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No one has power to change reservation in India, claims Nitish

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As the 2019 elections inch closer, political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo the common mass with their promises. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too chose to walk down that path when he remarked that there is no power that can change the reservation system in the country that was drafted and adopted by Father of Indian Constitution, BR Ambedkar.
Speaking at the Dalit-Mahadalit Sammelan organised by the JDU in Patna’s Sri Krishna Memorial Hall on Wednesday, the chief minister assured the people that the nobody can abuse the rights of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes people.
In a hinted jibe at Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s comments on reservation, the Bihar CM said that in the age of social media people resort to unnecessary talks and spread unwanted remarks to make it viral. He said that some people indulge in the habit of speaking unnecessarily and will continue to do so.
The chief minister promised to the people the government will always have their back and that it will support them in all strength. He further said that there are several people who don’t work but speak a lot. The CM accused these people of raising a question on the silence of those who do their jobs.
Nitish Kumar reassured the people that the goal of the government will not be reached until the last person standing gets his rights.
These remarks of the CM came at the backdrop of Mahajan’s comments on reservation. On September 30, questioning the effectiveness of offering reservation in education and jobs for an indefinite period, Mahajan had underscored that even Ambedkar wanted quotas for only 10 years.
“Ambedkarji himself said that reservation is required for only 10 years. He visualised equal development within 10 years. But it did not happen. Even those present in Parliament kept on extending reservation for 10 years,” Mahajan had said at the ‘Lok Manthan’ programme in Ranchi. Mahajan added that reservations alone will not be able to uplift the people and change the socio-economic structure of the country.


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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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