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Dumped by BJP, Udit Raj joins Congress

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After he was denied a ticket for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), outgoing Delhi MP Udit Raj on Wednesday joined the Congress.

Udit Raj, a Lok Sabha member from North West Delhi, switched over to the Congress within a day after the BJP fielded singer Hans Raj Hans in the reserved seat.

“Congress President Rahul Gandhi welcomes Udit Raj into the Congress party,” the Congress tweeted.
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After joining the Congress, Udit Raj took to Twitter and said: “Today I joined the Congress. Thank you Congress President Rahul Gandhi.”

Earlier in the day, in a series of tweets, he said: “It was nice to speak to senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra. He was saddened over denial of ticket to me.”

Udit Raj said that if only he had been informed about the denial of ticket, then he would not have felt so bad.

“Why the party declared the name on the last day of the nomination?” he asked.

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Nirbhaya convicts to be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m.

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New Delhi: The four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case will now be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m., a local court announced here on Monday.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana pronounced the order on a petition seeking issuance of fresh date for the execution of death warrants in the case pertaining to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in the national capital in December 2012.

Expressing satisfaction over the latest court order, Nirbhaya’s mother said, “I’m satisfied and happy. I hope the convicts will finally be hanged on March 3,” Asha Devi told mediapersons.

The case pertains to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in the national capital in December 2012.

On January 31, a trial court had stayed “till further order” the execution of the four convicts — Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31).

Of the four convicts, Pawan has not yet availed the remedy of either curative petition or mercy plea.

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