Ludhiana, Jul 24 ; Senior AAP leader and legislator from Dakha, H S Phoolka today said he will quit the party if it joins hands with the Congress.
He made it clear here that any understanding with the Congress party would amount to giving a clean chit to the alleged "perpetrators" of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
"I shall be the first person to quit the Aam Aadmi Party if and when it joins hands with the Congress (either) in a direct or indirect manner," Phoolka said here.
His statement comes after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh supported senior party leader P Chidambaram's views on the need for a broad-based alliance with other opposition parties at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) at Delhi on Sunday.
Phoolka, a noted lawyer who has represented the riot victims in the courts, blamed the Congress for the violence that took place in the aftermath of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination.
The former leader of opposition in the Punjab Assembly said he would continue to fight cases of the riot victims.
A total of 3,325 people were killed in the riots.
Aurangabad, Jul 24 ; A Shiv Sena MP was today reportedly manhandled in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district where he had gone to attend the last rites of a man, who died during the Maratha community's protest for reservation, an official said.
Yesterday, a 27-year-old protester, Kakasaheb Shinde, jumped off a bridge over Godavari River in Aurangabad. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead, police said.
The Shiv Sena's Lok Sabha member from Aurangabad, Chandrakant Khaire went to Shinde's native Kaygaon village to attend his last rites today.
However, he was allegedly manhandled by some persons present there, a police official said.
Shinde's death had triggered a fresh set of protests in several parts of Maharashtra.
Internet services were suspended in rural areas of Aurangabad to prevent any untoward incident.
Protesters had yesterday blocked the Ahmednagar-Aurangabad Highway and damaged a dozen vehicles, including a police van and bus, in Gangakhed tehsil of Parbhani district.
The situation was brought under control after Shinde's family members claimed the body last night, the police official said.
As a precautionary measure, the police and the district administration decided to suspend Internet services in rural areas since this morning to prevent any fresh protest or unrest, he said.
Meanwhile, Shinde's last rites were performed at Kaygaon village in Gangapur tehsil today, the official said, adding that an uneasy calm prevailed in the area.
The pro-reservation members from the Maratha community gathered at the village and staged protests at some places, the official said.
The traffic movement was slow on the road to Pune due to the protests, he said.
The Maratha Kranti Morcha, which led the 'jal samadhi' protest in which Shinde died, is leading the agitation seeking reservations for the community in government jobs and education.
In the last few days, protests have taken place in Buldhana, Akola, Parali, Washim and Mumbai.
The community leaders had earlier taken out several rallies in various districts to highlight their demands. Last year, a huge rally was organised by the Maratha Kranti Morcha in this connection in Mumbai.
Despite assurances from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to fulfil the demands, nothing concrete has been done till now, community leaders have claimed
Hyderabad, Jul 24 ;Incidents of lynching will not stop till the time cow gets the status of "Rashtra Mata", a BJP MLA from Telangana has said, amid the outrage over the killing of a Muslim man over suspicion of being a cow smuggler in Rajasthan's Alwar.
T Raja Singh Lodh, the BJP MLA from Goshamahal here, said in a video message on a social networking website on Sunday he does not want "khoon-kharaba" (bloodletting) on the issue, but if it has to stop, cow must be declared the Mother of the Nation.
In the 7-minute clip, the lawmmaker also urged MPs to make such a demand in Parliament.
"Till cow is not accorded the status of 'Rashtra Mata', I feel the war for 'gau raksha' (cow protection) will not stop even if 'gau rakshaks' (cow protectors) are put into jails or bullets are fired at them," Singh said.
He also sought Prime Mininister Narendra Modi's support for the demand.
"Till the time a ministry of cow protection is created in every state and stringent laws are enacted for cow protection, I feel such killings will not stop....this is my feeling and I am telling the fact," Singh, known for making controversial remarks, said.
Maintaining that he never supported the killing or beating up of people by "gau rakshaks", Singh, however, deplored "nobody discusses protection of cows and how to stop such violence".
"Recently, a man named Rakbar alias Akbar Khan, a cow smuggler was killed. The media reported some cases of cow smuggling were pending against him," he said, claiming many cow protection activists were killed by cattle smugglers but such incidents were ignored by media.
However, when a cow smuggler is killed the electronic media rakes up the issue, which is also raised in Parliament, he said.
Singh also took to Twitter where he claimed a Hindu man was lynched in Rajasthan the same day as Khan over his love affair with a Muslim girl.
"Same day When Rakbar Khan was allegedly Lynched Kheta Ram Bheel a Dalit was also Lynched in Rajasthan by the Muslim family of the girl he loved. BUT MEDIA & other secular parties are not interested as all the accused are from Peaceful community which doesn't suit their agenda," he wrote.
Rakbar and his friend Aslam were accosted by alleged cow vigilantes in Alwar's Ramgarh on Saturday. Aslam managed to flee, but Rakbar was brutally assaulted. He later died from injuries received during the attack.
The Ghoshamahal MLA has often found himself on the wrong side of the law because of his remarks.
He recently said the holy Quran was responsible for the spread of terrorism and those hosting Iftaar parties were begging for Muslim votes
New Delhi, July 23 : The Congress on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of misleading the Lok Sabha by not revealing the price of the Rafale fighter jets bought from France and indicated it could move a motion of breach of privilege against them. "Deluding and misleading the people of India, the Prime Minister and Defence Minister sought to lie on the floor of Parliament. Neither the revelation of the commercial cost of Rafale aircraft will violate any secrecy agreement with the French government nor will it reveal any classified or protected information," former Defence Minister A.K. Antony and senior leader Anand Sharma told a press conference. Party sources said that consultations will be held with legal experts and the leader of the party in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, will decide on moving a privilege motion against Modi and Sitharaman in a day or two.
New Delhi [India], July 23 : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Kultar Sandhwan clarified that he was not deported from Canada and the problem occurred due to a communication gap. Earlier, reports emerged that two AAP MLAs from Punjab, Sandhwan and Amarjeet Singh Sandoa were allegedly denied entry into Canada and deported to India soon after they landed there for a personal visit.
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], July 23 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader T. Raja Singh on Monday said that he did not say anything wrong in the video he had released in the wake of the Alwar lynching incident. In the video, Singh had stirred controversy when he said that incidents like the Alwar lynching happen in the name of protecting cows, adding that cow slaughter should be banned worldwide. Speaking to ANI, Singh referred to the victim of the lynching incident as a 'cow smuggler' and was of the opinion that incidents as such will not cease until cow slaughtering was banned.
Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) [India], July 23 : Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Riyaz Ahmed on Monday said that while Shariat laws say that Talaq should be given in three stages, the instant Triple Talaq was meant to save the lives of cheating women. Speaking to ANI, Ahmed said that in case a man ever finds his wife having an extra-marital affair, he does not have to kill her and can get rid of her via triple talaq, thus sparing her life.
New Delhi [India], July 23 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that the economic reforms undertaken by the Centre will make India one of world's top 5 economies in next few years. While inaugurating the National Traders' Conclave organised by the Confederation of All-India Traders in the national capital, Singh said according to a survey by a consultancy film, India was ranked ninth among the world's top 10 economies in the year 2014, and today we have left behind France to reach the sixth position.
Lucknow, July 23 : Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said today that the party has given adequate representation to the youth and therefore it has no separate youth wing. Mayawati also clarified that the party has no official Twitter and Facebook account or any website, and anyone operating it was unauthorised.
Kochi, July 23 : The Kerala High Court on Monday granted bail to Father Johnson V. Mathew, one of the four priests accused in a rape case of a woman parishioner. The court, however, asked the Malankara Orthodox Church priest to surrender his passport. Mathew was arrested on July 13, from near Thiruvalla by the Crime Branch police probing the case. He has been holed up at the Pathanamthitta district jail since. Last week a magisterial court in Thiruvalla had rejected his bail, following which he approached the high court. In this case the Crime Branch has charged four Kerala priests, including Father Job Mathew who was the first to be nabbed and Father Johnson V. Mathew. Father Sony (Abraham) Varghese and Father Jaice K. George had moved the Supreme Court and managed to get a stay order till their petition is finally disposed. While Mathew who got the bail on Monday, has been charged for outraging the modesty of a lady, the three others have been charged for rape. The victim who regularly visited the church had accused five priests of sexually abusing her for a decade. Her husband had complained that she came under the duress from at least five priests. It was one priest in the beginning who first exploited his wife and then started blackmailing her. When she sought help from another priest, he too, threatened her and shared her contact with a fellow priest and she was eventually victimised by five of them. The National Commission for Women is monitoring the case. One of the priests escaped action as the victim had mentioned only four names, according to the police.