On foundation day, Cong takes to streets against CAA-NRC
The Congress on Saturday — the party’s foundation day — took out a peace march from Tejpal Hall at August Kranti Maidan to Lokmanya Tilak statue near Girgaum Chowpatty to protest the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
State Congress leaders first hoisted the Indian flag at Tejpal Hall, where the party was founded on December 28, 1885, and marched to the Lokmanya Tilak statue. State Congress leaders slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)-led government’s decision to implement CAA. “The whole purpose of CAA and NRC was to create a rift between Hindus and Muslims. The only aim of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah is to destroy this country,” said Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
The party’s state unit chief, Balasaheb Thorat, has asked the Uddhav Thackeray-led government, of which the Congress is a part, to not implement CAA and NRC in the state. A pro-CAA march planned by the BJP from August Kranti Maidan to Lokmanya Tilak Statue was not allowed on Friday. “Why are there different rules for two parties? It seems the CM has surrendered to the Congress,” said Tajinder Singh Tiwana, president, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. Devendra Fadnavis, too, slammed Shiv Sena for the move.
A partial shutdown was observed in parts of Srinagar on Saturday on the call of separatist amalgam Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on the death anniversaries of his father Molvi Mohammad Farooq and senior Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone. Another local said commercial activities were also suspended in Khanyar, Fatah Kadal, Habba Kadal and Bohri Kadal areas.
Himachal Pradesh government on Saturday reshuffled four Indian Police Services officers. A 2003-batch IPS officer, PD Prasad, has been posted as inspector general of southern range in superannuation of Himanshu Mishra. Rameshwar Singh Thakur, IG, state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau, has been posted as the IG CID (intelligence). HP principal secretary, health, Subashish Panda said allied health professionals play an important role and the state government would be soon implementing the same.
The head priest of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, Pandit Amir Chand, passed away at his residence in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district on Saturday morning, officials said. Pandit Chand belonged to the family of Pandit Shridhar, who believed to have discovered the three-peaked cave shrine in Trikuta Hills some 700 years ago. “The mortal remains of the priest were consigned to flames at Banganga later in the day,” said a police officer.
J&K lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday said terrorism is the gravest threat to peace and prosperity and no one will be allowed to create disturbances in UT. Sinha administered the 'Anti-Terrorism Pledge' to senior officials, DCs and SSPs at Raj Bhawan to mark the observance of Anti-Terrorism Day. “I reaffirm our strong commitment to uphold peace and harmony and to defeat the forces of disruption threatening human lives,” he said.
Veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday said the current tourism boom in Jammu and Kashmir is due to the rising temperature in the rest of the country and not because of any improved situation in the UT. Azad made the assertion, reiterating his stand on the Delimitation Commission report, saying that “the tailor-made report is in contradiction with the ground realities”. He is scheduled to return to Srinagar on Sunday.