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JD-U’s RS member from Kerala wants to break with Nitish Kumar faction

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Kozhikode, Nov 29: Senior Janata Dal-United leader and Rajya Sabha member M.P. Veerendra Kumar on Wednesday said he will not continue as member of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s faction.

The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) led by Veerendra Kumar in the state is an ally of the Congress-led United Democratic Front and was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Kerala last year.

Addressing reporters here, Veerendra Kumar said “now the only thing” on his mind was to escape from the politics of Nitish Kumar, president of the JD-U.

“I will not continue as Rajya Sabha member of Nitish Kumar’s party. I have also spoken to leaders of the Janata Dal (Secular) Kerala unit, legislators C.K. Nanu and K. Krishnankutty, but am yet to speak to the third legislator and State Water Resources Minister Mathew T. Thomas. I have no issues to work together with the JD-S,” said Veerendra Kumar, who is a leading media baron here.

By announcing that he does not wish to remain with the national leadership of JD-U, 80-year-old Kumar has given clear indication that he will revive the Socialist Janata Democratic (SJD), which he merged with the Sharad Yadav-led JD-U in 2014.

SJD was formed in 2009 when Kumar along with his supporters broke away from the JD-S after he was denied his sitting seat – Kozhikode — to contest the 2009 Lok Sabha polls by the CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front (LDF).

JD-S was a full-fledged ally of the LDF but when Kumar along with his supporters crossed over to the Congress-led UDF, the present JD-S faction remained with the LDF and continues to be with them.

Now all eyes are on Kumar on how he goes forward as there has been speculation that he and his faction are set to merge with the JD-S. However, JD-S’ Thomas is reportedly not keen on this new arrangement.

According to sources close to the veteran media baron, while he and a majority of his party are keen to end their alliance with the UDF and move to the LDF, some of them are not keen.

At present JD-S does not have any legislator in the Kerala Assembly.

Asked about this, Kumar said all issues would be discussed at his party meeting which will be held shortly.

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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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