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Congress leader Barkha Singh Shukla resigns, accuses Ajay Maken of harassing women workers




In another setback to the Delhi Congress just ahead of the civic polls due on Sunday, Barkha Singh on Thursday quit as the party’s women’s wing chief in Delhi. She also hit out at Vice President Rahul Gandhi and the party’s Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken.

“Congress party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken has only used the issue of empowerment of women and women security to gather votes. The issue means nothing to them,” the former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief said:

“In an organisation where I myself am unsafe, how will I empower other women in that organisation? That is why I hereby resign from the post of President of Delhi Mahila Congress.”

Singh even quoted other senior party leaders questioning her party’s Vice President’s capabilities, saying: “Rahul Gandhi is unfit to lead the party.”

“The one pertinent question we need to ask today is why is Rahul Gandhi in hiding? Why is he scared of meeting his own party members?” Singh said in a statement.

Several senior leaders had quit the party because of that very reason, she said.

“Rahul Gandhi is reluctant to address issues that exist within the organisation. Why does Rahul Gandhi shy away from meeting party leaders who ask him questions,” she asked.

“He (Rahul) is only interested in meeting sycophants and not leaders who reason, question and ask,” she added.

Describing herself as a loyal soldier of the Congress, Barkha Singh said she would continue to remain that.

“Ajay Maken, Rahul Gandhi’s nominee in the party, misbehaved not only with me but also with several office-bearers of the Delhi Mahila Congress. When the same was brought to the notice of Rahul Gandhi, our plea fell on deaf ears.”

“It is because of this attitude of Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken that as many as five districts presidents and 75 block presidents resigned from the organisation. One of them has also filed a complaint of harassment against Ajay Maken and (All India Mahila Congress President) Shobha Oza,” she added.


Kamal Haasan meets Sonia Gandhi



New Delhi, June 21: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, who has formed a new political party Makkal Needhi Maiam, on Thursday met United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in the national capital 

Informed sources described the meeting that took place at the residence of Sonia Gandhi as a “courtesy call”.

Kamal Haasan had on Wednesday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed the situation in Tamil Nadu.

He had also met Election Commission officials and expressed confidence that the process of registration of his political party will be done in around a week’s time.


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BJP spreads hatred against Muslims, Dalits: Asaduddin Owaisi




New Delhi, June 21: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of spreading hatred and communal poison against minorities, Muslims in particular and Dalits.

Speaking to ANI, he said “Since BJP came to power they’ve spread hatred and communal poison against minorities, Muslims in particular and Dalits.

On inter-faith couple allegedly harassed at Lucknow passport office, he stated:” things have come to such stage that government officer has the audacity to question an adult’s marriage”.

Earlier in the day, the couple named Tanvi Seth and Mohammad Anas Siddiqui claimed that they were being harassed by an officer at a Lucknow Passport Office, as the former was married to a Muslim and had not changed her name.

The woman, while addressing the media, said that she was being harassed as the officer questioned her marital status, asking her why she had not changed her name later she was thankful to the officials for timely response.

However, the Regional Passport Office, Lucknow later clarified that the passports of the inter-faith couple have been issued, adding that strict action will be taken.

Meanwhile defending his stand, Passport Officier Vikas Mishra said “Asked Tanvi Seth to get the name’Shadia Anas’endorsed as it was mentioned on her Nikahnama, but she refused. We have to do thorough checks to ensure no person is changing their name to obtain a passport.


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Nitish Kumar skips Yoga Day celebrations



Nitish Kumar

Patna, June 21:  As the Bharatiya Janata Party is out in a full swing to participate in events to mark the International Yoga Day on Thursday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and NDA ally skipped the celebrations for the fourth year in a row. 

Justifying the Kumar’s absence, sources close to Nitish said yoga is a personal act and “doesn’t need public display”, News 18 reported.

The event of International Yoga Day was organised at the Patliputra Sports Complex. It was inaugurated by Governor Satyapal Malik and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Pataliputra MP Ram Kripal Yadav.

Meanwhile, earlier in a day, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi also came to the defence of Nitish Kumar. He told news agency ANI ” It is not a question about JDU. I know more than dozen people present here who are from JDU. Don’t people from RJD and JDU practice Yoga? he asked.

Modi further said that it is not necessary that everyone comes out to participate”.

Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu, Uma Bharti, Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad and others participated in yoga events organised in Lucknow, Nagpur, Chennai, Rudraprayag, Hajipur and Patna respectively.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lead the event in Dehradun. Addressing the gathering Modi he said,” Yoga is India’s gift to the world. It is a passport for wellness. The world has embraced Yoga and glimpses of this can be seen in the manner in which International Day of Yoga has been marked every year. In fact, Yoga Day has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being.”


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