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Unnao case: BJP central leadership expels Kuldeep Sengar after mass outrage and embarrassment as Supreme Court intervenes

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the face of massive public outrage and criticism over the Unnao rape case and the huge embarrassment after Supreme Court’s stern orders today, Thursday, Aug 1, the BJP central leadership expelled Kuldeep Sengar, its MLA from Bangarmau, Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

Sengar’s expulsion comes days after the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer were critically wounded and two of her relatives were killed in a car crash involving a speeding truck that had its number plate painted black.

Sengar and his aides have been charged with attempt to murder in the police complaint on the crash, which is being investigated by the CBI.

The BJP’s decision is seen as belated after a year-long saga of police callousness, administrative neglect and bullying by a powerful rape-accused politician. The ruling party has faced intense criticism for not taking any action against the lawmaker for over a year.

According to reports, an urgent consultation held by BJP top brass in Delhi on Wednesday night with BJP leaders from Uttar Pradesh Swatantra Dev Singh and Sunil Bansal led to Sengar’s expulsion. Party realises a suspension is not enough, reports further added.

Alongside, media reports said the Uttar Pradesh government has also suspended three police personnel, including two women cops, appointed for the security of Unnao rape survivor, reported ANI.

Reacting to Sengar’s expulsion, UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said that the Uttar Pradesh unit is yet to receive any information on the expulsion of the rape accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar from the party. According to media reports, he said, “The decision in this regard would have been taken by the top bosses in Delhi. Let me make it clear again that Sengar was suspended from the party the day allegations were levelled against him and BJP never favours a criminal no matter at how strong position he or she is.”

Earlier this week, the BJP had claimed that Kuldeep Sengar had been suspended in 2018, but had refused to say when this step was taken. It had not been reported anywhere. BJP UP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, “We had not issued any press release then, but I am officially stating this now when you have asked me.”

While that was not known, newly elected BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj had felt no qualms when he had gone to meet Sengar in jail to thank him after the election results were declared.

The BJP’s announcement came after severe embarrassment in the Supreme Court for the party’s government in Uttar Pradesh.

The court today transferred four cases linked to the Unnao rape survivor out of Uttar Pradesh to Delhi, which was interpreted by many as validation of the fears of her family, which had written to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi alleging threats from the lawmaker.

Also Read: Unnao case: CJI Gogoi to take up rape victim’s letter tomorrow; Supreme Court registry under lens again

The court also asked for a progress report from the CBI on the rape case that has not moved in over a year despite Kuldeep Sengar’s arrest in April 2018. 

The girl has accused Sengar and his aides of raping her when she went to his home for a job in 2017. Her complaint was registered by the police only after she went public, staging a protest outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Lucknow home and threatening to set herself on fire if she was not heard.

She took the step after her father was thrashed by Sengar’s brother and, in his badly wounded state, taken to jail instead of hospital and charged. The day after her protest at the chief minister’s home, her father died in custody.

Her uncle – father’s brother – was later booked in a case and is in jail as an undertrial.

On Sunday, July 28, the teen rape survivor, her lawyer and two aunts – one of whom is a key witness in the case – had gone to meet the uncle in jail when a speeding truck crashed into their vehicle, killing the two aunts and critically injuring the girl and the lawyer.

The family alleges that this was done under a conspiracy to eliminate the girl’s side. The girl had written to Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi expressing apprehension that she may be killed. Her lawyer, too, had reportedly expressed fears of being eliminated.

Also Read: Unnao case: CBI books BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar, 10 others for attempt to murder

Today’s Supreme Court orders came as the CJI took up the case based on girl’s letter. He ordered the CBI to complete investigation in the crash case in seven days.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Shiv Sena, BJP to fight Lok Sabha elections together: CM Eknath Shinde declares after meeting Amit Shah

Shinde informed the meeting was held with Shah yesterday night.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday, posting a picture from his meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the BJP and Shiv Sena to unitedly fight all the upcoming elections including the Lok Sabha elections in the state.

Shinde tweeted a picture, in which along with him and Shah, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis can also be seen.

Shinde informed the meeting was held with Shah yesterday night.

Shinde in the caption with the picture informed, in the meeting, it was decided that the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena in Maharashtra to contest all the upcoming elections in the state together, which includes the state assembly elections, local body elections and the mega 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Shinde added, for the sake of Maharashtra’s development, their alliance is strong and in the past 11 months of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, the government has taken major steps towards progress of the state and has also given permission to the policies that were at halt.

Confident Shinde said, in the future elections, they will contest together and will win with majority to make Maharashtra as the top ranking state in the country.

The Maharashtra CM further added, discussions related to agriculture and cooperative department also held in the meeting with Shah.

Shinde also hoped for the continuous guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards the implementation of policies for development of Maharashtra.

Shinde was a Thackeray family loyalist until last year, when he along with 15 other MLAs in a dramatic turn of events  went against then Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, which resulted to the the collapse of Maha Vikash Aghadi government in the state and the formation of BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government with Shinde taking over as the Chief Minister.

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Telugu Desam Party chief  Chandrababu Naidu meets Amit Shah, Nadda, speculation of BJP-TDP alliance

Reports said, both the parties may go into an alliance for the upcoming elections. The meeting between the leaders lasted for about half an hour.

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Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday evening, met BJP president JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi to reportedly discuss an alliance ahead of the Telangana assembly election this year and 2024 general elections. The meeting lasted for an hour.

Reports said, both the parties may go into an alliance for the upcoming elections. The meeting between the leaders lasted for about half an hour.

During the Narendra Modi led NDA came to the power at Centre in 2014, Naidu’s TDP was a part of the alliance until March 2018, when it broke the alliance on the special status issue to Andhra Pradesh.

The decision that was taken by Naidu just before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he had then said it was in concern with the Centre overlooking Andhra Pradesh in the annual budget of the Centre.

Both the parties came together after the recent municipal elections in Port Blair. In March this year the Port-Blair municipal elections the TDP emerged as the kingmaker backing the BJP in the council formation.

If the two parties extended ties, it is expected to come as a shot in the arm for the BJP which has an aspiring target of expanding its footprint in Andhra Pradesh and and other southern region.

The Centre ruled party recently lost the Karnataka assembly elections, the lone southern state, where the party was in power.

However, the failure of the Karnataka Assembly elections has shifted BJP’s senior leadership’s attention to other states in South India, particularly Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where the party does not want to give the Congress any influence.

Reports said, while the TDP has emerged as one of the key opposition parties in Telangana, it has struggled to find support among the politically dominant castes in Andhra Pradesh.

Amid the speculations of an alliance between the TDP and BJP, both the parties have been throwing signals about a possible alliance in the near future.

The TDP recently distanced itself from the opposition’s move to boycott the Parliament inauguration event and marked its presence.

Reports said, the BJP leadership has made Telangana the party’s priority in its Mission South and has advanced in the state’s local body elections.

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War of words breaks out between BJP, Congress over Rahul Gandhi’s saying Muslim League is a secular party

Former Congress President and MP Mr. Rahul Gandhi got criticized by the BJP Leaders in India after his comment on the Muslim League is completely secular

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Several BJP leaders were quick to pounce on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s comment at the National Press Club in Washington DC calling the Muslim League a secular party.

In his interaction in Washington DC, Rahul Gandhi said the Muslim League is a completely secular party and is in alliance with the Muslim League in Kerala as part of the United Democratic Front. Gandhi said there is nothing non-secular about the Muslim League and questioned the reporter’s knowledge about the Muslim League.

Senior BJP leaders said Rahul Gandhi is insulting India from foreign shores. Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya said Rahul Gandhi should apologise for his comments and should speak about it to the people in India once he is here.

Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said he does not take Rahul Gandhi seriously and blamed the comment on a Congress tendency. He said the comment was dangerous as such seeds of division can grow up to be challenges to the country.

Former Law Minister and BJP leader Kiren Rijiju criticised Rahul Gandhi’s statement on the Muslim League’s secular character. BJP IT Cell chief Amit Malviya criticized Rahul Gandhi on Twitter.

In response, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera hit out at Malviya on Twitter and questioned the BJP IT Cell chief’s wisdom and awareness about the Muslim League. He schooled him about the difference between the Indian Union Muslim League in Kerala and the Muslim League of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

During the Washington DC interaction, Rahul Gandhi held forth on various topics including the party’s chances in the 2024 Lok Sabha, the move for Opposition unity to take on the BJP and the perils of unemployment that has been encircling India. Gandhi said his party was holding regular dialogue with all Opposition parties, there is a lot of good work happening in that regard.

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