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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.

Read More: Presidential election on July 17, Counting on July 20

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Non-bailable warrants against BJP’s Sanjiv Balyan, Sangeet Som in Muzaffarnagar riot case

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The local court of Uttar Pradesh has issued a non-bailable warrant against Former Union minister Sanjiv Balyan, Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Rana and BJP MLAs Sangeet Som and Umesh Malik and others in connection with a 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case.

The Court has also sought permission from the state to prosecute them under section 153A of IPC for allegedly make hate speeches. According to news agency PTI additional chief judicial magistrate, on Friday issued a non-bailable warrant and asked to all the appear in Court on 19th January 2018.

Almost 60 people died and 40,000 were displaced in Muzaffarnagar communal clashes which took place between August and September 2013

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All strength to your shoulders: Kamal Haasan to Rahul Gandhi

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Chennai, Dec 16: Kamal Haasan on Saturday congratulated politician Rahul Gandhi who has taken over as the new Congress President. The veteran actor-filmmaker says he’s sure that Rahul would work and deserve the admiration like his elders.

“Congratulations Mr. Rahul.G. Your seat does not define you but you can define your position. I have admired your elders. I am sure you would work and deserve my admiration too. All the strength to your shoulders,” Kamal wrote.

The process of his election as the new Congress chief was completed after the Central Election Authority President Mullapally Ramachandran handed over the Certificate of Election to Rahul Gandhi in a ceremony at Congress party headquarters.

The ceremony was marked by loud celebrations as scorces of Rahul Gandhi supporters danced to upbeat tunes, raised slogans, burst crackers and distributed sweets outside the party office here.

Kamal, who is known for films like “Hey Ram” and “Vishwaroopam”, has previously shown desire to join politics. He has also hinted launching his party by January.

On his birthday in November, Kamal announced the launch of a new app, which marked a step towards his political debut.

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Five years of Nirbhaya rape case: Mamata Banerjee calls for making society safe

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Kolkata, Dec 16: Remembering the horrifying Nirbhaya gang rape case in Delhi on its fifth year, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday called for making a safe society.

Taking to twitter, Banerjee said  “Remembering #Nirbhaya on the fifth anniversary of brutal Delhi incident. We cannot compensate her loss but let us resolve to keep our society safe”.

On this day five years ago, a 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally gang raped inside a moving bus in the national capital , which led to her death due to internal injuries 13 days later in a Singapore hospital.

The rapists, six in all, pounced on the young woman who had boarded the bus with her male friend to go home after watching a movie.

After committing the crime, they dumped both on the side of a road. Later, some onlookers informed the police.

The brutal crime triggered an nationwide outrage.

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