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NEW JERSEY (Diya TV) — The chairman of the Edison Democratic Organization is being sued right now, but Keith Hahn might be unsure of where he should turn to for legal advice, the plaintiff in the suit, Indian-American attorney Bhavini Shah, is his usual lawyer.

Shah had served the organization as an unpaid attorney, helping to advise the party on legal issues, but when Hahn, a police officer in the town, became the newest chairman of the organization, he told Shah that her services would no longer be required—he further opined that when Shah had missed three of the organization’s meetings, she’d effectively tendered her resignation.

Shah disagrees, claiming that Hahn never told her about the aforementioned meetings, and that only the entire committee, not the chairman, has the right to remove her.

Edison Democratic Organization chairman Keith Hahn, photographed alongside Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump (Photo courtesy of theamericanmirror.com)

Edison Democratic Organization chairman Keith Hahn, photographed alongside Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump (Photo courtesy of theamericanmirror.com)

The political landscape of Edison, and the organization, could at first-hand be easily described as dysfunctional in recent years—it has gone through four mayors in the past four consecutive mayoral terms, feeding the unpredictability of leadership in New Jersey’s fifth-largest township. The power struggle inside of the organization has been put on public display as well, with another election for chairman approaching in June, reports have surfaced revealing Shah has been encouraged to unseat Hahn by administration aide Anthony Russomanno.

“Put simply, I don’t think that the Edison Democratic Organization is a one-man operation,” Shah said. “The chairman making a decision and cowboying this entire organization is not fair to the committee-people.”

Hahn disagreed, and said the lawsuit and power grab from Shah are meant simply as a distraction.

“There’s people who can’t get out of their driveways because they haven’t seen a plow truck in three days and these idiots are wasting everyone’s time and energy on this nonsense,” Hahn said. “Unfortunately for the tax-paying public, some people don’t think the rules apply to them. That’s the culture I’m determined to change.”

Shah has received the endorsement and support of Edison Councilwoman Sapana Shah, they share the same surname, but there is no relation.

“Given Bhavini’s solid professional reputation and her high regard in our community, it’s unconscionable for anyone to demand her resignation let alone try to terminate her from a voluntary position,” said Councilwoman Shah, who is also a member of the organization.

Shah believes Hahn clipped her as the organization’s attorney because he want someone “more in line with his thinking,” she said in a letter sent to committee members after receiving the news of her relieved duty. She said that’s not what a lawyer is for. Her lawsuit seeks no monetary damages, only that the court intervene and reinstate her as the organization’s attorney.

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Exclusive: Judges Srinivasan, Rao kickoff SABA virtual conference

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Diya TV is home to the South Asian Bar Association virtual conference this weekend, which got kicked off by perhaps the two most powerful Indian American lawyers in the nation: Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan & Circuit Judge Neomi Rao, both of whom serve in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the second most powerful court in the nation to only the Supreme Court. We’ll update you on their conversation and preview this weekend’s virtual gala featuring Stacy Abrams, Preet Bharara, Vanita Gupta, Ajit Pai and many others.

Meanwhile, Judges Srinivasan and Rao may get another Indian American colleague, as President Trump nominated Vijay Shanker to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Democratic Party announced they will be conducting their convention virtually from Milwaukee.

Indian American Jeremy Cooney is leading in the race for New York State’s 56th Senate District, with absentee ballots still to be factored in.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Satellite images show larger Chinese presence at Indian border

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LADAKH, India (Diya TV)  — While the ongoing fracas between India and China has not led to all-out war yet, satellite images indicate China is sending a larger group of troops and building infrastructure in Galwan Valley, site of that vicious clash that killed 20 Indian troops, and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers. It was the first loss of life in battle for the Chinese in more than 40 years. U.S. intelligence decreed China instigated the battle and India says China has been staffing up in the area since May. Following the release of the satellite images, China says India is to blame.

The U.S. is regressing in its battle against COVID-19, setting a new single day record for coronavirus cases at more than 37,000. The virus has infected nearly 10 million people globally, a quarter of that total in the U.S. The death toll now stands at 125,000 in the United States, with Florida, Texas, Arizona and California seeing major increases.

Pakistani-American Qasim Rashid advanced in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s First Congressional District. ​He’ll take on longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Wittman in the fall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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As critics fume, Modi says India was not breached by China

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — During an all-party political leaders meeting, Indian Prime Minister Modi told the group China did not breach Indian territory in Ladakh, nor was any Indian Army border post captured. Modi emphasized India will protect Galwan Valley, the region where the clash killing 20 Indian soldiers and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers took place. But Modi’s critics say the situation was an intelligence failure and many want Modi to strike back with force. Meanwhile, in a statement, the Chinese Government pinned the conflict on India and is laying claim to the entire valley region.

India was elected as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for a 2-year term starting next year, receiving 184 out of 192 valid votes.

And in a wild Friday night surprise, the Justice Department said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York would be stepping down, to be replaced by Jay Clayton, the current Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But in a statement, Berman said he’s not leaving until Congress confirms someone & his investigations, including into folks allied with President Trump, will continue.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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