The Hindustan Times – AGP withdraws support to BJP in Assam over Citizenship Bill

The announcement followed AGP leader and former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta’s statement here that the party would withdraw support to the government in the state if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in passed by Lok Sabha.

Sadiq Naqvi

New Delhi – India, 07 January 2019. The Asom Gana Parishad on Monday pulled out of the BJP-led coalition in Assam against a controversial bill that seeks to give citizenship to minorities of Bangladesh, party chief Atul Bora announced after meeting Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The AGP’s exit, however, does not present any immediate danger to the survival of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government. The BJP has 61 MLAs in the 126-member Assembly and enjoys the support of the Bodo People’s Front (BPF) which has 12 MLAs.

“We made a last-ditch attempt today to convince the Centre not to pass the Bill. But Rajnath Singh told us clearly that it will be passed in Lok Sabha tomorrow. After this, there is no question of remaining in the alliance,” Bora said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday had said his government will try to get the Bill passed in Parliament soon. “It (the Bill) is connected to the emotions and lives of people.

It is not for the benefit of anyone but a penance for the injustices done in the past,” Modi said at a rally in Assam’s Bengali-speaking Barak Valley, where voices demanding the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill are the loudest.

The assurance had riled the AGP which prompted the party’s leadership to reach Delhi to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh. AGP leader and former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta had warned that the party would withdraw support to the state government if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is passed.

In December last year, Bora had written to BJP chief Amit Shah about the AGP’s reservations on the Bill and had said that it will make the Assam Accord “meaningless”.

“Our alliance with the BJP was based on the Assam Accord ansd other issues crucial to the state. The Centre had violated the understanding by introducing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in Parliament,” read the letter.

The AGP chief had urged Shah to intervene and said his party will never support the obnoxious Bill.

The Bill seeks to amend Citizenship Act 1955 to grant Indian nationality to people from minority communities, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residence in India instead of 12 even if they don’t possess any proper document.

The Bill has been opposed by a large section of people and organisations in the Northeast. The Congress, Trinamool Congress, CPI (M) and a few other parties have been steadfastly opposing the bill claiming that citizenship can’t be given on the basis of religion and that it is unconstitutional.

Those that are part of persecuted minorities should be granted political asylum
This bill gives special rights to specific groups fleeing Muslim countries
but denies those rights to Muslims fleeing a Buddhist country
Man in Blue – Radesh Singh Tony forced to quit Peshawar after getting attacked twice

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Peshawar – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pakistan, 06 January 2019. Radesh Singh Tony, the serving president of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Pakistan Minorities’ Alliance, has been reportedly forced to leave his city Peshawar after getting attacked by two unidentified assailants around two weeks ago.

It is learnt that he got attacked twice by two unidentified assailants during the past days in Peshawar.

Sharing the development with media, Radesh Singh Tony informed that two unidentified assailants slapped him twice in the local market and threatened him around 15 days ago. “In fear, I deactivated my twitter account and moved to Lahore but here I am also receiving threats continuously” he added.

Tony claimed that the reins of Pakistan have gone in wrong hands and only the Almighty can save his country.

It may be recalled here that S. Radesh Singh Tony had unsuccessfully contested the election from Peshawar last year.

Krugerlaan – Loosduinseweg – Monstersestraat

25 December 2018

Tram 12 to Duindorp

25 December 2018

Tram 12 to Station Holland Spoor

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Sputnik News – Saudi Arabia deports alleged terror operative to India – Reports

The alleged operative belonging to the banned Babbar Khalsa, a Sikh terror group, was planning the assassination of Indian political leaders and raising funds for the purpose in Saudi Arabia.

New Delhi – India, 07 January 2019. A wanted operative from the Sikh terrorist group Babbar Khalsa, Bhupinder Singh, was finally put into police custody on Sunday through the joint effort of Saudi Arabian and Indian authorities, according to a report in the English daily The Indian Express.

Bhupinder Singh was deported from Saudi Arabia by the Saudi administration and was described by the Indian police as an “important catch”. Also going by the alias “Dilawar” he was wanted in a 2017 terror case registered in Punjab.

His name figured in the case after four persons considered to be active operatives from the Babbar Khalsa terror outfit named Harvinder Singh, Amritpal Kaur, Randeep Singh, and Jarnail Singh were arrested on 29 May 2017.

The police said that these men were planning to assassinate Congress party leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler along with other prominent leaders of Hindu organisations including the right-wing Shiv Sena party.

Bhupinder was allegedly the fundraiser for the assassination bid. One Gaurav Kumar, charged as being the weapons supplier to the terror module was also arrested by the police.

Originally from Tajpur village in the Ludhiana district of Punjab, he is accused of raising funds in Saudi Arabia for the terror cell and for its plan to strike at prominent leaders. He is also accused of radicalising, networking and operationalising Sikh youths in various countries using social media channels.

Bhupinder is now on six-day police remand. He was produced before the court of a duty magistrate after his arrest on Sunday.

According to The Indian Express, Bhupinder was a social media savvy operative and had a Facebook page named “Mission-e-Khalistan” for his organisation.

Khalistan refers to the chief motive of the Babbar Khalsa organisation, which is to establish an independent sovereign state by this name for all adherents of the Sikh religion.

A Sikh or a Khalsa state could never be just for ‘adherents’ of the Sikh dharm
Just like every Gurdwara, or every Sikh school is open to all
A Sikh state should provide good governance for all who live within its boundaries
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The Hindu – Supreme Court verdict tomorrow on Alok Verma’s removal as CBI Director

Krishnadas Rajagopal

New Delhi – India, 07 January 2019. The Bench had reserved the order on Mr. Verma’s petition and another filed by NGO Common Cause on December 6 last.

A three-judge Supreme Court Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, will on January 8 scheduled to pronounce judgment on a petition filed by exiled CBI Director Alok Verma against his “overnight” removal from the post.

The Bench, which also comprises Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph, on December 6, 2018 reserved the order on Mr. Verma’s petition and another filed by NGO Common Cause.

On the last day of hearing, Chief Justice Gogoi quizzed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), about the hurry to divest Mr. Verma of his powers “overnight” on October 23.

The enquiry against Mr. Verma was based on a complaint of misconduct filed by CBI Special Director R.K. Asthana with the Cabinet Secretary on August 24 in the background of a bitter feud between the two.

Mr. Asthana’s complaint ultimately led to Mr. Verma’s divestment of his powers on the intervening night of October 23-24. Mr. Asthana was also exiled the same day.

‘Result of an extraordinary situation’

Mr. Mehta had countered by terming the sudden action a result of an extraordinary situation. “Two senior-most CBI officers [Mr. Verma and Mr. Asthana] had turned against each other.

Instead of probing cases, they were raiding each other, registering FIRs against each other. They may tamper evidence. This was a surprise situation!” Mr. Mehta had responded to the CJI.

The court had repeatedly asked why neither the CVC nor the government chose to take prior approval from the high-powered committee led by the Prime Minister before divesting Mr. Verma of his powers before the end of his statutory two-year tenure.

The government and the CVC had vehemently argued that there was no need to consult the Prime Minister’s panel.

The court had indicated that the government and the CVC had not come out with a reason for not consulting the panel before removing Mr. Verma.

The Chief Justice had questioned the ambit of Section 4 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, which controls the CBI’s functioning. It said the CVC’s superintendence over the CBI was restricted to only probes in corruption cases.

Can the CVC go beyond Section 4 of the DSPE Act? the Chief Justice asked on the last day of hearing.

Mr. Mehta had argued that Mr. Verma’s divestment of his powers did not amount to a ‘transfer’. “The word ‘transfer’ would mean a person is divested permanently from one place and invested permanently in an equivalent position in another place.

On October 23, considering the seriousness of the allegations, we decided to do something [divestment], which was less than a transfer,” he submitted.