Kuwait: Kuwaiti Member of Parliament Dr. Saleh TH Al-Mutairi has submitted a letter to the Kuwaiti Parliament urging his country to ban entry to any member of the ruling BJP of India into Kuwait amidst the Hijab row in Karnataka.

The letter that is signed by several Kuwaiti parliamentarians has demanded the government to impose an immediate ban on the entry of any member of the ruling BJP into Kuwait, blaming the saffron party for oppressing Muslims in India.

The letter adds that the Government of Kuwait should take strict note of the happening in India and should ban members of BJP into Kuwait unless the oppression of Muslims in India ends.

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The letter specifically points out the Hijab issue in Karnataka where girl students are being barred from entering colleges wearing Hijab.

Mejbel Alshrika, the Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law at the Kuwait Lawyers Association, and a Member of the Training Committee of the Kuwait Institute for Protection and Legal Studies, shared the letter on micro-blogging site Twitter.

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“A group of powerful Kuwaiti parliamentarians have demanded the govt. of Kuwait to put an immediate ban on the entry of any member of the ruling BJP of India into Kuwait. We can’t sit back and watch muslim girls being publicly persecuted they said. Time for the Ummah to unite.” (sic) he wrote in the tweet.

Indian National Congress leader and MP Shashi Tharoor also retweeted Mejbel Alshrika’s tweet and added that domestic issues have international repercussions.

“Domestic actions have international repercussions. I hear from friends across the Gulf of their dismay at rising Islamophobia in India &the PM’s unwillingness to condemn it, let alone act decisively against it. “We like India.But don’t make it so hard for us to be your friends”. Tharoor noted.

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New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday refused an NGO's plea to issue the Election Commission directions to upload polling station-wise voter turnout data on its website during the Lok Sabha polls, saying it would be difficult for the poll panel to to mobilise manpower.

A vacation bench of Justices Dipankar Datta and Satish Chandra Sharma said it cannot issue any such directions at the moment as five phases of polling have concluded and two remain.

The top court adjourned the interlocutory application filed by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) to be listed before the regular bench after the elections and pointed out that prima facie it appears the prayers in the application are similar to the main petition pending since 2019 on the issue.

The bench said it would be difficult for the poll panel to mobilise manpower for uploading the voter turnout data on its website.

“Granting any relief in IA will amount to granting relief in the main petition which is pending,” the bench said.

On May 17, the top court had sought within a week a response from the Election Commission on the NGO's plea seeking a direction to upload polling station-wise voter turnout data on its website within 48 hours of the conclusion of polling for each phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

The ADR has filed an interim application in its 2019 PIL seeking directions to the poll panel that "scanned legible copies of Form 17C Part-I (Account of Votes Recorded)" of all polling stations be uploaded immediately after the polls.