- MLA of Sachin Pilot camp says staying in Congress is being a slave to Ashok Gehlot
Congress MLAs of the Sachin Pilot camp, who are holed up at a resort in Manesar, have launched an attack on Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and said staying in Congress means being a slave of Gehlot, which is not acceptable to them. Two of the MLAs in the Sachin Pilot camp who have openly revolted against the Gehlot government has launched an attack on the chief minister. In a tweet in Hindi, MLA Mukesh Bhakar said on Tuesday morning, “Keeping faith in Congress means being a slave to Ashok Gehlot. That is not acceptable to us.” As Congress leaders made a public appeal to Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and MLAs of his camp to join the Congress meet, he released a video on Monday night showing at least 16 MLAs sitting together. The Gehlot camp has said they have the support of 106 MLAs out of the 122.
- Unjustified, says China on US accusations on South China Sea
China said on Tuesday it is firmly opposed to the U.S. State Department’s statement rejecting China’s disputed claims in the South China Sea and called Washington’s accusations of China bullying its neighbours “completely unjustified.” The United States is not a country directly involved in the disputes. However, it has kept interfering in the issue,” the Chinese Embassy in the United States said in statement published on its website. Under the pretext of preserving stability, it is flexing muscles, stirring up tension and inciting confrontation in the region.
- Domestic markets slip as virus fears persist; banks, financial stocks drag
Indian shares ticked lower on Tuesday led by losses in banking and financial stocks, as domestic coronavirus cases continued to surge, while a weak performance among Asian peers also weighed on the sentiment. The broader NSE Nifty 50 index fell 0.68% at 10,729.75 by 9:15 am and the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex was down 0.74% at 36,423.79. Coronavirus cases in the world’s second-most populous country rose to 906,752 as of Tuesday morning, according to the federal health ministry data, leaving investors concerned about its impact on the Indian economy as many states and cities tighten restrictions again.