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Rahul Gandhi Challenges Modi Govt to Release Caste Census Data

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Rahul Gandhi Challenges Modi Govt to Release Caste Census Data
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Kolar : In a public rally on Sunday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi challenged the Modi-led BJP government to unveil the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data that was launched by the Congress-led UPA government in 2011. He emphasized that the release of this data is crucial for the empowerment of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and their upliftment in society.

Gandhi’s challenge to the Modi government comes in the backdrop of his disqualification from his MP post following a verdict by a Surat Court in Gujarat for his defamatory remarks on Modi’s surname during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls rally in the same city. However, the Congress leader did not let this setback deter him from raising his voice for the marginalized communities.

During his speech, he highlighted the lack of representation of OBCs, Dalits, and Adivasis in the secretary-level posts of the government, questioning the Modi government’s commitment to providing equal opportunities to all. He urged the government to release the caste census data to know the population of these communities and to ensure that they receive equal opportunities.

Gandhi also took the opportunity to raise his concerns about the alleged malpractices of industrialist Adani and his defence infrastructure company, which reportedly has a China director. He asked the Prime Minister to clarify whose Rs 20,000 crore investment was made in Adani’s shell company.

Gandhi’s rally was an important moment for the Congress party and the opposition, as it provided a platform for the leader to express his views on important issues facing the country. The SECC data is critical for understanding the socio-economic status of various communities and ensuring that their voices are heard in the policymaking process.

Gandhi’s challenge to the Modi government to release the data shows his commitment to fighting for the rights of the marginalized communities and holding the government accountable for its actions. It remains to be seen if the government will take up Gandhi’s challenge and release the SECC data to address the concerns of the OBCs, Dalits, and Adivasis.

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JD(S) Loses Secular Status by Aligning with BJP: CM Siddaramaiah

Karnataka CM questions JD(S) on secular claim post BJP alliance for 2024 elections.

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Chamarajanagar: Karnataka’s Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, took a pointed jab at the JD(S), led by former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, on Wednesday. He questioned the party’s claim to be secular after forming an electoral alliance with the BJP for the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

The JD(S) recently made the decision to join forces with the BJP following a meeting between its leader and former Chief Minister, H.D. Kumaraswamy (the son of Deve Gowda), Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP National President J.P. Nadda in New Delhi.

Addressing reporters in Konanakere district, Siddaramaiah remarked, “They have now forged an alliance with the BJP for the elections, so what should we call them? The name suggests ‘secular,’ but are they still secular? Can we believe what they claim? Even after aligning with a communal party, can they still be considered secular? Let them align with the BJP or anyone else; we don’t object to that. But they shouldn’t claim to be secular; that’s all. The Janata Dal should not portray itself as a secular party.”

JD(S) had previously formed governments in coalition with both the BJP and Congress, serving for 20 months from January 2006 and 14 months from May 2018, with Kumaraswamy as the Chief Minister on both occasions.

Earlier in the day, Kumaraswamy criticized Congress leaders for suggesting that Deve Gowda had proven JD(S) to be the “B-team” of the BJP by forming an alliance with them. He argued that had he chosen to align with the BJP, as per the invitation from Shah, instead of with the Congress after the 2018 Assembly polls, he could have governed for a full five years.

Accusing the Congress of undermining secular forces across the country, Kumaraswamy alleged that they even attempted to “eliminate” the JD(S) after forming an alliance with the party. He pointed out that the JD(S) did not expel Siddaramaiah from the party, countering claims that in 2004, Siddaramaiah had attempted to meet with the then BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu in Chennai to explore an understanding and form a government.

In response, Siddaramaiah clarified, “I have never met Venkaiah Naidu. It’s true that I met (L.K.) Advani. Advani was formerly part of the Janata Party; that’s how I know him, and I did meet him.”

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Muslim Leaders Resign from JD(S) Following BJP Alliance

JD(S) joins BJP-led NDA; Muslim leaders, including Syed Shafiullah, resign from party roles in response.

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Karnataka:The JD(S) has officially joined the BJP-led NDA in preparation for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections next year. In response to this development, senior Muslim leaders, including Syed Shafiullah, who held the position of the party’s senior state vice-president, have resigned from all party positions.

This move by the JD(S) is part of the BJP’s efforts to reconfigure its electoral strategy in various states, both for the forthcoming Assembly polls in five states and the imminent general election. The JD(S), under the leadership of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, has affirmed its alliance with the NDA and emphasized its collaboration with the saffron party to challenge the Congress in Karnataka during the Lok Sabha polls.

Syed Shafiullah, the Senior State Vice President of JD(S), decided to resign from the party due to the JD(S)’s decision to form an alliance with the BJP. In his resignation letter, he expressed his commitment to the party’s secular principles and cited a previous instance when the JD(S) had aligned with the BJP to form the state government. He also noted his previous decision to stay outside the party during that period.

It’s worth mentioning that the JD(S) had previously formed coalition governments with both the BJP and Congress independently, with Kumaraswamy serving as chief minister for 20 months from January 2006 and 14 months from May 2018, respectively.

Shafiullah explained his resignation by stating, “Since the party’s senior leaders are now choosing to align with the BJP, I have no choice but to submit my resignation to the party’s Senior Vice President Office of the State and also my Primary Membership of the Party.”

According to a report by Deccan Herald, several other prominent figures, including former minister N M Nabi, former New Delhi representative Mohid Altaf, youth wing president NM Noor, and former minority wing chief Nasir Hussain Ustad, are also leaving the regional party.

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Mangaluru Coal Lorry Owners Declare Indefinite Strike Starting Sep 25

Lorry owners in Mangaluru are set to strike from September 25, demanding higher transport fees for coal delivery, citing rising operational costs and minimal price increases by coal buyers.

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Mangaluru: Lorry owners who transport coal from Navamangaluru port (NMP) to steel, sugar and paper industries in different parts of the state have decided to go on indefinite strike from September 25 demanding hike in transport cost and other demands.

There are 2000 trucks supplying coal from NMP to steel industries in Bellary and Koppal and to sugar and paper industries in Shivamogga, Mysuru and Chamarajanagar districts. On an average, 300 coal-laden trucks leave the port every day.

“Our operational cost has doubled in the last five years, coal buyers have increased the transportation cost by only Rs 100-150 per tonne, which is causing loss to the truck owners,” said Sushant Shetty, president of Dakshina Kannada Lorry Owners Association.

“In the last five years, the price of a truck (14-wheeler) has gone up from Rs 30 lakh to Rs 40 lakh, tire from Rs 16,000 to Rs 28,000, road tax to Rs 2,000. But the cost of fuel and spare parts has doubled. But only coal buyers have increased their freight cost by Rs 100. He accused.

1,300 per tonne of coal supply to Koppal. And the Lorry Owners’ Association has urged the government to allocate Rs 1,400 to Bellary. A fortnight ago, the association had appealed to the district administration to resolve their grievances. But as there was no response, the lorry owners decided to go on strike.

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