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Won’t tolerate bad behaviour, PM Modi warns BJP members

His reference was to Akash Vijayvargiya, arrested for assaulting govt. official

Well done! PM Narendra Modi being felicitated at the BJP parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday. Sandeep SaxenaThe Hindu

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sternly told BJP members that arrogance and misbehaviour would not be tolerated by him, “whoever they may be”.

He was speaking at the BJP’s parliamentary party meeting (the first in this session). While he did not name anyone, the reference was said to be to Indore MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, son of national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who was arrested and released on bail last week after he assaulted a government official with a cricket bat. The senior Vijayvargiya was present at the meeting.

According to sources, Mr. Modi said, “Whoever it may be, whoever’s son he may be... such arrogance, misbehaviour cannot be tolerated” and action should be taken against them. “Manmaani nahi chalegi [wilful behaviour will not be tolerated].”

Speaking to reporters, BJP MP and spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy quoted Mr. Modi as saying such conduct was “totally unacceptable”. Asked whether Mr. Modi also suggested disciplinary action, he answered in the affirmative. “He said if somebody behaves in such a way, then action should be taken against him,” Mr. Rudy said.

Other sources said the Prime Minister pointed out that BJP leaders had toiled hard for generations to bring success to the party, and such arrogance brought it a bad name.

The sources said Mr. Modi also made a reference to Mr. Akash Vijayvargiya’s brazen defence of his action with the boast “Pahle nivedan, phir aavedan, phir danadan” [first request, then application, then attack], saying such a conduct was unacceptable. “If somebody commits a mistake, there should be a sense of regret as well,” he said.

Union Minister opposes U.P. move to shift 17 OBCs to SC list

Thawar Chand Gehlot says only Parliament can do it

The Uttar Pradesh government’s move to shift 17 Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to the Schedule Caste list is unconstitutional, and it is a transgression of Parliament’s jurisdiction, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

“This is not proper and not constitutional,” he said in reply to Satish Chandra Misra of the BSP, who raised the issue during Zero Hour.

Agreeing with Mr. Misra, Mr. Gehlot said that only Parliament had the right to alter the notified list.

“This issue came to Parliament a couple of times, but no consensus could be formed,” he said, adding that if the government followed due process, it could be considered.

“I would request the State not to make caste certificates on the basis of such orders because they will be dismissed by courts and it will be of no help to anyone,” he added.

On June 24, the State government directed District Magistrates and Commissioners to issue caste certificates to the 17 OBCs.

22 dead as wall collapses in Mumbai

375.2 mm rainfall in 24 hours paralyses city, leaves many parts waterlogged

Caved in: Rescue workers recovering the bodies at the site of a wall collapse at Pimpripada. Arunangsu Roy ChowdhuryThe Hindu

Incessant rain paralysed Mumbai on Tuesday, leaving many parts of the financial capital waterlogged and 22 dead and 94 injured in a wall collapse. In all, 35 lives were lost in rain-related incidents across Maharashtra overnight.

In the other rain-related incidents in the last 24 hours, 6 persons died in a Pune wall collapse, two were drowned after their car was submerged in the Malad subway, three persons died as a school compound wall collapsed in Kalyan, one died of electrocution in Vile Parle and one in a wall collapse at Mulund.

The 375.2 mm deluge in 24 hours till 8 a.m. on Tuesday threw flight operations out of gear. Local train services were badly hit. After the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast heavy rain for July 2, the authorities declared a holiday in the city and adjoining regions.

Twenty-two persons died and over 94 were injured as a wall collapsed in Malad. The northern suburb received 183 mm of rain between 10 p.m. on Monday and 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

Train stations inundated

The Central Railway was operating trains only up to Thane on the Central Line and Mankhurd on the Harbour Line, and all local services to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CST), Dadar and Kurla remained suspended in the morning. They resumed only at 4.30 p.m.

Thane, Mulund, Kurla and Sion stations became waterlogged from late on Monday owing to the heavy rain.

Sri Lanka’s suspended police chief, ex-Defence Secretary arrested

Charged with failure to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks

Pujith Jayasundara

Sri Lanka’s suspended police chief and former Defence Secretary were on Tuesday arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department for their alleged failure to prevent the Easter Sunday bombings that claimed nearly 260 lives.

The arrest of Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando comes a day after the Attorney-General termed their alleged failure to act on security warnings a “crime against humanity”.

“The two officials should be brought before a magistrate for their criminal negligence to prevent the April 21 attacks,” Attorney-General Dappula de Livera told the acting police chief in a letter.

Earlier, the state prosecutor named nine police officers as suspects, who needed to be prosecuted for their “role” in the security lapses.

Testimony

After the attacks, Mr. Jayasundara was sent on compulsory leave when he refused to take responsibility and step down as ordered by President Maithripala Sirisena. Mr. Fernando resigned.

Mr. Jayasundara and Mr. Fernando were undergoing treatment at two different hospitals, when the police arrested them, according to police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera.

Serious gaps

In June, Mr. Jayasundara and Mr. Fernando testified before a parliamentary panel probing the blasts and pointed to the serious gaps in acting on intelligence.

Confirming that intelligence on a possible attack was available since April 9, they said it was shared among top police and defence officials, on the eve and morning of the bombings.

Meanwhile, addressing an event to mark the National Drug Prevention Week, Mr. Sirisena said: “The hand of international drug dealers is behind the Easter Sunday attacks.”

Police on toes after bomb threat to BJP MLA in M.P.

Security stepped up in Vidisha

BJP MLA Leena Jain

The Vidisha district police have stepped up security at the railway station, government hospital and bus stand in Ganj Basoda, whose MLA Leena Jain received an anonymous letter on Monday threatening to blow up her and the Union Home Minister.

“As a preventive measure, a bomb disposal squad reached Vidisha from Bhopal on Monday. Four to six officials with hand-held metal detectors are randomly screening people entering the public facilities. We have also deployed a tracker dog,” said Vidisha SP Vinayak Verma..

The hand-written letter was received by the BJP MLA at her office at 2.30 p.m. on Monday, she confirmed. Besides the leaders, it threatened to blow up public places.

“I had filed a complaint with the police after receiving the letter. I don’t suspect anyone for the threat as I don’t have any adversaries,” Ms. Jain told The Hindu.

“Prima facie, the letter appears to have been written from within Ganj Basoda. Its ostensibly non-serious language indicates the writer is clueless about what he wrote. For instance, it has been undersigned by ‘Bomb bananey wala’, which doesn’t indicate anything. Yet, it could be a threat to public security,” added Mr. Verma.

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