Politics live | FIR against celebrities: Tharoor writes to PM, Kamal Haasan seeks SC's intervention

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. File

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. File   | Photo Credit: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

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Here are the day's political developments from across the country

Kerala

FIR against celebrities: Tharoor writes to PM, expresses ‘strong protest’

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing “strong protest” over the registering of an FIR against 49 eminent citizens who had raised concerns about the rising mob lynching cases.

In his letter dated October 7, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram also said those criticising the Prime Minister should not be considered “anti-nationals“.

Mr. Tharoor urged Mr. Modi to take a public stand welcoming dissent and assure the nation of his “commitment to upholding Freedom of Expression even when it involves disagreement with you or your government.”

India’s history as an independent nation would have been a different one if those who dissented under the British Raj had not shown the courage to do so, he said.

“We are deeply disturbed by the FIR filed in Muzaffarpur, Bihar against a group of 49 concerned Indian citizens, who wrote a letter to you, on July 23, 2019, highlighting the rise of mob lynchings in the country,” he said in the letter.

“We would like to register out strong protest against the FIR,” he added.

Mr. Tharoor said, “Mob lynching, whether triggered by communal hatred or triggered by rumours of child kidnapping, has become a disease that is spreading rapidly, and these citizens did the right thing in bringing it to your notice.”

Pointing out that there was no democracy without dissent, he said India had been built on the “bedrock of co-existence of diverse and often diverging views and ideologies“.

Tamil Nadu

Kamal Haasan seek's SC intervention

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has sought Supreme Court's intervention in quashing sedition charges against 49 film personalities.

"The Prime minister seeks a harmonius India. His statements in the parliament confirms it. Should not the state and it's law follow it in letter and spirit? 49 of my peers have been accused, of sedition, contradicting the PM's aspirations," Mr. Kamal Haasan tweeted.

I request as a citizen that Our Supreme court move in to uphold justice with Democracy and quash the case eminating from Bihar, he added.

Maharashtra

Uddhav Thackeray on alliance with BJP for Assembly elections

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said despite his party being in Maharashtra government for last five years without much power, he never betrayed or conspired to pull it down.

He said in an alliance, both parties need to exercise caution and if the speed is accelerated unnecessarily, it could lead to an “accident”.

In the second part of his interview to Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, Mr. Thackeray also spoke about his party’s objection to tree felling in Aarey Colony in Mumbai, saying they are not against the Metro car shed, but the place where it is proposed.

“Development should not happen by causing hardships to people,” he said, asserting that the Sena will continue to raise its voice on issues pertaining to citizens.

He also expressed confidence that the BJP-Sena alliance will provide a much better administration and governance, if it wins again in the upcoming state polls.

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Uttar Pradesh

First priority is to change people’s perception of party: New UP Cong chief Ajay Kumar Lallu

In his first reaction after being appointed as the Uttar Pradesh chief of the Congress, Ajay Kumar Lallu said his prime priority would be to change people’s perception of the party by taking up issues concerning the common man.

“It would be my first priority to change people’s perception of the party for which issues related to people will be raised in an effective manner both inside the Assembly as well as on the roads,” he told PTI soon after announcement of his appointment.

AICC Monday night announced Ajay as the new UPCC President and made Aradhana Misra ‘Mona’ as the leader of Congress Legislature Party, in his place.

Telangana

CPI (M) cracks the whip against party leader, suspend him for one year

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) Telangana State Committee has cracked the whip against its leader and party nominee from Huzurnagar, Parepalli Sekhar Rao, whose nomination papers were rejected.

At a press conference on October 7, party State Secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram and central committee member – B.Nagaiah, State Committee members – B.Ramulu and D.G.Narasimha Rao said Mr. Sekhar Rao has been suspended for one year from the party for gross negligence in filing his nomination papers.

They said the nomination papers were rejected on technical grounds and the Returning Officer had given time for submitting proper documents.

 

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