Your Daily Wrap: Ghulam Nabi Azad Leaves Congress; Kejriwal attacks BJP in CBI raids; and more


Veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned from the party and launched a blistering and unrestrained attack on Rahul Gandhi. Pointing to Rahul, whom he called an “unserious individual”, Azad said he had “destroyed” the party’s “entire consultation mechanism”. Azad was a member of the Congressional Working Committee and a member of the political affairs group led by Sonia Gandhi. Congress questioned the timing of the veteran leader’s resignation and said ‘it is very unfortunate and very regrettable’ that he at some point left the party ‘fighting the BJP on public issues of rising profits’. prices, unemployment and polarization”.

In his five-page letter, Azad also said that under Rahul a new “coterie of inexperienced sycophants” began to rule the party, and citing “one of the most egregious examples of this immaturity”, referred to a 2013 incident when the party’s vice president tore up an ordinance introduced by his party-led UPA government. Read the full text of Azad’s letter to Sonia Gandhi here.

On his last day as Chief Justice of India before retiring, NV Ramana today delivered key judgments – the PIL seeking a ban on ‘voters’, the hate speech case of Yogi Adityanath in 2007 and the Karnataka mining affair. For the first time, proceedings from the ceremonial bench of the Ramana court were broadcast live. The outgoing CJI regretted that it “could not give due consideration” to the controversial issue of the list of cases.

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Continuing his attack on the BJP over the CBI raids on Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence in Delhi last week, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today: “There is a new killer in series in town. The people choose the government, they (the BJP) overthrow it. Sisodia also echoed Kejriwal’s comments. At the one-day special session of the Delhi Assembly convened by the AAP, Sisodia called the CBI FIR filed against him “false and fabricated”.

Goa Police today arrested Sudhir Sangvan and Sukhwinder Singh for their alleged involvement in the murder of Haryana BJP leader and actor Sonali Phogat and said the accused ‘intentionally gave the victim a substance nasty chemical in liquid” hours before his death on the morning of August 23. While Sangvan was Phogat’s personal assistant, Singh was his assistant.

Political pulse

In ruling circles, Ahmed Patel was also known as the man who had Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s ear in good times and bad, as the keeper of many party secrets, and as the leader of Gujarat. most influential in Congress. It has been almost two years since Patel died of complications from Covid. Months ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls, Congress appears to be catching up with even the rookie AAP. The Patels have mostly stayed away, until recently, when following the remission of 11 convicts for the gang rape of Bilkis Bano and the murder of 14 members of his family, the daughter of Patel, Mumtaz Patel, expressed his disapproval. In an interview with The Indian Express, Mumtaz talks about life after his father, the habit of not having a house in Delhi, the state of Congress and the help of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the time of the Patel’s disease. Excerpts here.

Express explained

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