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JD-U Sharad faction says , Sure to get ‘Arrow’ symbol

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New Delhi, Nov 9: The JD-U’s Sharad Yadav faction on Thursday said it was confident about getting the party’s “Arrow” symbol from the poll panel, which is hearing a dispute between the faction and the one led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Addressing media, Janata Dal-United General Secretary Arun Kumar Shrivastav said “We are sure the EC will allot us the Arrow symbol because we have the majority with us as per the party’s constitution. Nitish Kumar can’t override the National Council, which is the supreme decision making body of the party and whose majority is with us”.

The poll panel had held a hearing in the case on Tuesday where noted advocate Kapil Sibal counsel of the Sharad Yadav faction while senior advocate Gopal Singh represented the Nitish Kumar faction.

“Sibal argued that as per a Supreme Court ruling, if a party’s National Council is disputed, the previous National Council will prevail. Since in this case the National Council of 195 members shown by Nitish Kumar is disputed, the previous National Council should be recognised,” Shrivastav stated.

He said although the JD-U was active in 22 states, Nitish Kumar showed the National Council consisting of only 195 members from only five states which includes Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir and Daman and Diu.

“Of these states, the Kerala unit is with us. As for Jammu and Kashmir, Sibal argued that party elections were shown to be held during the days when there was curfew. How could they hold elections during curfew?

“Also, as many as 30 affidavits submitted by them (Nitish faction) were signed by persons on the 17th day of the month but they have been counter-signed by the notary on 22nd day of the month. How is it possible?” Shrivastav asserted.

JD-U General Secretary also said that “We want to contest the Gujarat Assembly elections on Arrow symbol. And we hope to get it by November 14, on the day when nomination for Gujarat polls will start”.

The next hearing is scheduled to be held on 13th of this month.

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Speaker accepts YSR Congress MPs’ resignations

The MPs had submitted their resignations on April 6 — the last day of budget session — to protest against the refusal of the Central government to accord Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.

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New Delhi/Vijayawda, June 21 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday accepted resignations of five Lok Sabha MPs of the YSR Congress party.

The MPs had submitted their resignations on April 6 — the last day of budget session — to protest against the refusal of the Central government to accord Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.

According to a bulletin from Lok Sabha, the speaker has accepted the resignations of the MPs with effect from June 20.

The speaker’s move came two weeks after YSR Congress Parliamentary Party leader Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy and others met her to convey that they stand by their resignations and urged her to accept the same immediately.

The other MPs are Y.V. Subba Reddy, Vara Prasadarao Velagapalli, Midhun Reddy and Y.S. Avinash Reddy.

As the Speaker on May 29 had requested the MPs to reconsider their resignations, they met her in the national capital on June 6 to submit fresh letters, urging her to accept their resignations.

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BJP Minister threatens police superintendent, Says you were appointed due to ‘Casteism’

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Pratapgarh, June 21: Rajasthan’s tribal affairs minister Nandlal Meena reportedly threatened the Superintendent of Police (SP) and asked him to work for the people of their caste.

In a gathering, Meena said “you have been posted here because of casteism, you have to support the people of your caste, or else we have other alternatives”, ABP news reported.

The Minister also allegedly made an alleged rape victim sit on the stage making her identity known. He has been witnessing widespread criticism for both the acts.

The whole incident is of Salamgarh district where a woman of the same tribe had alleged 5 upper caste men of raping her. The allegation was found baseless in police probe as rape was not confirmed in the medical test and the statements of the woman were also not convincing.

However, under political pressure, the police had to make arrest of two people and applied section 354, instead of 376, which had angered Meena and he threatened the SP, who was of the same caste as that of the victim and the minister.

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Kamal Haasan meets Sonia Gandhi

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New Delhi, June 21: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, who has formed a new political party Makkal Needhi Maiam, on Thursday met United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in the national capital 

Informed sources described the meeting that took place at the residence of Sonia Gandhi as a “courtesy call”.

Kamal Haasan had on Wednesday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed the situation in Tamil Nadu.

He had also met Election Commission officials and expressed confidence that the process of registration of his political party will be done in around a week’s time.

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