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After 2 Congress MLAs, AIUDF legislator joins BJP in Assam




After two Congress MLAs, opposition AIUDF legislator, Phanidhar Talukdar joined ruling BJP after resigning from the membership of the Assam assembly, official and party sources said on Thursday.

An Assam Assembly official said that the All India United Democratic Front MLA from Bhabanipur constituency submitted his resignation to Speaker Biswajit Daimary. With Talukdar’s resignation, five assembly seats fell vacant.

A senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party said that Talukdar on Wednesday met Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma who welcomed him into the saffron party fold.

The BJP leader said that Talukdar went to the state party headquarters on Wednesday night and formally joined the party in presence of state party President Bhabesh Kalita.

Talukdar, who defeated BJP’s ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) candidate Ranjit Deka, on Thursday said he quit the AIUDF for “the larger interest” of the people of his constituency as well as Assam and would work for the welfare of the people of the state.

Talukdar was the lone Hindu lawmaker in Muslim based party, the AIUDF, whose strength in the 126-member Assam assembly has now gone down to 15.

BJP sources said that the party might give ticket to Talukdar in the ensuing by-elections to Bhabanipur seat in western Assam.

On August 1, two-time Assam Congress MLA, Sushanta Borgohain joined the BJP while on June 21, four-time Congress legislator and prominent Assam tea garden leader Rupjyoti Kurmi had deserted the party and joined the saffron fold.

In the March-April assembly elections, the BJP won 60 seats while its electoral allies AGP and United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) secured nine and six seats respectively. Former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who is currently a Union Minister, is yet to resign from the assembly.

The Congress, which governed Assam for 15 years (2001-2016), managed 29 seats in the last assembly elections, three more than 2016 polls, when it lost Assam to the BJP. Of the other partners of the Congress led 10-party “Mahajot”, the AIUDF won 16 seats up from 13 last time, the Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) got four seats against 12, and the Communist Party of India-Marxist won just one seat.

The Assam Congress after a core committee meeting presided by Congress President Bhupen Kumar Borah earlier this week announced that the AIUDF and BPF would no longer be partners of the ‘Mahajot’ (Grand Alliance) in the state. Borah had told the media that the party has decided to sever ties with the Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF and tribal party BPF.

Two MLAs – one each from UPPL and BPF – had died.

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Lucknow: Sanjeev Jiva Shooter Thrashed By Angry Lawyers Amid Police Presence, Visuals Surface




Lucknow: In Lucknow, lawyers at the city’s court took matters into their own hands on Wednesday by assaulting the shooter of Sanjeev Jeeva while he was being escorted by the UP Police. The lawyers’ anger stemmed from the shooter’s actions, which included injuring a young girl and firing shots within the court premises. This incident has raised concerns about the security of lawyers and judges, as miscreants have now started targeting individuals inside courtrooms, putting their lives at risk.

Dreaded gangster and aide of Don Mukhtar Ansari, Sanjeev Maheshwari alias Jeeva was shot dead inside a civil court in Lucknow Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.  The attackers in the dress of lawyer opened fire at Jeeva while he was brought to the Lucknow court from district jail. The incident occurred at 3.50 PM when 10 police men brought Jeeva from district jail and while he was about to enter the courtroom the assailants opened fire. 

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Hottest Heatwave In 11 Years Strikes Bihar, Temperatures Soar Beyond 44°C




As the mercury surpassed 44 degrees Celsius in at least 10 districts of Bihar, smashing the previous 11-year record, a severe heatwave engulfed the state. On June 7, Bihar experienced its warmest maximum temperature in 11 years. Heatwave conditions are present in 29 districts of the state as a result of the ongoing temperature increase.

Severe heatwave warning issued

In 11 districts, including Patna, Purnia, West Champaran, Supaul, Araria, Bhagalpur, East Champaran, Sheikhpura, Khagaria, and Katihar, a severe heatwave is expected to last until Thursday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Additionally, these areas saw hot, strong winds with speeds between 13 and 21 km/h. In the meantime, the state’s top temperature exceeded 44 degrees Celsius in ten districts. The weather service has issued a severe heatwave warning for 13 regions of the state through June 10, citing no appreciable relief in the following days. However, the next few hours are likely to see very light rain.

Heatwave conditions in multiple regions

The IMD’s forecast specifies the areas where heat wave conditions are expected to prevail. It states that there is a high likelihood of heat wave to severe heat wave conditions in certain locations.

These include Bihar, with severe heat wave conditions in some places, as well as isolated pockets of heat wave conditions in northeast Jharkhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. According to the IMD, maximum temperatures in parts of northwest India are expected to rise by 3-5 degrees Celsius in the next few days.

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‘Congress lost elections due to Ajit Jogi’: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel




Despite Bilaspur being Congress stronghold, we failed to win enough seats from Bilaspur, said Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel while addressing Division level conference in Bilaspur on Wednesday.   

We won only two seats in Bilaspur, we lost the election in Mungeli. In comparison to Bilaspur, Congress performance in the districts Raigarh, Korba and Janjgir was better.

Jogi responsible for Congress’ bad performance in Bilaspur: Baghel

He blamed former CM Ajit Jogi for the Congress’ inferior performance in Bilaspur and said, in coming elections, Congress has to rectify its scorecard.

He indicated the quitting of Jogi from Congress proved a boon for the party in assembly elections 2018.

Whatever transformation it was seen in the Congress party in Chhattisgarh is due to the resignation of Jogi from the party.

Congress did not win because of Jogi, says Baghel

As long as he was in the Congress, the Congress did not win the elections. People started saying Congress will be blessed again with people’s mandate only if Jogi is removed from the party. After being removed from the Congress, the government was formed in Chhattisgarh with a majority, then won all the three by-elections (Chitrakoot, Dantewada and Marwahi), CM Baghel said.

For making this significant contribution to the Congress party, I thank Ajit Jogi ji again and again, the CM said.

But the coming days are bright from the Congress party, the CM said.

BJP afraid of Rahul Gandhi: Baghel

Now, his focus is how to make the party stronger and improve its performance in the coming assembly election. Therefore, after the Bilaspur conference, the Division level conference will be held in Durg, the CM indicated and clarified that his agenda is to overcome the hurdles so the party becomes stronger. However, after spe­a­k­ing on party affairs, the CM attacked BJP and said, BJP is afraid of Rahul Gandhi.

He also taunted Amit Shah visit and said, last time Shah gave slogan 65 paar, it was for the Congress.

Dr. Charandas Mahant, Speaker of Chhattisgarh Assembly also addressed the conference and said, there are 24 seats in the Bilaspur division, but due BSP incre­ased strength, the contest became triangular and Congress started losing elections.

However, apart from speaking on seat equation, Mahant remembered, Congress former State President Nandkumar Patel and his son’s martyrdom in Jheeram ghati massacre.

He appealed to the congressmen to work hard to ensure the victory.

Tickets will be given based on survey: Markram

Meanwhile, during the session, State President Mohan Markam made it clear, tickets will be provided to the potential aspirants based on survey report and their presence in the ground.

He also taunted that for four and half years, the BJP leaders were inside their burrows but now as the elections approached closer, the BJP leaders started mushrooming.

Congress in-charge Selja also addressed the audience and appealed to them to work unitedly to form the Congress government.

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