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Sharad questions EC decision on JD-U symbol, vows to fight on

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New Delhi, Nov 18: Senior socialist leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav on Saturday questioned the Election Commission’s decision to grant the “Arrow” symbol to the Nitish Kumar-led faction of Janata Dal-United and vowed to fight it both legally and democratically.

“The decision has not meted out justice. The EC’s decision is just asking the person who built the building to vacate it. My lawyers are looking into the matter and will soon take a call. Our fight will continue,” Yadav told reporters here at a press conference.

He was responding to the Commission’s decision in which it granted the “Arrow” symbol to the Nitish Kumar-faction after a three-month battle between the two warring factions of the JD-U.

Yadav, a former President of the JD-U, said the EC’s decision would not deter his fight to “save democracy”.

“We are not dismayed with this decision. We knew the fate but it does not mean that we should end our fight. Our fight for party symbol is a legal battle but the real issue, for which we are fighting, is to save democracy.

“The country runs on issues and on principles. They (Nitish-led faction) have insulted the mandate of 11 crore people of Bihar by joining hands with BJP.

“They have compromised with the issues and principles. We will continue our democratic fight,” he said.

Hinting that he could form a party in the future, Yadav said he has held discussions with Congress and his candidates would fight the Gujarat Assembly polls on “auto rickshaw” symbol.

“Talks have been completed. The Congress is a driving force in Gujarat and it would declare the seats and candidates,” he said.

The Yadav-led faction of the JD-U is contesting the Gujarat elections under Chhotubhai Vasava’s leadership.

On being asked about ramification of the EC decision regarding his disqualification case, which is pending before Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu, Yadav said: “There would be difficulties when you fight for the cause of democracy but I never bowed before anyone. You can see my biodata. I have devoted my long life to politics but I never compromised on principles.”

Javed Raza, who is considered close to Sharad Yadav, said they are reviewing the EC order in detail and would soon decide the future course of action in consultation with their lawyers.

“We do have the option of knocking the door of the High Court,” he said.

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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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