Soon after the media reported about the order, Arputhambal, Perarivalan’s mother Arputhambal told The Indian Express: “I won’t believe it until my Arivu comes out. I was promised this several times.”
Among other political leaders, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee also paid her tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on Twitter. “Sincere tribute to #RajivGandhi on his birth anniversary,” the West Bengal Chief Minister tweeted.
A sanitised copy of the classified 11-page report was released by the CIA in December 2016 along with several other documents related to India.
Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt demanded that the references, to the Emergency and the Bofors scandal, be removed from the history and political science textbook. Congress members said the government-approved textbooks should contain an account of history, not a political commentary.
Thirty years after Rajiv Gandhi’s accord with Sri Lanka, demonstrations of hegemonic power have given way to cooperation rather than coercion. In late May, 30 years ago, the Sri Lankan Navy impeded an Indian flotilla with humanitarian assistance for the beleaguered Tamils. Last month, Colombo welcomed three Indian Navy vessels to assist in relief operations after the island’s devastating floods.
Reddy said that nearly 300 volunteers of the Rajiv Jyoti Sadbhavana Yatra would join the protest at Sriperumbudur, where Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by LTTE’s woman suicide bomber on May 21, 1991. “It will be a silent protest.”
The Congress issued a statement on Monday demanding that the books be recalled and corrected. “The textbook makes no mention of the fact that the Supreme Court gave a clean chit to Rajiv Gandhi in the Bofors case.
Lamenting the long years served in jail, Pious added that without the hope of release, the jail sentence has become an endless, hapless journey. But does Pious’ emotional appeal hold a legal validity in a country where mercy killing is still illegal?
The convict, who was 20 when he was arrested in 1991, said that he completed 26 years in prison on June 11 and the Centre and the state governments want him to die there.
The bench said a major hurdle in transfer of the benefits to the genuine needy is the lack of means to correctly identify such persons.
This comes three days after the bust was found damaged and a day after a Congress delegation met Governor Ram Naik, demanding that the culprits be arrested
The leaders demanded that apart from replacing the damaged statue, the park it is located in should be revived.
Babbar, who led a ‘dharna’ near the vandalised statue, gave the state government a 24-hour ultimatum to arrest the culprits, else the agitation would be intensified. He was accompanied by Pramod Tiwari, Rajesh Mishra and Rajesh Pati Tripathi.
Protesters led by Chandrakant Dubey and Yogendra Mishra, shouted slogans and burnt the PM’s effigy. They later submitted a memorandum addressed to Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik through the sub-divisional magistrate of Gauriganj alleging breakdown of law and order in the state.
The Comgress announced statewide protest after a statue of late Rajiv Gandhi was found damaged.