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No ‘clear trend’ establishing increased misuse of sedition law: Govt

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NEW: The home ministry on Wednesday said statewise data received by the

National Crime Records Bureau

(NCRB) on ‘sedition’ cases filed under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code during the period 2014-18, does not reveal any “clear trend”. This was in reply to a pinpointed query in the Rajya Sabha as to whether there were increasing instances of misuse of sedition law, particularly to muzzle the voices of dissent.

On another query as to whether the government was mulling scrapping the “colonial-era” sedition law, minister of state for home G Kishan

Reddy

only replied that “amendment of laws is an ongoing process”.

As per NCRB reports on ‘Crime in India’, 47 ‘sedition’ cases were filed under Section 124A of IPC in 2014, 30 in 2015, 35 in 2016, 51 in 2017 and 70 in 2018. State-wise breakup shows Jharkhand and

Assam

together reported 50% of the cases in 2018, Assam and Haryana together accounted for around 63% of the cases in 2017, while

Bihar

and West Bengal reported 36.6% of the cases in 2015.

“Sedition has been defined in Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). ‘Public Order’ and ‘Police’ are State subjects as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India. The responsibility of maintaining law and order, including investigation, registration and prosecution of crimes, protection of life and property, etc., rests primarily with the respective state government,” said Reddy.

However, he added that NCRB reports on “Crime in India” relating to the period 2014-18, showed no clear trend in the statewise data on sedition cases.

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Congress no-confidence motion against Yediyurappa govt defeated

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BENGALURU: The no-confidence motion moved by the opposition Congress against the BJP government in Karnataka led by chief minister B S Yediyurappa was defeated by voice vote on Saturday night.

After a fierce debate for about six hours, the no-confidence motion moved by leader of the opposition Siddaramaiah was defeated by a voice vote.

“The motion is in favour of numbers. The motion is defeated by the voice vote,” speaker Kageri said as he winded up the current session of the Karnataka assembly.

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SAD walks out of NDA alliance

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CHANDIGARH: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) walked out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition in protest against the three farm bills and for insensitivity towards Punjabi language and Sikh issues.

Terming the bills anti-farmers and anti-Punjab, the core committee of the party decided unanimously to pull out of the BJP -led NDA alliance. The party held the center’s “stubborn” refusal to give statutory legislative guarantees to protect assured marketing of farmers crops on MSP and its continued insensitivity to Punjabi and Sikh issues like excluding Punjabi language as official language in Jammu and Kashmir the reasons for the decision.

The meeting was presided over by the SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal who said that SAD will continue to stand by its core principles of peace, communal harmony and guard the interest of Punjab, Punjabi in general and Sikhs and farmers in particular. He said that the decision has been taken in consultation with the people of Punjab especially party workers and farmers. Badal said that the bills on agricultural marketing brought by the BJP government are lethal and disastrous for the already beleaguered farmers.

He said the SAD was the oldest ally of the BJP, but the government did not listen to repeated pleas of honouring the sentiments of farmers.

The SAD leader said that the party opposed these bills in the parliament and voted against them and Harsimrat Kaur Badal, lone representative of the party in the union Cabinet, resigned.

While slamming BJP for not paying heed to repeated pleas of SAD not to force anti-farmers bills, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra said that there is no point in continuing in alliance.

SAD had first forged an alliance with Bharatiya Jana Sangh, BJP’s predecessor, during state assembly elections in 1969. It later entered into coalition with BJP in 1997 during the state election. SAD joined BJP-led alliance at centre in 1998.

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Akali Dal pulls out of BJP-led NDA over farm bills

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CHANDIGARH: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) walked out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition in protest against the three farm bills and for insensitivity towards Punjabi language and Sikh issues.

Terming the bills anti-farmers and anti-Punjab, the core committee of the party decided unanimously to pull out of the BJP -led NDA alliance. The party held the center’s “stubborn” refusal to give statutory legislative guarantees to protect assured marketing of farmers crops on MSP and its continued insensitivity to Punjabi and Sikh issues like excluding Punjabi language as official language in Jammu and Kashmir the reasons for the decision.

The meeting was presided over by the SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal who said that SAD will continue to stand by its core principles of peace, communal harmony and guard the interest of Punjab, Punjabi in general and Sikhs and farmers in particular. He said that the decision has been taken in consultation with the people of Punjab especially party workers and farmers. Badal said that the bills on agricultural marketing brought by the BJP government are lethal and disastrous for the already beleaguered farmers.

He said the SAD was the oldest ally of the BJP, but the government did not listen to repeated pleas of honouring the sentiments of farmers.

The SAD leader said that the party opposed these bills in the parliament and voted against them and Harsimrat Kaur Badal, lone representative of the party in the union Cabinet, resigned.

While slamming BJP for not paying heed to repeated pleas of SAD not to force anti-farmers bills, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra said that there is no point in continuing in alliance.

SAD had first forged an alliance with Bharatiya Jana Sangh, BJP’s predecessor, during state assembly elections in 1969. It later entered into coalition with BJP in 1997 during the state election. SAD joined BJP-led alliance at centre in 1998.

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