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AIIMS doctors to strike work Friday on IMA’s call to protest attack on doctors in Kolkata



AIIMS doctors to strike work Friday on IMA’s call to protest attack on doctors in Kolkata

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Medical services across the country may be hit tomorrow with doctors deciding to express solidarity with their protesting colleagues in Kolkata.

Several resident doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) worked with bandages on their heads today (Thursday, June 13) and have decided to boycott work on Friday in solidarity with the Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) direction to all its State units to protest against the recent attack on doctors in Kolkata.

The assault on junior doctors following the death of a patient at the State-run Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College in Kolkata on June 10 night left an intern seriously injured and the strike, which was initiated there, spread to medical institutions in the district.

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on June 12 also directed the members of all its State branches to stage protests and wear black badges on June 14. The AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association has urged the RDAs across the country to join the token strike.

In a statement issued on June 13, the AIIMS RDA said that the ongoing and worsening of violence against medical doctors in West Bengal is worrisome and disheartening.

“There is a complete breakdown of law and order, with reports of mobs attacking doctor hostels with weapons. The government has failed to provide protection and justice to doctors,” the statement read.

“AIIMS RDA condemns this in words and in spirit. Residents across the country are deeply hurt by these turn of events. Keeping in view of our commitment towards safe and non-violent working environment for residents, AIIMS RDA stands in support of our colleagues in West Bengal and has decided to hold protest on June 13 which would be followed by one day strike of work on June 14 which include OPD, routine and ward services, except for emergency services,” the statement said.

They urged the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee to intervene in the matter and address the security concerns so that residents can continue serving patients.

In a communique to all its State presidents and secretaries, the IMA has asked them to organise demonstrations in front of the district Collectors’ offices from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on June 14 and hand over a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister to the Collectors in every district.

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The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) has also urged its members to observe a “Black Day” on June 14 against the brutal attack.

Simultaneously, all the local branches and individual members of the IMA will send an appeal to the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister, demanding a Central Act on violence against doctors and hospitals.

The IMA has also urged its State branches to communicate the information to the government doctors’ organisations of the States, request for their support and issue a press statement to this effect.

“The gruesome incident in NRS Medical College, Kolkata, is of barbaric nature. IMA condemns the violence perpetrated on a young doctor. The entire medical fraternity expresses solidarity with the resident doctors who are on strike. The IMA headquarters hereby declares All India Protest Day on Friday,” an IMA statement said.

Emergency wards, outdoor facilities and pathological units of many State-run medical colleges and hospitals and a number of private medical facilities in West Bengal have remained closed over the past two days in the wake of the protests.

Protesting doctors have refused to call off their strike despite a four-hour ultimatum from Mamata Banerjee and have instead accused the chief minister of threatening them.

Banerjee, who visited the state-run SSKM Hospital on Thursday, asked the doctors against an attack on their colleague to return to work within four hours or vacate the hostels. She added that those demonstrating were not doctors but outsiders who wanted to create trouble in the state. “The government will not support them in any way. I condemn doctors who have gone on strike. Policemen die in line of duty but the police don’t go on a strike,” she said.

As doctors raised slogans of ‘we want justice’, Banerjee said, “You have to give service to the people. You cannot be a doctor without providing service to the people. Similarly, police cannot call for a strike. It is their duty. It is unfortunate that the BJP and CPI(M) are doing politics here. They are playing Hindu-Muslim card here. Health minister Chandrima Bhattacharya met junior doctors on Wednesday and requested them to speak to me. I was holding the call but they just refused to talk to me over phone.”

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Mamata Banerjee expressed anger at the stir, and gave the doctors a deadline to resume duty. “The government will not take any responsibility of those who would not do so (join duty). They will also have to vacate the hostels (if they don’t join work),” said the chief minister, though she did not detail the punitive action.

“The state spends Rs 25 lakh on each doctor and then they shirk work. This won’t be tolerated. Are they doctors!” she said.

Her visit left the protesters angry, who said she should have visited the NRS Medical College and Hospital instead where the junior doctor was assaulted by family members of a patient alleging negligence.

The state-wide protest was triggered after Pariboho Mukherjee, a junior doctor at the NRS Medical College and Hospital, was beaten up by the family members of a patient who alleged that he died because of negligence. The doctor suffered a head injury and is in critical care at a private hospital.

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Congress’ Satyagraha insult to Mahatma Gandhi, says BJP



The BJP on Sunday tore into the Congress over its ‘Sankalp Satyagraha’ calling the protest programme an “insult to Mahatma Gandhi” who undertook a Satyagraha for social causes while the grand old party was doing it for “personal reasons.”

Speaking to reporters at a presser, BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi lambasted the Congress over its “so-called Satyagraha”, while accusing the opposition party of protesting against the nation’s Constitution and the court’s verdict against Rahul Gandhi to justify his remarks against India’s “entire backward community.”

Trivedi dubbed the Congress satyagraha as a “brazen” display of arrogance after Rahul Gandhi’s conviction in a defamation case by a Gujarat court which “automatically” disqualifies him as a member of the parliament.

The BJP leader asked why the Congress was holding a Satyagraha when Gandhi was convicted by a court after the due legal process and his disqualification as a Lok Sabha MP was an automatic consequence under the prevailing law.

He further asked the Congress to clarify if the protest was to “justify insulting the entire backward community of the country” or against the court for the sentence of against the law under which Gandhi was disqualified.

The saffron party leader alleged that some Congress leaders participating in the Satyagraha are involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He asked if their Satyagraha organised at Mahatma Gandhi’s Samadhi Sthal in Rajghat was also against ‘Ahimsa’ (non-violence).

Congress today staged a nationwide “Sankalp Satyagraha” in support of former party President Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from the Lok Sabha following his conviction and two-year prison sentence by a court in Gujarat’s Surat city in a 2019 criminal defamation case.

Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha on Friday, a day after a Surat court convicted him in a 2019 defamation case and sentenced him to a two-year jail term. The disqualification will prevent 52-year-old Gandhi, a four-time MP, from contesting elections for eight years unless a higher court stays the conviction.

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Rahul Gandhi updates his Twitter bio, writes disqualified MP

Gandhi displayed the disqualification on his official Twitter account which is followed by more than 20 million people.



Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, who was disqualified from the Lok Sabha on Frida, has now updated his Twitter bio on Sunday.

Gandhi displayed the disqualification on his official Twitter account which is followed by more than 20 million people. He mentioned ‘Disqualified MP’ in his bio on the day when his party members are carrying out Sankalp Satyagrah and protesting against his disqualification from the Parliament across the country.

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Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Varda are protesting at the Raj Ghat in New Delhi. Earlier today, the Delhi Police denied permission to the party to carry out a protest at Raj Ghat citing the management of traffic as the reason and also imposed Section 144 of CrPc in the area.

Heavy security is also deployed in the capital today.

Rahul Gandhi on Thursday was sentenced to 2 years in jail in connection with the 2019 defamation case over the Modi surname remark. A Surat court suspended his arrest and granted him bail on a bail bond of Rs 15,000.

While addressing a rally at Kolar in Karnataka ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he argued why the names of all thieves have Modi as their surname. The case against Rahul Gandhi was filed before the Surat court under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 499 and 500 (dealing with defamation).

On Friday, Gandhi’s Lok Sabha membership was cancelled and he was disqualified from the Parliament.

On Saturday, Gandhi conducted a press conference and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party over the Gautam Adani row involving a Hindenburg Report. Addressing to media, Gandhi said he is not afraid of any disqualification and will continue to fight for the democracy of India.

He also claimed that his disqualification is a distraction from the Adani row.

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Congress observes Satyagraha on Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from parliament, permission denied at Rajghat; Delhi Police imposes Section 144 

The Sankalp Satyagraha will be attended by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Varda.



Congress Satyagraha

The Congress on Sunday is observing a day-long Satyagraha from 10 am to 5 pm protesting against the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi from the Lok Sabha. The Satyagraha is scheduled to be observed in front of statues of Mahatma Gandhi across all states and district headquarters.

The Sankalp Satyagraha will be attended by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Varda.

Early reports said Delhi Police have denied permission to the Congress to carry out a protest at Rajghat citing the management of traffic as the reason. Section 144 of CrPc has also been imposed in the area. Rapid Action Force, CRP and Delhi police personnel have been deployed in large numbers around Raj Ghat in the national capital.

Congress MP KC Venugopal reacted to it in a tweet and wrote that the government refused to let the party hold a peaceful Satyagraha as well after silencing the Congress in Parliament. He further wrote this has become a habit for the Modi government to disallow every opposition protest.

Have a look at the tweet:

Former Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Saturday conducted a press conference and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Gautam Adani row. Addressing to media, Gandhi said he is not afraid of any disqualification and will continue to fight for the democracy of India.

He further questioned the relationship between PM Modi and Gautam Adani over the picture of the duo that went viral earlier.

Gandhi was sentenced to 2 years in jail by a Surat court in a defamation case over the Modi surname remark. However, the court also suspended his arrest for 30 days and granted him bail in a bail bond of Rs 10,000.

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