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Rahul Gandhi invites Party MPs, Office bearers and others for dinner today

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New Delhi,17th December: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has invited Party MPs, Office bearers,PCC leaders and Congress Legislative Party leaders for dinner on Sunday (17th December) evening in Delhi.

Rahul Gandhi on Saturday (16th December) took over the post of Congress President.

In his first speech as Congress President Rahul said that it is a ”It is with the deepest humility, that I accept this position (of Congress President) knowing that I will always be walking in the shadow of giants.”

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Revocation Of Kamal Nath’s Star Campaigner Status: Congress To Move Supreme Court

Congress’ Rajya Sabha member and senior lawyer Vivek Tankha told reporters that a petition will be filed in the Apex Court as soon as possible.

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The Congress on Friday said it will move the Supreme Court against the Election Commission’s decision to revoke the `star campaigner’ status of its senior leader Kamal Nath ahead of November 3 bypolls in Madhya Pradesh.

Congress’ Rajya Sabha member and senior lawyer Vivek Tankha told reporters that a petition will be filed in the Apex Court as soon as possible.

The EC on Friday revoked the star campaigner status of MP Congress chief and former chief minister Kamal Nath for repeated violations of the model code while campaigning for the bypolls to 28 Assembly constituencies in the state.

While a political party pays for the expenditure of a star campaigner, an individual candidate pays for the expenditure of other campaigners.

The EC said it has carefully considered the matter and has observed with “displeasure that Kamal Nath despite being a leader of a political party is repeatedly violating the provisions of Model Code of Conduct and breaching the ethical and dignified behaviour”.

The Commission referred to his remarks against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Last week, the EC had asked Nath not to use words like “item” in campaigning. He had used the jibe to hit out at state minister and BJP candidate Imarti Devi at a rally.

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Shiv Sena Picks Urmila Matondkar For Legislative Council Seat

Urmila Matondkar was in the news for slamming actor Kangana Ranaut over her Mumbai POK remarks

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Amid speculation that the Maharashtra government will recommend actor Urmila Matondkar’s name for her nomination to the state Legislative Council, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has been authorized to take a decision on it.

His statement comes a day after the Maharashtra cabinet discussed the proposal of recommending to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari the names of 12 candidates for their nomination to the Upper House of the state legislature from his quota.

Replying to a query on the actor’s name doing rounds, Raut told reporters, “I have also heard about the speculation that Matondkar will be nominated by the government to the council. It is the prerogative of the state cabinet, which has authorized CM Uddhav Thackeray to take a decision.”

When asked about the secrecy being maintained about the list of 12 nominees, state parliamentary affairs minister Anil Parab said, “There is no secrecy. Leaders of the three MVA allies will finalize the names and submit the list to the chief minister, who will forward it to the governor.”

The 12 council seats had fallen vacant in June this year.

Under Article 171 of the Constitution, the governor can nominate 12 members with special knowledge or practical experience in the field of literature, art, science, cooperative movement, and social service to the state Legislative Council.

Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress will field four members each.

Apart from Urmila Matondkar, the names of Marathi actor and Shiv Sena leader Aadesh Bandekar, singer Anand Shinde, BJP-turned-NCP leader Eknath Khadse, farmer leader Raju Shetti are also doing rounds.

Matondkar had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Mumbai North constituency on a Congress ticket. However, she had later quit the party over the style of functioning in the Mumbai Congress.

Recently, she was in the news for slamming actor Kangana Ranaut over her remarks in which she had likened Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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RJD Ignored Women, Backward Classes During Rule: Nitish Kumar Slams Opp

When Lalu was sent to jail, he installed his wife (Rabri Devi) on the chair, but did nothing for the welfare of the women otherwise, says Nitish Kumar attacking Lalu Prasad

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Attacking Opposition RJD, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday appealed to people not to “get misled” by those who “ignored” women and backward classes during their rule”.

Addressing an election rally at Parbatta here, he said, “They are talking today, but how was the condition of women earlier? They were ignored, nobody paid attention to their issues.”

Attacking his bete noire and jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad, without naming him, Nitish said, “When he was sent to jail, he installed his wife (Rabri Devi) on the chair, but did nothing for the welfare of the women otherwise.”

Lalu Prasad, who became chief minister of Bihar in 1990, had anointed his wife on the CM chair after he was sent to jail in 1997 over multicrore-rupee fodder scam cases.

Nitish said when he got the opportunity to work, he gave reservation to women in panchayats and urban local bodies, besides providing quotas to SC, ST and backward classes.

“If Bihar has progressed today, the biggest reason is womens participation. Promoting women is our commitment,” the JD(U) chief said.

Talking about economic empowerment of women, he said his government started the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project (BRLP), locally known as JEEViKA, by taking loan from the World Bank and the initiative has expanded today.

Trying to connect to his women voters constituency, he mentioned prohibition and asked them to cast their votes first and cook later on polling day and also encourage others in their family to vote.

Nitish declared Bihar a dry state in April 2016. On several occasions he had said he took the step on the demand of the women.

He said his government has ensured just development by taking along the SC, the ST, Backward Classes, Extremely Backward Classes and Mahadalits “whom nobody cared about earlier”.

He said, “Earlier even cities did not have electricity, but now we have ended the lantern era and every household gets power now.”

Lantern is the poll symbol of the RJD.

“Everybody knows who says what and indulges is what kind of misdeeds. They (the Opposition) neither have the experience to work nor do they want to work. They just indulge in useless talks,” he alleged.

Speaking about the cooperation between the state and the Centre, he said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given several projects for the development of Bihar. If you give us another chance to work, we will take Bihar forward and make it a developed state.”

He also slammed the RJD over its record on law and order, education, health, jobs and other development parameters.

He said if voted to power, he will take irrigation water to every field and provide solar street light in every village.

The constituency goes to poll on November 3 in the second phase.

Kumar, who heads the JD(U), also addressed public meetings in Sheohar and Runi Saidpur in Sitamarhi district and listed achieveents of his past governments.

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