TRS leaders, led by Telangana Chief Minister Rao, are protesting in Delhi over rice procurement

Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leaders, led by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, will hold a day-long dharna against the Center in the national capital on Monday, demanding collection of 1.5 million tonnes of cooked rice from the state. This will be the first TRS protest rally in Delhi since Telangana came to power in 2014.

The party MPs, MLCs, MLAs, full cabinet ministers and elected representatives of urban and rural local bodies will sit in a dharna at the Telangana Bhavan here, TRS MP G Ranjit Reddy said on Sunday.

The TRS has intensified its protests and reached Delhi after the central government rejected Telangana’s request in the current Rabi season.

“The chief minister is expected to lead the protest and Indian Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait is expected to show solidarity with the chief minister on the day of the dharna,” Reddy told PTI.

Explaining the whole controversy over rice procurement, Reddy said the Telangana government was discouraging farmers from cultivating paddy during the Rabi season after the central government refused to buy parbold rice at the Minimum Support Price (MSP).

Farmers were asked to diversify and as a result ripe paddy was cultivated in 55 lakh acres to 30 acres of land in the state during Rabi season, he said, adding that the area could be further reduced if BJP leaders do not provoke. Farmers will cultivate paddy with the promise of collecting the full amount.

“Union Minister G Kisan Reddy and BJP state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar have encouraged farmers in the state to cultivate paddy during the Rabi season. Farmers have cultivated paddy on 30 acres of land and produced 1.5 million tonnes of cooked rice, ”the TRS leader said, showing video clippings of the two leaders.

The TRS leader further said that the Center was now refusing to procure 1.5 million tonnes of curry rice from Telangana farmers. Reddy said the Center says it can only collect raw rice and not boiled rice which is not widely eaten in India.

The TRS has made all arrangements for the dharna, including billboards and posters bearing the slogans ‘One Country-One Purchase Policy’ and ‘Protect the Interests of Farmers’ set up around the Telangana building in Delhi.

Telangana CM Rao, who is also the president of TRS, has been in the national capital for the last 10 days for a medical check-up and to review the protest arrangements.

Meanwhile, before the protest, on Sunday, TRS leader and MLC K Kavita said the party would fight in the interest of the farmers. Rao’s daughter Kavita said that under the leadership of the Chief Minister, TRS will stand and fight in the interest of every farmer.

Accusing the BJP-led NDA government of discriminating against Telangana, the TRS has staged multiple protests in Telangana for almost a week, including roadblocks. The TRS protest came amid a war of words between the TRS and the BJP over paddy procurement.

Union Food Minister Piyush Goyal recently said that the Telangana government had informed in writing that it was not cooked rice, but raw rice would be supplied to the Food Corporation of India. Telangana state BJP president Kumar on Saturday alleged that the TRS government’s “politicization of paddy procurement” was a reminder of a large-scale conspiracy to extort crores of rupees from middlemen and divert farmers’ anger to the Center.

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Joy Ram Tagore will continue as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh: Nadda

Joy Ram Tagore is working and he will continue to do so in the future, Nadda told reporters. File image

BJP president JP Nadda has said that 10 to 15 per cent of the current BJP MLAs will not get tickets in the elections.

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Shimla: On Sunday, BJP president JP Nadda said the party would not replace Himachal Pradesh chief minister Joy Ram Tagore and the upcoming state assembly elections would be contested under his leadership. Asked about the demands of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia, Nadda said that Union Minister Anurag Tagore would replace Joy Ram Tagore as the Chief Minister of the state.

Joy Ram Tagore is working and he will continue to do so in the future, Nadda told reporters. He will not be replaced and the BJP will contest the Assembly elections under his leadership, he added.

In response to another question, Nadda said that none of the state ministers would be replaced. He, however, said that 10 to 15 per cent of the current BJP MLAs may not get tickets in the elections. Ten to 15 per cent BJP MLAs did not get tickets in the UP Assembly elections and it is likely to happen here too, he added. Nadda also expressed confidence that the BJP would emerge as one of the major political parties in Punjab.

He said the BJP was contesting only 23 of the 117 assembly seats in Punjab as a junior alliance partner but in the recent elections, it contested 68 seats as a senior alliance partner. Thus, the BJP will emerge as a major ideological alternative in Punjab in the next elections, he added. Assembly elections are scheduled for the end of this year in Himachal Pradesh.

Although earlier elections have always been a bipartisan rivalry between the Congress and the BJP, this time the Aam Aadmi Party is trying to gain a foothold in the state. The AAP came to power in Punjab in the just-concluded assembly elections.


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Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to review performance before Orissa cabinet reshuffle

In the second or third week of this month, amid speculation of a possible cabinet reshuffle, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will review the performance of the ministers. Sources told News18 that some ministers will lose their posts and several new faces will be added.

For Patnaik, performance will be the key parameter for the inclusion of ministers in the cabinet. All the ministers have to submit their report cards to the Chief Minister. Ministers will inspect, how the 5T is being implemented in their respective departments and their department’s future plans will be given top priority in the report card.

The departments focus on education, health, child development, finance, panchayat, housing, drinking water, food and supplies, higher education and public works.

“I report every month, my department has submitted 6 detailed reports including the itinerary of what I am doing. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will decide on the next course of action as per the report, ”I&PR Minister Raghunandan Das told News18.

The Patnaik government will mark the third year of its fifth term on May 29 this year. The minister will submit a report on how his department has been fulfilling its promises for the last three years. Patnaik will review the report in the presence of the secretaries.

The Ministers will brief the Chief Minister on the success of 5 major programs in their department and 5 major programs including the Mo Government.

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Congress leader who has ‘complained’ to the minister about rising fuel prices

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The president of the Women’s Congress told CNN-News18 that she went to Smriti Irani on the Indigo flight and asked him some questions outside.

Union Minister Smriti Irani and National President of the Women’s Congress Netta D’Souza exchanged words on a flight to Guwahati on Sunday over the rise in fuel prices and later said she questioned the minister as a responsible citizen.

The president of the Women’s Congress told CNN-News18 that she went to Smriti Irani inside the Indigo flight and asked her a few questions outside, “I will ask her questions on any other platform.” “I questioned him as a responsible citizen and I will not see any mistake in that.”

D’Souza said Iranians protested in 2014 when the price of an LPG cylinder rose from Rs 415 to Rs 435. “It’s been seven years now that the price has gone up by Rs 1,000. I asked him about it,” he said.

In a video posted on Twitter by D’Souza, he is heard asking Irani, “Happy Bihu without stove, without gas, at an increased rate.” The minister was heard saying, “Please don’t lie”, social welfare projects and the Covid-19 vaccine have been given to the people.

On his way to Guwahati, Modi confronted Minister Smritirani Ji. When asked about the unbearably rising price of LPG, he blames vaccines, Russians and even the poor! Watch the video quotes, how he reacted to the plight of ordinary people, “he said.

“The price increase associated with the Covid-19 vaccination is interesting,” D’Souza said.

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Shiv Sena has become pseudo-secular, says Farnabis quoting Urdu calendar

On April 8, Fadnavis condemned the protest of MSRTC workers outside the house of NCP chief Sharad Pawar but also attacked some party leaders for blaming the BJP for the incident.

He was speaking to reporters during the campaign for the April 12 Kolapur North Assembly by-election.

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The ruling Shiv Sena has become “pseudo-secular” as an activist of the party printed a calendar in Urdu where founder Bal Thackeray was addressed as “Janab”, Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fardnavis said on Sunday. He was speaking to reporters during the campaign for the April 12 Kolapur North Assembly by-election.

“Shiv Sena has become pseudo-secular. However, we are not against any religion or their beliefs, “the former chief minister claimed.

“Every party has idiots who make statements. The BJP will attack from the front, not like this, if it has to. Since the media knew about the attack and not the police, some ruling parties are trying to divert attention by blaming the BJP, ”Farnabis said. He said the BJP would win the Kolhapur North by-election because the party was relying on its chemistry with the people. Votes are more than math.

He accused the MVA of being a “terrorist” in northern Maharashtra and thinks the region has become like West Bengal, a state that has seen a spate of recent political violence, with several people being burnt to death in Birbhum. The former chief minister welcomed wrestler and Kolhapur resident Prithviraj Patil to win the ‘Maharashtra Keshari’ tournament and said his team would pay Rs 5 lakh for training the latter. Shiva he

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Jaipur in 17 districts of Rajasthan under section 144 for one month in Karauli scene

In the wake of the Karauli violence, 17 district administrations in Rajasthan, including Jaipur, have issued Section 144 CRPC for one month from Sunday (April 10).

The Rajasthan Home Department has issued guidelines asking organizers to provide details of DJs, loudspeakers and processions played at rallies. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had earlier said it was illegal to use provocative slogans in the name of religion and play loud DJs at rallies.

Several shops were set on fire and many people were injured in clashes and stone pelting in the town of Karauli during clashes between the two communities on April 2.

According to guidelines issued Friday, organizers must submit an affidavit and a letter asking permission to hold the procession, or hold a public program with subdivision officials and additional district magistrates. Officers have been compelled to then verify the submitted documents through the local Station House Officer (SHO). The guideline also stipulates strict adherence to noise pollution regulations.

Organizers must provide the organization’s registration number, contact number and route of the procession. Let them know if a DJ system will be used, and if so, the details of what will be played on it. The police will also check whether the content of the DJ has been checked in their checklist.

On Friday, state police chief ML Lathar said that in the wake of the Karauli arson and violence, participants in the rally raised provocative slogans in minority-inhabited areas. Before the rally, there was a DJ system in a car which was playing songs of Hindu organization.

Of the 44 people identified for communal violence in Rajasthan’s Karauli town, 23 have so far been arrested, the state’s top police official said on Friday. The city has been under curfew since April 2, when a bike passing through a Muslim-populated area was pelted with stones after being provoked by some provocative remarks made by rally protesters. The curfew allows for three hours of relaxation per day.

Director General of Police ML Lathar told a news conference that “so far 23 people have been arrested in connection with the incident which took place during a bike rally on April 2 in Karauli.”

(With input from PTI)

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Bengal’s Ram Chandra Dome to become first Dalit politburo member, CPI-M sources say

A seven-time MP from West Bengal and a member of the CPI-M Central Committee, Ram Chandra Dom will be the first Dalit representative in the Politburo, the party’s highest decision-making body.

CPI-M sources told IANS that the decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s central committee held at Nayana Academy Hall in Kannur, Kerala, as part of the 23rd party congress.

The CPI-M has never included any Dalit leader in its politburo since its formation in 1964.

Ashok Dhawale, leader of the Maharashtra All India Kisan Sabha, and former acting secretary of Kerala CPI-M and convener of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF), A.K. Other representatives of Vijayaraghaban Politburo will be 6

They are senior leader S. Ramchandra Pillai and Hannan Mollah will be replaced by the party’s top decision-making body, CPI-M sources said.

Kerala Minister P. Rajiv and KN Balagopal will be included in the party’s central committee, the party’s second highest decision-making body.

The two female leaders of the party, p. Sathidevi and CS Sujata, both former MPs, will also be included in the CPI-M Central Committee.

Former Minister J. The possibility of one between Marcicutti Amma and former MP TN Seema is also under consideration.

According to party sources, the senior leader of the Kerala party P. Karunakaran and Vaikom Viswan will be removed from the CPI-M Central Committee as they are over 75 years old. This is what Politburo member S. This also applies to Ramachandran Pillai, who will be removed from the party politburo.

The possibility of including P Krishnaprasad, a peasant protest leader and former Kerala MLA, and P Biju, a former MP, in the Central Committee is still under consideration.

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4 MNS workers detained for playing ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ on loudspeakers outside army

Mumbai police on Sunday arrested four Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers for playing ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ on a loudspeaker in front of the Shiv Sena headquarters in Dada area, an official said. Police also seized loudspeakers, a cab in which it was parked and other items, he said.

On April 2, MNS chief Raj Thackeray demanded that the loudspeakers at the mosque be turned off, saying that if it was not turned off, “Hanuman Chalisa” would be played in large numbers outside the mosque.

He also criticized NCP chief Sharad Pawar, whose party has shared power with Shiv Sena and Congress in Maharashtra, accusing him of “playing the caste card from time to time and dividing society”.

He also shot dead Maharashtra Chief Minister and his estranged cousin Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday morning, after warning MNS members to play religious hymns on loudspeakers outside the army building, police arrived at the scene and arrested MNS leader Yashwant Kiledar and three others. Other activists of the organization, Shivaji Park police official said.

After their arrest, several MNS workers gathered at a small temple near the police station premises and started chanting ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ and other religious songs. “We have arrested four MNS workers for playing loudspeakers in front of the army building. We are investigating further, “said a police official.

Last Sunday, some MNS workers played ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ in front of the party office in Kalyan town of the adjoining Thane district.

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Kerala Congress chief writes to Sonia Gandhi, seeks disciplinary action against KV

K Sudhakaran, president of the Kerala Provincial Congress Committee, in a letter to Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, has recommended “severe and appropriate disciplinary action” against party leader KV Thomas.

Thomas, denying the KPCC’s decision, took the step after attending a seminar organized by the CPI-M in Kannur.

At a seminar on Center-State relations, Thomas lauded Chief Minister Pinarayi Bijayan as one of the best Chief Ministers in the country. Despite still being a member of Congress, Thomas also supported the Silverline rail project, which is being fiercely opposed by the party.

In his letter to Gandhi, the KPCC chief said that the state leadership had unanimously decided not to accept the invitation of the CPI-M’s party congress in Kannur, the district where 80 Congress members were brutally killed.

In the letter, Sudhakaran said, “KV Thomas, a former Union Minister and an AICC member, attended a seminar at the CPI-M’s party congress on April 9. He also attended the press conference for the last two days, condemning the ideology. The Congress party’s position and its political agenda.” During his conversation with the media, he made derogatory statements against the AICC and the state leadership, which deeply hurt the feelings of the party cadres and the families of the martyrs who gave their lives for the survival of our party. “

“After discussions with senior Congress leaders in Kerala, we have come to the conclusion that KV Thomas has violated party discipline and has acted contrary to the direction of the Congress party. Therefore, as the Chairman of the Kerala Provincial Congress Committee I am doing, ”the letter added.

The KPCC chief claimed that until two days ago, he and other senior leaders of Kerala had held talks with Thomas and asked him to refrain from attending the seminar.

(With agency input)

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UP Congress collapses after Priyanka Gandhi steps down after election defeat, leaders say

It has been almost a month since the Congress suffered its worst defeat in the Assembly elections and the party is now reeling from the absence of party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Bhadra.

The party did worse than expected from opinion polls, which saw them at gaining about two-thirds of the 403 seats. About 387 party candidates have had their bails confiscated. Party candidates in 10 seats received less votes than NOTA.

Dissatisfaction with the ruling party is growing and party leaders are being fired or resigned at alarming rates.

“Priyanka Gandhi is not willing to listen to what the Bhadra party workers are saying. He did not come to Lucknow after the election results were announced and his party is happy to take action against anyone who speaks. I am an AICC member but his team expelled him even though it was against the rules. If they think that expelling dissidents will save Congress, they are wrong, “said Zeeshan Haider, a senior leader of the recently expelled party.

He said about 9,000 party leaders and workers had either left or been expelled since Priyanka Gandhi was appointed general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh.

“It seems that Gandhians are not willing to solve problems and problems. For them it doesn’t matter that the party is almost over. The Congress president did not respond to our letter and he did not agree to meet with us, “he added.

Another former Congress MP who spoke to IANS on condition of anonymity said, “Candidates and senior leaders should have called a meeting to discuss the reasons for Priyanka Gandhi Bhadra’s defeat. We are just two years away from the Lok Sabha elections and if this sandy attitude continues Congress will be wiped out in the dustbin of history. “

Surprisingly, Priyanka, who based her campaign on ‘Ladki Huh, Chele Shakti Huh’, did not even look back at the party in the aftermath of the vote.

The state unit is also in a state of turmoil after Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Kumar Lalu was asked to resign last month.

“It simply came to our notice then. None of the party leaders went to the party office and no political activity was taking place after the vote, “said an employee of the UPCC office.

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