BPF’s Candidates sent to Chhattisgarh amid horse-trading speculations

Guwahati : A total of eight candidates of Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) which was a part of Congress led Grand- Alliance were sent to a resort in Chhattisgarh amid the fear of horse-trading. After AIUDF which sent 18 of their candidates to Rajasthan, BPF is second to have moved candidates to a Congress ruled state. “The candidates are brought to Chhattishgarh and are staying at the Mayfair Resort. They will be here till May 2 when the counting of votes take place,” said by a senior Congress leader.

“BJP are the masters of horse-trading. We have seen many such instances in past where they used every possible way to lure the elected representatives. This time we have taken preventive measures to not let the same things happen and I don’t see any harm in this,” said Assam Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Pradyut Bordoloi.

While BPF spokesperson Khampa Borgoyary said the party candidates are on a vacation. “Our candidates have gone to Chhattishgarh for a vacation after the long Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls followed by Assam assembly election.

It is worth mentioning that BPF was part of ruling BJP-led coalition in Assam and had recently tied with Congress. BPF has a strong hold in Bodoland and has ruled BTC for 17 years. The party is expected to see a keen fight with United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), which is now heading the council with BJP.
“The fact that Congress is moving its allies to states outside Assam shows that they don’t trust on them. Our party is not bothered about it and we are forming the government with majority,” said BJP spokesperson Subhash Dutta.

 

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Gehlot for imposing strict anti-Covid norms in state

Jaipur, Apr:  Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday said it is necessary to take strict and effective steps similar to lockdown and directed officials to form guidelines to curb the virus spread.

He appealed to the people to behave as if there is a lockdown, saying the second wave of Covid-19 is more dangerous.

Gehlot said the socio-religious and cultural activities in the state need to be restricted as the death rate is increasing.

Extending the curfew duration, reducing the number of participants in marriages and other social functions, cutting down the presence of people at workplaces and the number of passengers in public transport are the need of the hour, he said.

"Given these suggestions, necessary guidelines should be prepared. It is necessary to take drastic steps. The general public may suffer a bit from this, but saving lives is paramount," Gehlot said during a Covid-19 review meeting at his residence.

The chief minister also asked officials to increase the number of dedicated anti-Covid hospitals, day-care centres, besides other medical facilities including oxygen and ICU beds, medicines.

Gehlot said this second wave of coronavirus infection is even more deadly than before.

People should understand its seriousness and behave in the same way like they did when the lockdown was imposed the first time, the CM said.

Figures and studies show that the effect of the virus in the second wave, speed of infection and death rate is higher than earlier, he added.

Health Minister Raghu Sharma said the Health and Medical Department is prepared with alertness.

Oxygen support in Covid Hospital Systems, ICU beds, ventilators and other facilities are being strengthened, he added.

Gehlot attacks Modi govt over rising fuel prices

Jaipur, Feb 20 Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday said fuel prices have been increasing for 11 days and the common man is suffering as a result of "wrong" economic policies of the Centre.

In a series of tweets, Gehlot targeted the Centre and cleared his stand on the rumours that Rajasthan levies highest tax on fuel prices.

"The Modi government imposes excise duty of Rs 32.90 on petrol and Rs 31.80 per litre on diesel. Whereas during the UPA government in 2014 there was an excise duty of only Rs 9.20 on petrol and just Rs 3.46 on diesel. The Modi government should reduce excise duty in the interest of the public without delay," he tweeted in Hindi.

"People are affected by petrol and diesel prices. Prices have been increasing continuously for the last 11 days. This is the result of wrong economic policies of the Modi government. Crude oil prices in the international market are currently half of what it used to be during the UPA rule, but petrol-diesel prices have reached an all-time high," Gehlot said in another tweet.

The chief minister claimed that the Centre has continuously reduced the part of basic excise duty of the states and increased the additional excise duty and special excise duty on the central portion "only to fill its treasury". Consequently, the state governments have to increase VAT (value-added tax) to raise their economic resources, the chief minister said.

Gehlot said the economy of Rajasthan has been badly affected due to COVID-19 and the state's revenue has decreased. But, the state government reduced VAT by 2 per cent in the last month to give relief to the common people, he added.

"Instead of giving any such relief, the Modi government is increasing the prices of petrol and diesel every day," Gehlot said.

He further said, "Some people spread rumours that the Rajasthan government imposes the highest tax on petrol, so the price is high here. Petrol in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh is taxed more than Rajasthan, so the price of petrol in Jaipur is less than Bhopal. PTI

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Ahead of Diwali, Rajasthan Govt Bans Sale of Fire Crackers

Rajasthan government has banned the sale of fire crackers ahead of Diwali. CM Ashok Gehlot in a press conference conveyed that the poisonous smoke coming out of firecrackers will be hazardous for the Covid patients.

Gehlot also announced that his administration will come up with a new legislation that will make masks mandatory. “Rajasthan will be the first state in the country to make masks compulsory to prevent the coronavirus...masks are currently the only vaccine against Covid-19,” he said.

He also assured to complete the recruitment of 2000 doctors in the next 10 days.

The CM further directed to take strict action against the sale of firecrackers and fireworks in the state and polluting vehicles running without fitness to protect the health of coronavirus-infected patients and the general public from the toxic smoke emitting from them, it said.

In a situation like this, people should avoid using fireworks on Diwali, he said.

Human rights crusader Mohanji passes away

Guwahati: Mohanji, partner and co-worker of Bhanwari Devi, the main driving force towards framing Vishaka Guidelines, which ensures rights to the working women has breathed his last yesterday. He was suffering from cancer and was hospitalized for the last 30 days.

He was the strongest supporter in Bhanwari Devi's fight against sexual brutalities. She was raped in his full view in the year by upper-caste men in a village in Rajasthan. Breaking the societal norms of patriarchy, he stood with his wife and fought shoulder to shoulder with her to ensure justice for women of this country.

His death is mourned by his family and other activists.

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Auto rickshaw driver beaten up for not chanting “Jai Shri Ram" and "Modi Zindabad”

Sikar: A 52-year-old auto-rickshaw driver Gaffar Ahmed Kacchawa was brutally beaten up when he refused to chant ‘Modi Zindabad’ and ’Jai Shri Ram’ in Rajasthan’s Sikar.

Two accused who were allegedly involved in the crime had pulled his beard and asked him to "go to Pakistan", said the victim. Both the attackers have been arrested by police today. Accused have been identified as Shambhu Dayal Jat, 35, and Rajendra Jat, 30.

Kacchawa complained before the police that the accused stole his wristwatch and money, broke his teeth and left him with serious injuries and a swollen eye on face after he refused to do what they said.

According to the First Information Report (FIR) lodged by Kacchawa, around 4 am on Friday, he was returning after dropping passengers at a nearby village when the two men in a car stopped him and asked him for tobacco.

However, they declined to take the tobacco he offered and allegedly asked him to chant "Modi Zindabad" and "Jai Shri Ram", the police said. Speaking to media Pushpendra Singh, a senior police officer in Sikar told, "We arrested two people on Friday after the complaint was lodged. Preliminary investigation suggests that the accused misbehaved and thrashed the victim under the influence of alcohol."

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Dy CM Pilot boycotts legislature meeting at CM Gehlot’s residence

Jaipur: Rajasthan is witnessing a major power tussle between Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. On one end Pilot claims of 30 MLA’s support and on the other Gehlot claims of stable government despite the rebellion of Pilot. Looking over this issue Gehlot called a meeting on Monday at his residence, however, Pilot is reportedly going to boycott this Legislative meet.

Sources close to Pilot said the Gehlot government is in minority after over 30 Congress and some independent MLAs have pledged support to Sachin Pilot. The crisis in Rajasthan Congress intensified with Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot at loggerheads, while Gehlot is blaming BJP for trying to destabilize the state government by poaching MLAs, Pilot is camping in Delhi to speak to the party leadership regarding the political turmoil in the state.

According to sources, Pilot has sought an appointment with the party's interim president Sonia Gandhi but time for the meeting has not yet been given by her. Although, Pilot met another party leader to apprise him about the situation in the state and spelled out his grievance.

As of now, many MLAs, who are believed to be in the Pilot camp, are also in Delhi to meet the party leadership. According to sources, the deputy chief minister has the support of nearly 30 Congress MLAs along with many independent legislators.

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To Hell With Lynching

(One with surname Goswami labelled as Pak terrorist, nearly lynched)

Over the years incidents death on caused by Lynching has been on the rise. Quite often the culprits involved in such gruesome murder apparently have no criminal records and are carried away by impulse or frenzy of the moment.

On the evening of August 28, 2019 one with surname Goswami (Name Withheld) was almost lynched by a mob of apparently educated looking commoners in the heart of Jaipur.

The mob that began with just two persons and finally swelled to 15-20 persons refused to accept his Hindu name. Because of his long beard they took him as a Muslim and that too a Pakistani terrorist. They subjected him to various tests and finally refused to accept that he was not Muslim.

Taking him to be a Pakistani Terrorist the mob took to beating him most brutally. Some even held him to be a resident from Kashmir.

He was helpless and was anxiously waiting for the police to come and rescue him. All of this was happening under the surveillance of CCTV cameras installed in the restaurant where he was beaten up black and blue.

Meanwhile, someone informed the police. The police arrived and took him to Karni Vihar Police Station in Jaipur (West). The police also treated him like the mob. Without giving him the opportunity to put forward his case, the Officer In-Charge of the police station took to hitting him while refusing to have a look at his passport. All of this was happening in the presence of the men who were the part of the mob that attacked him.

A First Information Report (FIR) was filed against me under CrPC 107 against him and he was thrashed and forced to sign it. He constantly requested the police to inform his office authorities about his detention, but they paid no heed. Around 11 pm he was put into the lock-up.

He was constantly requesting them to let my office authorities know about his detention, a plea that they plainly denied. He was stripped off his clothes and was lodged thrown into the lock-up at around 11 PM on the night of 28 August, 2019. His request since dawn to contact my office was refused till 4 pm.

While his production at the CJM’s court was slated after 4 pm, a constable allowed him to contact his office over phone.

He was produced at the CJM court. The CJM plainly announced a sentence, without giving him a chance to produce his side of the story. But then the policemen who accompanied me received a call, and along with it, an order to produce him at the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), West Jaipur.

Upon reaching the DCP’s office, he came to know that the Director General of Police (DGP) had assigned a team for his rescue. He was taken to the venue by the DCP, CCTV footage was collected and the perpetrators were apprehended based on an FIR lodged by him. Section 323, 341, 143, and 67A of the IPC are slapped.

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