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JDU expels Prashant Kishor, Pavan Varma

Kishor and Varma have been critical of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his stand on the CAA. JD-U had supported the bill both in the Loka Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

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New Delhi, Jan 29 : Days after election strategist Prashant Kishor and senior party leader Pawan Kumar Varma spoke against the party leadership over its stand on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Nitish Kumar-led party on Wednesday expelled both the leaders from the party’s primary membership.

In a statement, party General Secretary K. C. Tyagi said, “As both the party leaders have been broken the party discipline, they are being expelled from the primary membership of the party.”

Kishor and Varma have been critical of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his stand on the CAA. JD-U had supported the bill both in the Loka Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

Both of them have attacked the Chief Minister for his decision to support the CAA.

Kishor had joined the Janata Dal-United in September 2018. He was also made the Vice President of the party. While Varma is a former Rajya Sabha member of the JD-U.

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Swamy backs UP govt on Dubey encounter, calls it ‘self-defence’

Meanwhile, Priyanka Gandhi said that though the culprit has been killed, it is important to find out who gave him patronage.

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New Delhi, July 10 : After concerted attack by the opposition parties, with terming the Vikas Dubey encounter as ‘cover up, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has come out strongly in support of the Uttar Pradesh government, calling it an act in “self-defence”.

Swamy tweeted, “There is howling against UP CM because of the killing of gangster Dubey. Police claim it to be in self-defence. Why are Congi and others wanting inquiry?”

BSP supremo Mayawati, who recently backed the Centre’s handling of the India-China tensions, has demanded a “high-level inquiry” into the alleged encounter.

Mayawati said the inquiry should be conducted under the Supreme Court’s supervision, adding that the need for the same arises not just to know the truth, but also to “determine the police-criminal-politician nexus”.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh also said that it is “necessary to find out” the truth.

Meanwhile, Priyanka Gandhi said that though the culprit has been killed, it is important to find out who gave him patronage.

But Swamy has backed the Yogi Adityanath government, based on Dubey’s criminal history. He said, “Police may have been jumpy but Dubey had killed so many policemen. So trigger happy self-defence is understandable.”

Dubey was wanted for the massacre of eight policemen in Bikru village on July 3 and was being brought to Kanpur from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh from where he was taken into custody on Thursday.

The UP Police said that the car in which Dubey was travelling overturned and he and other policemen were injured. The criminal snatched a gun from an injured cop and tried to escape, the police said. He was surrounded and asked to surrender but he opened fire, forcing retaliatory shooting in which he was killed.

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Yediyurappa to work from home as staffers test positive

“I am healthy. No one needs to worry. I will give advice and issue instructions through video conference,” tweeted Yediyurappa in Kannada.

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Bengaluru, July 10 : Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa would work from his official residence in the city centre for a few days, as some of his staffers at his home office tested Covid-19 positive, an official said on Friday.

“Yediyurappa, 78, will work from his official residence ”Cauvery” for some days after some staff members at his home office ”Krishna” tested positive for the virus,” an official of the Chief Minister’s office told IANS here.

The Chief Minister has cancelled all official engagements till further notice and will hold video conferences with officials and ministers on Covid-19 and other issues.

“I am healthy. No one needs to worry. I will give advice and issue instructions through video conference,” tweeted Yediyurappa in Kannada.

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Dubey killed to cover up his links: Kapil Sibal

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New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday said that the encounter killing of gangster Vikas Dubey was predicted by many persons and questioned if it was done to cover up his alleged political links.

“Killed in an encounter. Predicted by many, wilful incompetence. Or, is it a conspiracy to destroy evidence linking Vikas to certain parties and individuals?”

“Commission to investigate politician-police-criminal nexus in UP,” the Supreme Court lawyer added.

Dubey was being transferred from Madhya Pradesh”s Ujjain when he was killed by police after he tried to flee from their custody in Bhauti area near Kanpur on Friday morning. He was wanted for the killing of eight police officials on July 3 in Bikru village in Kanpur district.

–IANS

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