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After allegation, Amanatullah Khan resigns from AAP party post

Khan on Sunday said that Vishwas was conspiring to break the party and had asked some legislators to join the BJP with an offer of Rs 30 crore each.

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New Delhi, May 1 : A day after accusing senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas of conspiring to break the party, Delhi legislator Amanatullah Khan on Monday night resigned from the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC).

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is also the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) national convener, had called a PAC meeting to discuss the issues that arose after the allegations levelled by Okhla MLA Khan on Sunday against Vishwas.

Khan reached Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal’s residence, where the PAC meet was held, tendered his resignation from the PAC and left.

“Amanatullah Khan has resigned from the party’s PAC and his resignation has been accepted,” Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters after the meeting.

Vishwas, a founder member of the AAP, did not turn up for the PAC meet.

Sisodia said that Kejriwal was “unhappy” with both Amanatullah and Vishwas in so far in the way they raised the issue outside the party fora.

“In the PAC it was discussed that the party leaders including the MLAs should exercise restraint while making remarks,” Sisodia said, while urging party workers “to believe in the party’s leadership” and talk to Kejriwal before “engaging in such statements and remarks or issue any video”.

He said that some PAC members expressed anger against what Khan said regarding Vishwas and his absence from the meeting was also a matter of discussion there.

“He (Vishwas) is also giving interviews, statements and releasing videos outside party fora and Arvind (Kejriwal) is hurt that some people are giving statements outside the party.”

“I want to say that there’s no need to give statements outside, if anyone has complaint against anyone else, then we all are here, Arvindji is here,” Sisodia added.

He further said that such incidents would affect the party and the people of Delhi, noting that the AAP government has three years remaining and have a long way to go.

“We have to work on projects like CCTV, WiFi, schools and fix the health system of Delhi but because of these miniscule incidents, party workers get discouraged,” Sisodia told reporters.

Vishwas had asked the party to introspect after party’s debacle in the municipal polls.

Before the civic polls, the AAP suffered jolts in Punjab and Goa assembly election. While it failed to open an account in Goa, it didn’t make much of an impact in Punjab.

Khan on Sunday said that Vishwas was conspiring to break the party and had asked some legislators to join the BJP with an offer of Rs 30 crore each.

Khan’s remarks came after Vishwas in a TV interview on Friday has said the party won’t hesitate in taking a call on change in its leadership after its poor show in Delhi municipal polls.

Kejriwal on Sunday has denied any rift with Vishwas after Khan accused the latter of trying to break the party at the BJP’s behest.

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Tejashwi Yadav attacks Nitish, says Bihar turned into ‘monster raj’

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New Delhi, Aug 21: Reports of a woman being paraded naked in a Bihar town prompted Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday to allege the state has been transformed into a ‘jungle and monster raj’.

A mob attacked, stripped and paraded a woman naked in a locality in Bhojpur district on Monday suspecting her for murdering a man. A video of the incident went viral on social media. The mob also torched a few shops.

Read More: Woman stripped, beaten by mob on murder suspicion in Bihar

The clip also showed people making video clips of the incident instead of helping the victim.

Yadav tweeted: “What is happening in my Bihar? Today a woman has been beaten up and paraded naked on the road. You (referring to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi) have transformed Bihar into jungle and monster raj.”

Yadav said he was numb to see the “heart-wrenching video clip” of the women.

Presently, the woman is under police custody and undergoing medical examinations.

However, she denied her involvement in the murder.

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Hyderabad: BJP MLA Raja Singh under preventive custody

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Hyderabad, Aug 21: BJP MLA Raja Singh has been taken into preventive custody from his residence by the Hyderabad Police on Tuesday.

The Lawmaker was planning to protest in front of Police Commissioner’s office seeking the release of ‘gau rakshaks’ from police custody.

 

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BJP ministers spar over Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes

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New Delhi, Aug 21: Uttarakhand Tourism minister Satpal Maharaj and urban development minister Madan Kaushik fought over choosing a venue to keep former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes before the immersion in Harki Pauri.

Maharaj had recommended his Prem Nagar ashram as the venue, while Kaushik insisted that the ashes should be kept at Gayatri Teerth Shantikunj.

Shantikunj head Dr Pranav Pandya is considered as a close aide of Kaushik and Chief minister TS Rawat on Saturday announced it as the venue.

Citing BJP insiders, Hindustan Times reported that the Maharaj faction conveyed its displeasure to party Uttarakhand in-charge Shyam Jaju and the CMO.

Following this, at midnight, the information department issued a press release, stating City Sports Stadium will be the venue, where Vajpayee’s ashes will be kept.

“The change of venue at the last moment was not apt, when several functions, be it religious, spiritual, social or political, are held at Prem Nagar ashram,” Maharaj asserted.

“Kaushik arrived last evening at my ashram. We both held talks but I can’t divulge more as other senior party leaders were also there,” he added.

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