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Centre targeting Opposition when income of people is declining: Priyanka Chaturvedi

New Delhi [India], (ANI): Rajya Sabha MP and Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks in Lok Sabha that the Congress cannot shed its arrogance despite defeats.
Shiv Sena leader said that the Centre is targeting Opposition while the income of common people is decreasing under his leadership. “He (PM Modi) is talking about insults in Lok Sabha. He himself is unsuccessful in running the government. Currently, the situation of MSMEs is poor, PSUs are being sold, youth is not satisfied and still seeking employment; all sections of society are suffering due to rising inflation,” Chaturvedi told ANI.
She also said, “Income of the people is going down, and still the Centre is targeting Opposition.”
Chaturvedi’s remarks came after PM Modi on Monday attacked Congress over its claims of having brought crores of people out of poverty during the UPA rule, and said that the poor had reduced the party to 44 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Prime Minister, in his reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in Lok Sabha, said despite suffering repeated defeats in several states “Congress is unable to shed its arrogance”.
“The Congress changed the definition of poverty. In 2013, using pen on paper, 17 crore people were made rich. They changed norms and said 17 crore will not be counted poor. They worked by changing statistics,” he said.
Further, the Rajya Sabha MP took a dig at Home Minister Amit Shah for providing Z category security to AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi after his vehicles were attacked by unknown persons in the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
“Team A (BJP) and Team B (AIMIM) correspond to Z category security since they are known to have good political understanding. They are polarizing the issue of attack on Owaisi’s vehicle because it would benefit Bharatiya Janata Party,” she said.
After Owaisi refused to accept the Z category security, Shah on Monday told the Parliament, “The threat to Owaisi has been reassessed and a bulletproof vehicle and Z category security has been given to him. But, as per verbal information by himself, he has refused to accept it. I request him to accept the security given to him by the central government.”
“Every party is campaigning for the UP Assembly polls in the state but such kind of atmosphere is aimed at only one leader,” Shiv Sena MP added.
Reacting to accusations made by Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for delaying the approval of project files related to civil aviation, she said that the Centre blames the state government for every problem.
“The Centre always blame the state government for every problem. I believe that coordination is needed for the approval of the project because if the real intention is to provide an airport for West Bengal, then the Civil Aviation Ministry should work on it by keeping politics at bay,” Chaturvedi said.
Earlier on Sunday, Scindia said, “We want West Bengal to progress in the field of civil aviation, but it will not happen without the help of the state government… I want to appeal to CM Mamata Banerjee that if you want the progress and development then move the files fast.”
Speaking about Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Uttar Pradesh, Chaturvedi sadi that she has reached Lucknow to campaign for Samajwadi Party according to her own politics.
“It’s for the people to decide which party they think can fulfil their aspirations. However, the ruling BJP led government remains unsuccessful in fulfilling promises and also promoted division in the state,” she added.
West Bengal chief minister is on a two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh to support Samajwadi Party for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections that are scheduled to take place in seven phases beginning from February 10. Image(Instagram)

Shiv Sena questioned Maharashtra BJP’s silence over Gujarat CM’s meet with business leaders in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], December 5 (ANI): After the Bharatiya Janata Party accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of ‘diverting’ businesses from Maharashtra to West Bengal, Shiv Sena questioned Maharashtra BJP’s silence over Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel’s Mumbai visit and his meeting with the business leaders and leading industry executives here.
“Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel visited Mumbai along with half his cabinet. He came to invite the industrialists in Mumbai to participate at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. They need the help of the industrialists of Mumbai to make a ‘self-reliant Gujarat’. Why is BJP silent now?” Shiv Sena asked in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana. The BJP had earlier hit out at Mamata for trying to ‘migrate’ business to West Bengal after the latter met the industrialist in Mumbai during her visit to the city.
“BJP believes that industries must be spread across the country. But is the ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra asking her to take the industries away from Maharashtra, is a crucial question. Is the ruling Shiv Sena helping Mamata didi to take away employment opportunities, businesses and industries from Maharashtra?” BJP MLA Ashish Shelar had alleged.
The Saamana editorial further alleged the Centre is obstructing the work of the state government in West Bengal by defaming the MPs and MLAs of the state with the help of the Central Agencies.
“Mamata, during her visit to the state informed that the Centre has sent 50 officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to West Bengal so that they could register false cases against the MPs and MLAs in the state. They are trying to defame West Bengal but the state will not back off and will put up a fight like Maharashtra,” the editorial said.
The editorial added that Mamata during her three-day visit to Mumbai inspired us to fight.

Mamata Banerjee visits Siddhivinayak Temple

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on a three-day tour to Maharashtra, visited Siddhivinayak Temple on Tuesday.
While speaking to the media, Banerjee said, “I came to Mumbai many times but never came to Siddhivinayak temple. I also worship Ganpati Bappa at my home. I am thankful to the Maharashtra government. I prayed here for Uddhav Thackeray Ji’s health. I am very happy to visit here.” A meeting between Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackeray and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will take place at Mumbai’s Nariman point at 8 pm on Tuesday.
Informing about the meeting, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told the media, “A meeting between West Bengal Chief Minister and Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aditya Thackeray will take place in Mumbai today at 8 pm. I will also join the meeting.”
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena in a statement informed that due to health issues, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will not be meeting Banerjee.
“Due to health issues, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray won’t be meeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her two-day visit to Mumbai. She has earlier announced that she will be meeting CM over several issues,” the statement said.

ED summons Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali on Nov 24 in money laundering case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali on November 24 in connection with the arrest of her close aide Saeed Khan in an alleged money laundering case.
This is the third summon by the agency to Gawali. The ED had earlier summoned Gawali on October 20 in connection with the case.
Saeed Khan was arrested by the ED on September 28. The accused, Saeed Khan, is the director of ‘Mahila Utkarsh Trust’, the trust has now been transformed into a company.

Plea in SC seeking judicial inquiry

A Shiv Sena leader filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking a judicial enquiry into affairs of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and its officials at Mumbai and to protect the fundamental rights of Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan.

New Delhi [India] : The plea was filed by Mumbai-based Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari in the wake of the arrest of Aryan Khan by NCB in a case of alleged seizure of drugs from a cruise ship in Mumbai. The plea stated that NCB and its officials are involved in “dirty vendetta affairs” targeting select film celebrities and few models for the last two years.
The petition requested the top court to take suo moto cognisance in the matter to protect the fundamental rights of Aryan Khan who has been booked under the NDPS Act by NCB, Mumbai.
“I would like to request the court to order to institute special judicial investigation and enquiry to unearth the role of NCB official,” Tiwari said in the plea.
The plea mentioned that it is high time the NCB be probed by a top court judge to unravel the truth.
Aryan Khan is currently lodged in Arthur Road jail in Mumbai.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2.
A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals, have been arrested so far in the case related to the seizure of drugs following a raid at a party on the Cordelia cruise ship off the Mumbai coast on October 2.

Uddhav meets Sharad Pawar

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, among other leaders, met at the Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai on Monday to discuss issues related to farmers and COVID relaxations.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Maharashtra Home Minister and NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil, state deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, and state Transport Minister and Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab are also taking part in the meeting. According to informed sources, several issues are being discussed in the meeting including issues related to farmers, COVID relaxations, extending the timings of restaurants. Later in the day, a meeting of the COVID task force is also scheduled to be held which will be presided over by the chief minister.
According to a press release issued by the CMO, problems of transportation were also discussed in the meeting and that the chief minister directed to set up trauma centres near parking lots and check posts in every city. A delegation of Maharashtra truck tempo, tankers, bus transport federation met the Chief Minister in this meeting.
As cinema halls are scheduled to open from October 22 in the state, cinema owners and exhibitors association met the Chief Minister.
“The CM has said that cinema halls must be reopened after checking all the norms and guidelines. Issues related to single screen also discussed in the meeting about the GST and other taxes,” stated the CMO.
“Waiver or reduction of traffic tax on heavy vehicles, relief measures to transporters who are facing difficulties due to COVID and diesel inflation and setting up of parking terminals for trucks and other heavy vehicles were also discussed in the meeting,” it added.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 1,715 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The total active cases in the state stand at 28,631, as per the state health bulletin on Sunday.
Mumbai on Sunday recorded zero death due to COVID-19 for the first time since the pandemic began in March last year.

Sanjay Raut reacts to fuel price hike as petrol crosses Rs 110/litre mark in Mumbai

Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP, Sanjay Raut, on Thursday, while interacting with reporters said the process of burning one demon (Ravana) that is Petrol and Diesel (prices) will begin from tomorrow i.e., Dussehra and in the year 2024, the demon will be burnt completely.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], October 14 : “The process of burning the demon of petrol and diesel will start from tomorrow. On the day of Dussehra, we will burn one Ravana and in 2024 it will be burnt completely,” said Raut. Interestingly, both the National and Maharashtra assembly polls are scheduled to take place in the year 2024 only.
Meanwhile, Petrol and diesel prices were hiked again across the country on Thursday after a pause of two days.
In Mumbai, petrol prices were raised by Rs 0.34 to Rs 110.75 per litre, and diesel by Rs 0.37 to Rs 101.4 per litre.
Oil companies started raising auto fuel prices last week. The pause on the prices on October 12 and 13 came after a seven-day consecutive rise.

ED summons Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawli in alleged money laundering case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 29 : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawli for Monday, October 4, in connection with the arrest of her close aide Saeed Khan in an alleged money laundering case.
The ED had arrested Saeed Khan, a close aide of Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawli, on September 28. The accused, Saeed Khan, is the director of ‘Mahila Utkarsh Trust’, the trust has now been transformed into a company.

‘Will move HC against Maharashtra’

Following his detention at Karad Railway Station in Satara district, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya on Monday said he will move the High Court against the Maharashtra government over the incident.

Satara (Maharashtra) [India], September 20 : Briefing media persons in Karad, Somaiya claimed, “Police personnel are acting on the orders of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.” “Police placed me under house arrest for six hours on Sunday. When I challenged the order, the police officer who showed me the order ran away from the spot. Later I understood that the order which was shown to me was forged,” he alleged.
“Now I got an order from Karad police which said I am not allowed to come out of Mumbai…The way the order was forged, will Uddhav Thackeray and the state Home Minister take responsibility for this order?” he further alleged.

“They did not allow me to go to Kolhapur. This is against my fundamental rights. I will go to the High Court against Maharashtra Government for this,” the BJP leader said.
Somaiya was detained in Satara district in the early hours of Monday.
He was expected to visit Kohlapur today and was en route to the district via train.
Ahead of his visit, Kolhapur District Collector had issued prohibitory orders against him and imposed Section 144, prohibiting gatherings on September 20 and 21.
The BJP leader on Sunday had alleged that he was detained at his residence in Mumbai.
He was scheduled to visit the properties owned by Maharashtra Minister Hasan Mushrif in which he claims corruption has taken place.
Earlier, Somaiya had levelled allegations of money laundering against Maharashtra Cabinet Ministers Chhagan Bhujbal and Anil Parab.

Raut questions Centre

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Maharashtra MP and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday asked the Centre how the Pegasus case could be a national security issue when journalists, officials and public representatives were kept under scrutiny.
“Through the Pegasus app, nationals journalists, defence officers, state leaders, Chief Ministers, MPs and people like us were under observation, then how will it be beneficial for the nation’s security?” Raut asked. “Lok Sabha and Rajya sabha could not make progress on the Pegasus issue during the monsoon session. If the Central government informs us about the national security, then the people will gain knowledge, If there is no discussion upon the topic then what national security are we talking about? We will again have a discussion on the same issue,” Raut said.
Amid the continuous ruckus created by the Opposition over the ‘Pegasus Project’ issue, both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha faced repeated adjournments during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
After the rape cases from the state, Raut said, “Maharashtra has never made any compromise regarding the safety of women. This is the tradition of Maharashtra. Since the time of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, we have kept the respect and dignity of women, security of women in Maharashtra, and this Thackeray government is more sensitive in that it is known to all.”

Linking Hindutva with Taliban is disrespectful to ‘Hindu culture’: Shiv Sena on Javed Akhtar’s remarks

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Shiv Sena, which is in alliance with Congress in Maharashtra, has slammed lyricist Javed Akhtar, in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ for the latter’s alleged comparison of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) with the Taliban, which recently captured Afghanistan following months of offensive and said “linking Hindutva with the Taliban is disrespectful to Hindu culture.”
In the editorial, Shiv Sena said the people who think that the ideology of RSS and VHP are similar to the Taliban must introspect. “Nowadays one is comparing anyone with Taliban as the outfit is the biggest threat to society and mankind. Countries like Pakistan and China where democracy doesn’t exist are backing the Taliban in Afghanistan because human rights have no place in these countries. But India is a democratic country and respects an individual’s freedom so it is erroneous to compare RSS with the Taliban. India is tremendously tolerant in every way,” it said.
“For organisations like RSS and VHP, Hindutva is a culture. They want the rights of Hindus should not be suppressed. Moreover, it has never imposed any restrictions on women’s rights. But the situation in Afghanistan is heart-wrenching. Many fled from their own country in fear, the rights of women are being suppressed,” the editorial claimed.
Shiv Sena said that Javed Akhtar is known for his outspoken statements and has several times attacked extremist views of Muslim society, yet we do not accept the comparison of the Sangh with the Taliban.
“Most of the population of the country is secular and respects each other religious views. We cannot accept the ‘Talibani ideology’. In spite of the fact that India being home to a majority of the Hindu population, it is a proud secular country,” Shiv Sena said.

Narayan Rane says, ‘Mamata Banerjee becoming PM as distant as Konkan and Kashmir’

Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, [India], August 27 : Narayan Rane’s fresh swipe against Shiv Sena has resulted in West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee getting caught up in the crosshairs with the Union Minister on Friday stating that the “distance between Konkan and Kashmir represents the difference between Banerjee becoming the country’s Prime Minister.”
Addressing reporters here after resuming his ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ on Friday, the Union Minister was responding to Sanjay Raut’s “West Bengal is the lion of the country” remark stating that the Shiv Sena leader “speaks without any sense.” “Sanjay Raut speaks without any sense. Vinayak and Sanjay Raut will lead to the fall of Shiv Sena. The distance between Konkan and Kashmir represents the difference between Mamata Banerjee and her becoming the PM,” he said.
This is not the first time when Rane has taken a jibe at the political situation in West Bengal.
On Wednesday, the Union Minister said that he would not “allow” the West Bengal-like environment to be created in Maharashtra.
To this Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut warned that insults to the state would not be forgiven by the people. Taking a dig at the BJP, Raut said that it had to “run away” from West Bengal following its defeat in the recent assembly polls.
He further said, “West Bengal is the lion of the country. It is the birthplace of revolutionaries. Lal Bal Pal, a prong of this trident is from West Bengal. That one prong has got into you. Don’t forget that if you insult a state like this, then the country will never forgive you.”
Meanwhile, Rane today attacked Shiv Sena for not working for the Konkan region in the state and said he is not “scared” of any action against him.
“Shiv Sainiks who came in front of my house were welcomed by the police. What has Shiv Sena given to the Konkan region in the last two years? They thought I would be scared if they took action against me. But our journey has been successful,” he said.
Rane also asserted that he has done nothing wrong by making the alleged “derogatory remarks” against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and said the party is ‘”enjoying the power”.
“I have done nothing wrong. They (Shiv Sena) enjoy power, so they arrested me. Maharashtra is number one in COVID. During COVID, they didn’t take any action. Sushant Singh (Rajput) was murdered. Disha Salian was raped and killed, yet the perpetrators roam freely,” said Rane.
The Union Minister was arrested in Ratnagiri district after several FIRs were registered against him at many places including Nashik and Pune, based on the complaints filed by Shiv Sena leaders for his remarks against Thackeray.
Rane had on Monday accused Thackeray of ignorance about the year of India’s independence at an event and said “I would have given (him) a tight slap.”

“Won’t let Maharashtra become West Bengal”

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Union Minister Narayan Rane on Wednesday asserted that he is not afraid of anyone, and thanked BJP leaders for standing behind him after his arrest for alleged “derogatory remarks” against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Addressing media after getting bail from the local court in Mahad of Raigarh district, Rane said he will resume his Jan Ashirwad Yatra from Friday. “I am not afraid of you (Shiv Sena). My party leaders have stood behind me and I want to thank them all. The Jan Ashirwad Yatra will resume from the day after tomorrow,” said Rane.
The Union Minister added that he would not “allow” the West Bengal-like environment to be created in Maharashtra.
Attacking Shiv Sena for its complaint against him, Rane reminded the party to “not forget” that he had a “big role in spreading Shiv Sena and making it big”.
“The verdict in all cases (by Shiv Sena) filed against me in Bombay High Court has come in my favour. This is an indication that the country is run by laws,” said the Union Minister.
Speaking about his “slap” remark against Maharashtra Chief Minister, Rane further asserted that he has “not said anything wrong”. “But, if Devendra Fadvanis says it is wrong, then I will accept it, as he is our ‘margdarshak’ (guide),” Rane said.
Rane also slammed Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. “There were many incidents in the past where Maharashtra Chief Minister has given controversial statements against the BJP leaders like MLC Prasad Lad, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and even against Amit Shah. The language used by Chief Minister was not in right but nothing happens to him,” Rane said.
Rane, who was arrested on Tuesday evening was granted bail a few hours later by the local court in Mahad of Raigarh district earlier today.
The Union Minister was arrested in Ratnagiri district after several FIRs were registered against him at many places including Nashik and Pune, based on the complaints filed by Shiv Sena leaders for his remarks against Thackeray.
Rane on Monday accused Thackeray of ignorance about the year of India’s independence at an event and said “I would have given (him) a tight slap.”

Sonia Gandhi to chair Opposition parties meet today, Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP not invited

Sonia Gandhi’s meeting is seen as a part of the Congress’ efforts to unite various Opposition parties to evolve a common strategy against the BJP-led NDA government.

New Delhi, India, August 20 : Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi will chair a crucial meeting of the Opposition parties on Friday via video conferencing. The meeting will be attended by scores of Opposition leaders and Chief Ministers of non-NDA ruled states.

The meeting is seen as a part of the Congress’ efforts to unite various Opposition parties to evolve a common strategy against the BJP-led NDA government.

According to reports, Sonia Gandhi has invited NCP chief Sharad Pawar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin and others for the meeting. Pawar, Uddhav, Mamata and Stalin have accepted the invitations. Reports say that at least 18 Opposition parties (NSP, Shiv Sena, BSP, RJD, Samajwadi Party, TMC, DMK, National Conference, JDS, Left parties, JMM and others) will attend the meeting virtually. However, the invitation has not been extended to Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

“Uddhav Thackeray will attend the meeting. NCP MP Supriya Sule confirmed that Sharad Pawar will be taking part,” senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said. Congress is a constituent of the Sena-led coalition in Maharashtra.

Notably, in the just-concluded Monsoon Session of the Parliament, several Opposition parties displayed a show of unity when they took on the government to seek a discussion on the Pegasus snooping row, besides the farm laws and other issues.

Today’s meeting also comes in the backdrop of the government demanding strict action against those indulging in unruly behaviour in Rajya Sabha during the passage of the Insurance Amendment Bill. The meeting also comes close on the heels of a similar dinner meet hosted by Congress leader Kapil Sibal, where top opposition leaders favoured unity among like-minded parties to defeat the BJP.

Meanwhile, Sibal has welcomed the party chief’s initiative of bringing like-minded political parties together. He, however, has urged Sonia to strengthen her own party, saying no Opposition unity is possible without it. Sibal said that he along with other leaders of the ‘Group of 23’, who had written to the Congress chief for an organisational overhaul, will continue to demand reforms in the grand old party and keep pushing for its strengthening.

Sonia to meet CMs of Congress-ruled states

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said that Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi will meet leaders and Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states on 20 August.

New Delhi [India], August 12 : While speaking to the media, the Shiv Sena leader said, “The Opposition is united. On August 20, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi will speak to CMs of Congress-ruled states. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray will also take part in this meeting.” Speaking about security marshals being called in yesterday during the passage of the insurance amendment bill in the Rajya Sabha, Raut said, “Do you want to scare us? Today we will be meeting in Mallikarjun Kharge’s chamber and decide what to do.”
Earlier today, Raut in a tweet said, “Is this our parliamentary Democracy? Marshall law in Temple of Democracy.”
On Wednesday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi had alleged that opposition members “manhandled marshals” in the Rajya Sabha and said their behaviour during the session was a “black spot in the history of Indian democracy”.
The Union Minister also appealed to the Chairman to release the CCTV footage in the public domain.
Both the Houses – Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were adjourned sine die on Wednesday, two days before the scheduled conclusion.
During the monsoon session, the opposition continuously protested and forced adjournments for their other demands including a probe into allegations of surveillance through Pegasus spyware and the repeal of new farm laws.

‘Curb anti-women content’

New Delhi [India]: Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi has in a letter to Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw urged for immediate action on a YouTube channel for live broadcasting auctioning of women.
“I wrote a letter to the IT minister about this on July 30. There are many such applications, YouTube channels where there is a discussion about women’s particular religion takes place. Culprits use their private photos and talk about their physical attributes. There was a talk of auctioning women. I would like to say that this is a criminal act and women cannot be put down for speaking up in the public sphere,” said Chaturvedi while interacting with reporters yesterday. “If strict action is not taken on this, then in the coming time such applications will be used against women,” she said and demanded immediate action from the IT Minister.
“When it comes to promoting women in Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaigns or in Tokyo Olympics, the Centre never shies away. But, when it comes to speaking up for the rights of women, the Centre remains silent. Nevertheless, I hope that the IT Minister will take action in this matter as soon as possible,” she added.
Yesterday, Priyanka tweeted, “Met Hon. IT Minister @AshwiniVaishnaw ji in the parliament today and he assured me that action would be taken against such apps and app creators that demean women and attempt to silence them on social media with such attempts. Will keep following up on the #SulliDeals issue.”
Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi on Friday wrote to Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw concerning the safety of women in cyberspace and sought strict action against apps and platforms which degrade women.
“A few months back, a YouTube channel ‘Liberal Doge’ ran a live ‘auction’ of women belonging to a particular community. People were bidding and rating women based on their physical appearance and wrote degrading comments. More recently, pictures of several women have been uploaded without their knowledge or consent on an app that had posted pictures of several women from various professions, including journalists, sourced from their social media websites. The women targeted on the app faced threats, embarrassment, and harassment after their pictures bad been put up without consent. The purpose of the app was to degrade and humiliate women belonging to a particular community,” wrote the Shiv Sena MP.
Chaturvedi in the letter said that this “horrifying incident” has left the women scarred and troubled. “Some of the women have since then deleted their social media accounts and many others said they were afraid of further harassment. The misuse of social and digital media to harass and attack the dignity of a woman is disheartening”, she said.
“In a country where women are already struggling with gender bias, these incidents yet again lay bare the protection and safety of women, especially in cyberspace. Though Delhi and Noida Police have registered cases, no real progress has been made so far. The lack of stringent and efficient preventive laws and punishments for such cases only motivates the perpetrators”, Chaturvedi pointed out.
The Shiv Sena leader alleged in the letter that hardly any movement with regards to this case has been taken as of now despite the seriousness of it. She urged the IT Minister to take urgent and strict actions to deal with such nuisance, so as to protect the dignity of women of the society as any responsible government should.

Targeting by central ‘harmful’ : Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday said the deliberate targeting of leaders in the ruling MVA alliance in Maharashtra by central agencies was harmful for the country’s federal structure. Raut was responding to a query by reporters on the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoning former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in a money laundering case.

Deshmukh was asked to depose before the investigating officer at the ED’s office in Mumbai on Saturday in the money laundering case related to an alleged multi-crore bribery-cum-extortion racket, that led to his resignation from the post of home minister in April.

However, the NCP leader, whose party shares power with the Shiv Sena and Congress in Maharashtra, sought a fresh date for appearance before the agency.

Talking to reporters, Raut also said Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik’s letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray highlighted that the legislator was being unnecessarily harassed by the ED. He said if there are complaints, the state’s Economic Offences Wing (EoW) or the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) can investigate them.

“But, central agencies are brought in under pressure to deliberately target…this is out of frustration over the inability to form government here,” Raut alleged, and said “this is harmful for the federal structure”.

Asked about Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Devendra Fadnavis’s comment that he would quit politics if he failed to restore the OBC quota in local bodies in the state, Raut said the BJP leader in 2014 claimed he would get quota for the ‘Dhangar’ community passed in the first cabinet meeting after assuming power.

“He was in power for five years, but nothing happened. Whether in power or not, efforts must be taken to resolve issues of the deprived sections of society,” the Rajya Sabha member said.

Raut said the issue of reservation is for ensuring social equality.

“Please don’t politicise a social issue. Whether you are in government or opposition, a responsible leader should strive to resolve the issue which the MVA leaders are trying,” Raut said.

Asked about protests by the BJP and the Congress in different parts of the state on the OBC quota issue, Raut said leaders, in government as well as from the opposition, are expected to behave appropriately at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Police took action against NCP functionaries for COVID-19 norm violations during an event, Raut said, adding that “everybody is expected to follow rules”.

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