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Let Gehlot prove numbers instead of shunting MLAs to resorts: Pilot loyalist

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Sachin Pilot

Jaipur, July 13 : Why did Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot shunt his MLAs to a resort in a luxury bus after flashing a victory sign during the CLP meeting called on Monday? If he is claiming ”all is well” within his camp, he should immediately call for a floor test in the Assembly to show his strength, one of the Sachin Pilot loyalists told IANS here after Rajasthan Congress MLAs were sent to the Fairmont Hotel soon after the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting called at the CMs residence on Monday.

In fact, questions were also raised on the number of MLAs who were supposedly present at the Chief Minister’s residence for the CLP meeting as quoted by the Gehlot camp.

While Gehlot claimed that there were over 100 MLAs, sources said that there were around 90 MLAs present in the meeting, while 18 MLAs from the Pilot camp boycotted the CLP meet.

Surprisingly, among those present in the meeting, a few MLAs are being considered as strong supporters of Pilot, which shows that the ”game is not yet over”, said one of the Congress members.

Meanwhile, the Congress has called another MLAs’ meeting on Tuesday at 10.30 a.m.

Pradesh Congress Committee Vice President Archana Sharma on Monday night made an emotional appeal to all party MLAs who skipped the meet on Monday to remain present in Tuesday’s meeting.

“Those who could not come for the CLP meeting on Monday should attend the meeting scheduled at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday. We all need to stay together to stay strong. All the MLAs should attend the meeting for the well-being of the Congress family. We all are members of the family and hence should stay together to serve the people who have voted for us to serve their needs,” she said.

Meanwhile, BJP state President Satish Poonia said, “The Congress government has lost its credibility among the voters and hence collapse of this government shall spell better for the people who have been suffering since the time the government came to power in December 2018,” he said.

“We will evaluate the situation and shall take any step as per the directions given by the central leadership,” he said, when asked about BJP’s stand on the present developments.

It needs to be mentioned here that Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader Sachin Pilot had announced on Sunday that the Gehlot government was in minority as 30 MLAs were supporting him.

Meanwhile, Pilot loyalists who skipped the meeting on Monday included Rakesh Pareek, Murari Lal Meena, GR Khatana, Indraraj Gurjar, Gajendra Singh Shaktawat, Harish Meena, Deependra Singh, Bhanwarlal Sharma, Indira Meena, Vijendra Ola, Hemaram, PR Meena, Ramesh Meena, Vishwendra Singh, Ramniwas, Mukesh Bhakar, Bhanwarlal meghwal and Suresh Modi.

Three of them are state ministers, namely Vishvendra Singh, Ramesh Meena and Bhanwarlal Meghwal, who is not well.

Along with this, three Independent MLAs disassociated by Congress — Omprakash Hudla, Suresh Tank and Khushveer Singh — seem to be standing with Pilot after the ACB filed FIR against them for their involvement in ”alleged poaching of MLAs”.

Two Bharatiya Tribal Party MLAs, meanwhile, have decided to stand aloof and not vote in favour of anyone — be it Pilot or Gehlot camp.

So the question remains, is the Gehlot government safe?

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Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah tests positive for Covid-19

Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah tweets he has tested positive for Covid-19, admitted to hospital
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is undergoing treatment at Manipal Hospital after testing coronavirus positive

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Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Informing about the same on social media site Twitter, Siddaramaiah said, “I have been tested positive for Covid-19 and also been admitted to the hospital on the advice of doctors as a precaution. I request all those who had come in contact with me to check out for symptoms and to quarantine themselves.”

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and one of his daughters are undergoing treatment at Manipal Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. On Monday the Karnataka CM said there was no need for anyone to worry and he will soon get back to work after recovery. The Manipal Hospital where the 77-year-old leader has been admitted since last night said he is “doing well” and “clinically stable.”

The Chief Minister had taken to Twitter on Sunday night to announce that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being shifted to hospital. “I have tested positive for coronavirus. Whilst I am fine, I am being hospitalised as a precaution on the recommendation of doctors. I request those who have come in contact with me recently to be observant and exercise self quarantine,” Yediyurappa had said

Karnataka has so far reported 74,598 active COVID-19 cases, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Karnataka has seen a substantial increase in COVID-19 recovery rate, which was 5.67 per cent in the last week, state Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said.

“Every day there is an increase in recovery rate which is higher by 9.17 per cent in Bengaluru city. The overall recovery rate of the state by Sunday evening was 42.81 per cent and it is 35.14 per cent in Bengaluru,” the Minister wrote in a tweet.

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Senior CPI-M leader Md Salim tested for Covid +ve

He said that the decision also aimed at avoiding all kinds of risks of infection amongst his friends, family and neighbours.

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Md Salim

Kolkata, Aug 4 : Senior Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader from West Bengal Mohammad Salim has tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday night.

The ex-MP tweeted, “I have tested positive for Coronavirus with very mild symptoms but I got myself admitted into a hospital as per the advice of my attending doctor”.

He said that the decision also aimed at avoiding all kinds of risks of infection amongst his friends, family and neighbours.

Senior Congress leader from West Bengal Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury wished a speedy recovery to Md Salim. “Get well soon,” Adhir tweeted.

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Karnataka Governor tests negative after recent meeting with CM

Yediyurappa, 77, and daughter B.Y. Padmavati who also tested positive, are under treatment at a private hospital though they are asymptomatic with mild symptoms.

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Vajubhai Vala

Bengaluru, Aug 3 : Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has tested negative for coronavirus, three days after meeting Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa who was diagnosed positive on Sunday, an official said on Monday.

“The Governor has undergone a corona antigen test and tested negative,” said a communique from the Raj Bhavan.

The Chief Minister, along with Home Minister Basavaraju Bommai, had called on the Governor last week to discuss the Covid situation in the state and measures being taken to contain the pandemic spread.

“The Governor’s ADC and Personal Secretary Tejas Bhatti have also undergone antigen tests, and were found to be negative,” the communique said.

Yediyurappa, 77, and daughter B.Y. Padmavati who also tested positive, are under treatment at a private hospital though they are asymptomatic with mild symptoms.

“The Chief Minister is doing fine and spoke with the hospital staff. He also held an informal meeting with the team of doctors and nurses treating him at breakfast and enquired about their work conditions and the pressure they have been under since the pandemic broke out in March,” an official said.

Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar, who is himself a medical practitioner, said: “The Chief Minister has a mild cough while his chest and respiratory system are normal.”

As the minister has been meeting Yediyurappa regularly in connection with the Covid crisis management in the state, he gave his swab sample for the test and will be in home quarantine.

Sudhakar had tested negative after his father, wife and daughter tested positive on June 22-23 and had isolated himself for over a week at home in the city.

Though the Chief Minister was mostly at his official residence since Friday, National Education Policy draft committee chairman K. Kasturirangan called on him that day.

The Chief Minister had also been to the Electronics City earlier that day to inaugurate the new building of the Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (Keonics), where he came in contact with many people though he wore a mask and maintained physical distancing.

Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan and other officials had accompanied him.

On July 30, the Chief Minister flagged off the tunnel boring machine for the second phase of the metro rail project at the city centre, where people were present in large numbers.

Meanwhile, best wishes and “get well soon” poured from all over the country for the his quick recovery.

Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, opposition Congress leader Siddaramaiah, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Ashwath Narayan, Bengaluru Mayor M. Goutham Kumar and others wished Yediyurappa a speedy recovery.

Yediyurappa is the fourth minister in the state to test coronavirus positive after Forest Minister Anand Singh, Tourism Minister C.T. Ravi and Agriculture Minister B.C. Patil last month.

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