BJP says Govt trying to divert attention from corruption issue
BJP on Tuesday charged the government with trying to divert the attention of the people from the issue of corruption by not allowing party leaders to hoist the national flag in Srinagar.
"I believe the UPA government and the Jammu and Kashmir government are not giving the approval to hoist flag (at Lal Chowk in Srinagar) to create a situation which diverts the attention of the people from the issue of corruption," former BJP President Rajnath Singh, who is sitting on a hunger strike at Rajghat over the issue, said in New Delhi.
He claimed that despite restrictions, the BJP youth wing activists will abide by democratic norms to oppose the ban imposed.
He said hoisting of the national flag in Srinagar becomes all the more important against the backdrop of the statement of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that the state had only acceded to India through a treaty and not merged with it.
"Will any Indian accept this. After such a statement, shouldn't we say that Jammu and Kashmir is and will be an inseparable part of India...wherever we feel, be it Jammu or Srinagar, we can hoist the national flag," he said.
Accusing the state government of succumbing to the pressure of separatists, he said the decision to ban the entry of BJP leaders in the state will send a wrong message to the countrymen and the international community.
"This will indicate that separatists have won against nationalist forces in their own country," he said.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.
Chandigarh received 97mm rainfall between 6am and 8.30am, the heaviest rain in July since 2017, as per the India Meteorological Department. It received another 0.9mm of rainfall during the day. The maximum precipitation till 8.30am was recorded at the Sector 39 observatory (97mm), 49.2mm rain was recorded at the airport observatory, 77.5mm rain in Panchkula and 74.5 mm rain in Mohali.