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Pilot releases video of his MLAs strategising in Manesar

Meanwhile, questions are being raised on the numbers as quoted by the Pilot camp for his claimed strength doesn’t seem evident in the video.

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Jaipur, July 13 : Rebellious Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Monday released the first-ever video showing Congress and other MLAs from his camp strategising in a resort situated in Haryana’s Manesar.

The MLAs were seen sitting together and discussing the future at the same time when MLAs from camp of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot were discussing their strategy in the Fairmont Hotel here for the Congress meeting scheduled on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Congress leaders have made an emotional appeal to Pilot and his MLAs to come and attend the meeting, leaving aside all differences.

Meanwhile, questions are being raised on the numbers as quoted by the Pilot camp for his claimed strength doesn’t seem evident in the video.

While Gehlot has claimed that his government has the necessary numbers and is on safe ground, the Pilot group, on the other hand, has claimed that around 30 MLAs – both of the Congress and Independents – have extended their support to him.

Pilot on Sunday had sent a message saying that he shall not attend the Congress Legislative Party meeting.

He also claimed that the Gehlot government was in a minority.

Surprisingly, Pilot’s media manager used the designation of Deputy CM and Congress leader for Pilot and did not cite the state Congress chief title, raising more questions.

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Karnataka ex-CM Siddaramaiah discharged after testing Covid-19 negative

Siddaramaiah was admitted to hospital on August 3 for an urinary infection and subsequently he also tested positive for the coronavirus infection. On the advice of his doctors, he will quarantine at home for one more week, the statement indicated.

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Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah who was admitted at a private hospital in Bengaluru after testing positive for the Covid-19 infection has been discharged after being cured, his office said in a statement on Thursday.

The former CM has been discharged after reports of the second test also came out negative, it said.

Siddaramaiah was admitted to hospital on August 3 for an urinary infection and subsequently he also tested positive for the coronavirus infection. On the advice of his doctors, he will quarantine at home for one more week, the statement indicated.

The 72-year-old leader of the opposition in the Karnataka assembly has thanked doctors and medical staff who took care of him at the Manipal Hospital for the last ten days.He has also expressed his gratitude to the people of the state and political leaders, who wished him a speedy recovery.

Siddaramaiah’s son and Congress MLA from Varuna Dr Yathindra Siddaramaiah had also tested positive for the viral disease on August 7.

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa who was also under treatment for Covid-19 at the same hospital was discharged on Monday after recovery.

He is currently under self-quarantine at home and is yet to resume work.

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DMK Dismisses MLA Selvam From Party

Duraisamy quit the DMK soon after meeting the BJP’s Tamil Nadu President L. Murugan. The DMK had stripped him of his party post for meeting the BJP leader.

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Chennai: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Thursday dismissed its legislator K.K.Selvam from the party for breaching party discipline and for bringing disrepute for the party. Selvam was earlier suspended from the party.

In a statement issued here DMK President M.K.Stalin said the explanation given by the suspended Selvam for breaching the party discipline and bringing disrepute to the party was not acceptable and hence he is dismissed from the primary membership and other party posts.

The DMK on Aug 5, issued a show cause notice to Selvam asking for explanation as to why he should not be dismissed from the party.

On his part, Selvam had said he was not worried even if he was removed from the party. He also attended a puja at the office of the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit on that day.

The DMK action against Selvam comes after he met BJP National President J.P. Nadda and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in New Delhi on Aug 4.

On Aug 4, Selvam had also asked DMK President M.K. Stalin to hold organisational elections and condemn the denigration of Hindu deity Murugan and the prayer “Kanda Shasti Kavacham” by YouTube channel Karuppar Koottam.

However, Selvam had denied that he is joining the BJP. Selvam, who spoke to reporters in New Delhi on Aug 4, also demanded that Stalin cut the DMK’s ties with the Congress as its leader Rahul Gandhi has been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Selvam also indirectly criticised DMK, saying that hereditary politics has now become family politics.

Selvam said he was hoping for the post of DMK’s Chennai West District Secretary following the death of sitting legislator J. Anbazhagan due to Covid-19, but was denied it.

His meetings with BJP leaders in New Delhi led to speculation that the DMK legislator, will be formally joining the BJP, following in the footsteps of former Assembly Deputy Speaker V.P. Duraisamy.

Duraisamy quit the DMK soon after meeting the BJP’s Tamil Nadu President L. Murugan. The DMK had stripped him of his party post for meeting the BJP leader.

Selvam, who had joined the DMK in 1997 after quitting the AIADMK and is the sitting MLA from the Thousand Lights constituency in Chennai, said that he is ready to face any action that the DMK may take against him.

“The BJP is hooking disgruntled persons in the party or those facing some legal problems. The BJP and also those who are joining it know that the party will not come to power in Tamil Nadu in the near future. And the DMK members are not joining BJP for ideological reasons,” DMK spokesperson and MP T.K.S. Elangovan told IANS.

Elangovan was referring to the quitting of Duraisamy, from the DMK and the recent actions of party legislator Selvam. According to him, the party is not losing anyone with a good following at the ground level.

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Why Did Mobs Attack My House? : Bengaluru MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy

Murthy said he is a public servant who got elected after 1 lakh people voted for him.

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Bengaluru: After his house was attacked and burnt by the mob on Tuesday evening, Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy on Thursday questioned why did the rioters target him.

“Why have they (mobs) attacked me? What have I done? If I have done any mistakes, they should go to the police,” Murthy told reporters here.

Incidentally, his family members were able to escape the mobs as they had stepped out of their home just a few minutes before the riots to attend Krishnashtami at a temple.

Murthy said he is a public servant who got elected after 1 lakh people voted for him.

He said all the people in his constituency of Pulikeshinagar were like his brothers.

The Congress leader said outsiders came and attacked his house and urged the police and government to investigate the matter.

According to Murthy, everything in his home is burned.

Horrifying images emerged from the politician house, rooms strewn with ashes and completely burnt household articles seen scattered on the floor.

Rooms in his house were all darkened by soot generated by the flames burning furniture, appliances, clothes and other household items.

Murthy took around some leaders and showed them the destruction his house has suffered.

He said the police should punish the person who posted the derogatory message, be it his nephew or anybody else as he again questioned why his house was attacked?

In addition to his house, Murthy said the vandals had also attacked the houses of some other people and their vehicles as well.

The MLA exhorted people to stay calm.

On Tuesday night, hundreds of people ran amok after Murthy’s nephew Naveen posted a derogatory message on social media.

The mobs pelted stones, injured 60 policemen, and committed acts of vandalism and arson in DJ Halli, KG Halli, Pulikeshinagar and Kaval Byrasandra areas, leaving the affected places resembling a warzone.

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