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Punjab: Ministers object to Chief Minister’s proposal to grant government jobs to the children of MLAs

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Nicole Ryall, Mumbai Uncensored, 22nd June 2021:
Despite the fact that the Punjab Congress is still in disarray, five Cabinet ministers have expressed their strong opposition to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s plan to change the regulations to give Government jobs to children of party MLAs. Ministers Sukhjinder Randhawa, Sukhbinder Sarkaria, Charanjit Channi, Tript Rajinder Bajwa, and Razia Sultana spoke out against the CM’s decision during a cabinet meeting held on Friday.

The ministers questioned the selection of the children of party MLAs and the extraordinary relaxation allowed to accommodate them, according to a source quoted by the Times of India. In reference to  the sons of legislators Fateh Jung Bajwa and Rakesh Pandey being appointed as Inspector and Naib Tehsildar, respectively, through flouting of rules.

Despite significant opposition from his ministers, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh prevailed and put the children of the party’s MLAs to government positions. The Punjab cabinet has approved the appointment of Arjun Partap Singh as Punjab Police Inspector (Group B) and Bhisham Pandey as Naib Tehsildar (Group B) in the revenue department. He reportedly told the angry ministers that if they were upset with the appointment, they should go to court. CM Captain Amarinder Singh is said to have defended his decision by pointing out that employment was also granted to meritorious athletes and ex-servicemen.

The ministers opposed arbitrary “picking and choosing” for political reasons and requested that the state government instead develop a programme for such appointments. According to the ministers, such nominations establish a bad precedent. “What kind of message is this sending to the state’s youth?” The public already has a negative impression of the Congress party. Such appointments exacerbate the public’s dissatisfaction. It will hurt the party’s chances in the future elections even more,” a minister said.

Ministers are dissatisfied with the concessions made to affluent family members of MLAs

Both MLAs had lost their fathers as a result of terrorist strikes. Satnam Singh Bajwa, Fateh’s father, was killed in a terrorist strike in Amritsar in 1987. Pandey’s father, Joginderpal Pandey, was assassinated in Ludhiana by terrorists in 1987.

The selection of Bajwa’s son, Arjun Partap Bajwa, was particularly unpopular among the opposing ministers. They discussed the content of the 1987 FIR and if it contradicted the proposal. They also called attention to four important concessions made in the case to accommodate the MLA’s son. There were also concerns about the relaxations being given after 33 years because the applicants came from wealthy families and the inspector was not appointed from the ‘D’ class of employees.

Fateh Jung Bajwa went out in support of the Punjab Chief Minister shortly after his son was appointed as Inspector. Bajwa is the younger brother of Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Pratap Singh Bajwa, who has formed a coalition to oppose the Punjab Congress. Rakesh Pandey, on the other hand, has allied with the rebels and pledged his assistance to them. The appointment is considered as an attempt to attract the leaders while undermining the breakaway faction in political circles.

After former CM Beant Singh’s grandson was appointed as DSP in Punjab Police, applications for government posts flooded in

The applications for government posts were received shortly after the Punjab government named former Chief Minister Beant Singh’s grandson as DSP in the Punjab Police on compassionate grounds in 2017, according to sources. The Punjab government was chastised at the time for establishing a VIP culture in the state by appointing relatives of ministers and MLAs to high-ranking positions while ignoring qualified candidates.

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AKASH SONAWANE – MumbaiUncensored, 15 January 2022

मार्च २०२० चे लॉकडाऊन – १ संपुष्टात येत असताना नागरिकांची घराबाहेर पडण्यास सुरुवात झाली. संसर्गाच्या भीतीने प्रत्येकासाठी मास्क घालणे गरजेचे होतेच परंतु वैयक्तिक पाळतीवर सुद्धा प्रत्येक नागरिक सतर्क होता. कालांतराने सर्व पुर्वव्रत होत असताना नागरिकांना ‘मास्क’ चा विसर पडला आणि सरकार चा हस्तक्षेप सुरु झाला.

केंद्र शासनाने दिलेल्या निर्देशानंतर सुद्धा आपत्ती व्यवस्थापन कायद्याच्या कलम ३८,३९ चे उल्लंघन करुन महाराष्ट्र शासनाने बेकायदेशीररीत्या मास्कची सक्ती करण्याचा नियम आणून सरकारी कर्मचाऱ्यांकडून भादंवि चे कलम १६६, १२० (ब), ३४ आणि आपत्ती व्यवस्थापन कायदा कलम (ब), ५५ अंतर्गत होत असलेले गुन्हे त्वरीत रोखणे तसेच मास्कचा दंड घेण्यासाठी फिरणाऱ्या कर्मचाऱ्यां विरुध्द खंडणी वसुलीसाठी गैरकायदेशीरपणे नागरिकांवर सक्ती आणण्यासाठी भादंवि ३४१, ३४२, २२०, ३८५, १२० (ब), ३४, १०९ अंतर्गत गुन्हे दाखल करणेबाबत माहितीचा अधिकार कायद्याअंतर्गत अर्ज दाखल केले गेले.

केंद्र सरकारच्या स्वास्थ्य मंत्रालयाने दि. १९ मे २०२१ रोजी अमित चौहान यांना दिलेल्या उत्तरामध्ये स्पष्ट केले आहे की मास्क घातल्यामुळे सदृढ लोकांना फायदा होत असल्याबाबत कोणतेही शास्त्रीय पुरावे नाहीत. तसेच ज्या लोकांना कोरोना लक्षणे नाहीत त्यांनी मास्क घालू नये.

त्यानंतर दि. २७ मे २०२१ च्या सौरव बायसॅक याना मिळालेल्या उत्तरामध्ये केंद्र सरकारने स्पष्ट केले की मास्क घालणे हे ऐच्छिक असून बंधनकारक नाही. जागतिक पातळीवर तज्ञांनी शोध करुन एकूण ४७ शोध पत्रामध्ये स्पष्ट केले आहेत कि मास्क लावल्याने कोरोना चा प्रसार थांबतो याचा कोणताही पुरावा नाही परंतु मास्क लावल्यामुळे लोकांना श्वसनाचे आजार होतात व त्यांचे फुफुसे कमजोर होण्याची शक्यता असण्याचे विविध शास्त्रीय पुरावे उपलब्ध आहेत.

केंद्र सरकारने दि. १७ जुलै २०२१ रोजी दिलेल्या पत्रांत हे स्पष्ट केले आहे की उच्च प्रतीचा मास्क (N95/Surgical Mask) च्या छिद्रांची साईझ ही ०.३ – १० μm ते ०.१ – ०.३ μm मायक्रोमीटर एवढी असते आणि कोरोना विषाणू हा त्यापेक्षा कित्येक पटीने लहान असतो. म्हणजेच मास्क लावल्यानंतर सुद्धा त्यामधून कोरोना विषाणू जावू शकतात व संसर्ग पसरवू शकतात.

अशा इतर अनेक मुद्द्यांसह काही लोक आपल्याला आंदोलने आणि निदर्शने करताना सोशल मीडिया वर दिसतात, तसेच झोपलेले सरकार आणि जनतेची गैरकायदेशीरपणे लूट करणारे प्रशासन काही थांबत नाही. अशा टीका ते सरकार वर करतात.

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Bombay High Court rejects election petition by Congress candidate Naseem Khan challenging election of Shiv Sena MLA Dilip Lande

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BHUVANA IYER – Mumbai Uncensored, 15 January 2022

The Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed the election petition filed by Congress leader Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan challenging the election of Shiv Sena Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Dilip Lande from the Chandivali constituency.

The HC judgment said, “mere ‘chance’ or ‘likelihood’ of voters being influenced by illegal campaigning would not constitute essential fact, to contend that illegal campaigning materially affected the election result of the returned (winning) candidate”.

Single-judge Justice Sandeep K Shinde observed the petition failed to plead ‘material facts’ resulting in an incomplete cause of action.

The factual matrix in the case was that Dilip Bhausaheb Lande was elected MLA in 2019 from Chandivali. He defeated petitioner, who was the Indian National Congress candidate, by a thin margin of 409 votes. 

Khan had then filed a petition declaring the election void on grounds of commission of corrupt practices. According to Khan, there were two corrupt practices that Lande had indulged in. 

Khan claimed that there were certain concocted and doctored videos of him which Lande deliberately circulated on Whatsapp which portrayed Khan as an anti-national person. Khan’s plea challenged the election on the ground that the only beneficiary from circulating the doctored video was Lande.

He further claimed that members of Shiv Sena, including its chief, Uddhav Thackeray, had addressed audiences within the prohibited period of 48 hours, which was in contravention to the Model of Conduct by the Election Commission. 

In response, Lande filed an application seeking dismissal of the petition on the ground that the plea does not disclose the cause of action for want of material facts. Cause of action means the material facts which are necessary for a party to prove its case, to show that there has been a legal injury. Material facts are facts that are important in a case for a judge to arrive at a conclusion.

The Court underscored that the position in law is well settled that an election petition can be summarily dismissed if the mandatory requirements of Section 83 of the Representation of the People Act to incorporate material facts are not complied with.

From the pleadings in Khan’s plea regarding circulation of the fake video, the Court noted that they were incomplete as Khan had neither pleaded nor disclosed the source of the fake video in the hands of Lande.

The Court said it failed to understand the claim in the plea that violation of the conduct by Lande could land him over 400 votes, without showing any link between the alleged violation of the model code of conduct and the victory in election.

“Mere ‘chance’ or ‘likelihood’ of voters being influenced by illegal campaigning would not constitute essential fact, to contend that illegal campaigning materially affected the election result of the returned candidate” the order stated.

Justice Shinde thus dismissed the petition as Khan’s petition failed to plead material facts resulting in an ‘incomplete cause of action’.

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Gives Ticket To Mother Of Unnao Rape Victim

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Anushka Pathak, Mumbai Uncensored, 13 th January 2022 :

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra released the party’s first list of 125 candidates for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls on Thursday, that are due to start on February 10. 

“Today the Congress party has released a list of 125 candidates who will be contesting for the upcoming Assembly election. Of these, 50 are women. We have tried to include those who fight for the rights of the common man and With this historic initiative, we hope to bring in a new kind of politics in the country,” the Congress leader said.

“In the list of 125 candidates, 40 per cent are women and 40 per cent are youth. With this, we aim to give rise to new hope and a new political scenario here. Of the women finalized in the list, a few are journalists, one is an actress, some fight for their rights, some are social workers among others,” she said.

Just after announcing the names of the women candidates, the Congress leader expressed happiness for providing tickets to those candidates who have worked for the rights of farmers, common man.

“In the first list of 125 candidates for UP polls, 40 candidates are women, including Asha Singh, the mother of the Unnao rape victim. From Shahjahanpur, we have fielded Poonam Pandey who led agitation for a raise in honorarium,” Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said.

Notably, Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid’s wife Louise Khurshid has also been given the ticket, informed the Congress leader.

Elections for the 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 10, the Election Commission said. The polling in Uttar Pradesh will be held on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3 and 7 in seven phases. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

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