Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], February 22 (ANI): Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Monday said that Governor Anandiben Patel’s speech in Madhya Pradesh assembly on Monday did not address several important issues including “unemployment” and “farmers’ distress”.
The budget session of Madhya Pradesh assembly started on Moday with address by the Governor.
“It’s a pity that the Governor had to read a speech that was for the media and not for the state. Excesses on women, unemployment, farmers’ distress were not addressed. This government doesn’t have a vision for agriculture. The Governor took Prime Minister’s name so many times. For a moment, I felt I was sitting in Lok Sabha,” he said.
Speaking on the state government’s handling of COVID-19, the Congress leader said “Shivrajji ridiculed me when I used to talk about coronavirus”. “And today, he was recounting his successes in the Governor’s speech,” he said.
Kamal Nath said Congress respects traditions. “We don’t want to emulate BJP which doesn’t care for any tradition, any principle. That’s why we had decided to choose the speaker unanimously. That’s our thinking and our vision,” he said, responding to a query BJP MLA Girish Gautam getting unanimously elected as Speaker. (ANI)
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Rajasthan: Robbers dig tunnel, loot silver from house in Jaipur
Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], February 28 (ANI): Robbers dug a tunnel and looted silver from a house in Jaipur on Saturday, according to the police official.
“A doctor filed a complaint of missing silver he had kept under tiles, three months ago. We reached the spot and found a tunnel made from a plot behind his residence,” said the Assistant Commissioner of Police in Jaipur, Raisingh Beniwal to ANI.
“Further probe is underway,” he said. (ANI)
BJP can’t threaten me by sending ED, CBI ahead of assembly polls: Abhishek Banerjee
West Midnapur (West Bengal) [India], February 28 (ANI): Ahead of Assembly polls, Trinamool Congress leader and a Member of Parliament, Abhishek Banerjee has slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and alleged that BJP can’t threaten him by sending Directorate of Enforcement (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials.
“Do they (BJP) think they can threaten me by sending ED, CBI just like they did to one (Suvendu Adhikari) and make me join BJP like him? We are both human but there is a difference in the spine. He (Suvendu) sold his spine but my spine is not for sale. You can’t buy it,” said TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee while addressing a rally in West Midnapur on Saturday.
Banerjee said that he will continue to chant Jai hind, Jai Bangla, Jai Medinipur even if his throat is cut.
“Even if my throat is cut, I will keep chanting Jai hind, Jai Bangla, Jai Medinipur, Mamata Banerjee zindabad, and Trinamool Congress zindabad. So there is no point in threatening me,” Banerjee said.
Earlier on February 21, CBI served a notice to Rujira Banerjee Naroola, the wife of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek asking her to join the investigation related to the coal scam case.
“At 2 pm today, the CBI served a notice in the name of my wife. We have full faith in the law of the land. However, if they think they can use these ploys to intimidate us, they are mistaken. We are not the ones who would ever be cowed down,” tweeted Abhishek Banerjee.
Regarding this, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said the people of Bengal cannot be intimidated by jail.
In another crucial development, CBI had also issued summons to Abhishek Banerjee’s sister-in-law Maneka Gambhir in connection with the coal scam case.
West Bengal will witness eight-phased Assembly polls beginning March 27. The tenure of the 16th Legislative Assembly of West Bengal will end on May 30 this year. A total of 7,34,07,832 voters will choose their representative for the 17th Legislative Assembly of West Bengal. (ANI)
Rahul Gandhi slams Centre, says Centre thinks they can control people of Tamil Nadu
Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu) [India], February 28 (ANI): Ahead of the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday slammed the Centre and said the Centre thinks they can control the people of Tamil Nadu.
Gandhi even targeted Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and alleged that he is a corrupt leader.
“I fall asleep at night in 30 seconds as I’m not afraid of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. How long does Tamil Nadu CM take? He can’t sleep at night as he isn’t honest. Since he’s dishonest he can’t stand up against Mr Modi’ who thinks he can control people of Tamil Nadu because Chief Minister is corrupt,” Gandhi said while addressing a gathering.
Gandhi went ahead to say that the Centre cannot control the people of Tamil Nadu via a remote.
“Mr Modi thinks Tamil Nadu is like his television, he can pick up remote and do whatever he wants. He can put the volume up and CM will talk louder and vice versa. He thinks he can control people of Tamil Nadu, but people are going to remove the battery from the remote and throw it away,” said Gandhi.
The Congress leader appreciated the efforts of the salt workers in the state.
He said, “Today a worker at salt pan told me ‘salt we are collecting is helping fight Corona, work I’m doing here, collecting salt, goes into medicine used to treat coronavirus. I’m not only collecting salt but protecting the country from coronavirus’. That’s the beauty of your state.”
Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Friday.
With this announcement, the model code of conduct comes into force. The assembly elections in the southern state are important for the national as well as the regional political parties.
Polls will be held for 234 seats in Tamil Nadu with the Congress-DMK and BJP-AIADMK alliance being the major groups contesting against each other. (ANI)
Assembly polls: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to kick start campaign in Assam on March 1
By Siddharth Sharma
New Delhi [India], February 28 (ANI): Congress Party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is set to launch a poll campaign in Assam from March 1, for the upcoming state Assembly polls.
She will tour the state for two days from March 1 onwards. The Congress party has planned various interaction programs on the first day of Priyanka Gandhi’s visit. Thereafter, she will address a rally on March 2 in Tezpur town in Assam.
Prior to that, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had visited Assam and addressed a rally in which the party gave a message that Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will be highlighted as the main agenda from Congress party’s side.
Gandhi had even worn a scarf depicting his anti-CAA stand symbolically in which he had said, “Hum ne yeh gamchha pehna hai. Ispe likha hai CAA. Ispe humne cross laga rakha hai, matlab chahe kuchh bhi ho jaye, CAA nahi hoga. ‘Hum do, hamare do’ achhi tarah sun lo, CAA nahi hoga, kabhi nahi hoga.” (translated as I have worn this gamcha today. We have written CAA on it and have put a cross on it. Meaning that whatever happens, CAA will not happen. Our two and ours two, listen carefully. CAA will never happen. )
Rahul Gandhi had spoken on Assam Accords as well. He will be in Tamil Nadu on Monday. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be campaigning in Assam.
Besides Assam, other poll-bound state’s Pradesh Congress Committee’s want Priyanka Gandhi to campaign in their state too. Kerala state unit has already sent a proposal to the General Secretary in-charge of the state mentioning the campaign dates of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
On Friday, the Election Commission of India announced that Assam will go to Assembly elections in three phases beginning March 27. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said: “In Assam, elections shall be held in three phases. The first phase of notification is March 2 and 47 seats in 12 districts will go to the polls. The last date of nomination March 9 and the date of poll is March 27. In the second phase, 39 constituencies in 13 districts will go to the polls on April 1. Forty Assembly constituencies in 12 districts to go on polls on April 6. Votes will be counted on May 2.”
Currently, the BJP government is ruling in the state and is confident of winning polls while Congress is in alliance with All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) in the state. (ANI)
JP Nadda to visit Uttar Pradesh today
New Delhi [India], February 28 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party National President Jagat Prakash Nadda will visit Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, informed the official statement.
“BJP National President Shri J P Nadda ji’s to address public programs in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow,” informed the Office of JP Nadda in a tweet.
At 11 AM, Nadda will arrive at the Varanasi Airport. Then, at 4:45 PM, he will inaugurate the newly built regional office and Prayagraj Mahavidyalaya in Rohania, Varanasi. At 7 PM, Nadda will interact with various social leaders at Chaudhary Lawns near Naria, BHU in Varanasi.
Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are scheduled to take place in 2022. BJP had stormed back to power in the state in the 2017 Assembly polls. In the 403 member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, among the major parties, BJP has 309 legislators, SP 49, BSP 18, and Congress 7. (ANI)
TRS President says BJP, Congress have no worth to ask for votes in Telangana
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], February 28 (ANI): The Telangana Rashtra Samithi Working President K. T. Rama Rao on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to defame the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party at every level. He said that both BJP and Congress have no worth to ask for votes in Telangana.
He said, “BJP is only trying to defame the TRS party at every level right from Delhi to all the way in Telangana. They have tried to take credits for many schemes that the Telangana Government has set up including Mission Bhagiratha. On the other hand, the Congress Party did have a great history but currently doesn’t hold any future. Both BJP and Congress do not hold any worth to ask for votes in Telangana.”
He said that people especially graduates must know about the lies that are being spread against the TRS party by BJP.
Rao, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working President, said, “For any party, any election is very important. For the upcoming MLC elections. All the party workers and leaders must work together to win in these MLC elections.”
“TRS MLC candidate, Surabhi Vani Devi, has a clean image for her works to the field of education. This will definitely create a positive impression amongst graduates towards her,” KT Rama Rao said.
Further speaking, Rao said, “TRS party has grown from not being able to contest in an election due to the lack of candidates to being elected twice in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections. This is how our TRS party has grown over time. This is because of the leadership of K Chandrashekhar Rao, the Cheif Minister of Telangana and the TRS Party President.”
Further slamming the BJP MLC Candidate, N Ramachander Rao, TRS President said that despite being an advocate himself, Ramachander Rao has always told lies and has during his tenure as an MLC for the last six years. Ramachander Rao has done nothing to Telangana’s graduates.”
TRS President said, “As BJP is trying to defame the TRS party at every level, we must make graduates aware of the works that the TRS party has done to the state. We must make people aware of the hike in petrol, diesel and cooking gas prices. The BJP government has not given money for various schemes in the state, neither did they give the state a special status. Moreover, they haven’t even sanctioned a single medical college to the state of Telangana.”
He said, “Like no other governments in the past, TRS Government was able to create 1,33,000 job opportunities to the unemployed in the state. Moreover, we were able to create nearly 14 lakhs of jobs in the private sectors too. It is because of the TRS government, Hyderabad city has seen such a speed development.”
He further appealed to all the party workers and leaders to work as one to win in the upcoming MLC elections.
Telangana MLC elections in the state are scheduled to take place on March 14 this year. (ANI)
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