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Priyanka calls manner of Article 370 revocation ‘unconstitutional’

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Sonebhadra (Uttar Pradesh), Aug 13 (IANS) Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Tuesday, said that the manner in which the BJP-led central government revoked Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir was ‘completely unconstitutional’ and ‘against all the principles of democracy’.

“There are rules to be followed when such things are done, which were not followed in this case,” Gandhi said while briefly speaking with reporters during her visit to meet the victims of the Sonebhadra carnage.

This is the first reaction from Priyanka Gandhi on an issue that has left the Congress completely divided.

Several Congress leaders have openly backed the government’s move.

The party’s chief whip in Rajya Sabha Bhubaneswar Kalita even resigned from the party and his House membership to protest the Congress’s stand on the issue.

Jyotiraditya Scindia, who was at the helm of the party’s campaign in western Uttar Pradesh along with Priyanka in the eastern part, has also supported the Modi government on the revocation of Article 370 that had until now bestowed special status on Jammu and Kashmir.

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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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Rebuild Ravidas temple at original site: CPI-M

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) demolished the temple and four ‘samadhis’ on August 10 alleging they were located in a “forest area” in Tughlaqabad Extension here.

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New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The CPI-M on Friday urged the central government to rebuild the Guru Ravidas temple at the very site in the national capital where it was demolished.

CPI-M leader Brinda Karat made the appeal in a letter to Urban Development Minister Hardeep Puri, demanding that the temple should be constructed at the same spot and the ‘samadhis’ restored in their original place.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) demolished the temple and four ‘samadhis’ on August 10 alleging they were located in a “forest area” in Tughlaqabad Extension here.

Accusing the government of double standards, Karat said that on the one hand it spoke in the court in defence of the “faith of people” on Ayodhya but did not hesitate to bring down a Ravidas temple although it had stood at the spot for decades.

She said while demolishing the temple, the DDA — which reports to Puri — had permitted the building of a clubhouse in the same area. “Is this not double standards?”

The CPI-M leader pointed out that the Delhi High Court had suggested that the temple be relocated 400 yards away while keeping the samadhis intact. “However the DDA by its actions of demolition of the samadhis and the temple has changed the situation.

“I, therefore, request you to ensure that the temple is rebuilt and the samadhis are restored in their original place.”

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Maharashtra Congress leaders meet Sonia Gandhi

The leaders included Maharashtra Congress President Balasaheb Thorat, Working Presidents Nitin Raut, Baswaraj M. Patil, Yashomati Chandrakant Thakur and Muzaffer Hussain.

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New Delhi, Aug 16 : Senior Congress leaders from Maharashtra on Friday met the party interim chief Sonia Gandhi at her residence here.

The leaders included Maharashtra Congress President Balasaheb Thorat, Working Presidents Nitin Raut, Baswaraj M. Patil, Yashomati Chandrakant Thakur and Muzaffer Hussain.

Congress General Secretary (Organisation) K.C. Venugopal was also present during the meeting.

After meeting Gandhi, Raut told IANS: “It was a courtesy meeting with Soniaji. We had not met since she was appointed the interim President.”

Asked if there were any talks regarding the Maharashtra assembly elections, Raut said, “We did not discuss elections with her as it was our first meeting with her since the time she was appointed the interim chief.”

Sonia Gandhi was elected the interim party chief on August 10 during the Congress Working Committee meeting.

She was made the party chief after Rahul Gandhi stepped down from the top post taking moral responsibility of Congress’s loss in Lok Sabha elections.

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