Growing differences between Navjot Singh Sidhu and Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh have snowballed into a full-scale internal war in Punjab Congress. After Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s intervention, Sidhu seems to have an upper hand over Amarinder.
According to sources, Sidhu may be appointed the new Punjab Congress president, replacing Sunil Jakhar in the next few days. In such a case, it will be a first for the Congress where a leader coming from another party will be appointed a state unit chief, in a clear indication of party high command yielding to pressure. Significantly, both the posts will then be held by leaders from the Jat Sikh community.
Sources say that the post of Deputy CM may be given to a Dalit leader with an objective to woo the community voters. Moreover, the charge of the campaign committee may go to some Hindu leader. Sources say that Amarinder has been convinced for Sidhu’s appointment as PCC chief. So, CM Amarinder may not oppose Sidhu being made Punjab PCC president.
However, a big section including both younger and older generation leaders of the Congress may object to it. High command will be
making all possible efforts to make it smooth.
After Sidhu’s appointment, all the election committees will be announced.
Meanwhile, Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi is understood to be in no mood to change Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Congress party leader in the Lok Sabha. The party may give Manish Tiwary some important responsibility in Punjab. Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat will be given responsibility of ensuring Congress win in Uttarakhand elections. Senior Congress leader J.P. Agrawal may be given Punjab charge in place of Rawat.
Meanwhile, Rajiv Shukla, who is in charge of Himachal Pradesh, wants Punjab to be clubbed with his existing charge. Shukla is said to be a Priyanka loyalist. So, if Sidhu is appointed PCC chief, then other posts would go to the leaders close to Amarinder Singh.
The real tussle will also be seen during ticket allocation for Assembly elections, during which the role of CM, PCC chief and AICC general secretary in-charge will be important. The screening committee also plays an important role in this exercise.
Sources say that Punjab tussle will not end with Sidhu’s elevation as PCC president, as another bout of fight over candidate selection for Assembly polls is in the offing. The possibility of a split in the party can’t be ruled out if either Sidhu or Amarinder turns rebel at that time.
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BJP Madurai district president Saravanan announces resignation
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Madurai district president P Saravanan on Saturday announced his resignation from the party. He met State Finance Minister Palanivel Thiagarajan at his residence here on Saturday night and apologised for the action of a BJP worker who hurled a slipper at the Minister’s car at Madurai airport. Addressing media persons outside the Minister’s residence after the meeting, Saravanan said, “Some untoward incidents took place at Madurai Airport. The incident at the airport affected me deeply. I took some of the sharp words of the minister as a personal attack. I quit Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) a year ago and joined BJP but now I don’t like BJP.” He further claimed that the BJP was working against the minority people.
Anubrata Mondal taken to CBI headquarters after medical check-up
Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum District President Anubrata Mondal, who was arrested in a 2020 cattle smuggling case, was brought to the CBI headquarters after a medical check-up at the Kolkata’s Command Hospital.
Mondal, a close associate of chief minister Mamta Banerjee was sent to CBI custody till August 20 by an Asansol court. The CBI interrogated the TMC leader for several hours in the cattle smuggling scam on Saturday.
Mondal had been summoned several times by the CBI to appear before it but had evaded citing his health. He was finally arrested on August 11 form his residence in Bolpur in Birbhum district.
Earlier, Finance Minister of West Bengal, Chandrima Bhattacharya had alleged that the CBI summons to Mondal was “political vendetta.”
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on September 21, 2020, arrested a former Border Security Force (BSF) Commandant, in connection with an illegal cattle smuggling case across the Indo-Bangladesh border. Anubrata Mondal’s name came under the CBI scanner during the investigation of the case. Mondal was also summoned by the CBI previously, for an investigation into his alleged involvement in connection with the post-poll violence.
GHMC turns dumping sites into food courts
With an aim to create employment opportunities for the youth, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has turned the roadside which was once a black spot and dumping ground for garbage into a food street.
The unique initiative was taken up by the GHMC to start a food court on the streets in Hyderabad through which several unemployed people will be able to earn money. Initially, an amount of Rs 19,500 has to be paid for the stall and become the owner of the food stall. One of the beneficiaries, Mohd Shareef said that he got an idli and dosa stall in the Vijay Nagar colony.
“Earlier the road was bad and later the MLA cleaned it and put up the stalls. I was unemployed and now I got the stall and I am employed,” said Shareef.
He further thanked the K Chandrashekar Rao government and the MLA of the area for giving an employment opportunity.
Another beneficiary, Mohd Ghouse said that there was a lot of garbage on the roadside but the MLA of the area cleaned it with a plan to convert the area into food Street.
“I got the food stall because of Jaffer Hussain. There was a lot of garbage earlier, they cleaned it many times but the MLA had come up with a plan to convert the area into food Street. After making it a food street, unemployed like us were given jobs. We thank the Telangana government for giving us an opportunity to get employed,” he added.
12 BODIES RECOVERED IN BOAT MISHAP, SEARCH UNDERWAY
A total of twelve bodies have been recovered so far in the August 11 boat capsize incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Banda district, police said. On Saturday, eight bodies were fished out. Rescue operations is being carried out by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Kishanpur Police who employed divers. “NDRF, SDRF and police teams are carrying out rescue operations along with local divers and twelve dead bodies have been found so far and three are still missing. The flow in the river is high which is creating problems in the operation,” Banda SP Abhinandan said.
The mishap took place on Thursday morning when a boat carrying between 30 to 40 people was on its way from Marka to Jarauli Ghat in the Fatehpur district. The passengers were on their way to visit relatives on the occasion of Rakshabandhan.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to provide financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased from the Disaster Relief Fund. The CM condoled the loss of life and directed the DM and DIG in charge of the district to conduct a search and rescue operation im
WHY ARE YOU AGAINST WELFARE SCHEMES FOR POOR? KTR ASKS CENTRE
Amid the ongoing debate on freebies culture, Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao on Saturday hit out at the Centre stating that the Narendra Modi-led BJP government has completely ignored the welfare of the people and now started the debate on freebies to make the lives of the common man “more miserable”.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been talking about freebie culture whenever he gets an opportunity. It is very surprising to hear his words. The BJP government at the Centre has completely ignored the welfare of the people during its eight-year rule and burdened the life of the common man. The Modi Government has now started the debate on freebies to make the lives of the common man more miserable,” said KTR.
Slamming the Modi government for imposing Goods and Services Tax (GST), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president said, “The Modi government is imposing GST on essential items like milk and curd. The ever-increasing inflation has broken the back of the poor.”
He further claimed during eight years of Modi’s rule, poverty in the country has increased so much that now we are infamous for having more poor people than that of Nigeria.
“India now ranks at 101st place among 116 countries in the Global Hunger Index – which is a matter of national shame. The statistics released by the Centre make it clear that 35.5 per cent of the children born in the country are malnourished,” he said.
KT Rama Rao said that the 14 Prime Ministers before Modi together were responsible for the country’s debt of Rs 56 lakh crores whereas Modi’s government alone borrowed more than Rs 80 lakh crores.
Recently, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) issued a severe warning that 37 per cent of the country’s annual income is being spent on paying interest for the money borrowed by the Central government, he claimed.
TWO BANGLADESHI NATIONALS HELD WITH FAKE STAMPS OF VARIOUS MINISTRIES
Delhi Police apprehended two Bangladeshi nationals from the Palam area of the city and recovered several passports and 10 fake stamps belonging to Bangladesh ministries from their possession, according to an official on Sunday. The arrested Bangladeshi nationals have been identified as Md Mostafa and Md Husain Sheikh, who was staying at Palam Extension, Near Ramphal Chowk. Further investigation into the matter is underway, said DCP Dwarka, M Harsha Vardhan.
Regular special checking drives are being conducted ahead of the Independence Day celebrations. The police said that during one such drive, the personnel checking in the area of Ramphal Chawk working on information went to the house of two Bangladeshi Nationals living near Ramphal Chowk.
“On search, they were found to be in possession of 11 passports of different Bangladeshi citizens and also 10 fake stamps of various ministries and notary of Bangladesh. About the fake rubber stamps, they had no substantive answer,” said the police.
Accordingly, a case under the appropriate sections of the law has been registered against the two at PS Dwarka South.
“They stated that they used to act as agents for Bangladeshi nationals who come for medical treatment. However, the recovery of a large number of fake stamps from them is being investigated,” said the police.
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