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“Every state government has the resources to stop such protests”



“Every state government has the resources to stop such protests”

Mudda looks for a solution after fringe groups go on rampage in six states opposing Padmaavat release, decides that authorities are to blame as they have chosen to play silent witness

Protestors all over India went on a rampage following the release of the film, Padmaavat. Though the Supreme Court struck down the ban imposed by four states (Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana) on the film’s release, it was still not screened in any of the multiplexes there. Vandalism and violence were reported in Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. Members of fringe groups also attacked a school bus in Gurugram on Wednesday.

Thursday’s edition of the Mudda, APN’s daily current affairs show discussed the issue. Moderated by Akshay Tripathi, the guests were Justice AN Mittal, former chief justice of Allahabad High Court, Supreme Court advocate JP Dhanda, CPI leader Ameer Haider Zaidi, BJP spokesperson Ashok Thakur, Congress spokesperson Onkar Nath Singh, film director Vandana Kohli, Kshatriya Mahasahba President Pradeep Singh Babboo, Karni Sena spokesperson Vijender Singh and consulting editor of APN Govind Pant Raju.

Vijender Singh said the video of the mobs attacking a school bus in Gurugram is a fake video. He said: “Media is circulating false news and tarnishing the image of the Karni Sena. Please verify the authenticity of the video. The Rajputs are not involved in this incident. They can never do such thing.”

Ameer Haider Zaidi alleged that the video of the school bus attack is a video from Afghanistan. He added: “Neither the state government or the Central government knows anything about the video. Secondly what actions can we take against the governments that are going against the Supreme Court’s order. States not being able to maintain law and order proves the failure of the state governments. I think some fringe groups who are related to terrorist groups are behind the violence. And, by going forward with the release of the film, Bhansali has given them a reason to do so.”

Ashok Thakur also blamed the media for circulating false news that is sullying the good image of the BJP. He said the BJP is with the SC.

Onkar Nath Singh asked why Haryana’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is silent on the whole issue. He said: “After a PIL was filed in the Supreme Court stating that the Rajputs werebeing misrepresented in the movie, it had asked film critics and journalists to see the movie and file a detailed report. Seeing the report, the apex court had told the director to continue shooting. There is some rule of law. I am a Rajput (Kshatriya) too and I am ashamed to be so. I condemn the attack on the school bus.”

Pradeep Singh Babboo however condemned the attack and said if any Rajput was involved in it, it is shameful for our community. But if they are protesting peacefully, the Supreme Court should not interfere in it, he added.

Justice AN Mittal said: “I think this protests are sponsored. They are taking the cover of the Karni Sena to achieve some ill. I want to ask these protestors why they have never protested when women, Brahmins or Vaishyas etc were shown in a degrading manner in films. There are reasonable restrictions too in a film director’s freedom but these protests are just baseless.”

Vandana Kohli said the people who are protesting have no idea what has been shown in the movie. She said: “After the screening everybody said there has been no misrepresentation of the Rajputs. The ‘aan, baan, shaan’ (pride) of the Rajputs have been aptly portrayed. I don’t understand why they are protesting. After the name was changed to Padmaavat, it has been made clear that the movie is based on an epic. As a law abiding citizen I think what is happening is wrong.”

JP Dhanda blamed the state governments for failing to maintain law and order. He said: “Every state government has the power and resources to stop such protests. They are choosing to be silent. The government should deal with it with a heavy hand and should not let it escalate. The story of queen Padmavati has been shown in good light. I request the Karni Sena to take the film in a happy spirit.”

Govind Pant Raju quoted reports that stated that no misrepresentation of the Rajputs have been done in the movie. He strongly criticised the BJP spokesperson for calling the public responsible for such vandalism.

-Compiled by Usha Rani Das

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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah deletes post on reservation for Kannadigas in private sector after backlash from business community

the Cabinet meeting held yesterday approved a bill to make it mandatory to hire 100 per cent Kannadigas for C and D-grade posts in all private industries in the State.



Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday deleted his social media post on the reservation Bill, which reserves seats in groups C and D for Kannadigas only in the private sector, after backlash from the business community.

Announcing the Bill on X, Siddaramaiah said the Cabinet meeting held yesterday approved a bill to make it mandatory to hire 100 per cent Kannadigas for C and D-grade posts in all private industries in the State.

The post further read, “It is our government’s wish that the Kannadigas should avoid being deprived of jobs in the land of Kannada and should be given an opportunity to build a comfortable life in the motherland.” He said that his government is a pro-Kannada government and their priority is to look after the welfare of Kannadigas.

Later after criticism from industry leaders, the Kartnataka CM deleted the post and then shared another post in Kannada that talks about giving reservation of 50% for administrative posts and 75% for non-administrative posts for Kannadigas in private industries and other organizations of the State.

Speaking to the media, Labour Minister Santosh Lad said the government is trying to introduce a law to give preference to locally available skills. He added that at the management level, it has been decided to provide reservations to 50% of the people.

At the non-management level, it has been decided to provide work to 70%, he said. If a particular skill is not available, people can be outsourced and they can be given work here. But the Government is trying to bring in a law to give preference to locally available skills, the minister further added.

In response to the government’s announcement about the passage of the Bill, industry leaders and unions voiced concerns that it would impede industry growth by pushing away skilled workers not protected by the quota. Nasscom, the apex body for the technology industry in India, stated that the Bill was “deeply disturbing”.

Mohandas Pai, a Padma Shri Awardee and former CFO and Board Member at Infosys, also said that the government must focus on increasing jobs, training, and educating Kannada youth instead of driving away investment. Karnataka is India’s best state, adding that he said we should not destroy this. Pai termed the Bill as ‘discriminatory, regressive, and against the Constitution’ even as he attacked the ruling Congress for the decision.

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Maharashtra sends controversial IAS trainee Puja Khedkar back to academy



Trainee IAS officer Puja Khedkar, who has been the eye of the storm, has been asked by the Maharashtra Government to report back to the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie.

A letter from Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary Nitin Gadre stated LBSNAA has suspended district training of Khedkar and has called her back for further necessary action. The letter said she has been relieved from the district training programme of the state government of Maharashtra and has been asked to join the academy by July 23 under any circumstances.

Khedkar had made it to the headlines for her alleged demands of a separate office and official car, besides using a beacon on her private luxury car without official sanction.

Earlier this month, a report regarding Khedkar and her father’s objectionable behaviour was sent by Pune District Collector Suhas Diwase to the state government.

Reports said Khedkar completed her MBBS and then appeared for the UPSC exams several times. According to her, she joined the IRS in 2019. In a later interview she said she could not join the IRS since there were some technical problems in the OBC allocation of her seat.

Thereafter, in November 2021, she applied and got appointed as the assistant director in the Sports Authority of India. She then appeared for the Civil Services Examination in 2021 and cleared the preliminary exam, the main examination, and the interview, securing the 821st rank.

However, she failed to present herself for a medical test to confirm disability claims of blindness and mental illness due to which she was getting benefits under the category of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. Consequently, this persisted as a legal battle in Central Administrative Tribunal against UPSC.

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Supreme Court issues notice to CBI, ED on Manish Sisodia bail plea



Manish Sisodia

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the bail pleas moved by former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The Supreme Court’s decided to issue notice to the two agencies after arguments on Sisodia’s petitions for bail in two cases relating to alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped Delhi liquor policy. The court granted two weeks to the agencies to file their views.

“Views of agencies have to be heard before any decision is taken,” said Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, pointing at the seriousness of the charges slapped on Sisodia. The former Delhi Deputy CM has been under judicial remand since February 2023 over corruption and money laundering charges.

According to Sisodia’s counsel, the charges against him are politically motivated and lack enough evidence. The counsel had sought bail on medical grounds, to which the CBI or ED objected, saying his release might hamper the ongoing investigation into the case by influencing the witnesses or tampering with evidence.

According to the CBI and ED, Sisodia’s involvement in the liquor policy scheme was responsible for substantial state revenue loss and worked in favor of private liquor vendors.

Manish Sisodia, known for his transformational work in the field of education under the Delhi government, is not the only Aam Aadmi Party leader in jail. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Satyendar Jain are also behind bars. While Kejriwal is jailed in connection with the liquor policy case, Jain is in prison for corruption charges.

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