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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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Maharashtra minister Ashok Chavan tests Covid-19 positive

He is the second Cabinet Minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi govermnent to test positive after Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad was diagnosed last month.

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Mumbai, May 25 : Maharashtra PWD Minister Ashok Chavan is reported to have tested Covid-19 positive, party sources said here late on Sunday.

The former Chief Minister’s condition has been described as asymptomatic and he is under treatment in Nanded, his home town.

He is the second Cabinet Minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi govermnent to test positive after Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad was diagnosed last month. After nearly a month’s treatment, Awhad was fully cured and discharged.

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Will not tolerate high-handedness of UP govt: Jitin Prasada

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New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) Upset over the arrest of state party president Ajay Kumar Lallu and registration of cases against its leaders, the Congress has warned the UP government that this “high-handedness” will not be “tolerated”.

Congress working committee member Jitin Prasada, talking to IANS, alleged that the government is misusing the lockdown as opposition parties can”t assemble and agitate at the moment. But as and when the lockdown is lifted, the Congress and its workers will not leave any stone “unturned”.

The Congress and the UP government are at loggerheads since the state government refused to allow buses provided by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on pretext of not providing the ”appropriate list”. The Congress has alleged that the government is insensitive towards the plight of the migrants who are walking towards their home.

Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu was brought to Lucknow, late on Wednesday night from Agra, and produced before a magistrate. He was taken for medical examination at the Civil Hospital and then taken to a temporary jail.

He was arrested in a case of fraud and forgery, related to bungling in the list of buses submitted by the Congress to the Uttar Pradesh government for bringing migrant workers.

Lallu was arrested immediately after he was granted bail in another case by the court in Agra on Wednesday. He had been arrested in Agra on Tuesday for protesting against the government”s refusal to allow movement of buses in the state.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters in Lucknow during his medical examination, Lallu said, “Such cases and jail sentences are a reward for a political worker. The government can heap cases on me and keep me in jail but they should provide immediate relief to migrant workers.”

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Thackeray hints at lockdown extension, flight restrictions

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, here on Sunday, hinted at further extension of the lockdown after May 31 and proposed restrictions on plans to resume domestic flights from May 25 as the Covid-19 situation could worsen after the onset of monsoon.

Addressing the state, Thackeray said it was not proper to impose the lockdown suddenly and now it couldn’t be lifted abruptly as it would be detrimental to the people.

“We will have to study the situation carefully before moving ahead. The coming weeks are critical as the spread of coronavirus is increasing. People must exercise extreme precautions during monsoon,” Thackeray said.

Hours after Home Minister Anil Deshmukh red-flagged the Centre’s plans to resume domestic flights from Monday, Thackeray spoke with Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri on the issue.

The Chief Minister has communicated that till Mumbai International Airport plans and finetunes airport operations, they (Centre) should initiate minimum possible domestic flights from Maharashtra from Monday.

“These should be purely emergent in nature, like for international transfer passengers, medical emergencies, students and cases on compassionate grounds,” said an official from the CMO.

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