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Expelled RLSP leader Akhilesh Katiyar joins Hardik Patel in protest

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New Delhi: After being expelled from the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP), an agitated Akhilesh Katiyar has joined hands with Hardik Patel. Akhilesh Katiyar also declared that the entire Uttar Pradesh unit of RSLP would resign and join Hardik Patel’s agitation demanding inclusion of the Patidar community into OBC category.

“To register protest against my expulsion, every member of the Uttar Pradesh unit of the party will resign and join Hardik’s movement,” Katiyar, the expelled Rastriya Lok Samta Party leader said at a press conference.

“As many as 17 members of the RLSP’s Uttar Pradesh unit resigned today. We will dissolve RLSP’s Uttar Pradesh unit,” he added.

Katiyar was sacked from the party late Wednesday night for organising Patel’s Delhi meet last week. Before being expelled from the party, he was RLSP’s national general secretary.

Calling his expulsion a “gross injustice”, Katiyar accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of wielding pressure on his party chief Upendra Kushwaha to expel him.

According to Katiyar, RLSP chief Kushwaha, who is a minister in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government, asked him about his involvement in Patel’s reservation movement.

“I informed him that this was a matter of my community which had nothing to do with my party. But Kushwahaji said I would have to pay the price for it,” Katiyar said.

“I was expelled from the party under PM’s pressure on the directions of BJP president Amit Shah,” he added. “I came to know about my expulsion through a letter posted on RLSP’s chief general secretary Shivraj Singh’s Facebook page.”

He said he would support Patel, who has been championing the cause of his community, for bringing it in the other backward classes (OBC) category.

“I along with my supporters will now join Hardik Patel’s movement for providing reservation to the Patel community. We will very soon organise massive rallies in various parts of Uttar Pradesh to support Patel’s cause,” he said.

“We will also join Patel in his March which is expected to start from Dandi in Gujarat on September 5,” Katiyar added.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Fake Caste Certificates Invalid for Employment, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of India has passed the judgement against the fake certificates making them invalid. The decision will, however, be applied from now onwards

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  • The Indian Supreme Court has ruled against the validity of Fake Caste Certificates in jobs and admissions
  • The decision, however, will be applied now onwards and has no retrospective effects
  • Chief Justice J. S. Khehar and Justice D. Y. Chandrachud were members of the bench ruling on the case

July 06, 2017: Fake Caste Certificates that up until now were used to secure reserved seats in Jobs and Education are not going to be valid after a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of India.

The Supreme Court did not agree with the Bombay High Court who delivered the verdict that persons who have served for a long period of time but with fake caste certificates may be allowed to continue the service, mentioned PTI.

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Although possessing no retrospective effects, the decision will be applicable from now onwards. The verdict came as a number of petitions to the Supreme Court were flooding in. Even Maharashtra government filed a petition against the verdict of the Bombay High Court.

Only last month the Central government announced its decision to dismiss any employee who had secured a job through fake certificates. Subsequently, it had asked all its departments to collect information from various organizations and find discrepancies.

It was also revealed that 1,296 cases of employment through fake certificates were registered under Department of Financial Services.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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New caste group surfaces to counter Patels in Gujarat

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Ahmedabad: To counter liquor addiction in dry Gujarat, a group of OBCs, SCs and STs  held a show of strength under the banner of OSS Ekta Manch, telling the Gujarat government that it had not done enough for socially and economically backward people caught under the whip of illicit liquor and deprivation.

Starting as a trickle, the Vyasan Mukti rally grew into a huge gathering at the sprawling GMDC Grounds at here, with its spearhead Alpesh Thakore, who is his in 30s, claiming it was not a political show but one that aimed at bringing together deprived sections of Gujarat on a single platform for their rights.

“This is a rally to fight addiction indeed, but also for empowerment and unity of people neglected in Gujarat. Though dispersed without a support structure, the OBCs are aggressive here, and if the Thakore community opens a third eye, it could be lethal,” said Thakore, whose Thakore Ekta Sena has been quietly working in rural Gujarat for years.

Interestingly, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel wished well to the rally, as did Hardik Patel, the convenor of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti which is demanding reservation for high caste Patels in jobs and education under the OBC category.

The rally had a conglomeration of other backward classes with a majority of Thakore and Kshatriya communities joined by Dalits and tribals.

“We are not with the BJP or the Congress, but wish progress for the OBCs,” declared Thakore, a few months after a similar claim by Hardik Patel, whose father Bharat Patel is a BJP worker.

In his speech that lasted about half an hour, Thakore read out a pledge for the audience to fight addiction and come together to create a social and economic muscle that no one can ignore – like successive rulers have so far have.

“Social space, strong health and educational growth will be the result of de-addiction. If we have this no political party in Gujarat can give us the short shrift that we have been getting,” he said.

“This is the clarion call to you and this is my message to the political class in Gujarat,” he said to widespread applause.

Coming exactly four months after a massive caste rally at the same location by the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti demanding reservation for high caste Patels in jobs and education under the OBC category disrupted the political firmament, the OSS Ekta Manch gave out a strong message that they also intend to become a force in state politics.

With Patel and now Thakore, a new socio-political order is seen to be emerging in Gujarat with voices that political parties would ignore at their peril.

Political analysts like Vidyut Joshi and Achyut Yagnik say the major reason for this is that neither Patel nor Thakore are believed to have personal political ambitions, and so their support bases see them as genuine.

The new grouping can emerge as the counter to the Patel community, the youth of which has got together under the leadership of Patel, 23, over the past months – and sent the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party into a panic.

After nearly three decades, the BJP faced an unexpected debacle in the local self-government bodies, with a major role in this outcome of the Patel community, which had otherwise been the backbone of the party’s political strength in the state.(IANS)

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Hardik Patel files fresh bail applications

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Ahmedabad: Hardik Patel, leader of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) filed fresh bail applications in Gujarat courts on Saturday against his two cases for sedition by the state police.

Hardik Patel, who has been running an agitation demanding reservation for high caste Patels in jobs and education under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category for last four months, moved the court of Additional Sessions Judge NG Dave through his lawyer Rafiq Lokhandwala in Ahmedabad.

The agitation for reservation cannot be said to be unlawful in any manner, the bail application states.

His lawyer contends that the sedition charge running into 2,700 pages is false, frivolous, fabricated and politically motivated to suppress the agitation.

Patel has filed another application in Surat, where he faces a sedition case with a chargesheet of 370 pages, in the court of Principal Sessions Judge Gita Gopi.

Making a similar contention as in Ahmedabad, his lawyer Yashwantsinh Vala has argued in Surat that Patel was being framed for political motives.

Hardik Patel lodged  the application in Lajpore jail in Surat district.

Both the applications will come up for hearing shortly.

Hardik Patel and five others are charged under Sections 124 (A) for sedition, 121 (A) for conspiracy to wage war against the government and 120 (b) for criminal conspiracy.(IANS)