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SC reserves order on Ahmed Patel’s plea on his RS election

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New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition by Congress leader Ahmed Patel against the Gujarat High Court order to proceed with the hearing of an election petition by Blawantsinh Rajput challenging his election to Rajya Sabha in 2017.

The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud reserved the order on the conclusion of the arguments by the senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi and the counsel for Rajput.

Earlier in July, the top court had asked the high court not to proceed with the hearing of the election petition after the framing of issues.

Patel had questioned the maintainability of the Rajput’s election petition before the high court contending that it is not backed with required documents.

Not accepting the Patel’s contention on the maintainability of the election petition by Rajput, the high court had held that petitioner Rajput had substantially complied with the requirements of documents to be filed under the law and other defects can be addressed in due course, and ordered the trial.

Rajput had alleged that Patel indulged in corrupt practice by lodging 44 MLAs in a hotel in Bengaluru.

Rajput had also contested the Election Commission’s decision to invalidate two votes by Congress MLAs — Raghavji Patel and Bholabhai Gohel — who had rebelled against the party.

Rajput had contended that once the Returning Officer has exercised his discretion and accepted two votes by rebel Congress lawmakers, the Election Commission had no jurisdiction to interfere with the decision and issue direction to the Returning Officer.

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BJP ready to contest on all seats in Punjab: Former minister

He has been claiming that the party has set up a strong base in the rural areas of Punjab.

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Chandigarh, Sep 27 : Minutes after the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) decided to quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on differences over the three ‘controversial’ farm sector Bills passed by the Parliament, senior BJP leader Madan Mohan Mittal said the party is ready to contest all the 117 seats in the 2022 Punjab Assembly polls.

He even claimed that several Akali leaders are in touch them and want to jump ship to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“The SAD would not get a majority if they contest alone,” Mittal told the media.

In the 2017 Assembly polls, the BJP had contested 23 seats, while the remaining 94 were fought by the SAD.

Out of the 13 Parliamentary seats in Punjab, the Akalis contested 10 in the 2019 general elections, while the BJP fought on the remaining three.

Former minister Mittal has been quite vocal against the SAD for quite some time now, and has been saying that the BJP should part ways with the Akalis with which the saffron party had an alliance for three decades.

He has been claiming that the party has set up a strong base in the rural areas of Punjab.

The relations between the old allies came under strain in December last when Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal slammed the BJP during the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) debate in the Parliament.

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Vasundhara Raje, Rajyavardhan find place in Nadda’s team

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Jaipur: Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has been appointed as national vice president in the new team announced by BJP President J.P. Nadda.

Besides Raje, three other leaders from Rajasthan have found a place in the list which includes Rajya Sabha MP Bhupendra Yadav who has been made national general secretary, Alka Gurjar is the new secretary while MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been announced as the national spokesperson.

Raje, since the last few days, was camping in Delhi and meeting party higher-ups after being upset with the Rajasthan BJP team ignoring her while taking crucial decisions.
Rathore has been a former Union Sports Minister who is presently an MP from Jaipur Rural.

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Ahead of Bengal polls, snubbed Rahul Sinha hints at rebellion

With West Bengal set to go to the polls next year, the elevation of Roy and Hazra clearly hasn’t gone down well with Sinha.

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New Delhi, Sep 26 : Barely a few hours after being shunted out, BJP’s former National Secretary and ex-Bengal President Rahul Sinha hinted at rebellion on Saturday.

In a video message, Sinha claimed that he will articulate his ‘stand’ and ‘next step’ in view of Saturday’s announcement in the coming 10 to 12 days.

Earlier on Saturday, BJP national President J.P. Nadda announced the new team of the party’s national office-bearers, with former Trinamool Congress leader Anupam Hazra getting promoted as one of the national secretaries, while Sinha was removed from the post.

Hitting out at Hazra’s elevation without naming him, Sinha said, “For 40 years, I have served the BJP as a soldier, from the very beginning. Today I had to be removed because a TMC leader had to be accommodated. There can not be anything more sad than this.”

Taking a further dig at the BJP, Sinha sarcastically called it a “gift”.

He said that in the next 10 to 12 days, he will make his stand about his removal known. “In the next 10 to 12 days, I will make myself clear… I will also clear my next step,” he said, hinting at a rebellion.

Hazra was a young Trinamool lawmaker who had his allegiance to Mukul Roy. After Roy’s exit from the party, Hazra has been in touch with Roy.

In March last year, he along with Congress’ Dulal Chandra and CPM’s Khagen Murmu joined the saffron party in Delhi.

With West Bengal set to go to the polls next year, the elevation of Roy and Hazra clearly hasn’t gone down well with Sinha.

Now, it remains to be seen whether the central BJP reaches out to him or waits for his “next step”.

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