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CM Virbhadra advices Amit Shah to refrain from mudslinging and not to be a judge before Court’s judgment

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AMit Shah allegation on Himachal Chief Minsiter

The prominent leaders like Dhumal and Shanta Kumar were literally pushed to the background in ceremonial open jeep ride. The prominent presence of JP Nadda with Shah has refueled speculations regarding his candidature for the Chief Minister in HP Assembly Polls 2017.

SHIMLA-The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh, replied to the allegation labeled by the national President of Bhartiya Janata Party, Amit Shah, who is on a visit to Palampur, Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh, to address a party conference. Addressing a public meeting at Chandi in Doon assembly constituency of Solan district, the Chief Minister remarked that BJP leaders are habitual of mudslinging and character assassination. Mere repeating false allegations of corruption don’t make a person corrupt, he replied to Shah’s statements.

Everyone knows the role of BJP leaders in the infamous Godhra riots,

he said. It is a wrong practice in politics to level baseless charges on opponents. Politics should be healthy and not based on mudslinging, said Virbhadra Singh.

The Chief Minister rubbished all allegations terming it a pure propaganda and mudslinging to dilute his image ahead of the Assembly Polls 2017.

Though, Amit Shah is a guest of the State but I think he had no right to involve himself in giving unruly statement,

he said. He was speaking as if he was the judge though the matter was still sub-judice, he said advising Shah not to be a judge himself before the judgement of the Court.

I have no complaints against the Prime Minister, and I know him since long,

he said.

The BJP president, in an attempt to fuel political heat in the poll bound, Congress-ruled hill state, had recited under-investigation corruption charges. He alleged that the State Government is being run by retired administrative officers and mafia. As expected, Shah repeated previous announcements of NDA Government like granting more National Highways to Himachal and enhanced grants under 14th Finance Commission. Shah had alleged that the government has failed to prepare even Detailed Project Reports of the proposed National Highways.

On the other hand, the prominent presence of JP Nadda with Shah has refueled speculations regarding his candidature for the Chief Minister.

Amit Shah in Palampur Himachal

The prominent leaders like Dhumal and Shanta Kumar were literally pushed to the background in ceremonial open jeep ride. JP Nadda was incharge of most of the affairs like welcome of Shah at the Gaggal Airport.

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To Shah’s claim that 62 National Highways has been sanctioned for the state, Virbhadra replied that the union government has not issued even a single penny for preparation of Detailed Project Reports.

Turning the gun towards the former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son, he said that both of them, in connivance with Union finance Minister Arun Jaitley, are conspiring against him by levelling false charges.
So much so, three central investigating agencies are probing a single charge of my income tax returns which had long been closed, he said.

The Chief Minister said that it was for the first and the last time he is quoting the name of opponent leader in his speech. Henceforth, he added, whatever the BJP leaders say, he will consider it as mere frustration and nothing else.

The Chief Minister also said that the NDA Government under the PM Narendra Modi, has cheated the people of the state and in all his visits as he announced nothing for the state.

BJP leaders in Himachal are hoping to win Assembly elections under PM Narender Modi’s banner. However, BJP is facing dilemma over candidature of Chief Minister. The party is divided in two groups, one supporting JP Nadda as the candidate while second group stands with the former Chief Minister PK Dhumal.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 7 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Left Out Eligible Voters in Himachal Can Enroll on 23rd and 24th Feb: HP CEO

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Left Out Voters in Himachal Pradesh can apply

Shimla-In view of the general election for the Lok Sabha 2019, special camps will be organised at every polling station on 23rd and 24th February 2019, for enrolment of left out eligible voters in the State, informed the Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh, Devesh Kumar.

He asked all Booth Level Officers (BLOs) to remain present in the camps along with the copies of final electoral rolls 2019. A copy of the electoral rolls will be available in the polling station so that electors can check their names in the rolls. The electoral rolls would be read out publically during the camp to facilitate illiterate voters. BLOs were asked to keep adequate copies of Forms 6, 7, 8 and 8A with him/her to facilitate filling up forms by interested persons.

Devesh Kumar said that all recognized political parties should depute their Booth Level Agents (BLAs) to remain present in camps. In case their name does not exist in the roll for some reason, the Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) holders must also check their name in electoral rolls and fill up Form 6. The EPIC is only identification document and does not guarantee franchise if the name of the person is not included in the electoral roll of the concerned polling station.

He said that all forms received during these campaign days would be disposed of by  March 7, 2019. BLOs were directed to immediately complete the physical verification and then submit a report to the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO). The ERO should complete the due process of law and dispose-off the forms received during the camps within 11 days.

 Devesh Kumar said that registration can also be made through NVSP Portal by visiting the link (www.nvsp.in.) For inquiries, he said, electoral can also call on Toll-free number 1950.

Assembly constituency-wise data in respect of forms received during camps would be uploaded on the website of the commission at CEO’s portal by February 25, 2019. Information about the disposal of forms would be given through the website by March 7, 2019.

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Mandi Police Warns Miscreants Promoting Malice Against Kashmiris, Urges People to Maintain Peace

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Kashmiri people in Himachal Pradesh

Mandi-The District Police, Mandi, on Tuesday, issued a warning to miscreants who were trying to incite violence against and promoting malice against Kashmiri people living in the State.

“The public is informed that following the suicide bombing in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir, some miscreants are making appeals to the people on social media to throw Kashmiri labourers, hawkers, lumberjacks etc. out of State’

said the notice issued by the district police.

The police has warned that a stringent action against will be taken against anyone who is found preaching malice towards Kashmiri citizens through such messages/comments on social media or causing any sort of vandalism.

The police urged the people to beware of such hatemongers and miscreants and maintain peace in the society.  

On Tuesday, tension mounted in a panchayat of Mandi district when the villagers passed a resolution to ban Kashmiri citizens in their area. The villagers reportedly told the Kashmiris living in rented quarters to leave the State by Wednesday. Meanwhile, some miscreants reportedly pelted stones on their quarters. Scared Kashmiris had to take shelter at local police station, said reports.

In another instance, an unverified video was doing rounds on social media, showing two groups of students clashing inside the campus of a private university in Mandi. To incite fear, it was rumoured that the scuffle took place between Kashmiri and local students.  

Earlier, the campus of the UHF, Nauni, in Solan district, witnessed tension after police booked two of its students for alleged anti-national activities on social media. The booked students were allegedly supporting the suicide bomber responsible for the ghastly Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred.

Following this news, right-wing outfits in Himachal Pradesh had made calls for a boycott of Kashmiris. Similar tension was reported from other parts of the nation too. A large number of Kashmiri students, who were studying outside their home state, were returning home for fear of violence being incited by miscreants.

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Martyr Tilak Raj Cremated with State Honour, Crowd Throngs to Pay Last Respects

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HP CRPF Martyr tilak raj cremated in Kangra

Kangra-Today, Tilak Raj, one of the 40 CRPF jawans martyred in Pulwama terror act on February 14, 2019, was cremated with state honour in his native village Dhewa in Nauna panchayat of Jawali region in Kangra district.

A pall of gloom descended on the village after the mortal remains of the Shaheed Tilak Raj reached his native village draped in tricolour. Villagers surrounded the father Layak Ram and his family and extended moral support to them in this hour of great grief .

His brother, Baldev, lit the pyre while entire area echoed with slogans of “Shaheed Tilak Raj Amar Rahe (Long Live Martyr Tilak Raj)” and “Pakistan Murbdabad.

While the wife of Tilak was in a semi-conscious, inconsolable state, her 3-years-old son was unaware of the fact that he had lost his father. This pain is further aggravated with the mention of his newborn baby who is only 22 days old.

His mortal remains arrived at Nurpur today morning. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also paid his last respects by laying a wreath on the coffin.  The Chief Minister also took part in the last journey of the martyr.

 The State Government has already announced financial assistance of Rs. 20 lakh to the kin of the martyr. Today, the Chief Minister assured that State would provide government employment to the wife of the martyr.

 The Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, former CM and MP Shanta Kumar, Food and Civil supplies Minister Kishan Kapoor, Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar, and MLAs Arun Mehta and  Rakesh Pathania also paid their last respects to the martyr and met his family.

Tilakraj was a talented man, a good singer, and an athlete. He had written, sung, and released some of the songs. Some songs like Neelam Gaddan, Pyari Monika, Apne Ghar are also available on his YouTube channel Tilak Shanu Productions.

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