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Vasundhara Raje is back in BJP’s posters

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Finally, former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje is back in state BJP’s posters leading to speculations, if union minister Bhupender Yadav, presently on his ‘Jan Ashirvad Yatra’ in Rajasthan, is a truce maker between two camps — one led by state party president Satish Poonia and the other by Raje?

This is the question being asked in political circles as before Yadav’s much-hyped yatra, a new poster has come up where Raje’s picture can be seen second to Poonia.

The poster carries the first picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, followed by party president J.P. Nadda and Bhupender Yadav. Next comes Poonia, then Raje, and then the leader of opposition, Gulabchand Kataria who is then followed by union ministers including Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Arjun Ram Meghwal and Kailash Chaudhary.

Raje’s pictures were removed recently from the posters and banners outside the state party headquarters which left former CM’s followers anguished and annoyed.

While Raje remained quiet for all these months, her followers have been speaking against the state party leadership and one of her loyalists Rohitashv Sharma has also been expelled from the party for six years.

However, recently she hit back at the poster controversy for the first time and said, “I don’t believe in the politics of posters, but want to rule and dwell in the hearts of the people.”

She said that when she joined politics, her mother, Rajmataji told her that the five fingers of the hand are not the same. “So when you visit the villages, you need to unite people into a family with love for each other, despite there being differences of diverse kinds. Hence, I always intended to carry out work that can endure in their memories and hearts,” Raje added.

Meanwhile, BJP workers told IANS that the central leadership is keeping its eyes on Rajasthan and has been sending teams to review and monitor the situation.

Veteran party leaders such as C.T. Ravi and Arun Singh have already toured the state and now Bhupender Yadav is here to balance the equation to set the stage for forthcoming elections in 2023.

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PFI ban: Vijayan holds high-level meeting with police officials

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 Hours after the Centre banned the Popular Front of India, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday met top state police officials to take stock of the situation and draw elaborate plans to ensure that everything is kept under control.

State police chief Anil Kant told Vijayan that everything is under control and the Superintendents of Police of all the 14 districts have been asked to be on high alert.

In a related development, the RSS office at Aluva in Ernakulam district was provided Central security.

Meanwhile, PFI state General Secretary A. Abdul Sathhar, in a press statement, said that the PFI has been wound up and asked its cadres to stop all political activities and organisation work.

News also came the Kerala Police, acting on the directions of the National Investigation Agency, took Sathar into custody and is now kept at the Kollam Police Club waiting for the NIA officials to arrive to take him away.

In an early morning joint operation last week, the NIA and the Enforcement Directorate took into custody several top level state and national leaders of the PFI from various parts of the state in two cases registered at Delhi and in the state.

Those who were named in the case registered in Delhi were immediately taken to Delhi and produced before a court there and those named in the case in the state before local courts here.

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Maharashtra ATS to enforce further crackdown on PFI after Centre’s ban

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The agency has so far conducted raids in 12 districts in Maharashtra, arresting and detaining scores of people linked to the Islamist organisation
Following the central government’s imposition of a five-year ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI), the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) is planning to enforce a further crackdown on the organisation in the state, a senior officer said on Wednesday.“Relevant action has been initiated against the PFI in Maharashtra in accordance with the Centre’s ban this morning. We are getting details of their offices, members and bank accounts,” the officer said.

The agency has so far conducted raids in 12 districts in Maharashtra, arresting and detaining scores of people linked to the Islamist organisation. Sources said that more arrests are likely to happen in the days to come based on interrogations of the accused arrested so far.
The Union home ministry’s move banning the PFI and its affiliates under Section 3 of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act will be referred to a tribunal for adjudication, whether or not there is sufficient cause to declare the organisation “unlawful association”, people familiar with the procedure said.

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Why right-wing majoritarian outfits not banned, asks Owaisi

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AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday said that the Centre’s ban on Popular Front of India (PFI) cannot be supported and asked the government why has it not banned right-wing majoritarian organisations.

The Hyderabad MP said while he has always opposed PFI’s approach and supported democratic approach, this ban on PFI cannot be supported.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president believes that a draconian ban of this kind is dangerous as it is a ban on any Muslim who wishes to speak his mind. “The way India’s electoral autarky is approaching fascism, every Muslim youth will now be arrested with a PFI pamphlet under India’s black law, UAPA,” tweeted Owaisi.

“How come PFI is banned but organisations associated with convicts of Khaja Ajmeri bomb blasts aren’t? Why has govt not banned right wing majoritarian organisations?,” he asked.

He said actions of some individuals who commit crime does not mean that the organisation itself must be banned. He pointed out that the Supreme Court has also held that mere association with an organisation is not enough to convict someone.

“Muslims have spent decades in prison before being acquitted by courts. I have opposed UAPA & will always oppose all actions under UAPA. It runs afoul the principle of liberty, which is part of basic structure of the constitution,” he wrote.

“We should remember that Congress amended UAPA to make it stringent & when BJP amended the law to make it even more draconian, Congress supported it This case will follow timeline of Kappan, where any activist or journalist is randomly arrested & takes 2 years to even get bail,” he added.

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