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No consensus, cooperation unless govt gives a name: Congress on Prez poll



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New Delhi, June 16, 2017: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence in Delhi to discuss a consensus with opposition parties on India’s new President. Their meeting lasted 30 minutes.

Singh and Naidu, who are part of the three-member team constituted by Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah for discussion with political parties reached 10 Janpath around 11 a.m.

Soon after the meeting, Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told media that ” BJP ministers did not give us any name, instead asked us for a name. We were expecting them to suggest a name. Then we would have discussed that within our own party and with other opposition parties.”

Saying that the BJP leaders met Gandhi seeking cooperation in the presidential poll, both Azad and party leader Mallikarjun Kharge said unless the government named a candidate there was no question of cooperation or consensus.

“Since there was no name suggested from the government, there is no question of cooperation or discussion,” said Azad.

“They are seeking cooperation and what I can make, they have got something in their mind, that is why they have not given any name and are seeking cooperation. But unless they give a name there can’t be any question of consensus or cooperation,” Kharge added.

Before the meeting, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told media that “The minutes of the meeting will be discussed with the rest of our party and the sub-committee that has been set up ahead of the polls. We will consider the opinion of all.”

Later, the BJP panel’s will be meeting CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.

Both the Union Ministers have already spoken to Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Praful Patel and Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) Satish Mishra.

Earlier, Naidu also spoke to NCP chief Sharad Pawar, and ally TDP’s chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu as part of its exercise to evolve a consensus on a presidential candidate.

Sources said Pawar told Naidu that he would be in Delhi for the next couple of days for the talks, while Chandrababu Naidu told him that his party would stand by the Prime Minister’s decision on the issue.

Read More: Process for President’s election begins: Here is all you need to know

The election to the post of President would be held on July 17. The votes would be counted on July 20.

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Govt ‘Invented’ story on Data theft to divert attention from death of 39 Indians in Mosul: Rahul Gandhi



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New Delhi, March 22: Launching a scathing attack, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the Narendra Modi government invented a story on “data theft” to divert public attention from the death of 39 Indians in Mosul. 

Taking to Twitter, Gandhi stated as the Centre caught lying over the death of thirty-nine Indians so they created a story on Congress and Data Theft.

As a result, all the attention diverted to data theft.

The AICC chief asserted problems and solutions in a tweet.

Problem: 39 Indians dead; Govt on the mat, caught lying.

Solution: Invent story on Congress & Data Theft.

Result: Media networks bite bait; 39 Indians vanish from radar.

Problem solved.


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Election Commission allows Mukhtar Ansari to vote in Rajya Sabha polls



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Lucknow, March 22: The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday allowed jailed Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mukhtar Ansari to cast vote in the upcoming Rajya Sabha (RS) elections.

BSP national general secretary, Rajya Sabha member and renowned Supreme Court advocate, Satish Chand Mishra had filed a plea in the Allahabad High Court for the release of two Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), Mukhtar Ansari of the BSP and Hariom Yadav of the Samajwadi Party (SP), so that they could participate in March 23 elections.

Ansari is the prime accused in the killing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Krishnanand Rai, among other crimes, and has pleaded not guilty.

In September 2017, He was acquitted in connection with contractor Manna Singh’s murder case.

There will be 59 vacancies in the Rajya Sabha in April.

The tenure of three nominated members – actor Rekha, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and social worker Anu Aga – will also be ending then.


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TDP calls for statewide protest




Amaravati, March 22: The Telugu Desam Party to stage a statewide peaceful protest in the support of party MPs’ agitation in the Parliament on Thursday. 

Calling for the agitation, TDP Andhra Pradesh unit president K . Kala Venkatrao in a teleconference with MPs, MLAs, MLCs, in-charges and other party leaders told them to sit on demonstration and protest meetings in major junctions of all constituencies , ANI reported.

Venkatrao also urged them that the agitation must be peaceful and should not cause any trouble to the common man.

Meanwhile, the mass organisations affiliated to left parties on Thursday also called for highway blockade, which all parties except the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backed.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu also announced support to the blockade and cited state interests as the reason .

Venkatrao stated the YSRCP may cause destruction and violence during the protest, so the TDP should not join protests along with them but hold public agitation separately.

On the other hand, Naidu in a teleconference with MPs asserted the BJP had been suspecting the TDP for quite some time now and not believing the TDP chief’s statement about his interest in national politics.

“They do not believe even after I clarified that I don’t have any interest in national politics . For the same, though there was no need, the ruling party at Centre took the support of YSRCP during the presidential polls”.

After the Andhra ruling party’s withdrew from the NDA, Wednesday’s assembly session witnessed  a confrontation between the TDP and BJP on ranges of issues.


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