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TMC writes to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking removal of West Bengal Governor

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Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress on Wednesday wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind demanding the immediate removal of state’s Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.

The state government has been at loggerheads with Dhankhar on various issues ranging from law and order, administrative functioning to the roles of senior police officials in Bengal.

In the letter, the state’s ruling formation alleged a serious breach of oath of Governor’s office. Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy sent a memorandum to the President on the matter.

“We have a submitted the memorandum saying the Governor has failed to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, and repeatedly breached law declared by SC,” said Roy.

Besides Ray, Trinamool’s Lok Sabha MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Kalyan Banerjee, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien are the other signatories to the memorandum that demanded removal of Dhankhar from the office.

Earlier Congress MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar had also demanded immediate removal of Dhankhar from the post, alleging that he was trying to disturb the peace in the state.

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Sidhu will be called to meet panel: Harish Rawat

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Congress general secretary in-charge of Punjab, Harish Rawat said on Wednesday that Punjab MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu will be called to meet the the three-member panel headed by Mallikarjun Kharge soon and the issue will be resolved by the first week of July.

When asked if he will be called to meet the panel, Rawat said, “Yes he will called.”

On the controversy of MLAs kin getting jobs in Punjab, Rawat said, “Fateh Singh Bajwa has declined the offer.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Punjab Congress president Sunil Jhakhar, finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal, Rajya Sabha MP Pratap Singh Bajwa and MP Ravneet Singh Bittu met Rahul Gandhi to apprise him of the situation after infighting escalated in the state.

Sunil Jakhar said after the meet, “Hope that the current situation will be resolved and some wrong people are advising the chief minister over the decision on jobs to kin of MLAs.”

He said the issue of Navjot Singh Sidhu is under discussion by the party leadership.

While another bete noire of Punjab CM, Pratap Singh Bajwa also met Rahul Gandhi and said that he discussed the ground reality and current political situation in the state.

He asserted, “the party high-command will take decision over the chief ministerial candidate for next assembly elections.”

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has stepped in to defuse the tension in the state unit as he met several leaders including Pargat Singh.

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Amid infighting, Punjab Congress leaders meet Rahul Gandhi

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Punjab Congress president Sunil Jhakhar, finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Rajya Sabha MP Pratap Singh Bajwa met Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday to apprise him of the situation after infighting escalated in the state.

Sunil Jakhar said after the meet, “Hope that the current situation will be resolved and some wrong people are advising the chief minister over the decision on jobs to kin of MLAs.”

He said the issue of Navjot Singh Sidhu is under discussion by the party leadership. While another bete noire of Punjab CM, Pratap Singh Bajwa also met Rahul Gandhi and said that he discussed the ground reality and current political situation in the state.

He asserted, “the party high-command will take decision over the chief ministerial candidate for next assembly elections.”

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has stepped in to defuse the tension in the state unit as he met several leaders including Pargat Singh.

Some MLAs who met Rahul Gandhi said that they have raised issues regarding the state. Pargat Singh, who is among those MLAs, critical of the chief minister, said: “If CM is ready to address the issues raised by me, then the matter is resolved.”

Meanwhile, Amarinder Singh expressed his displeasure during the meeting on Tuesday with the party panel for being targeted and said that undue pressure is being created by a few individuals, sources said.

However, senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who heads the three-member panel, which has got a larger mandate for poll preparation apart from resolving factionalism in the state party unit, said: “Everybody has said that they will fight the polls together and the party is united under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.”

Sources say the panel discussed the political situation in the state and also issues related to Navjot Singh Sidhu and a possible way out to resolve the issue.

While Sidhu is not relenting in his attack on the chief minister, he has insisted on an early resolution of issues. State in-charge Harish Rawat has said that the matter is with Sonia Gandhi and refused to comment on statements made by Sidhu.

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Tokyo 2020: PM Narendra Modi wishes very best to Indian contingent

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On the occasion of Olympic Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday extended his wishes to the Indian contingent taking part in Tokyo Olympics, beginning July 23.

The Games were slated to be held last year but were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister also conveyed the pride the nation feels for those who have represented India in the Olympics over the years, and invited youngsters across the country to take part in MyGov Olympic quiz.

Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said: “Today, on Olympic Day, I appreciate all those who have represented India in various Olympics over the years. Our nation is proud of their contributions to sports and their efforts towards motivating other athletes.

“In a few weeks, @Tokyo2020 begins. Wishing the very best to our contingent, which consists of our finest athletes. In the run up to the games, here is an interesting quiz on MyGov. I urge you all, especially my young friends to take part.”

The quiz aims to create awareness amongst the people in the country about the Olympics and Indian participation before the start of quadrennial event.

“The quiz will be based on the past and current Olympics and athletes wherein questions will be asked with multiple options and the user must select the correct option. On successful completion of each activity, each participant will be awarded with an e-certificate marking their participation. Some lucky winners will also get a chance to meet their favourite Olympian,” said a statement.

The international Olympics Day is observed on June 23 every year to celebrate sports and health. This occasion celebrates the founding of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Sorbonne, Paris, on June 23, 1894, where Pierre de Coubertine revived the Olympic Games.

The day aims at promotion sports and spreads the message of making sports an integral part of life.

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