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Urmila Matondkar joins Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jammu

Actor-turned politician Urmila Matondkar joined Rahul Gandhi on his Bharat Jodo Yatra as it resumed from Nagrota town in Jammu on Tuesday morning.

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Urmila Matondkar joined Bharat Jodo Yatra

Actor-turned politician Urmila Matondkar joined Rahul Gandhi on his Bharat Jodo Yatra as it resumed from Nagrota town in Jammu on Tuesday morning.

48-year-old Urmila Matondkar had a brief 6-month stint with the Congress before resigning in September 2019 and joining the Shiv Sena in 2020.

Amid tight security, the actor joined the Congress leader after the march resumed from Jammu’s garrison town at 8 am in the morning. Matondkar was welcomed by Congress workers and supporters lined up along the road.

Actor-politician Urmila Matondkar joined Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra as it resumed from Jammu’s garrison town of Nagrota this morning.

Matondar donned a cream colored traditional Kashmiri Pheran (gown) and a white beanie as she joined the march and was seen interacting with Rahul Gandhi enroute.

Former J&K Congress Chief GA Mir, his successor Vikar Rasool Wani, former minister Abdul Hamid Karra and noted author Perumal Murugan were among some of the other big names that joined the Gandhi’s march alongside hundreds of other workers and supporters of the Congress leader.

Ladakh Congress chief Nawang Rigzin Jora, who joined Rahul Gandhi at the start of the yatra, led a 65-member delegation from the Union Territory and voiced the concerns and issues faced by Ladakhi people.

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Gandhi was also greeted by a group of Kashmiri Pandit migrant women. Dressed in traditional attire, the women welcomed Gandhi and showered flower petals on him outside the Kol-Kandoli temple.

The migrant women lauded the Congress’ past efforts to provide employment to Kashmiri Pandits through the Prime Minister’s Employment package and hoped that Gandhi would help them in their rehabilitation to the Kashmir valley.

The women accused the ruling BJP of ignoring the displaced community and said the BJP has “miserably failed” in rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits.

The 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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JD(U) leader Upendra Kushwaha lashes out at Nitish Kumar, says CM unable to exercise his own volition

On Monday, Kushwaha alleged that his convoy was attacked at Jagdishpur in the Bhojpur district of Bihar.

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Upendra Kushwaha

Janata Dal (United) parliamentary board chairman Upendra Kushwaha on Tuesday lashed out at Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar and said the CM is unable to exercise his own volition.

Speaking at a press conference, he also cited it to be the reason for JD(U)’s vulnerability.

Kushwaha further said he has been asked to clarify what he meant by claiming his own share in the party that Nitish Kumar demanded at the unforgettable rally of 1994 when Lalu Prasad Yadav didn’t want to give their leaders due.

He further dismissed Nitish Kumar’s claims that he was appointed as the Chairman of the JDU Parliamentary Board out of respect. Even after being the Chairman of the Parliamentary Board, he cannot nominate a member and no attention was paid to his suggestions, claimed Kushwaha.

On Monday, Kushwaha alleged that his convoy was attacked at Jagdishpur in the Bhojpur district of Bihar. Reports said the JD(U) leader was travelling to Buxar from Bhojpur to attend a private event.

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In a tweet, Kushawa alleged that a few people started pelting stones at his convoy while it was passing Nayka Tola crossing and he managed to escape. He also informed that the people who attacked his convoy covered their faces.

However, Bhojpur superintendent of police Pramod Kumar dismissed the claim and said there was a fight between supporters of Kushwaha and his opposition.

In 2017, Upendra Kushwaha merged his Rashtriya Lok Samata and returned to the JD(U). He alleged that parliamentary board chiefs are unable to exercise their powers. He split with Nitish Kumar’s party twice. After the split in 2013, his party went down and suffered defeats in multiple elections including the Lok Sabha elections of 2019 and the assembly elections of 2020.

Kushwaha started his political career in 1985 and served as National General-Secretary, of Yuva Janata Dal, from 1988–93.

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Former Karnataka CM Yediyurappa announces retirement from electoral politics, says will work to ensure PM Modi is re-elected in 2024

Veteran BJP leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa announced his retirement for electoral politics on Monday, however, he maintained that he will continue to be active in politics to ensure that BJP is back in power in the state and PM Narendra Modi gets a third term in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

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Veteran BJP leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa announced his retirement for electoral politics on Monday, however, he maintained that he will continue to be active in politics to ensure that BJP is back in power in the state and PM Narendra Modi gets a third term in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Speaking to reporters in Belagavi, Yediyurappa,80, revealed that he won’t be contesting in upcoming Assembly elections due to his age but stressed that his only aim now is to ensure Prime Minister Narendra Modi is re-elected in next year’s elections and the BJP returns to power in Karnataka.

Yediyurappa, who is also a member of the BJP’s Central Parliamentary Committee, is in a tussle with local BJP leadership over getting his son B.Y. Vijayendra a befitting position in the party. The former CM announced that his son would contest polls from Yediyurappa’s Shikaripura Assembly constituency, however, he said that he would respect the party’s final decision on the matter.

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Reports quoting BJP insiders claim that the BJP strongman is slighted within the party and prevented from undertaking independent yatras and tours.

Yediyurappa said that he has already as MLA and CM and announced that he will help build the party by touring and do everything in his power to bring back BJP in power.

The BJP leader resigned as Chief Minister in July 2021 and was replaced by current Karnataka CM Basvaraj Bommai. Yediyurappa began his electoral politics as “Purasabha’ president in Shikaripura and in 1983 was elected to represent the constituency. Since then, he has won eight times from Shikaripura.

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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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