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How Congress lost strong Maharashtra contender to BJP over a 40-year-old feud



Senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil’s son Dr Sujay Vikhe Patil’s decision to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday, in an embarrassment to the grand old party, is only the latest fallout of a four-decade-old family feud between the Vikhe Patils and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar.

The dispute between the two families was at the centre of a standoff over the Ahmednagar constituency from where Sujay, a neurosurgeon, is keen to run for election to the Lok Sabha.

The Congress wanted the seat for Sujay, but the NCP, the party’s partner in Maharashtra, refused to give it up or exchange it with another constituency. Pawar’s feud with the family dates back to the days of Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil’s father Balasaheb, a prominent Congress figure from Maharashtra, who passed away in December 2016 at the age of 84. So bitter was the feud that Radhakrishna recently publicly appealed to Pawar to forget the acrimonious past and treat Sujay as his grandson.

The Vikhe Patil family holds enormous sway in Ahmednagar with Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil, the father of Balasaheb, being credited with starting Asia’s first cooperative sugar factory in the district’s Loni. “The feud was between my father and Pawar. Now that my father is no more, I urge Pawar to consider Sujay as his grandson,” Radhakrishna said in the last week of February. Pawar, 79, did not relent.

It was during the 1980s, when Pawar was in the Congress and relatively young in politics, that Balasaheb Vikhe Patil had considerable sway over western Maharashtra politics. Pawar turned to Yashwantrao Gadakh and Ramrao Adik, two leaders from Ahmednagar, who were rivals of Balasaheb. By the early 1990s, when Pawar had the reins of the state Congress, he ensured Balasaheb didn’t get a Lok Sabha ticket, prompting the latter to contest the polls as an independent. Pawar had then fielded Gadakh against Balasaheb.

The electoral battleground saw allegations and counter allegations about corruption in sugar cooperatives. Accusing Pawar of defamation, Balasaheb went to court against the latter, who lost the suit in the lower court. In the process, Pawar was divested of his right to vote in one election.

On Monday, Pawar told Congress leaders that he was not willing to forget the past.



‘Today another love letter has arrived…’ Arvind Kejriwal said on LG’s letter



Representational Image | Image Source: Arvind Kejriwal (Twitter)

The feud between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena is not taking the name of diminishing. On Friday, Kejriwal had said that his wife did not write as much love letters as he did in the last 6 months, as much as the LG scolded him. At the same time, today again Kejriwal tweeted and said that today the love letter has come again.

Arvind Kejriwal tweeted and said that today another love letter has arrived. In fact, today a six-page letter has been sent to CM Kejriwal by LG VK Saxena. In another tweet, Kejriwal wrote, “BJP is hell-bent on destroying the lives of the people of Delhi through LG. Every day these people create a ruckus about something or the other. I assure the people of Delhi – as long as your son Is alive, don’t worry. I won’t let your hair get messy.

On Friday, Delhi CM had tweeted about LG VK Saxena, “LG Saheb scolds me as much as my wife does not scold me as much. In the last 6 months, LG Sahib has written me as many love letters as my whole life. I didn’t write to my wife.LG sir, chill a bit.

And tell your super boss too, chill a little.” Kejriwal had also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi without naming him. He is constantly alleging that LG VK Saxena is working on PM Modi’s behest and AAP government. causing obstacles in the work of.

Source: Aajtak

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12 Rajya Sabha MPs suspended for ‘violent behaviour’ in previous Parliament session



File | Source : Krishi Jagran

12 Opposite MPs were suspended from the Rajya Sabha for the remainder of the Winter Session because of ‘uncontrollable conduct’ during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

The authority notice said, “This House takes cognizance and firmly sentences the absolute negligence to the power of the Chair, complete maltreatment of rules of the House steadily accordingly wilfully hindering the matter of House through their exceptional demonstrations of offense, derisive, rowdy and fierce conduct and purposeful assaults on security workforce on the last day of 254th Session of Rajya Sabha for example August 11.”


1. Elamaram Kareem (CPM)

2. Phulo Devi Netam (INC)

3. Chhaya Verma (INC)

4. Ripun Bora (INC)

5. Binoy Viswam (CPI)

6. Rajamani Patel (INC)

7. Dola Sen (TMC)

8. Shanta Chhetri (TMC)

9. Syed Nasir Hussain (INC)

10. Priyanka Chaturvedi (Shiv Sena)

11. Anil Desai (Shiv Sena)

12. Akhilesh Prasad Singh (INC)

Because of consistent interruptions and intermissions as the Opposition fought over the Pegasus sneaking around line and the three ranch laws, the Monsoon Session of Parliament finished two days sooner than what was planned for August.

On the last day of the meeting, Opposition MPs purportedly jumped on the authorities’ table, waved dark material and tossed records when the House started a conversation on ranchers’ dissent against new change laws. They likewise purportedly mauled the security staff

Notwithstanding, the Opposition affirmed that their MPs were messed up by the security faculty.

Following this, Rajya Sabha executive Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla had chosen to embrace a definite assessment of such rowdy scenes previously and the future game-plan in such cases.

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Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Punjab Congress chief



Navjot Singh Sindhu who had been appointed President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee on 23rd July had resigned from the party. This incident just took place just before Punjab’s former prime minister Amarinder Singh came on a visit to Delhi. In his letter after resignation he mentioned he might have resigned as a President but he cares about the welfare of the people of Punjab and he will continue to serve Congress.

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