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₹24 lakh suspected poll cash seized in Bihar

first_imgThe police on Sunday seized ₹24 lakh in cash from two different places during a vehicle checking drive in Bihar’s Kishanganj district.Superintendent of Police Ashish Kumar said that the police seized ₹19.20 lakh and took two persons in custody from Lahra Chowk area while another ₹4.80 lakh was seized from Rampur check-post area in which one person was taken into custody. Both the seizures were made during a vehicle checking drive under Sadar police station of the town area, the SP said.The police are investigating the matter, he said and added that Income Tax officials have been informed about the seizures. The man in the first case was on his way to Siliguri via Kishanganj in his car bearing a West Bengal registration number, the SP said. The other person was also on his way to Siliguri from West Bengal’s Malda district. Sources, however, said that the money was being transported for use in the general elections which begin on April 11.last_img read more

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Kerala: Sonia summons Sudheeran amid Cabinet reshuffle row

first_imgV.M. Sudheeran, president, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (Photo: IndiaToday.in)The Congress high command has summoned party’s Kerala unit chief, apparently to sort out the controversy over an impending state Cabinet reshuffle.Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president V.M. Sudheeran left for Delhi on Sunday evening to meet party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi.The cabinet reshuffle became a serious issue after Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, leader of the “I” faction in the party, expressed dissent fearing they will have to sacrifice a Cabinet berth for Kerala Congress (B) leader K.B. Ganesh Kumar in the event of a reshuffle.The Cabinet is at its maximum now with 21 ministers.Chennithala was inducted into the cabinet in January after Ganesh Kumar was forced to resign as sports and film minister over domestic violence charges.Now the case has been settled in court and Kerala Congress (B) wants the cabinet berth back.Also read:  Ganesh Kumar’s reentry into Kerala cabinet won’t be easy Kerala Congress (B) chairman and Ganesh Kumar’s father R. Balakrishna Pillai even blackmailed Chief Minister Oommen Chandy by threatening to reveal names of ministers who find place in solar scam accused Saritha S. Nair’s secret statement.Chandy had announced a cabinet reshuffle plan before the Lok Sabha elections, inviting criticism from the “I” group.Two weeks ago, Chandy met the party high command and sought permission for a reshuffle.It is learnt that the high command has given a go ahead but asked Chandy to consult state leaders.advertisementChennithala too flew to Delhi last week to express his dissent over the reshuffle plans and told media that at present, there was no need for w cabinet rejig.India.Today.in learnt from reliable sources that Chandy is indeed planning to induct Ganesh Kumar into the cabinet by replacing ‘I’ faction leader and Cooperation Minister C.N. Balakrishnan.Besides, Chandy also intends to bring in some new faces into the government.However, Sudheeran told media that his trip to Delhi has nothing to do with the cabinet reshuffle.”It is a routine trip. Cabinet reshuffle is the prerogative of the Chief Minister and. No such discussions have taken place in the party,” said Sudheeran said.KPCC vice-president V.D. Satheesan told India.Today.in that the reshuffle is expected after the Monsoon Session of the Assembly and hoped Chandy would take everyone into confidence before arriving at a decision.last_img read more