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Sushil Modi defends BJP, says party never against caste census

Sushil Kumar Modi, the former deputy CM of Bihar said the BJP is not averse to the caste-based census. He also said that will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday will have a BJP representative.The meeting is underway.

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Ahead of delegation of 11 political leaders of Bihar led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on caste-based census, the Bihar’s former deputy CM Sushil Modi on Sunday said that the BJP has never been against the caste census.

In a series tweets on Sunday, Bihar BJP senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP cleared his party stand and said the BJP was never against the issue, the party have also been part of resolutions passed in the legislative assembly and council in its support. The delegation which is scheduled to meet PM Modi also includes a BJP representative, Sushil Modi wrote.

In an another tweet, Sushil Modi said BJP’s Gopinath Munde had presented the party’s side in Parliament in favour of the caste census in 2011. He also tweeted that that the last time a caste-based count took place was in 1931, under British rule, when Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha were one entity.

The comments come as Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Leader of Opposition in Bihar Legislative Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav and leaders from 10 political parties are scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi to demand a caste-based census at 11:00 am on Monday. The meeting is underway.

Sushil Modi’s comments comes weeks after the government in Parliament had denied to carry out caste-based and also comes just months before the Assembly elections scheduled in several states next year, including Uttar Pradesh, which remains divided deeply along caste lines.

Not just the JDU chief Nitish Kumar, several Bihar BJP leaders and opposition leaders across the country, cutting across party lines, had had been repeatedly demanding caste census, which has not happened in India since the British period.

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It is also believed that the BJP have decided to give second thought to conducting of caste enumeration through national census amid mounting  pressure from various parties.

Ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, It is tricky call for the Narendra Modi government to conduct the caste census as the BJP comes to power after 14 years in the biggest state on the back of  strong support from the OBCs. But, however, the BJP remains committed to its core upper-caste voter in Uttar Pradesh, especially at a time when the construction of the Ram Mandir is expected to be a major poll plank in the 2022 elections.

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Patna: Bulldozers knock down 70 houses in Rajiv Nagar, clash between police and public

In Rajiv Nagar, 70 houses were demolished by bulldozers. The local people clashed with the police administration due to the order of demolishing 70 illegal houses.

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Patna: Bulldozers knock down 70 houses in Rajiv Nagar, clash between police and public

In Rajiv Nagar, 70 houses were demolished by bulldozers. The local people clashed with the police administration due to the order of demolishing 70 illegal houses.

According to the reports, when police and anti-riot force started moving bulldozers on the houses, the residents and the local people also stood up with bricks and stones in their hands.

The reason for the displeasure of the local people is that the CO and government employees of the area took no action when the houses were being built and the area was being settled.

One of the locals said, “when the houses are already built, then why the bulldozer is being run by the administration to remove them.”

It has been clearly said by the Minister of Revenue and Land Reform, Ramsurat Rai that the government is not in a mood to be soft on the encroachers. So, on June 3, the administration reached Rajiv Nagar with about one and a half dozen JCB machines to demolish the illegal constructions in Rajiv Nagar of Patna (Bihar).

The local people were seen clashing with the administration to save the shelter. They also attacked the police and the anti-riot force with bricks and stones.

During this, the condition of the people, whose houses were broken, was deteriorated. People who had built houses with hard-earned money were seen getting helpless.

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Bihar: Fire breaks out at train in Bhelwa Railway Station, video goes viral

A fire broke out at a train in Bhelwa Railway Station in Bihar which was heading to Narkatiaganj from Raxual.

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According to the reports, all passengers who were on the train were evacuated safely.

A fire broke out at a train in Bhelwa Railway Station in Bihar in the wee hours of Sunday. The fire reportedly erupted in the engine of the DMU train, which was heading to Narkatiaganj from Raxual. According to the reports, all passengers who were on the train were evacuated safely.

A news agency uploaded a video on its Twitter account which shows black smoke swirling out of the train. As soon as the people there noticed the smoke, they informed the on-duty officials. And soon after fire officials reached the spot. Firefighters are seen extinguishing the fire in the video as a crowd of onlookers watches from nearby.

All passengers are safe because the fire from the engine did not spread to other compartments of the train. A firefighting operation is underway.

However, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. No casualties have been reported so far.

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After Mohammed Zubair’s arrest, Alt News founder Pratik Sinha’s old tweet on Lord Ganesha triggers social media outrage

The tweet is viral on the internet and a section of social media is slamming Sinha for mocking Lord Ganesha and hurting religious sentiments.

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Days after Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair got arrested by the Delhi police over allegedly hurting religious sentiments in a 2008 tweet, Pratik Sinha’s old tweet on Lord Ganesha on Lord Ganesha is doing rounds on the internet.

Why #ArrestPratikSinha is trending?

Pratik Sinha, the founder of the fack checker news website Alt News, in an old tweet dated September 19, 2015, wrote, “See many people posting pictures of Ganesha. You guys really believe a man had an elephant’s head?”

The tweet is viral on the internet and a section of social media is slamming Sinha for mocking Lord Ganesha and hurting religious sentiments. #ArrestPratikSinha is trending on Twitter.

Reacting to Pratik Sinha’s tweet, one user demanded strict action against Sinha for hurting religious beliefs. Another user wrote hurting others’ beliefs is not free-thinking. Yet another user wrote Sinha deserves to be arrested for his deeds.

Have a look at Twitter reactions to Pratik Sinha’s old tweet here:

https://twitter.com/iRiddhimajain/status/1543208062051176448
https://twitter.com/peonking21/status/1543211250695680001

Meanwhile, the Delhi police on Saturday charged Mohammed Zubair with fresh charges of destruction of evidence and receiving funds from foreign entities.

Reports say Delhi Police have invoked sections 201(causing disappearance of evidence), 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and section 35 of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) for allegedly receiving foreign donations.

On June 27, Mohammed Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly hurting religious sentiments in one of his old tweets. He was sent to one-day police custody by the trial court on the same day.

The fact-checker was charged under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC.

He was then charged under sections 120B, 201 of the IPC and 35 FCRA through which the Enforcement Directorate c can lodge a case against Zubair.

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