Kyle Ticlo Son of BJP MLA Glen Ticlo was Over-speeding, Going at Nearly 180 km/hr Claim Eyewitnesses to Belagavi Accident

PANAJI: A BMW car of a Goa BJP MLA Glen Ticlo was torched by villagers along the Goa-Belgaum highway, around 50 km from the inter-state border in Karnataka, late yesterday evening after his son who was driving the car met with an accident injuring a local person and killing another.

While the MLA’s son Kyle Ticlo claimed that it was an accident as he lost control of the high-powered BMW, bystanders told that the driver was doing nearly 180 km/hr or even more on a stretch where slums abound and is a known accident-prone zone, since people are always crossing the road on that patch of the highway.

An freelancer reporter from Belagavi who visited the scene of the accident shortly saw an angry mob being lathi-charged by the police. The police used excessive force on the mob, which was protesting due to the fact that there are no proper caution signs or over-speeding warnings on that patch of the NH4, which is frequented by locals, who cross the highway.

Also Read: Goa MLA Glen Ticlo’s BMW Car Set On Fire After Son Kyle Glen Ticlo Kills a Woman, Injures Another In Accident at Belagavi

The MLA, Glenn Ticlo, confirmed the accident to news agency IANS, but said his son was not at fault.

However, bystanders told media persons that the car was being driven at a very high speed.

“The driver was going at a speed far above the permissible limit on that section of the highway. He must have been doing nearly 160 to 180 kms per hour when the accident occurred. It is a clear case of over-speeding, and reckless driving which caused the accident, resulting in the death of one girl and severally injuring her sister,” Hashim Khan, an eyewitness told an stringer who visited the site of the accident about an hour after the accident.

According to a PTI report, MLA Glenn Ticlo’s son Kyle Ticlo mowed down a 20-year-old girl on Goa-Belgaum National Highway 4 around 5 pm on Monday.

Also Read: PICS: Over-speeding Kyle Ticlo, son of Goa BJP MLA Glen Ticlo’s BMW knocks down two sisters in Belagavi, one killed; car set ablaze

The girl succumbed to her injuries when she was taken to a hospital by Kyle.

Her sister, who was accompanying her, has been injured. Read the PTI report here.

The car Kyle was driving, a BMW owned by Glenn Ticlo, was later set ablaze by the angry mob. Locals allege that the police treated the serious accident with ‘kid gloves’ because Kyle called his MLA father who spoke to the Belagavi Police Commissioner on the phone, requesting his support. (See Pics Here)

Kyle was booked for rash and negligent driving, but later granted bail by the court.

“We are right now completing police formalities in Belgaum. Kyle (his son) is fine,” Mr Ticlo was quoted by IANS as saying.

A video clip surfaced showing the car, which is registered in the name of the Goa MLA, being set on fire by a mob.

The clip also shows policemen chasing crowds of stone-throwers.

A counter complaint was filed by Glenn Ticlo against unknown persons for vandalizing his car. One person, who was caught red-handed, has been arrested, reports India Today.

With inputs from PTI, IANS & India Today

BJP’s former Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra quits BJP, expected to join TMC on July 21

Bharatiya Janata Party’s former Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra is expected to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on July 21.

“We are in touch with Mr. Mitra and he is expected to join us, if everything goes alright,” a Trinamool Congress (TMC) official told The Hindu.

Mr. Mitra, however, told The Hindu on Wednesday that he would not comment till “next Monday” (July 23).

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Earlier the week, Mr. Mitra, a two-term Rajya Sabha member of the BJP, said that he had had a meeting with TMC chief Mamata Banerjee.

“I met her [Mamata Banerjee] for advertisement in my paper in Kolkata. But we did not discuss about my joining [the TMC],” he told The Hindu on Monday.

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Mr. Mitra, owner of a Delhi-based English language daily, was always known for his proximity to Ms. Banerjee.

He is also a member of the BJP’s National Executive, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His name is still featuring in the BJP’s list of National Executive members.

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In an interview to news agency ANI, Mr. Mitra confirmed that he has quit the BJP. “I have given the resignation. I have not decided when or where I will join, I am not going to disclose it,” ANI quoted him as saying.

Source: The Hindu

BJP MP Gopal Shetty who sparked a row by calling Christians ‘angrez, resigns, but won’t apologize

Mumbai: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Mumbai Gopal Shetty stepped down from his post on Friday after sparking a row, calling Christians ‘angrez’ (foreigners). Shetty’s controversial remark came while he was addressing a gathering during the Eid-E-Milad organised by the Shia Kabrastan Committee at Malvani in Malad in Mumbai on Sunday.

Also Read: BJP MP Gopal Shetty abuses Christians using very vulgar language, says they are useless, good for nothing…

The BJP leader, however, claimed innocence saying that his words were wrongly interpreted. He further said that he has not said anything which could subject him to an apology. He expressed unhappiness towards his party for not withdrawing support and not standing by him. He refused to apologize and instead said he is ready to resign.

Also Read: Congress MLA Aslam Shaikh, Mumbai Congress strongly condemn BJP MP Gopal Shetty’s attack on Christians

Mumbai BJP president and MLA from Bandra West Ashish Shelar said that Shetty was asked to withdraw the statement. Defending Shetty, Shelar said that the BJP MP didn’t mean what he said. The party, however, doesn’t support such statements, added Shelar saying that they fully support the Christian community.

Also Read: Mumbai Christians file Police Complaint against Gopal Shetty for derogatory language against community, demand unconditional apology 

The BJP leader had on Sunday claimed that it was only the Hindus and the Muslims who played a role in India’s freedom struggle and not the Christians.

“Christians were British, hence they didn’t participate in the freedom movement. India was not freed by Hindus or Muslims, we fought as one, as Hindustanis for our independence,” Shetty can be heard as saying in the video.

Source: Zee Media Bureau

BJP pulls out of Jammu and Kashmir govt, Mehbooba Mufti resigns as chief minister

Mehbooba Mufti resigned as Jammu and Kashmir’s chief minister on Tuesday after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ended its alliance with her People’s Democratic Party (PDP), potentially pushing the state towards Governor’s rule.

“Three years ago BJP formed a government in Jammu and Kashmir with the PDP with some goals. But now it has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government,” said BJP general secretary Ram Madhav at a press conference in Delhi.

“Keeping in mind the larger national interest of India’s integrity and security… in order to bring in control the situation prevailing in the state. It is time that the reins of power in state be handed over to the Governor,” said Madhav, referring to the state being administered by the Centre through Governor NN Vohra. The state can remain under governor’s rule for a year without the requirement of a reference to Parliament.

“Fundamental rights of people in Kashmir are under threat. Even press freedom and freedom of speech is at risk,” Madhav said, commenting on the murder of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar on Thursday.

The Jammu and Kashmir elections in 2015 threw up a hung assembly, with no party getting the 45 seats needed for a majority in the 87-member house. The PDP was the largest party with 28 seats, followed closely by the BJP with 25, its highest tally ever in the state. The two parties came together after weeks of negotiations but it was always an uneasy relationship given their deep ideological differences on a range of issues. Their alliance came under extreme strain in April after the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Muslim community of Bakarwals in Jammu’s Kathua district.

Two BJP ministers of the state government were dropped in a cabinet reshuffle after they took part in a rally demanding that the Central Bureau of Investigation take over the Kathua case.

The Congress, which has 12 seats in the assembly, said it won’t ally with the the PDP. “The alliance has devastated the state, be it economically or socially, and has left Jammu and Kashmir in a state of ruins,” said senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The National Conference, which was defeated in the 2015 elections and has 15 seats in the assembly, said it wants fresh elections. “At the earliest, the people should be given the chance to choose a government for themselves,” said party leader Omar Abdullah on Twitter.

A BJP leader, who spoke to HT on condition of anonymity, said violence in Kashmir is increasing and the party would have paid a “political cost” if it hadn’t ended the alliance. “You will see a quick improvement in the situation in Kashmir. The PDP was appeasing a political constituency, which was putting spanner in the works of the security forces,” said the BJP leader.

The BJP’s decision to exit the alliance with the PDP comes after the central government said on Sunday that it was discontinuing the suspension of military operations in Jammu and Kashmir as the holy Islamic month of Ramzan was over, and announced a full resumption of cordon-and-search and search-and-destroy operations in the state to prevent terror attacks. The ceasefire–the first such truce in the troubled state in more than 17 years–had been announced at the appeal of chief minister Mufti.

BJP leader and state deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta said in Delhi that he and other party ministers resigned after meeting BJP president Amit Shah.

Source: Hindustan Times

Sitaram Yechury accuses BJP of trying to destabilise non-BJP state govts

Sitaram Yechury, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), accused the Modi government of trying to destabilise non-BJP state governments using the Governors’ offices in the country.

Yechury, who joined the protests launched by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi on Sunday against Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and the alleged strike by IAS officers, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre of undermining federalism.

“Joining the protest rally to the Prime Minister’s residence today to express serious condemnation over the manner in which federalism, a fundamental feature of our Constitution, is being undermined by this BJP central government,” Yechury wrote on Twitter.

“Utilising the office of the Governors and Lt. Governors, the BJP central government is seeking to destabilise non-BJP democratically elected state governments. This is happening with the democratically elected governments in Delhi and in Puducherry,” he added.

The senior Communist leader said that the Modi dispensation is trying to install BJP governments despite the saffron party not winning the mandate.

“Governor’s office was used to install BJP governments even after they have lost elections, like in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya. The Governor’s office has been misused in Bihar to allow the BJP to enter the govt via the backdoor after losing assembly elections comprehensively,” he said.

Yechury said the office of the Governor was sought to be utilised “to hijack people’s mandate in Karnataka” which was thwarted.

He added that such efforts are destroying the already fragile centre-state relation which is the backbone of the federal essence of the Indian Constitution.

He said the Communists in India were the “first victims of such central authoritarian misuse of constitutional provisions” when the elected government in Kerala was “undemocratically” dismissed in 1959.

“This has happened with Left-led governments repeatedly in Kerala and West Bengal subsequently,” he said.

Source: The Statesman

Goa BJP leader Vasudev Parab must be sacked by party, arrested by police: Goa Suraksha Yuva Manch

PANAJI: Goa Suraksha Yuva Manch, the youth wing of political party Goa Suraksha Manch, on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should expel its party member Vasudev Parab with immediate effect.

The directorate of revenue intelligence busted a Rs 40 crore drug smuggling racket and seized 67kg of narcotic substances at a unit operating from Pissurlem industrial estate, allegedly owned by BJP North Goa general secretary Parab.

Also Read: Goa BJP leader Vasudev Parab’s factory raided as deadly drugs worth Rs 35 crore seized as inter-state racket in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa

“He should be sacked immediately and arrested. On one hand, the BJP is saying that it is cracking down on the drug trade in the state, and on the other hand its own party member is engaging in it,” said Nitin Phaldesai of Goa Suraksha Yuva Manch.

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Atamaram Gaonkar said human trafficking is rampant in the state.

“Girls, often minors, are trafficked to Goa with the lure of a job. They are then pushed into prostitution in casinos and hotels,” he said.

Source: Times of India

Congress’ ‘Naman Tuka Goemkara’ Programme Is Mere Publicity Stunt- BJP

Panaji: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today ridiculed the ‘Jan Gan Man-Naman tuk Goemkara’ drive launched by the Congress party terming it as ‘publicity stunt.’

The programme, which is an attempt to reach out to common people to listen to their grievances, was launched on Monday by the congress party.

“The Naman Goemkara program of the Congress is a clear publicity stunt to misguide the people of Goa. This is nothing but a frustrated attempt by newly appointed Congress President Girish Chodankar,” Party spokesperson Dattaprasad Naik said addressing a press conference.

BJP leader called it a ‘tiatr’ directed by one of its spokespersons.

Naik was hinting at its newly appointed spokesperson and singer-musician Siddhanath Buyao.

 “Congress has lost its mental balance after the massive BJP’s booth karyakarta sammelan addressed by BJP National President Amit Shah,” Naik stated.

Kirron Kher stirs controversy with advice to Chandigarh gang rape victim

Chandigarh’s BJP MP Kirron Kher has stirred a controversy by giving unsolicited advice to a young woman who was gang raped earlier this month in Chandigarh by an auto-rickshaw driver and his two accomplices.

Kher said on Wednesday that the victim should have been more cautious and not boarded the auto-rickshaw in which three men were already sitting.

The Bollywood actress and Lok Sabha member on Thursday sought to clarify her statement, saying it was “only in the context of certain precautions” that women should take and that it was “not intended to blame the victim or shaming her”.

The Bharatiya Janata Party MP had earlier said that the 21-year-old gang rape victim should have avoided boarding the auto-rickshaw when she saw that three men were already sitting in it.

“I want to tell this girl and all other girls that if you see three men sitting in the auto, they should not board it. I am saying this to protect the girls.

“We all have to be alert about such things. I am saddened by what has happened with the woman,” Kher told media on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Kher clarified her stand.

“I just said that the world is a bad place. We all, especially ladies, have to take precautions. As a mother, I am saying this that we need to take care,” Kher said.

She said that if the victim had called up the police control room, the police would have taken her and dropped her safely to her home.

“If the Congress wants to make an issue out of it, I cannot help,” she said.

The victim was allegedly gang raped by three men on November 17 evening after she hired the shared auto-rickshaw to go back to her paying guest accommodation in Mohali town, adjoining Chandigarh.

The police got the CCTV footage of the auto-rickshaw and its driver from a gas station in Sector 42 where the vehicle had stopped to get a CNG refuel.

The Union Territory police arrested the three men after over a week after the incident.

The victim, who hails from Dehradun in Uttarakhand, had boarded the shared auto-rickshaw after attending her stenography class in Sector 37 here.

The victim told the police that the driver took the vehicle to the gas station for refuelling and then turned towards Sector 52.

He stopped the auto near a wild growth along the road and said that it had broken down. When the woman got out of the vehicle to take another one, the three men pulled her into nearby bushes and took turns to rape her.

The accused arrested included auto-rickshaw driver Mohammed Irfan, Garib and Poppu.

Irfan had tried to commit suicide in police custody this week by stabbing himself with a glass that he broke in the prison cell.


BJP in hot water as Maharashtra minister caught peeing in open

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra was left red faced on Monday after a video of a senior minister urinating in public went viral, with many raising questions on the government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

A video clip showed Maharashtra Water Conservation Minister Ram Shinde urinating in public on the Solapur-Barshi Road while on an official tour on November 18.

Ironically, the video hit social media on Sunday, which was celebrated as World Toilet Day, causing major embarrassment to the ruling alliance.

However, Shinde defended himself on the grounds that he was unwell and had to relieve himself in the open while he was on a tour to see the implementation of the Jalyukt Shivar, a water conservation programme designed to make the state drought free.

“I was on a tour to check the programme implementation of Jalyukt Shivar and running a temperature. There was no toilet in the vicinity and so I relieved myself in the open,” Shinde said, justifying his action.

However, the opposition parties pounced on the minister, while social media attacked him for his indiscretion in full public view.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state spokesperson Nawab Malik said that the minister’s act showed that the government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was a failure.

“How does the prime minister expect the common people to follow discipline when his own leaders are an undisciplined lot? If the minister could not locate a toilet on the highway, it proves the government has been looting the masses in the name of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan cess on fuel,” Malik said.

Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Preeti Sharma-Menon also castigated the minister for relieving himself in public and asked why the police arrested ‘RightToPee’ activists outside the state chief minister’s home recently.

“They are fighting for your own minister, Ram Shinde, who was relieving himself in public. By the way, will your officers garland and shame him like they do to poor women?” Sharma-Menon asked in a terse tweet.


Gujarat elections: Hardik Patel’s Rajkot rally cancelled, cloud over alliance with Congress

In an indication that all is not well between the Congress and Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), Patidar leader Hardik Patel cancelled on Monday a rally in Rajkot, where he was expected to make an announcement whether or not his outfit would extend support to the opposition party in the Gujarat assembly elections.

Though the two sides claimed to have reached a deal, the official announcement about the reservation formula and the PAAS’s stand on supporting the Congress was expected to come from Patel at a public gathering in Rajkot on Monday.

But trouble hit both the camps with Patidar supporters vandalising the Congress office in Surat hours after the Congress released its first list for candidates accommodating just three PAAS names. The Congress’ first list of 77 candidates, announced on Sunday, include 20 Patidars.

Out of power for more than two decades, the Congress is aiming to wrest power from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state with the help of caste leaders such as Patel and Jignesh Mevani.

Here are the live updates:

1:15pm: After protests by PAAS leaders against the Congress on Sunday night, Hardik Patel says in a tweet: “Don’t plunge so deep in politics that you forget martyrs. Also remember the promises’”. He, however, did not make it clear who it was addressed to.

1.06pm: Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani files nomination for Gujarat assembly elections in the presence of Union minister Arun Jaitley in Rajkot. Rupani is the BJP candidate from Rajkot West constituency.

12.40pm: The BJP has dropped three ministers from Patidar community– Nanu Vanani, Jayanti Kavadiya and Vallabh Vagahsia.

12.25pm: The BJP releases its third list of 28 candidates on Monday. The party drops 15 sitting legislators, including three ministers in the third list. So far, the ruling party has announced nominations for 134 of the 182 seats and dropped 30 MLAs.

12.06pm: Dinesh Bambhania tells media an anonymous caller threatened him they would kidnap his son from the school. Bambhania says he has not registered a police complaint in this regard.

12.03pm: PAAS Mehsana convener Narendra Patel, who earlier had alleged that the BJP offered him Rs 1 crore to switch loyalty, says Dinesh Bambhania has made a secret deal with either the BJP or the NCP.

12.01pm: Hardik Patel’s Gondal rally, some 25 km from Rajkot, has been cancelled. At the end of rally, Hardik was expected to make announcement over the PAAS’s possible alliance with the Congress.

11.40pm: The NCP is reportedly upset with the Congress, which has announced a candidate on Kutiyana assembly constituency currently held by the NCP.

11.35pm: The NCP says it will contest the Gujarat assembly elections on its own and expressed confidence it would bag the maximum number of seats in the “solo fight”.

10.30am: Ashok Gehlot, Congress’ in-charge in Gujarat, condemns violence by PAAS workers. “Hardik Patel and his workers should show patience, issues can be sorted out by talking,” news agency ANI quoted Gehlot as saying.

10.20am: Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani accuses PAAS leaders of working as agents of the Congress. “Now, they have been totally exposed,” Rupani tells ANI on clash over ticket distribution.

* The PAAS, which which appears to be playing hardball with the Congress, had demanded around 20 seats. The Alpesh Thakor-led OBC bloc wanted 12 seats. Thakor had joined the Congress recently.