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  • Amid crisis in Punjab Congress, Chhattisgarh MLAs reach Delhi

    About a dozen MLAs reached Delhi on Wednesday to show solidarity with Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel ahead of the visit of Rahul Gandhi to the state.

    Amid the crisis in Punjab, several Congress MLAs from Chhattisgarh have reached Delhi to meet the party in charge P.L. Punia, and seek an appointment with Rahul Gandhi.

    About a dozen MLAs reached Delhi on Wednesday to show solidarity with Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel ahead of the visit of Rahul Gandhi to the state. The MLAs were saying that they have come to request Rahul Gandhi to visit their constituencies.

    Brihaspati Singh, one of the loyalists of Baghel, said there is no need for leadership change in the state as all the MLAs are with the Chief Minister.

    The rallying of MLAs comes amid talks of the rotational chief minister in Chhattisgarh, as the visit of Rahul Gandhi will decide the future of Congress politics in the state. As of now, there is suspense in both the camps — one led by Chief Minister Baghel and the other led by state Health Minister T.S. Singhdeo.

    Mohan Markam, the state Congress President had said the party was busy in the preparation of Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Sarguja and Bastar, both tribal belts, and Sarguja is also the stronghold of T.S. Singhdeo. Markam had said he was head of the organization in the state and does not belong to any camp.

    However, the dates of the visit of the former Congress President have been not finalized yet, but he may go on the onset of the second week of October and get a sense of state politics.

    While Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel is on overdrive on the issue of development. He has been highlighting the people-friendly policies of the government.

    The supporters of Singhdeo have been pushing for a change of guard since incumbent Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel completed 2.5 years in office. Suspense still looms on the issue of the rotational chief minister as there is no clarity from the top leadership of the party.

WORLD

  • Bangladesh: Four killed as boat capsizes in Padma river

    The incident took place in Shibganj Upazila of Chapainawabganj of Bangladesh on Wednesday noon. At least 20 people were rescued alive. The boat was carrying a total of 50 passengers.

    At least four persons were killed and 11 others went missing when a boat carrying around 50 passengers capsized in the middle of the Padma river in Bangladesh.

    The incident took place in Shibganj Upazila of Chapainawabganj of Bangladesh on Wednesday noon. At least 20 people were rescued alive. The rest were not rescued until the evening.

    The rescue operation was stopped around 6.30 p.m. due to darkness. An official said the rescue operation will resume on Thursday morning. The boat was on the way to Dasarshia Ghat from Pakar Boglauri.

    Citing the survivors, one Saber Ali Pramanik said, as it was the market day in Dasarshia, the boat carried potatoes, eggplant sacks, and coconuts. Also, several bicycles, as well as passengers, were on the boat. The passengers objected but their protests were ignored by the boatmen.

    It is being suspected that boat sunk due to overloading.

    The four deceased have been identified as Nilufa Begum, 50, wife of Khairul Islam of Bisharshia village, Maisha Khatun, 5, daughter of Babu Ali of Narayanpur in Sadar Upazila, Asmaul, 5, and Ayesha, 3, children of Fitu of Sadar Upazila.

    Nilufa Begum’s brother-in-law and Union Parishad member Durul Huda said Nilufa’s husband Khairul Islam, grandson Md. Asmaul (9) had two more relatives in the boat, who are missing. Citing the boatman, Durul Huda also mentioned, there was wind and strong current in the river due to a cyclonic signal.

    Farid Hossain, OC of Shibganj Police Station said all the passengers drowned when the boat carrying huge of goods and overloaded passengers. The locals rescued the bodies of two of them from the river. He mentioned BGB and fire service divers are conducting rescue operations.

    The boatmen were yet to be identified, Dewan Azad Hossain of the Fire Service control room told IANS on Wednesday night.

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