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“Continuity with change,” Salman Khurshid joins issue with Shashi Tharoor

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Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Saturday joined issue with Shashi Tharoor, who has said his electoral competitor in the AICC presidential poll, M Mallikarjun Kharge was a “candidate of continuity” and of “status quo”, while those wanting change in party should vote for him. Khurshid, who is among the leaders who have backed Kharge, also indicated that if consensus emerges on the poll, it will be good; if not and election does take place as scheduled on October 17, there will be no regrets.

“Shashi says this (Kharge) has elements of continuity, his (Tharoor’s) has elements of change. But continuity and change are subjective terms, relative terms”, the former Union Minister told PTI.

“I think that the very fact that we are having this election is reemphasis of continuity with change because it’s not the first time that we are having elections. And that elections in the past have had certain features; this has its own features. So, for us this is all welcome”, he said.

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“We just want to get to that destination that the party comes out stronger and more determined that the efforts being put in by Rahul Gandhi…those efforts will then spread across full campaign against the things we oppose”, Khurshid added.

He said he has no opinion at all when asked if he favours consensus as the last day for withdrawal of nomination is not over.

“I have no opinion. Let’s go the way we are going. If anything (consensus) happens, emerges, well and good; if it does not, no regrets”, Khurshid said.

Tharoor on Friday called Kharge, 80, a “candidate of continuity”, an apparent reference to the impression in some quarters that the Karnataka leader is the choice of the Gandhis.

“I am not surprised that the establishment is rallying behind the status quo. If you want the status quo, I think you should vote for Mr. Kharge. If you want change and progress with an eye to the rest of the 21st century, then I hope I will stand for that change,” the Thiruvananthapuram MP had said.

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Bypoll results LIVE: Who will win the high-stakes battle in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri? Counting begins for six assembly, 1 Lok Sabha seat

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The counting for bypolls held in six assembly seats and the high-stakes battle for the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat has started. It’s nothing short of a prestige battle for the Samajwadi Party as the seat fell vacant after the demise of party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Dimple Yadav is contesting the Manipuri by-elections to claim Mulayam’s legacy.

The entire Yadav family joined hands to ensure that the seat remains in the family, estranged leaders Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav also patched up, much to the relief of family members.

For Akhilesh, this election is extremely crucial because ever since he took over the reins of the party, he has been facing a series of defeats. From the 2017 Assembly polls to 2019 Lok Sabha polls, then the 2022 Assembly polls and the following bypolls in Azamgarh and Rampur, the party has faced losses.
Along with Mainpuri, Rampur Sadar and Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh, Padampur in Odisha, Sardarshahar in Rajasthan, Kurhani in Bihar, and Bhanupratappur in Chhattisgarh are the assembly seats where results will be declared today.
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  • Dimple Yadav of Samajwadi Party has taken early lead in Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat.

  • Counting began for the six assembly seats in five states along with the Lok Sabha seat of Mainpuri.



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Sule leads NCP-Uddhav Sena MPs’ attack on Bommai government; BJP MP rejects charge

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The opening day of the winter session in the Lok Sabha witnessed some heated exchanges over the Belagavi border dispute involving Maharashtra and Karnataka, with NCP MP Supriya Sule leading an NCP-Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray) combined attack on the BJP-ruled Karnataka government and its CM while demanding intervention by Union home minister Amit Shah in the matter. The Shiv Sena (Uddhav) also raised the matter at the Opposition floor leaders’ meeting convened by Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge at his office of the Rajya Sabha LoP. During the meeting, Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi condemned the “provocative statements” made by the Karnataka CM and said her party would take up the issue in Parliament and that she had given a notice for immediate discussion of the matter in the Rajya Sabha.
When the Lok Sabha reassembled after it adjourned till 12 noon as a mark of respect for the late Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sule raised the Belagavi issue. ” The chief minister of our neighbouring state, Karnataka, has been speaking nonsense. A conspiracy against Maharashtra has been going on for the past 10 days. The Karnataka CM is speaking about disintegrating Maharashtra. Both states are BJP-ruled. People of Maharashtra were beaten up on Tuesday when they wanted to go to the Karnataka border. This can’t be allowed… I urge Home Minister Amit Shah to speak up,” Sule said.

While most BJP and Congress MPs were seen treading on a cautious note perhaps because both parties have stakes on both sides, the mandatory counter came from BJP MP from Karnataka, Shivkumar Udasi.

“Maharashtra politicians from the Opposition are habitual offenders! This is their insecurity. Since the matter is still in the Supreme Court, do not let the Opposition talk on it,” he requested the Speaker.

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Trinamool back in Opposition meet

The Opposition floor-leaders’ meeting on Thursday witnessed the return of the Trinamool nominees, who had kept away from the Opposition floor-coordination meeting held at Kharge’s office during the previous session. Representatives of about 13 like-minded Opposition parties decided to coordinate in taking up in the Houses a whole range of issues they had separately raised at the session eve’s all-party meeting. They also decided to oppose two Bills — the Multi-State Cooperative Societies (Amend) Bill and the Biological Diversity (Amend) Bill.



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Maharashtra CM, Dy CM tell Shah about Karnataka’s ‘provocative comments’ on border row

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Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis have spoken to Union home minister Amit Shah on the border row and the violence on vehicles going from Maharashtra to Karnataka.
Fadnavis and Shinde, in their conversation with Shah, expressed concerns over some of the comments from the Karnataka government in the run-up to the violence along the border. On Wednesday, Shinde said: “I have spoken to home minister Amit Shah and I have also spoken to the Karnataka chief minister and told him that people who are going from Maharashtra to Karnataka should not be troubled in any way. Strong action should be taken against whoever has done the vandalism. He (Bommai) agreed that there would be strong action against the culprits and that such incidents would not be repeated.”

Shinde added: “I have told him (Bommai) that people from both states should not be inconvenienced and there should be a proper resolution.”

Fadnavis said: “I have spoken to home minister Amit Shah and I have told him the complete sequence of events. I have told him that without any reason Maharashtra vehicles have been vandalised and that is not right…While the Karnataka chief minister has assured me (that such incidents would not recur), I have requested him (Shah) to personally look into the issue and speak to the Karnataka CM.’
According to people in the know, Shinde and Fadnavis impressed on Shah that while Maharashtra was keeping things under control, there have been some uncalled for statements and steps taken by the Karnataka government that eventually led to the vandalism. Fadnavis said that the border dispute was in the Supreme Court and there was no reason for the issue to flare up in such a manner, the people said. The Shinde group MPs have sought to meet Shah to discuss the issue. On Thursday, Shah is slated to meet Opposition MPs from NCP, Congress and Sena (Uddhav group) on the issue.
The Shinde-BJP government has been on the defensive on the issue of the border row as Karnataka also has a BJP government. The Maharashtra Opposition has been slamming the government for not being assertive enough against the comments made by Bommai or the violence.

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