The Congress has been celebrating its 135th foundation day (December 28) across the country. Some expelled leaders of its Uttar Pradesh unit have also been celebrating the occasion separately while simultaneously slamming the party for cracking down on them. Last month, 10 senior state unit leaders, including All India Congress Committee member Santosh Singh and former UP legislator Siraj Mehndi, were expelled for six years on charges of indiscipline. While the “official” Congress unit of UP was busy hosting party General Secretary
Vadra in Lucknow, the expelled leaders claimed they constituted the “real" Congress and that the current disciplinary panel of the party had no business easing them out because it comprised mostly people with a criminal history.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had a tough time administering the oath of office to some ministers on Monday. He reprimanded two ministers on the dais during the swearing-in ceremony for deviating from the text of the oath. Koshyari first intervened when Congress MLA Varsha Gaikwad invoked Dalit icon
while taking the oath. The governor stopped Gaikwad, a four-term MLA from Dharavi in Mumbai, and asked her to stick to the written words of the oath. Then, while taking oath as a cabinet minister in the state government, Congress MLA KC Padvi added a few lines of gratitude for his voters. Koshyari directed the seven-term legislator, who represents Akkalkuva in north Maharashtra, to take the oath again.
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