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Trinamool MPs meet Rajnath, complain against Bengal Governor

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New Delhi, Feb 8: A delegation of the Trinamool Congress comprising 30 MPs on Thursday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here and complained against West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi’s “direct interference” in the state’s administrative affairs, party leader Derek O’Brien said.

The delegation also gave a memorandum to the Home Minister, who O’Brien said had promised to look into the matter.

“The Governor of West Bengal has called a meeting of district-level officials and police to review the working of development schemes of the state government and the central government, working of NGOs in rural areas and the law and order situation in the district of Murshidabad and bordering areas,” the MPs submitted in the memorandum.

“The meeting is sought to be conducted without the knowledge of the state government. Since law and order and other issues are exclusively within the domain of the state government, it is expected that a constitutional authority will not bypass its jurisdiction in this manner,” they told Singh.

They said that interfering in the functioning of the state administration was a “threat to the federal structure of our polity” and urged the Home Minister to resolve the issue.

“Our colleague Sukhendu Shekhar Roy carried a copy of Constitution along and read out relevant portions to the Home Minister. He has given us an assurance. So, we will wait,” O’Brien said.

The Trinamool Congress MPs have also been raising the issue of the Governor “overstepping his role” in both Houses of Parliament.

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Sonia Gandhi: JDU-BJP govt deviated from its path, high on power and ego

“A serious crisis has befallen the farmers of India. The lives of Dalits and Mahadalits have been destroyed and similar is the fate of the backward sections of society,” Sonia Gandhi said.

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Sonia Gandhi in Cong meeting

A day before the first phase of voting for Bihar elections, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday alleged the JDU-BJP government has deviated from its path and was “high on power and ego”, saying the time has come for ushering in a change in the state.

In a four-minute video shared on the Congress’ Twitter handle, Gandhi said the Nitish Kumar-led government is “neither saying good nor doing good” and labourers are helpless, farmers are upset and youth disappointed with it.

“Drunk on power and arrogance, the government in Bihar has deviated from its path. Their words and deeds are suspect. The labourers are helpless, the farmers are upset and the youth are disappointed. People are bearing the brunt of the fragile state of the economy.

“A serious crisis has befallen the farmers of India. The lives of Dalits and Mahadalits have been destroyed and similar is the fate of the backward sections of society,” she charged.

“The people of Bihar are with the Congress Mahagathbandhan and this is the call of Bihar,” she also said.

She alleged that the NDA governments in Delhi and Bihar have brought demonetisation, Covid-19 lockdown, economic shutdown which affected employments in the state. She also called upon people of the state to build a “new Bihar” for the next generation and crop.

“Time has come for ushering in change in the state,” she said, noting that governments cannot be formed on fear and crime.

In its manifesto, the Congress has promised to review the decision to ban the sale and consumption of liquor in the state, saying it has hurt the exchequer. The party, which is contesting polls with Left parties and RJD, has also promised Rs 1500 monthly allowance to the unemployed youth.

Voting for the first phase of Bihar assembly elections is tomorrow with 71 constituencies going to vote in six districts, including some of the Naxal-hit areas. The second and third phase of polling will be held on November 3 and November 7 and the counting on November 10.

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Mr PM stop robbing public, be self reliant, says Rahul Gandhi

Mr Prime Minister, Quit robbing the public, Stop giving money to your friends, Be Self-Reliant, tweeted Rahul Gandhi

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Mr Prime Minister,
Quit robbing the public,
Stop giving money to your friends,
Be Self-Reliant, tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

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Ramdas Athawale, Sunil Tatkare test COVID positive, go into isolation

Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale and Nationalist Congress Party MP from Raigad Sunil Tatkare have tested positive for COVID-19, on Tuesday

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Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale and Nationalist Congress Party MP from Raigad Sunil Tatkare have tested positive for COVID-19, on Tuesday.

Both leaders made the announcement through social media and appealed to all those who came in contact with them to undergo tests and exercise full precautions.

Athawale, 60, had attended a crowded function in Mumbai on Monday when actresses Payal Ghosh, Soni Kanishka, lawyer Nitin Satpute, realtor Yogesh Karkera and businessman Ankush Chaphekar, formally joined the Republican Party of India (A).

The father of Minister of State Aditi Tatkare, Sunil Tatkare, 65, assured that his health condition was fine but as a precaution, he has been admitted to a city hospital for treatment.

This week, there were other notables, including Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das who tested Covid positive and are under treatment.

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