India: BJP condemns burning of PM's effigies on Dussehra

Chandigarh, Oct 26 (PTI) BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh on Monday condemned the burning of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's effigies on the occasion of Dussehra in Punjab.

Chugh described it as unfortunate and said such incidents have hurt sentiments of millions of people in the country.

He alleged that effigies of the PM were set on fire at the behest of the Congress-led government in the state and said it showed how the ruling party could stoop to such a level just for the sake of petty politics .

It cannot be tolerated, he said.

India: 15-year-old raped in Punjab's Hoshiarpur

Hoshiarpur, Oct 26 (PTI) A 15-year-old girl working at a brick kiln in Naru Nangal here was allegedly raped by a youth, police said on Monday.

The incident took place at Manan village on October 24.

The accused, identified as Arun Kumar, has been arrested under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, said Sadar police station Sub-Inspector Neelam Kumari.

The victim lived at labour quarters. The accused lived nearby.

India: Punjab farmers burn effigies of PM Modi, Union govt

Chandigarh, Oct 25 (PTI) Punjab farmers on Sunday burnt effigies of the Union government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at several places in protest against the farm laws.

The protesters described the three farm legislations introduced by the Centre as black laws and raised slogans against the BJP-led Centre. They demanded that the withdrawal of the laws.

Farmers under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Mod in Amritsar.

India: Punjab CM to meet Guv over farm laws

Chandigarh, Oct 20 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will meet Governor V P Singh Badnore over the Bills against the Centre's farm laws after the conclusion of the special session of the state assembly on Tuesday evening.

The chief minister will apprise the governor about the four Bills and the resolution against the Centre's farm laws.

The Punjab Assembly has unanimously passed the legislations and adopted the resolution.

After the day's proceedings, the chief minister will be meeting the governor, an official spokesperson said.

India: Punjab BJP chief's vehicle attacked by protesting farmers

Chandigarh, Oct 12 (PTI) Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma's vehicle was allegedly attacked by some protesting farmers at the Cholang toll plaza in Hoshiarpur district, police said on Monday evening.

Windowpanes of his car were damaged in this incident, though Sharma was safe, they said.

The incident took place when Sharma was going back to Pathankot from Jalandhar.

India: SAD seeks SC-monitored probe into Hathras incident

Chandigarh, Oct 3 (PTI) Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday sought a Supreme Court-monitored inquiry into the Hathras incident in Uttar Pradesh.

Badal, who had recently snapped ties with the BJP-led NDA, accused the Uttar Pradesh government of discriminating against the victim's family by "forcibly conducting" her last rites.

India: Akalis snapping ties unfortunate: Punjab BJP leaders

Chandigarh, Sep 27 (PTI) Described the SAD's decision of snapping ties with the NDA as unfortunate , Punjab's senior BJP leaders Manoranjan Kalia and Master Mohan Lal on Sunday asserted that the party is able to fight and also win the 2022 Punjab assembly polls alone.

The SAD on Saturday night had announced to quit the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the farm bills issue.

India: Farmers continue rail blockade in Amritsar

Amritsar, Sep 27 (PTI) Farmers squatted on the Amritsar-Delhi railway track here on Sunday, continuing their 'rail-roko' agitation against the contentious farm bills passed by the Parliament last week.

People from nearby villages brought cooked food and other items for the demonstrators. 'Langar' (community kitchen) has also been organised at the site by local gurdwaras.

Women wearing saffron dupattas also joined the protest, raised slogans against the Centre and said they would not allow the implementation of the three legislations.

India: Navjot Sidhu stages protest against farm bills

Amritsar, Sep 23 (PTI) Punjab MLA and former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday staged a protest against the farm bills which, he said, will "ruin" the farming community.

The cricketer-turned-politician, who was accompanied by his supporters, sat on a tractor here and held placards that read, "We are united in fight for farmers", in English and Punjabi.

This is Sidhu's first public appearance after he resigned from the state cabinet last year.

India: SAD to hold 'chakka jaam' in Punjab on Sep 25 against farm Bills

Chandigarh, Sep 22 (PTI) The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the BJP's oldest ally, on Tuesday announced road blockades across Punjab on September 25 to protest against the contentious farm Bills passed by Parliament.

Rajya Sabha passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 during the day. It had cleared the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 on Sunday.

The Bills had been passed by Lok Sabha last week.

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