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LIVE: Ghulam Nabi announces new party, names it 'Democratic Azad Party'

MLAs loyal to the Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, who is set to contest for the post of Congress president, reached the assembly speaker's residence to submit their resignation on Sunday

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Ghulam Nabi Azad, J&K minister Azad

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Former Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad announced his new party on Monday, and named it 'Democratic Azad Party'. While unveiling the flag his party, Azad said, "Mustard colour indicates creativity & unity in diversity, white indicates peace and blue indicates freedom, open space, imagination and limits from the depths of the ocean to the heights of the sky."
India records 4,129 new Covid cases on Monday, taking the nation's tally from the coronavirus pandemic to 44,572,243. With 20 new deaths in the last 24 hours, India's toll of Covid-19 has reached 528,530. The nation's tally of cured Covid cases has reached 44,000,298 as 4,688 people recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours.

The Congress in Rajasthan plunged into a crisis Sunday as several MLAs loyal to Ashok Gehlot submitted resignation letters over a possible move to appoint Sachin Pilot as the next CM, their rebellion erupting just ahead of a Congress Legislature Party meeting. The loyalists headed to Speaker C P Joshi's home after a long meeting in the evening at minister Shanti Dhariwal's residence, saying they were resigning as MLAs.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a clarion call for a "main front", comprising the Congress, to oust the BJP in 2024 parliamentary polls. He was among political regional bigwigs who took part in a rally to mark the 109th birth anniversary of former Deputy Prime Minister and tallest farmer leader Devi Lal in Haryana's Fatehabad. NCP's Sharad Pawar, Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U leader Nitish Kumar and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Badal, among several Opposition leaders, shared the dais at the rally organised by the Indian National Lok Dal, and gave a united call to out the BJP government in the Centre.

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Ghulam Nabi Azad unveils flag of his new 'Democratic Azad Party'

Ghulam Nabi Azad unveils the flag of his new 'Democratic Azad Party'
Says, "Mustard colour indicates creativity & unity in diversity, white indicates peace & blue indicates freedom, open space, imagination & limits from the depths of the ocean to the heights of the sky."
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Maken adds, "They (Congress MLAs) insisted that the resolution be in line with 3 conditions, to which we said that never in the history of Congress has any resolution been passed with strings attached to it & which is conditional. There should be no conflict of interest."
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If Gehlot becomes Congress chief, he can empower himself over his own resolution: Maken

Mallikarjun Kharge and I came here as AICC observers to hold a meeting in accordance with CM Ashok Gehlot's convenience at the latter's residence. We were continuously telling the MLAs who did not come to come and talk one-to-one, says AICC observer Ajay Maken.
"Congress MLAs Pratap Khachariyawas, S Dhariwal and CP Joshi met us, kept three demands. One was to announce the implementation of resolution of handing over the responsibility (to appoint CM) to Congress President after October 19; we said it will be a conflict of interest: AICC observer Ajay Maken
Maken adds,"If CM Ashok Gehlot becomes Congress chief after Octöber 19, he can empower himself over his own resolution. Second condition - they wanted to come in groups when we said that we shall talk to everyone individually;we made it clear that this isn't how it works, but they did not accept."
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First Published: Sep 26 2022 | 7:41 AM IST

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