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Sonia, Rahul meet Gujarat Congress MLAs in Delhi to plan strategy for assembly polls



New Delhi, Aug 21: Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi met Gujarat lawmakers and discussed the strategy for upcoming assembly elections on Monday in Delhi.

The meeting was headed by party president Sonia Gandhi at her residence. AICC general secretary in-charge of Gujarat Ashok Gehlot and Congress key strategist Ahmed Patel also made their presence.

During the meeting, leaders were asked to remain united and continue the battle for truth and ideology.

“They told the party legislators that the Congress was not contesting for taking power but for restoring the values in Mahatma Gandhi’s Gujarat,” party spokesperson and MLA from Gujarat Shaktising Gohil told PTI.

After the meeting, Rahul Gandhi tweeted ” Had a good meeting with Congress MLAs and leaders from Gujarat today”.

All the 43 Gujarat MLA’s arrived in Delhi to meet the party high command after the tremendous victory of Ahmed Patel in recently held Rajya Sabha polls. Party leaders also shared their experience of high level contest in the meeting.

Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls has been an eventful contest for Congress, as ahead of high-level election the party had shifted 44 of its MLAs to Bengaluru to save them from “poaching”.

On the election day, one of the Congress leader cross voted. However Ahmed Patel attained victory with the help of votes of remaining 43 legislators and a vote of lone JD(U) MLA, Chhotu Vasava.

Wefornews Bureau  


Conspiracy being hatched against us: Chandrababu



Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. (File Photo: IANS)

Amaravati, March 23: Amid speculation that a CBI inquiry may be ordered into allegations of corruption against him, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday told TDP MPs that a ‘conspiracy is being hatched against us’.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief advised MPs and other top party leaders to remain alert and be prepared to face any difficulties.

In a teleconference with party MPs to take stock of the developments in Parliament, Naidu again voiced his apprehension that the BJP may target him, his son Nara Lokesh and other TDP leaders by slapping cases as they have pulled out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The TDP chief also alleged that the BJP was trying to weaken the political leadership in south India. He said since a strong TDP means a strong Andhra Pradesh, attempts were being made to weaken the party by using the YSR Congress Party and Jana Sena.

Naidu had earlier accused the BJP of trying to politically destabilize Andhra Pradesh by repeating what it did in Tamil Nadu.

“I have come into politics to serve the people and not for conspiracies and machinations. This should be kept in mind by the three parties,” he said referring to the BJP, YSR Congress and Jana Sena.

Naidu’s comments came in the wake of all the three parties making allegations of corruption against the TDP government, targeting him and his son Lokesh, who is also a cabinet minister.

On Thursday, BJP leader Vishnu Kumar Raju alleged that TDP government was involved in corruption in the Pattiseema project and cited the report of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

Speaking in the assembly, Naidu made a counter attack by claiming that same CAG found fault with the Modi government on many issues.

Naidu also slammed the three parties for making similar allegations on Polavaram project.

“There were no corruption allegations when we were in NDA. How could we suddenly become corrupt after leaving the NDA?” he asked.

The TDP pulled out of NDA over the latter’s refusal to accord special category to Andhra Pradesh and fulfill other commitments made at the time of state’s division in 2014.

The TDP has also moved a no-confidence motion against the Modi government in the Lok Sabha. It could not be taken up due to unending uproar in the House.


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I smell a rat in Mantralaya’s pest control scheme: Eknath Khadse

A survey revealed that there were 3,19,400 rats in the secretariat and a work order had been issued in the matter. 



BJP leader Eknath Khadse

Mumbai,  March 23: Bharatiya Janata Party  MLA and Maharashtra minister Eknathrao Ganpatrao Khadse on Friday sought probe into a rat company given a contract to kill the rodents.

Questioning as to how the company, which was given a contract to Kill 3,19,400 rats in the secretariat accomplished the task in mere seven days, while the BMC took two years to kill around six lakh rats in Mumbai, ANI reported.

A survey revealed that there were 3,19,400 rats in the secretariat and a work order had been issued in the matter.

According to the minister, around 45,628 rats per day were killed (around 31.68 rats every minute).

The government could have deployed ten cats to do the job instead of hiring a private company, the former revenue minister stated.

Meanwhile, the BJP MLA demanded to know the technique used in this regard and also where did the dead bodies of the rats disappear.

The Maharashtra government has assured the minister of a thorough investigation into the matter.


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KC Tyagi says, Cambridge Analytica has no links with JD(U) nor his son



New Delhi, March 22: Senior Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi on Thursday rejected any links with the Cambridge Analytica (CA).

Speaking to Media, he stated that JDU has no relation with Cambridge Analytics, neither has its CEO ever met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish nor me. In any case, JDU is a Socialist outfit and we stay away from such things, except for maybe Prashant Kishore ji helping us during last assembly polls.

There was only a work relation between my son Amrish’s company and Cambridge Analytics , there is no financial transaction or shareholding, everything is open to probe. JDU also has no links with this, neither did they promote us in 2010 polls”, he added.

KC Tyagi’s son Amrish Tyagi owns Ovelina Business Intelligence (OBI), which was Cambridge Analytica’s associate in the country.

OBI in association with CA parent company SCL Group had formed a firm, SCL India.

Meanwhile hitting out at Janata Dal (United), RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, said the name of the company coming out in this matter is in the BJP client list, run by KC Tyagi’s son.

“JD(U) General Secretary’s son is involved and JD(U) is saying that we do not know anything”, he further asserted.

The alleged involvement of the data analytics company and Facebook has erupted a massive political debate across the world as well as in India with a big war-of-words breaking out between the ruling BJP and main Congress.


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