Rajya Sabha by-election: Union Minister of State Murugan filed nomination papers from Madhya Pradesh, Congress did not field candidates

Rajya Sabha by-election: Union Minister of State Murugan filed nomination papers from Madhya Pradesh, Congress did not field candidates

Union Minister of State L Murugan on Tuesday filed his nomination papers as a BJP candidate from Madhya Pradesh for next month's Rajya Sabha by-elections. He is likely to be elected unopposed as the main opposition Congress has already decided not to field its candidate in view of the BJP's strength of 125 MLAs in the 230-seat Madhya Pradesh Assembly. This seat in the Rajya Sabha of Madhya Pradesh fell vacant in July this year due to the resignation of Thaawarchand Gehlot. Gehlot was made the Governor of Karnataka in July, due to which he also resigned from the post of Union Minister.

Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Fisheries, Dairying and Animal Husbandry Murugan handed over his nomination papers to Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly's Principal Secretary and Election Officer AP Singh at the assembly premises here. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and State BJP President Vishnudutt Sharma were also present on the occasion. Murugan hails from Tamil Nadu and has recently been included in his Council of Ministers by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will have to become a member of parliament within six months to retain the ministerial berth.

Talking to reporters, Murugan thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central leadership of the BJP for making him a Rajya Sabha candidate. He also expressed his gratitude to Chouhan, Sharma and other state BJP leaders. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, "Murugan is a very hard working and dedicated worker of BJP and has administrative as well as organizational ability. We all heartily welcome him on the soil of Madhya Pradesh.

BJP leaders gave a grand welcome to Murugan in Bhopal

He said, "Murugan ji has played a very important role in the expansion of the BJP organization in Tamil Nadu from an organizational point of view. He has also worked there as the state president. Madhya Pradesh is also fortunate to have met Murugan ji as a Union Minister. He will certainly play a very important role in the development of Madhya Pradesh and the welfare of its people.

BJP captures seven out of 11 Rajya Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh

Election Officer Singh said that the last date for filing nominations for the Rajya Sabha by-elections is September 22 and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is September 27. If necessary, polling will be held on October 4. Madhya Pradesh Assembly has a total of 230 seats, out of which BJP has 125 MLAs, Congress 95, BSP two, SP one and four Independents. Three seats are currently vacant. Of the 11 Rajya Sabha seats in the state, the BJP currently has seven and the Congress three.

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If oil prices do not come down, the pace of economic recovery will decrease: Hardeep Singh Puri

If oil prices do not come down, the pace of economic recovery will decrease: Hardeep Singh Puri

 India on Wednesday warned the world that if oil prices continue to remain high, the recovery in the global economy may be affected. At the same time, it urged Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries to take steps to reduce prices and ensure supply. Let us tell you that the prices of petrol and diesel in the country have reached an all-time high. Addressing CeraWeek's India Energy Forum, Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that if fuel prices do not come down, the pace of recovery in the world economy will slow down.

In April last year, during the Corona epidemic, the prices of crude oil in the international market came down to $ 19 per barrel due to the decrease in demand due to the lockdown imposed in most countries of the world. Although the demand for oil increased this year due to rapid vaccination happening all over the world, then crude oil climbed to $ 84 per barrel. Puri said that due to the cost of fuel, there is a possibility of rising inflation. He said the country's oil import bill was $8.8 billion in the June 2020 quarter, which has increased to $24 billion this year. The only reason this happens is because of the cost of oil.

The Petroleum Minister said that the government believes that the availability of fuel should not only be continuous but it should also be affordable. The economic recovery has weakened after the devastating pandemic and is further threatened by high oil prices. India imports about two-thirds of its oil requirement from countries in West Asia. Therefore, it has urged OPEC countries that higher oil prices will lead to a rapid move towards alternative fuels, and in such a situation, these high prices will prove to be harmful for the producers only. Puri said he had raised the issue in the recent meetings with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, the US, Russia and Bahrain.

Petrol and diesel prices hiked again

Two days later, on Wednesday, once again the prices of petrol and diesel were increased by 35 paise per liter. Thus fuel prices have reached an all-time high across the country. After the increase in prices, the price of petrol has reached a record level of Rs 106.19 per liter in Delhi and Rs 112.11 per liter in Mumbai. Whereas in Mumbai, diesel is getting Rs 102.89 per liter. Whereas in the national capital it costs Rs 94.92 per liter. After the increase of 35 paise per liter in vehicle fuel for four consecutive days, their price was not increased on Monday and Tuesday.

After the increase in prices on Wednesday, the price of petrol in all state capitals has gone up to Rs 100 per liter or more. While diesel has touched the level of hundreds in more than a dozen states. In Goa's capital Panaji and Jharkhand's capital Ranchi also, diesel crossed the Rs 100 per liter mark. The costliest fuel is in the border town of Ganganagar in Rajasthan where petrol is available at Rs 118.23 per liter and diesel at Rs 109.04 per litre. For the first time in the international market, the price of crude oil reached $ 84.43 per barrel on Wednesday. It was priced at $73.92 a barrel a month ago.

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