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Padmaavat row: Karni Sena Puts Opposition to Imagined Insult to Fictional Character Above ASEAN meet or Republic Day

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Padmaavat row: Karni Sena Puts Opposition to Imagined Insult to Fictional Character Above ASEAN meet or Republic Day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A day before the Republic Day, when 10 heads of states of ASEAN countries are here as chief guests, the nation woke up to continued violent protests and threats to set the nation on fire from Rajputs protesting screening of the movie ‘Padmaavat’, even as their outfit, Sree Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) claimed loyalty to the country.

The SRKS has, however, been clear that it would not obey the orders of the nation’s top court set up under the country’s Constitution. The Supreme Court had dismissed all appeals seeking a ban on the film, including those by state governments of BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The SC is also expected to hear a contempt plea against Karni Sena on Monday and Delhi HC has refused to hear a plea against the film.

The Rajputs under SRKS object to ‘distortion of history’ and ‘denigration of Rani Padmini’ in the film based on a fictional work that extols Rajput valour and is a paean to Padmini’s beauty.

Persisting with their protests in the face all facts and reason and in complete disregard of the country’s image, the law and Supreme Court orders, the Rajput groups continued with violence and vandalism.

A rampaging mob of alleged Karni Sena members on Wednesday attacked a school bus with 24 students of GD Goenka World School in Gurugram, a day before the film’s release. The attackers came with bamboos and sticks, hitting the rear window and asked the driver to stop the vehicle. The driver, however, showed the presence of mind to keep the bus moving. The mob then pelted stones. The terrified, screaming kids got under their seats to escape being hurt.

An FIR registered into Wednesday’s attack on a school bus in Gurugram names the Karni Sena. Eighteen men, who attacked a school bus full of children in Gurugram, have now been sent to a 14-day judicial custody.

After the incident, some reputed schools in Gurgaon have decided to remain shut till Sunday in view of the violence over the controversial film’s release. The schools which have decided to shut down till Sunday includes Pathways school, GD Goenka school, Shiv Nadar school and Delhi Public School, said media reports.

The incident came about an hour after alleged members of the Karni Sena, a Rajput group, targeted a Haryana Roadways bus and torched it. Similar incidents were reported from many other states, all with BJP governments, according to media reports.

Protesters also allegedly damaged two state roadways buses in Jaipur and blocked a road in the city while scores of activists were held in Mumbai and Nashik.

In MP’s Ratlam, 27 female members of Karni Sena submitted letters to the district administration urging President Ram Nath Kovind to stop the film or permit them to end their lives.

A theatre was vandalised in Jammu while there were protests in Gorakhpur as well.

Violent protests by Shree Rajput Karni Sena and other Rajput organisations against Padmaavat continued in Bihar on Thursday, with a mob attacking a cinema hall in Bihar Sharif while cinema hall owners in several districts refused to screen the controversial film, said media reports.

Unconfirmed reports said that Karni Sena activists have attacked more than half a dozen cinema halls across Bihar.

State governments and cinema owners are also fearful of more violent acts in the future and hence, are calling off the scheduled screenings of the film.

An RSS official alleged that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat is an attempt to “hurt” public sentiments by presenting heroic characters and their lives on the basis of unconfirmed and controversial information. RSS north-west regional sanghchalak Bhagwati Prakash said that films should spread the message of social harmony and brotherhood, reported News18.

As violent protests occurring in states with BJP government, the party’s troll brigade went into offensive, accusing others of the mistakes and shortcomings it committed. It went overboard, with one posting from the twitter handle of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).

Incidentally, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had already, the previous day, on January 24, condemned the attack on children.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal Delhi said it was a “matter of shame” for the nation that school children were attacked just a few kilometres from the national capital before Republic Day celebrations.

Kejriwal hinted at BJP and Sangh parivar links in his condemnation of the Rajput violence:“I appeal to everyone. We cannot afford to remain silent anymore. They killed Muslims, burnt Dalits alive, thrashed them. Today, they have started pelting our children with stones, have started intruding into our homes. Don’t remain silent now, speak up,” Kejriwal said in a speech during an event to mark Republic Day tomorrow.

The Congress attacked the Centre and the BJP governments in Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh for the violent protests against Padmaavat. “Why is the Centre not doing anything to stop this violence. The BJP must answer to the people. The governments must be ashamed for their inaction,” said Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reveals plan for ambitious 2047 Viksit Bharat project, says work for the project has been ongoing for last 2 years

The Prime Minister said that he does not mean to scare or suppress anyone, but rather has plans to make India a developed nation by 2047.

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A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its election manifesto, which aims at building a Viksit Bharat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview with the media, outlined his vision for India’s development by 2047. He also addressed concerns raised by the opposition parties, who suggest that the BJP might seek to amend the Constitution if re-elected in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his assurance to the people that they do not need to fear when he said that he has big plans for the country in his election speeches. Explaining statement, the Prime Minister said that he does not mean to scare or suppress anyone, but rather has plans to make India a developed nation by 2047.

Speaking to the media, PM Modi said, when he says that he has big plans, no one should be scared. He said he does not take decisions to scare or run-over anyone, he takes decisions for the wholesome development of the country. He added the government always says they have done everything.  He said he did not believe that he had done everything. He added he had tried to do everything in the right direction, yet there is so much he needed to do, because he saw that his country has so many needs.

The Prime minister asked how did he fulfill the dreams of every family? He said this is the reason why he said this has been a trailer. PM Modi said he had been working on the ambitious 2047 Viksit Bharat project for the past two years. And for that, he asked for opinions and suggestions from people across India.  He said he had taken suggestions from more than 15 lakh people on how they want to see India in the coming 25 years.

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Kangana Ranaut meets Dalai Lama in Dharamshala shares pictures on social media ahead of Lok Sabha elections, post goes viral

The Bollywood actor met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala and said it as one of the most memorable moments of her life.

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The Bollywood actor and BJP candidate for the Mandi Lok Sabha seat met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala on Monday. She said it as one of the most memorable moments of her life. Kangana Ranaut also shared pictures on social media.

The Lok Sabha elections in Himachal Pradesh are scheduled for June 1, marking the seventh phase of elections to elect four members of the 18th Lok Sabha. As the voting day is still over a month away, candidates contesting in the 4 constituencies are actively participating in various campaign activities. Among them, the BJP’s star candidate Kangana Ranaut, who is contesting from Mandi against Congress’s Vikramaditya Singh, is leaving no stone unturned to win the votes of the people.

Kangana Ranaut also shared what Dalai Lama told her during the meeting. She said, his Holiness ji said that he enjoys being in Himachal Pradesh and absolutely loves Bharat. She said this is such a privilege and such an honour. After her meeting with the spiritual leader, the actor told the media that it was divine. She said it was an experience which she will cherish all her life. She thought it is exceptional to be in the presence of such a being who has sheer divinity around him. She said it was very emotional for her and ex-CM Jairam Thakur. She added she will cherish this experience all her life.

Earlier, Kangana Ranaut slammed Himachal Pradesh minister Vikramaditya Singh for calling her the queen of controversies while she was addressing a poll rally in Mandi. She said, Yeh tumhare baap-dada ki riyasat nahin hai, ke tum mujhe dara, dhamka ke vapis bhej doge. She further added this is the new Bharat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where a small, poor boy who used to sell tea is the biggest hero and pradhan sevak of the people.

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Election Commission records highest inducement seizure of Rs 4,650 crore ahead of Lok Sabha election

The Election Commission of India records highest inducement seizure of Rs 4,650 in 75-years of history.

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Monday that the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are expected to witness the highest ever seizures of inducements.

According to a notification from the poll board, enforcement agencies had already seized a record Rs 4,650 crore before the first round of polling, which is yet to start. This was a significant increase over the Rs 3,475 crores seized during the entire Lok Sabha election in 2019.

As part of a level playing field, the Election Commission said that the enhanced seizures reflect ECI’s unwavering commitment to monitor inducements and curb electoral malpractices, particularly in favour of smaller and less resourceful parties.

Significantly, narcotics and drugs, which are the Commission’s main focus, account for 45% of the seizures. The poll body continued, the seizures have been made possible by thorough planning, increased cooperation and coordinated deterrent action by agencies, proactive public participation, and optimal use of technology.

The commission also made statistics on the distribution of inducements that were seized available for public consumption by state. With a seizure of over Rs 778 crore, Rajasthan topped the list. Gujarat came in second with Rs 605 crore, and Maharashtra came in third with roughly Rs 431 crore.

When announcing the polls last month, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar highlighted money power as one of the 4M challenges, along with money, muscle, misinformation, and Model Code of Conduct violations.

Use of black money, over and above political financing and accurate disclosure thereof, may disturb the level playing field in favor of a more resourceful party or candidate in specific geographies, the panel stated in its statement released on Monday.

The poll authority claims that the seizures are an essential part of the ECI’s resolve to hold fair elections for the Lok Sabha that are free from electoral malpractices and inducements.

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