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KCR AIMS TO APPROPRIATE NARASIMHA RAO’S LEGACY, FIELDS DAUGHTER IN POLLS

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The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) made a move on Monday that is seen as another attempt by Telangana’s ruling party to appropriate the political legacy of the former Prime Minister and veteran Congress leader.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, with an objective to claim the legacy of late Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, has fielded his daughter, Surabhi Vani Devi, as its candidate in the MLC polls. Already, the Telangana CM celebrates the centenary of Narasimha Rao and puts his posters across the state. This comes at a time when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also been hailing Narasimha Rao’s contributions to India and taunting the Congress for giving him raw treatment.  

Vani Devi, an artiste and academic, will file her nomination papers for the Mahabubnagar-Rangareddy-Hyderabad Graduates’ constituency.

The move by KCR is significant after his high praise last year for Narasimha Rao, a Congress veteran who was Prime Minister in the early 1990s and presided over massive economic reforms with Manmohan Singh as his Finance Minister.

KCR described Narasimha Rao as a “beloved son of Telangana”. The Chief Minister also projected him as Telangana’s “muddubidda”—son of the soil—who became the first prime minister from south India.

KCR wants to prove that the TRS is respecting Vani Devi with the MLC ticket, while the Congress has disowned Narasimha Rao’s family at the behest of their boss Sonia Gandhi and the BJP has failed to respect the family of PV by not giving him Bharat Ratna even during his birth centenary year.

Interestingly, the PCC working president Ponnam Prabhakar wondered why KCR chose to field PV’s daughter for a losing seat.

“If he has so much concern and respect for the PV family, he should have nominated her to Rajya Sabha or give her MLC seat under Governor’s quota,” he said.

Last August, the Telangana Assembly had also passed a resolution urging the Centre to confer Bharat Ratna on Narasimha Rao. The resolution also sought a portrait of the former PM in the Parliament complex, and renaming of the Hyderabad Central University, which was established by him, as the P.V. Narasimha Rao Central University.

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Gehlot hopes Amarinder will not take any step that would harm Congress

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has expressed hope that former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh would not take any step that could harm the Congress.

In his remarks on the crisis in Punjab following Capt. Singh’s resignation, Gehlot said that Capt Singh, who was a respected leader of the Congress, had himself stated that the party had kept him as the Chief Minister for nine-and-a-half years. “Capt Singh has served the people of Punjab by working to the best of his ability,” he tweeted.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday said that the Congress’ high command was forced to take a decision in Punjab in the party’s interest on the basis of the feedback received from MLAs and the public at large.

Gehlot said, “I personally believe that the Congress president has to face the resentment of several leaders who are in the race, while selecting a CM. The same leaders later blame the high command for its decision.”

“In such moments, one should listen to one’s conscience,” Gehlot said. He said while the people should be worried about the fascist forces taking the country in the wrong direction, the responsibility of Congress members had increased manifold in this situation. Gehlot pointed out that ‘Captain Saheb is the respected leader of the party, and I have hope that he will continue to work in the interest of the party.

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No riot in UP during my tenure, BJP will win 350 seats in 2022 polls: Yogi

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that Uttar Pradesh, where communal violence was a regular phenomenon earlier, did not witness a single riot during the four-and-a-half-year tenure of the BJP government.

The UP CM also said that the perception of the state across India has changed in the last four and a half years. Adityanath was speaking on the occasion of the completion of four-and-a-half years of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing the media persons, he said: “To complete four and a half years tenure in a state like UP is very important in the view of security and good governance. Perception of the state has changed in the country. This is the same UP where riots had become a trend earlier. But in the last four and a half years, there was no riot.”

“We have dealt with criminals and mafias with strictness under the framework of law irrespective of their caste, place and religion. More than Rs 1,800 crores of government property were seized and the illegal encroachments of criminals were also demolished.”

The Chief Minister also stated that Uttar Pradesh has risen to number two in the national ranking of ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in his tenure. “In last four and a half s, we have given the house to 42 lakh poor. In case of a calamity, we try to give compensation to the affected in 24 hrs. We have provided over Rs 5 lakh crores through DBT to the people of the state. Over 4.5 lakh youths were given govt jobs through a transparent system,” he further said.

“Uttar Pradesh has presented its tradition by organising Deepotsav and Deep Deepawali in Ayodhya and Kashi, in front of the country and the world. The opposition never organised these festivals as they thought that they might be labelled as communal,” he added.

Adityanath also exuded confidence that the BJP will form the government in the state again with an overwhelming majority in the 2022 Assembly polls.

“The perception about UP on the national stage has changed due to the united efforts of the people, the organization, and the government. People’s confidence in governance has increased and now this belief will ensure our victory once again in the 2022 elections with an overwhelming majority of 350 seats,” he said while addressing a press conference on the completion of four and a half years of the present state government. “Earlier, Chief Ministers used to compete to build their bungalows, but in the new Uttar Pradesh of this new India, we have built houses for 42 lakh poor people,” he said.

Adityanath highlighted that the law and order improved drastically in the state after 2017 when his government came took over from the Samajwadi Party (SP) regime. “This is the same UP where criminals and mafia were creating an atmosphere of fear, corruption and anarchy in the state before 2017 by becoming the subjects of power. Communal riots used to take place every second-third day, but today the actions being taken against them have presented a model in the entire country,” the Chief Minister said.

The Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are scheduled to take place early next year. In the 2017 Assembly polls, the BJP won 325 seats out of a total of 403 Assembly seats.

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KERALA STILL LOGS 60% OF TOTAL NEW COVID CASES, 50% DEATHS

While India reports 30,773 new Covid cases and 309 deaths, Kerala registers 19,653 infections, 152 deaths.

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With 30,773 new Covid-19 cases and 309 deaths in the last 24 hours, India has reported less than 50,000 cases for 84 consecutive days now. However, with 19,653 fresh infections and 152 fatalities, Kerala continues to remain a big concern.

As India reported 30,773 new cases, the active caseload has reached 3,32,158, however it accounts for 0.99 per cent of the total cases. According to the data of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday, 3,26,71,167 people have recovered from the disease out of which 38,945 people recovered in the last 24 hours.

Moreover, the death toll has escalated to 4,44,838 as 309 people succumbed to the disease. However, the recovery rate currently stands at 97.68 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate stands at 2.04 per cent which is less than 3 per cent for the last 86 days.

As for Kerala, it reported 19,653 fresh Covid-19 infections and 152 fatalities, as per the state health ministry on Sunday. Following this, the total cases of Covid-19 jumped to 45,08,493 including 1,73,631 active cases in the state. Cumulative recoveries in the state are at 43,10,674 including 26,711 new recoveries. While the total death toll reached 23,591.

Of the 1,13,295 samples tested in the last 24 hours, a test positivity rate of 17.34 per cent was observed.

As Kerala is all set to re-open schools on 1 November, Education Minister V. Sivankutty on Sunday said a comprehensive plan is being prepared in consultation with various stakeholders for the re-opening of educational institutions.

“A discussion with Health Minister was held regarding the matter and schools authorities have been requested for the preparedness. The plan will be prepared and submitted to the Chief Minister before October 15,” the minister told the media. Sivankutty further explained, “The meetings will be held at the state and district levels and a shift system would be implemented in schools with more than 7000 students.”

Delhi reported 28 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours and no fatality was reported due to the disease in the period. There are 387 active Covid-19 cases in the city. The total number of cases in the national capital has gone up to 14,38,497, of which 14,13,025 have recovered while 25,085 people succumbed to the viral infection. The fatality rate in the city is 1.74 per cent.

The daily positivity rate in the city is at 0.04 per cent, while the cumulative positivity rate is at 5.34 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 63,302 Covidtests were conducted in the city taking the total number of tests conducted so far to 2,69,53,206.

According to the official data, there are 103 containment zones in Delhi. As many as 1,59,66,480 Covid vaccine doses have been administered in Delhi so far. Out of this, 1,11,76,974 beneficiaries have received a single dose of the vaccine while 47,89,506 people have received both shots.

India, meanwhile, conducted 15,59,895 number of Covid tests in a day. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India has conducted 55,23,40,168 number of Covid tests to date. India has administered 80,43,72,331 crore vaccines so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

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1,000 Kashmiri youth pedal for peace in Srinagar

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Around 1,000 cyclists, including professionals, participated in the seven different categories of the “Pedal for Peace” event, organised by the Jammu Kashmir police. The participants cycled with great enthusiasm, passing through various picturesque locations of the Srinagar city.

Speaking of the occasion LG Manoj Sinha said, “Sports can unite people, create hope for a better tomorrow and a brighter future. The youth who are participating today are the epitome of the power of that change and with the efforts of Jammu Kashmir Police, they are becoming champions not only in sports but in their life too.”

The Lt Governor lauded the Jammu Kashmir Police for holding a host of youth-centric programs to engage youth in constructive activities and adopting innovative measures to promote sports and cultural activities in the UT.

“In all civic action programs organized by Jammu Kashmir Police, be it Pedal for Peace, Premier League or Jashn-e-Dal, the names may be different, but the message is the same, furthering Jammu Kashmir’s peace, prosperity and brotherhood”, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor observed that Youth are the builders of the new Jammu Kashmir. They have to contribute diligently towards building a developed society, to encourage others to perform their duties, and maintain harmony among all sections of society.

“The UT administration is providing our youth countless opportunities to engage in creative & constructive activities, to channelize their energies and to promote team spirit and character building through the programs of Sports Council, Mission Youth & Jammu Kashmir Police”, he noted.

The Lt Governor also recalled the efforts of the Prime Minister to promote team spirit and character building among the youth through various initiatives under the Fit India and Khelo India campaign.

“When hundreds of young boys and girls participate in sports activities, they not only indulge in healthy competition, but also emerge as ambassadors of peace, prosperity and brotherhood. It leads to the creation of a society that is free from the feeling of fear, insecurity and discrimination” he added.

Noting that a determined youth can solve any problem at hand, the Lt Governor observed that the UT government, working with the same spirit, has formulated Youth Clubs in every Panchayat so that with active cooperation of the youth, there can be rapid social and economic development of the society.

On the occasion, the Lt Governor also appreciated the efforts of the Jammu Kashmir police to keep the youth away from drugs through various programs and sustained campaigns. He also complimented the tireless efforts of J&K police personnel in the fight against Covid wherein they worked in close coordination with the civil administration.

Acknowledging the patience, courage, and unwavering commitment of J&K Police personnel towards their duties, the Lt Governor assured them that the UT government is fully committed to ensure healthcare, education, dignity, and all possible facilities to the police personnel’s families.

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Congress will fight 2022 Punjab polls under Sidhu, says Harish Rawat

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Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Rawat on Sunday said that the upcoming Assembly elections in the state will be fought under Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu who is “very popular”, given the state’s present political circumstances.

Speaking to ANI here on Sunday, Rawat said, “It (Congress face for upcoming state assembly polls) will be decided by the Congress president, but given the circumstances, elections will be fought with the Chief Minister’s cabinet under Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, whose chief is Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is very popular.”

He further stated that Congress had yesterday itself unanimously decided to make Charanjit Singh Channi the next Chief Minister of Punjab. “The decision (to choose the new Punjab CM) was taken yesterday only. We were only waiting to meet the Governor. The party was unanimous on Charanjit Singh Channi’s name. We will try to ensure that he (Amarinder Singh) is there at oath-taking, but it’s up to him,” said Rawat.

He said that the names for two deputy chief ministers are yet to be decided. “Our mutual feeling is that there should be two deputy CMs. Soon we will take a call on it along with names for the Council of Ministers. Some names have been discussed but it’s the CM’s prerogative who will discuss it with party high command and takes a call,” the former Uttarakhand chief minister said.

Congress MLA Charanjit Singh Channi will take the oath as the new Chief Minister of Punjab on Monday at 11 am on Monday.

Addressing media after meeting Governor Banwarilal Purohit, the Chief Minister-designate of Punjab said, “We have presented our stance, unanimously supported by party MLAs, before the Governor. Oath taking ceremony will take place at 11 am tomorrow.”

Channi will succeed Captain Amarinder Singh, who resigned as the chief minister of Punjab on Saturday following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. These developments came months before the 2022 Assembly elections in Punjab.

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Amarinder Singh hopes new Punjab CM will stand with farmers

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A day after he quit as Chief Minister amid the Punjab Congress crisis, Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday expressed unhappiness at having to cancel the scheduled disbursement of appointment letters to families of 150 farmers who had lost their lives in the ongoing agitation against the farm laws.

The outgoing chief minister said that with the new CM-designate already announced, he would unfortunately not be able to personally hand over job letters to the next of kin of the deceased farmers even though his council of ministers had already accorded approval to the proposal. He hoped the new chief minister would carry out the task at the earliest to provide relief to the affected families.

Captain Amarinder urged the CM-designate, Charanjit Singh Channi, to ensure that the state government continues to stand with the beleaguered farmers of Punjab, “who have sacrificed their lives in our collective fight for justice”.

Captain made it clear that he would continue to support the farmers in their battle for survival and justice. “Every Punjabi, in fact every Indian, is morally bound to stand with the farmers in their hour of despair,” he said, asserting that even though he was no longer holding the state’s reins, his heart remained with the farmers and their families and he would do everything in his power to ensure that they get their due.

Capt Amarinder Singh congratulated Channi through a tweet. Captain tweeted, “My best wishes to Charanjit Singh Channi. I hope he’s able to keep the border state of Punjab safe and protect our people from the growing security threat from across the border.”

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