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Down a different road: Yogendra Yadav and boys kick start Jai Kisan Andolan

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By Ishan Kukreti

Swaraj Abhiyan, started by ousted members from Aam Admi Party, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan along with a few others, launched its Jai Kisan Andolan to address the issue of agrarian distress in the country today.

The movement for the peasantry was launched simultaneously from Champaran in Bihar, Hirapur, a village near the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, Vidarbha in Maharashtra and Kashipur in West Bengal.

The demands of the movement include the withdrawal of Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill (2015), a minimum income guarantee for the farmers and comprehensive and adequate compensation against natural calamity.

Talking  about the long unattended plight of Indian farmers, the group announced a mass contact march for creating awareness about the issue starting from 1st August. The march will cover 1 lakh villages in  10 days.

Yogendra Yadav informed the press about a Jai Kisan internship program that will be organized for the youth to raise awareness about agrarian issues in India.

“The disinterest of the urban youth in India towards the plight of farmers is not because they are insensitive, but because they are unaware. The internship will give the youth an opportunity to visit  agrarian villages and get to know the issues on a personal level,” Yogendra Yadav said.

Criticizing the Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill of the current NDA government, Prashant Bhishan said that the Modi government has betrayed the farmers and his government is acting unconstitutionally by continuing the amended form of the bill through ordinance.

During the process, farmers joining the movement will carry a pot full of soil, ‘matki’ as their expression of protest and solidarity with the leaders.

The members said that the march which will end in Delhi after kicking off from Punjab, covering Haryana and UP. The whole thing will end with the farmer’s “tractor-march” to the Parliament, led by Yogendra Yadav.

“We will be helped in our endeavors by a 10,000 strong volunteer team and we appeal to the people living in the urban areas to also join the cause, it effects everyone,” Yadav said.

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Hope “Real” Issues Concerning Muslims will Also Get Attention: Swaraj Abhiyan

Swaraj Abhiyan's leader Yogendra Yadav said educational inequality, discrimination in jobs and housing, and framing innocent Muslim youth with terror charges are their next major issues to focus on

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Muslim lady seeking for justice. Pixabay.
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  • Post triple-talaq settlement, the Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj Abhiyan said that now attention should be given to other real serious issues of Muslims
  • Apex court should stop the abandoning of women without divorce
  • More attention should be given to the serious issues such as educational inequality, discrimination in jobs and housing, and framing innocent Muslim youth with terror charges

New Delhi, August 23, 2017: The Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj Abhiyan on Tuesday said with the triple talaq issue settled, now attention should be paid to the “real” issues concerning Muslims such as education, discrimination in jobs and habitation etc.

The Swaraj Abhiyan, while welcoming the Supreme Court decision banning instant divorce in one sitting by Muslim men, added that now anti-women rights practices in other religions, such as abandoning women without divorcing them, should also stop.

“We believe triple talaq is not only unconstitutional and inhuman, it is also un-Islamic. We hope that with the legal wrangle settled, now the country’s attention will go towards other big problems of the Muslim community,” the party said in a statement.

“Today, the Muslims across India are living in fear. It is high time that Muslim leaders and the so-called ‘secular’ parties paid attention to real serious issues like educational inequality, discrimination in jobs and housing, and framing innocent Muslim youth with terror charges,” it said.

The party also said that as the apex court had set aside the triple talaq, in the same spirit discriminatory practices against women in other religions, such as abandoning women without divorce, should also stop. (IANS)

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On August 23 Delhi Court to frame charges against Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia

23 August has been fixed by Delhi court for farming charges in a criminal defamation complaint. 

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  • The court had directed the two AAP leaders and Yogendra Yadav to appear before the court on 8 August
  • Criminal defamation complaint filed against the two AAP leaders
  • Articles in leading newspapers carried defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words used by the accused persons

New Delhi, August 12, 2017: In a criminal defamation complaint the Delhi court on 8 August has fixed August 23 as the date for framing charges against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia. Pranjal Aneja, Metropolitan Magistrate, was scheduled to frame charges on 8 August but was on a leave that day.

Earlier, the court had directed the two AAP leaders and Yogendra Yadav to appear before the court on 8 August. Though Kejriwal and Sisodia sought exemption stating that they have to attend the four-day Monsoon session of Delhi Assembly, Yadav was there in the court.

The court on August 2 had passed the order on framing of notice (charge) on the criminal defamation complaint filed against the two AAP leaders, who sought to quash of the plea and Yadav by advocate Surender Kumar Sharma (was denied ticket by the AAP).Yadav was a member of the National Executive of the AAP until 2015, after which he was expelled for alleged anti-party activities. Later, he formed his own party called Swaraj India.

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Surender Kumar Sharma, in his complaint, had alleged that in 2013 he was approached by volunteers of AAP who had asked him to contest the Delhi Assembly elections on a party ticket, saying Kejriwal was pleased with his social services. He filled up the application form to contest for the polls after being told by Sisodia and Yadav that AAP’s Political Affairs Committee had decided to give him the ticket. However, the ticket was later denied to him.

On October 14, 2013, the complainant claimed, articles in leading newspapers carried “defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words used by the accused persons” which in turn have lowered his reputation in the Bar as well as the society.

Opposing to the complaint, the AAP leaders had submitted that cancellation or allotment of an election ticket is the decision of the party only and gave a reasoning that the complainant had not divulged correct information regarding the cases pending against him.

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On the basis of this complaint, the trial court had earlier sought their presence before it in the matter. It, however, had granted bail to Kejriwal, Sisodia, and Yadav, after they had appeared before it in pursuance to summonses against them.

The court has said in the order that the contentions on behalf of accused persons do not sustain and it proceeded to frame notice under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) against them.

The summonses were issued on the complaint under – sections 499, 500 (defamation) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC, with the trial court saying there was prima facie material to summon the accused.

While issuing summonses against AAP leaders, according to PTI report, the trial court had said, “The press release published in newspapers, as well as testimonies of witnesses, reflect that defamatory remarks were published in the newspaper which affected the reputation of the complainant in the society and lowered his reputation in the eyes of other members of the society.” The Delhi High Court had earlier refused to stay the trial court proceedings in the case.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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Swaraj Abhiyan to launch agitation against ‘mahajokepal’

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New Delhi: Calling upon the people to raise their voice against the “toothless” Delhi Lokpal Bill 2015 introduced by the AAP government, the Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj Abhiyan has decided to launch an agitation if the Bill is passed in its current form.

Yadav called upon one and all to join him and Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday at Vidhan Sabha Metro Station Gate 3 in New Delhi at 5.00 pm for a candle march protest, urging them to raise their voice for the Bill they fought for at the Ramlila Maidan.

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Having termed ruling AAP’s 2015 ombudsman bill “mahajokepal”, the Swaraj Abhiyan has challenged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to a public debate on the Jan Lokpal Bill.

“Swaraj Abhiyan challenges the Delhi chief minister for an open debate with Prashant Bhushan on their Jan Lokpal Bill,” Swaraj Abhiyan, founded by former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, said in a statement on Sunday.

“We hope that Arvind Kejriwal stops misguiding the common people through lies and false propaganda and accepts the challenge for a healthy debate in the interest of transparency and common people of Delhi,” it added.

Earlier on Sunday, Bhushan, the ousted AAP leader, told reporters, “We were shocked to find that the present Bill is against every principle on the basis of which the anti-corruption movement fought for the institution of Janlokpal. It proposes a Lokpal that is to be completely controlled by the government.”

Bhushan on Saturday had termed ruling AAP’s 2015 ombudsman Bill as “mahajokepal”.

The party is claiming the Bill is identical to the draft, prepared during the Anna Hazare movement, and the 2014 Bill that it had tried to introduce in the Delhi Assembly.

Bhushan released a comparative study of the several Lokpal Bills and Acts, including the Delhi Janlokpal Bill 2014, Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill, Centre’s Lokpal Act and Team Anna’s Janlokpal draft.

“If you (Kejriwal) have actually copied from Janlokpal Bill 2014 or Uttarakhand Bill, then what took you so long? Why did Arvind keep on tweeting that he is drafting the Bill?” Bhushan asked.

Bhushan, however, acknowledged that he should avoided using harsh words against the party’s spokesperson Raghav Chadha during a TV debate over the issue.

Reacting to the allegations by Bhushan, AAP spokesperson Ashutosh tweeted, “Modi has not appointed LOKPAL for last 18 months but Prashant, Yogendra, Shanti did not have time to criticise/protest till date. Why?”

“AAP brings LOKPAL PB,YY,SB decide to stage a protest? Why? Double standard? Do you need more proof of collaboration between them-BJP,” Ashutosh said in a series of tweets.

(With inputs from IANS)