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Nitish’s formal entry in NDA silenced critiques Paswan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar?s formal entry in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has silenced the critiques who questioned the newly stitched partnership. Paswan said that by joining hands with the NDA, Nitish has shut all mouths who claimed that rift erupted in Janata Dal United JD-U post breakup of the grand alliance. ?This move has strengthened the NDA. Now, there is no competition for us in Bihar,? said Paswan. JD(U) on Saturday passed a resolution to join the NDA during the party’s national executive meeting chaired by Nitish Kumar. The political move that makes the ruling party in Bihar officially an ally of the NDA at the Centre comes after Nitish broke ties with the Grand Alliance parties – Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal – in Bihar and re-formed the government in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nitish working as Amit Shah’s servant, says Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Saturday said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who was once a respected leader is now working as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah?s servant. Nitish recently walked away from the grand alliance with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress to join hands with the BJP last month to form government. Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said, ?Many leaders in the party are tensed because of Nitish?s decision. The way he switched sides was astonishing. Nobody has ever done such an act before. He has crushed his morality. He has become a weak chief minister. There was a time when he was a respected leader, but now he is working as Amit Shah?s servant. So, I believe that all the respected JD-U leaders will leave the party.? Nitish and senior rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav are at loggerheads since the grand alliance was broken in Bihar. Kumar later today will be holding party?s national executive meeting in Patna where on the other hand Yadav?s faction will simultaneously hold a separate meeting in the national capital. However the BJP said that it has no concern with what Yadav does, as he has adopted negative politics and will face the consequences in the long run. ?We know that Janata Dal (United) is led by Nitish Kumar ji and this party is an ally of the BJP and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). What other leaders do and say is not our concern. Sharad Yadav is getting isolated because he has adopted negative politics and negative politics does not work in the long run,? BJP leader Sudhesh Verma said. Yadav recently launched ‘Sanjhi Virsasat Bachao Manch’ to oppose alleged divisive politics of the BJP and will be holding a similar programme today.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sushil Modi highlights ‘link’ between Lalu Yadav & sand mafia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi took another step in exposing the alleged involvement of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Yadav?s involvement in property deals and other illegal deals. Addressing a press conference in Patna, Modi revealed that properties owned by Lalu Yadav?s wife Rabri Devi was bought by people involved in sand mafia. ?People like Arun Yadav, an MLA of RJD, have been buying property which belongs to Rabri Devi. Arun Yadav?s sons, Rajesh Kumar Ranjan and Deepu Kumar, along with his wife Kiran Devi have spent Rs. 2. 56 crore in black money to buy these flats,? he said, further accusing Arun Yadav of forming a company to portray the money as white money. In addition to it, he mentioned about the names of criminals with whom Lalu and his MLAs are allegedly involved with. ?The Bihar police caught a criminal, Ranjit Chaudhary, on Friday. He admitted to buying illegal arms from Arun Yadav,? he said, further mentioning that the police have arrested Arun Yadav?s father-in-law for possessing illegal arms. He questioned the authorities in Bihar and demanded a probe as to how the sand mafias managed to buy 8 plots owned by Rabri Devi in a single day. Modi reiterated that such evidences continue to show Lalu Yadav?s link to illegal properties and urged him to come up with an answer. These statements come after Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday pledged to ‘expose’ RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s nexus with the sand and mining mafia in the next three days, saying he had ample evidence to call for yet another criminal probe against what he described as Bihar’s most corrupt family. Ends SC/mp NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Rahul ignorant, RSS members took part in freedom struggle’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior RSS leader Manmohan Vaidya today said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi did not know anything about the Sangh, whose members did take part in the freedom struggle. “Rahul Gandhi does not know the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, nor has he tried to understand the Sangh. He does not even know the history of India,” Vaidya said here. “However, the society is coming with the RSS and the RSS is growing continously….their (Congress’) base is shrinking,” Vaidya said. “Talking about one’s forefathers’ achievements to hide one’s own failures is considered bad form in our society,” he said, in an apparent dig at the Congress leader. Speaking at a meeting of opposition parties in Delhi, hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, Gandhi today alleged that the RSS was trying to plant its people in every institution. “Till the time RSS did not rule India, they never saluted the national flag… You can look at this nation in two ways. One says this country is mine, other says I belong to the country. That’s the difference between RSS and us,” the Congress vice president said. On a common refrain of the Sangh’s critics that it did not participate in the freedom struggle, Vaidya said, “Dr Hedgewar (RSS founder K B Hedgewar) had participated in two of the three ‘Satyagrahas’ launched by Mahatma Gandhi. Dr Hedgewar participated in a Satyagraha before the formation of RSS, and in another Satyagraha afterwards. “He had participated individually and not as RSS leader,” Vaidya said, claiming further that many RSS volunteers took part in the freedom struggle, and were “hanged, shot or jailed”. “RSS did not participate in the freedom struggle directly but its swayamsevaks (volunteers) participated in it,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala collector who barred Mohan Bhagwat from hoisting Tricolour transferred

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> District Collector of Palakkad P. Marykutty, who had issued restraining orders to prevent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat from hoisting the national flag at a government school here on Independence Day, was transferred on Thursday. The Kerala Government, however, said that it’s a ?routine transfer? since four other District Collectors have also been transferred with Marykutty in a reshuffle announced today. According to reports, Marykutty has now been appointed as panchayat director, and will be replaced by marketfed managing director Suresh Babu. The decision was taken during a cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. On August 15, Bhagwat was stopped from hoisting the national flag in the Karnakkiyamman School here. The District Collector issued a memo to the school in this regard, categorically stating that it was inappropriate for a political leader to hoist the national flag in an aided school. He added that only a teacher or elected representative of the people was allowed to do so. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) challenged the Collector’s decision; standing affirmative that Bhagwat would hoist the flag.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Attack on Modi govt, RSS prompted Prasar Bharati to blackout Tripura CM’s I-Day speech

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prasar Bharati’s call to black out Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s Independence Day speech on Tuesday morning on both All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan, was allegedly prompted by the veiled attack he was going to launch against the Narendra Modi government and the Rashtriya Swamsevak Sangh (RSS), sources told DNA.A senior official from the I&B ministry, who was privy to the decision, said Sarkar’s pre-recorded speech was otherwise not against any broadcast code. “His speech was critical of the government and it was not aired,” the official said.The AIR broadcast code, for instance, states that it does not permit criticism of friendly countries, attack on religions and communities, anything obscene or defamatory, incitement to violence or anything against maintenance of law and order, anything amounting to contempt of court, aspersions against the integrity of the President and Judiciary, and anything affecting the integrity of the nation and criticism by name of any person.Thus the letter sent to the Tripura CM’s office on Sarkar’s speech, only mentions that the speech will not be aired with its existing content and calls for its “reshaping” in accordance with the “solemnity of the occasion and sentiments of the people of India at large” without giving any reason to do so.Sarkar’s speech sent to AIR and Doordarshan criticised the Centre stating that India’s spirit of secularism is under attack.”Conspiracies and attempts are underway to create an undesirable conspiracy and divisions in our society; to invade our national consciousness in the name of religion, caste and community, by inciting passions to convert India into a particular religious country and in the name of protecting the cow,” his speech stated, without naming the BJP government.In what appeared to be an attack on the RSS, Sarkar’s speech stated, “The followers of those who were not associated with the Independence movement, rather sabotaged the freedom movement, were servile to the atrocious, plunderer and merciless British, aligned with the anti-national forces having decorated themselves today in different names and colours are striking at the root of unity and integrity of India,” he said.Terming the decision “an undeclared emergency”, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, said: “Doordarshan is not the private property of the BJP or the RSS. Its refusal to broadcast the Tripura CM’s speech is undemocratic and illegal. The PM can pay homilies to cooperative federalism while instructing his cronies to black out voices of the Opposition, including an elected CM.””Neither Modi’s cronies at Prasar Bharati nor BJP or RSS, have any locus standi to decide on what an elected CM of a state speaks on August 15,” he tweeted.Doordarshan on Wednesday issued a denial over the issue, stating that it gave wide coverage to Sarkar’s I-Day programme and telecast reports for 29 minutes 45 seconds, of which his speech coverage was of 12 minutes.However, both DD and AIR refrained from issuing a response on Sarkar’s pre-recorded Independence Day speech, which was censored by both.

I-Day is for entire nation, not for particular political party RSS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Tuesday said that Independence Day is for the entire nation to celebrate and it is not for any particular political party. RSS leader Rakesh Sinha told ANI that ?RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has hoisted the tricolor in a school despite the obstacle created by the communist government in Kerala. Freedom movement is a national festival, it is not a ritual and a state festival. Independence Day is for whole nation not only for any particular political party.? He added that the RSS has been working from last 90 years with just one objective that people in all dimensions must be away from casteism and liberalism. Senior RSS leader M.G. Vaidya said that in Kerala there is government of communists and in the area of communist they don?t give importance to other ideologies. ?Mohan Bhagwat was not given the permission to hoist the flag in the school but as I got to know he hoisted the flag in a school. It?s good that they realized their mistake very soon and gave him the permission,? he added. After a major setback, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat finally hoisted the national flag in Karnakkiyamman School here, on Tuesday, to mark the 71st Independence Day of India. Earlier in the day, he was not allowed to hoist the tri-colour after the District collector issued a memo to the school, categorically stating that it was inappropriate for a political leader to hoist the national flag in an aided school. The District collector added that only a teacher or elected representative of the people was allowed to do so. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) challenged the Collector?s decision; standing affirmative that Bhagwat would hoist the flag. India on Tuesday celebrated its 71st Independence Day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled tri-colour at the historical Red Fort in New Delhi. In his address, Prime Minster Modi vowed to fight terrorism, corruption, casteism, and communalism. The Prime Minister also opined that the country, in unison, can bring a positive change.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swaraj meets leaders of key Madhesi party in Nepal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has met leaders of a key Madhesi party in Nepal during which they discussed the latest political situation in the country. Swaraj met a delegation of Rashtriya Janta Party Nepal (RJPN) yesterday led by Mahant Thakur, convener of the party and other senior leaders including Rajendra Mahato, Mahendra Raya Yadav, Sharad Singh Bhandari and Ani Kumar Jha. During the meeting, they discussed the latest political situation, the upcoming third phase of local level elections and the demands of the Madhesi people, which the party has been advocating for the past couple of years. The Madhesi party has been launching agitation to press their demands that includes re-demarcation of the provincial borders and citizenship issue. Madhesis, mostly of Indian-origin, launched a prolonged agitation between September 2015 and February last year against the implementation of the new Constitution which they felt marginalised the Terai community.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Secularism,_free_speech’_in_danger_Sonia_Gandhi_attacks_BJP-RSS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a veiled attack on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Congress President Sonia Gandhi said in the Lok Sabha today, that there are some organizations in the country which have no role in the freedom struggle and had vehemently opposed the Quit India Movement. Speaking on the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement, Sonia said, ?We must not forget that some organizations opposed Quit India Movement. Such organisations have no role in freedom struggle.? Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, she said the politics of hatred and revenge is prevailing in the country which has left no place for open debate and discussion. ?Today it looks secularism and free speech are in danger: There is politics of divide; if we have to preserve freedom, we’ll have to defeat forces endangering it,? she added. Recounting the freedom struggle of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and other Congress leaders, Sonia said, ?During freedom struggle, Pandit Nehru spent several years in jail, many Congress workers died in jail. A lot of atrocities were committed on the protesters during the Quit India Movement but no one stepped back.? Earlier in the day, observing the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the nation to make India free from poverty, corruption, terrorism, casteism, communalism and to create a ‘New India’ by 2022. The Prime Minister took to his Twitter handle to praise the sacrifices of all the bravehearts who were part of the movement to free India from the British rule. “On the 75th anniversary of the historic Quit India movement, we salute all the great women & men who took part in the movement (sic),” he tweeted. “Let us pledge to free India from poverty, dirt, corruption, terrorism, casteism, communalism & create a ‘New India’ of our dreams by 2022 (sic),” he added. Prime Minister Modi appealed to the people to create a nation on which the country’s freedom fighters would be proud of. “In 1942, the need of the hour was to free India from colonialism. Today, 75 years later the issues are different (sic),” he tweeted. “Let us work shoulder to shoulder to create the India that our freedom fighters would be proud of. #SankalpSeSiddhi (sic),” he added. He also praised Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi for launching and leading this campaign which helped India to gain freedom. “Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, the entire nation came together with the aim of attaining freedom (sic),” he tweeted. The nation is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement. A number of events are being planned at organisational and local levels to mark the occasion. This year’s theme is “Sankalp se Siddhi- the attainment through resolve. The Quit India Movement was an important milestone in the Indian freedom struggle. Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, people across India came together to uproot imperialism.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Meet Qamar Mohsin Shaikh, PM Narendra Modi’s Pakistani Rakhi-sister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Pakistani-origin woman has claimed that she has been tying Rakhi to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for over 20 years.”I have been tying Rakhi to Narendra bhai for the last 22-23 years, excited to do it this time too,” Qamar Mohsin Shaikh told ANI.Shaikh, who came to India from Pakistan after marriage and has been living here since then, also said that two days back she received a call from Prime Minister Modi.”This time I thought PM Modi must be busy but two days back he called up, I was very happy to know that; started preparing for Raksha Bandhan, said the Pakistan lady.Recollecting her memories, she said that her first Rakshan Bandhan with Prime Minister Modi was when he was a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker.”When I first tied rakhi to Narendra bhai, he was a karyakarta but with his sheer hardwork and vision he has become the PM,” she narrated.

120 ultras killed in J&K since Jan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) may be trying to camouflage terror by entering into politics in Pakistan, but its men are fast losing their battle with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. More than 66 Pakistani terrorists have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir so far this year and a majority of them belonged to (LeT). Plus several local LeT terrorists have been eliminated by security forces in different encounters across Kashmir this year.Official figures reveal that 120 terrorists have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far. Data released by Ministry of Home Affairs reveal that 150 terrorists were killed in 2016 compared to 108 in 2015. Around 82 security force men were killed in 2016 compared to 39 in 2015. There were 322 terrorist incidents in 2016, and 208 in 2015.An estimated 226 terrorists are said to be currently operating in the valley, of which 100 belong to LeT, 110 to Hizbul and rest with Zakir Musa led Al Qaeda affiliate ‘Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind’ and Jaish-e-Mohommad.”We want to ensure that the number of terrorists is reduced considerably before the onset of winter. We want to reduce their capability to the extent that they are unable to hold sway on the ground. This will help in reviving political activity to woo people back to the mainstream,” said a senior security force officer.At the latest operation at Sopore in Amargarh, security forces killed three local LeT terrorists. Acting on specific information about the presence of terrorists in Jamia Mohalla, Amargarh, a joint team of police, 52 Rashtriya Riffles and 92th, 177th and 179th battalion of CRPF cordoned off the area and launched the search operation, police said. “Terrorists opened fire on the joint search party, triggering an encounter,” said a police spokesman.The slain ultras were identified as Javid Ahmad Dar, Abid Hamid Mir and Danish Manzoor. Abid was a BCom student before he joined LeT.Eight ultras, including top commander Abu Dujana, were killed by security forces in the first five days of August alone.DEATH TOLL150 militants killed in 2016; 108 in 2015.82 security men killed in 2016; 39 in 2015.322 terrorist incidents in 2016; 208 in 2015.

J&K: 3 LeT terrorists killed, schools shut in Sopore, internet services snapped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were killed in an encounter by the police, Army and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Saturday in Sopore area’s Amarghad of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district. During the encounter, a police jawan was also injured, but he is stable.According to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, all government and private schools and colleges in Sopore are closed today post encounter. The internet services have also been snapped in North Kashmir’s Baramulla District.Earlier in the day, a joint cordon and search operation (CASO) was being conducted by the security forces.A joint operation was conducted by 179 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 52 Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police since 04:30 a.m. Saturday morning.Heavy fire was being exchanged between the security forces and the terrorists.

No matter what, Sharad Yadav will never support Lalu Yadav: JD (U)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Janata Dal (United) on Friday said party’s senior leader Sharad Yadav is never going to support Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Yadav, as claimed by him and added that the former is making such comment just because he is upset with the breakdown of the Grand Alliance.Lalu Yadav is just upset after losing power in the state and that is why making such claims. He is just dragging Sharad Yadav in everything, as he thinks that he will leave the JD(U) and join the RJD. But this is not going to happen, JD(U) leader Sunil Kumar Singh said.Resonating similar sentiments, another JD(U) leader Rajiv Ranjan said Lalu Yadav had the opportunity to protect the Grand Alliance from breakdown, but he lost it for his son.”Lalu Yadav should have raised himself above the affection for his son and should have asked Tejashwi Yadav to resign. But he lost an historic opportunity. He can talk to whoever he wants to, but we believe that Sharad Yadav will be with us always, Ranjan said.On Thursday, Lalu said he is in touch with Sharad Yadav and would discuss with him the formation of a formidable front against the BJP.”Sharad Yadav has always fought against the BJP and the RSS. He is coming to Patna on August 8. I will discuss with him the next course of action”, Lalu said.Meanwhile, refuting his close aide Vijay Verma’s statement, Sharad Yadav said that he wasn’t thinking of forming a new party.Nitish Kumar ended the coalition government with the RJD and Congress on July 26 by resigning as the Bihar Chief Minister. However, he formed the government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) the very next day.Yadav vocally expressed his disappointment over Nitish ‘cheating with the mandate of the people of Bihar.’

Beef is toxic for the body; cow urine can cure cancer: RSS leader Indresh Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS leader Indresh Kumar today termed cow meat as poison and claimed that its urine can treat diseases like cancer and dung can be used for making bunkers.He described cow as “mother of humanity” and said it offers many benefits by producing milk and dung and these have several uses.”90 per cent of the world’s population depends on cow milk and that is why it is called mother of humanity. Cow keeps poisonous things to itself and gives milk and gobar (cow dung),” he claimed.”Dung can also be used for making bunkers. It is also used as cement by common man for making houses. Its urine has medicinal properties which treat diseases like cancer,” Kumar claimed.He claimed that cow meat was poison and killing of cows was not allowed in any religion.
ALSO READ Cow urine saved former government law officer from serious illness: BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi”If somebody says he will eat poison (cow meat) then we can pray for him that better sense prevails,” he said.Asked whether he was suggesting that cow meat should not be eaten, he said, “Tobacco is also called poison and this warning is written on packets. We are not forcing anybody. We are just telling the truth. Therefore, telling the truth is not prohibiting anybody.”Asked about export of beef from the country, Kumar said it has dropped significantly.”As far as beef export is concerned, you (media) can take government figures which says beef export has reduced,” the RSS leader said.The RSS leader was here to attend an event organised by the Forum for Awareness of National Security here.Mohd Faiz Khan, National Convener of Muslim Rashtriya Manch, was also present on this occasion. He had started ‘Gau Seva Sadbhavana padayatra’ from Leh to Kanyakumari in June to generate awareness about cow protection, cow rearing, medicinal qualities of milk, ghee etc.

Cow urine saved former government law officer from serious illness: BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cow urine is so beneficial that it helped a former government law officer recover from a “serious illness”, BJP member Meenakshi Lekhi said in the Lok Sabha today.She also sought to know whether the government has plans to spread ancient science related to cows and cattle using latest means.During the Question Hour, Lekhi said a former additional solicitor general was seriously ill and when he was administered cow urine, he recovered.”Medicine is medicine,” Speaker Sumitra Mahajan then said.Responding to Lekhi’s supplementary, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said a genome centre is coming up in Karnal under the Rashtriya Gomang Utpadakta Mission. The stress is on the use of latest technology, he said.

Deputy CM Sushil Modi bats for ‘corruption free’ Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Sushil Modi on Monday took charge as Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and vowed for corruption free state. ?Development and fight against corruption is our main priority. We will also continue our fight against corruption. No one will be spared whether it, be a politician, public servant, tainted leaders or holders of benami properties. Improving the law and orders in the state is also our priority,? he told ANI. He further said that his new government will take Bihar towards development with the same pace with which it was progressing in 7.5 years of NDA rule. Sushil Modi was sworn in as the Deputy of Bihar on July 27, a day after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was ended the ‘mahagathbandhan’ and came back to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) fold, with taking the oath for the sixth time. Nitish Kumar won the floor test in the Bihar Legislative Assembly with 131 votes in favour and 108 against. Nitish, on July 26, resigned as Bihar Chief Minister citing political differences with former ally, Lalu Prasad Yadav led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), over corruption charges against the RJD supremo’s son Tejashwi Yadav.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala, WB Govt. instilling fear in workers of nationalist parties-BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday accused Left and Trinamool Congress activists in Kerala and West Bengal of spreading fear among other nationalist parties. ?The members of the BJP, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other national parties are being killed in Kerala and West Bengal. Governments of these states are constantly trying to spread terror amongst members of nationalist parties,? Union Minister Ananth Kumar told ANI. He also claimed that the Government in Kerala is not taking any action with regard to the killing of an RSS worker. We condemn such ignorant behaviour of ?the Kerala Government and our members will protest against it,? Kumar said. ?When we discuss the atrocities and lynching in Parliament today, we want there also to be a discussion for political violence,? he added. Earlier on Saturday night, a 34-year-old Kunnil Veettil Rajesh, RSS worker in Thiruvananthapuram, was killed while returning home after attending a ?shakha?. The Kerala Director General of Police (DGP) Loknath Behera on Sunday had assured impartial probe in the matter and said that strong and firm action will be taken against the culprits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress welcomes Lalu’s invitation to Sharad Yadav in fight against BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress Party on Monday welcomed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav?s intention to invite Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) co- founder and leader Sharad Yadav to take part in the fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. ?News has come from various mediums of Sharad Yadav being unhappy with what Nitish Kumar has done. Any self-respected person would be unhappy with the same. Lalu Yadav?s statement is worth welcoming. If he (Lalu) has plans to unite different forces against BJP, which has communal mentality and plays divisive politics then are is welcoming,? Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told ANI. Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal spoke on the same lines, opining that it looked as if there was an attempt by the JD (U) to vanish Sharad Yadav?s existence. He further stated that Sharad Yadav?s tweet exhibited that he is not happy with Nitish?s decision. ?The investigation launched against Lalu with the intention of revenge makes it natural for him to initiate some or the other action. Whatever Sharad Yadav has tweeted, it indicates that he is not happy with Nitish Kumar?s decision. Nitish Kumar took the decision without consulting Sharad Yadav, who is a senior person. Looks like, there is an attempt to end Sharad Yadav?s existence by the JD(U),? Agarwal told ANI. “Nitish has tarnished the image of Ambedkar. I urge Sharad Yadav, whom we consider as a true leader, to travel to every corner of the country and come to Bihar and join our fight against the BJP and Nitish Kumar,” Lalu had said. “I talked to Sharad Yadav over phone. I appeal to him that come and go to every corner of the country, and take command of this fight,” he added. The RJD supremo further said that they are going to launch “Desh bachao, BJP bhagao” movement. “There is a conspiracy to tatter the Constitution. In this light, we have called for a rally ‘Desh bachao, BJP bhagao’. Nitish, who was elected to ward off fascist and communal forces, has betrayed the mandate of the people,” said Lalu. Ends VP/AKR NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CPI-M attacks Modi, says he does ‘Mann Ki Baat’ but does not listen to people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI-M on Sunday attacked Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and said that he delivers his ‘Mann Ki Baat’, but never listens to the people of the nation. PM Modi addressed nation with 34th edition of Mann Ki Baat. CPI-M leader D Raja told ANI, ?Modi has made it a practice. He is doing ?mann ki baat? but not listening to the people. He should listen to the people. Does he not know the organizations, which are killing the minorities.” Raja said that PM Modi?s rhetoric of ?casteism quit India? will not work, until he takes action. ?Why does he not take actions? The rhetoric of ‘Casteism quit India’ will not work. Does he not know which forces are speaking about Hindu rashtra? Does he not know the forces, which say that if you want to eat beef then you should go to Pakistan?, he said. Raja stated that the Prime Minister should speak about the Annihilation of caste like the father of Indian Constitution B.R. Ambedkar did. Earlier in the day, the Congress Party questioned PM Modi?s address about ?Quit India?. Congress said that where were the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) or other connected organisations in that struggle for India’s freedom. “Prime Minister Modi talks about ‘Quit India’, India’s struggle for independence, where was RSS or other connected organizations in that struggle for India’s freedom? What was the contribution of India’s right wing in India’s independence struggle?” Congress party leader Manish Tewari said. Meanwhile, another leader Renuka Chaudhary advised the Prime Minister to do more and talk less as “people are dying every day in the name of caste, cow and communalism”. “The very fundamental of this country is to remove casteism, it is known as secular credentials. You have to do more, than what you talk. People are dying every day in the name of caste, cow and communalism,” she said. Earlier in the day, while addressing his 34th edition of his monthly radio broadcast of ` Mann Ki Baat`, Prime Minister Modi said that the nation have to take pledge to quit un-cleanliness, poverty, terrorism, casteism and communalism from India. “This year we are celebrating 75th anniversary of ‘Quit India’ Movement. We should celebrate 15th August 2017 as the Sankalp Parva or the Day of Resolve. We have to take pledge to quit un-cleanliness, poverty, terrorism, casteism and communalism from India,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mishaps on decline after safety measures in place: Rly data

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There has been a slight decline in the number of train accidents after implementation of a series of safety measures, including use of modern technology, according to Railway Ministry data. In 2014-15, the number of accidents was 135 which decreased to 107 in 2015-16 and further to 104 in 2016-17, it said. This year, train accidents decreased from 29 to 15 during April-June in comparison to the corresponding period of 2016, an improvement of 48.3 per cent. “There is a focus on accident prevention measures with safety getting top billing. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had launched ‘mission zero accident’ in the Rail Budget 2016-17 for carrying out a special drive to curb mishaps,” said a senior Railway Ministry official. Safety measures, including speedy track renewal, ultrasonic rail detection system and elimination of many unmanned level crossings on priority basis, have been undertaken to prevent rail accidents. The 2016-17 fiscal saw elimination of 1,503 unmanned level crossings and 484 manned level crossings by construction of road over-bridge and under-bridge, a record so far, the official said. Since unmanned level crossings are responsible for maximum number of train accidents, the railways intends to eliminate all such crossings on broad gauge section by 2020. Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh, a special safety fund, was created in the Budget 2017-18 with a corpus of Rs 1 lakh crore over a period of five years for financing critical safety- related works. The railways has also inducted LHB coaches replacing conventional ones in a phase-wise manner resulting in reducing the chances of derailment and mitigating the possibility of grievous injury or death in case of accidents, the official said. LHB coaches have anti-climbing features and provision of superior braking and lesser chances of uncoupling of coaches in case of accidents. Besides, the railways has speeded up the use of modern technology such as ultrasonic system to detect defect on tracks, train protection warning system (TPWS) and train collision avoidance system (TCAS) to prevent accidents, the official said. While the TPWS has been installed on 342-km route, the TCAS is being tried on 350-km route. Good track condition is crucial for safe running of trains and so track renewal has been undertaken on a priority basis and adequate fund has been allocated for this, said the official. The allocation for track renewal has been almost doubled from the last five years average of Rs 5,548.6 crore to Rs 9,961 crore in the Budget Estimate of 2017-18.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RJD leader close to Mohammad Shahabuddin shot dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension gripped Bihar’s Siwan district after a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader, said to be close to jailed don-turned-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin, was shot dead by unidentified assailants, early on Saturday morning.The incident took place at Sheikhpura village under Basantpur police station in Siwan. “Minhaj Khan was in his bed on the interceding night of Friday and Saturday, when the criminals attacked his house at around 3 am and pumped five bullets into Khan’s head point-blank. Hearing gun shots, his family members rushed to his room but only to see him dead,” a Bihar police officer told DNA.Police said Khan’s family suspects the involvement of a local criminal, Raju, and his gang members behind the murder. “Prima facie, this looks like personal enmity, but we are probing all angles,” a local police officer said. Some ammunition, including carbine, live bombs and petrol were also recovered from near Khan’s house.A source said Khan was a popular leader in the area and a number of angry villagers gathered near his house after the news of his death broke. Senior police officers camped in the area for hours to keep the situation under control.Khan was a district-level functionary of the RJD’s youth wing, and is believed to be close to Shahabuddin, who is currently lodged in Tihar Jail. His murder comes two days after his party was ousted from power and the BJP-JD(U) combine took over, promising development, improved law and order, and good governance.

Two SP MLCs resign; Akhilesh accuses BJP of indulging in political corruption from Bihar to UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday accused Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) of indulging in a political corruption, after two MLCs tendered their resignation.Bukkal Nawab, who is also a founder of Rashtriya Shia Samaj and Yashwant Singh resigned as MLCs.Speaking to media, Akhilesh Yadav said, “BJP is indulging in political corruption from Bihar to UP. People are watching everything.”The SP leader also said that he will speak to Bukkal Nawab.After resigning, singing favourable tune for UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s work Nawab said, “Bharatiya Janata Party is doing good work and PM Modi has given a good slogan of ‘Sabka sath, sabka vikas’. If they invite, then I might go with BJP. Yogi is also doing a good job in the state; at least there has not been any scam yet.””I am feeling very suffocated since last one-year. It is clear that when he (Akhilesh) is not with his own father then how can he be with the people,” said Nawab.He added that it doesn’t feel right while writing party’s name as Samajwadi Party, rather they should call it ‘Samajwadi Akhaada’, since it has become an arena now.Meanwhile, one Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLC Jaiveer Singh also gave up his post.(With ANI inputs)

What Nitish has done in Bihar is anti-democratic, opines Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Tagging Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar?s move of quitting the ?Mahagathbandhan? and joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as anti-democratic, the Congress on Saturday said it was deceitful on his part to do so. Defending Bihar former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said there are only charges against the former which have not proven yet, and therefore one cannot call him corrupt. ?If one is termed as corrupt, if there are any such charges against him, then Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivpal Singh Chouhan and even Prime Minister have charges of corruption against them. Have they resigned?? Nirupam told ANI. Echoing similar sentiments, Congress leader Ashok Singh said the mandate of the people of Bihar has been insulted. ?It is a politics of dishonesty. The conspiracy has been exposed seeing the swiftness of time with which the developments took place in Bihar,? Singh told ANI. Yesterday, Nitish Kumar won the floor test with 131 votes in favour, against 108. The Chief Minister faced vote of confidence in the Bihar Legislative Assembly to prove his majority to form the state government. Nitish-led JD (U)-NDA government had a support of 132 MLAs. According to the communique issued from the Raj Bhawan, Nitish had claimed the support of 131 members, including the BJP, two independents and legislators of BJP allies Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM)-Secular and Rashtriya Lok Samata party (RLSP). On Thursday, Nitish and BJP leader Sushil Modi were sworn-in as Bihar Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively, and former has been asked to prove his majority on the floor by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. Nitish, on July 26, resigned as Bihar Chief Minister citing political differences with former ally, Lalu Prasad Yadav led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), over corruption charges against the RJD supremo’s son Tejashwi Yadav. He, however, on Thursday, took oath as Bihar Chief Minister for the sixth time, marking a historic transition of the state from a Grand Alliance government to an NDA regime.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Shameless’ Tejashwi flays Nitish in Bihar Assembly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Venting out his anger against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his former deputy Tejashwi Yadav on Friday tore into his former boss and asked him that did he not feel ashamed after sitting next to Bharatiya Janata Party?s (BJP) Sushil Kumar Modi. Tejashwi unleashing a tirade of fiery slavos on Kumar, said that the latter has stitched an alliance with a party who conspired the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. ?Did you not feel ashamed sitting next to Sushil Kumar Modi? You take out Champaran yatra and then stitch an alliance with a party which assassinated Mahatma Gandhi,? said Tejashwi. Further speaking on the matter of his resignation, Tejashwi said Kumar never asked him to step down from his post and it never occured to him that the Bihar chief does not want him to be a part of his team. ?Nitish ji never asked me to resign. I also thought that he does not want me to resign. I would like to ask him why he quit the alliance and toppled the government,? said Tejashwi. Tejashwi further highlighted that thanks to Kumar?s hasty decision people have suffered immensely, while accusing his ex-ally of viciously planning to check-mate the grand alliance. “People of Bihar have suffered immensely. I am deeply saddened by the Nitish ji resigned. It was all pre planned,” said Tejashwi in assembly. ?We did not put any pressure on the Chief Minister ever,? he added. Slamming his former boss, Tejashwi said that Kumar knew that he had huge support and that it was not possible for the JD (U) supremo to oust him from his post. ?We have 80 MLAs, Nitish ji knew he could not have removed me: Tejashwi Yadav in the assembly. If it is about ones image then I would like to say that the whole nation knows what the real basis of Nitish Kumar is,? he added. Meanwhile, the Patna High Court also earlier in the day refused to hear the RJD?s plea challenging formation of the new BJP-JD (U) government in Bihar. The Court said that the hearing is not possible before July 31. This comes at a time when Bihar Chief Minister with his ally Bharatiya Janata party is going to prove his majority. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal (United) have issued whip to their legislators to vote in favour of the trust vote. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress have also issued a similar whip to their legislators. Nitish led JD (U)-NDA government has a support of 132 MLAs, which will help it to prove a comfortable majority in the 243 member state assembly where 122 MLAs are required to prove majority. According to the communique issued from the Raj Bhawan, Nitish has claimed the support of 131 members, including the BJP, two independents and legislators of BJP allies Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM)-Secular and Rashtriya Lok Samata party (RLSP). Opposition RJD has 80 MLAs, the Congress 27 and the CPI-ML 3. Yesterday, Nitish and BJP leader Sushil Modi were sworn-in as Bihar Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively, and former has been asked to prove his majority on the floor by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Patna HC refuses to hear RJD’s plea against JD (U)-BJP Govt. formation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Patna High Court on Friday refused to hear the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)?s plea challenging formation of the new BJP-JD (U) government in Bihar. The Court said that the hearing is not possible before July 31. The development came right before the floor test, where Bihar Chief Minister with his ally Bharatiya Janata party, are confident of proving majority. Nitish led JD (U)-NDA government has a support of 132 MLAs, which will help it to prove a comfortable majority in the 243 member state assembly where 122 MLAs are required to prove majority. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav yesterday said that he is considering a move to appeal in the Supreme Court against the Governor’s decision to allow the Janata Dal (United) (JDU)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form a government the state. “Nitish Kumar has betrayed us. These leaders will do anything for power. I am considering to appeal against the Governor’s decision of allowing JDU-BJP to form the government,” Lalu Yadav told media here. He termed Bihar chief minister as a huge opportunist. “The mandate was against the BJP, to throw out Modi-Shah out of Bihar. I worshipped Nitish Kumar like Lord Shiva, but he turned out to be Bhasmasur.He said he would do anything but join hands with BJP,” Lalu Yadav said. Nitish led JD (U)-NDA government has a support of 132 MLAs, which will help it to prove a comfortable majority in the 243 member state assembly where 122 MLAs are required to prove majority.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Won’t affect Congress’ prospects with members joining BJP Rajeev Shukla

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Thursday remained unperturbed after three of its members from Gujarat joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said the deflection won?t affect the party?s prospects in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. ?When elections are around the corner, it happens; people jump the wagon. This is not going to affect the prospects of the Congress, particularly in the Rajya Sabha elections,? Congress MP Rajiv Shukla told ANI. Earlier, three Congress MLAs P.I. Patel, Balwantsinh Rajput and Tejashree Patel resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP. Rajput is a relative of Shankersinh Vaghela, who quit the Congress last week, while P.I. Patel was the legislator from Vijapur. This comes at a time when Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) broke the ?Mahagathbandhan? with the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) after the CBI filed corruption charges against RJD supremo Lalu Prasad?s son Tejashwi Yadav. Nitish Kumar later formed an alliance with the BJP and took the oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the sixth time. This also comes when the Rajya Sabha election is around the corner in Gujarat. BJP chief Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani will contest for the Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JD(U) pledges to drag Lalu to court for defaming Nitish

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Janata Dal (United) on Friday slammed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav for accusing their chief of being involved in an alleged murder case and said that they will drag Lalu to the court for making such an accusation. JD(U) leader Sanjay Singh asserted that no one can point fingers at Nitish Kumar. ?No one can put a blot on Nitish ji. We will keep our point of view and take the matter to the court,? Singh told ANI. After Nitish Kumar resigned as Bihar Chief Minister on Wednesday, Lalu said the Kumar stepped down fearing his exposure in murder case slapped against him, He also questioned Nitish?s intent behind the decision. “I talked with Nitish ji last night and asked him to clear all the misunderstandings. We talked for 40 minutes and he did not mention about his resignation for once. He also advised me to clarify the corruption charges (against Tejashwi Yadav) through media. Nitish Kumar knew that he is accused in a murder and an Arms Act case under Sections 302 and 307 of the IPC, which also declared this in elections affidavit. Nitish knew that if he would ask Tejashwi to resign then his crime will be exposed,” Lalu told media. “This is zero tolerance of my younger brother (Nitish Kumar). This is why he stepped down. When a reporter asked Nitish if he would take the BJP’s support to form a government, then he did not deny. I am sad that he resigned. I asked him to not resign,” he added. Lalu further accused Nitish to have been hand-in-glove with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). “Nitish is hand-in-glove with the BJP, and the RSS. What a setting! Minutes after he resigned, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to congratulate him,” he said. Bihar saw a major turn of events on Wednesday evening when Nitish Kumar resigned from his post, instead of Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, as was being speculated and expected. Following this, Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter to “congratulate” Nitish. “Huge congratulations to Nitish Kumar that he quit in the name of going against corruption. The 125 crore people of India support him,” he posted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nitish Kumar is new Bihar CM, Sushil Modi is his deputy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Janata Dal (United) supremo Nitish Kumar on Thursday took oath as Bihar Chief Minister. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Modi also took oath as Bihar Deputy Chief Minister. Bihar Governor Kesrinath Tripathi administered oath to Kumar and Modi at Raj Bhavan. This is the sixth time, when Nitish has taken oath as the Bihar Chief Minister. With this, the political uncertainty in Bihar that loomed in on Wednesday after Kumar?s resignation ended. Bihar witnessed upheaval soon after Nitish Kumar’s resignation came in yesterday evening. Meanwhile, Kumar?s former ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) cancelled its protest march to Raj Bhavan to oppose Kumar?s swearing-in ceremony due to the probationary orders.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Akhilesh fires a sardonic salvo on Bihar political upheaval

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday fired sardonic salvo on Bihar?s political upheaval, where senior Janata Dal (United) JD-U leader Nitish Kumar has severed ties with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and is ready to form next government with his former ally- the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Akhilesh Yadav mocked Nitish Kumar and said that the latter could not resist separation from his former ally. Yadav took to twitter and took a metaphoric jibe at Kumar in chaste Hindi. ?Na Na karte pyaar tumhi se kar bethe, karna tha inkar, magar ikraar tumhi se kar bethe,? tweeted Yadav. Bihar is witnessing upheaval soon after Nitish Kumar’s resignation came in yesterday evening. Kumar and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Modi will take oath as Bihar Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively on today at 10 a.m. This will be the sixth time, when Nitish will take the oath as the Bihar Chief Minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JD (U) leader not happy with Nitish’s hobnobbing with NDA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A senior Janata Dal (United) leader questioned party supremo Nitish Kumar?s decision to resign as Bihar Chief Minister and his bid to form government in Bihar with the support of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Talking to ANI, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar on Thursday said that his conscience is not allowing him to accept Kumar?s decision. ?My conscience is not allowing me to accept Nitish Kumar?s decision. I do not support his decision. If I get an opportunity then I will definitely keep my views in front of my party,? he told ANI. Bihar is witnessing upheaval soon after Nitish Kumar resigned on Wednesday evening and termed his alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) as unnatural. Reportedly, Nitish Kumar and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Modi will take oath as Bihar Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively on Thursday at 10 a.m. The news of Sushil Modi swearing in as the Deputy Chief Minister came from BJP Bihar president Nityanand Rai. “The Governor invited us for oath ceremony at 10 a.m. today. Two people are to take oath- Nitish Kumar as the Chief Minister and Sushil Modi as the Deputy Chief Minister,” Rai told ANI. However, RJD is claiming that it has support of more than half of the JD(U) MLAs and they have every right to stake claim to form government, as their party is the single largest party.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tejashwi slams Nitish for changing loyalty, dubs resignation as pre-planned

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Tagging Nitish Kumar?s resignation and the developments following it as pre-planned, Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday said that they have requested Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to stall the swearing-in ceremony and give the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) a chance to prove majority on the floor. ?Each development seemed planned. It was all pre-decided. Why was everything done in such rush? His resignation, followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backing him, and staking claim to form government within hours of resignation, proves it,? Tejashwi said, after meeting the Governor. Reiterating his party?s stand, Tejashwi said, he was only an excuse for Nitish to join hands with the BJP. ?Tejashwi ek bahaana tha, case, investigation ek bahana tha, inko (Nitish) BJP ke sath jana tha,? Tejashwi told ANI. Tejashwi further said that they did not object Nitish?s support for NDA in the Presidential election, just to save the grand alliance. ?In spite of their vote in Presidential election (in favour of President Ram Nath Kovind), we did not say anything as we wanted the grand alliance to continue,? he said. While reacting to the accusations against him in a corruption case, the RJD leader said that Nitish is himself accused of murder, under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. ?On what ground is he questioning us. He himself is tainted, an accused under section 302,? he said. ?With what face will he take the oath? There is a murder case filed against him,? he added. Tejashwi further announced that the RJD, Congress and all those who are opposing BJP-RSS and Nitish Kumar will protest, hold dharnas and burn effigies, against the present situation. Tejashwi maintained his party?s stand to let them prove their majority on the floor, and an invitation for the same, as they are the state?s single largest party. However, there is no announcement regarding any change in the time of the oath-taking ceremony of Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi as Bihar Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively, which is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. today.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RJD to stage dharna before Guv residence over change in oath-taking ceremony timing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) marched towards Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi?s residence to stage protest over the sudden change in time of the oath-taking ceremony of Nitish Kumar as Bihar Chief Minister. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav took to Twitter to intimate about the same and questioned the change in the timing from 5 p.m. to 10 a.m. He said that the time for swearing-in changed after the information of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) meeting the Governor at 11 a.m. came out. Tejashwi also claimed that they have the support of more than half of Janata Dal (United) MLAs, which is making Nitish rush to the Governor residence in midnight itself. Meanwhile, the RJD also slammed Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi for moulding his decision regarding time of the oath-taking ceremony. ?A Governor should act as custodian of constitution, not as Centre’s stooge. He can’t ignore single largest party & largest prepoll alliance,? The RJD Twitter account posted. Parallely, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and JD(U) MLAs met the Governor in the wee hours of Wednesday night and confirmed that the oath-taking ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, the party also confirmed that Sushil Modi will be swearing-in as the Bihar Deputy Chief Minister. However, RJD is claiming that it has support of more than half of the JD(U) MLAs and they have every right to stake claim to form government, as their party is the single largest party.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tejashwi ek bahana tha, Nitish ko BJP ki godd mein jana tha RJD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Annoyed with the ongoing political storm post Nitish Kumar’s resignation as the Bihar Chief Minister, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Thursday said that the former had to go back to the saffron party, for which, Tejashwi Yadav was only a medium. ?Tejashwi ek bahana tha, unhe (Nitish) BJP ki godd mein jana tha,? RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha told ANI. Manoj Jha further alleged that Nitish Kumar dreamt of ?Sangh-free India?, but now he is aiming towards making a ?Sangh-inclusive Bihar?. ?Nitish has done ghar-wapsi. He had come out of Sangh, but now he is back to Sangh. He used to talk of ?Sangh-free India?, but not he is working towards making a Bihar inclusive of Sangh,? he said. Reiterating Tejashwi?s claim, Jha said half of Janata Dal (United) MLAs are dissatisfied with Nitish and are extending their support to the RJD. As per latest development, Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has invited Tejashwi and five RJD MLAs for discussion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress doesn’t agree with Mayawati’s opinion on President Kovind @ 7/26/2017 9:41:30 AM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Taking a different stand from that of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Ram Nath Kovind, who said the President has the anti-Ambedkar thinking of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress on Wednesday said not everything should be unnecessarily turned into controversy. Mayawati yesterday said that by not paying tribute to Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar in his address, President Kovind has shown that he has the same anti-Ambedkar thinking like the BJP. Congress leader P.L. Punia said that such things take place in programmes, adding that he does not think the President has less respect for Dr. Ambedkar. ?It?s a matter of pride that a Dalit has been elected as the President of India. Such things (not paying tribute to Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar in his address) happen in programmes. I don?t think that the President has less respect for Dr. Ambedkar. This should not be turned into a controversy unnecessarily,? Punia told ANI. Another Congress leader KTS Tulsi also opined the same, stating that President Kovind?s speech was inclusive and his tone promoted tolerance. ?I heard his speech. I was greatly impressed by his humility, tone and tenor of his speech and the manner in which he remembered the smallest Indians in different fields of life. It would have been better had he paid tribute to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. But, nevertheless, it was an inclusive speech that was delivered by the President,? Tulsi told ANI. Mayawati also added that President Kovind, in his political life, had represented the narrow and casteist thinking of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). “This was not expected from him. If not anybody else, then at least this can be expected from a person who is associated with the Dalit community that he will always be thankful for the struggles that Ambedkar went through and the sacrifices he made,” she asserted. Kovind was elected the President last Thursday as a National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate. He defeated Opposition’s nominee Meira Kumar by a huge margin. President Kovind was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar at the Central Hall of the Parliament in presence of outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee on the dais.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RSS questions Rahul about what Cong. has done to resolve Kashmir issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Saturday hit out at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for cornering the Centre over the Jammu and Kashmir unrest and appealed for cooperation to resolve the issue. ?The Kashmir issue emerged at the time India was just divided. This issue emerged because of the then Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir Government. Had they dealt with this problem in a right manner, then there would not have been any such issue today. Rahul Gandhi is creating more trouble. This is unfortunate,? RSS leader Indresh Kumar told ANI. He further questioned the Congress vice president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah as to what steps they have taken to improve the situation in the Kashmir Valley. ?I want to ask Rahul Gandhi and Farooq Abdullah what steps they have taken to bring peace and harmony in Kashmir. Those who have not done anything to bring peace in the Valley, during their governance, have no right to create unrest,? he added. Appealing to the political parties to cooperate in improving the turbulent situation in the Kashmir, Kumar further said they should not worsen the situation by making such statements. Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi came in the firing line of the BJP also for his barbs against the saffron brigade. Gandhi scion in Bengaluru had slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Centre while digging out issues including Rohith Vemula suicide case, Dadri lynching case and demonetisation drive. The BJP leaders questioned Rahul Gandhi’s leadership abilities and attacked the functioning of the Congress. Farooq Abdullah on Friday had said that India should approach third parties, such as the United States and China, to mediate in the Kashmir issue. Adbullah said India has so many allies across the globe, which can be approached for settling the Kashmir issue to act as a mediator between India and Pakistan. “For how long are you going to wait? Sometimes, you have to pull the bull by its horns. The way is to have a dialogue. India has so many friends all across the world. They can ask them to act as a mediator. U.S. President Trump himself said that he wants to settle Kashmir problem. China also said that it wants to mediate in Kashmir. Somebody has to be approached,” he said. Rahul refuted this assertion and said, “I have been asserting for long that it’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his policies at the Centre that have destroyed Jammu and Kashmir. And the point that is being mentioned that a third party’s intervention should be invited for the settlement of the issue, it’s wrong. India is Kashmir and Kashmir is India.” “It’s our internal matter and no other country should have any say in it,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Seven cops thrashed by Army personnel in Kashmir, case filed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven policemen were injured in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district today when they were allegedly thrashed by Army personnel at a checkpost, police said. Police have filed a case against the Army personnel, an official said, adding that records kept at a police station were also damaged. The incident took place when private vehicles, carrying Army personnel in civvies, were returning from the Baltal base camp of the Amarnath Yatra and were signalled to stop at the Sonamarg checkpost, he said. The vehicles did not stop and kept proceeding towards Ganderbal. Policemen at Sonamarg sent a message to the next checkpost at Gund to stop the vehicles, said the official, recapping what had happened. As the vehicles reached Gund, policemen manning the checkpost stopped them and did not let them proceed further as the cut-off time for yatra vehicles had already passed. Police told the armymen that there were strict directions not to allow any movement of yatra vehicles as that could put them at risk. However, the armymen called their colleagues from the 24 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit, who reached the spot and allegedly thrashed the policemen, said the official. He added that the armymen then barged into the Gund police station, ransacked it, damaging the records kept there, and assaulted the on-duty policemen. Seven policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector, were injured and taken to hospital, the official said. The police have registered a case against the personnel attached to 24 RR, he said. Senior officials of the army and police have rushed to the spot to investigate the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shankersinh Vaghela quits Congress, accuses party of taking ‘supari’ to let BJP win in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a body blow to the Congress in Gujarat, one of its tallest leaders Shankersinh Vaghela, today announced he was quitting the party but ruled out joining BJP.The dramatic announcement By Vaghela, a former RSS and BJP member, was made at a public event organised to celebrate his 77th birthday. It came a day after the disunity in the state Congress came out in the open when it transpired that at least eight of its 57 MLAs had not voted for the joint opposition’s presidential Meira Kumar.Vaghela, the Kshatriya strongman whom his supporters fondly address as ‘Bapu’, said: “I am not going to join BJP. I will not join any political party”.He, however, said he was not going to retire from politics, triggering speculation he may float his own party and then cobble together an anti-Congress, anti-BJP front ahead of the Assembly elections likely in November or December.”Today, I free myself from Congress and I set Congress free,” he said. Vaghela’s decision to quit the Congress is a cause of concern for the party, which has been out of power in the state for close to two decades. He enjoys considerable support in North GujaratCongress would, however, draw some comfort from the fact that only two of its MLAs, including Vaghela’s son, Mahendrasinh, attended the event.Vaghela is reported to be upset with the party high command for not being declared the chief ministerial candidate for the Assembly elections.He had stopped attending state Congress meetings for some time, and had even unfollowed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Twitter to register his protest.Vaghela said he was left with no option, claiming that state Congress leaders “got together to push me out of the party” after he told them to do their homework to take on the BJP in the upcoming polls.He also accused the party of taking “supari”, a common term in some states for contract killing, from the BJP to let it win Gujarat, once dubbed the BJP’s laboratory for testing its Hindutva politics.”You don’t fight the BJP and won’t allow those who do to fight them”, said Vaghela who had a long association with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his RSS days.The elections will also be seen as a prestige fight for Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.Vaghela also claimed that Congress had expelled him yesterday. But the party denied that it had expelled Vaghela or initiated disciplinary action against him.”Both these claims are entirely incorrect,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in New Delhi.Surjewala said the party respected Vaghela which was reflected in him being given important responsibilities and positions. He hoped Vaghela would continue to work for the party despite quitting his posts.”Vaghela wanted that present PCC president (Bharatsinh Solanki) should be replaced and he be appointed in his place.This is a decision of the party and its leadership and no individual can decide it.Vaghela, currently the leader of the opposition in the Assembly, had quit BJP over 20 years ago and formed Rashtriya Janata Party. He headed the RJP government in 1996 before merging his party with Congress.”Party is bigger than individuals. Each one of us needs to understand that interests of the party and its ideals are bigger than the ambition of one person”, Surjewala said.Vaghela, a former Union minister, claimed some Congress leaders had issued a “diktat” to partymen to not attend his birthday celebrations. P

RSS doesn’t support violence, guilty should be punished: Manmohan Vaidya on cow vigilantism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Calling for an end to politicisation of incidents of cow vigilantism, the RSS has said it does not support any kind of violence linked to cow protection and has demanded action against those found guilty.RSS’s Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya’s remarks came at a time when the opposition is trying to corner the government in Parliament over killings by the so-called cow vigilantes.”Instead of connecting it (violence in the name of cow protection) to the RSS, action should be taken and those who are found guilty should be punished. Law should take its own course,” he told reporters on Thursday.Vaidya, who was replying to questions on incidents of lynching and violence linked to cow protection, said, “The Sangh does not support any kind of violence. We have said it earlier and made it clear earlier too.””‘Gau raksha is a different issue. The movement of Gau raksha has been going on for hundreds of years. These incidents have been happening for years together. It is not that it has happened for the first time,” he said.The RSS leader alleged that the media was trying to connect it to a kind of ideology and the opposition was trying to politicise the issue.”It is wrong. The RSS has never supported violence. Doing politics over it and demeaning a part of the society, it is not good,” he said.The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s three-day conclave here, the first such meet in Jammu and Kashmir since Independence, ended on Thursday. Issues related to the situation in the state, country and several other topics were discussed in it.The Akhil Bhartiya Pracharak conference from July 18-20 was held following the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims and against the backdrop of the worsening security situation and increasing militancy in Kashmir. As many as 195 pracharaks (preachers), heads of all allied organisations of RSS and top leaders took part in the conference, in which its chief Mohan Bhagwat, senior leaders Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Dattatreya Hosabale and Krishna Gopal also participated.Replying to another question about media reports that the previous Congress government allegedly tried to indict the RSS in terrorism, Vaidya said: “It was wrong to politicise the issue and involve the RSS.”He said it was wrong for the previous government to give it a political turn and they later got exposed.”Identity of this country is Hindutava, which is not against any other religion. We believe in the philosophy of well being of everyone,” he added.In reply to a question about election of NDA candidate, Ram Nath Kovind, as the country’s 14th president, he said as all lawmakers have chosen him as president and it should be respected. “It is a welcome step. He has been a BJP activist and governor. It was a decision of the party,” he said.He said the situation in Bengal, which was debated in the conference, “is serious and Hindus live in fear there”.”They are being targeted… The government is sitting silent. In the March conference, the RSS passed a resolution condemning it. But the situation has not improved there,” he added.

Rs 10 lakh, govt job for family of slain Army jawan: Pb CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today announced Rs 10 lakh financial assistance to the family, and a government job to the younger brother of Sepoy Jaspreet Singh who was killed in shelling by Pakistani forces yesterday. The 24-year-old jawan, who was belonged to 8 Sikh Light Infantry regiment, was attached with Rashtriya Rifles at the time of his death in Naushera sector in Rajouri district. The chief minister has sanctioned Rs 5 lakh as battle casualty compensation and another Rs 5 lakh as general compensation to the family of the martyred soldier, along with a job for his younger brother in the police department, an official spokesperson said here today. Jaspreet, a native of Moga, is survived by his parents and four siblings. The spokesperson said that Rs 25,000 has also been given to the family for cremation related expenses. “The job for Jaspreet’s younger brother is being provided under the honour and gratitude scheme of the Punjab Government,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

List of issues Cong. wants to discuss in Parliament session is ‘dossier of disruption’ BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said that the Congress is trying to interrupt the Parliament Monsoon session and termed the documents in the Parliament as ?dossier of disruption?. ?The Congress is trying to interrupt the Parliament Monsoon session. The key points Congress mentioned in the documents to be discussed in the Parliament is not the ‘key’ claimed by the party?s internal strategy team. I would call it a conspiracy to put a lock in the development story of India. I would call this the ?dossier of disruption?,? BJP leader Sambit Patra said while addressing the media. He further said that the grand old party always tries to plot conspiracies to politicise issues like cow protection and mob lynching. ?The Congress always tries to plot conspiracies to do politicise issues like cow protection and mob lynching. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always been strict on mob lynching cases in the name of cow protection and has condemned it thrice,? Patra said. Earlier in the day, the members of the Opposition belonging to the Congress, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Left, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha after the House met at 12 noon after the first adjournment. As the House resumed, in the Zero Hour, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge demanded immediate discussion on farmers’ plight and suicides. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, while rejecting the adjournment motion, said the issue would be discussed as it is listed under 193 in the business of the House. Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar also pleaded with the opposition members saying the Government is committed for welfare of farmers. However, unrelenting opposition members staged a walkout. The Opposition is likely to raise the issue of China, Jammu and Kashmir and Darjeeling unrest, impact of Goods and Service Tax (GST) and other issues.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Oppn. stages walkout in Lok Sabha after first adjournment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The members of the Opposition belonging to the Congress, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Left, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha after the House met at 12 noon after the first adjournment. As the House resumed, in the Zero Hour, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge demanded immediate discussion on farmers? plight and suicides. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, while rejecting the adjournment motion, said the issue would be discussed as it is listed under 193 in the business of the House. Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar also pleaded with the opposition members saying the Government is committed for welfare of farmers. However, unrelenting opposition members staged a walkout.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RJD submits adjournment motion notice in support of Lalu Yadav in Lok Sabha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Tuesday submitted an adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha, claiming harassment of opposition leaders including RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. RJD leader JP Yadav, in his notice given to the Lok Sabha, demanded an urgent discussion in parliament over the recent raids conducted by central agencies at various opposition leaders? residences, especially Lalu Yadav. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a corruption case against Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejaswi; former Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Managing Director P.K. Goyal; and the wife of Lalu’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006. The CBI later questioned Rabri Devi and Tejaswi. However, Lalu on July 14 said that his son Tejashwi Yadav, who is facing corruption charges, will not resign as Bihar deputy chief minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Yeddyurappa requests Centre to open NIA office in Mangalore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president B.S. Yeddyurappa on Monday said that he had requested the former to open a National Investigation Agency (NIA) office in Mangalore, adding Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker Sharath Madiwala murder case to be referred to the agency. ?We have requested Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to open an NIA office in Mangalore immediately and that Sharath murder case to be referred to the NIA,? Yeddyurappa told media here. He added that so far 23 political murders had taken and all these murder cases should be referred to the NIA immediately. Sharath’s murder was the 12th such killing in Karnataka in the last four years. He was stabbed on July 4 by unidentified assailants at Bantwal in Dakshina Kannada district. The victim succumbed to his injuries on July 7.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Meira Kumar bats for ideology, asks members of collegiums to follow their conscience

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Terming the ongoing Presidential polls as a ?battle of ideology?, Opposition candidate Meira Kumar on Monday requested the member of collegiums to pay heed to their conscience and take a decision in the best interest of the country. ?I have requested the member of the collegiums to pay heed to their conscience, because there is nothing more pure and powerful than that. They should consider it in the best interest and the future of the country,? Kumar said. Kumar said it is ideology which binds India together and it is very important to protect and preserve it. ?Our ideology is social justice, inclusiveness, secularism, transparency, freedom of expression, freedom of press, end of poverty, and total destruction of the caste system. It is important that we protect and preserve it,? she said. The Congress-led Opposition nominated Kumar to face National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind. Many of the Opposition parties including the Janata Dal (Secular), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) are backing Kumar. While Kovind, apart from the NDA allies, is being supported by major non-NDA parties like the JD-U, the BJD, the AIADMK, the TRS and the YSR-Congress.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Owaisi says will support Meira, but ‘a non-Congress candidate would’ve been better’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said they voted for Opposition candidate Meira Kumar for the post of the President. ?We have decided to support Meira Kumar. But a non-congress candidate would have been better for this post,? Owaisi told ANI. Owaisi and his nine legislators in Telangana and Maharashtra will cast their votes for the Opposition candidate. The party has seven members in the Telangana Assembly and two in the Maharashtra Assembly. The Congress-led opposition nominated Kumar to face National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind. Many of the Opposition parties including the Janata Dal (Secular), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) are backing Kumar. While Kovind, apart from the NDA allies, is being supported by major non-NDA parties like the JD-U, the BJD, the AIADMK, the TRS and the YSR-Congress.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tejashwi skips govt event to avoid sharing dais with CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Peacemaking efforts between allies Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) do not seem to have produced desired results, with the deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejashwi Prasad Yadav skipping a state government event in which CM Nitish Kumar was in attendance on Saturday.The Bihar government had organised a function on the occasion of ‘World Youth Skill Day’, where CM Kumar and Yadav were slated to share the dais as the chief guest and special guest, respectively. Newspaper adverts had also confirmed the presence of both leaders.However, minutes before the CM arrived at the event, a plaque bearing Yadav’s designation, was first covered with a notepad and later removed.Thus confirming that the Yadav scion will not share the frame with the JD-U president.Kumar also distanced himself from RJD quota minister Vijay Prakash at the event when he changed his seat with JD-U’s Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lallan Singh “for a better view of the TV screen and to avoid the air conditioner”.The tussle between the grand alliance partners in Bihar commenced after Yadav’s name figured in the July 5 FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the alleged land-for-hotels corruption case. RJD President Lalu Yadav and his wife and former CM Rabri Devi have been made co-accused in the case.While the RJD rallied behind the junior Yadav, praising his work and stating that there was no need for him to resign in a clear case of “political vendetta”, the JD-U had given him a “four-day ultimatum”, which expired on Saturday, to come out clean on the charges against him by making his asset details and sources of income public.A war of words ensued between the allies as the CM’s party indirectly mounted pressure for Yadav’s resignation over the issue. However, Lalu, on Friday night, reiterated that his son was not going to step down over an FIR lodged against him, adding that there was no threat to the Mahagathbandhan government in Bihar.The RJD on Saturday threatened that all its ministers – 11 in total – will quit if Tejashwi was sacked by the CM, though it was likely that the party will not pull out of the alliance.Sources said that all parties are now waiting for the July 17 Presidential polls before making a further move, though a meeting of JD-U MLAs is scheduled at the CM’s place on Sunday while the RJD and Congress legislators will meet the same evening.

Congress rubbishes report of putting RSS chief Bhagwat’s name in terror list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Saturday dismissed reports that stated that the erstwhile party led-United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government was trying to include Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat?s name in the list of terrorists. Dubbing the reports as ?completely untrue?, Congress leader Salman Khurshid said that disclosing such selective pieces of information, there is an attempt to create a provocative atmosphere in the country. ?As far as I know this is completely untrue. It is completely unfounded. Whatever a government is required to do, to protect and to preserve the sovereignty and safety of the country, every government does and I am sure that our government did the same,? Khurshid told ANI. ?However, who is it that giving out selective bits of information and trying to create provocative atmosphere in the country, I think that?s the question which needs to be investigated,? he added. According to a report by an English news channel, the UPA Government, in its last days in power, wanted to include Bhagwat?s name in the list of terrorists. It claimed that the Congress-led UPA Government wanted to trap Mohan Bhagwat and declare him a ?Hindu terrorist? after the Ajmer Dargah and Malegaon blast. It reported that former Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was putting pressure on the National Investigate Agency (NIA) to interrogate the RSS chief for his alleged role in the blast case. However, the case was closed by the NIA as no further progress was made in the court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Evening reads | Tejashwi Yadav skips event attended by Nitish; J&K encounter underway; Kovind visits Maharashtra and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>COA to consult with Shastri over Dravid, Zak appointmentsThe Committee of Administrators (CoA) today said the Indian cricket team’s support staff will be recruited after consultation with head coach Ravi Shastri by July 22, effectively putting on hold Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid’s appointments. Click here to read moreBihar crisis: Tejashwi Yadav skips event attended by Nitish KumarGiving shape to rumors of a rift between the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Janata Dal (United) (JDU), Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav did not attend a ‘Vishwa Yuva Kaushal Divas’ event on Saturday as his name was mentioned on the invitation; but later removed. Click here to read moreImam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid writes to Pak PM; says Kashmir valley under shadow of AK-47The Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, has written a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urging him to use his authority to end the volatile atmosphere in the Kashmir Valley by initiating dialogue with Hurriyat representatives. Click here to read moreJ&K: Encounter underway in Tral, 3 terrorists killedTerrorists and security forces are engaged in a fierce encounter in the Satora area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Tral district and at least three terrorists have been killed. Click here to read moreNDA puts up united show during Ram Nath Kovind’s visit, hints he will get over 200 votes from MaharashtraThe ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena, along with the independents supporting the government in Maharashtra on Saturday put up united show for the victory of NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind in the election to the President of India. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who has made the ensuing Presidential election a prestige issue, assured Kovind that more than 200 legislators will vote for him during the polling slated for Monday at the state legislature. Click here to read more

Kovind in Mumbai tomorrow; Thackeray home not in itinerary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind will be in Mumbai tomorrow but is not scheduled to meet Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at his residence, BJP sources said today. According to Kovind’s itinerary, he will reach here at 10 am tomorrow and go to the Garware Club in south Mumbai, where he is scheduled to address a meeting of NDA MPs and legislators in the state. “After the meeting and lunch, Kovind will proceed to the airport,” a BJP leader, who did not wish to be named, said. Significantly, Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil, as presidential candidates of the UPA, had visited the then Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray at his residence ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra as the party had broken ranks with the NDA in the past two elections for the highest constitutional office. Uddhav had announced his party’s support for Kovind after a meeting of Shiv Sena leaders here last month. “Kovind is a good candidate, a straight-forward person from a simple family and has the potential to work for the country’s benefit,” he had said, after dithering for a day following the announcement of Kovind’s candidature by the BJP, followed by its endorsement by most other NDA partners. The Shiv Sena’s announcement to support Kovind had come amid severe strains in relations of the party with the BJP over a host of issues. The party had pitched for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat as its first preference for the top office. “If India has to be made a ‘Hindu Rashtra’, Bhagwat will be a good choice for President,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had said. After Bhagwat ruled himself out of the race, Shiv Sena suggested agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan’s name for the post, saying he will be able to provide solutions to the deepening agrarian crisis in several parts of the country. BJP president Amit Shah had met Thackeray last month at ‘Matoshree’ to enlist the party’s support for the NDA’s presidential candidate. Sena has 18 MPs and 63 MLAs. The voting for the presidential election is scheduled on July 17 and the counting will take place on July 20, four days before President Pranab Mukherjee’s term ends.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ED grills Misa Bharti’s husband

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate (ED) sleuths grilled Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son-in-law Shailesh Kumar on Wednesday in the ongoing investigation related to money laundering case after his and his wife Misa Bharti, Lalu’s daughter, came to light. Shailesh Kumar reached the agency’s office at 11 am and stayed there till late in the evening. The sleuths who interrogated him stated that he will summoned again. “The case is in initial stage,” said a senior ED officer.The agency has grilled Misa on Tuesday. The agency has decided to summon both of them as they have found many discrepancies in their statement related to their company Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd in the duo are directors.The sleuths stated that Kumar was grilled about the nature of work done by his company and how he has purchased three farmhouses worth hundreds of crores. During the interrogation, agency sleuths said that they have got further clue pertaining to money laundering.He was also questioned about Vinay Mittal, who had played a pivotal role in helping Lalu’s family to purchase properties not only in Delhi but also in Bihar.The agency has asked Kumar on how he got the black money or who gave it to him. The agency has found that in 2007, Kumar enquired from Mittal how to convert black money in to white. Mittal had then introduced his brother-in-law Rajesh Aggarwal to Kumar.Mittal has stated that he got in touch with Kumar through Amit Katyal. It is alleged that Katyal had felicitated land deals for Lalu’s family in Patna. “We are also probing the role of Katyal,” said the officer.Further, Agarwal introduced Kumar to Virendra and Surendra Jain. The Jain brothers were arrested by ED in Rs 8,000 crore money laundering case this year.During probe against Jain brothers, it was found that 1,20,000 shares of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd were bought during 2007 and 2008 at the rate of Rs 100 per share by four shell companies — Shalini Holdings Limited, Ad-Fin Capital Services (India) Pvt Ltd, Mani Mala Delhi Properties Pvt Ltd, and Diamond Vinimay Pvt Ltd. The shares were bought back by Misa at the price of Rs 10 per share.

Mevani,Kanhaiya detained for taking out march sans nod; booked

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today detained Dalit agitation spearhead Jignesh Mevani, student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and 15 others and registered a case against them for taking out ‘Freedom March’ on the first anniversary of Una flogging incident without permission. Mevani, who is the convener of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, had invited Kumar to take part in the Azadi Kooch (Freedom March) here today. Considerable number of Dalit activists first gathered at Somnath Chowk here before embarking on the march towards Banaskantha district this afternoon, the police said. The Mehsana district authorities had cancelled the permission granted earlier to Mevani for taking out the march. “We have detained 17 persons from Fatehpura circle. Later, an FIR was registered under IPC section 143 against them for being a part of an illegal assembly. “We did not arrest them. They were let go afterwards,” an official of the Mehsana ‘A’ division police station, where the FIR has been lodged, said. As per the schedule, ‘Freedom March’ will end at Dhanera town of Banaskantha district of north Gujarat after one week. The key agenda of this march is to mount pressure on the Gujarat government to allocate agricultural land to Dalits, so that they can start a new life with dignity, Mevani had announced last month. After being released, co-convener of the manch, Kaushik Parmar, who is also named in the FIR, announced that the march will continue as they have the permission to enter Unjha, their next destination. “We have been released by police after the FIR was registered against us. We have decided to continue our march. We are planning to reach Unjha by tonight,” Parmar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Our army preparing to give befitting reply to attackers of Amarnath pilgrims Ahir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday said that the country?s armed forces are preparing to give a befitting reply to those behind the terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims. Asserting that such attacks should never be repeated, Ahir who visited the valley said security has been beefed up and existing arrangements improvised. ?Jitendra Singh and I visited the valley and conducted a review meeting with the authorities in the state. We have beefed up the security and improved the security arrangements. The attack on 10th July is highly condemnable. Our forces are preparing to give a befitting reply to this attack,? said. ?Such incidents should not be repeated. Governor is reviewing this situation; CM Mehbooba is also supervising this. Whatever flaws were highlighted, will be worked upon. Pilgrims have faith in the security measures for their yatra. The intentions of terrorists should not be fulfilled,? he added. Addressing the media, Jitendra Singh congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the kind of resilience they have shown in the last 25 years. “Anything that happens in Kashmir finds echo across the country. People of the Valley want the guilty to be punished. We are here on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to express our solidarity. The common youth of Kashmir is keen to be a part of the development journey led by Prime Minister Modi,” he added. Singh said the militancy is going to outlive its life soon and that India is in the last phase of militancy. Responding to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s assertion that “every Kashmiri is not a terrorist”, Jitendra Singh said, “Yes, Home Minister Rajnath ji is absolutely right – every Kashmiri is not a terrorist.” “We should not look at this as a Kashmir vs rest of India issue. It’s not the popular sentiment,” he added. As many as seven people were killed and fifteen others injured after a group of terrorists opened fire on a bus carrying 17 pilgrims from Baltal to Mir Bazar around 8.20 p.m. on Monday night. Meanwhile, three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed by security forces near Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday night. Based on inputs of presence of some terrorists in a specific house, an operation was launched by troops of the Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Radbug village of Budgam. The troops recovered one self-loading rifle along with three magazines and one pistol with one magazine. Two terrorists have been identified as Javed, a resident of Churpur and Aabid, a resident of Badgam. The identity of the third one is yet to be ascertained.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hry govt to set up ornamental fish hatchery in Jhajjar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government has decided to set up a modern ornamental fish hatchery in Jhajjar district at a cost of Rs 13.68 crore. “This will be the first-of-its-kind project in the country,” Agriculture and Fisheries minister Om Prakash Dhankar said here today. It has been proposed that 16,000 acres of water-logged land in district Jhajjar and Charkhi Dadri be developed for fish farming so as to generate a new source of income for the farmers, he said. Dhankar said that the farming of white shrimp would be done over 400 hectares additional unutilized saline land under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna scheme during the year 2017- 18. “Under the scheme, shrimp rearers would be provided 50 per cent grant of the total unit cost and for this the state government has made a provision of over Rs 51 crore,” Dhankar said in an official release. Under the centrally sponsored ‘blue revolution scheme’ implemented for digging new ponds and their improvement and development of water logged and saline land, the grant money has been increased to 60 per cent from 20 per cent, he said. Dhankar said that the National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources has declared Haryana as a fish disease-free state. “Haryana is at second position in the country with fish production of 7,200 per kilogram per hectare per year in the year 2016-17 and 5,800 per kilogram per hectare per year in 2013-14. The fish production would be increased to 10,000 per kilogram per hectare per year in 2017-18,” he added. Dhankar said that 18,975 hectares water area has been brought under fish farming in 2016-17 by increasing 16,921.69 hectares of water area in the year 2013-14.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shiv Sena backs Thackeray, says ‘gau rakshaks’ should fight terrorists in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the wake of the terror attack on a bus full of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday, while backing their chief Uddhav Thackeray?s stance, said the ?gau rakshaks? taking to vandalism in the name of protecting Hindutva should be sent to Kashmir to fight terrorists. ?Those creating a ruckus in the name of cow vigilantism and Hindutva should be sent to Kashmir to fight terrorists,? Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI here. Lauding the efforts of Salim, the driver of the bus that was attacked, Raut asserted that such people are being targetted and killed by the ?self-proclaimed gau rakshaks?, adding that stringent measures need to be taken to end this. ?I applaud Salim for his bravery. Such ?Salims? are the ones losing their lives in the name of cow vigilantism and Hindutva. The Centre must take strict measures to end this atrocity,? he said. As many as seven people were killed and fifteen others injured after a group of terrorists opened fire on a bus carrying 17 pilgrims from Baltal to Mir Bazar around 8.20 p.m. on Monday night. Meanwhile, three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed by security forces near Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday night. Based on inputs of presence of some terrorists in a specific house, an operation was launched by troops of the Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Radbug village of Budgam. The troops recovered one self-loading rifle along with three magazines and one pistol with one magazine. Two terrorists have been identified as Javed, a resident of Churpur and Aabid, a resident of Badgam. The identity of the third one is yet to be ascertained.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lalu’s son-in law to appear before ED in money laundering case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son in law Shailesh Kumar will be appearing before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday in the alleged Rs. 8,000 crore money laundering case. Earlier on Monday, Shailesh had skipped the summon by the ED. Meanwhile, his wife and Lalu Yadav?s daughter Misa Bharti was yesterday grilled for 8 hours in the case. She was reportedly asked to bring along certain documents, including those related to her personal finances. On Saturday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had raided three Delhi premises of Bharti, Shailesh and a firm allegedly linked to them in the money laundering probe involving shell companies. The ED is the third central probing body investigating the alleged financial irregularities by Lalu Yadav’s family after the CBI and the Income Tax department, which recently attached Benami assets worth about 180 crore rupees. Earlier this week, the CBI registered a corruption case against Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejaswi Yadav; former Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Managing Director P.K. Goyal; and the wife of Lalu’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006. Following this, clouds of uncertainty have been hovering over the RJD’s alliance with the Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)). The Congress, however, has been extending full support to the RJD.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Misa Bharti questioned for eight hours in connection with alleged money laundering case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav?s daughter Misa Bharti was questioned for around eight hours on Tuesday by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials in connection with the alleged money laundering of Rs. 8,000 crore. Misa?s husband Shailesh Kumar is most likely to be questioned tomorrow by the ED. She was reportedly asked to bring along certain documents, including those related to her personal finances. On Saturday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had raided three Delhi premises of Bharti, Shailesh and a firm allegedly linked to them in the money laundering probe involving shell companies. The ED is the third central probing body investigating alleged financial irregularities by Lalu Prasad’s family after the CBI and the Income Tax department, which recently attached Benami assets worth about 180 crore rupees. Earlier this week, the CBI registered a corruption case against Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejaswi Yadav; former Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Managing Director P.K. Goyal; and the wife of Lalu’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006. Following this, clouds of uncertainity have been hovering over the RJD’s alliance with the Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)). The Congress, however, has been extending full support to the RJD.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RJD says no to Tejashwi Yadav quitting; Nitish speaks to Lalu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) today said, “there was no question” of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav’s resignation in the wake of his name appearing in the CBI FIR in the land-for-hotel case. Senior party leader Jagdanand Singh informed reporters that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had called up RJD president Lalu Prasad last night but refused to divulge what transpired in the telephonic talks between them. Kumar or the JD(U) has not commented so far on Friday’s CBI raids in four cities in connection with a corruption case, in which the RJD chief, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi are among the accused. BJP and its NDA partners have been demanding Tejashwi’s resignation over the issue. Party legislator Mundrika Prasad Yadav told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tejashwi Yadav will not resign, attempt to break alliance will fail RJD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following a crucial meet, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Monday said Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav will not resign. It was announced that no discussion took place regarding Tejashwi?s resignation. In fact, his work was appreciated. ?Tejashwi Yadav has been a good leader and will always remain one,? the party said. Targetting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the RJD said, ?There has been an attempt to fade us, but it will not happen. We will emerge like we have always in the past as well.? It also categorically said there were no differences between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav. The party said the former had called the latter yesterday and had asked about his well-being. ?There is a conspiracy to break the grand alliance, but the state government is very much in place and stable,? it said. On Friday, the CBI had registered a corruption case against Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejaswi Yadav, former Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Managing Director P.K. Goyal; and the wife of Lalu’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006. The CBI later questioned Rabri Devi and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav. The case was registered on the allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of Hotels at Ranchi and Puri to a Private Company dealing with Hotels in the year 2006.The investigative agency also conducted searches at 12 locations across Patna, Delhi, Gurugram and other places. The RJD supremo, however, refuted the allegations against him and called it a political conspiracy hatched by the BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Crucial RJD meeting today as pressure mounts for Tejashwi Yadav’s resignation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Ahead of the ongoing political turmoil in the state with the demand of resignation by Bihar deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav building up, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is to hold a meeting on Monday. Earlier yesterday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday urged the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Janata Dal (United) to muster courage and compel Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav to step down from his post. BJP leader Sushil Modi said that both leaders of RJD and JD(U) for the respect of Bihar must mount pressure on the alliance top rung seeking Tejaswi’s resignation. “If Tejaswi Yadav does not resign, my appeal to JD (U) leaders is to mount pressure on Nitish Yadav and get the work done. I will appeal the leader of RJD and JD (U) to show courage and ask Tejaswi Yadav to step down from the post of Deputy Chief Minister,” said Modi. Earlier on Friday, the CBI registered a corruption case against Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejaswi Yadav; former Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Managing Director P.K. Goyal; and the wife of Lalu’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006. The CBI later questioned Rabri Devi and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav. The case was registered on the allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of Hotels at Ranchi and Puri to a Private Company dealing with Hotels in the year 2006. The investigative agency also conducted searches at 12 locations across Patna, Delhi, Gurugram and other places. The RJD supremo, however, refuted the allegations against him and called it a political conspiracy hatched by the BJP. While conducting raids at Lalu Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti’s premises yesterday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) recovered and seized various incriminating documents, electronic devices including mobile phones.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lok Samvad Programme postponed as CM Nitish unwell @ 7/9/2017 11:40:19 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar?s Lok Samvad Programme, which was scheduled to be held tomorrow, has been postponed citing former?s health reasons. The press release by the state government stated that the Chief Minister is suffering from fever and therefore, the Lok Samvad Programme was postponed. The postponement comes in the backdrop of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids at Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and his relatives? premises in New Delhi. Lok Samvad Programme was started with the intention of getting people?s feedback and suggestions on the state government?s plans and policies. Lok Samvad Programme was started for the promotion of necessary arrangements in the administrative system, policies and programs, as per the recommendations from citizens and positive suggestions regarding government policies, programs and schemes in public interest. The programme is held every first, second and third Monday (except on gazetted holidays) of every month.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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