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Telangana CM urges PM not to restart train services

Hailing the decision to operate Shramik trains, KCR said Telangana was sending the migrant workers who want to go home. He pointed out that workers from Bihar were returning to Telangana to work in rice mills.

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Telangana CM KC Rao

Hyderabad, May 11 : Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to allow resumption of train services to contain the spread of coronavirus.

He made the request during the video conference the Prime Minister had with the Chief Ministers of all the states.

He said the movement of people through trains would make the task of monitoring the Covid-19 situation difficult and this may lead to spread of virus from one place to the other.

KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, told Modi that since conducting tests on all those travelling through trains or keeping them in quarantine is not possible, trains should not be operated at this stage.

Pointing out that several major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a large number of Covid-19 cases, he said if trains were operated between these cities, there would be a big movement of people from one place to the other and it would not be possible to keep track of them.

KCR told the PM that since the chances of an early end to Covid-19 appear remote, the people will have to be taught to live with it. “First of all we have to remove fear from them and make them learn to live with coronavirus,” he said.

The Chief Minister said the efforts were being made to prepare a vaccine for coronavirus and hoped that the first vaccine will come from India. “Companies in Hyderabad are also working hard. There are chances of first vaccine being developed in Hyderabad. It is likely to be available in July-August. The situation will change with the availability of the vaccine,” he said.

On the issue of migrant workers, KCR said all states should show empathy. He said the migrant workers were desperate to go home to meet their family members and hence, they should be allowed to visit them.

Hailing the decision to operate Shramik trains, KCR said Telangana was sending the migrant workers who want to go home. He pointed out that workers from Bihar were returning to Telangana to work in rice mills.

KCR reiterated the demand that the loans of the states be rescheduled on the lines of reschedulement of the loans of farmers. He urged the Centre to take initiative in this regard.

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Rajasthan crisis should be shortlived: Singhvi

Pilot, who arrived in the national capital on Saturday has also sought meeting with party interim chief Sonia Gandhi over the issue.

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Abhishek Manu Singhvi

New Delhi, July 12 : With its government in Rajasthan on the brink, Congress managers are looking for ways to call a truce between the warring camps led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot.

Senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said “There is a time and a place for everything. Gehlot and Pilot are seasoned leaders and have to demonstrate the perspicacity and maturity they are famous for. Turbulence should be shortlived and solutions lasting and deep.”

Singhvi’s remarks came amid the political crisis in the state after Deputy Chief Minister Pilot went incommunicado along with over a dozen MLAs.

Pilot, who arrived in the national capital on Saturday has also sought meeting with party interim chief Sonia Gandhi over the issue.

According to party sources, Pilot did speak with Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel late at night but the problem between Gehlot and his deputy is deep rooted ever since Gehlot took over as Chief Minister.

The Congress is trying to pacify both the camps in the state to save it from embarrassment, sources said.

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SOG of Rajasthan Police issues notices to CM, Deputy CM, some ministers and MLAs

Even before the Rajya Sabha elections, Mr. Gehlot had accused BJP of destabilizing the government and conspiring, after which all the MLAs and ministers were lodged in a hotel till the election.

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Special Operation Group, SOG of Rajasthan Police has issued notices to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot along with some ministers and MLAs for making their statements in connection with the luring of MLAs by offering money.

The SOG had registered a case two days ago based on a phone recording done before the Rajya Sabha elections. Two people have also been arrested in this case. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of destabilizing the government. He also expressed confidence that his government is stable and will complete the full five-year term.

On the other hand, state BJP President Satish Poonia said that there is a constant rift between Chief Minister Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot.

The government is divided into two groups and the Chief Minister is blaming the BJP for saving his chair. Since last night, many members of the Council of Ministers and MLAs have visited the Chief Minister’s residence to meet Mr Gehlot.

Even before the Rajya Sabha elections, Mr. Gehlot had accused BJP of destabilizing the government and conspiring, after which all the MLAs and ministers were lodged in a hotel till the election.

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‘Forces trying to destabilise Congress govt in Rajasthan won’t succeed’

His remarks came amid the political crisis in the state after Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot went incommunicado along with over a dozen of MLAs.

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New Delhi, July 12 : Amid the crisis in the Congress-led Rajasthan government, party state in-charge Avinash Pandey asserted that forces trying to destabilise the Ashok Gehlot government will not succeed and the party MLAs are intact.

In a series of tweets, Pandey said, “All the means to buy the Congress-led government in Rajasthan would not succeed. Whatever offer BJP may make to Congress MLAs but our legislators including the independents are united.”

“And they all support the Congress-led Ashok Gehlot government in the state,” he said in another tweet.

His remarks came amid the political crisis in the state after Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot went incommunicado along with over a dozen of MLAs.

Pilot, who arrived in the national capital on Saturday has also sought meeting with party interim chief Sonia Gandhi over the issue.

According to party sources, Pilot did speak with Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel late at night but the rift between Gehlot and his deputy is deep-rooted ever since Gehlot took over as Chief Minister.

The Congress is trying to pacify both the camps in the state to save the party from embarrassment, sources said.

The fears are whether ”Operation Lotus” will be successful or not in Rajasthan and will the state see a rerun og the Madhya Pradesh story?

The Gehlot camp claims that his government has the numbers in the state and the Chief Minister has support of 103 MLAs.

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