Punjab Cong protest against CAA today
Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar on Sunday said the party will hold a protest march against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Ludhiana on Monday.
Jakhar said chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab affairs in-charge Asha Kumari, cabinet ministers and other party leaders of the state would participate in the protest. “The entire country is united to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act,” he said in a statement here.
Lambasting the Uttar Pradesh government for “indecent behaviour” with Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Jakhar said the incident reflected hatred approach and dirty politics of the saffron party that sounds bugle of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” loudly. “The Modi government is afraid of Priyanka as she leads the nationwide campaign against the CAA passed by the NDA government to harm the spirit of our Constitution,” he said.
The Punjab Congress chief asked state leaders of the BJP to tell how many jobs were provided to youth of Punjab by the Central government and what projects and schemes were brought to the state. He also accused them of creating hindrance in the release of GST share of the state from the centre. “The aim of the central government is to weaken the non-BJP state governments by making delay in GST share payment to states,” he alleged, blaming the previous SAD-BJP government for all the financial problems of the state.
SECURITY UP IN LUDHIANA
Security has been beefed up ahead of the Congress protest march against the CAA from Daresi Ground to Mata Rani Chowk. The local BJP unit has also planned to hold a parallel march in favour of the CAA, it is learnt.
Centre's decision to resume procurement of wheat for 10 more days -- soon after banning its export after new low-output estimates -- is unlikely to help the Haryana government in improving its procurement tally, which is around 50% less than the last year. Officials from the Kurukshetra food and supplies controller also said that there was no arrival of wheat in mandis of the district.
Police on Monday claimed to have busted a gang involved in theft of oil from the pipeline of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited with the arrest of three persons from Rohtak. The accused have been identified as Narender, Pramod and Jai Kanwar, all residents of Jhajjar district. Rohtak superintendent of police Udai Singh Meena said Datar group has been given the security tender of the HPCL pipeline, which passes through Rohtak district.
Security forces busted a terror module of the Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit by arresting seven terrorists and their associates, including a militant trained in Pakistan and a woman associate, in north Bandipora on Monday. The arrested terror operatives include Arif Ajaz Shehri alias Anfal, Ajaz Ahmad Reshi and Shariq Ahmad Lone, and their associates Riyaz Ahmad Mir, Ghulam Mohammad Waza, Maqsood Ahmad Malik and Sheema Shafi. Three scooters were also impounded.
Two days after a letter purportedly issued by the terror outfit 'Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighters' claimed responsibility for the Katra bus blaze which claimed four lives, a video posted on Twitter reiterated the claim on Monday. In a 45-second video posted on the Twitter handle 'Sadi@sadiaMir567' a masked man surrounded by AK-47 rifles, ammunition and grenades was seen claiming responsibility for the Katra “bus attack.”
Protests by Kashmiri Pandits over the killing of Rahul Bhat by militants inside his office last week continued in Ganderbal and Anatnag districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, officials said. Scores of Kashmiri Pandits assembled at Tulmulla in Ganderbal district to protest against the killing of their community member, the officials said. Similar protests were also held in Anantnag where the protesters also set afire effigies depicting the present government.