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Farmers announce 3-hour nationwide chakka jam on Feb 6

Farmer unions protesting against three contentious farm laws on Monday announced three-hour nationwide road blockade on state highway and national highways



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Farmer unions protesting against three contentious farm laws on Monday announced three-hour nationwide road blockade on state highways and national highways on February 6 in protest against the suspension of internet at their agitation sites and alleged harassment meted out to them by authorities.

The Union leaders in a press conference at the Singhu border said that they will block the roads between 12 pm to 3 pm on February 6. The farmer unions also alleged that they have been ignored in the Union Budget 2021-22, and the water supply have been cut off at their protest sites.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha alleged that the Twitter accounts of Kisan Ekta Morcha and a user named ‘Tractor2Twitter’ have been restricted. Farmer leader Darshan Pal said the announcement of the Chakka Jam has been made to protest against the government’s repressive measures against the protesters and reduction of budgetary allocation for the agriculture sector.

On Monday, over 100 twitter accounts related to the farmers’ protest went off the microblogging platform as the Information Technology Ministry ordered Twitter to remove these accounts under section 69A of the Information Technology Act. The suspended accounts included those of Kisan Ekta Morcha, The Caravan Magazine, Prasar Bharti CEO Sashi Shekhar among others. 

According to the sources, the withheld accounts had tweeted against Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the hashtags like #ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide. However, Twitter later unwithheld the accounts on grounds of freedom of speech and presence of newsworthy elements.

Farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said farmers coming to join the agitation by trains were also being harassed, hence a protest will be staged against all these atrocities in the form of a three-hour chakka jam across the nation.

The Punjab Mail was diverted while another train, running via Punjab and Haryana and headed to Old Delhi, was short-terminated at Bahadurgarh on Monday, allegedly to prevent farmers from reaching Delhi to join the ongoing protests.

Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav had claimed that the action against the Twitter account was taken on the request of government authorities. He also said the Union government has reduced the allocation to the farm sector in this budget, when people hoped they would keep something for farmers as it was being presented during the agitation.

Also Read: Rajya Sabha adjourned twice as opposition walks out demanding debate on farm laws

In the Budget 2021-22, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had proposed giving the APMCs mandis and the minimum support price provisions to the agriculture market. However, the union government has reduced its fund allocation for agriculture and allied sectors by Rs 6,000 crore, i.e reduced from 5.1% last year to 4.3% this year.

Meanwhile, a slew of measures came into effect on Monday by authorities in a bid to deter the protest even as the farmers announced nationwide blockade on Saturday. From embedding spikes on roads, extending internet ban in seven Haryana districts by another 24-hours to diverting Delhi-bound trains, the authorities have been trying every possible way to stop the farmers from entering the national capital. 

More than 2,000 iron nails have been embedded in rows across the breadth of Rohtak Road at the Tikri protest side. Also, several layers of security including metal barricading, barricading by stone boulders and concrete barricading have been used to fortify the security at the Delhi side of the border with Haryana. 

Also Read: Union Budget 2021: Social media flooded with memes, jokes

The suspension of mobile internet services have been extended till 5pm on Tuesday in seven districts of Haryana to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order, according to the police official. Kaithal, Panipat, Jind, Rohtak, Charkhi Dadri, Sonipat and Jhajjar districts in Haryana will face internet suspension till 5 pm today.

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Hemant Soren meets PM Modi in Delhi, first meeting after release from jail

He secured bail and became chief minister again on July 4.



Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in Delhi. This was his first meeting with the Prime Minister after he was released from jail where he spent around five months.

Taking to X, Jharkhand Chief Minister said that the meeting was a courtesy call. Notably, he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on January 31 this year in connection with a money laundering case related to an alleged land scam.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) executive president had spent around five months in prison, he secured bail and became chief minister again on July 4.

On July 3, JMM leader and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Soren stepped out of the Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi Friday following the grant of bail by the Jharkhand High Court.

A single-judge bench of Justice Rongon Mukhopadhyay, while granting bail, noted that the Court’s findings satisfy the condition that there exist reasons to believe that Soren is not guilty of the PMLA offence he has been accused of.

Following Soren’s bail on July 3, the outgoing Chief Minister Champai Soren had said that the party alliance decided to elect Hemant Babu (Hemant Soren) as leader, after which he resigned from his post. Champai Soren tendered his resignation to Governor C P Radhakrishnan and soon after Hemant Soren staked a claim to form the government. Soren along with alliance party leaders met the Governor after he reached Ranchi on July 3 evening from outside. Hemant Soren took oath as the 13th Chief Minister of the State on July 4 again.

Meanwhile, earlier today, BJP leader Deepak Prakash claimed that Hemant Soren’s government of 4.5 years has been one that wreaks havoc on the public, one that takes away employment from the youth. Hemant Soren’s government is a synonym for corruption. The government has been involved in a mining scam, a tender scam and one that has brought jungle raj in the state, he added.  

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NDA numbers drop below Rajya Sabha majority mark, can impact passage of bills



With the completion of the term of four Rajya Sabha MPs, the BJP’s number fell by the same number.

Since the current strength of the Upper House is 225, the BJP’s numbers now stood at 86 and the National Democratic Alliance led by it has 101 members, which is less than the majority mark of 113.

The members whose term ended on Saturday are Rakesh Sinha, Ram Shakal, Mahesh Jethmalani and Sonal Mansingh. They had been chosen by President Droupadi Murmu on the advice of the BJP as non-aligned members and later joined the party cohort.

The Congress-led INDIA bloc has 87 members, the Congress with 26, Trinamool Congress 13, AAP 10, DMK 10. The remaining members are from parties that are not in either camps.

What this means is that the BJP will need the help of other unaligned parties to get bills passed. These range from Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK and the YSRCP and the Biju Janata Dal. Both the governments of the YSRCP and the BJD were voted out in the recent assembly elections.  While the BJD has earlier lent issue based support, it has announced it will not return similar favours now, especially after the BJP won the assembly election.

The AIADMK had split from the NDA ahead late last year in anticipation of the Lok Sabha elections. It had claimed its continuance in the NDA would hurt its Lok Sabha prospects from the state.

Similarly, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi of K Chandrashekhar Rao also can help the BJP. With so much dependent on parties that have bene sidelined in recent polls, the BJP has a bigger job of coralling the numbers in the Upper House than running the NDA coalition, which is purring along since the election victory.

Some 20 seats are vacant in the House and elections to these will fill the total number of Rajya Sabha seats.

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Rahul Gandhi spotted in Delhi pizzeria in viral video while PM Modi, others attend Anant Ambani-Radhika Merchant wedding

Lalu Prasad Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also attended the wedding.



Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi, was spotted at pizzeria restaurant in Delhi, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other politicians were attending Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s wedding in Mumbai.

The undated viral video has been shared widely on social media platforms with a claim that the Congress leader did not attend the high-profile wedding of Ambani in the dream city, instead chose to spend time at a Delhi restaurant.

Sharing the video on X, formerly Twitter, wrote that while all the political leaders attended the Ambani family wedding, Rahul Gandhi was at a restaurant ordering pizza.

Visuals shared online show that the Raebareli MP, wearing a light blue t-shirt, sitting across from someone and engaging in a lively chat.

PM Modi attended the “Shubh Aashirwad” ceremony of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant in Mumbai on Saturday night at the Jio World Convention Centre.

The Ambani family welcomed the Prime Minister and escorted him to the stage. Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant took blessings from the PM.

Before that, the Prime Minister was in Mumbai to lay the foundation stone for multiple projects related to roads, railways, and ports, worth more than Rs 29,400 crore.

Among the prominent leaders who attended the Ambani family wedding ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday were Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar.

From the INDIA bloc Samajwadi Party Chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, along with his family, was spotted at the ceremony.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also attended the wedding on Friday.

The BJP leader, Smriti Irani, who recently lost her Amethi seat in the Lok Sabha election, was spotted along with her husband, also attending the wedding ceremony.

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