The Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party is ready to make any "political compromise" with the Shiv Sena if the latter encountered problems with allies - the NCP and the Congress, in implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act, a senior leader said here on Saturday. Former minister Ashish Shelar said that for the BJP, the nation takes precedence over everything else and implementing the CAA is imperative for the interests of the country and Maharashtra. "There are many Pakistani and Bangladeshi illegal migrants living in Maharashtra and other parts of the country. They must be thrown out. For this, we call upon Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to implement the CAA immediately," Shelar told mediapersons. "Don't worry about saving your government. If you walk out of the government for the CAA, we can discuss and make compromises. Do not get scared of anyone, show them your real strength," Shelar urged. He pointed out that the Sena had supported the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok … [Read more...] about Many Pakistani, Bangladeshi illegal migrants living in Maharashtra, must be thrown out: Ashish Shelar to Uddhav Thackeray
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By Shantanu Nandan Sharma It is 11 am on Thursday (December 12) and Guwahati is under curfew, imposed by the state government to curb the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). A small group of protesters defy the curfew and attempt to gather at Guwahati’s Latasil playground — a venue for sporting events as well as Bihu celebrations. Police act quickly and push the crowd back. Soon, another group emerges from a bylane to join the first group. The protesters refuse to budge despite police’s appeal. The law-enforcers lathicharge. But a third group, fourth and a fifth group come from the bylanes to join the main group outside the ground. Police fire tear gas shells to disperse the crowd streaming in from the bylanes. Within half an hour, protesters’ numbers swell to around 8,000, forcing the security forces to step back. The crowd now manages to enter the Latasil ground. A helicopter and a drone are pressed into service to monitor the defiant … [Read more...] about What lies ahead for Assam which is steadfastly, and often violently, protesting the new citizenship act?
The story so far: Curfew was eased on Saturday for some hours in towns and cities of the Brahmaputra Valley including Guwahati in lower Assam and Dibrugarh in upper Assam after days of violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 since the Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on December 11 and the President of India gave his assent on December 12. Some States were kept outside the purview of the Act, which will grant citizenship to Hindus and other non-Muslim minorities of three countries, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, under the Sixth Schedule and the inner line permit (ILP) system, but there is unease on the ground about what it will mean for the ethnic diversity of the region. In Assam, for example, observers say the division between the Assamese-speaking Brahmaputra Valley and the Bengali-speaking Barak Valley is likely to deepen; and that relations between tribals and the Bengali-speaking majority in Tripura will suffer. The rules of CAA under which Hindu … [Read more...] about Why is the Northeast on the boil?
Despite facing reverses in the Lok Sabha elections by losing four seats to BJP and three to Congress, TRS emerged stronger by sweeping the local body elections in June this year. Its position in the assembly was solidified with MLAs from other parties joining its ranks. Election year 2019:After retaining power in December 2018 assembly elections, Lok Sabha election results were a big setback to TRS. The party was hoping to win 16 of 17 seats, and dreamt of playing the kingmaker in the formation of the government at the Centre. But, the party suffered a jolt with BJP winning four seats, including Nizamabad which was held by CM’s daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha. However, the ruling party came up trumps in the local body elections by bagging 80% seats and all the 32 zilla parishad chairpersons’ seats. TRS got a shot in the arm when it wrested Congress stronghold, Huzurnagar, in the bypolls with a handsome margin of 43,000 votes. The ruling party is now bracing for urban body … [Read more...] about Saffron surge hurts Pink party’s purple patch
As soon as the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in both houses of Parliament and given Presidential assent making it a law, loud murmurs started about another proposed legislation - a nationwide NRC. So what is the NRC that the opposition is worried about and has many concerned? What is NRC? NRC is the National Register of Citizens. The NRC identified and eliminated illegal immigrants from Assam on the Supreme Court's order. This has been a state-specific exercise to keep its ethnic uniqueness unaltered. But ever since its implementation, there has been a growing demand for its nationwide implementation. Now, many top BJP leaders including Home Minister Amit Shah have proposed that the NRC in Assam be implemented across India. It effectively suggests to bring a legislation that will enable the government to identify infiltrators who have been living in India illegally, detain them and finally to deport them where they came from. Who stands to lose? The proposed Bill, which till … [Read more...] about All you need to know about proposed pan-India NRC