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Fadnavis also gets threat letters from ‘Maoists’

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Mumbai :Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his office had received two letters allegedly from Maoists threatening him and his family.
He also said the Naxals were spreading in urban areas and were trying to mislead the people.
Fadnavis told reporters that the two letters, allegedly from Maoist organisations, threatened him and his family and were handed over to the police.
The letters came after the recent anti-Naxal operations in Gadchiroli in which 39 Maoists were killed, officials in the state Home Department said.
Both letters mentioned the Gadchiroli encounters which took place on April 22-23, and talked about an intention of exacting revenge, they said.
According to officials, the Chief Minister’s Office received the first letter on May 13 and another on May 18.
“One letter is from Communist Party of India-Maoist Central Committee and another from their Dandkaranya Special Zonal Committee. Both the letters contain threats to CM and his family,” an official said.
Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil said the letters also threatened top police officials looking after the anti-Naxal operations. The Special Investigation Department (SID) of the state police is probing this matter, he said.
The chief minister also said that police had recovered evidence that the Maoists were hatching a conspiracy to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Pune police, who have arrested five persons for alleged Maoist links, yesterday claimed that the ultras were planning to target the prime minister.
“Earlier Naxals were confined to rural areas, now they have spread to urban areas,” Fadnavis said.
“They are on a mission and trying to mislead people,” he said.
“In one of the internal communications (recovered from houses of those arrested by Pune police) a commander has directed his cadre that Modi should be eliminated the way Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated.
“Many such communications have been seized during the raids. The intelligence agencies are at work and investigators are probing more links,” said Fadnavis, who also handles the home portfolio.

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Mughal emperor Akbar was not great, only Maharana Pratap was: Yogi

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Lucknow:Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath insisted Mughal emperor Akbar was not great and that only 16th century Mewar king Maharana Pratap was. He praised Pratap’s persistence in winning back his forts after years of fight in the Aravalli hills and his refusal to accept Akbar as king. Adityanath said the Mewar ruler did not accept the Mughal emperor asking as he was a “Turk who could not be trusted”.
Adityanath maintained Pratap remained relevant even after 500 years of his death while addressing an RSS gathering to mark the Mewar king’s birth celebrations. A special edition of RSS magazine ‘Avadh Prahri’ was also released on the occasion.
He referred to the 1576 Haldighati battle and said it was unimportant who won or lost. “It is important that Maharana Pratap fought it for several years in the hills of Aravalli with his self-respect and ultimately won back his forts.” He said Pratap set an example of bravery as the fight was not for a day but went on for years.
“Maharana Pratap proved it was not Akbar who was great but only Maharana Pratap was great by ultimately winning back his forts.”
Adityanath said Akbar had asked Pratap to accept him as the king and promised in return that he would not interfere in the affairs of his kingdom of Mewar. He said even Jaipur king Man Singh came as a messenger but Pratap refused.
“I cannot accept Akbar as the king… he is a Turk and he will remain so… he will hurt our self-respect in the garb of friendship… we cannot accept a foreigner as a king,’’ Adityanath quoted Pratap as saying amid chants of “jai Shri Ram”.
He claimed there were other kings in those times who put their own self-respect at stake to accept Akbar as king. Adityanath added Pratap stood against all odds.
He said lessons from those times were still applicable. Adityanath claimed some people are ready to disturb their own society, culture and country even today for their benefits. He added that they then suffer damage.
Adityanath asked scheduled castes, tribes and backward communities to regard themselves as Pratap’s descendent. “It was actually these tribes, which made Pratap great,” he said.
“On whose strength did Maharana Pratap fight… it was castes whom we today call Dalit, backward and Vanvasi…,’’ he said. Adityanath added Pratap fought in adverse conditions and Akbar was unable to hurt him.

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CIA names VHP, Bajrang Dal as ‘religious militant organisations’ in World Factbook

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New Delhi :The Central Intelligence Agency, in its recent edition of the ‘World Factbook’, has named the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal as “religious militant organisations”. The agency, the intelligence wing of the US government, has categorised them under “political pressure groups”, defined as organisations that are involved in politics or that exert political pressure but whose leaders do not stand for legislative election.
The CIA also lists the RSS, Hurriyat Conference and Jamiat Ulema-e Hind among the political pressure groups in India. The RSS has been defined as a “nationalist organisation”, the Hurriyat Conference as a “separatist group” and the Jamiat Ulema-e Hind a “religious organisation”.
The CIA annually publishes a World Factbook which feeds intelligence or factual reference material on a country or issue to the US government. This includes information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues. Data is available for 267 countries. The agency has been publishing this material since 1962, but only made it public in 1975. The Factbook is produced for US policymakers and coordinated throughout the US intelligence community. It is one of the types of intelligence delivered, the other two are ‘The President’s Daily Brief’ and the ‘National Intelligence Estimates’.
Khemchand Sharma, former national convenor of the BJP’s Samvad cell, on Friday rejected the CIA’s assertions. Calling it “fake news”, he said legal action will be initiated against the agency.
“We completely reject CIA reference to VHP and Bajrang dal as religious militant organizations.. these r the nationalist organizations, all knows it. Legal proceeding will be initiated against this reference soon,” Sharma tweeted.

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