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Congress moves HC for disqualification of Goa Minister

Rane was elected legislator on a Congress ticket in the February 4 assembly elections but later switched sides to the ruling BJP.

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Panaji, May 12 : The Congress on Friday moved the Panaji Bench of the Bombay High Court to seek disqualification of Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane under the anti-defection law.

The petition was filed by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar of the Congress under Article 226 of the Constitution that empowers the court to issue orders on legislative matters.

Rane was elected legislator on a Congress ticket in the February 4 assembly elections but later switched sides to the ruling BJP. He said the petition is a “joke”.

The petition said Vishwajeet Rane and the then Pro-Tem Speaker Sidharth Kunkolienkar had flouted legislative procedure on March 16, the day the present coalition government took the floor test. It said Rane was allowed to resign from assembly membership in defiance of a whip issued for the opposition benches.

“Perhaps Vishwajeet Rane is under the impression that by resigning from the assembly, he is free to contest again and return to the same house. We have argued in our petition that it is not possible — he is guilty of defection. He was elected for five years and now he will not even be eligible to re-contest,” Congress spokesperson Ramakant Khalap said.

Rane, among the 17 Congress legislators, had defied the party whip and resigned from the Congress as well as from membership of the assembly on March 16.

Rane later criticised the Congress leadership and formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party a few weeks later. He was later sworn-in as Health Minister on April 12.

“This petition is a joke and it reflects the bankruptcy of the state and central leadership of the Congress,” Rane said.

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Delhi distributes food at over 800 locations to 4 lakh people: Kejriwal

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New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday urged the migrants to stay back in the city during the lockdown and said his government is serving lunch and dinner to over four lakh people at more than 800 locations.

Speaking to the media through a digital press conference, he said the government has operationalised 568 Hunger Relief Centres in schools, apart from 238 night shelters.

“We have the capacity to feed lunch and dinner to approximately 4 lakh persons daily,” Kejriwal said. He also said that apart from this, mobile vans are also deployed to arrange food for those who cannot reach the locations.

“Although there is some issue, I am expecting that these will be streamlined in a day or so.”

Kejriwal said the Aam Aadmi Party MLAs and party workers are reaching out to the migrants, and have been successful to stop a number of migrants.

“Lockdown should be implemented seriously. If we keep moving, the purpose of lockdown will be wasted. I urged the migrants at the border to come back to Delhi. We even opened night shelters in some of the schools around the border areas,” Kejriwal said.

He also said that the ration from April in around 1,000 ration shops has reached and will soon be distributed.

“Coronavirus is spreading very fast. In the countries which we thought were highly developed are facing a serious crisis. We should learn from different nations.”

The nationwide lockdown has started from Tuesday midnight, following which migrant labourers have started moving to their homes in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha.

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Arrange for students’ food and transport, NSUI tells DU

DUSU Secretary Ashish Lamba, who is from the NSUI, has already written a letter to Dean, Students’ Welfare in this regard.

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New Delhi, March 28 : The National Students Union of India on Friday wrote to the Delhi University demanding proper arrangement of meals and sanitation for varsity students living in hostels or in rented accommodation.

The Congress’ student wing has also demanded that the varsity administration must also arrange for transportation facility for the students stuck in national capital away from their hometowns.

“Delhi University students living in PGs are also responsibility of Delhi University. These are tough times and the authorities cannot ignore the students living from the outside Delhi in the delhi university hostels, they still are college’s responsibilities,” NSUI wrote.

DUSU Secretary Ashish Lamba, who is from the NSUI, has already written a letter to Dean, Students’ Welfare in this regard.

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Social media a tool for young leaders amid lockdown

The BJP leaders are also posting videos of their hidden talent. Shahnawaz Hussain posted a video of his singing on bollywood numbers, While Kailash Vijayvargiya cooked at home.

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New Delhi, March 27 : As the country is going through an unprecedented 21-day lockdown, it is the social media which is emerging as a tool for communication. The young political leaders are connecting on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook with the masses while maintaining social distancing which is mandatory to ward off coronavirus.

They are expressing their views and are posting videos doing househld chores and moreover developing new habits and getting rid of bad ones in the wake of the lockdown.

Former Mumbai Congress President Milind Deora is writing on the social media to express his views about the lockdown. Reacting on the government’s measures on Friday, he wrote, “Only a prolonged nationwide shutdown coupled with targeted testing can prevent COVID-19’s exponential growth. @BillGates makes an important point in the US context. India has taken the 1st in a series of major steps, but may still have a long way to go.”

Similar is the case with Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill who is posting his videos on how to cook while living in Jalandhar and giving his opinion through Twitter.

Shergill wrote, “Govt #COVID2019 Economic Package is case of “Oonth Ke Muu Me Jeera-Too Less for the Ones Who Need More” as:

  1. $22.5 bn not enough for 135 Cr population (Singapore 58 Lac-Grant $33 bn)
  2. 44Cr+ informal labour force left out
  3. Extend EMI Moratorium to farmers.”

Congress Chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala is also sending his video through social media whole reacting on the Covid-19. He lashed out at the Haryana Government for allowing liqour shops to open. However, his attack led to the closure of these shops.

Jitin Prasada, who is in self quarantine in Shahjahanpur after attending the party where bollywood singer Kanika kapoor was present, wrote that the government should ensure payment to the sugarcane farmers.

It is not only the Congress leaders who are interacting with the masses through social media. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav requested all chief ministers to take care of migrant workers which got prompt reply from Aaditya Thackeray, a minister in Maharashtra government and son of chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The BJP leaders are also posting videos of their hidden talent. Shahnawaz Hussain posted a video of his singing on bollywood numbers, While Kailash Vijayvargiya cooked at home.

Robert Vadra, husband of Priyanka Gandhi, is tweeting and writing on Facebook how to beat the lockdown. Even Priyanka Gandhi posted video on how to wash hands to check the spread of the virus.

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