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Cabinet reshuffle hopes: Jyotiraditya Scindia begins prayers before Delhi flight, Pashupati spotted looking for apt kurta in Bihar

Multiple media reports said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a crucial meeting at his residence on Tuesday at 5 pm to give the final touch to the cabinet reshuffle, however, the meeting has been cancelled.

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Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Amid the growing cabinet reshuffle buzz this week, a crucial meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP chief J.P. Nadda and other senior ministers at his residence at 5pm on Tuesday, possibly to give final touches to the new-look cabinet, now stands cancelled.

Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Nadda and party national general secretary BL Santhosh were expected to attend the meeting among others.

The Union Cabinet, which can have 81 members, currently has 53 ministers. This means 28 ministers can be added as there has been no expansion in the Union Cabinet since the Modi government returned to power in May 2019.

The Cabinet reshuffle comes amid the backdrop of criticism of the government’s Covid second wave handling where several ministers have not been doing justice to their respective portfolios.  

In the current cabinet, some ministers hold as many as three portfolios while some ministries do not have an MoS, however, the current cabinet have remained with ministers only from the BJP after the withdrawal of the Akali Dal from the NDA.

With Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Goa, Manipur, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh heading to elections next year, the BJP obviously wants to keep everyone happy and hope to get re-elected in all 7 states. Even Maharashtra and West Bengal are expected to see more faces in the Cabinet.

Several leaders have made a beeline for the capital in the hope of landing a berth. These include Congress import Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, who was pipped to the post by the deft Himanta Biswa Sarma, Maharashtra MP Narayan Rane and Janata Dal leader RCP Singh.

Scindia, a former Union minister who switched to the BJP in March 2020, is expected to be part of the council of ministers while Sonowal is being considered a stronger contender than the Gwalior raja. Scindia, whose defection led to the collapse of the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh last year, is likely to be rewarded for his role in getting the state back in the BJP kitty.

Sushil Modi, the former Bihar deputy chief minister, is also likely to be accommodated in the cabinet. Other candidates who are in Delhi are Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal, Pankaj Chowdhury, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Ramshankar Katheria, Varun Gandhi, Lallan Singh and Rahul Kaswan. Dinesh Trivedi and Jitin Prasada, formerly of Trinamool and Congress respectively, also figure in the really long list.

The elevation of Thawarchand Gehlot as Karnataka Governor leaves the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry open for a new minister.

Sources claimed that it is not going to be a minor arrangement but a major reshuffle due to which some ministers may lose berths.

Pundits have indicated that the JD (U), an ally of the BJP, would like to be represented in the ministry as the party did not have any representation in the Council so far. It is also believed that the BJP’s allies such as the JD-U, LJP (Paras faction) and Apna Dal may get representation in the Union cabinet.

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Pashupati Paras, who led the split in the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP)  against former cabinet minister and LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan, was spotted shopping for a kurta. He whispered he had received an invitation from Delhi and wished it be kept a secret.

In other India News, President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday appointed 8 new governors for Karnataka, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Tripura, Jharkhand and Haryana.

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Patna: Bulldozers knock down 70 houses in Rajiv Nagar, clash between police and public

In Rajiv Nagar, 70 houses were demolished by bulldozers. The local people clashed with the police administration due to the order of demolishing 70 illegal houses.

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Patna: Bulldozers knock down 70 houses in Rajiv Nagar, clash between police and public

In Rajiv Nagar, 70 houses were demolished by bulldozers. The local people clashed with the police administration due to the order of demolishing 70 illegal houses.

According to the reports, when police and anti-riot force started moving bulldozers on the houses, the residents and the local people also stood up with bricks and stones in their hands.

The reason for the displeasure of the local people is that the CO and government employees of the area took no action when the houses were being built and the area was being settled.

One of the locals said, “when the houses are already built, then why the bulldozer is being run by the administration to remove them.”

It has been clearly said by the Minister of Revenue and Land Reform, Ramsurat Rai that the government is not in a mood to be soft on the encroachers. So, on June 3, the administration reached Rajiv Nagar with about one and a half dozen JCB machines to demolish the illegal constructions in Rajiv Nagar of Patna (Bihar).

The local people were seen clashing with the administration to save the shelter. They also attacked the police and the anti-riot force with bricks and stones.

During this, the condition of the people, whose houses were broken, was deteriorated. People who had built houses with hard-earned money were seen getting helpless.

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Bihar: Fire breaks out at train in Bhelwa Railway Station, video goes viral

A fire broke out at a train in Bhelwa Railway Station in Bihar which was heading to Narkatiaganj from Raxual.

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According to the reports, all passengers who were on the train were evacuated safely.

A fire broke out at a train in Bhelwa Railway Station in Bihar in the wee hours of Sunday. The fire reportedly erupted in the engine of the DMU train, which was heading to Narkatiaganj from Raxual. According to the reports, all passengers who were on the train were evacuated safely.

A news agency uploaded a video on its Twitter account which shows black smoke swirling out of the train. As soon as the people there noticed the smoke, they informed the on-duty officials. And soon after fire officials reached the spot. Firefighters are seen extinguishing the fire in the video as a crowd of onlookers watches from nearby.

All passengers are safe because the fire from the engine did not spread to other compartments of the train. A firefighting operation is underway.

However, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. No casualties have been reported so far.

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After Mohammed Zubair’s arrest, Alt News founder Pratik Sinha’s old tweet on Lord Ganesha triggers social media outrage

The tweet is viral on the internet and a section of social media is slamming Sinha for mocking Lord Ganesha and hurting religious sentiments.

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Pratik Sinha

Days after Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair got arrested by the Delhi police over allegedly hurting religious sentiments in a 2008 tweet, Pratik Sinha’s old tweet on Lord Ganesha on Lord Ganesha is doing rounds on the internet.

Why #ArrestPratikSinha is trending?

Pratik Sinha, the founder of the fack checker news website Alt News, in an old tweet dated September 19, 2015, wrote, “See many people posting pictures of Ganesha. You guys really believe a man had an elephant’s head?”

The tweet is viral on the internet and a section of social media is slamming Sinha for mocking Lord Ganesha and hurting religious sentiments. #ArrestPratikSinha is trending on Twitter.

Reacting to Pratik Sinha’s tweet, one user demanded strict action against Sinha for hurting religious beliefs. Another user wrote hurting others’ beliefs is not free-thinking. Yet another user wrote Sinha deserves to be arrested for his deeds.

Have a look at Twitter reactions to Pratik Sinha’s old tweet here:

https://twitter.com/iRiddhimajain/status/1543208062051176448
https://twitter.com/peonking21/status/1543211250695680001

Meanwhile, the Delhi police on Saturday charged Mohammed Zubair with fresh charges of destruction of evidence and receiving funds from foreign entities.

Reports say Delhi Police have invoked sections 201(causing disappearance of evidence), 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and section 35 of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) for allegedly receiving foreign donations.

On June 27, Mohammed Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly hurting religious sentiments in one of his old tweets. He was sent to one-day police custody by the trial court on the same day.

The fact-checker was charged under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC.

He was then charged under sections 120B, 201 of the IPC and 35 FCRA through which the Enforcement Directorate c can lodge a case against Zubair.

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