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Modi has eye on Bihar Assembly polls in Covid times: Congress

The Prime Minister had announced extension in the benefit of free ration under the PMGKAY for another five months till November to help the poor in view of the upcoming festivals like Diwali and Chhath.

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New Delhi, June 30 : The Congress on Tuesday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation, claiming that he had only coming Bihar Assembly elections on his mind in these tough times when the people wanted “Nyay” to be implemented.

The Congress also pointed out that now even the Prime Minister had accepted that coronavirus crisis will be there till November, though the opposition party had expected that the PM will announce cash transfer of Rs 7,500 per month to each poor family under Nyay.

Party leader Supriya Shrinate told a press conference that “the Prime Minister has focus only on the Bihar elections and there was nothing in his address to confront the challenges posed to the country.”

“We’re glad to hear that Modi has heeded the advice of Congress President Sonia Gandhi to extend the provisions of providing free food to the poor,” said Shrinate.

Sonia Gandhi had demanded free ration til September, which the Prime Minister extended till November 2020.

The Prime Minister had announced extension in the benefit of free ration under the PMGKAY for another five months till November to help the poor in view of the upcoming festivals like Diwali and Chhath.

The Congress had proposed Nyuntam Aay Yojana (Nyay) in the 2019 general election manifesto, promising that if voted to power, its government would enact a law to give cash to bottom 20 per cent of India’s families in terms of wealth. Such households were to receive up to Rs 72,000 each per year, benefiting 250 million people.

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Congress blames ‘toxic’ TV debate for Rajiv Tyagi’s untimely demise

“Till when will toxic debates and venomous spokespersons continue to kill sober and simple people? Till when TV channels will continue to run the TRP business through such debates? Surjewala tweeted

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New Delhi, Aug 13 : The Congress has blamed ‘toxic’ TV debate for the untimely demise of its spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi, who passed away on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The Congress leader had attended a television debate at 5 p.m. and complained of chest pain soon after the programme ended. He then fell unconscious and was rushed to the Yashoda Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, “Till when will toxic debates and venomous spokespersons continue to kill sober and simple people? Till when TV channels will continue to run the TRP business through such debates? Till when will divisive communal agenda continue to poison the soul of the country? Till when? #rajiv_tyagi.”

Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi, former party chief Rahul Gandhi and senior leader Priyanka Gandhi spoke to Tyagi’s wife and extended their condolences.

Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet, “Congress has lost a lion. We will always remember his love for the party. My condolences are with the family.”

“Shocked to hear about the tragic demise of Shri Rajiv Tyagi. He was too young and had a long life ahead of him. It is a big loss for the party. My heart goes out to his family & wellwishers. May God give them the strength in this hour of grief,” tweeted senior leader Ahmed Patel.

A resident of Ghaziabad, Tyagi was a member of the Uttar Pradesh Congress before becoming the party’s national spokesperson.

The Congress in a statement said, “We are deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Rajiv Tyagi, a staunch Congressman and a true patriot. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this hour of grief.”

Congress leader Jitin Prasada said, “I am shocked and deeply saddened by his untimely demise.”

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “I can’t believe that my friend Rajiv Tyagi is not with us any more. He was in a debate with me at 5 p.m. Life is uncertain.”

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Action against cops after Aligarh incident involving MLA

After the incident, about half a dozen BJP MLAs conveyed to the chief minister that they wanted action against the police officer who reportedly misbehaved with Sahyogi.

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Lucknow, Aug 12 : The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has suspended the station officer of Gonda police station, Anuj Kumar Saini, who was involved in an alleged brawl with BJP MLA Rajkumar Sahyogi.

Superintendent of Police rural Atul Sharma has also been transferred after the incident which took place earlier on Wednesday.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the IG zone to probe the incident.

After the incident, about half a dozen BJP MLAs conveyed to the chief minister that they wanted action against the police officer who reportedly misbehaved with Sahyogi.

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MoS Defence tests positive for Covid-19

Union Minister of State for Defence and AYUSH Shripad Naik has tested positive for Covid-19, the Minister tweeted on Wednesday.

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New Delhi: “I underwent Covid-19 test today and it has turned out asymptomatically positive. My vitals are within normal limits and I have opted for home isolation,” Naik tweeted.

“Those who have come in contact with me in last few days are advised to get tested and take required precautions,” he said.

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