Minister of State Railways Suresh Angadi dies due to Covid-19 on Wednesday aged 65. Tributes started pouring in after Angadi’s death. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Angadi an “exceptional karyakarta” of the party. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called Angadi a “seasoned Parliamentarian”. Angadi was admitted to AIIMS in New Delhi after getting infected. The minister had urged those who came in his contact to get themselves tested. Anadi was seen as an influential BJP leader from the Mumbai-Karnataka region. Watch the full video for more details.
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On the occasion of Haifa Liberation Day, BJP ministers paid tribute to the soldiers on September 23. Road Transport and Highways Minister, General (Retd) VK Singh, BJP leader Dilip Ghosh, RSS leader Indresh Kumar were present at the event. The tribute-paying took place at Delhi's Teen Murti Haifa Chowk.
Amid massive uproar by opposition members, the Rajya Sabha on September 20 passed the Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020. As ties with the BJP have come under strain over the issue, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is yet to decide on the continuation of the National Democratic Alliance. In the latest episode of On The Record, Hindustan Times’ Sunetra Choudhury speaks to Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. Badal says, “First of all, Akali Dal is the founder member of NDA. It was created by my father , who was one of the main players. We have always fought the Congress because of what they've done to the Sikh community of Punjab. But the issue is, the NDA at the moment is very different from the NDA 10 years back or 7 years back.” Watch the full video for more.
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Reacting to the opposition ruckus in Rajya Sabha against the farm bills, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi on September 21 said the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had created similar ruckus in 2006 when NDA government in the state had repealed the APMC (Agriculture Produce Market Committee) Act as it was exploiting the farmers, and had become centre of corruption. "When the then NDA govt headed by CM Nitish Kumar in 2006 repealed Agricultural Produce Market Committee Act as it was exploiting farmers and had become centre of corruption, RJD tried to create the same ruckus as they did in Rajya Sabha yesterday," Modi said in a press conference in Patna. The BJP leader asked the RJD whether they want to restore the AMPC Act in Bihar. "I want to ask the people of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) that do they want to establish the APMC Act in Bihar again as they are protesting against the farm bill. This will mean that farmers will be exploited and corruption centres will be formed again," Modi said.
After two months, Air India flight carrying 91 Indian nationals from Dubai landed in Indore under the Vande Bharat Mission. The flight landed on Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport on September 21. Of 91 passengers, 84 carried their corona negative report. The remaining 7 were tested for the virus at the airport. All passengers have been sent for 7-day quarantine.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated the Indokh barrage project in Indore on September 20. Project has been built at a cost of 79.03 crore. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony CM said, "I live to serve the people of this state. My government is about dedicating itself to the cause of the people. This water now will help in the effective irrigation of farms."
Unidentified miscreants vandalised a toll plaza on Indore-Ahmedabad Highway on the night of September 18. The mishap took place in Betma area in Madhya Pradesh's Indore. A policeman said, "It seems it was done by farmers who were angry over the collection of toll tax."
Even as the Modi government at the centre has asked people to follow striuct social distancing measures to fight the Covid pandemic, a party event in Indore made a mockery of the distancing protocol. Thousands had gathered at the BJP Kalash Yatra in Indore which was held in support of Tulsi Silawat who is contesting the upcoming bypoll from the Sanwer constituency. 27 seats are up for grabs in Mahdya Pradesh where polls are set to be held later in the year. Watch the full video for all the details.
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In wake of rising COVID infections in the state, Jodhpur district administration and Municipal Corporation launched a campaign in a bid to create awareness among public regarding COVID-19. Posters with the slogans- 'No mask - no entry' and 'No mask - no service' were pasted on vehicles. Jodhpur District Collector said, "Beside strictness, awareness is also necessary to prevent the spread of COVID. District administration, Police and Municipal Corporation are trying to create awareness among people that they won't be allowed at places or given services without masks." State government has also applied Section 144 in the state which prevents people from standing in a group.
Several development works including construction of roads and houses are underway in full swing in JandK's Rajouri district. Poor people have been provided with all kind of basic amenities in Thanna Mandi town of Rajouri district. State and Central government is helping them out in various easy to uplift their standard of living. Roads are being constructed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). Locals hailed facilities provided by government in the form of basic amenities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 1.75 lakh houses built under PM Awas Yojana in Madhya Pradesh. The inauguration event was conducted via video-conferencing. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was also present at the inaugural function. CM Chouhan also communicated with some of the beneficiaries of the housing scheme. "Government schemes made with right intentions reach the beneficiaries. I can feel the satisfaction and confidence of those who got their houses. These houses will help shape your future in a better manner," PM Modi said. During the event, the Prime Minister spoke to beneficiaries Pyarelal Yadav and Narendra Namdev. The beneficiaries told PM Modi how PMAY has made their dream come true. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is a housing initiative of the government. The scheme was launched in 2015 to provide affordable housing to poor.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 1.75 lakh houses built under PM Awas Yojana in Madhya Pradesh on September 12 via video-conferencing. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was also present during the inaugural function. He also communicated with some of the beneficiaries of the housing scheme. The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is a housing initiative of the Government of India launched in 2015 to provide affordable housing to poor.
Around 12,000 people got first instalment of Rs 50,000 under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) for construction of houses in J-K's Rajouri district. The construction of houses is a big relief for underprivileged in the region. Locals hailed efforts of J-K and Central Government for helping them to get 'pukka' houses. While speaking to ANI, the Assistant Development Commissioner in Rural Development Department of Rajouri, Sushil Kumar Khajuria said, "It is a big relief for poor as they can live safely in Pukka houses." Speaking to ANI, a local, Mohd Razak expressed delight after receiving first instalment for house construction under the housing scheme. He said, "J-K Government has helped us a lot by giving money to construct concrete houses. We use to face a lot of problems living under thatched roofs, especially during rains."
While speaking to ANI in the national capital on September 18, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh spoke on agriculture bill. He said, "Congress government had made Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act in favour of farmers. But now, any big trader can open a Mandi and under these new anti-farmer bills, any dispute at Mandi will be handled by officials." "All these anti-farmer 4 ordinances should be seen in totality," Singh added. "I want to congratulate Harsimrat Kaur Badal for resigning from government in support of farmers and would warn Dushyant Chautala not to support BJP on these anti-farmer bills, otherwise he will suffer big defeat in future. He should support farmers," Congress leader further stated.
During a public rally in MP's Bhind, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh modern thugs. Chouhan said, "Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh made new records in corruption, pocketed money from budget of the state, pocketed the money that was to be used for development. They pocketed Rs 2,200 crores premium of Kisan Fasal Bima Yojana. Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh are modern thugs."
Member of Parliament and leader of Bharatiya Janata Party, Jyotiraditya Scindia, trained his guns at senior leaders of the Indian National Congress party in Madhya Pradesh. Scindia, who was a Congressman himself before quitting in March, accused ex-MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh of leaving behind a debt of Rs 8,000 crore for successor Shivraj Chouhan of the BJP. Scindia also brought up Congress' pre-poll promise of waiving all farm loans within 10 days of coming to power. He said that the vow remained unfulfilled even in 15 months. Madhya Pradesh is set to see bypolls to 27 Assembly seats. The election will be held along with the Assembly polls in Bihar, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The bypolls were necessitated due to defection of over 20 Congress MLAs led by Scindia to the BJP, and deaths of some legislators. Watch the full video for more.
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Congress Rajya Sabha MP Syed Naseer Hussain over the suspension of 8 MPs from Rajya Sabha due to their 'unruly' behaviour on September 20 said that the suspended MPs were not just protesting for the suspension to be revoked but also for the farm bills. Hussain said, "We wanted not just the suspension to be revoked but at the same time, we wanted the farm bills to be taken back and proper voting to happen. But nothing of that sort was going to happen as the chairman wasn't ready to listen to anyone. So, all the opposition parties boycotted the rest of the session." "They appealed to all the people who were sitting at the dharna to finish it and join them in boycotting the rest of the session. That is how we have ended the dharna," he added.
Congress Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad on September 22 said that the party will boycott Parliament sessions until the government will not accept their demands which is to bring another bill. Through the bill, opposition demanded for fixing MSP under formula recommended by Swaminathan Commission along with this, they also demanded that government agencies like FCI should not buy crops below MSP. Azad said, "We will boycott Parliament session until Government accepts our 3 demands, government to bring another bill under which no private player can purchase below MSP, MSP to be fixed under formula recommended by Swaminathan Commission and Government agencies like FCI shouldn't buy crops below MSP."
Maharashtra government filed a petition in Supreme Court, seeking vacation of its stay order on Maratha reservation.The Cabinet Minister of Maharashtra and Congress leader, Ashok Chavan met with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar in Mumbai to discuss the issue of Maratha reservation. The former Maharashtra Chief Minister has said, "A petition has to be filed in the Supreme Court challenging the interim order passed by the top court on Maratha reservation." Chavan added that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has discussed the matter with senior leaders of the government.
While speaking to ANI in the national capital on September 21, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Shaktisinh Gohil spoke on expulsion of few members of Rajya Sabha. He said, "12 parties have sought time to meet the President Ram Nath Kovind, in connection with the farm bills passed by Rajya Sabha without voting yesterday (September 20). The parties have requested the President to not give ascent to the bills."
Kangana Ranaut landed in Mumbai this afternoon amid protests by Shiv Sena workers at the airport. Members of the Republican of India and the fringe Karni Sena were also present at the airport to offer..
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