Monthly Archives: AUGUST 2017
Nitish Kumar removes Sharad Yadav as JD(U) party leader in Rajya Sabha
The Janata Dal (United) has decided to remove rebel Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav as the leader in the House. The decision comes in the wake of Sharad Yadav revolting against Nitish Kumar after he joined hands with the BJP to form government in Bihar.
Announcing the party decision, Bihar JD(U) president Vashishtha Narayan Singh said, "We met Vice President (Venkaiah Naidu) and gave in writing that we have elected RCP Singh as our leader in the Rajya Sabha."
The move comes amid a rift within the party following Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar’s move to form the government in the state in alliance with the BJP.
"He (Sharad Yadav) hasn’t been removed, we are just replacing him with RCP Singh. It was important due to Yadav’s recent actions,” Singh was quoted as saying by ANI.
"It was a necessary step because being leader if a person indulges in anti-party activities it has to be condemned unanimously.”
He further confirmed that Yadav will be replaced by Bihar MP R C P Singh. "Met Vice President and gave in writing that we have elected R C P Singh as our leader in Rajya Sabha," Narayan said.
Yadav's replacement is the latest action being taken against JD(U) members who had expressed disapproval of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's decision to walk out of the grand alliance and form government with the BJP. Nitish also suspended MP Ali Anwar from the parliamentary party group on Friday for participating in the meeting of Opposition parties convened by former alliance partner Congress.
Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday revealed that he has asked Nitish Kumar to join the NDA government. On Twitter, Shah said that in a meeting with Kumar at his residence in New Delhi yesterday, he invited him to join the ruling government. "Met JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar yesterday at his residence. I invited him to include JD(U) in the NDA fold,” Shah tweeted.
Sharad Yadav is touring parts of Bihar in what he called Jan Samvad Yatra. During his public meetings, Sharad Yadav has criticised Nitish Kumar for "betrayal of mandate" in the state. Sharad Yadav claimed that the people of Bihar voted in the last Assembly election to keep the BJP out of power for five years. By walking out of the grand alliance with the RJD and the Congress, and joining hands with the BJP, Nitish Kumar has acted against the wish of the people, Sharad Yadav said.
Role of a stalker suspected
2 Bareilly sisters set ablaze by attacker while they were asleep
Two teenage girls in Bareilly were set ablaze by unidentified persons, while they were asleep at their home early Friday morning. They have been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of the district hospital, where the elder sister was described as being in a very critical condition. While the motive behind the attack is still unknown, one of the two sisters claimed that the attack may have been by a stalker.
According to a The Times of India report, both sisters were asleep when the attackers sprinkled petrol on them and set them on fire at their home in Devraniya Jagir, a village in Bareilly. While the elder sister sustained 95 percent burns, the younger sister suffered 60 percent burns.
Victims’ father, who was sleeping in an adjoining room, said: "They started screaming in the middle of the night. I woke up and saw them burning. I have never heard anyone cry out like that...they were burning like dry wood.”
The parents tried to douse the fire using blankets, but by the time they managed to do so, the girls had sustained burns all over their bodies.
The Nawabganj police has filed an FIR against the unidentified persons under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code, Hindustan Times reported.
"We are closely monitoring the situation and several teams have been pressed into action. A bottle containing petrol and two mobile phones have been recovered from the spot. A couple of suspects are being rounded up for possible leads," said senior superintendent of police, Jogendra Kumar.
"My sister and I were asleep on bed around 2 am when someone poured petrol on us and then lit fire," one of the victims told news agency ANI.
The family has denied disputes with anyone, however, the younger girl has reportedly said that some boys were stalking and harassing her for months.
The incident comes just days after a 17-year-old girl was murdered in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia district by five boys of her village, who had reportedly been stalking her for months.
Woman killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan army in Poonch
A 45-year-old woman was killed in ceasefire violation and shelling by Pakistan early on Saturday morning in Mendhar sector in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.
"The Pakistani army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 0515 hours in Poonch sector along the LoC," a defence spokesman said.
The exchange of fire stopped at 6:45 in the morning, he said. Around 5:20 am, mortar shells fired from across the border exploded near the house of Mohd. Shabir at Gohlad Kalran village, killing his wife Raqia Bi, a police officer said.
Meanwhile, terrorists attacked 41 Rashtriya Rifles Army headquarters in Kalaroos of Kupwara district late on Friday night. One soldier was injured in the attack. A search operation is currently underway to nab the terrorists.
The two armies have repeatedly exchanged heavy fire this summer along the winding LoC that has left many soldiers and civilians dead on both sides. Till August 1 this year, there have been 285 instances of ceasefire violation by the Pakistani forces. In 2016, the number was significantly less at 228.
30 kids die in 48 hours at a hospital in Yogi Adityanath's hometown Gorakhpur
At least 30 child deaths in 48 hours were reported in BRD medical college, the largest government hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district, as a private firm contracted to supply oxygen cylinders allegedly withdrew over non-payment of outstanding dues to the tune of Rs 60 lakh.
"Total 30 deaths in last 48 hours. Supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted yesterday day due to pending payment. Requested suppliers not to disrupt supply,” said District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela.
He further said 17 children died in the neo-natal ward, 5 in AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) ward and 8 in the general ward.
However, the hospital's Chief Medical Superintendent RS Shukla rejected reports that the kids died due to insufficient oxygen supply. The state government has also rubbished reports about non-availability of oxygen at the hospital.
State health minister Siddharthnath Singh also dismissed reports that an oxygen shortage killed the children.
"What media has reported it does not appear same to us. A final picture will be clear after a report on it comes,” he said on Friday.
An inquiry committee has been set up to ascertain the exact causes of the deaths and it has been asked to submit its report by tomorrow evening.
The hospital is in chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s constituency and he took stock of arrangements at encephalitis wards during his recent two-day visit to Gorakhpur.
Ever since taking charge as the CM of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath has been stressing on improving the condition of medical and education sectors. However, the latest incident has raised serious questions over the lackadaisical approach of his government.
Congress expels 8 Gujarat MLAs for cross-voting in RS polls
A day after the Gujarat Rajya Sabha poll results went in the Congress' favour, the party has expelled eight MLAs including former chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela for six years for anti-party activities.
"We have expelled them for six years as they defied the party whip and cross-voted. We will take action against them under the anti-defection law also," Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.
AICC general secretary incharge of Gujarat unit Ashok Gehlot said he has also recommended the expulsion of six of its legislators who had earlier resigned as MLAs. Three of them had later joined BJP. Asserting that indiscipline will not be tolerated in the Congress, Gehlot said those expelled were indulging in anti- party activities.
Gehlot also thanked the Gujarat unit of the party for the victory of Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in the RS poll.
"It is Congress party's unity in Gujarat which has ensured Ahmed Patel ji's victory in Rajya Sabha Polls," he said.
The Gujarat Congress spokesman Manish Doshi said the eight MLAs were expelled for cross-voting in favour of BJP candidates defying the whip issued by the party.
These MLAs are: Shankarsinh Vaghela, his son Mahendrasinh, Raghavji Patel, Bhola Gohil, Dharmendra Jadeja, P K Raulji, Amit Chaudhary, Karan Patel.
Congress candidate Ahmed Patel clinched his fifth straight Rajya Sabha seat, in a bitterly fought election in Gujarat after late night dramatic developments saw the Election Commission reject votes of two dissident MLAs for violating electoral rules.
The disqualification had brought down the number of first preference votes a candidate needed to win from 45 to 44. Patel had polled exactly 44 votes.