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Naseeruddin Appears In Amnesty Video Expressing Concern Over Alleged Muzzling Of Voices Of Dissent

New Delhi: Now Naseeruddin Shah too joins the gang on India bashing as close on the heels of his “anxious about children’s safety” comment, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah is seen in an Amnesty India video expressing concern over alleged muzzling of voices of dissent.

In the video, Shah says, “Those who demand rights are being locked away. Artists, actors scholars, poets are all being stifled. Journalists too are being silenced. In the name of religion, walls of hate are being erected. Innocents are being killed.”

“Had we dreamt of a country where there is no space for dissent? Where only rich and powerful are heard, and where the poorest and most vulnerable are forever oppressed? Where there once was law, there is now only darkness,” the veteran actor is seen saying in the video.

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Phoolka Says, Converting An Anti-Corruption Movement Into A Political Party In 2012 Was Wrong

New Delhi: Senior advocate HS Phoolka, who resigned from the party, said that converting an anti-corruption movement into a political party in 2012 was “wrong” targeting the Aam Aadmi Party. He ruled out contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

Addressing reporters, Phoolka said there is a need to form a movement like the one started by activist Anna Hazare in 2012 and that many who have left the AAP and others, including lawyers and doctors, need to unite to form an organisation parallel to political parties.

“Converting anti-corruption movement into political party in 2012 was wrong,” he said, adding, “I will not contest Lok Sabha election although after the conviction of Sajjan Kumar, people in Punjab said I could easily win from any seat.”

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Janata Dal (U) To Oppose Triple Talaq Bill In Case Voting Takes Place In The Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: In another setback to the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) from its ally in Bihar, when Janata Dal-United said it will oppose the triple talaq bill in case voting takes place in the Rajya Sabha.

JD-U Rajya Sabha MP and party’s Bihar unit chief Bashistha Narain Singh told IANS: “The matter is related to a big community. There should be no hurry in bringing the triple talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha.”

He said the government should have done more consultation with the stakeholders before rushing the Bill.

Asked about his party’s stand in case voting takes place in the Upper House, Singh replied, “We will vote against the government.”

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Omar Abdullah Accuses PDP Chief Of Using Dead Militants To Rehabilitate Her Badly Damaged Reputation

New Delhi: In her attempt to cover some lost political ground, former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti is visiting families of slain terrorists. However, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah accused his archrival and PDP chief of using “dead militants” trying to “rehabilitate her badly damaged reputation” after the latter made another visit to a slain militant’s home in Srinagar.

Mufti, in her second visit to a militant’s home in five days, urged security forces not to harass the families of militants and common people.

“I am sure that our police don’t want to do it, but somehow they are getting directions from somewhere leading to harassment of the families — brothers, sisters or parents, they should not be harassed,” Mufti said after visiting the family of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Mohammad Idress Sultan, an army deserter, at Safanagri in Shopian.

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Punjab AAP leader and anti-Sikh riots lawyer Harvinder Singh Phoolka resigns from the party

New Delhi: Punjab Aam Aadmi Party leader and anti-Sikh riots lawyer, Harvinder Singh Phoolka has resigned from the party. He said on Twitter that he had handed over his resignation to AAP chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“I have resigned from AAP & handed over resignation to Kejriwal ji today. Though he asked me not to resign but I insisted,” he posted on Twitter.

The lawyer said he will be holding a press conference in Delhi at 4 pm on Friday to explain the reason for his resignation.

“Will be briefing media tomorrow at 4pm at Press Club, Raisina Rd, New Delhi to explain the Reason of leaving AAP & my further plans,” he said.