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Probe ordered into ban on singing of Vande Mataram in State-aided college

first_imgA magisterial probe has been ordered into the alleged ban on singing of Vande Mataram and chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai in a government-aided inter college here, Ballia District Magistrate Bhawani Singh Khangaraut said on Tuesday.Mr. Khangaraut said he and Superintendent of Police Sriparna Ganguly visited Gandhi Mohammad Ali Memorial Inter-College on Tuesday and later ordered a magisterial probe. During the probe, statements of students, teachers and others would be recorded, he said, adding the college principal was also asked to clarify that there was no ban on chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai and Vande Mataram.FIR lodged An FIR was lodged on Monday by a Class XII student, Anuj Kumar Gaur, that he and three other students were attacked at the college gate in the afternoon at the behest of Principal-cum-Manager Majid Nasir and some teachers. He claimed Mr. Nasir and teachers were angry with him for telling a social organisation and mediapersons on Friday that singing Vande Mataram and chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai were not allowed in the college. He has stated in the FIR that around 20 to 25 men attacked them with lathis. When they cried for help, Mr. Nasir and teachers instigated the assailants to continue the beating, Anuj has alleged.last_img read more

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Snooty Congress can’t hold its regional leaders

first_imgCongress president Sonia GandhiIs is arrogance or plain shortsightedness? Call it what you may but several Congress leaders are worried if the party does not let go of its “ham-handedness” in dealing with the regional satraps, it might just have to pay a heavy price in the next general elections.Concerned partymen are talking about the need for “course correction”, which includes grooming regional leaders and giving them a free hand.Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s dependence on “apolitical” personalities for political inputs and the tendency to remain inaccessible even to state leaders is another cause for concern among a section of party leaders. As a senior AICC leader puts it: “In the Congress, a regional party leader would never aspire to become the Prime Minister. At the most, he or she hopes to be a chief minister. What is wrong with it? Why not give them respect and a free hand in the interest of the party in that particular state?””Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and even Rajiv Gandhi could afford to slight regional leaders, when the Opposition was namesake and the BJP struggled to get a two-digit figure in the Lok Sabha. But the situation is no longer the same,” the leader adds. As a result of the Congress’s haughty approach to its regional leaders, the party has no leader of standing in crucial states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu – which together account for about 207 out of 543 seats in the Lok Sabha.advertisementThe situation is perhaps the most alarming in the election-bound UP. The party was unable to find a strong PCC chief, let alone a chief ministerial candidate to match the might of the wily Mayawati. Some leaders have suggested that the Congress project Kurmi leader and Union minister of state for steel Beni Prasad Verma as its CM candidate.”At least we could get the base votes in eastern UP,” a senior party leader said. Indeed, the Congress’s indifference to state leaders has cost the party dearly in the past. Numerous regional giants, after getting a raw deal, quit the Congress, formed their own factions and – more often than not – ate into their parent party’s vote base. The party lost its base in West Bengal to Mamata Banerjee, who after being shortchanged by the high command and statelevel leaders, quit to form the formidable Trinamool Congress.In Maharashtra, the Congress was forced to concede space to the Nationalist Congress Party – which was formed by disillusioned veterans Sharad Pawar and P.A. Sangma. In Kerala, former CM K. Karunakaran quit to form the Democratic Indira Congress (DIC) and later joined the NCP. He did, however, return to his parent party just before he died last year.In Tamil Nadu, an old hand like G.K. Moopanar was forced to quit and form the Tamil Manila Congress (TMC) after then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao joined hands with the AIADMK. The TMC went on to considerably erode the Congress’s vote base in Tamil Nadu.The Congress seems to have learnt little from its past mistakes. In Chhattisgarh, the party continues to sideline Ajit Jogi, the only mass leader it has, leaving the field wide open to the BJP.In many other states, the party has not allowed regional leaders to grow. In states such as Andhra Pradesh where it had tall leaders such as the late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, it has failed to groom second-rung leaders.Another Congressman feels the party should let go of its ego and bring back Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy to its fold, so that Andhra Pradesh does not slip out of the party’s hands in 2014.The leader adds that only a drastic change in strategy can save the Congress from what he calls is an “impending political disaster”.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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England call up Sam Curran, Craig Overton for Australia ODIs

first_imgEngland have called up all-rounder Sam Curran and fast bowler Craig Overton for the final two fixtures of the five-match one-day international series against Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday.England notched an ODI world record score of 481 for six at Trent Bridge on Tuesday before bowling Australia out for 239 to win the third match and take an unassailable 3-0 lead.The squad additions come after all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes were ruled out of the series with a hamstring and knee injury respectively.Stokes is expected to return for the three-match Twenty20 series against India, which starts on July 3, while Woakes is expected to miss the tournament.Sam Curran will join Tom Curran, who is already in the squad to face Australia, and the duo could become the first brothers to represent England since Adam and Ben Hollioake in 1999.Woakes suffered a right quad tear which he picked up during the second test against Pakistan at Leeds this month and will also miss the one-dayers against India, beginning July 12.Stokes, who tore his left hamstring before the Leeds test, will continue his rehabilitation with the English side during the fourth and fifth ODIs and will likely play in the Twenty20 series against India, which begins on July 3.England, who will play Australia in the fourth ODI at Chester-le-Street on Thursday, lead the five match series 3-0.last_img read more

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