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Kamat’s resignation not accepted, efforts on to convince him: Chacko

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New Delhi, June 8 : Senior Congress leader P.C. Chacko on Wednesday said Congress President Sonia Gandhi has not taken any decision on Gurudas Kamat’s resignation and efforts were being made to convince him to reconsider his decision.

Former union minister and five-time MP from Mumbai Gurudas Kamat on Monday announced he was quitting the party and the political arena.

“As far as I know, Congress President (Sonia Gandhi) has not taken any decision on Kamat’s resignation. Some responsible leaders will convey him to reconsider the decision. But, if he is persistent on his decision, then the resignation will be accepted. That is the usual practice in the party,” Chacko, who is also a senior party spokesperson.

“He has only resigned from the post he was holding and not from the party. As far as Gurudas ji’s resignation is concerned, it has been purely on personal grounds. He has not attributed it to any motive,” he added.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said: “Mr. Kamat is very important and senior member of the Congress party. His contribution to the party has been immense. He has lot to contribute and he continues to remain a part of the Congress. His further role in the party will be decided after a discussion with him by the party leadership.”

Chacko also played down the differences in the party leadership at the state level.

“Differences among leaders are there in many states, but it is not a new thing. They are highlighting it now because we have lost in few states. But the party has not weakened in the states,” said Chacko.

He also indicated that there would be some changes in the party leadership after the Rajya Sabha elections.

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Supreme Court dismisses CBI’s review petition challenging Chidambaram’s bail in INX Media case

The CBI had requested the top court to review its decision to grant bail to Mr Chidambaram in October.

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a review petition filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against former union minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram’s bail in the INX media case.

The CBI had requested the top court to review its decision to grant bail to Mr Chidambaram in October.

Dismissing the CBI’s plea, a bench of Justices P Banumathi, AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy said, “Application for oral hearing the review petition in open court is rejected. We have perused the Review Petition and the connected papers carefully and are convinced that the order, of which review has been sought, does not suffer from any error apparent warranting its reconsideration. The Review Petition is, accordingly, dismissed.”

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Even elephant death is used to spread hatred: Ahmed Patel

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New Delhi, June 4 : After two persons were taken into custody for the death of an elephant in Kerala, Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel has lashed out to people who want to take advantage of the situation and misrepresent facts to divide the society.

Patel tweeted: “It is sad that the climate in our country has become so bitter that even in the tragic death of an elephant, some are trying to misrepresent the facts to twist into an issue of one community Vs the other?”

Meanwhile, Kerala forest department team probing the killing of the pregnant elephant is leant to have taken two persons into custody.

The local Manarakadu police station on Wednesday registered a case in the gruesome incident.

“The forest department and the police are probing the incident and we are confident of finding the villains behind this crime,” said Sub Inspector of Police T.K. Ramachandran.

According to veterinarians who treated the 15-year-old pregnant elephant, some miscreants while chasing away the elephants who occasionally stray into the agricultural land had kept fire crackers inside a pineapple.

When the elephant started eating it, the crackers burst, seriously injuring its upper and lower jaw and tongue.

The injured elephant, according to forest officials, was first spotted by locals near a water source on May 23. Two days later an elephant expert after a medical assessment said things were bad for the animal.

On May 25, the elephant was found dead in slushy water.

“Despite our best efforts to get the elephant out of water, it did not come out and died,” said a local villager.

A post-mortem conducted on the elephant two days later reveled that the elephant was two-month pregnant. Experts pointed out that this was the elephant”s first pregnancy.

–IANS

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Gujarat Congress in trouble ahead of RS polls as 2 more MLAs resign

The Congress had earlier nominated Rajeev Shukla but was opposed by the state unit and party fielded Bharat Singh Solanki, a former Union Minister.

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New Delhi/Ahmedabad, June 4 : Ahead of Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat, in a major setback to the Congress, two of its MLAs have quit the party, further reducing the numbers in the Assembly. It will now be tough for the party to get the second seat in the Rajya Sabha.

The two MLAs who resigned are — Akshay Patel from Karjan and Jitu Chaudhary from Kaprada constituencies.

Gujatat Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi said, “Both the Congress MLAs came to me last evening with resignation letters. I verified them, identified their faces by asking them to remove their masks and then accepted their resignations. They are no longer members of the House.”

The Congress has fielded two candidates — Shakti Singh Gohil and Bharat Singh Solanki while Gohil will be getting the first preference vote and is sure to be elected for the Rajya Sabha but the fate of Bharat Singh Solanki whose father Madhav Singh Solanki had been the Chief Minister of the state hangs in limbo. Now only the management skills can get him elected.

Arjun Modwadia, senior leader of the Congress, speaking to IANS, said, “BJP is using money and intimidation to lure away MLAs. Akshay Patel has been lured away as he has business interest in mining.”

The Congress had earlier nominated Rajeev Shukla but was opposed by the state unit and party fielded Bharat Singh Solanki, a former Union Minister.

The Congress needs 71 votes to win both the seats but now the number has reduced after fresh resignations while the BJP needs 106 votes for its three candidates and has the strength of 103 in the Assembly. So the BJP has fished into the Congress to gain the third seat, a party leader said.

Congress sources say it will now depend on Solanki”s management skill, a veteran who can turn the tide in his favour. Last time Ahmed Patel won with his management skills despite Congress MLAs resigning and had said he defeated Amit Shah in numbers game.

The BJP has fielded Rameela Ben Bara, Abhay Bhardwaj and Narhari Amin for three of the Rajya Sabha seats.

Earlier, in March five Congress MLAs had resigned just days after polls were announced and before the lockdown was enforced. These include Somabhai Patel, Praveen Maru, J.V. Kakadia, Mangal Gavit and Pradyuman Singh Jadeja.

The exodus started after the ruling BJP fielded the fifth candidate, Narhari Amin, who is a former Congressman and also a businessman.

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