Wrap Nation: July 16, 2019

Sidhu resigns, Punjab CM plans next step on Wednesday

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Former batsman Navjot Singh Sidhu formally resigned from the Punjab cabinet after sending his resignation letter to Rahul Gandhi. The Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, is yet to receive the letter or take action in the matter but opinions have emerged saying the exit will strengthen the Congress in the state.

Fresh violence in Bengal’s Bhatpara-Kankinara as miscreants ransack maternity home, hurl bombs

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The situation is getting out of control in Bengal’s Bhatpara-Kakinara area as the conflict between TMC and BJP continues and the people there face hazards in their daily lives. Earlier in June, two were killed and four were injured due to political violence. On July 13, bombing began at night after which the police recovered around 50 fresh bombs. 

Arvind Kejriwal and Co. granted bail in defamation case

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was granted bail by a Delhi Court here on Tuesday in connection with a defamation case filed by BJP leader Vijender Gupta. Kejriwal, along with with Manish Sisodia and Atishi Marlena among other AAP leaders were charged with falsely accusing the BJP of deleting voter names from the electoral rolls.

V for Vendetta in Andhra Pradesh?

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The Jagan Reddy-led Andhra Pradesh government has decided to review all existing Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) signed over the last five years when the Telugu Desam Party was in power, Mint reports.This is despite the Centre’s warning that existing PPAs should not be cancelled unless there is clear evidence of corruption. The Hindu Business Line had earlier reported that both TDP & Jagan Reddy’s YSR Congress Party had engaged in a war of words ahead of the State Budget being presented last week. Meanwhile, India Today’s Amarnath K. Menon thinks all this points to a larger case of political vendetta where the CM is going after his predecessor Chandrababu Naidu.