Somaiya's habit of making allegations doesn't merit comment: Congress

New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Tuesday came to the rescue of Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who is facing a fresh allegation by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya of purchasing a ‘benami’ or proxy-owned mansion in London in 2009.
Dikshit said the former is in the habit of making allegations on anybody, and therefore, does not merit anymore comments.
“Making an allegation is very easy and if I am not mistaken, I think, Mr. Vadra’s legal firm has also said that he has nothing to do with this. So, I think, the matter should rest at that. Kirit Somaiya is in a habit of making allegation on anybody, I don’t think it merits anymore comments on that,” Dikshit told ANI here.
He also said that Somaiya has made an allegation then he should prove the allegation or if he has evidence then he should take it to the relevant authority.
Somaiya had on Monday written a letter to the ED Director Karnal Singh and sought a detailed probe of the matter.
The BJP leader, in his letter, quoted media reports as saying that there is a benami or proxy-owned property in London owned by Mr. Vadra. “The media report quotes a government report stating that alleged arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari is holding a house at 12 Ellerton House, Bryanston Square, London,” said Somaiya in his letter.
Vadra, however, denied the charges. Vadra’s lawyers have said he “does not own directly or indirectly, a house as quoted in media reports as No. 12, Ellerton House, Bryan-ston Square, London” and that Vadra and his assistant “have not enter-ed into any transaction of a financial nature with Sanjay Bhandari and are not even aware that Bhandari is involved in any defense transaction”.
The finance ministry is reportedly probing if Vadra is involved in purchase of the 'benami’ mansion in London in 2009 or not. (ANI)

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Achhe Dhin Should Be Changed To Achhe Saal

Railway budget 2016: Taking for the Common ManUnfortunately, the naive voters from the, fed up on incorrect and worn out styles of the UPA II took these words too exactly.

They did not understand that this was a range given by the marketing organization employed by the BJP! However having an experience with the harsh facts of regulating the nation the BJP management including Narendra Modi. Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad have began disagreeing that the financial scenario is not entirely in their management.

Debate over the NJAC

It began with the preparing faceoff with the Superior Judge over the passing of the Most judges Consultation Percentage invoice mid-August. The Primary Rights of Indian indicated his issue about the government’s encroachment into the National Judicial Appointment Commmission which has been eliminated by Parliament to restore the questionable collegium program of appointment of judges. Senior lawyerr Fali S Nariman, who is known to be against the new design, had taken the issue to the court.

Infrequent presentations and demonstrations against the increase in train rates, fuel costs, LPG cylinder costs; some natural and most of it subsidized have began going on everywhere.

We don’t know yet if the people who provided a clear requirement to the BJP in the very latest elections are already feeling scammed but the Resistance has made this motto;  manage to overcome the judgment program led by Narendra Modi. This Primary Minister does not have the freedom of accusing the ‘coalition dharma’ even though the worldwide scenario is always an alibi for the coercion of increasing the energy cost and the resulting cost increase of all important products.

But Haven’t We Observed All This Before?

Now the Modi govt is intending to take to public media in a big way to describe the blunder it has got. But that is not going to resolve the issue because some individuals take  this violation of guarantee too seriously.  

The TV programs have their own plan although I discover it ironical to see the high voice mouthed spokespersons of the BJP such as Smrti Irani, Nirmala Sethuraman and Meenakshi Lekhi changed by the encounters whose CV may not be available with Wikeipedia. And hence the reliability of the federal government is on the line and the a good reputation seems to be dissipating. In nevertheless, people’s tolerance is very short- resided now.

The BJP has an overall greater part in the Lok Sabha and there being no noticeable resistance even if one looks for it with a telescope I think the danger will be beneficial. And they better do it quick as the Price range period is about to start which will enforce a lot of unpopular choices to put the derailed economic system returning to normal.

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Counting of votes in the high-stakes Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry has just begun and the first trends are expected to be available soon.

In Puducherry, the DMK+INC is celebrating as it has won 8 seats, leading in 6 more.

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When campuses become hotbeds of political unrest and violence

While political activities have always existed on Indian campuses - the breeding grounds of many of our leaders - the recent past has seen a spurt of violent incidents, protests and clashes in universities and colleges across the country, over ideological and religious differences, and attempts to clamp dissent by the Centre.

Here, we take a look at the various protests that have been taking place across campuses in India, and the incidents that have triggered them:

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras: Known more for their meritocracy than activism, the IITs have remained largely out of the political circles. However, on 22, May 2015, the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle was banned at the IIT Madras for being critical of PM Narendra Modi and his policies, after the Ministry of Human Resources and Development sent a letter to the Director of the Institute, accusing the Group of creating an atmosphere of ‘hatred’. 

Following mass protests by students and members of the Opposition, which slammed the Centre for clamping down on free speech, IIT Madras reinstated the Group in June, last year.  Less than a year later, another circular was allegedly issued, which aimed at banning all kinds of political activities on campus. The circular also contained an undertaking to be signed by students, research scholars and assicates, stating that they will not indulge in any activity ‘that will adversely affect the image of the country’. Following another round of widespread protests, denials and later admissions of mistake by the Administration, the clause was removed from the circular.

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII): In June 2015, the country’s premier film and television school saw massive protests after film and TV actor, Gajendra Chauhan, whose claim to fame is his portrayal of Yudhishtira in the epic television series, Mahabharat, was appointed by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) as the Chairman of the new Governing Council, which is responsible for making all policy decision. Students protested against the selection, which they accused of being politically motivated and an attempt to saffronise the institution, and on August 18, 2015, in a late night crackdown, police arrested striking students, who had gheraoed FTII Director, Prashant Pathrabe in his office, and had kept him captive there. The students went on a 139-day strike from June 12, and ended it in October, last year, after which classes were resumed. The students, however, have continued to protest against the appointments.    

Hyderabad Central University: One of the biggest turning points in student politics in the recent past, was the suicide of research student Rohith Vemula at the Hyderabad Central University, in January, this year.  27-year-old Velmula was a Ph.D. second year student, hailing from the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. His run-in with the authorities started right from July 2015, when his monthly stipend of Rs. 25,000 was withheld, after Vemula and his friends were found to be raising issues under the aegis of the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA). In August, 2014, Vemula and four other other members of the ASA allegedly protested against the hanging of Yakub Memon, one of the masterminds behind the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts, leading to a tussle with the Akhil Bharatiya Vishwa Parishad (ABVP). The ASA had also organised a march at the University of Hyderabad, in protest of the attack by members of the ABVP, over the screening of a documentary movie, titled, ‘Muzaffarnagar baaqi hai’. 

ABVP leader, Susheel Kumar, passed a comment on Facebook, calling the members ‘goons’, and was allegedly beaten up by members of ASA, including Velmula. ABVP filed a complaint with the University authorities, and after an enquiry took place, and no evidence was found,  charges were dropped. ABVP then took the matter to cabinet minister Bandaru Dattatreya, stating that anti-national activities were taking place on campus. The HRD Minister also got involved and sent letters to the University, asking for action to be taken against those involved in the ‘anti-national activities’. 

In September 2015, Velmulla and four others were suspended, a decision which was upheld in December 2015. Vemula, whose family was struggling to provide him with financial help, had to ask a friend for money. On 3, January 2016, after the suspension was confirmed, the five moved out of their hostels into a tent they had set up, and began a hunger strike. On 18, January 2016, Vemula was found hanging in the room of an Umma Anna, with whom he had been staying. His suicide has triggered numerous protests and rallies across the country, with institutions being accused of being hotbeds of discrimination on the basis of caste.                

Benaras Hindu University (BHU): One of the country’s most prestigious institutions, BHU has been a center of political unrest and violence, since long. While student union elections was banned from the University’s campus in 1997, after a student was killed when large-scale violence erupted in the campus, during an election rally, many other incidents of protests and violence have erupted over the recent past, over allegations of caste based discrimination. In November, 2014 students and some passersby were injured on the campus, as some students protested demanding the restoration of student’s union group. The protests took an ugly turn as students clashed with the police, burned buses and public property. 

In a most recent event, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the campus, student union leader, Ashutosh Singh raised slogans demanding the restoration of students’ unions on the campus. The policemen on duty immediately took him away and detained him, while he was also allegedly slapped by the security personnel.  

Jawaharlal Nehru University: In February 2016, a rally was organised by some students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in protest of the 2013 hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru, who had been convicted of the 2001 Indian Parliamentary attack. Kanhaiya Kumar, the President of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union was arrested on 12, February 2016, and charged with sedition for allegedly raising anti-India slogans, following complaints from the ABVP and BJP MP, Maheish Girri.  

His arrest led to widespread protests across the country, pitting the opposition against the government, while students from the JNU went on strike over his arrest. Kumar denied raising any anti-India slogans or taking part in any anti-national activities. A magisterial investigation team, appointed by the Delhi Government, also did not find any evidence suggesting that Kumar had raised anti-national slogans. It was later alleged that the slogans had been raised by outsiders. Kumar was also fined Rs 25,000 by JNU, while students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were rusticated for a one semester. 

Kumar was granted interim bail for six months on 2, March 2016, and he and 19 other students, went on an indefinite hunger strike on 28 April, to protest against the punishment handed out to them. The Delhi High Court has stayed all disciplinary action against Kumar and others in the February event, and has asked students to put off their strike, and the JNU students have called off their strike. Kumar has, meanwhile, been travelling across the country addressing his supporters.  

Jadhavpur University: One of the latest campuses to have become the hotbed of political unrest is Kolkata’s Jadhavpur University. The protests started with the screening of director Vivek Agnihotri’s film, ‘Buddha in a Traffic Jam’, which, according to the director, aims to “expose the nexus between NGOs, naxalites and the academia”, arranged by the ABVP at the University campus. The students of the University staged a protest against the screening, which was later cancelled by JU authorities after they learnt that students were gathering to stage a protest. 

Despite the cancellation, Agnihotri arrived on campus for the screening, and his car was stopped by students, who waved black flags and placards asking him to go back. Massive clashes have taken place at the University since, between ABVP supporters and the students of the JU, with a series of rallies and counter rallies being carried out since the screenings.

NIT Srinagar: Clashes broke out between two groups of students - Kashmiris and outsiders, after some students from outside the state claimed that Kashmiri students had chanted anti-India slogans and burst firecrackers after India lost to West Indies in the World T20 cricket semi final, one 31 March, 2015. When efforts by the authorities to placate the students did not work, the authorities were forced to close the Institute and students were asked to vacate the campus, while police enforcements were called in. Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code had also been imposed on the Campus on April 1. The police resorted to lathi charge and fired teargas to control the crowd. 

The Institute reopened on April 3, but non-Kashmiri students boycotted the classes, and on April 4, some students went to the director’s office for a meeting. Post the meeting, the students took out a march, raising slogans. Clashes erupted again as the police stopped them at the main gate. The Central Reserve Police Force (CPRF) was deployed after the incident, and several non Kashmiri students fled the campus after the violence. Students also staged a sit in Delhi, protesting against the treatment that non-Kashmiri students have been receiving at the NIT. Non local students have been demanding that the NIT be shifted out of Srinagar, non-Kashmiri students be shifted to NITs in their own home states, and action be taken on administration staff and faculty members for allegedly threatening non-Kashmiri students.

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Lata-Sachin Spoof: Over 200 posts removed; BJP, MNS slam Tanmay Bhat video

The latest video posted by stand-up comedian and AIB co-founder Tanmay Bhat kicked up a political storm in Maharashtra Monday, with the BJP and MNS criticising it.

While the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) filed a complaint with the Mumbai Police and BJP legislator Ashish Shelar met the police commissioner regarding the matter, sources said a non-cognizable offence under Section 500 of the IPC might be registered against Bhat.

The video has been shared with the legal team of the Mumbai Police to verify whether the video may attract any cognizable offence under provisions of the Information Technology (IT) Act, as it was posted on Snapchat and Facebook.

Pending legal opinion, police sources said, Bhat won’t be summoned until the preliminary investigations were completed.

Mumbai Police said they received a complaint filed by the MNS Cine Workers Wing at the Shivaji Park police station.

The Special Branch of the Mumbai Police placed a request with Google and YouTube seeking that the video be deleted. The specialised wing also deleted over 200 posts to ensure that law and order is not affected.

Titled ‘Sachin v/s Lata Civil War’, the video features a Snapchat spoof by Bhat of the two icons conversing.

“We have carried out a panchnama of the said controversial video and have also taken snapshots of the same, which will act as evidence in case an offence is registered. The same procedure has also been followed for the important posts posted after the video went viral. These posts are by various private members, including celebrities and politicians,” a senior official told The Indian Express.

Sources said a case of defamation could not be pursued as the police could not take suo motu cognizance and that the complainant would be advised to file such a plea before a magistrate.

Bhat was not reachable for comment, though he posted some tweets. In one tweet, making reference to a previous controversy surrounding the AIB, the comedian posted, “Roast wale din yaad aa gaye by god”.

PMO bats for states’ bigger role in Motor Vehicles Act

The Centre has been facing criticism from states for its lack of inclusive approach towards them, as far as consultation on formulating policies is concerned. The direction by the PMO to roads ministry to adopt a more inclusive stand on new legislation replacing the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 could possibly nudge Centre to do the same in future engagements.

Under fire from states for being kept out of the consultative process on policies and legislation formulated by the Centre, the Prime Minister’s Office has stepped in with specific directions to the road transport ministry to seek a wider role for states in the ongoing consultations for a new legislation that will replace the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. In recent months, a number of states, including those ruled by the BJP, had been vocal against some of the amendments proposed to the Electricity Act, 2003, changes moved to the Factories Act and provisions in the Centre’s draft civil aviation policy.

“On the advice of Prime Minister’s Office, the latest version of The Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2015 has been sent to all the state governments and Union territory administrations for seeking their views. About 26 of them have furnished their comments till April. Reminders have been sent to the others,” an official involved in the exercise told The Indian Express. A Group of Ministers (GoM) has also been formed with the specific mandate to take on board the views of the states. The new bill proposes to put in place the National Road Safety and National Transport Authority, which would be tasked with addressing the engineering, enforcement, monitoring and emergency care standards for road safety.

The intervention by the PMO is being seen as an act of abundant caution by the Centre, considering the experience of a number of the government’s policies having come in for flak from states. In March last year, BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat were among those who opposed the amendments proposed to the Electricity Act, 2003. These two states, along with Tamil Nadu and Odisha, had also pointed specifically to the lack of consultation with state governments on the provisions of the Bill when it was being examined by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy.

In February 2015, the Centre’s move to amend the Factories Act, 1948 came in for criticism from the BJP government of Goa which, in a specific intervention before a Parliamentary panel, flagged its reservation against a proposal in the Factories Amendment Bill, 2014. This provision sought to remove the definition of “hazardous process” as contained in Section 2 of the principal Act, along with a list of 29 such processes and, instead, bring in a new sub-section 2(cc) that substituted the term “hazardous process” with a list of “hazardous substances”. Earlier, at the end of December 2014, several states, including Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, hit out at the proposal in the Centre’s draft civil aviation policy to develop only six international airports as travel hubs, citing significant international traffic — both in terms of aircraft and passenger movements — at their airports.

Incidentally, on May 22, the Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, in an interaction with reporters, blamed ‘vested interests’ for delaying the Road Safety Bill and termed its non-passage as one of his “biggest regrets”. The proposed law is expected to crackdown on traffic offenders and proposes steep penalties of up to Rs three lakh along with a minimum seven-year imprisonment for death in road accidents, besides hefty penalties for driving violations. It attempts to remove the practices that are adverse to road safety and efficient use of transport system and proposes to bring about a Multi Modal Coordination Authority to improve the efficiency in the transport sector. The ministry has pegged the annual loss to the economy due to accidents at close to 3 per cent of the GDP. India sees nearly five lakh road accidents a year, in which 1.5 lakh people die and another 3 lakh get injured.

The GoM on the road safety bill, which was formed last month, is learnt to have agreed on framing strict penalties for offences like driving by minors, crossing speed-limits, drunk driving, using mobiles while driving and jumping traffic lights. Besides, a steep hike is being proposed in fines in case of a law-enforcing official is found violating the traffic norms. The ministerial panel has also agreed on a proposal entailing spot registration of vehicles at dealers point besides simplification of forms. It has also recommended mandatorily fitting all public vehicles with GPS, camera and other features before registration. The next meeting of the GoM is scheduled in Ladakh in June.

As soon as the recommendations are finalised, they will be sent to the Cabinet for approval, following which the bill would be introduced in Parliament.

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