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Navjot launches new political front; blasts Badals, AAP

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Chandigarh 8 Sep : Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday formally announced a new political front ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’ saying that his fight was against the system and the leaders who had “ruined” Punjab.

Sidhu said the move to launch the new political front, which will contest all 117 assembly seats in the elections to be held early next year, was to ensure that people in Punjaband Punjabiat won.
“Our slogan is ‘Punjabwill win’ this time. Punjabiat will win. Our fight is against the system that has ruined Punjab. People with selfish interests have overridden interests of the state. People want change in governance,” Sidhu said.

“At this stage, Awaaz-e-Punjabis not a party. It is a forum for good governance,” Sidhu announced, adding that the forum should be given 15 days to work out its future course.

The former Rajya Sabha member had on September 2 floated the new political front online.

Sidhu was flanked by former Indian hockey team captain Pargat Singh, a legislator of Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, and two independent legislators, Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjeet Singh Bains, during the launch of the political front.

Pargat Singh was last month suspended from the Akali Dal for “anti-party” activities.

Sidhu had resigned from the Rajya Sabha on July 18, fuelling speculation that he may join the AAP.

The Bains brothers, who had fallen out with the Akali Dal top leadership three years ago, have significant influence in Ludhiana district.

Sidhu, who is a BJP member, said that he had resigned from the Rajya Sabha as he was given two options – either to support and campaign for Badals or not to look towards Punjab.

“I refused to accept either of these two conditions and resigned,” Sidhu said.

Giving details of his talks with AAP, Sidhu said that the AAP leadership, particularly Arvind Kejriwal, were non-committal on his role if he joined ranks with that party.

“They (AAP) wanted to make me another decoration piece. Kejriwal told me not to contest and only campaign for the party. I was offered that my wife will be made a minister,” Sidhu said.

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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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