Afternoon briefing: Kharge's attack over Manipur violence, relief for Union MoS in defamation case; all the latest news
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Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP government for the prolonged tensions and violence in Manipur, which he described as a "battlefield." Kharge pointed out that Manipur's people have endured 147 days of suffering without a visit from PM Modi. He expressed shock at the disturbing images of students being targeted in the violence, suggesting that violence against women and children was being used as a weapon in the strife. Kharge blamed the saffron party for the violence and called Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh "incompetent," urging PM Modi to remove him as a first step in controlling further turmoil. The tensions in Manipur escalated following the disappearance and subsequent killing of two students from the Meitei community.
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The Supreme Court has stayed criminal defamation proceedings against Union minister of State L Murugan, initiated by the DMK-affiliated Murasoli Trust over comments he made regarding land under the trust's possession in Chennai. The court also issued a notice to the Murasoli Trust and scheduled the matter for review in six weeks. Murugan's lawyer argued that the defamation proceedings were illegitimate and politically motivated. The Union Minister contended that he had the right to express his honest opinion under Article 19 (freedom of speech) and that his comments were made in a press meeting. The defamation case was originally filed by former MP and DMK leader RS Bharathi in 2021 in response to Murugan's reported derogatory statements about the trust.
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That’s all we have at this hour in our afternoon briefing. Catch you in the evening.