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Ahmed Patel meets Sonia, discusses Kota children deaths

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New Delhi, Jan 4 : Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Saturday met party interim chief Sonia Gandhi over the death of 106 children in Rajasthan’s Kota and also discussed the portfolio distribution in Maharashtra.

Patel held a marathon meeting with Sonia Gandhi at her residence for over 45 minutes.

According to party sources, the two leaders discussed the death of children in Rajasthan, where it has its government for the past one year.

The death of children in government hospital in Kota has pushed the Congress on the backfoot in the state.

On being asked if Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra or former party chief Rahul Gandhi will go to Kota, the party source said, it is yet to be decided.

The party source also said that the two leaders also discussed the issue of portfolio distribution in Maharashtra, where it has forged an alliance with the Shiv Sena, besides it pre-poll alliance partner Nationalist Congress Party.

To a question over the dissent brewing in the party over the portfolio distribution, the source said, “no one is upset” on portfolio and there is no problem as such.

In November, two Congress MLAs were sworn in as ministers in Maharashtra along with Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray as Chief Minister.

In the first Cabinet expansion last week, 10 more Congress MLAs were inducted as ministers in the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

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Anti-CAA slogans raised at Shah rally

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New Delhi, Jan 26 : A youth, among a small group who raised slogans against the Citizenship Amendment Act at Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s poll rally here on Sunday, was beaten up by people at the rally.

Shah, who was present at that time, directed his security to take the youth to safety.

As the Home Minister was addressing the rally in Babarpur Assembly constituency for the February 8 Delhi Assembly elections, four-five youths began shouting slogans demanding the rollback of the act. People seized hold of one of the youth and beat him up before Shah’s intervention.

In his speech, Shah targeted both the city’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress, saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought in the CAA but “Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and company were opposing it”.

“They (the opposition) incited and misled the people, buses were burnt, cars were burnt and if these people come back, then Delhi will not be secure,” he alleged.

Appealing to the people to vote for the BJP, he said his party’s victory would ensure Delhi remains secure and incidents like the Shaheen Bagh protests are curbed.

He said that the BJP and Modi would transform the city, and urged people not to go by the “false promises” of others.

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Poets vent public anger at anti-CAA meet in Hyderabad

Leading poets Rahat Indori, Manzar Bhopali, Shabeena Adeeb and Sampat Saral recited their poems amid thunderous cheers by huge crowd.

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Hyderabad, Jan 26 : India’s leading poets vent the public anger against Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens at a unique protest on the eve of the Republic Day here on Saturday.

Thousands of people thronged Khilwat Grounds near historic Charminar as poetry, qawali and satire targetted the government, condemned the police excesses and communalism.

Leading poets Rahat Indori, Manzar Bhopali, Shabeena Adeeb and Sampat Saral recited their poems amid thunderous cheers by huge crowd.

On the demand from people, Rahat Indori recited his famous poem “kisi ke baap ka Hindustan thodi hai”.

Condemning attempts by some individuals to paint this as a poem by a Muslim poet, he said that this is the voice of all true Indians who shed their blood for building this nation. He said he was pained over being called ‘Jihadi’.

Shabeena Adeeb, in her unique style, recited her poem ‘Yeh Hindustan hamara hai’, drawing loud cheers from audience with many of them waving national flag.

Manzar Bhopali too earned appreciation for his powerful couplets, decrying attempts by some forces to divide the nation.

United Muslim Action Committee, of which All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is a part, organised the programme.

AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi presided over the programme. However, he and other leaders allowed poetry to take the centre stage.

Sampat Saral poked fun at Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his poetry and satire titled ‘Mann ki baat, kaam ki baat’.

Jamia Millia Islamia’s Aamir Aziz drew huge applause for his poems, highlighting the state repression to suppress peaceful and democratic protests.

The programme had to be concluded early due to conditions imposed by the High Court. While hearing a petition filed by a BJP leader earlier in the day, the court directed the organisers not to hold the meeting till midnight.

Owaisi also had to drop plans of hoisting the national flag.

“The court is supreme but not infallible,” was how the MP reacted.

The programme was originally scheduled to be held at Charminar but the police asked them to shift it to Khilwat Grounds.

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All five ABVP candidates lose in Gujarat Central varsity polls

All the five candidates fielded by Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad lost. Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association, Students’ Federation of India and Left Democratic Students Federation bagged one seat each.

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New Delhi, Jan 26: All the five candidates fielded by the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Praishad, the student wing of the ruling BJP in Gujarat, have lost the elections to the Gujarat Central University.

Out of the five student council seats in Gujarat Central University, three were grabbed by Left-leaning student outfits and NSUI. One seat went to independent candidate. Elections were held on all five seats on Friday.

All the five candidates fielded by Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad lost. Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association, Students’ Federation of India and Left Democratic Students Federation bagged one seat each.

Election were held at five schools at the varsity out of the eleven, which included School of Languages, International Relations, Library Science, Environmental and Social Science

“What is interesting is that while BAPSA has been winning for three years, SFI and LDSF fielded candidates for the first time and won seats,” said Sumedh, a leader.

ABVP has issued a note stating the university has violated its own norms to help Left-leaning students win in the election. They alleged that the varsity was supposed to keep classes closed on the voting day on January 22; however, the laboratory and others were functioning, preventing students from voting.

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