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Citizenship Act protests LIVE: Massive protests across India, thousands detained, Amit Shah to review situation

Large number of protestors in the Red Fort area where Section 144 is imposed, have been detained, to thwart the protest march against the Citizenship Amendment Act, scheduled from Red Fort to Shahid Park in ITO at 12 noon.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah to meet officials today for reviewing the security situation in the country as violent protests erupt against Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Internet services have been suspended and many prominent politicians and activists have been detained across the country to contain the protests against the newly amended Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA). Section 144 has also been imposed in some cities and in parts of important cities.

Delhi remained the epicentre of protests, with many prominent people such as CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI General Secretary and Rajya Sabha MP D Raja, Yogendra Yadav, CPI(M) leader Prakash and former student leader of JNU Umar Khalid have been detained.

In Bangalore, historian Ram Guha and prominent workers’ rights activist Geeta Menon has been arrested.

Entry and exit gates of 20 metro stations in Delhi have been shut by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, including Jamia Millia, Lal Quila, ITO, Khan Market, Chandni Chowk, and Jama Masjid.

Other major cities where protests and marches have also been planned include Mumbai, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal and Nagpur.

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5:50 pm: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan lashes out at the government, he tweeted, “The incumbent govt at Centre must not delude into believing that they can kill protests by imprisoning voices of dissent. We strongly condemn the arrests of Sitaram Yechury, Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat, D Raja & historian Ramachandra Guha. Democratic minds must rise in protest.”

5:15 pm:  Home Minister Amit Shah to meet officials today for reviewing the security situation in the country as violent protests erupt against Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

4:45 pm: All entry & exit gates of Chandni Chowk, Barakhamba, Mandi House, Pragati Maidan, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Delhi Gate, ITO, Janpath, Khan Market, Vasant Vihar and Munirka have now been opened.

4:28 pm: Large number of protesters have gathered in Mumbai’s August Kranti Maidan.

4:20 pm: Lucknow police resort to tear-gas shelling to contain the protests.

4:00 pm: More than 350 people have been detained in Delhi’s Nangloi area.

3:55 pm: Protests in Lucknow turn violent as agitators pelted stones in Hazratganj, a media OB van has also been set on fire. Police have resorted to lathicharge.


3:43 pm: Aam Aadmi Party appeals to people to peacefully protest, says violence will give a bad name to the movement and make it easier for the government to suppress the voices.

3:30 pm: 16 flights delayed due to traffic jam at NH-8 in Delhi. IndiGo has cancelled 19 flights, after its crew members got stuck in traffic jam in the city.

3:20 pm: Congress core group meeting to be held at Sonia Gandhi’s residence later today after protests across the country against CAA.

3:07 pm: Vehicles have set ablaze in UP’s capital Lucknow.


2:59 pm: Rajiv Chowk metro station has been closed, total count of inaccessible metro stations is 20.

2:50 pm: In Delhi, ring-road has been closed and inter-state buses have been stopped at Sarai Kale Khan.

2:20 pm: Internet services suspended in UP’s Sambhal district.

2:00 pm: Communication services in affected areas of Delhi have been restored.

1:56 pm: UP government’s state transport bus has been set ablaze in UP’s Sambhal district. 
 

1:55 pm: DMRC shuts down entry and exit to Janpath Metro station, total count of inaccessible stations is now 18.

1:50 pm: Protesters again start gathering at Town Hall in Bengaluru against CAA. Congress MLA Rizwan Arshad has been detained by Police.

1:40 pm: Large number of protestors gather at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to protest against CAA and NRC.

1:30 pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemns the detention of historian Ramchandra Guha and others for staging demonstration against new citizenship law and NRC.

1:10 pm: DMRC shuts down entry, exit to Barakhamba station too, count of stations now inaccessible rises to 17.

12:50 pm: Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit, CPIM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, former JNU student and activist detained by police at Mandi House in Delhi.

12:33 pm: Airtel confirms that the government has ordered the internet shut down in the capital city. “We’re complying with instructions received from government authorities on suspending Voice, SMS, and data in certain areas in Delhi,” said Airtel in a tweet.

12:20 pm: Petition filed before the Karnataka High Court challenging imposition of Section 144 in the state by the ruling BJp government to prevent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

11:55 am: Road No 13A, which connects Mathura Road and Kalindi Kunj, is closed for traffic movement for the third consecutive day. People coming from Noida have been advised to take the DND flyover or the Akshardham route to reach Delhi.

11:50 am: Congress party has condemned the Centre and BJP state government’s action of imposing internet shutdowns to curb the protests.

11:40 am: Delhi Police PRO requests all the party leaders and protestors in Delhi to hold the protests at designated places in Delhi to maintain law and order in the city.

11:25 am:  Many Left parties activists detained in Bengaluru as government imposes section 144 in the city.

11:15 am: Communist Party of India (Marxist) while condemning the imposition of “curfew-like situation” in Delhi, appeals to the people to join the march against the Citizenship Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

11:10 am: Historian Ramachandra Guha was among many protesters detained in Bengaluru ahead of their planned protest at Town Hall against the Citizenship Act today.

9:50 am: All India Students Federation (AISF) and CPI(M) workers block trains at Rajendra Nagar and Laheriasarai railway stations protest against the Citizenship Act and National Register of Citizens.

 

9:30  am: Anticipating violent protests and law and order issues in view of demonstrations in different parts of the country against the Citizenship Act, the Uttar Pradesh government has imposed section 144 (prohibiting unlawful assembly) of CrPC in the entire state.

9:10 am: State Governments in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka — all led by the BJP — have imposed restrictions under Section 144 to prevent gatherings, protests, marches planned to protest the contention Citizenship Act. Several people and activists took to Twitter to criticize the “muzzling of democratic and constitutional rights” of the citizens.

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Viral: Residents of Omaxe society face UP government’s bulldozer justice, resident asks have fundamental rights of people vanished | Watch

The probe by the Noida authority was influenced by Shrikant Tyagi’s wife, who alleged that only her family was subjected to actions in the encroachment issue, whereas, other residents who had done the same are not subjected to the same punishment.

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A video from UP’s Noida has been making rounds on the internet where residents of the Grand Omaxe society in UP can be seen blasting the bulldozer culture started by UP CM Yogi Adityanath. In the video, the resident can be seen saying that the alleged encroachment done by is false and asked the Media to come along with him, he further can be heard saying that these people will get exposed.

The media in reply can be heard that they are not being allowed to see the alleged encroached area of the resident, to which the resident can be seen losing his cool and blasting the government officials asking the media if the fundamental rights of people have vanished. The resident further asked when did India turn into the Republic of China. He further added and asked are Iran? has Uttar Pradesh turned into Iran?

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The Omaxe Society of UP’s Noida recently came into the limelight when a video went viral where Politician Shrikant Tyagi had an altercation with another resident. Subsequently, after the video went viral, Tyagi was arrested for abusing and pushing a woman on camera.

After his arrest, the Noida authorities rolled in with bulldozers to demolish the illegal structures constructed on the encroached land. The residents of the society had welcomed the decision taken by the authorities as many of them came in support of the bulldozer action taken by the government on Shrikanth Tyagi’s residence.

However, in a sudden turn of events, the residents of the Omaxe society, who were celebrating the bulldozer action, became victims of it themselves as the municipal corporation of Noida rolled into the society to demolish any illegal construction done to it.

The probe by the Noida authority was influenced by Shrikant Tyagi’s wife, who alleged that only her family was subjected to actions in the encroachment issue, whereas, other residents who had done the same are not subjected to the same punishment.

The residents of the Omaxe society were given a 48-hour notice, however, some reports claim that some residents were not given any notice and this action by the authorities came as a surprise to them. The residents of the society can be seen protesting outside the gate of their society, imploring the authorities to not carry out these actions.

Despite incessant impeding and imploring by the residents, the authorities carried out demolition on the encroached land of the residents.

The Supreme court of India recently cautioned and instructed the UP to strictly adhere to due process before carrying out the removal of unauthorized structures.

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Shashi Tharoor files nomination for Congress Party’s presidential election, shares aspirations to seek changes in high command culture

Tharoor, while talking to the media, stated that he believes that a new leader, who has not been demotivated and dismayed by the current working conditions of the congress, can be the one who can come up as a refreshing leader and appeal to more voters.

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Shashi Tharoor on Friday filled for his candidacy ahead of the Presidential elections of the Congress party. The Congress MP had announced his intention for running for party president as soon as the schedule for the party elections was fixed. Madhusudan Mistry, election authority chairman, accepted Shashi Tharoor, Thiruvananthapuram MP, papers at the All India Congress Committee Office.

The Congress MP before officially filing for his candidature had visited Rajghat in honor of Mahatma Gandhi. Tharoor shared the pictures on his Twitter and wrote that he paid tribute to the man who built India’s bridge to the 21st century and also echoed sentiments shared by the former prime minister, Rajeev Gandhi.

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The caption echoed Rajeev Gandhi’s dreams of India being an old country yet a young nation, and the dream of his dream for India to be strong, independent, self-reliant, and be amongst the top-ranked nations of the world in the service of mankind. The tweet showed how Tharoor still believes in the legacy left behind by Rajiv Gandhi.

Tharoor, while talking to the media, stated that he believes that a new leader, who has not been demotivated and dismayed by the current working conditions of the congress, can be the one who can come up as a refreshing leader and appeal to more voters.

He further addressed his underdog tag in the presidential election, however, he did further highlight that the Gandhi family had assured him they will hold a neutral role and won’t back anyone as an official candidate in the party’s presidential elections. Tharoor further said that Gandhi family welcomed his decision to run in the presidential elections.

The Congress MP also reflected on his aim for High command culture and highlighted the problem of how every decision is referred up to Delhi, directing toward the Gandhi family playing the decisionmaker role.

Tharoor’s counterpart and key candidate pit against him is Mallikarjun Kharge who has already claimed the support of all the senior party leaders according to Ashok Gehlot. However, Tharoor with high spirits welcomed the competition as he stated that Kharge is the Bhishma Pitamah of the Congress party and added that they both are not rivals, but rather colleagues, suggesting that there is no bad blood between the leaders.

The Congress MP in his interview also put forward that he aims to seek changes in order to rejuvenate the party and reimagine the leadership while also reiterating the core ideology and focusing on broadening participation by focusing on youth. Tharoor also added his aspirations to see an ethos of politics in social work return if he becomes Party President.

Tharoor, however, while remarking and highlighting the changes he aspires to achieve if he wins stated that the Gandhi Family is and will be the moral conscience, ultimate guiding spirit, and the foundation pillar of Congress

Apart from Tharoor, many names came forward who were supposed to declare their run for the presidency including Ashok Gehlot and Digvijay Singh, however, it is finalized that the key candidate for the presidency will be Malikarjun Kharge.

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Watch: Parents request BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri to resolve local school issues, Bidhuri replies why they birthed their kids | Watch

One parent, in the video, stated that the during the time of elections these BJP leaders implore and ask for votes from us, and do not ask such questions because our votes hold value.

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Delhi BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri’s video has emerged on the internet where the BJP MP, in response to the problems in a local school, can be seen asking the parents why have they birthed their children. The parents after hearing his remarks can be seen to be infuriated.

In the video, the BJP MP can be heard asking why did the parents birth their kids, the parents while talking to the press were enraged at the uncouth way the BJP leader dealt with the situation. One parent, in the video, stated that the during the time of elections these BJP leaders implore and ask for votes from us, and do not ask such questions because our votes hold value.

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Another parent remarked that now we have to ask permission from these leaders before birthing and raising a child, whereas another parent urged and promised the MP to start the school and resolve all the issues in the school, promising, if he can resolve all the issues, the member of the parents association will garland and praise the BJP MP for his task.

Twitter users, while being enraged by the statement made by Bidhuri, trenchantly remarked on the incident as one user came forward and wrote and highlighted the type of people the BJP gives tickets to run in the elections.

Whereas, another Twitter user remarked that this is the representative of the people and instead of finding solutions to the problem, the MP himself has problems with people’s issues. The user further proclaimed that despite this, the people will still vote for him, suggesting the hero-worship culture of voting which is followed by some factions of the country.

Another incident of a similar nature transpired in Bihar where a girl asked IAS Harjyot Kaur, Bihar Women Development Corporation’s Managing Director for the sanitary pads to be made available for free. To this request, IAS Harjyot Kaur, asked if there is an end to the demands made by the public and further asked that right now you are asking for sanitary pads and tomorrow you will ask for condoms.

The statement by the official enraged Twitter as many people came to check the official’s remark and asked if India is a welfare state, then why are people’s demands being dismissed and becoming a taboo topic for her.

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