Congress Dissenters Advocate for Ghulam Nabi Azad at Jammu Rally
Internal disputes within the Congress party emerged today, with the splinter group, popularly known as G-23, staging a rally in Jammu, apparently to congratulate Ghulam Nabi Azad on his retirement from Rajya Sabha, but effectively challenging management in a show of force.
- G-23 leaders said they wanted a Congress that was strongly rooted in Gandhi’s principles and to see an experienced leader in Ghulam Nabi Azad.
- Other senior Congress leaders, Anand Sharma, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha, as well as Azad, also spoke on the occasion.
- Stating that Azad was a leader who knew the fundamental reality of Congress in every district of every state.
- In August last year, this group, led by Azad, wrote to party chairperson Sonia Gandhi , urging him to provide “full-time” and “visible” leadership.
- Gandhi returned to the bar as interim leader after the abrupt resignation of his son Rahul Gandhi.
- It is the first time that letter writers have been discovered, giving up all pretense.
- The congress leadership has remained silent on Azad’s re-appointment, and members of the G-23 find themselves marginalized in the scheme of things within the party.
- Azad, speaking at the rally, said he may have retired from Rajya Sabha but has not retired from politics.
- In a sharp response, the party said it would have been better if these leaders had campaigned in the states for elections rather than holding a public meeting in Jammu. So far, the party has not indicated any disciplinary action against the group.
The responsibility for creating an “enabling environment” lies with India, says Imran Khan.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan praised the ceasefire agreement with India on Saturday, but said the responsibility for creating an “enabling environment” for further progress in bilateral relations lay with New Delhi.
- In his first remarks since the Indian and Pakistani armies jointly announced Thursday that they agree to strictly observe all ceasefire agreements along the Line of Control (LoC) and other areas.
- Khan said Pakistan remains ready to move forward to resolve “all outstanding issues” with India through dialogue.
- India and Pakistan issued a joint statement on Thursday to strictly observe all ceasefire agreements across the LoC and other sectors after talks over the direct line of their directors general of military operations (DGMO)
- The decision of the two countries entered into force from midnight on February 24/25.
AG refuses to consent to contempt proceedings against former CJI Ranjan Gogoi
Attorney General K.K. Venugopal refused to consent to an activist bringing criminal contempt proceedings against former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi for his comments on the Supreme Court.
- Activist Saket Gokhale said Judge Gogoi’s remarks, in a widely publicized interview during the India Today conclave in February, scandalized the court and demeaned his dignity in the public eye.
- Judge Gogoi, now assistant to Rajya Sabha, allegedly used terms such as “dilapidation” of justice, etc.
- Venugopal, in a letter to Gokhale, agreed that Judge Gogoi’s statements were in fact “very strong” but were said to be “for the good of the institution” and would not “in any way shock the court or would diminish its authority. ”
- The consent of the Attorney General is required to initiate contempt proceedings.
Saudi Arabia rejects US intelligence report on Khashoggi assassination
Saudi Arabia has said it completely rejects “the negative, false and unacceptable assessment” in the US intelligence report released on Friday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- The de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia approved an operation to capture or kill the Washington Post columnist in 2018, according to the US report, as the US sanctioned some of those involved, but not the crown prince.
- A Saudi court jailed eight people last year for between seven and 20 years for Khashoggi’s murder after his family pardoned his killers and allowed the death penalty to be overturned.
- Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince, was last seen at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, where he went to collect documents for his imminent marriage.
- His body was dismembered and removed from the building and his remains have not been found.
- The assassination sparked a worldwide uproar and tarnished the reformist image of Prince Mohammed, and strained relations between the United States and its closest Arab ally.
The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,10,94,731 at the time of this writing, with a balance of 1,58,403.
- While Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bengal, Telangana, and Jammu and Kashmir report a high number of active Covid-19 cases and an increasing trend of new cases over the past week, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba discussed today the situation with the Chief Secretaries.
- States have been advised not to lower their guard, impose appropriate behavior in the pandemic, and address violations firmly.
- They are also required to follow effective surveillance and monitoring strategies for potential over-propagation events.
- The Health Ministry said that Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat have also shown an increase in the number of new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of active cases to 1,59590.
- Maharashtra continues to record the highest number of new cases daily with 8,333, followed by Kerala with 3,671, while Punjab has reported 622 new cases, he said. India reported 16,488 new cases in the 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. of Saturday.
- Private hospitals that operate as COVID-19 vaccination centers can charge up to ₹ 250 per person per dose, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday, along with a list of 20 medical conditions that will allow people between 45 and 59 years of using the vaccine.