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Fresh trouble, Rawat ally won’t back RS nominee

PDF stakes claim to lone seat, U’khand CM to meet Sonia30 May 2016 | 2:08 AM

NEW DELHI:Fresh trouble is brewing for the Congress in Uttarakhand with ally Progressive Democratic Front (PDF) objecting to the name of Pradeep Tamta as the party’s nominee for the Rajya Sabha and staking claim for the lone seat.

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Fresh trouble, Rawat ally won’t back RS nomineePradeep Tamta

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29

Fresh trouble is brewing for the Congress in Uttarakhand with ally Progressive Democratic Front (PDF) objecting to the name of Pradeep Tamta as the party’s nominee for the Rajya Sabha  and staking claim for the lone seat.

The PDF comprises six legislators (three Independents, two from the BSP and one of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal). It is part of the Harish Rawat-led Congress government which recently won the floor test by a narrow margin. Any change in the number game may spell fresh trouble for the Congress, which just about managed a lease of life after the revocation of President’s rule in the state.

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The PDF is learnt to be pushing for Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Dinesh Dhanai (Independent) for the RS nomination and has communicated so to Rawat who will be here on Monday for consultations with the high command.

It is learnt that Rawat today met PDF convener and Independent MLA Mantri Prasad Naithani to  “convince” him to back the Congress nominee. No headway is learnt to have been made. Four of the six PDF MLAs, including Dhanai, are ministers in the Congress government. Sources said the PDF was trying to extract its pound of flesh in

return for its support during the floor test. Asked if the Congress could review Tamta's nomination, a top Uttarakhand unit leader said, "That is for Congress president Sonia Gandhi to decide."

The Congress needs the support of 29 legislators to win the RS nomination from Uttarakhand. It has 27 MLAS of its own. A top Congress leader said, "Everything will be sorted out tomorrow ".

Tamta, a former Lok Sabha MP from the Almora (reserved) constituency, is a Rawat confidant. He was  declared the Congress candidate from Uttarakhand yesterday. May 31 is the last date for filing nominations.

Poll on mind, Swaraj Abhiyan splits

30 May 2016 | 2:08 AM

CHANDIGARH:In a setback to social activist Yogendra Yadav’s Swaraj Abhiyan, its Punjab unit, led by Prof Manjit Singh and backed by AAP rebels Dr Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa, announced a regional political party here today.

Beant Singh’s grandson dies of bullet injury

Beant Singh’s grandson dies of bullet injury

30 May 2016 | 2:09 AM

CHANDIGARH: Assassinated Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh’s grandson Harkirat Singh (40) died at his house in strange circumstances here today.

Haryana VB seals records in five dists

30 May 2016 | 2:09 AM

CHANDIGARH: Tightening the noose on dealers and officials involved in the Rs 10,618 crore VAT scam, the Haryana Vigilance Bureau (SVB) has sealed the records of Excise and Taxation Department offices in five districts on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

5 arrested for attacks on Africans

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NEW DELHI: Five person have been arrested in connection with four incidents of assault on African nationals in the south Delhi’s Mehrauli area on May 27, the police said today.

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CHANDIGARH: To reduce pollution being caused by the ever-increasing number of vehicles, the Administration is contemplating starting electric buses in the city. A company made a presentation on electric buses before senior officers of the Administration on Friday.

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30 May 2016 | 2:02 AM

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Badal all praise for Modi, says Centre helps state

30 May 2016 | 1:26 AM

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30 May 2016 | 12:41 AM

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