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Mamata opposes disinvestment, suggests all party meet

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Kolkata, Nov 21 : Opposing disinvestment of Public Sector Undertakings, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said it was not a permanent solution and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consult experts and, if need be, call an all-party meeting on the issue.

“Disinvesting the public sector and using the money to manage the immediate crisis is not a permanent and the only solution. You need economic stability for a permanent solution, because otherwise the economic disaster will only intensify,” Banerjee told media in Bahrampur of Murshidabad district.

She suggested the central government should hold consultations on the issue and consider everybody’s opinion in the “positive sense”.

“I think the prime minister should speak to experts in the country on this issue. If need be there should be an all party meeting, the Trinamool Congress supremo said.

Banerjee’s remarks came a day after the cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved strategic disinvestment in five large public sector undertakings (PSU) — BPCL, CONCOR, SCI, THDC and NEEPCO — along with change in management control in these companies.

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Anyone with a mass base is welcome in BJP: Shekhawat on Pilot

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New Delhi, July 14 : Union Minister and BJP Rajasthan leader Gajendra Shekhawat said on Tuesday that anyone with a mass base who wants to join the BJP is welcome. He made the comment soon after the Congress sacked Sachin Pilot as Deputy Chief Minister and Pradesh Congress Committee Chief of Rajasthan.

Shekhawat said this when asked a specific question by a reporter on the possibility of Pilot joining the saffron bandwagon.

Earlier, in a series of tweets, he threw his weight behind the rebel Congress leaders, questioning Rajasthan Chief minister Ashok Gehlot and the Congress party’s handling of the situation. Using word play, he alleged, “Sad to see Rajasthan Govt. on auto-pilot because the CM is busy chasing a Pilot.”

In a fallout of the crisis in the Congress over the leadership issue in Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot was on Tuesday divested of the posts of Deputy Chief Minister and the PCC President. Two other Pilot-loyalist Ministers — Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena — were also removed from the council of ministers.

Earlier, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala told the media after a party meeting: “The BJP conspired to destabilise the Congress government elected by the people of Rajasthan”, a charge the BJP vehemently denied.

State Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara was appointed the new Pradesh Congress Committee chief, leaving everyone wondering about Pilot’s next move.

Meanwhile, a high alert was issued in Gujjar-dominated areas of the desert state to avert any untoward incident. Pilot has strong support in the Gujjar belt in Rajasthan.

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J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina tests corona positive

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Ravinder Raina, president of the Jammu and Kashmir BJP party tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, doctors said.

“Yes, his test report for COVID-19 has come positive”, doctors said.

The doctors said Raina was being put under isolation in the Narayana hospital in the Katra town of Reasi district.

Just two days back, Raina accompanied Union Minister of State (PMO) Jitendra Singh, national General secretary of the BJP, Ram Madhav and some other senior leaders to offer condolences to the family of Wasim Bari, the local BJP leader who was killed along with his father and brother by terrorists in the Bandipora town in north Kashmir.

Earlier on Tuesday, the test reports of J&K police chief, Dilbag Singh and Additional DGP, Javaid Mujtaba Gilani came negative.

The two top police officers of the union territory had undergone COVID-19 test after a senior police officer working at the police headquarters had tested positive.

Reports said the police officer who tested positive is asymptomatic and is recovering after he was shifted into isolation by the doctors.

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After Pilot sacking, Congress leaders hail his contribution to party

wo other Pilot loyalists and ministers — Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena — were also removed from the council of ministers.

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New Delhi, July 14 : After the removal of Sachin Pilot as Rajasthan’s Deputy Chief Minister and state Congress chief, many party leaders sided with him, recalling his work to strengthen the party.

Pilot was sacked as Deputy Chief Minister and relieved from the post of state unit chief along with two other Rajasthan Cabinet ministers by the party on Tuesday afternoon. Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada took to Twitter and wrote, “Sachin Pilot is not just a colleague but my friend. No one can take away the fact that all these years he has worked with dedication for the party. Sincerely hope the situation can still be salvaged. Sad it has come to this…”

Prasada and Pilot were ministers in the Congress-led UPA-2 government. Party spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill also tweeted, “Unfortunate and sad turn of events.” Meanwhile, former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi urged Pilot not to be emotional and be patient. “My advice to Sachin Pilot is to be patient, not to be emotional. Having bright future your turn will come. I also had similar hurdles but ultimately patience helped. Better not to run after power which will come automatically. Ashok Gehlot may also give due recognition to Pilot,” Gogoi said in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, in a direct fallout of the Congress’ political crisis over the leadership issue in Rajasthan, Pilot was divested of both the posts. Two other Pilot loyalists and ministers — Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena — were also removed from the council of ministers.

State Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara was appointed the new Pradesh Congress Committee chief. Congress leaders had called two meetings on Monday and Tuesday and appealed to Pilot to attend these in order to pacify him. However, as he remained absent, disciplinary action was taken against him.

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