Rajasthan minister targets bureaucrat, seeks to be relieved of his duties
JAIPUR: Rajasthan minister Ashok Chandna has sought to be relieved of his duties while calling chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s principal secretary Kuldeep Ranka as the “minister of all departments”.
In a tweet in Hindi on Thursday, Chandna said, “Honourable chief minister, I have a personal request for you…relieve me of this dishonourable ministerial post. The charge of all my departments should be given to Kuldeep Ranka because he is the minister of all departments. Thank you.”
The tweet came a week after ruling Congress lawmaker Ganesh Ghogra sent his resignation to Gehlot in protest against a police case against him while complaining of being“neglected”. He wrote to Gehlot accusing local administrative officials of suppressing his voice despite being the legislator and Rajasthan Youth Congress chief.
Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party chief Satish Poonia cited Chandna’s tweet and said the ship is sinking and linked it to the “trends” for 2023 assembly elections in the state.
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Thursday passed a resolution against the attempt to change the status of Panjab University into a central university, while strongly urging the Centre not to consider against any change in the nature and character of the institution. All members, except those from the Bharatiya Janata Party, supported the resolution. The resolution was moved by higher education minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer.
At least 15 garment shops were gutted after a major fire broke out on Thursday morning at Hathua, one of the oldest markets in Patna. Property worth crores of rupees were destroyed in the fire, believed to have been caused by lightning. A shopkeeper at the site said the fire broke out around 3:30am. No casualties have been reported so far, and the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Thursday passed a resolution against the Centre's Agnipath defence recruitment scheme. Two BJP legislators Ashwani Sharma and Jangi Lal Mahajan, however, opposed the resolution. The resolution was moved in the House by chief minister Bhagwant Mann. Mann said the scheme had been declared unilaterally and led to nationwide protests and opposition. Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali also supported the resolution and demanded the scheme's rollback.
Uttar Pradesh is preparing for the Kanwar Yatra from July 14, the annual pilgrimage wherein Lord Shiva devotees travel on foot to fetch holy water of the Ganga from Uttarakhand's Haridwar to shrines in their localities, people familiar with the matter said.
Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, the Thane police are keeping a close watch on the activity on social media to avoid any incidents of violence, people familiar with the matter said. The police have also beefed up security at each police station level especially outside the Shiv Sena shakhas and offices, while Quick Response and Riot Control teams are also on stand-by.