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Kashmir MP likens PDP-BJP alliance to Nazi rule, quits 

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Srinagar, Sep 15 : In a blow to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, her senior colleague Tariq Karra on Thursday quit the PDP and Parliament after comparing the ruling PDP-BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir to Nazi rule.

Karra told reporters here that he “was feeling suffocated by the alliance” and was resigning to “protest against the brutalities on civilian protesters and the PDP’s sell out to the BJP”.
He said the PDP was founded as a “savior” for the people of the state but the present government “is treating its own people like the Nazi forces treated the oppressed”.

He said he couldn’t stand the “new avatar adorned by the PDP and my conscience could not take it any more.

“The PDP has become a collaborator for fascist RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh)-governed BJP,” he said and accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of “pushing this country towards a Hindu nation”.

Elected to the Lok Sabha in 2014, Karra was a close aide of the late Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and was one of the founders of the PDP.

He had always opposed the idea of the party teaming up with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form an alliance after a fractured mandate in the 2015 assembly polls. Karra had made his dissent known earlier also.

“It is an unnatural alliance and the PDP is losing its character as it is doing exactly what it opposed in the past (when it was in opposition),” Karra said.

“I had been warning about this alliance. I was even mocked. Whatever was agreed to be done was never done.”

He said the state government mishandled the civilian unrest in the Kashmir Valley even as he had warned that “Modi’s arm twisting attitude and criminal silence on contentious issues even during these times were adding fuel to the anger of the people”.

The Kashmir Valley has been battling the deadliest street agitation it has suffered in six years. At least 80 people have been killed and thousands injured in daily protests between civilians and security forces, triggered by the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Karra mocked at the PDP’s pre-election promises and its earlier protests against civilian killings and human rights violations in the state.

“What happened to the promises like self-rule? Why was the PDP protesting against similar killings during the previous government? The PDP had been protesting against everything that is happening now.”

He also appealed to other legislators and MPs of the party to “listen to their conscience and take a final call on whether they want to coexist with their people or continue to work as collaborators for the BJP and the RSS”.

The PDP won all the three Lok Sabha seats in the Kashmir Valley in 2014. Karra won from Srinagar-Budgam. Muzaffar Baig was elected from Kupwara-Baramulla and party president Mehbooba Mufti won Anantnag-Pulwama.

Mehbooba quit the Lok Sabha after she was elected to the assembly this year to continue as the Chief Minister following the death of her father in January.

Karra’s resignation came days after Baig, another PDP founding member, urged Mehbooba to call off the alliance as the party cadres were sulking with the way government had dealt with protesters in the valley.

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Put farm laws on hold or we will do it, Chief Justice Bobde tells government

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New Delhi, 11 Jan : A Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice S. A. Bobde on Monday toughened its stand on the farm laws and said the court has made up its mind to stay the implementation of the three farm laws, which have led to the protest by thousands of farmers at various Delhi borders.

“What is going on? States are rebelling against your laws”, a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde told the Centre. “We are extremely disappointed with the negotiation process,” he said.

“If the Centre does not want to stay the implementation of farm laws, we will put a stay on it,” the CJI added.

“We don’t want to make any stray observations on your negotiations but we are extremely disappointed with the process,” said the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

The apex court, which was hearing a clutch of pleas challenging the new farm laws as well as the ones raising issues related to the ongoing agitation at Delhi borders, said it is not talking about the repeal of these farm laws at the moment.

“This is a very delicate situation,” the bench said, adding, “There is not a single petition before us which says that these farm laws are beneficial.”

“We will stay implementation of laws,” the CJI said. “You can carry on the protest. But the question is whether the protest should be held at the same site,” he added.

“Some people have committed suicide, old people and women are a part of the agitation. What is happening?” he said.

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Farmer agitation enters 47th day, all eyes on SC hearing pleas on protests

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New Delhi, 11 Jan : The farmer agitation on the borders of the national capital entered the 47th day on Monday as the farmers have taken to the streets protesting against the three central farm laws. But now all eyes are glued on the Supreme Court which would conduct a hearing on various pleas related to the farmers’ agitation and the new farm laws on Monday.

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Talks with farmers end without breakthrough, dialogue may resume on Jan 8

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New Delhi, 4 Jan : The crucial seventh round of talks between the government and 41 farmers representatives ended without any breakthrough and the next round of talks is expected on January 8, sources said.

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