in connection with a probe into alleged scam of Rs 900-crore in the City Cooperative Bank Ltd., here.

Speaking to media persons, Parab said he has not been informed why he was summoned by the ED and contended that he had not committed any wrongs.

“Nevertheless, I shall be going to the ED office and offer my full cooperation,” said Parab, as he entered the central agency’s office accompanied by a team of lawyers.

Earlier this month, Parab had skipped the ED notice to appear before it on the grounds that the reasons for which he was required were not mentioned by the probe agency.

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