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Congress seeks inquiry into harassment allegations against M J Akbar

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New Delhi, Oct 10: The Congress on Wednesday sought an inquiry into sexual harassment allegations made against Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar.

Addressing a press conference, Senior Congress leader Jaipal Reddy said that “Union Minister M J Akbar should either give a satisfactory answer to the allegations or he should resign. We demand an inquiry into the matter”.

“How can he be in the Ministry with such serious allegations levelled by responsible journalists who have worked with him. Let there be an inquiry. We demand an inquiry against Akbar,” he added.

Akbar invited flak after six women journalists accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour when he was an Editor.

The Congress also attacked the Narendra Modi government, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, for being silent on the issue.

“We had hoped that women cutting across political lines will come out in support of these brave women who have now come out and revealed their ordeal and tragic stories. Unfortunately, Sushma Swaraj, to whom many look up to for inspiration, has chosen to stay quiet,” said Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi.

“It also raises a finger at the government that talks of women empowerment and safety but maintains a dubious silence on the matter,” she said.

The #MeToo campaign has intensified across the country with more women recounting their experiences of sexual harassment in the entertainment and media industry.

It started with Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta accusing veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual misconduct on the sets of a decade-old film.

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Knew would lose, Party forgot agenda of development: BJP MP

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New Delhi, Dec 11: Expressing surprise over Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections results, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Kakade on Tuesday said that knew we would lose in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, adding party forgot the agenda of development that Prime Minister Narendra Modi took up in 2014.

“I knew we would lose in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh but MP trends have come as a surprise. I think we forgot the issue of development that Modi took up in 2014”, he told ANI.

The Parliamentarian further stated, “Ram Mandir, statues and name changing became the focus”.

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Congress suspects EVM manipulation in Telangana

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Hyderabad, Dec 11: With the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) headed for a landslide victory in the state’s Assembly elections, the Congress on Tuesday voiced the suspicion that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were manipulated.

State Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded that 100 per cent counting of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) be taken up.

He asked all Congress candidates to submit letters to returning officers concerned for counting of paper trails.

Congress, which headed the four-party People’s Front, was leading in just 21 constituencies while the TRS was ahead in 87.

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This Result is a gift for Rahul Gandhi: Sachin Pilot

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Jaipur, Dec 11: Rajasthan Congress Chief Sachin Pilot on Tuesday said that the result of assembly elections is a gift for party president Rahul Gandhi. 

“Party President Rahul Gandhi became party president exactly a year ago this day, so this result is a gift for him. Congress will form Govt in three states”, he told media.

“Trends make it clear that Congress is forming Govt in Rajasthan with full majority, we had 21 seats last time. We should wait for the final numbers. Congress leadership and MLAs will decide who will get what role”, he said.

Regarding a new Chief Minister, Pilot said: “The Congress high command and the MLAs will collectively decide”.

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