MUMBAI (Maharashtra): Saying that he doesn’t have the majority anymore after Ajit Pawar’s resignation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis submitted his resignation to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiary today.
Submitted my resignation as Maharashtra CM to Hon Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari ji.
Hon Governor asked me to function as caretaker CM till alternative arrangements pic.twitter.com/TI7ER3iBkv
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) November 26, 2019
Addressing a press conference at his official residence this afternoon, he said: “I will also resign. After this, I’ll go to Raj Bhavan and tender my resignation. I wish them all the best whoever will form the govt. But that will be a very unstable govt as there is a huge difference of opinions.”
Fadnavis said the party doesn’t have the numbers and will not indulge in horse-trading.
“In the elections, a clear majority was given to ‘Mahayuti’ and BJP got maximum 105 seats. We contested with Shiv Sena, but this mandate was for BJP because BJP won 70 per cent seats out of all seats we contested,” he said.
BJP, which won 105 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly, needed 40 MLAs to prove a majority. The party thought that it had got the numbers when the then Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislative party leader Ajit Pawar offered to bring in 54 MLAs and form a joint BJP-NCP government in the state.
Unfortunately for the BJP, and Fadnavis, Ajit found it difficult to lure his party MLAs away from the hold of the party chief — and his uncle — Sharad Pawar.
“Ajit Pawar gave me his resignation. He told me he was resigning because of personal reasons. BJP had decided from the first day we will not indulge in horse-trading. We only decided to form the government because NCP was with us. Since he has resigned, I will also resign,” Fadnavis said at the press conference.
Both Fadnavis and Pawar were sworn-in as the CM and deputy chief minister, respectively, of the state on Saturday morning.
This morning, responding to the Sena-Congress-NCP petition, the Supreme Court ordered the Fadnavis government to prove its majority “within 24 hours” in a televised test of strength. “If the floor test is delayed, there is a possibility of horse-trading, it becomes incumbent upon the Court to act to protect democratic values. An immediate floor test, in such a case, might be the most effective mechanism to do so,” said the Supreme Court.
Yesterday, Fadnavis formally assumed charge, signed a relief cheque and also held the first meeting of his new term. But Ajit Pawar did not officially join. He was also missing from the Chief Minister’s meeting last evening and he skipped a memorial for 26/11 martyrs this morning.
His absence reinforced reports that NCP leaders including his uncle were trying to persuade him to quit the government and return.
Before quitting, he met with Fadnavis for an hour and reportedly told him he could not continue anymore.
Radical Islamist Outfit PFI’s Workers Arrested For Spoiling Hathras Atmosphere
They were arrested at Mathura while they were on their way to Hathras from Delhi.
MATHURA (Uttar Pradesh): Four people, said to have links with radical Islamist group (with links to global terror group ISIS) Popular Front of India (PFI) and an associate outfit, were arrested at Mathura on Monday while they were on their way to Hathras from Delhi, police said. The four were taken into custody at Mathura’s Math toll plaza where the police were checking vehicles after receiving a tip-off that some suspicious people were on their way to Hathras from Delhi.
The four were in a car and identified themselves as Atiq-ur Rehman of Muzaffarnagar, Siddique of Malappuram, Masood Ahmed of Bahraich and Alam of Rampur, the police said, adding their mobile phones, laptop and some literature, which could have an impact on peace and order, were seized.
A total of 21 cases have been filed in this regard across the state.
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said that on Monday, police had received information that some suspected persons were going from Delhi towards Hathras. On this, suspicious vehicles were checked near the toll plaza branch. When the four youths who were in the Swift Desire vehicle were intercepted and questioned, they came to know about their relationship with the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its associate organization Campus Front of India (CFI).
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath referred to “recent incidents” and said “anarchist elements” are trying to trigger communal and caste violence in the state.
The PFI, accused in the past of having links with international terror group ISIS, has been accused of funding certain protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that took place across the country earlier this year. The Uttar Pradesh police had earlier sought a ban on the organization.
Separate cases have been filed against the workers of political parties in the Chandpa police station on Sunday and Monday also on charges like a violation of official business and violation of prohibitory orders.
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar on Monday informed about the cases filed in the Chandpa police station. He told that efforts are being made to spoil the atmosphere with posters, social media posts.
“An attempt has been made to spoil the atmosphere of UP under a conspiracy. We are taking action on the basis of matters. Many agencies are investigating this matter. An FIR has been registered against such people.”
The cases are filed under Section 109 (abetment of offence) of the Indian Penal Code, 124A (attempt to threaten the unity and integrity of the country-sedition) 120 B (conspiracy), 153 -A (spreading maliciousness on the basis of religion, language and caste), 153-B (statements adversely affecting national integrity), 195 (fabricating evidence), 465 (counterfeiting), 468 (use of misleading documents), 501 ( A total of 20 sections, including defamatory printing), 505 (statement making the atmosphere of fear) and Section 67 of the Information Technology Amendment Act 2008.
The Deputy Inspector has written in his report that in order to take advantage of some unfortunate elements of Hathras unfortunate incident under a criminal conspiracy to disturb the peace and tranquillity of the entire state and incite caste hatred, the hatred and contempt for the government established by law in the State Are provoking the victim’s family.
The report further states that the accused are pressuring the family to misrepresentation and luring them to lie by giving them a lure of Rs 50 lakh. The peace of Hathras and the state has been affected by attempting to change the statements given earlier.
Report Filed Against Unidentified Journalist:
A report has also been filed against an unknown journalist stating in order to fulfil his/her purpose, the journalist tried to call the victim’s brother to ask his parents to tell the media that they were not satisfied with the administration’s action is. Apart from this, s/he also tried to say that the deceased had told him/her about the gangrape.
Whereas in the first statement given by the victim family, the victim and her family had only spoken about the assault. The police sub-inspector has also written that the rape has not been confirmed in the Forensic Science Experiment School and the Medical Report.
Strategically Important Atal Tunnel In Rohtang Open Now
It is the world’s longest tunnel above an altitude of 3,000 metres.
MANALI (Himachal Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the strategically important all-weather Atal Tunnel at Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh. PM Modi was accompanied by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur, Chief of Defence Staff, CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane.
Earlier CDS General Rawat and Army Chief General Naravane received the Prime Minister at the South Portal of Atal Tunnel of Rohtang. Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur received the PM at Sase Helipad at Manali.
Atal Tunnel, the longest highway tunnel in the world was built by the Border Roads Organisation. The tunnel reduces the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 km and the travel time by four to five hours. The 9.02-km tunnel connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley throughout the year, the valley was earlier cut off for about six months every year due to heavy snowfall.
The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had taken the decision to construct a strategic tunnel below the Rohtang Pass on June 3, 2000, and the foundation stone for the access road to the south portal of the tunnel was laid on May 26, 2002.
In December 2019, the Government decided to name the Rohtang Tunnel as Atal Tunnel in honour of the former Prime Minister and scholar Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had passed away the previous year.
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- The Atal Tunnel is constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 3500-4000 crores.
- It reduces the distance between Leh and Manali by 46 km, the tunnel will bring down the driving time by around 4 hours.
- The BRO built this tunnel in the shape of a horseshoe.
- It is the world’s longest tunnel above an altitude of 3,000 metres.
- It is a 10.5-metre wide single tube bi-lane tunnel with a fireproof emergency egress tunnel built into the main tunnel itself.
- With the help of this tunnel, connectivity to the remote border areas of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh will easily be possible, regardless of the weather conditions.
- The opening of the Atal Tunnel will bring a boost in tourism activities in the Lahaul-Spiti region and will also simultaneously create more employment opportunities for locals in the area.
- The tunnel also provides a telephone facility on every 150 meters, a fire hydrant on every 60 meters, an emergency exit on every 500 meters, a turning cavern on every 2.2 km, an air quality monitoring on every 1 km, a broadcasting system, and an automatic incident detection system with CCTV cameras on every 250 meters.
- The construction of this tunnel consumed 14,508 metric tonnes of steel, 2,37,596 metric tonnes of cement, and 14 lakh cubic meters of soil and rocks.
- This tunnel is unique in its own way as it is India’s first tunnel to have an escape tunnel within the main tunnel due to the topography. It is also the first tunnel to deploy the Rowa flyer technology, which allows engineers to work at inverted levels.
Babri Structure Demolition Case: All 32 Accused Acquitted
The court said, there was no conclusive proof against the accused.
LUCKNOW (Uttar Pradesh): A Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) Special Court in Lucknow has acquitted all the 32 accused in the Babri Structure Demolition case. The case relates to the razing of the disputed structure in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
The court said, there was no conclusive proof against the accused.
The 32 accused persons include former Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani, former Union Minister M. M. Joshi, former Union Minister Uma Bharti and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh.
Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti emerged from the court flashing a victory sign. “It’s good. Justice has been done. The court agreed that we did no wrong,” said the former Bharatiya Janata Party MP who had on previous occasions, said he was ready to go to jail.
Highlights of the 2,000-page verdict:
(1) The demolition was not pre-planned and the accused had actually tried to stop the mob
(2) Those who climbed on the dome were anti-social elements
(3) The authenticity of the audio and video clips produced by the CBI is not proved
(4) Local intelligence report forewarning that some unexpected sequence of events could take place on December 6 went unheeded
(5) There was no criminal conspiracy behind the demolition
LK Advani, 92, MM Joshi, 87, and Uma Bharti, 61, were not present in court and watched via video link when the verdict was announced. They had all been accused of criminal conspiracy, promoting enmity and inciting activists with incendiary speeches from a dais next to the site.
The trial, which lasted for 28 years, was conducted under Sections 147/153-A/153-B/295/295-A/505 IPC read with Sections 149 and 120B IPC.
The CBI, which went into the case, produced 351 witnesses and 600 documents as evidence before the court. The court had initially framed charges against 49 accused; 17 accused have died during the course of time.
Special CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav did not admit the videos produced by the Central Bureau of Investigation, holding that the recording had been tampered with, defence lawyer Manish Tripathi said. The judge also did not admit the photographs submitted by the CBI since it could not produce the original negatives. The judge also agreed with the defence that the CBI did not follow provisions of the Evidence Act.
Kalyan Singh was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh at the time of the demolition. His government was dismissed as riots broke out across the country, leaving around 3,000 people dead. Former Union minister Uma Bharti, who is admitted in a hospital in Uttarakhand after contracting COVID-19, had declared that she would not seek bail if she was convicted.
Over the last 28 years, the case has seen many turns. Two cases were filed in 1992, which eventually grew to 49. The second case, FIR no 198, had named Mr Advani, Mr Joshi and Uma Bharti for promoting religious enmity and provoking rioting. Later, the Supreme Court asked that criminal conspiracy charges be restored against them.
In 1993, the CBI or Central Bureau of Investigation filed a single, consolidated charge sheet against 48 people including Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.
The UP police have issued a high alert across the state in view of the verdict, in the Babri mosque demolition case, to be delivered by the special CBI court (Ayodhya case) in Lucknow on Wednesday, said senior police officials.
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