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Bajrang Dal plans big push for mandir stir

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Lucknow: The Bajrang Dal is all set to enrol 25,000 “Ram soldiers” to prepare them for the movement for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.

These volunteers will be administered a pledge to build Ram temple and will take part in the “Trishul Diksha” programme that will take place at 100 places in Uttar Pradesh till December 18.

According to Bholendra, secretary of Avadh Prant, the Trishul Diksha programme is held from time to time to inculcate the feeling of patriotism.

 

“We also hold programme to give military training to the youth which is a part of our culture and is required to protect the culture and religion,” he said.

He said that 10,000 volunteers had already been enrolled and trained and the remaining 15,000 would be enrolled soon. “These volunteers will remain prepared to reach Ayodhya at a short notice when temple construction begins,” he added.

UP Cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma defended the initiative and said that such programmes are carried out by different groups for expansion.

“The BJP is committed towards its promise of Ram temple construction. However, everyone wants to know the stand of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and his party over the Ayodhya dispute. Rahul Gandhi is a fake and his temple visits are politically motivated,” he said.

The Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) has slammed the government for allowing groups to provoke people over Ram temple construction.

“We all want Ram temple construction in Ayodhya but we will let the Supreme Court settle the dispute. The BJP and its supporting groups are raising this issue to get political advantage. This government has not fulfilled its promises. The government should focus on development rather than raising such issues,” said UP minister Om Prakash Rajbhar, who is also the SBSP president.

Congress spokesman Dujendra Tripathi, meanwhile, said that this was a time-tested strategy of BJP and its fringe groups to provoke the people and revive the Ram temple issue. He said that with elections round the corner, the BJP was trying to gain political mileage on the religious issue, using organisations like Bajrang Dal.


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CJI recuses from hearing petition challenging interim CBI chief appointment

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New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has recused himself from hearing a plea challenging M Nageswara Rao’s appointment as interim Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Gogoi has sought transparency in the process of short-listing, selection and appointment of the CBI Director.

CJI Gogoi said he cannot hear plea as he would be part of the committee meeting to select the next CBI director.

 

.The plea will now be heard on January 24 by another bench.

The high-powered selection committee comprises the prime minister, the leader of the largest opposition party and the CJI or his nominee judge of the apex court.

A bench comprising CJI and Justice Sanjiv Khanna was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause challenging the appointment of Rao as interim CBI director.

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‘Not safe’: Mamata refuses to allow Amit Shah’s chopper to land in Malda, BJP cries foul

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KOLKATA: In yet another attempt by Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal to stop Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) President Amit Shah from addressing rally in the state, the state government has denied permission for landing of Shah’s helicopter in Malda district.

The BJP president, who was recently treated for swine flu at AIIMS in New Delhi, is scheduled to address a rally in Malda on January 22. As per BJP’s plan, Shah will reach Kolkata and then take a helicopter from there to reach Malda where he will participate in a public rally with BJP workers from North Bengal.

The Malda district administration has informed the BJP that it is not possible to grant permission to land helicopters at Malda airport this week.

 

“As per report of the executive engineer, PWD (civil), Malda Division, up-gradation of work at Malda Airport is going on in full swing. A large quantity of fine sand, dust and GSB materials is lying all along the runway and also stacked all around the site,” Additional District Magistrate of Malda said in a letter to BJP.

The letter added that the ongoing construction work has also affected the maintenance of temporary helipad at the airport and it is not possible to grant permission to Shah’s chopper to land at Malda Airport.

Meanwhile, General Secretary of BJP Malda unit had written to Malda DM saying that West Bengal government is using Malda Airport for landing their helicopter every Wednesday and they are refusing permission to Shah’s helicopter.

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Centre threatening to impose Prez’s rule in Andhra: Chandrababu

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Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday alleged that the Centre was threatening to impose President’s Rule in the state but, he said, nobody would be cowed down by such threats.

He claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a “negative leader” under whose leadership the country was regressing. Addressing a teleconference with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders, he attacked the prime minister and the BJP, saying they did nothing special for Andhra.

“They say one Union minister will come to the state every week. What good have they done for the state? On top of it, they are issuing threats that President’s Rule will be imposed in Andhra Pradesh. There is nobody here to be cowed down by their threats,” Naidu said.

 

Referring to the opposition parties’ rally in Kolkata two days ago, the TDP chief said it marked the beginning of the end of dictatorial rule and gave confidence to the people of the country. “We will hold a similar rally in Amaravati in which leaders of 22 parties will take part,” Naidu added.

The TDP chief lashed out at his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao and YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, saying they were working under Modi’s direction.

The TRS and the YSRC were conspiring to create misgivings among the backward classes so that they are distanced from the TDP, he alleged. He said the backward communities should unitedly thwart such attempts.

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