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Unnao BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj inaugurates night club, sparks row

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Lucknow, April 16: BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj invited flak after inaugurating a nightclub “Lets Meet” in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow.

The incident has sparked a controversy as Sakshi Maharaj represents Unnao in Lok Sabha, the place which has been in limelight over the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and death of her father in judicial custody.

Though, Maharaj later claimed that he was unaware that it was a nightclub. Speaking to the Times Of India, the BJP MP stated that he was told by a party functionary that it is a restaurant owned by his son-in-law.

However, this is not the first time Sakshi is making headlines. As earlier he stoked a controversy saying couples hugging or embracing in a “vulgar” manner in public places should be put behind bars.

He also sparked row for supporting Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. He had stated there was only one person against him while crores support him.

“Crores of people are supporting Ram Rahim, and only one person is complaining against him. Is one person right or are crores of people right?” the BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district had asserted.

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Karnataka victory will be stepping stone for Congress for 2019 General Elections: Siddaramaiah

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Bengaluru, April 25: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said victory in Karnataka will be a stepping stone for Congress for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Siddaramaiah stated “the youth in Karnataka like Rahul Gandhi, his campaigning in the state has had a big impact on the youth. Victory in Karnataka will be a stepping stone for Congress for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls”.

Talking about his strategy, the Karnataka CM stated “not me, our programs are the gamechanger, I am just a symbolic head of the Govt. People are happy with us, we have fulfilled promises”.

Hitting out at BJP President Amit Shah, the Congress leader said Shah is not at all a good strategist, what strategy has he got in Karnataka? Except for communal clashes nothing else.

On being asked that if any possibility of a coalition, Karnataka CM said “I wish all secular minded parties come together and defeat these communal forces”.

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Congress taunts Modi for letting off mining Reddy brothers

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Bengaluru, April 25 (IANS) The ruling Congress on Tuesday taunted the Narendra Modi government for letting off Karnataka’s infamous Reddy mining brothers and fielding three of them for the May 12 state assembly elections.

“The Modi government has become the benefactor, protector, defender of the Bellary Gang (Reddy brothers) for denuding Kannadigas of their rich natural resources through its puppet CBI,” Congress media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters here.

Terming the iron ore mining scam in the state biggest, Surjewala said the then anti-graft watchdog Justice Santosh Hegde exposed the unholy nexus of BJP’s chief ministerial face B.S, Yeddyurappa with the Reddy brothers.

“The state Lokayukta’s report of July 27, 2011 led to the removal of Yeddyurappa as the BJP’s first Chief Minister in the south on July 31, 2011. No wonder Yeddyurappa and Reddy brothers are jail birds,” noted Surjewala.

Accusing the BJP of betraying Kannadigas and protecting the Reddy brothers, the party official said iron ore valued at Rs 35,000 crore was mined, extracted and sold to domestic and export markets illegally, as revealed in the probe report.

On return to power after the May 2013 assembly elections, the Congress government asked the CBI on November 18, 2013 to probe into the brazen loot of iron-ore and siphoning off Rs 35,000 crore by sale and export of iron ore through 9 sea ports such as Karwar and New Mangaluru Port Trust on the west coast, in coastal Karnataka, Panaji and Murmagoa in Goa, Ennor and Chennai in Tamil Nadu and Krishna Pattanam; Vishakhapatnam and Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.

“Undeterred by the conspiracy to protect the Bellary Gang and put a lid on the illegal iron-ore mining scam”, our government has shown the courage of conviction to prosecute and punish the looters of precious natural resources of Karnataka,” added the party official.

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6 new faces likely in Assam cabinet

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Guwahati, April 25: Close to two years after the formation of the Assam government, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is all set to expand his cabinet for the first time on Thursday.

Sources said that six new ministers are likely to be inducted in the cabinet including four from the BJP and one each from alliance partners, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF).

Although BJP leaders have remained tight-lipped over the expansion, informed sources said that names of BJP legislators including Siddhartha Bhattacharyya, Sum Ronghang, Tapan Gogoi and Piyush Hazarika are doing the rounds.

“A woman legislators from the BJP is also likely to be inducted as minister,” said the sources while adding that the name of Angoorlata Deka has been doing the rounds. Deka, who won from Batadraba constituency, has been one of the vocal legislators.

At present the 11-member cabinet of Sonowal includes seven Bharatiya Janata Party legislators including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Of the remaining, two are AGP legislators and two BPF legislators.

While the ministry in Assam can have a maximum of 19 members, the Chief Minister is unlikely to fulfil all the slots at one time.

Senior AGP leader Phani Bhushan Choudhury is likely to be inducted in the cabinet. BPF is likely to nominate either Emmanuel Moshahary or Chandan Brahma to the single slot to be given to the party.

The expansion of the cabinet pending for almost two years has prompted the opposition as well as alliance partners to often point fingers on the functioning of the departments, saying the ministers were overburdened leading to slow pace of developments.

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