President Mallikarjun Kharge

We Have Numbers Needed To Stop BJP: Mallikarjun

Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that the Congress is now incapable of contesting on 300 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, who landed in Ranchi to address the INDIA bloc rally, said he has not taken responsibility to answer every question of PM, declaring that the numbers needed to stop the Bharatiya Janata Party from coming to power are with them.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Congress which had once won 400 seats is now incapable of contesting on 300 seats in this Lok Sabha election.

“Let him (PM Modi) speak whatever he wants to. I am not here to answer his questions. The number needed to stop them (BJP) are there with us,” Kharge told ANI.

He further thanked former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s wife Kalpana Soren, Jharkhand Chief Minister Champai Soren and Congress workers for organising a rally.

“There were lakhs of people (in the rally). I was late as I was in a programme in Satna, Madhya Pradesh. I was happy that Mrs Soren, the Chief Minister and Congress organised such a huge rally. INDIA bloc has got an asset because of this rally,” he added.

The grand rally was being held amidst the Lok Sabha polls in the absence of former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren and the AAP’s Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, two of the key faces of the INDIA bloc. Both Hemant Soren and Kejriwal are in judicial custody.

Earlier today, taking a jibe at the deteriorating condition of the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Congress which had once won 400 seats is now incapable of contesting on 300 seats in this Lok Sabha election adding that the party is the “symbol of instability.”

He further said that the Congress party, which is a symbol of instability, and its alliance can never run the country properly.

“Congress was in power for 60 years; once they used to win 400 seats, but today they can’t even find candidates for 300 seats. They are paying the price of their wrongdoing. Now they have made an opportunistic alliance in the name of the INDIA bloc which got its wings clipped before it could take flight. The so-called allies are contesting against each other in the States and at least in 25 per cent of seats,” PM Modi said.

Addressing a public rally in Rajasthan’s Jalore, PM Modi said that the people of the country is punishing the Congress for its “sins”.

“You have given your blessings to BJP every time, this time too, the people of Jalore-Sirohi are saying ‘Phir ek baar Modi sarkar’. In the first phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections, half of Rajasthan has taught a good lesson to the Congress party. The patriotic people of Rajasthan know that Congress couldn’t provide a strong government in the Centre. Their government used to run on remote control. The country does not want the conditions that existed before 2014 to return again,” PM Modi said.

The Prime Minister further without naming Sonia Gandhi, slammed the former Congress president for choosing the Rajya Sabha route to reach Parliament.

“The Congress party itself is responsible for the condition it has reached today. Earlier, Rajasthan sent former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Rajya Sabha, and now you have another leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha (Sonia Gandhi). People who knew that they could not win, ran away from the race and reached Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan. Congress hollowed the country by spreading the termites of ‘parivaarwad’ and corruption. The youth of the country is so angry with Congress that it doesn’t want to see their face again,” the PM said.

The first phase of voting for 102 parliamentary constituencies spread over 21 states and Union Territories was held on Friday with a voter turnout of nearly 64 per cent. The estimated voter turnout was recorded at 63.89 per cent till 9:00 pm in the first phase of polling. (ANI)

Rajnath Singh To Interact With Troops At Siachen On Monday

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Siachen tomorrow and interacting with the armed forces there on Monday.

“Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh will visit Siachen tomorrow. He will interact with the Armed Forces personnel deployed in the region,” the Defence Ministry Office posted on X.

The Defence Minister had recently celebrated Holi with the armed forces at Leh Military station on March 24.

Earlier, he was scheduled to celebrate the occasion with troops in Siachen, but due to ‘inclement weather’, the programme was changed to Leh.

He spoke to the Commanding Officer deployed at Siachen on the phone and promised to visit them as soon as possible and is making the visit to fulfill his promise, according to sources.

During his visit, Rajnath Singh will also lay wreath at the Martyr’s Memorial.

Meanwhile, the Defence Minister carried out a whirlwind campaign during the first phase of ongoing Lok Sabha elections. He held 26 public meetings and three road shows across 12 states.

The Defence Minister recently responded to China’s renaming of 30 places in Arunachal Pradesh and strongly asserted that India wants to maintain good relations with its neighbours but if someone tries to hurt the country’s honour then today India has the power to respond to it.

“China has changed the names of 30 places in Arunachal Pradesh and posted on its website. I want to tell my neighbour that nothing is going to happen by changing the names. If tomorrow we change the names of some provinces and some States of China, so by doing that will those areas become a part of India? Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to say that friends change in life but neighbours do not change,” he said at a rally in Arunchal Pradesh.

“India’s thinking is that we want to maintain good relations with all our neighbours but if someone tries to hurt India’s honour, then today India has the power to respond to it,” Rajnath Singh added.

The Defence Minister strongly raised the issue of not developing the border infrastructure and attacked the Congress party for being “scared” of the enemy.

Addressing a public meeting in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna, he said, “Congress did not carry out development work in border villages and areas because they were scared of the enemy that it could exploit the new roads to enter into the country but China kept developing its border infrastructure.”

Rajnath Singh served as the Home Minister in the BJP government’s first tenure and as the Defence Minister in the second tenure. He is contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Lucknow constituency, a seat from which he has been winning for the last two terms.

The 2024 general elections is being held in India in seven phases to elect the 543 members of the 18th Lok Sabha. The first phase concluded on April 19, while the next set of polling will happen on April 26. The results will be announced on June 4. (ANI)

Kannadigas Siddaramiah

No Modi Wave, Strong Anti-Incumbency Mood: Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah exuded confidence in the opposition coalition, INDIA bloc forming government st the Centre, adding that there is a “strong anti-incumbency” against the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

Talking to ANI in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, Siddaramaiah asserted that the Congress party coming to power is the “expected result”. He exuded confidence that the INDIA bloc will garner the required seats to form the government in the Centre.

“Not surprising, it is expected result that the Congress party is going to come back to power. This time NDA headed by the BJP is going to be defeated and INDIA headed by the Congress party is going to get the required number of seats to form the government. It is their illusion. This time there is no Modi wave. This time they have not raised any emotional issues to the people. Last time they raised emotional issues like Pulwama, Article 370 abolition. This time though they have built Sri Ram Temple in Ayodhya it will not make any impact,” the senior Congress leader said while speaking to ANI today.

Siddaramaiah claimed that the ruling party, BJP asserting to win 400 seats is a “strategy” as they are aware of “not getting the required number”.

“They may get 200-220 seats. They are telling they will win 400. Abki Baar 400 paar, that is not possible at all. They are strategically telling this. I believe NDA will not come to power. They know that the NDA will not get the required number which is why strategically they are telling they will win 400 seats,” he said.

“Everywhere I have gone there is a lot of enthusiasm among the voters. I feel the Congress party have a fair chance of winning this election. I hope we will win at least 20 seats in Karnataka,” the Chief Minister said.

He pointed out that the BJP-led NDA had not fulfilled their promises during the previous parliamentary elections on which they vowed to power.

“Though it is a parliamentary election. It is the election for the nation. This time the NDA is going to be defeated. It is because there is strong anti-incumbency against the NDA government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government’s failure. After all, PM Modi has not fulfilled his promises. So BJP-led by PM Modi will be defeated this time and INDIA led by Congress, will have fair chances for forming the government at the Centre,” Siddaramaiah said.

The Congress leader also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘hijacking’ guarantees announced by the grand old party in the previous assembly elections.

“When we announced the guarantees, this same PM Modi criticised us. Now he has hijacked these guarantees. Now he’s telling ‘Modi guarantee, Modi guarantee’,” he said.

“Whether he has fulfilled his promises in 2014 and 2019. This is the point to be considered by the voters. I believe voters are not fools. The voters cannot be fooled at all times. They are quite intelligent. They can understand the political situation in the country and the failure of the government,” he said.

On reports of NDA promising to “change” the Constitution if returned to power, the Congress leader said, “That is the hidden agenda of BJP. They don’t believe in the Constitution, it’s because they believe in manusmriti.”

“So far they have not fulfilled the promises they made during the 2014, and 2019 parliamentary elections and they have shown a step-motherly attitude towards Karnataka. They have not given any money though Karnataka is facing severe drought. They have not given anything promised or announced in the budget. They have not released a single pie. All these things got to show, they have given empty vessel to the people of Karnataka,” Siddaramaiah said.

Earlier in the day, during a public rally in Kolar, the audience reportedly shouted ‘Chombu, Chombu’ (empty vessel) to all the questions asked by CM Siddaramaiah on the promises made by the NDA government.

Siddaramaiah claimed that the BJP has replaced the sitting MPs with new faces on many seats across the country to contest the Lok Sabha elections as they were sceptical of retaining the seats.

“That is why they are going to be defeated. There is no Modi wave this time. In the name of Modi, they can’t win. Unless they are good with the voters. So far there is a strong anti-incumbency against the government and MPs. That is why they have changed the sitting MPs this time, in the entire nation they have changed more than 100 sitting MPs and that is why new faces have been given tickets. They are trying but I don’t think they will succeed in this attempt,” he said.

On asked if the arrests of opposition leaders including former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who are Congress’ alliance partners, will impact the elections, Siddaramaiah said, “People can understand the strategies they (BJP) adopt. They can’t mislead the people everytime. Sometimes it is ok, but not all the time they can fool the people of this country and they can’t underestimate the intelligence of the people.”

On the alleged misuse of investigative agencies by the central government, Siddaramaiah questioned the targeted raids on only Congress leaders.

“Income Tax, ED, CBI comes under Government of India. Why are they conducting raids only on Congress leaders? Why not the BJP leaders? Is it not hate politics? They are creating fear in the minds of the leaders. Many leaders are afraid of the Government of India,” the Chief Minister said.

The polling in Karnataka for the 28 seats in the 18th Lok Sabha will be held on April 26 and May 7 in the second and third phases, respectively.The counting of votes will take place on June 4.

In the 2019 elections, the Congress and JD-S alliance suffered a significant defeat, with the BJP securing a record 25 seats. (ANI)

Bihar Was Jungle Raj Under Lalu

Bihar Was Converted Into Jungle Raj Under Lalu-Rabri Govt: Shah

Launching a scathing attack on Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that Bihar was converted into a ‘Jungle Raj’ under the Lalu-Rabri government.

Addressing a public rally here today, Shah said that PM Modi has brought a huge transformation in the lives of poor people.

“PM Modi has done the work to annihilate ‘parivarvaad’. PM Modi also destroyed casteism, and appeasement and worked for the upliftment of every citizen. PM Modi has brought a huge transformation in the lives of poor people. Today Lalu Yadav and Congress party together fighting the election against BJP and JD(U). You all remember the Lalu-Rabri government, Bihar was converted into a ‘jungle raj.’ Today he (Lalu Yadav) is sitting with the Congress party, I want to tell him (Lalu Yadav) that the same Congress party opposed Backward classes, suppressed the report of the Kakasaheb Kalelkar Commission report, and opposed the Mandal Commission report,” Shah said.

“The poor, backward, and OBCs were all subjected to atrocities. Ever since the NDA government came to power and Nitish became CM, atrocities against everyone have stopped. Nitish ji has provided electricity to every village and every house, but the INDI Alliance wants to take Bihar back to the Lantern era and oppress OBCs,” Shah added.

Further, the home minister said that Congress and Lalu Yadav were avoiding Article 370 for 70 years and Modi ji abolished it in August 2019.

Modi ji ended Naxalism and cracked down on terrorism. There was the UPA government, and terrorists from Pakistan used to come and carry out bomb blasts here. Within 10 days of the Uri and Pulwama attacks, Modi ji conducted surgical and air strikes in Pakistan and eliminated terrorists,” Shah said.

Shah also emphasized that the BJP made Narendra Modi the first OBC Prime Minister.

“We made a poor tea seller’s son the PM. Modi ji has made 35 per cent backward and extremely backward MPs as ministers in his cabinet and has worked on adding 16 new castes to OBC. We gave free ration to more than 80 lakh people, built more than 12 crore toilets, and gave Ujjwala gas connections to more than 10 crore mothers,” he added. (ANI)

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Lies About CAA

Mamata, TMC Spreading Lies About CAA: Rajnath Singh

Hitting out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for “spreading lies” regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the legislation will ensure the safety of the persecuted minorities.

The Defence Minister held three election campaign meetings in West Bengal, including two meetings near the Bangladesh border.

The first meeting was held in Murshidabad for Gouri Shankar Ghosh, the second meeting was held in Malda Uttar constituency for Khagen Murmu and the third meeting was held in Darjeeling for party candidate Raju Bista.

“Mamata Banerjee is spreading lies regarding CAA among the people of Bengal, especially the Muslim community,” Singh said at a public meeting in Malda, West Bengal.

“CAA will ensure safety to persecuted religious minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan as they are our people,” he added.

He also attacked CM Mamata for her remark of abolishing the CAA and said that “no power in the world” can stop this legislation.

“Mamata Didi said that she would abolish CAA. I want to ask her why she is lying to the people of West Bengal. Politics can also be done by speaking truth to the people. No state has the power to abolish CAA and no power in the world can stop CAA,” the former Uttar Pradesh CM said.

Recently, CM Mamata had urged the migrant workers in the state not to return before casting vote in the Lok Sabha elections, alleging that if they don’t vote, the BJP government will take away their citizenships.

Attacking TMC and Congress party over ‘corruption’, he said that no corruption charge has been levelled against the BJP-ruled Centre in the last 10 years.

“The leaders of TMC and Congress are deeply involved in corruption and due to this, they were put behind bars. BJP is in power for the last ten years, and not a single person can point out corruption during the tenure…The way TMC is ruling the state, there is no difference between Trinamool Congress and Congress,” Singh said.

The Defence Minister strongly condemned the Sandeshkhali incident — where several women have alleged molestation and land grabbing by TMC leaders — and said that no one will dare to repeat such an incident if BJP comes to power.

“West Bengal is known for academicians but under the current regime, criminals are prevailing here. There is an atmosphere of anarchy in the entire West Bengal. The world was ashamed over the atrocities against women in Sandeshkhali and it has dented the image of India internationally. The entire humanity is ashamed of the Sandeshkhali incident,” Singh said.

“I assure you if the BJP government is formed here, we will see who dares to repeat the incident like Sandeshkhali,” he added.

He also hailed the Women’s Reservation Bill passed by the Parliament and said that one-third reservation for women will be granted from the next election onwards.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has held a stronghold in West Bengal. The party won 34 out of 42 seats in 2014. But in 2019, BJP showed a strong improvement winning 18 seats, while TMC’s tally came down to 22.

Voting in West Bengal is taking place across all seven phases. Polling were held in three constituencies on April 19. The counting of votes will take place on June 4. (ANI)

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Shoulder Fired Missile

Indigenous Shoulder-Fired Missile Projects In Works For Army

Amid shortages in the inventory of shoulder-fired missiles to tackle aerial threats on borders with China and Pakistan, the Indian Army is progressing two cases worth over Rs 6,800 crore for developing Very Short Range Air Defence Systems indigenously.

The Army has plans of developing and buying over 500 launchers and around 3000 missiles from indigenous routes.

At the same time, the Indian Army along with the other stakeholders is looking at the possibility of an old tender scrapped earlier in which the Russian Igla-S was selected in view of the delays for finding replacement for the old Igla-1M missiles.

Defence Ministry officials said the current VSHORAD missiles in the inventory of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force are all with lR homing guidance systems and the Igla 1M VSHORAD missile system was inducted in 1989 and was planned for de-induction in 2013.

“At present, there is a Rs 4800 crore project in which a public sector unit headquartered in Hyderabad and a private sector Pune-based firm have been engaged for developing a laser beam riding VSHORADS which would be used by the forces to protect the borders to provide protection from enemy drones, fighter aircraft and choppers,” defence forces’ officials told ANI.

The project would be for developing 200 launchers and 1200 missiles for supplying to the Indian Army and Air Force and the lead in the project is the Indian Army which is the biggest user of these missiles, they said.

Of the 1200 missiles planned to be inducted in the project, it is likely to get 700 while the remaining would be for the IAF.

The two firms have to produce the prototype of the system under the Indian Designed, Developed and Manufactured clause of the Defence Acquisition Procedure, they said.

However, industry sources informed that the progress made in this programme has not been very encouraging. Another programme that is being progressed is the Design and Development project being carried out by the DRDO for making an infra-red homing-based VSHORADS.

The DRDO is working with two of its Development cum Production Partners Adani Defence and I-Comm for producing Laser Beam Riding VSHORADS.

The DRDO has tested the system based on a tripod and they are now expected to miniaturise the system for making it a shoulder-fired weapon system, the officials said.

In the meanwhile, the Indian Army and the Air Force used the Emergency Procurement powers to buy around 96 launchers of the Russian Igla of which 48 have already arrived as part of the first tranche of the orders given in EP-1 while 48 are expected to be delivered in near future.

In this meanwhile, there is also a suggestion to revive the contract which was scrapped almost over five years ago in which the Russian side had emerged as the lowest bidder with its Igla-S system on offer.

The stakeholders in the project are expected to meet soon to find out ways of carrying out the project under ‘Make in India‘.

The project scrapped by the Defence Ministry was expected to be worth around Rs 4,800 crore.

The importance and the versatility of”VSHORAD missiles have been regularly proved in battle including the recent Russia-Ukraine conflict, Defence Ministry officials stated.

The Indian forces have been progressing the cases for replacing their old VSHORADS system. (ANI)

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Ananya Roots for KKR

Ananya Panday Roots For KKR Against RCB In IPL Match

Actor Ananya Panday is an avid Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) supporter. Despite being busy at work, the young artiste did manage to take some time off her schedule to watch the ongoing IPL match of KKR against Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Taking to Instagram Story, Ananya panday dropped a video of her watching the match on the phone as she got ready for her shoot.

“The commitment is real…even at work @kkriders,” she captioned the clip.

In the video, she could be seen making a finger-crossed gesture.

RCB skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bowl against KKR in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match here at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

The last time these two sides faced each other, KKR got the better of RCB and clinched a comfortable victory at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. KKR have bettered their record in the last game as they hold a handsome 19-14 record in the 33 games played against RCB in head-to-head.

Speaking at toss, RCB captain Faf said, “We will chase. This is probably a chasing ground, always has been. I’m a fan of abetting first when it’s really hot, but the temperature did drop after an hour or so yesterday, unlike in Mumbai or Chennai where it stays very hot. The batting is so strong that a general score or 60-70 isn’t considered great. We have three changes – Green and Siraj come back, so does Mayank Dagar. We know if we do a few things back, the momentum can be back and we do have the firepower.”

KKR captain Shreyas Iyer said, “Last afternoon game here, we know how the wicket plays, we would have loved to bowl as well. It’s stiflingly hot and we’ll look to make them as tired as possible. We’ve tried to keep things simple, it’s not about how you start, it’s about how you end, just stick to the basics. We are playing the same team. It’s important to assess the conditions and execute our plans, then it’ll go in our favour.”

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis(c), Virat Kohli, Will Jacks, Rajat Patidar, Cameron Green, Dinesh Karthik(w), Mahipal Lomror, Karn Sharma, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal and Mohammed Siraj.

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Philip Salt(w), Sunil Narine, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Shreyas Iyer(c), Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Mitchell Starc, Varun Chakaravarthy, Harshit Rana. (ANI)

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Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)

We Got Majority In 2014, 2019, Abolish 370, Build Ram Mandir, Implement CAA: Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday that the people gave BJP full majority in 2014 and 2019 election, and they used that to abolish Article 370, build Ram Mandir, implement CAA and give 33 per cent reservation to women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

Addressing the Vijay Sankalp Mahasammelan here today, Amit Shah said, “You gave us full majority in 2014 and 2019, we used the majority to abolish 370, build the temple at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi, implement CAA and give 33% reservation to women in Lok Sabha and Assemblies.”

“If you had voted for Congress in 2019, Kota would have become the house of PFI. You voted for PM Modi and he ended PFI and put them behind bars. They say that they will lift the ban on PFI. Congress is an anti-development party. For five years there was Gehlot-government but they did not let the Eastern Rajasthan Canal project move ahead for five years. After the Bhajanlal Sharma government came to power, within three months we signed the agreement for the Eastern Rajasthan Canal project,” Shah added.

Further, the Home Minister slammed Congress and said that the first phase of elections concluded, on Friday and on all the seats Congress has been wiped off.

“When we talk about crossing 400, Congress gets stomach ache.They are spreading lies that if BJP gets 400 seats then they will end the reservation. Modi ji gave Rs 20 thousand crore to 87 lakh farmers in Rajasthan as Kisan Samman Nidhi. Made 3 lakh lakhpati didi. Tap water was supplied to the homes of 51 lakh poor people. 2 crore people were given the benefit of Ayushman Bharat scheme. Work was done to build toilets in the houses of 86 lakh poor people. Congress is an anti-development party,” Amit Shah said further.

The remaining 13 seats in Rajasthan will be contested in the second phase on April 26.

The remaining phases will be held on May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25 and June 1 accordingly. The last general elections in 2019 were also held in seven phases.

In 2019, BJP registered a sweeping victory winning 24 out of 25 seats, while the remaining one seat was won by Rashtriya Loktrantrik Party Candidate Hanuman Beniwal. (ANI)

Chandrachud

Newly Enacted Criminal Laws Transitioned India’s Legal Framework Into New Age: CJI Chandrachud

The Chief Justice of India, Justice DY Chandrachud, on Saturday said that “the newly enacted criminal laws have transitioned India’s legal framework on criminal justice into the new age.”

Addressing a conference on India’s Criminal Justice System organised by the Ministry of Law and Justice, the CJI said that much needed improvements have been introduced to protect victim interests and carry out the investigation and prosecution of offences efficiently.

“India is set for a significant overhaul of its criminal justice system with the upcoming

implementation of three new criminal laws. The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam will replace the Indian Penal Code 1860, the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 and the Indian Evidence Act 1872, respectively. These laws signify a watershed moment for our society because no law affects the day-to-day conduct of our society like the criminal law,” he said.

Criminal law directs the moral arc of a nation. The underlying justification for the substantive provisions is the age-old harm principle, which is best summarised in the saying, ‘Your right to swing your arms ends just where the other man’s nose begins. Procedural law, which governs crimes from the state of setting the criminal process in motion to the conviction for the commission of the offence, ensures that no person is charged and subsequently convicted for offences without due process of law, he added.

While addressing the Conference on India’s Progressive Path in the Administration of the Criminal Justice System, Chandrachud said, “Our laws and their implementation are an ever-evolving area. There is no finality to any law or the manner of its implementation. However, we must be willing to embrace positive changes to meet the needs of our times.”

“I expect that with the implementation of the new criminal laws, we will discover loopholes and areas that need to be addressed. Such debates would be helpful in enhancing the efficiency of our criminal justice systems. However, the ideological framework at the heart of our analysis must be justice-oriented with a civil liberty-centric approach that balances the interests of the victim and the accused,” he added.

“Our laws need to address these concerns and obviate age-old issues like delays in examination of witnesses, conclusion of trials, overcrowding of prisons and the issue of undertrial prisoners,” he said.

The 248th Report of the Standing Committee of the Rajya Sabha on the Bharatiya Sakshya Samhita of November 10, 2023, noted that the Indian criminal justice system has struggled to keep pace with the profound technological changes our socio-economic milieu that have radically re-imagined the way in which crimes manifest in society.

The growing scope of technology and new-age crime, which use the digital landscape to create networks of collaborative units to commit crimes, cannot be pinned to investigative situations. This has presented challenges in the investigation of crimes, admission of evidence, prosecution, and delivery of justice, the CJI said.

As the distinguished American jurist Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said in “Law in Science–Science in Law”, that “everyone instinctively recognises that in these days, the justification of a law for us cannot be found in the fact that our fathers have always followed it. It must be found in some help that the law brings towards reaching a social end that the governing power of the community has made up its mind that it wants,” said CJI.

The three laws, i.e., the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, 2023; the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023; and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam, 2023, replace the earlier criminal laws, namely, the Indian Penal Code 1860, the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872. As notified, these criminal laws are to take effect from July 1.

Other dignitaries who attended the conference includes Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State (independent charge) for the Ministry of Law and Justice, R Venkataramani, Attorney General for India, Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General of India, Rajiv Mani, Law Secretary, Government of India, among others.

The conference aims to bring out the highlights of the three criminal laws and organise meaningful interactions through technical and question-and-answer sessions. Besides, judges of various courts, advocates, academicians, representatives of law enforcement agencies, police officials, public prosecutors, district administration officials and law students also participated in the conference. (ANI)

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INDI Alliance Has No Leader, No Vision: Modi In Karnataka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday lashed out at Congress and INDIA bloc, saying that opposition alliance has no leader or vision for future and their history is ridden with scams.

Addressing a rally in Chikkaballapur to boost NDA’s campaign for Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka, PM Modi said his government has worked hard and every second of his life is dedicated to the welfare of people.

“The INDI alliance even do not have a leader at present, nor they have any vision for future and their history is one of scams and that is why (people in) Chikkaballapur and Kolar are saying -abki baar Modi Sarkar,” the Prime Minister said.

Opposition parties have formed INDIA bloc to take on the Modi government in the Lok Sabha polls.

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, whose party Janata Dal (Secular) is fighting the Lok Sabha election in alliance with the BJP, shared the stage with Prime Minister.

Deve Gowda, who had BJP symbol as other leaders on the dais, held PM Modi’s hand to reflect the solidarity between the two parties for the Lok Sabha polls.

PM Modi also said that the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, held on Friday, has gone in the favour of NDA and “Viksit Bharat”.

“The first phase of voting, has increased the excitement in the country. And I can see this excitement here too. In the first phase, voting was done in favour of the NDA and Viksit Bharat,” the PM said.

“Today I have come among all of you with my report card to seek your blessings… For you, I left no stone unturned in working hard day and night. Your dream is my resolution. Every second of my life is dedicated to you and the country. 24X7 for 2047… I just don’t make policies, I give guarantees,” he added.

PM Modi said the biggest beneficiaries of the BJP-led government are members belonging to SCs, STs, and OBCs and alleged that they were forced to live in poverty earlier.

“The biggest beneficiaries of the Modi government are SC, ST, and OBC families. In earlier governments, families from SC, ST, and OBC communities had to live in slums, they did not have access to electricity and water. They had lost all hope in the government. Your lost faith has been reinstated in the Modi government because of Modi’s guarantee. In the last 10 years, 25 crore people have come out of poverty,” PM Modi said.

“Those who were given the least importance, the ones standing last in the line, NDA government has moved them to the first place in the line. The NDA nominated a member from the SC community as the President,it also nominated a tribal woman as the President. It is our government which has developed the five places associated with Babasaheb Ambedkar as ‘Panchtirtha’,” he added.

Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka will be held in two phases on April 26 and May 7.

Congress has nominated MS Raksha Ramaiah, son of former minister MR Seetharam, from Chikkaballapur while the BJP has fielded Dr. K Sudhakar, a former health minister. (ANI)

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