Addressing a press conference in the national capital on December 02, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal spoke on farmers' protest. Kejriwal said, "Punjab Chief Minister has made allegations against me that I have passed the black laws in Delhi. How can he do such low-level politics in this fragile situation? It is not up to state government to implement it. Had it been so why would farmers of country hold talks with Centre?" "The reason behind Captain sahab's allegation is that we did not allow the nine stadiums in Delhi to be converted into jails. Centre had plans to put the farmers in these stadiums. They are upset with me as I didn't give permission for making them jails," CM Kejriwal added. "So, is it the pressure of these people that you are putting allegations against me? Are you doing it for friendship with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or are you under pressure as Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed case against your family?
Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, spoke on the Covid-19 pandemic and Central government's role in the battle. He was speaking at the 18th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. Baghel said that the state managed to prevent a migrant worker exodus and a blow to industry, but the Union government didn't have much of a role to play. Reacting to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's praise of the Modi administration, Baghel said that the Aam Aadmi Party government in the capital was also responsible for the spread of the pandemic across the country, and so the AAP and BJP were scratching each other's backs. Watch the full video for more.
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Farmers' has decided to not go Burari Park as it is not a park but an open jail, said Surjeet S Phul, President, BKU Krantikari (Punjab) while addressing press conference on November 29. He added, "We've decided that we'll never go to Burari Park as we got proof that it's an open jail. Delhi Police told Uttarakhand Farmer Association President that they'll take them to Jantar Mantar but instead locked them at Burari Park. Instead of going to open jail in Burari, we've decided that we will gherao Delhi by blocking 5 main entry points to Delhi. We've got 4 months ration with us, so nothing to worry. Our Operations Committee will decide everything."
Security personnel stayed put at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) on November 29 as farmers' protest continued. Speaking to ANI, a protesting farmer said, "Today, we will go to Delhi and stage our protest either near the Parliament or at Jantar Mantar." "We do not accept government's proposal and will not go to the allotted ground in Burari," he added. Farmers at the border decided yesterday (November 28) that they will continue their protest here and won't go anywhere else. It was also decided that they will meet at 11:00 am daily to discuss strategy.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday launched a dharna here to "save" his state and its farmers with a hard-hitting attack on the Centre, alleging "step-motherly" treatment towards Punjab. Led by Amarinder Singh, all Congress MLAs and MPs from Punjab staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar here. The Punjab chief minister said the Aam Aadmi Party had been "pressured" not to join the dharna as its government in Delhi had not passed amendment bills to protect the farmers. Congress, many other opposition parties, and several farmers organizations have been protesting against the recent farm legislation, alleging that these will harm the interests of farmers and benefit corporates, a claim denied by the government. Congress, many other opposition parties, and several farmers organizations have been protesting against the recent farm legislation, alleging that these will harm the interests of farmers and benefit corporates, a claim denied by the government.
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Addressing a press conference in the national capital on December 02, the national convenor of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), Sardar VM Singh spoke on farmers' protest. Singh said, "It shows that the government will talk to those who take the law into their hands. Now, that the government has deceived the farmers of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, there is no point in staying here in Burari (Delhi)," he added.
Addressing a joint press conference at Delhi-Haryana Border on December 02, leader of Lok Sangharsh Morcha, Pratibha Shinde spoke on farmers protest. Shinde said, "We will burn effigies in every district of Maharashtra tomorrow (December 03) and on December 05 in Gujarat to protest against Centre." "Tomorrow is last chance for government to take decision to repeal the laws otherwise this movement will become huge and government will fall," she added.
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar on December 02 urged people of Delhi to show restraint over problems faced by them amid 'Delhi Chalo' protest by farmers of different states. He also requested farmers to end their protest and resolve their problems by holding talks with Centre. Various routes have been barricaded to stop farmers from entering Delhi due to which people are facing problems in commuting between Delhi and Noida.
Congress and Bhim Army workers clashed in Chhattisgarh's Janjgir-Champa on October 05. According to the police, Congress workers were protesting against Hathras case. Meanwhile, Bhim Army members went there and started sloganeering against them, leading to the clash.
AAP MP Sanjay Singh faced an ink attack when he was speaking to the media after meeting Hathras victim’s family members. The attacker could be heard raising ‘PFI agents go back’ slogans after he threw ink on the AAP Rajya Sabha MP. Sanjay Singh left the area and the attacker was taken to the local police station. Sanjay Singh’s visit to Hathras comes after Rahul & Priyanka Gandhi visited the grieving family on Saturday and Bhim Army Chief Chadra Shekhar Azad met them on Sunday. The opposition parties have been attacking the Yogi Adityanath government over the Hathras horror. Several opposition parties have also demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister over the case. A dalit girl had allegedly been gangraped on September 14 and passed away in a Delhi hospital on 29th of September. Her body was also hurriedly cremated at night despite protests by her parents and family members. Watch the full video for all the details.
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A slew of political leaders are expected at Hathras today after Congress leaders Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi's visit to meet the rape victim's family on Saturday. Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Azad who is slated to be in Hathras today in a controversial demand said that the govt should provided guns at subsidised rates to underprivileged communities so that they can protect themselves. Watch editorji's news wrap for the latest updates.
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A political war of words broke out over the alleged rape and murder of the 6-year-old child of a migrant labourer in Punjab. The Bharatiya Janata Party cited the reaction of Congress leaders to a similar crime in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras. While Nirmala Sitharaman said that rapes shouldn't be politicised, her colleague in the Union Cabinet, Prakash Javadekar questioned why Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi hadn't visited the victim's family in Punjab, like Hathras. Responding to the attacks, Rahul Gandhi tweeted that the governments in Congress-ruled Punjab and Rajasthan are not denying rape or blocking justice. Watch the full video for more.
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Ministry of External Affairs MoS V Muraleedharan lambasted on Rahul Gandhi for meeting journalist's Siddique Kappan family, who was arrested at the toll plaza in Uttar Pradesh, on his way to Hathras. He said that Congress leader is following the footstep of his party, which according to him "divides the country on the basis of demand raised by Muhammad Ali Jinnah". "Rahul Gandhi is following the same footsteps, by aligning with those forces, who are out to break the country into pieces. Out to create division in the society."He also said that the "assurance given by Gandhi to family of the PFI journalist is highly objectionable and deplorable."
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that some people are trying to create unrest in the state and are politicising the death of a girl. Taking a jibe at the opposition parties, CM Yogi Adityanath said that those who did nothing since 1947 are still trying to divide the nation on caste and communal lines. CM Yogi said that people who have been plotting to create unrest will be identified and legal action will be taken against them. Yogi said that his government had done good work against the Covid pandemic and said that those who were hiding in their house during the lockdown are now back to plotting unrest. The Chief Minister’s attack comes after opposition parties have cornered his government over the alleged gangrape, death and hurried cremation of a Dalit girl in Hathras. Many leaders including Rahul & Priyanka Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Sanjay Singh and others have visited the victim’s family in the past week. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid tribute to Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan at his residence in Delhi. Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary D Raja, BJP MP Pragya Thakur and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar paid their last respect to Ram Vilas Paswan at the latter's residence. President of Republican Party of India (RPI) Ramdas Athawale, MoS Dr Jitendra Singh and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also paid their tribute to Paswan. The mortal remains of Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) founder leader Ram Vilas Paswan was being taken to his residence from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on October 09. Paswan passed away at the age of 74 on October 08. He recently underwent heart surgery in Delhi. He has served as the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government. His son Chirag Paswan broke the news on his twitter account.
Kerala government decided to put Kerala Police Act amendment on hold due to severe criticism. In a statement, Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan said that "with the announcement of the amendment, different views arose from different quarters. Concerns were expressed by those who supported LDF and those who stood for protection of democracy. In this situation, it's not intended to amend the law." Speaking on it, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury said, "Kerala Chief Minister has said that amendments to Kerala State Police Act won't be implemented. The party had proposed (reconsideration) and the state government will now decide on how to go about it. How it will be handled is the business of the government not the party." Kerala Police Act aimed at stop bullying, insulting or disgracing individuals through any content and circulating the same through any communication medium.
Hundreds of citizens, student groups, activists and politicians gathered at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Friday evening (October 2) demanding justice for the Hathras gang rape victim and protest again