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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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Urmila Matondkar to join Shiv Sena on Monday, a year after exiting Congress

Urmila Matondkar had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North seat as a Congress candidate. Urmila Matondkar had taken on senior BJP leader Gopal Shetty.

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Urmila Matondkar, Bollywood actor-turned-politician who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on a Congress ticket and resigned five months later, is all set to join the Shiv Sena. Urmila Matondkar will join Shiv Sena on Monday, over a year after leading the Congress party. No further details about her joining the Shiv Sena have been shared.

The development comes a year after Urmila Matondkar resigned from the primary membership of the Congress, citing petty politics as the reason. Urmila Matondkar had joined the Congress in March 2019 ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and exited it in September 2019.

In her statement, Urmila Matondkar said, “My political and social sensibilities refuse to allow vested interests in the party to use me as a means to fight petty in-house politics instead of working on a bigger goal in Mumbai Congress.”

Urmila Matondkar said the thought of resignation came to her after no action was taken regarding her letter in which she had criticised close aides of senior party leader Sanjay Nirupam.

“To my utter dismay, the letter containing privileged and confidential communication was conveniently leaked to the media which according to me was an act of blatant betrayal. Needless to say, no one from the party was apologetic or even concerned towards me for the same despite my repeated protests,” Urmila Matondkar said in her statement.

Urmila Matondkar also said she will continue to work for people with honesty and dignity as she thanked all those who helped and supported her. On November 30, Urmila Matondkar is joining the Shiv Sena.

Urmila Matondkar had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North seat as a Congress candidate. Urmila Matondkar had taken on senior BJP leader Gopal Shetty.

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Centre should withdraw ‘anti-farmer laws’, says Digvijaya Singh

If Modi ji had discussed with the farmers before bringing the anti-farmer laws, why would this situation have happened? Modi ji should withdraw these legislations.

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New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over ongoing protests against “anti-farmer” laws and said that the Centre should withdraw these legislations.

Singh added that these laws should be submitted to the Parliamentary Committee for reconsideration after discussing with the farmers.

“If Modi ji had discussed with the farmers before bringing the anti-farmer laws, why would this situation have happened? Modi ji should withdraw these legislations. And again after discussing with the farmers, submit these laws to the Parliamentary Committee for reconsideration,” he tweeted.

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Now, Rabri Devi dubs Nitish as ‘warrior of sophistry’

Tejashwi also alleged that Nitish Kumar was facing actions in a murder case of 1991 and that the case was closed recently.

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Patna: A day after RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav took a dig at Nitish Kumar and provoked him enough to angrily hit back, Tejashwi’s mother Rabri Devi on Saturday dubbed the Bihar Chief Minister as a “warrior of sophistry”.

“He is a ‘kutark ke yoddha’ (warrior of sophistry). He claims that he made Tejashwi the Deputy CM of Bihar. It is absolute rubbish. He doesn’t have any shame left. In the 2015 Assembly elections, we won 80 seats and the Janata Dal-United got only 69 seats. Tejashwi was the leader of 80 MLAs and Nitish did not oblige him by offering the post of Deputy CM. You (Nitish) have to thank Lalu Prasad ji for extending a political lifeline to you in 2015,” Rabri told the media at her residence here.

“When a person becomes weak, he generally becomes angry and blows his fuse. Nitish Kumar is losing his cool these days and using unparliamentary language against the Leader of Opposition (Tejashwi). The CM is using highly objectionable words for him,” said Rabri Devi, a former Chief Minister of Bihar.

Nitish Kumar on Friday lost his cool after a personal attack by Tejashwi, who said in the Assembly that Nitish Kumar did not become father to a second child as he was probably scared of girl child.

Tejashwi also alleged that Nitish Kumar was facing actions in a murder case of 1991 and that the case was closed recently.

An angry Nitish Kumar in his speech later in the Bihar Assembly accused Tejashwi of lying and indulging in idle chatter.

He also clarified that he had made the remarks about 8-9 children of people just to inject some humour during an election rally.

Meanwhile, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) President Jitan Ram Manjhi said: “Tejashwi crossed the limit in the Assembly and used unparliamentary language to personally attack the Chief Minister. He should apologise. Nitish Kumar had made the remark at a political rally and not in the Assembly.”

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