Volunteers of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) in Surat had disrupted several events organised by the BJP in the area in the run-up to the Assembly polls in December.
The court also awarded 10-year imprisonment to Chandramohan Mishra, Vishwas Pandey, Pawan Mishra, Suresh Kumar Pandey and Awadhesh Tiwari of the rival faction for culpable homicide.
The Union Home Ministry, they said, recently accorded the sanction for the cover after a threat analysis report by central security agencies favoured such a protection for Ghosh.
Alleging that the BJP’s only card is a hate agenda, the Congress leader said a “radical version” of Hindutva was being played in certain pockets of Karnataka.
Kumari Anandan said the subsidy for Haj pilgrims was introduced during the Congress regime and by its withdrawal, BJP was trying to ‘divide’ the people of India on religious basis.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Narendra Modi government was working with commitment for “inclusive growth” which has ensured that all sections of the society, including minorities, are becoming an equal partner of the development process.
Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is also appointed BJP’s in-charge for Tripura assembly elections, said doors were open for other anti-Left Front forces in order to oust the CPI(M)-led government of Manika Sarkar in the state.
Prakash Raj had been invited to speak at the Left-backed event titled, “Our Constitution, Our Pride” held at Raghavendra Mutt in the state.
Senior Congress leaders said that the NCP leadership had complained about the development to the party high command in Delhi. Taking a stern view of the matter, Gandhi sought an explanation from the Maharashtra unit.
“We believe the RSS and the BJP are working to change the Indian Constitution. We want to protest through a silent march on January 26, which also marks ‘Samvidhan Diwas’.” Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) chief Raju Shetti said.
The chief minister’s speech was seen as a clear pointer to the state government preparing for early assembly elections in Maharashtra, coinciding with the Lok Sabha polls in 2019.
“When a saffron coat was already given, then under which circumstances there was a need to change the colour, and on whose orders was the colour changed?” the notice said.
Pandey died on January 9, three days after he had consumed poison and landed up at the Uttarakhand BJP office in Dehradun, 280 km from Kathgodam.
“How can a senior government functionary like the NSA be present in a meeting to discuss the BJP’s election campaign? The Union Home Minister must immediately clarify” a CPI(M) statement said.
When asked, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said “These are baseless complaints. I have never made any such comments. These are cheap tricks of TMC to stop BJP as they are frightened by our growth.”