Dehradun: The BJP Wednesday expelled its gun-totting Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion from the party for six years. “Champion has been expelled from the primary membership of the BJP for six years by the party’s central disciplinary committee,” Pradesh BJP media chief Devendra Bhasin said.His expulsion comes into effect immediately, he added. An MLA from Khanpur assembly segment of the state, Champion’s expulsion came close on the heels of a video, in which he is seen dancing to the tunes to a raunchy Bolywood number with several guns in his hands and one hanging from his shoulder, going viral last month. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!While dancing, he was also seen in the video sipping drinks from a glass to his supporters’ loud cheers. The party expelled Champion after finding his response to the party’s disciplinary panel notice to him on his gun-toting video “not satisfactory”, said Bhasin. The BJP had suspended Champion last month from the party for three months on charges of indiscipline. Champion’s suspension had followed preliminary investigations by the party into charges of indiscipline against him, including that of threatening a journalist at Uttarakhand Niwas in New Delhi. He had also publicly indulged in a war of words with BJP MLA from Jhabreda, Deshraj Karnawal, challenging him to a wrestling bout. Champion was among the Congress MLAs who had rebelled against Harish Rawat and crossed over to the BJP in 2016.
United Nations Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi announced today that Sheikh Ghazi Al-Yawar, the current head of Iraq’s Governing Council, will be President of the interim government that will take over from the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) at the end of the month.That position had been offered to former Foreign Minister Adnan Pachachi but he declined for personal reasons, said Mr. Brahimi, who has been in the country since early May meeting with a broad spectrum of Iraqis to help them agree on the administration that will inherit sovereignty on 30 June and guide the country until elections are held in January 2005.He also announced the appointment of Ibrahim Jaafari and Rowsch Shaways as deputy presidents. Mr. Brahimi said he had given his recommendations for the composition of the Cabinet to Prime Minister Designate Ayad Allawi, who was named on Friday. Mr. Allawi is expected to announce those later today.The envoy noted that his month-long consultations have involved the Governing Council, the CPA and “a very large number of representatives of the public, including political parties, professional associations, trade unions, tribal and religious leaders, academics and intellectuals, women’s and youth organizations, and others.”At a ceremony this morning in Baghdad unveiling the new interim government, Mr. Brahimi called the event “the first step of this road which will be, no doubt, long and difficult.”I believe that those who were chosen to perform this mission will be qualified and effective and capable for it,” he added.The envoy also told those present that he did not come to Iraq to work as an international civil servant. “I tried to work as one of you – a brother who believes in this country, a brother who loves this country, a brother who considers this country his, and looks forward to several visits in the future, not for work, but for meeting the brothers and the friends.”A UN spokesman reported that Mr. Brahimi is now working towards the establishment of a Preparatory Committee for a national conference. read more