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Union Minister Piyush Goyal withdraws Bihar remark after state MPs accuse him of demeaning the state

Goyal issued a clarification in Parliament today, saying he had no intention of insulting Bihar or its people.

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Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday withdrew a controversial remark on Bihar that had sparked an uproar in the parliament from state MPs. Bihar MPs demanded an apology from Piyush Goyal after accusing him of demeaning their state by using a pejorative term.

Goyal issued a clarification in Parliament today, saying he had no intention of insulting Bihar or its people. He stated that if he has offended anyone, he will withdraw his statement immediately.

The minister made a contentious remark on Tuesday when RJD member Manoj Jha was speaking on inflation in Rajya Sabha. Interrupting Jha, Goyal said Inka bas chale to desh ko Bihar bana dein (if he had his way, he would turn the entire country into Bihar).

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Jha immediately protested against his statement and said Sir, this is an insult to Bihar. Piyush ji, with folded hands I urge you, to say whatever you want to about me, but please don’t comment on Bihar, he added.

Manoj Jha has written to Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, demanding an apology from the minister and requesting that he take down the comment, which he claims were inappropriate and reeked of elitism. Jha said that Goyal had been insensitive to Bihar and that the state’s residents were always treated as second-class citizens.

On Wednesday, Bihar’s deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav shared the clip of the conversation between a member of his party and Goyal. Yadav tweeted Look at the insult of Bihar and Biharis by an unwise and arrogant (vivekheen aur ahankari) Union minister. Projects worth Rs 2.5 lakh crore were taken away from his home state Maharashtra to Gujarat and he could not utter a word. This shows his standing.

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Rajya Sabha Secretariat orders AAP MP Raghav Chadha to vacate the bungalow in Central Delhi’s Pandara road

He was told that the bungalow was above his grade as a first-time MP.

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Rajya Sabha Secretariat orders AAP MP Raghav Chadha to vacate the bungalow in Central Delhi’s Pandara road

A dispute over Aam Aadmi Party MP Raghav Chadha’s official bungalow is ongoing. The matter is to be moved to a higher Court after a Delhi Court put on hold an order canceling its allotment. The Rajya Sabha Secretariat had ordered Raghav Chadha to vacate the bungalow in Central Delhi’s Pandara Road, which he had been allotted a year ago.

He was told that the bungalow was above his grade as a first-time MP. However, the Patiala Court had paused the order saying Chadha, who was staying with his parents in the bungalow, could not be thrown out and the proper process had to be followed as per the law. The next hearing will take place on July 10.

Head of the Rajya Sabha Housing Committee CM Ramesh said the ruling will be challenged.

He further added that Chadha, as a first-time MP, was not entitled to a type 7 bungalow. These types of bungalows are assigned to former Chief Minister, former Union Ministers, and former Governors. He cited BJP MP Radha Mohan Das had been moved from a type 7 bungalow to a type 5 bungalow.

Chadha had approached the Court after receiving the cancellation notice. He asked the notice to be declared illegal and demanded Rs 5.50 lakhs in damages for mental agony and harassment.

He told the Court that he had been allotted a type 5 bungalow on July 6, 2022. On August 29, he wrote a letter to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat requesting a Type 7 bungalow. He was then assigned the current bungalow from the Rajya Sabha pool on September 3.

Chadha said, he accepted the allotment and shifted with his parents in November, after carrying out renovations. He further added that the allotment was canceled without a reason or logic and he was informed about the same on March 3, 2023.

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Big opposition meet in Patna on June 23: Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal among others to attend

The meeting will be attended by Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge and former chief Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren.

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A mega opposition meet is scheduled to take place in Patna, Bihar on June 23. A meeting that is expected to bring a series of opposition parties from across the country together at the same table.

The meeting will be attended by Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge and former chief Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren.

The meeting will also witness the presence of Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena (UBT) Chief Uddhav Thackeray and Samajwadi Party National President Akhilesh Yadav and Bihar’s Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav.

Leaders of the left front are also likely to join the meeting.

The huge meeting convened by Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal(United) supremo Nitish Kumar was earlier slated to take place on June 12. Reports said the decision to change in dates was taken after Congress announced Kharge and Gandhi would not be able to be part of the meeting on June 12 due to prior commitments.

This will be the first mega meeting of all the opposition parties together, which was in planning for almost two months now. Bihar CM Kumar had started his bid for opposition unity against the Centre ruling BJP in April when he met Kharge and Gandhi in Delhi with his deputy Yadav and other leaders of Bihar Mahagathbandhan.

The Agenda of the meeting in Patna is expected to be deciding a common strategy for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Opposition parties have been throwing signals of unity for some months now, the most recent one, the boycott of the inauguration of the new Parliament building by 20 like-minded opposition parties, the show of strength- leaders of different parties shared the stage while attending the swearing-in ceremony of Siddaramaiah as Karnataka CM on May 20.

Congress leader KC Venugopal said they believe in unity and are committed to the purpose of defending democracy. He further added they would surely defeat the divisive forces which are in power at the Centre.

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Shiv Sena, BJP to fight Lok Sabha elections together: CM Eknath Shinde declares after meeting Amit Shah

Shinde informed the meeting was held with Shah yesterday night.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday, posting a picture from his meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the BJP and Shiv Sena to unitedly fight all the upcoming elections including the Lok Sabha elections in the state.

Shinde tweeted a picture, in which along with him and Shah, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis can also be seen.

Shinde informed the meeting was held with Shah yesterday night.

Shinde in the caption with the picture informed, in the meeting, it was decided that the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena in Maharashtra to contest all the upcoming elections in the state together, which includes the state assembly elections, local body elections and the mega 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Shinde added, for the sake of Maharashtra’s development, their alliance is strong and in the past 11 months of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, the government has taken major steps towards progress of the state and has also given permission to the policies that were at halt.

Confident Shinde said, in the future elections, they will contest together and will win with majority to make Maharashtra as the top ranking state in the country.

The Maharashtra CM further added, discussions related to agriculture and cooperative department also held in the meeting with Shah.

Shinde also hoped for the continuous guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards the implementation of policies for development of Maharashtra.

Shinde was a Thackeray family loyalist until last year, when he along with 15 other MLAs in a dramatic turn of events  went against then Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, which resulted to the the collapse of Maha Vikash Aghadi government in the state and the formation of BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government with Shinde taking over as the Chief Minister.

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