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Andhra Pradesh: BJP leaders detained over protests for renaming Jinnah Tower in Guntur

Not only the BJP but also the people demanded that the tower be renamed, state BJP president Somu Veerraju said. He also said that there was widespread support for the demand to remove Jinnah’s name and the tower be renamed after former APJ Abdul Kalam.

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Several BJP leaders, including its national secretary Sunil Deodhar and workers have been detained by the Andhra Police over protest demanding to rename Jinnah Tower after former president APJ Abdul Kalaam.

After the party’s youth wing BJYM’s meeting, the BJP leaders and workers, who have been demanding to rename historic Jinnah Tower for the past few months, tried to take out a protest march to Jinnah Tower on Tuesday but the police stopped them and taken into custody.

The police, however, have detained the BJP workers and leaders including national secretaries Sunil Deodhar and Satya Kumar.

The Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government has not paid any attention to the Andhra BJP leaders and worker’s demand to rename Jinnah Tower as APJ Abdul Kalaam Tower.

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BJP Rajya Sabha member GVL Narasimha Rao condemned the behaviour of the police against his party leaders and their detention. In a tweet, he asked wondered if we are in Andhra Pradesh or Pakistan.

Not only their party but also the people demanded that the tower be renamed, state BJP president Somu Veerraju said. He also said that there was widespread support for the demand to remove Jinnah’s name and the tower be renamed after former APJ Abdul Kalam.

The state government cannot adopt an oppressive stance over our demand, Veerraju said.

Earlier in February, the tower was coloured in Indian tricolour which was unfurled after a month-long showdown between the BJP and the ruling YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh.

Jinnah Tower is a pre-independence era landmark monument in Guntur located at Mahatma Gandhi Road in the city. It was built in 1940 remembering the visit of Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

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Bihar cabinet expansion: Nitish Kumar retains home, Tejashwi Yadav gets health, check full list of 33 ministers and their departments here

All the ministers were sworn into the Bihar cabinet on Tuesday.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who recently shocked everyone by breaking his alliance with BJP, has expanded his cabinet on August 16. Kumar has inducted 30 ministers from the Grand Alliance.

All the ministers were sworn into the Bihar cabinet on Tuesday. Reports said Nitish Kumar has retained the home department and the Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav has been inducted in health, urban housing and development, road construction, and other rural works. Tejashwi’s elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav has been given the responsibility for the environment, forestry, and climate change.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will conduct a meeting with all the ministers at 4:30 pm today.

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Here’s the full list of 33 ministers and their departments:

  • Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister: Home, cabinet secretariat, supervision, election, general administration
  • Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Deputy Chief Minister: Health, road construction, rural development, urban development and housing
  • Vijay Kumar Chaudhary: Finance, trade tax, parliamentary work
  • Bijendra Prasad Yadav: Energy, plan and development
  • Aalok Kumar Mehta: Revenue and land reforms
  • Tej Pratap Yadav: Environment, forestry and climate change
  • Md Aafaq Aalam: Animal and fish resources
  • Ashok Chaudhary: Constructions and buildings
  • Shravan Kumar: Rural development
  • Surendra Prasad Yadav: Cooperative
  • Ramanand Yadav: Mines and Geology
  • Leshi Singh: Fertilisers and consumer department
  • Madan Sahani: Social welfare
  • Kumar Sarvjeet: Tourism
  • Lalit Kumar Yadav: Public health
  • Sanjay Kumar Jha: Water conservation, Information and public relation
  • Sheela Kumari: Transportation
  • Sameer Kumar Mahaseth: Industry
  • Chandra Shekhar: Education
  • Sumit Kumar Singh: Science and technology
  • Sunil Kumar: Prohibition excise and registration department
  • Anit Devi: SC and ST Welfare Department
  • Jitendra Kumar Rai: Art, Culture, and Youth Department
  • Jayant Raj: Minor Water Resources Department
  • Sudhakar Singh: Agriculture
  • Md Jama Khan: Minority Welfare Department
  • Murari Prasad Gautam: Panchayati Raj Department
  • Kartik Kumar: Planning and Development Department
  • Shamim Ahmad: Sugarcane Industries Department
  • Shahnawaz: Disaster Management Department
  • Surendra Ram: Labour Resources Department
  • Md Israel Mansoori: Department of Information Technology

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Sonia Gandhi hits out at BJP in his Independence Day wish, says will oppose distortion of history

Sonia Gandhi’s statement comes a day after a row erupted after BJP dropped Jawaharlal Nehru from list of freedom fighters in its Har Ghar Tiranga advertisement in Karnataka.

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday took a jibe at the government in her Independence Day wish and said her party will strongly oppose the distortion of history for political gain.

In her message on the occasion of Independence Day, Gandhi said attempts to trivialise the sacrifices of freedom fighters and the glorious achievements made by the country over the last 75 years can never be accepted. The BJP has been trying to malign leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru to further its political propaganda, she said.

Her statement comes a day after a row erupted after BJP dropped Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India, from its Har Ghar Tiranga advertisement in Karnataka.

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India has achieved a lot over the last 75 years but what can never be accepted is that the current self-absorbed government is hell-bent on trivialising the great sacrifices made by freedom fighters and the country’s glorious achievements, Gandhi said in her message.

Hitting out at BJP, Gandhi said the Congress will not accept any wrong portrayal of historical facts for political gains nor will it allow any insult to Gandhi-Nehru-Patel-Azad based on falsehoods, she said in her written message.

Wishing the country on the occasion of India’s 76th Independence Day, Gandhi said over the last 75 years, highly talented Indians have led the country on the path of progress in the fields of science, education, health, and information.

Gandhi said India had cemented its image as a glorious nation through its diverse cultures and languages. They also made provisions for a strong democracy and constitutional institutions, she said in her Independence Day message.

Gandhi also said that the visionary leaders of India laid the foundations of a free, fair, and transparent election system.

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Nitish Kumar announces 10 lakh govt jobs, creation of 20 lakh employment on 75th Independence Day

Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav has repeatedly been cornered on his electoral promise of 10 lakh jobs which he made during the 2020 assembly polls sitting at the opposition cam.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday backed his deputy Tejashwi Yadav’s ambitious promise of providing 10 lakh jobs to the youth of Bihar in his Independence Day speech at Patna’s Gandhi maidan. His government will work hard everywhere to ensure the promise of 10 lakh jobs, Kumar said.

Speaking at the Independence Day celebration event, Kumar said the Rashtriya Janata Dal (JDU) and Janata Dal-United (JDU) alliance government has a concept to provide at least 10 lakh jobs in the government and an additional 10 lakh employment opportunities in various sectors.

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The Bihar CM also said the state government would do so much to create jobs and employment opportunities for the state’s children – in both government and outside. If succeed, his govt wants to take the figure to 20 lakhs, he said.

Expressing happiness over the announcement of 10 lakh government jobs, Kumar’s deputy said it is a historic announcement made by respected Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the occasion of 76th Independence Day at Gandhi Maidan, Patna.

Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav has repeatedly been cornered on his electoral promise of 10 lakh jobs which he made during the 2020 assembly polls sitting at the opposition cam.

The young RJD leader had earlier said that his jobs promise had the nod from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. This massive announcement made by the Bihar CM is the real issue that the media should focus on. The two parties will work together to make it happen, he also said.

Yadav had earlier posted a clip of him answering the question with a shot at the BJP. It is a success that instead of Hindu-Muslim topics, the media is asking the leaders about employment. The people who were sleeping and never asked about jobs, that media is also awake now. Isn’t this a success? he had said.

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