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J&K: CPI(M) leader Tarigami rebuts govt claim of normalcy, questions Farooq Abdullah’s detention

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J&K: CPI(M) leader Tarigami rebuts govt claim of normalcy, questions Farooq Abdullah’s detention

In the first press conference by a leader after facing detention Kashmir following the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and its bifurcation into two union territories, CPI(M) leader Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami rebutted Modi government’s claims of normalcy in J&K and questioned its decision to invoke the Public Safety Act (PSA) against former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah.

Tarigami, who is in Delhi for treatment, was talking reporters at a press conference with CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury today (Tuesday, Sep 17).

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Tarigami, who was put under house arrest for a month when the Centre scrapped special status to Jammu and Kashmir, said, “They claim nobody has died, people are slowly dying, they feel suffocated. We want to live too, we should be given the chance too.”

Tarigami said that the BJP claims that not a single bullet has been fired and no one has been killed but the Centre’s security measures in J&K are slowly “suffocating” the people. “Truth is that the Kashmiris are dying a slow death. Hum bhi jeena chate hai, ek Kashmiri, ek Hindustani bol raha hai yahan. Yeh meri appeal hai, hamari bhi sune (we also want to live, a Kashmiri, a Hindustani is saying this. This is my appeal, please listen to us too),” Tarigami said.

Referring to octogenarian National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah’s detention under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), Tarigami said, “I am not a foreigner nor Farooq Abdullah and other leaders are terrorists. The situation in Kashmir is bad not because of the people of Kashmir but because of all of us politicians and politics.”

For over 40 days, Srinagar has had no internet or medical facilities, Tarigami said.

“Shops aren’t open, schools aren’t open. There has been no public transport… For more than 40 days, people have been unable to do any work to earn anything. Large section of people work daily and earn, their families live on that basis. The communication breakdown is isolating people,” he said.

“Main issue is of people’s livelihood. It’s been 40 days that normal life has been disrupted. And no one knows how long it will continue,” Sitaram Yechury said.

Sitaram Yechury said Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami would approach the Supreme Court on behalf of the party challenging the dilution of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir.

“In my affidavit (to the Supreme Court) I have stated that the situation in Kashmir is completely contradictory and not what the government is claiming… The manner in which this happened is very serious. This has to be resolved at the earliest,” said Yechury, who had filed the petition in the Supreme Court regarding medical help for Tarigami.

The CPM had also claimed Tarigami’s house arrest was “illegal” as there were no charges against him and no detention order had been issued.

Tarigami further said the unity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir had been disrupted due to the decision of the government. “I feel shocked by the situation of Kashmir and how one decision has changed what the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir had negotiated with the founders of the Constitution.”

He said that Kashmiris were neither forced nor compelled to join India. “We joined secular India out of our will. Today the bond that was created by the hard work of the leaders and the people of Jammu and Kashmir has been assaulted. The people of Kashmir want nothing but a chance to march with the government, a chance to debate and discuss,” Tarigami further said.

“Please listen to us. You have heard only one version, listen to people of Kashmir too. We don’t want to be killed or destroyed,” he added.

The ailing CPI(M) leader had been brought from Srinagar to AIIMS in New Delhi following Supreme Court order on September 5 on a habeas corpus petition filed by Yechury, who was allowed to travel to Srinagar to visit the ailing leader last month. Yechury had filed a report, as directed by the Court, on his visit to the state.

On Monday, the Supreme Court said Tarigami was free to return to his house in Srinagar. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer, said the ex-MLA does not need any permission to return home if doctors at AIIMS considered him fit enough to do so.

The order however clarifies that “if he intends to move around any part of Srinagar, where there are restrictions or prohibitions to move, he will be free to do so subject to requisite permission from the district authorities”.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges citizens to vote in record numbers as voting for first phase of Lok Sabha elections begins on 102 seats across India

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also urged citizens to vote in large numbers and added that it is not only meant to determine the fate of a Lok Sabha or a candidate but also for shaping a bright future for the country.

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Voting for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is taking place on 102 seats spread all over India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to X and urged citizens to vote in record numbers. He said he particularly called upon the young and first time voters to vote in large numbers. He added that every vote counts and every voice matters.

Congress leader P Chidambaram and RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat cast their votes in Chennai and Nagpur, respectively. Chidambaram was confident that INDIA bloc will sweep all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also urged citizens to vote in large numbers and added that it is not only meant to determine the fate of a Lok Sabha or a candidate but also for shaping a bright future for the country.

He appealed to all the voters who are voting in this phase to vote in large numbers because every vote of theirs has the power to create a secure, developed, and self-reliant India. He appealed to the people to choose a strong and decisive leadership that has shown the determination to free the country from corruption, nepotism, and appeasement while fulfilling its promises.

In the first phase, elections are being held on all seats in Uttarakhand (5), Tamil Nadu (39), Meghalaya (2), Arunachal Pradesh (2), Mizoram (1), Puducherry (1), Nagaland (1), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (1)   and Lakshadweep (1), Sikkim (1).  Besides, there is voting in 8 seats in Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra, 6 seats in Madhya Pradesh, 12 seats in Rajasthan, 4 in Bihar, 2 in Manipur, 3 in West Bengal, and 1 seat each in Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura, and Chhattisgarh. Assembly elections are also taking place on 60 seats in Arunachal Pradesh and 32 seats in Sikkim.

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Mamata Banerjee accuses BJP of plotting riots on Ram Navami

The Bengal chief minister added at an election rally that the BJP will win the election by vote looting and rioting.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that there are plans being hatched to incite riots in West Bengal on the occasion of Ram Navami. Last year’s celebrations were marred by violence in the state, which lead to a massive confrontation between the Trinamool Congress and BJP.

She said the BJP will engage in rioting today. There is a prospect and possibility of rioting. The Bengal chief minister added at an election rally that the BJP will win the election by vote looting and rioting. Earlier Banerjee greeted the people of West Bengal and appealed to maintain peace during the celebrations. The BJP, however, condemned it and said that the West Bengal CM is humiliating the Indian and Sanatani culture.

BJP Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee has made a post on social media appealing to maintain peace, this is demeaning the festival of Ramnavami as on the other religious occasions she has given the message of peace, but here she is asking to maintain peace instead of giving the message of peace and prosperity. He added by doing this she is trying to humiliate the Indian and Sanatani culture.

Both the BJP and Trinamool Congress held Ram Navami processions across West Bengal. Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari attended one such Ram Navami procession in the New Town area of the city, while Trinamool Congress minister Arup Roy and TMC’s Howrah Lok Sabha constituency candidate Prasun Banerjee walked with Ram Navami processions in Howrah town.

Many similar processions, small and big, with youths chanting Jai Shri Ram and holding saffron flags and replicas of swords amid frenzied beating of drums, took place across West Bengal. Police and security forces are staying vigilant and the situation has remained peaceful so far.

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MK Stalin says if Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes to power again, the country would go back by 200 years

MK Stalin said if PM Modi comes to power again, the country will be pushed back by 200 years and history will be rewritten.

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Tamil Nadu CM and DMK leader MK Stalin said on Tuesday that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes to power again, India would be pushed back by 200 years.  Stalin was addressing a rally in Sriperumbudur in the state in support of DMK candidate TR Baalu, he said, if PM Modi comes to power again, the country will be pushed back by 200 years and history will be rewritten.  He asserted that science will be pushed back, and superstitious stories will be given prominence. He added that Dr BR Ambedkar’s constitution will be replaced by the rules of the RSS.

The Tamil Nadu chief minister said a vote for the BJP is a vote for the enemy of state, a vote for the AIADMK is a vote for the betrayers of the state. Stalin hit out at the AIADMK and said that voting for the AIADMK was equivalent to voting for the BJP.

He added the AIADMK and the BJP were called natural allies, but they are now acting as if they are separated. The Tamil Nadu CM pointed out that when he was asked if the AIADMK would support the BJP in case they need majority, Edappadi K Palaniswami did not say that the AIADMK would not support the BJP. Stalin said everybody is waiting to see AIADMK’s answer.

The Tamil Nadu CM asserted that the AIADMK can never go against the BJP. He said a vote for the AIADMK is equivalent to a vote for the BJP. Stalin responded to former chief minister and AIADMK general secretary Palaniswami’s claim that he had got several awards from the centre and said that Palaniswami had got the awards for being the best of slaves. He said they are carefully implementing schemes for the development of Tamil Nadu and Palaniswami claims that he has got awards from the central government.

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