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Govt avoiding Parliament winter session due to Gujarat polls: Congress

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New Delhi, Nov 21: The Congress on Tuesday alleged the government is deliberately delaying the winter session of Parliament in a bid to avoid questions from the opposition leaders  which can hamper its prospects in the high stakes Gujarat assembly elections. 

Addressing a presser, Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said “the BJP-led government do not want any discussion in Parliament so they are coming up with different excuses for delaying the winter session”.

“If they convene Parliament session and hold discussion, then they will be exposed”, he added.

Kharge said whatever was happening under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government was an “attack on democracy”.

“Even Ministers of this government and Speaker do not know when the session will be convened. Only one person knows about it — who is ‘Brahma’. You cannot be whimsical in running of a democracy,” he asserted.

Earlier, speaking to reporters, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad also slammed the central government for allegedly escaping  away from facing Parliament.

He said the government is deliberately delaying the session to “hide its corruption and failures on the employment and economic fronts”.

The Congress leaders cornered the government a day after their President Sonia Gandhi accused Modi of delaying the winter session on “flimsy grounds”.

Wefornews Bureau 

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Congress MP from Kerala M.I. Shanavas passes away

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Chennai/Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 21: Congress Working President in Kerala and Lok Sabha member from Wayanad, M.I. Shanavas passed away at a private hospital in Chennai on Wednesday, a party leader said. He was 67.

“The party has lost a stalwart. I have lost a dear brother,” Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala said.

Shanavas, a two time parliament member was ailing for sometime and was admitted at a hospital in the Tamil Nadu capital. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

“His body will be brought to Kochi today. It will lay in state for the public to pay their last respects and the final rites will take place tomorrow,” said Chennithala.

A long time close aide of former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, Shanavas along with Chennithala and former Kerala Speaker late G. Karthikeyan in the 1980s parted ways with Karunakaran and formed their own faction, ‘the reformist’.

Shanavas won the 2009 Lok Sabha polls from Wayanad, which he retained in 2014.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his cabinet colleagues condoled the passing away of Shanavas.

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Vishweshwar Reddy resigns from TRS

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Telangana, Nov 20: Ahead of assembly elections, Vishweshwar Reddy, MP from Chevella Konda on Tuesday resigned from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). 

The Chevella cited reasons such as personal, injustice to karyakartas, who worked for Telangana statehood.

Polling is slated to be held on December 7, While the results will be declared on  December 11.

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Sushma Swaraj’s husband thanks her for not deciding to contest 2019 elections

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New Delhi, Nov 20: Welcoming External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s decision not to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, her husband said that “I remember there came a time when even Milkha Singh stopped running”. 

“Madam (Sushma Swaraj) – Thank you very much for your decision not to contest any more elections. I remember there came a time when even Milkha Singh stopped running,” he said in a series of tweets.

“This marathon has been on since 1977 – that is 41 years. You have contested 11 direct elections. In fact you contested all elections held since 1977 except twice when party did not allow you to contest in 1991 and 2004,” he said.

“You have been four terms in Lok Sabha, three terms in Rajya Sabha and thrice elected to state Assembly. You are contesting elections since you were 25 – and fighting elections for 41 years is quite a marathon,” he said.

“Madam – I am running behind you for the last 46 years. I am no longer a 19-year-old. Please, I am also running out of breath. Thank you,” he added.

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