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Delhi LG stalling implementation of Solar Policy: Atishi

Delhi Power Minister Atishi on Wednesday alleged that Lt Governor V K Saxena is obstructing the AAP dispensation's Solar Policy to ensure that it is not notified before the enforcement of the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls. Atishi raised the issue in the Delhi Assembly and also addressed a press conference on the issue. "First, the Lt Governor sat on the file. I asked the LG office personally about the policy file. When the file came back with several objections, it went from one officer to another. There is only one objective and that is to stop the policy from getting notified before the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls kicks in," Atishi said. "Today, LG sir, despite sitting on a constitutional post, is batting from the BJP's side," she alleged during a press conference. She urged Lt Governor to not make efforts to delay the implementation of the policy. "It is an excellent policy and will lead to reduction in pollution. Please do not make efforts to delay it," she said. Earlier, the Delhi Assembly also passed a censure motion over the Lt Governor's alleged obstruction of the policy. There was no immediate reaction from the LG office. However, sources in the LG office denied the charge and accused the Kejriwal government of "lying habitually". "He (LG) has raised questions on some provisions of the policy. There is a provision in the policy that could benefit private players and he has sought clarity over it," a source in the LG office said. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

28 February,2024 01:22 PM IST | New Delhi | PTI
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Chaos in Himachal Pradesh Assembly; Speaker suspends 15 BJP MLAs

As many as 15 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs of Himachal Pradesh were suspended from the House by Assembly Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania on Wednesday allegedly for creating ruckus in his chamber. The 15 BJP MLA's who were suspended from the House include Jai Ram Thakur, Vipin Parmar, Randhir Sharma, Hans Raj, Vinod Kumar, Janak Raj, Balbir Verma, Lokinder Kumar, Trilok Jamwal, Surinder Shourie, Puran Chand, Dalip Thakur, Inder Singb Gandhi, Ranbir Nikka and Deep Raj. The BJP legislators were suspended by the Speaker after the State Parliamentary party affairs minister Harshwardhan Chauhan moved a proposal recommending the expulsion of the MLAs from the house. The Himachal Pradesh Assembly was adjourned till 12 pm amid disruptions, with opposition members staging protests in the well of the House. The BJP however has dubbed this a move by the Congress to prevent its government from toppling ahead of the Budget session. BJP's winning Rajya Sabha candidate Harsh Mahajan said, "Congress Government is toppling. So such attempts are being made - to suspend them. These are delay tactics and are followed in every Vidhan Sabha...Congress has dismantled from here. All the attempts they make now will fail. BJP will form the Government here...Nine MLAs (who cross-voted) are in my support..." In fresh trouble for the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh, Vikramaditya Singh, a state minister and the son of the former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday stepped down from his position. "All I would like to say is that under the current circumstances, it is not correct for me to continue as a part of the government. So, I have decided that I am resigning from the Council of Ministers. I am resigning as a minister," Singh said. The trouble for the government comes at a time when the Assembly's annual Budget session is going on and ahead of voting on the state Finance Bill in the Assembly. Union Minister Anurag Thakur who is an MP from the state says the Congress government had not fulfilled any of its promises. "Congress formed govt in Himachal Pradesh by giving big and fake promises. After the formation of the govt, none of those promises were fulfilled. People used to ask questions when Congress MLAs went to their constituencies...they had no answers to give...no work was done, Congress' own MLAs were facing a lot of difficulties ...why did Congress MLAs abandon their own party within 14 months, what was the compulsion? one of the reasons is that they gave ticket to a non-Himachali person" Anurag Thakur said. The BJP is pressing for division voting on the passing of the Budget after it is introduced in the assembly. If Congress is unable to see the Budget through the government in the state will fall. The Congress has 40 MLAs while the BJP has 25 in the 68-member state assembly. The remaining three seats are held by independents.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

28 February,2024 12:44 PM IST | Shimla | PTI
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Vikramaditya Singh resigns from Sukhu cabinet, says party humiliated him

Amid a fresh scramble for power in the state, Himachal Pradesh Public Works Minister Vikramaditya Singh on Wednesday announced his resignation from the Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu cabinet. "I am submitting my resignation to the chief minister and the governor," he told reporters. "There have been attempts to humiliate and undermine me from some quarters and in spite of reservations, I supported the government," he said. Troubles have been mounting for Congress since Tuesday, when it lost the sole Rajya Sabha seat to the BJP with six of its members cross-voting in the poll. Vikramaditya Singh, as he announced his resignation, said he was "deeply hurt" with the transpirings over the past two days and said there's a need to ponder what went wrong for the Congress. He said he has apprised Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and party leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi about the developments and the ball is now in the party high command's court. "The Congress party had made promises to the people and we owe the responsibility to fulfil those promises and I would decide my future course of action after consulting my supporters," Vikramaditya Singh said. He said that the 2022 assembly election in the state was fought in the name of former chief minister Virbhadra Singh, also his father. "There was no poster, or hoarding or banner which did not carry his picture. There was a full-page ad with his picture in the newspapers a day before voting." But after victory when the matter of his statue came, the government failed to decide the location. "It is not a political but an emotional thing for a son," Vikramaditya Singh said. He also quoted a couplet by the last Mughal Emperor of India Bahadur Shah Zafar, "Kitna hai bad-naseeb 'Zafar' dafn ke liye, do gaz zameen bhi na mili kuch-e-yaar main." This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

28 February,2024 12:39 PM IST | Shimla | PTI
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Maharashtra: Six arrested for printing fake notes in Pune

At least six people have been arrested for allegedly printing and circulating fake currency notes of Rs 500 denomination and seized 440 notes worth over Rs 2 lakh in Pune district, reported news agency ANI. Printing fake notes in Pune: Accused have been identified The accused have been identified as Ritik Khadse, Suraj Yadav, Akash Dhangekar, Suyog Salunkhe, Tejas Ballal, and Pravan Gahvane, reported ANI. The Dehu Road police station of Pimpri-Chinchwad police in Pune district on Monday arrested the six accused for printing and circulating counterfeit currency notes of Rs 500 denomination and seized notes worth Rs 2,20,000. According to Assistant Police Commissioner Devidas Kashinath Ghevre, "Based on the tip-off from creditable sources, officials of the Dehu Road police station laid a trap to apprehend an accused who was expected to arrive at the Dehu Road area with a counterfeit note," reported ANI. Also Read: Pune criminals on record asked not to make and upload reels which glorify their acts Printing fake notes in Pune: The investigation "As per credentials shared by sources, police officials stopped and detained a suspect who came to a decided location riding a motorcycle, and after being searched, police found 140 fake notes of Rs 500 denominations from him," he said, reported ANI. With further investigation from him, it was revealed by the accused, Ritik Khadse, that these notes were being printed in a commercial shop in the Bhosari area using an offset printing machine. After receiving the information, a team of police immediately rushed to the said shop and found an offset printing machine, printing ink and other printing material, along with special papers used for printing counterfeit notes and some half- and full-printed notes, reported ANI. Printing fake notes in Pune: Six people arrested As of now, six people have been arrested in the case and are currently placed in police custody. As no international connections surfaced, all the arrested accused were held in Maharashtra's Pune, reported ANI. During the investigation, an accused revealed to police that they had acquired an offset printing machine from Pune for printing pamphlets, etc., but had been influenced by various social media posts to print counterfeit currency notes, reported ANI. Following the arrest, a case has been filed under Sections 489(c) (possession of forged or counterfeit currency notes or bank notes) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the accused at the Dehu Road police state, reported ANI. Further investigation into the matter is underway. (With inputs from ANI)

28 February,2024 11:39 AM IST | Pune | mid-day online correspondent
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Santhan, convict acquitted in Rajiv Gandhi assassination, passes away in Chennai

Santhan, one of the seven released convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, passed away at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai, said hospital officials on Wednesday. Santhan, a Sri Lankan national, was released from the central prison at Vellore along with five other convicts in November 2022 following the Supreme Court's decision after spending over 32 years in prison. The assassins of Rajiv were set free by the top court on the grounds of having good conduct in jail. Last week, the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) under the Union Ministry of External Affairs provided an emergency travel document for Santhan, enabling his return to Sri Lanka. The former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a woman suicide bomber named Dhanu at a poll rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, on the night of May 21, 1991. The blast killed at least 13 people, and over 40 were injured. (ANI) The seven convicts, including Nalini Sriharan, RP Ravichandran, Jayakumar, Santhan, Murugan, Robert Payas, and AG Perarivalan were sentenced to death for their role in the killing. However, Santhan, along with five other convicts - Nalini Sriharan, Sriharan, Robert Payas, Jayakumar and Ravichandran - were released from different jails, after spending more than 32 years of incarceration. In the year 2000, Nalini Sriharan's sentence was reduced to a life term. Later in the year 2014, the sentence of the other six convicts was also reduced, and during the same year, the then chief minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalitha recommended the release of all seven convicts in the case. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

28 February,2024 11:30 AM IST | Chennai | ANI
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Six Cong MLAs, who cross-voted in RS polls, head to undisclosed location

Six Congress MLAs, who voted for the BJP candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls in Himachal Pradesh, on Wednesday left Haryana for an undisclosed location in a chopper. The legislators, including Rajinder Rana and Ravi Thakur, spent last night in a hotel here and left for Tau Devi Lal Stadium in BJP-ruled Haryana's Panchkula in the morning, said sources. The MLAs had reached Haryana from Shimla on Tuesday after casting their votes in the Rajya Sabha polls. They are learnt to be in touch with the BJP, amid signs of a crisis engulfing the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh. According to reports, the MLAs are "disappointed" with the working style of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and are seeking his replacement. Thakur had Tuesday dismissed Sukhu's claims that some party legislators were "kidnapped" and said he "can go anywhere" while referring to his visit to Panchkula. Sukhu in Shimla alleged that "five to six" Congress MLAs were "kidnapped" and whisked away by the CRPF and the Haryana Police. Speaking to reporters outside the guest house in Panchkula on Tuesday evening, Thakur had said, "Hum ghoomne aye hain...this is my private time, so I can go anywhere." When asked about the HP CM's claims that some MLAs were brought here after being "kidnapped", the Lahaul and Spiti MLA said, "No". Replying to a question on a floor test in Himachal assembly, he said, "In the interest of Himachal Pradesh and Lahaul and Spiti, we supported Harsh Mahajan ji (BJP candidate) so that we can get more budget (from the Centre)." Thakur, Rana and four other Congress legislators were learnt to have reached the PWD Guest House in Panchkula. Later, they were reportedly taken to a hotel. In a stunning upset for the ruling Congress in Himachal Pradesh, the BJP on Tuesday won the state's lone Rajya Sabha seat with its candidate Harsh Mahajan defeating Congress stalwart Abhishek Manu Singhvi and apparently setting the stage for a no-trust motion in the assembly. The voting was a tie with both the Congress and the BJP candidates getting 34 votes, indicating that at least six Congress MLAs voted against the party. The result was then declared based on a draw of lots, officials said. In the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly, the Congress has 40 MLAs while the BJP has 25 legislators. The remaining three seats are held by independents.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

28 February,2024 11:30 AM IST | Panchkula | PTI
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Madras HC dismisses second bail plea of former TN Minister Senthil Balaji

The Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed the bail petition filed by former Tamil Nadu Minister V Senthil Balaji, who was arrested by the ED last year in connection with a money laundering case. This was the second time in four months, that the DMK leader's plea for relief was rejected by the HC. Dismissing the petition on Wednesday, Justice N Anand Venkatesh said since the petitioner (accused) was in custody for about 8 months, the Special Court, trying Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) cases, was directed to conduct the trial preferably on a day-to-day basis and complete it within three months. Balaji was arrested on June 14. 2023 by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case linked to a cash-for-jobs scam when he was the Transport Minister during an earlier AIADMK regime. The ED had on August 12 filed a charge sheet, running to 3,000 pages against Balaji. The Madras HC had on October 19 dismissed Balaji's earlier bail plea. A local court has also dismissed thrice, his bail petitions.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

28 February,2024 11:28 AM IST | Chennai | PTI
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ED raids over 15 locations in West Bengal, Mumbai, NCR in Mahadev App case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday conducted raids at more than 15 locations across the country as part of its ongoing money laundering investigation into the Mahadev online betting and gaming app case.The raids are underway in West Bengal, Mumbai and the National Capital Region based on inputs against some suspects linked to the case, sources saidThe move comes almost a month after the federal agency arrested two individuals, Nitin Tibrewal from Kolkata and Amit Agrawal from Raipur. Both accused were arrested in the second week of January.Earlier, the ED had arrested alleged accused Asim Das, Bheem Singh Yadav, Chandrabhushan Verma, Anil Kumar Agrawal and Sunil Dammani, and Satish Chandrakar. The agency stated that the illicit funds generated by the app were used for bribing politicians and bureaucrats.In November last year, the ED had also conducted searches against the money laundering networks linked with the alleged Mahadev Book Online Betting App, which led to the recovery of cash of Rs 5.39 crore and a bank balance of Rs 15.59 croreSeveral celebrities and Bollywood actors have also been summoned by the agency for questioning regarding their connections with the online betting platform and the payment methods involved.ED has filed two charge sheets in the Mahadev app case, including against the main promoters, Sourabh Chandrakar and Ravi Uppal. The two promoters were recently detained in Dubai based on an Interpol red notice, and ED is working on their deportation or extradition to India.The first charge sheet alleges that Chandrakar spent around Rs 200 crore in cash for his wedding in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, in February 2023. The agency claims that private jets were hired to transport Chandrakar's relatives, and celebrities were paid for performances. The projected proceeds of crime in this case are estimated at Rs 6,000 crore.The agency filed the second charge sheet before a special court in Raipur on January 1 this year. The fresh charge sheet of about 1800 pages specifically named five accused, including alleged cash courier Asim Das, police constable Bheem Singh Yadav, Shubham Soni, a prominent executive linked to the app among others.Das and Yadav were arrested by the agency in November last year, just before the first phase of polling for the assembly polls in Chhattisgarh.Soni, who had claimed to be the owner of the app, earlier issued a video statement and sent an affidavit to the ED claiming to have "proof" about kickbacks paid to politicians and their linked persons for allowing the app to run its illegal businesses without any legal action.ED previously alleged that Mahadev app promoters paid approximately Rs 508 crore to former Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel. These claims, made just before the state assembly polls, were denied by Baghel, who labelled them as attempts to malign his image. The Congress party termed it as vendetta politics by the Centre.Chandrakar and Uppal, originally from Bhilai town in Chhattisgarh, are associated with the Mahadev online betting app, which is accused of facilitating illegal betting websites. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

28 February,2024 11:28 AM IST | Delhi | ANI
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Indian Navy, NCB seize 3,300 kg of drugs from boat off Gujarat coast; 5 held

The Indian Navy and the NCB have in a joint operation apprehended a dhow off the Gujarat coast with five crew members and seized 3,300 kg of drugs from it, the largest quantity of narcotics seized in recent times, officials said on Wednesday. The drugs seized include 3,089 kilograms of charas, 158 kg of Methamphetamine and 25 kg of morphine, they said. The dhow and crew members have been handed over to the law enforcement agencies by the Navy after being apprehended on Tuesday, the officials said. "Indian Navy in a coordinated ops with Narcotics Control Bureau, apprehended a suspicious dhow carrying almost 3300 Kgs contraband (3089 Kgs Charas, 158 Kgs Methamphetamine 25 Kgs Morphine). The largest seizure of narcotics, in quantity in recent times," a Navy spokesperson said in a post on X. "Based on inputs from P8I LRMR aircraft on surveillance mission & corroboration from @narcoticsbureau, #IndianNavy's Mission Deployed warship was diverted to successfully intercept & apprehend the suspicious dhow," the post said. "This seizure of drugs is by far the largest in terms of quantity, & was possible through #collaborative efforts of #IndianNavy's #missiondeployed assets with the NCB. The contraband apprehended boat & crew handed over to the Law Enforcement Agencies at an Indian port #27Feb 24," it added. The spokesperson said the coordinated response of the Indian Navy with law enforcement agencies is reflective of their resolute stance against narcotics trafficking in India's maritime neighbourhood. The official did not specify the cost of the contraband. In international markets, one kg of charas is priced at Rs 7 crore. A senior official of the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Tuesday said a large quantity of different types of drugs, including charas (hashish), was seized from a boat during the mid-sea operation off the state coast. Based on a specific tip-off, the operation was conducted in the Arabian Sea near the International Maritime Boundary Line, he said. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

28 February,2024 09:49 AM IST | Porbandar | PTI
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PM Modi to visit Yavatmal, launch development projects at public event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Maharashtra's Yavatmal district on Wednesday and inaugurate and dedicate to the nation various development projects during a public programme, officials said, reported news agency PTI. The programme will be held at Bhari on the outskirts of Yavatmal city around 4.30 pm, district officials said, reported PTI. PM Modi to visit Yavatmal: PM KISAN and other schemes The prime minister will release benefits under the PM KISAN and other schemes during the programme, a release issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) said, reported PTI. He will also inaugurate the statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya in Yavatmal city. PM Modi will release the 16th instalment amount of more than Rs 21,000 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) through direct benefits transfer to beneficiaries, reported PTI. With this release, an amount of more than Rs 3 lakh crore will be transferred to more than 11 crore farmers' families. Also Read: White Paper has presented entire truth before country: PM Modi The PM will also disburse second and third instalments of 'Namo Shetkari MahaSanman Nidhi' of about Rs 3,800 crore and benefiting nearly 88 lakh farmers across Maharashtra. PM Modi to visit Yavatmal: Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana The scheme provides an additional amount of Rs 6,000 per year to the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana in Maharashtra, the release said. Prime Minister Modi also will disburse Rs 825 crore of Revolving Fund (RF) to 5.5 lakh women Self Help Groups (SHGs) across Maharashtra. This amount is additional to the RF provided by the central government under the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM). Revolving Fund is given to SHGs to promote lending of money within SHGs on rotational basis and increase annual income of poor households by promoting women-led micro enterprises at village level, the release said. The PM will also initiate distribution of one crore Ayushman cards across Maharashtra. This is yet another step to reach out to beneficiaries of welfare schemes so as to realise the Prime Minister's vision of 100 per cent saturation of all government schemes, it said. PM Modi to visit Yavatmal: Modi Awaas Gharkul Yojana He will launch the Modi Awaas Gharkul Yojana for the OBC category beneficiaries in Maharashtra. Also Read: PM Modi dubs Congress's 'black paper' as 'kaala teeka' The scheme envisages the construction of a total 10 lakh houses from FY 2023-24 to FY 2025-26. The PM will transfer the first instalment of Rs 375 crore to 2.5 lakh beneficiaries of the scheme, the release said. He will dedicate to the nation multiple irrigation projects benefiting Marathwada and Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. These projects are developed at a cumulative cost of more than Rs 2,750 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) and the Baliraja Jal Sanjeevani Yojana (BJSY), it said. PM Modi will also inaugurate multiple rail projects of more than Rs 1,300 crore in Maharashtra, reported PTI. They include Wardha-Kalamb broad gauge line (part of Wardha-Yavatmal-Nanded new broad gauge line project) and New Ashti-Amalner broad gauge line (part of Ahmednagar-Beed-Parli new broad gauge line project). PM Modi to visit Yavatmal: Two train services The new broad gauge lines will improve connectivity of the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions and boost socio-economic development. The PM will also virtually flag off two train services during the programme. These include train services connecting Kalamb and Wardha, and a train service connecting Amalner and New Ashti. This new train service will help improve rail connectivity and benefit students, traders and daily commuters of the region, the release said. PM Modi will also dedicate to the nation several projects for strengthening the road sector in Maharashtra, reported PTI. The projects include four laning of the Warora-Wani section of NH-930, road upgradation projects for important roads connecting Sakoli-Bhandara and Salaikhurd-Tirora. These projects will improve connectivity, reduce travel time and boost socio-economic development in the region. Maharashtra ministers Girish Mahajan and Sanjay Rathod on Tuesday took stock of the preparations for PM Modi's event. Mahajan gave instructions to authorities concerning security and other aspects, reported PTI. Local BJP MLA Madan Yerawar expressed happiness over the PM's scheduled visit, saying Modi visited Yavatmal ahead of the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls, which benefited the party immensely at that time, reported PTI. (With inputs from PTI)

28 February,2024 09:26 AM IST | Yavatmal | mid-day online correspondent
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Congress deploys Hooda, Shivakumar to defuse crisis in Himachal

Hours after six Congress MLAs voted in favour of the BJP candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls in Himachal Pradesh, the party's top leadership swung into action to pacify the disgruntled legislators lawmakers. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge appointed senior leaders Bhupinder Singh Hooda and D K Shivakumar to engage with the six MLAs, who are learnt to be "disappointed" with the working style of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and are seeking his replacement. Sources said former Haryana chief minister Hooda and Karnataka deputy chief minister Shivakumar would reach Shimla early Wednesday to take stock of the situation as the Congress government in the state faces an existential crisis. The six MLAs had left Shimla for Haryana on Tuesday after casting their votes in the Rajya Sabha polls. They are learnt to be in touch with the BJP, amid signs of a crisis engulfing the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh. The appointment of observers came amid reports that the BJP plans to meet Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla early Wednesday before the assembly meets. Sources said BJP Legislature Party leaders led by Jai Ram Thakur would meet the Governor and demand a floor test, claiming that the Congress government has lost majority in the assembly. In a stunning upset for the ruling Congress in Himachal Pradesh, the BJP on Tuesday won the state's lone Rajya Sabha seat with its candidate Harsh Mahajan defeating Congress stalwart Abhishek Manu Singhvi and apparently setting the stage for a no-trust motion in the assembly. The voting was a tie with both the Congress and the BJP candidates getting 34 votes, indicating that at least six Congress MLAs voted against the party. The result was then declared on the basis of a draw of lots, officials said. In the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly, the Congress has 40 MLAs while the BJP has 25 legislators. The remaining three seats are held by independents. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

28 February,2024 09:05 AM IST | New Delhi | PTI
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