Ahmedabad/New Delhi: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) continued to keep their potential allies guessing by not turning up for an event where they were expected to share the dias with the Left parties, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
AIADMK leader V Maithreyan was expected to attend a press conference called by the TDP to further their campaign against Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. Janata Dal (Secular) president Deve Gowda also did not attend the meeting despite having been invited.
Later, Miathreyan told Mint that he was in Chennai as he was required to be there on party work.
Separately, Bhartiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani on Friday begin the poll campaign from his Gandhinagar constituency, from where he has won for four times.
—Staff Writer & PTI
Sonia Gandhi rejigs Congress committee
New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has revamped her organization ahead of the general election, inducting former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad into the All India Congress Committee (AICC), and dropping many party MPs expected to contest Lok Sabha elections.
While Azad, known for his organizational skills, returned to the committee as general secretary in charge of crucial states such as Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa and Puducherry, former general secretary Kishore Chadra Deo, secretaries Ajay Maken, Arun Kumar, Jitin Prasada, Priya Dutt and Madhu Gowd Yaskhi were removed from their organizational posts. Deo, however, will continue as Congress Working Committee member. Rahul Gandhi will continue to be in charge of the youth and students’ wings of the party.
MPs demand removal of Calcutta HC judge
New Delhi: Fifty-eight Rajya Sabha members of Parliament (MP), cutting across party lines, on Friday submitted a petition before the chairman of the Upper House, asking for removal of justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta high court for alleged misappropriation of money.
“The CJI (chief justice of India) had written to the prime minister urging the government to initiate impeachment procedures against Justice Sen. Since the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) has not yet done yet, we have given our notice for the motion,” Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury told reporters.