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Amit Shah to visit Kerala for culmination of BJP’s ‘Vijaya Yatra’

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To make its presence felt in the Kerala Assembly, the BJP is all set to deploy more union ministers and senior leaders from other parts of the country in the state. Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be visiting the state at the culmination of BJP’s ongoing ‘Vijaya Yatra’ in the first week of March.

Giving a boost to BJP campaign in Kerala, where party has won only one assembly seat in 2016 polls, Metroman E. Sreedharan officially joined the party on Thursday in presence of Union Minister R.K. Singh and BJP Kerala Chief K. Surendran.

Polling for 140 seats Kerala Assembly will be held in a single phase on April 6.

BJP Kerala spokesperson Sandeep Vachaspati told IANS the party is fighting the assembly polls to form the government in the state for the first time with two third majorities in the state assembly.

“BJP has worked continuously among people and in Kerala assembly polls our party will surprise everyone. From the current strength of one MLA O. Rajagopal, the BJP is going to form the government in Kerala this year,a Vachaspati said.

On February 21, UP Chief Minister Adityanath flagged off the ‘Vijaya Yatra’ of Kerala BJP and Union Home Minister Shah will attend its culmination on March 7.

“Home Minister Amit Shahji will join the Kerala BJP workers on the culmination of Vijaya Yatra. Several senior national leaders and union ministers have participated in different legs of Yatra,” Vachaspati said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to address election rallies. “The Prime Minister came to Kerala earlier this month and he will come again to address election rallies after announcements of dates for assembly polls. Number of rallies the Prime Minister will address will be decided later,” he said.

Former Union Minister and Bihar Industry Minister Shahnawaz Hussain, union ministers R K Singh and V K Singh already visited the state.

“Union minister Smriti Irani and Nirmala Sitharaman, BJP Yuva Morcha national president and Lok Sabha Member Tejasvi Surya , party leader Khushbu Sundar will be coming to Kerala. Many other senior leaders from different parts of the country are also coming to Kerala to guide us with their experience,” he said.

A senior BJP leader said that many senior leaders from other states will be sent to Kerala to oversee party poll preparedness.

“Experience of senior leaders and elected representatives of the party will be used in the Kerala Assembly election held on April 6,” he said.

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Lalu Prasad to remain in AIIMS Delhi for treatment

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Despite the Jharkhand High Court granting bail to former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad, he will remain in AIIMS Delhi until he recovers fully.

Tejashwi Yadav, RJD leader and younger son of Lalu Prasad, said that he is suffering from multiple diseases and severe infection in both the kidneys.

“The Jharkhand High Court has given bail to Lalu Ji but we are extremely concerned about his health. He will undergo treatment in AIIMS Delhi. We have contacted doctors and they said that Lalu Ji has to stay in hospital. He has severe infection in both the kidneys and is also having breathing problems. He is under close monitoring of expert doctors of AIIMS,” Tejashwi said after a virtual all party meeting on the corona crisis in Patna.

“We highly appreciate the Jharkhand High Court for granting him bail. We have complete faith in the judiciary of our country. There is happiness among the people of Bihar that their idol and messiah of the poor has been released from jail,” Tejashwi said.

Anand Vij, the lawyer of Lalu Prasad, said that he was given bail on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh. Besides, he has to pay Rs 10 lakh penalty and also surrender his passport in court.

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Covid surge: Hazrat Nizamuddin dargah closed till April 30

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The management of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah has decided to close the dargah for devotees till April 30 in view of the unprecedented rise in Covid cases in the national capital. During this period, devotees will neither be allowed to chant at the dargah nor enter inside the tomb.

Qashif Nizami, general secretary of the Nizamuddin Dargah Committee, told IANS, “Corona cases are increasing rapidly in Delhi. A number of restrictions are being imposed by the government to prevent further infections. Weekend curfew on Saturday and Sunday has been clamped. People come from all over the country to the dargah, so there is a risk of infection.”

He said, “Precaution is very important to avoid infections. People should wear mask as well as follow social distancing norms. The dargah has been closed till April 30 for the safety of the people. Entry to the dargah will be forbidden. If the current situation prevails even after April 30, the dargah will be closed further.”

Covid cases in the national capital have been rising rapidly with 19,486 infections recorded in the last 24 hours. At least 141 people died in Delhi in the same time span.

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India’s 10 states report 86% deaths; Maharashtra, Delhi on top

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India’s 10 states on Saturday accounted for 85.83 per cent of the new deaths in which Maharashtra, Delhi and Chhattisgarh reported more than half of the total number registered in the last 24 hours.

A total of 1,341 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Saturday.

Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (398) followed by Delhi (141), Chhattisgarh 138, Uttar Pradesh (103), Gujarat (94), Karnataka (78), Madhya Pradesh (60), Jharkhand (56), Punjab (50) and Tamil Nadu (33).

Fortunately, nine states and union territories (UTs) have not reported any Covid-19 death in the last 24 hours. These are Ladakh (UT), D&D & D&N, Tripura, Sikkim, Mizoram, Manipur, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Arunachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile, India’s total active caseload has reached 16,79,740. It now comprises 11.56 per cent of the country’s total positive cases. A net incline of 1,09,997 cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours.

The five states of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala cumulatively account for 65.02 per cent of India’s total active cases. Maharashtra alone accounts for 38.09 per cent of the total active caseload of the country.

The report comes when India’s daily new cases continue to rise with 2,34,692 new cases registered in the last 24 hours.

10 states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan report 79.32 per cent of the new cases.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 63,729. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh with 27,360 while Delhi reported 19,486 new cases.

However, India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,26,71,220 on Saturday. The national recovery rate is 87.23 per cent. A total of 1,23,354 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours.

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