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Don’t ‘muddle’, Congress tells BJP on SC judges issue

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New Delhi, Jan 16: Taking exception to an RSS leader’s criticism of Supreme Court judges’ move against the Chief Justice, the Congress on Tuesday accused the BJP of attacking judiciary through “RSS functionaries” and told it not to “muddle and polarise” the issue.

“Sad and deplorable! BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) attacks judiciary through RSS functionaries. All the ‘Nation’ wants is the issues raised by the senior-most judges to be resolved, but for which ‘democracy’ is in peril. BJP government should help resolution than muddle and polarise,” Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a tweet.

J. Nandakumar, Akhil Bharatiya Sah Boudhik Pramukh of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), was reported to have accused the four judges of hatching a “perfect political conspiracy” in a Facebook comment he posted on January 13.

According to news reports, in his post written in Malayalam, Nandakumar questioned the “critical timing” of the judges’ press conference and termed it as an attack on the “uncompromising faith of the people in the judicial system” and the judges’ of “poisoning the waters”.

Supreme Court Justices J. Chelameshwar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurien Joseph and Madan B. Lokur, last week on Friday had expressed concerns about the need to protect the institution of the judiciary, raising apprehensions about Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra bypassing the set norms in allocation of cases to benches.

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Ramdas Athawale, Sunil Tatkare test COVID positive, go into isolation

Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale and Nationalist Congress Party MP from Raigad Sunil Tatkare have tested positive for COVID-19, on Tuesday

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Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale and Nationalist Congress Party MP from Raigad Sunil Tatkare have tested positive for COVID-19, on Tuesday.

Both leaders made the announcement through social media and appealed to all those who came in contact with them to undergo tests and exercise full precautions.

Athawale, 60, had attended a crowded function in Mumbai on Monday when actresses Payal Ghosh, Soni Kanishka, lawyer Nitin Satpute, realtor Yogesh Karkera and businessman Ankush Chaphekar, formally joined the Republican Party of India (A).

The father of Minister of State Aditi Tatkare, Sunil Tatkare, 65, assured that his health condition was fine but as a precaution, he has been admitted to a city hospital for treatment.

This week, there were other notables, including Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das who tested Covid positive and are under treatment.

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Street vendors need assistance package, not loans: Priyanka Gandhi

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday said that street vendors and small traders need a special assistance package and not loans

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday said that street vendors and small traders need a special assistance package and not loans.

Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction with vendors in UP, the Congress leader said that during the lockdown street vendors and small shopkeepers were hit hard.

“It became difficult for them to run their homes, their livelihoods were ruined,” Priyanka tweeted.

She said, “The street vendors, shopkeepers, small traders today need a special assistance package, not loans.”

The Prime Minister’s Street Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) scheme was launched on June 1 to help street vendors resume their livelihood activities after they were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Congress, CPI(M) to join hands for West Bengal polls 2021

A meeting was held by CPI(M) Central Committee on Sunday to discuss the assembly elections in Kerala and West Bengal.

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The alliance in the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Congress in West Bengal will join hands in the upcoming West Bengal Assembly Elections. According to the reports, the CPI(M) Central Committee will announce it officially on October 30 and 31.

A meeting was held by CPI(M) Central Committee on Sunday to discuss the assembly elections in Kerala and West Bengal. According to reports, preliminary discussions on the allies for the elections in the two states were carried out in the virtual meeting. The meeting also discussed the common political situation as the main agenda. Bihar elections were also considered at the meeting.

The CPI(M) and the Congress had allied in Bengal in the 2016 assembly polls, but it failed to evoke much impact. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the proposed Congress-CPI(M) alliance fell apart after both the parties were unable to reach an agreement on the seat-sharing deal. Both the CPIM and Congress had contested the municipal elections from those seats in which they have already won.

Also, there are 19 CPI (ML), 6 each of CPI and CPM candidates, in the Bihar assembly election. CPI (ML) has a strong presence in Central Bihar constituencies of Bhojpur, Kai­m­ur, Jahananad, Arwal, Ga­ya, and Aurangabad distr­i­cts. Violent caste clashes between the upper caste land­owning Bhumihar and Dalits had taken place in these districts in the 1970s and 80s.

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