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CPM: Modi faking war against corruption, black money while claiming to fight them

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The CPM has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP of taking one step after another “to shield corruption and allow the rich to launder black money”.

This is being done “contrary to the strident statements against black money and corruption” they make in public, an editorial in the CPM journal People’s Democracy said.

Pointing out that while Modi government has made Aadhaar mandatory even for PDS rations and basic facilities, it had raised the upper limit for buying jewellery without submitting PAN-Aadhaar details to Rs 2 lakh per transaction.

Earlier, in August, the government had amended the Prevention of Money Laundering Act to make PAN and Aadhaar mandatory for jewellery purchases above Rs 50,000 per transaction.

Thus, buying gold and other forms of jewellery beyond Rs 50,000 required stringent Know Your Customer (KYC) norms.

“The purpose of this amendment was to curb the purchase of gold and jewellery for conversion of black money. By diluting this measure, the government has undermined its own claim to fight black money by not insisting on registering jewellery purchases up to Rs 2 lakh. Repeated transactions of jewellery purchases below Rs 2 lakh will facilitate conversion of black money and money laundering,” the editorial said.

“What this step signals is that the rich can evade taxes and convert black money under government’s auspices while the poor have to face stringent conditions of being linked to Aadhaar to get their PDS rations and other basic facilities,” it added.

The CPM then said that the ordinance promulgated by the BJP government in Rajasthan, which critics say will shield public servants, judges and magistrates from allegations of corruption, was meant to gag the media and citizens from exposing cases of corruption.

After widespread opposition to the measure, the Rajasthan Assembly has referred the bill to a Select Committee but the ordinance remains in force.

The CPM also accused the Modi government and the BJP of going about gagging the media in the affair involving Jay Shah, son of BJP President Amit Shah.

“The Modi government has permitted the additional solicitor general to appear on behalf of Shah in court. Far from investigating the matter, the Modi government seems bent upon assisting Amit Shah‘s son to escape any scrutiny for his business dealings.

“Given this blatant protection of those facing allegations of corruption, it is not surprising that the BJP government has not taken any step to constitute the Lokpal as per the law, even three-and-a-half-years after it came to power,” the editorial said.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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I am not Malala, I am safe and free in my country: Kashmiri activist Yana Mir’s speech in UK Parliament shared widely

Kashmiri journalist Mir said she is not Malala Yusufzai who will run away and seek refuge in the UK.

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Kashmiri activist and journalist Yana Mir, addressing a Sankalp Divas event in the British Parliament building, said she is not Malala Yusufzai who will run away and seek refuge in the UK. Asserting that, Mir said she is safe and free in her homeland, Kashmir, which is part of India.

The video of her speech has been shared widely on the internet, in which, she strongly denounced the propaganda mechanism by Pakistan to dent India’s image on the international stage and objected to Malala for defaming her country and homeland by calling it oppressed.

Mir was addressing the Sankalp Divas event hosted by the Jammu and Kashmir Study Centre UK (JKSC) in the British Parliament building. She has been associated with the Jammu and Kashmir Youth Society too.

Addressing the event, she further objected to all such toolkit members on social media and foreign media who never cared to visit Indian Kashmir, instead, they fabricated stories of oppression from their country.  

Mir urged everyone to stop polarising Indians on grounds of religion, Indians won’t allow you to break up us, adding that, Mir said our perpetrators living in the UK in Pakistan will stop maligning my country.

During the event, Mir also received the Diversity Ambassador Award for championing diversity in the J&K region.

The event was attended by over 100 attendees, the gathering included UK Parliament members, community leaders, and representatives from various organisations and prominent members of the diaspora.

The event reaffirmed India’s stance on the region’s integral part of India. It highlighted the need to reclaim areas like Mirpur-Muzaffarabad and Gilgit and Baltistan, which fell victim to Pakistani aggression.

The program was organised to provide a comprehensive overview of the socio-cultural and political landscape of the region. The event emphasised the diverse nature of Jammu and Kashmir, highlighting its multicultural, multireligious, and multilingual characteristics.

The words of the Kashmiri activist deeply resonated with the attendees, displaying her unwavering commitment to her country and her people. Mir’s stance against terrorism and propaganda serves as a reminder of the resilience and unity of the Indian nation.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils statue of Sant Ravidas in Varanasi, says caste bias is destroying humanity

PM Modi said he is taking this opportunity to take forward Sant Ravidas’s resolutions and the opportunity to serve lakhs of his followers. He said on Guru’s Janmteerth, serving all his followers is nothing short of a fortune for him. The Prime Minister said as an MP of Varanasi it is his special responsibility to welcome everyone to fulfill his duty on this holy day.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at Sant Ravidas temple and unveiled a statue of Sant Ravidas on Friday in Varanasi. The Prime Minister along with chief minister Yogi Adityanath paid a floral tribute to Sant Guru Ravidas. Addressing the gathering, PM Modi said caste bias is destroying humanity.

PM Modi said he is taking this opportunity to take forward Sant Ravidas’s resolutions and the opportunity to serve lakhs of his followers. He said on Guru’s Janmteerth, serving all his followers is nothing short of a fortune for him. The Prime Minister said as an MP of Varanasi it is his special responsibility to welcome everyone to fulfill his duty on this holy day.

He said he is going to launch development projects worth hundreds of crores of rupees. In his speech PM Modi said India’s history is witness to the birth of many saints, sages and remarkable individuals who became the guiding force when the nation faced challenges. He said Sant Ravidas emerged as an important figure during the Bhakti movement and revitalised a fragmented and feeble India.

The Prime Minister praised Sant Ravidas for emphasising the significance of freedom to society and for his efforts to unite the community across all social lines. He added Sant Ravidas spoke on issues like discrimination, untouchability and high caste. PM Modi said his administration is advancing Sant Ravidas’s principles and said the BJP government serves everyone and its schemes are inclusive.

He added the ethos of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, and Sabka effort has become the guiding principle to engage the people of India. The Prime Minister emphasised that equality necessitates prioritising the marginalised communities. He said over the past 10 years, efforts have been made towards addressing the needs of those who were earlier excluded from mainstream development.

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will be arrested in next 2-3 days, BJP worried over alliance with Congress, says AAP leader Bharadwaj

If AAP still does so, Kejriwal would be jailed and there is only one way to keep Kejriwal out of arrest, and that is not to ally with Congress.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal would be arrested in the next two to three days, said Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Saurabh Bharadwaj during a press conference in Delhi on Friday. Adding that, he said the BJP was worried over the alliance between AAP and Congress.

Addressing the press, Bharadwaj claimed that the BJP has warned the party of allying with Congress in different States. If AAP still does so, Kejriwal would be jailed and there is only one way to keep Kejriwal out of arrest, and that is not to ally with Congress, the AAP leader added.

Bharadwaj further said that his party received the information that Kejriwal would be arrested, following which, he asked the Centre why it was showing such haste. Bharadwaj also said that his party is aware that a notice under CrPC 41A is ready to be served to Kejriwal. And it’ll be handed over to him today and he will be arrested in the coming 2 to 3 days.

Taking a swipe at BJP, he said that they can arrest Kejriwal if they want to but the alliance between AAP and Congress will still take place.

Delhi Minister and AAP leader Atishi, too, hit out at the BJP and told the Centre to send as many notices as they wish, as many summons as they wish, arrest every leader of AAP, hang AAP leaders by the noose, but the party will not be bent down by their threats. AAP has fought for this country’s republic and Constitution and AAP will continue to do so in any circumstances.

On this, AAP leader Gopal Rai said that BJP need no basis but whosoever will speak against, BJP will act against them. From Delhi to Punjab the way roads have been blocked and converted into cantonments shows the frustration of the Centre.

He added whenever there was any step taken in Delhi by AAP that could create danger for the BJP, they acted.

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