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Bobby Jindal endorses Marco Rubio in presidential race

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Washington, Feb 6 : Louisiana’s former Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal has endorsed Florida Senator Marco Rubio, giving the surging Republican presidential candidate a boost ahead of Tuesday’s primary in New Hamnpshire.

“Marco can unify our party. His optimistic message is bringing voters from across the party lines, from across different demographic groups,” Jindal told Fox News on Friday. “He can unify our party. He can win this election in November.”

“I think he’s a principled conservative. I think he is the right guy to lead us forward,” he added.

Jindal, who himself made a long shot run for president until he dropped his campaign in November in the face of low poll numbers, also said he was impressed by Rubio’s foreign policy.

“Marco’s been consistent about strengthening America’s foreign policy,” Jindal said. “Marco’s consistently stood up to the threat of ISIS and radical Islam.”

Rubio responded by calling Jindal “one of the smartest people in American politics.”

“He’s going to be a huge asset to our campaign,” Rubio said in a statement. “I think he has a very promising future in American politics. One of the best governors in America.”

“We’re really excited to have him on board. This is going to be a good boost to our campaign,” he added.

Jindal is the second former 2016 rival to endorse Rubio this week, as former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum threw his support behind the Florida senator on Wednesday.

Rubio, who made a surprisingly strong third place finish in Iowa caucuses after Texas Senator Ted Cruz and frontrunner Donald Trump took a dig at his rivals saying running a country is not like being a real estate developer or being a governor.

“Again, being president of the United States is not like being a real estate developer, it’s not like being a governor, it is about being commander in chief,” he told NBC News.

“And on the most important issues before this country on national security, I have shown better judgment and a better understanding than anyone else running for president.”

Brushing aside concerns that he is “too scripted” Rubio argued that he gives the party the best chance to unify and expand the party and defeat Democratic frrontrunner Hillary Clinton in the general election.

Trump, as also New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, have hammered Rubio for not being experienced enough.

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Karnataka CM’s daughter too tests Covid positive

“Both (father and daughter) are asymptomatic. They tested positive due to mild symptoms of the disease,” added the official.

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Bengaluru, Aug 3 : After Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa tested Covid positive on Sunday night, his youngest daughter B.Y. Padmavati was found to have been infected with the disease, an official said on Monday.

“As Padmavati’s sample result turned positive, she has also been admitted to the privately-run Manipal Hospital where Yediyurappa is under treatment for the virus,” an official of the Chief Minister’s Office told IANS here.

Yediyurappa, 78, has five children, including two sons and three daughters.

“Though the Chief Minister’s eldest son B.Y.Vijayendra, who also stays with him in the official residence, tested negative, he has been advised to be in isolation at home,” said the official.

In a tweet, Vijayendra said as a precaution, he will be in home quarantine for a week.

“My father (Yediyurappa) is doing fine and under observation of doctors who said there is no need to worry,” tweeted Vijayendra.

According to the hospital’s health bulletin, Yediyurappa is doing well and is clinically stable.

“Yediyurappa has been admitted to our hospital on Sunday night for observation. He is clinically stable and is monitored by a team of doctors,” said the bulletin.

The hospital has allowed Yediyurappa and his daughter to have food from home.

“Both (father and daughter) are asymptomatic. They tested positive due to mild symptoms of the disease,” added the official.

The Chief Minister’s other family members and relatives who have been in contact with him were also advised to go into quarantine.

The Chief Minister’s official and personal staff, including cook, servants and drivers has been advised to be in isolation for a week.

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Karnataka CM Yediyurappa tests Covid positive

In a tweet in Kannada, the 78-year-old Yediyurappa said he was fine but got admitted to a hospital as a precaution on the advice of doctors.

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Bengaluru, Aug 3 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has tested positive for coronavirus and has been admitted to a private hospital, an official said on Sunday night.

“The Chief Minister took a test after feeling unwell. As the test was positive, he has been admitted in a private hospital on the recommendation of doctors,” the official told IANS here.

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In a tweet in Kannada later, the 78-year-old Yediyurappa said he was fine but got admitted to a hospital as a precaution on the advice of doctors.

“I request those who have come in contact with me recently to be observant and exercise self-quarantine,” he said.

State Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar, who is in-charge of Covid care in the southern state, confirmed that Yediyurappa tested positive for the infection.

“I pray that he (Yediyurappa) will heal soon, as prayers of the people are with him. He will soon recover and return to work,” tweeted Sudhakar in Kannada.

The chief minister has been at home in the official residence since Friday due to three government holidays since July 31 to Sunday.

“On July 31, the chief minister, however, met state Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan in the city centre along with state home minister Basavaraj Bommai. Later, National Education Policy draft committee chairman K. Kasturirangan called on him at his residence,” the official recalled.

Yediyurappa also inaugurated on Friday the new building of the Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (Keonics) for housing incubation, warehousing and start-ups in the city, where he came in contact with many people though he wore mask and maintained physical distance.

State Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan and other officials accompanied him for the function.

On July 30, the chief minister flagged off the tunnel boring machine for the second phase of the metro rail project in the city centre, where people were present in large numbers.

The septuagenarian leader completed one year as chief minister on July 26 after the ruling BJP returned to power on July 26, 2019.

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UPA could not surmount ‘sinister conspiracies of Shakunis’: Manish Tewari

Tewari hinted that the sinister campaign was 2G and coal block allocation issue in which BJP alleged corruption citing CAG reports, which led to the defeat of UPA in 2014 polls.

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New Delhi, Aug 2 : Amid a debate within the Congress about its performance during 10 years of UPA rule over Rajya Sabha members close to Rahul Gandhi have asked for introspection, former Union minister Manish Tewari on Sunday again defended interim party chief Sonia Gandhi and ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and attacked the BJP and termed it as “Shakuni”.

Tewari who is in his constituency of Anandpur Sahib said in a tweet, “Unfortunately UPA could not surmount sinister conspiracies against it for it was/is led by two genteel & decent souls SG & MMS in a world where Shakunis populate/d the adversary space.”

When IANS contacted Tewari about his “Shakuni” comment he said BJP led the sinister campaign against the then UPA government.

Tewari hinted that the sinister campaign was 2G and coal block allocation issue in which BJP alleged corruption citing CAG reports, which led to the defeat of UPA in 2014 polls.

Tewari said that achievement of the UPA government can be seen in the PMO archives and the government has done a lot in RTI, RTE, MNREGA, Food Security and other developmental work.

The spat within the Congress was sparked after a meeting of Rajya Sabha MPs chaired by Sonia Gandhi where Rajiv Satav raised the issue of intersection which was countered by the veterans, sources said.

Even as the veterans against Team Rahul war within the Congress is out in the open, former Union minister Shashi Tharoor, Tewari and Milind Deora, rallied behind Manmohan Singh, saying the UPA’s transformative 10 years were distorted and traduced by a motivated and malicious narrative.

Anand Sharma, Tharoor, Tewari and former Mumbai Congress chief Deora – all ministers in Singh’s Cabinet at one point – defended the former Prime Minister, tagging criticism of him as “ill-informed” and part of a “motivated and malicious narrative”.

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