Failing to get RS renomination, Cong MP Darda meets Gadkari

first_imgNagpur, May 29 (PTI) Congress MP Vijay Darda, who failed to get party renomination for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls from Maharashtra, today called on senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari at the latters residence here, raising eyebrows in political circles.In a surprise move, the Congress high command yesterday declared former Union minister P Chidambaram as the party nominee to the upper house from Maharashtra.Terms of both Darda and his Rajya Sabha colleague from Congress, Avinash Pande, also from Nagpur, end on July 4.According to sources, the closed-door meeting between Darda and the Union Shipping and Transport Minister lasted for about an hour.When asked what transpired between them, Darda merely said, “It was the decision of the Congress high-command to nominate Chidambaram from Maharashtra”.However, he did no elaborate on his future plans.Biennial elections to 57 seats in the Upper House of Parliament will be held on June 11.Six of these seats are in Maharashtra with two each held by Congress and NCP, and one each by BJP and Sena.The retiring Rajya Sabha MPs from the state are Ishwarlal Jain and Praful Patel (NCP), Vijay Darda and Avinash Pande (Congress), Union Minister Piyush Goyal (BJP) and Sanjay Raut (Sena).Given their current strength in the Assembly, it is highly unlikely either the Congress or the NCP will field more than one nominee. The Congress has 42 MLAs and the NCP 41.Former Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, ex-MP and educationist Bhalchandra Mungekar were also in the race for Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra, but were pipped by Chidambaram.advertisement70-year-old Chidambaram did not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and his son Karti had unsuccessfully fought from his native Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu. PTI JOE NSK RGlast_img read more

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first_img“Just his smoothness. The punch, the feet, everything just looks natural,” Goodwin said Thursday on the Cardinals’ Big Red Rage show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “And going into the offseason, it’s probably, I think we may just stick to and see what happens. Jared’s a team player, D.J.’s a team player.“I’m sure we’ll sit down and have a little coach-to-player conversation, but you know, right now, just throwing it out there a little on my own accord: I think D.J. at left, Jared at right, and we’re rolling and kicking butt.”Goodwin said Humphries’ maturity after being drafted 24th overall and then sitting out his entire rookie season has developed. Indeed, so has his playing ability. It was enough to earn the starting right tackle job to kick off the 2016 season.How Humphries finished the year despite missing the final three games while on concussion protocol sealed the deal.He has officially emerged.“It means we have a potential franchise left tackle,” Goodwin said Thursday, before telling the story of moving Humphries from right to left. “I called D.J. in my office and I said, ‘D.J. what do you think left tackle?’ And it was like Christmas. He lit up. I can’t tell you what he said, but he was basically like, ‘Are you screwing me?’” Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin admitted he’s yet to talk it through.But if his opinion is heard and goes unchanged, then the Cardinals will attack the offseason with soon-to-be third-year tackle D.J. Humphries as the team’s starting left tackle. The eyebrow-raising news there is that Arizona still has veteran left tackle Jared Veldheer coming off a season-ending triceps injury.But in two-plus games as the Cardinals’ starting left tackle, Humphries impressed — enough for Goodwin to consider keeping the 23-year-old as the team’s starting left tackle. Cardinals second-year tackle D.J. Humphries at Arizona’s practice on July 28, 2016. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) So what’d he think?“He goes, ‘In a heartbeat,’” Goodwin said.NO SUPER TALKFans might have guessed the Cardinals’ being featured on Amazon’s “All Or Nothing” series could have gotten into the players’ heads.Whether it was that or simply from the success a year prior, Goodwin might agree.Arizona’s offensive coordinator admitted the team didn’t reach expectations in 2016, and he knows what type of language won’t be taken well in the locker room heading into next season.“I think we should leave the Super Bowl out of our thought process. I just think we got to take one day at a time,” he said. “You got to come to work every day. We have to perfect our craft on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday so it comes easy on Sunday. The good thing about us, we’re going to bounce back. We ate a lot of humble pie this offseason and deservedly so.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more