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No politics as Sonia Gandhi graces book event

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New Delhi, May 23 : Sonia Gandhi was there and so was Sheila Dikshit but there was no politics on the agenda — and neither did anyone seek to inject politics into the evening’s event.

The occasion was the release of the book “The Unseen Indira Gandhi” (Konark), penned by Dr K.P. Mathur, who was the former prime minister’s personal physician for 16 years till her untimely death on October 31, 1984.

Now 92, Mathur managed to get Sonia Gandhi to grace the event on Monday for her late mother-in-law, a fact that was not announced by the organisers and took most of the audience at the India International Centre by surprise.

Sonia was relaxed, came early and mingled easily with the guests over tea and pakoras before the event began. With even the security men around her relaxed, many people took advantage of the occasion and their proximity to one of India’s most guarded leaders to take selfies with her, exertions which she mildly protested at but then gave in.

But no one talked politics.

Wearing a maroon saree and blouse, Sonia was content to sit in the audience and got up only to receive a copy of the book from the author, who was part and parcel of the Gandhi household and knew the family, including her children, Rahul and Priyanka, intimately.

In fact, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wrote a foreword to the book, describing Mathur as a “storehouse of fascinating tales for my brother and me” who became “more a member of our extended family than just a part of my grandmother’s entourage”. She was not present at the event.

The audience broke into repeated applause when the former Delhi chief minister spoke of Indira Gandhi as one of the most remarkable women of the 20th century who brought India prestige and standing in the international arena.

Also present in the audience were those who were close to the Gandhi household at some point or other, including former ministers Jairam Ramesh, Mani Shankar Aiyar and former journalist Suman Dubey, who was a close friend of Rajiv Gandhi. Dr Karan Singh, MP, who has been close to the family for decades, was among those on the dais.

Interestingly, no one from the ruling establishment could be seen.

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PMC Bank case: ED searches 5 locations in Mumbai

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The ED officials, however, remained tight-lipped about sharing any further details.

An ED source said that the agency had got some links that amounts in crores of Rupees were transferred from the HDIL to the Viva group trust and companies, which is controlled by the family members of Thakur.

Earlier this month, the ED had questioned Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha Raut in connection with the case.

Source: IANS

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Ram Temple scam: 5 booked for duping people

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Ram Raja temple MP

Five people have been booked for allegedly collecting donations for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya through a ‘fake’ local outfit.

One of the five accused, having a criminal record, has been arrested.

A written complaint was filed in this regard by district president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

As part of a nationwide campaign of VHP to collect voluntary donations from people for the construction of the grand Ram temple, teams of VHP and RSS workers have been constituted in Pilibhit.

When one such team reached the Kala Mandir locality under Sungarhi police station to collect the donation, devotees told team members that they had already given money to another local outfit.

The VHP functionary told the police that members of the other outfit had issued ‘fake’ receipts to voluntary donors even though they were not authorized to collect money for Ram temple construction.

Sungarhi SHO, Shrikant Dwiwedi, said that the receipt issued by the local outfit revealed the names of its office bearers. All of them were found to be the residents of Pilibhit city.

The police have now booked them under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forging a document purporting to be a receipt acknowledging the payment of money), 468 (committing forgery, intending that the document forged shall be used for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document).

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Modi to virtually inaugurate Chauri-Chaura centenary

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate the year-long centenary celebrations of Chauri-Chaura incident in Gorakhpur on February 4.

One of the most ambitious programmes of the Yogi Adityanath government in 2021, the event is designed to express a sense of gratitude towards those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of this country.

Adityanath has planned a series of events during the whole year starting February 4.

School children will be made aware of the importance of this event and candles and lamps will be lit up at all the martyred monuments and statues of legendary leaders.

Beautification of the Chauri Chaura Shaheed Smarak Samiti is planned and the chief minister wants to develop it as a heritage tourist spot.

The Chauri-Chaura incident took place on February 4, 1922, at Chauri-Chaura in the Gorakhpur district of the then United Provinces (now Uttar Pradesh) in British India, when over 3,000 protesters participating in the non-cooperation movement, clashed with police who opened fire.

In the protest, three agitators were martyred and the enraged mob set the police station on fire which left 20 policemen dead.

Mahatma Gandhi withdrew his non-cooperation movement after the incident and later, 228 agitators were prosecuted by the British government while 172 protesters were sentenced to death by the Gorakhpur Sessions Court.

After this incident, the revolutionaries intensified their movement and shook the confidence of the British Government.

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