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Differences with Modi a media-made perception: Vasundhara Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday dismissed reports of her having differences with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said this was a “perception” created by the media as both of them talk when it is required.Raje also called it an “imaginary talk” when asked if she was angry that her MP son Dushyant Singh was not given a berth in the Narendra Modi-led government that took charge in 2014.”You all have tried to create that perception (she and Modi not gelling together)…that I am a ‘maharani’…this is how it is…how far will you create perceptions? I have had no problems till now (with the PM). “Things are going good in the state…whenever there is a positive development you would be reading the tweets (by the PM) too. I never feel so..if it is about perception then you help us change it,” she said when asked if the opposition was correct in saying that things do not gel (‘banti nahin’) between her and the PM.Participating in the ‘Agenda Aaj Tak’ event here, she said there is nothing like not talking to Modi directly. “You will not talk everyday…no one talks to me everyday when it comes to state affairs. When requirement arises, we talk, we meet and conferences are held and issues are exchanged. When there is requirement we do. There could be a perception problem with you but nothing between us (Raje and Modi),” she said.Raje added her son, Dushyant, Member of Parliament from Rajasthan, is “happy where he is” and all the talks about her being unhappy at Dushyant not being inducted into the Modi cabinet are “imaginary.””Kitni kalpanik baatein…kahan se suni…kisney aapko bataya (this is a imaginary talk…where did you hear this and who told you?)…Dushyant is very happy where he is. In my family, by God’s grace, we got what we should have…,” she said when asked a question on this. In reply to an another question on the leadership of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Raje said she has “no opinion” on this issue.”I have got no opinion on Rahul’s leadership…it’s not my habit to go into this. It is not necessary to comment on this…else you go on doing negative politics and the work of development of the state is not attended to,” she said.The Rajasthan chief Minister said she does not see state Congress President Sachin Pilot as a “threat” to her. “We will see in 2018 (when Assembly polls are slated in the state),” she said.

Will seal Indo-Pak border by December 2018: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid rising tensions in the Indo-Pak ties, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the Home Ministry had decided to seal the India-Pakistan border by December 2018. Speaking to the media after reviewing the security situation with the home ministers and senior officials of the four bordering states, Singh said, “We will start a new concept called Border Security Grid, and the inputs from all the border states will be taken.”Singh also said that the nation’s security will never be compromised. “Tension between India and Pakistan has increased; countrymen should trust security forces and stand by them,” he said.Singh chaired the security meeting attended by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal, Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja, and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Brij Raj Sharma.Senior BSF officials were present at the meeting which reviewed the security arrangements on the border in the wake of rising tensions between the two countries after a surgical strike by the Indian army on terror camps across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.The Union Home Minister will also tour border areas of Rajasthan and visit outposts to assess the situation along the Indo-Pak border.(With agency inputs)

Rajnath Singh to review security along India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan on Friday

Rajnath Singh to review security along India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan on Friday


Jaisalmer: Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive in Jaisalmer on Friday to review the security situation along the India-Pakistan border with Chief Ministers of four states whose boundaries touch Pakistan and top BSF officials.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. AFP

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. AFP

During the two-day visit, Singh will hold meetings with top BSF officials and chair a meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, officials said.

The Home Minister will tour border areas of Rajasthan and will visit border outposts to asses the situation along the India-Pakistan border.

Barmer Collector Sudhir Sharma said the Home Minister will hold meeting with BSF officials in Barmer on 8 October.

Elaborate arrangements are being made for the visit, he said.

Rajasthan Women’s Commission member Somya Gurjar resigns after clicking selfie with rape victim

On Thursday, Somya Gurjar, the Rajasthan Women’s Commission member, who posted a selfie with a rape victim, resigned after facing flak on social media platforms and in political circles for her actions. According to a report by NDTV, Gurjar was also reprimanded by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

The selfie clicked by Gurjar with the rape victim courted controversy, prompting the chairperson of the commission to seek a written explanation. Interestingly, the chairperson Suman Sharma is also in the selfie, along with Somya Gurjar.

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A file photo of Somya Gurjar clicking a selfie with the rape victim. Photo credit: Twitter @CNNnews18

The selfie was clicked by Gurjar on Wednesday, when she along with Sharma had gone to meet the victim in Mahila police station (Jaipur North).

“I was talking to the victim when the member of the commission clicked these selfies. I am not aware when she (Somya Gurjar) clicked. I do not favour such act and has sought a written explanation from her. She has been asked to submit the explanation by tomorrow,” Sharma said.

Interestingly, two pictures, in which Gurjar is seen clicking the selfie, went viral on WhatsApp. Both Gurjar and Sharma are in the frame of the selfie, and pictures (of the selfie) were clicked by someone standing near them in the chamber of the police officer.

In the pictures, Gurjar is seen holding the mobile device, while the chairperson, who is also in the frame (of the selfie) is seen holding the hand of the victim.

In an incident at Alwar district, a 30-year-old woman was allegedly raped by her husband and his two brothers who tattooed expletives on her forehead and hand for not giving Rs 51,000 as the dowry.

On Monday, an FIR was registered under sections of 498-A (Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act), 376 (punishment for rape) and 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of IPC and an investigation in the case has been initiated.

With inputs from PTI

BJP will retain power in Rajasthan: Vasundhara Raje

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Sunday said BJP would be able to retain power in next state assembly election in 2018 as well as at Centre in the 2019-Lok Sabha poll.Addressing the party workers in Bhilwara, Raje said she would go to every district and collect feedback from the BJP workers who, she said, are the eyes and ears of the party.”It is the party workers who makes us reach here (in the power) therefore under the ‘Apka Zila Apki Sarkar’ programme, I would reach out to the party workers and collect feedback on what is going in the districts,” she said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The party workers across the state have geared up and are working to ensure victory in next elections, Raje added.During her visit to Bhilwara, Raje also spent time with differently-abled children.She said the care of differently-abled children as well as elders should be good and without any discrimination, a release said.

Rahul Gandhi showered with greetings, blessings on his 46th birthday

Greetings poured in from all quarters for Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on his 46th birthday as party workers and senior leaders across different parties wished him a long and healthy life.In the morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to wish Rahul, saying: “Birthday wishes to the Congress VP, Shri Rahul Gandhi. May he be blessed with a long and healthy life.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A host of party workers and leaders including senior leaders like Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, P Chidambaram, Sheila Dikshit, Motilal Vora and Anand Sharma greeted Gandhi at his 12, Tughlak Lane residence.Delhi PCC chief Ajay Maken and hundreds of party leaders and workers met Gandhi at the AICC headquarters to wish him. While party leaders like Jairam Ramesh have already said that Gandhi is the “de facto” chief of the party, the AICC has so far remained ambivalent on when the young leader would be formally elevated to the top party post. Sonia Gandhi is at the helm of the organisation since March, 1998.Congress is passing through one of its difficult phases as it has faced successive defeats in Assembly elections after the Lok Sabha poll debacle in May, 2014.DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundharaj Raje, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, RJD chief Lalu Prasad, his son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, LJP leader Chirag Paswan, Shahnawaz Hussain of BJP and NCP leader Praful Patel were among other leaders who wished Gandhi long and healthy life on his birthday.”Thank you everyone for the warm birthday wishes! Grateful for the love & blessings”, Gandhi said on Twitter later.

Two detained in connection with murder of student in Kota

Two minors were detained on Saturday in connection with the alleged murder of a 19-year-old boy by a group of students in a student mess here, police said. “The two minors involved in the murder have been detained whereas the other accused are still at large and efforts are on to nab them,” Mahaveernagar police station circle incharge Kaluram Verma said. The duo would be produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), he said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Satyarth alias Satya Prakesh, a resident of Nabada district in Bihar was attacked by nearly 20-25 students while he was having dinner in a mess. Satyarth died on the spot while another coaching student from Bihar Sandeep Kumar (18), also sustained knife wounds in the attack. Those detained are taking coaching in institutes here, Verrma said. The body of Satyarth meanwhile was handed over to his family after post-mortem and his last rites were carried out in Kishorepura cremation ground, he said. The family members accused the coaching centres of being careless and irresponsible. “They did not even inform us of the tragedy and were continuously making calls for fees. Kota is now no longer a safe place for the coaching students,” one of Satyarth’s relatives said. Yesterday, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav expressed concern over the incident. In a letter to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, he requested her to take cognisance of the incident and make sure that the culprits are nabbed soon.

Centre using its agencies to harass non-BJP state govts: Sachin Pilot

Senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Wednesday slammed the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for allegedly using central agencies to harass the non-BJP state governments but not taking any action against the Chief Ministers of their party involved in corruption cases.”The BJP government at the Centre is using all central agencies to harass the non-BJP state governments. It used CBI to raid Arvind Kejriwal’s office in Delhi, but no action has been taken against corruption charges on BJP CMs,” Pilot said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He slammed the Centre and the CBI for not questioning Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the Vyapam scam and the scores of deaths related to it.”They (the Centre) are not taking any action on the corruption charges against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje…They used their muscle to topple the Arunachal Pradesh and the Uttarakhand governments and now trying the same in Manipur,” Pilot said.The senior Congress leader also attacked the BJP for its “double standards” in their actions.”You talked about bringing back blackmoney. Where is it? Where are the Rs 15 lakh in accounts? On the other hand, they are trying to divide people with statements of (leaders like) Sakshi Maharaj, Yogi Adityanath, and others… It is BJP’s double speak,” he added.Pilot said the youths want development and jobs, not communally divisive politics. “Assam has always been communally peaceful and the credit goes only to Congress governments. People should keep this in mind while voting,” he added.Pilot also alleged Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF has an understanding with the BJP to defeat Congress.”BJP is not sure of getting votes on its own. So they are trying to divide Congress votes with the help of AIUDF. But people are smart and they know voting for AIUDF is equivalent to voting for BJP,” he added.

Jat quota stir: Agitation now spreads to eastern Rajasthan

Bharatpur: The Jat agitation in Haryana on Monday had its echo in eastern Rajasthan where protesters damaged two buses and blocked railway tracks and highway, prompting the district administration to impose prohibitory orders.

Members of the Jat community, under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union, block traffic demanding reservation, in Rajabpur village of Amroha district, Haryana on Sunday. PTIMembers of the Jat community, under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union, block traffic demanding reservation, in Rajabpur village of Amroha district, Haryana on Sunday. PTI

Members of the Jat community, under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union, block traffic demanding reservation, in Rajabpur village of Amroha district, Haryana on Sunday. PTI

The protesters in the morning burnt a roadways bus near Dhormui oil depot and damaged another bus in Sewar area.

“Deeg, Jaipur and Mathura highways and Jaipur and Mumbai railway tracks are closed,” Additional SP Bharat Lal Meena

IG Alok Vashistha said prohibitory orders have been imposed in the district to maintain law and order and additional police force has been rushed to the affected areas.

“The protestors blocked the highway last night. Efforts are on to control the situation,” another police official

Senior police and district administration officials are monitoring the situation.

Taking note of the violence, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has appealed to the Jat community members of
Dholpur and Bharatpur districts to maintain peace and communal harmony.

Raje said in a statement that her government has already constituted OBC Commission and EBC Commission.

She said Jats in Dholpur and Bharatpur should maintain peace and law and order, so that the OBC commission can
present its report on reservation to Jats.


ISIS a threat for world: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasudhara Raje on Tuesday expressed concern on the expanding reach of terrorism and the threat posed by ISIS in particular and said extra vigil was needed to check its spread in the country. Raje said that the terror organisations have no boundaries and use the name of religion to draw people to its course but it kills people of all faiths.”ISIS represents some serious terrorist threat. Their sophisticated use of internet and social media means that they have significant reach across the world. The recent arrests of people of ISIS ideology in parts of the country including Jaipur point towards the spread and reach of this organization,” she said at the Counter Terrorism conference inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have to be vigilant for the threat of radicalization. The internet has changed so many aspects of our life for betterment, but it has also worked as advantage to terrorists so we need to be more vigilant,” she said, while expressing concerns on home grown extremism.”The only way to counter terrorism and extremism is to engage our own communities. We need to make people aware to work together irrespective of class, religion and economic background, she said.It is also important to educate youth and to help them become employable in order to build the nation, the Chief Minister added. Chief Executive of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu were also present in the conference.