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India Politics

The great Indian land theft

By Jaspal Singh for,

I have been following the debate in parliament and outside about the land theft bill in India. Thousands of farmers marched to Delhi on foot to protest this land theft and land grab by the corporates shielded by the state and government. It reminded me of earlier stories, that when invaders and marauders would raid India they would forcibly take women and children with them, to enrich themselves. Their logic was the same what the proponents of land theft are giving that they need them and they can put them to a better use and that otherwise they are just idling away.

Mamata asks opposition to join her in meeting Modi

Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday called upon the opposition to accompany her in meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to press the demand for a debt-waiver for the cash-strapped state.

Speaking on the governor's address in the state assembly, Banerjee said she would be "happy" if the opposition parties joined her.

"I will be going with my MPs. If you, including the leader of opposition, join us, we will be happy," she said.


Ban on Togadia's entry in Odisha's Kandhamal

Bhubaneswar : Authorities in Odisha's Kandhamal district Thursday banned the proposed entry of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) chief Pravin Togadia on apprehensions that it might disturb peace in the area.

"He (Togadia) will not be allowed to enter the district. The ban is valid for next seven days," Kandhamal's Superintendent of Police Kanwar Vishal Singh told IANS.

Prosecution evidence closed in 2G money laundering case

New Delhi : A special court Thursday concluded recording statements of prosecution witnesses in the money laundering case related to 2G spectrum allocation case against former telecom minister A. Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others.

Central Bureau of Investigation Special Judge O. P. Saini recorded the statement of Enforcement Directorate Deputy Director Rajeshwar Singh, testifying as a prosecution witness in the case.

Special Public Prosecutor N.K. Matta told the court that ED does not wish to examine further witnesses in the case.


Former Haryana CM Hukum Singh dead

Gurgaon : Former Haryana chief minister Master Hukum Singh died in a private hospital here Thursday after a short illness, said an official spokesman. He was 89.

According to a Haryana government spokesman, Singh passed around 6 p.m. at the Medicity Medanta hospital here.

Earlier, in the day, state minister O.P. Dhankhar visited the hospital to enquire about the health of the former chief minister, and was told he was fine and had been shifted from the ICU to a general ward.


AAP protests land grab in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad : The AAP Thursday threatened to launch public protests if no action was taken by March 2 against people it accused of grabbing public land.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has asked authorities to free a water body on government land from the clutches of a land grabber at Biharipur near the National Highway 24.

An AAP delegation submitted a memorandum to this effect to the municipal commissioner. It said the land grabber was carving out plots of land in the area and selling them to people illegally.


Rail budget: Parties react on expected lines in Odisha

Bhubaneswar : Political parties in Odisha reacted on expected lines Thursday after the presentation of the railway budget for 2015-16 in parliament.

While the Congress and the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) expressed their disappointment despite an increase in budget allocation to the state against last year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) described it people-oriented railway budget.


BJP hails rail budget, Congress and Sena flay it

New Delhi : The BJP Thursday hailed Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu's budget for 2015-16 calling it "reformist" and "revolutionary" while the Congress termed it "disappointing" and asked how the resources for the promised reforms will be raised. The Shiv Sena too was critical.

Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari told reporters: "This is the first time a reformist budget has been brought for railways.


Rahul urged to react on Bhagwat's remarks

Panaji : The Youth Congress in Goa wants Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to break his silence and lend his voice to the protests against RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's comments against Mother Teresa.

When asked if Gandhi, who is on "leave" according to party officials, should break his silence on Bhagwat's accusation of conversion against Teresa, state Youth Congress president Xavier Filhao said: "Of course".


Dissatisfied with railway budget, says Shiv Sena

Mumbai : The Shiv Sena Thursday targeted the BJP-led NDA government, which it is part of, with a sharp criticism of the railway budget for 2015-16, saying it "completely ignored the aspirations and expectations of the people of Maharashtra".

"We are totally dissatisfied with the railway budget. They have said so many things in the budget, but where will the funds come from?" wondered Mumbai North-West MP Gajanan Kirtikar wondered.