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Rahul Gandhi a man of character, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Congress prepares to elevate Rahul Gandhi as the party president, Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday said Gandhi’s election to the post will be a game-changer for the party.Addressing party workers at a function in Amritsar, a day ahead of declaration of Gurdaspur bypoll results, Sidhu said evolution of Gandhi in recent times has been trustworthy and he’s a man of character. “He is a wonderful human being and a great example,” he said.”When the going was good, Madam (Sonia Gandhi) and Rahul bhai have sacrificed. It was easy for them in those ten years to have elevated him (Rahul) and it was very easy for her to take over everything and say I’m the Prime Minister. But did she do it? In those ten years everyone else was given opportunities and Rahul bhai was held back and when the times are tough, we have Rahul Gandhi bearing the brunt of everything, biting the bullet and marching on. He has character for it,” said Sidhu, talking to media.Sidhu, a former BJP MP from Amritsar was formally inducted into Congress a fortnight before the Punjab elections by vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi.Terming him as the ‘best choice’ for the post of the party president, Sidhu said Gandhi is a credible leader and he was glad to have worked under him. “If he is made the party president, it will definitely boost spirit of party workers,” he said.Mincing no words, about his meetings with Delhi Chief Minister and AAP president Arvind Kejriwal before the Punjab Assembly elections in February, Sidhu said, “I have met Kejriwal just once, because they (AAP leaders) were so keen and harping on it and it was leaked 20 times to media. I have met Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka almost 10 times, and not a single thing was leaked to media. It shows.”‘Best choice for the post of party chief’Terming Rahul as the best choice for the post of party president, Sidhu said “his elevation will definitely boost spirit of cadre.” “Before Punjab polls, I met Kejriwal once. It was leaked to media 20 times. I met Rahul 10 times, but it was not leaked,” he said.

India Post’s Payment Bank in city misses its deadline

The process to start Payment Bank by India post in Jaipur is going on a slow pace. Scheduled to start functioning from September this year,the bank has missed its deadline.A senior official of department of post told DNA that while the site was ready,the operations however would start later.IPPB is offering Savings account up to a balance of Rs 1 Lakh, along with digitally enabled payments and remittance services of all kinds between individuals. In due course, IPPB will also provide current accounts and access to third party financial services like insurance, mutual funds, pension, credit products, forex and more.“The site is ready at GPO where it will be started, operations are yet to start,” said a senior official. Notably, the payment banks of several private enterprises have already started working in the city.They are aggressively marketing to get the major share of customers. As such,delay in start will hurt the business interest of the payment bank of India post.While the payment bank of postal department will be currently opened at one place only in the city, the private companies have several branches in every corner of the city, indicating the future of this sole branch of post office department.As such postal department is losing on one more opportunity to connect with the customers. Apart from delayed banking service, it is also being felt by certain sections that all these new ventures are making the post offices redundant with customers getting away from them.WHAT IS ITIPPB is offering Savings account up to a balance of Rs 1 Lakh, along with digitally enabled payments and remittance services of all kinds between individuals. In due course, IPPB will also provide current accounts and access to third party financial services like insurance, mutual funds, pension, credit products, forex, and more.THE PHILOSOPHYIPPB ENCOURAGES smart saving and investment habits with easily accessible banking services. The vision is to extend banking facilities to the remotest corner of the nation. Its services transcend geographical borders. That’s how they aim to simplify banking to bring prosperity to every doorstep.EFFICIENCYIPPB provides the most effective, accessible and readily available banking network across the nation. IPPB will soon offer banking services through digital channels like mobile, UPI, debit cards which can be used at ATMs, PoS and mobile-PoS. This would facilitate all-round connectivity with bank.NETWORKINGIndia Post has about 1,54,000 post offices, of them 90% are in rural areas. There is one post office for every 7,176 people in India. India Post also has 2,96,000 agents in the rural area. About 2.2 crore people, already receive their National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) payments by post offices. POST ‘RAJ’ IN STATE: Apart from Jaipur, Jodhpur is also on the list where the payment bank will be opened.Source: India Post Website

Bengal child rights commission chairperson urges aide from public for Rohingya children in jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Facebook post by Ananya Chakraborti, chairperson, West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights asking people to donate food and clothes for Rohingya children in various jails of West Bengal, has raised eyebrows. Chakraborti’s post on Saturday read, ‘Rohingya children in jails with their mothers (0-6 years) need clothes, warm clothes, savlon, mosquito nets for infants. Also biscuits, chocolates, cakes are welcome. Anyone wanting to donate pl contact West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights at our Ultadanga office. There are 17 children in one jail presently’.The post had raised several eyebrows as it is unprecedented for any chairperson of the commission to invite such contributions. Interestingly it comes at a time when the Centre, via an affidavit at the Supreme Court had said that Rohingya muslims from Myanmar should be deported and that they were a security threat to India. The affidavit also said that Rohingya muslims has links with banned terror outfits.Senior officials of Nabanna, the state secretariat said that they were not sure if Chakraborti could have done it on a personal level. “Being the chairperson of the commission she could have talked to the respective jail authorities or the government,” said a senior Nabanna official.A former senior member of the commission came in support of Chakraborti saying that the post was aimed at collecting food items and clothes for children in need. “It is a good initiative on her part and is totally in sync with her duties and responsibilities. She has taken to social media to garner help for children who need support. What is the harm in it?” he said.Talking to DNA, Chakraborti too said that there was nothing wrong in it and that even if some people were trying question it, she would not take it off. “I never asked people for depositing money in my bank account. I had appealed to people who could donate warm clothes, mosquito nets, chocolates, biscuits and cakes for 17 children who are in jail. There is nothing wrong in it perhaps the mediapersons are trying to create a controversy out of nothing,” Chakraborti said.She also said she had not come across any controversy over her post and on the contrary there had been some very positive response. “There have been 29 shares of the article till this morning and many have commented on the post expressing their interest to help out the children who are in need,” she added.

DUSU Election Results 2017: Congress’ NSUI wins 2 out of 4 seats including that of President

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress student wing National Students Union of India (NSUI) has won the posts of President and Vice-President. BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has won the post of Secretary. Re-counting is on for the post of joint secretary. According to PTI, ABVP has won the jt-secy post. Last year, ABVP had won the post of president, vice president, and secretary. NSUI candidate was elected to the post of joint secretary.Rocky Tuseed of NSUI winning the post of president is being seen as a major setback for ABVP as it was hopeful of retaining this position. NSUI has won the post of president after four years. Students’ outfits had contested for a total of four positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Joint Secretary. A total of 43% voter turnout was recorded. Here are the total number of candidates who were in the fray: 24 Presidential candidates; 10 Vice-Presidential candidates; 5 Secretary candidates; 5 Joint Secretary candidates.NSUI’s Rocky Tusheed won the president’s post by a margin of 1,590 votes, while the party’s Kunal Sehrawat defeated the ABVP candidate by 175 votes. ABVP’s Mahamedha Nagar defeated NSUI’s Minakshi Meena by 2,624 votes to win the post of secretaryLive updates: 3:35 PMCongress VP Rahul Gandhi congratulates NSUI for winning in DU. 3:00 PM2:00PM 1:18 PMClose contest in Delhi University Students’ Union. ABVP is leading on Vice President and Secretary posts; NSUI is ahead on President and Joint Secretary posts.1:02 PMThe main contestants for the DUSU presidential post are ABVP’s Rajat Choudhary, NSUI’s Rocky Tusheed, AISA’s Parul Chauha, independent candidates Raja Choudury and Alka.Earlier, the Delhi High Court gave a go-ahead to the Delhi University to declare the results on Tuesday for the post of President in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election. The court’s order came on a plea by the University seeking modification of its September 8 interim order by which it had allowed National Students Union of India (NSUI) presidential candidate Rocky Tuseed to contest the election but directed the varsity not to declare the results for the post of the President. ABVP candidates: President candidate – Rajjat Chaudhary, VP – Parth Rana, Secretary – Mahamedhaa Nagar, Jt. Sec. – Uma Shankar. NSUI candidates: President – Rocky Tuseed, Vice President – Kunal Sehrawat, Secretary – Minakshi Meena, Jt. Sec. – Avinash Yadav. AISA candidates: President – Parul Chauhan, Vice President – Aditya , Secretary – Jaishree , Jt. Sec. – Akash Gupta

Change of guard throws ‘smart works’ off guard

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The task to develop state capital as a Smart City rests on shoulders of ‘officiating’ and ‘acting’ incharges. But three of the major development agencies are working in absence of appointment at their top post and the task has been handed over as “additional charge” to officers deployed in other departments. This arrangement on adhoc basis though has slowed down the work progress. The officers already occupied with responsibilities of their home department find it difficult to provide full time dedication to the ‘additional charge’. The city’s development thus is being impacted.Jaipur Smart City Limited The government company constituted for implementation of Smart City concept is operating without a chief executive officer (CEO). The committee was constituted soon after inclusion of Jaipur among the 20 cities selected under prime minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Smart City scheme. However, in less than two years the Jaipur Smart City Limited had witnessed three CEOs and the post is yet again vacant for past two months. But even the CEOs officially appointed had a short tenure on the position the development works kept suffering. At time of JSCL constitution the charge of CEO was given to the then commissioner of Jaipur Municipal Corporation AT Pendekar. He was soon replaced by an IAS officer V Sarvan in April, 2016. His tenure too was short lived and he vacated the post in November the same year. Sarvan was replaced by Sandesh Nayak who again in six months was transferred to Sirohi as district collector. Since the position has remain vacant. Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation The ambitious Jaipur metro project is being developed by the JMRC. The corporation since its constitution was headed by senior IAS NC Goel. The contemporary Ashok Gehlot government had trusted him for implementation of the project and appointed him as chairman and managing director of JMRC in April, 2012. Goel since continued to occupy the post and it was under his supervision that the metro operations commenced. His association with the project was obvious and even as government changed at the state, the new government too trusted him with the responsibility. In his tenure the metro work continued to expand and underground corridors were developed in Walled City. However, he had to vacate the post following his promotion as assistant chief secretary. The post since remains vacant and the charge of JMRC CMD is with ACS (UDH) Mukesh Sharma. Jaipur City Transport Service Limited Constituted to provide quality public transportation within Jaipur, the Jaipur City Transport Service Limited (JCTSL) has post of managing director vacant. The company is operating the low floor buses and is a major component of city’s public transport infrastructure. The charge of its managing director though is with an IFS Akansha Chaudhary.Rajasthan Tourism Development CorporationIt has been more than three years that RTDC got a full-time chairman. The post has been lying vacant after Randeep Dhankar left the post when new BJP government came to power in December 2013. It has remained the practice of the government that the post is filled by political people. Till now no full-time appointment has been made in the corporation. The current additional chief secretary (ACS) of tourism N C Goel is also holding additional charge of the corporation.Rajasthan State Sports CouncilThe central body of regulating and maintaining the sports activities in the state is also headless. ACS JC Mohanty is holding the additional charge for last several years and no political appointment or a official with full-time responsibility has been made.It was congress leader Shivcharan Mali who was the chairman during the tenure of the Congress government and after that the position has not been filled. Rajasthan Housing Board though has a chairman IAS Umesh Kumar with full-time responsibility, the post in past has been filled by political appointment.

Positive about prez nominee, but non-political Dalit name

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP boss Mayawati today said her party is positive about the NDA nominating Ram Nath Kovind for the presidential election but wished the ruling alliance had named a non-political Dalit candidate for the top post. “Although Kovind has been associated with the RSS and the BJP from the beginning but since he is a Dalit, our party’s stand towards him cannot be negative. It will be positive, provided Opposition parties do not field any Dalit for the post who is more capable and popular than him,” she told newspersons here. “Kovind is not the first Dalit who has been brought forward for the post of president… K R Narayanan, a Dalit, had also been president,” she said. The BSP chief, however, stressed that it would have been better had the Opposition parties been taken into confidence on the choice. “Had the BJP and NDA brought any non-political Dalit for the post, it would have been better,” she said. Mayawati said she was informed by senior BJP leaders Amit Shah and Venkaiah Naidu over phone that Kovind, who belonged to Dalit caste, will be NDA candidate for the post of the president. “But his introduction is that he is a member of Kori caste who are very less in number in the country and he has been associated with the RSS and the BJP since the beginning and so I do not agree with his political background,” she added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT directs AAP govt to appoint DPCC chairman in 3 months

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has rapped the Delhi government over an ad-hoc appointee holding the post of chairman of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and asked it to make a regular appointment within three months. At present, the environment secretary of the Delhi government is holding the additional charge of the chairman’s post. A vacation bench headed by Justice R S Rathore said the post of the chairman is a “sensitive and responsible” post as the entire environmental status of the state depends on the functioning of the pollution control board. The tribunal warned the Delhi government that in case it fails to complete the appointment process of the chairman, then the person now holding the post shall cease to function. The green panel also noted that in most of the state pollution control boards, the post of the chairman is held by persons lacking in qualification or experience in the field of environment. “The tribunal cannot remain a silent spectator in respect of improper and illegal working of pollution control board and its consequence and repercussion to the public at large. “It is rather strange that despite of more than sufficient time having been given by the tribunal, the state did not take steps to implement the judgement passed by the tribunal on August 24, 2016,” the bench, also comprising expert member S S Garbyal, said. The direction came after the counsel for the Delhi government said that requisite steps have been taken by the board to appoint the chairman and the issue is awaiting Central Pollution Control Board’s nod. He assured the bench that the process would be completed soon. The NGT had earlier barred the chairpersons of nine state pollution control boards (SPCBs) from functioning with immediate effect for not being appointed in consonance with the judgement of the tribunal. The green panel had in August last year asked the state governments to fill the vacancies in the boards as per the guidelines laid down by it and file a report. Earlier, the NGT had issued notice to the states and chairpersons of their pollution control boards which have not been appointed as per the norms laid down by it. It had asked them as to why they should not be directed to stop functioning as chairmen as they were not appointed in consonance with the judgement of the tribunal. The green panel, which had issued a slew of guidelines for appointment to the posts of the chairmen and member secretaries, had in August said the nominations should be of persons who have “special knowledge, practical experience or qualification in environment protection studies” and not on the ground of their association with a state government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

C P Joshi pips Ruchir Modi to become RCA president

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader C P Joshi has pipped Ruchir Modi, son of former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, to become president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). The elections of RCA were held on May 29 but results were declared today as per the orders of the High Court. Joshi won with a 19-14 margin. The ballot boxes were kept in government treasury and were brought in RCA academy, where after a long drama, the election results were announced by election officer A K Pandey. It was rather on expected lines that former president Joshi emerged much stronger than Modi who was backed by his father Lalit, who is facing a life ban from the BCCI and is in exile owing to money laundering charges by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). It was also a sweet revenge for the senior congressman Joshi, who had had to withdraw from the election against Lalit Modi the previous year because he was deserted by his own supporters. The only consolation for Modi faction was that the post of secretary went to Rajendra Singh Nandu, who is believed to be staunch supporter of Lalit Modi. He beat Mahendra Sharma 17-16 by cross voting which was also seen on some other posts. Another Modi man, Pinkesh Jain, too came out winner against Azad Singh with a 18-15 margin for the post of treasurer. The post of vice-president went to Mohammad Iqbal, also a Congress man, who beat Ram Prakash Choudhary 19 14 while Mahendra Nahar, also of Joshi faction, emerged victorious against Shatrughan Tiwari 18 15. The post of executive member went to K K Nimawat, who got the better of Ramesh Gupta 19 14. The state cricket is already bearing the brunt of electing Lalit Modi as RCA president in the last election which resulted in the BCCI suspension of the state body. The BCCI had warned that the suspension would continue till Lalit Modi was removed also from the primary bodies of RCA. Despite that, Lalit Modi hung on to the post of president of Nagaur District Association. Thus the districts approached Joshi to provide them the umbrella they needed to put the state cricket on track. It can t be denied that Lalit Modi, who came to the helm of RCA by removing Rungtas in 2005, had done a tremendous job by creating infrastructure.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP files nomination for north mayor’s post, other parties stay away

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what seems to be a mere formality for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has a clear majority in all three municipal corporations, its councillors filed nominations for the upcoming mayoral polls to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Thursday. Preety Aggarwal, 43, Councillor from Rohini-F ward, filed the nomination for the post of mayor.The polls are scheduled to be held on May 18. Aggarwal is expected to be elected unopposed as both the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress did not file their nominations for the post on the last day.Vijay Bhagat, who won from Swami Sharda Nand Colony, filed his nomination for the post of deputy mayor. BJP was the only party to file nomination for this coveted post as well.The BJP had a sweeping majority in all three corporations — south, north and east — winning 181 of the total 272 seats in the recent municipal elections. The AAP and Congress trailed behind with 48 and 30 seats, respectively.Aggarwal said her focus will be to work on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachhta Mission, and her litmus test as north Delhi mayor would be to deal with the outbreak of vector-borne diseases in the coming monsoon season.”I have started awareness campaigns in schools and outside religious establishments to connect to more women in this regard. I am already having daily meetings with safai karamcharis and domestic breeding checkers to clean drains and check for water stagnation. I will make sure that we are fully prepared for the season this time,” said Aggarwal, who has been the party’s Mahila Morcha member.She further said that her focus will be on the 3S — Swachhta (cleanliness), Shiksha (education), and Swasthya (health).Of the total seven nominations filed for six posts in the Standing Committee — the statutory and most powerful committee in the corporation responsible for policy making — five were from the BJP, and one each from the Congress and the AAP. Congress’Seema Tahira, corporator from Sitaram Bazar, and AAP’s Wazirabad councillor filed nominations for the Committee. BJP’s Tilakraj Kataria from Shalimar Bagh (south) filed nomination for the post of Chairman of the Standing Committee and Ramesh Kumar Valmiki from East Patel Nagar filed his nomination for the post of Vice-Chairman of the committee.For other member posts, BJP councillors Jai Prakash, Aadesh Kumar Gupta, and Jayendra Dabas filed their nominations.All three corporations are set to have women mayors. As per the Delhi Municipal Act, in the first year of the new corporation, the posts of mayor are reserved for women.The mayoral elections for south and east Corporations are scheduled for May 19 and 22, respectively.

Akhilesh Yadav won’t quit party post as demanded by Shivpal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Samajwadi Party National President Akhilesh Yadav on Monday rejected his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav’s appeal to quit the post and hand it over back to party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.“I am bound by the SP constitution which does not allow me to quit the post of party national presidentship,” said Akhilesh.He further clarified that he was elected party national president by majority members during an emergency session of the general body meeting on January 1, 2017. He can’t quit the post on his own but can only be replaced by another majority vote as per the party constitution.Shivpal Singh Yadav has been repeatedly asking Akhilesh to surrender the post to Mulayam Singh Yadav as promised by him on January 1, 2017. After staging a coup d’etat against his own father, Akhilesh had promised to surrender the post to his father after three months. On Sunday, his cousin’s wife Aparna Yadav also joined Shivpal demanding the same from Akhilesh. A couple of days ago Shivpal had announced formation of Samajwadi Secular Front with Mulayam Singh Yadav as its Chairman. But Mulayam had clarified that he has not yet given any consent on this.Shivpal, claimed on Monday that Mulayam has given his consent to lead the Secular front. Akhilesh however, said that he has no idea of formation of any Samajwadi party Secular Front.

Venugopal prepared to set tone for 2018 Karna assembly polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Newly appointed Congress general secretary in charge of Karnataka, K C Venugopal is all prepared to set the tone for the 2018 assembly election when he will arrive here tomorrow to discuss organisational issues, including proposing name for the post of KPCC president. “I am coming to Bengaluru on Monday with an open mind for discussions related to various organisational matters of our party unit of Karnataka,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

KC-M supports Cong nominee to defeat CPI-M candidate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala Congress (M), which had joined hands with CPI(M) in the Kottayam district panchayat president elections, today did a U-turn by supporting a Congress nominee for the post of Vice President in a gram panchayat in the district. Kerala Congress (M) headed by K M Mani, which is having eight elected members in the 21-member-Vazhappally gram panchayat in Changanassery, extended support to Sheela Thomas, Congress’ candidate for the post of vice president, to defeat the CPI-M nominee. The Left party has nine elected representatives while Congress four elected members in the gram panchayat. Congress DCC president Joshi Philip hailed the verdict, saying it was a clear message to Mani from the workers of the Kerala Congress (M) that they were not ready for an “unholy alliance” with CPI(M). Mani’s decision to accept CPI(M) support for the district panchayat president polls had reportedly created an unease in the party. A prominent faction in the Kerala Congress (M), headed by P J Joseph, said there was nothing wrong in Congress’ accusations of “political betrayal” in Kottayam.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pb to send fresh panel of IPS officers for Chandigarh SSP post

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Punjab government will send a fresh panel of IPS officers of the state cadre for the post of UT Chandigarh SSP on deputation. The move comes after the government removed an IPS officer from the panel after his name figured in an alleged extortion case. A new panel of IPS officers for the SSP post will soon be sent, officials said. For the fresh panel, the names doing the rounds are Kuldeep Chahal, Naveen Singla and Swapan Sharma. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today ordered a vigilance inquiry into the alleged extortion of money from two farmers by five police officials, including a former SSP, in Sangrur. The CM ordered removal of IPS officer and former SSP Inderbir Singh’s name from the panel for the post of SSP Chandigarh in view of the change in his vigilance clearance status. Inderbir’s name was among the panel of three IPS officers that was earlier sent to UT Chandigarh administration for consideration. The names of the other two IPS officers in the panel were S Bhupathi and Jagdale Nilambri Vijay. UT Chandigarh SSP post is reserved for Punjab cadre IPS officers. The post of UT SSP Chandigarh has been lying vacant since December 2016 when Punjab cadre IPS officer Sukhchain Singh Gill relinquished the said charge. Earlier, the erstwhile SAD-BJP state government had sent a panel of three officers Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, Gurpreet Singh Toor and Gurpreet Singh Gill for the post of SSP Chandigarh. But it was rejected by the UT’s administration.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP fields Prashant Sawant for Goa Assembly Speaker’s election

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP has decided to field its MLA Pramod Sawant for the post of Goa Assembly Speaker, the election for which will be held tomorrow. The legislator from Sankhali constituency in North Goa is being supported by the BJP MLAs and the party’s alliance partners. “The BJP and all the alliance partners have decided to field Sawant for the post of Speaker,” BJP legislator Michael Lobo told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Infighting in Cong escalates post humiliating defeat in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The infighting in the Congress escalated on Thursday with Uttar Pradesh leader Naseeb Pathan putting the onus on senior party colleague Gulam Nabi Azad for the dismal show in Uttar Pradesh and demanded the former to resign from his post. ?Gulam Nabi Azab misled the Congress Party. He is responsible for the loss in the assembly elections and should resign from his post. He has humiliated the Congress workers,? Pathan told ANI. Pathan said that Azad should take some inspiration from B.K. Hariprasad and vacate his post. ?20 Samajwadi Party leaders were contesting the elections from Congress Party?s seat. What kind of alliance was this? If we would have contested elections on all the 403 legislative seats of Uttar Pradesh, we would have been there in opposition,? he said. The BJP witnessed an unprecedented victory with 321 seats in the assembly elections contested for 403 seats, while the Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance bagged 54, the BSP got 19 and others bagged 18 seats respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pannerselvam writes to banks, asks not to operate party bank account without his consent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The political crisis in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK) has deepened overnight. In another blow to the AIADMK administration and general secretary V.K. Sasikala, ousted leader and Tamil Nadu incumbent Chief Minister O. Pannerselvam on Wednesday wrote a letter to the chief manager of the Bank of India, asking him not to operate the party bank account without his consent as the treasurer of the AIADMK. Issuing the letter in his capacity as the treasurer of the AIADMK, Pannerselvam wrote, “I request you not to permit anyone else to operate our AIADMK Party’s above referred current account without my written consent and instructions.” Pannerselvam cited Rule 20 Sub clause 2 of the said Byelaws of the AIADMK and said the general secretary is yet to be appointed and hence, the office bearers of the post of Members of the Central Executive Committee, Deputy General Secretary, Treasurer and Head Quarters Secretary nominated by the General Secretary will continue to hold office. Earlier, AIADMK members landed in Delhi to knock at the door of President Pranab Mukherjee in order to seek his intervention for bringing political stability in Tamil Nadu. Yesterday, moments after Sasikala addressed the media outside her Poes Garden residence and said the party will ‘surely’ remove Pannerselvam from all positions in the party, the incumbent Chief Minister hit back and said nobody can take the post of treasurer from him as he was appointed by late J. Jayalalithaa 10 years back. The midnight drama in the AIADMK unfolded minutes after Pannerselvam was removed from the post of party’s treasurer. Sasikala waved and flashed victory sign to her supporters at her Poes Garden residence and said she had not forced Pannerselvam for anything. Sasikala held the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) responsible for the upheaval in their party and said she saw the opposition party leader and Pannerselvam exchanging smile and warmth in a recent assembly session. Pannerselvam retorted to the sardonic remarks and tweeted that smiling wasn’t a crime. Sasikala had removed Pannerselvam from the post of the party’s treasurer after he openly revolted at the memorial of Jayalalithaa and said that he was forced to resign from the post.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sasikala flashes victory sign, says she did not force Pannerselvam for anything

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The political drama in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) refuses to die any soon. Minutes after the incumbent Chief Minister O. Pannerselvam was removed from the post of the party’s treasurer, the legislative leader of the party V.K. Sasikala waved and flashed victory sign to her supporters at her Poes Garden residence and assured there was no rift in the party. “There is no confusion or problem in our party. We are united like a family,” Sasikala said while answering the media outside her residence. “I did not force O. Pannerselvam for anything. So, what he is saying is not correct,” she added. When asked if Pannerselvam would be removed from all party positions, including that of the treasurer, she said, “Surely, we will do it.” Sasikala held the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) responsible for the upheaval in their party and said she saw the opposition party leader and Pannerselvam exchanging smile and warmth in a recent assembly session. In a rather shocking turn of events, Sasikala removed Pannerselvam from the post of the party’s treasurer after he openly revolted at the memorial of J. Jayalalithaa and said that he was forced to resign from the post. He is replaced by former member of parliament Dindigul Sreenivasan. Earlier, an emergency meeting of top AIADMK leaders has been called at Sasikala’s residence following Pannerselvam’s surprise visit to Jayalalithaa’s memorial on Marina beach in Chennai and meditation at the grave of his political guru. Dropping unannounced at the beach, Pannerselvam earlier in the day set tongues wagging by meditating near his predecessor Jayalalithaa’s memorial and then proceeding to tear into Sasikala. The surprise visit set speculations rife over his decision to give up his post as Chief Minister, as many pondered if he was silently protesting against the current developments in the state or simply praying before Amma. After almost 30 minutes, Pannerselvam finally broke the suspense by getting up from his meditating stance and proceeding to speak to the media. “There are some truths that I want to tell to my party cadre and to the people of this country. I have performed my duty without any shortcomings and carried forward path shown by Amma. When she (Jayalalithaa) was in the hospital, she (asked me to take over as Chief Minister. I was told that I have to save the party and the state. I was given the post but was then insulted continuously,” the interim Chief Minister said. He then dropped a bombshell by proceeding to say that he was presently being forced to step down from his post and pave way for Sasikala, revealing that Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar, has suggested Sasikala to take over his post. “The question of Sasikala becoming Chief Minister came up during a meeting at her place. At the time I asked how this was even justified. However, the party leaders said I have to take an initiative towards making her the Chief Minister, and that’s how I was forced to tender resignation,” Pannerselvam said. He further went on to assert that he will even take back his resignation if party workers and the people of the state want him to.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha girl’s FB post on cop inaction creates a stir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It seems that we haven’t learnt anything from the Bengaluru mass molestations. After several protests and blog posts and men ranting about the fact that not all men are like that, another case of sexual harassment has come out of Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar. The news came to light after Bhaishali Bishwal, a dance teacher, and her friends were harassed by a group of men on bikes. When some of Bishwal’s male friends tried to interject, they were beaten up. Her post, dated Jan 6, has been shared over 2,000 times, and Bishwal added that the police didn’t take any action against the accused, but harassed the women for ‘being with boys.’Bishwal said that on January 6, while she and her friends were walking on Bhubaneswar’s Nandankanan Road, a man made obscene gestures at them. Bishwal took a video of the accused, and a photograph of his accomplices. “Our friend Sarthak Priyadarshan asked the men to stop doing that and we went our way, but the men continued to follow us and continued acting badly,” she said.Bishwal and her friends then called the nearest police control room, which she says was two minutes away from where they were being harassed. “They called some more of their friends and when I began recording their behaviour, they threatened me with consequences,” she added.Priyadarshan then tried to intervene, but got beaten up. Another of Bishwal’s friend, Samata’s phone was broken and she was slapped by the men. “When we tried to stop, we were attacked as well,” added Bishwal.What irked Bishwal the most was that despite a crowd of over 30 people gathering, nobody did anything to come to their aid. “The police came 40 minutes later and when we asked them why they took so long, one of the officers said that they had to fill their vehicle with petrol and asked us to go and question the government for this,” wrote Bishwal in her post.Bishwal alleged that instead of arresting the group of men, the cops questioned Bishwal why they were with boys and the relationship between her and Priyadarshan. “The cops questioned our integrity, which was uncalled for.Nobody took our case seriously and nobody did anything until our parents arrived. I felt like one of the girls in the movie Pink and had tears in my eyes. One of the onlookers even questioned why we were out at this hour,” she said.In her post, Bishwal also advised women to learn self-defence and stand for themselves. “We are no less than any man, just believe in yourselves,” she said.

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