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UK Parliament resumes as Johnson returns to address MPs

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London, Sep 25 : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrived back at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday after an overnight flight from New York as politicians gathered at the House of Commons for its historic reopening.

Johnson cut short his visit to the U.S., where he was attending the UN General Assembly, following a ruling by Britain’s Supreme Court that his suspension of Parliament was unlawful, Xinhua reported.

Photographers captured images of Johnson waving to the media outside the famous Downing Street front door following his flight to London Heathrow Airport.

A few hundred metres away, John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, addressed a crowded chamber of MPs, who had raced back to London following the ruling, which overturned a shutdown scheduled to last until mid-October.

Bercow, in his opening remarks to MPs, said: “Welcome back to our place of work”.

He said that following the court ruling he had instructed the House of Commons to re-assemble and ordered the official records to be changed to remove reference to a prorogation of Parliament following the court decision that it was wrong.

Johnson remained at Downing Street preparing a statement due to be made to MPs in the House of Commons later Wednesday.

The first question in the Commons was raised by Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Joanna Cherry, who is a senior lawyer by profession.

She was one of the main parties involved in the Supreme Court case that overturned the suspension of Parliament in its law-changing ruling on Tuesday.

Cherry questioned the government’s Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox, on the legal advice he had given to Johnson and his close advisors about the proroguing of Parliament.

Cox has faced calls for him to resign in the wake of the court ruling.

Cox told MPs the government set out its view of the documents published on the Supreme Court’s website, adding that the government thought the suspension of Parliament was legal.

On the subject of his resignation, Cox responded: “If every time I lost a case I was called upon to resign, I would probably have never had a practice”.

He said the government accepted the Supreme Court’s judgement, adding: “At all times, the government acted in good faith and in the belief that its approach was both lawful and constitutional”.

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I have lost a comrade, colleague and friend: Sonia on Ahmed Patel’s death

Congress has lost one of its greatest son. I am at loss of words at his death. May his soul rest in peace. May god give strength to his family to cope up with this terrible loss.”

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Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday while condoling the death of Ahmed Patel said she has lost a dedicated Congress colleague.

“In Sh. Ahmed Patel, I have lost a colleague, whose entire life was dedicated to the Congress Party.” she said

She said, “His faithfulness and dedication, his commitment to his duty, his always being there to help, his generosity were rare qualities that distinguished him from others.”

“I have lost an irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague and a friend. I mourn his passing and I feel deeply for his bereaved family to whom I offer my sincere feelings of empathy and support,” she added

Scores of Congress leaders condoled Ahmed Patel’s death, “It is very hard to come to terms with Ahmed patel Ji’s passing. He was a political troubleshooter par excellence & will be sorely missed by all. “Ahmedbhai” was also a close friend of my late father’s & a mentor to me,” tweeted Milind Deora.

B.K. Hariprasad said in a tweet, “Its very saddening to know about the demise of Shri Ahmad patel ji. Congress has lost one of its greatest son. I am at loss of words at his death. May his soul rest in peace. May god give strength to his family to cope up with this terrible loss.”

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Ahmed Patel’s role in strengthening Congress will always be remembered: PM Modi

A top strategist of the Congress and a most-trusted ally of its president Sonia Gandhi, Patel (71) died in the early hours of Wednesday.

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Narendra Modi

Condoling the death of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his role in strengthening the opposition party will always be remembered.

Patel spent years in public life, serving the society, Modi noted.

A top strategist of the Congress and a most-trusted ally of its president Sonia Gandhi, Patel (71) died in the early hours of Wednesday.

He was admitted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram and had been critical for a few days. He had contracted COVID-19 and subsequently, developed complications.

“Saddened by the demise of Ahmed Patel Ji. He spent years in public life, serving society. Known for his sharp mind, his role in strengthening the Congress Party would always be remembered. Spoke to his son Faisal and expressed condolences. May Ahmed Bhai’s soul rest in peace,” the prime minister said in a tweet.

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Ahead of DDC polls, BJP targets Abdullahs over ‘land grab’

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Farooq Abdullah

New Delhi: Ahead of the District Development Council (DDC) polls in Jammu and Kashmir beginning Saturday, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad trained his guns on the Abdullahs for their alleged role in the Roshni scam.

Prasad alleged that the key leaders of the erstwhile state, including Farooq Abdullah, used their “influence and power for land grabbing”.

“In 1998, Farooq Abdullah had purchased 3 kanals of land but he encroached upon 7 kanals of land which were double the size of the purchase,” Prasad alleged while speaking to the media. He further said that under the Roshni scam, the name of Farooq Abdullah’s sister Suraiya Mattu has also appeared, who, the minister alleged, is also a beneficiary of 3 kanals of land.

“There was a conscious land loot by the powerful people of J&K who were getting benefits under the Roshni Act which was declared unconstitutional by the J&K High Court. This is low level politics by the powerful people of J&K and we condemn it,” alleged Prasad.

Prasad said the J&K High Court has declared the Roshni Act as unconstitutional and has stated that the names of people who have acquired land under this Act should be listed and made public.

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