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Rahul Meets MLAs, Stalemate In Karnataka Congress Persists

New Delhi:Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met disgruntled Karnataka MLAs led by M B Patil in the national capital but the talks remained inconclusive. After the meeting, Patil said the next plan of action will be decided after discussions with the 15-20 MLAs, who are unhappy with the Cabinet expansion. He, however, asserted that he has no plans to quit the Congress. Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) working president Dinesh GunduRao as also state leader and new cabinet minister Krishna Byre Gowda were present in the meeting.

"We are trying to resolve the differences. The process is on at the moment. No decision has been taken yet," Gowda told mediapersons after the meeting. The consultations are still going on with state leaders, he added. Patil, who campaigned for a minority status for the Lingayats, is a prominent state Congress leader. Under his leadership a section of dissatisfied legislators have held several meetings last week.

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Enforcement Directorate Gets Journalist Upendra Rai’s Custody

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday granted the Enforcement Directorate seven days custody of journalist UpendraRai in a money laundering case related to alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions. Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh granted the remand to the ED, which had sought his custody for 14 days to question him about the alleged wrongdoings.

Special Public Prosecutors N K Matta and NiteshRana, appearing for the ED, told the court that the accused was extorting money from various persons citing he had information against them as he was a journalist. A huge amount involving thousands of crores of rupees was extorted, they alleged. Rai was arrested under the PMLA at the Tihar jail here on Friday evening, moments after he secured bail in CBI case related to the current matter.

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Kushwaha Says, Nothing Much To Read In My Absence From Dinner Hosted By BJP

New Delhi: Speculation is rife over his motives continued as he skipped another BJP-hosted meal however Union minister Upendra Kushwaha on Friday said there was no reason to play up his absence from a dinner organized by the BJP for the National Democratic Alliance in Bihar.

Kushwaha, who heads the Rashtriya Lok Samata party (RLSP), arrived in Patna on Friday and left for his Lok Sabha constituency Karakat in Rohtas district. This meant he would miss an iftar hosted by BJP leader and Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi later in the day.

“I could not join the NDA get-together due to personal reasons. I am with NDA. There is no reason to play up my absence. Other leaders from my party did attend the get-together,” he told reporters at Patna airport, pointing out even BJP chief Amit Shah also did not attend the dinner. Kushwaha has time and again sought better coordination among NDA constituents and had earlier welcomed the dinner organised in Patna.

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Sitharaman Rules Out Possibility Of New Delhi Reviewing Its Stand On CPEC

New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman ruled out any possibility of New Delhi reviewing its stand on CPEC project, which is a major irritant in the Sino-Indian relationship. Moreover, India does not view its relations with China through the prism of China-Pakistan ties.

She also said New Delhi is alert to the economic assistance provided by China to India's neighbours and ramifications it could have for the country. "One thing I want to assure here...we do not view our relations with China through the prism of China-Pakistan relations," the minister told an event to mark the 10th anniversary of 'Chennai Centre for China Studies' here.

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BJP Reposes Faith In The Chief Ministers Of Three Poll-Bound States

New Delhi: In a big disappointment to those pitching for a leadership change in Rajasthan, lobbying to keep the CM-face undeclared in Chhattisgarh and nursing chief ministerial ambitions in Madhya Pradesh, the BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) has reposed faith in its chief ministers in three election-bound states and will face the December poll under their leadership.

Two senior leaders of the party said, “Change is not under consideration.” “VasundharaRaje, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Raman Singh are sitting chief ministers and the party will go to poll under their leadership,” they added.The second leader, who asked not to be identified, said Raje, Chouhan and Singh are the most popular faces of the party in their respective states, adding that there are no alternatives with similar stature, even if the party were to consider a change.