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Anti-hijab protests: Iran abolishes morality police after almost 2-month long demonstration

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After more than two months of anti-hijab protest, Iran’s government on Sunday abolished its morality police. This comes after the time thousands of women from the country expressed their anger by coming to the streets, cutting their hair, and asking the justice for Mahsa Amini who was allegedly killed in the custody by the morality police for violating the strict female dress code in Tehran.

The protest that was almost led by the women swept the country and forced the government to take its law back after a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin died on September 16 by the morality police.

Reacting about the same, Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazer said that the parliament and the judiciary are working to solve the issue of whether such laws requiring the country’s women to cover their heads need some change or not.

Montazer further stated that the morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary. The judiciary continues to monitor behavioral actions in the country, Montazer added in his statement. However, it is still unclear if the government would set up the police again in a different context or not.

President Ebrahim Raisi also said that the constitution’s republican and Islamic foundations in Iran were firmly established, but there are ways under which the implementing the constitution can be more flexible in the country.

Meanwhile, the government of Iran established the morality police under hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It was formally known as the Gasht-e Ershad or Guidance Patrol. The team was introduced to enforce laws regarding the culture of modesty, and Islamic dress and ensure women in the country wear the mandatory hijab.

Apart from Iran, Saudi Arabia also took the same inspiration and employed morality police in order to enforce female dress codes and rules of behavior in the country. However, since 2016, the team which was set up has been sidelined by the Sunni Muslim kingdom to shake off staunch ideologies

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Rajya Sabha Election: Congress wins 3 seats in Karnataka, BJP 1

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CM DK Shivakumar said this shows the unity and integrity of Congress. He thanked all the MLAs, party workers and the media. He said he is very happy that all the candidates from Congress won. He thanked all the voters, chief minister and the party workers and the AICC president also.

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The ruling Congress in Karnataka won three seats and the BJP one in the Rajya Sabha elections in Karnataka on Tuesday. The candidates who were selected to Rajya Sabha are Syed Naseer Hussain, GC Chandrasekhar and Ajay Maken who belong to the Congress, and Narayansa K Bhandage of the BJP.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CM DK Shivakumar said this shows the unity and integrity of Congress. He thanked all the MLAs, party workers and the media. He said he is very happy that all the candidates from Congress won. He thanked all the voters, chief minister and the party workers and the AICC president also. He said he would like to thank Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge.

Congress candidates Naseer Hussain and former union minster Ajay Maken won with 47 votes, while GC Chandrasekhar secured 45 votes. The BJP won 1 Rajya Sabha seat from Karnataka with candidate Narayansa Bhandage securing 47 votes.

Each Rajya Sabha candidate needed at least 45 votes in the 224-MLA Karnataka Assembly to win a Rajya Sabha seat from the state. With 135 MLAs, the Congress had the exact number to elect its three candidates. The BJP has 66 MLAs, which secured a comfortable win for party worker Narayansa Bhandage.

The Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant following the retirement of 4 members – Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar (BJP) and Congress’s GC Chandrashekhar, Syed Naseer Hussain and L Hanumanthaiah

5 candidates contested for the 4 Rajya Sabha seats in the elections, including JD(S) contestant D Kupendra Reddy. The elections were marred by cross-voting. One of the BJP MLAs, ST Somasekhar voted for the Congress’s Maken, the other, A Shivaram Hebbar, abstained. Leader of Opposition R Ashoka said they would seek action against Somahekhar, and termed the MLA’s decision political suicide. Soon after voting, Somashekhar told the media that he voted as per his conscience.  

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says BJP will win 10 seats or more from Kerala in Lok Sabha elections

The Prime Minister said during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Kerala gave a two digit vote share for the BJP but this time the party will win 2 digit seats from Kerala. He added the opposition parties have realised their defeat in the elections of 2024. PM Modi said they have lost their mental balance. He said the opposition parties do not have a roadmap for the country’s development.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Thiruvanthpuram on Tuesday that the BJP would win double-digit seats from Kerala in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Prime Minister was addressing a rally of BJP workers to mark the conclusion of a month-long, state-wide padyatra led by party state president K Surendran.

The Prime Minister said during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Kerala gave a two digit vote share for the BJP but this time the party will win 2 digit seats from Kerala. He added the opposition parties have realised their defeat in the elections of 2024. PM Modi said they have lost their mental balance. He said the opposition parties do not have a roadmap for the country’s development.

He said their only agenda is to utter abuses against Modi. He said he is confident that Kerala will stand with him this time. This has been the prime minister’s third visit to Kerala in less than 2 months. The prime minister said the huge crowd that had joined the Surendran-led padyatra has made the BJPs target of 370 seats in the Lok Sabha easier.

The Prime Minister said he is committed to fulfill the expectations of people and this is Modi’s guarantee. He said the BJP-led union government has never shown any discrimination towards Kerala. He said in the last 10 years the BJP-led central government has ensured Kerala’s development and the wise people of the state know this.

PM Modi predicted that in the third term of the BJP government, India will become the largest force in the world and this is Modi’s Guarantee. He said the third Modi government will increase its fight against corruption. He added in the last 10 years, more than 25 crore people have been brought out of poverty. The Prime Minister referred to various development projects and schemes which have been launched during the BJP rule at the centre. 

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AAP names Lok Sabha candidates for Delhi, Haryana; Somnath Bharti from New Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP announces Lok Sabha candidates for Delhi and Haryana.

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The Aam Aadmi Party unveiled its list for Delhi and Haryana for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday. The list includes the name Somnath Bharti (Chairman Delhi Jal Board), who will contest from New Delhi, Sahiram from South Delhi, Mahabal Mishra from West Delhi, and Kuldeep Kumar from East Delhi.

This  announcement comes two days after the AAP and Congress finalised the seat-sharing agreement. Meanwhile, in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP’ Sushil Gupta won the Kurkshetra Lok Sabha seat in Haryana.

The Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi will contest in the elections for New Delhi, West Delhi, South Delhi, and East Delhi as part of the alliance between the Congress and AAP. In contrast, Chandni Chowk, North-East Delhi, and East Delhi are held by the Congress.

The Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi will contest the elections for New Delhi, West Delhi, South Delhi, and East Delhi as part of the alliance between the Congress and AAP. In contrast, Chandni Chowk, North-East Delhi, and East Delhi are held by the Congress.

The Congress will also contest for both of the Goa seats in the elections. While in Gujarat, the AAP will field candidates for two seats and the Congress Party for 24 seats. Additionally, nine Haryana seats will be contested by Congress candidates, and the Kurukshetra Lok Sabha seat will be represented by an Aam Aadmi Party candidate. However, the two parties in Punjab will not form an alliance.

In addition to the AAP, the Congress and the Samajwadi Party have agreed to share seats in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in the country, with 80 representatives in the Lok Sabha. The SP and its supporters will compete for the remaining 63 seats, leaving the Grand Old Party to contest 17 of them.

During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi, the Congress head at the time, put out a similar seat-sharing scheme. However, the negotiations between the two parties’ could not come to a conclusion, and hence it collapsed. In the 2019 elections, the BJP easily won all seven seats in the capital, handily defeating the AAP and Congress, who combined received less than half of the total votes cast.

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