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Kamat could reconsider decision to quit Congress

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New Delhi, June 10 : Amid ongoing efforts by the Congress high command to convince five-time Mumbai MP Gurudas Kamat to withdraw his resignation, party sources on Friday said they are hopeful of persuading the former union minister to reconsider his decision.

Kamat, who was in the capital, had meetings with senior Congress leaders A.K. Antony and Ahmed Patel at the latter’s residence in New Delhi on Thursday.

“We are hopeful that he’ll be back,” a party source told IANS, without going into the details.

However, there was no clarity as to what position would be offered to Kamat if he withdraws his resignation.

Kamat had announced he was quitting the party and the political arena on June 6.

“I met Congress President (Sonia Gandhi) about 10 days ago and expressed a desire to resign. For several months now, I have felt I need to take a backseat to enable others to get the opportunity,” Kamat had said in a statement.

On Thursday, Kamat had dismissed speculation that he had reservations to the nomination of P. Chidambaram to the Rajya Sabha or of Narayan Rane’s nomination for the Maharashtra Legislative Council elections.

“Chidambaram is a very senior and respected leader of the Congress Party and I hold him in very high esteem,” Kamat had said in a statement.

Kamat further clarified that there were no differences between him and Narayan Rane.

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Lalu Yadav gives 18 names to Nitish regime in own style

Presently, he is admitted in the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi. But he is continuously targeting the state government through Twitter.

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Patna, June 1 : The Assembly elections are expected in Bihar this year and almost every political party is gearing up for this. Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, who is currently in jail after being convicted in Fodder scam, is also constantly targeting the state government and its regime in his own style on social media.

On Monday, a tweet from his account gave 18 names to the Nitish regime and appealed to the public to remove this government in the next election.

A satirical tweet in Hindi said: “Pandrah saal se Bihar mein chhal-bal raj, daladal raj, anargal raj, vaakchhal raj, nishphal raj, viphal raj, amangal raj, kolaahal raj, halaahaal raj, akushal raj, bandal raj, adiyal raj, mariyal raj, ghaayal raj, illegal raj, anaitik raj, dushaasan raj, vishvaasaghaatee raj. Ise ukhaadane ka karo kaaj, lao gareeb-gurabe ka raj.

Significantly, Lalu Prasad, the former chief minister of Bihar, is serving a jail term following his conviction in the fooder scam. Presently, he is admitted in the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi. But he is continuously targeting the state government through Twitter.

–IANS

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Uttarakhand minister Covid positive, Congress asks cabinet to go into quarantine

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Uttarakhand Congress state Vice President Suryakant Dhasmana

Dehradun, May 31 : Hours after Uttarakhand Minister Satpal Maharaj tested positive for coronavirus, the state’s opposition Congress on Sunday sought that the state cabinet should go into quarantine as he had attended a cabinet meeting earlier this week.

“Very disturbing news, the whole Uttrakhand Cabinet including the Chief Minister may be quarentined (sic) as a Cabinet Minister who attended the Cabinet Meeting found Corona positive,” Congress state Vice President Suryakant Dhasmana said in a tweet.

Satpal Maharaj and at least two dozen of his family members and staff also tested positive, state officials said. This came a day after the minister’s wife Amrita Rawat, who had fever for the past few days, tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.

What is worrying is that Satpal Maharaj, the state Tourism Minister, had attended a cabinet meeting on Friday where Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and other ministers of the BJP government were present.

In a video on his Twitter handle, Dhasmana said: “I think the whole cabinet should go into quarantine and get themselves checked at the earliest as it is a matter of public welfare, of public health, of people’s health… so many of the state’s people, party leaders and officials, ministers come in contact.”

“I pray to God that no one else turns out to be infected… to stop this happening, this (quarantining) is necessary. We pray that the Chief Minister and his colleagues stay healthy, and Maharaj ji and his family come out victorious.”

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Madhya Pradesh bypolls: Ex-MP rejoins Congress

Guddu said he had to leave the Congress and join the BJP due to “sustained victimisation” by Jyotiraditya Scindia.

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Bhopal, May 31 : Former MP Premchand Guddu on Sunday rejoined Congress in Madhya Pradesh, bringing fresh hopes in the party for the upcoming bypolls in the state, due in the next four months.

Guddu was twice MLA and a Rajya Sabha member. His return to Congress can lead to a keen contest for Sanwer seat where by-elections are due.

The Congress leader was with the BJP for over five years. He had joined the party in the last elections, but claims he left it in February when he was served a notice for anti-party activities.

The current Irrigation Minister and a staunch supporter of Jyotiraditya Scindia, Tulsi Silavat, represented Sanwer before switching to BJP in March. He was Health Minister in Kamal Nath’s ministry just when coronavirus was declared a pandemic.

The Congress is seriously considering pitting Guddu against Silavat. Guddu has been an MLA in the past from the Sanwer seat reserved for the Scheduled Castes.

Guddu rejoined the Congress with much fanfare in the presence of N.P. Prajapati, former speaker and Sajjan Singh Verma, former minister.

Guddu said he had to leave the Congress and join the BJP due to “sustained victimisation” by Jyotiraditya Scindia.

While in BJP, Guddu said he was ignored because of senior party leader Kailash Vijayvargiya.

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