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Pro-Pak slogan case: Seven interrogated & statements recorded, says K’taka CM

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Bengaluru, Feb 29 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said in Assembly on Thursday that the police have interrogated seven people and recorded their statements in connection with the case of raising of pro-Pakistan slogans in the Vidhana Soudha premises.

Reacting to the BJP legislators, who staged a protest in the well of the House at the beginning of the Assembly session, CM Siddaramaiah said, “We have taken the matter seriously. We are in no way inferior to BJP when it comes to patriotism. The action is being taken as per the law.”

“The investigation is ongoing. We have taken a suo moto case. If a report from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) proves the charges, whoever it may be, the action will be taken,” he explained.

Dr. G. Parameshwara, the Home Minister said the FSL report was sought as the media was giving different versions. “The government is not supporting anyone and we will not protect anybody,” he stated.

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Leader of Opposition R. Ashoka ridiculed the statements of CM and Home Minister by saying, “After inviting them and recording the statements, the police should have also given them ‘biryani’ and then sent them off.”

“The government should have booted them into the prison. Instead of lodging sedition charges against the accused, the government has lodged petty IPC sections against them,” he said.

The BJP MLAs raised ‘Congress down down’, ‘Congress guarantee’, ‘Desh drohi guarantee’, ‘Har har Modi’ slogans in the well of the House.

Ashoka further said, “No action has been taken in the Pakistan Zindabad sloganeering case. The government should have passed a message to the Pak sympathisers and anti-nationals. The Rajya Sabha elected member Syed Naseer Hussain should be arrested. Do we have to sit quietly even as the state legislature turns out to be a hub of terrorism?”

“There is no seriousness at all regarding the development from the government. The Congress is still in the denial mode that such an incident had occurred.”

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As the CM Siddaramaiah started making a statement on the budget amid the chaos in the House, the BJP leaders staged a walkout.

BJP MLA Arvind Bellad said that they believe that the FSL report in this regard will be fabricated. Munirathna, BJP MLA said that “people were telling him that those who were behind the 2008 serial blasts in Bengaluru were also behind the ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ sloganeering case. Even as Home Minister Parameshwara has all the information, no action is being taken.”

–IANS

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Farooq Abdullah bats for talks with Pak amid terror attacks; gets sharp reply from J&K BJP chief

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) National Conference (NC) President and former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday advocated for talks with Pakistan amidst a series of terror attacks in the Jammu region in the past three days.

“These terrorists are coming from across the border. The problem can’t be solved by military action, the only solution is to engage in talks with the neighbouring nation. Unless that happens, terrorism will keep rearing its ugly head,” Abdullah told reporters in Srinagar.

BJP’s J&K unit president Ravinder Raina took strong exception to Abdullah’s advocacy for talks and said that it is highly regrettable that the NC leader is seeking dialogue with a nation that has bled India multiple times.

“Instead of denouncing Pakistan, showing it the mirror, (and) shaming the country for its cowardly acts of terror, the NC leader is advocating for talks with the terror-sponsoring nation,” Raina said.

“Farooq Abdullah should stop pitching for talks with Pakistan as the latter always worked to infiltrate terrorists in the Indian territory for killing innocent citizens,” he added.

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He further asserted that Pakistan will be taught a lesson in the same language that it understands.

Abdullah also told reporters that unless the government realizes that talks are the only solution to bloodshed and “unless dialogue begins, such tragedies will continue to happen”.

The BJP leader berated the NC chief for “evoking sympathy” towards Pakistan while “belittling” the security forces’ ability to neutralize acts of terror emanating from Pakistan.

He said that Abdullah should first explain to people whether Pakistan was behind the bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Farooq Abdullah, you are a former Chief Minister, have been a Union Minister and you know that Pakistan is propagating terror in the valley by infiltrating terrorists. Rather than speaking for them, you should work to boost the morale of Indian Army, police and paramilitary forces and salute their service to the nation,” Raina said.

Asserting the government’s tough stand on terror, he said, “What type of talks can be held with an enemy nation which has been inflicting terror in J&K. We will respond to Pakistan in the same language it understands.”

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Notably, three terror attacks in the past three days across various regions of Jammu including Reasi, Kathua and Doda have claimed more than 10 lives including a CRPF jawan while two terrorists were killed by security forces in encounters.

The first attack was on a bus in Reasi where Hindu pilgrims on their way to Vaishno Devi shrine were fired upon, resulting in the death of 10 people and leaving about 35 others injured as the bus veered off the road and fell into a gorge. The second was in Kathua when terrorists fired at villagers while looking for a hide-out and the third was in Doda, where the terrorists fired shots at a joint check-post of Army and state police, injuring five security personnel and injuring an SPO on duty.

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Security forces won't rest till terrorism is rooted out from UT: J&K L-G Sinha

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Srinagar, June 12 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor (L-G) Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said that the government and the security forces will not rest till terrorism and its supporters are rooted out from the Union Territory.

L-G Sinha, addressing a folk festival organised by the Academy of Art, Culture and Languages at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Complex (SKICC) here, said: “The people of J&K must remain calm as the administration and the security forces won’t rest till terrorism and its supporters are eliminated from the J&K soil.”

“The Reasi attack that left nine persons dead and 33 others injured has triggered widespread anger among the cross-section of the society. The anger among people is genuine. People should have faith in the great valour, courage and intelligence of police and security forces. We will not rest till we root out terrorism and its supporters from the J&K soil,” he added.

He asked the artists that while they carry out different forms of art, they must also play a role in eradicating terror and those abetting it.

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Thane cop and woman on motorcycle mowed down by speeding dumper

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Thane (Maharashtra), June 12 (IANS) In a shocking incident, a police constable and a woman riding pillion on his motorcycle were crushed to death by a speeding dumper in Maharashtra’s Thane city on Tuesday, a police official said.

The incident happened around 12.20 p.m. in the busy Vartak Nagar area of Thane when the duo was travelling on the two-wheeler to a government department for some official work.

Just then, the speeding dumper zoomed and knocked down the motorcycle, with the policeman and the woman flung on the road and sustaining serious injuries.

Social worker, Binu Varghese, who was in the vicinity rushed there to see the blood-splattered bodies of the victims as they were rushed to a nearby hospital where they died during treatment. The deceased were identified as policeman Sunil Rawate, 44 residing in Thane and Nisha Dhaypurkar, 47, of Kalwa town, who was employed in a nearby shop.

After Varghese complained to the local authorities, the police swung into action and within hours, tracked the dumper involved in the hit-and-run accident.

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An official of Vartak Nagar Police Station said that the dumper driver, the prime suspect in the case, has been detained and was being questioned before being formally arrested.

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PM Modi, others attend swearing-in of new BJP-led govt in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar, June 12 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with several dignitaries witnessed the grand swearing-in ceremony of the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Odisha on Wednesday.

The BJP managed to wrest power from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) following a grueling and intense poll campaign led by PM Modi himself.

PM Modi, during the campaign, had asserted that “June 4 was the expiry date of Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government in Odisha”.

During his speeches at almost every public meeting, the prime minister used to extend an invitation to the people of Odisha to attend the oath taking ceremony on June 10 at Bhubaneswar.

PM Modi along with other senior leaders of the party toured extensively to every part of the state and addressed a number of public gatherings during the campaign.

On Wednesday, PM Modi, after reaching Bhubaneswar airport at around 2.10 p.m. went to the Raj Bhawan — the residence of Odisha Governor.

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Later, the Prime Minister reached the venue in a special carcade and attended the swearing-in ceremony as promised during the campaign.

Various cultural programmes were performed along the road from Raj Bhawan to Janata Maidan during the movement of PM Modi’s convoy.

Similarly, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan among others, were also present during the oath-taking ceremony.

Former Odisha chief minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik also attended the mega event.

Besides Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Goa CM Pramod Sawant, Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel, Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai, Uttaranchal CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, Tripura CM Manik Saha, Haryana CM Nayab Singh Saini and Rajasthan CM Bhajan Lal Sharma also attended the swearing-in ceremony of new Odisha Chief Minister Mohan Majhi and his council of ministers on Wednesday.

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Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma also played a pivotal role in the election campaign of the BJP in Odisha.

More than 50,000 people witnessed the grand event at Janata Maidan.

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Third BJP govt in Arunachal led by Pema Khandu to be sworn in on Thursday

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Itanagar, June 11 (IANS) Pema Khandu, who was re-elected as the BJP legislative party leader on Wednesday, will take charge as Arunachal Pradesh Chief Ministerial for the third straight term on Thursday.

The Governor would administer the oath of office and secrecy to the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers at the Raj Bhavan On Thursday.

Soon After his re-election as the BJP legislative party leader on Wednesday, Khandu accompanied by other leaders met Governor Lt Gen (Retd) K.T. Parnaik at the Raj Bhavan and staked claim to form the government.

Sources said that along with Khandu, several ministers, including outgoing Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, will also take the oath.

BJP President and Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national General Secretary B.L. Santosh, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, and several other Chief Ministers from the northeastern states will attend the oath ceremony.

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Former Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP national General Secretary Tarun Chugh, and the party’s Arunachal in-charge Ashok Singhal were present at the meeting which re-elected Khandu as the legislative party leader.

On Tuesday, the Parliamentary Board of the BJP appointed Prasad and Chugh as the party’s central observers to elect the legislative party leader in Arunachal Pradesh.

The results of the Assembly polls, which were held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections on April 19, were announced on June 2, two days before the declaration of results for the general elections.

The BJP secured 46 seats — five more than its 2019 tally — in the 60-member Arunachal Assembly. Of these, 10 seats, including that of CM Khandu, were won uncontested before the polls.

The National People’s Party (NPP) headed by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma won 5 seats, followed by the Ajit Pawar-led NCP (3), the People’s Party of Arunachal (2), the Congress (1), while 3 seats were won by Independent nominees.

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The NPP, the NCP, and the PPA have already announced their support to the BJP government.

Monpa community leader Khandu (45) first became the Chief Minister in 2016 after he, along with several MLAs, left the Congress for the PPA before joining the BJP.

The BJP registered its first electoral victory in Arunachal in the 2019 Assembly elections.

–IANS

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