Protest News Updates: 11 March 2018

11 March 2018

Trade Unions in Kerala agree to give up ‘nokkukooli

Collectors to convene meetings of trade union leaders before May 1
Central trade unions have agreed to the State government’s proposal to put an end to the widely criticised ‘nokkukooli’, the practice of loaders taking money without rendering any service. The decision will come into effect from May 1. The trade unions declared their support for the government’s proposal at a meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here on Thursday. Read more:

Not Meeting Rahul Gandhi Before Gujarat Polls Was A Mistake: Hardik Patel
“It was a mistake. Had I met him, the BJP would have won 79 and not 99 seats,” Hardik Patel said today. 

Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Sunday said not meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi ahead of the Gujarat polls was a mistake as it would have prevented the BJP from retaining power in the state.

The 24-year-old Patidar quota agitation spearhead, who had pledged support with the Congress for the Gujarat polls held in last December, said the opposition party would have got an absolute majority had he met Rahul Gandhi. Read more:

Sealing: CM talking of hunger strike a ‘political drama’, alleges CAIT

An industry body has termed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s threat to go on hunger strike if the issue of sealing drive against commercial establishments was not resolved a “political drama”.
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) yesterday said the chief minister was shedding “crocodile tears” on the issue that affected the livelihood of numerous people in the last few months. Read more:

Traders call off Sunday meeting in National Capital

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), an umbrella body of market associations, called off its meeting scheduled for Sunday to decide upon the future course of action against the ongoing sealing drive in the Capital.

The meeting was proposed after the protesting traders were lathi-charged by police at the Old Double Storey (ODS) market in south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar-IV.Read more:

Ajay Maken criticises AAP for politicising sealing issue

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken came down heavily on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday for politicising the sealing issue. Rapping the Delhi government as well as the Centre, he said that both of them wanted to pass the buck instead of finding a solution to the traders’ problem. Maken also wrote a letter to Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Kejriwal seeking a meeting to propose his solution to stop the ongoing sealing drive in Delhi. Read more:

“Political Drama”: Traders’ Body On Arvind Kejriwal’s Hunger Strike Call
The traders’ body said that they were not impressed as Arvind Kejriwal was not doing what he was capable of but trying to “score political mileage”. 

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Saturday derided the announcement of hunger strike by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the ongoing sealing drive and asked him to bring a legislation to stop it.

Calling the hunger strike “political drama”, CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said Mr Kejriwal was shedding “crocodile tears”.

Mr Khandelwal, in a release, said the trading community was not impressed as Mr Kejriwal was not doing what he was capable of but trying to “score political mileage” on the issue.

RPI(A) to hold its national executive meeting on March 16

The Republican Party of India (A) will hold its national executive meeting on March 16 at the Talkotra Stadium in New Delhi, a senior party leader said today.
“Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Ram Vilas Paswan will be addressing the national executive meet along with party chief and Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale,” RPI (A)’s National General Secretary Avinash Mhatekar told reporters here. Read more:

ICR Staff Reporter

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