ap tdp chief hits out at police AP TDP chief K Atchannaidu lashed out at police while being shifted to court in Srikakulam after his arrest. “I am sure that the TDP will win the next Assembly polls. I will convince our party chief to give me Home portfolio and see that all these erring police officials are taken to task,’’ he said | express tirupati l wednesday l february 03, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Farmers want all arrested protesters released before any dialogue; ruckus in Parliament, both Houses adjourned Govt ready for talks, kisans harden stance E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi ON a day the government said it is ready to talk to the protesting farmers, agitators upped the ante and said there would be no discussion until ‘harassment’ by the police and administration stops and detained farmers are released. Proceedings at Parliament were disrupted, too, with sessions in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha repeatedly adjourned following Opposition protests. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) hit out at the government for digging trenches, fixing nails on roads, setting up barbed-wire fences, and stopping internet services at protest sites. “It appears the government is extremely fearful of the rising tide of support for the ongoing protest from different states,” an SKM statement read. Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait, who has been camping at the Ghazipur border, reiterated that protests will continue until their demands are met. “This is now a fight for the freedom of farmers,” he said. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut visited Ghazipur to express solidarity . Amid ruckus in both houses, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the “government is ready to discuss issues related to farmers inside and outside Parliament”. He said the government is committed to discussing the issues. Tomar’s reply came after Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury claimed 170 farmers died during the agitation. However, SKM said it has not received any proposal for talks. “Though no formal proposal for talks came from the government, we clearly state that talks will A farmer at the farmers’ protest site at Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana Border on Tuesday | Shekhar Yadav 115 in jails, claims morcha l Samyukta Kisan Morcha said 115 farmers are in jail, but according to Punjab CM, 70 are in Delhi jails while five are missing l Delhi Police said the heightened security measures at city borders were to ensure they cannot be broken again by protesters l Tomar said no to an LS question on whether govt will compensate families of farmers who died in the ongoing protests be held only after the unconditional release of farmers who are in illegal police custody the statement said. ,” The Centre also told Lok Sabha that protesting farmers resorted to rioting, damage to property and used ‘criminal force’ against public servants on January 26, forcing Delhi Police to resort to tear gas, water cannons and mild force. The Lok Sabha was also informed 39 cases were registered between September and December against the farmers. P7 Atchan arrested for intimidation TDP spokesman Pattabhi attacked E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Srikakulam Vijayawada: Unknown miscreants attacked TDP official spokesman K Pattabhi at his house at Guru Nanak Colony in the city on Tuesday. He sustained minor injuries on his hands and legs in the attack. Pattabhi said he was receiving threatening calls for the past one week and alleged the role of YSRC leaders in the attack. TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu demanded a thorough probe into the incident AP Telugu Desam Party president Kinjarapu Atchannaidu was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly intimidating a candidate supported by the ruling YSRC to prevent him from filing his nomination papers for the panchayat election. A huge posse of policemen reached Atchannaidu’s residence at Nimmada village in Tekkali Assembly segment in the morning and took him into custody Atchannaidu, who repre. sents Tekkali Assembly segment, was taken to the Primary Health Centre at Kotabommali to undergo the mandatory Covid-19 test. Later, he was produced in court and Atchannaidu was sent to 14 days judicial remand. The former minister was named as accused No. 3 in a poll related incident in Nimmada two days ago. K Appanna, a YSRC backed candidate, who is also a close relative of Atchannaidu, wanted to contest the village panchayat poll. Atchannaidu spoke to Appanna over phone and asked him to refrain from entering the fray so that the TDP candidate will win the P4 village panchayat election unanimously . 8w x 8h Privilege panel likely to probe against SEC CAA may not come into play before West Bengal elections E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada S a n a S h a k i l @ New Delhi The AP Legislative Assembly Committee of Privileges has decided in principle to take up inquiry into the notices served by two ministers to move Privilege Motion against State Election Commissioner (SEC) Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar. Assembly Speaker Tammineni Sitaram referred the notices served by ministers Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy and Botcha Satyanarayana to the Committee of Privileges under rule 173 on Monday . The committee headed by Kakani Goverdhan Reddy met , virtually on Tuesday to look into the issue. The panel decided to take cognisance of the notices of the two ministers against the SEC and take action as per the Assembly rules as it is empowered to do it. P5 The contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) may not be implemented at least till July as the committees on subordinate legislation of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have been granted extension up to April 9 and July 9 respectively by the Ministry of Home Affairs to frame its rules. In other words, it will not come into play before the West Bengal elections that are expected in April-May The . numerically significant Matua community the BJP is banking on in Bengal, has been pressing the party to implement the CAA immediate- Help us to settle Claims in time ly But the Centre is in no hur. ry as the CAA passed in December 2019 amid unprecedented chaos in Parliament, led to violent protests across the country . Junior home minister Nityanand Rai told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday the rules were still “under preparation”. He was responding to questions by Congress member V K Sreekandan. “The Committees on Subordinate Legislation, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have granted extension of time up to April 9 and July 9, respectively, to frame these rules under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019,” he said. Bengal in mood for a change E x p r e s s N e w Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Poll-bound West Bengal appears to be ready to end the 10year rule of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, a ground survey conducted in all the state’s 294 constituencies by the Hyderabad-based Peoples Pulse has found. A pro-change mood is apparent in all the regions as the voters are fed up of rampant corruption and widespread political violence. This is likely to work in the BJP’s favour. In the first of a three-part series, the survey explains why the anti-Trinamool mood does not necessarily mean a positive report: P7 vote for the BJP . Tomorrow: How didi is losing the plot
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