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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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Rajnath Singh creates history, becomes first Defence Minister to fly LCA Tejas

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Bengaluru: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday flew in the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas from the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd’s (HAL) Bengaluru airport. Singh became the first Indian defence minister ever to fly in the fighter jet.

He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari, who is also the Project Director, National Flight Test Centre, ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) in Bengaluru.

“Flying on ‘Tejas’, an Indigenous Light Combat Aircraft from Bengaluru’s HAL Airport was an amazing and exhilarating experience. Tejas is a multi-role fighter with several critical capabilities. It is meant to strengthen India’s air defence capabilities,” Rajnath Singh tweeted after his sortie.

 

Before taking off for a 30-minute sortie, Rajnath Singh was acquainted with the air prowess of LCA Tejas by the pilots of the 45 Squadron Flying Daggers. For his part, the defence minister also tried to familiarise himself with the formidable fighter jet developed completely in India.

The Tejas is an indigenous light weight, multi role supersonic aircraft developed in both fighter and trainer versions.Advanced materials like composites are used in the manufacture of the Tejas to reduce weight and increase the component life. The Tejas is designed to carry a veritable plethora of air-to-air, air-to- surface, precision guided and standoff weaponry.

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