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Five more politicians released from detention in Kashmir

A total of 35 mainstream politicians were moved from the Centuar Hotel on the banks of the Dal Lake to the MLA Hostel last month. Four of the detained politicians had been released earlier. The number of detained leaders is now 26.

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Article 370 Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 30 : Five more mainstream politicians, including two MLAs, have been released from detention in Jammu & Kashmir.

The five – Abdul Jabbar, Bashir Ahmad Mir, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Yasir Reshi, and Ghulam Nabi – were released from the MLA Hostel in Srinagar.

A total of 35 mainstream politicians were moved from the Centuar Hotel on the banks of the Dal Lake to the MLA Hostel last month. Four of the detained politicians had been released earlier. The number of detained leaders is now 26.

Among these, three former Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been detained since August 5 following the revocation of Article 370.

Farooq Abdullah has been detained in his house at Gupkar Road that has been declared as a sub-jail. Omar Abdullah has been detained at Hari Niwas and Mehbooba Mufti is detained at a government house on MA Road in Srinagar.

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Karnataka Health Minister Sriramulu tests Covid positive

To reassure the people of Karnataka, the health minister said, under the leadership of the chief ministers, all the departments of the state government, including the health department, have been working hard against the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Karnataka health minister B Sriramulu

Karnataka health minister B Sriramulu tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, barely a week after chief minister BS Yediyurappa tested positive for the viral infection last Sunday.

Taking to Twitter, Sriramulu said that he was tested after he went down with flu-like symptoms. He added that he was hospitalised because he had been visiting the state’s 30 districts amid the spike in coronavirus cases in the state. The health minister has been admitted to the state-run Bowring Hospital in Bengaluru.

“From the time of Corona’s appearance, I have had the opportunity to visit the 30 districts and work in harmony with the government’s desire to treat people well. It is in this backdrop that I am going to be hospitalised and treated,” he said in Kannada in a series of tweets.

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Punjab a new headache for Congress amid Rajasthan crisis

“The MPs have raised some issues and it’s unfortunate that hard words were used from both the sides, but the Chief Minister has said that he will take strict action against the culprits.”

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Partap Singh Bajwa Shamsher Singh Dullo

New Delhi, Aug 9 : With crisis still looming large in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the Congress is now facing a tough time to contain the feud in Punjab where two Rajya Sabha MPs — Partap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo — have openly targeted the state government led by Amarinder Singh.

Though the infighting between the two triggers close on the heels of the recent hooch tragedy which has killed over 100 people in the state, the differences between Bajwa and Amarindr Singh exists since 2013 when Bajwa replaced Amarinder after two consecutive losses in the polls.

Bajwa and Dullo have approached the Governor demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or Enforcement Department (ED) probe into the hooch tragedy.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “The MPs have raised some issues and it’s unfortunate that hard words were used from both the sides, but the Chief Minister has said that he will take strict action against the culprits.”

The Punjab government has withdrawn the security of Partap Singh Bajwa, to which Bajwa has responded saying “security is given to a person for protection of his life and should not be a tool to browbeat into submission. In any case, this trick will not work with me”.

Bajwa said that his father was martyred and he himself had survived an attack in 1990.

The feud between Amarinder Singh and Bajwa is a new headache for the Congress amid the political crisis in Rajasthan.

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Party won’t become ‘headless’ at stroke of midnight: Congress

“There were some internal discussions in the party about Sonia Gandhi’s extension but no decision has been taken yet,” a source said.

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Abhishek Manu Singhvi

New Delhi, Aug 9 : With Sonia Gandhi set to complete a year as interim President on August 10, the Congress on Sunday maintained that the party will not suddenly become “headless” at the “stroke of midnight” and she will continue to head it for now.

Senior party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that “no party will allow any vacuum and there is no vacuum at all… Sonia Gandhi is President and will continue to be such time till proper procedure is implemented”.

“It is true that the term is expiring but the party is not going to be headless at the stroke of midnight,” he said, adding that there is a laid-down procedure and the party will decide on the matter.

Earlier, sources had said that Sonia Gandhi is likely continue as the interim President, but this might need ratification from the All India Congress Committee (AICC).

“There were some internal discussions in the party about Sonia Gandhi’s extension but no decision has been taken yet,” a source said.

Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera, however, said: “When the party decides to convene the Congress Working Committee meet, it will be shared.”

Sonia Gandhi was appointed interim President in August 2019 after all efforts to cajole Rahul Gandhi, who resigned from the post after the party’s rout in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, to stay as party chief failed.

There has been a demand in the party to appoint a full-time President and various party leaders, including MPs from both houses,have sought that Rahul Gandhi be brought back as President.

In a meeting of party Rajya Sabha members on July 30, prominent leaders like Digvijaya Singh, P.L. Punia, and Rajeev Satav sought Rahul Gandhi be brought back to deal with the crises facing the party.

The demand was echoed at a meeting this month of Lok Sabha members, where Rahul Gandhi was also present.

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