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Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai meets Amit Shah




Newly appointed Chief Minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai on Friday afternoon met Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

The Karnataka Chief Minister is on a two-day visit to the national capital to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior Union Ministers and BJP chief J.P Nadda.

Bommai is likely to discuss Karnataka cabinet expansion with the BJP central leadership.

After meeting with Bommai, Shah tweeted, “Met the Chief Minister of Karnataka B S Bommai Ji. My best wishes to him and his team in taking the state to newer heights.”

Party sources claimed that Shah and Bommai also discussed Karnataka cabinet expansion.

After reaching Delhi in the morning, Bommai first met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Singh later tweeted, “Met with the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai today. I conveyed my best wishes to him for a successful tenure ahead.”

“Met with the Hon’ble Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh Ji at New Delhi and talked over aspects of Development,” Bommai also tweeted.

Bommai, meanwhile, also met Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, Union Ministers Pralhad Joshi and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

“The new Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Bommai ji paid a visit to my Parliament office today. Congratulated him with a sweet laddu and gave best wishes for a fruitful tenure. Later, took him to meet Speaker Om Birla ji,” Joshi tweeted.

Bommai and Shekhawat discussed various water projects related to the state.

Sources said it is a courtesy visit to the national capital during which Bommai will discuss his cabinet expansion with the central leadership.

“During his meeting with Prime Minister Modi, Bommai is also likely to discuss issues concerning the development and Covid situation in the state,” sources said.

This is the first visit of Bommai to Delhi after being sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. He was elected leader of the BJP Legislative party after former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa resigned on July 26.

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Mahant Narendra Giri’s autopsy will be on Tuesday





 The post mortem of Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad chief, Mahant Narendra Giri, will be done on Tuesday afternoon after which his mortal remains will be kept in the Baghambari Mutt to enable people to pay their last respect.

According to Mutt sources, the saint will be given ‘samadhi’ within the Mutt complex in the evening.

Official sources said that the post mortem would be done by a panel of doctors and the entire process would be video recorded.

An FIR was lodged at the George Town police station and it mentioned the name of his disciple Anand Giri blaming him for abetment to suicide. The FIR has been lodged under Section 306.

Anand Giri, who was taken into custody on Monday night in Haridwar, is being brought by the police to Prayagraj.

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KTR files defamation suit against Revanth Reddy for linking him in drugs case





 Telangana’s cabinet minister K.T. Rama Rao has instituted a civil suit for defamation and for grant of perpetual injunction against state Congress chief A. Revanth Reddy for making baseless allegations linking him with the drugs scandal.

The suit is a result of various baseless, scurrilous, and manifestly false statements and allegations made against Rama Rao by Revanth Reddy seeking to falsely link the minister with the ongoing investigation being conducted by Enforcement Directorate against allegations of drug and psychotropic substances abuse by certain named accused, said a statement released from the minister’s office.

The civil suit contends that the said investigations are being done against the said accused and as a part of investigation various persons are being examined with none of whom Rama Rao has any association or link for the alleged acts.

“Mr K.T. Rama Rao has thus sought a declaration that such false statements made by Anumula Revanth Reddy are slanderous, libellous and constitute defamation and seeks an appropriate injunction against making such defamatory statements and to take down all such false statements/accusations. Liberty has also been reserved in the suit for instituting further Criminal Proceedings and for payment of compensatory damages for such serious and malicious acts of defamation,” it added.

KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known, is minister for industries, commerce, and information technology and municipal administration and urban development.

Son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, he is also working president of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

Revanth Reddy, who is also a member of Parliament, had also challenged KTR to undergo tests for drugs. KTR said he was ready to undergo the tests provided Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also comes forward to give his samples.

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Owaisi denied permission to meet ex-MP Atiq Ahmad in Gujarat jail





 AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday was denied permission to meet former MP Atiq Ahmad in Sabarmati Central Prison, Ahmedabad.

The Hyderabad MP along with some party leaders reached Ahmedabad on Monday morning but Gujarat prison authorities denied him permission to meet Ahmad, who recently joined All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

AIMIM sources said in Hyderabad that Owaisi was scheduled to reach Sabarmati Central Prison to meet Atiq Ahmad at 11 a.m.

The permission for meeting was denied in the last minute by SP Central Prison citing Covid-19 pandemic, they said.

Owaisi was accompanied by Aurangabad MP Imtiyaz Jaleel, Gujarat state unit chief Sabir Kabliwala and former mayor of Greater Hyderabad and AIMIM incharge for Uttar Pradesh Majid Hussain.

Atiq Ahmad’s wife Shaista Parveen joined AIMIM early this month in Lucknow in the presence of Owaisi. The former Samajwadi Party leader also joined AIMIM in absentia.

Owaisi inducted Atiq Ahmad and his wife claiming that the SP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) used Muslims as slaves in their parties.

Defending his decision to induct Ahmad, who has several criminal cases lodged against him, Owaisi also asserted that even several BJP leaders are facing several cases.

A five-time legislator and one-time MP Atiq Ahmad has more than 90 criminal cases, including those of murders, abductions, illegal mining, extortion, intimidation and fraud, against him.

He was shifted to Gujarat from Uttar Pradesh on the Supreme Court’s directions in 2019.

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