Former Union Minister Kapil Sibbal on Monday hosted a dinner party for the opposition and non-BJP parties at his residence in Delhi. It was his birthday celebration but the discussion among the leaders focused on taking on the Narendra Modi government in general elections 2024. However, Gandhis’, who were not present in the gathering were also targeted in the meeting. Some leaders present in the dinner party suggested that Congress can be revived only if it is freed from the clutches of Gandhis’ leadership.
The guest list of the dinner part was impressive that included NCP chief Sharad Pawar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, National Conference’s Omar Abdullah, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien and Kalyan Banerjee, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, Sanjay Singh from Aam Aadmi Part, RLD’s Jayant Chaudhary, Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena, BJD’s Pinaki Misra, Akali Dal’s Naresh Gujral and representatives of the TDP and the YSRCP.
Reports say Sibal started off the attack against the Modi government, explaining how every institution has been destroyed during its tenure. He also underscored the need for all opposition parties to work with a clear focus.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah questioned what steps were being taken to strengthen the core of Congress. Questions were raised on the party’s leadwership after its abysmal performance in Bihar elections.
Naresh Gujral of the Akali Dal launched a direct attack on the Gandhis, saying unless the Congress gets out of the clutches of the family, it will be very difficult to strengthen the party.
Kapil Sibal was among the G23 senior leaders who wrote a letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi last year seeking organisational changes and effective leadership. Twenty three senior leaders also known as G23, including five former chief ministers, many members from Congress Working Committee(CWC), several former union ministers had sent a letter to the party chief earlier in August. With an outlined 11-point action plan, the dissident leaders sought a full time and effective leadership for the party which is active and visible on the ground, including sweeping Congress organisational changes.
However, all G23 leaders were among the invitees that include Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari and Prithviraj Chavan.
New Delhi: Burglars rob jewellery worth Rs 25 crore from shop in Bhogal
According to Rajesh Deo, deputy commissioner of police, south Delhi, the total value of ornaments was nearly Rs 20 to 25 crores which was looted from Umrao Singh Jewellery shop in Jangpura’s Bhogal area. The robbery took place on Monday (Sep 25).
Gold and Diamond jewellery worth Rs 25 crore was roobed from a jewellery shop in southeast Delhi. The burglars bore a hole in the shop’s wall to access it in the night between September 25 and 26. The police said the incident was discovered and then reported. The shop owner said he had kept the shop shut on Monday. He found out about the robbery on Tuesday morning.
According to Rajesh Deo, deputy commissioner of police, south Delhi, the total value of ornaments was nearly Rs 20 to 25 crores which was looted from Umrao Singh Jewellery shop in Jangpura’s Bhogal area. The robbery took place on Monday (Sep 25). The robbers reached the strong room that has lockers of the jewellery shop. They created a hole in the wall near it.
The robbers took with them all the diamond and gold ornaments with them. They left behind the ornaments made of silver. The Nizamuddin police reached the place of robbery on Tuesday morning. The theft was discovered afterwards. The police are investigating the case. They are scanning the CCTV cameras installed in the showroom to find clues to the crime.
The owner of Umrao Singh Jewellery shop became suspicious when he saw the name panel of the shop broken. When he opened the shop’s shutter he discovered all the gold and diamond jewellery was missing. On further investigation he found all the alarm and security systems in the shop were disabled. As a result the alarm did not go off when the robbers robbed the shop.
In a similar incident silver and gold ornaments worth Rs 25 lakh were looted from a jewellery shop in Odisha’s Sambalpur. The incident took place on Sunday. 5 robbers entered the shop located Maneswar area in Sadar Police station area. The ornaments were looted at gunpoint.
Cauvery water dispute: Karnataka government is not against protest, but opposition should refrain from gaining political mileage, says CM Siddaramaiah
CM Siddaramaiah further underlined that they all must work for the people of Karnataka and not for self-political gains.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday asserted that his government does not oppose any protest, though there is a Supreme Court verdict against it. He added that the opposition should refrain from gaining political mileage, stating that there are few people and parties who are making the Cauvery issue political.
CM Siddaramaiah further underlined that they all must work for the people of Karnataka and not for self-political gains. Reportedly, there has been an escalating conflict between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu after the Cauvery Water Mangaement Authority (CWMA) issued an order asking Karnataka to release 5000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for 15 days.
The pro-Kannada outfits, political groups and farmers associations called for a strike to protest against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil nadu. Speaking about the strike, the Bengaluru police stated that there is no permission for any bandh, protest or demonstration in the city. The police announced Section 144, a prohibition of assembling more than five people in the city.
On Monday, JDS supremo and former PM Devegowda wrote an open letter to PM Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention into the cauvery dispute. CM Siddaramaiah openly welcomed former PM Devegowda’s step. In his letter, JDS supremo asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to interfere in resolving the ongoing disputes and differences between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
In addition, he also suggested to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to form an external agency who can bring forth a permanent solution to the Cauvery water sharing dispute between both the states. Today, a 12 hour Bandh was called upon by the Farmer’s Organisation in Bengaluru, with support from opposition parties. As far as reports are concerned, another statewide bandh has also been issued for 29th of September.
While Karnataka Jala Samrakhshan Samiti, an umbrella outfit of farmers’ association and opposition parties in Karnataka are holding protests in the state regarding the Cauvery water sharing dispute, farmers in Tamil Nadu also took the street to protest on the same and demanded for the release of Cauvery water to the state from Karnataka.
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Farmers from different parts of Thanjavur performed Tharpanam, a ritual which is done for ancestors, in front of district collector office, urging the government to get Tamil Nadu’s share of water in Cauvery for Kuruvai and Samba cultivation.
While Karnataka Jala Samrakhshan Samiti, an umbrella outfit of farmers’ association and opposition parties in Karnataka are holding protests in the state regarding the Cauvery water dispute, farmers in Tamil Nadu also took the street to protest on the same and demanded for the release of Cauvery water to the state from Karnataka.
The conflict between the two states broke out when the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) order directed Karnataka to continue releasing 5000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for another 15 days. Following the order, top Congress leaders of Karnataka maintained that there is no surplus water available to be released.
Protesting against the Karnataka government and demanding release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, a group of farmers from Tiruchirappalli were holding dead rats in their mouths. Notably, a similar protest was seen in April 2017, when Chinnagodangi Palanisamy, a 65-year-old farmer, caught a live rat in his mouth while protesting near Delhi’s Jantar Mantar to draw the government’s attention to the plight of farmers in drought-stricken areas of Tamil Nadu. The photos of this incident went viral then.
Meanwhile, farmers from different parts of Thanjavur performed Tharpanam, a ritual which is done for ancestors, in front of district collector office, urging the government to get Tamil Nadu’s share of water in Cauvery for Kuruvai and Samba cultivation. Kuruvai cultivation refers to the seasonal cultivation of paddy during the Kuruvai season in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Samba cultivation also refers to a seasonal paddy cultivation.
Furthermore, members of Cauvery Urimai Meetpu Kulu also staged a rail roko protest in Thanjavur by blocking Cholan Express train, condemning Karnataka government to release Tamil Nadu’s share of water in Cauvery river. Reportedly, the protestors were arrested by the police.
In another protest regarding the same, members of Desai Thenninthiya Nathigal Inaippu Vivasayigal Sangam (National South Indian River Interlinking Agriculturist Association) held a protest under the leadership of state president of the association Ayyakannu in Trichy by performing the last rites of Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah. They condemned the Karnataka state government for not releasing enough water from Cauvery.