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Prakash Raj sends legal notice to BJP MP over ‘trolling’

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Bengaluru, Nov 24: Actor Prakash Raj has issued a legal notice to Pratap Simha, BJP MP from Mysuru, for making ‘defamatory’ statements against him on social media platforms and in television interviews.

“I have sent a legal notice to Pratap Simha as a citizen of this country for the way he has trolled me which has disturbed my personal life. I am asking him to answer legally and if he doesn’t, I will be taking legal action,” Raj told while addressing the media on Thursday.

Simha, who represents Mysuru constituency, had tweeted on October 2: “Being sad due to son’s death, having left your wife and ran behind a dancer, Mr. Raj, do you have any right to say anything to (Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister) Yogi (Adityanath), (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi.”

The tweet from Simha, along with a link to an article by a Kannada website with the same line as its headline, had come just after the actor had blamed Prime Minister Modi for following those people on social media who were celebrating the murder of senior Kannada editor and activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead on September 5.

Raj had also criticised the UP Chief Minister for his statements and said he was a “better actor than him and that he must give away his national awards to him”.

Reacting to the legal notice, Simha told a Kannada news channel that he had received the legal notice served on him by Mr. Raj, but maintained there was nothing personal in his statements.

He also said reposting and re-tweeting on social media sites does not amount to endorsing the view. “If I re-post an article published in a newspaper, it does not amount to my endorsement, it is only a share,”. And “Even Twitter mentions that retweets don’t necessarily mean endorsements. I had only retweeted an article,” Simha had responded.

Raj said the legal notice had nothing to do with the political party that Simha belongs to, but was only a fight against the individual.

“Let the court decide if he should remain in politics. Citizens will not stop asking questions,” the 52-year-old actor said, calling Simha a “serial offender”.

Raj had lost his son at the age of five few years ago.

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Congress MP from Kerala M.I. Shanavas passes away

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Chennai/Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 21: Congress Working President in Kerala and Lok Sabha member from Wayanad, M.I. Shanavas passed away at a private hospital in Chennai on Wednesday, a party leader said. He was 67.

“The party has lost a stalwart. I have lost a dear brother,” Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala said.

Shanavas, a two time parliament member was ailing for sometime and was admitted at a hospital in the Tamil Nadu capital. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

“His body will be brought to Kochi today. It will lay in state for the public to pay their last respects and the final rites will take place tomorrow,” said Chennithala.

A long time close aide of former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, Shanavas along with Chennithala and former Kerala Speaker late G. Karthikeyan in the 1980s parted ways with Karunakaran and formed their own faction, ‘the reformist’.

Shanavas won the 2009 Lok Sabha polls from Wayanad, which he retained in 2014.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his cabinet colleagues condoled the passing away of Shanavas.

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Vishweshwar Reddy resigns from TRS

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Telangana, Nov 20: Ahead of assembly elections, Vishweshwar Reddy, MP from Chevella Konda on Tuesday resigned from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). 

The Chevella cited reasons such as personal, injustice to karyakartas, who worked for Telangana statehood.

Polling is slated to be held on December 7, While the results will be declared on  December 11.

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Sushma Swaraj’s husband thanks her for not deciding to contest 2019 elections

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New Delhi, Nov 20: Welcoming External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s decision not to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, her husband said that “I remember there came a time when even Milkha Singh stopped running”. 

“Madam (Sushma Swaraj) – Thank you very much for your decision not to contest any more elections. I remember there came a time when even Milkha Singh stopped running,” he said in a series of tweets.

“This marathon has been on since 1977 – that is 41 years. You have contested 11 direct elections. In fact you contested all elections held since 1977 except twice when party did not allow you to contest in 1991 and 2004,” he said.

“You have been four terms in Lok Sabha, three terms in Rajya Sabha and thrice elected to state Assembly. You are contesting elections since you were 25 – and fighting elections for 41 years is quite a marathon,” he said.

“Madam – I am running behind you for the last 46 years. I am no longer a 19-year-old. Please, I am also running out of breath. Thank you,” he added.

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