Tension in Phagwara after Shiv Sena leader is ‘beaten up’; Were communal fights are on peak in India ?
Phagwara : Tension prevailed in the town on Saturday as Shiv Sena leader Rajesh Palta was allegedly beaten up by Dalits at Balmiki Chowk here.
Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Tayab and Senior Superintendent of Police Sandeep Sharma are camping at Phagwara since Friday night.
Additional force has been deputed at sensitive places. The meetings of both communities are being held at separate places.
Meanwhile, the visit of Punjab BJP president Shawait Malik to Phagwara to address BJP councillors on Saturday morning has been cancelled owing to the tension.
BSP prevents Cong, BJP leaders from paying homage to Ambedkar; Were BSP have any copyright on Dr. Ambedkar ?
Jalandhar : There was a tiff between Congress and BSP leaders here on Saturday over the garlanding of statue of Dr BR Ambedkar on his birth anniversary.
Congress leaders were able to perform the ceremony only after police cordoned off Ambedkar Chowk.
Even BJP leaders Manoranjan Kalia, KD Bhandari and ex-mayor Sunil Jyoti were not allowed to perform the ceremony by the BSP.
BSP leaders have been protesting over no reprieve over the dilution of the SC/ST Act.
Haryana govt will reach out to villagers. Were Haryana Govt's eye on Polls ?
Chandigarh : The BJP government in Haryana has decided to make inroads into rural areas of the state with an eye on parliamentary and Assembly elections due next year.
Under the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, MLAs, MPs and ministers of the BJP will reach out to people living in all 6,841villages of the state from April 14 to May 5.
Besides, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is set to visit 260 villages with a population of 10,000 or above after the rabi harvesting season.
Sources say that though the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan is a national programme to be launched with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s broadcast on Ambedkar Jayanti (April 14), the Khattar government is taking this event as an opportunity to make inroads into the rural vote bank that has not been its forte.
Of the 47 seats won by the BJP in the 2014 Assembly elections, 26 were in urban areas — either district headquarters or sub-divisional towns —and 16 in semi-urban areas, comprising municipal bodies. Only five seats were in rural areas.
In contrast, Opposition parties — the INLD and Congress — had won more seats in rural areas.
Before 2014, the ruling party had a weak foothold in the state. Ever since the BJP was founded in 1980, it managed to reach two-digit figures only twice — in 1987 and 1996, when it won 16 and 11 seats, respectively.
On both occasions, the party had contested in alliance with Devi Lal’s Janata Dal and Bansi Lal’s Haryana Vikas Party.
“Immediately after forming his government, Khattar focused on rural development. The government wants to provide big villages with facilities available in urban areas so that villagers don’t have to migrate to towns,” said Rajiv Jain, media adviser to the Chief Minister.
Gram Swaraj Abhiyan itinerary
April 20: Free LPG cylinders to be distributed to villagers eligible under the Ujjwala Panchayat programme
April 22: Awareness programme on the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Pradhan Mantri Saubhagya Yojana
April 24: Gram sabhas will be organised on account of Panchayati Raj Divas
April 30: Swachh Bharat Parv will be observed
May 2: ‘Kisan karyashalas’ to be organised with an aim to double farmers’ income by 2022
Wheat dumped along canal in Rohtak; Does the problems of Farmers are growing day by day ?
No purchase in past 3 days; grain market lacks storage space
Sanghi (Rohtak) : Thousands of quintals of wheat has been lying in the open along a canal and in agricultural fields in and around Sanghi village in the district for several days owing to shortage of space at the local grain market/purchase centre, while farmers and arhtiyas of several villages await procurement by government agencies.
“We had brought wheat for purchase by the government agencies, but no procurement has taken place for the past three days. Wheat is lying in the open and it has already rained twice. We covered as much produce as we could, but we have limited resources and there is no support/facility from the government,” lament Ram Kuwar, a farmer, and Naresh Kumar, an arhtiya of Khidwali village, who have been camping alongside the canal to guard the produce.
At the Sanghi grain market/purchase centre, Rajesh, an arhtiya, points out that the centre has a storage capacity of barely 1 lakh bags of wheat (of 50 kg each), while 5-7 lakh bags of wheat are likely to arrive here. Hence, there is no option for the farmers or arhtiyas, but to dump the produce in the open.
“We have been witnessing the same situation for the past several years. Our repeated requests to the authorities concerned in this regard have fallen on deaf ears. The hapless farmers of the area are a dejected lot and do not know which door to knock at,” rues Krishan, a local farmer. Sanghi is the native village of Congress leader and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Farmers Sheelu and Satbir complain that they had brought their produce on April 8 and have been waiting since then, but no government official has visited the purchase centre to initiate the procurement process.
Most of the farmers have sold their produce to the arhtiyas who are awaiting purchase by the government agencies. The arhtiyas have handed over slips mentioning the quantity of wheat they have purchased from the farmers and have promised to make the payments after they receive the amount from the government agencies.
Deputy Commissioner Dr Yash Garg admitted that wheat produce had to be dumped in the open by arhtiyas/farmers in Sanghi village and this practice has been continuing for several years.
“Efforts are being made to resolve the issue and the officials concerned have been directed to expedite the procurement process and lifting operations so that the farmers and arhtiyas do not face any difficulties,” he said.
Lok Sabha polls will see 'Islam vs Bhagwan', 'Pak vs India': BJP MLA; Do you agree ?
Ballia (UP) : The 2019 Lok Sabha elections would be fought on the lines of "Islam versus Bhagwan" and "Pakistan versus India", BJP UP MLA Surendra Singh has said, days after he defended his colleague accused of raping a teenage girl.
The saffron party legislator from Bairia had stirred a row on April 11 when he defended MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar who allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl last year.
“Tell me who will rape a mother of three? He is being falsely implicated," he had told reporters on the sidelines of an event.
Last night during a public meeting here, Singh said, "The 2019 poll are going to be on the lines of Pakistan versus Bharat... Islam versus Bhagwan and so the respected people of the country you have to decide whether it will be Islam, which will win or Bhagwan."
"(You have to) decide if it is the dishonest that will be victorious or (Narendra) Modi's sincerity," he said.
The lawmaker said that this time if the BJP won the people of the country would rejoice and if the opposition managed to make its government, drums and trumpets would be played in Pakistan.
"People have to decide if they are with Bhagwan or Islam," Singh said.
“It will be Bharat 'bhakti' will take on 'vibhakti' (divisive forces)," he said.
Singh had earlier said that once India becomes a "Hindu rashtra" only those Muslims would stay in the country, who assimilate in the Hindu culture.
"There are a very few Muslims who are patriotic. Once India becomes a Hindu 'rashtra' (Hindu nation), Muslims who assimilate in our culture will stay in India. Those who will not, are free to take asylum in any other country," he had said.