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Special court grants bail to Akash Vijayvargiya

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Madhya Pradesh BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, who was arrested for assaulting a civic official in Indore with a cricket bat, was granted bail by a special court on Saturday.
 
Additional Sessions Judge Suresh Singh granted bail to Vijayvargiya, son of BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, in two cases -- assault and leading a protest without permission, district court prosecution public relation officer (PRO) Yogesh Tiwari said.
 
Granting bail, the court asked the MLA to furnish a personal bail bond of Rs 50,000 in the assault case and Rs 20,000 in the other case. 
 
Seeking bail for their clients, Vijayvargiya's lawyers said according to a Supreme Court order, the offences which do not invite jail term of 7 years were bailable from police stations.
 
They contended that the MLA has been framed falsely. He has been falsely implicated with an aim to sully his image, they argued.
 
Opposing the bail plea, district prosecution officer Rajendra Upadhyaya said the MLA's act was pre-meditated and was unbecoming of a lawmaker. He countered the defence argument that it was an emotional outburst.
 
People have elected him to make laws not to take the law into his own hands in a public place, Upadhyaya said. "Bail to him will send a wrong signal to the society," he contended.
 
The prosecution said that, in fact, Parliament had made sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty)of IPC under which Vijayvargiya has been accused, non-bailable in 2005.
 
Besides, the MLA has been accused under sections 294 (abusing), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 147 (rioting), 148 (armed with deadly weapons) and 427 (causing damage to property) of IPC.
 
He was booked on Wednesday on different counts. Later Vijayvargiya was charged under two more sections 332 and 427 of IPC.
 
In another case for which he was officially arrested in judicial custody on Thursday, Akash has been charged under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC. He had led and organised a protest against power cuts on June 4 without taking the permission from the authorities.
 
On Thursday, the Indore sessions court refused to hear his bail plea, saying it had no jurisdiction and he should approach the special court set up in Bhopal to hear the cases against MPs and MLAs.
 
On a notification of the Supreme Court, special courts have been set up in several states for a speedy hearing of cases against legislators.
 
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Akash Vijayvargiya denied bail, faces another case

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Indore MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, who has been sent to judicial custody for a fortnight for thrashing a municipal corporation official with a cricket bat, is in for more trouble.
 
Not only did the top district court decline to hear the bail plea of Vijayvargiya, the son of BJP national General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, but he has also been arrested in another case.
 
The Sessions Court on Thursday refused to entertain his bail plea, saying the court could not hear his application as he was a legislator. 
 
Special Sessions Judge B. K. Dwivedi reserved his order on the jurisdiction of the court to hear the MLA's plea after hearing the prosecution and defence.
 
Later citing notifications of the state High Court and the Law Department, the Judge said: "Bhopal-based Additional Sessions Judge Suresh Singh is empowered to hear the cases of elected representatives of the state.
 
"Hence the bail application of the accused, without being examined on its merits but on jurisdiction issue, stands rejected." 
 
"This plea is dismissed with direction that the accused should move the competent court," the court added. 
 
Vijayvargiya, who had assaulted the civic body official who had gone to get some dilapidated houses vacated after they had been declared unsafe for stay, will now have to move the Bhopal court.
 
He had moved the Sessions Court late on Wednesday after Judicial Magistrate, first class, Gaurav Garg rejected his bail application and sent him to judicial custody till July 11.
 
Observing that such crimes are on the rise in society, the magistrate had said that they must be stopped, or "otherwise people will lose faith in law and justice system".
 
Vijayvargiya is a legislator with a responsibility to make law and "if he violates the law himself it will have adverse effect on the common man", he added.
 
The magistrate had also said that he is an influential person and the possibility of him intimidating and influencing the witnesses cannot be ruled out.
 
The denial of bail had come as a blow to the MLA's supporters who had mobbed the court and had a plan to take out a rally if he was granted bail. 
 
Former Deputy General Counsel Pushyamitra Bhargava, who submitted the bail application, argued that a legislator is an ex-officio councillor, and has the right to ask corporation officials under which rule, and on whose orders the action is being taken. 
 
Meanwhile, the MLA, who spent the night in barrack No 6 with two other inmates at the Indore jail, complained of light fever. He was given preliminary treatment but was denied food from home.
 
Several supporters including MLA Ramesh Maindola, BJP state Vice President Jeetu Jarati, Golu Shukla were present at the court on Thursday along with supporters. However, the party organization has distanced itself from the case. 
 
As the police brought out Vijayavargiya from the rear gate, the workers started sloganeering. Some activists started throwing stones. Police detained one worker.
 
Former minister Narottam Mishra has come to the defence of Vijayvargiya, saying he lost cool after the municipal official allegedly misbehaved with the women of the house which was ordered to be demolished. "His intents were good... the means could have been harsh because he is inexperienced in public life," he claimed.
 
Union Home Minister Amit Shah is said to be monitoring the case as Kailash Vijayvargiya is his close political associate. The meeting of BJP state unit to be held in Bhopal for membership campaign has been cancelled, state unit President Rakesh Singh said.
 
Meanwhile, Indore's Municipal Commissioner Ashish Singh on Thursday sacked 21 employees, who were rallying in support of the BJP leader, instead of supporting their colleagues during the incident. According to officials, these employees were seen at the court with Vijayvargiya in the video footage that went viral on Wednesday. 
 
Vijayvargiya landed in more trouble on Thursday when he was officially arrested in another case. 
 
A police team reached the district jail in Azad Nagar and officially arrested him for torching the effigy of Chief Minister Kamal Nath while leading a protest against power outages on June 4, MG Road police station inspector Rajendra Chaturvedi said. 
 
Vijayvargiya was charged under the Indian Penal Code's Section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), as he had led the protest without taking mandatory permission, the inspector said, adding that 10 others accused are wanted in the case. 
 
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MLA attacks civic official with cricket bat, arrested

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Akash Vijayvargiya, an MLA from the Indore III constituency and son of BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who thrashed a civic official with a cricket bat in full public view here on Wednesday morning, was arrested and produced in the district court.
 
Akash Vijayvargiya beat the municipal corporation zonal officer Dhirendra Bayas with a cricket bat. Bayas' colleague Asit Khare along with the Municipal Commissioner Ashish Singh have also filed complaints against the MLA. 
 
A case has been registered against him under sections 353, 294, 506, 147, 148 for obstruction, assault and rioting and obstructing government work. Akash was presented in the court of magistrate Gaurav Garg. 
 
The MLA was put through a medical examination in the government hospital before arrest. His supporters created noisy scenes before the court.
 
Eyewitnesses said a team of the municipal corporation officials had reached the Ganji Compound area to pull down some dilapidated houses declared dangerous by the corporation. 
 
The residents had been alerted about the plan to pull down the houses that could collapse during the rain.
 
The municipal authorities said the MLA was told about the risk faced by the residents of the houses which were sought to be demolished. The MLA had claimed the houses were not dilapidated.
 
The residents had reportedly informed the MLA about the possible action by Indore Municipal Corporation. They had also threatened the corporation officials to leave the area in five minutes or prepare for dire consequences. They stoned the machinery that was brought to pull down the houses.
 
There were altercations between the corporation officials and the legislator. 
 
The goons accompanying the legislator had apparently informed the media about the possible misadventure before assaulting the corporation staff. During the entire incident, the media cameras remained focused on the MLA and recorded the entire incident. 
 
A video of the incident also went viral on the social media.
 
Akash Vijayvargiya came from behind the official who was talking on the phone and started hitting him. The police force deployed there remained mute witnesses. The public tried to snatch the bat from the MLA. 
 
The MLA continued to hit the official before the police finally rescued him. 
 
Later, Vijayvargiya reached the MG Road Police Station along with his supporters. 
 
Another local BJP MLA Ramesh Maindola and his supporters also reached the police station 
 
The MLA and his cohorts were unrepentant over the incident. Akash Vijayvargiya, while boasting of the episode told journalists that "in the BJP, we've been taught, pehle aavedan, phir nivedan aur phir danadan. (first request and then attack)".
 
"I am an elected representative. It is my responsibility to sort out the issues between the residents and the authorities. I was making every effort. But the civic body officials were indulging in hooliganism and weren't listening to the people," Akash said.
 
"I was very angry. I don't remember what all I did. Let's see what happens," he added. He said there were no women members in the team of the civic body officials who went to the residential building during the anti-encroachment drive. He also alleged that the officers dragged the women residents and verbally abused one of them.
 
An FIR has been registered against Vijayvargiya and he has been booked for assault and obstructing public servants from performing their duties. 
 
The police have also taken the statements of the two civic body officials.
 
Home Minister Bala Bachhan said: "You see, this is the real face and character of the BJP. They can't control their public representative. This is their conspiracy. We will take strict action against them."
 
Maindola, a close supporter of Kailash Vijayvargiya demanded police investigation against the municipal corporation authorities. All employees stopped work as soon as the news about the incident spread to the other offices of the municipal corporation.
 
After the dispute, the employees' leader, Umakant Kale, stopped the work of all the departments.
 
A brief meeting was held in the corporation amid a huge ruckus. The councillors supporting the BJP forced the meeting to end. 
 
The Congress councillors have remained silent over the episode.
 
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Priyanka stops her cavalcade to wish pro-Modi supporters

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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday took BJP supporters by surprise: she shook hands with them as they raised pro-Modi slogans.
 
The Congress leader, who had arrived in the city to hold a five km-long road show for the party's candidate Pankaj Sanghvi, was leaving the airport when some BJP supporters raised pro-Modi slogans.
 
The Congress general secretary, who is party in-charge for eastern Uttar Pradesh, then stopped her cavalcade and stepped out of her black Tata Safari SUV and went among the BJP supporters.
 
She shook hands with them and said 'aap apni jagah aur mai apni jagah (you are where you are and I am where I am). All the Best'.
 
The BJP supporters who were taken by surprise at the simplicity of the Congress leader wished her all the best.
 
The Congress leader then kicked off her road show from Raj Mohalla area of the city accompanied by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
 
The Congress leader earlier in the day also broke security protocol during a public meeting in Ratlam Lok Sabha constituency when she jumped off wooden fencing and got closer to the women party supporters to posed for selfies with them.
 
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IT raids on MP CM's aides continue for third day

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Income Tax Department officials here on Tuesday continued to search for a third day the premises of close aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
 
The officials had on Monday recovered Rs 14.6 crore in cash, informed sources said.
 
The department has seized cash and documents from Ashwini Sharma, manager of an NGO. He has his office and residence in the Platinum Plaza building in which the Chief Minister's Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Praveen Kakkar resides. 
 
A huge amount of cash, gold and silver jewellery were recovered from Kakkar's Indore house and Sharma's Bhopal house, the sources said. 
 
The searches were started at the residences and offices of Kakkar, Sharma and a person called Prateek Joshi on Sunday. 
 
IT officials interrogated Kakkar till late on Monday. 
 
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Ahead of LS polls, CBDT detects unaccounted cash racket

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On the second day of its continued searches across Madhya Pradesh, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Monday detected a widespread and well-organised racket of collection of unaccounted cash, to the tune of Rs 281 crore, involving persons from different walks of life including business, politics and public service.
 
Apart from cash, the Income Tax officials have also recovered 252 bottles of liquor, some arms and tiger hides.
 
"A part of cash -- Rs 20 crore -- was also transferred recently to the headquarters of a major political party in Delhi through hawala channel from the residence of a senior functionary at Tughlak Road, New Delhi," a CBDT spokesperson said in a statement.
 
The statement, however, did not identify the political party or its "senior functionary".
 
Meticulous records of collection and disbursement of cash in the form of hand-written diaries, computer files and Excel sheets seized corroborate the findings, the spokesperson added.
 
Acting on a tip-off of largescale collection, possession and movement of unaccounted assets, the Delhi Directorate of Income Tax (Investigation) initiated search and seizure actions on a group active in the National Capital Region (NCR), Bhopal, Indore and Goa. More than 300 IT officials participated in the operation taking place at about 52 locations in four states.
 
The searches in Delhi on the group of a close relative of the senior party functionary have further led to seizure of incriminating evidence including cash book recording unaccounted transactions of Rs 230 crore, siphoning off money through bogus billing of more than Rs 242 crore and evidence of presence of more than 80 companies in tax havens, the CBDT said. 
 
"Several unaccounted or benami properties at posh locations in Delhi have also been detected. Instances of violations of model code of conduct are being brought to the notice of Election Commission," said the spokesperson.
 
The department had on Sunday launched raids at 52 locations of people and associates linked to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath. 
 
Those searched included Nath's former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Pravin Kakkar, former adviser Rajendra Miglani and Ashwani Sharma.
 
A report earlier in the day said that IT officials seized various materials, including cash and documents, from Sharma -- manager of a non-government organisation. He has office and residence in Platinum Plaza -- the building where the Chief Minister's Officer on Special Duty Kakkar also resides.
 
Huge amounts of cash, gold and silver jewellery were recovered from Kakkar's Indore house and Sharma's Bhopal residence, said the sources. The IT sleuths also seized from Kakkar's residence documents linked to transfer of government officials. 
 
Kakkar and Sharma were also interrogated by the officials in the night, the sources added.
 
It is suspected that the seized cash was meant to be used during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
 
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IT raids premises of MP CM's OSD, others; seizes cash

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In a major crackdown on alleged hawala money, Income Tax Department teams on Sunday carried out raids at over 50 places in Madhya Pradesh's Indore and Bhopal, including the residence of Chief Minister Kamal Nath's Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Praveen Kakkar, and in New Delhi and seized a huge amount of cash.
 
A senior IT department source told IANS: "About 300 IT Department personnel from New Delhi were given the task after receiving a credible information about the hawala money."
 
The IT officials raided Kakkar's office on the sixth floor of Platinum Plaza building and his residence in Nadir Colony in Bhopal. Kakkar's house and office in Indore were also searched, sources said.
 
Kakkar, an ex-police officer and President's Medal recipient, had also served as OSD to former Union Minister Kanti Lal Bhuria.
 
Similarly, the residence of NGO manager Ashwini Sharma on Platinum Plaza's fourth floor was also searched. The official also identified luxury cars reportedly belonging to Sharma.
 
It was for the first time that the IT teams were accompanied by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers.
 
The source said that the searches are linked to suspected movement of hawala money during the ongoing polls season and tax evasion.
 
Sources said that besides Kakkar and Sharma, premises of Kamal Nath's former adviser Rajendra Miglani and executives linked to his brother-in-law's firm Moser Bayer and his nephew Ratul Puri's company were also searched.
 
The sources said that the documents seized during the searches were being scrutinised in detail and then it will summon officials later for questioning.
 
Official sources also said that searches were also being conducted against Kolkata-based businessman Paras Mal Lodha.
 
Last week, Puri was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in the national capital in connection with the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland chopper deal case.
 
The source said that the IT Department also got tips from Puri's questioning and thus planned a series of raids in the state.
 
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IT raids properties in MP linked to Kamal Nath's OSD

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Income Tax officials from Delhi on Sunday raided several properties in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal and Indore which were linked to Praveen Kakkar, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
 
The raids which are still underway, were conducted simultaneously at the private residences of Kakkar and Kamal Nath's other aides, at Bhopal's Platinum Plaza building's sixth floor, and at a office in Nadir Colony in Vijaynagar area of Indore, informed sources said.
 
Kakkar is a former officer of the Madhya Pradesh Police. He has also been conferred the Rashtrapati Award. 
 
He has previously served as OSD to former Union Minister Kantilal Bhuria.
 
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Sumitra Mahajan not to contest Lok Sabha elections

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Lok Sabha Speaker and BJP veteran Sumitra Mahajan on Friday announced that she will not contest the general elections commencing next week.
 
Making her intentions clear in a letter released by her office, the sitting MP from the Indore parliamentary constituency urged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership to end the "indecision" over the party's candidate from Indore.
 
While announcing its candidates from Madhya Pradesh, the BJP has not named anyone from Indore yet. Mahajan noted in the letter that it was possible that the party leadership was feeling shy in taking a decision (to replace her). 
 
"Why is this situation of indecision?" asked the eight-time MP. 
 
Mahajan, who will turn 76 on April 12, said that she had discussed the issue long back with the seniors in the party and had left the decision to them.
 
"It appears that there is still some uncertainty in their minds. Hence I declare that I will not contest the Lok Sabha polls. The party can announce its decision without hesitation," she said.
 
Mahajan has been representing Indore since 1989.
 
The BJP has so far denied tickets to all its MPs, including veterans Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, who have crossed the age of 75.
 
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2 soldiers killed, 5 hurt in Mhow Camp fire

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Two soldiers were killed and five others injured in a fire during a training session at the Berchha Firing Range in the Mhow Cantonment, near here on Thursday, police said.
 
According to Sub-Divisional Officer (Police) Vinod Sharma, two soldiers were killed while trying to douse the fire. Five others received severe burn injuries in the process. 
 
The critically injured soldiers have been flown to Delhi for treatment.
 
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Two soldiers killed, five hurt in Mhow Cantonment blast

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Two soldiers were killed and five others injured when a mortar bomb exploded during a training session at the Mhow Cantonment, near here on Thursday, sources said.
 
According to sources, the bomb exploded at the Berchha Firing Range in the cantonment. 
 
The injured soldiers have been flown to Delhi for treatment.
 
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Kovind presents Swachh Survekshan Awards, Indore wins 1st prize among urban centres

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President Ram Nath Kovind today presented the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2019 and congratulated Indore for winning the first prize, setting a fine example for other urban centres. 
 
The President said that India has made remarkable progress towards achieving the goals of rural and urban sanitation. Today, a city or village is identified by its emphasis on cleanliness. This is an important change, he said.
 
Cleanliness should be integral to the behaviour of every citizen to make it effective and sustainable. Many people pay attention to personal hygiene but remain apathetic to public and community cleanliness, he said.
 
A change in this mentality is important for achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat, he said, and urged educational institutions to include cleanliness in their curriculum and spread awareness about the importance of sanitation.
 
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Sushma says not contesting 2019 polls on health grounds

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Citing health reasons, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who was once touted as a prime ministerial candidate in the BJP, on Tuesday said she has decided not to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
 
"Candidates are decided by the party. But I have made up my mind that I won't be contesting in the next elections," the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said on the sidelines of an event here. "This is in keeping with my health."
 
The 66-year-old Sushma Swaraj, who underwent a kidney transplant in 2016, said she had conveyed her decision to the party. 
 
The Vidisha MP's decision not to contest in 2019 came even as campaigning for the November 28 Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is seeking a fourth consecutive term in office, was in full swing.
 
A former spokesperson of the party, Sushma Swaraj was said to have been reticent in backing Modi when he was first appointed the Chief Campaigner for the BJP in 2013 ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections but later made up with him to be included in his cabinet.
 
A prominent face of the BJP with her political career spanning four decades, Sushma Swaraj was the youngest member of the Haryana Assembly when she was elected to it in 1977 at age 25 and made a Minister. 
 
She also served as Delhi's fifth Chief Minister in 1998, becoming its first woman Chief Minister. She represented the South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency in 1996 and 1998.
 
She served as Union Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting with additional charge of the Ministry of Telecommunications and Health Minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's second government. 
 
Sushma Swaraj, a four-time Lok Sabha and two-time Rajya Sabha member, also won the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 2004 and served as the leader of the Opposition during during UPA-II government between 2009 to 2014, replacing party veteran L.K. Advani.
 
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BJP's 'Achhe Din' over in 4 years: Rahul

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his promise of "Achhe Din" had gone up in smoke in just four years and now people were alleging that "chowkidar chor hai" (watchman is corrupt).
 
As he sharpened his barbs, Gandhi uttered the word "chowkidar" and the crowd attending a rally here roared back: "chor hai". It was the Congress leader's last leg of a two-day visit to the state.
 
If on Monday his attacks were aimed at Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, then on Tuesday Gandhi took aim at the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership.
 
He mentioned the Rafale deal, the happenings in the CBI and the Nirav Modi-PNB scam in the run up to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls of November 28.
 
"Modi says he is not a ruler but a (political) servant -- a watchman. It is a lie. He is not guarding poor people's assets. 
 
"In fact he is filling up the coffers of his cronies... He saves fugitives like Nirav Modi and Mehul Chowksi and Vijay Mallya who leave Indian shores for the foreign ones without any fear."
 
A number of BJP leaders on Tuesday joined the Congress in Madhya Pradesh in Gandhi's presence. BJP MLA Sanjay Sharma, former MLA Kamlapat Arya and Kirar community leader Gulab Singh Kirar joined the party earlier in Indore. 
 
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MP BJP MLA, former MLA, Kirar leader join Congress

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Sanjay Sharma, former MLA Kamlapat Arya and Akhil Bhartiya Kirar Samaaj leader Gulab Singh Kirar joined the Congress in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday in the presence of party President Rahul Gandhi.
 
Congress state spokesman Durgesh Sharma told IANS: "On Tuesday morning Rahul Gandhi was in Indore where BJP MLA Sanjay Sharma from Tendukheda area, Kamlapat Arya from Chambal area, and Kirar samaaj leader Gulab Singh Kirar joined the Congress."
 
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Not a single intruder will be allowed in India: Amit Shah

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, who is on a visit to Madhya Pradesh, said on Saturday the country comes first for the party and no intruders will be allowed in India.
 
In his address to party workers at the Dussehra Maidan here, he slammed the opposition parties, saying that they support the intruders for political gains but for the BJP the country comes first. This is why the intruders are being identified in several states across the country. 
 
Taking a jibe at the Congress, he said those questioning the BJP-led government on its four-year rule should first give an account of their four-decade rule.
 
"In the last four years, the BJP has worked for the benefits to reach every section of the society," he said. 
 
While he was welcomed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other leaders, several people came out on to the streets shouting slogans against Shah. They have been protesting against the amendment to the SC/ST Act. 
 
The police arrested the protesters, amongst whom members of the Karni Sena and Swarn Samaj were present.
 
After laying a wreath at the idol of Ahilya Bai, he went on to pray at the Mahalakshmi Temple.
 
From Indore, Shah will go to Jhabua where he will address a group of tribal people. In Jaora he will meet a farmers' group, and in Ujjain the party workers.
 
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Cabinet approves Indore Metro Rail Project

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The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the implementation of the Indore Metro Rail Project in Madhya Pradesh comprising Ring Line of length 31.55 km from Bengali Square - Vijay Nagar - Bhawarsala - Airport - Patasia - Bengali Square which will connect major public nodes and city cluster areas of the city.
 
The numbers of stations on the Ring Line will be 30. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. Rs.7500.80 crore and it will be completed in four years, an  official press release said.
 
The corridors will have multi-modal integration with railway stations and BRTS stations and feeder network of Bus, Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) and Non-Motorised Transport (NMT).  
 
The project will have non-fare box revenue form of rental and advertisement as well as Value Capture Financing (VCF) through the mechanism of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Transfer of Development Rights (TDR).
 
The ring line will connect densely populated areas of the city with the newly developing areas along with Railway Station, Airport and ABD under Smart City project. The Metro will provide eco-friendly and sustainable public transport, the release said.
 
A special purpose vehicle, Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Co Ltd. (MPMRCL), has been constituted for implementation of the project.
 
The financing of Indore Metro Rail Project will be partly from Central Government and Madhya Pradesh on an equal equity basis and partly as a loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and New Development Bank (NDB).
 
DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH, in consortium with Louis Berger SAS and Geodata Engineering S.p.A., has been appointed as General Consultant (GC) for the project. The tenders for first civil work package have been invited and work will start soon, the release added.
 
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Cabinet approves 205.5-km Indore -Budni electrified railway line

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today gave its approval for constructing a new railway line between Budni and Indore (Mangaliyagaon) with an approximate length of 205.5 km that would reduce the distance between Jabalpur and Indore by 68 km.
 
The project, with a total estimated cost of Rs 3261.82 crore, will also reduce travel time from Indore to Mumbai and towards South India. It will generate direct employment during construction for about 49.32 lakh man-days.
 
The proposed line will take off from existing yard of Budni and connect at Mangaliyagaon station of Western Railway near Indore. Ten new crossing stations and seven new halt stations are proposed to be constructed, an official press release said.
 
The new line will serve Sehore, Dewas and Indore districts and provide a direct link from Budni to Indore bypassing the congested route of Bhopal-Itarsi including Ghat section from Budni to Berkheda.
 
It will provide basic infrastructure support for the industrial development of the surrounding area having large socio-economic ramifications.
 
This project is meant for development of a backward area of this region and to provide connectivity to various towns/villages like Nasrullaganj, Khategoan and Kannod, where presently there is no railway connectivity, the release added.
 
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Culture of taking everyone along makes India different from others: Modi

 
Modi, Chouhan meet Da’i al-Mutlaq of Dawoodi Bohra community
 
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the culture of taking everyone along makes India different from all other countries.
 
“We are proud of our past, we believe in our present and are confident of our bright future," Mr Modi said addressing a gathering of the Dawoodi Bohra community during  Ashara Mubaraka, the commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Husain.
 
Mr Modi said Imam Husain always stood against injustice and attained martyrdom for keeping peace and justice. His teachings are still relevant today, he said.
 
Appreciating the work done by Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, he said love and dedication towards the nation are the hallmarks of his teachings.
 
Highlighting the contributions of the Dawoodi Bohra community, he said the community has always played a key role in India’s progress and growth story. He expressed the hope that community will continue their great work of spreading the strength of India’s culture throughout the world.
 
Applauding the various social initiatives carried out by the Dawoodi Bohra community, Mr Modi said efforts were also being made by the government to ensure improved living standards for citizens, especially the poor and needy.
 
In this context, he mentioned the various development-oriented initiatives of the Government like Ayushman Bharat, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Pradhan Mantri Awaaz Yojana. He mentioned that these initiatives are changing the lives of ordinary people.
 
He congratulated the people of Indore for taking the mission of Swacchh Bharat forward. ‘Swachhata Hi Sewa' scheme will be launched tomorrow and he urged the citizens to actively participate in this grand Swacchhta mission.
 
Talking about the honesty shown by the Bohra community in business, Mr Modi said the government encourages honest businessmen and workers through GST and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. The Indian economy is growing and New India is on the horizon.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was also present on the occasion.  Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin earlier praised the Prime Minister for his "exemplary work and wished him success for his work for the country.
 
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MoU signed for new Indore-Manmad railway line project

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for implementation of the new 362 km Indore- Manmad railway line project was signed here on Tuesday between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Ministry of Railways and the State Governments of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
 
Containers and other rail traffic from Indore and other Central Indian locations earlier had to follow a circuitous route through Vadodara and Surat to reach Mumbai, Pune and ports like JNPT, travelling a distance of 815 km. 
 
The new project will reduce the distance from Mumbai/Pune to key central India locations by 171 km, resulting in lower logistics costs, an official press release said.
 
This is especially significant as the new railway line will pass through the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor nodes of Igatpuri, Nashik and Sinnar; Pune and Khed; and Dhule and Nardana, it said.
 
The MoU was signed in the presence of  Minister of  Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari,  Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, and Chief Ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh) and Devendra Phadnavis (Maharashtra). 
 
The implementation of the project will be through the Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited (IPRCL) on Joint Venture  SPV model. A joint venture company will be formed between the Ministry of Shipping or its nominated PSUs/entity including JNPT (which will be the main promoter) with an equity share of 55%. The government of Maharashtra or its nominated PSUs/entity, Government of Madhya Pradesh or its nominated PSUs/entity, and others will have an equity share of 15% each.
 
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Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gadkari hailed the signing of the MoU as a major step towards the development of backward areas of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra through which the new railway line will pass.
 
The project is estimated to result in cumulative net economic benefits of Rs 15,000 crore in the first ten years of operations. The logistics advantages of the project include providing a shorter route for the passenger as well as the freight traffic originating from / terminating at/or crossing through the region.
 
It will reduce the logistics cost for the cargo centres located in Northern India such as Lucknow, Agra, Gwalior and Kanpur belt as well as Indore – Dhule – Bhopal region to the gateway ports JNPT and Mumbai. It will provide an alternate route to the existing central and western railway lines and reduce congestion on the over utilized existing railway network.
 
The Minister pointed out that the project, to be completed within six years, will help in employment generation, reduction in pollution, fuel consumption and vehicle operating costs.
 
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Businessman, son hacked to death in Indore

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A businessman and his son have been brutally murdered in Indore -- the business hub of Madhya Pradesh, police said on Monday.
 
According to the police, deceased Vindhyachal Gupta (45), along with his son Sandeep (25) and father Sudama (70), was on Sunday night returning home after closing their shop at around 11 p.m.
 
As they got off from the vehicle near their home, five to six criminals attacked them with sharp-edged weapons. Hearing their cries, people living in the vicinity rushed to their help, but the assailants managed to flee.
 
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Harinarayan Chari Mishra told IANS: "All the three injured persons were rushed to hospital, but Vindhyachal and Sandeep succumbed to their injuries, while critically injured Sudama is undergoing treatment."
 
Apparently, the reason for killings was old enmity, Mishra said, adding that the police had been able to get some clues and hopefully, the criminals would be arrested soon.
 
Those close to the Gupta family said that the assailants also made good with a bag containing cash. Another cash-filled bag of the Guptas was stolen last Sunday.
 
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90 evacuated after fire breaks out in Mumbai skyscraper, Deepika Padukone safe

At least 90 residents were evacuated safely after a fire broke out on the 33rd floor of the Beaumonde Towers in the posh Prabhadevi area of Dadar here on Wednesday afternoon.
 
Fire breaks out at Beaumonde Towers in Mumbai
 
 
At least 90 residents were evacuated safely after a fire broke out on the 33rd floor of the Beaumonde Towers in the posh Prabhadevi area of Dadar here on Wednesday afternoon.
 
Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who also lives in the same building on the 26th floor, tweeted that she was safe and expressed her prayers for the well-being of the firefighters.
 
According to BMC Disaster Control, the fire erupted around 2.10 p.m. on the two uppermost floors 32 and 33 of the building, and thick black clouds of smoke were soon billowing out.
 
Later, after nearly three hours, the flames started spreading on to the lower floors creating panic among the flat owners who include several celebrities including from the business and glamour world.
 
More than two dozen fire-tenders, including sophisticated lifts and cranes, have been deployed to fight the blaze. There were no reports of casualties so far.
 
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Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shoots himself dead

 
Spiritual guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj commits suicide
 
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, a Madhya Pradesh-based spiritual guru who had prominent followers from different political parties, committed suicide by shooting himself at his residence here on Tuesday.
 
The 50-year-old guru, who was recently given the status of a Minister of State by the government in a controversial decision which he had declined, died after he was admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.
 
"Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shot himself at his residence at Khandwa Road here. He was taken to Bombay Hospital and was admitted to ICU, where he succumbed to injuries," Indore's Deputy Inspector General Harinarayanachari Mishra told IANS.
 
He said that Bhaiyyuji Maharaj had closed the doors of his room from inside and shot himself on his head. 
 
"The door had to be broken open. Police has recovered a revolver and is investigating to find out who the owner is," he said. 
 
Indore's Inspector General Ajay Kumar Sharma said that police was investigating the possible reasons behind the suicide. A suicide note, which mentions that he was under stress, has been recovered from the spot, he said.
 
The suicide note read: "Somebody should be there to handle duties of family. I am leaving too much stressed out, fed up."
 
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and many other leaders expressed grief over the death and offered their condolences.
 
Chouhan said in a message that the country has lost a personality that was a confluence of culture, knowledge and service. "Your thoughts will motivate the society to walk on the path of serving humanity till eternity," he said in a tweet.
 
"Got to know about the sad demise of religious guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj. I was having personal relations with him. I am saddened by his sudden demise. My tributes," Gadkari tweeted.
 
Mahajan also condoled the demise of Bhaiyyuji Maharaj and said that his untimely demise pains everyone. 
 
"It is difficult to believe that Bhaiyyuji Maharaj is no more among us. He was a spiritual guru, social worker and a great thinker. He worked extensively for the change and reforms in the society," she said. 
 
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"He endeavoured relentlessly to enlighten the society through his organization 'Suryodaya'. His concern for the welfare of the nomadic community is well known."
 
Born Uday Singh Deshmukh, Bhaiyyuji Maharaj had even done modelling for a well-known brand of clothes before turning spiritual. He was seen as a glamorous personality in the spiritual field. He used to travel in Mercedes cars, wore Rolex luxury watches and lived in a luxurious house. 
 
He had good ties with political personalities from various parties and the RSS. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President Pratibha Patil, late Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and singer Lata Mangeshkar were among the prominent personalities who had visited his ashram here.
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj mediated when Anna Hazare was on fast in the national capital seven years ago and persuaded him to end the protest. Anna Hazare had broken his fast after accepting a glass of juice from Bhaiyyuji Maharaj. 
 
When, as Gujarat Chief Minister, Modi observed the 'Sadbhavana' fast, he had invited Bhaiyyuji Maharaj to break his fast.
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj had established Shri Sadguru Datta Dharmik Evam Parmarthik Trust in order to turn his thoughts and concepts into reality.
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj's wife, Madhvi, died two years ago. Their daughter, Kuhu, is studying in Pune. Last year, he married again.
 
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Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shoots himself dead

 
Spiritual guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj commits suicide
 
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, a Madhya Pradesh-based spiritual guru who had prominent followers from different political parties, committed suicide on Tuesday by shooting himself at his residence.
 
The 50-year-old guru, who was recently given the status of a Minister of State by the government in a controversial decision which he had declined, died after he was admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.
 
"Bhaiyyuji Maharaj has shot himself at his residence at Khandwa Road here," said Indore's Deputy Inspector General Harinarayanachari Mishra, who had earlier termed the guru's condition as critical and that doctors are monitoring the situation. 
 
The reason behind the attempted suicide was not known, he had said. 
 
Reports said that Maharaj shot himself in the head and was immediately rushed to the hospital but efforts to save his life failed.
 
The reports also said he had left a suicide note saying he was depressed. "Somebody should be there to handle duties of family. I am leaving too much stressed out, fed up," the note reportedly said. Police said it was probing whether it was left by him.
 
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed grief over the death and offered their condolences.
 
Chouhan said in a message that the country has lost a personality that is a confluence of culture, knowledge and service. "Your thoughts will motivate the society to walk on the path of serving humanity till eternity," he said in a tweet.
 
"Got to know about the sad demise of religious guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj. I was having personal relations with him. I am saddened by his sudden demise. My tributes," Gadkari tweeted.
 
Born Uday Singh Deshmukh, Maharaj had even done modelling for a well-known brand of clothes before turning spiritual. He was seen as a glamorous personality in the spiritual field.
 
He had good ties with political personalities from various parties and the RSS. He mediated when Anna Hazare was on fast in the national capital five years ago and persuaded him to end the protest. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President Pratibha Patil, late Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and singer Lata Mangeshkar were among the prominent personalities who had visited his ashram here.
 
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Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shoots himself, critical

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Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, a Madhya Pradesh based spiritual guru, shot himself on Tuesday and has been admitted to a private hospital here in critical condition, police said.
 
"Bhaiyyuji Maharaj has shot himself at his residence at Khandwa Road here," Indore's Deputy Inspector General of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra said. 
 
The reason behind the attempted suicide is not known, he said. 
 
Mishra said Maharaj had been admitted to the Bombay Hospital. "His condition is critical. Doctors are monitoring the situation," the officer said.
 
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