Top Stories of The Month: A Sneak Peak (Mid-January)
Let us have a look at the top 3 news of the last 15 days that are relevant at every level.
News 1: UP The BJP’s decision to leave is good news for the SP
On Friday, former UP ministers Swami Prasad Maurya and Dharam Singh Saini joined the opposition Samajwadi Party. He did so along with five BJP legislators and one Apna Dal legislator, in the party’s Lucknow headquarters. An ex-cabinet member who resigned from the council of ministers of the state just now is likely to join the SP this morning. At least 13 BJP members have left their posts since October. This might hurt the BJP’s election prospects, since non-Yadav OBC support may have been lost as a result of the defections.
The arc of the tale
The BJP has gone into overdrive to prevent the opposition from creating a narrative of ‘backward versus upper caste’ after a flurry of resignations by backward caste MLAs. Yogi Adityanath was in Gorakhpur on Friday, celebrating Makar Sankranti with Dalit family members, when party officials announced that 20,000 backward caste leaders would be stationed all across the state to calm tensions.
According to estimates, the administration has assigned around 50 backward caste leaders to canvass every one of the 403 assembly seats. It will take place in seven stages, the first of which will be conducted on February 10 and the last of which will be held on March 7. Announcing the results of the election will take place on March 10.
News 2: After being tried and found not guilty of rape, the bishop has now been exonerated
After a three-day hearing, an additional sessions court in Kottayam, Kerala, declared former Jalandhar diocesan bishop Franco Mulakkal not guilty of raping a nun. Thirteen counts of sexual assault on a 50-year-old nun were allegedly committed by Mulakkal between 2014 and 2016, the first Indian Catholic bishop to be charged with the crime. When a nun accused Mulakkal of raping her 13 times between 2014 and 2016, he was taken into custody.
On Mulakkal’s appeal to the Kerala High Court and the Supreme Court, both courts said that Mulakkal’s claim was without substance. When Mulakkal went to the sessions court, he claimed that the allegations against him had been made up by the prosecution and asked to be discharged from prosecution proceedings.
A postponement of the trial due to the Covid-19 outbreak was also asked by him, but the High Court refused it on the basis that suspensions in a trial should be maintained to a minimum at all times. The one making the charges is known as the accuser. Although the Vatican had removed him from his administrative roles at the diocese in issue, she claims to have received no response from high-ranking church officials.
News 3: A revocation of Djokovic’s Australian visa has put him at risk of being kicked out of the country
Despite Novak Djokovic’s visa being rejected for a second time, only three days before the Australian Open, it is probable that he will be deported from Australia. In an effort to break Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s 21-year grand slam record, Novak Djokovic, who had not been vaccinated, lost in the second round. When it came to ending the Serbian’s visa status in Australia, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his ministerial discretion based on public interest.
When Djokovic was stopped by police upon his arrival in Australia, his visa was first canceled. However, an Australian judge eventually overruled the judgment. Deportation from Australia often entails a three-year ban on re-entering Australia. He’d be 37 years old the next time he’s allowed to play in Melbourne, where he’s won the Australian Open for the last nine years.
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