Cong instigating farmers against govt for being out of power: Nalin Kumar Kateel

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September 29, 2020
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Belagavi, Sept 29: Karnataka BJP chief and Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel alleged that Congress has been fuelling protests and instigating the farmers against land reforms and APMC Act for being out of power in the state and Centre and not being able to digest it.

Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, Kateel said APMC Act has given farmers power to decide the costs of their agricultural produce which earlier was with traders and commission agents. Land reforms act too was in favour of farmers.

BJP leaders and workers will create awareness among the farmers and people regarding the benefits they enjoy due to the new laws, he added. Congress, when out of power, instigates people for protests and the same has been happening with the new laws. APMC Act and land reforms were in the manifesto of Congress, but being in the Opposition, it has been instigating people and farmers, he stated.

He also alleged that Congress leaders had similarly fuelled protests against CAA while it was pending since the era of Mahatma Gandhi, and Indira Gandhi too wanted it. Allegations by the Congress that BJP has been murdering democracy were not acceptable. It was Congress that dislodged many state governments for power and Emergency by Indira Gandhi was an example of its mindset, Kateel said.

Congress leader Siddharamaiah is a former chief minister and should behave respectfully. During his tenure as Chief Minister, more than 3000 farmers committed suicide, Hindu activists were murdered. Violence was instigated in the name of Tipu Sultan Jayanti and efforts were made to divide the society in the name of Veershaiva-Lingayat, he said.

Siddharamaiah does not have any right to demand resignation of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa over protest by farmers. The Chief Minister has been working for the welfare of all.

Siddharamaiah could not even win Assembly election from his home constituency in Mysuru and had to get elected from Badami in Bagalkot district, Kateel said. BJP will soon finalise candidates for Sira assembly constituency by-election. Names of four to five candidates have come forward. BJP was in commanding position in the constituency, he informed.

He denied commenting on the candidate for the by-election for Belagavi parliamentary constituency that had got vacated due to the death of union minister Suresh Angadi. Kateel said he would be visiting the family of Angadi to console them. He recalled Angadi's contribution for the party's organisation and for the state as Railway Minister.

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October 26,2020

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Mumbai, Oct 26: Controversial actress Payal Ghosh has joined Union minister Ramdas Athawale-led Republican Party of India (A) in Mumbai and has been named as the vice president of its women’s wing, according to media reports. Ghosh had recently accused Anurag Kashyap of rape, a charge denied by the filmmaker.

RPI(A) is one of the allies of ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

She had filed a rape case against Kashyap in September and met Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari, demanding action against the filmmaker. She was accompanied by Athawale, a Rajya Sabha member. The two had also met Mumbai Police joint commissioner (Law and Order) Vishwas Nangare Patil, seeking security for the actor.

Mumbai Police had booked Kashyap after the actor accused him of sexual misconduct. The First Information Report (FIR) was registered at Versova Police station on September 22 after the actor, along with her lawyer Nitin Satpute, approached the police. The FIR was registered under Sections 376 (I) (rape), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

In her police complaint, Payal Ghosh alleged that Kashyap raped her at a place on Yari Road in Versova in 2013.

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October 17,2020

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Washington, Oct 17: During the 2016 election campaign around this time, then-candidate Donald Trump addressed a large, glamorous rally of thousands of cheering Hindus – the first time a US presidential candidate reached out to the followers of the faith

But this time there won't be such an event.

The Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC), which organised the event on October 15, 2016, in New Jersey, is scaling back its campaign for Trump and will not hold events for him unless he gives an assurance on immigration reform, according to its founder Shalabh Kumar.

Kumar said media persons that he and the group's members would continue to support Trump and urge Hindus to vote for him, but will not hold any campaign events like the one in 2016 which was attended by over 8,000 people.

In the US, electioneering based on religious appeal is legal and common at all levels.

"We are asking all our members to support Trump in their individual capacity to vote for Trump and for Republicans in general," Kumar said.

"But in terms of major campaign events like what we did in New Jersey and what we did with 'Apki Baar Trump Sarkar' commercial which we aired every day, we are waiting for a meeting with the President to clarify his position particularly on the Green Card backlog," he said.

He asserted that the RHC had about 50,000 members and because the Hindus came from all over the world, their number in the US exceeded that of immigrants coming directly from India and their children.

While the Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden is not carrying out large campaign rallies because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Trump has been holding them and it should be possible to organise a Hindu event for him.

The Trump campaign, meanwhile, has launched an outreach under its own umbrella called the 'Hindu Voices for Trump', as part of a multi-pronged drive that also separately targets Sikhs, Muslims and Indian-Americans in general.

But it has been acting low key, not organising any big campaign events for Hindus and it emphasises religious freedom and economic opportunities.

For the first time, Democrats have also reached out to members of the religion with a "Hindus for Biden" initiative spearheaded by Raja Krishnamoorthi, a member of the House of Representatives.

In the past, the Democrats' explicit outreach had been to religions like Islam and Judaism and excluded Hinduism.

Noting the change in the Democratic Party, Kumar quipped: "We have at least made the Hindu word popular."

He said that as a "very issue-oriented, policy-oriented organisation", the RHC requires a commitment from Trump on immigration reform and clearing the Green Card backlog, which it considers is important to the community and would ramp up its campaign for him once it is received.

While Trump speaks of merit-based immigration there are about a million people caught up in the Green Card backlog and "they are in great pain", he said.

The RHC wants a commitment from Trump that he would introduce a system of an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that would allow people waiting for five or more years for their Green Cards to indefinitely work and live in the US till their numbers come up for it, he said.

According to Republican Senator Mike Lee's estimate, the backlog is so bad that for some Indians the wait could take 195 years for a Green Card, which gives permanent immigrant status and puts the recipients in the pipeline to full citizenship.

The EAD would be a bridge to Green Card pending immigration reforms to clear the backlog, Kumar said.

Trump would also have to come out more clearly on the Citizenship Amendment Act that gives expedited Indian citizenship to Christian, Hindu and Buddhist refugees fleeing persecution in Islamic nations in South Asia, and on the Indian government withdrawing the special constitutional status of Kashmir.

In 2016, Kumar said "we had an agreement from Trump" on four issues that the RHC raised "before we endorsed his and went out all the way for him".

The issues were holding Pakistan accountable for terrorism, the sale of advanced weapons systems to India, the supply of liquid natural gas to India and advancing US-India relations, he said.

Candidate Trump agreed to the conditions and as president he has delivered on them, Kumar said.

That is a reason for the uptick in support among Indian-Americans for Trump, he said.

Regarding the immigration issue, he said: "There is bipartisan support and we want to make sure that that issue gets taken care of, whether Trump gets re-elected, which, of course, we want -- I am a hard-core conservative – (and) at the same time looking at the reality on the ground, if Vice President Biden become the president, we want that issue to be taken care of."

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October 24,2020

Mangaluru, Oct 24: Air India has announced resumption of flights between Mangaluru and Bengaluru starting October 26. 

Flight AI 575 will depart from Bengaluru at 4pm and reach Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) at 5.20pm. Flight AI 576 will depart MIA at 6pm and reach Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru at 7.20pm. 

The flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Fares start at Rs 2,342, a communique from the airline stated.

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