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44 Gujarat MLAs return from Karnataka, Patel will meet in the evening

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Ahmedabad, Aug 7 : Expressing confidence of winning the upcoming Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, the Congress senior leader on Monday said that We are confident of victory, all MLAs are with us. Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala alleged that the Central government was indulging in vendetta politics but will not succeed.

“Let the BJP use all kind of cheap tactics, let them do how much ever political conspiracies they want to, they will never be successful. They can never get majority from the people. Therefore in both Rajya Sabha and in Gujarat’s Vidhan Sabha Congress will win and that is why t he BJP is panicking. All political parties along with NCP will support congress and Ahmed Patel will win,”  Surjewala added.

Forty-four Congress MLAs from Gujarat, who were flown to Karnataka to prevent “poaching” by the BJP ahead of Tuesday’s Rajya Sabha elections, returned to the state on Monday, officials said.

The MLAs were moved to a private resort near Bengaluru on July 29 following the resignation of six Congress legislators.

Of the 57 party legislators in the 182-member Gujarat assembly, the six quit the party on July 26 and three of them joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on July 28. Of the BJP’s remaining 51 MLAs, seven did not join those who came to Bengaluru.

The 44 MLAs are being lodged at the Nijanand Resort near Anand. Their family members will visit the resort for the Raksha Bandhan festival on Monday.

On Tuesday, the legislators will directly go to state capital Gandhinagar to vote for the party’s Rajya Sabha nominee Ahmed Patel.

Patel, political secretary to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, is seeking a fifth consecutive term.

Karnataka Minister D.K. Shivakumar was at the airport when the Congress legislatorstook a budget carrier after a week-long stay at a private resort near here.

“As all of us are united. The BJP cannot threaten any of our MLAs. Horse trading is not possible with those who are with us,” party’s lawmaker Shaktisinh Gohil told reporters outside the airport before leaving for Ahmedabad.

During the legislators’ stay in the Eagleton Golf Resort at Bidadi, about 40 km from Bengaluru, the Income Tax Department raided a deluxe suite where Shivakumar was staying as their host, in connection with the alleged tax evasion and amassing of wealth or assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The officials did not raid the Gujarat MLAs but whisked away Shivakumar to his bungalow in the city for questioning him following the seizure of documents, cash, jewellery and property records made in his house.

Searches and seizures were also conducted at the Energy Minister’s house at Kanakapura and his rented apartment in New Delhi, at the residences of his brother D.K. Suresh at Ramanagara in the adjacent Bengaluru Rural district, and his relatives and friends at Mysuru and Hassan in the state till August 6.

(Input from IANS)

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Tejashvi Prasad to be CM face for 2020 Bihar elections, Says Manjhi

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Patna, June 25: Hindustani Awam Morcha supremo Jitan Ram Manjhi said Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashvi Prasad will be our Chief Minister face for the upcoming Bihar elections.

“If Nitish Kumar gives up CM seat and joins ‘mahagathbandhan’, then I think Tejashvi Prasad ji will be our CM face for 2020 Bihar elections,” he told ANI.

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New Delhi, June 25: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said to keep secularism alive then fight for your rights, became a political power, vote for Muslim candidates.

Addressing a gathering in Maharastra’s Beed on Sunday, Owaisi told people “I want to tell you that if you want to keep secularism alive then fight for your rights, became a political power, vote for your (muslim) candidates”.

“If Muslims become a political power, secularism and democracy will be strengthened” he added.

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