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HC denies relief to Swaraj India for common symbol

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New Delhi, April 3, 2017: The Delhi High Court on Monday denied Swaraj India’s plea for a common symbol to its candidates in the Delhi municipal elections, saying this will “hinder and create obstacles” in the polls.

Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar in an interim order dismissed Swaraj India’s application for a common symbol and held that the court cannot ignore the “practical and functional difficulties”.

April 3 is the last date for filing nominations for the April 23 election.

“The last date of filing of nominations is April 3. In the given time frame, any interim order/direction would virtually scuttle and cripple the election process set in motion. The principle of balance of convenience mandates that the election as fixed should be conducted smoothly without any obstruction and hindrance,” said the bench.

It added: “We cannot ignore the practical and functional problems which would arise. These would hinder and create obstacles in the conduct of free and fair election in a smooth manner. For the aforesaid reasons, we are not inclined to issue any interim order for award of a common election symbol to the appellant in the ensuing municipal elections.”

The party’s application was dismissed.

The division bench also said that grant of a common election symbol would require and mandate comments and objections from different stakeholders.

“The process and award of a common symbol is not an easy and simple exercise, for others could have objections and reservation on allotment from the free symbols,” it said.

The interim order came on an application filed along with an appeal by the Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj India against a single judge’s verdict which had dismissed its plea challenging the Delhi poll panel’s decision not to allot a common symbol to it.

The poll panel had said the nominees of such parties would be treated as independent candidates for allotment of symbols.

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I have lost a comrade, colleague and friend: Sonia on Ahmed Patel’s death

Congress has lost one of its greatest son. I am at loss of words at his death. May his soul rest in peace. May god give strength to his family to cope up with this terrible loss.”

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New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday while condoling the death of Ahmed Patel said she has lost a dedicated Congress colleague.

“In Sh. Ahmed Patel, I have lost a colleague, whose entire life was dedicated to the Congress Party.” she said

She said, “His faithfulness and dedication, his commitment to his duty, his always being there to help, his generosity were rare qualities that distinguished him from others.”

“I have lost an irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague and a friend. I mourn his passing and I feel deeply for his bereaved family to whom I offer my sincere feelings of empathy and support,” she added

Scores of Congress leaders condoled Ahmed Patel’s death, “It is very hard to come to terms with Ahmed patel Ji’s passing. He was a political troubleshooter par excellence & will be sorely missed by all. “Ahmedbhai” was also a close friend of my late father’s & a mentor to me,” tweeted Milind Deora.

B.K. Hariprasad said in a tweet, “Its very saddening to know about the demise of Shri Ahmad patel ji. Congress has lost one of its greatest son. I am at loss of words at his death. May his soul rest in peace. May god give strength to his family to cope up with this terrible loss.”

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Ahmed Patel’s role in strengthening Congress will always be remembered: PM Modi

A top strategist of the Congress and a most-trusted ally of its president Sonia Gandhi, Patel (71) died in the early hours of Wednesday.

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Condoling the death of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his role in strengthening the opposition party will always be remembered.

Patel spent years in public life, serving the society, Modi noted.

A top strategist of the Congress and a most-trusted ally of its president Sonia Gandhi, Patel (71) died in the early hours of Wednesday.

He was admitted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram and had been critical for a few days. He had contracted COVID-19 and subsequently, developed complications.

“Saddened by the demise of Ahmed Patel Ji. He spent years in public life, serving society. Known for his sharp mind, his role in strengthening the Congress Party would always be remembered. Spoke to his son Faisal and expressed condolences. May Ahmed Bhai’s soul rest in peace,” the prime minister said in a tweet.

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Ahead of DDC polls, BJP targets Abdullahs over ‘land grab’

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New Delhi: Ahead of the District Development Council (DDC) polls in Jammu and Kashmir beginning Saturday, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad trained his guns on the Abdullahs for their alleged role in the Roshni scam.

Prasad alleged that the key leaders of the erstwhile state, including Farooq Abdullah, used their “influence and power for land grabbing”.

“In 1998, Farooq Abdullah had purchased 3 kanals of land but he encroached upon 7 kanals of land which were double the size of the purchase,” Prasad alleged while speaking to the media. He further said that under the Roshni scam, the name of Farooq Abdullah’s sister Suraiya Mattu has also appeared, who, the minister alleged, is also a beneficiary of 3 kanals of land.

“There was a conscious land loot by the powerful people of J&K who were getting benefits under the Roshni Act which was declared unconstitutional by the J&K High Court. This is low level politics by the powerful people of J&K and we condemn it,” alleged Prasad.

Prasad said the J&K High Court has declared the Roshni Act as unconstitutional and has stated that the names of people who have acquired land under this Act should be listed and made public.

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