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Nobody does it better, BJP’s U-Turn on Vyapam Scam

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New Delhi: Soon after the Supreme Court directed a CBI-probe into Vyapam scam, the BJP welcomed the decision and said it was always in favour of it.

Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan called it a relief. He said, “Now I am feeling relieved. The truth in this case should come out.”

This reaction from the BJP was ironical. When the Congress and AAP were protesting for the Supreme Court to intervene, Shivraj Singh Chouhan called for a CBI-probe under the High Court.

Earlier, Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister of India had said in a statement that there was no need for a CBI probe in the case.

Though the minister later added that the government was ready for a CBI-probe, if directed by the Supreme Court. But he was firm on his statement that the CBI probe was not needed.

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US: Supreme Court Blocks Administration’s Effort to Add Citizenship Question on Census

The citizenship question was meant to better enforce the Voting Rights Act

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FILE - Demonstrators protest during a Fair Maps rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court, in Washington, U.S., March 26, 2019. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump responded Thursday to the Supreme Court’s decision to block his administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the upcoming U.S. census by saying he’d asked his lawyers whether there was a way to delay the nationwide head count.

In a tweet hours after the court announced its decision, Trump said it “seems totally ridiculous” that the government could not question people about their citizenship on the census, which takes place once every 10 years.

The Supreme Court ruled the administration’s explanation — that the citizenship question was meant to better enforce the Voting Rights Act — was “more of a distraction” from the issue than an explanation.

Opponents of the citizenship question say it would intimidate noncitizens into not answering the census, ultimately leaving them underrepresented in Congress.

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U.S. President Donald Trump responded Thursday to the Supreme Court’s decision to block his administration’s effort. Pixabay

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal justices in the 5-4 ruling.

 The nation’s highest court also announced Thursday that it was rejecting a request to intervene in states’ redistricting efforts.  Redrawing the boundaries of voting districts is meant to ensure proportional representation in state legislatures as the population grows and changes locations.

Republicans in the state of North Carolina and Democrats in the state of Maryland have been accused of redrawing the lines of voting districts to keep power in the hands of the ruling party.

The chief justices said manipulation of the electoral map, a practice known colloquially as gerrymandering, is a problem for state governments to solve, not the Supreme Court.

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Thursday was the final day of rulings by the Supreme Court before its summer break. (VOA)