Politics live | P. Chidambaram dubs Centre ‘retrograde’, alleges freedom denied

Rajya Sabha MP P. Chidambaram outside the Parliament in New Delhi on December 05, 2019.

Rajya Sabha MP P. Chidambaram outside the Parliament in New Delhi on December 05, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

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Here are the top political developments across the country

 

Chennai

 

'Freedom denied to 75 lakh people in Kashmir valley': P. Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday alleged freedom was being denied to 75 lakh people in the Kashmir valley and dubbed the Central government “retrograde”.

The former Union Minister, who arrived here for the first time after being in a Delhi prison for 106 days in the INX Media case, said he was very happy to breathe the air of freedom.

“But at the same time, in several parts of the nation, freedom is being snatched away and voices of freedom are being choked...and you should not forget it at all,” he told reporters here.

Mr. Chidambaram alleged “as we speak now, freedom is denied to 75 lakh people in the Kashmir valley,” adding if freedom of one person was denied, it meant denying it for all the people.

“Freedom cannot be separated, yours is mine and mine is yours and if I do not protect your freedom, you cannot protect mine,” he said. - PTI

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New Delhi

AAP to hold protest against NRC

Sanjay Singh

Sanjay Singh  

 

The government’s plans to implement NRC across the country is a “conspiracy” to target people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh claimed on Saturday.

The party will hold a protest on Sunday at the Jantar Mantar here against the BJP-led central government’s plans, he said, adding that the demonstration will be led by the Aam Aadmi Party’s purvanchali unit head Gopal Rai.

Purvanchalis are people from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh settled in the national capital and they play an important role in any election here.

If the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is implemented across India, where will people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar residing in different parts of the country for decades go as they would not be able to prove their residentship before 1971, Singh, who is a Rajya Sabha member, said.

“Our purvanchali unit headed by Gopal Rai will sit on a protest at the Jantar Mantar on Sunday against the NRC’s implementation which the government is planning to carry out in the whole country,” he said.

Singh was also part of a meeting of opposition parties that was called to strategise on how to oppose the Citizen (Amendment) Bill in Parliament. - PTI

Karnataka

Only victorious disqualified MLAs will get ministerial berths: Eshwarappa

The political future of at least a few disqualified MLAs appears uncertain, as senior BJP leader and Rural Development & Panchayat Raj Minister K.S. Eshwarappa on Friday indicated that only disqualified MLAs who win the bypolls will get ministerial berths.

The results of the bypolls will be declared on Monday.

“All the 13 disqualified MLAs who have contested bypolls will become Ministers if they enter the Assembly,” Mr. Eshwarappa told reporters in Bengaluru. He clarified that the party had earlier given them the option of either contesting bypolls or entering the Legislative Council. “Accordingly, most of them chose the bypoll route. If they win, they will become Ministers,” he said.

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Maharashtra

CM, Pawar meet to discuss portfolios

Nearly 10 days after the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government assumed office under the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray, the deadlock between the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Shiv Sena seems to have ended over distributions of ministries following a meeting between the Chief Minister and Sharad Pawar.

Six ministers were sworn in along with the CM on November 28, but no portfolios have been allotted so far. According to sources, Mr. Thackeray and Mr. Pawar also had discussions on a Cabinet expansion likely to take place on December 9, ahead of the winter session of the Assembly in Nagpur. The portfolios for the existing ministers will be announced within the next 24-hours, sources said.

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Kerala

No acting secretary for Kerala CPI(M)

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) will not have an acting secretary to manage organisational affairs in the State in the absence of State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan who has availed himself of leave for medical treatment.

The State secretariat that met here on Friday decided to entrust the party centre to collectively run the organisation if Mr. Balakrishnan extends his leave.

By categorically stating that the party would not opt for any ad hoc arrangement, including the option of having an acting secretary, the State leadership has chosen to put to rest the rumours regarding a list of possible leaders who are likely to be considered for the post.

Rumours were rife that central committee member M.V. Govindan would be considered to officiate in the absence of Mr. Balakrishnan.

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Andhra Pradesh

Govt. failed on all fronts: Chandrababu Naidu

The TDP will up the ante against the State government in the Assembly, the sessions of which are scheduled to commence on December 9, party national president N. Chandrababu Naidu has said.

Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the newly constructed central office of the party at Mangalagiri on Friday, Mr. Naidu said that the State government was planning a “short” winter session of the Assembly as it feared the Opposition.

Launching a tirade against the government, Mr. Naidu said that it had failed on all the fronts.

“The last six months have been really tough for the people who have been tormented by rising prices, non-availability of sand and loss of jobs,” he said.

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