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Modi govt pressurising EC over Gujarat poll dates: Congress

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Randdeep Surjewala

New Delhi, Oct 12: The Congress on Thursday  alleged that the BJP-led central government is pressurising the Election Commission to delay  the announcement of the Gujarat assembly elections.

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala demanded that the panel to  announce the elections dates of Gujarat to provide a level-playing field and impose the Model Code of Conduct.

“Modi government appears to be putting pressure on EC to defer announcement of Gujarat election alongwith Himachal, to suit its political ends,” Surjewala said in a  tweet.

“Reason is that PM is visiting Gujarat on 16th October as a false Santa Claus to announce sops and jumlas that he didn’t implement for 22 yrs. Onus lies on ECI to ensure level playing field by announcing Gujarat election dates and imposing Code of Conduct immediately,” he further asserted.

The Congress leader stated that people  have already “made up their mind to oust the BJP government from Gaujarat”.

His remarks comes after the Election Commission announced dates of assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh will be held on November 9.

The election panel cited some office memoranda issued earlier to justify the delay in the announcement regarding Gujarat, saying the Election Commission had a statutory 21 days to conduct elections that can extend up to 45 days.

The term of the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly ends on January 7, 2018, While the 182-member Gujarat assembly on January 22.

The poll panel said that vote will be counted on December 18 in Himachal Pradesh after completion of the electoral process in Gujarat.

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PM Modi turns blind eye to anarchy in Delhi: Rahul Gandhi

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Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, June 18: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the BJP for their protests leading to a stalemate in the national capital, while accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of ignoring the crisis.

Gandhi tweeted “Delhi CM, sitting in Dharna at LG office. BJP sitting in Dharna at CM residence. Delhi bureaucrats addressing press conferences. PM turns a blind eye to the anarchy; rather nudges chaos and disorder”.

“People of Delhi are the victims, as this drama plays out,” he added.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday continued his sit-in protest at the Lt. Governor’s residence for straight eight days in a row, urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “give a nod” to the IAS officers to end their strike.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday also continued its counter-protest against Kejriwal’s stir.

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Manish Sisodia hospitalised

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Manish Sisodia

New Delhi, June 18: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who was on hunger strike since June 13, was admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital in the national capital on Monday following a failing health, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.

“Sisodia being shifted to hospital,” Kejriwal tweeted.

According to the reports, Sisodia’s ketone level reached 7.4, following which the decision was taken to move him to a hospital.

Late on Sunday night, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who was also on an indefinite hunger since June 12, was also shifted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital due to deteriorating health.

In another tweet on Monday, Kejriwal said that Jain “is doing well”.

Jain and Sisodia were camping in the Raj Niwas along with

Kejriwal along with his cabinet colleague have been camping in the Raj Niwas, since June 11 protesting against IAS officers on de facto strike and seeking approval to the Delhi government’s proposal to supply ration to the poor at their houses.

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Ram Madhav’s close aide quits BJP

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New Delhi, June 18: As 2019 Lok Sabha elections are approaching, the resignation of a BJP member and close aide of party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav, Shivam Shankar Singh, has created a political buzz.

Singh, who worked closely with Madhav was a key member of the saffron party.

On Sunday, he wrote a post explaining several issues that led him to leave the BJP.

In his blog, Singh cited various key points such as Electoral Bonds , Demonetisation , Misuse of CBI and ED (the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate, Planning Commission Reports, GST, Petrol and Diesel price hike , messed-up foreign policy and others, that forced him to take a bold step of resignation.

For further reference to Shivam Shankar Singh’ s blog click here “Why I Am Resigning From the BJP“.

Meanwhile reacting to Singh’s resignation General Secretary AICC, Ashok Gehlot said it is an eye-opener for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

“Blog of Shivam Shankar Singh who supported BJP for many years n has quit it now is an eye opener for BJP. Its own ppl are fed up wd BJP’s propaganda, politics of hate, fake news, religious agenda, Polarization, National-Antinational, India-Pakistan debates”, Gehlot tweeted.

By profession, Singh is a data scientist. After studying economics at the University of Michigan, he returned to India and joined the BJP in 2013 to work for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election campaign.

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