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Delhi Confidential: RLD activates cadre amid mounting pressure on the Centre over Agnipath scheme

Sensing discontent over the Agnipath scheme, the Rashtriya Lok Dal has launched a series of 'yuva panchayats' in Western Uttar Pradesh to engage with the youth.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: June 29, 2022 10:37:28 am
RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary

Mounting pressure: Western Uttar Pradesh recently saw widespread protests against the Centre’s new soldier recruitment scheme Agnipath. Sensing discontent over the scheme, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has launched a series of ‘yuva panchayats’ in the region to engage with the youth. RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary, a Rajya Sabha member, addressed the first such gathering in Shamli on Tuesday, while 11 more are scheduled to be held across as many districts over the next fortnight. During the agitation against the farm laws, ‘mahapanchayats’ were held across the region to mobilise people. While the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) led by the Tikait brothers became the pole of the agitation, the RLD had also activated its cadre to back the movement, a strategy it wants to replicate in mounting pressure on the government to withdraw Agnipath.

All set, finally: With Justices Vipin Sanghi and Satish Chandra Sharma taking oath as Chief Justices of the Uttarakhand High Court and Delhi High Court, respectively, the process of appointment of six chief justices of high courts that began mid-May is complete. The appointments were first delayed by over a month by the Centre. But even when the appointments were notified on June 20, organising farewells for outgoing judges during the summer break took another week. Justice Sanghi was in Canada for the summer break when the notification came and his farewell was organised by the Delhi Bar on Monday.

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First published on: 29-06-2022 at 03:24:48 am

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