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Outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind addresses the Parliament one last time

Outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated Draupadi Murmu during his farewell address.

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Outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind, who sworn in as India’s 14th President on July 25, 2017, will bid adieu to the Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow, after completing his full five-year term.

Kovind rose from a grassroots level politics and became country’s second person from the Dalit Caste, after KR Narayanan and the first member of BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party) to hold the office.

And as outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind is leaving the Rashtrapati Bhavan, former Jharkhand governor and NDA (National Democratic Alliance) nominee Droupadi Murmu will occupy the top constitutional post, by becoming the second female president of India.

Droupadi Murmu defeated opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha and will be the first woman from the tribal community to become the Indian president.

While talking about his experience as the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind said during the farewell dinner organized by PM Modi, that serving the nation in any form was and will be an honour for him.

He also added that the key to India’s success is its diversity. “India’s unity in diversity is the core that makes our country so unique. We not only find a mix of states and regions but also religions, culture, languages, lifestyles and much more,” Ram Nath Kovind said.

During his tenure as the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has paid state visits to almost 33 countries and enhanced the global outreach and footprint of India. And during this time, he has received the highest State honors from six countries – Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Eswatini, Bolivia, Croatia, and Republic of Guinea.

In April 1994, Ram Nath Kovind was elected as a member of Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. He has served two consecutive terms of six years each till March 2006. Later, he was appointed governor of Bihar on August 8, 2015. And on July 25, 2017 he took the oath as the fourteenth president of India administered by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar.

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Tripura Election 2023: CPI(M) announces candidates for 43 seats, Congress will contest on 13

The 2023 Tripura Legislative Assembly election is scheduled to be held in Tripura on February 16, 2023 to elect all 60 members of the Tripura Legislative Assembly.

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Tripura Election 2023: CPI(M) announces candidates for 43 seats, Congress will contest on 13

Tripura’s main opposition CPI(M) has declared candidates for 43 seats and kept 13 seats reserved for the Congress. Addressing a press conference, Left Front convenor Narayan said that their main objective is to oust the BJP from power. He added that they came under one banner only to oust the BJP and drive the party out of the state.

“We appeal to all anti-BJP secular and democratic forces to come together to oust the saffron party,” said Narayan. He even added that this time the party has introduced 24 more new faces, who will be contesting for the first time in this election. However, this time many veteran leaders from CPI(M) like former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, former Finance Minister Bhanu Lal Saha, Shahid Choudhary, Badal Choudhary, Jashbir Tripura, Tapan Chakraborty and Mabasar Ali have got relief.

For the Tripura Elections 2023, out of these 60 seats, CPI(M) will contest on 43 seats, Congress on 13, CPI on 1, RSP on 1 seat and Forward Bloc on 1 while an independent candidate will contest on 1 seat. Six sitting candidates will contest in this election, while the CPI(M) state committee secretary will contest from Sabroom assembly constituency.

Kausik Chanda will now contest from Dhanpur assembly constituency, which was the home constituency of former chief minister Manik Sarkar.

For the unversed, the 2023 Tripura Legislative Assembly election is scheduled to be held in Tripura on February 16, 2023 to elect all 60 members of the Tripura Legislative Assembly. The tenure of Tripura Legislative Assembly is scheduled to end on 22 March 2023. The previous state election was held in February 2018 and BJP, Biplab Kumar Deb was was sworn in as the new CM, while the saffron party had formed its government in Tripura.  

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Rahul Gandhi’s march not for personal image: Omar Abdullah joins Bharat Jodo Yatra

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, Friday, joined Rahul Gandhi as the Congress MP’s Bharat Jodo Yatra made its way into Kashmir via Banihal.

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Omar Abdullah joins Bharat Jodo Yatra

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, Friday, joined Rahul Gandhi as the Congress MP’s Bharat Jodo Yatra made its way into Kashmir via Banihal.

Speaking on the occasion, Abdullah pointed out that the marathon march was not a PR stunt to give Rahul Gandhi’s image a makeover but an honest effort to change the situation and atmosphere across the country.

The National Conference leader, however, declined to make a comment on the Congress stand on the reinstating of the erstwhile state’s special status, adding that he joined the march not for any individual’s image but for the image of the entire country.

Omar Abdullah maintained that Rahul Gandhi had no personal reasons behind the yatra but to counter the hatred and efforts to stir communal tensions and target minorities in the country.

Taking a jibe at the Narendra Modi-led regime’s efforts to strengthen ties with Arab Muslim nations, Abdullah said that the BJP government might be making friends with Arab nations but there’s none is currently representing India’s largest minority in the nation’s parliament.

Abdullah rued the fact that this might be the first instance wherein ruling party doesn’t have a single member of parliament in Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha from the Muslim community.

On Congress stand on the abrogation of Article 370, Abdullah said that they will fight the revocation in court and felt that theirs is a very strong case.

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On Monday, Rahul Gandhi said that the demand for statehood is Jammu and Kashmir’s biggest issue and party will use its “full power” to see that its reinstated.

Gandhi, who was speaking to a gathering assembled at Jammu’s Satwari Chowk during the last leg of his Bharat Jodo Yatra, noted that Jammu and Kashmir has the highest level of unemployment in India and stressed that statehood for the erstwhile state was the biggest issue.

The Bharat Jodo Yatra started from Kanyakumari on September 7, entered Jammu and Kashmir from Punjab on Thursday and reached Jammu city on Monday.

The marathon march is scheduled to make halts at Ramban and Banihal along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway before it culminates with a planned grand rally at Srinagar’s  Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium on January 30.

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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar asks party leader Upendra Kushwaha to quit amid rumours of being linked to BJP

Amid the rumours of theUpendra Kushwaha being linked to BJP, another party leader came forward to attack Upendra Kushwaha. JD(U) leader Umesh Kushwaha had disapproved of Upendra Kushwaha’s actions and said that he should be ashamed of his behaviour and conduct.

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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has reportedly asked his party colleague Upendra Kushwaha to resign after rumours of Kushwaha being linked to the BJP came to light. However, Kushwaha has said that he has no intentions of leaving the party without getting his due share in the paternal property.

JDU leader Upendra Khushwaha had shared a Tweet reacting to Bihar CM’s take as he wrote in his Tweet and wrote that if the younger brother left the house according to the convenience of the elder brother, then every younger brother would would be outcasted by the elder brother and take over the entire property.

The Tweet by Upendra Khushwaha hints toward his intention of not leaving the party until he gets a piece of what he deems to be the paternal property.

Amid the rumours of theUpendra Kushwaha being linked to BJP, another party leader came forward to attack Upendra Kushwaha. JD(U) leader Umesh Kushwaha had disapproved of Upendra Kushwaha’s actions and said that he should be ashamed of his behaviour and conduct.

Party leader, Umesh Khushwaha also said that the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, has provided Upendra with so much and yet he is trying to disintegrate the party. Umesh in his attack on Upendra also advised him to quit from the party.

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Umesh also said and stressed on how Upendra has not submitted the form for the membership drive and added that if Upendra has any ethics, he would leave the party himself. JDU leader Umesh Kushwaha also attributed Upendra Kushwaha’s career to CM Nitish Kumar as he said that the CM made him Upendra Kushwaha from Upendra Singh.

He also added that CM Nitish Kumar had sent Upendra Kushwaha to the parliament and the council. Umesh Kushwaha also alleged Upendra of weakening the party and again stressed on Upendra quitting if he has any self respect. JDU leader also warned the people who cheat Nitish Kumar to be careful.

CM Nitish Kumar’s take

On Saturday, Nitish Kumar had said that he will talk to Upendra Kushwaha after rumours of him being linked to BJP surfaced. Bihar CM, while talking to the press, urged the press to ask Upendra to talk to him. Kumar also highlighted how the JDU leader parted with the party earlier as well. The Bihar CM also said that he wasn’t aware of it until now.

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