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Scindia episode must not be repeated: Ashwani Kumar

He though maintained that as Sonia Gandhi is at the helm, there is no uncertainty in the present, but the future also cannot be left undecided for long.

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Jyotiraditya Scindia and JP Nadda

New Delhi, March 11 : As Jyotiraditya Scindia joins BJP, former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar gets candid about the turn of events over the last two days and maintains that Congress should look within so that this kind of thing “doesn’t happen in future”.

Kumar said that the communication channel within the party should be smooth so that no “misunderstanding” can take place in the future.

Speaking to IANS in Parliament, Ashwani Kumar said: “This should not happen in future and party should assure its people if any leader leaves the party, both the party and the leader losses.”

Kumar though did not make any mention of Scindia’s name.

“There could be an error of communication and miscommunication within the party. This type of decision taken that can be ‘avoidable’, the party should reassure that this should not be repeated

“The uncertainty in future leadership of the party must end,” Kumar added.

He though maintained that as Sonia Gandhi is at the helm, there is no uncertainty in the present, but the future also cannot be left undecided for long.

“We have to take decision on the future leadership in some time and the party should take this decision soon,” he added.

The issue of future leadership should be decided the former Law Minister asserted. After the open revolt by Jyoturaditya Scindia the Madhya Pradesh Government has been reduced in numbers.

The Congress can only hope that the MLAs lodged in Bengaluru returns and if half of them come back in the party the government could be saved. Congress has despatched Harish Rawat, Mukul Wasnik and Deepak Babaria for the fire fighting as the MLAs are set to be in Jaipur.

Rajsathan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will keep the flock together along with the other leaders.

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I have lost a comrade, colleague and friend: Sonia on Ahmed Patel’s death

Congress has lost one of its greatest son. I am at loss of words at his death. May his soul rest in peace. May god give strength to his family to cope up with this terrible loss.”

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New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday while condoling the death of Ahmed Patel said she has lost a dedicated Congress colleague.

“In Sh. Ahmed Patel, I have lost a colleague, whose entire life was dedicated to the Congress Party.” she said

She said, “His faithfulness and dedication, his commitment to his duty, his always being there to help, his generosity were rare qualities that distinguished him from others.”

“I have lost an irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague and a friend. I mourn his passing and I feel deeply for his bereaved family to whom I offer my sincere feelings of empathy and support,” she added

Scores of Congress leaders condoled Ahmed Patel’s death, “It is very hard to come to terms with Ahmed patel Ji’s passing. He was a political troubleshooter par excellence & will be sorely missed by all. “Ahmedbhai” was also a close friend of my late father’s & a mentor to me,” tweeted Milind Deora.

B.K. Hariprasad said in a tweet, “Its very saddening to know about the demise of Shri Ahmad patel ji. Congress has lost one of its greatest son. I am at loss of words at his death. May his soul rest in peace. May god give strength to his family to cope up with this terrible loss.”

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Ahmed Patel’s role in strengthening Congress will always be remembered: PM Modi

A top strategist of the Congress and a most-trusted ally of its president Sonia Gandhi, Patel (71) died in the early hours of Wednesday.

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Condoling the death of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his role in strengthening the opposition party will always be remembered.

Patel spent years in public life, serving the society, Modi noted.

A top strategist of the Congress and a most-trusted ally of its president Sonia Gandhi, Patel (71) died in the early hours of Wednesday.

He was admitted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram and had been critical for a few days. He had contracted COVID-19 and subsequently, developed complications.

“Saddened by the demise of Ahmed Patel Ji. He spent years in public life, serving society. Known for his sharp mind, his role in strengthening the Congress Party would always be remembered. Spoke to his son Faisal and expressed condolences. May Ahmed Bhai’s soul rest in peace,” the prime minister said in a tweet.

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Ahead of DDC polls, BJP targets Abdullahs over ‘land grab’

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New Delhi: Ahead of the District Development Council (DDC) polls in Jammu and Kashmir beginning Saturday, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad trained his guns on the Abdullahs for their alleged role in the Roshni scam.

Prasad alleged that the key leaders of the erstwhile state, including Farooq Abdullah, used their “influence and power for land grabbing”.

“In 1998, Farooq Abdullah had purchased 3 kanals of land but he encroached upon 7 kanals of land which were double the size of the purchase,” Prasad alleged while speaking to the media. He further said that under the Roshni scam, the name of Farooq Abdullah’s sister Suraiya Mattu has also appeared, who, the minister alleged, is also a beneficiary of 3 kanals of land.

“There was a conscious land loot by the powerful people of J&K who were getting benefits under the Roshni Act which was declared unconstitutional by the J&K High Court. This is low level politics by the powerful people of J&K and we condemn it,” alleged Prasad.

Prasad said the J&K High Court has declared the Roshni Act as unconstitutional and has stated that the names of people who have acquired land under this Act should be listed and made public.

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