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Former Minister Santosh Mohan Dev passes away at 83

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Silchar/New Delhi, Aug 2: Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Santosh Mohan Dev passed away on Wednesday at a private  hospital here in Assam, family said. He was 83.

“Nothing could have prepared me for this moment. I lost him at 6.06 a.m. today (Wednesday). Thank you everyone for your prayers, your love for him,” Dev’s daughter and Lok Sabha MP Sushmita Dev said in a tweet.

Dev a seven-time Congress MP had held various positions in the Congress government.

He was appointed as Heavy Industry Minister in the Manmohan Singh-led UPA-I government. He also served as Minister of State (MoS) for Communications from 1986-1988 and MoS for Home between 1988-1989.

He was given independent charge of the Steel Ministry in the P.V. Narasimha Rao government in 1991.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Dev’s death, and said: “Saddened by the passing away of Santosh Mohan Dev. He was veteran political leader who worked extensively for welfare of people.”

“My thoughts are with the family and supporters of Santosh Mohan Dev in this hour of grief,” he added.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi also expressed grief over Dev’s death.

“In a political career spanning five decades, Dev held numerous crucial political assignments in the Congress party and in the government, including that of a Union Cabinet Minister,” Sonia Gandhi said in a statement.

“His immense contribution to build the party in the Northeast, right from the grassroots level, would always be remembered,” she said.

She also said that his death is an irreparable loss to the nation.

The Congress President expressed her solidarity with Dev’s family and supporters, particularly Congress MP Sushmita Dev, and prayed for peace of the departed soul.

 

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BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari resigns, announces new party

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New Delhi, June 24: Rebel Bhartiya Janata Party MLA and former Rajasthan minister Ghanshyam Tiwari resigned from the BJP on Monday. 

Following his resignation, Tiwari announced the formation of a new political party.

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Tejashvi Prasad to be CM face for 2020 Bihar elections, Says Manjhi

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Patna, June 25: Hindustani Awam Morcha supremo Jitan Ram Manjhi said Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashvi Prasad will be our Chief Minister face for the upcoming Bihar elections.

“If Nitish Kumar gives up CM seat and joins ‘mahagathbandhan’, then I think Tejashvi Prasad ji will be our CM face for 2020 Bihar elections,” he told ANI.

In February, Manjhi left the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for RJD-led grand alliance.

JDU and RJD fought in alliance with Nitish Kumar as its chief ministerial face in the last assembly elections in Bihar, while Tejashwi was appointed as the deputy chief minister post the elections.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal has already announced Tejashwi as its chief ministerial face for Bihar polls in 2020.

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To keep secularism alive, vote for muslim candidates: Owaisi

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New Delhi, June 25: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said to keep secularism alive then fight for your rights, became a political power, vote for Muslim candidates.

Addressing a gathering in Maharastra’s Beed on Sunday, Owaisi told people “I want to tell you that if you want to keep secularism alive then fight for your rights, became a political power, vote for your (muslim) candidates”.

“If Muslims become a political power, secularism and democracy will be strengthened” he added.

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