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Hooda accuses Haryana’s BJP government of revenge politics

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Chandigarh, May 8 : After the Haryana vigilance bureau booked him in a land re-allotment case, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday termed it “revenge politics” by the state’s BJP government.

“This government has done nothing for the people’s welfare. They are only indulging in ‘badla’ (revenge) and ‘badli’ (transfers),” Hooda told the media here.

The vigilance bureau on May 5 registered a case of cheating, breach of trust and corruption against Hooda, the then chairman of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), officials of HUDA and office-bearers of Associated Journals Ltd. (AJL), the promoters of The National Herald newspaper, on charge of illegally re-allotting a prime plot to the AJL in Sector 6 of Panchkula near here in 2005.

Leader of opposition in Haryana assembly Abhay Singh Chautala had on May 3 demanded registration of a criminal case against Congress-linked AJL and Hooda in the case.

In a letter to Haryana Chief Minister Manohal Lal Khattar, the Indian National Lok Dal leader said the trustees and directors of AJL and Hooda should be booked under the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act.

Referring to media reports regarding plot number C-17 at Sector 6 in Panchkula, he said the 3,360 square metre land was re-allotted to AJL on June 29, 2005.

The plot was allotted to AJL in 1982 but resumed in 1996 after the company failed to construct a building on it.

“No sooner was the Congress voted to power in 2005, the then chief minister Hooda initiated the process of restoring the plot to AJL on a representation made on the firm’s behalf by one of the trustees,” Chautala said in the letter.

Documents showed that Haryana’s joint legal remembrancer Jagdeep Jain had on August 17, 2005, strongly opposed the plot’s re-allotment. However, Hooda overruled Jain’s note.

Hooda, on his part, has defended his action, saying there was “no wrongdoing and that everything was done as per the procedure”.

After the re-allotment, the AJL completed the construction on the plot. However, the proposed ‘Navjivan’ newspaper is yet to see the light of the day.

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Maharashtra minister Ashok Chavan tests Covid-19 positive

He is the second Cabinet Minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi govermnent to test positive after Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad was diagnosed last month.

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Mumbai, May 25 : Maharashtra PWD Minister Ashok Chavan is reported to have tested Covid-19 positive, party sources said here late on Sunday.

The former Chief Minister’s condition has been described as asymptomatic and he is under treatment in Nanded, his home town.

He is the second Cabinet Minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi govermnent to test positive after Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad was diagnosed last month. After nearly a month’s treatment, Awhad was fully cured and discharged.

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Will not tolerate high-handedness of UP govt: Jitin Prasada

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New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) Upset over the arrest of state party president Ajay Kumar Lallu and registration of cases against its leaders, the Congress has warned the UP government that this “high-handedness” will not be “tolerated”.

Congress working committee member Jitin Prasada, talking to IANS, alleged that the government is misusing the lockdown as opposition parties can”t assemble and agitate at the moment. But as and when the lockdown is lifted, the Congress and its workers will not leave any stone “unturned”.

The Congress and the UP government are at loggerheads since the state government refused to allow buses provided by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on pretext of not providing the ”appropriate list”. The Congress has alleged that the government is insensitive towards the plight of the migrants who are walking towards their home.

Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu was brought to Lucknow, late on Wednesday night from Agra, and produced before a magistrate. He was taken for medical examination at the Civil Hospital and then taken to a temporary jail.

He was arrested in a case of fraud and forgery, related to bungling in the list of buses submitted by the Congress to the Uttar Pradesh government for bringing migrant workers.

Lallu was arrested immediately after he was granted bail in another case by the court in Agra on Wednesday. He had been arrested in Agra on Tuesday for protesting against the government”s refusal to allow movement of buses in the state.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters in Lucknow during his medical examination, Lallu said, “Such cases and jail sentences are a reward for a political worker. The government can heap cases on me and keep me in jail but they should provide immediate relief to migrant workers.”

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Thackeray hints at lockdown extension, flight restrictions

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, here on Sunday, hinted at further extension of the lockdown after May 31 and proposed restrictions on plans to resume domestic flights from May 25 as the Covid-19 situation could worsen after the onset of monsoon.

Addressing the state, Thackeray said it was not proper to impose the lockdown suddenly and now it couldn’t be lifted abruptly as it would be detrimental to the people.

“We will have to study the situation carefully before moving ahead. The coming weeks are critical as the spread of coronavirus is increasing. People must exercise extreme precautions during monsoon,” Thackeray said.

Hours after Home Minister Anil Deshmukh red-flagged the Centre’s plans to resume domestic flights from Monday, Thackeray spoke with Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri on the issue.

The Chief Minister has communicated that till Mumbai International Airport plans and finetunes airport operations, they (Centre) should initiate minimum possible domestic flights from Maharashtra from Monday.

“These should be purely emergent in nature, like for international transfer passengers, medical emergencies, students and cases on compassionate grounds,” said an official from the CMO.

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