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Delhi High Court dismisses plea on Bhagat Singh

Stating that it cannot pass any direction on the issue of giving martyr status to freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, the Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking directions from the court. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said “the plea is dismissed. We cannot issue such a direction.” The court dismissed the plea after the petitioner failed to reply to the court’s query on whether there is any law under which the court has the power to issue any such direction.The plea filed by advocate Birender Sangwan had sought granting of ‘shaheed’ (martyr) status to Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, who were hanged by the Britishers in 1931. “The grant of ‘shaheed’ status is very much essential for HC a martyr and it is the legal right of a martyr to have such a status declared to them, thus it is an expression of gratitude towards them,” the plea had contended. In 1928, Bhagat Singh and Rajguru had shot a British junior police officer, John Saunders in Lahore, in present-day Pakistan, mistaking him for a British police superintendent. A special tribunal was constituted by Lord Irwin, the then Viceroy of India.

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De-addiction centres to counter Udta Kashmir phenomenon

Alarmed by the rising incidence of drug abuse, Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to establish de-addiction centres in all district Hospitals across the state to counter the Udta Kashmir phenomenon.“The government will establish drug de-addiction centres in each district hospital of the state in next two months”, said Bali Bhagat¸ Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Health and Medical Education.This follows the alarming increase in the incidents of drug smuggling and addiction cases in the valley. Strife-torn Kashmir is emerging as a hub of the contraband drugs with smugglers exploiting the law and order problem to carry out the nefarious trade. More than 10000 drug abusers have been treated in police de-addiction centre alone since 2008.“Civil society to contribute to saving the youth from this menace and asked them to form Mohalla Committees to monitor and report the cases of drug abuse”, said Bhagat.Health minister also directed assistant Drug Controller to conduct inspections of supply records of the chemists to keep a check on the drug abuse. SSPs have also been asked to take stringent action against habitual offenders under NDPS Act.Official figures reveal that police have seized 64 kilograms of charas, 7.5 kilograms of charas powder, 194 kilograms of bhang and bhang dust, 925 kilograms of fukki, 915 kilogram of poppy straw and 3.75 kilogram of brown sugar in different parts of the valley in 2016. If it was not enough, police seized 26457 intoxicating capsules 10553 intoxicating tablets and 12983 bottles intoxicating syrup in 2016. Around 312 persons were arrested in 2016 of whom 202 were prosecuted and 26 others were booked under Public Safety Act (PSA), under which a person can be jailed without trial and bail up to two years. Similarly in 2015 police had registered 375 cases and arrested 442 people and 13 others have been booked under PSA.Figures released by Excise Department of Jammu and Kashmir have revealed shocking details about the drug cultivation in the trouble-torn valley. Poppy crop spread over 2863 kanals (20 kanals form one hectare) of land was destroyed this year so far. Last year poppy crop spread over 2873 kanals of land was destroyed by the Excise Department.In summer this year Bhang spread over 1475 kanals of land has been destroyed in Kashmir valley. Last year the crop over 180 kanals of land was destroyed by the Excise Department.

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Gujarat elections 2017 | DNA IMPACT: EC turns off ‘Ramkatha’ during polling

The Election Commission has directed the organisers of Morari Bapu’s Ramkatha in Surat not to hold it on Saturday until the first phase polling of the Gujarat Assembly elections does not come to an end.The DNA had first reported on November 14 that Ramkatha was being organised in Surat in the middle of a busy election schedule from December 2 to 10 and might create problems as the polling day in Surat happens to be on December 9.The move had ignited a debate in Surat over whether the Ramkatha was being organised to change the discourse from agitation to patriotism. It is being organised by pro-RSS Veer Maruti Jawan Trust of diamond merchants and builders to raise Rs 200 crore to honour and help Army martyrs’ families.It also raising funds to help the descendants of great patriots such as Rani Laxmi Bai and the families of Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev.Moreover, Morari Bapu is also considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.EC sources said though the Commission had not given any instructions not to allow candidates from participating in it, they deliberately kept out of it knowing that their participation would be deemed as electoral campaigning and the day’s expenses of Ramkatha would be counted in their election expenses.With candidates allowed to spend only up to Rs 28 lakh, participation in Ramkatha for a single session could send their election expenses swelling by Rs 1.4 crore (total cost of holding 10 day Ramkatha has been pegged at Rs 14 crore by the organisers) which may result in the cancellation of their candidature.However, this does not explain the Surat police stopping Patidar youth leader Hardik Patel, who is not even fighting elections, from entering the Ramkatha on Friday.Hardik tweeted on Friday morning, “Just now I was going to attend Morari Bapu’s Ramkatha in Surat, but police stopped me and said the model code of conduct was in force, you cannot go. Model code even in religious matters. Ram Ram.”Incidentally, Ramkatha is being organised at Surat’s Varachha Road which is dominated by the Patidar community and has been one of the epicentres of anti-BJP protests.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Provide jammers near booths: Congress

Expressing fears of EVM tampering, the Opposition Congress asked the Election Commission (EC) to install jammers near polling booths and the strong rooms where the EVMs would be stored after polling.The demand was made before the EC on Saturday, the first day of its two-day visit to Gujarat, to review preparations for the upcoming Assembly elections.“We have also sought measures to control mobile phone services within 200 metres of the polling stations,” Balubhai Patel, chairman of Congress’s Election Coordination Committee, said. The Congress sought deployment of more paramilitary personnel in sensitive polling booths.Claiming that many officers ranging from police inspectors to prant officers have been posted at the same place as in 2012 elections, the opposition party demanded that they be moved to different places to ensure free and fair conduct of polls.“There are 7,000 students from just Ahmedabad and adjacent places who are living outside Gujarat. We have asked the Election Commission to make alternate voting arrangement such as postal ballot or online voting for such voters,” Parindu Bhagat, in-charge of BJP’s Legal Cell, said.The BJP delegation also complained that some Election Observers were causing undue harassment by going out of the way, and demanded that they stick to their role for ensuring free and fair conduct of the elections.
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Gujarat Elections 2017: BJP MP Prabhatsinh Chauhan ‘misbehaves’ with media

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MP Prabhatsinh Chauhan, who is reportedly unhappy because his daughter-in-law, and not his wife, has been fielded by the party from the Kaalol Assembly seat in the upcoming Gujarat polls, allegedly pushed a cameraman and warned a reporter in Panchmahal district on Sunday, when the scribes asked for his reaction to the development.Video clips being telecast on local television news channels purportedly showed the MP pushing the reporter at the venue of a BJP event at Mora village in Morva Hadaf taluka of Panchmahal.Chauhan had come to the village to take part in the ‘Mann ki Baat, Chai ke Saath’ programme of the BJP.On Friday, the ruling party, in its fifth list of 13 candidates for the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly polls, dropped the name of sitting MLA Arvindsinh Chauhan and instead, fielded Prabhatsinh Chauhan’s daughter-in-law Suman Chauhan from the Kaalol seat in Panchmahal district.Reportedly upset over the announcement, the Panchmahal MP wrote a letter to BJP chief Amit Shah, urging him to replace his daughter-in-law with a “local” candidate.Although, in the letter, Chauhan did not specifically demand that his wife Rangeshwari be given the party ticket, the MP had recently told reporters that she was the best candidate for the Kaalol seat.In the letter, Chauhan also alleged that his son Pravinsinh was a “bootlegger” and that he and his wife had even gone to jail.At the venue for the BJP event on Sunday, Chauhan allegedly grasped a television reporter’s hand when the latter asked him a question over the ticket allocation issue. The MP also allegedly talked to the reporter in a warning tone and pushed him back.The entire episode was captured on cameras. Chauhan was subsequently pacified by his supporters, who took him away from the mediapersons.Later, as he was leaving the venue, the MP reportedly got angry again at being asked questions by the media and allegedly hit one of the television cameras and pushed the cameraman. This incident was also captured by the television crew.The journalist, Hanif Bhagat, claimed that Chauhan not only grasped his hand, but also threatened him.”When I asked Chauhan to explain his side as regards the controversy, he got angry and grasped my hand. He then warned me saying, ‘do you want to get beaten up?’ Later, he attacked our cameraman outside the venue when another reporter tried to ask him a question,” said Bhagat, who works with “ABP Asmita”, a Gujarati news channel.Despite several requests to clear his stand over the issue of ticket allocation, Chauhan did not say anything and left the venue.In his letter to Shah, the MP had reportedly warned that he would not guarantee a victory for the saffron party from Kaalol or any of the seven Assembly seats under his LokSabha segment, if daughter-in-law Suman Chauhan was not replaced with someone of his choice.Chauhan, a prominent Rajput face in the region, who had joined the BJP in 1992, claimed that though he had single- handedly established the BJP’s dominance in Panchmahal district over the years, he was ignored by the party and not given any post in the organisation.The MP claimed that the BJP would not get even a single vote from the tribals in the upcoming Assembly polls. While Chauhan’s wife Rangeshwari is a tribal, his daughter-in-law is a Rajput.On Friday, after Rangeshwari came to know that she had been ignored in the ticket allocation, she targeted her husband in a fiery Facebook post, in which she dared him to enter Kaalol for poll campaigning. However, the post was deleted on Saturday. Despite repeated attempts, Chauhan could not be reached for comments on Sunday’s incident.The 182-member Gujarat Assembly will go to the polls in two phases — on December 9 and 14. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 18.

ERO net to ensure fair voter checklist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to increase transparency and keep a tab on bogus voting, election commission in the state has come up with ERO net online system. The advantage of this system is that it would ensure that the name of a voter shall not appear in two or more different places.Chief election officer, Ahwani Bhagat inaugurated this facility in secretariat on Monday. Every application will have to be fed online on this portal and thereafter a checklist will be printed. This list will be checked by booth level officer (BLO) who will go on the spot and check the authenticity of the data provided in the application. Thereafter, it will be decided whether to accept or reject the application.Under this new facility, while making the checklist id it will be known if the name of applicant is already registered and where it is already registered.Bhagat, during the launch ceremony of this facility informed that this ERO net will be implemented across all the 200 assemblies of the state.For implementing this system, state level master trainers were selected across the state and were sent to Indian election commission in Delhi to get the best training.Now 5 assembly areas have been chosen for pilot project and include Udaipur rural booth number 267 , Mavli booth number 264 , Kota north booth number 218.The BLO’s are being given smart phone so that they can work online. Meanwhile, the BLO’s will start contacting the voters for adding names. The authentication of the application will be done through mobile app on the server of the commission.For authenticityEvery application will have to be fed online on this portal and thereafter a checklist will be printed. This list will be checked by booth level officer (BLO) who will go on the spot and check the authenticity of the data provided in the application. Thereafter, it will be decided whether to accept or reject the application.

‘His exemplary courage inspires generations of Indians’: PM Modi bows down to Bhagat Singh on birth anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The nation on Thursday paid a homage to Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his 110th birth anniversary.Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to pay his tribute.”I bow to the brave Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his jayanti. His greatness and exemplary courage inspires generations of Indians,” Modi tweeted. Sudarsan Pattnaik also paid his tribute to revolutionary martyr through his Sand Art.Ministers and leaders from various parties paid tribute to Bhagat Singh.

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East Delhi landfill collapse: Rs 1 lakh to kin of victims who died in Ghazipur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>East Delhi Mayor Neema Bhagat today announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to the kin of two persons who died after a portion of a mountainous garbage dump in Ghazipur caved in.The giant dump at the Ghazipur landfill site stood 60 metres high, nearly as tall as a 15-storey building, before a portion of it gave in yesterday because of heavy rains in the national capital.A car, scooter and two motorcycles were swept away by the resulting momentum of the garbage and slush, and thrown off into a canal. While Raj Kumari (32) and Abhishek (22) died, five persons were injured in the incident.The landfill site falls under the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).Bhagat, who met the family members of the deceased, said, “The landfill site had reached its saturation point in 2002”.She announced an ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the families of the deceased from the mayor’s fund.The Ghazipur landfill is the oldest of its kind in the national capital. It was started in 1984 and is spread over 29 acres.According to officials, permissible height for a garbage dump is 20 metres. Every day, 2,500 metric tonnes of garbage is dumped at the site

Four of Maha family die in road mishap

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four persons of a family were killed and six others were injured when the jeep they were travelling in collided with a truck near Tandalja village in Chhotaudepur district today, the police said. The incident occurred when they were returning to Maharashtra after visiting Pavagadh pilgrimage centre in neighbouring Panchmahal district. A police official said the condition of three of the injured persons is serious. The deceased are identified as Sunil Patil, Kavitaben Patil, Yaminiben Patil and driver of the jeep Bhagat Surve, said Bodeli police station sub-inspector Harendrasinh Bhati. He said the victims are residents of Shirupr and Jalgaon in Maharashtra.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J-K govt to revive ayurvedic college closed in 1981

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Government Ayurvedic college here, which was shut in 1981, is all set to be revived, with the Jammu and Kashmir government aiming to start academic activities from the current academic session, state Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat said. According to state heath department officials, the project coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 25.80 crore at Sangani-Akhnoor is at the final stage and likely to be finished during the current fiscal. Till date, Rs 19 crore stands incurred on various works, they said. The Government Ayurvedic College in Jammu, the only such institute in the state, was established in 1962. The college was closed in 1981, but the the Government Ayurvedic hospital continues to function. “In view of increasing popularity and demand for AYUSH treatment, the government has decided to give appropriate recognition to this vital area of traditional healthcare, and the academic activities (at the Government Ayurvedic college) will be started from the current session with 50 BAMS seats,” Bhagat said. The minister, who chaired a high-level meeting here yesterday, to discuss the modalities for starting the first batch of the Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) at the college, said issues relating to revival of the college vis-a-vis arrangements of faculty, candidate selection, infrastructural facilities and hostel were discussed. He directed that all formalities are finalised and bottlenecks cleared at the earliest to ensure starting of the BAMS course from the current academic session itself. Bhagat is scheduled to meet Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Jai Prakash Nadda and high-level functionaries of the AYUSH Ministry on August 2 in Delhi to discuss revival of the college and the ministry’s support in the matter, an official spokesperson said. The minister said the matter with regard to the selection of 50 candidates has been taken up with the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations authorities for starting of first batch of BAMS course in this college from the current session.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BCom students face uncertain future as DU admin ignores complains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly a month after hundreds of third-year BCom students failed their final year exams across various colleges of Delhi University (DU), most of them are staring at an uncertain future as the administration has not done anything to resolve the matter.This is even after they had constituted a committee to look into the students’ complaints.Among those who failed in the practical exam of Computer Applications paper, was Manjula Daboriya, a student of BCom (prog) at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College. “I had cleared two-rounds of my job selection process by the time our final results were declared on June 25. I was disqualified from the third round when I told the employers about my result,” she said.”We don’t know what will happen now. The college authority simply passed the blame on the University administration saying they were not aware of the fact that we had to pass the practical exam separately and the latter is not ready to listen to us,” she rued.The subject is studied during the fifth semester of both BCom (Honours) and BCom (Prog).There is 40 marks for practical, 45 for theory and 15 for internal assessment. Students have to pass in both practical and theory separately.”Neither the college authority nor the examination department had informed us about this during the entire semester,” said Shikha Verma, a third year student at Kamala Nehru College, who failed by just ‘one mark’.Despite multiple protests by students demanding re-examination, the administration is still mulling over it. “We have never conducted re-examination for a practical. The college authority should have informed the students about the mandatory rule of passing the practical exams beforehand,” a senior University official said, adding that they are looking into the matter.Meanwhile, those who had applied for post graduation courses in foreign universities are now in a fix. “I was in the middle of my admission process in MBA at a university in Australia when the results were declared. I could not proceed and am still waiting for the University authorities to take some decision at the earliest,” said a B Com (Hons) student at Aurobindo college, who did not want to be named.

India, Pakistan LoCked in a battle of bullets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two soldiers were martyred when the Pakistan Army opened unprovoked fire in north Kashmir’s Kupwara on the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday, prompting an “appropriate” response from the Indian side.The two soldiers — Lance Naik Ranjit Singh and Rifleman Satish Bhagat — were from Jammu. Singh hailed from Burn village in Bhalwal tehsil and is survived by his wife Neha Devi. Bhagat belonged to Guhrasinghu and is survived by his mother Kamlesh Kumari. “We’re giving an appropriate reply,” said a senior Army official.The blatant ceasefire violation came soon after Indian forces killed three Pakistan-backed terrorists in an overnight encounter in central Kashmir’s Budgam. Forces launched a cordon-and-search operation on Tuesday evening after receiving specific intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area. This led to an encounter that killed Aaqib Gul, Javaid Ahmad Sheikh and Sajid Ahmad.Meanwhile, Indian forces launched a massive manhunt for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander and Pakistani national Abu Ismail and his associates who, the J&K police said, planned and executed Monday’s terror attack that killed 9 Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag.Security forces have increased presence through area domination operations across the Yatra route from Jammu’s base camp to the cave shrine of Lord Shiva following the attack on a Jammu-bound bus that also left 19 pilgrims wounded, sparking nationwide outrage and protests.Sources said that forces have streamlined their intelligence grid to track Ismail.Ismail and his group had attacked the Amarnath pilgrims, mostly from Gujarat and Maharashtra, returning from the shrine.Security forces are using both human and technical intelligence to hunt down Ismail and other terrorists in south Kashmir, particularly in Kulgam, Anantnag and Shopian districts.”I have to compliment the security forces and the state director general of police for the breakthrough in identifying the group within a few hours of the attack. I am sure they will proceed further and come out with more information which would be critical to us,” said Union Minister Jitendra Singh.The entire Yatra route has been sanitised again. “The whole security apparatus has been put on high alert and instructions have been issued to keep road-opening parties strengthened till late hours,” said Union Minister Hansraj Ahir.Security forces are also looking into any lapses that could have led to the attack. “We are not in denial. I have never been so. As the minister (Ahir) said, we will investigate everything,” said Singh.The 20-something Ismail is considered to be the deputy of LeT’s Kashmir chief Abu Dujana. Sources said Ismail is effectively heading the Pakistan-based terror outfit as Dujana, also a Pakistani national, has been sidelined due to the differences within the group. He is touted to officially replace Dujana soon.Ismail has been operating in south Kashmir for 30 months, having been part of almost all attacks on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. He is wanted in many cases. Sources said Ismail has been trying to fill in the space left by the killing of Bashir Lashkari and Junaid Matoo.ON GUARDSecurity forces are using both human and technical intelligence to hunt down Ismail and other terrorists.
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EDMC sets up 24×7 helplines for monsoon-related complaints

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The East Delhi Municipal Corporation has set up round-the-clock helplines to address complaints related to waterlogging, sanitation and other civic woes during the monsoon season. Problems related to waterlogging, building collapse, tree fall and sanitation can be reported through the helpline, the EDMC said. The services would be available till September 15 but could be extended if monsoon prolongs. East Delhi Mayor Neema Bhagat said the control rooms are equipped with pumps and other required machinery. “One truck is deployed for the day shift and two departmental trucks are on stand-by in both zonal offices (Shahadra – North & South) for attending to any emergency calls,” she said. The officers are required to keep their phones switched on even during night hours, Bhagat said. Meanwhile, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) today said, it already has functional 24×7 helplines working in three shifts for such complaints. NDMC Mayor Preety Agarwal said, “Our control rooms will cater to the complaints directly. Instructions have already been issued to senior officials to monitor the process to ensure proper actions are taken in regards of the complaints.” The corporation, if needed, would work in coordination with the other agencies like the Delhi Police, PWD, DDA, Flood Control and Irrigation Department to respond to complaints faster, she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Neither Good nor Simple, say Traders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scattered protests and strikes greeted the rollout of what is being called India’s biggest tax reform — the Goods and Services Tax — on day-one on Saturday. Across the country, some of the trade unions and those affected demonstrated against the new regime on the grounds that the slabs on certain categories are either ‘excessive’ or ‘complicated’.In Modi’s home state…A majority of cloth shops in Gujarat remained shut on Saturday while those who kept it open said they did not carry out any business transaction.“There is no bandh call… most shops remained shut on their own in protest. There is no business as no merchant has acquired GST number yet,” Gaurang Bhagat, president of Maskati Kapad Mahajan, an association of cloth merchants in Ahmedabad, told PTI.“Not that we are against GST. What we are saying is that government should listen to our concerns and address it properly,” said Bhagat adding that there are around 2.5-3 lakh cloth merchants in the state who will suffer losses due to the ongoing protest.Ahmedabad’s kite manufacturers also protested against GST by taking out a rally. They said kite manufacturing being a cottage industry, imposing the new Goods and Services Tax on them will adversely affect small seasonal earnings made by local manufacturers.Kollywood shutdownAbout 950 theatres or 1,060 screens across Tamil Nadu will remain shut from Monday, following the theatre owners’ decision to go on an indefinite strike in protest against the imposition of GST above 30 per cent local body tax.With confusion prevailing over ticket pricing, many theatres, including multiplexes, have withheld advance online and offline bookings for shows from Monday.The GST Council has fixed the tax rate for movie tickets under two categories – 28 percent for tickets costing over Rs 100 and 18 percent for tickets priced below Rs 100.“With the state government’s decision to levy local body tax along with the GST, the industry will not be able to survive such a huge taxation of 58 percent,” said Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association joint secretary S Sridhar.Didi-Left tangoBusiness in Kolkata downed shutters on Saturday demanding partial or total rollback of GST in certain categories. The usual scene of trucks offloading goods, commercial vehicles lining up the main carriageway and labourers ferrying merchandise in the wholesale markets of Posta and Burrabzar was absent. With both the ruling and opposition fronts in the state — Mamata-led Trinamool and the Left Front — determined to disprove Modi government’s implementation of the GST, their trade unions also spoke on similar lines.Mahesh Kumar Singhania, chairman of West Bengal Federation of Trade Association, called the strike a major success with almost the entire trading community joining it.MP markets deserted Wholesale markets across Madhya Pradesh saw a thin footfalls on Saturday following confusion over the duty structure under the goods and services tax (GST) regime. “The wholesales traders and customers in Madhya Pradesh are confused over GST as they don’t have any knowledge on GST levies on different goods,” Ahilya Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Ramesh Khandelwal said.Protests in KashmirMost of the shops and other business establishments were shut across Kashmir on Saturday following a call by Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers (KTMF). The traders and the opposition parties feared the new tax regime would lead to erosion of the special status of J&K. Restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in Valley as a precautionary measure.

British woman’s rape and murder: Chargesheet filed against

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police today filed a chargesheet in a magisterial court at Canacona here against a 28-year-old man in connection with the rape and murder of a British woman tourist in south Goa in March. The chargesheet was filed before the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Canacona against Vikat Bhagat who has a criminal background. According to the police, Bhagat had befriended the victim, Danielle McLaughlin (28), a British national of Irish origin, while she was holidaying in Goa. On the fateful day, believed to be either March 14 or 15, Bhagat allegedly tried to force himself on the woman at an isolated place between the Canacona and Agonda beaches. As the woman resisted his attempt, Bhagat allegedly hit her on the head with a beer bottle and raped her before strangulating her, the police said. The accused then smashed the victim’s face with a stone in a bid to destroy evidence. After groping in the darkness for a while, the police zeroed in on Bhagat after coming across a photo on Facebook showing him with the victim. According to the police, the accused has confessed to the crime. “We have examined 68 witnesses during the probe which clearly indicates that the woman was killed by Bhagat, who has a criminal background,” Deputy Superintendent of Police, Canacona, Sammy Tavares told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Waste segregation begins in some colonies of NDMC, EDMC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aiming at improving garbage disposal, the North and the East Delhi Municipal Corporations today started segregation of waste at source. The segregation of waste into biodegradable and recyclable was started in six colonies- Pushpanjali, New Rajender Naga, Shakti Nagar, Vivekanand Puri, Municipal Quarters and Indira Colony under the of NDMC, said North Delhi mayor Preety Agarwal. “A campaign has already been launched to encourage residents to dispose the garbage in separate bins by putting biodegradable portion in green and recyclable in blue bins,” she said. East Delhi mayor Neema Bhagat said segregation of waste at source has been started at Dilshad Garden, Pocket-A, MIG Flats, Dilshad Garden,Pocket-B, and Jhilmil, DDA Flats, colonies under the EDMC. Both the mayors said that unsegregated waste will not be collected in the colonies where waste segregation at source has been started. “This will make garbage disposal more organized and properly managed by reducing the load of waste dumped on the sanitary landfill sites, Bhagat said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress demands judicial inquiry into lynching incidents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today demanded a judicial inquiry into the incidents of lynching that had claimed nine lives in Kolhan region of Jharkhand since May 10 last. Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee (JPCC) president Sukhdeo Bhagat, MLA, also expressed dissatisfaction over the ongoing investigating by the state police. “The people of the state have lost faith in the government, which miserably failed to act despite a rumour of child lifting doing the rounds since May 10 last, that ultimately claimed nine lives in Kolhan region comprising East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan districts,” Bhagat told a press conference. Bhagat who yesterday met the family members of three persons who were lynched on suspicion of being child lifters at Nagadih in East Singhbhum district on May 18 last, demanded a judicial inquiry into the lynching incidents to “expose the reason” that led to the killing of “innocent persons”. The JPCC president claimed that the incidents were pre-planned and had taken place under the patronage of the government . “The Nagadih incident was a blot on the face of the society as it had taken place in the home town of the Chief Minister Raghubar Das and state minister Saryu Roy”, Bhagat said while regretting that the chief minister did not have the time to visit the victims’ families as yet. Attributing administrative failure as the cause for the lynching incidents, Bhagat said Jharkhand Police Association has claimed that it had apprised the senior officials of the child lifting rumour but no action had been taken, till several lives were lost. The Congress leader said a JPCC delegation would meet Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu in a couple of days and demand a judicial inquiry into the lynching incidents. The JPCC also criticised the Jharkhand government for celebrating the completion of three years of Narendra Modi-led NDA government when the state was rocked by the lynching incidents. “The chief minister did not have the time to visit the families of victims as yet but his government was busy glorifying naxals who were surrendering before the state authorities”, he said. Bhagat accused the Union and state governments for disturbing the prevailing peace and tranquility by driving wedges within the society. “More propaganda, less work is the achievement of the union government during its three-year in power”, Bhagat said alleging that the government was indulging in hatred politics While two persons were lynched at Jadugora and Musaboni of East Singhbhum district on suspicion that they were child lifters on May 10 last, three persons were lynched on the same suspicion at Nagadih village in the same district on May 18 and four persons were lynched at Shobhapur village under Rajnagar police station in Seraikela-Kharswan district on May 18.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man allegedly beaten up in police custody, dies; probe ordered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old man, who was allegedly beaten up in police custody here last month, has died at a hospital in Lucknow, with the district authorities ordering a magisterial and a police probe in the matter. An inquiry has been ordered into the death of 22-year-old Anuj Bhatnagar and additional district magistrate (revenue) Manoj Kumar has been assigned the task, District Magistrate Pinki Jowal said. Bhatnagar, a native of Uttarakhand, was picked up by the police on April 22 from Chaupala area under Bareilly City Kotwali area on charges of motorcycle theft, police said. He was severely beaten up in police custody and had to be admitted to SRMS medical college here and later referred to PGI in Lucknow, where he died last night, they said. The body was brought here this morning for post mortem, police said, adding security was beefed up in the area in view of tension. Inspector General, Bareilly, S K Bhagat said the senior superintendent of police (SSP) has been asked to get the probe into allegations of beating of Bhatnagar done by a gazetted officer and also get videographed the post mortem performed by a panel of doctors.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sanitation workers protest against east Delhi’s new Mayor Neema Bhagat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP councillor from Geeta Colony, Neema Bhagat, was elected the Mayor of the East Delhi Municipal Corpration (EDMC) on Monday. The safai karamcharis of the civic body, however, protested against her election and dumped garbage outside the corporation’s headquarters at Udyog Sadan in Patparganj.The protest was called off after Bhagat addressed the workers.”We are with the sanitation workers. It is only because of them that the city is clean. I will make sure that the salary issue is sorted out and their other demands are also looked into,” she said.The sanitation workers have been demanding payment of their salaries on time, pending arrears, and their names on payroll, instead of them being only contractual workers. The biggest strike by sanitation workers in the last two years had started from east Delhi.Meanwhile, Bhagat took a U-turn from the corporation’s proposal to increase property tax rates in the 2017-18 budget in order to ramp up the revenue, and announced that the property tax will not be increased.The corporation, smallest of the three civic bodies, has been facing a severe financial crunch and is running into a deficit of Rs 2,000 crore.”I will approach the Central government to unify the three corporations as the unequal division of areas and resources has thrown the east corporation into a severe financial crisis,” Bhagat said.BJP corporator from Patparganj, Bipin Bihari Singh, was elected as Bhagat’s deputy.

Neema Bhagat elected as EDMC mayor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP councillor from Geeta Colony ward, Neema Bhagat was elected as the Mayor of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) on Monday.Soon after her election, she pitched for the unification of three civic bodies of the national capital and made an appeal to the Centre to rescue the ailing EDMC.Bhagat was elected unopposed in the first sitting of the newly elected councillors who were administered oath by protem chairman of the House Nirmal Jain, who represents Shahdara ward.BSP councillor from Seelampur, Sakila wore a hijab and took oath in Urdu while BJP councillor Indira Jha (Dilshad Colony) took oath in Maithili and her party colleague Gurjeet Kaur (Bhajanpura) in Punjabi.Bhagat said that addressing the grim financial condition of the civic body and resolving the problems faced by the sanitation workers, who boycotted the oath ceremony and dumped garbage outside the EDMC headquarters, would her priority.”I appeal to the Centre to help the EDMC as it is passing through financial crunch. They should provide us funds so that the corporation could function normally. I will try to seek funds from the Centre as per law.”East Delhi has witnessed half a dozen strikes in past three years by the sanitation workers who demanded timely payment of their salaries and other dues.”I will sit with the leaders of sanitation workers to sort out their demands, including payment of pending salaries.We are with them and try to take a decision with regard to their demands,” the new EDMC mayor said. Bhagat, who was also a councillor in the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in 2007, said that she supports the demand for unification of three municipal corporations for the benefit of the EDMC.”South and North corporations are capable (financially) but EDMC is facing problems. If the three corporations are unified EDMC will be benefited,” she added.The Mayor said that the civic body will make efforts to get “Rs 3,970 crore” dues owed to it by the Delhi government. The House also elected Vipin Bihari Singh as new deputy mayor.There was a little departure from the tradition as the mayor and the Leader of the House could not give their first speeches as the councillors left the seats to congratulate the newly elected mayor.

Neema Bhagat set to become East Delhi mayor tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP councilor Neema Bhagat is slated to be elected as the East Delhi mayor tomorrow, after the saffron party won the mayoral post unopposed in north and south corporations last week. The team of the newly-elected East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) will also take charge tomorrow. BJP’s Patparganj councilor Bipin Bihari Singh is all set to become deputy mayor in the EDMC. Bhagat, who represents Geeta Colony ward, had defeated her AAP rival Pooja Chhabra by a margin of 2,869 votes in the high-stakes MCD polls held on April 23. Last year, BJP’s Satya Sharma, councilor from New Usmanpur, had trounced Congress rival Taj Mohammed for the post of mayor of east Delhi. The saffron party has fielded its councilors Pravesh Sharma, Santosh, Satpal Singh, Kiran and Kanchan Maheswari for the posts of members of the EDMC’s standing committee, while AAP’s Rekha Tyagi is in fray for the same. On May 18 and May 19, BJP’s Preety Agarwal and Kamaljeet Sehrawat were elected unopposed for the post of mayor in the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, respectively. After tomorrow’s election, the BJP, which had swept the civic polls, will have its mayors and deputy mayors in all the three civic bodies. BJP had bagged 181 of the 270 wards in the polls. In the 64-member EDMC House, the BJP has 47 councilors, AAP 11, Congress three and BSP two. Elections in two wards were postponed due to the death of candidates. EDMC’s Maujpur ward went to polls on May 14, while polling in NDMC’s Sarai Pipal ward was held today. Results for both wards would be declared on May 23.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa murder: McLaughlin accused letter ‘spurious’

A letter to Vikat Bhagat’s sister says he tried to save Danielle McLaughlin as three men attacked her.

BJP MLA says she won’t contest election as party is unhappy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Parul Sahu, BJP MLA from Surkhi in Madhya Pradesh, today said she will not contest the next Assembly election in 2018, as she was told that she had been unable to contribute much to the party. “I was told that at a meeting of BJP’s managing committee the issue was raised that the party is not getting the kind of support I was supposed to give. Therefore I have decided I will not contest the election in 2018,” she said, speaking to reporters here. “I have already formally informed this to the state BJP’s organisation general secretary Suhas Bhagat,” she said. Asked whether she will reconsider her decision if the party asked her to, Sahu said, “I will remain firm on my decision of not contesting.” She maintained that she was satisfied with the development work being carried out in her constituency. The area was very backward and she tried her best to ensure its development, the MLA added. With her efforts and blessings of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, development work worth Rs 500 crore was sanctioned for the area which would lessen people’s sufferings a lot, she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana panchayat to rename sports stadium on Bhagat Singh @ 5/17/2017 6:47:31 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Haryana gram panchayat on Wednesday said that they are all set to rename a sports stadium from Rajiv Gandhi Khel Parisar (sports complexes) to Shaheed Bhagat Singh Khel Parisar. Haryana sports minister Anil Vij told ANI, ?In our country, everything has been named either after Gandhi or Nehru and even within Haryana, quite a lot of stadiums have been named after the Gandhi dynasty. It was government?s decision earlier to rename the sports complexes but later on the autonomy was left solely with the gram panchayats,? said Vij. Vij also said that the gram panchayat came up with the idea of renaming stadiums on behalf of the martyrs. ?The proposal was put forward and seventy-eighty percent of the people mutually concurred to the renaming of the stadium as Shaheed Bhagat Singh Khel Parisar,? Vij added. Vij further said that the panchayat also came up with the provision that the renaming can be done either on behalf of the national martyrs or the region?s local martyrs or heroes as well.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana panchayat to rename sports stadium on Bhagat Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Haryana gram panchayat on Wednesday said that they are all set to rename a sports stadium from Rajiv Gandhi Khel Parisar (sports complexes) to Shaheed Bhagat Singh Khel Parisar. Haryana sports minister Anil Vij told ANI, ?In our country, everything has been named either after Gandhi or Nehru and even within Haryana, quite a lot of stadiums have been named after the Gandhi dynasty. It was government?s decision earlier to rename the sports complexes but later on the autonomy was left solely with the gram panchayats,? said Vij. Vij also said that the gram panchayat came up with the idea of renaming stadiums on behalf of the martyrs. ?The proposal was put forward and seventy-eighty percent of the people mutually concurred to the renaming of the stadium as Shaheed Bhagat Singh Khel Parisar,? Vij added. Vij further said that the panchayat also came up with the provision that the renaming can be done either on behalf of the national martyrs or the region?s local martyrs or heroes as well.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chetan Bhagat in DU Syllabus: 5 point for someone or 5 point for none?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi University is all set to include Chetan Bhagat’s novel, Five Point Someone, as part of the English Literature syllabus. It will be a part of the Popular Fiction category, along with Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Teachers and students stand divided on this decision.Lizbeth Noble, 21, Kerala (MA student at Mahatma Gandhi University)I personally feel people might come forward and take up Literature if they know that not everything revolves around Shakespeare. We all complained when we were taught from the Bard’s works. I don’t see what the fuss is all about. If you don’t like the inclusion, then don’t go to that university. It is all about your personal choice.Shruti Nair, 28, Navi Mumbai, (Lecturer at MGM Hospital, Panvel) According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word ‘Literature’ means written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit. By including Chetan Bhagat’s novel as a part of the university curriculum, do we want to justify that we are promoting Indian authors? We have much better literary works in our country. The idea is to upgrade the existing lacuna and standardise it to set new benchmarks. By introducing something that’s casual and naive, we are degrading our very base which is not going to add any novelty in terms of knowledge attained, nor a right message delivered. We are just heading towards making a mockery of our educational system. I totally oppose introducing such a book in the curriculum as it will set a wrong example for others to follow through.Aditya Nair, 20, Vashi (Navi Mumbai)I personally think it’s not a good decision to include this book in the syllabus. It is not a book that one can recommend to immature undergraduate students. It may affect their study patterns and they may face many psychological problems in later years. As far as college syllabus is concerned, there are better books, with better vocabulary, which can be included in Literature.Vinayak Mehta, 19, New Delhi, (First Year B.A.) For me, the inclusion of the book in the syllabus is quite interesting. It’s not completely an addition I like or dislike. With the youth becoming more progressive, our syllabus should also be progressive. Chetan Bhagat is not the most influential to actually have any negative effect on students. I think it’s quite a fun initiative for the students to connect more. They will retain more from this book than any other book included in the curriculum. This can be termed as ‘cultural progression’.

‘Cong govt has stopped free power to cow shelters in Punjab’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cow shelters, which were getting free power across the state during the SAD-BJP rule, are getting bills now and face supply disconnections in case of non-payment, Punjab Gau Sewa Aayog claimed today. However, the state government has feigned ignorance. The Punjab Cow Welfare Commission and BJP have urged the Congress government to continue providing free power to ‘Gaushalas’ (cow shelters) and restore supply to those whose connections were cut. “For the protection and security of cows, I request the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government to restore free power to cow shelters. Singh’s father and forefathers had not only given land but money also for the cows,” the Commission Chairman Kimti Lal Bhagat told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Remembering Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev on the day of their martyrdom: Twitter pays tribute to the martyrs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On March 23, 1931, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, laid down their lives for the independence of India from colonial rule. People took to Twitter to pay tribute to the three young men, who to make their voice heard, made noise in an assembly by dropping a grenade that just made noise, but did not take any life.The British Raj had sentenced the three martyrs to be hanged to death for their involvement in the killing of John Saunders, whom they had mistaken for James Scott, a British police superintendent. They had wanted to kill Scott because they were of the belief that he played a pivotal role in the death of eminent nationalist leader Lala Lajpat Rai. Prison did not dissuade the ignited spirit of Singh, who even behind the bars, participated in hunger strikes, whilst demanding for improved rights for the imprisoned Indians. It is this fearless spirit of the martyrs that Indians celebrate every year on Martyr’s Day.This is what people tweeted

Shaheed Diwas 2017: Read Mahatma Gandhi’s letter to Viceroy asking for Bhagat Singh’s execution to be commuted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite his immense popularity, one black mark on Gandhi’s record which has provided his critics fodder is the fact that he failed to secure commutation of Bhagat Singh’s execution. The truth is that Gandhi did try and wrote to the Viceroy. Describing his efforts, Gandhi’s secretary, Mahadev Desai quoted the Mahatma as saying : “I was not here to defend myself and hence I have not placed the facts as to what I have done to save Bhagat Singh and his comrades. I have tried to persuade the Viceroy with all the methods of persuasion I had. After my last meeting with the relatives of Bhagat Singh, on the appointed date, that is , 23rd morning, I wrote a personal letter to the Viceroy, in which I had poured in my whole being-heart and soul-but it has all gone in vain… Pandit Malaviyaji and Dr Sapru also did their utmost.”Meanwhile, Viceroy Lord Irwin took the public into confidence on his reasons for rejecting Gandhi’s appeal. In his farewell speech on 26th March, 1931, Irwin said: “As I listened the other day to Mr. Gandhi putting the case for commutation formally before me, I reflected first on what significance it surely was that the apostle of non-violence should so earnestly be pleading the cause of devotees of a creed fundamentally opposed to his own, but I should regard it as wholly wrong to allow my judgment on these matters to be influenced or deflected by purely political considerations. I could imagine no case in which under the law the penalty had been more directly deserved.”
ALSO READ Shaheed Diwas 2017: Why no political party is worthy of Bhagat Singh’s legacyRead the letter below:M. K. Gandhi
ALSO READ Shaheed Diwas 2017: This Bhagat Singh letter to his father shows he had no fear1 DARYAGANJ, DELHI,March 23, 1931
ALSO READ Shaheed Diwas 2017: Bhagat Singh’s emotional letter to Sukhdev will make you feel proudThe Viceroy,Govt. of India.DEAR FRIEND,It seems cruel to inflict this letter on you, but the interest of peace demands a final appeal. Though you were frank enough to tell me that there was little hope of your commuting the sentence of death on Bhagat Singh and two others, you said you would consider my submission of Saturday. Dr. Sapru met me yesterday and said that you were troubled over the matter and taxing your brain as to the proper course to adopt. If there is any room left for reconsideration, I invite you attention to the following.Popular opinion rightly or wrongly demands commutation. When there is no principle at stake, it is often a duty to respect it.In the present case the chances are that, if commutation is granted, internal peace is most likely to be promoted. In the event of execution, peace is undoubtedly in danger.Seeing that I am able to inform you that the revolutionary party has assured me that, in the event of these lives being spared, that party will stay its hands, suspension of sentence pending cessation of revolutionary murders becomes in my opinion a peremptory duty.Political murders have been condoned before now. It is worth while saving these lives, if thereby many other innocent lives are likely to be saved and maybe even revolutionary crime almost stamped out.Since you seem to value my influence such as it is in favour of peace, do not please unnecessarily make my position, difficult as it is, almost too difficult for future work.Execution is an irretrievable act. If you think there is the slightest chance of error of judgment, I would urge you to suspend for further review an act that is beyond recall.If my presence is necessary, I can come. Though I may not speak1 I may hear and write what I want to say.“Charity never faileth.”I am,Your sincere friend,M. K. GandhiSource: mkgandhi.org

Shaheed Diwas 2017: This Bhagat Singh letter to his father shows he had no fear

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>March 23 is commemorated as Shaheed Diwas to mark the day martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged. The trio were hanged in Lahore jail on March 23, 1931. Bhagat Singh, who was 23-year-old at the time of his hanging, was born in Banga village of Faisalabad district (previously called Lyallpur) in the Punjab province (now in Pakistan) in 1907. When Bhagat Singh was being tried, his father Sardar Kishan Singh had written to the tribunal urging them to realise that there were many facts that showed his son was innocent and had nothing to do with Saunder’ s murder. Upon learning about this he wrote a sharp, critical letter to his own father. Oct. 4, 1930My dear father,
ALSO READ Shaheed Diwas 2017 | Why I am an atheist: Full text of Bhagat Singh’s legendary essay I was astounded to learn that you had submitted a petition to the members of the Special Tribunal in connection with my defence. This intelligence proved to be too severe a blow to be borne with equanimity. It has upset the whole equilibrium of my mind. I have not been able to understand how you could think it proper to submit such a petition at this stage and in these circumstances. Inspite of all the sentiments and feelings of a father, I don’t think you were at all entitled to make such a move on my behalf without even consulting me. You know that in the political field my views have always differed with those of yours. I have always been acting independently without having cared for your approval or disapproval. I hope you can recall to yourself that since the very beginning you have been trying to convince me to fight my case very seriously and to defend myself properly. But you also know that I was always opposed to it. I never had any desire to defend myself and never did I seriously think about it. Whether it was a mere vague ideology or that I had certain arguments to justify my position, is a different question and that cannot be discussed here. You know that we have been pursuing a definite policy in this trial. Every action of mine ought to have been consistent with that policy, my principle and my programme. At present the circumstances are altogether different, but had the situation been otherwise, even then I would have been the last man to offer defence.I had only one idea before me throughout the trial, i.e. to show complete indifference towards the trial inspite of serious nature of the charges against us. I have always been of opinion that all the political workers should be indifferent and should never bother about the legal fight in the law courts and should boldly bear the heaviest possible sentences inflicted upon them. They may defend themselves but always from purely political considerations and never from a personal point of view. Our policy in this trial has always been consistent with this principle; whether we were successful in that or not is not for me to judge. We have always been doing our duty quite disinterestedly. In the statement accompanying the text of Lahore Conspiracy Case Ordinance the Viceroy had stated that the accused in this case were trying to bring both law and justice into contempt. The situation afforded us an opportunity to show to the public whether we ere trying to bring law into contempt or whether others were doing so. People might disagree with us on this point. You might be one of them. But that never meant that such moves should be made on my behalf without my consent or even my knowledge. My life is not so precious, at least to me, as you may probably think it to be. It is not at all worth buying at the cost of my principles. There are other comrades of mine whose case is as serious as that of mine. We had adopted a common policy and we shall stand to the last, no matter how dearly we have to pay individually for it. Father, I am quite perplexed. I fear I might overlook the ordinary principle of etiquette and my language may become a little but harsh while criticising or rather censoring this move on your part. Let me be candid. I feel as though I have been stabbed at the back. Had any other person done it, I would have considered it to be nothing short of treachery. But in your case, let me say that it has been a weakness – a weakness of the worst type. This was the time where everybody’s mettle was being tested. Let me say, father, you have failed. I know you are as sincere a patriot as one can be. I know you are as sincere a patriot as one can be. I know you have devoted your life to the cause of Indian independence, but why, at this moment, have you displayed such a weakness? I cannot understand. In the end, I would like to inform you and my other friends and all the people interested in my case, that I have not approved of your move. I am still not at all in favour of offering any defence. Even if the court had accepted that petition submitted by some of my co-accused regarding defence, etc., I would have not defended myself. My applications submitted to the Tribunal regarding my interview during the hunger strike, were misinterpreted and it was published in the press that I was going to offer defence, though in reality I was never willing to offer any defence. I still hold the same opinion as before. My friends in the Borstal Jail will be taking it as a treachery and betrayal on my part. I shall not even get an opportunity to clear my position before them. I want that public should know all the details about this complication, and, therefore, I request you to publish this letter.Your loving son Bhagat SinghSource: shahidbhagatsingh.org

Shaheed Diwas 2017: Bhagat Singh’s emotional letter to Sukhdev will make you feel proud

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>March 23 is Shaheed Diwas. Bhagat Singh wrote an emotional letter to Sukhdev at a time when the latter was mulling suicide in prison. Bhagat Singh strongly dissuaded him from doing so and said ‘escaping from hardship is cowardice’. Letter courtesy www.marxists.org. DEAR BROTHER,I have gone through your letter attentively and many times. I realize that the changed situation has affected us differently. The things you hated outside have now become essential to you. In the same way, the things I used to support strongly are of no significance to me any more. For example, I believed in personal love, but now this feeling has ceased to occupy any particular position in my heart and mind. While outside, you were strongly opposed to it but now a drastic change and radicalization is apparent in your ideas about it. You experience it as an extremely essential part of human existence and you have found a particular kind of happiness in the experience.You may still recollect that one day I had discussed suicide with you. That time I told you that in some situations suicide may be justifiable, but you contested my point. I vividly remember the time and place of our conversation. We talked about this in the Shahanshahi Kutia one evening. You said in jest that such a cowardly act can never be justified. You said that acts of this kind were horrible and heinous, but I see that you have now made an about-turn on this subject. Now you find it not only proper in certain situations but also necessary, even essential. My opinion is what you had held earlier, that suicide is a heinous crime. It is an act of complete cowardice. Leave alone revolutionaries, no individual can ever justify such an act.
ALSO READ Shaheed Diwas 2017: This Bhagat Singh letter to his father shows he had no fearYou say you fail to understand how suffering alone can serve the country. Such a question from a person like you is really perplexing, because how much thoughtfully we loved the motto of the Naujawan Bharat Sabha – “to suffer and sacrifice through service”. I believe that you served as much as was possible. Now is the time when you should suffer for what you did. Another point is that this is exactly the moment when you have to lead the entire people.Man acts only when he is sure of the justness of his action, as we threw the bomb in the Legislative Assembly. After the action, it is the time for bearing the consequences of that act. Do you think that had we tried to avoid the punishment by pleading for mercy, we would have been more justified? No, this would have had an adverse effect on the masses. We are now quite successful in our endeavour.
ALSO READ Shaheed Diwas 2017 | Why I am an atheist: Full text of Bhagat Singh’s legendary essay At the time of our imprisonment, the condition for the political prisoners of our party were very miserable. We tried to improve that. I well you quite seriously that we believed we would die very shortly. Neither we were aware of the technique of forced feeding nor did we ever think of it. We were ready to die. Do you mean to say that we were intending to commit suicide? No. Striving and sacrificing one’s life for a superior ideal can never be called suicide. We are envious of the death of our Comrade Yatindra Nath Das. Will you call it suicide? Ultimately, our sufferings bore fruit. A big movement started in the whole of the country. We were successful in our aim. Death in the struggles of this kind is an ideal death.Apart from this, the comrades among us, who believe that they will be awarded death, should await that day patiently when the sentence will be announced and they will be hanged. This death will also be beautiful, but committing suicide – to cut short the life just to avoid some pain – is cowardice. I want to tell you that obstacles make a man perfect. Neither you nor I, rather none of us, have suffered any pain so far. That part of our life has started only now. You will recollect that we have talked several times about realism in the Rusian literature, which is nowhere visible in our own. We highly appreciate the situations of pain in their stories, but we do not feel that spirit of suffering within ourselves. We also admire their passion and the extraordinary height of their characters, but we never bother to find out the reason. I will say that only the reference to their resolve to bear pain has produced the intensity, the suffering of pain, and this has given great depth and height to their characters and literature. We become pitiable and ridiculous when we imbibe an unreasoned mysticism in our life without any natural or substantial basis. People like us, who are proud to be revolutionary in every sense, should always be prepared to bear all the difficulties, anxieties, pain and suffering which we invite upon ourselves by the struggles initiated by us and for which we call ourselves revolutionary.I want to tell you that in jail, and in jail alone, can a person get an occasion to study empirically the great social subjects of crime and sin. I have read some literature on this and only the jail is the proper place for the self-study on all these topics. The best parts of the self-study for one is to suffer oneself.You know it that the suffering of political prisoners in the jails of Russia caused, in the main, the revolution in the prison-administration after the overthrow of Czardom. Is India not in need of such persons who are fully aware of this problem and have personal experience of these things? It will not suffice to say that someone else would do it, or that many other people are there to do it. Thus, men who find it quite dishonourable and hateful to leave the revolutionary responsibilities to others should start their struggle against the existing system with total devotion. They should violate these rules but they should also keep in mind the propriety, because unnecessary and improper attempts can never be considered just. Such agitations will shorten the process of revolution. All the arguments which you gave to keep yourself aloof from all such movement, are incomprehensible to me. Some of our friends are either fools or ignorant. They find your behaviour quite strange and incomprehensible. (They themselves say they cannot comprehend it because you are above and very far from their understanding.)In fact, if you feel that jail life is really humiliating, why don’t you try to improve it by agitating? Perhaps, you will say that this struggle would be futile, but this is precisely the argument which is usually used as a cover by weak people to avoid participation in every movement. This is the reply which we kept on hearing outside the jail from the people who were anxious to escape from getting entangled in revolutionary movements. Shall I now hear the same argument from you? What could our party of a handful of people do in comparison to the vastness of its aims and ideals? Shall we infer from this that we erred gravely in starting our work altogether? No, inferences of this kind will be improper. This only shows the inner weakness of the man who thinks like this. You write further that it cannot be expected of a man that he will have the same thinking after going through 14 long years of suffering in the prison, which he had before, because the jail life will crush all his ideas. May I ask you whether the situation outside the jail was any bit more favourable to our ideas? Even then, could we have left it because of our failures? Do you mean to imply that had we not entered the field, no revolutionary work would have taken place at all? If this be your contention, then you are mistaken, though it is right that we also proved helpful to an extent in changing the environment. But, the, we are only a product of the need of our times.I shall even say that Marx – the father of communism – did not actually originate this idea. The Industrial Revolution of Europe itself produced men of this kind. Marx was one among them. Of course, Marx was also instrumental to an extent in gearing up the wheels of his time in a particular way.I (and you too) did not give birth to the ideas of socialism and communism in this country; this is the consequence of the effects of our time and situations upon ourselves. Of course, we did a bit to propagate these ideas, and therefore I say that since we have already taken a tough task upon ourselves, we should continue to advance it. The people will not be guided by our committing suicides to escape the difficulties; on the contrary, this will be quite a reactionary step.We continued our work despite the testing environment of disappointments, pressures and violence ordained by the jail rules. While we worked, we were made target of may kinds of difficulties. Even men who were proud to proclaim themselves to be great revolutionaries, deserted us. Were these conditions not testing in the extreme? Then, what was the reason and the logic of continuing our agitation and efforts?Does this simple argument not by itself give added strength to our ideas? And, don’t we have instances of our revolutionary comrades who suffered for their convictions in jails and are still working on return from jails? Had Bakunin argued like you, he would have committed suicide right in the beginning. Today, you find many revolutionaries occupying responsible posts in the Russian state who had passed the greater part of their lives in prison, completing their sentences. Man must try hard to stick to his beliefs. No one can say what future has in store.Do you remember that when we were discussing that some concentrated and effective poison should also be kept in our bomb factories, you opposed it very vehemently. The very idea was repugnant to you. You had no faith in it. So, what has happened now? Here, even the difficult and complex conditions do not obtain. I feel revulsion even in discussing this question. You hated even that attitude of mind which permits suicide. You will kindly excuse me for saying that had you acted according to this belie right at the time of your imprisonment (that is, you had committed suicide by taking poison), you would have served the revolutionary cause, but at this moment, even the thought of such an act is harmful to our cause.There is just one more point which I will like to draw your attention to. We do not believe in God, hell and heaven, punishment and rewards, that is in any Godly accounting of human life. Therefore, we must think of life and death on materialist lines. When I was brought here from Delhi for the purpose of identification, some intelligence officers talked to me on this topic, in the presence of my father. They said that since I did not try to save of my life by divulging secrets, it proved the presence of an acute agony in my life. They argued that a death of this kind will be something like suicide. But I had replied that a man with beliefs and ideal like mine, could never think of dying uselessly. We want to get the maximum value for our lives. We want to serve humanity as much as possible. Particularly a man like me, whose life is nowhere sad or worried, can never think of suicide even, leave alone attempting it. The same thing I want to tell you now.I hope you will permit me to tell you what I think about myself. I am certain of capital punishment for me. I do not expect even a bit of moderation or amnesty. Even if there is amnesty, it will not be for all, and even that amnesty will be for other only, not for us; it will be extremly restricted and burdened with various conditions. For, us neither there can be any amnesty nor it will ever happen. Even then, I wish that release calls for us should be made collection and globally. Along with that, I also wish that when the movement reaches its climax, we should be hanged. It is my wish that if at any time any honourable and fair compromise is possible, issue like our case may never obstruct it. When the fate of the country is being decided, the fate of individuals should be forgotten. As revolutionaries, we do not believe that there can be any sudden change in the attitude of our rulers, particularly in the British race. Such a surprising change is impossible without through sustained striving, sufferings and sacrifices. And it shall be achieved. As far as my attitude is concerned, I can welcome facilities and amnesty for all only when its effect is permanent and some indelible impressions are made on the hearts of the people of the country through our hanging. Only this much and nothing more.

Lahore HC directs police to provide security to those observing Bhagat Singh’s martyrdom

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Lahore High Court on Tuesday directed police to provide security to those who want to observe martyrdom of Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh at Shadman Chowk here on March 23. Pakistan?s Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation had filed a petition in the HC seeking security to mark the death anniversary of Bhagat Singh. Shadman Chowk is the place where India?s three bravehearts, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were hanged on March 23, 1931 for revolting against the British colonial rule.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chetan Bhagat on Yogi Adityanath: When ‘naughtiest’ guy made class monitor, he behaves best

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Yogi Adityanath, a five-time MP and the controversial mascot of hardline Hindutva, being chosen to head the government in Uttar Pradesh, Twitteratis had a field day on Saturday with some believing that he deserves a chance to prove himself while others unhappy with BJP’s choice.However, Chetan Bhagat has his own logic to the selection process. According to him, a parallel can be drawn between Adityanath’s appointment and that of a class monitor. “#YogiAdityanath as UP CM. Because when you make the naughtiest guy in class the class monitor, he behaves the best,” he said.Responding to his tweet, Omar Abdullah questioned if it applied to the central government.Some people on Twitter also went through Bhagat’s previous tweets and also questioned his changing stance:But, none of these tweets deterred him and Bhagat struck another note on Sunday morning, stating that people “thumping chests on #YogiAdityanath appointment” disturbed him.The 44-year-old MP from Gorakhpur was elected the BJP legislature party leader at a meeting of the newly elected MLAs on Saturday. BJP has last week won a resounding three-fourth majority in the key Hindi heartland state, making a comeback to power after 15 years. State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was himself in contention for the top job, first announced Adityanath’s election. Maurya, the MP from Phulpur in Allahabad, will be the Deputy Chief Minister apart from senior BJP leader and Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma.After being elected, Adityanath said that he would follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ slogan and exuded confidence that the state would march on the path of development. “I am thankful to Governor Ram Naik who invited me to form government in UP.” He also added that his efforts would be to provide “good governance” in the state. He thanked party MLAs for reposing faith in him.

MTNL, BSNL in dismal state, says Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puncturing the Central government’s claim that the two public sector enterprises, the MTNL and BSNL posted a profit of Rs 7,825 crore, a parliamentary panel that scrutinised the allocations of telecommunication ministry highlighted the dismal financial performance of both the enterprises. The panel headed by BJP MP Bhagat Singh Koshyari found that the one-time profit as being quoted too often by the ministers was actually government support in the form of a write-back of provisions for pension liabilities and spectrum amortisation costs.The MPs said while they accepted the contention of MTNL and BSNL officials that their dismal performance was on account of growing competition, decreasing tariffs as a results thereof, significant spectrum related payouts, high burden on employees remuneration, yet these factors were not cogent reasons for existing pitiable conditions of these commercial entities.As a long term revival plan, the parliamentary committee also recommended merger of both the enterprises to give them a chance to compete against the emerging consolidated private sector players. The MPs were amazed that while private operators in telecommunication were doing a roaring business, these two government entities were going down day by day.

Rlys sees 40 sabotage cases in 2017 so far

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Railway Ministry has said that between January and February this year, the tracks have seen 40 cases of sabotage against a total of 45 such incidents in 2016. The ministry said that three incidents were being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and one incident by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The latest was the explosion on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train on March 6 near Jabri in Madhya Pradesh in which eight people were injured. A subsequent operation by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad saw the gunning down of an alleged operative—Saifullah—in Lucknow on March 7.Speaking to DNA, Railway Protection Force Director-General SK Bhagat, however, played down the alarm. ” The rise in numbers is also because now the level of attention to such incidents is at its highest. Even the smallest of incidents is being reported and both state and railway teams get down to investigating them. I think that is the silver lining,” said Bhagat.He said that a mechanism had been activated wherein the respective Railway Protection Force units of the various railway zones, the state railway and district police and central investigating agencies are working jointly to tackle such incidents.”The Railway minister chaired a meeting of Director-Generals of Police (DGP) of the states by video-conferencing recently. Chief ministers of states have also been sounded out,” said Bhagat.Mumbai, with its a train-a-minute suburban system, is a particular worry, agreed officials said. One of the most worrying of incidents in Mumbai came about on January 24 at around 10.40pm when the driver of 12052 Madgoan-Dadar Janshatabdi Express applied the emergency brakes after he noticed a seven metre–long plank placed on the track.On February 6, a repeat of the incident occurred near Kalamboli where the driver of a Pune-Santragachi train had to apply emergency brakes to avoid hitting a piece of metal kept on the tracks.

Ramjas Ruckus: Chetan Bhagat stands up for Gurmehar Kaur; adds Sehwag and Hooda entitled to their opinion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Author Chetan Bhagat is usually Twitter’s favourite punching bag. Every time he tweets, there are high chances that someone will come and troll him. On Tuesday, the actor took to social media to voice his opinion on Gurmehar Kaur and how social media has attacked her.Kaur, who is all of 20 years old, admitted that she was tired with all the hate message and rape threats.To which she received a sympathetic message from BhagatBhagat, who has always been vocal about political loyalties, also published a series of tweets on his definition of nationalism This is when a user questioned why people, who were ‘anti-national’ weren’t punished. Drawing parallels between democracy and parenthood, the user suggested that like when parents punish children when they are in the wrong, a democracy should punish those who don’t show loyalty to the nation. The author, whose book Half Girlfriend is getting set to be adapted into a movie, also said that both Virender Sehwag and Randeep Hooda, who have been criticised for their tweets that allegedly poked fun at Kaur, said that both celebrities were entitled to their opinions.Someone then put out a tweet saying that for standing up for Kaur, Bhagat, who has always been branded a conservative, has now been branded a liberal for standing up for Kaur.

UP Elections 2017: SP-Cong alliance has wiped off smile from PM Modi’s face, says Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of resorting to the politics of hatred in face of SP-Congress combine challenges to the BJP in the ongoing UP assembly polls.”Modi ji pehle khush the, magar gathbandhan ke bad unka chehra utar gaya hai aur ab we nafrat failane ki rajniti karne lage hain. (Prime Minister Modi happened to be happy and confident earlier, but following the Congress-SP alliance, he has begun spreading the politics of hatred,” said Rahul.”The smile is missing from Modiji’s face and he going about with a long face…his mood has changed…now he is back to his old ways of dividing people,” said Rahul in a series of election campaign rallies at his home turf here in Amethi, Gauriganj, Munshiganj and Jagdishpur. “Modiji is trying to spread hate and anger among people.He goes to Bihar and spreads hatred there and does the same here in UP,” Rahul said. “I want to tell Modiji…na Hindu banega na Musalman banega, insaan ki aulad hai insaan banega (a child here will become neither a Hindu, nor Muslim; the child of a human being will grow to be only a human being,” said Rahul. He added he thinks Modi had nothing to tell the country as the BJP and the RSS have not given the country either Mahatma Gandhi or Sardar Patel or Bhagat Singh.Reiterating that no amount of personal attacks by the BJP would detered him, he said stalling the development projects intitiated by the previous UPA government has pained him. Rahul promised once his party returns to power at the Centre, all the scrapped projects would be back. “Food park…national paper mill… all will be brought back which will develop this area and give employment here,” said Rahul.Spelling out the vision of development for the state, he stressed that the local industry and farm sector will be developed in a big way with help of bank loans and it will ameliorate the problems of the youth of the state.

Four villages give call for poll boycott in Mathura

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Residents of four villages of Mat Tahsil here today gave a call to boycott the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, saying that the problem of road, water, power etc has remained unresolved in these areas. The villagers of Nagla Sapera, Jakharpur, Bhagat Nagaria and Kudvara had given a call for boycott of the first phase of the elections. However, the residents of Nagla Sapera and Jakharpur cast their votes after being persuaded to do so by officials, SDM Sadanand Gupta said. Later, two persons from Kudvara village also exercised their franchise but the villagers of Bhagat Nagaria refused to cast their vote, Gupta said. Meanwhile, the election in the district passed off peacefully. 65.39 per cent votes were polled in Mathura, while 63.88 per cent turnout was witnessed in Agra, 64.66 per cent in Aligarh, 64.65 per cent in Bulandshahar, 64.93 in Etah, 63.59 in Firozabad, 64.10 in Hathras and 64.83 per cent in Kasganj. District Magistrate Nitin Bansal said encouragement to voters, eliminiation of bogus voters were some of the measures which helped to ensure the highest turnout in Mathura, which performed better than its seven neighbouring districts.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Seven persons killed in truck-auto collision in Muzaffarpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven persons were killed while five others injured in a truck-auto collision on NH 77 near Bhikhanpur village in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district today. Town Deputy Superintendent of Police Ashish Anand said the incident occurred when a speeding truck lost control and collided head on with an auto, carrying 12 passengers, coming from the opposite direction on Muzaffrapur-Sitamarhi NH 77, killing seven people of them on the spot. Both the truck and the auto then fell into a roadside ditch. While the truck was on its way to Muzaffarpur from Sitamarhi, the auto was going towards Sitamarhi from Muzaffarpur. Of the seven deceased, four persons have been identified as Chandan Kumar Sah, Awadhesh Ram, Binod Sahni and Sahdeo Bhagat, all residents of Minapur block of the district. The identities of the other three deceased could not be ascertained so far, the Dy SP said. The injured have been sent to nearby S K Medical College and Hospital, he said. Angry locals are protesting with the seven bodies on the Muzaffrapur-Sitamarhi NH in protest against the incident. The local villagers have blocked the national highway and are demanding adequate compensation to the next of kin of those killed in the accident. The driver of the truck escaped from the scene, the police officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hardik Patel mellows down rhetoric,says doesn’t believe in violence for securing reservation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after he asked Patels to join him for a “dangal” (wrestling match) for securing reservation in Gujarat, quota spearhead Hardik Patel today said here he does not believe in violence and considers reservation as a “tool” to strengthen the democratic and administrative system.Hardik said the country will become the global leader if recommendations of Mandal Commission are implemented in “true letter and spirit.” “We are demanding reservations for our community but at the same time, we are not opposing or we are not against SC, ST or OBC community and I feel that in India every caste and community should get their share of reservation on the basis of their population numbers,” Hardik said while appealing to students to raise their voice in favour of quota system.The quota protagonist, who returned to Gujarat yesterday after spending six months in Rajasthan as part of his bail condition, today addressed students at a session on ‘Reservation on caste: Social Justice or Injustice’ at the 7th Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad, organised by the MIT’s School of Governance.Hardik was booked by Gujarat police for sedition in connection with the violence in 2015 during the Patel quota stir spearheaded by him, seeking reservation in government jobs and education for his community.”We do not believe in violence. In fact, we did not resort to violence, however, it was reaction to the action as excesses were used against our sisters, sedition cases were slapped against our youth,” he said in an apparent reference to the 2015 agitation. The Patidar leader said reservation is not “alms” but a “tool” to strengthen the democratic and administrative system in the country and reiterated that his fight to demand quota will continue.He also appealed to students to think about farmers’ community as the “country is there because of the farmers.” “With the correct use of reservations and if we unite all the castes and communities, we will be able to lead the country to become global leader,” Hardik said. He also extended his support to the Maratha Muk Morcha, the organisers who have been taking out the morchas seeking reservation for Marathas in government jobs and educational institutions.”The quota system is given by the constitution of India and we extend our support to the Maratha Morcha and ready to stand with them,” Hardik said. Initiated in 2011, Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad is a non-political platform to sensitise and harness the power of youth, mainly through the general secretaries, joint secretaries and socially active and politically sensitive students from around 25000 colleges of more than 400 universities in India. Hardik said, “I am son of (mahatma) Gandhi and at the same time I am also son of Bhagat Singh. So I am not afraid of any violence and imprisonment. “Under the name of Vibrant Gujarat, companies are taking away lands of farmers and today the son of the same farmer is forced to work in such plants…that is why we are seeking reservations,” he said, adding their fight for reservation will continue unabated.He said they are raising the voice for those who are deprived and belong to lower sections of society and are also fighting for the cause of farmers. Addressing his maiden rally on his return to Gujarat from the six-month ‘banishment’ yesterday, Hardik had appealed to Patidar community to get united to fight against the “tanashahi” (autocracy) prevailing in Gujarat.”Let us come together again. I want you to reach out to every citizen living in each part of the state. Let us awake them about our cause. Let us join hands to do a GMDC-like dangal again. I am ready to address a rally at GMDC if government gives us permission,” he had said.

Punjab Elections 2017: BJP drops two ministers from list of candidates for polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP on Monday dropped two ministers in Punjab government from the list of its remaining six candidates for the state assembly polls, which is scheduled to take place early next month.With announcement of these six more names for the Punjab Assembly polls, the party has announced all its 23 candidates out of 117 seats for Punjab, where it is in alliance with SAD.Two ministers who have been dropped are Madan Mohan Mittal and party’s state legislative leader Chuni Lal Bhagat, another minister in the SAD-BJP government in Punjab.In place of Mittal, BJP has nominated Parmindra Sharma from Anandpur Sahib and Mohindra Bhagat, son of sitting MLA Chuni Lal Bhagat, will be party’s candidate from Jalandhar West. However, the party has shown faith in its two other ministers — Anil Joshi and Manoranjan Kalia — by giving them tickets from their current seats — Amritsar North and Jalandhar Central respectively.Somprakash from Phagwara and Surjeet Jyani from Fazilka are other two sitting MLAs who will again contest on BJP’s ticket from their current seats.Union minister J P Nadda, who is also the Secretary of party’s Central Election Committee (CEC), on Monday announced the names of remaining candidates.The sitting MLAs, who have been dropped, either are over 75 years of age or are being seen more vulnerable in an election where the alliance is weathering 10 years of anti-incumbency.BJP has already announced first list of 17 candidates for state Assembly polls on January 12.The last date of filing the nomination is January 18. SAD-BJP is locked in a tough battle with Congress and AAP, which has emerged as a formidable third force in the state.

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