<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Umar Khan’s body was handed over to his relatives after post-mortem on Wednesday evening. Former Congress legislator Zahida Khan was also present during the time and has claimed that a strategy will be made after burial of the deceased in his ancestral village.It is believed that the family agreed to post-mortem after the police found about the deceased’s alleged involvement in cow smuggling activities.However, some organisations have demanded monetary compensation and a government job to next of kin of the victim. PUCL in a statement released on Wednesday alleged that the police have tried to cover up another case of cow vigilantism by presenting the entire incident as a fight between two criminal groups.It also alleged that the government has failed to provide security to dairy farmers and given the cow vigilantes a free hand.‘Crime rate down’…Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Wednesday claimed that the crime rate in the state has come down. He said that the police department would corroborate with IT students to check cyber crime. On the issue of the religious freedom bill, he said the bill was passed by the BJP government but remained with the then governor. After some amendments, the bill was again sent to the governor….‘Pilot counters’Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot on Wednesday accused the BJP-led governments in his state and Gujarat of shying away from their responsibility to take action against cow vigilantes and said such elements were now terrorising the people. Speaking about killing of Umar Khan allegedly by cow vigilantes, Pilot said that CM Raje was in that district when the incident took place.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday raided the residence of two Congress leaders in the national capital.According to initial reports, ED searches going on at 12 places in Delhi under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).Sources said that Delhi’s former Congress MLA Sumesh Showkeen is also being searched.More details awaited.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former Congress heavyweight Shankersinh Vagela is keeping political parties in poll-bound Gujarat guessing about his future political course, days after he resigned as the Congress MLA in presence of senior BJP leaders.Maintaining suspense over his future political move, the veteran politician on Sunday ruled out floating any outfit or forming third front. Vaghela had already clarified that he was not going back to the BJP which he had quit in 1990s. Interestingly, none of the 13 former Congress MLAs, believed to be the loyalists of Vaghela, was present at the meeting of his supporters held at his residence in Gandhinagar today. At the meeting, Vaghela’s supporters passed a resolution urging him to “become active in order to ease the pains of people of Gujarat who are facing many problems at present”.The resolution, which was shared with the media, was passed by around 250 supporters of the Kshatriya strongman at the meeting. As per the resolution, the issues like price-rise, high electricity charges, unemployment, and costly education have affected the common man in Gujarat the most. Vaghela’s supporters claimed that various sections of the society, including businessmen, farmers, students and women, are having a feeling that they were left to fend for themselves and there is no one to hold their hand.Through the resolution, supporters urged Vaghela (77) to “become active” in order to put an end to such problems. After the meeting, Vaghela insisted that the gathering was not political. He said the meeting was not aimed at exploring the possibility of floating a party or a third front ahead of the Assembly polls, expected to be held later this year. “This was a gathering to discuss various issues concerning people and how we can help them. There was no talk about floating a party or forming a third front. As people’s sufferings are mounting, my supporters wanted me to go between them and ease their pain,” Vaghela told reporters. When asked how he is planning to take up these issues, Vaghela said, “I will keep you informed about what and how I will do that”.While addressing his supporters, Vaghela asked them to take care of each of the 182 constituencies in Gujarat. “I just gave an example that you (supporters) are more than 182. Thus, I urge you to take care of each of the 182 seats, so that people start putting trust in you. Instead of working for any party, my message was that we all must remain by the side of truth,” he said. Vaghela had voted against Congress stalwart Ahmed Patel in the recently-held Rajya Sabha elections in the state.However, Patel went on to win the keenly-fought battle after the Election Commission invalidated the votes of two rebel Congress MLAs for the violation of poll procedure. Vaghela fell out with the Congress after the party reportedly refused to pay heed to his demands that he be declared the chief ministerial nominee and given a free hand in selecting the party candidates. The Congress has been out of power in Gujarat for over the last two decades.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, installed in a park in Awas Vikas colony here, was damaged by some unidentified persons, police said today. The statue was found damaged today by locals, who informed the police about it. Superintendent of Police, Ashish Tiwari said that an FIR has been lodged against unidentified persons in this regard. A delegation of Congress leaders also met the District Magistrate and demanded immediate arrest of those involved in the act and invocation of National Security Act (NSA) against them. Former Congress MLA Laliteshpati Tripathi said that tomorrow the party’s state president Raj Babbar is arriving here and they would decide their future course of action after meeting him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former Congress leader and Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh on Thursday said that even Congress party has not accepted Rahul Gandhi as its leader. Talking to ANI, Singh launched a scathing attack on the Congress Vice President and questioned his ability to lead the Congress. He said that even the Congress party till today has not accepted Rahul Gandhi as its leader. ?The Congress Working Committee had decided in the 2013 Jaipur Conclave that in future Rahul would be handed over the charge of the Congress in place of Party President Sonia Gandhi. Till now, if Rahul has not been entrusted this responsibility then it means that there is fear in the Congress that if it is done then whatever is left in the party would be lost,? said Singh. Singh, who is a former Congress leader, said that even Congress leaders who meet him don?t see any future of Congress. ?Though it has been three years I am with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), but still many Congress politicians meet me. They are very demoralized and say they don?t see any future of Congress.? Replying a question whether the Congress should look beyond Gandhi family, the former Congress leader said that even if one thinks beyond Gandhi family then there is no leader in the Congress who can lead the party. On leadership crisis in the Congress, he said today?s Congress is not the one it used to be as it fought 2014 elections just to win around 140 seats to form a coalition government. ?Congress is shrinking and its base is being weaker day by day. The perception in the country is that the BJP is alternative of the Congress that ruled country around for half century. This is the reason that former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah commented after the recently held Uttar Pradesh election results that opposition should prepare for 2024 general elections,? said the Union Minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MLA Anil Gote, who has been pressing for abolition of the state Legislative Council, today demanded a discussion to decide as to which one of the two Houses of the state Legislature was superior. “There should be a discussion over as to which House is superior- Assembly or Council,” Gote said in the Assembly. “Former Congress legislator Keshavrao Dhondge had said that Legislative Assembly is superior, since it consists of members directly elected from the people,” Gote said. Most of the legislative Council members are elected by the MLAs, he added. This is the third time the legislator has raised the issue on the floor of the lower house in the ongoing budget session of the state Legislature. Gote had earlier said the Upper House did not have “constitutional rights” and hence it should be scrapped. The BJP and the party-led government, however, had served show-cause notices to Gote for repeatedly making critical comments about the Legislative Council. Talking about the notices, Gote today said he has responded to the show-cause notice. Earlier, the BJP-led state government had also made it clear that it had no plan to scrap the Legislative Council. Making a statement in the Upper House, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that Gote, who demanded scrapping of the Legislative Council, had been warned against making such “irresponsible” statements.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Congress MP V Hanumantha Rao was today taken into preventive custody after he staged a sit-in here protesting against the registration of a case against him for allegedly abusing a police official. “Rao along with 13 other local party leaders were taken into preventive custody when they held a protest. They were later released,” Panjagutta Police Station Inspector S Mohan Kumar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former Congress MP V. Hanumantha Rao was on Saturday detained for protesting over the FIR lodged against him for misbehaving with a policeman. ?This is a conspiracy against me. I am from a backward class and, therefore, they are trying to put pressure on me. I did not say anything wrong,? Rao told the media here. He added that such incidents do not take place in a democracy as this is the hooliganism of policemen. ?I just asked why I am being stopped and who gave you the orders, on this they filed an FIR against me,? he said. According to reports, Rao was seen shouting at a police official in the Telangana Assembly premises on Friday. The incident was captured in a video. A case has been registered in this regard against Rao in Hyderabad’s Saifabad Police Station under Sections 353, 294-B and 504 of the Indian Penal code (IPC). Earlier on Friday, Rao had lashed out at a police officer for not allowing him to hold a press conference in Hyderabad and alleged that this reflected the dictatorial attitude of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao. “I hold press conference on public issues, on how the government is treating people and what public has to say on this. I have been doing this since a long time. The dictatorship of the Chief Minister is visible which is growing every day. I did not misbehave with anybody. The government is trying to shut the voice of people,” Rao said. “A Circle Inspector came and stopped me. He did not have the right to do so. But the Marshall told me to continue with my press conference. I asked them why I am being stopped from holding the conference and on whose orders,” he added. Asserting that he being a former MLA has the right to hold a press conference, Rao said: ?I was insulted for no reason which I will not accept.?(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Congress leader S M Krishna, who joined the BJP on Wednesday, today showered fulsome praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying India is on par with superpowers like the US and China because of his programmes. “Modji has given new status to India … Today, India is on par with superpowers like United States, France, Russia and China. This has been possible because of the various programmes PM Narendra Modi has started,” he told BJP workers at the state’s party headquarters here. The former external affairs minister said he was “impressed with Modi’s courage to carry out surgical strikes”. “During my tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan never understood the kind of language we spoke. Look at the turnaround after surgical strikes. Modi’s step was hailed across the world as bold and courageous,” he said. “Modiji answered Pakistan in the language it understands. I had the privilege to meet him and he was kind enough to explain the contours of surgical strikes. “I was impressed and this was possible only because of a leader who had guts, a vision and a strategy. Today, India has become very bold in the eyes of other countries,” he said. Krishna also praised Modi’s demonetisation decision, saying that though it has not eradicated black money menace entirely, but has curtailed it. “Demonetisation is one of the biggest economic makeover that Prime Minister thought necessary to be implemented. The black money menace has been a great curse. It was eating into the very vitals of the economy. Even though it cannot be eradicated overnight but it certainly curtailed the menace. As a Congressman, I had welcomed it,” he said. He said he quit Congress because of bad treatment and the “mental torture” the party gave him. “I was treated badly. All of a sudden, they dropped me from the cabinet. This is not the way you treat a veteran,” he said. Krishna said he had been thinking of quitting Congress for nearly two years and thereafter he met Amit Shah, the national BJP President, which answered all his queries. Earlier, Krishna was welcomed at Bengaluru International Airport and taken to the party office situated at Malleshwaram in a rally. At the party office, he was welcomed by State BJP President B S Yeddyurappa and R Ashok among others. The former Congress leader was welcomed amid the chanting of Ganapati Mantra.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) registering an emphatic win in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand besides managing to form the government in Goa and Manipur, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majid Memon on Friday said it is high time the opposition parties rethink their position to halt the saffron party?s progress. Memon said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as a much stronger leader following the verdict of the recent assembly polls because he got a massive mandate yet again which is almost a repeat of 2014. ?The whole country and the opposition particular believed that Modi has lost his charisma?But the results have shown that the time has come for the entire opposition to reconsider its position. With the passage of time, we have seen that the Congress has been decimated,? Memon told ANI. Meanwhile, Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan showered praise on Prime Minister Modi and said even if all parties join hands they would not be able to compete with a strong leadership. ?Ek kahawat hai ki sau langde mil kar bhi ek pehlwan nahi ban sakta,? he said. After the poll debacle in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, there are growing demands within the Congress for a ?fundamental restructuring? of the organisation to empower its ?sharpest campaigners? Former Congress MP Priya Dutt has said that a strong decision must be taken for rebuilding the party and reorganizing the structure. She, however, told ANI yesterday that her remark was not aimed at insulting the party. “When I spoke about auto immune disease, it is a disease which kills your own body cells. So, that is something that I have seen happening in the Congress for a very long time. Internally we fight so much that we lose focus in the larger picture of the party. Many people in the party work for themselves and not for the party, we need to recognize that,” she said. “And I am speaking that very openly today because I have gone through that for last 10 years. I have seen it in every election. I think a very strong decision and stand must be taken for rebuilding this party and reorganizing the structure,” she added. The BJP returned to power in Uttar Pradesh with a three-quarter majority after 14 years, during which regional players including the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party held sway. The BJP-plus won 325 seats in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly while the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance got 54 seats. Mayawati?s BSP emerged victorious in just 18 seats. In Uttarakhand, the BJP won 57 of the 70 seats at stake.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)