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New Delhi, Oct 17 : The Jammu & Kashmir administration on Thursday abolished the Legislative Council ahead of bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two union territories on October 31.

The 116-strong staff of the council have been directed to report to the general administration department (GAD).

The order of abolition issued by administrator Farooq Ahmad Lone, stated that “consequent to the abolition of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council in terms of Section 57 of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 – all the staff of the state legislative council shall report to the GAD by October 22.”

It also stated that the Secretary of the Council shall hand over the council building along with the furniture and electronic gadgets to the director (estates).

“The Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council shall transfer all records pertaining to the Council Secretariat including related legislative business to the Department of Law, Justice Parliamentary Affairs for record,” the order issued on October 16 stated.

It was also stated that vehicles purchased for the legislative council from time to time are to be transferred to director (state motor garages).

The 36-member state council was established in 1957 after an Act passed by Parliament.

The Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 divides Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories — Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir. The union territory of Ladakh will have Kargil and Leh districts, while the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir will comprise the remaining territories of the former state.

Further lieutenant-governors for the two union territories will replace the J&K Governor. The total number of Legislative Assembly seats will be 107 in Jammu and Kashmir and out of these 24 will remain vacant because these seats are in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) which is illegally occupied by Pakistan.

The Assembly will legislate on items in the State List, except public order and police, as is the case for other union territories.

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CM should have sacked me: BJP rebel Saryu Rai

Asked about his chances in the Assembly poll he said “the voting has taken place in my favour and it will be known on counting date December 23.”

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Ranchi, Dec 13 (IANS) Rebel BJP leader Saryu Rai on Friday resigned as Jharkhand Food and Civil Supply Minister and handed over his resignation to Governor Draupdi Murmu.

“Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das should have sacked me. BJP will not get more than 15 seats in the Assembly polls,” said Rai after resignation.

He said “there was no moral right to stay as minister. I had resigned from Cabinet on November 17. I had sent my resignation letter to Raj Bhawan through fax. Raj Bhawan cold not get my resignation letter. Today I personally met the Governor and handed over my resignation. I should have been sacked as I fought against Chief Minister in the Assembly polls”.

Asked about his chances in the Assembly poll he said “the voting has taken place in my favour and it will be known on counting date December 23.”

Rai was expelled three days ago from the BJP. He had turned rebel after the BJP put his ticket on hold.

Rai, a BJP leader for many decades, fought against his own Chief Minister Raghubar Das from Jamshedpur east seat.

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Congress accuses Modi govt of diverting public attention

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New Delhi: Amid the ruckus over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s ‘rape remark’, Congress party national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala accused the Narendra Modi-led Central government of diverting the public attention from the “ongoing unrest in the country”.

“You (referring to Modi government) are disrupting Parliament from working in order to divert the public attention anarchy spread in the country. You must know that women of this country want a decisive action against rape,” Surjewala tweeted.

“Rape in India is unacceptable. Listen to your own statement regarding rape. If this (statement) is right then you should apologise first,” he wrote.

The Congress spokeperson also tagged a video in which the Prime Minister was speaking on the same issue that no policy had been made to stop crime against women saying “they made Delhi a rape capital. They have no policy to stop such crimes”.

The Bharatiya Janata Party MPs on Friday demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi in Parliament over his remark on the most heinous crime against women.

Gandhi took a jibe at the PM’s pet project ‘Make in India and said: “Earlier, it was ‘Make in India’ but now it is ‘rape in India’…” in Jharkhand during a rally.


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Priyanka Gandhi questions PM’s ‘silence’ over economy

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New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Friday questioned the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its economic policies and thus keepings it’s pressure on economy even in the face of a discourse dominated by the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

She tweeted: “Inflation has reached the highest level in last three years. Common men are finding it extremely tough to buy materials that is needed for day to day life.”

“Income is zero due to the slowdown caused by BJP’s economic policies. But the Prime Minister of the country is silent on this.”

India’s economy has in the past few months seen a particular slowdown with GDP projections tumbling to 5 per cent and reports of job losses.

Soaring onion prices has only added to the government’s worry.

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