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Congress leaders to meet on Monday to discuss organisational issues

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New Delhi, Sep 19 : Amid the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament, Congress general secretaries and state in-charges will meet on Monday to discuss important organisational issues in the absence of party interim chief Sonia Gandhi and former party President Rahul Gandhi.

Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal in a letter urged all the general secretaries, members of the Special Committee and state in-charges to assist the Congress President in organisational operational matters. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday at the party headquarters here.

Sonia Gandhi has gone abroad for her annual medical check-up along with her son Rahul Gandhi.

This is the first meeting of the party general secretaries and state in-charges after the stormy Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting.

After the CWC meeting, the Congress carried out a major reshuffle in the organisation, replacing several leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, who wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi on party matters.

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National Lost A Stalwart Leader: President On Keshubhai’s Death

The BJP leader was the Chief Minister of Gujarat twice — in 1995 and from 1998 to 2001. He was a six-time MLA. He was replaced by Narendra Modi as Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001.

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New Delhi: Conveying his condolence to the kin of former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said the nation has lost a stalwart leader.

The President took Twitter to express his condolence, saying “Keshubhai Ji’s dogged determination for social service and committment to Indian ethos will remain exemplary for all. My condolences to his family and friends”.

“With the demise of Keshubhai Patel, former Gujarat Chief Minister, the nation has lost a stalwart leader. His long public life was dedicated to improving the lives of millions, especially in villages. As champion of farmers’ causes, he enjoyed extraordinary rapport with masses.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with various Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expressed sorrow over the death of Patel who breathed his last at a hospital in Ahmedabad on Thursday morning at the age of 92 years.

The Prime Minister expressed deep sadness at the death of Patel, calling him an “outstanding leader” who devoted his life towards the progress of Gujarat.

Mentioning as “our beloved and respected Keshubhai”, Modi in a series of tweet said, “I am deeply pained and saddened” on his passing away.

“He was an outstanding leader who cared for every section of society. His life was devoted towards the progress of Gujarat and the empowerment of every Gujarati.”

The Prime Minister said that Keshubhai travelled across the length and breadth of Gujarat to strengthen the Jana Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“He resisted the Emergency tooth and nail. Issues of farmer welfare were closest to his heart. Be it as MLA, MP, Minister or CM, he ensured many farmer friendly measures were passed,” Modi said.

Modi reminded how Keshubhai mentored and groomed many younger Karyakartas including him.

“Everyone loved his affable nature. His demise is an irreparable loss. We are all grieving today. My thoughts are with his family and well-wishers. Spoke to his son Bharat and expressed condolences. Om Shanti.”

Expressing condolence at the sudden demise of Patel, Shah said: “While in the BJP, Keshubhai played an important role in strengthening the organization in Gujarat. As a trustee of Somnath Temple, he always supported the development of the temple. Keshubhai will always remain in our memory with his actions and behaviour.”

In his condolence message, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Keshubhai Patel ji was an effective administrator who left an indelible mark in public life.

“I offer my tributes to the departed leader. In this hour of grief, I express my heartfelt condolences to his family and well-wishers. Om Shanti,” Singh said in a series of tweets.

Singh said that Keshubhai Patel will always be remembered for his unwavering commitment to serve the people.

“Former Chief Minister of Gujarat, Keshubhai was a political stalwart who played a significant role in strengthening the BJP in the state. Deeply pained by his demise today.”

Patel was hospitalised after he complained of difficulty in breathing on Thursday morning. He breathed his last during treatment.

The BJP leader was the Chief Minister of Gujarat twice — in 1995 and from 1998 to 2001. He was a six-time MLA. He was replaced by Narendra Modi as Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001.

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‘Is There Anything Left to Be Said’: Priyanka Gandhi Takes Dig at Mayawati’s ‘Will Even Vote for BJP’ Remark

Amid speculation that some of her party MLAs could switch sides in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati said her party will leave no stone unturned to defeat Samajwadi Party candidates, even if it means voting for candidates of the BJP or any other party.

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday took a dig at BSP chief Mayawati over her remarks that her party would even vote for the BJP to defeat any candidate of the Samajwadi Party, asking if there is anything left to be said.

Amid speculation that some of her party MLAs could switch sides in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati said her party will leave no stone unturned to defeat Samajwadi Party candidates, even if it means voting for candidates of the BJP or any other party.

“Any candidate who dominates over SP’s second candidate will get BSP MLAs’ vote,” she said in a statement. Tagging the video statement of Mayawati, Congress general secretary in-charge UP Priyanka Gandhi tweeted in Hindi, “Is there anything left (to be said) after this?” In a jolt to the BSP on Wednesday, six party MLAs reportedly met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and later threw hints that they may switch sides.

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Jammu and Kashmir converted into open jail: Mehbooba Mufti

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Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said Jammu and Kashmir has been converted into a jail where voices of politicians, journalists and civil society members are being stifled.

Speaking to reporters at her residence on the Gupkar road in Srinagar on Thursday she said the PDP supporters protested in Jammu against the new land laws for Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday and on Thursday the PDP members wanted to take out a march in Kashmir but they were arrested and the PDP office was sealed.

“I tried to meet them in the police station but I was not allowed to do that,” she said.

She said nobody is allowed to speak in Kashmir be it journalists, civil society members or politicians.

“There is total lawlessness. Jammu and Kashmir has been converted into a jail,” she said. “They want to loot our resources.”

She said when people of Ladakh protested, they were taken to Delhi on a plane and asked what their problems were but today people of Ladakh are also regretting.

“Poor people are not given bread, but instead they are told to buy land in J&K,” she said.

She said they will continue to raise their voice against the new laws introduced in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We are not Twitter politicians, we won’t stay inside, we will come out. Every day a new diktat is being issued by Delhi, if they are so strong why don’t they take on China, which has martyred 20 people. All of the force is for the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” she said.

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