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8% of GDP is spent on govt salaries

India spends a whopping Rs 10.18 trillion on the emoluments of government employees, both at the centre and in states, a staggering 8.15% of the country’s GDP.Taken against the backdrop of spending on education, health and defence, the figures show a large chunk of government budget goes into the salaries, pensions and allowances of government employees, leaving a trickle for social sector and development activities.A note submitted by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to a parliamentary panel highlighted the fact that out of the total GDP of India amounting to 124.88 trillion, Rs 10.18 trillion is spent on paying salaries, etc.The Committee on Estimates chaired by veteran BJP leader Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, while reviewing the performance of all India services, found that a huge expenditure was met on wages, besides the expenditure on building infrastructure like offices and houses for bureaucracy, rather on delivery.The panel had actually asked the government to furnish details of total expenditure incurred on Indian Administrative Service (IAS) , Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers posted at the Centre and in states and its share in the GDP. But the government while circumventing the request submitted an overall data related to all government employees without specifying services.The government in its presentation stated that there was no study at hand to suggest expenditures incurred on officers belonging to superior services. Taking exception to the fact that there was mechanism to find out the expenditure and its share in the GDP, the panel agreed that bureaucracy was fully committed to citizens and reflects hopes and aspirations, but said it should be held accountable for accomplishments, when it is being paid from the exchequer.According to figures, the salaries of 10 million central government employees account for 12.6% of the central government’s total expenditure. The government recently accepted the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, doubling the minimum starting salary from the current Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000 per month. The Commission’s recommendations added an extra 0.7% burden on the GDP and a yearly burden of 102,000 crore.The government also admitted that payment of salaries, wages and other allowances to government employees is the main element of Gross value added (GVA) — the total output and measure of the value of goods and services.

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Venkaiah Naidu files his nomination for vice president

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Flanked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and veteran BJP leader L K Advani, former minister M Venkaiah Naidu today filed his nomination papers for the vice presidential election. BJP president Amit Shah, senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi as well as leaders from BJP allies and those from other regional parties, including the AIADMK and the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, accompanied Naidu as he filed his papers in the parliament complex. The Shiv Sena was also present. Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and several top leaders of the NDA were among those who proposed and seconded Naidu’s candidature in the several sets of nomination papers filed in his favour. The BJP’s Parliamentary Board had yesterday picked Naidu as the NDA’s vice presidential nominee. The senior BJP leader resigned as Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting minister hours before he filed his nomination papers. The vice presidential is scheduled to be held on August 5. Naidu will contest against the opposition’s vice presidential nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prez post above party politics: Kovind after filing nomination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reaching out to opposition parties, NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind today said the post of president is above party politics and he will strive to maintain its dignity. The 71-year-old said after filing his nomination papers that he had ceased to belong to any political party after he became governor of Bihar in 2015. “Ever since I became governor, I don’t belong to any political party. The post of president is above party politics. I am thankful to everybody for their support,” he told reporters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a battery of NDA chief ministers and party leaders accompanied Kovind as he filed his papers for the July 17 presidential election in which his victory appears to be almost certain. “I will do my best to maintain dignity of the high office of the president,” he said. Referring to national security, Kovind said, “The president is also the supreme commander of all three forces. It is our responsibility to keep our border secure.” BJP president Amit Shah and party veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were present on the occasion as were all chief ministers of BJP-ruled states and its allies, except Manohar Parrikar of Goa and Mehbooba Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami also attended the event. Besides NDA constituents, which comprise over 48.6 per cent of votes in the electoral college that will elect the next president, regional parties such as the AIADMK, BJD, TRS and JD(U) have also announced their support to the Dalit leader, making his win a foregone conclusion unless there’s a drastic change in the situation. With the support of these parties, Kovind is set to get more than 61 per cent of votes in the electoral college.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Accused should be framed with charges not ‘bail’ AIMPLB

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hours after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwarts L. K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati who appeared before a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court for framing of charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case, the All Indian Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) stated that the accused should be framed with charges and granted bail. Speaking to ANI, AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani said, ?The grant of bail is not unexpected. In this case whosoever is the accused they have all been granted bail. And in such cases the accused are not seen behind the bars. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati have been in many other similar cases too and were also granted bail then. The main thing required is the framing of charges which the court should have taken up?. Resonating similar views, former Samajwadi Party leader and AIMPLB member Kamal Farooqui stated that serious charges of conspiracy have been framed and justice should be given soon. ?It is something that should have happened earlier- but better late than never. After this outcome it has sent several questions on this matter. I personally feel that BJP would be doing a great job to itself if they follow the same kind of principles which they were earlier asking for by the other parties. Serious charges of conspiracy have been framed and justice should be given soon,? Farooqui told ANI. All the accused in the Babri masjid demolition case were granted bail by the Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court in Lucknow earlier in the day. However, the court rejected the discharge petition and said charges would be framed against them. The mosque was demolished by Hindu Karsevaks on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya. The country witnessed massive riots in which over 2000 people were killed. Two FIRs were filed after the disputed structure was demolished- Crime no. 197 deals with actual “demolition of the mosque by karsevaks.” Crime no. 198 named L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and others for ‘communal’ speeches before the demolition. The Hindus claim that it is the birthplace of Lord Rama where a mosque was built in 1528-29 CE (935 AH) by Mir Baqi. Since the mosque was built on orders of the Mughal emperor Babur, it was named Babri Masjid. Before it was demolished in 1992, the Nirmohi Akhara had forcefully occupied the Babri Masjid in 1853 saying it was Ram Janmabhoomi (Birth place of Lord Rama).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri case: CBI Court frames criminal conspiracy charges against Advani, Uma Bharti, Murali Manohar Joshi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special CBI court on Tuesday, rejecting the discharge application of the 12 accused in the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, framed criminal conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, and nine others under Section 120-B of the IPC.Earlier in the day, the 12 accused were granted bail on personal bonds of Rs 50,000 each. The counsel of the accused had pleaded not guilty, which was rejected by the bench headed by Special CBI Judge Justice SK Yadav, while accepting arguments of the prosecution that it has all evidences to prove charges under Section 120-B. Earlier, Sections 147, 153-A, 153-B, 295 and 295-A of the IPC were slapped against the accused for allegedly instigating the crowds.
ALSO READ Babri Demolition case: LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti among 12 to appear before CBI court on TuesdayAt the time, two separate cases were being heard in connection with the mosque demolition. On April 19, the Supreme Court ordered a joint trial in a Lucknow Court, which was already trying the kar sevaks accused of demolition of the structure. The other court – a court in Rae Bareli – was conducting the trial of the leaders who allegedly instigated the crowd. It is in the latter case that BJP leaders including Union minister Uma Bharti and veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were accused before the apex court merged the cases.The court then framed criminal charges against all 12 accused including Advani, Joshi, Uma Bhrati, Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambhara, Vishnua Hari Dalmia, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Champat Rai Bansal, Baikunth Lal Sharma, Mahant Dharam Das Maharaj and Satish Pradhan.Advani caused a flutter in the Court when he refused to sign the charge-sheet served on him on the ground that it contained some serious technical and typographical errors. The court immediately ordered for its correction. Later, the corrected charge-sheet was signed by all the 12 accused to complete the process of framing of charges against them.In addition to other charges, the criminal conspiracy charges were slapped and added against these 12 accused following Supreme Court’s order dated April 19. There were as many as 49 accused, but most of them died in the past 25 years.

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a major setback to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veterans Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here today rejected their discharge application, framing charges against them and the other nine accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Charges of criminal conspiracy under section 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) have been framed. However, the accused will now move the Allahabad High Court against the CBI court?s order. Earlier today, the court granted bail to all the accused by signing a personal bond of Rs. 20,000. ?They have been granted bail by signing bonds of Rs. 20,000. We have submitted discharge application. If the court rejects it, then charges will be framed,? said lawyer of accused Prashant Atal. The court had also asked BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Sadhvi Ritambara to present themselves before the court in person. While directing the accused to present themselves in person, the judge had said no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance shall be entertained. The court, which is hearing two separate cases relating to the demolition, would also frame charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan in the second matter. The Supreme Court had on April 19 ordered prosecution of Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti, and other accused for criminal conspiracy in the politically sensitive case. It had also ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years. The apex court ordered that two separate cases in Lucknow and Raebareli against Advani, Joshi and Bharti and unknown ‘kar sevaks’ shall be brought together in one trial. The apex court also directed the trial court in Lucknow to commence the proceedings in four weeks and hear the matter on a day-to-day basis so as to complete the hearing in two years. The apex court also said there will be no ‘de novo’ (fresh) trial. The CBI has been ordered to ensure that at least one prosecution witness appears in the trial court for recording of testimony. To ensure a speedy trial, the top court has given two important directions – first, no party shall be granted adjournments without the sessions’ judge being satisfied of the reasons for it; second, the trial judge hearing the case shall not be transferred till the judgement is delivered.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ahead of crucial Babri hearing, CM Adityanath meets Advani, Joshi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Ahead of the crucial Babri Majid hearing, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran leaders Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, who are facing charges in the case. The Chief Minister reached the VVIP guest house, where the leaders were present before the hearing. A special CBI court in Lucknow will frame charges today against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The leaders will appear today before the Special CBI judge S K Yadav. The court had also asked BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Sadhvi Ritambara to present themselves before the court in person. While directing the accused to present themselves in person, the judge had said no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance shall be entertained. The court, which is hearing two separate cases relating to the demolition, would also frame charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan in the second matter. The Supreme Court had on April 19 ordered prosecution of Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti, and other accused for criminal conspiracy in the politically sensitive case. It had also ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years. The apex court ordered that two separate cases in Lucknow and Raebareli against Advani, Joshi and Bharti and unknown ‘kar sevaks’ shall be brought together in one trial. The apex court also directed the trial court in Lucknow to commence the proceedings in four weeks and hear the matter on a day-to-day basis so as to complete the hearing in two years. The apex court also said there will be no ‘de novo’ (fresh) trial. The CBI has been ordered to ensure that at least one prosecution witness appears in the trial court for recording of testimony. To ensure a speedy trial, the top court has given two important directions – first, no party shall be granted adjournments without the sessions’ judge being satisfied of the reasons for it; second, the trial judge hearing the case shall not be transferred till the judgement is delivered.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri Demolition case: LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti among 12 to appear before CBI court on Tuesday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, ex-HRD minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi and Union minister Uma Bharti are among 12 accused who will appear before a Special CBI Court on Tuesday for framing of criminal conspiracy charges under Section 120-B.In his orders dated May 25 and 26, the CBI Judge SK Yadav had categorically stated that “no further adjournments on exemption from personal appearance would be granted and all the accused have to appear before the court without any excuse for framing of charges.”All 12 accused, namely Adavni, Dr Joshi, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambhara, Vishnua Hari Dalmia, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Champat Rai Bansal, Baikunth Lal Sharma, Mahant Dharam Das Maharaj and Satish Pradhan will appear before the court for framing of criminal conspiracy charges in connection with the demolition of the Babi Masjid on December 6, 1992.
ALSO READ Babri demolition case: Special court asks LK Advani and others to appear ‘without any excuse’ on May 30 Counsels of accused have also confirmed their presence in the court on Tuesday. “My clients are coming to the court as directed,” said Manish Tripathi, Cousel for VHP and Shiv Sena leaders.The criminal conspiracy charges are being slapped on these 12 accused on Supreme Court’s order dated April 19. There were as many as 49 accused in case no 198/92, but most of them died during the court proceedings from Lucknow to Rae Bareli courts in the past 25 years.As of now there are 13 accused, including Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, whose name was dropped from framing of charges due to constitutional immunity he enjoys being the governor.Tight security arrangements have been made in and around the Session Court compound in view of personal appearance of senior BJP, VHP and Shiv Sena leaders, including Advani, Dr Joshi and Uma Bharti.

Spl court defers framing of charges in Ayodhya case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special CBI court today deferred till May 30 framing of charges against six accused in one of the two Babri Masjid demolition cases, after five of them sought exemption from appearance. Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan are the accused in the case. Pradhan, a Shiv Sena leader, was present in the court today. But special CBI court judge S K Yadav said that since the other five accused had sought exemption, it would not be possible to frame charges against him alone. Postponing the matter till May 30, the court said no further adjournment would be allowed. The special court is likely to frame charges tomorrow against BJP leader L K Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti, party veteran Murli Manohar Joshi and others in the second case which has been transferred here from Raebareli on the direction of the Supreme Court. The apex court had on April 19 restored the serious criminal conspiracy offence against Advani and the other accused in the case and directed the court frame charges. Besides the BJP three leaders, the conspiracy charge would now be invoked against Vinay Katiar, Sadhvi Ritambara and Vishnu Hari Dalmia.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Special CBI court summons accused in Babri demolition case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court has asked all accused including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi to appear before it on May 30 in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition case. Earlier on Monday, the court postponed the hearing as Satish Pradhan, one of the accused, did not appear before it. “I came for the hearing as I was summoned by the court. This is our judiciary,? Pradhan told ANI. The Supreme Court on April 19 directed the special court to start proceedings in the matter within a month and deliver its verdict within two years. On May 20, the special CBI court began day-to-day hearing in the politically-sensitive case and granted bail to the five Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders after signing a surety bond worth Rs. 20,000. The court was hearing a case against the accused alleged to having been involved in demolition of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya in 1992. This comes after the Supreme Court allowed the CBI’s appeal in the Babri Masjid demolition case and restored criminal conspiracy charges against Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh among others. However, Kalyan Singh, who was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1992, enjoys constitutional immunity as the Rajasthan Governor and can be tried only after he leaves office. The apex court ordered that two separate cases in Lucknow and Raebareli against Advani, Joshi and Bharti and unknown ‘kar sevaks’ shall be brought together in one trial. The apex court also directed the trial court in Lucknow to commence the proceedings in four weeks and hear the matter on a day-to-day basis so as to complete the hearing in two years. The apex court also said there will be no ‘de novo’ (fresh) trial. The CBI has been ordered to ensure that at least one prosecution witness appears in the trial court for recording of testimony. To ensure a speedy trial, the top court has given two important directions – first, no party shall be granted adjournments without the sessions’ judge being satisfied of the reasons for it; second, the trial judge hearing the case shall not be transferred till the judgement is delivered.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri demolition case: Special CBI court asks LK Advani, Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi to appear before it on May 30

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A special CBI court hearing the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition cases on Thursday asked senior BJP leader LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti to appear before it on May 30,The court said that the accused must appear before the court on the given date.The Supreme Court had on April 19 directed that Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti and BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi will face trial on conspiracy charges. It had transferred their case from Raebareli to Lucknow.It directed the special court to start proceedings in the matter within a month and deliver its verdict within two years.The apex court had dubbed the demolition of the medieval era monument as a “crime” which shook the “secular fabric of the Constitution” and allowed CBI’s plea on restoration of serious offence of criminal conspiracy against the VVIP accused.In its 40-page judgement, it had termed the Allahabad High Court’s February 12, 2001 verdict dropping conspiracy charge against Advani and others as “erroneous”.On Wednesday, the court granted bail to former Shiv Sena MP Satish Pradhan ​on two sureties of Rs 20,000 each and a personal bond of the same amount after he surrendered in Lucknow.The special court in Lucknow, which began day-to-day hearing in the politically sensitive case on May 20 after a Supreme Court direction, had earlier granted bail to five VHP leaders in this case.

Babri demolition case: Shiv Sena leader Satish Pradhan surrenders before Ayodhya court, gets bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena leader Satish Pradhan on Wednesday surrendered before the Special CBI Court (Ayodhya Prakaran) in connection with the 1992 Babri demolition case. He was, later, granted bail by the court on furnishing a surety and personal bond for Rs 20,000 each.The Shiv Sena leader was to surrender along with five other accused on Saturday but his counsel had sought time for his appearance due to illness. Five other accused, including Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Ganpat Rai, BL Sharma, Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti and Daharam Das Maharaj had surrendered before the Special CBI Court on Saturday. They were released on bail by the CBI Jude SK Yadav.Pradhan is a former mayor of Thane in Maharashtra. He was also a member of Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra for two terms from July 5,1992 to July 4, 1998 and July 5, 1998 to July 4, 2004.In pursuance of the Supreme Court order dated April 19, the Special CBI Court is likely to invoke fresh charges under Section 120 (B) of the IPC against six accused of Rae Bareli Court excluding Rajasthan Governor and former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh whose name was omitted from the list of accused due to Constitutional immunity.The six accused including former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, ex-HRD minister and BJP MP Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Union minister Uma Bharati, BJP MP Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambhara and Vishnu Hari Dalmia will have to surrender before the court once criminal conspiracy charges were framed afresh against them.

Sants to discuss mandir issue, ‘gau raksha’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A large congregation of Hindu saints, including the Shankaracharyas will meet in Haridwar in May to discuss issues of ‘gau raksha’ (cow protection) and building of Ram mandir in Ayodhya.The conference of the ‘Margdarshak Mandal’, which is an annual affair of the RSS-affiliated Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), will be held from May 31 to June 2 in Haridwar. According to VHP sources, saints from all over the country will discuss issues of national interest in this meeting.Under the current government, the views discussed in Margdarshak Mandal meetings are further conveyed to the top leadership in government. This year, the main issue will be the Ram temple issue — to pressurize the government into taking a stand on building the temple.”Since the Ram temple issue is of current national importance, it will be one of the main points of discussion,” said VHP’s international joint general secretary Surendra Jain.He further said that other topics of discussion are not yet finalised and it will be the saints who decide what topics will be talked about, but Gau Raksha and Ram temple will surely be the highlights.After the meet, the VHP also plans to hold training sessions across the country where their cadre would be educated on core ideology of right-wing. Whatever is discussed in the meeting will also be taken to these trainings.Recently the Supreme Court had ordered that Union Minister Uma Bharti and senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will undergo trial on charges of criminal conspiracy and invoking hatred in the Babri masjid demolition case. Post the order, demand for building the Ram temple started gathering stream, with Uma Bharti echoing the sentiment.

Sena harps on Bhagwat for Prez, says RSS HQ second seat of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena today said that the RSS headquarters has become the “second seat of power” in the country and it does not deem anybody fit for the president’s post except Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party, which has had strained ties with ally BJP, had earlier also suggested that Bhagwat be made the next President of India. However, Bhagwat had dismissed such suggestions and asserted that even if his name is proposed, he “will not accept it”. The Sena said that the ambitions of some strong contenders for the president’s post may have got derailed post the apex court order in Babri case and wondered if some “new calculations” were made when senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi called on Bhagwat last week. Notably, top BJP leaders L K Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti will be tried for criminal conspiracy in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case as the Supreme Court last week allowed a CBI plea for restoring the charge against them. The Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, today said, “Advani and Joshi are BJP veterans. Their contribution in the formation and rise of the party is immense.” “Though they may not have much work in the party after a new generation of BJP leaders have taken over but there are attempts being made to gauge if they have any importance left in the upcoming presidential polls,” the editorial said. Referring to the meeting between Joshi and Bhagwat, it said anything can happen if the RSS chief wishes it. “Thus, did the meet between the two mean that Joshi was making some new calculations with Bhagwat? Anything can happen if the RSS chief wishes so. The RSS headquarters has become the second seat of power in the country today,” the Sena said. The party also said that as of now it does not deem anybody fit for the president’s post except Bhagwat. The apex court had last week clubbed the trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case pending against the leaders and ‘karsevaks’ and ordered day-to-day trial with the proceedings to be completed in two years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not Advani, I asked karsevaks to pull down disputed shrine: Ex-BJP MP Vedanti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ram Vilas Vedanti, a former BJP MP and an accused in the Babri mosque demolition case, today claimed it was he and not the BJP patriarch L K Advani who incited the frenzied karsevaks to pull down the disputed shrine. “I demolished and got demolished the disputed structure, the ruin that stood there. The accusations against L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia are wrong,” he said.Vedanti’s remarks came two days after the Supreme Court resurrected the conspiracy charge against Advani, Joshi and union minister Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Vedanti said, in fact, Advani, Joshi and Scindia even took the microphone from him and tried to persuade the karsevaks to come down from atop the structure and leave. They even made the plea in English, he later told a TV news channel.Vedanti said he, Mahant Avaidyanath, also a former BJP MP, and VHP leader Ashok Singhal exhorted the karsevaks to raze the disputed structrue. Both Avaidyanath and Singhal are now dead.He told India Today TV channel he was prepared to be “hanged” for the cause of Ram temple. When asked was his claim an effort by him to “derail” the trial against BJP veterans, Vedanti said,” I have spoken about this earlier too.”Earlier on April 19, the Supreme Court allowed the CBI’s appeal in the Babri Masjid demolition case and restored criminal conspiracy charges against the BJP veterans Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti besides Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh. However, Kalyan Singh, who was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1992, enjoys constitutional immunity as the Rajasthan Governor and can be tried only after he leaves office. The apex court ordered that two separate cases in Lucknow and Raebareli against Advani, Joshi and Bharti and unknown ‘kar sevaks’ shall be brought together in one trial. The Supreme Court also directed the trial court in Lucknow to commence the proceedings in four weeks and hear the matter on a day-to-day basis so as to complete the hearing in two years. The apex court also said there will be no ‘de novo’ (fresh) trial.The CBI has been ordered to ensure that at least one prosecution witness appears in the trial court for recording of testimony. To ensure speedy trial, the top court has given two important directions – first, no party shall be granted adjournments without the sessions judge being satisfied of the reasons for it; second, the trial judge hearing the case shall not be transferred till the judgement is delivered. The Supreme Court also said that its order should be followed in letter and spirit. If the parties involved feel that the top court’s order is not being followed in letter and spirit then they will be having the liberty to approach the apex court.

BJP wants its leaders to downplay import of Babri verdict

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court verdict on the Babri Masjid demolition case may have brought its sidelined stalwarts into the spotlight but the BJP has decided to tread cautiously on the matter asking its leaders to downplay its import in public. Party president Amit Shah’s direction to Union minister Uma Bharti, who along with veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, will now be prosecuted by the CBI for criminal conspiracy, to cancel her trip to Ayodhya hours after she announced it is a case in point, a party leader said. BJP was also quick to dismiss reports last night that Shah had spoken to Advani. Union minister Arun Jaitley had yesterday said that the case has been going on since 1993 and that no new situation has arisen. “So the situation which was prevailing will continue,” he had told reporters. He had also virtually ruled out resignation of Bharti from the government following the court order and described as “hypothetical” the possibility of the ruling having any bearing in selection of candidates for presidential and vice presidential polls. While the saffron outfit would be happy with the Ram temple issue being pushed to the fore, it would not “jump the gun” on a matter decided by the apex court and let the issue rather pan out in courts. A daily trial to be completed in two years will suit its interest as the Hindutva issue will continue to simmer till the next Lok Sabha polls in 2019. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah, the party has shown its adeptness in blending its cultural agenda with that of development and has reaped rich harvest, most notably in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. While it has not much to lose, the situation is different for Joshi and Advani, the latter in a twist of irony seeing his political future being dealt a body blow by an issue which made him a Hindutva icon in 90s as he led his party to an unprecedented electoral high before Modi bettered it in 2014. The two former party presidents, who are now out of the organisation’s decision-making bodies and are members of ‘margdarshk mandal’ which has never met, have so far maintained a silence over the verdict. They had met yesterday and are believed to have discussed the political and legal implications of the issue. Their names were doing the rounds as probable contenders for the posts of the president and the vice president, two top constitutional posts elections for which will be held in July and August respectively. Yesterday’s verdict is also seen as a blow to their prospects.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri case: Ready to go to jail for Ayodhya, Ganga and Tiranga, says Uma Bharti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti on Wednesday responded to Wednesday’s Supreme Court order, saying she was ‘ready to face punishment for Ayodhya, Ganga and Tiranga (tricolour).The Supreme Court had earlier in the day said along with Bharti, senior BJP leaders including LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi would face trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case. A day-to-day trial will be held in a court in Lucknow, judges said, and hearing must be completed in two years.Speaking to DNA, the Union Minister for Water Resources, River development and Ganga rejuvenation said, “There was no conspiracy in the Ayodhya movement. Whatever happened was out in the open. The Ram Mandir movement played a very important role.”She added that the government will see to it that the temple would be constructed. “I am yet to discuss it with the prime minister, but Ram Mandir will be constructed,” she said. She also asserted that she was “proud, unapologetic” and does not repent her role in the Ram Janmabhoomi campaign. “I took part in Ram temple campaign with pride and confidence. I had given up the post of Chief Minister for the sake of the tri-colour… I will do whatever it takes to see the Ram temple is constructed…Ram temple will be built, koi maai ka laal use rok nahi sakta (no one has the power to stop it from being built),” Bharti said, adding she was present at the mosque site on December 6, 1992.

Congress welcomes SC’s decision in Babri Masjid case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress Party on Wednesday hailed Supreme Court?s decision in Babri Masjid demolition case and said the final verdict on it should be taken swiftly so that people don?t lose their faith in the apex court. ?We welcome the Supreme Court?s decision. Action should be taken against L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar and Uma Bharti.The decision on this matter should be taken swiftly so that people don?t lose their faith in Supreme Court,? Congress leader Naseem Khan told ANI. Echoing similar views, party leader Shakeel Ahmed also lauded the apex court?s move saying that the decision has emphasized on the strong law and order prevalent system of the country ?This is a very important decision before the Supreme Court. The court has taken the decision on the basis of evidences it has. We hope that the culprits may not get away and justice is done in this case. This decision of the Supreme Court has emphasized on the strong law and order system of the country,? Ahmed told ANI. Earlier in the day, the top court allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) appeal challenging the withdrawal of conspiracy charges against senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders including L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti and also ruled that the leaders will face criminal conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The apex court has directed the sessions judge in Lucknow to conduct the trial in the Babri demolition case on a daily basis, and that the judge will not be transferred. It also ruled out a fresh trial in the case. The top court has also ordered the CBI to ensure that witnesses are produced in court everyday so that there is no delay in the Babri demolition case trial. The trial will have to be completed in two years. However, the apex court has clarified that Kalyan Singh, being Governor of Rajasthan, will not be tried due to constitutional immunity unless he ceases to be in that post. In effect, his trial will begin after his term as Governor ends. Singh was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh when the demolition took place. Others who will face criminal conspiracy charges are Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara, Satish Pradhan, Champat Rai Bansal. The late Giriraj Kishore is also among the names in the original chargesheet. There were two sets of cases relating to the demolition of the disputed structure on December 6, 1992. The first involved unnamed ‘karsevaks’ or volunteers, the trial of which is taking place in a Lucknow court, while the second set of cases relate to the VVIPs in a Rae Bareli court. With today’s order, both these cases are merged and will be heard in Lucknow. The order comes after the CBI had petitioned the apex court saying 14 people, including BJP leaders, who had been acquitted of the charges under criminal conspiracy, should be tried in the Lucknow Court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Timeline of Babri Masjid demolition case till date

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> On December 6, 1992, a large crowd of Hindu Kar Sevaks demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The demolition occurred after a political rally at the site turned violent. The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organised a rally at the site involving 150,000 volunteers, known as ?kar sevaks?. The rally turned violent, and the crowd overwhelmed security forces and tore down the mosque. A subsequent inquiry into the incident found 68 people responsible for the demolition, including several leaders of the BJP and the VHP. The demolition also resulted in several months of inter-communal rioting between India’s Hindu and Muslim communities, causing the death of at least 2,000 people. There were two sets of cases relating to the Babri Masjid demolition. The first involved unnamed ‘karsevaks’, the trial of which is taking place in a Lucknow court, while the second set of cases relate to the BJP leaders, including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, in a Raebareli court. The CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). It had subsequently invoked charges under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, which was quashed by the special court whose decision was upheld by the high court. Here is the sequence of events related to the case so far: April 19, 2017: The Supreme Court revived conspiracy charges against L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and 13 others in the 25-year-old Babri Masjid demolition cases. April 6, 2017: The Supreme Court indicated that it will use its extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to transfer the Babri Masjid demolition related trial in Rae Bareilly against top BJP leaders L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi to Lucknow, where a CBI court is hearing conspiracy and other serious criminal charges against “lakhs of unknown kar sevaks” for the actual act of razing down the 15th century mosque. March 23, 2017: A Supreme Court Bench of Justices P.C. Ghose and Rohinton Nariman posted for detailed hearing the CBI appeal against the dropping of the criminal conspiracy charge against veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani and other top party leaders after two weeks. March 21, 2017: Suggesting an out-of-court rapprochement among rival parties in the 68-year-old Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute, Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar advised peace negotiations instead of a pitched court battle, even offering help to settle the fight amicably. March 6, 2017: Supreme Court indicates it may revive conspiracy charge and order a joint trial of crimes 197 and 198. December 25, 2014: Oldest litigant in Babri Masjid case passes away Mohammad Farooq, a resident of Ayodhya, was one of the seven main litigants from Muslim side in the 1949 Babri Masjid case. May 9, 2011: Supreme Court stays Allahabad High Court verdict on Ayodhya dispute. February, 2011: CBI moves Supreme Court. Argues that ?the actual demolition of the Babri Masjid and the continuous assault on media persons form a single connected transaction and can well be a concerted conspiracy?. September 30, 2010: Allahabad HC awards two-thirds of Ayodhya site to Hindu parties, one-third to Waqf Board. May 20, 2010: Advani, others absolved of conspiracy charges May 4, 2001: Special Judge S.K. Shukla drops conspiracy charge against 13 accused, including Advani and Kalyan Singh. Bifurcates Crimes 197 and 198.Allahabad HC upholds May 4, 2001 special court order, dismisses the CBI?s revision petition for a direction to proceed with the conspiracy charge against Advani and others. 1994: Case goes back to Lucknow Bench of HC, suits heard again from 1996. October, 1993: CBI files a composite charge sheet and accuses Advani and other leaders of ?conspiracy? 1993: Govt. takes over 67 acres of land around the area, seeks SC’s opinion on whether there existed a Hindu place of worship before the structure was built. December 1992: Babri Masjid demolished by a frenzied mob of karsevaks. Two FIRs filed in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Crime no. 197 deals with actual ?demolition of the mosque by karsevaks.? Crime no. 198 named L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and others for ?communal? speeches before the demolition. 1991: U.P. govt. acquires land around the structure for convenience of devotees who attend Ram Lalla darshan. 1989: The four suits pending were transferred to the High Court. 1986: District judge orders locks be removed. Site opened for Hindu worshippers. 1959: Nirmohi Akhara files third suit, seeking direction to hand over charge of the disputed site. U.P. Sunni Central Wakf Board files fourth suit in 1961 for declaration and possession and fifth in 1989 in the name of Ram Lalla Virajman for declaration and possession. 1950: Paramahansa Ramachandra Das files a suit for continuation of pooja and keeping idols in the structure. 1950: Gopal Simla Visharad files first suit in Faizabad civil court for rights to perform pooja to Ram Lalla. 1949: Idols of Ram Lalla are placed surreptitiously under the central dome.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri demolition case | Supreme Court to decide today if LK Advani, 12 others will face trial

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court will on Wednesday pronounce the verdict on the appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the dropping of conspiracy charges against senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case.On April 6, the CBI told the apex court that 14 persons, including BJP leaders, who were acquitted of the charges under criminal conspiracy should be tried in Lucknow Court in the Babri Masjid demolition case.Justice Rohington F Nariman will pronounce the verdict.Earlier in March, the top court had said that it won’t accept dropping of charges and might revive the demolition case against 13 BJP and Hindu right-wing leaders who were discharged on technical grounds.The apex court also expressed concern over delay in trial against people involved in the Babri demolition and favoured a joint trial of the accused.There are two sets of cases – one against BJP veteran LK Advani and others who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, when the Babri mosque was demolished. The other case is against lakhs of ‘karsevaks’ (volunteers) who were in and around the disputed structure.CBI has challenged in the Supreme Court the May 21, 2010 order of the high court, which had upheld a special court’s decision to drop the charge against the leaders.In its verdict, the high court had upheld the special CBI court order dropping conspiracy charge against Advani, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and Murli Manohar Joshi.The others against whom the charge was dropped included Satish Pradhan, C R Bansal, Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Sadhvi Ritambhara, V H Dalmia, Mahant Avaidhynath, R V Vedanti, Param Hans Ram Chandra Das, Jagdish Muni Maharaj, B L Sharma, Nritya Gopal Das, Dharam Das, Satish Nagar and Moreshwar Save.Earlier, CBI had moved the apex court against Allahabad High Court’s verdict on dropping conspiracy charge against Advani and 19 others in the case.The CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code.The investigating agency had subsequently invoked charges under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC which was quashed by the special court.(With agency inputs)

Modi will be felicitated at the BJP headquarters tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>evening. Shah cited five central government schemes — ‘Ujjwala yojna’, ending open defecation, Jan Dhan scheme, crop insurance and rural electrification — as the key drivers of the BJP’s spread among the poor. The verdict was a popular endorsement of the government’s policies, including demonetisation which, he noted, was raised by the opposition SP-Congres alliance and the BSP to flay it and also by Modi and him to seek people’s support. In his press conference, he largely refrained from attacking the opposition but made a jibe at outgoing Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav, and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Yadav’s ally. Asked about them, he said their fate was in people’s hand not his. “If it is in my hand, then they will also do well,” he said ligh-heartedly. He said people are coming out of the grip of the politics of caste and religions and so should the media. Shah recalled that his claim after the first two phases of UP polls that the BJP will win 90 out of 140 seats was rejected as a political statement by some but it has ended up winning 115 of them. He also noted that his party has won six out of the 10 assembly seats in Amethi and Rae Bareli, the Lok Sabha constituencies of Rahul and Sonia Gandhi. BJP’s massive win is also being seen as a big boost to Shah with the UP verdict being projected by many party leaders as his most creditable performance since he took over its reins following the 2014 Lok Sabha results. The party’s old guard, including senior leaders L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, had put him in the dock following its debacle in the Bihar Assembly polls in 2015 but its remarkable performance in the country’s politically most crucial state is likely to silence his critics for a long time.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

International Women’s Day Special arrangements for women at polling booths in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the polling on in Uttar Pradesh for the last phase of assembly polls, special arrangement have been made for women at the polling booth in Bhadohi in the wake of International Women?s Day. Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi and Manoj Sinha cast their vote in Varanasi and Ghazipur respectively. Polling in 40 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh is currently underway. Around 22.48 percent voting was recorded till 11 a.m. A total of 535 candidates, including 51 women, are in the fray in these assembly seats spread across seven districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, known as Poorvanchal. Over 1.41 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the seventh and last phase of the assembly elections, including 76.87 lakh men and 64.99 lakh women. As many as 8,682 polling stations with 14,458 polling booths have been set up.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PAC disagrees with its head, says finance panels cannot call a minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The discord over the right of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to summon the Prime Minister surfaced at its meeting on Friday, even as the panel issued a ‘consensus’ statement citing a rule that bars finance committees from calling a minister to give evidence or for consultation.Just as the meeting, which was to discuss defence-related matters, began, BJP members—Kirit Somaiyya, Nishikant Dubey and Bhupendra Yadav– opposed the statement of the panel’s chairman KV Thomas that the panel had the right to call Prime Minister Narendra Modi if it was dissatisfied with the response of RBI governor Urjit Patel and finance ministry officials on demonetization. Dubey even said that they would not attend the meetings if the Congress kept such an approach.Thomas tried to explain that he had merely stated that the PAC, in consultation with the Speaker, had the right to call a Prime Minister, if necessary. At this point, BJD leader B Mahtab and AIADMK’s P Venugopal mediated playing peacemakers. Mahtab was then entrusted with the task of drafting a statement on behalf of the panel, which comprised of a majority of BJP members. Citing rule 99, it said “though officials may be called to give evidence in connection with the examination of the estimates and accounts relating to a particular ministry, ministers shall not be called before the committee either to give evidence or consultation in connection with examination of estimates or accounts.”However, it added that “Chairperson, when considered necessary but after its deliberations are concluded may have an informal interaction with the minister.”Earlier this week, Dubey had written to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asking him to “recall” his “unilateral” remarks.Thomas told the members that at a time when the effort was to strengthen the institute of the PAC, they should refrain from weakening it. Congress members, who came to his defence, also reminded the BJP that when party veteran Murli Manohar Joshi was heading the PAC, he wanted the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to appear before the panel, which was probing 2G spectrum and coal scams.A BJP leader said there was only one instance of a minister being called by the PAC which was in 1996 and that too because he went on his own. The then agriculture minister C Subramaniam had appeared before PAC over a CAG report.Urjit Patel is expected to appear at the next meeting of the committee on January 20.

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