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Reports of conspiracy against Modi is BJP ploy for sympathy: Pawar

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Pune:Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar accused the BJP government in Maharashtra and at the Centre for playing “sympathy” card by circulating the so-called “threat letters” which, he said, “lacked authenticity”. Pawar’s remarks came days after Pune and Mumbai police claimed the recovery of letters from five people arrested for alleged naxal links.
Police claimed that the letters talk about an alleged plot to purportedly assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a “Rajiv Gandhi-type incident” and targeting Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for initiating operations against rebels.
The NCP chief, while speaking at a public rally to mark the 19th anniversary and valedictory function of party’s “halla bol” (raise voice) function on Sunday in Pune, said that some progressive people in Pune came together and organised the Elgar Parishad. However the government is arresting some of them by branding them as “naxalites”. “Everyone knows who were behind Bhima Koregaon (violence) but those who have no connection have been arrested. This is called misuse of power,” Pawar said.
Chhagan Bhujbal, a senior NCP leader and former PWD minister who recently got out of jail on bail in a money laundering case, too was present at the rally.
Pawar said that BJP has realised that they are losing people’s support and are now playing “threat letters” card to gain sympathy. “But I am sure people will not fall prey to such tactics,” he said and raised doubts on the veracity of these letters.
“I have spoken to a senior retired police officer in the CID who told me that when such letters come, they do not go to the media but to the security agencies, and adequate security measures are taken,” said Pawar.
He also said that BJP’s graph is going down in the country.
In response to Pawar’s remarks, the chief minister said in a series of tweets late on Sunday: “It is very unfortunate that Sharad Pawar ji is raising doubts about the communication ceased by the police which revels the plot to assassin Hon PM @narendramodi ji… (who) is the leader of our nation and not just of a political party. @PawarSpeaks is not expected to stoop down to this level. Police has all the evidences and truth will prevail.”


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Ayodhya on high alert following intelligence inputs

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Ayodhya: Amid VIP movements, Ayodhya has been put on high alert soon after intelligence inputs indicated a possible terror attack in the city.

“We have put more force into action. The force has been alerted. Also, intelligence officials in the civil dress have come here. They are checking all hotels, restaurants and railway stations. The police force is vigilant and keeping a track of all the movements,” Anil Kumar Sisodia, Superintendent of Police City, told ANI.

This comes ahead of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya on Sunday along with his party MPs.

 

According to reports, the security has also been heightened keeping in mind the hearing on 2005 Ram Janmabhoomi attack on June 18.

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Seven died while cleaning hotel sewer in Vadodara

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Vadodara: Seven persons, including four sanitation workers, died due to asphyxiation on Saturday while cleaning sewer of a hotel in Gujarat’s Vadodara district, officials said.

The incident happened at a hotel in Fartikui village in Dabhoi tehsil, about 30 km from Vadodara city. Three employees of the hotel were also among those killed.

“When one sanitation worker failed to come out of the manhole, others went inside. All of them died due to asphyxiation,” district collector Kiran Zaveri told PTI.

 
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Manmohan retires from Rajya Sabha

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New Delhi: For the first time in 28 years, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s name ceased to be part of the list of members of the Rajya Sabha on its Web site, and was included in the list of former members of Parliament.

With the Congress lacking the numbers in the Assam legislature to ensure his re-election, 86-year-old Dr Singh retired from the Rajya Sabha.

Dr Singh, then finance minister in the P V Narasimha Rao government, had debuted in the House on October 1, 1991, from Assam and represented the state for five consecutive terms. He was the leader of the House during his 10 years as PM, and leader of the Opposition from 1998 to 2004.The former PM would now need to wait for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, an ally of the Congress, to send him to the Rajya Sabha next month or until the next biennial elections in the Upper House in April 2020 when 54 MPs retire.

 

Five Rajya Sabha members from Tamil Nadu retire in July. The DMK, along with its allies, has the strength in the state legislature to get at least three elected to the Rajya Sabha. It has promised one seat to MDMK chief Vaiko.

However, sources said the DMK and the Congress have not had any discussions on the issue.

The Congress could also hope to send Dr Singh to the Upper House from Gujarat if elections to fill the two vacancies from the state take place together.

The vacancies are on account of two Bharatiya Janata Party Rajya Sabha members from Gujarat, Amit Anilchandra Shah and Smriti Zubin Irani, being elected to the Lok Sabha. Shah has debuted in the Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar while Irani is the Lok Sabha member from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress’s numbers in the Gujarat assembly would ensure the party wins one of the two seats, the other going to the BJP, if elections to the two seats are held jointly.

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