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Will protest at Jantar Mantar if Ambedkar statue not reinstalled in Hyderabad: Telangana Congress leader

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Senior Telangana Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao has demanded the statue of Dr BR Ambedkar, which was removed from Panjagutta Centre in the city in April 2019, should be reinstalled and said he will protest at Jantar Mantar in the national capital if his demand is not met.“If Ambedkar had not written Article 3 in the Constitution, Telangana would not have been formed. I have written a letter about this to President, Vice President and Speaker. This issue must be discussed in the ongoing winter session of the Parliament. If our demands are not met, I will stage a protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi and even after that if it’s not met, I will die for the cause,” Rao told ANI. Rao said that he met the Commissioner for the reinstallation of the statue.“I had gone to meet the Commissioner…

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Can’t see Congress securing 300 seats in 2024 LS polls, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Senior Congress leader and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday said that he does not see the grand old party winning 300 seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.Speaking on reversing the decision of the government on the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Azad while addressing a rally in Pooch district said that only Supreme Court can take such a decision or Congress has to come power with 300 plus seats but he does not see that happening. However, Azad said that he prays that Congress wins over 300 seats. “Only Supreme Court can decide on Article 370. Besides the apex court, only the ruling government can do it. The current government has abrogated it, how will they do it? And I cannot assure you that Congress will win 300…

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Pass condolence resolution for farmers who died during agitation: Congress writes to Om Birla

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday wrote to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla to pass a condolence resolution for farmers who died during the agitation against the three farm laws.“First of all, I would like to wish you on behalf of my party and myself for the smooth conduct of the coming winter session of the Parliament. On the eve of the coming Parliament Session, I would sincerely request you that as a mark of respect towards our ‘Annadata’, the House may unanimously pass a condolence resolution for the farmers who lost their lives during the farmer agitation,” wrote the Congress MP. Chowdhury further said that the passing of the resolution in the House will convey our gratitude for the sacrifice that our farmer brethren have given to the Nation.The winter session of the Parliament will…

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What is use of Constitution Day celebrations if govt is incapable of providing Justice: Priyanka Gandhi

Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday slammed the BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh for their alleged lack of action in case of murder of a labourer and his family in Prayagraj and questioned the celebration of Constitution Day if the government is incapable of providing help to one in need.Priyanka Gandhi was addressing a press meet after meeting the kin of the labourer and his family. “The brother of the person who was killed along with his family works with Sashashtra Seema Bal. He works for the security of this nation in a Naxal-dominated area. What is he getting in return? Why is he not getting justice?. What is the use of celebrating Constitution Day if the administration does not provide help to ones facing injustice? Constitution is being destroyed and finished in this state,” said Gandhi.She further added,…

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Congress fields billionaire ‘scrap dealer’ for Bengaluru central MLC polls

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Congress party’s candidate for Bengaluru central legislative council is a billionaire, who was once a scrap dealer and has now declared assets of Rs 1,744 crore.Yusuf Sharif who goes by the name ‘Gujari Babu’ and ‘Scrap Babu’, claims that his luck changed after he found 13 kg gold by chance in early 2000 after he won the bid of 21 scrap tanks in Kolar Gold Fields (KGF). Later, Sharif claimed that he used that money to buy properties along with factories through Government and court auctions, which changed his life.Sharif has two wives and five children with movable Assets of 97 crores and immovable Assets worth rupees 1,643 crores in their name.As per the declaration by Sharif his first wife has movable properties worth Rs 98 lakh and Rs 1.30 crore of immovable assets. His second wife has Rs 32.22 lakhs…

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Congress calls a meeting of Opposition parties on Nov 29 to Finalize Parliament strategy

New Delhi [India]: Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has called a meeting of the Opposition parties on November 19, informed sources. Earlier on Thursday, Congress leaders reached party interim president Sonia Gandhi’s residence for a meeting of the party’s Parliament Strategy Group to discuss the issues that the party will raise in the winter session of the Parliament beginning on November 29.The party is likely to several issues including raise price rise in the winter session. Earlier, on November 25, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal had told ANI, “We will raise the issue of inflation in the upcoming session of Parliament. Congress Parliamentary Strategy Group will meet in New Delhi on November 25 to finalize the strategy for the upcoming Parliament session.” The government’s agenda for the winter session includes 26 new bills including legislation on cryptocurrency…

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12 of 17 Congress MLAs join Mamata Banerjee’s TMC in Meghalaya- Sources

New Delhi [India]: In a major blow to Congress in Meghalaya, as many as 12 of its 17 MLAs in the state joined Trinamool Congress, claim sources. “12 out of 17 Congress MLA from Meghalaya have joined Trinamool Congress,” claims Trinamool Congress sources.The party’s Meghalaya in-charge Manish Chatrath can go to Meghalaya on Thursday. Sources have informed that Chatrath has cancelled his Gujarat visit tomorrow. “Manish Chatrath postponed tomorrow’s visit to Surat in Gujarat, where he was scheduled to attend late Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s first death anniversary,” sources said. According to sources in Congress, Chatrath will soon give a full report to the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi. Notably, Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal on November 18 held a meeting at AICC headquarters in New Delhi, which was attended by Manish Chatrath to evaluate to party’s performance in the recently concluded by-polls in…

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Ex-Congress leader Kirti Azad’s new journey, Joins TMC in Delhi

New Delhi [India] : Cricketer-turned-politician and Congress leader Kirti Azad joined Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday in the presence of party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here.“Cricketer-turned-politician, Shri @KirtiAzaad joined our Trinamool Congress family today, in the presence of our Chairperson @MamataOfficial and our National General Secretary @abhishekaitc We welcome him warmly and look forward to working together in this new journey!” AITC tweeted. After joining the TMC, Azad said that a personality like Mamata Banerjee is needed to show the country the right direction.“It makes me happy to say that under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, I will work for the development of the nation. Today, a personality like her is needed in the country who can show the country the right direction,” he stated.Azad was a part of the World Cup-winning Indian team in 1983. A cricketer-turned-politician, Azad was…

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Congress’ Hanumantha Rao welcomes Andhra govt’s decision to repeal three capitals bill

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Congress leader Hanumantha Rao has welcomed the decision to repeal the bill which intended to make three capitals for Andhra Pradesh and the move is a victory of women who protested against these bills.Speaking to ANI, Rao said, “I welcome the decision of repealing the three capital bills. There is a new scenario in Andhra Pradesh. A change can be seen in Jagan Mohan Reddy. The women were fighting against the three capital laws. BJP leaders have also protested. He might have thought that it is going against the government’s decision of making three capital. This is a victory of the women who fought for the abolition of the three capital bills.” Andhra Pradesh government on Monday withdrew the “Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill 2020” in the State Assembly. The Bill was intended to make three…

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Congress parliamentary strategy group to meet on Nov 25 ahead of winter session

New Delhi [India]: Congress Parliamentary Strategy Group will hold a meeting on November 25 to finalise the strategy for the upcoming winter session.“We will raise the issue of inflation in the upcoming session of Parliament. Congress Parliamentary Strategy Group will meet in New Delhi on November 25 to finalize the strategy for the upcoming Parliament session,” Congress general secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal told ANI. Meanwhile, the Centre has called an all-party meet on November 28 ahead of Parliament’s winter session, informed the sources.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi may also attend the meet,” sources said.The winter session of Parliament is scheduled to commence from November 29.

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All ministers of Ashok Gehlot cabinet resign ahead of Rajasthan Congress meet tomorrow

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: All ministers in the Rajasthan Council of Ministers have tendered their resignations on Saturday.This came ahead of the meeting of the Rajasthan Congress on Sunday. Rajasthan Congress in-charge Ajay Maken on Friday said that three ministers of the state Cabinet have written to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, expressing their desire to step down from their posts.These include state education minister Govind Singh Dotasra, Medical and Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma and Revenue Minister Harish Chaudhary, he had said.Cabinet reshuffle in Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government is on the cards, sources informed ANI.Meanwhile, the oath-taking ceremony of new ministers in the Rajasthan government will take place at the Governor’s house tomorrow at 4 pm, according to sources.

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Roll Back of Farm Laws: Victory of farmers’ willpower, struggle; hope Centre draws lessons, says Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi [India]: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Friday termed farmers’ protest as “Gandhian agitation” and said that it is a victory of the “willpower” and “struggle” of 62 crore farmers. She further hoped that the Centre draws lessons for the future and “shed its pride and arrogance” and work towards policies for farmers’ welfare.“After almost 12 months of Gandhian agitation, today the struggle and willpower of 62 crore farmers of the country have won. Today, the sacrifices of more than 700 farmer families have paid off, whose families have laid down their lives in this struggle for justice. Today truth, justice, and non-violence have won,” Gandhi said in an official statement after the government announced repealing of three Central agricultural laws. The Prime Minister earlier in the day assured that the constitutional measures to repeal the laws will begin in the Winter…

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Centre had no other option, says Karnataka Congress chief on repeal of farm laws

New Delhi [India]: Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar welcomed the Centre’s decision to repeal the farm laws and said that the Centre had no other option for safeguarding the interests of their party and the government. KPCC president Shivakumar, who is in Delhi, termed the withdrawal of farm laws as a victory for farmers and the Congress party.Speaking to ANI, Shivakumar said, “In my opinion, this is not a big decision. The Centre had no option left to save their party, their government. This decision was needed to safeguard the country’s interests.” Shivkumar further added, “The decision earlier had been taken against the interest of the country and the farmers. Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi spoke on record that the Centre had no option left but to repeal these laws.” The state Congress supremo further said that this agitation had been going on for…

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“Govt not made attempts to be inclusive”

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor slammed the government saying it has not made sufficient attempts to be inclusive and has not prioritized to take everyone along.Speaking to ANI at the launch of his book Pride, Prejudice and Punditry here on Wednesday, Tharoor said, “This government has made insufficient attempt to be inclusive. When you are going to rule a country as large and diverse as India, you ought to be able to take everyone along with you. And I think it’s very evident that’s not being a priority for this government.” Tharoor hit out at the followers of Hindutva including Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that one cannot imagine them doing any of the things Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel did.“Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was Gandhian, now present Prime minister and his party is trying to appropriate Sardar Patel’s legacy, but he (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel)…

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Kejriwal slams BJP, Congress over criticisms of AAP’s free electricity promise in Goa

Sattari (Goa) [India]: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress for criticizing him over his declaration of distributing free electricity in Goa saying, ministers get 3,000 units free electricity and if I want to give 300 units to citizens then what is wrong with it?“BJP and Congress say that Kejriwal is distributing everything for free. I want to ask each and every leader that every minister gets 3,000 units of free electricity every month and if I want to give 300 units free every month to my citizens then what is wrong with this?,” Kejriwal said on Tuesday. “Why are leaders hurting by this? Politicians are hurting because with these schemes all of their corruption money will end,” he added.Kejriwal has promised to provide 300 units of free power to the people of Goa and…

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Telangana: Congress’ Revanth Reddy slams Centre, state over paddy issue

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Chief Revanth Reddy slammed the Centre and state government for “being irresponsible in purchasing paddy.”Reddy questioned the state Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and said why the government is not spending money on paddy? He criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) saying “both are one.”Congress leader further demanded, “a special budget to be introduced so that every grain be bought.” He also stressed that a protest should be held at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.Meanwhile, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister Nehru, the congress party laid flowers at the statue of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at Gandhi Bhavan.He remembered Nehru’s contribution and said “he was jailed for ten years for nation, it is a festival day for people of this country.”India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth…

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Maharashtra Congress announces state-wide agitation against inflation, fuel price hikes

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Maharashtra Congress has announced a state-wide agitation against the central government over inflation, petrol-diesel price hikes, and policies that are weakening the common man financially.Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole announced that the party will be conducting several agitations in the state from November 14 to November 19. “Maharashtra’s political situation is terrible right now…leaders are making allegations against each other. It’s bringing shame to the State. Allegations made by former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik against each other are serious,” Patole added.Patole demanded that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray probe the allegations made by both Fadnavis and Malik.Earlier on Wednesday, Maharashtra Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik had alleged that after demonetization the game of counterfeit notes had continued under the Devendra Fadnavis government.In October, Fadnavis alleged that Malik had ‘underworld links’ with the 1993…

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Priyanka Gandhi slams UP govt for ‘attacking’ ASHA workers in Shahjahanpur

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government for allegedly attacking Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers in Shahjahanpur.Sharing a video on Twitter, Vadra said, “Every attack on the ASHA sisters by the Uttar Pradesh government is an insult to the work done by them. My ASHA sisters have given their services diligently in the COVID pandemic and on other occasions. Receiving an honorarium is their right. It is the duty of the government to listen to them. ASHA sisters deserve respect and I am with them in this fight.” The Congress leader further claimed that ASHA workers will be paid Rs 10,000 per month if the party is voted to power in the state in the upcoming assembly polls.“The Congress party is committed to the right of providing an honorarium to ASHA sisters…

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“No right to celebrate democracy”

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Girish Chodankar on Monday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been “butchering democracy on daily basis”, has no right to “Celebrate Democracy” through the initiatives like Women’s Parliament.Addressing a press conference at Congress House in Panaji, Chodankar said, “BJP which is killing democracy and democratic institutions on daily basis, has no right to celebrate democracy. This exposes the doublespeak of the BJP.” Referring to the Women’s Parliament, Chodankar said that the Leader of Opposition was not given due respect in the event. “He should have been prominently involved in the event being Leader of Opposition but the entire event was hijacked by BJP to please their workers at taxpayers’ money, he said.His remarks came after the BJP-led Goa government began celebrating its 60th year of liberation on Monday. The state government celebrated…

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Congress slams Centre for Suicides

New Delhi [India]: The Congress slammed the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for the death of over 9.5 lakh people in the last seven years who allegedly committed suicide, saying it came to power with the promise of ‘Acche Din’ but forced people into “suicidal hopelessness”.The opposition party also said that farmers were forced into committing suicide and in the past 7 years due to the “crony capitalist friendly and anti-farmer” policies of the Modi government. Citing the recent National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) report on “Suicides and Accidental Deaths in India”, which states 9,58,275 Indians ended their lives by committing suicide between 2014-2020.Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala in a statement said that there was an increase of 55 per cent in the number of students committing suicide, 58 per cent increase among the unemployed, and 139.37 per cent increase among farmers, labourers…

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Congress’ Revanth Reddy slams KCR govt for giving notification for opening wine shops in Telangana

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Chief Revanth Reddy slammed Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao government for giving notification to open wine shops in the sate.“The government is not focusing on employment instead they have given a notification for opening wine shops,” TPCC chief said. Reddy further accused the KCR government for the deaths of farmers in the state.“According to the National Crime Rate Statistics around 7409 farmers died in Telangana and as per unofficial data, it has been estimated that around 40,000 farmers have lost their lives,” he added.Congress leader Dasoju Sravan also said, “BJP during the 2014 elections led by Narendra Modi has made eloquent promises including that if they come to power every year two crores of jobs will be provided which means by now 16 crores of jobs would have been created.”“Both PM Modi and KCR have…

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Congress said to continue agitation, make fuel price, inflation agenda for upcoming polls

New Delhi [India]: Congress will continue agitation against fuel price and inflation while making these issues prime agenda for the upcoming state Assembly elections.Speaking to ANI, a top source said, “Congress party is going to launch an agitation drive against the inflation and fuel price hike from November 14. Congress Party will take out padayatra and rallies from the district level to the state level. The party is also planning to hold a massive rally in the national capital ahead of Parliament Session.” He said it is the Bharatiya Janata Party’s bad performance in the recent bypolls that led the Centre to cut the excise duty on petrol and diesel. He said inflation and fuel price will be the prime agenda of the party in the upcoming assembly pollsMeanwhile, Congress general secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal told ANI, “The party will continue to agitate on…

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‘PM Modi remembers god when elections are near’

New Delhi [India] : Congress leader and former MP Rashid Alvi on Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his visit to Kedarnath temple ahead of Uttarakhand Assembly elections.“Whenever there is an election, the Prime Minister remembers gods and temples. Faith should not be used for politics and BJP uses it for political gain,” said Alvi. Earlier, Congress leader Harish Rawat said PM Modi’s visit to Kedarnath was for marketing BJP and making a political speech.Rawat, after offering prayers at the Tilbhandeshwar temple in Haridwar, said, “The PM has come here for giving a political speech. He has come for his party’s marketing. We see Jyotirling in our Shiva temples. We see God Kedar in our Shiva temples. We are going to pour water at Shiva temples. In the entire state, Congress workers are pouring water in Shiva temples. They are doing so in…

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PM Modi marketed BJP at Kedarnath: Harish Rawat

Haridwar (Uttarakhand) [India] : Congress leader Harish Rawat on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kedarnath visit, ahead of the assembly elections, was for marketing BJP and making a political speech.Earlier in the day, PM Modi offered prayers at the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand and unveiled an Adi Shankaracharya statue. He also inaugurated several redevelopment projects worth Rs 130 crore. The Congress leader, after offering prayers at the Tilbhandeshwar temple in Haridwar, said, “The PM has come here for giving a political speech. He has come for his party’s marketing. We see Jyotirling in our Shiva temples. We see God Kedar in our Shiva temples. We are going to pour water at Shiva temples. In the entire state, Congress workers are pouring water in Shiva temples. They are doing so in the 12 Jyotirlinga temples. We are praying for maintaining peace and communal harmony…

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‘Will petroleum prices come down to 2014 level’

New Delhi [India] : Congress on Wednesday took a jibe at the central government, saying that the reduction in excise duty of petrol and diesel has been “tom-tommed” as a Diwali gift but it has come after BJP lost several seats in bypolls to assembly and Lok Sabha seats, whose results were announced on Tuesday.Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala accused the government of resorting to “jumlas” and asked when will petroleum prices come to the level in 2014. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the BJP-led government had hiked excise on petrol by Rs 32.90 and Rs five reduction announced on Wednesday had brought it down to Rs 27 per litre. He said excise on diesel had been brought down from Rs 31.80 per litre to Rs 21.80 per litre.Surjewala, who made a series of tweets, said that excise on petrol was Rs…

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Inflation at peak around Diwali, wish Centre was sensitive to people: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi [India] : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hit out the Centre saying that inflation is at its peak around Diwali and added that he wished the government had a sensitive heart for the people.“It’s Diwali. Inflation is at its peak. It’s not a joke. I wish the Modi government had a sensitive heart for the public,” Gandhi tweeted in Hindi. His statement comes amid rising fuel prices.Petrol and diesel prices remained constant today after constantly rising for seven consecutive days.In Delhi, petrol and diesel have been priced at Rs 110.04 and Rs 98.42 per litre respectively. Petrol and diesel cost Rs Rs 115.85 and Rs 106.62 per litre in Mumbai, Rs 110.49 and Rs 101.56 per litre in Kolkata and Rs 106.66 and Rs 102.59 per litre in Chennai respectively.On November 1, the prices of commercial Liquefied Petroleum Gas LPG cylinders…

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Telangana Congress chief says Huzurabad bypolls won’t determine future of the party

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: After Congress lost the Huzurabad bypolls on Tuesday, Telangana party chief Revanth Reddy, while taking full responsibility for the loss, said that the by-elections do not determine the future of the party.While addressing the media here, Reddy said, “Huzurabad by-election was held under special circumstances. By-elections do not determine the future of the party. In the last election, BJP got only 1600 votes; now it has won.” “We will fight for the people of Huzurabad in the future. I am fully responsible for the Huzurabad election results. We will analyse the reports and will fight more responsibly on public issues,” he added.He asked the party workers not to be disappointed by the defeat and also said that the Congress candidate for the Huzurabad by-election, Balmoor Venkat Narsing Rao, has a bright future.“He will be a good leader of the Congress,” Reddy…

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Captain Amarinder Singh is having seat-sharing talks with ‘anti-farmer BJP’, says Congress leader

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Attacking former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who resigned from Congress and formed a new party, state Transport Minister Amarinder Singh Raja on Tuesday said Captain is having seat-sharing talks with “anti-farmer Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)”.“Dear Capt Amarinder Singh Sahab, in your letter to Congress President you cited Punjab Congress Chief Sardar Navjot Singh Sidhu ‘Hugging’ Pak Army Chief and Pak PM as your reason to leave the party. (But) you now are ‘Seat Sharing’ with Anti-Farmer BJP,” tweeted the minister. Earlier on Tuesday, former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from the Congress and announced a new party ‘Punjab Lok Congress’ ahead of Punjab Assembly elections.In his resignation letter to Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, Captain called Navjot Singh Sidhu as “an acolyte of Pakistani deep state”.“Despite my profound reservations and over the unanimous advice of almost all…

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Charanjit Singh Channi: The journey of the first Dalit Sikh CM of Punjab

By Arshita Biswas In September 2021, Captain Amrinder Singh resigned from the position of the Chief Minister of Punjab, which stirred the wind of Punjab, its then when Charanjit Singh Channi stepped into the shoes of the Chief Minister of the state. Channi became the CM when Punjab was facing a major political turbulence, most of the Cabinet had resigned and Channi had to start a fresh and with innumerous issues like the farm laws followed by the Lakhimpur Kheri incident,  it was definitely not going to be an easy task. Capt. Amrinder Singh’s sudden resignation was definitely not the best time to takeover the office as it is but Navjot Singh Sidhu, The PPC Chief of the state didn’t make it easier for Channi too. Mr. Sidhu indirectly was giving a negative impression of Channi by calling him nothing but a mere “rubber…

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Himachal : Congress sweeps bypolls in state

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India]: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday said that he humbly accepts the verdict given by people in by-elections to one Lok Sabha seat and three Assembly constituencies. The chief minister said, “I humbly accept the verdict given by the people in by-elections. The results were not as per expectations. The BJP lost Mandi Parliamentary seat with a narrow margin.”The Congress party won three Assembly seats that went to bypolls on October 30. Congress also won the Mandi Parliament seat. (ANI)

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Amarinder Singh resigns from Congress

Patiala (Punjab) [India]: Former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from the Congress party and announced a new party ‘Punjab Lok Congress’ ahead of Punjab Assembly elections.“I have today sent my resignation to @INCIndia President Ms Sonia Gandhi ji, listing my reasons for the resignation. ‘Punjab Lok Congress’ is the name of the new party. The registration is pending approval with the @ECISVEEP. The party symbol will be approved later,” Amarinder Singh tweeted. Singh had resigned in September as the chief minister and had announced that he will be quitting the Congress after months of a rift with Congress state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.He had resigned ahead of Congress legislature party meeting which was called amid unending factional battles in the ruling Congress in the state. Singh was replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi as the chief minister of the state.

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Sidhu slams Channi for promising ‘lollipops’

Referring to the recent freebies announced by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday attacked politicians who offer “lollipops” just ahead of polls and said that Punjab’s welfare comes from a roadmap and not by tactics, reflecting that infighting still persists in the state Congress unit. Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : His attack against his own government in Punjab after the chief minister announced 11 per cent hike in dearness allowance for state government employees and slashed power rates by Rs 3 per unit for the domestic sector. “Give people ‘lollipops’ in the last two months. Question is from where they will (government) give it? Is the objective just to form government by telling lies and making false promises? Way of Punjab’s welfare comes from a roadmap,” Sidhu said while addressing an event organised by the newly formed…

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Joju George Objects To Congress Road Blockade Against Fuel Price Hike

A Congress protest against fuel price hike on Monday saw a row break after Malayalam film actor Joju George questioned the agitators who blocked a busy National Highway in the city. Agitated Congress workers allegedly smashed the glass of his vehicle, alleging that the actor, in a drunken state, “misbehaved” with the women workers of the party who were protesting against the skyrocketing prices of the petrol and diesel. Asked about the Congress complaint against George, police said the actor has been taken to a police station. The police also took his vehicle into custody. Police took the actor to a government hospital in Tripunithura for medical examination after the Congress workers complained that he created trouble in the protest venue in a drunken state.Police also said action would be taken against those who shattered the glass of his vehicle. “Action would be taken against the culprits after…

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Adhir Ranjan calls TMC a ‘political traitor’

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : Alleging that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is a “political traitor”, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that the TMC has been “carved” out of the Congress party.Talking to ANI, Chowdhury said if TMC claims that Congress is finished “it means that they themselves don’t have relevance. “The TMC has been carved out of the Congress party… if it says that the Congress party has lost its relevance in politics then it means the same party has lost its relevance,” said Congress leader.He also appealed to the youngsters of India to join the Congress party in order to safeguard the national interest. Congress started a membership drive today.The statement came after the TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that Narendra Modi will become more powerful as the Congress party is not serious about politics.

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Congress tributes Indira Gandhi

New Delhi [India]: All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) on Sunday organised a special programme at the Congress headquarters in the national capital to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary.The women’s wing of the party also organised a blood donation camp on the occasion. Speaking to ANI, Mahila Congress Chief Neeta D’Souza said, “If we remember Indira Ji’s last speech she said that her every drop of blood is to build India. We have organised a blood donation camp because due to the COVID pandemic, it is difficult to arrange blood at the time of emergency. It is our way of remembering Indira Gandhi ji.”Indian Youth Congress (IYC) also organised a special programme on the “martyrdom day” of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and honoured women’s working in different fields.Youth Congress president Srinivas said the programme was organised to…

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Attempts were made to forget Sardar’s contributions

Narmada (Gujarat) [India] : In a veiled attack on Congress, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that attempts were made post-Independence to forget Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and his contributions, but the situation has changed as the world’s tallest statue is a testimony of the changed realities.“Unfortunate attempts were made to forget Sardar Patel. After independence, his contributions were never given due respect. He was neither given Bharat Ratna nor proper respect. The situation has changed. He was given Bharat Ratna and this world’s tallest statue is before us to see,” Shah said while addressing the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Divas’ (National Unity Day) programme at Kevadia in Gujarat’s Narmada district to mark Sardar Patel’s 146th birth anniversary. Shah further said that in 2014, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed the government at the Centre, October 31 was introduced as National Unity Day. “When…

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Rahul Gandhi & others pay tribute to Indira Gandhi on her 37th death anniversary

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday paid tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at Shakti Sthal in the national capital on her 37th death anniversary. Taking to Twitter, he said, “My grandmother continued to serve the country fearlessly till the last moment – her life is a source of inspiration for us. Best example of women power, humble tribute to Indira Gandhi on her martyrdom day.”Indira Gandhi served as the first and only woman Prime Minister of India from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984. She was shot dead by two of her own bodyguards at her official residence at Akbar Road on October 31, 1984, which led to anti-Sikh riots in several parts of the country. (ANI)

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“Congress equals to scams”

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India] : Hitting out at the Congress, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that the grand old party is synonymous with corruption and scams and its leaders always turn down promises.Shah, while speaking at the inauguration event of ‘Ghasiyari Kalyan Yojana’ here, challenged Uttarakhand’s former Chief Minister Harish Rawat to an open debate over the promises made and fulfilled by Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said that his party has fulfilled around 85 per cent of promises made in its manifesto. “Congress is synonymous with corruption and scams. The party do not bother about the development of any state. Congress always turns down its promise. Congress only does appeasement and cannot do any welfare work for Uttarakhand,” the Union Minister said. “The Congress leaders could not be been seen during COVID-19, floods in the state. But when…

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“SP, BSP, Congress destroyed UP”

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Slamming the Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday alleged that Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) and Congress had “destroyed” the identity of the state and Yogi Adityanath government has given the state a distinct identity under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Union Home Minister on Friday launched ‘Mera Parivaar-BJP Parivaar’ membership drive in Lucknow as the BJP gears up for the assembly polls early next year. “Samajwadi Party, BSP, Congress had destroyed the identity of Uttar Pradesh. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Modiji, the Yogi Adityanath government has given a distinct identity to the state,” he said.He said the state has made rapid development strides under BJP rule.“Before 2017, Uttar Pradesh was the seventh-largest economy of the country, today it has become the second economy of the country.…

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Channi meets Rahul

New Delhi [India] : Amidst the political turmoil in Punjab, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday in the national capital.As per sources, in the crucial meeting at Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi, Congress discussed the upcoming strategy for the Punjab election. The meeting came after former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced that he will form a new political party that will field candidates on all 117 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections in 2022.In the meeting that lasted for about 2:30 hours, Congress leaders discussed the strategy for the upcoming Punjab election.Apart from Channi and Gandhi, Congress organization general secretary KC Venugopal, Punjab in-charge Harish Chaudhary were also present in this meeting.Meanwhile, Congress Punjab In-charge Harish Chaudhary met Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi yesterday at 10 Janpath. 

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Kamya Punjabi Starts Her Political Journey With Congress

Actor Kamya Punjabi is extremely happy to make her foray into politics with the Congress party. On Thursday, Kamya took to Twitter to update fans about the new chapter in her life. She wrote, “A beautiful start to my New Beginning! Thank you so much @BhaiJagtap1 bhai @tehseenp @INCMumbai @INCIndia for such a warm welcome. Really looking forward to start working under the leadership of @RahulGandhi ji @priyankagandhi ji.” A day ago, Kamya was inducted into the Congress party in the presence of Mumbai Congress president Bhai Jagtap. Political analyst Tehseen Poonawalla, along with other members of the Congress, were also present at the event. Kamya is best known for her stint in TV shows such as ‘Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak?’ and ‘Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki’. She had also participated in the reality TV show ‘Bigg Boss’ in 2013.

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Assembly polls 2022: Rahul Gandhi to visit Goa on October 30

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of the Goa Assembly elections due early next year, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit the state on October 30.Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Girish Chodankar informed about s visit during the press conference on Wednesday. Goa Assembly has a strength of 40 members out of which BJP currently has 17 legislators and enjoys the support of legislators from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three independents. GFP and MGP each have three MLAs.Congress, on the other hand, has 15 MLAs in the house.

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‘BJP destroying India like Hitler’

New Delhi [India] : Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday drew parallels between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and German dictator Adolf Hitler and alleged that BJP is destroying India just like Hitler destroyed Germany. Taking to Twitter, the Congress leader said, “The final phase of the election has arrived. Now everyone in BJP will say “Hinduism is in danger, vote for BJP to save it.” BJP does the same thing Hitler used to do. BJP is destroying India just like Hitler destroyed Germany.” The allegations came ahead of by-polls in three assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh– Prithvipur, Raigaon (SC) and Jobat (ST) in Madhya Pradesh–scheduled to take place on October 30.As per Election Commission, the counting of votes and announcement of results will be on November 2.

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‘Amarinder, loyal CM of BJP’

Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday hit out at former Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh calling him a loyal Chief Minister of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Chandigarh [India] : “We the 78 MLAs of Congress, could never imagine, what we received an arm-twisted, ED controlled BJP loyal Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh… who sold the interests of Punjab to save his skin! You were the negative force stalling Justice & development of Punjab,” Sidhu said in a tweet. Sidhu also mentioned the defeat Amarinder Singh’s party faced after he broke away from the Akali Dal in 1992 and formed a new political party.“You wanted to close doors on me, as I was raising voice of the People, speaking truth to power! Last time you formed your own party, you lost your ballot, garnering only 856 votes … People…

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Sonia speaks to Lalu

Amid trouble in the grand alliance of the opposition in Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said he had a telephonic conversation with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday. New Delhi [India] : However, the details of the discussion are still unknown. The telephonic conversation comes after Congress and RJD broke off the alliance ahead of the by-polls in Kusheshwar Asthan (SC) and Tarapur constituencies in Bihar scheduled on October 30.Earlier, breaking the alliance with Congress in Bihar, Lalu Yadav had said that RJD’s candidates would lose their deposit in the elections if they remain in alliance with the Congress in the state ahead of the by-polls in two assembly constituencies. However, on Tuesday, the RJD chief called upon Congress to become a ‘strong alternative’ to the BJP at the national level politics and said that his party has always…

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AICC for major overhaul?

New Delhi [India] : A major overhaul could be on the cards in Congress which is going through internal problems. At a meeting of top party leaders at the AICC headquarters in Delhi on Tuesday, which was presided over by party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi, leaders pressed for the need to amend the Constitution of the Congress. The meeting was called yesterday by Sonia to evolve a strategy for the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and four others. Leaders attending the marathon meeting, which spanned over three and a half hours, were on the same page for amending the party’s Constitution. The present Constitution of the party was written in the 1920s and some of its clauses look impractical in today’s world. Leaders from some Northeast states raised the issue in the meeting. Senior leaders also said that there was a need to…

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“No Cong MLA will join”

Amritsar (Punjab) [India]: Congress leader Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Tuesday expressed confidence that no Congress MLA will join Capt Amarinder Singh’s party except those who might have got favours from him.“I don’t think any Congress MLA will leave and join Singh’s party. If he gave favours to anyone then they might go,” she said. When asked about former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s new political party, the Congress leader said, “People who are attached to the party will never go.”She took a dig at the former chief minister, saying that despite getting all the freedom from the Congress, Singh did not entrust any worker with some power.“He was given all freedom by the party but he didn’t give power to any worker, never openly met any minister or MLA. Who will trust him?” she asked.Navjot Kaur said, “It would’ve been best for him…

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Priyanka Gandhi suggests greater use of regional media by state leaders at Congress meeting

New Delhi [India]: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra suggested to state party leaders at a meeting here that they should make more use of regional media in their districts for improving connect with people, highlighting the “failures of the BJP-led government” and for creating awareness about party’s policies and programmes.The meeting of PCC chiefs, AICC general secretaries, in-charges and secretaries was called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The sources said Priyanka Gandhi’s announcement of 40 per cent reservation for women in forthcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh was lauded at the meeting.They said Priyanka Gandhi urged the leaders to get connected with the regional media in their districts. All Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chiefs spoke at the meeting.With the party seeing factionalism in various state units, Nagaland PCC chief Kewekhape There said “there should be discipline in the party and rules and regulations…

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Sonia Gandhi asks Congress leaders to frame policies to percolate down party’s messages to grassroot level

New Delhi [India]: Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday stated that the All India Congress Committee (AICC) releases important and detailed statements every day over the issues in the country but it fails to percolate down to the party’s grassroot cadres at the block and district level and she asked party leaders to frame policies over the matter. Addressing the General Secretaries, In-Charges and PCC President of the party, during a meeting at the party headquarter here, Sonia Gandhi said, “The AICC releases important and detailed statements almost every day on issues that the nation is facing. But it is my experience that they do not percolate down to our grassroot cadres at the block and district level. There are policy issues on which I find a lack of clarity and cohesion even amongst our state-level leaders.”She also asked the party leaders to…

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Congress MLA’s son accused of rape

Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India] : Karan Morwal, son of a Congress MLA from Madhya Pradesh, was on Tuesday arrested over the charges of rape after remaining absconding for six months to evade his arrest, informed the police.Karan is a son of Congress MLA Murli Morwal who represents Badnagar constituency in Ujjain district. The police had declared a reward amount of Rs 25,000 in an attempt to nab him. He was arrested near the Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh on the basis of intelligence inputs acquired by the police.Early morning, a team of Crime Branch reached Ujjain in search of Karan, from where he was tracked to a location near Maksi Road. After spotting his car on the basis of the number plate, he was arrested, said Jyoti Sharma, in charge of Mahila Police Station“It was joint operation conducted by by the Indore Women Police…

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Rahul, Priyanka, other Congress leaders reach party HQ for meeting with Sonia Gandhi over 2022 Assembly polls

New Delhi [India]: Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and other Congress leaders have arrived at the Congress party headquarters for the meeting to be presided by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, among other issues. Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Mohan Markam, Uttarakhand PCC chief Ganesh Godiyal, Jharkhand PCC chief Rajesh Thakur, Maharashtra PCC chief Nana Patole and Punjab PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu have also arrived at the party headquarters in the national capital for the meeting.Earlier, at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on October 16, it was decided that organisation polls will be held next year and for that, a membership drive will be launched from November 1. As per sources, the Congress party may hold the organisational election on September 6, 2022, and have its president by…

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2022 Assembly polls: Sonia Gandhi to hold meet with core Congress leaders

New Delhi [India]: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi will be presiding over a meeting with core party leaders to discuss the upcoming Assembly elections to Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, among other issues.The meeting will be held at party headquarters. As per the party sources on Monday, “a meeting of Congress general secretaries and state in-charges will be held on October 26 at All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters to discuss membership, training, agitation program and strategy for the upcoming assembly polls. This meeting will be presided by party president Sonia Gandhi.”Pradesh Congress Committee presidents will also be present as well, sources said.During Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on October 16, it was decided that organisation polls will be held next year and for that, a membership drive will be launched from November 1.As per sources, the Congress party may hold the…

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Lalu Yadav’s ‘objectionable’ remark on Cong leader has hurt self-respect of Dalits, says Meira Kumar

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Meira Kumar on Monday slammed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav for using “objectionable language” against its Congress’s Bihar unit in-charge Bhakt Charan Das, claiming that it has hurt the self-respect of Dalit community.She further alleged that Lalu Yadav’s remark qualifies as an offence under the SC/ST Act. “A respected leader has used objectionable language against Bihar Congress in-charge Bhakta Charan Das, hurting self-respect of Dalit community of Bihar and the country and qualifies as an offence under SC/ST Act,” said the Congress leader while speaking to media persons.Lalu’s remark comes in as his party is gearing up for upcoming by-elections. On party’s alliance with Congress ahead of by-polls in Bihar, Lalu Yadav said that his party candidates would lose their deposit in the elections if they remain in alliance with the Congress in the state.Addressing the…

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CPM is confused over alliance with Congress in Kerala, says BJP MP

New Delhi [India]: Following the remarks of Kerala Chief Minister and politburo member of CPM Pinarayi Vijayan stating that Congress cannot lead the charge of Opposition against the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in the state, BJP MP KJ Alphons on Monday said that CPM is finished and they are completely confused over its alliance with the grand old party.He further stated that the CPM does not consider Congress as a formidable alliance in the state while on the other hand, CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury believes that there is “no alternative” for an alliance. Speaking to ANI, Alphons said, “CPM is finished and they are completely confused. The CPM General Secretary wants an alliance with Congress because he says their is no alternative while they are fighting with each other in Kerala. CPM, which is very powerful in the state, say that they…

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UP residents would have been saved from COVID-19 if these hospitals existed earlier: Congress leader after PM Modi’s inauguration event

New Delhi[India]: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated nine medical colleges from UP’s Siddharthnagar, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday said that residents of Uttar Pradesh would have been saved from COVID-19 if these hospitals had existed earlier and one would not have seen bodies in the Ganga.Talking to ANI, Chowdhury said, “As polls are impending, there’s a spree of inauguration of developmental projects.” “If the hospitals existed earlier, people of UP could have been saved from COVID-19. We saw hundreds of bodies in the river Ganga,” he said.“People of UP are seeing it as nothing but an election allurement,” he added.PM Modi on Monday inaugurated nine medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh from Siddharthnagar.These nine medical colleges are situated in the districts of Siddharthnagar, Etah, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Deoria, Ghazipur, Mirzapur and Jaunpur.

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BJP mixed religion with politics : Alvi

Ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Congress leader Raashid Alvi on Saturday alleged that because Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has connected religion with politics, leaders of other parties are “‘forced to visit religious places” in order to connect with the voters. New Delhi [India] : Alvi’s statement came ahead of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s visit to Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya scheduled on October 26 to pay obeisance to Lord Rama. Speaking to ANI, Alvi said, “BJP has forced leaders of other parties to visit religious places because it has connected religion with politics. Most of the leaders are doing religious activities as BJP has started doing it.”“Every party wants to send its message to the public ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year. Arvind Kejriwal is visiting Ayodhya on October 26 to offer prayers to Lord Ram. Every party has…

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Congress will launch massive agitation against fuel price hike from Nov 14th across nation

New Delhi [India]: The Congress party will organise a massive agitation against the rise in petrol and diesel prices from November 14 till November 29. “We’re going to have continuous agitation against rise in petrol and diesel prices, massive campaigns from November 14 till November 29,” Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said on Saturday.The protest will witness events like ‘Padayatra’ being taken out by the Congress leaders in their respective areas. “During these 15 days – one week entire Cong committees will also do ‘Padayatra’ throughout the country in their respective areas,” he added. Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram also attacked the central government over the increase in fuel prices and said that the taxes should be reduced as suggested by the Reserve Bank of India. “It’s only the greed of the government which has given rise to petrol and diesel prices. That…

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Congress Central Election Committee meeting commences

New Delhi [India]: The meeting of the Central Election Committee (CEC) of the Congress commenced on Saturday.According to top sources, the ‘probable candidates’ for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls scheduled next year shall be discussed in the meeting which is being held virtually. Sources said that the party has scrutinized the probable candidates for 150 assembly seats. Out of these 150 seats, control rooms have been set up in 78 assembly segments for the poll strategy and operations.For a few seats, candidates have been given a green signal by the party and have been asked to hit ground zero and start preparations for the poll battle, said sources.“Although the Poll dates have not been announced, we are committed to fighting the polls to win. So we are finalising the list much before the time so that the candidates get enough time to reach out…

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Sonia to meet party GS & State Chiefs

Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi will chair a meeting of Congress general secretaries, state in-charges, PCC chiefs on Tuesday at party headquarters to discuss the training, membership programmes and chalking out a strategy for the upcoming Assembly polls, said sources. New Delhi [India] : According to sources, during the meeting, organisational polls, which are expected to take place next year, would also be discussed and Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal has already issued a circular for the meeting. During Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on October 16, it was decided that organisation polls will be held next year and for that, a membership drive will be launched from November 1.As per sources, the Congress party may hold the organisational election on September 6 and have its president by October.As five states – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa and Manipur – will go for polls…

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UP: Cong to decide candidates

New Delhi [India]: The Central Election Committee (CEC) of the Congress will meet on Saturday at the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi’s residence to discuss the ‘probable candidates’ for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls scheduled next year.According to top sources, the party has scrutinized the probable candidates for 150 assembly seats. Out of these 150 seats, control rooms have been set up in 78 assembly segments for the poll strategy and operations. For a few seats, candidates have been given a green signal by the party and have been asked to hit ground zero and start preparations for the poll battle.“Although the Poll dates have not been announced, we are committed to fighting the Polls to win. So we are finalising the list much before the time so that the candidates get enough time to reach out to the voters,” the source added.Congress wants…

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Rahul Gandhi: ‘Made in India’ is Jumla

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused the Centre of “doublespeak” over the reports of an increase in trade deficit with China and dubbed the “made in India’ slogan as ‘jumla’ (rhetoric). New Delhi [India] : Citing a media report, Gandhi tweeted, “The Usual Doublespeak. #MadeInIndia #Jumla.” Gandhi’s remarks came after Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla on Thursday noted that despite the growth in the volume of the trade between the two neighbours, the trade deficit has increased and the imbalance has widened.Speaking at a seminar on “Leveraging China’s Economy”, Shringla also raised concern about the trade imbalance that has continuously been widening despite growth in the overall volume of the trade.“Our trade deficit concerns are two-fold – the first is the actual size of the deficit. The trade deficit for the nine months period stood at USD 47 billion. This is the largest trade…

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Harsimrat Kaur Badal slams Amarinder Singh over possible tie-up with BJP

Ludhiana (Punjab) [India]: Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal slammed former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday over the captain’s announcement that his new political outfit can even go with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming Punjab election.Badal alleged that there was a deal between Captain Amarinder Singh and the BJP to brush under the carpet the corruption investigation going on against the Captain and his family members. “The extent to which Captain Sahab compromised with Bharatiya Janata Party became very clear when cases of black money in Swiss Bank accounts, enforcement directorate and income tax cases (against him) were brushed under the carpet when he became the Chief Minister. Their deal was very clear,” said Harsimrat Kaur Badal.Former Union Minister Badal went on to allege that, “A Chief Minister who had taken the oath for Punjab becomes helpless…

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“Congress damaged own interests by not trusting me”

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : Hitting back at Congress leader Harish Rawat, former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said the party has damaged its own interests by not trusting him and giving Punjab Congress into the hands of “an unstable person like Navjot Singh Sidhu”.Amarinder Singh, who has indicated his willingness to ally with BJP in the forthcoming Punjab assembly polls, also hit out at Harish Rawat for questioning his secular credentials. In tweets made by Raveen Thukral, his media advisor, the former Chief Minister said Sidhu, Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole and Telangana Congress chief had come to Congress from BJP and Congress was in power in Maharashtra in alliance with Shiv Sena, an erstwhile ally of BJP.Amarinder Singh had resigned last month as chief minister and stated that the party leadership had let him down.He said on Thursday that Sidhu,…

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Family seeking justice : Priyanka Gandhi

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday said that Arun Valmiki, a sanitation worker, had died in police custody in Uttar Pradesh and his family is seeking justice. Agra (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : “Arun Valmiki has died in police custody. His family is seeking justice. The Uttar Pradesh government has acted against the message of Bhagwan Valmiki on his jayanti,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet. She sought a high-level probe and strict action against the “guilty” personnel of Agra Police.She also sought compensation for his family.A sanitisation worker, who was arrested by the police in the connection with a theft of Rs 25 lakh from a Malkhana (warehouse) on October 19, died in police custody on Wednesday.Agra Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Muniraj G said that “the deceased admitted to his crime during the investigation and police recovered Rs 25 lakh from…

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Priyanka Gandhi detained on way to Agra

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has been detained by police in Uttar Pradesh after she was stopped from travelling to Agra to meet the family of a sanitation worker who died in police custody. Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : While stopping her, Police told her, “You do not have permission, we cannot allow you.” “Section 144 is imposed…Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is being taken to Police Lines. She will not be allowed to proceed to Agra,” Police official said.Her car had been stopped at the first toll plaza on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway.Vadra was going to meet the family of a sanitation worker who was nabbed in connection with a theft and died in Police custody. In response, Vadra said that the moment she tries to visit any other place than the party office, the administration tries to stop her. “The moment I try…

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Flags off Shobha Yatra on Valmiki Jayanti

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday flagged off Shobha Yatra, an annual parade that takes place on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti, from the party’s headquarters in Delhi. New Delhi [India] : Speaking on the occasion, Gandhi said, “Greetings on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti! Maharishi Valmiki propagated the idea of love and brotherhood. Our constitution is based on the ideas of Maharishi Valmiki.” “However, these days we can observe that his ideology is being attacked. The interest of minorities in the country is being suppressed. On behalf of the Congress party, I would like to say that we will not let this trend of suppressing minorities continue,” he added. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute to Maharishi Valmiki on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti and recalled his seminal contributions towards chronicling our rich past and glorious culture.“I bow…

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Why 40 pc tickets for women? : BSP

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Wednesday termed Congress’ announcement of 40 per cent reservation for women in forthcoming assembly polls as an election gimmick and asked why the scheme was not announced in other election-bound states. New Delhi [India] : BSP spokesperson Sudhindra Bhadoria said that the Congress party has a long history of deceit. “They have announced 40 per cent seats for women in Uttar Pradesh with an eye on the upcoming Assembly elections. I want to ask Priyanka Ji, who is a woman herself and also the national general secretary of the party, that Assembly elections are being held in five states. Women do not reside in other states? Haven’t women already lived in other states? Then why such announcements are being made only for Uttar Pradesh?” asked the BSP leader.Bhadoria further hit out on the Congress party and alleged that the…

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40 pc seats to women in other states : TMC

Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Wednesday took a dig at Congress’ decision to give 40 per cent tickets to women in the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls and said that it should follow the same module for other states too. Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : “Under the visionary leadership of @MamataOfficial, AITC has shown the way to ensure increased participation of women in politics, in this country. We’re the first party to give 40 per cent seats to women in LS elections!” tweeted the TMC from its official handle. The party further alleged that Congress is understandably trying to emulate the TMC and said that their party is the first to give 40 per cent seats to women in the Lok Sabha elections.“Amid such dire times, @INCIndia is understandably trying to emulate and one can only hope that this is genuine and not tokenism. If…

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US committee approves report recommending contempt-of-Congress charges against Trump ally

Washington [US]: The US committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack voted on Tuesday (local time) to approve a criminal contempt report on Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon, CNN reported.The committee is selected by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. The report will now be referred to the House for a vote. Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson told CNN on Tuesday that he expects the full House to vote on criminal contempt charges for Bannon before the end of the week.The report will be referred to the Justice Department after the vote, CNN reported.The contempt report frames the efforts that the committee made to get a witness to comply with the subpoena, and the failure by the witness to do so.On January 6, a group of supporters of former President Donald Trump entered the US Capitol in a bid to protest the lawmakers certifying the 2020…

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Congress will come to power in Andhra, Telangana in 2023 assembly elections, says Veerappa Moily

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Indian National Congress leader Veerappa Moily on Tuesday asserted that the Congress party will come to power in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in the upcoming 2023 assembly elections.Addressing an event on the occasion of Eid Milap, Moily said, “Rajiv Gandhi was a young leader not only in the country but also in the world. The Congress leader who gave the right to vote to the youth at the age of 18, sacrificed his life for the country. So, Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi should not be forgotten.” Moily praised the government of the former Prime Minister of India and said that he solved the problems of the Assam, Tripura and Tamil Nadu people when they were struggling with their problems.“When Assam, Tripura and Tamil Nadu were struggling with problems, Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi solved their problems. So, Congress will come to…

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BJP alleges CWC member claimed Sardar Patel colluded with Jinnah to keep Kashmir out of India

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday slammed the Congress alleging that its leader Tariq Hameed Karra had claimed that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel colluded with Muhammad Ali Jinnah to keep Kashmir out of India. New Delhi [India] : Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra queried whether Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had objected to Karra’s remarks during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Saturday. “Today it has been published in the newspapers that in the CWC meeting held two days ago, some questions were raised regarding Kashmir. At the meeting, senior Congress leader and CWC member Tariq Hameed Karra created an atmosphere of confusion regarding Kashmir. He also said Jawaharlal Nehru ji had integrated Jammu and Kashmir into India and Sardar Patel tried to keep Kashmir out of India,” Patra said.“Karra had said that Sardar Patel colluded with…

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‘Congress Committee meet just a formality’

New Delhi [India] : Congress veteran and former external affairs minister Natwar Singh on Sunday said the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting was just a formality as Sonia Gandhi has been the full-time boss of the party for 21 years. Speaking to ANI, Singh said, “CWC meeting was just a formality as Sonia Gandhi has been the full-time boss of the party for 21 years. The next election of the party president will be held on September 2022. There was no vacancy for the party president. Sonia Gandhi is the all-time boss of the Congress party. She holds all the reins in the party for 21 years.”The Congress veteran said there was no concrete outcome of the CWC meeting held on Saturday.“There is no concrete outcome from the CWC meeting. G23 members, who made a lot of noise before the meeting, were quiet during…

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G-23 not separate group : Sandeep Dikshit

Emphasising that G-23 is not a separate faction, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Sunday said the party high command should either consider the demands of the group or reject them. New Delhi [India] : Dikshit, a member of G-23, said, “G-23 is not a separate group. Rather, the members of G23 have some demands to bring reforms in the party. The demands still persist. As far as the full-time president is concerned, Sonia Gandhi said that she is the full-time president so we now come to know that the party has a full-time president.” “We have some demands. The party high command should either consider those demands or reject them. Even today, G-23 has not withdrawn its letter of demands and neither is anyone against the party,” he added.Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting concluded on Saturday.Taking a veiled dig at the group of 23…

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MP CM : Congress is ‘a circus’

Burhanpur (Madhya Pradesh) [India] : Taking a dig at the Congress party over the recent crisis, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the party has become a circus.While speaking at a rally in Burhanpur, the CM said, “Rahul Gandhi is not the Congress Party. It is being run by an interim president Sonia Gandhi. But Rahul Gandhi has complete rights to remove a chief minister of a state.” Mentioning the Congress party crisis in Punjab and the surprise resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh, he said, “Singh was the CM of Punjab and was running a government very smoothly. But he was removed and Charanjit Singh Channi was made the chief minister.”He also charged Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu for resigning as the state party president and putting the party in a spot.Talking about the rift in Congress in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh,…

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‘Will consider becoming Chief again’

New Delhi [India] : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said he “will consider” becoming party chief again as senior leaders urged him to take the mantle at the meeting of Congress Working Committee, according to sources.“I will consider,” Rahul Gandhi is learnt to have said at the meeting at the request of senior leaders who urged him to become the party chief again. Sources said Rahul Gandhi also said he needs clarity at the level of ideology from party leaders.Some leaders said that till the polls, he should be made the working president, the sources added.Sonia Gandhi had agreed to become interim party chief after Rahul Gandhi resigned following the Congress debacle in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Senior party leader Ambika Soni said after the meeting that everyone in the party is of the opinion that party Rahul Gandhi should become the party…

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I am full-time, hands-on Congress President, says Sonia Gandhi at CWC meeting

In her remarks on Saturday, Sonia Gandhi also said the party is ready for the internal elecAddressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, interim President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday slammed party leaders for speaking to the media. In her opening remarks, Sonia Gandhi said: “I have always appreciated frankness. There is no need to speak to me through the media. So let us all have a free and honest discussion. But what should get communicated outside the four walls of this room is the collective decision of the CWC.” News Delhi, India : Sonia Gandhi’s statement came after senior party leader Kapil Sibal had recently said that “there is no president in our party, so we do not know who is taking all the decisions. We know it, yet we don’t know, one of my senior colleagues perhaps has written or is about to…

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Congress appoints office-bearers

New Delhi [India] : Ahead of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday approved the proposal for the appointment of additional office-bearers to the state unit of the party with immediate effect.“Hon’ble Congress President has approved the proposal of the appointment of additional office bearers of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC), as enclosed, with immediate effect,” said AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal in a statement. Congress appointed Upendra Singh, Maqsood Khan and Jaywant Singh as vice presidents of UPCC, while Dinesh Kumar Singh was appointed as general secretary organisation, a party statement said.The party also appointed 12 additional general secretaries and 11 secretaries in the state unit.General Secretaries are —- Moninder Sood Valmiki, Subodh Srivastav, Arshad Ali Guddu, Jai Karan Varma, Mukund Tiwari, Raghavendra Pratap Singh, Sarita Patel, Akhilesh Shukla, Sachin Chaudhary, Sharad Mishra, Dharmendra Nishad and Abhishek Patel.The…

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Manmohan Singh stable : AIIMS

New Delhi [India], October 15 : Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, who is admitted at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi is stable and recovering, informed hospital official on Friday. Dr Singh, who was admitted to AIIMS on Wednesday, is under the observation of doctors. The eighty-nine-year-old Congress leader had complained of weakness and is stable and under the observation of doctors, hospital sources said.Earlier in the day, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya visited the hospital to meet him. Former PM Manmohan Singh doing fine, better than yesterday: Congress Congress spokesperson Pranav Jha on Friday said that former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is doing fine and is better than yesterday.Taking to Twitter, Jha urged all to respect the privacy of the former Prime Minister. “This is to inform that Dr Manmohan Singh ji is doing fine. He is better…

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Allegations against DK Shivakumar communicated to me by Saleem were made by BJP: Cong. leader

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Congress leader VS Ugrappa on Wednesday said that the allegations against Karnataka party chief DK Shivakumar were made by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and media coordinator MA Saleem was merely communicating it to him. “These allegations against DK Shivakumar are not mine or Saleem’s. They were actually made by a BJP leader against Shivakumar made in front of Saleem. All Saleem did was communicated these allegations to me. While he was whispering these allegations to me, they were captured by the media. DK Shivakumar is a self-made man and a very good administrator,” Ugrappa said.An alleged conversation on a video clip between two Karnataka Congress leaders about state Congress President DK Shivakumar has created shockwaves. In the video, Congress state unit media coordinator MA Saleem and former Lok Sabha MP VS Ugrappa, before a press conference possibly not aware that…

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Congress to meet President

The Congress delegation led by Rahul Gandhi will meet President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, the sources informed. New Delhi [India], October 12 ): The party, earlier on October 10, wrote to the Rashtrapati Bhavan seeking an appointment with the President for a seven-member party delegation to meet him. The delegation will present a detailed memorandum of facts in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri incident that claimed the lives of eight people earlier this month. The Congress delegation will consist of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AK Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury besides Rahul Gandhi who will lead the delegation.As many as eight people including four farmers had died in the violence that took place on October 3. Uttar Pradesh police have so far arrested three people including Ashish Mishra.Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), a…

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Rahul Gandhi should lead Congress: Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : Former Karnataka Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah extended his support to party leader Rahul Gandhi while echoing his long standing demand for Gandhi to take over the post of party president.“I have been saying for (a) long time that Rahul Gandhi should lead (the) Congress party. I urge him to take charge at the earliest,” Siddaramaiah, the leader of the opposition said in Bengaluru on Monday. “It is not that Sonia ji is incapable of discharging her duties of the president. Sonia ji is not keeping good health. That is why I suggested Rahul ji to take over as early as possible,” he added.On the question of him eyeing for a big role in central politics, Siddaramaiah said that he has no interest in the central politics and he has already conveyed that to interim party president Sonia…

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Congress: Nationwide Silent Protest

The Congress party on Monday staged a nationwide silent protest over Lakhimpur Kheri violence and demand the dismissal of Ajay Mishra from the post of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs. New Delhi [India], October 11 : Delhi Congress held a silent protest at Jantar Mantar over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in solidarity with farmers. Jammu and Kashmir Congress in-charge Rajani Patil and Congress President Ghulam Ahmad Mir Along with other party leaders and members held a silent protest near the Governor House. The placards they were holding read “Dismiss Ajay Mishra”.Another silent protest program has been organized by the State Congress Committee, in which all senior leaders of Bihar Congress including state Congress in-charge Bhakta Charandas and state president Dr Madan Mohan Jha participated.Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, Cabinet Minister of Rajasthan, Mahesh Joshi, Chief Whip of Congress also held a protest in Jaipur.…

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Blow to BJP, minister rejoins Congress

Uttarakhand Transport Minister Yashpal Arya and his son Sanjiv Arya on Monday resigned from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and joined the Congress party in New Delhi. New Delhi [India], October 11 : The former BJP leaders were inducted into the party in the presence of senior party leader Harish Rawat and All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary KC Venugopal. This comes months ahead of the upcoming assembly polls in the state. Notably, both the leaders, Yashpal and Sanjiv had joined BJP ahead of the 2017 assembly polls in Uttarakhand after quitting Congress.“He (Yashpal) has just tendered resignation from the post of Uttarakhand Cabinet Minister,” General Secretary Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference.“Yashpal Arya has served as the chief of Pradesh Congress Committee for a long time in Uttarakhand. He has been an MLA six times — two times from Uttar Pradesh and…

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Opposition is creating confusion: Naqvi

Following the arrest of Ashish Mishra in connection with Lakhimpur Kheri violence, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday noted that the law is taking its course and alleged that some Opposition leaders are creating “selective confusion” ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. New Delhi [India], October 11 : “The law is doing its work. Nobody is trying to save anyone. The law is taking action against whoever is accused. Unfortunately, there is an ongoing collective competition for spreading selective confusion. They want to make it a political issue. These people are the ones who were not on the forefront earlier and started appearing ahead of the Assembly polls,” Naqvi said in an interview with ANI. The Union Minister further said that opposition parties including Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, think of themselves as “champions.”“The accused…

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Congress demands action against culprits in Indore clashes

Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India]: After five people were injured in clashes that broke out between two groups in Kampel village of Madhya Pradesh’s Indore district on Saturday, a Congress delegation met the Superintendent of Police and demanded action against the culprits.Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesperson Amin-ul-Khan Suri on Sunday said that he helped the victims in the hospital and arranged for their treatment. “When I came to know about the incident, I reached MY Hospital on Saturday night to help the victims and ensured arrangements for their treatment. I also went to the police station and lodged an FIR against the accused,” Suri said.He further alleged that the attitude of the police was not right.At least five members of a family were injured in a clash between two groups in Kampel village of Indore, police said on Sunday.Fazluddin, a relative of the injured family, has…

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US treasury secretary hopes Congress will approve global corporate tax deal

Washington [US]: US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said that she hoped US Congress would approve a key pillar of the global corporate tax deal agreed by some 136 countries and jurisdictions.“I am confident that what we need to do to come into compliance with the minimum tax will be included in a reconciliation package,” Yellen said on ABC’s “This Week,” referring to a spending package being negotiated by the White House and Democratic lawmakers. “I hope … that it will be passed and we will be able to reassure the world that the United States will do its part,” she said.Yellen’s remarks came after the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced on Friday that a major reform of the international tax system has finalized, which includes a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15 per cent.“This is really an historic agreement.…

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Karnataka: Silent protest by Cong.

Karnataka Congress will hold a silent protest on Monday demanding the arrest of all accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and the dismissal of Ajay Mishra from the post of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, said party’s start unit president DK Shivakumar. Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], October 10 : Karnataka Congress President Shivakumar alleged that the incident in Uttar Pradesh was a ‘brutal assassination on farmers’. “A vehicle belonging to the Minister and their family members has brutally assassinated farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. No action has been taken against the Union Minister of State and the culprits responsible for this act. That’s why we demand justice for the farmers”, he said.“Against this backdrop, the Congress party will hold a silent protest at the Congress office at Race Course Road in Bengaluru on Monday, demanding the immediate dismissal of Union Minister…

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PM came to Lucknow but forgot Lakhimpur Kheri : Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that he visited Lucknow to see the developments in the state but did not visit the kin of victims who died in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], October 10 : “The Chief Minister is shielding the minister from public forum. Prime Minister came to Lucknow to see the performance of ‘Uttam Pradesh’ and Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav but could not go to Lakhimpur Kheri to share the grief of the victim families,” Gandhi said while addressing ‘Kisan Nyay’ rally in Varanasi today. As many as eight people including four farmers had died in the violence that took place on October 3. Uttar Pradesh police has so far arrested three people including Ashish Mishra, who is the son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra…

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‘Punjab: Looming power crisis’

Punjab Pradesh Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday said that Punjab should prepare for the looming power crisis due to shortage of coal in power plants and prevent it. Chandigarh [India], October 10 : He also demanded that private thermal plants flouting guidelines by not keeping coal stock for the stipulated time should be penalised. “Punjab must prevent and prepare, rather than repent and repair… Private thermal plants flouting guidelines, punishing domestic consumers by not keeping coal stock for 30 days should be penalised,” Sidhu tweeted.Talking about the alternative to coal for power generation, he said it is time to aggressively work on the solar electricity models.“It is time to aggressively work on solar PPAs, and roof-top solar connected to the Grid,” said Sidhu in his tweet.Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday asked the central government to immediately enhance State’s coal…

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Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi on the murder of farmers, inflation, unemployment

New Delhi [India], October 10 : Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that the former is silent over the alleged murders of farmers and BJP workers in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, rising inflation, the surge in the oil price, and unemployment in the country.“PM silent- Rising inflation – oil price, unemployment, farmer and BJP worker murdered, PM violent- Lack of camera and photo ops, true criticism, Question on friends,” tweeted the Wayanad MP. Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni arrived with three vehicles around the time that farmers were dispersing from their protest at the helipad and mowed down farmers and towards the end also attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk directly, by trying to run a…

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Priyanka offers puja at Kashi Vishwanath

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], October 10 : Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi.The Congress leader will be addressing the ‘Kisan Nyay’ rally at a ground in the Rohania area in the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi later today. She is accompanied by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister and party observer for upcoming UP polls Bhupesh Baghel, and party MP Deepender Singh Hooda.She will also offer prayers at the Maa Durga Temple in the city.Priyanka Gandhi is expected to stay in Uttar Pradesh for five days every month, presumably to zero in on her campaigning agenda ahead of the upcoming State Assembly polls scheduled early next year.

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Congress to present a memorandum on the Lakhimpur Kheri to president

The Congress on Sunday wrote to the Rashtrapati Bhavan seeking an appointment with President Ram Nath Kovind for a 7-member party delegation led by Rahul Gandhi to meet him and present a detailed memorandum of facts in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri incident that claimed the lives of eight people earlier this month. New Delhi [India], October 10 : According to the letter, the Congress delegation will consist of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AK Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury besides Rahul Gandhi who will lead the delegation. “The shocking incident of broad day massacre of farmers in Lakhimpur Khiri in Uttar Pradesh has shaken the conscience of the entire nation. Even more tragic are the open warnings given by the Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni consequent trampling of farmers under a Thar…

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If Sidhu observes permanent silence, then Congress will get lot of peace: Anil Vij

Chandigarh (Haryana) [India] : Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Saturday slammed Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and said that if he observes a vow of silence, then Congress and the country will get a lot of peace.“Navjot Singh Sidhu has observed a vow of silence. If he obverses a vow of silence permanently, then the Congress will also get a lot of peace and the country will also get a lot of peace,” Vij told ANI. His statements came after Sidhu vowed to observe a hunger strike demanding arrest of the accused in Lakhimpur Kheri violence. However, Sidhu on Saturday ended his hunger strike after Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra, appeared before the Uttar Pradesh police after he was summoned in connection with the case.Hitting out at Congress, the Haryana minister said that…

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Sidhu ends hunger strike

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu ended his hunger strike on Saturday after the son of MoS Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni, Ashish Mishra, appeared before the crime branch in Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Lakhimpur Kheri (Uttar Pradesh) [India], October 9 : Sidhu on Friday had started a hunger strike in Lakhimpur at the house of journalist Raman Kashyap, who died in the violence on October 3. Sidhu was demanding the arrest of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra.As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on October 3, said Uttar Pradesh police.The Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday filed an FIR for murder against Ashish Mishra.Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni arrived with three…

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Congress-led UDF walks out

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) staged a walkout from the state assembly on Friday alleging that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is hiding the deaths caused to COVID-19.UDF through a notice of adjournment motion moved by Congress MLA PC Vishnunath alleged that the Kerala government is hiding COVID deaths. After the speaker denied permission for discussion, the opposition staged a walkout.Kerala reported 10,944 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, taking the total active cases in the state to 1,16,645, the state.

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Opposition unity on test as TMC upsets Congress

New Delhi [India]: The Opposition unity against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government stands on shaky ground at present and has been put on test once again as Congress is apparently upset with Trinamool Congress (TMC) and has accused it of poaching party leaders to fulfil its aspiration to become a national alternative to the ruling party at the Centre.Congress disappointment was clearly reflected when Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, without naming TMC, said in a tweet that people looking for a “national” alternative based on poaching INC functionaries were in for a big disappointment and that there are no quick-fix solutions. “People looking for a “national” alternative based on poaching INC functionaries who can’t win even their own seats is in for a big disappointment. Unfortunately, to become a national alternative deep-rooted and concerted efforts are needed and there are no quick-fix solutions,” Baghel…

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Sidhu threatens ‘hunger strike’

Former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday demanded the arrest of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni’s son and threatens to go on hunger strike from tomorrow. New Delhi [India], October 7 : The Congress leader while leading a march to Lakhimpur in Uttar Pradesh said, “If arrests are not made or he (MoS Teni’s son) doesn’t join the investigation by tomorrow, then I will sit on hunger strike.” As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday, said Uttar Pradesh police.Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel have announced ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh separately to the kin of four farmers who died in the Lakhimpur incident. Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union…

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Priyanka Gandhi demands for resignation of MoS Teni

Reiterating her demand for removal of Minister of State (MoS) for Home Ajay Mishra Teni from the Union council of Ministers over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday said that justice has not been served yet and she will continue to fight for it. Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], October 7 : “Justice is a right in a democracy and justice is not served yet. Every eyewitness has identified MoS Home’s son and had said that he was involved in the matter. The Union minister needs to resign to ensure an unbiased investigation,” she told media persons here. “All the affected families I met yesterday only demanded justice. The police force was used to stop the Opposition leaders but not to arrest the accused,” she added.Congress delegation including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met the family of deceased…

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Congress delegation including Priyanka, Rahul Gandhi proceeds to Lakhimpur Kheri

Sitapur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: The five-member Congress delegation including party leader Rahul Gandhi and party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra left from Sitapur for violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri district on Wednesday.The delegation also included Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and party general secretary KC Venugopal. The delegation is likely to meet three families of those who died in Lakhimpur Kheri violence.The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday approved the visit of the Congress delegation led by Rahul Gandhi.“We have received approval from the government for the visit of Rahul Gandhi-led delegation,” Lakhimpur Kheri District Magistrate (DM) Dr Arvind Kumar Chaurasiya told ANI.A total of eight people including four farmers died in the violence that took place in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3.Earlier, Trinamool Congress MPs Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Dola Sen, Pratima Mondal, Abir Ranjan Biswas and Sushmita Dev met…

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