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Jayanthi Natarajan likely to leave Congress party today



New Delhi: It seems that another Congress member is all set to leave the party as senior party leader and former Union Minister Jayanthi Natarajan of state for Environment and Forests, is likely to quit the party, as per reported.

The decision came after the letter emerged out mentioning that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has made an alleged interference in her work as Environment Minister.

In the letter to Sonia Gandhi, Natarajan says that her “entire career is ruined” and that the “sacred and venerable” legacy of her family also “stands in danger of being tarnished”.

It added that she was put into a pressure of declining big projects upon receiving specific requests from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on environmental authorizations.

Natarajan was removed from the ministry, a few months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections on the alleged reason of being asked to work for the party.
“Over the last 11 months, I have suffered the most excruciating mental agony, and have been continuously attacked, wrongly vilified and defamed in the media, and exposed to every possible humiliation in public life.”

She also alleged interference from the Congress vice-president in projects of the Adani group, and said, “In fact, you (Sonia Gandhi) have yourself conveyed your concern in this regard in letters written to me in several cases, including the stalled GVK power project regarding Dhari Devi temple in Himachal Pradesh, the Lavasa project in Maharashtra, Nirma cement plant in Gujarat and in several other cases I was given specific input to make my decision.”


Groom shot dead at wedding venue in UP district




Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh): A groom was shot dead by unidentified assailants just before he reached the ‘mandap’ for the wedding ceremony.

The incident took place on Tuesday night in Masirpur bazaar locality in Devgaon police circle.

According to reports, the ‘baraat’ had come from Singhpur and just as the groom was walking towards the ‘mandap, two bike-borne assailants came and sprayed him with bullets.

The groom was taken to a nearby medical facility where he was declared brought dead.

Angry family members created a ruckus at the hospital after which the police came and sent the body for post mortem.

A number of family members, both from the groom and the bride side, have been detained for interrogation to ascertain the motive behind the crime.

The police said that the killers were probably following the groom from a distance and attacked him when the ceremony was about to begin.

There were no CCTV cameras in the area.

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