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After backlash, Jarange-Patil withdraws hunger strike, heads to hospital

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After backlash, Jarange-Patil withdraws hunger strike, heads to hospital

Jalna (Maharashtra) – After a community backlash and a standoff with the Maharashtra government, Shivba Sanghatana leader Manoj Jarange-Patil ended his 17-day hunger strike and headed for treatment at a hospital in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar. This followed his accusations against Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and threats to march to Mumbai.

Jarange-Patil called off his Mumbai plans under Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s warning, but vowed to continue the fight for Maratha quotas under the ‘Sage-Soyare’ banner. He will undergo treatment before embarking on a state-wide tour for the cause of Maratha reservation in jobs and education.

The Maharashtra government recently passed the Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Bill, 2024, providing 10% quotas for the Marathas. However, Jarange-Patil insists on separate quotas for Marathas as the ‘Kunbi Caste’ and demands a formal notification for the ‘Sage-Soyare’ classification.

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Meanwhile, internal divisions emerged within the quotas movement as Jarange-Patil’s associates turned critics, accusing him of jeopardizing Maratha interests and shifting stances. Political leaders also weighed in, with the BJP suggesting he was influenced by other parties and NCP Minister Bhujbal opposing Maratha quotas from the OBC category.

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Student at IIIT Basar found dead by suicide on campus

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A tragic incident has shaken the Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge and Technologies (RGUKT) in Basar town of Telangana’s Nirmal district as a 17-year-old student, B. Arvind, allegedly died by suicide in the hostel on Tuesday, just days before the commencement of exams. The police have launched an investigation into the matter.

Hailing from Siddipet district, Arvind was a student of the Pre-University Course (PUC) second year at the institute known as IIIT Basar. This unfortunate event adds to the distressing trend of student suicides at the university, with several such incidents reported in recent years.

In February, a 17-year-old female student took her life in the hostel due to the inability to cope with the death of a relative. In 2023 alone, six students at IIIT Basar have died by suicide, highlighting a concerning pattern. The university has witnessed tragic events like a student ending his life due to homesickness and another student falling from the fourth floor under suspicious circumstances.

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The alarming number of student suicides at IIIT Basar raises concerns about the mental well-being and support system available to students. The institute must address these issues promptly to prevent further tragic incidents from occurring on its campus. The authorities need to prioritize mental health support and create a safe environment for students.

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Jaunpur’s Battle: Two Former Ministers and a Mafia Don’s Wife Enter the Fray

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Battle for Jaunpur: Two ex-ministers and a don’s wife in the fray

Jaunpur Lok Sabha seat has become a center of attention with unexpected twists in the upcoming elections. Sreekala Reddy Singh, wife of former mafia don and MP Dhananjay Singh, will now compete on BSP’s symbol after her husband’s conviction in a kidnapping case. BJP’s Kripa Shankar Singh and SP’s Babu Singh Kushwaha were the main contenders until now.

Dhananjay Singh’s influence in Jaunpur could play a significant role as he had won in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. The Thakur vote might split between Dhananjay Singh and Kripa Shankar Singh. With Sreekala Reddy Singh’s entry, equations have been disrupted, adding an interesting element to the election dynamics.

In a constituency known for its ‘imarti’ sweet and Chameli oil, Jaunpur faces challenges of neglect and lack of employment opportunities. Sreekala Reddy Singh, asserting her connection to the constituency, states, “Jaunpur will contest the election for me. I am their daughter-in-law and will do as the people of this constituency say.”

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While Kripa Shankar Singh expresses confidence in BJP’s performance under PM Modi and CM Yogi, Babu Singh Kushwaha is relying on the support of OBCs, especially the Nishad votes in the region. The election in Jaunpur, scheduled for the sixth phase on May 25, is expected to be a closely watched contest with shifting political equations in play.

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BJP’s Vamsha Tilak nominated as candidate for Secunderabad Cantonment by-election

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Vamsha Tilak is BJP candidate for Secunderabad Cantonment by-election

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced Dr T. N. Vamsha Tilak as its candidate for the upcoming by-election in Secunderabad Cantonment Assembly constituency. The by-election is scheduled to take place on May 13, along with the Lok Sabha polls, after the seat fell vacant following the untimely death of MLA Lasya Nanditha in a road accident.

Nanditha, who was elected in November 2023, passed away in February 2024, leading the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) to nominate her sister Nivedita as their candidate. With the main opposition party aiming to leverage the sympathy garnered post Nanditha’s demise, the election is expected to be closely contested.

Nanditha’s victory in 2023 saw her defeat BJP’s Narayanan Sri Ganesh by a notable margin of 17,169 votes. Sri Ganesh, who has since joined the Congress party, has been named as the Congress candidate for the upcoming by-election. The contest between Tilak, Nivedita, and Sri Ganesh is set to be a crucial one in the political landscape of Secunderabad Cantonment.

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