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Vasundhara, Dushyant Singh tested negative for coronavirus after attending party with Kanika Kapoor

National Vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday tested negative for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection. The test results for her son, Dushyant Singh, too have come negative, it was confirmed. However, as a precautionary measure, Raje and her son will continue to be in self-isolation for 15 days, she said.

Taking to her official handle on Twitter, Vasundhara Raje said, “After conducting a Covid-19 test, I’m happy to inform you that the results came back negative. However, as a preventive measure, my son and I will continue to be in isolation for 15 days.”

She added, “A lot of you checked up on me and I appreciate your concern. I want to thank you for your prayers & good wishes. They are what keep me going!”

Her son, Dushyant Singh, Member of Parliament (MP) from Jhalawar-Baran also confirmed on Twitter that his test results had come back negative.

“My COVID-19 report has come back negative, but as a precaution, I am currently in isolation and following all health-related instructions,” Dushyant posted, adding, “I express my gratitude to all those who were concerned about my health and continued to take good care of me, including those in my parliamentary constituency Jhalawar-Baran. My thanks also to all the doctors and the entire team of the AIIMS hospital.”

The test was necessitated as it was reported earlier that Vasundhara Raje had on March 15 attended a party with Kanika Kapoor, a popular Bollywood singer who tested positive for coronavirus on Friday.

The other few people who attended the party were Vasundhara Singh, the wife of UP Health Minister Jayapratap Singh; Vinayak, son of Dushyant Singh, Niharika Raje, the wife of Dushyant Singh, Adil Ahmed, interior designer, extremely close to Vasundhara Raje and nephew of UP leader Akbar Ahmed Dumpy, and Neha Prasad, the wife of Congress leader Jitin Prasad.

Kanika Kapoor has become the first Bollywood celebrity to test positive for coronavirus. She has been booked for negligence and disobedience to the order issued by a public servant as she allegedly endangered others by attending events when she was advised self-quarantine after her return from the United Kingdom. Later Kanika Kapoor arrested for FIR filed against her.

2 crore Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators in India, none will be allowed to stay: Dilip Ghosh

Two days after claiming that 50 lakh Muslim infiltrators will be ‘identified’ and ‘chased out of the country’, West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh on Tuesday said that there are nearly one crore Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators in the state while another one crore are spread across the country. 

His remarks came amid massive nationwide protests across the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed pan-India National Register of India (NRC).

The new law promises citizenship to members of 6 non-Muslim communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who entered India before December 31, 2014.

“2 crore Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators have entered India. 1 crore are in West Bengal and 1 crore have spread across the country. We will not allow any Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrator to stay here. If their names are in voters’ list then it will be removed,” Ghosh said while addressing a pro-CAA rally in Cooch Behar.

Earlier on Sunday, the Medinipur Lok Sabha MP, while addressing a gathering in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas, had said, “50 lakh Muslim infiltrators will be identified if needed they will be chased out of the country. Firstly, their names will be removed from the voters’ list, and then Didi (referring to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) will not be able to appease anyone.”

“Once this is done, Didi’s votes will be reduced and in the upcoming elections, we will get 200 seats, she will not even get 50 seats,” he added. 

Last week, Ghosh had sparked controversy by threatening to shoot down those who damaged public property and accused Banerjee of not taking action as “they are her voters”. 

Massive protests have erupted across the country against the controversial law and the proposed NRC. 

Critics say that the new law is against the secular nature of the Indian Constitution and clubbed with the NRC may be misused to strip away some Muslims’ citizenship in the country. The BJP, however, has argued that the law has nothing to do with India’s Muslims and only helps those who fled religious persecution in the neighbouring countries. 

Courtesy : DNA

BJP candidate list 2020 Delhi – 57 candidates announced

BJP candidates full list for Delhi assembly election 2020: The Bharatiya Janata Party on 17-01-2020 Friday announced its list of candidates for the upcoming Delhi Assembly Election 2020

BJP on Friday announced the list of 57 candidates for the upcoming Delhi Assembly Election 2020. Current MLA Vijender Gupta and former mayors Ravinder Gupta and Yogender Chandolia found places in the first list. The candidate list was released by Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari. List also includes former AAP MLA Kapil Mishra and has 11 SC and four-woman candidates. The party, however, did not name its candidate against AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. On Friday with Tiwari saying the candidate from New Delhi seat will be announced soon.


Narela: Neldaman Khatri

Timarpur: Surendra Singh Bittu

Adarsh nagar: Rajkmar bhati

Badali: Vijay bhagat

Rithala: Manish Chaudharry

Bawana (SC): Ravindra Kumar Indraj

Mundka: Mastar Azad Singh

Kirari (SC): Anil Jha

Sultanpur Majra (SC): Ramchandra Chawdia

Mangol Puri (SC): Kamarsingh Karma

Rohini: Vijendra Gupta

Shalimar Bagh: Rekha Gupta

Sakur Basti: Dr. SC Vats

Trinagar: Tilak Ram Gupta

Wazirpur: Dr. Mahendra Nagpal

Model Town: Kapil Mishra

Sadar Bazar: Jai Prakash

Chandi Chowk: Suman kumar Gupta

Matia Mahal: Ravindra Gupta

Ballimaran: Lata Sodhi

Karol Bagh (SC): Yogendra Chandolia

Patel Nagar (SC): Pravesh Ratan

Moti Nagar: Subhas Sachedeva

Madipur (SC): Kailash Sankla

Tilak Nagar: Rajiv Babbar

Janak Puri: Ashish Sood

Vikas Puri: Sanjay Singh

Uttam Nagar: Krishan Gehlot

Dwarka: Praduman Rajput

Matiala: Rajesh Gehlot

Nazafgarh: Ajit Kharkhari

Brijwasan: Satyaprakash Rana

Palam: Vijay Pandit

Rajendra Nagar: RP Singh

Jungpura: Sardar Impreet Singh Bakshi

Malviya Nagar: Shailendra Singh Monty

RK Puram: Anil Sharma

Chattarpur: Bramha Singh Tanwar

Deoli (SC): Arvind kumar

Ambedkar Nagar: (SC): Kishiram

Greater Kailash: Shikha Rai

Tughlaqabad: Vikram Bidhuri (neice of Ramesh Bidhuri)

Badarpur: Ramvir Singh Bidhuri

Okhla: Bramha Singh

Trilok Puri (SC): Kiran Vaidya

Kondli: (SC): Rajkumar Dhillo

Patparganj: Negi

Laxmi Nagar: Ajay kumar Varma

Vishwas Nagar: OP Sharma

Gandhi Nagar: Anil Bajpayee

Rohtas Nagar: Jitendra Mahajan

Seelam Pur: Kaushal Mishra

Gonda: Ajay Mahawat

Babarpur: Naresh Gaur

Gopulpuri (SC): Ranjit Kashyap

Mustafabad: Jagdish Pradhan

Karawal Nagar: Mohan Singh Bisht

Delhi Elections: After Shoaib Iqbal, 2 More Congress Leaders To Join AAP Today, Claim Sources

New Delhi: In another major setback to the Congress ahead of the Delhi Assembly polls, two of its leaders will be joining the Aam Aadmi Party camp on Monday, sources have said. Vinay Mishra, son of former Congress Parliamentarian Mahabal Mishra and former Badarpur MLA Ram Singh Netaji, will be formally inducted into the ruling party, weeks ahead of the scheduled polls, the sources have claimed.

Last week, five-time MLA from Matia Mahal, Shoaib Iqbal had joined the Aam Aadmi Party in the presence of its national convenor Arvind Kejriwal.

Iqbal joined the AAP along with Congress’s MCD Councillors Aley Mohammed Iqbal and Sultana Abad.

Deputy Speaker of the Delhi Assembly (2003 and 2008), Iqbal had been an MLA in the 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 assemblies. In 2015 Assembly elections, he was defeated by Aasim Ahmed Khan of the AAP. He had been with various political parties including Janata Dal and the Congress.

Delhi will be witnessing a three-sided electoral battle between the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, BJP and the Congress. The election will be held on February 8, and counting of votes will be done of February 11.

As per ABP News’ opinion polls, ‘Aam Aadmi Party’ is likely to win 59 seats in the 70-seat assembly, while the BJP is likely to slump at 8 seats. The Congress party is likely to save some face this time with three seats, as against its previous zero.

Shiv Sena uninvited in opposition meeting over CAA

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BJP Leader Anupam Hazra Booked For ‘Thrashing’ Man, ‘Molesting’ Girlfriend At Kolkata Pub

Kolkata (West Bengal): BJP leader Anupam Hazra has been booked for allegedly beating up a man and molesting his girlfriend at a pub in the city, police said on Monday. Hazra, a former Trinamool Congress MP, has been also booked for allegedly snatching the man’s gold chain following a brawl over clicking selfies with him at a pub on Ho Chi Minh Sarani late on Saturday night, a senior police officer said.

A complaint has been lodged by Suresh Roy, a resident of Kasba area, on Sunday following which police has started an investigation into the incident, the officer said.

In his complaint, Roy said he met Hazra during a visit to the pub with his girlfriend and friends on Saturday night and had taken selfies with the politician, he said.

“Roy mentioned in the complaint that sometime after taking selfies with Hazra, the BJP leader came up to the complainant and asked him the reason for clicking his photographs. Roy said Hazra then verbally abused him and punched him on the face,” the officer said.

Roy alleged that after beating him up, Hazra had molested his girlfriend and also snatched his gold chain that was around his neck.

“We are scrutinising CCTV footage of the pub and are also speaking with its manager and people present there during the incident,” the officer said.

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Hazra, when contacted, dismissed the charges and alleged that the complainant was “fully drunk” when he approached him for a selfie.

“My security guards initially did not allow him (Roy) but when he kept on requesting for a selfie, I told them to let him click it. After taking the selfie, he went to his table.

“However, one of my security guards saw him taking videos of me from his table and sending them to someone. It was then we complained to the pub manager about it who drove the group away from there,” Hazra said.

Dismissing the allegations, Hazra said, “There has been no such incident. Because I am a BJP leader, police has registered such a complaint. No officer has contacted me till now.”

JNU: Students across India to protest against campus violence

Demonstrators shout slogans outside the Delhi Police Headquarters to protest following alleged clashes between student groups at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi on January 5, 2020Image copyright AFP
Image caption Protests against the violence began on Sunday night

Students in several major Indian cities are planning protests after students and teachers of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in the capital Delhi were attacked on Sunday night.

At least 40 students and staff were admitted to hospital after being attacked by masked men wielding sticks.

Police have begun a probe and say they have identified some of the assailants.

Students in some cities like Mumbai and Hyderabad have already taken to the streets in support of JNU.

The JNU student union blamed Sunday’s violence on the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a right-wing student body linked to India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, the ABVP said that its members had been attacked by left-wing groups, and some had been injured.

The cause of the attack is still unclear. There were violent clashes at JNU last year over a rise in hostel fees.

The university initially released a statement informing students that “armed miscreants” were “roaming around, damaging property and attacking people”.

It later released another statement in which it blamed a “group of students” who were opposing an ongoing admission process to register new students. It is widely believed that the statement referred to leftist students who have been protesting against the hostel fee hike for the past three months.

The university also recently saw protests over a controversial citizenship law.

Students at the university said they would take out rallies against the violence on Monday. A group of them also protested against police “inaction”, alleging that it took them hours to get to the campus.

Further protests are being planned in several other cities as well.

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Image caption Police said they had secured the campus and deployed officers to deter further violence

In the financial capital, Mumbai, university students will continue a protest against the incident at the Gateway of India monument. They had gathered there by midnight, with more and more people joining in since then.

The students of Jamia Millia Islamia university in Delhi and the Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh state, which have also recently seen violence on campus premises, are planning to take out big protests on Monday.

Demonstrations are also expected in the cities of Hyderabad, Chennai (formerly Madras), Ahmedabad and Chandigarh.

The violence has been condemned across the board, including by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and foreign minister S Jaishankar – both of whom are alumni of the university.

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Indian govt seeks to woo Bollywood stars as citizenship law protests rage on

Bollywood stars Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan: File photo

MUMBAI:  The Indian government invited numerous Bollywood stars and film industry personalities to a private gathering on Sunday in an effort to garner support for a new citizenship law that has triggered weeks of sometimes violent protests nationwide.

At least 25 people have been killed so far in clashes with the police during five weeks of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA.

If combined with a proposed national register of citizens, critics of the CAA fear it will discriminate against India’s Muslim minority and chip away at its secular constitution.

Two industry sources told Reuters they had received invites to Sunday’s gathering at a five-star hotel in Mumbai. Roughly 20 to 25 people from both the Hindi and Marathi film industry are expected to attend the event, one of the sources said.

An invitation seen by Reuters said the event hosted by two senior leaders of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aimed to “facilitate a discussion on myths and realities pertaining to the (CAA)”.

Wooing Bollywood stars, who have a huge social media following among Indians of all faiths, could help the BJP alter some of the negative narrative around the new law.

The law, and the outrage it has prompted, pose a dilemma for a film industry that has some big-name Muslim personalities, but caters predominantly to India’s majority Hindu population. A handful of Bollywood figures have condemned the CAA, while some others have faced criticism for not weighing in on the issue.

Modi, who spearheads the Hindu nationalist BJP, has often appeared alongside actors and film industry figures at public events. The industry has, in turn, produced films that some critics have said approached political endorsements.

On Saturday, more than 100,000 people took part in a peaceful protest against the CAA in the southern city of Hyderabad.

Further protests were planned on Sunday in Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and several other Indian cities.

A source close to the BJP who is involved in organising Sunday’s private gathering said several party leaders had been enlisted to help explain the rationale of the CAA to various professional groups such as lawyers.

JNU: Indian students hurt in university violence

JNU students protest against the arrest of JNUSU President Kanhaiya at JNU campus, on February 29, 2016 in Delhi, IndiaImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption The JNU has been the site of previous protests and clashes

Police in India have entered the campus of one of the country’s most prestigious universities after reports of masked men attacking students.

About 20 students are said to have been injured at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in the capital Delhi.

Pictures shared on social media showed student union president Aishe Ghosh bleeding from a head wound.

The cause of the trouble is unclear. The university recently saw protests over a controversial citizenship law.

There were also violent clashes at JNU last year over a rise in hostel fees.

The student union blamed the latest violence on the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a right-wing student body linked to India’s governing BJP political party. However, the ABVP said that its members had been attacked by left-wing groups, and some had been injured.

One member of staff said masked men armed with stones and sticks had attacked students and teachers on Sunday evening.

“These were not small stones, these were big stones that could have broken our skulls,” Professor Atul Sood told NDTV.

“I fell on the side and when I came out, I saw cars completely vandalised, including my car.”

Professor Sood said about 50 teachers and 200 students had been holding a meeting on the campus when the masked attackers walked in.

He said the violence was unlike anything the campus had witnessed before.

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Home Minister Amit Shah to start BJP’s awareness campaign on CAA from Rajsthan today

In BJP’s new attempt to address concerns about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA, Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah will address a public rally in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur today.

The main motive behind the rally is to reach out to the masses and address their concerns about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act that has triggered protests across the country. 

Shah will also launch a toll-free number for people to give missed calls to register their support for the CAA. 

 BJP’s working president, J P Nadda will be in Goa on Friday to address a rally on the issue. 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership has decided to hold a massive public awareness campaign from January 5-15 to dispel any widespread misconception regarding the CAA and to restore order in public life. 

Home Minister Amit Shah and Bharatiya Janata Party’s working President JP Nadda have appointed state-in charges to lead the public outreach programme spreading awareness about the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.

The campaign is the brainchild of the BJP to counter the opposition’s ‘misinformation’ campaign carried out against the newly enacted law.

BJP party leader Hemant Biswa Sharma and Rahul Sinha will lead the CAA campaign in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Northeast, while, Anil Jain will lead the campaign in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Avinash Rai has been selected for leading the CAA-awareness campaign in Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Chattisgarh, and in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa and Daman and Diu Saroj Pandey has been giiven the responsibility to inform the people about the law.

While in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Kerala, Karnataka and Puducherry, party leader Ravindra Raju will drive forward the campaign.

Anti-CAA protests have intensified across India, with some of them turning violent, ever since the controversial Act came into effect on December 9. The ones protesting against the act claim that it is against the secular principles of our constitution and that it discriminates against Muslims, especially posing a risk after the National Register of Citizens (NRC) comes into effect. These claims have been refuted by the BJP. Several top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have assured that Indian Muslims that they need not worry due to the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act as the government is committed to protecting the rights of everyone, including Muslims of this country.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act aims to provide for Indian citizenship to the Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India instead of the current mandatory stay of 11 years even if they do not possess any document.    

Courtesy : DNA