LIVE UPDATES: Ghulam Nabi Azad dropped as AICC General Secretary; Tariq Anwar rewarded two decades after quitting Congress over Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin

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In a major shake-up, Ghulam Nabi Azad has been removed from the post of the AICC General Secretary days after he wrote the ‘dissent’ letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Also dropped from the list of AICC General Secretaries are Motilal Vora, Ambika Soni and Mallikarjun Kharge. Azad, however, will continue to be a member of the Congress Working Committee, the party’s highest decision-making body.

P Chidambaram, Tariq Anwar, Randeep Surjewala, and Jitendra Singh have been named in the CWC. Surjewala is the party’s chief spokesperson and a known Rahul Gandhi loyalist. His elevation to the CWC is being viewed as a victory for the Team Rahul Gandhi. Surjewala, who hails from Haryana, has been named the AICC General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka.

Another surprising inclusion in the CWC is of Tariq Anwar, who had quit the Congress with Sharad Pawar and PA Sangma after questioning Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin. Aside from being named in the newly constituted CWC, the Congress has also made him AICC General Secretary in-charge of Kerala, which goes to polls next year.

The Congress also announced a six-member committee comprising Ahmed Patel, AK Antony, Ambika Soni, KC Venugopal, Mukul Wasnik and Randeep Singh Surjewala to assist party president, Sonia Gandhi.

LIVE UPDATES on this and other big stories of the day will appear below:

18:14 PM: BJP MLAs to raise issue of removal of 48,000 slum dwellings along railway tracks in national capital during one-day session of Delhi Legislative Assembly on September 14: Leader of Opposition Ramvir Singh Bidhuri. (PTI)

17:06 PM: 70-yr-old woman allegedly raped, beaten up by man in UP’s Ballia; accused arrested: Police. (PTI)

16:55 PM: Hemant Soren meets Lalu Prasad in RIMS, says will fight Bihar polls together. (PTI)

15:53 PM: A video featuring late actor #SushantSinghRajput along with his girlfriend #RheaChakraborty has emerged online, which shows them smoking what is referred to as rolled cigarettes. The authenticity of the video has is to be established. (IANS)

15:02 PM: #AdityaPaudwal, son of singer #AnuradhaPaudwal, succumbed to kidney failure on Saturday morning. He was 35. Aditya was battling kidney related ailments for a long time. (IANS)

14:13 PM: Five youths allegedly abducted by China’s PLA released at Sino-Indian border: Army official. (PTI)

13:51 PM: #ShwetaSinghKirti, sister of #SushantSinghRajput, has initiated a campaign to feed the poor and homeless in memory of her late brother. The campaign will continue from 9am to 9pm on Saturday. (IANS)

13:08 PM: Delhi High Court reduces number of benches that would be holding physical hearings due to “alarming” rise in #COVID19 cases in national capital and majority of lawyers preferring virtual hearings. (PTI)

12:29 PM: Rajasthan: 2 Army officers killed after vehicle in which they were travelling overturns due to tyre burst on Bikaner-Jaipur National Highway in Bikaner district. (PTI)

11:58 AM: On Saturday, the pump price of #petrol and #diesel fell by 13 and 12 paisa per litre, respectively in the national capital. Accordingly, petrol is now at Rs 81.86 a litre and diesel Rs 72.93 a litre in #Delhi. (IANS)

11:16 AM: The #MadrasHighCourt has ordered notice to #ARRahman on an appeal made by the Principal Commissioner of #IncomeTax against the decision of the ITAT that went in favour of the music composer. The matter pertains to the assessment year 2011-12 & the declared income of Rs 15.98 cr. (IANS)

10:56 AM: #Congress interim President #SoniaGandhi on Saturday consoled the demise of social activist #SwamiAgnivesh saying all his life he fought with great courage and conviction for the most marginalised sections of society. (IANS)

10:03 AM: Record single-day spike of 97,570 infections pushes India’s COVID-19 caseload to 46,59,984; death toll rises to 77,472: Union Health Ministry. (PTI)

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