Yogi Adityanath, the CM of Uttar Pradesh, has called for an investigation by National Investigative Agency after 150 grams of white powder, identified as an explosive was found in the state assembly.
This powder was found close to Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Choudhry’s seat during a routine security sweep. As soon as the material was brought into notice, the security officials took it and sent it to a forensic lab for analysis. Post analysis, the laboratory has said the powder is a plastic explosive, PETN (Pentaerythritol tetra-nitrate), reported The Times of India.
“500 grams of the PETN is enough to blow up the entire Vidhan Sabha, and this was 150 grams. It is apparent that there has been mischief and such people should be exposed,” said the Chief Minister, as reported by Hindustan Times. He also said that in an assembly where ministers should discuss issues of development, they are forced to discuss their our own security.”
In light of this incident, Adityanath has called for a series of security measures for the country’s largest assembly, which included a ban on mobile phones in the house.
On Friday, March 3, Kerala government presented the 68th state Budget in the Assembly. This was Pinarayi Vijayan government’s first full budget. The Budget focused on the social welfare measures such as reservations for the differently-abled, increase the statewide internet connectivity and the creation of jobs in health sectors and education.
Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas said, the internet will be the right of the people, and the two million “poor families” will be getting free access to the sites. The government also announced to give 20 lakh free internet connections.
He also added, “Internet will now become a right for the people and within 18 months the internet gateway would be set up through the K phone network at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore,”.
Nonetheless, the assembly was in chaos, as there was a high – level drama because the opposition members boycotted the Budget session over the alleged disclose of the major portions of the document on social media. It was reported that some members had entered the wall of the Assembly when Thomas was in the mid of his speech.
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Jammu: Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, on Sunday informed his party’s decision to go ahead with the upcoming assembly elections in the state on its own, severing its five year ties with Congress. He is said that he had already conveyed to Congress Supremo Sonia Gandhi about NC’s decision about 10 days ago but chose to keep silent as he did not want to seem opportunistic by going public.
“I met Sonia Gandhi ten days ago and thanked her for all her support. I conveyed NC’s decision to contest in the upcoming elections alone”, he tweeted.
Omar further voiced his opinion on Twitter stating, “I explained the reasons but also told her I wouldn’t be making a public announcement because I didn’t want it to look opportunistic”. Seemingly, Congress will fight alone in all 87 seats in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly poll. The decision was announced by Congress leader Ghulan Nabi Azad, Congress Committee genral Secretary Ambika Soni and Saifuddin Soz. Currently, the party has 17 members in the state assembly.