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Office of Profit case: EC to decide fortune of 21 AAP MLAs today

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The twenty one MLAs of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will again on Thursday appear before the Election Commission here in connection with an Office of Profit case.

In order to give an opportunity to the AAP, BJP and the Congress to present their stand, the commission had postponed hearing in the case for one week on July 14 as the MLAs are facing the threat of disqualification in the case.

The AAP Government in Delhi had appointed 21 parliamentary secretaries to assist its ministers.

Earlier in June, President Pranab Mukherjee withheld the assent to a Bill passed by the Delhi Government in June 2015 to exempt the post of Parliamentary Secretary from the purview of an office-of-profit with retrospective effect.

Read More: Prez rejects dual office bill, 21 AAP legislators may face ouster

The decision raised questions over the fate of 21 AAP MLAs holding the post.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had passed an order appointing the 21 MLAs, including Alka Lamba, Jarnail Singh, Adarsh Shastri and Rajesh Gupta, as Parliamentary Secretaries on March 13 last year.

Attempting to save from disqualification provisions for holding two offices of profit at one time, the Delhi Government then sought to amend the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of the Disqualification) Act, 1997.

The Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification Amendment) Bill- 2015 was forwarded by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to the Centre, which in turn sent it to the President with its comments.

Read More: Office of Profit: EC to decide fate of 21 AAP MLAs on July 14

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Ahmedbhai had no personal ambition, only interest was Congress: CWC

The CWC also passed a resolution condoling the death of veteran leader and three-time Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who also succumbed to Covid.

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New Delhi: The Congress Working Committee on Friday met and offered condolences to the family of veteran leader and Treasurer Ahmed Patel who passed away on November 25 due to Covid-related complications.

The CWC, in its resolution, said that “Ahmedbhai had no personal ambition. The interest of the Congress was his only interest and the advancement of the Congress agenda was his only agenda. He was deeply religious but secular to the core. Ahmedbhai’s simplicity, austerity, accessibility and generosity were legendary.

Recognising his contributions over four decades to the party, it stressed on “his unique capacity to reconcile competing aspirations and forge unity and comradeship among the leaders and its members”.

Patel passed away at the Medanta hospital in Gurugram on Wednesday morning. Amid thousands of well wishers, his mortal remains were laid to rest on Thursday in his ancestral village in Gujarat’s Bharuch district, with many top party leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, present to pay their last respects.

The last rites were carried out at the Sunni Vohra Muslim Jamaat graveyard in Piraman village. As per his wish, his body was buried beside his parents’ graves and all Covid-19 guidelines and protocols were followed during the funeral.

The CWC also passed a resolution condoling the death of veteran leader and three-time Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who also succumbed to Covid.

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CM Nitish Kumar hits back at Tejashwi, asks who made him Deputy CM

Tejashwi Yadav clarified that Nitish Kumar called him a small child.

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Patna: After RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s personal attack, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hit back at him and said that Yadav is lying.

Nitish Kumar was looking very angry during a speech in the Bihar assembly. He addressed Tejashwi as ‘Tum’ in Hindi during the speech.

“Who was responsible for making his father (Lalu Prasad) leader of the Lok Dal and who was responsible for making him (Tejashwi Yadav) deputy CM. Everyone knows it,” Kumar said in the assembly.

Earlier, Tejashwi said that CM Nitish Kumar was scared of the girl child, hence he avoided becoming a father a second time.

Following the CM’s speech, Manoj Jha, Rajya Sabha MP and RJD chief spokesperson said: “The unparliamentary language used by Nitish Kumar reflects his status. He is not more than a remote control CM and people of Bihar know who is having actual power in Bihar.”

“We have heard about jobs on compassionate grounds. Nitish Kumar was nominated as the CM on the same grounds,” Jha said.

Tejashwi Yadav clarified that Nitish Kumar called him a small child.

“I said that he was afraid of the girl child. Hence he has not become a father again. It was a reflection of Nitish Kumar’s statement during the election campaign.”

“It does not apply to Lalu Prasad. If that was the case, after the birth of my elder brother and me, we would not have had a younger sister,” Tejashwi said.

“On the other hand, he has dragged my sisters’ names in the Bihar assembly. He has used unparliamentary language towards me,” Tejashwi said.

Tejashwi added that if Nitish Kumar had made me deputy CM, I want to ask him who has made two current Deputy CMs (Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi) in Bihar now.

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Mehbooba Mufti claims she’s illegally detained yet again

Jammu and Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti claims she’s illegally detained yet again, not allowed to visit party leader

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Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Friday alleged that she has been “illegally detained yet again” and denied permission to visit a party leader in Pulwama district.

She also alleged that her daughter Iltija has been placed under house arrest.

“I’ve been illegally detained yet again. Since 2 days, J&K administration has refused to allow me to visit party leader
Waheed Ur Rehman’s family in Pulwama. He was arrested on baseless charges. Even my daughter placed under house arrest (sic),” Mufti said in a tweet.

“Their cruelty knows no bounds. Waheed was arrested on baseless charges & I am not allowed to even console his family. Even my daughter Iltija has been placed under house arrest because she also wanted to visit Waheed’s family (sic),” she added.

The former chief minister will hold a press conference at 3 pm today on various issues. Mehbooba was released on October 14 after being in detention from August 5 last year following the abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had on Wednesday arrested, Waheed Parra, the youth wing president of PDP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit, in connection with a terror case.

Parra, who recently filed his nomination for the District Development Council (DDC) elections from Pulwama in South Kashmir, was being questioned at the NIA headquarters here since Monday for his alleged involvement with the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group.

“Today NIA arrested Waheed Ur Rehman Parra, the youth wing leader of People’s Democratic Party, in connection with the Naveed Babu-Davinder Singh case for supporting Hizbul Mujahideen in conspiracy with the other accused persons,” NIA’s spokesperson had said.

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