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BJP to fight Assembly polls alone: State chief Barala; Will BJP make government again?

Panipat : State BJP president Subhash Barala said on Monday that Haryana would soon get the waters of the SYL canal. Besides, the party has started preparations for the elections in 2019 and it would not have alliance with any other party. The BJP would fight the elections in state on its own.

He was interacting with mediapersons after chairing a meeting of the members of the district core committee at the PWD rest house here.

All 12 members of the core committee, namely Transport Minister Krishan Lal Panwar; MLAs Rohita Rewri, Mahipal Dhanda; state party general secretary Sanjay Bhatia; district unit president Pramod Viz; Zila Parishad chairperson Ashu Shera; Gajender Saluja; Devender Dutta; advocate Vedpal; vice- president Sunil Soni; Panipat party in charge Kavita Chaudhary and Rammehar Malik attended the meeting.
Barala said that the BJP government was working seriously to bring the SYL waters in the state. “The BJP has started preparations for the mission 2019 and all ministers, MLAs, office-bearers and workers have been directed to work among the people and report whether the benefits of welfare schemes of the government have reached intended beneficiaries or not,” he added. Besides, the meetings of workers were being held at the district level.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had taken serous note of corruption in the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) and an special investigating team had been formed to investigate the matter. Anyone found indulging in corruption would not be spared, he said.

He reviewed the performance of the government welfare schemes in the district and also collected feedback from the members at the closed-door meeting.

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This time, no show of ‘pagri’ at Cong rally; Will this reduce the Congress factionism?

Chandigarh : Congress leaders of the faction-ridden Haryana unit will be unable to put up a show of strength at party president Rahul Gandhi’s Jan Aakrosh Rally scheduled for April 29 in New Delhi.

Sources say AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot and Haryana affairs incharge Kamal Nath have told several factions of the state unit that none will ask their supporters to wear turbans of a particular colour or raise slogans in favour of any particular leader except for Sonia Gandhi and Rahul.

State Congress president Ashok Tanwar has confirmed this.

Earlier, supporters of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda used to go to Congress rallies donning pink turbans, while those owing allegiance to Tanwar wore red turbans.

Not only this, supporters of Hooda, Tanwar, Randeep Surjewala, Kiran Choudhry and others would raise slogans in favour of their leaders in the rally to make their presence felt.

On October 6, 2016, Tanwar had sustained injuries when his supporters clashed with those of Hooda ahead of Rahul’s rally. Tanwar had to remain in hospital for a few days. He had even gone to the extent of lodging a police complaint against Hooda’s supporters.

The state Congress chief said the leadership has asked the Haryana unit to work together for the success of the rally.

Notwithstanding the call for unity, leaders of various factions of the state Congress have been mobilising support for the rally separately.

Tanwar has addressed meetings in 11 districts of the state, while Hooda has called a meeting of his supporters at his Delhi residence on April 25.

Rajya Sabha member Kumari Selja has addressed meetings of party workers in Hisar, Ambala, Panchkula and Yamunanagar, drumming up support for the rally.
“I am getting a good response for the rally. People of Haryana are fed up with the BJP government and want a change,” Selja said.

Surjewala and CLP leader Kiran Choudhry have also been touring the state to mobilise support for the April 29 event.

Will carry only party flag: Tanwar 

Faridabad : State Congress chief Ashok Tanwar has said all party workers and leaders are required to carry only a party flag and no one should wear a pagri for the Jan Aakrosh Rally. He said this while addressing a party workers’ meeting here on Saturday. “The rally’s aim is to exhibit party’s unity and strength,” Tanwar said.

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SC stays proceeding against Salman for alleged remarks against a community; Has Salman got relief from this decision?

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday stayed criminal proceedings and the inquiry initiated against Bollywood superstar Salman Khan for allegedly making derogatory comments against Valmiki community members during the promotion of film ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submission of senior advocate NK Kaul, representing Khan, that the proceedings be stayed.
The senior advocate said some criminal cases were lodged against the actor in Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Mumbai.

The bench asked Kaul to provide the details of the cases pending against Khan and ordered that proceedings in those matters would remain stayed.

Khan had allegedly made some objectionable remarks against the community during the promotion of Bollywood flick ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ and subsequently several proceedings were lodged against him under penal provisions under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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Bihar BJP MP’s son arrested for violating prohibition; Does BJP legislators; Does BJP legislators and leaders violate the law?

Patna : The son of a BJP MP has been arrested in Bihar for consuming liquor in violation of the prohibition law.

Rahul Kumar, 18, son of Gaya MP Hari Manjhi, was taken in custody from a village near Bodh Gaya along with two friends on Sunday. Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Garima Malik said he had been sent to judicial custody.

“Police conducted medical examination of Manjhi’s son and it was confirmed that he consumed liquor,” police officer Shuv Kumar Mahto said.

But Manjhi denied the charges and said his son was arrested to defame him ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The BJP and Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United are allies in Bihar. Complete prohibition was imposed in the state on April 5, 2016.

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SC dismisses Agnivesh’s plea seeking deletion of scenes from ‘Padmaavat’; Is there anything wrong in Padmavat ?

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the plea of social activist Swami Agnivesh seeking deletion of scenes from the film ‘Padmaavat’ on the grounds that it glorified the practice of Jauhar.
The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra rejected the plea of Angivesh, which also sought lodging of an FIR against the producer and director of the film for glorifying the evil of jauhar (self-immolation by widows on their husband’s funeral pyre).

“Once CBFC clears the movie, deletion of scenes cannot be directed,” the bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, said.

The apex court had trashed several petitions against Padmaavat’s release on various grounds. Then the producers had moved the court after some states banned the movie.

The court, on January 18, had set aside the ban and restrained other states from banning the film, paving way for its all-India release on January 25.
Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh had moved the apex court seeking recall of the SC order, which was dismissed on January 23.

The Deepika Padukone-starrer ‘Padmaavat’, based on the saga of a historic 13th century battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi, has Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles.

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