LIVE: Centre asks Bengal govt to explain attack on J P Nadda's convoy

BJP National President J P Nadda | Photo: PTI
LIVE news updates: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday sought a detailed report from the West Bengal government over the attack on BJP National President J P Nadda's convoy. The Ministry, in a written message to the state Chief Secretary, has asked to submit the report about the issue and lapses in law and order in the state that may lead to the risk for senior BJP leaders camping in the state ahead of the assembly elections that is just six months away, said sources privy to the development.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the incident of attack on BJP president J P Nadda's convoy in the state is a "drama" to divert attention from lack of attendance in his rally. 

 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of a new Parliament building at an event that was attended by leaders from various political parties, cabinet ministers and ambassadors of various countries.

Describing the laying of foundation stone of the new Parliament building as a "milestone in India's democratic history", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said if the old Parliament house gave direction to the country post-independence, the new one would be a witness to making of a 'self-reliant' India.

The new Parliament building is expected to be completed by 2022 at an estimated cost of Rs 971 crore.

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I strongly condemn the attack on the convoy of BJP President J P Nadda in West Bengal today. It's clear that the state is not safe for the common man. Incident reflects poor condition of law & order situation. We won't accept such cowardly acts by TMC goons: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

Raj: 10 BJP, 4 Cong candidates win pramukh' seats in 17 zila parishads

Ten BJP, four Congress and three independent candidates were on Thursday elected to the post of pramukh' in 17 out of the 20 zila parishads in Rajasthan.

The election to the posts of pradhan' and pramukh' in 222 gram panchayats and 20 zila parishads of the state was held earlier in the day.

Of the 17 zila parishads for which the results have been declared, the BJP won in Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Churu, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jhunjhunu, Pali, Sikar, Tonk and Udaipur, while the Congress candidates won in Banswara, Barmer, Bikaner and Pratapgarh, officials said.

Three independent members were elected as zila pramukh in Ajmer, Bundi and Dungarpur.

The counting of votes for the post of pradhan in 222 panchayat samitis in 21 districts of the state is underway.

The 4,371 newly-elected members will elect the pradhan in 222 panchayat samitis.

The filing of nominations had started at 10 am and the scrutiny of the same was completed by 3 pm.

Mamata compares BJP leadership to Hitler, Mussolini

West Bengal Chief Minister hit out at the BJP on Thursday comparing its leadership to dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini and claimed that the party is indulging in false propaganda.

Banerjee, who is among the vocal critics of the saffron party, said it has a "prepared script" to break the movements against it and is trying to do so with the farmers' movement.

The TMC supremo criticised BJP national president J P Nadda's outreach programme in her constituency Bhawanipore in the city on Wednesday and said it was poorly attended.

Likening the BJP leadership with dictators Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Nicolae Ceausescu, Banerjee told a protest rally by the party's farmers' wing here that "Narendra Modi's party (BJP) is indulging in false propaganda to further its agenda".

She that the BJP has a "prepared script" to divert the attention of people, break the movements against it and is trying to do so with the ongoing farmers' movement too.

"The Narendra Modi government is not abiding by the principles of democracy or the federal structure or the Constitution and is encroaching upon the jurisdiction of a state government," she said.

Attack on J P Nadda staged to divert attention from lack of attendance in rally: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday claimed that the incident of attack on BJP president J P Nadda's convoy in the state is a "drama" to divert attention from lack of attendance in his rally. Wondering why 50 cars were after Nadda's vehicle, the Trinamool Congress supremo said that only three cars were part of his convoy. Nadda's convoy was pelted with stones by alleged TMC workers at Sirakol when he was travelling to Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas district to address a rally there.
 
"I feel that it is a drama to divert attention from lack of attendance in his rally," Banerjee said.
 
Maintaining that no untoward incident happened at Sirakol, Banerjee said that there was probably some incident in front of a tea stall and the police were asked to inquire into it. "In your (Nadda's) convoy there were 50 cars, followed by 30 cars of the media and 40 motorbikes," Banerjee, who also holds the Home (Police) portfolio, said at a farmers' rally.

Old Parliament building will not be able to fulfil needs of 'new India': Hardeep Singh Puri

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said the 2022 Winter Session will be held in the new Parliament building, while pointing out that the existing structure would not have been able to fulfil the needs of a 'new India'. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the new building, which is expected to be completed by the 75th anniversary of India's independence and is estimated to cost Rs 971 crore.
 
Addressing a gathering at the foundation stone laying ceremony, Puri said the existing structure of Parliament had been built as an imperial legislative council.
 
When the existing building of Parliament had been conceptualised and constructed, it was not kept in accordance with bicameral legislature of independent India, he said. The housing and urban affairs minister said in the existing structure, there have been problems in parliamentary operation, which had been pointed out by previous chairmen.

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According to an official in the know, “There is no hurry to conduct the 5G auctions since the ecosystem is not in place and companies are not willing to put in money. The situation is likely to improve in a year’s time. By the end of next year, we may be a in a position to even offer 5G spectrum.”
 
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Haryana schools to reopen for class 10, 12 students from Dec 14

Schools in Haryana will reopen from December 14 for students of classes 10 and 12, appearing for board examinations next year, according to an order issued on Thursday. In order to attend the classes, the pupils will require to submit a medical certificate stating that their general health is fine and they do not have any coronavirus-like symptoms, the order said.
 
Besides, both government and private schools will also resume for students of classes 9 and 11 from December 21, the state's Directorate School Education ordered on Thursday. For the students of classes 10 and 12 appearing for board examinations, each day the classes of government and private schools will be held for three hours between 10 am and 1 pm, it said.
 
Before coming to schools, all the students will need to go for a medical check up, which will be free, at their nearest Community Health Centre, Primary Health Centre or where a doctor will examine them and provide medical certificate. The doctor needs to certify that they are free from COVID-19-like symptoms and their health is fine.

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No compulsion to hold 2021 CBSE Board exams in March: Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank

Adequate time would be given to the students preparing for the CBSE board exams for Classes 10 and 12 to be held next year, said Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. The Minister clarified on Thursday that there is no compulsion to conduct examinations in March. Parents across the country have urged the Senior Secondary Board to conduct the board examinations for 2021 in May.
 
Nishank said, "Students will be given ample time for preparation based on the new pattern on which the exam would be conducted. There is no compulsion to conduct the exams in March. Keeping in view the coronavirus pandemic, the scheduled dates for the exam will be fixed. Practical exams will not be held clashing with the dates of any entrance exam."
 
"Practical exams in the CBSE board are held at the school level. If a situation arises that the students cannot go to laboratories for practicals then it will be difficult to conduct the examination and the Central government will consider further steps to resolve the issue," Nishank added.

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Ensure CCTVs in working condition or face action: Delhi govt to hotels, clubs

The Delhi government has ordered hotels, clubs and restaurants to ensure that CCTV cameras installed on their premises are in a working condition, warning to take stern action including cancellation of licence in case of violation. The order issued by the excise department earlier this week, noted that instances of non-functional surveillance cameras came to notice of the inspection teams.
 
The CCTV cameras help to check violations like serving of alcohol to underage people, law and order situations and any other irregularities that violate the conditions of the licence, said an official of the department.
 
"Instances have come to the notice of the department that Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras installed at hotels, clubs and restaurants are found to be non-functional during inspection," the deputy commissioner (excise) said in the order.
 
The non-functional CCTV cameras hamper inspection work due to unavailability of footage for checking violations at these establishments by the excise department teams, the official said.

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Madhya Pradesh CM condemns attack on J P Nadda's convoy, slams Mamata

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday condemned the attack on BJP president J P Nadda's convoy in West Bengal and said the "cowardly act" was an attempt to murder democracy. Targeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the incident, he said it will prove to be the final nail in the coffin of the ruling Trinamool Congress in the eastern state where assembly polls are due in the first half of 2021.
 
The vehicles in Nadda's motorcade came under attack by alleged TMC supporters when he was on way to Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas district to address a meeting of party workers, leaving several people injured, BJP leaders and eyewitnesses said. The attack on Naddajis car was carried out at the behest of Mamata didi. It was a cowardly act. It is an attempt to murder democracy.
 
"The people of West Bengal will give a befitting reply to it by voting for the BJP. "This attack will prove to be the last nail in the TMC's coffin in West Bengal, Chouhan said in tweets in Hindi.

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Condemn attack on Nadda; Bengal has descended into era of tyranny, anarchy and darkness: BJP leaders

BJP leaders on Thursday condemned the attack on the party chief JP Nadda by alleged TMC supporters in West Bengal and said it is an attack on democracy and Bengal government will have to answer to people for this sponsored violence. The party leaders and senior ministers also demanded the strictest possible action against "goons" who carried out the attack. Deploring the assault on Nadda, senior party leader and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said this attack is a reflection of the declining law and order in the state of West Bengal.
 
"The attack on the convoy of the BJP national president, should be thoroughly investigated and the responsibility of this incident should be fixed," Singh said in a series of tweets.
 
Taking note of the attack, Union Home Minister and former BJP president Amit Shah said the Bengal government will have to answer to the peace-loving people of the state for this sponsored violence.

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday sought a detailed report from the West Bengal government over the attack on BJP National President J.P. Nadda's convoy. The Ministry, in a written message to the state Chief Secretary, has asked to submit the report about the issue and lapses in law and order in the state that may lead to the risk for senior BJP leaders camping in the state ahead of the assembly elections that is just six months away, said sources privy to the development.
 
Condemning the attack, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also said that the Central government is taking congnisance of "sponsored violence" very seriously. In a scathing attack on the West Bengal government run by state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Minister said Bengal has gone into an era of "tyranny, anarchy and darkness under the Trinamool rule".
 
Expressing his views in a series of tweets, Shah said the central government is taking this attack "very seriously" and that the Bengal government will have to answer to the peace-loving people of the state for this "sponsored violence". "The attack on Nadda Ji is very condemnable."
 

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"If the old Parliament House gave direction to post-independence India, the new building would become a witness to the creation of a self-reliant India. The new Parliament building will be symbol of Atmanirbhar Bharat," said the Prime Minister while addressing members of Parliament and other dignitaries present in the event at the Parliament House premises.
 
"If work is done to fulfil the needs of the country in the old Parliament House, then the aspirations of 21st century India will be fulfilled in the new building."
 
Continuing his speech with a vision of making "India as mother of democracy" for the world, the Prime Minister said the world has been witnessing India in achieving success in the 21st Century. The Prime Minister appealed to citizens to give their best to make India gain the highest honours in the 21st Century. Noting that the existing Parliament building was constructed 93 years ago, the Prime Minister said that the new Parliament building is the mixture of the new and the old.

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Describing the laying of foundation stone of the new Parliament building as a "milestone in India's democratic history", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said if the old Parliament house gave direction to the country post-independence, the new one would be a witness to making of a self-reliant India.
 
Addressing the gathering after laying the foundation stone of the new building and performing the ground-breaking ceremony, Modi said many new things were being done in the new Parliament House, which will increase the efficiency of the MPs as modern methods will be incorporated in the work culture.
 
"It is a very historic day. Today is a milestone in India's democratic history," he said. "We, the people of India, will together build this new building of Parliament. This new building will be an inspiration when India will celebrate its 75 years of independence," Modi said. "I can never forget the moment in my life when I had the opportunity to come to Parliament House for the first time in 2014 as an MP. Before stepping in, I bowed and saluted this temple of democracy," he said.
 
If the old Parliament House gave direction to India post-independence, the new building would be a witness to the creation of a self-reliant India, Modi said.

Centre seeks report from WB govt on security lapses during BJP chief Nadda's visit

The Centre on Thursday sought a report from the West Bengal government on alleged "serious security lapses" during the visit of BJP president J P Nadda to the state. The Union home ministry's communication to the West Bengal government came after BJP state unit chief Dilip Ghosh wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday.
 
In his letter, Ghosh alleged that a "mob" of over 200 people with sticks and bamboos were demonstrating raising black flags in front of BJP's state unit office in Kolkata.
 
He also claimed that some of the protesters climbed on cars parked outside the party's office and raised slogans, and the "police did not intervene to stop them and casually allowed them to come within a close perimeter of Nadda ji's vehicle".

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LIVE: PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of new Parliament building

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of the new Parliament building here at an event that was attended by leaders from various political parties, cabinet ministers and ambassadors of different countries. Modi also performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the building, which is expected to be completed by 2022. Pujaris from the Sringeri Math Karnataka did the rituals for the 'bhoomi pujan' at the new Parliament building site.
 
The new building will have an area of 64,500 square metres. It will also have a grand Constitution Hall to showcase India's democratic heritage, a lounge for members of Parliament, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas and ample parking space.
 
In the new building, the Lok Sabha chamber will have a seating capacity for 888 members, while the Rajya Sabha will have 384 seats for members. The Lok Sabha chamber will have an option to increase its sitting capacity to 1,224 members during joint sessions. This has been done keeping in mind the future increase in the number of members for the two houses. At present, Lok Sabha has a sanctioned strength of 543 members and Rajya Sabha 245.

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# The project of building the new Parliament Building has been given to Tata Projects Ltd.
 
# The design has been prepared by HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt Ltd.
 
# Date of start of construction: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will do a bhoomi pujan at 1 pm on December 10. Construction of the building will start soon after.
 
# Completion year: The project is expected to be ready by 2022.
 
# The building is to come up on 64,500 square metre area.
 
# The total cost is estimated at Rs 971 crore.
 
# The building will have six entrances: A ceremonial entrance for the President and Prime Minister; one for the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, and MPs; a ceremonial entrance in general; another entrance for MPs; and two public entrances.
 
# The new Parliament complex will have four floors — lower ground, upper ground, first and second floors.

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The new building will also have a grand Constitution Hall to showcase India’s democratic heritage, a lounge for members of Parliament, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas and ample parking space.

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The proposed four-storied building would sprawl over an area of 64,500 sq meters and cost an estimated Rs 971 crore. The construction is expected to be completed in time for the country's 75th Independence Day in August 2022.
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of a new Parliament building today

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