Bhopal: Days before polling (3 November) for 28 Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh former Chief Minister Kamal Nath has come under sharp attack for a lewd remark he made at an election rally against Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Development Minister Imarti Devi, who held the same portfolio in the Kamal Nath Cabinet.
There is outrage as Kamal Nath called Imarti Devi an “Item”. Nath later told media if anyone thinks he has shown disrespect then he is sorry. He went on to underscore why would he show any disrespect.
Talking to media persons, Imarti Devi broke into tears as she appealed to Congress President Sonia Gandhi to expel Nath from the Congress party.
The State BJP leaders, including chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and party workers even sat on a silent protest across the State. Protestors also burnt Nath’s effigy in the State capital and condemned him for his derogatory remark against Imarti Devi, who comes from the deprived sections and has made a mark in politics through years of dedicated service.
Imarti Devi, a staunch Jyotiraditya Scindia loyalist, had resigned from Cabinet and crossed over from Congress to the BJP along with many Cabinet Ministers and MLAs when Scindia also left the Congress and joined the BJP earlier this year. This led to the collapse of the 15 month old Kamal Nath Government and BJP’s return to power in the State.
Out of the 28 seats, to be filled through by election, 24 seats fell vacant with the resignation of Congress Minister and MLAs. 27 of these 28 seats were won by the Congress in the 2018 election.
10 November is the date of counting and declaration of results.
Kolkata: The Hero I-League 2019-20 trophy was presented r to the champions Mohun Bagan at a city hotel in Kolkata on Sunday.
West Bengal ‘s minister of Public Works and Youth Services Aroop Biswas, All India Football Federation CEO Sunando Dhar and Indian Football Association (IFA) General Secretary Jaydeep Mukherjee were present alongside Mohun Bagan officials and players.
Sunando Dhar highlighted that the Mariners played the “best brand of football” to conquer the Hero I-League in 2019-20 season.“The football Mohun Bagan presented us in this season was exceptional. Since the starting of the season they played with the authority and conviction. On behalf of the All India Football Federation I would like to congratulate entire Mohun Bagan family”.
“Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF would have been here with us but unfortunately he could not because of his personal loss. He has also sent his best wishes for Mohun Bagan,” Dhar mentioned.
Aroop Biswas labelled the century-old club as an institution whose “path-breaking journey is important” while congratulating them for their historic feat.“I would like to congratulate Mohun Bagan from the bottom of my heart for their stupendous success. I would request the century-old club to strengthen their Academy so more Bengali youngsters get the opportunity to represent at the highest stage”.
“For an institution like Mohun Bagan winning a trophy is not the primary target. For a club that has won 200-odd trophies over time, the path-breaking journey is more important”, he said.
Jaydeep Mukherjee said: “Congratulations to Mohun Bagan. They need to be applauded for their tremendous effort. Their performance speaks volume and their Hero I-League triumph has brought further glory to Bengal Football. Aroop Biswas has always guided us. Without his support, we couldn’t have organised Hero I-League qualifiers successfully. Now, we’ll look forward to next edition of organising Hero I-League 2020-21 successfully.”