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Deja Vu: Sachin Pilot Too Being Sidelined And Persecuted, Says Scindia

As Rajasthan politics heats up over Congress Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot being summoned by the police of his own government, his old party colleague turned BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has added to the intra-Congress tussle by saying that Pilot is being "persecuted" by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. In a tweet that has intensified speculation about the BJP's next move, Scindia said, "Sad to see my erstwhile colleague, Sachin Pilot, too being sidelined and persecuted by Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot. Shows that talent and capability find little crede........

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How a Probe Summons Became the Last Straw as Pilot vs Gehlot Feud Comes to Boil

Pilot was summoned by the Rajasthan Special Operations Group for questioning in an investigation that was launched after allegations were made of the BJP poaching Congress MLAs during the Rajya Sabha elections for three seats. Two BJP members were arrested and an FIR was registered based on phone tapping. The transcript of the call said the "Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister are having a fight" and "the Deputy Chief Minister says he will be CM (Chief........

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Changing Dynamics: Rather Than Uniting Against BJP, Why are Congress, BSP Eager to Settle Scores?

With less than two years to go for the electoral battle of Uttar Pradesh, the political landscape is witnessing an ever-increasing war of words between Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and Congress general secretary in charge of the state Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The latest episode was the attack and counterattack between the two over the India-China border conflict. So why is this the case? Why is Mayawati seemingly sharper in her attack on the Congress than the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)........

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PV Narasimha Rao: Why Man Who Shaped India in Post-Cold War Era Became a Ghost for Congress

The BJP has appropriated P V Narasimha Rao, just as it did Sardar Patel and Netaji. Sixteen years after Rao's unsung death, the good that was interred with his bones is now being resurrected, to the chagrin of the Congress. It can only watch in guilty embarrassment as Prime Minister Narendra Modi valorizes Rao, for the same reasons that his own party discarded him. The Congress First Family appears in a poor light vis........

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'It Was My Duty': Photos of Mangaluru Corporator Entering Manhole to Clean Drain Go Viral

A local BJP Corporator Manohar Shetty made viral news after he entered a manhole to clear garbage from a rainwater drain at Kadri-Kambala in his ward, on Wednesday. The rare incident of an elected representative acting as a public servant earned Shetty praise from all quarters. The corporator, who is from Kadri South, decided to take the action after a huge stormwater drain began to overflow with heaps of garbage, which were ........

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Explained: What is the scrapped buses scam in Andhra Pradesh?

The Andhra Pradesh Transport Department has initiated an inquiry after being tipped-off that buses sold as scrap by Ashok Leyland were purchased by two companies in Anantapur who were illegally using them in private travels business. Transport officials contacted Ashok Leyland on January 10, 2020 which on January 23 confirmed that in 2018, it sold 40 scrap buses to C Gopal Reddy and 26 scrap buses to Jatadhara Industries Private Ltd based at Tadipatri in Anantapur district.........

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Manoj Tiwari Removed as BJP Delhi President, Adesh Kumar Gupta Appointed New Chief

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday appointed Adesh Kumar Gupta as the president of its Delhi unit replacing actor-politician Manoj Tiwari. The decision by party president JP Nadda was announced in a statement. Gupta, whose appointment will take place with immediate effect, is a former mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation and replaces Tiwari, a member of Lok Sabha, at the helm in the Delhi BJP. Tiwari had offered to quit after the BJP lost to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi........

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Those who lost elections shouldn't control politics via courts: Ravi Shankar Prasad at E-agenda

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday hit out at the Opposition and said those who have repeatedly lost elections, should not try to control nation's politics through courts. Speaking at e-Agenda Aaj Tak, Ravi Shankar Prasad defended the arguments made by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta recently during a hearing in the Supreme Court in a case related to migrant workers.........

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In Letter to Country, PM Modi Speaks of 'Tremendous Suffering' of Migrants in Battle Against Coronavirus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked the first anniversary of his second term on Saturday by writing an open letter to his countrymen, asserting that India has started traversing on the path to "victory" in its long battle against COVID-19 while acknowledging "tremendous suffering" of migrant workers among others. In normal circumstances, he would have been in people's midst but the present conditions, a r........

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Ajit Jogi, first chief minister of Chhatisgarh, passes away

On Friday, Ajit Jogi breathed his last at around 3.30 pm at Shri Narayana hospital in Raipur. Dr Sunil Khemka, a senior doctor looking after Jogi said, “He suffered two heart attacks one after the other, and we tried to revive his heart activity for over two hours, but he was finally declared dead.” On May 9, Jogi had suffered a cardiac arrest after breakfast when he was revived at home and rushed to the hospit........

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Signs of Rift in Maharashtra Coalition as State Battles Multiple Challenges? Uddhav Meets Alliance Partners

Amid brewing tensions within Maharashtra’s ruling coalition, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is currently holding a meeting with alliance partners. The reports of rift peaked after Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that his party was not a key decision-maker in the Sena-led Maharashtra government. Following which, another Congress party member trained the guns on Uddhav Thackeray for the worsening COVID-19 crisis in the state. “The Chief Minister keeps speaking to the........

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20 Lawyers Including Kapil Sibal, Prashant Bhushan, Chidambaram Wrote Late-Night Letter To SC On Migrant Workers

The Times of India report speculates whether this letter “help change the court’s reluctance to entertain PILs” on migrant workers. The letter signed by the 20 lawyers was mailed by Jaisingh to CJI Bobade at 10.34 PM on Monday (25 May). The report claims that the letter accused the Supreme Court of “exhibiting symptoms of its Emergency-time mindset” and “failure to intervene” over the issue of migrant workers. The letter alleged that the court’s “failure to intervene” in March resulted in migrant workers being unable to go to their hometowns and ........

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Jayalalithaa's Home in Chennai's Poes Garden Can Be Converted into CM's Residence and Office: Madras HC

The Madras High Court has suggested that the residence of the former chief minister and AIADMK matriarch J Jayalalithaa be converted into the official residence-cum-office of the Tamil Nadu chief minister instead of turning the entire home into a memorial, saying that the utilisation of public money for acquiring private properties for memorials "may not have an end." A portion of Poes Garden alone could be converted into a memorial, the judges said. ........

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Delhi govt officer suspended over Sikkim ad, AAP says MHA guidelines were followed

A senior officer of the Directorate of Civil Defence (HQ) was on Saturday suspended with immediate effect for publishing an advertisement which referred Sikkim as a "separate nation". Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal said the officer was suspended for pushing an advertisement which "disrespects the territorial integrity of India". "A senior officer of Directorate of Civil Defence (HQ) has been suspended with immediate effect for publishing an Advertisement which disrespects the territorial integrity of India by making incorrect reference to Sikkim on the same lines as so........

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Is Telangana testing enough? War of words breaks out between TRS, Oppn

The central health minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, recently raised the issue, and the Congress and the BJP -- both opposition parties here -- have accused Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao of hiding and manipulating facts. Rao's Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government, on the other hand, has denied the allegations and accused the opposition of doing politics during a pandemic. The state government said it was "on par" with the US and the UK ........

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"Holding A Knife To Our Neck": KCR Disses Centre's Coronavirus Package

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao was scathing in his critique of the centre's economic stimulus plan in response to the COVID-19 crisis on Monday, accusing it of "blackmailing" state governments and "holding a knife to our neck". "This is not federalism. The cooperative federalism mentioned by the Prime Minister is bogus, a farce," KCR said at a news conference. "We are also running a government... We are not subordinates to the centre. State governments have more responsibilities and duties than the centre, it is a fact," he said.........

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Rahul Gandhi to Centre: Stop acting like money lender, reconsider economic package

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the Centre should stop acting like a "money lender" for its children by giving them credit instead of cash, and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reconsider the Covid-19 economic stimulus package. Interacting with journalists of regional media via video conferencing, he said he was trying to put pressure on the government for generating demand by putting money int........

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Amit Shah Dismisses Rumours Surrounding His Health, Says He is Not Suffering from Any Disease

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday dismissed recent allegations of his ill-health. The veteran BJP leader took to Twitter to clarify those were just rumours and that as the country's home minister he has been working as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. ........

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Amit Shah writes to Mamata: ‘Injustice’ to migrants as Bengal not allowing trains to state

In a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Amit Shah said, “Migrants from West Bengal are eager to reach home, but we are not getting expected support from the state.” The home minister added that West Bengal is not allowing trains. “This is injustice with the migrant labourers. This will create further hardship for them,” he added. Referring to the ‘Shramik Special’ trains that are being operated by the Centre to facilitate transport of migrant workers from........

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'Job Losses Will Become Tsunami': Rahul Gandhi Says Companies, Workers Need Money Now, Not Tomorrow

Asserting that migrant workers reeling from the impact of the coronavirus lockdown need immediate support from the government, former Congress president on Friday demanded that the Centre put money in people’s hands to help them tide over the crisis. “Migrants need support and money now. Today. MSMEs need help immediately, not tomorrow, or job losses will become tsunami,” Gandhi said at a press conference called after 16 migrants walking home to Madhya Pradesh were crushed to death in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. ........

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