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NDA announces meeting in Delhi on Tuesday Amidst Opposition’s Bengaluru Summit

BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda has extended invitations to these parties, urging their presence at the meeting. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior leaders of the ruling party will also attend the gathering.



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New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is gearing up for a crucial meeting on Tuesday, as the ruling alliance seeks to demonstrate its strength amidst growing efforts by opposition parties to forge unity ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Simultaneously, opposition parties have convened in Bengaluru to strategize their campaign.

The upcoming NDA meeting in New Delhi is expected to witness the participation of both existing and new BJP allies. In recent weeks, the ruling party has been diligently working to form fresh alliances and win back former partners who had departed from the coalition.

Although the exact number of parties attending the meeting has not been officially announced, sources suggest that the representation will be comprehensive, encompassing all regions of the country. This gathering aims to showcase the expanded strength of the NDA, addressing previous criticism that the BJP had struggled to maintain unity within its alliance.

Having experienced the departure of key allies such as the Janata Dal (United), Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray, and Akali Dal, the BJP has successfully formed alliances with new partners. These include the Shiv Sena faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, the NCP faction led by Ajit Pawar, SBSP led by O P Rajbhar in Uttar Pradesh, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) led by Jitan Ram Manjhi, and RLSP led by Upendra Kushwala.

BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda has extended invitations to these parties, urging their presence at the meeting. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior leaders of the ruling party will also attend the gathering.

Several other parties, including the AIADMK of Tamil Nadu and Jan Sena led by Pawan Kalyan from Andhra Pradesh, are expected to participate in the meeting. Additionally, representatives from various northeastern states and other parts of the country will be present.

This meeting marks the first major gathering of the NDA during the second term of the Modi government. It underscores the ruling party’s commitment to projecting itself as the leading coalition partner in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, which are anticipated to be held in April-May.

Regional parties, even those with a modest but influential vote share in specific regions or castes, can play a pivotal role in determining electoral outcomes in states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

As the BJP strives to secure a majority for a third consecutive term in the Lok Sabha, party leadership has made pragmatic adjustments to accommodate new allies while also working to weaken the opposition alliance in critical states such as Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

On the other side, the Congress party has emphasized the significance of opposition unity, asserting that it will be a game-changer in Indian politics. Taking a swipe at the BJP, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh stated that those who once spoke of defeating opposition parties alone are now attempting to revive the NDA, which had faded into obscurity.

Speaking at a press conference, Ramesh highlighted the sudden resurgence of the NDA and noted, “Attempts are being made to breathe new life into the NDA. There used to be no talk about the NDA, and suddenly in the past few days, we are hearing and reading about it. Suddenly, it was reported that an NDA meeting has been called for tomorrow. So NDA, which had become a ghost, attempts are now being made to breathe new life into it.”

As the political landscape in India undergoes dynamic shifts, both the ruling alliance and the opposition are engaged in intense efforts to consolidate their positions and garner support ahead of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.


Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker’s Tragic Death

Biker fatally beaten in confrontation after motorcycle accident, succumbing to injuries.



Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker's Tragic Death
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Jaipur, Rajasthan: Communal tensions flared up in the Ramganj area and its vicinity in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Saturday, stemming from a tragic incident involving a motorcycle collision that led to a man’s demise.

According to the police, the unfortunate incident occurred at the Subhash Chowk locality in Jaipur. It was reported that after a collision between two motorcycles, a group of men allegedly assaulted one of the riders, resulting in his untimely death.

Late on Friday night, the collision transpired within the Subhash Chowk area, whereupon a group of men accompanying one of the motorcycle riders reportedly subjected the other rider, identified as Iqbal, to a brutal assault. Iqbal sustained severe injuries and was promptly rushed to the SMS Hospital. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical treatment.

In the aftermath of this distressing incident, numerous shops in the predominantly Muslim-populated areas have been shuttered. Family members of the deceased, along with local residents, have congregated and are now demanding justice and punitive action against those responsible for the attack, as reported by PTI.

To quell the escalating tensions, additional police forces have been deployed in the region, and concerted efforts are underway to defuse the volatile situation, according to statements from the police to PTI.

A purported video of the incident has surfaced on social media platforms, although its authenticity cannot be independently verified at this time.

In a significant development, six individuals have been apprehended in connection with the case. Additionally, authorities have announced compensatory measures for the family of the deceased, as reported by India Today. The publication quoted the Jaipur Administration as stating, “A compensation of Rs 50 lakh, along with employment opportunities and a dairy booth, has been announced for Iqbal’s family. According to police sources, six individuals have been detained in connection with the case.”

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Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son’s Execution

People who didn’t aid the raped, injured, and naked 12-year-old girl may face child sex abuse law charges, A senior officer of the state police said.



Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son's Execution
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Ujjain: The father of the man arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl in Ujjain on Friday has called for his son to receive the death penalty. Meanwhile, the local bar association has appealed to lawyers not to defend the accused in court. The victim, a 12-year-old girl, was discovered walking on the city streets in a wounded condition, desperately seeking assistance from passersby who unfortunately turned her away.

The injured girl is currently receiving treatment at the Government Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar Women’s Hospital in Indore, where she underwent a major surgical procedure on Wednesday. A senior state police official has indicated that individuals who failed to assist the young girl when she went from door to door seeking help after the assault, which left her naked and bleeding, could potentially face charges under child sexual abuse laws. Such individuals may be charged under the POCSO Act for failing to report or register the commission of a crime, according to an NDTV report.

Bharat Soni, an auto-rickshaw driver, was taken into custody in connection with the case on Thursday. His father expressed his deep shame over the incident, stating, “It is a disgraceful act. I have not visited the hospital to see him, nor will I go to the police station or court. My son has committed a crime, and he should face the ultimate punishment, which is hanging,” as he conveyed his sentiments to reporters. It should be noted that Soni sustained injuries while allegedly attempting to flee during the investigation, according to the police’s statement on Thursday.

The Congress party has criticized the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, where assembly elections are scheduled by year-end. Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate alleged that the state’s law-and-order situation had significantly deteriorated under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“In Madhya Pradesh, being a Dalit, tribal, or woman has seemingly become a crime. The state ranks highest in cases of minor rape. During Chouhan’s 18-year tenure, there have been 58,000 reported rape cases and 68,000 reported kidnapping cases. Yet, the country’s prime minister, home minister, and all BJP leaders remain conspicuously silent,” Shrinate conveyed to reporters in Delhi.

The distressing incident, captured by a CCTV camera, depicts the 12-year-old girl, partially undressed and bleeding following the assault, desperately seeking assistance from neighbors who callously refused her aid. Furthermore, in a shocking display of heartlessness, one individual can be seen shooing her away as she approaches him for help.

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Mob’s Bid to Enter CM N Biren Singh’s House in Imphal East, Manipur

Protests and clashes escalate in Imphal’s Manipur following tragic youth deaths; curfew reinstated in two districts.



Mob's Bid to Enter CM N Biren Singh's House in Imphal East, Manipur

Imphal: Tensions flared in Manipur as an enraged crowd, numbering in the hundreds, gathered outside the private residence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh in the Heingang area of Imphal East. Security forces successfully prevented their attempt to breach the premises, according to PTI sources. Notably, the residence was unoccupied at the time of the incident.

Earlier, the district magistrate of Imphal East had announced a temporary relaxation of movement restrictions, allowing for a window between 5 am and 11 am on Friday for the entire district. However, this relaxation coincided with a fresh outbreak of violence in the Imphal Valley, stemming from the tragic deaths of two youths whose images had triggered widespread protests across the northeastern state.

The parents of the deceased youths had appealed to the authorities to locate their children’s remains, underscoring the importance of conducting their final rites with the dignity they deserved. Subsequently, protests erupted, mainly led by students, in various areas of the state capital, including Uripok, Yaiskul, Sagolband, and Tera. The clashes between protesters and security personnel prompted the use of tear gas shells to maintain order.

To impede the advance of security forces into residential areas, demonstrators obstructed roads with burning tires, boulders, and iron pipes. Additionally, an enraged mob vandalized the District Commissioner’s office and set two vehicles on fire. In a separate incident, a BJP office in Khongjam, Thoubal district, was also set ablaze, as reported by the police.

Subsequently, curfew was reinstated in both Imphal East and West districts as security forces grappled with the ongoing violent protests, which had resulted in injuries to 65 demonstrators since Tuesday. Police initiated a search operation to recover stolen firearms and apprehend those responsible for the disturbances.

The Manipur Police issued a statement asserting their commitment to taking stern action against individuals involved in criminal activities.

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