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Those objecting withdrawal of SPG can go to court: Swamy

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New Delhi, Nov 20 : Supporting government’s decision to withdraw SPG cover of Gandhi family, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that those having objections to this can go to court and challenge it.

He noted that even when the UPA was in power, security cover of some politicians was downgraded.

“It has always been a special committee under Home Ministry which decides (this) and if there is any issue about that one can always go to court and challenge it,” Swamy said in the Rajya Sabha.

The Rajya Sabha MP said that the threat to the family arose mainly from the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and it has subsequently disappeared.

He cited two reasons for this – there is no LTTE and the attitude of protectees (Sonia Gandhi and other family members) towards those convicted by the Supreme Court.

“Sonia Gandhi herself wrote to the President that they (convicted and sentenced to be hanged) should not be hanged,” Swamy said.

At this point, he was intervened by the House Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu with the latter advising him to not bring unrelated issue.

In the beginning of the House proceedings, the Chairman had allowed Congress leader Anand Sharma to raise the issue in response to the latter’s notice under rule 267.

Protesting government’s move to withdraw SPG security cover of Gandhi family and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the party leader Anand Sharma demanded in Rajya Sabha that the highest security cover be restored.

Sharma said that restoration of the SPG cover to the four leaders was in national interest.

Sharma noted that there was a threat to the personal safety, security and life of the four leaders of the party and hence government needs to rise above “partisan politics” and restore the SPG cover.

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After defeat, Dinesh Gundu Rao resigns as KPCC president

The BJP had fielded 11 Congress and 3 JD-S defectors to wrest the seats from the opposition parties.

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Bengaluru, Dec 9 : Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao on Monday tendered his resignation to the party chief Sonia Gandhi, after the party suffered a massive defeat in the by-elections.

“Taking moral responsibility, I am resigning as the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president,” said Rao at the Congress office.

Rao said that the Congress thought people will not favour the defectors, yet the BJP won.

“Operation Kamala has been ratified by the people,” said Rao, describing the way BJP attracted and fielded the disqualified Congress lawmakers.

The BJP had fielded 11 Congress and 3 JD-S defectors to wrest the seats from the opposition parties.

Rao said he will meet Congress president and submit a detailed report about the party’s rout in the bypolls.

Earlier, following a humiliating defeat in the by-elections, Siddaramaiah also resigned as the leader of opposition in state Assembly.

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Karnataka: Siddaramaiah resigns as leader of opposition

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Karnataka: Siddaramaiah resigns as leader of opposition

Siddaramaiah, Congress: As a leader of legislative party, I need to respect democracy. I have resigned as Congress Legislative Party leader. I have submitted my resignation to Sonia Gandhi Ji. #KarnatakaBypolls

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Priyanka Gandhi slams BJP for onion, petrol price rise

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New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has slammed the government for rise in onion and petrol prices. The price of petrol crossed Rs 75 mark and that of onion has risen to Rs 200 a kg in some parts of the country, according to reports.

Priyanka Gandhi tweeted, “The inflation has made the life of common man worse, prices of onion have crossed Rs 200 in some parts and petrol has crossed Rs 75, but the BJP government is in sleeping mode”.

The prices of essential commodities including the onion which is an important vegetable in Indian Household, have been moving north for quite some time.

Last week Parliament saw a heated debate on the issue of onion price between the treasury and opposition benches, mainly the Congress, with its leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury making remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Amit Shah and Nirmala Sitharaman.

Chowdhury said, “There is a fire inside the markets across the whole country as the prices of all items have been increasing, especially onion. Centre imports onion on the price of Rs 67 per kg which it is being sold in the market at the price of Rs 130-140 per kg,”

The government says that the price of onion is rising due to unseasonal rain which damaged the crops in many parts of the country. The imported onion will only be available by the first or second week of January.

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