– SAD (B) Leaders Fear BJP May Break Ties

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh, India, 19 October 2014. After breaking ties with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and Haryana Janhit Congress in Haryana, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Punjab have begun to flex their muscles making their old coalition partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) led by Parkash Badal, nervous.

Huge success received by the saffron party has encouraged its leaders furthermore to go alone in Punjab. This development haunts SAD top brass.

Although SAD leaders claim all is well with its partner and they are sure the SAD-BJP alliance will continue to rule over the state, they admit that they will have to prepare for any possible occurrence.

They hope the BJP will not break the coalition at this moment despite pressure of its state leaders since the SAD helped BJP in making its image secular at the national level.

These days, BJP is talking tough on issues of governance and demanding an equal say in running the government in the state.

Such developments worry SAD, and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Badal is upset over the way his government is being snubbed by the Modi-led government at the Centre as if it were dealing with an opposition-ruled state although the BJP is a partner in the state government.

Leaders of SAD apprehend that the BJP would contest Punjab assembly general elections due in 2017 alone. However, Badal’s son and deputy CM Sukhbir Badal does not like to be pressurized by the junior alliance partner. He is confident to win the elections on his own if need arises.

Systematic efforts being made by the SAD to bring Congress MLAs into its fold, make them resign and win the by-elections can be seen in this context.

These are to ensure its government has no problem if the BJP suddenly snaps the ties. The SAD has 57 legislatures, two short of a majority in the 117-member Assembly. Whereas the BJP has 12 MLAs in the House.

The traditional section of the SAD is suggesting to return to the Panthik agenda to retain its vote bank in the rural areas to combat the BJP’s quiet attempts for a reverse polarisation to consolidate the non-Sikh votes.

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The Tribune – Maharashtra’s government formation decision after Diwali

New Delhi, 21 October 2014. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will travel to Mumbai after Diwali to meet the newly elected BJP MLAs and decide on the leadership issue and government formation in Maharashtra.

“I am not going today. I think I will visit Mumbai after Deepawali,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Singh will visit Mumbai as BJP observer along with senior leader JP Nadda to help the MLAs chose the leader of the BJP legislature party.

Singh and Nadda were supposed to visit Mumbai yesterday as part of the decision of the BJP Parliamentary Party but they decided to defer the tour.

Asked whether there was any hurdle in the process of electing the BJP legislature party leader, Singh said, “There is no hurdle”.

So far, BJP has not taken any decision on the chief minister of Maharashtra.

The name of BJP’s Maharashtra chief Devendra Fadnavis has emerged as the possible choice for the Chief Minister’s post overcoming challenge from other veterans, including Eknath Khadse and Vinod Tawde.

Singh, who is said to be close to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, is expected to meet the erstwhile ally.

BJP, which got 123 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly elections, needs at least 22 MLAs to reach the halfway mark in the 288-member state Assembly.

Shiv Sena won 63 seats. The BJP and Shiv Sena alliance broke down on the eve of the polls on the issue of seat sharing. (PTI)

The Hindu – ‘Confer Bharat Ratna on Rajapaksa’

Special Correspondent

Chennai, 21 October 2014. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to confer the Bharat Ratna on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for eliminating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

In his letter, Dr. Swamy said that the LTTE was eliminated because of the resolute leadership of Mr. Rajapaksa, and that the outfit’s elimination must be recognised as a welcome contribution to India’s security.

21 September 2014 – Birmingham New Street; Jathedar Akal Takht & Dalai Lama

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Birmingham New Street – London Euston, Virgin

New Street – waiting for the London Euston train

New Street – 15.30 t0 London Euston
On the left CrossCountry train

New Street Station – crosscountry

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The Dalai Lama wipes his forehead with beard of the Akal Takht Jathedar

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The Tribune – Manohar Lal Khattar – From RSS pracharak to Haryana CM

Chandigarh, 21 October 2014. Manohar Lal Khattar is a low profile RSS leader who is known for his quiet work on the field and in the BJP that has earned him the reputation of a tough task master with a no-nonsense approach.

60-year-old Khattar, who once wanted to become a doctor, is a man known for his organisational skills. He enjoys a clean image and is considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with whom he has worked in the past.

Khattar, who is a bachelor and a first-time MLA, has worked for almost 40 years as an Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak.

Known for his political acumen, he played the role of a master strategist and successfully led many electoral campaigns for his party, the latest being the 2014 Parliamentary elections in Haryana as Chairman of Election Campaign Committee.

It was in 1996, that Manohar Lal started working with Modi, who was then in charge of Haryana. In 2002, Manohar Lal was given the charge of Jammu and Kashmir as the State’s Election in-charge.

Notably, Modi started his election campaign for the 2014 Haryana Assembly polls by addressing his first rally on October 4 at Karnal, the constituency from where Khattar recorded an emphatic win.

Coming from a humble agricultural background, his family arrived in Haryana from Pakistan post-partition.

They settled at Nindana, a village situated in Haryana’s Rohtak district. To survive, his father and grandfather took up odd jobs as labourers, finally saving enough to start a small shop. It was in Nindana that Manohar Lal was born in 1954. (PTI)

BBC News – Indian woman set on fire on a train in Kerala

Ashraf Padanna

Kerala, 21 October 2014. A woman has died of her injuries after being set on fire on a train in the Indian state of Kerala.

The woman, identified as Fathima, 45, had been seen having an argument with a man on the station platform in the town of Kannur early on Monday.

She boarded a stationary train and was seen running out shortly afterwards in flames. Police say they are looking for the suspect.

Violence against women is deeply entrenched across India.

The 2012 gang rape and murder of a student in Delhi caused global outrage and sparked a nationwide discussion about attitudes towards and violence against women, which led to some laws being changed.

Kerala police inspector A K Babu told the BBC that some eyewitnesses had reported that Fathima was seen arguing with the man shortly before boarding the early morning train to Cochin.

Police suspect that Fathima was doused in alcohol before being set on fire while she was sitting in the train compartment. The seat covers were also burned.

Mr Babu said the police could not take a statement before her death, as she was too seriously injured. – Sikh Network UK Sets Out Sikh Manifesto, Encourages UK Sikhs to Help Develop and Finalise

The Sikh Network

London, UK, 20 October 2014. A Sikh Manifesto will be published in January 2015 for the General Election and the next five years setting out specific demands of the Sikh community and the vision for British Sikhs.

The initiative for a Sikh Manifesto was launched on Sunday 21 September. Many have commented positively about this development and made useful suggestions, based on which an outline Manifesto is being drafted.

The Sikh Manifesto will be officially launched in January 2015 in the UK Parliament and we are keen to hold several consultation meetings in the South, Midlands and North in the next 3-4 weeks to further develop and finalise the Sikh Manifesto content and related material.

The 10-point Outline Sikh Manifesto is as follows:

1. support for an independent public inquiry into British involvement in the June 1984 Sikh Genocide and pressure to silence Sikhs highlighting atrocities by the Indian authorities following the November 1984 Sikh Genocide

2. UK Government recognition of the events of June and November 1984 as Sikh Genocide and backing from the permanent members of the UN Security Council for a UN-led inquiry into the actions of the Indian authorities

3. larger as well as better Sikh representation by Sikhs and non-Sikhs in the House of Commons and House of Lords

4. a separate ethnic tick box for Sikhs in the 2021 Census and public bodies and the media abandoning the throwaway term ‘Asian’

5. determined UK Government action against perpetrators of grooming and forced conversions

6. introduction of a Statutory Code of Practice on the 5Ks and Sikh turban

7. support for a network of publicly funded Sikh ethos schools

8. allocation of a suitable site in central London for a permanent monument to highlight Sikh sacrifices in the First World War that will be funded through public subscriptions

9. UK Government working with other governments to exert pressure on France (and Belgium) to honour decisions by the UNHRC with respect to discrimination against turban wearing Sikhs

10. recognition and support for the Sikhs right to self-determination given the historic and moral responsibility of the UK Government towards Sikhs, the upshot may well be the need for Sikh independence and re- establishing a separate Sikh homeland.

The consultation meetings will allow for the sharing of information and suggested amendments to the Sikh Manifesto. The meetings will be held at:

- South, Saturday 25 October at Seven Kings Singh Sabha East London from 11am – 1pm then at Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Havelock Road, Southall from 3pm – 5pm.

- Midlands, Saturday 1 November at Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Smethwick from 12pm – 2pm (before the Candlelit Vigil) and Saturday 8 November at Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara, Leicester from 12pm – 2pm

- North, Sunday 9 November at Singh Sabha Gurdwara Bradford from 12 – 2pm then at Chapel Town Gurdwara Leeds from 3pm – 5pm

Please confirm which consultation meeting you will be attending via email.

The Sikh Network can be reached at

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The Tribune – Dhaula Kuan gangrape case: All 5 convicts get life term

New Delhi, 20 October 2014. A Delhi court today awarded the maximum punishment of life sentence to five convicts in the sensational 2010 Dhaula Kuan gangrape case in which a BPO executive from the north-east was the victim.

Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on each of them while directing them to pay it to the victim as compensation.

“Life imprisonment is awarded to all the convicts for the offence of gangrape. A fine of Rs 50,000 is also imposed,” the judge said.

The court also handed down the jail term of seven years and five years for other offences of abduction and criminal intimidation to all the convicts.

The court awarded the sentence to Usman, alias Kale; Shamshad, alias Khutkan; Shahid, alias Chhota Billi; Iqbal, alias Bada Billi; and Kamruddin, alias Mobile, all residents of Mewat region in Haryana.

Moments after the order was delivered, convict Shahid fell unconscious and was taken by cops to the medical centre in the court premises.

The family members of Shahid and other convicts broke down the moment the sentence was pronounced.

While pronouncing the punishment, the court rejected the submission of leniency by the defence counsel that they hail from poor families, saying, “This ground does not raise enough confidence.

“The family and economic circumstances were very much there when they committed such heinous offence. This ground does not deter the court from taking stern against them.” According to the police, the convicts had abducted the victim on the intervening night of November 23-24, 2010, when she was returning home from office.

The convicts then took her to Mangolpuri, gangraped her and left her at an isolated road. (PTI)


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