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‘Speaking Pak’s language’: PM Modi takes on Oppn ahead of Rajya Sabha vote on CAB

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hit out at the Congress and some opposition parties, saying they are speaking the same language on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (CAB) as Pakistan.

Modi’s remarks came at the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Parliamentary meeting here at the Parliament library building.

“People are giving different opinions over the Congress’s attitude on CAB in Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modiji during BJP Parliamentary meet clarified it in one line. He said that some political parties are speaking the same language as Pakistan,” Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari told reporters after the meeting.

“Even the full stop and comma are same. We should let people of India know this CAB Bill. Prime Minister’s one line is enough to prove what the thinking of Congress and Trinamool Congress is.”

This came after former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi termed the bill “an attempt by the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah government to “ethnically cleanse the Northeast”, calling it a “criminal attack” on the people.

“The CAB is an attempt by Modi-Shah govt to ethnically cleanse the North East. It is a criminal attack on the North East, their way of life and the idea of India. I stand in solidarity with the people of the North East and am at their service (sic.),” Gandhi tweeted.

Modi was heading the BJP Parliamentary meeting here two days after the contentious bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in a 311:80 votes amid opposition protest in a midnight sitting of the house.

The CAB seeks to provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, has attracted cold vibes from opposition with the Congress terming it “unconstitutional”.

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What’s the status of Sushant probe? Maha minister asks CBI

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Claiming that the probe into the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has gone silent, a Maharashtra minister on Monday sought answers from the Central Bureau of Investigation which is now handling the case.

State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh sought to know the status of the CBI probe, more than six weeks after it took up the investigation.

“You all know that the investigation into the Sushant death case was being done very professionally by the Maharashtra Police and Mumbai Police. But it was abruptly handed over to the CBI,” Deshmukh told media persons.

“We eagerly want to know… Even the people are now asking whether Sushant died by suicide or if he was murdered. We want the details of the CBI probe to come out,” Deshmukh told media persons.

Shortly after the minister’s statement, the CBI issued a statement on the issue from New Delhi.

“The CBI is conducting a professional investigation related to the death of Sushant Singh Rajput in which all aspects are being looked at and no aspect has been ruled out as of date. The investigations are continuing,” CBI spokesperson R.K. Gaur said.

While the CBI is conducting the overall probe focusing on the actor’s death, two other central agencies, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) are probing the financial and drugs angle that subsequently emerged.

While the CBI and the ED are yet to make any arrest in connection with their probe, the NCB seems to have made a head way by nabbing 20 persons so far. It is also interrogating several prominent Bollywood personalities such as Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor.

Those arrested include Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, and 18 other drug peddlers, suppliers, traders etc. Some are in NCB custody, a few in judicial custody and the rest out on bail.

Meanwhile, NCB Director-General Rakesh Asthana came to Mumbai on Sunday to review the investigations carried out for so far.

It may be recalled that the CBI had registered a case on August 6. A team of the probe agency visited Mumbai on August 20, after which it summoned several people in connection with the probe into Sushant’s death.

Sushant, 34, was found dead in his bedroom at his Bandra flat on June 14.

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