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Queries on alliance with SP faction hypothetical: Congress

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New Delhi, Oct 24 : The Congress party on Monday said it will not reply to “hypothetical questions” on whether it will ally with the Samajwadi Party or its breakaway faction ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

Earlier, the Congress had said that it would not ally with any party before the elections.

“Has the party split? The party hasn’t broken, so why should we discuss this issue? Had the spilt happened and then you had asked me the question, I would have replied,” Congress Spokesperson R.P.N. Singh said replying to a question during a media briefing.

“I can’t answer hypothetical questions at this moment. What has been simmering for the last three four years in the Samajwadi party is imploding now,” he added.

Asked about Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s statement earlier that described Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav a “good guy”, Singh said: “Some might be a great guy personally, but may not be a great politician.

“He (Rahul Gandhi) does not mean that if he is good guy, he will be good in everything. He never said he is a good Chief Minister. He could not fulfil the expectations of the people of Uttar Pradesh,” he added.

However, within the party circles of the Congress, there are voices who support allying with Akhilesh, if at all the split within the Samajwadi Party happens.

Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Samajwadi Party was in turmoil on Monday as party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav publicly pulled up his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at a meeting, which ended on a fiery note, with sacked minister Shivpal Yadav calling Akhilesh a “liar”.

The Shivpal and Akhilesh factions within the once united party came to blows ahead of the meeting called by Mulayam Singh, who made it clear that he would never let go either his brother Shivpal Yadav or long-time aide Amar Singh, who the Chief Minister intensely dislikes.

On Sunday, the Samajwadi Party appeared headed for a split as Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav ousted uncle Shivpal Yadav and three others from the government, while the party brass sacked his backer and MP Ram Gopal Yadav from the party in an intensifying dynastic power struggle ahead of next year’s election.

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I represent an ‘inclusive’ India: Nusrat Jahan on ‘fatwa’

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Kolkata, 30 June 2019 : After being criticised for sporting vermilion and bangles and not wearing a ‘burqa’ in Parliament, actor-turned-politician Nusrat Jahan on Saturday said that she represents an “inclusive India”.

“I represent an inclusive India which is beyond the barriers of caste, creed and religion,” Jahan said in a statement that she later shared on Twitter.

She also wrote that she “respects all religions”.

“I still remain a Muslim and none should comment on what I choose to wear. Faith is beyond attire and is more about believing and practicing the invaluable doctrines of all religions,” Jahan said.

Criticising her “un-Islamic” post-marriage appearance at her oath-taking ceremony in Parliament on June 25, a group of Muslim clerics had issued a ‘fatwa’ against the newly-married Member of Parliament.

Jahan tied the knot with businessman Nikhil Jain on June 19.

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Sunil Jakhar resigns as PCC president

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Suni Jakhar Sent his Resignation to Rahul Gandhi on May 24 after he list Gurdaspur Lok Sabha poll but it has not been accepted so far.

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Actress Urmila Matondkar joins Congress

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New Delhi, 27 March : Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar on Wednesday joined the Congress here in the presence of party leaders.

Matondkar was inducted into the party by Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala and leaders Sanjay Nirupam and Milind Deora at the party headquarters.

Before joining the party, the actress met Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

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