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Siddaramaiah counter challenges Modi to speak about Yeddyurappa’s achievements

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Bengaluru, May 2: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday counter challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak about the achievements of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministerial candidate B. S. Yeddyurappa for 15 minutes by looking at a paper. 

Siddaramaiah’s reaction came a day after Prime Minister Modi dared Congress president Rahul Gandhi to speak on the achievements of his party in the state without reading from paper.

“Dear PM @narendramodi ji,

I challenge you to speak about the achievements of BS Yeddyurappa’s Govt in Karnataka for 15 minutes by looking at a paper.

Sincerely Siddaramaiah,” Siddaramaiah said in a Tweet.

Earlier on Tuesday, while addressing a public rally in Chamarajanagar district in poll-bound Karnataka, Prime Minister Modi said, “I challenge you (Rahul Gandhi) to speak for 15 minutes on the achievements of your government in Karnataka without reading from any piece of paper. You can speak in Hindi, English or your mother tongue.”

Prior to this, Rahul dared the central government to allow him to speak for 15 minutes in Parliament on a range of issues, including corruption and said the prime minister would not be able to withstand it.

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Somnath Bharti gets 2 years imprisonment for assaulting AIIMS staff

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A special MP/MLA court in Delhi on Saturday sentenced Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti to two years imprisonment for assaulting AIIMS security staff in a 2016 case.

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Lalu Prasad likely to be shifted to AIIMS for treatment

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Jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal president and former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad is likely to be shifted to New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for treatment on Saturday evening.

“Lalu Prasad is likely to be shifted to AIIMS. At the directive of the jail administration, an eight-member team was constituted by the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) to look into the health condition of Lalu Prasad. After reviewing the condition, the team has decided to shift him to AIIMS, New Delhi for better treatment,” a source in RIMS told IANS.

The Jharkhand jail administration has also given its nod to shift Prasad to AIIMS. Sources in RIMS said he could be shifted to AIIMS as soon as the air ambulance is available, on Saturday evening.

Several diagnostic tests — including ECO, ECG, ultrasound, KUBP and HRCT — were conducted on Prasad on Friday. Except pneumonia, the other test reports are normal, added the source. RIMS sources said the extent of pneumonia and lung infection will be ascertained after two other test reports that are awaited.

On Friday evening, Rabri Devi and Lalu’s sons Tej Pratap and Tejashwi Yadav arrived in Ranchi and met Lalu Yadav for more than six hours.

“There is swelling on face of Lalu Yadav. I will stay in Ranchi till all test reports come. He has become weak,” said Tejaswhi had told reporters on Friday.

Yadav was convicted and awarded up to 14 years jail in four fodder scam cases. He has been staying in the paying ward of RIMS for the last 29 months. He was shifted to the RIMS director’s bungalow on August 5 owing to fears of a Covid-19 infection.

Subsequently, he was shifted back to the ward after an audio in which he was allegedly enticing a BJP legislator went viral.

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BJP, RSS ‘destroying’ democracy: Raj CM Gehlot

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 Rajasthan Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot has said that the BJP-RSS combine is “destroying” Indian democracy through wrong policies and administrative measures.

Gehlot was addressing Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee office bearers at the party’s state headquarters here at Indira Bhawan.

Gehlot came down heavily against the central agencies and added that these agencies are dancing to the tune of their political masters. He also said that BJP is the Congress’ main opponent across the country and added that the BJP’s plank of “Congress-mukt Bharat” has to be opposed at any cost.

He said that the BJP and RSS are trying to unseat opposition state governments and added that by this method they are trying to “destroy” Indian democracy and the spirit of freedom.

He said the poll alliance in West Bengal between the Congress and CPM was for opposing the BJP in that state. However he said that the political conditions in Kerala and West Bengal are entirely different and hence in Kerala, the Congress is fighting the CPM.

Gehlot also expressed hope that in Kerala the Congress-led UDF will come back to power.

Speaking on the occasion, AICC general secretary (Organisation) K.C. Venugopal said that the Congress will field candidates on the basis of merit in the Kerala Assembly election and added that there will not be any compromise on the same.

He also said that winning is the main and only criteria and personal likes and dislikes do not matter in the crucial election.

Congress’ Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala said that the ‘Iswarya Kerala Yatra’ will be inaugurated at Kasargod on January 31 by former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The yatra will traverse through all districts of the state and will conclude at Thiruvananthapuram on February 22. Members of Parliament will be in charge of each district leg of the yatra.

Chennithala also said that the seat-sharing discussions with coalition partners including Muslim League and Kerala Congress have already commenced. He said that the discussions will not be spoken about in the open and added that the Congress will maintain a veil of secrecy on this.

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