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Some elements creating trouble in Delhi: Kishan Reddy

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Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy on Tuesday said some elements were still trying to resort to violence in Delhi.

“Reports are coming that even today attempts are being made to create violence. We will conduct high-level probe into this to find out who are behind this and place the facts before the people,” the minister told reporters.

He said though some miscreants are still trying to foment trouble, Delhi police and the paramilitary forces were taking proper precautions.

He made it clear that the Centre would not tolerate killings of innocent people, damage to public and private property and attacks on the policemen doing their duty.

He reiterated that the violence in Delhi is pre-planned and aimed at tarnishing the image of India during US President Donald Trump’s visit.

Stating that Trump and his family members are in Delhi for the second day, Reddy appealed to all political parties to exercise restraint and avoid use of provocative language. He said no issue can be solved through violence.

Reddy said the Centre would deal firmly with the rioters. “No matter which community or party is resorting to violence, the Centre will not spare anyone. It will take strong action against all anti-social elements,” he said.

The minister alleged that unable to digest BJP’s massive victory in the elections and with no issue to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi politically, the detractors were using Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) to spread canard against the government and divide the people along religious lines. “This is not good for the country,” he said.

He assured minority community that there is not a single word against them in the CAA and appealed to them not to believe the lies being spread by the opposition parties.

He challenged the political parties opposing the CAA to prove if there is anything in it against the citizens of this country. “CAA is not even against Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is only aimed at helping persecuted minorities of those countries on humanitarian grounds,” he said.

Reddy condemned the alleged threats by the leaders of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) to attack enumerators visiting the houses for Census. He said Census was a constitutional obligation and it was being carried out for last 150 years.

Criticising the anti-CAA protesters, he said they were carrying national flag in one hand and a stone in the other to attack the police. “What kind of patriotism is this?” he asked.

The minister said since India was a democratic country and everyone has a right to protest, the Centre had been acting with restraint for last two months even though some of the protests were anti-national. He said the Centre did not act though the protesters at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi have shut a national highway for more than two months.

He remarked that some forces were mistaking the Centre’s patience and restraint as its weakness and inefficiency.

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95% people do not need BJP: Akhilesh

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 Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday took a swipe at Uttar Pradesh Minister Upendra Tiwari for saying that 95 per cent people do not need petrol, and said ‘the truth is that those people do not need the BJP’.

Upendra Tiwari had said that prices of petrol and diesel were not increased much considering per capita income and added that 95 per cent people do not need the petrol.

“The BJP minister said that expensive petrol does not bother the general public because 95 per cent of the people do not need petrol. Now, even the minister will not need it as the people will soon put him out of power. The truth is that 95 per cent of the people do not need the BJP,” Yadav said in a tweet in Hindi.

The SP president also asked, “Does Thar need diesel?”

The obvious reference was to the recent Lakhimpur Kheri incident where four farmers were allegedly mowed down by a jeep (Mahindra Thar) owned by Union Minister Ajay Misra.

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Priyanka to flag off ‘Pratigya Yatra’ on Saturday

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 Congress General secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will flag-off the three ‘Pratigya Yatras’ from Barabanki on Saturday.

The yatras will be taken out from October 23 to November 1.

According to the Congress press release, the ‘Pratigya Yatra’ will commence from Barabanki in the Bundelkhand region and will end at Jhansi via Lucknow, Unnao, Fatehpur, Chitrakoot, Banda, Hamirpur and Jalaun.

Similarly, in the western Uttar Pradesh region, the yatra will start from Saharanpur and will move through Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Moradabad, Rampur, Bareilly, Badaun, Aligarh, Hathras, Agra and Mathura.

In Avadh region, the yatra will start from Varanasi and will end at Rae Bareli via Chandauli, Sonbhadra, Mirzapur, Prayagraj, Pratapgarh and Amethi.

During these ‘Pratigya Yatras’, Priyanka will hold several meetings.

Priyanka, according to party sources, is likely to make announcements like women’s reservation in education and jobs, free education for women, farmer’s loan waiver and rebate in electricity rates during the yatras.

She has earlier announced that the Congress will give 40 per cent of the total election tickets to women in the state.

Apart from this, she has also promised to give mobile phones and scooty to the girl students.

The Congress is also especially eyeing women voters and is making a conscious effort to neutralize caste-based politics.

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Congress damaged interests by not trusting me: Amarinder

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 Two days after announcing to launch his own political outfit to serve the interests of the people, two-time Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday slammed AICC general secretary Harish Rawat, saying the party has damaged its own interests by not trusting him and giving the party into the hands of an ‘unstable person’ like Navjot Sidhu.

“Your apprehension is that I’ll damage @INCIndia interests in Punjab…. Fact is @harishrawatcmuk ji, the party has damaged its own interests by not trusting me and giving @INCPunjab into the hands of an unstable person like @sherryontopp who’s only loyal to himself: capt_amarinder,” media advisor Raveen Thukral quoting Amarinder Singh as saying in a tweet.

In a series of tweets, Amarinder Singh asked Rawat, who is Punjab affairs in-charge, “Today you’re accusing me of helping my rival @Akali_Dal for 4 and a half years @harishrawatcmuk ji. Is that why you think I’ve been fighting court cases against them for the last 10 years? And why I’ve won @INCIndia all elections in Punjab since 2017?”

Asking Rawat to stop talking about secularism, the former Chief Minister said, “Don’t forget @INCIndia took in @sherryontopp after he was with @BJP4India for 14 years. And where did Nana Patole and Revnath Reddy come from if not RSS? And Pargat Singh was with @Akali_Dal for 4 years!”

Amarinder Singh further asked Rawat, “And what are you doing with @ShivsenaComms in Maharashtra? Or are you saying @harishrawatcmuk Ji that it’s ok to join forces with so-called communal parties as long as it suits @INCIndia purpose.

“What’s this if not sheer political opportunism?” he asked.

The former Chief Minister’s reaction came a day after Rawat said Amarinder’s announcement of floating a new party will not hurt the Congress in Punjab.

It will actually divide the votes of Congress’ rivals in the state, Rawat said, adding, “Our votes will depend on the performance of the Charanjit Singh Channi government. The way Channi has started, it has created a good impression before Punjab and the entire nation.”

Meanwhile, state party President Navjot Singh Sidhu blamed Amarinder Singh the architect of three black farm laws.

“The Architect of 3 Black Laws… Who brought Ambani to Punjab’s Kisani… Who destroyed Punjab’s Farmers, Small traders and Labour for benefiting 1-2 Big Corporates!!” Sidhu said in a tweet with photos of the former Chief Minister meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah and others.

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