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Congress leader R.P.N. Singh slams ‘privileged’ comments

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Congress in charge of Jharkhand, and former Union Minister, R.P.N. Singh said that he was upset over comments calling him “privileged” and hit back at critics, saying that he has earned his position through hard work, has been loyal to the party all these days and he is not leaving it.

“Stunned to read ill informed comments on privilege, silver spoon etc. Won 3 MLA elections,was UP Youth Congress chief,sent to jail for farmers agitation,then became MP Made In charge of Jharkhand where party got highest ever tally. Entitled or hard work & commitment for 30 years?” he said in a tweet.

A scion of the erstwhile ruling family of Padrauna in UP and son of a Union Minister, Singh was first elected MLA in 1996 and after three terms, was elected to the Lok Sabha.

The issue came to fore after fellow UP leader Jitin Prasada left Congress to join the BJP and many people wrote comments on Congress’ young leaders including R.P.N. Singh.

Congress had attacked Prasada for leaving the party, terming him opportunist. They said that the party gave him whatever it could, but he chose to walk away.

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, who had called for reforms in the party as part of the ‘G23’ group, said: “The question is — will he get ‘prasada’ from BJP or is he just a ‘catch’ for UP elections? In such deals if ‘ideology’ doesn’t matter, changeover is easy.”

Another leader M. Veerappa Moily, who was a signatory to the letter, said that Prasada did not have ideological commitment and the party should look at this aspect also before promoting such persons.

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Ajay Maken starts one-on-one dialogue with Congress MLAs in Rajasthan

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Rajasthan Congress in-charge Ajay Maken reached Jaipur on Wednesday and immediately got on to the job. He started the one-on-one dialogue with 119 Congress MLAs, to break the ice between two camps being led by chief minister Ashok Gehlot and former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot.

The interaction shall continue for two days and will help in getting right feedback on ministers’ performance.

Sources said that cabinet expansion will be held soon after the feedback taken from the legislators and then will come the turn of the district presidents for the PCC. These two processes will be followed by political appointments.

On Wednesday, Maken started his scheduled meetings with MLAs and is asking questions related to the performances of ministers.

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan government, in a surprising move, transferred 283 RAS officers in the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. Sources said that many MLAs have been complaining that they are not being supported by bureaucrats and now lending ears to their complaints, Gehlot has done this reshuffling so that they can give a positive feedback on ministers, said sources.

Pilot meanwhile on Tuesday rushed to Delhi to have a meeting with Maken before his departure to Jaipur.

Pilot reportedly also had a telephonic talk with Priyanka Gandhi.

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Yogi Adityanath gives tricycle to man with disability

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Dinesh Kumar Singh, a young man with 60 per cent disability, was given a tricycle by chief minister Yogi Adityanath after he met the latter at his Janata Darshan.

Singh met Adityanath on Tuesday and appealed to him for assistance. The district administration, acting on the chief minister’s directives, promptly gave him a tricycle.

According to a government spokesperson, “Singh is from Alipur village in Dhaurhara tehsil. He met the chief minister and informed him of his financial struggle and difficulties due to his disability. The chief minister asked Lakhimpur district magistrate and deputy director for disability for a report on getting Singh a tricycle. As soon as he reached Lakhimpur, he was given one.”

Around 600 people have met the chief minister between July 12 and 27 at the weekly Janata Darshan which was restarted after a long gap during the pandemic. Many of them have been given financial assistance.

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J.P. Nadda to meet UP party MPs to discuss poll preparedness

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BJP chief J.P. Nadda will meet party MPs from Uttar Pradesh to discuss preparedness for next year’s assembly polls. BJP’s Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members from Uttar Pradesh will attend the meeting with the party chief.

It is learnt that Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP’s state unit chief Swatantra Dev Singh, state general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal and national vice-president and in-charge, Radha Mohan Singh and co-incharges will be present in the meeting. Deputy chief ministers Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya might also attend the meeting.

Sources said that all the BJP’s parliamentarians from Uttar Pradesh are asked to attend the meeting which will be held in batches.

On July 28, Nadda will be meeting with MPs from western Uttar Pradesh, Braj and Kanpur region. On July 29, Nadda will interact with the party MPs from Awadh, Kashi and Gorakhpur area. There is no clarity whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Lok Sabha member from Varanasi, will attend the meeting or not.

A party insider said that a detailed discussion will be held to take stock of BJP’s preparedness for next year’s Uttar Pradesh. “Party chief will also take feedback from parliamentarians to know the ground reality and people’s mood. Based on the feedback, plans will be discussed to ensure BJP’s thumping victory in next year’s assembly polls,” he said.

Sources said the progress of ongoing party activities will be reviewed and plans to speed it up will be discussed. It is also learnt that the MPs will be asked to increase people’s participation in their constituencies and reach out to them as asked by the Prime Minister.

“Plans for increasing public participation and reaching out to people with the achievements of Narendra Modi and Adityanath government are likely to be discussed during Nadda’s two days meeting with party MPs from Uttar Pradesh,” a party functionary said.

Election for 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly will be held in February – March, next year.

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