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Take a look on political journey of Congress think-tank Ahmed Patel



Ahmed Patel

New Delhi, Aug 8, 2017: From ‘Ahmedbhai’ to joint secretary, Ahmed Patel hung on to his Rajya Sabha seat in Gujarat to serve a fifth consecutive term after winning a crucial elections.

His narrow win gives the grand old party a much-needed boost.

Patel, a rare Indian politician who shuns the limelight and lure of TV cameras, actually changed the balls in the court after becoming the centre of attention and attraction in political ring.

Rajya Sabha polls who always just held for formality, become a issue of prestige for Patel this time after the series of last-minute defections from the party.

Apart from being a member of the Congress’ old guard, Patel is a prime figure in Gujarat as he is one of the only two Muslims to have been elected from the Lok Sabha in Gujarat. The other Muslim MP was Ahmed’s late Congress colleague, Ehsan Jafri, who was killed in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

When the anti-Congress wave swept India in the 1977 general elections, 26-years-old Patel was elected to Lok Sabha. He won the next two Lok Sabha elections from Bharuch.

Early days, ‘Ahmedbhai’ never aspired for ministerial positions. During the early 80s, he became close to Rajiv Gandhi who was being playing a larger and important role in national politics.

But after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi came to power Patel was quickly promoted and made joint secretary of Congress. Soon afterwards, he became the parliamentary secretary of the prime minister and later the General Secretary of Congress.

After Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in 1991, Patel retained his heft. He was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha for the first time in 1993 and served as the treasurer of All India Congress Committee from 1996 to 2000.

Patel also became the secretary of the Congress think-tank Jawahar Bhavan Trust, a brainchild of Rajiv Gandhi that was backed by Sonia Gandhi. This role brought him closer to Sonia Gandhi, who took over the party in the late 90s and eventually appointed Patel as her Political Secretary.

Patel has also served in several positions within committees of many ministries such as Petroleum and Chemicals, Aviation, Human Resource Development ministry during the Congress’s tenure at the Centre.

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Setback for Arvind Kejriwal! Arun Jaitley to reject his apology, claims reports




New Delhi, March 20: In a blow to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley will reportedly not accept his apology in connection with  DDCA defamation case.

According to several media reports Jaitley is likely not to forgive Kejriwal and accept the request for an out of court settlement.

However, there is no official statement has been issued by both sides regarding the matter.

Kejriwal is fighting a defamation suit of worth Rs 10-crore filed against him in a Delhi court.

In December 2015, Kejriwal had cornered Jaitley, alleging that the CBI had conducted raids at his house to look into a file related to DDCA, which was once headed by the Union Finance Minister.


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Rahul blames BJP, RSS for beheading of Periyar’s statue



Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, March 20: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday blamed the BJP and RSS for the beheading of the statue of Dravidian icon Periyar in Tamil Nadu and said they had signalled their cadres to destroy statues of those opposed to their ideology by encouraging tearing down of Lenin’s statues in Tripura.

“When the RSS & BJP encouraged the tearing down of Lenin statues in Tripura, they signalled their cadres to destroy statues of those who opposed their ideology, like Periyar, the great social reformer who fought for the Dalits. His statue too was destroyed today in Tamil Nadu,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

A statue of iconic Dravidian leader E.V. Ramasamy, or Periyar, was found beheaded in Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday morning.

The incident took place even as Home Ministry has asked states to take strong action against those indulging in vandalism of statues while making it clear that District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police would be held responsible in case of any law and order disturbance.

Earlier this month, the statue of Communist hero Vladimir Lenin was brought down in Tripura after the BJP swept the assembly elections, ending 25 years of Marxist rule in the northeastern state.

Following the incident, a statue of Periyar, considered the father figure of the rationalist movement in Tamil Nadu, was vandalised.

In Kolkata, members of ultra-Left student outfit vandalised the statue of Jana Sangh founder and ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee at the Keoratola crematorium.

A statue of Dalit icon B.R. Ambedkar was vandalised in Meerut district in Uttar Pradesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had strongly condemned the incidents and warned of stern action against those found guilty.


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39 Indians Killed in Iraq: Surjewala hits back at Sushma, says Unfortunately EAM is playing politics




New Delhi, March 20: Congress leader Randeep Surjewala on Tuesday hit back at External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over the death of thirty-nine Indians in Iraq, saying, unfortunately, the one who is playing politics on this issue is the EAM. 

Surjewala told media persons that Swaraj misled the parliament and kin seven times. Today Martyrs Foundation announced they will hold a media briefing on the issue, so as a result the central government panicked and announced before them.

Congress has expressed condolence over the death of 39 Indians in Iraq. The Narendra Modi government has passed all limits of heartlessness, when the whole world was saying they have died, the Centre assured the country and the families seven times that they are alive:

While addressing the media in the evening, Swaraj said,”In Rajya Sabha, everyone listened to me very patiently and peacefully. Everyone paid tribute, I thought same would happen in Lok Sabha. But unlike the past few days of ruckus, today Congress led the protests under Jyotiraditya Scindia,” adding, “It was very unfortunate.”

She further stated, “Congress is doing a very low level of politics and it has crossed all limits in the lower house of Parliament”.

Earlier in a day, the EAM informed Rajya Sabha that the dreaded terror outfit Islamic State (IS) had killed all the Indian nationals.

The deceased persons, most of whom hailed from Punjab, were working on projects near Mosul, when they were abducted during their evacuation.


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