‘Fear of violence not unfounded’: Supreme Court red-flags BJP rath yatra in Bengal

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The BJP’s plan to hold a rath yatra in West Bengal suffered a setback on Tuesday with the Supreme Court refusing to interfere with the Mamata Banerjee government’s decision to ban it.

A Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said that apprehension of violence by the state government was not unfounded.

The court told the BJP to seek fresh approval from authorities and asked the Trinamool Congress government in the state to decide on BJP’s application keeping in mind the fundamental right of speech and expression.

The apex court was hearing a petition of the BJP challenging an order of the division bench of the Calcutta High Court, which had set aside a ruling of a single-judge bench allowing the procession.

In its last hearing, a bench of justices LN Rao and Sanjay Kishan Kaul asked the Mamata Banerjee-led government to respond to the petition.The state government has said that allowing the rally could invite law and order problems.

In its plea, the BJP has contended that authorities cannot abridge their right and they have a duty to facilitate them in exercising their democratic right.

The BJP also offered to submit a revised plan for its ‘Save Democracy Rally’ and the apex court asked the Bengal government to give its view on the new schedule.

The BJP rally planned to cover 42 parliamentary constituencies in Bengal ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

As per the original schedule, BJP president Amit Shah was to launch the yatra from Cooch Behar on December 7, Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas on December 9 and from Tarapith temple in Birbhum on December 14.


Maoist Pamphlets Claim Money Deal With Bihar BJP Leader After Notes Ban

Maoist Pamphlets Claim Money Deal With Bihar BJP Leader After Notes Ban

Patna: A Maoist attack in Bihar’s Aurangabad which cost a life, was the fallout of a deal with a BJP lawmaker – one to exchange banned currency notes to the tune of RS 5 crore after demonetisation two years ago, the rebels have claimed. On Saturday, Maoists attacked the house Rajan Kumar Singh, shooting his uncle and setting a number of vehicles on fire.

The posters they left behind claimed the lawmaker and his cousin were to help exchange banned notes. Rajan Singh received old currency to the tune of Rs. 5 crore. Another 2 crore was left with his cousin.

But the leader did not hold up his end of the deal, the posters said. He had neither helped Maoists exchange notes, nor returned the money as promised.


Pamphlets were left behind in Bihar’s Aurangabad after the Maoist attack.

Around 200 people attacked Mr Singh’s house, set the house and around 10 vehicles on fire on Saturday. His 55-year-old uncle, Narendra Singh, was shot dead.

The lawmaker has denied the Maoist allegations. He also held the police and the state government responsible for the attack.

“The Maoist attack in the village is the result of mistakes of both the administration and the state government,” he said.

“I had given an application to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the DGP for setting up a police station or at least a police outpost in the village, but no action has been taken. The administration and the state government are responsible for the incident,” Mr Singh said.
The police did not rule out the alleged link between the politician and Maoists.

The sudden ban on Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes by the government in November 2016 was done with the dual purpose of flushing out black money and stopping terror funding. Critics claim the exercise has failed on both heads


PM Modi In Dharamshala As BJP Completes 1 Year In Himachal: Highlights

PM Modi In Dharamshala As BJP Completes 1 Year In Himachal: Highlights

PM Modi addressing a public rally-Jan Aabhar Rally-in Dharamshala.

New Delhi: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh to mark a year of the BJP government in the state. PM Modi addressed a public rally-Jan Aabhar Rally-in Dharamshala. PM Modi also released a booklet on the achievements of the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh. Meanwhile, the opposition Congress observed December 27-the first anniversary of the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh-as “Nikamma Diwas”. The Congress demanded appropriate action against the BJP government by handing over documents of “scams” and “failures” of the Jai Ram Thakur government in Himachal Pradesh along with the “charge sheet” of allegations on inefficient government to the Governor.

The BJP had wrested power from the Congress in the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections last year.

Here are the HIGHLIGHTS of PM Modi’s visit to Dharamshala:

Dec 27, 2018
15:53 (IST)
Comparing the financial incentives extended by the previous United Progressive Alliance-led Congress government at the Centre with his present government, PM Modi said during the previous government, Himachal Pradesh used to get Rs. 21,000 crore. “When the BJP government came to power, I was given a chance to serve you all, and Himachal is being given Rs. 71,000 crore. It has only become possible because the government of India believes that each and every penny from this amount will be spent by the Himachal government judiciously for the state’s development,” news agency IANS quoted the prime minister.
Dec 27, 2018
14:45 (IST)
PM Modi also claimed that it was his BJP government that implemented the “One Rank One Pension” in “real” sense while the previous Congress government “misled” nation, news agency PTI reported.
Dec 27, 2018
14:43 (IST)
PM Modi alleged that Congress was misleading farmers in the name of loan waiver, news agency PTI reported.
Dec 27, 2018
14:20 (IST)

Earlier in Dharamshala today, PM Modi went through an exhibition put up by the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh to showcase the benefits of state and Centre-sponsored schemes for the general public.
Dec 27, 2018
14:18 (IST)
In Dharamshala, PM Modi said that projects worth Rs. 26,000 crore were underway in Himachal Pradesh.
Dec 27, 2018
14:13 (IST)

The opposition Congress in Himachal Pradesh submitted a “chargesheet” against the BJP government. As the BJP is celebrating a year of their government in Himachal Pradesh, Congress is observing the day as “Nikamma Diwas”.
Dec 27, 2018
14:01 (IST)
Congratulating Jai Ram Thakur on completing one year as chief minister, PM Modi said, “Himachal Pradesh is like my home. I worked here for several years for the party’s organisational work.”
Dec 27, 2018
13:41 (IST)

“Himachal is land of brave soldiers, ever ready for supreme sacrifice,” news agency PTI quoted PM Modi.
Dec 27, 2018
13:41 (IST)
“I have worked here, learnt a lot travelling through state. I feel happiness seeing those I worked with become front line leaders,” PM Modi said in Dharamshala.