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FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns after long-standing fallout with Lionel Messi

Nearly 20,000 fans signed a petition demanding that Josep Maria Bartomeu should step down.

Nearly 20,000 fans signed a petition demanding that Josep Maria Bartomeu should step down.

Josep Maria Bartomeu on Tuesday resigned from his post as FC (Football Club) Barcelona President, along with his board of directors as a consequence of a long-going feud with club captain Lionel Messi – Argentine professional footballer. Bartomeu claimed the Spanish club wanted to join a potential new super league of elite European teams.

I want to communicate my resignation along with the rest of the board, said Bartomeu in an official announcement. It’s a composed and relaxed decision, agreed with all my fellow directors.

Bartomeu, 57, faced increasing resentment since last year due to which, the club started facing massive financial losses and the teams efficiency on the pitch. This came to head after their 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals in August.

He was widely criticised after Messi demanded a transfer following the humiliation he faced during the Champions League and also faced a vote of no confidence from fellow teammates. 

The easiest thing after the Champions League was to resign, but one had to take decisions amid an unprecedented global crisis, he said.

After accepting the proposal for the club to play in a future European Super League, Bartomeu explained that it ?would guarantee the financial stability of the club

Back in August, Messi had handed over an official notice to Barca to terminate his contract before the beginning of the season, as he never wanted to face a legal battle with the club.

After deciding to give it another chance and play for the season, Messi continued to have public fallout with Bartomeu when during an interview he described his stewardship of the club as a ?disaster.

Recently, the club has appointed their former player Ronald Koeman as manager in the close season, but Barca continues to witness a downfall as they have only won two of their five opening league games and lost 3-1 at home to rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.


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Shashi Tharoor is capable of bringing Congress back in power, says Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh

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Former MLA and Congress leader Dr Ashish Deshmukh spoke about nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for party president post.

Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh looks on while Congress MP Shashi Tharoor files nomination papers for party chief post

Former MLA and Member of Parliamentary Board, MPCC Dr Ashish Deshmukh speaking about the nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for the post of Congress President on Friday, said, “Dr Shashi Tharoor is a popular Congress MP who has done remarkable work for the nation at the international level. It’s very welcoming thing that the election of Congress President is being done in a democratic manner. This is an important step for decentralisation in the party and the future of Congress is bright. Soniaji and Rahulji Gandhi contributed a lot to strengthen the party.”

Former MLA and Congress leader Dr Ashish Deshmukh spoke about nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for party president post.

Shashi Tharoor

Congress leader Deshmukh added, “This is an important step taken by the Congress elites for the elections in a democratic manner so that the party can take a higher flight. Dr Shashi Tharoor has cordial relations with everyone in the party; he has the ability to give a new direction to the party. I believe that he will be able to handle the responsibility of bringing the Congress to power in the country by taking the party forward with new strength. If he seriously deals with issues like unemployment, industry, agriculture, inflation then Congress will have fruitful days. By doing transparent politics, he will definitely convey the thought of Congress to the people at the grassroots level. If you want a rejuvenated, bigger and dynamic Congress party, Dr. Shashi Tharoor is the right candidate. He has the open support of Congress delegates in 12 states and is getting the support of Congress leaders and activists from all over India. He will be elected for sure.”

Deshmukh informed that Tharoor would be visiting Nagpur on October 1 and 2 to hear out all thoughts of Congress delegates.

Also read: Lata Mangeshkar’s 93rd birthday anniversary: Life story of ‘nightingale’

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Nagpur citizens to revel The Raaas Garba next year!

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The Raaas (2018)

Since The Raaas enchanted and enthralled Nagpur with its quality garba in its first year in 2018, the demand for encore has been reverberating the city. To cater to the huge public demand, the organisers of the king of garbas have decided to continue The Raaas next year on. Like its first year, The Raaas Garba will be presented to Nagpur in association with Nation Next in 2023. Mahesh Kukreja, the key organiser said, “Because of some reasons, we, earlier, thought of giving the event a break.”

He added, “Then COVID-19 struck the world. Now we plan to continue it from next year onwards. While I express my gratitude to Nagpurians to make the event a huge hit, I request the city’s garba revellers to not get fooled as a few garbas are falsely claiming to be The Raaas. We’ll be back next year for sure!”

Also read: Mesmerising sunset hues at Ramtek’s Ambala Lake in Nagpur

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Mesmerising sunset hues at Ramtek’s Ambala Lake in Nagpur

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Akshara Rohankar | Photographer : Bhavesh Mahalle | Nagpur

Ambala Lake in Ramtek city wore a dazzling look at the golden hour of sunset. The verdant surrounding of the lake flanked by the old and famous Shiv temple, lends a soothing and religious aura to the city known for its old heritage and mythological significance.

Also read: When Lata Mangeshkar got offended by Dilip Kumar and didn’t speak to him for 13 years

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