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Rahul appears in Surat court in defamation case

The Congress leader is also scheduled to appear in Ahmedabad court on Friday, in another defamation case.

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Surat, Oct 10 : Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi appeared in a court here in a defamation case on Thursday and pleaded not guilty.

His lawyers pleaded for permanent exemption from appearance but the complainant, state BJP MLA Purnesh Modi, objected to it. The court said that it will decide on the matter on next date of hearing, which it fixed for December 10.

The case has been lodged by Surat MLA Purnesh Modi, after Gandhi, in one of his speeches, asked “why all the thieves have a Modi surname”.

The Congress leader is also scheduled to appear in Ahmedabad court on Friday, in another defamation case.

Gandhi, who reached Surat to a grand welcome by Congress workers, tweeted: “I am in Surat today to appear in a defamation case filed against me by my political opponents, desperate to silence me. I am grateful for the love & support of the Congress workers who have gathered here to express their solidarity with me.”

His party members also took social media to hail their leader. Senior party leader Abhishek Singhvi wrote: “Look at the numbers & enthusiasm of the crowd pouring-in to support @RahulGandhi, who is appearing in a politically motivated defamation case. Remember! Such support is coming in from a state like Gujarat. Who says that Congress is dying?”

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Priyanka slams Yogi govt on Bulandshahr incident

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 Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has slammed the Yogi Adityanath government over the Bulandshahr accident in which a US student was killed.

The accident, which took place on Monday, was apparently caused when motorcycle-borne men chased the girl who was on a scooty with her uncle.

In a tweet, Priyanka said, “There is no fear of the law in UP and women are getting increasingly insecure. It appears that the state government does not take incidents of eve teasing seriously.”

She said that a sweeping change was needed and the state government should adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards crime against women.

Earlier in the day, BSP president Mayawati had tweeted, “The promising student Sudiksha Bhati, who was going on a bike with her uncle in Bulandshahr, lost her life due to the eve-teasing, which is extremely sad, embarrassing and very condemnable.

How will daughters progress? The BSP strongly demands that UP government should take strict legal action against the culprits immediately.”

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Sachin Pilot says I am a satisfied man, been given a lot by Congress party

Sachin Pilot expressed hope that the issues will be addressed soon.

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Former Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, whose rebellion against the Congress party plunged the Ashok Gehlot government in a month-long crisis, has returned to the party fold.

After meeting Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi and on being assured by the party that the issues raised by him and his camp of MLAs will be resolved, Sachin Pilot returned to Congress and said he had never hankered for any post and was only raising “ideological issues”.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has formed a 3-member panel with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and KC Venugopal to address the concerns on governance in Rajasthan that were raised by Sachin Pilot and his group of MLAs. Coming out of the meeting with Priyanka Gandhi and other Congress leaders,

Sachin Pilot said he and the other MLAs raised organisational issues, the case of sedition filed by the SOG and governance. Sachin Pilot expressed hope that the issues will be addressed soon. This comes ahead of the Rajasthan assembly session that will begin on August 14.

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Afghan Cabinet still not finalized: Prez Palace

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Kabul, Aug 11 : The Afghan Presidential Palace has said that Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for Reconciliation, waas yet to introduce his nominated Ministers for the new Cabinet.

On Monday, the Palace’s deputy spokesman Dawa Khan Menapal said that nominees for Ministers must meet the criteria, so that the President can send them to the National Assembly for a vote of confidence, reports TOLO News.

“As soon as our political partners make a list according to the criteria, the government will send it to the parliament for a vote of confidence,” said Menapal.

On the other hand, Fraidoon Khwazoon, spokesman for Abdullah, said that they have sent their nominee list to the Presidential Palace.

“For our part, the problem is solved and we have sent the list of nominated ministers that is relevant to us and it will be implemented according to the agreement,” he said.

A number of politicians and citizens of the country consider the existence of differences between Ghani and Abdullah as one of the main reasons for the delay with the cabinet.

“The big reason is that these two people do not get along with each other and that is why they do not agree on governors and ministers,” said Abdul Rauf Shapoon, a lawmaker.

In May, a power-sharing agreement was signed between President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah to end the political deadlock following last year’s presidential election.

Under the agreement signed on Sunday, Ghani remains as President, while Abdullah will head the High Council for National Reconciliation to lead the peace talks with the Taliban.

Abdullah, who served as Chief Executive in the previous government and contested the presidential poll on September 28, 2019, had challenged the outcome of the vote in which the Election Commission declared Ghani as winner.

When the delayed results of the election were finally announced in February, Ghani was again declared President by the Independent Election Commission after earning a slightly higher percentage than Abdullah, reports TOLO News.

But the tensions increased after Ghani and Abdullah, both held inauguration ceremonies on the same day in their adjacent respective palaces, after the latter rejected the outcome.

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