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Congress: Probe mysterious box unloaded from Narendra Modi’s chopper

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The Congress on Sunday demanded an immediate investigation by the Election Commission (EC) into a mysterious box, which was allegedly unloaded from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chopper after it landed in Chitradurga in Karnataka earlier this week.

The Karnataka Congress on Saturday tweeted a 14-second video clip, claiming that it was filmed soon after Modi landed in Chitradurga on Tuesday to address an election rally. The video shows two men carrying a black box to a private Innova parked at a helipad, allegedly immediately after Modi’s chopper had landed there.

During a press conference on Sunday, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said: “In Chitradurga, we got to see something very unusual, something not seen before. The Prime Minister was in an Air Force helicopter, and a big, black box was unloaded from his helicopter.

“We received this information today and will also show you the video. The box was loaded onto a private vehicle which was not a part of the SPG (Special Protection Group) carcade and it sped away.”

Sharma pointed out that whenever the Prime Minister or other Cabinet Ministers travel to various locations for election campaign, EC officials check their vehicles.

“This rule is applicable on the Prime Minister too. There should an investigation, as nothing is out of the purview of the SPG, which accompanies the Prime Minister everywhere. But an exception was made in the case of this box. Where was the box transported,” Sharma asked.

The Congress demanded that the poll panel should investigate the contents of the box. Sharma said: “It is not just in favour of the people of India, but also the Prime Minister in order to uphold the dignity of the post.”

He said that Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) leaders have registered a complaint with the EC in this matter.

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Rajasthan CM, BJP state chief condole Jaswant Singh’s death

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday expressed his condolence on the death of veteran leader Jaswant Singh.

Gehlot in his tweet said, “My heartfelt condolences at the passing away of senior leader from Rajasthan & former Union minister, Shri Jaswant Singh ji. May God give strength to his family members & supporters in this hour of grief. May his soul rest in peace.”

BJP state president Satish Poonia said, “Am extremely saddened to hear the demise of senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Jaswant Singh Jasol, a proud figure of Marwar. We pray to God to give strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.

“Jaswant Singh was a strong pillar for the BJP family, who served the motherland as a soldier or served the nation as a politician. He has worked sincerely in important ministries in Atal ji’s government and has left a fine imprint of his work. The nation will always remember the work done by him for the national interest and social welfare.

Former Defence Minister Jaswant Singh passed away early Sunday, said an official statement from the R&R Hospital in Delhi. He was 82.

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Former Madhya Pradesh CM Uma Bharti tests Corona positive

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Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti has tested positive for the Coronavirus. She is in quarantine at Vande Mataram Kunj located between Haridwar and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.

Bharti herself gave this information on Twitter.

“I want to bring it in your notice, that on the last day on my mountain journey I called up a Corona test team following the request by the administration because I had mild fever for last three days. Despite following all legal prohibition for Covid-19 and social distancing at Himalayas I have turned out to be Corona positive,” she tweeted late Saturday.

She said: “Right now I am at Vande Mataram Kunj located between Haridwar and Rishikesh which is like my family. I will undergo a test again after four days and if the situation persists then I will take a decision in consultation with doctors.”

Bharti also urged people, who came into her contact, to get themselves tested for coronavirus.

“All… who came into my contact… I appeal to them to get their corona tests done and take precautions,” she said.

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Mann ki Baat: PM Narendra Modi says new agri Bills to help farmers sell produce

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Hailing the contribution of Indian farmers in Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that they would benefit too from the new agriculture-related Bills once these become laws.

He pointed out growers had benefited after fruits and vegetables were taken off the ambit of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee Act in 2014 and now other farmers would benefit too.

They would be able to send their produce wherever they want and also get good price, the Prime Minister added while addressing the nation in the 69th edition of his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

Earlier, farmers could not sell their produce because of strict laws wherein they were challaned for selling their farm produce outside APMCs.

The new Bills passed by Parliament this month are opposed by different farmer unions and opposition parties.

He also referred to farmers in Haryana, Gujarat and other states for doing well or themselves.

The Prime Minister said: “Had we followed the essence of Bapu’s (Mahatma Gandhi) economic philosophy, we would not need to work for building an Atmanirbhar Bharat now. It would have happened much earlier.”

Modi also paid tributes to great leaders of the country and specially mentioned Indian revolutionary Bhagat Singh. “Shaheed Bhagat Singh epitomised courage and team work,” he said.

The Prime Minister also emphasised the special bonding within a family and how storytelling can be a catalyst. He also interacted with a group of storytellers from Bengaluru.

“As a family, set aside some time for storytelling. This will be a wonderful experience. Highlight stories relating to great women and men who have made India proud.”

He appealed the Indians to wear face masks and follow two-feet distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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