While addressing a meeting with presiding officers over COVID situation in the country, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on April 19 said, "To contain COVID-19 spread, we all need to work in tandem and on a war footing. In these tough times, it's responsibility of all presiding officers and leaders to stand by people." "Through public representatives of our respective states, we need to spread awareness among people to follow all COVID protocols. We need to send the message that observance of precautions is the biggest weapon in the fight against this pandemic," Birla added.
President Kovind, PM Modi paid homage to BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary. PM Modi paid his tribute to Ambedkar while addressing the Association of Indian Universities. He also took to twitter saying Ambedkar gave a strong foundation to independent India. VP Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tribute to Ambedkar at his residence in Delhi. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also paid tribute to the Father of Indian Constitution. BSP supremo Mayawati remembered Ambedkar's legacy on his birth anniversary. DMK chief MK Stalin paid a floral tribute to BR Ambedkar at Koyambedu in Chennai. Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born on 14 April, 1891 in Mhow of Madhya Pradesh. Termed as the father of Indian constitution, he always worked for the welfare of deprived people. Ambedkar was conferred with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 1990.
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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary at his residence in Delhi. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also paid tribute to Father of Indian Constitution.
Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy talked about the memorandum given by the party top Election Commission and said that the EC have introduced that all counting agents and candidates should be tested for COVID-19 but no such instructions are there for polling agents/central forces. "We wanted to point out that to the EC".
Reacting to the firing incident in WB's Cooch Behar where four people died during polling for the fourth phase of assembly elections, TMC leader Saugata Roy on April 10 said, "Why did the Central Armed Police Forces fire? Where do they get this audacity of firing on common voters? That is the main question. This is a part of a conspiracy and we do not think that the PM is out of this conspiracy. This is an effort to intimidate voters." At least 4 people were killed and four got injured in the firing in WB's Cooch Behar today.
BJP delegation met EC and asked to take action against West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. BJP said that Mamata and TMC are trying to instigate people. TMC said that EC and central forces couldn’t control violence in West Bengal. In West Bengal, the CM was trying to instigate people. An investigation should be done, EC rules violated. Probe should be done for violating moral code of conduct. She is trying to disturb elections because she is losing. We requested EC to pay even more attention and take action," union minister Prakash Javadekar said. TMC's Saugata Roy said, "We condemn the brutality of central forces on people. Voters get scared after central forces’ torture. If EC cannot control this then we will protest against it. EVMs are getting tampered, 326 incidents reported so far. EC and central forces are not able to control violence. BJP will try to torture people till the election. BJP spreads fake news, Mamata is not standing from another constituency."
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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visited the Kalighat temple on Sunday. The TMC supremo offered prayers at the temple after victory in assembly polls. Mamata was accompanied by her nephew & TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee. Meanwhile, many leaders including PM Modi have congratulated her for the TMC win. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated Mamata for her victory. Bengal Guv Jagdeep Dhankhar also took to Twitter to congratulate Mamata. Congress' Rahul Gandhi congratulated Mamata & people of Bengal for defeating BJP. Punjab CM Amarinder Singh & Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik also congratulated Mamata. Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut congratulated the 'Tigress of Bengal' on Twitter. Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati also congratulated Mamata for the good performance of TMC.
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Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. Taking to Twitter, Adityanath said he is in self-isolation and doing tasks virtually. On Tuesday, the CM isolated himself after some staffers in his office tested positive. Development comes shortly after the UP CM wrapped up his campaign for Bengal polls. Adityanath took the first jab of COVID-19 vaccine on April 05 at a Civil Hospital in Lucknow. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has tested positive for coronavirus. Yadav had recently visited Haridwar where Kumbh Mela is underway & met religious leaders. Uttar Pradesh urban development minister Ashutosh Tandon has also tested positive. UP govt has already announced restrictions on gatherings of people in view of Covid. Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday reported highest-ever single-day spike of 18,021 cases and 85 deaths. Adityanath govt has also imposed a night curfew in districts with over 500 active cases.
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Ahead of Assembly elections for phase III in West Bengal, Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan held a roadshow in Tollygunge supporting TMC candidate Aroop Biswas. SP led by its chief Akhilesh Yadav has pledged support to the TMC for the ongoing assembly elections in West Bengal.
Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi in Thiruvananthapuram said that Congress-led alliance is sinking in Kerala and BJP will become the most credible alternative in the state. He also alleged that Congress and its state unit have different takes on Sabarimala issue. Elections for 140-member Kerala Assembly will be held on April 6. The counting of votes will be held on May 2.
National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah tested positive for Covid-19. In a tweet this morning, the National Conference leader's son Omar Abdullah informed about his father testing positive. He also urged everyone who came in contact with his father recently to get tested. Replying to his tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished him a speedy recovery. "Praying for the good health and speedy recovery of Dr. Farooq Abdullah Ji. Also praying for your and the entire family’s good health @OmarAbdullah," PM Modi tweeted. Omar replied to PM Modi, saying, "My father and the rest of the family join me in thanking you for your wishes and prayers @narendramodi ji." Farooq Abdullah, 85, received the first dose of a Covid vaccine on March 2. Watch the full video for more.
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National Conference president Farooq Abdullah tests positive for COVID-19. The information was confirmed by Abdullah's son, Omar Abdullah, who took to Twitter on Tuesday. "My father has tested positive for COVID-19 and is showing some symptoms. I will be self-isolating along with other family members until we get ourselves tested," Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter. "I request anyone who has come in to contact with us over the last few days to take all the mandated precautions," he further added. The 83-year-old was found infected with coronavirus on March 30. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 death toll in JandK rose to 1,989 on March 28 with four more fatalities, while 309 new cases pushed the infection tally to 1,29,993, as per officials.
While addressing a press conference in Jammu on March 23, the president of National Conference (NC), Farooq Abdullah said, "Congress has become weak. I am saying this honestly. Congress will have to wake up and stand strong if they want to save the country. They will have to look after problems faced by people." "This won't happen while sitting at home," he added.
Former police commissioner of Mumbai Julio Ribeiro talks about politicians, bureaucrats and police. The former top cop talks about how NCP chief Sharad Pawar knows exactly what each officer is worth. Ribeiro talks about his comments on Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis. Ribeiro said that Fadnavis should “play his cards properly”. The former top cop also spoke on Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case. Watch the full video for more details.
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Former Attorney General & Constitutional law expert Soli Sorabjee died on Friday. The 91-year-old veteran lawyer passed away after getting infected with Covid-19. Sorabjee had served as the Attorney General for India from 1989-90 & then from 1998-2004. The Former Attorney General was admitted to a private hospital in South Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and condoled Sorabjee's demise. VP Venkaiah Naidu, union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, RS Prasad and Smriti Irani also paid their tribute to the former Attorney General. NCP chief Sharad Pawar and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee also tweeted and expressed their condolences. Born in 1930, Soli Sorabjee had been honoured with Padma Vibhushan in 2002.
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Reacting to the resignation of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, the BJP said the NCP leader Sharad Pawar must have understood the implications of giving a clean chit to Deshmukh who tendered his resignation to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on April 05. "Sharad Pawar Ji is a senior political leader of the country. He ought to have understood the implications of giving a complete clean chit to Anil Deshmukh," said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while also pressing for a fair investigation. Anil Deshmukh is facing allegations of corruption levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.
Congress MP and party's state chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury cast his vote at a polling booth in Murshidabad on April 29. The eighth and final phase of West Bengal Assembly elections is underway. The result of the elections will be declared on May 02.
Nationalist Congress Party MP Supriya Sule opens up over the controversy on Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. In the latest episode of The Interview with Kumkum Chadha, Sule talks about the allegations made against Deshmukh and says the charges are serious but that does not mean they are factually correct. Sule says that due to the controversy, Maharashtra is getting a bad name. Watch the full conversation for more details.
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After the meeting at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar's residence on March 21, Jayant Patil said that there is no question of Home Minister Anil Deshmukh's resignation. "ATS is investigating Antilia and Mansukh Hiren Case. We believe the culprit will be caught and punished," said Jayant Patil. Meeting was attended by Praful Patel, Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil and Supriya Sule. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had levelled allegations against Deshmukh accusing him of demanding extortion money from Sachin Waze.
Amid the political turmoil in Maharashtra in wake of allegations levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh against the state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, a meeting is underway at the residence of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on March 21. Party leaders Praful Patel, Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil and Supriya Sule are present at the meeting. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, Congress leader Kamal Nath also attended the meeting. Earlier in the day, Sharad Pawar said that there will be no impact on Maha Vikas Aghadi government.
Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav on March 02, announced that women protesters will be in front at farmers' protest sites on International Women's Day. Yogendra Yadav said, "In today's meeting of..