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Afternoon briefing: BSP MP Ritesh Pandey joins BJP; Jaishankar on India-US ties during Trump's presidency, more news

Feb 25, 2024 01:35 PM IST

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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Ritesh Pandey tendered his resignation from the party's primary membership on Sunday, citing a lack of communication and engagement from the party leadership. He highlighted that he had not been called for any meetings nor had any interaction with BSP chief Mayawati. Subsequently, Pandey joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi. He shared his resignation letter addressed to Mayawati on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. This move follows Pandey's recent lunch meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with seven other opposition MPs in the Parliament canteen. Dig deeper

BSP MP Ritesh Pandey joined BJP on Sunday.(ANI)
BSP MP Ritesh Pandey joined BJP on Sunday.(ANI)

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External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Saturday said the India-US relationship deepened during Donald Trump's tenure as US president, despite “there were issues”. Speaking at the ‘Conflict, Contest, Cooperate, Create’ session at the 9th Raisina Dialogue in Delhi, S Jaishankar said, “Trump was president from 2017 to 2021. We had a very good relationship with him. He came here on a visit, my prime minister went there for visits. Like any relationship, there were issues but overall if I look, in those four years did our relationship deepen? Did it grow? Absolutely, it did.” Dig deeper

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That’s all we have at this hour in our Afternoon briefing. Catch you in the evening.

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