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Rajasthan Political Crisis: 90+ MLAs Submit Their Resignation Over Making Pilot CM

Rajasthan Political Crisis: 90+ MLAs Submit Their Resignation Over Making Pilot CM

In the ongoing Rajasthan political crisis, over 90 MLAs have submitted their resignation to Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi. The miffed MLAs of the Congress Party are protesting against the likely decision of making Sachin Pilot Rajasthan’s Chief Minister if current CM Ashok Gehlot were to resign from the post to fight the Congress presidential election. Meanwhile, the Rajasthan political crisis continues to worsen as the disappointed Congress MLAs are not even willing to meet All India Congress Committee (AICC) observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken, as per reports. Amid the political turmoil, Sachin Pilot also met Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at his residence. The Congress party’s meeting was to take place, and it was expected that Gehlot would resign from the post to make way for Sachin Pilot as the next Rajasthan CM. However, more than half of Congress’ MLAs were not happy with the decision, as 90+ submitted their resignation to the speaker on Sunday. After the resignation of Congress MLAs, the strength of the Rajasthan Assembly now stands at 108, where the majority mark would be at 55. The BJP has 70 MLAs in the Rajasthan Assembly. The 3 demands put forward by Gehlot loyalists are to hand over the responsibility to appoint the CM to the person elected as Congress Chief after October 19, meet AICC observers in groups instead of individually, and that the next Rajasthan CM should be from among the 102 MLAs who are loyal to CM Ashok Gehlot instead of Sachin Pilot. Reacting to the Rajasthan political crisis and referring it to as ‘Naatak‘, BJP leader and Deputy Leader of the opposition Rajendra Rathore said: “This naatak shouldn’t happen, enough with this drama. Sometimes they stay in hotels for days, the other times the leaders who run the govt go into another party, nothing can be more unfortunate,”

Uttarakhand: Amid Protests, Family Performs Last Rites of Victim Ankita Bhandari

On Sunday evening, Ankita Bhandari, who was murdered by a BJP leader’s son, was cremated by her family even after thousands of protests across Uttarakhand. Earlier, the deceased woman’s father had refused to perform her last rites as he alleged that the resort of the accused was demolished only to destroy evidence. “The police’s bulldozer action has tampered with the evidence. Also, we are not satisfied with the post-mortem report of our daughter. I also demand the fast-track trial of the accused. Only after all this, we will cremate our daughter,” the father of the victim had said to the media. Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand Police said that no stone had been left unturned to get the accused the harshest punishment possible. Taking to Twitter and blaming the Uttarakhand government, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi said: “A heart-wrenching incident happened with Ankita of Uttarakhand. But even after such a big incident, the administration is restricting itself to action just for show. Just imagine what Ankita’s parents might be going through,” Additional superintendent of police Kotdwar Shekhar Suyal denied claims that any evidence has been destroyed and said: “No evidence has been destroyed. Our team has done videography of all rooms. We have collected forensic and scientific evidences. We have enough evidence to prove that the accused are guilty,” Uttarakhand police have arrested Pulkit Arya, son of Vinod Arya, who was MoS under the previous BJP government headed by Trivendra Singh Rawat, for allegedly murdering Ankita Bhandari, a worker at his resort. Meanwhile, the state government has removed the older brother of the main accused from the post of nominated Vice-Chairman of the state OBC Commission.

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Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar Takes a Dig At American Media For Their ‘Biased’ Coverage of India

On Sunday, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar took a dig at the mainstream American media’s coverage of India, including The Washington Post. The EAM said: “I look at the media. You know, there are some newspapers you know, exactly, what they are going to write, including one in this town,” “My point is there are biases, there are efforts really, to determine, look the more India goes its way and the people who believe that they were the custodians and the shapers of India lose ground in India the more actually, some of these debaters gonna come outside,” said S. Jaishankar while responding to a question on the increase in anti-Indian forces in the country. The EAM also noted that such groups are not winning in India, but they will try and win outside or try and shape India from outside. “This is something which we need to be aware of. It is important to contest. It isn’t because most Americans will not know what sort of the nuances and the complexities of back home, so it’s important not to sit back, not to let other people define me. That is something which I feel as a community is very important for us,” said the Minister to a gathering of Indian-Americans from across the country amid applause. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 4,129 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.72%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 4,129 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 43,415. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered active covid-19 cases with recording 4,688 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,40,00,298. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 2.51% and 1.61%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 89.38 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 217.68 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

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