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Oppn wants ‘majboor’ govt, country wants ‘mazboot’ leadership: PM Modi

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New Delhi, Jan 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday dubbed the anti-BJP grand alliance as an ‘failed experiment’ saying that the opposition parties are coming together as they want to form a ‘majboor’ (helpless) government, whereas the BJP wants a ‘mazboot’ (strong) dispensation for holistic development.
Addressing the BJP’s National Convention in New Delhi, PM Modi said the parties that were formed primarily to oppose the Congress and its culture have now join hands with it.
“Country should decide if it wants a pradhan sevak who spends months on vacation abroad or one who works tirelessly without taking a break,” Modi told a packed Ramlila Maidan filled with party workers.
In more than an hour-long speech, Modi said for the first time in country’s history, there has been no charge of corruption against the government. “BJP rule proved that country can see a change and govt can run without corruption,” he said.
Steering clear from the ongoing controversy in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over the removal of its director Alok Verma, just 36 hours after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court, Modi instead talked about the restriction imposed by the government of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and Chhattisgarh over the entry of CBI in these states.
“Despite being harassed for 12 years by UPA govt when I was Gujarat CM, and even after the arrest of Amit Shah, we didn’t ban the entry of CBI in the state,” Modi said.
He was referring to the arrest of BJP president Amit Shah, then MoS Home in Gujarat government, over the alleged involvement in the fake encounters case in which he was later acquitted.
Modi asked, “Why Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh governments banned CBI in their respective state, what irregularities they have done?”
While the BJP leaders, including the union ministers, heaped praises on PM Modi for passage of the 10 per cent reservation to people of Economically Weaker Sections of the General category in employment and education, Modi said that the reservation has been provided “to meet expectations of youths who were not getting opportunities due to poverty, and it will enhance confidence of new India.”
Addressing the growing concerns of the agriculture sector which is witnessing increasing farm distress, Modi said the government is working for improving the farmer income and will double it by 2022. “To meet expectations of youths who were not getting opportunities due to poverty,” Modi said.
As the pressure mounts from the RSS and the VHP over bringing an ordinance to construct the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Modi alleged the Congress of obstructing the court procedures in the case through its lawyers. Responding to the chants of Jai Shri Ram at Ramlila Maidan, Modi said, “Congress doesn’t want a solution to Ayodhya issue, it is creating hurdles through its lawyers.”
Modi, however, did not talk about the Rafale and the controversies surrounding the 36 fighter aircraft deal, despite the Congress chief directly accusing the PM of being involved in it. However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who spoke earlier hailed the deal saying, “PM Modi saved thousands of crores in Rafale deal.”
The two-day national convention came to an end with the PM’s address. On day one, BJP chief Amit Shah had addressed the gathering asking workers to work for the party’s win comparing a loss if it happens to loss of Marathas in the battle of Panipat.


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Inquiry ordered: Rhetoric of decades

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Srinagar, Mar 20: As a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the custodial killing of Awantipora youth, many families whose members have been killed by government forces find such exercises futile.
29-year-old Rizwan Assad Pandith, a school teacher from Awantipora was killed in police custody on Tuesday, following which the District Magistrate Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary ordered an inquiry.
Mohammad Iqbal Bhat, a local from Kupwara never received justice after his son was killed in 2017.
His son Asif, a driver by profession, was killed by government forces in December 2017, which triggered massive protests and clashes in the district.
The family claims that Asif was killed by army while he was on his way to pick up a passenger from the nearby highway in Kupwara.
The then Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jehangir had ordered a magisterial probe into the killing and sought the report within three weeks.
More than a year later, the report is yet to reach the family.
“I was once produced before the judge in a local court in March last year where I gave my statement. The police ensured me that action will be taken against army, which has not happened so far,” said Bhat, who works as a forest guard.
He added the family wasn’t informed about the findings of the probe yet.
“When nothing happened in last one year, I left visiting the police station. They often told me that the file was in some other department. I don’t know whether some action was taken against the army or not,” Bhat said.
The family of Javed Ahmad Bhat, a Shopian resident who was killed by government forces in January 2018, too has stopped following the case, in which a probe was ordered by the then Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Aijaz Asad.
“We deliberately didn’t follow the case as we had the experience of their investigation when my younger cousin Aqib Ahmad Bhat was killed by the same army camp in 2008. My uncle had to visit Srinagar every week and still no justice was delivered to us,” Waseem Ahmad Bhat brother of slain Javed told The Kashmir Monitor.
Javed was shot dead along with two other youth in Ganowpora, Shopian by Army after locals resisted army’s move to remove the banners of the slain Hizbul Mujahideen militants.
Waseem said the families of two other youth killed in the incident too have given up hopes of justice.
“It was useless to wait for the government report which was expected to come within 20 days. Neither anyone approached us nor did we seek any investigation,” he said.
Similarly, in case of Handwara killing of 2016, when two youth and a 57-year woman were killed by army is under trial at a local court in Handwara.
“A Special Investigation Team of Police was also constituted to probe the case. The case is currently under trail in Sub District Court Handwara and no action has been taken against the guilty yet,” the family of slain youth Nayeem Qadir said.

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JK isn’t NC’s personal estate: Mehbooba

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Jammu, Mar 20: In a blistering attack at former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for dubbing emergence of new parties in Kashmir as a New Delhi ploy to divide Kashmiri mandate, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday (March 20) said, J&K is not a personal property of the National Conference.
Mehbooba’s attack followed Peoples Conference chief Sajjad Gani Lone’s diatribe against Omar Abdullah that he needed ‘mental treatment” for opposing emergence of new parties.
“It is unfortunate that National conference considers Jammu and Kashmir as its own estate. When (former Chief Minister) Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed brought Congress in Jammu and Kashmir, they called them worms of dirty drain (as a Delhi’s party),” Mehbooba told reporters here.
“When the PDP was formed, they alleged the same thing. Today when Shah Faseal formed a new outfit, Omar Abdullah says the same thing,” said Mehbooba.
The PDP chief said Omar Abdullah feels any party formed in J&K will claim right on their estate of Jammu and Kashmir.
“It is a democratic country and everyone has the right to form one’s own party and do politics. Jammu and Kashmir is not a personal property of the NC,” she added.
Omar’s remarks came on the day Shah Faesal, a bureaucrat-turned-politician who was reportedly slated to join the NC, launched his own party – ‘Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement’.
Omar had reacted to the development dubbing it as a New Delhi ploy to divide the kashmiri mandate.
“Why is it that these political parties are launched only in Kashmir, why not in Jammu or Ladakh? Doesn’t it clearly indicate a ploy aimed at dividing us further?” Omar had asked, addressing his party workers’ convention in Anantnag Monday.
“It is a fact that conspiracies have been hatched for long to weaken our special status. While in Jammu and Ladakh, the (political) field is being left open for the Congress and the BJP, here (in Kashmir) there is always an attempt to divide the mandate,” Omar had said, indirectly blaming New Delhi behind the move.
Lone too had attacked Omar Abdullah Monday.
“Were we to give power to Omar Abdullah after Maharaja Hari Singh? He got Kashmiris killed in 2010. Before that his father got people killed and maimed from 1996 to 2002. Before that his father rigged the elections in 1987,” Lone had told reporters in Handwara.
Peoples Conference chief asked Omar Abdullah if there should be no other party except the NC.
“Do they have a copyright? Let me tell you Omar Abdullah is not a kid. He is throwing others’ lives in danger. New people have come on the political horizon. They are moving with few PSOs. Omar and his father and other family members are guarded by 600 to 700 security guards,” he said.
Lone said had Shah Faesal joined National Conference, then he would have been a “good man” for Omar.
“Now he has launched his own party, so he becomes a New Delhi

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Snow, rains in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Mar 20: Incessant rains lashed the plains while upper reaches received fresh snowfall in Kashmir valley on Wednesday.
Non-stop overnight rains in the valley have inundated roads at several places, including the Regal Chowk in commercial hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar city. A government official said that that de-watering is going on at many places.
On Tuesday, a MeT Department spokesman had warned that there could be widespread light to moderate rain, snow or thundershowers over the Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours which could result in drop in the temperature.
He said that there could be light to moderate rain or snow or thundershowers and the maximum temperature will drop further and settled at 9 degree, six notches below normal in the summer capital during the next 24 hours.
However, the minimum temperature will be near normal, he had said.
The incessant rains triggered fresh landslides on Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link of the valley with the rest of the India. An official said the traffic movement was suspended due to the landslides.

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