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Smriti Irani says Congress is not protesting to save democracy but to save Rahul Gandhi’s properties worth Rs 2,000 crore

Union Minister Smriti Irani said that the Congress is not protesting to save the democracy but is doing so to save Rahul Gandhi’s properties worth Rs 2,000 crore.

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As the massive protest was taking place in support of Rahul Gandhi as he reached the office of the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case, Union Minister Smriti Irani said that the Congress is not protesting to save the democracy but is doing so to save Rahul Gandhi’s properties worth Rs 2,000 crore.

She also said that these protests are an attempt to pressurise investigating agencies and that never before has a political family attempted to hold investigative agencies to ransom to protest ill-gotten wealth.

Adding further to it, she said that Congress leaders have taken to the streets to pressurise an investigating agency openly because their corruption has been exposed. She asserted that nobody is above the law, not even Rahul Gandhi.

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She then explained ED’s case to the media and said that a company called Associated Journals Limited (AJL) was founded in 1930 with the purpose of publishing a newspaper and it had around 5,000 freedom fighters as shareholders but is now under the Gandhi family’s control.

Smriti Irani also said that this company had incurred debts of Rs 90 crore in 2008 and decided that it would enter the property business. Another company that was named Young India was constituted in 2020 with an initial capital of Rs 5 lakh and the Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi was made its Director. At that time, Rahul Gandhi alone had a 75 per cent stake in the company and the rest was with his mother Sonia Gandhi and Congress leaders like Motilal Vora and Oscar Fernandes. She further said that 9 crore shares of AJL, which is 99 per cent of the total shared were then transferred to Young India. Congress party then gave Rs 90 crore as a loan to AJL which doesn’t need to be returned.

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Bihar Grand Alliance 2.0: Nitish Kumar to take oath as CM for 8th time, Tejashwi Yadav as Deputy CM today at 2 pm

The swearing-in ceremony will take place at 2 pm today.

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A day after Nitish Kumar resigned as the Bihar Chief Minister and broke his alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Kumar is all set to take oath as the CM again for the eighth time in his political career. Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav will also take an oath as Deputy Chief Minister for the second time. The swearing-in ceremony will take place at 2 pm today.

Nitish Kumar announced a new grand alliance after resigning from the BJP. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress, and the Left parties would be Kumar’s strongest supporters during his upcoming second term as chief minister under Mahagathabandan. He is currently the leader of the Janata Dal (United).

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Mahagathbandhan, also known as the Grand Alliance, consists of political parties such as Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Indian National Congress (INC), Janata Dal (United), and Left parties including Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Liberation-CPIML (Liberation), and Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM).

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, members of the Congress, and members of the Left Front joined Kumar as he made his claim for government formation before the governor by presenting the letter of support from the MLAs.

Nitish Kumar after his first session with the Governor said he has resigned and has informed all his MLAs. He split from the BJP for the second time in nine years. He said his resignation from the party was based on the feedback he received at an interaction with his party’s legislators.

Nitish Kumar charged the BJP with engaging in horse trading by offering some party leaders lucrative positions as ministers.

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tests positive for Covid for second time in three months

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. She has quarantined herself at home.

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. She has quarantined herself at home.

Priyanka took to Twitter to share her health update. She wrote, Tested positive for covid (again!) today. Will be isolating at home and following all protocols, she added.

It is the second time the Congress leader has contracted the contagious virus in three months. She was diagnosed with Covid-19 on June 3, a day after her mother, Sonia Gandhi, tested Covid positive.

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Nitish Kumar: Who is the six-time Bihar CM who resigned? Know his political career, personal life here

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Nitish Kumar: Who is the six-time Bihar CM who resigned? Know his political career, personal life here

Amid the ongoing political agitation in Bihar, a look at Nitish Kumar’s political career and personal life.

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Bihar politics have always been a matter of debate across the country. Time and again, the state has grabbed eyeballs with its political turmoil and leaders. On Tuesday, Nitish Kumar, Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal (United) supremo resigned from the CM post and yet again served the nation with a topic of discussion.

Nitish Kumar was elected as the Chief Minister of Bihar for six consecutive years. He became the 22nd Chief Minister of Bihar as he joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party after four years in 2020.

The JD(U) supremo has always been in the headlines for his political game. Amid the ongoing political agitation in Bihar, a look at Nitish Kumar’s political career and personal life.

Political career

  • Born on March 1, 1951, in Bakhtiarpur, Bihar, Nitish Kumar has a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Bihar College of Engineering.
  • He started his political career with Ram Manohar Lohia’s Samajwadi Yuva Jansabha. He went on to join the JP Movement or Bihar Movement and got arrested in 1974.
  • Later in 1985, he became the Member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly for the first time.
  • In 1989, Nitish Kumar was elected as a Member of Parliament for the first time and then was appointed as the Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Cooperation.
  • In 2000, Nitish became the Chief Minister of Bihar but only for eight days as he failed to prove his majority.
  • In 2005, he was sworn in as the chief minister of Bihar. Later in 2010, he became the CM for the third time.
  • Kumar broke the alliance with BJP in 2014 after JDU was defeated in the Lok Sabha elections. He resigned as the CM of Bihar and was appointed again for the same post in 2015 by forming ties with the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal.
  • Nitish Kumar broke the mahagathbandhan with RJD after corruption charges levelled up against Tejashwi Yadav, then Deputy chief minister of Bihar.
  • He was succeeded by Jitan Ram Manjhi. Later, Nitish Kumar has sworn in as the CM again for the fifth time.
  • In the 2020 Bihar Assembly Elections, Nitish Kumar was appointed as the CM for the sixth time.

Personal life

Not much is known about Nitish Kumar’s personal life. His wife Manju Kumari Sinha passed away in 2007. The couple has a son Nishant Kumar.

There have also been several reports of Nitish Kumar and his closeness with Lalan Singh’s sister Archana. However, there has been no confirmation of proof regarding this and it is only considered rumours.

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