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Congress reacts nonchalently to Ajit Jogi’s imminent exit

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New Delhi, June 2 : Reacting to former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi’s imminent exit from the party, the Congress said that migration is a continuous process in politics and there is always an arrival as well as departure lounge here.

A Congress leader described Jogi’s departure as “good riddance” for the party.

Jogi earlier hinted at floating a new political party and accused the Congress of being the ‘B’ team of the Bharatiya Janata Party in his state.

“We have heard that Ajit Jogi is leaving us; he was always a respected member for us. He was in the party for 30-35 years and was made a parliamentarian, a chief minister and a union minister,” party spokesperson Jairam Ramesh told reporters here.

“Whenever a Congressman leaves, he always uses the Congress while coining the name of his new party. Mamata Banerjee left and formed the Trinamool Congress, Sharad Pawar left and founded the Nationalist Congress Party. So, the brand name of the Congress always remains,” Ramesh added in an apparent dig at former party leaders.

He said Jogi should have talked to the Congress high command if he had any issues within the party.

Reacting to a question if the party will approach Jogi for returning to the Congress fold, Ramesh said: “Migration is a continuous process in politics and there is always a arrival and departure lounge here.”

Another senior Congress leader, on the condition of anonymity, said the party observers believe that it will only gain by Jogi’s departure.

“He was playing from (Chief Minister) Raman Singh’s team. Last time, we lost with a wafer-thin margin because we lost most of the seats in his (Jogi’s) stronghold in Chhattisgarh,” the Congress leader said.

Recently, his son Amit Jogi was expelled from the Congress over horse-trading charge.

A leaked telephonic conversation had allegedly pointed out that Amit Jogi had fixed a by-election in Chhattisgarh wherein he “sold the seat to the BJP, putting only a demo fight from the Congress side”.

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Congress sends legal notice to BJP leaders for Chinese agent barb against Kamal Nath

The notice sought reply within seven days of its receipt, else Kamal Nath will be constrained to initiate appropriate legal action.

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Jabalpur (MP), July 2 : Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee President Kamal Nath has sent legal notices to BJP Vice President Prabhat Jha and MP state President VD Sharma for accusing him of favouring Chinese firms by reducing import duty.

Nath”s counsel Varun Tankha said, “The legal notice drew the attention to the defamatory statements by both the BJP leaders against Kamal Nath widely circulated in various newspapers and electronic media on June 26 and 27, 2020.” The notice was sent on Tuesday.

The notice sought reply within seven days of its receipt, else Kamal Nath will be constrained to initiate appropriate legal action.

Tankha said, “No public record supports any part of these false allegations.” The decisions Kamal Nath took during his tenure as Union Minister for Commerce and Industry from 2004 to 2009 were as per the norms.

During Nath’s tenure as Union Minister, the anti-dumping duty against Chinese companies was higher which goes to suggest that Nath never favoured any Chinese company or for that matter any country, Tankha said.

It is a general practice in the Union government that any increase or decrease of tariffs is a concerted effort taken after Cabinet approval and much scrutiny, he said.

The BJP leaders made baseless allegations about the Chinese firms transferring illegal amounts to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Tankha added. The accusations of Sharma that Nath took all the money for development works for Chhindwara district is also baseless, he said.

“No public record supports any part of these false allegations,” Tankha said.

The legal notice said, “The statements (of BJP leaders) are purely an offence mechanism to protect your party”s (BJP) politically reducing turf in the wake of upcoming by-elections of 24 constituencies in Madhya Pradesh.”

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Congress slams eviction notice to Priyanka Gandhi

He said, “the land was to be vacated from the Chinese but government chose to vacate a house in Delhi.”

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New Delhi, July 1 : Congress leaders have reacted sharply on the eviction notice served to party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra though sources close to her said she will comply with the notice.

The government on Wednesday asked Priyanka, daughter of interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, to vacate her government accommodation at 35, Lodhi Estate here within a month as she is no longer on the list of protectees of the Special Protection Group (SPG).

Jitin Prasada, Congress working committee member said, “I fail to understand the timing of the government”s actions however Priyanka Gandhi is on a mission to fight and work for the people of UP and is unfazed and not bothered by these diversionary tactics.”

Another Congress leader Rajiv Shukla said it’s unfair and quoted former Prime Minister IK Gujral that ruler should be large-hearted.

He said, “the land was to be vacated from the Chinese but government chose to vacate a house in Delhi.”

Congress leader Vishwanath Chaturvedi said this is a new low in politics and the Modi government has insulted a “daughter of a martyr”. Congress leader Naseeb Pathan demanded that newly elected member in Rajya Sabha KC Venugopal should resign and Priyanka Gandhi should be sent to Rajya Sabha.

Secretary AICC Dheeraj Gurjar said “those who could not evict Chinese are bent on evicting Priyanka Gandhi , remember Indira Gandhi too was evicted but later on those responsible had to lose their seat.”

The government in an order said that it has cancelled the accommodation allotted to Priyanka with the direction to vacate the house within one month.

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Frustrated attempt: Surjewala on eviction notice to Priyanka

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New Delhi, July 2 : The Congress on Wednesday hit back at the BJP-led Centre, terming the Union government’s decision to ask Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi to vacate her Lodhi Estate bungalow as a “frustrated attempt”.

Taking to Twitter, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “PM, Sh. Narendra Modi & his Govt are blinded by rage, hatred and revenge against the Congress leadership. Unnerved by political activism of Priyanka ji in UP, Modi Govt has stopped even further by issuing house vacation notice. Such frustrated attempts will not deter us.”

Surjewala is not the first Congressman to react to the news. Jitin Prasada, a Congress working committee member, said, “I fail to understand the timing of the government’s actions. However, Priyanka Gandhi is on a mission to fight and work for the people of UP and is unfazed and not bothered by these diversionary tactics.”

The government on Wednesday asked Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi to vacate her government accommodation at 35 Lodhi Estate within a month since she is no longer a Special Protection Group (SPG) protectee.

After being served the eviction notice by the government, sources close to Priyanka Gandhi said that she would vacate the house within the stipulated time period.

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