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FIR against BJP’s J&K chief and MLC on court orders for allegedly bribing scribes in Leh

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FIR against BJP’s J&K chief and MLC on court orders for allegedly bribing scribes in Leh

The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) police in Leh on Wednesday, May 8 registered an FIR against BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir state unit chief and an MLC in the state after journalists of the town accused the BJP leaders of trying to bribe them last week.

The FIR was registered after a local court asked the police to file a case against the two leaders.

A group of seven journalists had alleged last week that senior BJP leaders including state unit chief Ravinder Raina and MLC Vikram Randhawa had tried to bribe them after a press conference on May 2 by handing them envelopes that contained cash to get them to favour the BJP in their coverage.

The police had approached the court with a complaint forwarded by District Election Officer and Deputy Commissioner, Leh, Avny Lavasa. Lavasa had forwarded the complaint to the police after a fact finding inquiry ordered by her found prima facie merit in the allegations.

SSP, Leh, Sargun Shukla said the FIR had been registered “against a group of people” under section 171 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC), reported The Indian Express (IE).

Lavasa said though the complaint claimed alleged violations of the Model Code of Conduct, it amounted to a criminal offence.

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Raina, however, dismissed the allegations and said he had left the venue along with some media persons immediately after the press conference.

The Leh Press Club had said in its complaint that BJP leaders – Jammu and Kashmir unit President Ravinder Raina and legislator Vikram Randhawa – had tried to bribe journalists on May 2 at Hotel Singge Palace in Leh. Rigzin Spalbar, the Congress candidate from Ladakh Parliamentary constituency, had also filed an application in the court.

“After the press conference was over, BJP leaders, including state president Ravinder Raina and member of legislative council Vikram Randhawa, tried to bribe the reporters by offering money in envelopes in an attempt to use our platform to influence the outcome of elections,” the press club said in complaint. “We did not accept the offer and we were anguished at such an attempt.”

A widely-shared video clip, whose authenticity isn’t proven, shows envelopes being given to journalists at a press conference at a hotel in Leh.

In the CCTV clip, a man resembling Jammu and Kashmir BJP chief Ravinder Raina is seen with journalists and someone looking like BJP legislator Vikram Randhawa, is seen giving them envelopes to journalists.

The BJP has denied the allegations. The party said the lawmaker was handing out invites to the journalists for Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s rally in the region. It said it will sue the journalists for defamation.

Rinchen Angmo, one of the journalists, told NDTV that a senior party leader handed over envelopes to four journalists, including her, in front of Raina. The leaders told them it’s a token of love and asked them not to open the envelopes in the hall, she said.

“When we asked what is in the envelope, they told us not to open it then and that it is a token of love. When I checked, I saw many Rs. 500 notes. I returned it to them. But they refused to take it back. So I kept it on the table,” Angmo told NDTV.

The video also shows Angmo leaving her envelope on the table.

“We don’t believe in bribing anybody. We hold journalists in high esteem. BJP has never done such a thing and we will never do it,” a BJP leader said.

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The episode triggered reactions from Jammu and Kashmir politicians Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah who called for action after the video emerged.

The Ladakh region, that voted on Monday in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha election, witnessed a four-cornered contest between the BJP’s Tsering, Rigzin Saplbar of the Congress, Sajjad Hussain backed by the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, and independent candidate Asgar Ali Karbalai.

The Muslim community enjoys a slender majority in Ladakh but both the Congress and the BJP fielded Buddhist candidates.

The BJP had won Ladakh in the 2014 election by defeating the Congress candidate by just 36 votes. The party, however, suffered a setback after lawmaker Thupstan Chhewang resigned from the BJP in November. Several other leaders from Ladakh also left the party.

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Manipur violence: One dead, another injured in bomb blast near Imphal College

An unidentified miscreants exploded a strong bomb at the office of AMSU around 9:30 pm.

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In an incident on Friday night, a person was killed and another person injured in an IED explosion at the premises of the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) situated inside the DM College complex in Manipur’s Imphal West district.

According to reports, on Friday night, an unidentified miscreants exploded a strong bomb at the office of AMSU around 9:30 pm, resulting in hurting two people. After arrival at the city hospital for treatment, one victim, identified as Oinam Kenagy, 24, died and another, identified as Salam Michael, 24, is currently undergoing treatment.

After the explosion, a police team quickly arrived at the location to assess the situation. The police are currently conducting further investigations as the attackers have not yet been identified.

It is worth noting that since September 10, 2022, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed on the area where the explosion occurred. This is due to an ongoing dispute

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PM Modi pays tribute to Guru Ravidas on his birth anniversary

PM Modi also unveiled Guru Ravidas’s statue in Varanasi.

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PM modi paid tribute to Guru Ravidas on his 647th birth anniversary. Remembring him today, the PM said, his message on harmony will continue to inspire generations.

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, PM Modi shared a video captioned it saying, respectful tribute to Guru Ravidas on his birth anniversary. On this occasion, the PM conveyed his best wishes everyone across the country. He further said, his message based on equality and harmony will continue to inspire every generation of the society.

Meanwhile, yesterday PM Modi unveiled Guru Ravidas’s statue in Varanasi. He also addressed the people gathered their. At the Sant Guru Ravidas Janmasthali temple in Seer Govardhanpur, close to BHU, the Prime Minister dedicated a recently installed statue of Sant Ravidas that is close to Ravidas Park.

Addressing teh audiance PM Modi complimented the devotion of participants from all across the country, especially those from Punjab, saying that because of their presence, Kashi started to resemble a miniature version of Punjab.

PM Modi also inaugurated a number of development projects around Sant Ravidas Janmasthali at the event, with a combined budget of about Rs 32 crores. The foundation stone was placed for the Sant Ravidas Museum and the park’s beautifying, which is projected to cost approximately Rs 62 crore. These developments also include improvements to the infrastructure.

Guru Ravidas was a popular saint, poet, and philosopher who campaigned for equality and human rights. Most people in North India celebrate Guru Ravidas Jayanti, particularly in the state of Punjab.

On this day, people commemorate the birth anniversary of the revered saint Guru Ravidas, whose sermons and teachings have improved people’s lives. He is also known for his contributions to the Bakti Movement. Guru Ravidas is also called Raidas, Rohidas, and Ruhidas. He is sometimes referred to as Bhagat Ravidas. In the year 1377 CE, Guru Ravidas was born in the state of Uttar Pradesh in a little village known as Seer Govardhanpur.

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Akhilesh Yadav slams BJP after young unemployed man hangs himself over paper leak in UP’s Kannauj

Yadav said the BJP, who had deployed every trick to come into power, turned away in the name of providing jobs.

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Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav slammed the BJP government after a 28-year-old unemployed man hanged himself over the paper leak in Kannauj. He said it’s a dream to find a job under its regime.

Samajwadi Party chief, taking to X, further attacked the BJP for their negligence in terms of providing jobs to youths. Yadav said the BJP, who had deployed every trick to come into power, turned away in the name of providing jobs.

He further expressed his sadness over the news and said it upset with the tragedy of joblessness, a young man from Kannaj, identified as Brajesh Pal, committed suicide by hanging himself.  

Before doing this he burned all his degrees. Giving up life is not a solution. Only struggle finds the way to a solution. Expecting a job in the BJP government is a dream, Yadav added.

According to police, the 28-year-old unemployed man burned all his education certificates and committed suicide by hanging himself in his house in the Bhoodpurwa area here.

Police further stated that student Pal had recently appeared for a police recruitment exam and was upset over the paper leak. On February 22, he killed himself.

In a suicide note, he blamed joblessness behind his major move to kill himself. He further wrote, now I am upset. What is the use of degrees when one cannot get a job, he wrote.

In his note, Pal wrote that he had betrayed his family, and asked them to marry off his sister in a very good manner. His father works in a private job in Delhi. He was the only son of his parents. Pal’s body has been sent for post-mortem, Sadar Police Station SHO Vishnu Kant Tiwari said.

The UP Police constable exam held on February 17 and 18 faced both exam paper leaks and cases of impersonation. Since then, there has been a growing demand for a redo of the exams. Many districts’ candidates demanded exam cancellation after discovering a leaked paper on WhatsApp before entering the exam hall, as reported.

Meanwhile, Lucknow witnessed a massive protest over paper leaks in two recruitment exams held in UP.  

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