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Tulsi Gabbard resigns from DNC post to endorse Bernie Sanders

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Washington: Tulsi Gabbard was the first Hindu to be selected for the United States Congress. Her resignation comes before Super Tuesday which will be very important in the US Presidential elections later this year.

Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman, Tulsi Gabbard, resigned from her post on Sunday to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, following months of rising tensions within the group.

Gabbard, one of five vice chairs, and her committee colleagues have butted heads over a thin debate schedule in the months leading to Democratic voting contests for the party’s nomination, with Gabbard calling for the group to add more debates to the calendar.

Sanders, a US senator from Vermont, is competing with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination to run for president on Nov. 8. Critics have said the scheduling of the debates has favored Clinton, who is better known than Sanders and is favored to win the nominating contest.

Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement accepting Gabbard’s resignation, calling her a friend and praising the active-duty veteran for her service in the armed forces.

“Congresswoman Gabbard is a role model who embodies the American ideal that anyone can dream big and make a difference,” Wasserman said in the statement.

“She is also a colleague in Congress and a friend, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside her when our Party unites behind whoever emerges as our nominee.”

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Veerendra Kumar, Kerala JD-U leader resigns from Rajya Sabha

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Veerendra Kumar, Kerala JD-U leader resigns from Rajya Sabha
Veerendra Kumar, Kerala JD-U leader resigns from Rajya Sabha. IANS
  • Veerendra Kumar was the chairman of the JD-U’s Kerala unit
  • JD-U leader M.P. Veerendra Kumar resigned from Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 20, 2017: Disgruntled Janata Dal-United leader M.P. Veerendra Kumar on Wednesday resigned from the Rajya Sabha, days after rebel JD-U leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar were disqualified from the Upper House.

The 80-year-old, also a Kerala media baron, submitted his resignation to Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday morning, Arun Kumar Shrivastava, also a rebel JD-U leader, told IANS.

Shrivastava said Veerendra Kumar, who were elected to the Upper House from Kerala last year with support from the Congress-led UDF, resigned “so that no one questions his integrity that he is aligning with (Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U President) Nitish Kumar”.

Veerendra Kumar was the chairman of the JD-U’s Kerala unit.

Nitish Kumar’s decision to break away from the Grand Alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress in Bihar and align with the BJP-led NDA in July this year triggered rebellion in the party.

JD-U’s founder leader Sharad Yadav led the rebel faction to protest Nitish Kumar’s decision. He was disqualified from the Rajya Sabha along with Ali Anwar on December 4 “on ground of defection rules”. (IANS)

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