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Tejashwi Yadav slams PM Modi for ‘Mujra’ remarks

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Patna, May 26 (IANS) Bihar Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘Mujra’ remarks, saying the PM should use dignified language against the opposition parties.

Tejashwi Yadav said that PM Modi came to Bihar and said baseless, factless and false things publicly on Saturday where he once again tried to “confuse everyone” but was unsuccessfully in his attempt.

“Such things are not expected from you. We expect a healthy discussion from you as you must take care of the dignity of the post you are holding. The usage of terms like Mujra and Mangalsutra does not suit the Prime Minister of this big-hearted country. To be honest, we are worried about you,” said Tejashwi Yadav, in a letter addressed to PM Modi.

On the caste census, the Bihar LoP said that PM Modi must remember that leaders of all political parties of Bihar met him in August 2021 and demanded the caste census.

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“Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was also in favour of caste census. The proposal for caste census was passed unanimously in the Bihar Legislative Assembly on my initiative. We all demanded a caste census but PM Modi rejected it,” Tejashwi Yadav wrote.

He said that as soon as the JD-U and RJD government came to power in Bihar, it conducted a caste-based survey at the state’s own expense and then in light of that survey, increased the scope of the reservation to 75 per cent.

“We kept you (PM Modi) requesting, again and again, to include it in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution but he always had an anti-backward and anti-Dalit mentality,” Tejashwi Yadav wrote.

He said that the Prime Minister did not consider Bihar’s important requests, which had a Bahujan voice in its favour.

“We had also appealed to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah during the Eastern Regional Council meeting held in Patna on December 10, 2023,” he said.

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On reservation, Tejashwi Yadav wrote, that PM Modi has found a unique way to end Babasaheb’s reservation which is available for government jobs under Section 15 and Section 16 of the Constitution.

“If you end government jobs in railways, army and other departments then what will be the concept of reservation? Shockingly, this serious concern is not in your priorities. We have urged you (PM Modi) many times in Parliament to make arrangements for reservation in the private sector so that a wide Bahujan population, Dalit community and other deprived groups get their due constitutional rights,” he said.

On reservation of Gujarati Muslims, Tejashwi Yadav said that all Dalits, extremely backward and tribal people know that BJP and PM Modi are staunch ideological enemies of Babasaheb, Birsa Munda, Kanshiram, Ram Manohar Lohia and Mandal Commission.

“I am also attaching the list of Muslim castes under the OBC category in Gujarat. Perhaps you are not aware that 25 castes of the Muslim community also get reservations in Gujarat. You were the Chief Minister of Gujarat for more than 13 years. So, refrain from spreading confusion and politics of hatred in the people,” he wrote.

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He said that instead of fighting a democratic battle, PM Modi is threatening to send a 34-year-old youth (Tejashwi Yadav) to jail.

“Are you not tearing the Constitution into pieces by making such threats? Elections will come and go but do not harm the Constitution and the country’s social structure anymore,” Tejashwi Yadav wrote.

–IANS

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Manipur Guv asks DGP, Security Advisor to take prompt action against perpetrators of violence

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Imphal, June 21 (IANS) Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey on Thursday directed the Director General of Police and the Security Advisor to the state government to initiate prompt action against anyone involved in violence and take the necessary security measures in Kangpokpi, Tengnoupal, Churachandpur, and all the valley districts.

Security Advisor to the Manipur government, Kuldiep Singh, and state Director General of Police Rajiv Singh separately met the Governor and apprised her of the prevailing situation of the state and the action taken by the security forces to deal with the situation.

Raj Bhavan sources said that the Governor reviewed the prevailing security situation with the two officials.

The DGP briefed the Governor about the recent incidents in the Jiribam district and follow-up actions taken up by the state police with Central forces. He also informed her about the security measures taken to stop any eventuality at any point in time and at any part of the State.

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The Governor directed the DGP to take up appropriate security measures to ensure the safety and security of the people and property in the state. She also asked the DGP to take up the appropriate scale of security coverage along the two national highways (NH 2 and NH 37) so as to enable free passage of petroleum products and other goods-laden vehicles, the sources said.

Uikey further asked the DGP to extend all possible help to the displaced people in Jiribam, which witnessed a wave of violence after the killing of 59-year-old farmer Soibam Saratkumar Singh on June 6. The Jiribam violence led to around 900 tribals belonging to the Kuki and Hmar communities taking shelter at the homes of relatives and friends in two villages in the Cachar district of southern Assam, while around 1,000 people, mostly belonging to the Meitei community, are now sheltered in seven relief camps in Jiribam.

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A Raj Bhavan official said that the Security Advisor apprised the Governor about the security measures taken up in the state, especially in Jiribam. He informed the Governor that adequate security forces composed of state and Central security forces have been deployed at many vulnerable places including the interior areas of the district.

The DGP and the Security Advisor, who, along with Chief Secretary Vineet Joshi, attended the review meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Monday, earlier apprised Chief Minister N. Biren Singh about the meeting.

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Madhya Pradesh CM seeks guidance for governance from PM Modi

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New Delhi/Bhopal, June 20 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav met PM Narendra Modi in Delhi on Thursday to seek the latter’s guidance for governance.

The meeting came just a week after the Mohan Yadav-led BJP government completed six months in office in Madhya Pradesh after sweeping the Assembly polls in December last year.

CM Yadav did not make any statement to the press regarding his meeting with the Prime Minister. However, he posted a message on his social media account saying discussions were held on welfare schemes and the all-round development of the state.

“Today I paid a courtesy visit to honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. Received guidance regarding the all-round development and public welfare schemes of the state under the leadership of the double-engine government,” the post read.

After meeting the Prime Minister, CM Yadav also visited Ayodhya to attend a public programme.

After the Chief Minister’s meeting with the Prime Minister, there are talks in the state’s political circles that the BJP’s central leadership is likely to appoint a new state unit chief as the tenure of V.D. Sharma got over one year back.

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Farmers to receive Rs 3,100 paddy MSP per quintal, says Odisha minister

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Bhubaneswar, June 20 (IANS) Odisha Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Krushna Chandra Patra on Thursday announced that paddy will be procured from the farmers at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 3,100 per quintal in the current Kharif season.

The hike in paddy MSP is one of the major promises made by the ruling party during the recently held elections.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Thursday, the Food Supplies minister said: “We will ensure the procurement is conducted as per the procedure and will not allow the ‘katni chatni’ (forcible deduction of paddy by millers during procurement). As we had declared in our manifesto, farmers will receive Rs 3,100 as paddy MSP and the amount will be deposited in their accounts within 48 hours. We have already issued directions in this regard and work has already been started accordingly.”

Patra also announced that the farmers would receive the enhanced MSP amount for paddy during procurement from this Kharif season.

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The Minister also made another major announcement that, with technological support from the United Nations World Food Programme, ‘Rice ATM’ will be inaugurated in Bhubaneswar soon.

The ration card beneficiaries can get rice from the ATM using a card provided to them.

Patra also stated that the authorities of the World Food Programme have been requested to open such rice ATMs in different districts of the state as well.

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No land will be acquired for Vahavan Port, says JNPA Chairman Umesh Wagh

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Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) A day after the Union Cabinet approved the Rs 76,220 crore deep-water port at Vadhavan near Dahanu in Maharashtra, the Chairman of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA), Umesh Wagh, said on Thursday that the first phase will be commissioned in 2029 and the second phase during 2032 and 2037.

Wagh said the JNPA has held several interactions with the villagers and tried to address the various concerns with regard to damage to the environment, dip in fish catch, or the acquisition of land.

Wagh said there was no proposal for a crude oil refinery, saying that these are only rumours.

‘’Let me tell you, there is no proposal for import of crude, hence there’s no question of a refinery,” he said.

On concerns over land acquisition and displacement, Wagh said not an inch of land will be acquired for the port project.

“So there is no question of displacement. There is no doubt left in this particular aspect,’’ he said.

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The port infrastructure comprises nine container terminals, each 1 km in length, four multipurpose berths, four liquid cargo berths, a Ro-Ro berth, a coastal cargo berth, and a coast guard berth. The project involves the reclamation of 1,448 hectares in offshore areas and construction of 10.4 km of breakwater, container/cargo storage areas.

On the concern regarding flooding due to this big project, Wagh said the JNPA is going 6 km inside.

“Exhaustive scientific studies have been carried out which clearly said that as this is an offshore project, there will be no flooding due to the project development,’’ he added.

On concern regarding the livelihood of the fishermen, Wagh admitted that it is a very important aspect.

“Except for a 30 sq km of area, the fishermen can do fishing everywhere. If the fishermen need to shift from the 30 sq km area, we will provide compensation as per the Maharashtra government’s policy. While we have got all the clearances, it doesn’t mean that we will not talk to the fishermen and the villagers. Our offices are open for talks 24×7. Any demand of theirs is most welcome. We will address all their concerns,” he added.

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Time to work together to win upcoming Maha Assembly polls: Praful Patel

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Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) Amid the ongoing verbal duel among the ruling MahaYuti partners over its dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Working President Praful Patel on Thursday said that everyone should focus on contesting the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections together.

He downplayed the blame-game which is underway among the MahaYuti partners, saying that the alliance partners will have to collectively take all decisions and address the various issues faced during the general elections.

“It will be clear that there are many seats where none of the three parties, including BJP, Shiv Sena and NCP managed to give the lead to our candidate. It is futile to play the blame game, and it won’t be beneficial to anyone. The discussion on who won because of whom and who lost because of whom should stop now,” Patel said.

”Analyse the result and find out where we (NCP) have given lead to our allies. Also find where the candidate’s own party failed to give the lead. But that analysis won’t yield much now. We need to stay united and we must keep our entire focus on assembly elections,” he added.

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The NCP leader also sad the contest for the upcoming Assembly election would not be easy “unless all the differences are buried”.

“The farmers’ issue could not be solved. The fake narrative about reservations and the constitution could not be countered. These are the main factors for the defeat,” he said.

Patel, however, said that the MahaYuti government will solve the issues affecting people.

–IANS

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