A moving autorickshaw suddenly exploded in Karnataka’s Mangaluru on Sunday, causing fire and heavy smoke. The news of injuries to the auto driver and a passenger has come to the fore. CCTV footage from the area shared by the police showed the autorickshaw bursting into flames.
Initially, the police official didn’t call it a blast but after a while, DGP of Karnataka said that now it has been confirmed that it was an intentional blast and not an accident. They said that the blast is not accidental, but a terrorist act with intent to cause some serious damage. The Karnataka State Police is probing it thoroughly with central agencies.
CM Bommai gave information
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has given information about the alleged bomb blast in Mangaluru on Saturday. He said that after investigation it has come to light that it was not an accident but a terrorist attack. Not only this, it has also been learned that the suspect who carried out the bombings had terrorist links.
He said that when the background check of the suspect was done, it was found that the name written in the Aadhaar card recovered from the spot was different from that of the person who was carrying it. The suspect had a duplicate Aadhaar card and had the address of Hubli. More details came to the fore later when the police traced the suspect’s original address and his places of stay.
Investigation team has been constituted: Commissioner of Police
The police commissioner said that they have formed a special team and have called the FSL (Forensic Science Lab) team to verify the cause of the incident. The passenger who got injured is currently undergoing treatment. On the condition of the injured, the police commissioner said that he has not spoken to the hospital authorities.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Gyanendra has made a big statement and said that the state police has started a thorough investigation into the Mangaluru auto-rickshaw blast incident. Those injured in the fight are being treated. It is feared that this could be a terrorist incident. The Central Investigation Team will also join hands with the State Police to find the root cause of this blast.
Parliament Special Session: Om Birla cautions MP Ramesh Bidhuri for anti-Muslim slurs, Rajnath Singh apologises
Congress MP Jairam Ramesh underlined that the language should not be used inside or outside the Parliament, adding that he had never heard such a statement.
During the proceedings of Parliament Special Session, Lok Sabha MP Ramesh Bidhuri reportedly used anti-Muslim slurs against his Parliament colleague Danish Ali of the BSP. Taking cognizance of the matter, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla cautioned the BJP member for his remarks in the House, adding that strict action would be taken against him if he repeats such behaviour in future.
Reports state that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh immediately apologised after Bidhuri made the remarks. He apologised to the House as the deputy leader and ensured smooth functioning of the proceedings. According to reports, Ramesh Bhidhuri termed Danish Ali, a militant, terrorist and shouted: throw this mullah out.
Speaking on the incident, Congress MP Jairam Ramesh asserted that what Ramesh Bidhuri said about Danish Ali is highly condemnable. He added that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has apologised but that is insufficient. The congress MP underlined that the language should not be used inside or outside the Parliament, adding that he had never heard such a statement.
Jairam Ramesh further claimed that the incident is not only an insult to Danish Ali but also an insult to all of them. He voiced that the beginning of the new Parliament has been done by Bidhuri and his words and that this shows the intent of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He added that he thinks the matter is a case for suspension and strictest punishment should be taken against him.
In addition, RJD MP Manoj Jha expressed that he was saddened, but not surprised. He added that this is the truth of PM’s Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. He noted that they need to think that if such words were used for an MP in Parliament, then what kind of language against Muslims, Dalits legitimacy has been given. He added that yet the Prime Minister could not say a word on Ramesh Bidhuri.
Women’s Reservation Bill a good thing, but two footnotes of census, delimitation were attached, says Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi further slammed the government for delaying women’s reservation, adding that it is a distraction from demand for conducting caste census.
Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the landmark Women Reservation Bill with no members of Parliament voting against it. Speaking on the same, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed that the historic bill is a good thing, but they have found two footnotes: census will have to be done before implementation of the bill and delimitation attached to it.
The senior Congress leader stated that the truth is that 33 per cent reservation can be given to women in Parliament and state Assemblies today itself. Elaborating on the matter, Rahul Gandhi stated that the problem is implementation of the bill. He enquired what does it mean to place a bill on the floor of the house and implement it 10 years later.
The Congress leader added that BJP should remove two points of census and delimitation and give women their due participation. He mentioned that BJP should also make public the data on caste census which his party did.
He further slammed the government for delaying women’s reservation, adding that it is a distraction from demand for conducting caste census. He also questioned why only three out of 90 bureaucrats are from the OBC community, underlining that the Prime Minister says that he is working a lot for the OBCs.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that having reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies was talked about for nearly three decades but earlier efforts lacked commitment and women were even insulted. He added that it is BJP’s good fortune that its government got the opportunity to pass the bill.
Narendra Modi hailed that this is a proof of fulfilling Modi guarantee which will usher a new era of women-led development. He also pointed out a number of government schemes and decisions for women’s welfare, mentioning that his government has made every attempt to unshackle them with programmes for their security, respect and prosperity.
Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal moves Women’s Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, says census, delimitation necessary
Congress MP Rajneeth Ranjan stated that they want rights, adding that women don’t want to be pitied.
Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal moved the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Addressing the house, the Union Law Minister noted that census and delimitation are necessary for the quota bill. He further expressed that the historic bill would bring equality to women.
The Union Law Minister underlined that through the Constitutional Amendment Bill, a section will be inserted in Article 330, Article 332 and Article 334. Through these, 1/3rd of the seats will be reserved in Lok Sabha and all State Assemblies of the country, he continued. Arjun Ram Meghwal further hailed that this bill is a major step ahead.
Initiating a debate on the Women’s Reservation Bill, BJP President J P Nadda praised Prime MInister Narendra Modi for the quota bill. He mentioned that the bill will strengthen women’s empowerment. The BJP President further expressed confidence that the Women’s Reservation Bill will be passed in Rajya Sabha unanimously without any obstacles.
On the other hand, debating on the historic bill, Congress MP Rajneeth Ranjan stated that they want rights, adding that women don’t want to be pitied. Referring to the name of bill, Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, the Congress MP remarked that the government should not bow down to them, but provide them equal rights and equal opportunities.
As far as reports are concerned, the Rajya Sabha will allocate seven and a half hours for the bill’s discussion and it is widely expected to receive approval in the Upper House. After the bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha, it will require the approval of the majority of state assemblies. Notably, the implementation of the historic bill will occur following a delimitation exercise based on census data completion. Reportedly, this is the seventh attempt to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha.