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Rebel Congress legislators of Uttarakhand join BJP

New Delhi, May 18 : The nine disqualified rebel Congress legislators of Uttarakhand, whose shifting loyalty led to a political upheaval in the hill state, joined the BJP on Wednesday.

The rebel Congress leaders joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at its headquarters here in the presence of Uttarakhand in-charge Shyam Jaju.

The move was decided at a meeting of the Uttarakhand BJP core group leaders with BJP president Amit Shah and other senior leaders.

The meeting was attended by BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, former Uttarakhand chief ministers Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Ramesh Pokharial Nishank and senior leader Satpal Maharaj, among others.

The nine rebel Congress leaders were barred from voting in the floor test.

Congress legislator Rekha Arya, who changed her loyalty to BJP on the day of the floor test, has also given her consent to join the saffron party.

Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal had disqualified the nine, led by former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna.

Other than Bahuguna, the nine rebel Congress leaders were Harak Singh Rawat, Subodh Unial, Amrita Rawat, Umesh Sharma, Shailendra Mohan Singhal, Pradeep Batra, Pranav Singh and Shailarani Rawat.

They had challenged their disqualification earlier in the Nainital High Court and then in Supreme Court, but didn’t get any relief.


Supreme Court dismisses CBI’s review petition challenging Chidambaram’s bail in INX Media case

The CBI had requested the top court to review its decision to grant bail to Mr Chidambaram in October.



P Chidambaram

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a review petition filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against former union minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram’s bail in the INX media case.

The CBI had requested the top court to review its decision to grant bail to Mr Chidambaram in October.

Dismissing the CBI’s plea, a bench of Justices P Banumathi, AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy said, “Application for oral hearing the review petition in open court is rejected. We have perused the Review Petition and the connected papers carefully and are convinced that the order, of which review has been sought, does not suffer from any error apparent warranting its reconsideration. The Review Petition is, accordingly, dismissed.”

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Even elephant death is used to spread hatred: Ahmed Patel




New Delhi, June 4 : After two persons were taken into custody for the death of an elephant in Kerala, Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel has lashed out to people who want to take advantage of the situation and misrepresent facts to divide the society.

Patel tweeted: “It is sad that the climate in our country has become so bitter that even in the tragic death of an elephant, some are trying to misrepresent the facts to twist into an issue of one community Vs the other?”

Meanwhile, Kerala forest department team probing the killing of the pregnant elephant is leant to have taken two persons into custody.

The local Manarakadu police station on Wednesday registered a case in the gruesome incident.

“The forest department and the police are probing the incident and we are confident of finding the villains behind this crime,” said Sub Inspector of Police T.K. Ramachandran.

According to veterinarians who treated the 15-year-old pregnant elephant, some miscreants while chasing away the elephants who occasionally stray into the agricultural land had kept fire crackers inside a pineapple.

When the elephant started eating it, the crackers burst, seriously injuring its upper and lower jaw and tongue.

The injured elephant, according to forest officials, was first spotted by locals near a water source on May 23. Two days later an elephant expert after a medical assessment said things were bad for the animal.

On May 25, the elephant was found dead in slushy water.

“Despite our best efforts to get the elephant out of water, it did not come out and died,” said a local villager.

A post-mortem conducted on the elephant two days later reveled that the elephant was two-month pregnant. Experts pointed out that this was the elephant”s first pregnancy.


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Gujarat Congress in trouble ahead of RS polls as 2 more MLAs resign

The Congress had earlier nominated Rajeev Shukla but was opposed by the state unit and party fielded Bharat Singh Solanki, a former Union Minister.




New Delhi/Ahmedabad, June 4 : Ahead of Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat, in a major setback to the Congress, two of its MLAs have quit the party, further reducing the numbers in the Assembly. It will now be tough for the party to get the second seat in the Rajya Sabha.

The two MLAs who resigned are — Akshay Patel from Karjan and Jitu Chaudhary from Kaprada constituencies.

Gujatat Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi said, “Both the Congress MLAs came to me last evening with resignation letters. I verified them, identified their faces by asking them to remove their masks and then accepted their resignations. They are no longer members of the House.”

The Congress has fielded two candidates — Shakti Singh Gohil and Bharat Singh Solanki while Gohil will be getting the first preference vote and is sure to be elected for the Rajya Sabha but the fate of Bharat Singh Solanki whose father Madhav Singh Solanki had been the Chief Minister of the state hangs in limbo. Now only the management skills can get him elected.

Arjun Modwadia, senior leader of the Congress, speaking to IANS, said, “BJP is using money and intimidation to lure away MLAs. Akshay Patel has been lured away as he has business interest in mining.”

The Congress had earlier nominated Rajeev Shukla but was opposed by the state unit and party fielded Bharat Singh Solanki, a former Union Minister.

The Congress needs 71 votes to win both the seats but now the number has reduced after fresh resignations while the BJP needs 106 votes for its three candidates and has the strength of 103 in the Assembly. So the BJP has fished into the Congress to gain the third seat, a party leader said.

Congress sources say it will now depend on Solanki”s management skill, a veteran who can turn the tide in his favour. Last time Ahmed Patel won with his management skills despite Congress MLAs resigning and had said he defeated Amit Shah in numbers game.

The BJP has fielded Rameela Ben Bara, Abhay Bhardwaj and Narhari Amin for three of the Rajya Sabha seats.

Earlier, in March five Congress MLAs had resigned just days after polls were announced and before the lockdown was enforced. These include Somabhai Patel, Praveen Maru, J.V. Kakadia, Mangal Gavit and Pradyuman Singh Jadeja.

The exodus started after the ruling BJP fielded the fifth candidate, Narhari Amin, who is a former Congressman and also a businessman.

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