LIVE UPDATES: History will not forgive, writes Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot to PM Modi on attempts to topple his government; Kolkata footballer quits politics after joining BJP


Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has written an extraordinary letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging attempts to topple his democratically elected government. Sharing his letter to Modi, the Rajasthan chief minister tweeted, “Dear Shri Narendra Modi ji, I would like to draw your attention to dirty attempts to bring down an elected government through horse-trading against the spirit of democratic values.”

Ashok Gehlot

His letter in Hindi read, “I don’t know how much you know about this or whether you are being misled. History will also not forgive those who are complicit in these plots.” You can read the letter below.


20:56 PM: 14-yr-old COVID-19 positive girl sexually assaulted by another patient at care centre in Delhi; accused arrested: Police (PTI)

15:58 PM: Gauhati HC registers suo motu PIL on large number of COVID-19 cases in Assam jails, directs state govt to provide best treatment

15:40 PM: Audio clips on toppling Congress govt are genuine, can be sent abroad for tests: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

15:28 PM: EC defers bypolls for Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat in Bihar, 2 assembly seats each in Tamil Nadu and UP, and one each in Assam, MP and Kerala due to “extraordinary circumstances peculiar to these constituencies”; reports news agency PTI

14:52 PM: 32-year-old woman allegedly raped by two men in UP’s Pratapgarh district, both accused arrested; reports news agency PTI quoting Police

14:46 PM: 35-year-old journalist working for Gwalior-based daily dies allegedly after being thrashed, shot by group of people over old rivalry in MP’s Niwari district; reports news agency PTI quoting Police

14:40 PM: #Flood waters have now started entering new areas in #Bihar, triggering fears of more loss of life and property. Almost 6.50 lakh people in 10 districts have been affected by the floods so far. Buildings in #Gopalganj have all been submerged by the flood waters; reports news agency IANS.

The rising water level has affected 55 blocks of 282 panchayats in the 10 districts of Sitamarhi, Shivhar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, West Champaran, Khagaria & East Champaran. About six and a half lakh people have been badly affected by the #floods. (IANS)


14:05 PM: Two motorcycle-borne men, who were fleeing after robbing mobile phone and wallet of a man, return to ask for his ATM card PIN, arrested following gunfight with police in Noida; reports news agency PTI quoting Officials.

15:39 PM: A poor family in #HimachalPradesh had to sell their cow, a substantial source of income, for just Rs 6,000 to buy a #smartphone so that their two children could stay connected with online studies amid the #COVID19lockdown; reports news agency IANS.

“I purchased a smartphone for the children to continue the study,” Kuldeep Kumar (father) told IANS. “I was feeling bad that I could not afford a device for my children so that they could attend online classes. “So I decided to sell one of my cows for Rs 6,000,” he said. (IANS)

15:05 PM: Pakistan Army opens fire, shells foward areas along LoC in J-K’s Poonch; reports news agency PTI.

14:35 PM: #Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has once again targeted the UP government over the lack of health facilities in the state, saying Chief Minister #YogiAdityanath is more interested in hiding his failures, rather than improving the condition of hospitals. (IANS)

13:45 PM:We have concerns over human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang, reports news agency PTI quoting British High Commissioner Sir Philip Barton.

13:15 PM: SC to hear on July 27, plea of Rajasthan Assembly Speaker against HC order; reports news agency PTI.

13:10 PM: Not restraining Rajasthan HC from passing order on pleas of dissident 19 Cong MLAs challenging Speaker’s disqualification notice: SC

12:41 PM: As #Chinese troops have not moved back from the Line of Actual Control in line with the consensus arrived at during the disengagement talks between #India and #China, the #IndianArmy prepares for a long haul and harsh winter for the high-altitude region. (IANS)

12:11 PM: Dissenting voice in democracy cannot be shut down: SC on Rajasthan Speaker’s plea against HC order; reports news agency PTI.

11:45 AM: BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi deposes before special CBI court in Lucknow in Babri mosque demolition case, reports news agency PTI.

11:05 AM: Jaipur court directs probe into allegations against Union minister Gajendra Shekhawat in credit coop society scam, reports news agency PTI.

10:30 AM: PM is 100% focused on building his own image. India’s captured institutions are all busy doing this task. One man’s image is not a substitute for a national vision: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi

09:40 AM: India’s #COVID19 case tally crosses 12 lakh mark with highest single-day spike of 45,720 new cases & 1,129 deaths in the last 24 hrs. Total #COVID19 positive cases stand at 12,38,635 incl 4,26,167 active cases, 7,82,606 cured/discharged/migrated & 29,861deaths: Health Ministry. (ANI)

08:40 AM: Congress MLA Prithviraj Meena filed an application before Rajasthan High Court seeking Centre to be impleaded in the ongoing case filed by rebel #Sachin_pilot and 18 other MLAs case challenging Para 2 (1) (a) of the Schedule X of the Constitution. (IANS)

05:43 AM China not de-escalating situation on LAC, continues to deploy 40,000 troops on Ladakh front, reports pro-government ANI. Former army officer, Ajai Shukla, who first broke the news on the Chinese occupation of Indian land in eastern Ladakh, slammed ANI for being ‘shameless.’ He tweeted, “The same @ANI — India’s largest, but worst-run, sarkari mouthpiece — which earlier echoed the govt version that there are no Chinese on our side of the LAC, now reports Chinese refusal to vacate Hot Spring and Gogra. Not even an apology. Quite shameless!”

05:27 AM Part of Ashoka Road in New Delhi sank by 10 feet right in front of where the BJP headquarter was located before the saffron party shifted its base new office.  The development triggered meme fest as Twitterati mocked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his claim to turn Delhi into London. This came just days after incessant rains caused a largescale devastation in Delhi, which is governed by Aam Aadmi Party. Read Twitter reactions here

05:17 AM Shah Rukh Khan fans lash out at Arnab Goswami for attempts to question Bollywood star’s integrity, Twitter trend #HateMongerArnabGoswami. Goswami had conducted an hour-long programme on Wednesday night to desperately link SRK with separatist forces. His attempts backfired spectacularly as many detected Islamophobia in his motive.

05:09 AM Haryana: Rajkumar, a tea seller in Kurukshetra claims he owes Rs50 crores to banks without even taking a loan. Says, “I had applied for a loan as my financial situation is dire due to COVID. Bank rejected it saying I already have debt of Rs 50 cr, don’t know how it is possible.” (ANI)

05:00 AM  A day after joining the BJP, former Indian footballer Mehtab Hossain has announced quitting politics. According to news agency PTI, former East Bengal captain was handed the BJP flag by the party’s state president Dilip Ghosh on Tuesday at its Muralidhar Sen Lane office amid chants of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai“. However, Hossain has now taken to Facebook to write, “I am not associated with any political party from today. I apologise to all my well-wishers for this decision of mine.” You can read his blog in Bengali here.