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Priyanka asks BJP leaders to clarify stand on Kuldeep Sengar

“The CBI gave its report. The Supreme Court bashed them, but Kuldeep Singh Sengar still enjoys a place in the hearts of BJP leaders. His photographs are being used with senior BJP leaders. Will they say something?”

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New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday asked BJP leaders to clarify their stand on rape accused legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, after his photographs appeared in an Independence Day advertisement in a Hindi newspaper, along with pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath and Home Minister Amit Shah.

“The CBI gave its report. The Supreme Court bashed them, but Kuldeep Singh Sengar still enjoys a place in the hearts of BJP leaders. His photographs are being used with senior BJP leaders. Will they say something?” wrote Priyanka Gandhi on Twitter attaching a copy of the advertisement in the post.

The advertisement wishing people on the occasion of Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan was published by Anuj Kumar Dikshit, the local BJP chief and chairman of Ugu Panchayat in Unnao. It also carried a photograph of Sengar’s wife and zila panchayat chairperson, Sangeeta Sengar.

Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh had on July 30 said that his party had suspended Sengar after an FIR was lodged against the lawmaker in connection with an accident that claimed two lives and injured two others, including the Unnao rape survivor.

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Madhusudan Mistry appointed as Haryana screening committee chairman

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New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) With just months away from assembly polls in Haryana, Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi appointed Madhusudan Mistry as chairman of the six-member screening committee in the state.

In an official release, party General Secretary K.C. Venugopal on Saturday said, “Sonia Gandhi has constituted the screening committee for Haryana with Mistry as it’s chairman.

She named senior party leader Deepa Dasmunshi and Devender Yadav as its members.

The committee also includes senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is also the in-charge for Haryana.

The Congress, eyeing a comeback in the state in the assembly polls, formed the screening committee to decide the party’s candidates.

In 2014, the BJP improved its 2009 tally from 4 to 47, followed by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) with 19 legislators and the Congress, which ruled the state won just 15 seats.

Two seats went to the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), and one each to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Five Independents were also elected.

Sonia Gandhi, who had appointed former Union Minister and party general secretary Kumari Selja as state unit chief and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as chairman of the election committee on September 3, are also included in the committee.

Following the rift among the former state unit chief Ashok Tanwar and Hooda in the state, Sonia Gandhi has replaced former with Selja in the state.

Tanwar, considered close to former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and has had a running battle with Hooda since his appointment as state unit chief in 2014.

The UPA chairperson on September 10 constituted 28 member election committee for the state.

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Never forget your mother tongue, says Mamata on Hindi Diwas

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Kolkata, Sep 14 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here on Saturday extended her best wishes on Hindi Diwas, but said one should never forget one’s mother tongue.

In a tweet, Banerjee also called for respecting all languages and cultures. “My best wishes to all on #HindiDiwas. We should respect all languages and cultures equally. We may learn many languages, but we should not forget our mother language,” Banerjee said.

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Sunil Jakhar to continue as Punjab Congress chief

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Punjab, Asha Kumari, asked Jakhar to continue in his post.

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Chandigarh, Sep 14 : Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, who had resigned after losing the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat to actor-politician Sunny Deol of the BJP, will continue in his post, the Congress said on Saturday.

Taking note of the “good work” done by him as the state party chief, the Congress high command has rejected the resignation of Jakhar as the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), an official statement said.

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Punjab, Asha Kumari, asked Jakhar to continue in his post.

Welcoming the decision, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that it was in the interest of the party as Jakhar was a seasoned grassroots leader in the state, where he had done immense work on the ground besides building a strong party cadre.

Senior Congress leader Jakhar (65) — who was elected from Gurdaspur in the 2017 Lok Sabha bypolls held after the death of BJP lawmaker Vinod Khanna — had lost in this year’s general elections to Sunny Deol, who was contesting his maiden election, by over 80,000 votes.

“Everyone supported me fully and put in their best for me, but I was unable to defend my seat. In such a scenario, I cannot continue as the state chief. I feel a moral responsibility to quit,” Jakhar had written in his resignation letter.

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