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In no position to impose choice, BJP pushes for consensus on Rajya Sabha Dy Chairman

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In no position to impose choice, BJP pushes for consensus on Rajya Sabha Dy Chairman

Lacking the numbers to have its own nominee elected as the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, the post that fell vacant as Congress leader PJ Kurien demitting office on July 1, the BJP-led government is pushing for a consensus candidate.

Now the single largest party in Rajya Sabha, the BJP along with its allies still falls short of a majority in the Upper House.

Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu urged the Centre and opposition parties to work together to find a “worthy successor” to Kurien.

On Sunday, July 1, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu called for the ruling and opposition parties to build a consensus on next Deputy Chairman of the Upper House. Naidu made these remarks at a farewell function for the outgoing Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien at his office, which was attended by leaders cutting across party lines, reported News18.

“I hope the ruling and the opposition parties will find a suitable replacement with consensus for Prof Kurien as the election of new Deputy Chairperson will be held soon,” he said.

Later talking to reporters, Naidu said he has spoken to leaders from both sides and suggested them to nominate a consensus candidate for the post.

Naidu was keen to ensure that the sharp differences between the government and the opposition, which effectively disallowed Parliament to function over the last few sessions, do not force a contest, said a report in The Times of India (TOI).

“Both sides should sit together whenever there is an issue. One or two days of disruptions are okay and not beyond (that). Parliament is for debate, discussion and decision. Chairman Shri Naidu is very sentimental about the functioning of the House,” said Naidu, according to News18.

Hectic parleys are expected over the next few days ahead of the start of the monsoon session on July 18, said the TOI report quoting sources.

BJP could consider a nominee from an allied party like Akali Dal with the name of senior MP Naresh Gujral doing the rounds, said the TOI report which added that this might find support of opposition parties like BJD which may hold the balance in the House. Earlier proposals for a BJD nominee supported by non-NDA parties petered out as the Odisha party showed a disinterest in the prospect.

Congress, on the other hand, may discuss the matter with UPA allies and other opposition parties. Though the parties have spoken of opposition unity, Trinamool was reported to have pushed for a non-Congress choice.

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Bharat Jodo Yatra: Rahul Gandhi snowball fight with sister Priyanka in Srinagar goes viral | WATCH

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared a loving moment is Kashmir’s Srinagar city as the brother-sister duo enjoyed a playful snowball fight ahead of mega rally scheduled to conclude the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

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Rahul Gandhi snowball fight with sister Priyanka

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared a loving moment is Kashmir’s Srinagar city as the brother-sister duo enjoyed a playful snowball fight ahead of mega rally scheduled to conclude the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

In videos and pictures posted on Twitter, Rahul Gandhi is seen grabbing fistfuls of snow and dumping them on Priyanka’s head as the siblings enjoy the snowfall in Srinagar city. The videos and pictures have gone viral on social media.

Other pictures show Priyanka and Rahul play-fighting and hurling snow at each other as Congress workers look on.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress national general secretary joined his brother on the last leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kashmir on Saturday.

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Gandhi’s marathon trek concluded with the unfurling of the national flag at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk on Sunday and a mega rally is scheduled today before the Wayanad MP wraps up his yatra.

The former summer capital of the erstwhile state was sealed in view of the yatra and movement of common citizens was restricted, police had said on Sunday.

Rahul Gandhi, accompanied by his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other senior Congress leaders, resumed the march from Pantha Chowk at 11 am and reached Lal Chowk around noon where Gandhi hoisted the tricolour.

Earlier, Congress had temporarily halted the march on Friday, January 27, near Qazigund, the gateway to Kashmir valley, due to an alleged breach of security and mismanagement of crowd by the erstwhile state’s administration.

Congress leaders alleged that Rahul Gandhi after crossing Qazigund, started his march towards south Kashmir’s Vessu, but the party workers noticed that the outer cordon maintained by the Jammu and Kashmir police, was lifted all of a sudden.

However, the J&K Police has refuted the allegations of a security lapse. In a series of tweets, the police claimed that organizers of the march had not told them that such a large gathering would be joining them from Banihal and full security arrangements were in place and deployments were done as per SOPs.

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Papiya Dutta is BJP candidate from Agartala for Tripura elections

Tripura, which was seen as a bastion of the Left parties, saw the BJP in office for the first time in 2018

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Papiya Dutta is BJP candidate from Agartala for Tripura elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced the name of Papiya Dutta as its candidate for the Agartala assembly seat for the ensuing Tripura elections.

BJP’s Central Election Committee made the announcement on Sunday. This came a day after Congress announced the name of its candidate for Agartala. Congress named Sudip Roy Barman as its candidate for Agartala.

Both parties the BJP and the Congress have announced their candidates for the Tripura assembly polls on Saturday with the state set for a multi-cornered contest in the February 16 election for 60 seats in the state assembly.

Congress announced 17 candidates, while the Bharatiya Janata Party published two lists with 48 and six candidates, respectively. Additionally, the agreement between the BJP and IPFT was confirmed. Five seats are up for election by IPFT.

Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik, a candidate for the BJP, is from Dhanpur. The party has not offered tickets to six of its incumbent MLAs for the 2019 elections.

The MLAs that were refused tickets include Vimmi Majumdar, Subhash Chandra Das, Arun Chandra Bhowmik, Virendra Kishore Dev Burman, Parimal Debbarma, and Viplav Kumar.

The state assembly elections are coming up, and the incumbent chief minister Dr. Manik Saha will run from the Town Bordowali district.

Tripura, which was seen as a bastion of the Left parties, saw the BJP in office for the first time in 2018.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, and party chief JP Nadda were among those present at the Bharatiya Janata Party Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting on January 27.

The nomination period ends on January 30. The voting will take place on March 2.

Nine states, as well as possibly the Union Territory of J&K, will have assembly elections in 2023. Given that there will be Lok Sabha elections in 2024, these elections are more significant.

The tone and atmosphere of the major conflict will be established by these state polls. For instance, if the BJP loses in several states, it will inspire the opposition and make it clearer whose leaders have the most negotiating leverage to be prime ministerial contenders.

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Akhilesh Yadav’s new team declared, 14 people including Shivpal, Swami Prasad, Azam Khan appointed as National General Secretary

Abhishek Mishra, Pawan Pandey have also got a place in the National Executive.

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Akhilesh Yadav's new team declared, 14 people including Shivpal, Swami Prasad, Azam Khan appointed as National General Secretary

Samajwadi Party’s national president Akhilesh Yadav has announced the national executive after three months. Kiranmoy Nanda on the post of Vice President and Professor Ramgopal Yadav on the post of Chief General Secretary are intact. Both of them were on the same post earlier also.

14 General Secretaries have been made in the National Executive. This includes Mohammad Azam Khan, Shivpal Singh Yadav, Swami Prasad Maurya, Lalji Verma, Ram Achal Rajbhar, Awadhesh Prasad, Indrajit Verma, Madhu Gupta etc. In the 62-member National Executive, full care has been taken of the caste equation.

Abhishek Mishra, Pawan Pandey have also got a place in the National Executive. Similarly, former ministers Ram Asare Vishwakarma, Lilavati Kushwaha, Dharmendra Yadav, Javed Abdi, Dayaram Pal etc. have also been included.

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