General Secretary of Congress Seva Dal from Nagpur Krishna Kumar Pandey died of a heart attack during Bharat Jodo Yatra on Tuesday morning. Pandey, who was facing breathing issues, was rushed to a nearby hospital in an ambulance. Veteran Congress leader Jairam Ramesh informed that Pandey was walking along with Digvijaya Singh and himself. It was after he handed over national flag to a party colleague, he fainted.
“This 62nd morning of Bharat Jodo Yatra, Krishna Kumar Pandey, General Secretary of Seva Dal, was holding the national flag and walking with Digvijaya Singh and me. After a few minutes, as is the practice, he handed the flag to a colleague and moved back. Thereafter he collapsed and was taken in an ambulance to a hospital where most sadly he was declared dead. He was a staunch Congressman and used to take on the RSS in Nagpur. It is a most humbling moment for all the Yatris,” said Jairam Ramesh, the party’s general secretary and communications in-charge.
Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who is leading the Bharat Jodo Yatra, expressed his deepest condolences to Pandey’s loved ones. “Congress Seva Dal General Secretary, Krishnakant Pandey ji’s demise is very sad for the entire Congress family. I express my deepest condolences to his loved ones,” he said in a tweet.
He added, “Today, he held the tricolor in his hands at the last moment during the journey. His dedication to the country will always inspire us.”
कांग्रेस सेवा दल के महासचिव, कृष्णकांत पांडे जी का निधन पूरे कांग्रेस परिवार के लिए बहुत दुःखद है। उनके प्रियजनों को मैं अपनी गहरी संवेदनाएं व्यक्त करता हूं।
आज, यात्रा के दौरान अंतिम समय में उन्होंने हाथों में तिरंगा थामा था। देश के लिए उनका समर्पण हमें सदा प्रेरणा देता रहेगा। pic.twitter.com/VvC1O5ZJfh
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 8, 2022
The mass outreach initiative by Congress – Bharat Jodo Yatra – helmed by Gandhi arrived in Nanded at Maharashtra where the tragic incident took place.
After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified
An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.
However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.
Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.
‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah
Home Minister Amit Shah said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), under the Congress-led UPA government, tried to pressurise him in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case filed against him when he was the Home Minister of Gujarat.
Shah said the same, in New Delhi on Wednesday, while responding to a question on Opposition’s charge that Prime Minister Narendra Modi government is ‘misusing’ central agencies to target them.
Shah said the CBI tried to put pressure on him to ‘frame’ then Gujarat Chief Minister Modi in the alleged fake encounter case during the Congress government.
Speaking about ex-Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s conviction in a defamation case by Gujarat Court, Shah said the Congress leader was not the only politician who was convicted by a court and lost membership of the legislature.
Speaking about ‘misuse’ of central agencies, Shah said, “I will tell you how agencies are misused, I have been a victim of it. The Congress did not file a corruption case against us. There was an encounter when I was the home minister of Gujarat. A case was filed against me and the CBI arrested me.”
He added, “In 90% of the questions during my interrogation, I was asked why I was getting bothered and they said they would leave me if I name Narendra Modi. Even then, we did not protest or wear black clothes or stop Parliament’s functioning. An SIT was formed against Modi, which the Supreme Court itself dismissed.”
He concluded by saying, “In my entire interrogation, I was told ‘Modi ka naam de do, de do. But why should I frame him? Today, the same Congress is crying over its fate.”
Adani’s entire money belongs to PM Modi: Sanjay Raut
Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut claimed that all the wealth of billionaire businessman Gautam Adani belonged to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Raut made the claim on Wednesday by stating, “I agree with Kejriwal’s statement. He has rightly said that Adani is only a face. All the money which is with Adani in fact belongs to PM Modi and it needs to be probed. Adani is being protected because of all that. During his chief ministership, Adani’s empire came into existence. He (Modi) speaks on all topics but not on Adani. The Opposition is struggling, your industrialist (Adani) has looted the country.”
Speaking further, Raut said, “Rahul (Gandhi) also rightly raised a question regarding the ₹20,000 crore in Adani’s account. Give us answers. There is no point in talking about what happened when you were CM.”
He further asked, “Why don’t you (Modi) talk about the issues raised by Rahul Gandhi and the JPC demanded by the Opposition on the Adani issue? What is your relationship with Adani? Are the ED and the CBI only for us (the Opposition), not for Adani? Will you do the audit of the PMCARES fund?”