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FIR registered against BJP’s spokesperson Sambit Patra for violating rules



Sambit Patra, BJP spokesperson, Bhartiya Janata Party, Madhya Pradesh, Regional news, Politics news, National news

Bhopal: The Election Commission of India today filed and First Information Report (FIR) against Bhartiya Janata Party controversial spokesperson Sambit Patra violation of model code of conduct during Madhya Pradesh elections.

The Congress has recently formed the government in Madhya Pradesh after defeating the BJP and ending its 15 years of government. Last month, the controversial BJP spokesperson had found his name included in the FIR filed by the Election Commission for poll code violation.


Sambit Patra, BJP spokesperson, Bhartiya Janata Party, Madhya Pradesh, Regional news, Politics news, National news


Madhya Pradesh: Bailable warrant issued against BJP leader and spokesperson Sambit Patra by CJM Court in a model of code of conduct violation case in Bhopal (file pic)— ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2018

Madhya Pradesh CEO VL Kantha Rao had told news agency that Patra had been named as an accused in the FIR.

Patra had allegedly violated the poll code by holding a press conference in front of a commercial building in MP Nagar area of Bhopal, where he slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi on the National Herald case.


Arrest warrant issued against controversial BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra:


The opposition Congress had wasted no time in approaching the poll body to claim that Patra’s presser was organised without requisite permissions and that too on public property (road).

Patra has become synonymous to antics and shenanigans in the recent time as his comments have frequently courted controversy. In a veiled jibe at Patra, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, according to news agency ANI, had recently said, “There’s a spokesperson who has responsibility to speak for party officially, but there are a few ppl in party(BJP) who when they speak to media, stir controversy. One shouldn’t speak such things that lead to controversy; it adversely affects party’s image.”


Sambit Patra, BJP spokesperson, Bhartiya Janata Party, Madhya Pradesh, Regional news, Politics news, National news


The BJP lost all three states, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, to the Congress in the recently concluded assembly elections.

There were also reports that the BJP had removed Patra from its list of spokespersons to avoid further embarrassment ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. However, the party had later clarified that there was no truth in these reports.

Patra has continued to make TV appearances in the last few days. His aggressive tone has, however, given way to more dignified response these days.



Trump knew exactly what was going on: Giuliani aide




Washington: An aide to Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has said that the US President “knew exactly what was going on” regarding efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, it was reported on Thursday.

Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnass, who is facing separate criminal charges, made the comments in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday after letters, phone records, notes and flash drives were obtained from him earlier this week, the BBC said in a report.

Documents show that the Ukraine-born Parnas was in regular contact with Giuliani as well as Ukrainian officials, and suggests that the businessman was directly involved in trying to have Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky look into the Bidens.

In the interview, Parnas said Trump was “aware of all my movements”.

“I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the President. Why would President Zelensky’s inner circle or (Interior) Minister (Arsen) Avakov or all these people or (former) President (Petro) Poroshenko meet with me?

“Who am I? They were told to meet with me. And that’s the secret that they’re trying to keep. I was on the ground doing their work,” he added.

Parnas further said that the President was lying and knew that unless there was an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was a director of a Ukrainian gas company, military aid to Kiev would be withheld.

He also claimed that the investigation was about digging up dirt on Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, some of the materials obtained show Parnas and Giuliani discussing the removal of Marie Yovanovitch, the then US ambassador to Ukraine, said the BBC report.

In Wednesday’s interview, Parnas claimed the only motivation to get Yovanovitch removed from her post was because she was in the way of the effort to get Ukraine to announce an investigation into Joe Biden.

Trump was impeached by the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on December 18, 2019 and is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The two articles of impeachment were sent to the Republican-majority Senate on Wednesday night, paving the way for the starting of a trial against the President.

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