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Gujarat elections 2017: 30 seats saw other parties making it to third spot

A third party may be far away from making an electoral impact in Gujarat. It may also not be significant as a vote-breaker in many seats (most of the seats that saw a close contest between Congress and BJP had either NOTA or an independent candidate as a vote-breaker).But an analysis of the parties that polled the third highest number of votes in all the 182 constituencies has thrown up a surprise.Of the 182 seats in the Gujarat Assembly elections of 2017, 30 seats were such where a party (and not an independent or NOTA) polled the third highest number of votes.It should be noted that seats where Congress or BJP was at the third position in the number of votes polled have not be taken into consideration.Of the 30 seats, nine were won by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and six by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The All India Hindustan Congress Party also won three seats. The rest 12 seats were won by different parties including Vyavasthan Parivartan Party, Bahujan Mukti Party and Gujarat Janchetna Party among others.The parties that came third in the number of votes polled got anywhere between 1,900 to 40,000 votes. The party with the lowest votes polled but which managed to be in the third spot in that constituency was CPM in Dhandhuka. It polled just 1,953 votes but was in the third spot, getting more votes than NOTA.The party that polled the highest votes in the third spot was the Rashtriya Samaj Paksh in Sayajigunj seat which got 40,665 followed by the NCP in Umreth where it got 35,051 votes. The Rashtriya Samaj Paksh in fact got just 160 votes less than the Congress which came second on the seat with 40,835 seats.Seats where a party came third with least number of votesConstituency Party Votes polledDhandhuka CPM 1,953Talala BSP 2,171Dhoraji Hindustan Cong 2,199Seats where a party came third with highest number of votesConstituency Party VotesSayajigunj RSP 40,665Umreth NCP 35,051Morva Hadaf BTP 8,246

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In rural Guj, Congress got more seats, but BJP got more votes

Congress may thump its back for the tough fight it put up against the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party in Gujarat, especially in the urban and semi-urban areas, but BJP is still a force to reckon in villages, small cities and towns. Data from the Election Commission of India suggests that the saffron party actually got 76,614 more votes than Congress and its allies put together in 134 seats that are predominantly rural.The 182-member Assembly has 134 seats that are either rural or semi-urban. Of these, BJP won 57, Congress won 71, its ally Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) won two, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won one and Independents won three seats, of which Jignesh Mevani was supported by Congress.Congress and its allies got 74 seats in these areas, 17 more than BJP, however they got 98,90,064 votes in rural and semi-urban areas, while BJP got 99,66,660 votes. Congress got 95,71,855 votes, BTP got 2,22,694 votes, while Mevani bagged 95,497 votes.Data indicates that Congress won by thinner margins and BJP won by a wider margins.Dinesh Shukla, a former professor of Political Science at Gujarat University, attributes this phenomenon to BJP’s expertise in dividing opposition votes so votes that should have gone to Congress are shared by planted candidates. Notwithstanding this, the Ahmedabad-resident admits that BJP is a force to reckon with in rural and semi-urban areas, while it continues to monopolize purely urban seats. “But you have to consider that it managed to bag these seats after PM Narendra Modi’s relentless campaign,” added Shukla.In Shukla’s opinion, Congress’s lead holds lessons for BJP – that Modi magic is on a decline and Congress is on the road to resurgence in Gujarat. One also has to consider the rise of Rahul Gandhi, as fence voters may now be encouraged to vote to for Congress. Gujarat Congress spokesman Kailash Gadhvi said that Congress’s hold is stronger in rural areas as BJP’s victories are in seats that are more semi-urban than rural.It terms of votes-share within the party, Congress and allies got 77.53% of the total vote; BJP got 67.69%.While there was neck and neck competition for rural votes, there was a virtual monopoly in urban votes. BJP continued to have an iron hold with 47,57.767 votes, while Congress got 28,67,082 votes, about 40% less than BJP got.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Over 5.5 lakh voters chose NOTA option

While Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 witnessed some of the most interesting trends not just in terms of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coming back to power, though being nowhere close to its performance, and Congress improving its vote share, there is NOTA (None of the Above) too which has garnered voters attention. Over 5.5 lakh voters constituting 1.8% votes preferred NOTA, that allows voters not to choose for any of the candidates contesting in their constituency.According to numbers released by the Election Commission, NOTA ranked in 1.8 per cent or 5,51,294 of all votes polled in the Gujarat Assembly election. Interestingly, NOTA ranked higher than parties such as the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) that contested the Gujarat elections as well.Of the 29 seats of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), only three seats garnered votes more than NOTA whereas in the 26 seats, NOTA received more votes than AAP.In Mandvi, nearly 5,000 votes were given to NOTA whereas Gujarat Chief Minister’s constituency Rajkot West had 3,309 votes to NOTA. Rapar in Kutch had 4,614 votes to NOTA whereas in Ghatlodia, 4,173 votes were given to NOTA.

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Himachal Pradesh Election Results 2017 LIVE: BJP takes early lead

The counting of votes for 68 Assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh that went to polls on November 9 began at 8 am on Monday.The results are expected to come out by afternoon.As many as 50,25,941 voters were eligible to cast their votes and 37,605 polling personnel were deployed at 7,525 polling booths. 983 polling stations were declared vulnerable and 399 critical to ensure free and fair elections in the state.The fate of 337 candidates including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal will be known. Both – the ruling Congress Party and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – are confident of their victory.Himachal has a tradition of change in government after every elections and going by the trend, this time it is the turn of the BJP which is upbeat after exit poll results.Security personnel have been deployed outside the counting centres to avoid any untoward situation.8:39 IST Monday, 18 December 2017Counting has begun for Himachal Pradesh. BJP is leading in 9 constituencies, Congress in 4.

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Backing the young: Cong tunes in with new RaGa

Congress leaders celebrated the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as AICC president at the party headquarters on Monday. PCC president Sachin Pilot and AICC general secretary and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot who is campaigning with Gandhi scion in Gujarat election termed the event historic.Pilot expressed happiness over Rahul’s appointment and said that the new energy has been transmitted in the party. “Under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Party is working to preserve country’s pluralistic culture and protecting country’s democratic and constitutional values. He is determined to keep intact unity, brotherhood and goodwill in the country following the principles of the party and he is battling against divisive powers. Every Congress worker feels strong and capable in the directions Rahul Gandhi has provided to the party,” said Pilot in a released statement.Gehlot also congratulated Gandhi and gave his best wishes to Rahul. “It is a historic moment for Congress party. His youthful energy, compassionate nature and intentions to do good will be an asset. Rahul ji has been working very hard over the years and his dedication, commitment and sincerity will take the party forward on a glorious path. We all look forward to working with him in the interest of the country,” Gehlot tweeted.Meanwhile, the Congress is geared up for its protest against Raje government on Tuesday. In a response to Raje government’s programmes and celebrations being held on the occasion its 4th anniversary the Congress has decided to hold agitation across the state.

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Vijay Kelkar Committee report on balanced regional development: Debate likely in the winter session of State legislature

The Vijay Kelkar committee report on balanced regional development in Maharashtra and the action taken report are expected to come up for discussion during the two week winter session of the state legislature slated to begin on December 11 at Nagpur. Opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, who have organised a morcha at the legislature on a number of issues including farmers plight, government’s inept handling of the implementation of crop loan waiver scheme and deteriorating finances, have made a fresh demand for special debate saying that its implementation was necessary to boost the regional development. Opposition’s demand comes at a time when leading water expert Madhav Chitale has mooted separate Marathwada state while former state advocate general Shrihari Aney along with some local leaders has been pursuing demand for statehood for Vidarbha region.Though not part of recommendations, but in the chapter on perspectives of stakeholders, the committee recorded views like demand for autonomy for Vidarbha or sentiments aired in support of creating a separate state, if the government is unable to remove the injustice of underdevelopment and deprivation.The Vijay Kelkar committee, which was constituted by the Congress-NCP government to suggest ways for balanced regional development in the state, had proposed reworking the development paradigm and resource allocation in a radical manner. The panel had suggested major overhaul in allocation of plan funds for regions, and had 146 major recommendations. The around 600-page report was tabled in the legislature in December 2014. The panel was constituted in 2011 and submitted its report in 2013.Leader of opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde told DNA, “The report came up for discussion in the winter session held in December 2014 but the government has yet to hold debate on its action taken report. NCP and the opposition in general will press for such a debate when the government is not providing enough attention on the removal of regional imbalance.’’Congress party’s deputy leader in the council Sharad Ranpise said even though the government had appointed a committee comprising ministers to study the report and made suggestions, it lacks political will for its implementation. ”The government needs to put the implementation of Kelkar committee report on fast track to achieve regional balance,” he noted.On its part, the BJP spokesman Ganesh Hake defended a slew of initiatives taken by the party led government in last three years to boost development of Maharashtra. He informed the government’s focus has been to complete long pending irrigation projects, strengthen transport infrastructure, transform agriculture and attract more investments especially in less developed areas. The committee had formulated a model for financial allocation that aims to remove the irrigation backlog in next eight years and that of other sectors like health, education and connectivity by the end of the 14th plan or say the next 12 years. Further, the committee had suggested the region wise allocation of funds including Vidarbha (33.24%), Marathwada (25.31%) and rest of Maharashtra (40.71%), a paradigm change from the current ratios of 23.03%, 18.75% and 58%. Further, the committee had pressed the need to restructure regional development boards, which will be headed by the chief minister, and preparing five-year perspective and annual plans for the regions; establish a project appraisal board for managing large public private partnership (PPP) projects, and make power available in Vidarbha at cheap rate.
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‘A fool made a request and another fool accepted it’: BJP says Congress gave ‘lollipop’ to Hardik

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel declared that the Congress party had accepted its demand for reservation, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said that the Congress gave a ‘lollipop’ to Hardik.The Patidar leader has said the Congress will include the extension of reservation benefit to Patidars in its election manifesto.However, reacting to the development, Nitin Patel said, “A fool made a request and another fool accepted it, and they say others are fool (Moorkh ne darkhwast di aur moorkh ne darkhwast maani, aur doosre ko moorkh bolte hain).Stating that the Congress party is misleading Hardik Patel, Patel said, “Hardik is aware that over 50% reservation is not possible. In the name of reservation, Congress has given a ‘lollipop’ to Hardik.”Nitin even accused the Congress Party of bargaining with Hardik Patel and trying to divide the Patidar community.Meanwhile, clearing the air about ticket distribution, Hardik, “I never asked for any ticket from the Congress party to contest the assembly polls and there is ‘no conflict within the PAAS’. “Our organization will continue to fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat,” he added.The Congress, which has mounted a hectic campaign to dislodge the long-ruling BJP in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and saffron party chief Amit Shah, has been wooing the Patel stir spearhead for quite some time.(With agency inputs)

Congress, NCP hope to jointly encash unrest against BJP in Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Finally, the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have realised together they can stay afloat and take on mighty BJP in Maharashtra in the run-up to the next assembly election slated for 2019.Both the parties have also hinted that together they can pose a formidable challenge to BJP led government in the state especially when the rift between the BJP and Shiv Sena is widening. They do feel that with a combined fight they will be in a position to regain lost grounds. Both initiated exercise to remove trust deficit and revive friendship.After successive defeats in the local and civic body elections by BJP, the Congress and NCP have decided to together go to the voters, hit the roads and mobilize support against the disenchantment of the saffron party-led government in the state. Interestingly, Congress and NCP have hinted that they are not averse to help Shiv Sena or seek latter’s support against BJP.As a part of a joint exercise, Congress and NCP will organise morcha on December 12, the second day of the two-week monsoon session at Nagpur. Incidentally, December 12 is birthday of NCP chief and former Union Minister Sharad Pawar who has agreed to address the joint rally.Besides, Congress and NCP propose to jointly field a strong candidate in the election to the state legislative council slated for December 7. There are indications that they may rope in Shiv Sena to give a tough fight against BJP. The sole objective of the trio is to defeat former chief minister Narayan Rane if he is fielded by BJP in the council election. Rane has recently left Congress, floated his own outfit to support the NDA.State Congress president Ashok Chavan told DNA,”There is a growing resentment against the BJP led government in the state. As a responsible Opposition, Congress, NCP and other liked minded parties will flag off prevailing issues such as plight of farmers including rising farmers suicides, goof up in the implementation of ambitious farm loan waiver scheme, burgeoning malnutrition deaths, slow pace of investment flow, lack of job creation and deteriorating law and order.’’ He hoped that opposition will also bring to the notice of voters that the government was busy in making mere announcements but its performance at the ground level is quite miserable.Jayant Patil, group leader of NCP in the state assembly admitted that Congress and NCP are well placed to encash resentment against the government at the Centre and in Maharashtra.”The people on the ground have realised that the government has failed to fulfil its poll promises and they feel that they have been deceived by the present establishment. Both Congress and NCP have proposed to jointly take on the BJP led government in and outside the state legislature,’’ he noted.State Congress party spokesman Ratnakar Mahajan, however, cautioned that the electoral understanding between Congress and NCP will be considered in due course of time but at this juncture both will have to encash unrest among the public. “This unity of action will lead to more cohesion among the two,’’ he opined.

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Gujarat elections: NCP, Congress seat sharing talk fizzle out, unlikely to make alliance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is unlikely to cement the alliance with Congress Party for Gujarat assembly elections, said Senior party leader Praful Patel citing that Congress has not given them enough numbers of seats.Earlier, NCP president Sharad Pawar had said that they are ready revive the ties and make alliance with Congress. Pawar had said that the secular parties have to put the united fight against the BJP.Interestingly, Congress party has already announced its 70 candidates lists in 182 seats of Gujarat assembly.Praful Patel who is leading seat sharing discussion with Congress said that nothing has been yet finalised with Congress. “Presently, we had two MLAs in Gujarat and we had lost few seats because of few votes. Congress is offering only four seats against our demand for 10 seats. As a party, we have to also stand and grow, but Congress is not in a mood to grow together,” said senior NCP leader requested anonymity.Congress leader from Gujarat told DNA that they no more trust NCP. “During Rajya Sabha elections, NCP’s one of the MLA did not vote to Ahmad Patel despite our alliance and assurance from Pawar. Giving seats to Congress will hamper our total tally. Besides, NCP has no strength and network in Gujarat and giving additional seats to them means giving these seats directly to BJP.”Stating that they are fighting for each seat and can’t afford to give six seats to NCP, he added, “NCP should understand its limitations and extend the support to Congress for this crucial and prestigious fight.”“Entire world is looking at the Gujarat elections. The 2019 Lok Sabha elections calculations depend on this elections. There is strong anger against the BJP that we have to capitalise properly,” Senior Congress leader said requested anonymity.A political observer said that Sharad Pawar might have hinted striking alliance with Congress but the whole word knows that Praful Patel is not in the mood.Congress leader from Maharashtra who is handling crucial responsibility in Gujarat said, “Patel wants to help the BJP. He had already identified candidates in Gujarat to divide the Congress core votes. In Bihar also, they fielded their separate candidates to divide the secular votes. What happened in the end? People of Gujarat had also already made up their mind to ouster the BJP.”

Gujarat Election 2017: Congress to announce its first list today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Opposition Congress is likely to announce its first list of candidates for the upcoming assembly elections on Sunday, just two days before the last day for submission of nominations for the first phase of polls on December 9.The party had originally announced that it would declare its first list on November 15. However, talks with potential allies such as Nationalist Congress Party and Sharad Yadav-led Janata Dal (U) over ticket distribution, and delay in reaching an agreement with PAAS, delayed finalisation of candidates. OBC leader Alpesh Thakor too is believed to be pressing for more tickets for his candidates. Party sources, however, said the initial list, comprising most of the sitting MLAs, as well as top party leaders in the state such as Shaktisinh Gohil, Arjun Modhwadia, Siddharth Patel, and others would be announced on Sunday.

Kerala minister Thomas Chandy resigns over encroachment charges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala Transport Minister Thomas Chandy, who is facing encroachment allegations, Wednesday resigned from the CPI(M)-led LDF government headed by Pinarayi Vijayan.The resignation comes a day after the Kerala High Court dismissed Chandy’s petition challenging a report of the Alappuzha district collector on alleged encroachments by a company in which he has a stake.This is the third minister in the Vijayan cabinet to resign after the LDF government came to power in May 2016.Earlier, A K Saseendran of the NCP had resigned after a sleaze audio clip with a woman went viral and E P Jayarajan (CPI-M) quit on nepotism charges.Chandy, a three-time MLA of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), had been inducted into the cabinet 8 months ago following the resignation of A K Saseendran.NCP had only two MLAs. The resignation letter was handed over to the chief minister by NCP state President, T P Peethambaran Master, after consulting the matter with party’s national leadership.Chandy, who left for Alappuzha, after attending the cabinet meeting, told a Malayalam television channel that even though the chief minister did not seek his resignation and there were no circumstances for the same, a coalition partner’s (CPI) “adamant” stand made the chief minister to ask him to “rethink.””The chief minister said we are not asking you to resign, but take a decision after consulting with your leadership,” Chandy said.Earlier, talking to reporters after cabinet meeting, Vijayan said the issue had been left to the NCP’s national leadership. A businessman-turned-politician, Chandy, had been facing heat since the past few days as allegations surfaced that his company had violated rules to construct a parking area and a road through a paddy field to his Lake Palace resort in Alappuzha district.Alappuzha District Collector, T V Anupama had in her report to the state government stated that large-scale violations of Kerala land conservation Act and Conservation of Paddy land and Wetland Act had been committed by the resort.The Kerala High Court had observed that it was “extremely improper” for a minister to file a petition against his own government.There was a violation of the collective cabinet responsibility by the minister, it had held.Opposition Congress-led UDF and BJP had been on a warpath since the past one month demanding Chandy’s resignation over the encroachment allegations.

NCP to improve focus on Vidarbha where it bagged 1 seat in 2014

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nationalist Congress Party has decided to increase focus on Vidarbha region that sends 62 legislators to the 282-member state assembly.NCP chief Sharad Pawar will be on a four-day tour of Vidarbha starting November 15. The party currently has only one MLA from the region, which was dominated by the BJP with 44 legislators in 2014 state elections. While the Congress has 10 MLAs, four belong to the Shiv Sena.Pawar is likely to visit Gadchiroli, Wardha, Chandrapur, Yavatmal districts in Vidarbha. “The BJP came in power with the promise of implementation of Dr Swaminathan report on fair prices to farm produces. However, the reality is different, said NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.The NCP leader said Vidarbha has reported the most cases of farmer suicide in Maharashtra despite the chief minister hailing from the region. “Moreover, in Yavatmal, while spraying pesticides over crops, several farmers lost their lives because faulty products were allowed in the market. There is huge anger among farmers,” said Malik.Earlier, NCP’s senior leader Ajit Pawar and party’s state unit president Sunil Tatkare had also toured the belt, which often faces drought-like conditions, extensively.“The assembly and Lok Sabha elections are far away, but we want to connect with the people of this region by raising their issues. People had a lot hope from BJP so they voted en masse to it in last elections. But what happened?” asked the NCP leader.Malik said farmers have a lot of faith in NCP. “Pawar saheb has done a lot of good work during his tenure as the agriculture minister. They are still waiting for the farm loan waiver benefit.“The government had promised farmers would get money on eve of Diwali. Now, it has been more than 20 days, people are still waiting for farm loan waiver,” said another NCP leader.BJP DOMINANTVidarbha sends 62 MLAs to the state assembly
In 2014, BJP won 44 seats from here and Congress was a distant second with 10 seats
While Shiv Sena has four MLAs, NCP has only one from the belt

Extortion cases show diminishing trend in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A good news for businessmen and builder community in Mumbai is that extortion cases in Mumbai are showing a diminishing trend. From January till October this year, 155 cases of extortion were registered in Mumbai as compared to 208 cases registered last year during the same period.While some officers say that the diminishing trend is due to sustained action from Mumbai and Thane Police against gangsters and criminals, some say that a lot of times victims in extortion cases do not approach the police due to fear and give up to the demands of the criminals.According to the statistics, while 155 extortion cases were registered in Mumbai from January till October this year, 208 cases were registered in 2016.The detection rate in extortion cases is over 75%. While 127 cases have been detected this year with a detection rate of 82%, 168 cases were detected last year with 78% detection rate, statistics revealed.“The reason detection cases are good in extortion cases is because, in almost all the cases, the culprit is known to the victim. In cases of underworld related extortion calls, the caller himself discloses his identity to the victim. We take sustained action on criminals and gangs involved in extortion cases. However, it would improper to say that the less number of extortion cases is due to police action. A lot times victims do not approach the police due to fear,” said a police officer.On Wednesday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad had received a threatening phone call from gangster Suresh Pujari.Thane Police officials had stated that Awhad had received a threatening call from Suresh Pujari who demanded an extortion of Rs 25 crore. “Pujari warned Awhad with dire consequences if his demand was not met,” said a police officer.Following this, Awhad had approached the police and a probe was launched in the matter.NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had also written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stating “If the elected representatives are not safe and secured, how government can give the guarantee of the common people’s security. If something untoward happens, then the CM would be responsible for this.”

Have kept alliance formation issue open in Maharashtra: Ashok Chavan on Sena chief meeting Pawar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar’s bombshell of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and its MP Sanjay Raut meeting him at his residence few days ago in Mumbai, Maharashtra Congress Pradesh Congress (MPCC) president Ashok Chavan on Thursday said that they have kept this proposed ‘alliance’ issue open, however, the final decision will be taken by the high command as a policy matter.Talking with DNA, Chavan said that after a long time, Sena president got the good political advisor. “We appreciate Uddhav Thackeray’s effort pulling out from this anti-farmers and anti-people BJP government. There must be something serious therefore Thackeray went to Pawar resident to discuss the current political situations and seek his advise,” MPCC president said.When asked Chavan, whether the Congress will tie up with the saffron party – Sena, he said that this is the matter of policy and the decision will be taken at the highest level. “However, Sena and NCP should first take the decision about their alliance, then we will think over it. We have kept this issue open. Sena has also realized that the Congress party can only give good and efficient leadership in India, therefore, they are praising Congress leadership nowadays. This is the good change and calculated move. Thanks to his political advisor otherwise it is difficult to understand Thackeray’s decision,” Chavan said.Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is out of the country while Sanjay Raut and other Sena leader refused to comment on this development.“We were not there when the meeting happened between Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray. So, we have no idea what exactly transpired in the meeting. When Uddhav Thackeray will come back from abroad, we will discuss the issue and take the call,” said Sena minister on the condition of anonymity.While NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that their party president had already asked the Shiv Sena to clear its stand first. “So, let’s wait and watch, how political situations unfold, then we will take the final call over it,” he said.

Court pulls up NCP MLA Ramesh Kadam for interfering with hearing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While hearing applications filed by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Ramesh Kadam, the sessions court on Monday, asked the petitioner to be within his limits while he interfered with the court’s proceedings. The case was being presided over by judge Govind Sanap.The court was hearing a bunch of applications filed by Kadam as well as the jailor. One of the applications had also challenged the appointment of the prosecutor in the matter.Kadam, who is arrested in a case of money embezzlement, pleaded the court that he should be allowed to argue in person, which the court had allowed. He had put forth his application in which he challenged the appointment of the Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Pravin Chavan.In his argument, Kadam claimed that the SPP was allegedly bribed. Meanwhile, when the court was about to direct the SPP to produce the required documents, Kadam interfered several times. It was then the court ordered Kadam to be in his limits.Further, the Jailor of the Byculla prison also filed an application in the court claiming that Kadam is creating nuisance in the prison and that he should be transferred to Arthur road jail and kept in ANDA cell. The court is yet to pass orders in the same.

Gujarat Elections 2017 | Congress taking after LeT in using anti-national tactics: Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday accused the Congress Party of indulging in anti-national tactics and caste-based politics to garner support in poll-bound Gujarat.Addressing a party press conference here, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader further lashed out at the grand old party and its frontrunners and said they were making a ‘suicidal’ and ‘dangerous’ move by dividing the state on the basis of caste.’The Congress party is adopting wrong methods to fight the election and taking after Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in using anti-national tactics which are harmful for the progress of the nation. Their corrupt approach to winning the elections is very dangerous for the progress of the state and the nation in general,’ said Jaitley.’The scenario has always been of BJP versus the rest, and we are used to this majestic isolation since 2002. Development is our foremost agenda in Gujarat, and we aim to make it socially and economically prosperous. While we have a galaxy of leadership to support this, the Congress is solely focused on one member of its family,’ he added.Responding to Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s criticism of economic reforms like demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Jaitley re-iterated that the former ‘does not understand GST’.’In the ten years of Congress leadership, they have done nothing to curb black money or corruption, apart from a few minor policies here and there. Everyone knows that under their governance, there was rampant corruption and policy paralysis in India. The economic reforms taken are to curb the black money menace and squeeze funding to terrorists, and also to promote digitisation,’ he said.Jaitley also assured that any transitional changes or issues faced under the GST will be taken up for deliberation in the forthcoming meetings of the GST Council. (ANI)

Defamation case filed against Kamal Haasan after Hindu terror remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after actor Kamal Haasan’s controversial remarks about ‘Hindu terror’, a case of defamation has been filed against him for hurting religions sentiments. The matter will be heard in Varanasi tomorrow, reported ANI.Kamal Haasan has been booked under section 500 (punishment for defamation), 511, 298 (hurting religious sentiment), 295 A (intent to outrage religious feeling), 505 C (attempt to incite hatred and enmity between classes) of the Indian Penal Code. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday deplored actor Kamal Haasan’s “Hindu terrorism” remark and said that making such irresponsible statements without any evidence only reflects his sick mind.Speaking to ANI, BJP leader S. Prakash said that Haasan is emerging as an irresponsible political aspirant with each passing day.
ALSO READ If you have evidence place it before NIA or apologise: Twitter furious over Kamal Haasan’s ‘Hindu terror’ remark‘If there is any evidence to prove that a Hindu terrorism exists, Kamal Haasan should provide those to NIA or to probe agency to punish those who indulged in such activities. Making such irresponsible statement without any evidence or basis only reflects his sick mind. It is very unfortunate. I completely disagree with him and deplore this sick attitude of Kamal Haasan,’ he said.Haasan, in his column in the Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan, wrote, “In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence, but they would hold a dialogue with the opposite parties on their arguments. But this old tactic was defeated and what they stated to do is use muscle power. They started indulging in violence.’”The right wing cannot challenge talk of Hindu terrorists because terror has spread into their camp as well,” wrote the Tamil film icon.Haasan’s remark drew flaw from various quarters especially BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao compared the actor with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saee and said that by passing such remarks all these people have given Pakistan an upper hand.”There has been a tendency in this country we have seen in the past decade how Sonia Gandhi-Rahul Gandhi led Congress party drew a strategy of maligning the Indian society and Hindu community only to appease the Muslim vote bank. It was done by the former home minister P. Chidambaram and Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shindey saying it on the floor of Parliament that there is Hindu terror in this country. Today, when Kamal Hassan makes similar comments, he is actually joining the ranks of P. Chidambaram, Hafiz Saeed and is possible angling to become an extension of the Congress Party,” Rao told ANI.RSS leader Rakesh Sinha also expressed anguish over Haasan remark and demanded his apology for ‘hurting and defaming Hindu civilization for his petty political end.’With inputs from ANI

If you have evidence place it before NIA or apologise: Twitter furious over Kamal Haasan’s ‘Hindu terror’ remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Actor Kamal Haasan stirred the pot by claiming that ‘Hindu terror’ was not a new phenomenon. Writing in his weekly column, he wrote: “You can’t say there is no Hindu terror. Earlier, Hindu extremists held dialogue, now they indulge in violence.He further writes that people have lost faith in Satyameva Jayate. “Truth alone triumphs has now become strength alone triumphs. This has made people inhuman,” he said. This could be seen as another signal from the actor that he desires to keep BJP at a distance. Though he favoured demonetisation initially, but later changed his stand “after discussing it with experts”.
ALSO READ Kamal Haasan joining ranks of Hafiz Saeed: BJP slams Hindu terror commentHere’s how Twitter reacted to his statement: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao on Thursday compared actor Kamal Haasan to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed.‘There has been a tendency in this country we have seen in the past decade how Sonia Gandhi-Rahul Gandhi led Congress party drew a strategy of maligning the Indian society and Hindu community only to appease the Muslim vote bank. It was done by the former home minister P. Chidambaram and Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shindey saying it on the floor of Parliament that there is Hindu terror in this country. Today, when Kamal Hassan makes similar comments, he is actually joining the ranks of P. Chidambaram, Hafiz Saeed and is possible angling to become an extension of the Congress Party,’ Rao told ANI.Rao also said by passing such remarks all these people have given Pakistan an upper hand.‘Haasan also has a close tie with the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala and completely closes his eyes to the kind of violence and red terror that has been perpetrated there. Therefore, he is looking at the issue from a very narrow perspective,’ Rao said.‘People of Tamil Nadu will reject this type of cheap politics which Kamal Hassan is also trying to play,’ he added.Speaking on the same issue Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Rakesh Sinha said actor Kamal Haasan ‘is trying to protect PFI.’With inputs from PTI

Friend or foe – the Opposition is within

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra stands out for a single reason — there has been an Opposition party within it for the past three years. At every turn, this party — the Shiv Sena — criticizes the government. Now, the BJP’s only hope is to ensure that it decimates the Sena in the next elections due in 2019.It could be BJP’s Fadnavis’ strength that he is able to run a government with an in-house critic who loses no opportunity to blast his policies, and of late, even praise Rahul Gandhi as an emerging leader. It is also his weakness that he cannot do without the Sena providing the numbers for a majority.This is perhaps the biggest oddity of Indian politics where coalition-forming governments were held as a best means of moderating policies to suit all sides. Here, Fadnavis has been reduced to facing the daily barbs from Uddhav Thackeray, whose ministers sit in the Fadnavis cabinet but claim, by implication, a disassociation with the programmes.The BJP’s dependence on the Sena has come to such a pass that on the eve of completing his three years in office, Fadnavis had said, in effect, that whether the Sena should be in his government or not was not his but the Sena’s call. It implies a certain lack of confidence in asking the partner to quit and call for fresh polls. Probably he does not want to be another Theresa May.It is understandable that there is no other party willing to extend support though the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had unilaterally declared outside support to the BJP in the Maharashtra Assembly but later, again unilaterally, for no reason, withdrew it. Fadnavis has no option but to survive with a quarrelsome partner which has been on election mode for 2019 from the moment the 2014 elections were over.Risks exist when living on such a razor’s edge, for despite the work done by Fadnavis – such as there is – because the Sena is getting ample scope to tarnish the senior partner. Getting Narayan Rane into the government is seemingly an attempt at needling the Shiv Sena than merely providing him a refuge in his travel from Sena to Congress to a new avatar. He could be equally problematic.Uddhav Thackeray’s policy is of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds to secure dividends but the relationship between the two parties is not even of a detente. It is not like the Cold War between the two super powers of the past — USA and USSR — but a regular public skirmish. But to the Sena, this approach to power does not seem unconscionable at all. In fact, it revels in reviling the BJP.It is fortunate for Fadnavis that the Sena’s approach is seen by the public as opportunistic. It ought to be realised that Uddhav Thackeray’s calculation is of better seat yields in 2019 by keeping its identity sharp and clear, for he would need to battle BJP and not any other party for power in Maharashtra. He does not see much gain in being an Opposition till the next polls.(Mahesh Vijapurkar is a senior journalist.)

Congress wants Rahul to personalize his twitter handle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leaders closely working with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi want him to personalize his twitter handle from Office of Rahul Gandhi to Rahul Gandhi. DNA spoke to people working closely with Rahul Gandhi who confirmed that he has been requested to change the handle name. The clamour for him to personalize the handle has gone up as he is all set to be elevated as the President of the Congress Party by October end. His arch rival Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a personal twitter handle and his tweets carry an element of intimacy.Sources in the Congress also said that Rahul Gandhi was given similar suggestion by a senior leader to change his twitter handle but he did not positively respond to the idea.Rahul Gandhi and Congress Party have been late arrivals on the social media which BJP used to its great advantage during 2014 Lok Sabha elections.Sources say that Rahul’s twitter handle, the Office of Rahul Gandhi today almost functions like his personal handle so the change makes all the sense.Despite recent success tasted by Rahul Gandhi on social media, there is a perceptible difference between his and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s account. Rahul Gandhi has got 3.81 million followers whereas Narendra Modi has 35.6 million followers.The difference between the yesteryears and today is that engagement rate of Rahul Gandhi’s twitter account has risen substantially.Current social media platforms of the Congress are being managed by Divya Spandana former member of Lok Sabha from Mandya district of Karnataka. She has largely been responsible for turning around the moribund social media department of the Congress Party into a vibrant unit.

BJP India’s wealthiest party with Rs 893 crore, Congress second in total assets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The value of declared assets of the Bharatiya Janata Party has increased from Rs 122.93 crore in 2004-05 to Rs 893.88 crore in 2015-16 while that of Congress has risen from Rs 167.35 crore to Rs 758.79 crore, according to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Election Watch.The value of assets of Trinamool Congress has seen a jump from Rs 0.25 crore to Rs 44.99 crore during this 11-year period, according to the figures as mentioned in the report that the ADR released at a press conference here, quoting declarations by the parties before the Election Commission.The total value of assets of CPI(M) has increased during the period by 383.47 per cent from Rs 90.55 crore to Rs 437.78 crore, ADR national coordinator Anil Verma said.The increase in value of assets of CPI(M) has been the lowest — from Rs 5.56 crore to Rs 10.18 crore, Verma said. The value of assets of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has gone up from Rs 43.09 crore to Rs 559.01 crore and that of Nationalist Congress Party from Rs 1.6 crore to Rs 14.54 crore, as per the report data.While declaring the data,Verma added that the declarations under ‘other assets’ are not easily verifiable. “While details are specific under fixed assets, loans and advances, FDR/deposits, TDS and investments, details are not available about assets under the heading ‘other assets’.”The increase in assets of the seven national parties from 2004-05 to 2015-16 has had the highest rise under ‘other assets’ among all asset heads — from Rs 108.655 crore to Rs 1605.114 crore,” Verma said.”BJP has the highest capital at present after declaring Rs 868.889 crore, followed by Rs 557.38 crore of BSP and Rs 432.64 crore of CPI(M),” Verma said.

Victory in Maharashtra Gram Panchayat polls shows support for BJP’s development agenda: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) victory in the Gram Panchayat polls in Maharashtra and thanked people for their unwavering support.The Prime Minister also congratulated Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and state party chief Raosaheb Danve.”I thank people of Maharashtra for the impressive win of BJP in Gram Panchayat polls across the state. I congratulate @BJP4Maharashtra, @Dev_Fadnavis and @raosahebdanve for the impressive performance in Gram Panchayat polls across the state,” Modi said in a series of tweets.”Wonderful victory of @BJP4Maharashtra in rural areas shows the unwavering support of the farmers, youth & poor for BJP’s development agenda,” he said in another tweet.According to reports, the results of 2,974 bodies of 3,884 which went to polls in the first phase were declared on Monday. Reports claim that the BJP won 1,457, followed by Congress (301), Shiv Sena (222) and Nationalist Congress Party (194).However, the BJP suffered a setback in Pankaja Munde’s hometown Parali in Beed district of Marathwada where the NCP emerged as a winner.The victory for the BJP comes at the time when the BJP government is facing severe criticism due to a slowdown in the economy and receiving flak over farm loan waiver issue.”Thank you Hon @narendramodi ji! It is the victory of people’s faith on your strong leadership &vision of taking development to the last man,” said Fadnavis in reply to PM Modi.

Vinod Tawde ignored red flag against tainted officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Charudutt Shinde was the subject of a police complaint for fraud even before he was appointed the officer on special duty (OSD) to state education minister Vinod Tawde. And even though a BJP lawmaker had raised a red flag against him before Tawde as well as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Shinde’s appointment as OSD was confirmed, DNA has learnt.As revealed in a series of reports in this paper, Shinde is already facing allegations from within the education department that he sought a cut to allot contracts to favoured entities.But before the cash-for-work taint, Shinde was accused of handing out bogus medical certificates passing off physically fit people as disabled, so they could exploit government benefits, Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Anil Gote has claimed.A police complaint was lodged against Shinde after the racket was exposed in 2015, when he was district surgeon at Bhausaheb Hire Government Medical College in Dhule, Gote said. “I had written to both Minister Tawde and Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis about this issue. But they chose to ignore my letter,” Gote said.Documents accessed by DNA confirm the complaint was lodged in Dhule.”Shinde was part of a ring that declared fit workers as partially disabled or colourblind, which then allowed them to escape heavy-duty work and apply for various allowances,” Gote said. Some 8,000 such fake certificates were issued for cash between 2011-2015 in Dhule, he said.The scam came to light during a routine health check-up when those certified as disabled or partially blind by Dr Shinde and his team were found to be free of these impairments. There exists a confidential report on this matter, Gote claimed.Nawab Malik, Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson, said it was a serious issue if Tawde disregarded such a damning complaint, that too from his own party’s legislator.”It really says a lot. Dr Shinde is a habitual offender and Tawde still went ahead and made him the OSD,” said Malik.Both Tawde and Shinde were unavailable for comment.

Join hands with Congress, Rahul Gandhi urges NRIs in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday called on NRIs to join hands with the grand old party.While addressing a gathering at Times Square, Gandhi said, “You (NRIs) have tremendous knowledge and understanding so you need to involve. I want to invite you to work with Congress to discuss vision for going forward. We want to take your help.”Asserting that NRIs are “our backbone,” the Congress vice president averred, “everywhere you look, there is an Indian working for US and India, building both countries.”He further stated that great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were all NRIs.”The original Congress movement was an NRI movement. Mahatma Gandhi was an NRI, Jawaharlal Nehru came back from England. Ambedkar, Azad, Patel these were all NRIs. Every single one of them went to the outside world, saw the outside world, returned back to India and used some of the ideas that they had got and transformed India,” adding that father of the White Revolution in India, Verghese Kurien, too was also an NRI.”Congress Party is 130 years old, but we don’t represent an organisation, we represent a philosophy of more than 1000 years old. People view India as a geographical construct, I view India as a set of ideas. We have many religions, languages and everyone are living happily together. The reasons they have been able to do so is due to ideas of the Congress party,” he added.

Yogi Adityanath government stops grant to 46 madrassas: BJP doesn’t respect any religion, says Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Uttar Pradesh government barred 46 madrassas to get the grant, the Congress Party accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of not respecting any religion. Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the saffron party does not respect any religion.”The basic difference between our and BJP’s ideology is that the Congress party respects every religion but BJP and its leadership do not support this,” Azad told ANI.The Yogi Adityanath government on Wednesday stopped grants to 46 madrasas across Uttar Pradesh after irregularities were reported in their functioning.The grant to the 46 defaulter madrasas has been stopped from April 2017. The madrasas whose grant has been stopped by the government are from Kanpur, Kushinagar, Kannauj, Mau, Azamgarh, Maharajganj, Siddhartha Nagar, Mahoba, Shravasti, Banaras, Faizabad, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Barabanki, Sant Kobirnagar, Jhansi districts.At present, 560 madrassas are given grants by the state government across Uttar Pradesh.A joint committee of District Magistrate, District Inspector of Schools and District Minority Welfare Officers was investigating the matter.Following a detailed two months investigation, the government barred the 46 madrassas to get the government grant.

Digvijaya Singh’s abusive tweet against PM Narendra Modi sparks outrage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress’ Digvijaya Singh posted an abusive meme on Friday taking a shot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his followers who were termed as ‘Bhakts’, a derogatory term used on the social media against those who were supporters of PM Modi.The meme posted by Digvijaya had a picture of PM Modi with text next to it that read, “Mere do achievements 1.) Bhakton ko Ch** banaya 2.) Ch*** ko Bhakt banaya.”Singh added a caveat to his post by saying, “Not mine but couldn’t help posting it. My apologies to the person concerned. He is the best in the art of fooling!” This quote is an apparent jab at Prime Minister Modi. This tweet has sparked an outrage on Twitter as many find it offensive and not in good taste. Miss Aarya‏ @whsitleblower tweeted: When an elected representative tweets something with word ‘ch****’ in it, tells a lot about his character, leadership and vision.Vaibhav.Deshpande‏ @VaibhavDeshpa tweeted: Kitna giroge? A responsible Neta u r called. Atl east try to know Wat(what) u r posting? Shame on you.This shows urs n ur party thoughts.Digvijaya Singh is a member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha and General Secretary of the Congress Party.

Cabinet approves proposal for MU School of Economics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra government has decided to transform the Mumbai University’s Economics department as Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy (MSEPP) on the line of London School of Economics. The state cabinet approved the proposal on Thursday.”We have decided to allot a fund of Rs 25 crore; where each year Rs 5 crore fund will be released. While the Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy will have to raise another Rs 125 crore to strengthen this institution. It will be a world class department. The Economics department started back in 1921, one of the oldest departments in India,” the cabinet note read.Nawab Malik, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesperson, said MU is still suffering with result publication of various courses and said, “Our humble request to the government is that first put the accountability, then run the current department smoothly, then think of turning the department the world famous,” Malik said.According to the cabinet decision, the Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy will closely work with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).”MSEPP will invite guest lecturers from Cambridge University. Senior government officials and subject experts will also deliver lectures,” the note said.”Mumbai is the financial capital of the India, but most of the financial and economical institutions are out of Maharashtra. We should not lag behind in this sector, therefore, we have decided to transform the present Economics department of Mumbai University into the Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy. It is one of the milestone decision taken by our government,” a senior BJP minister said requesting anonymity.What it will offerMSEPP will run a regular MA course in economics and public policy.Apart from this, there will be a number of post-graduate diploma courses.Most of the diploma courses will be job oriented, while regular courses will be research oriented.

In 2015-16, 80.5% of BJP’s total income was from unknown sources: ADR report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In 2015-16, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised 80.5 per cent of its total income from unknown sources while the Congress raised 71 per cent of its total income from unknown sources in the same period, a new report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has revealed.BJP’s total declared income was Rs 570.86 crore and Congress’s income was Rs 261.56 crore. Out of its total income, the BJP collected Rs 460.78 crore from unknown sources and Congress party collected Rs 186.04 crore from unknown sources, the report said.ADR analysed the income and expenditure data of national and regional political parties submitted to the Election Commission of India. “Unknown sources are income declared in the income tax returns, but without giving source of income from donations below Rs 20,000. Such sources include ‘sale of coupons’, ‘relief fund’, ‘miscellaneous income’, ‘voluntary contributions’, ‘contribution from meetings/morchas’ etc. The details of donors of such voluntary contributions are not available in the public domain,” the ADR report said.While voluntary contributions was the most preferred form of fundraising for the BJP, ‘sale of coupons’ was the most preferred form of fundraising for Congress party, the report said.The report added that seven national parties raised a total of Rs 1,033.18 crore in 2015-16. Of this, parties spent Rs 754.45 crore and declared an unspent amount of Rs 278.73 crore.The BJP had the highest income followed by the Congress, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (Rs 107.48 crore), the Bahujan Samaj Party (Rs 47.39 crore), the Trinamool Congress (Rs 34.58 crore), the Nationalist Congress Party (Rs 9.14 crore) and the CPI (Rs 2.18 crore).ADR also mentioned that compared that BJP’s income during financial year 2014-15 was highest among all the National Parties. The party had declared a total income of Rs 970.43 cr and its income decreased by 41.17% to Rs 570.86 cr during financial year 2015-16.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to speak at prestigious US varsity on September 11

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will speak at a prestigious American university on September 11 on his view of contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy, the varsity has announced.Gandhi will give a lecture on ‘India At 70: Reflections On The Path Forward’, an event sponsored by the Institute of International Studies Berkeley Research on Contemporary India Program and the Institute for South Asia Studies at the University of California (UC), the university said on its website.”Rahul Gandhi has led the reorganisation of India’s Congress Party since becoming the vice president of the party in 2013. At UC Berkeley, he will offer his reflections on contemporary India and the path forward for the world s largest democracy. He follows in the footsteps of his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, who delivered a historic speech at Berkeley in 1949,” it said.Meanwhile, Rights group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has called upon the university to withdraw the speaking invitation to Gandhi, citing the Congress party’s alleged role in the anti-Sikh riots that erupted following the assassination of Gandhi’s grandmother former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984.

Amit Shah comes down heavily on Congress over Right to Privacy issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Thursday came down heavily on Congress on the issue of Right to Privacy. Shah, in his new blog post, said, ?Congress should remember their record of trampling on Right to Life & Liberty as well as Internet Censoring.? He expressed his views after the Supreme Court on Thursday passed an order and declared privacy a fundamental right. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi attacked government over the SC verdict and said it was a rejection of the BJP’s ideology of ?suppression through surveillance?. Senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said the judges’ unanimous verdict was a setback to the Centre which said in court that there could be no fundamental right to privacy. Shah said, ?While today?s judgement is an important one, which also is in accordance with the Government?s vision and actions, some mischievous propaganda needs to be busted. Those waxing eloquent today on privacy architecture are the ones who have ensured India does not have a robust privacy law for decades. Those commenting on Aadhar are the same people who did not provide it a legal backing for years!? He further added that ?today?s judgement of the Supreme Court is a welcome judgement as it strengthens the Fundamental Rights and personal liberty. Our Government is committed to ensuring equitable social delivery, particularly to the poor in consonance to today?s judgement by Hon?ble Supreme Court?. Shah cited observation of one of the judges in the Supreme Court?s judgement which reads: ?I fully agree with the view expressly overruling the ADM Jabalpur case which was an aberration in the constitutional jurisprudence of our country and the desirability of burying the majority opinion ten fathom deep, with no chance of resurrection.? The BJP President said that these words should ring a bell to the Congress Party and hoped Congress? in-house eminent lawyers brief the high command on this. ?These words also summarise how far we have come. These words also hold a mirror to the Congress Party at a time when they are engaging in a false show of jubilation and vindication. It is strange that those who snatched away the Right to Life & Right to Liberty of millions of Indians by imposing emergency are standing today as guardians of our fundamental rights based on misinterpretation of the judgement. It is equally strange that those who brought Section 66A & championed censoring on the Internet are speaking of liberties & rights,? Shah said. The BJP President also cited Finance Minister Arun Jaitley?s speech in Parliament to prove his point. ?The point on right of privacy being not absolute and subject to various restrictions is also supported by other Judges. This point is also in consonance with the Government stand. Arun Jaitley in the parliament is on record saying: Is privacy a fundamental right or not? The present Bill pre-supposes and is based on the premise and that it is too late in date to contend that privacy is not a fundamental right. So, I do accept that probably privacy is a fundamental right. Now, where do you fit privacy as a fundamental right? And that is where I want to clear the misconception due to which these amendments which have been proposed. It is contended and broadly it is now accepted that privacy is a part of the individual liberty.? He further added that ?BJP fully respects the Right to Privacy and I am sure with the recommendations of Srikrishna committee, we will lay down a robust privacy architecture. We are fully committed to ensure that the poor get their right in terms of service delivery without any diversion. Our Government will ensure equitable social delivery, particularly to the poor in consonance to today?s judgement by Hon?ble Supreme Court?.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rain forecast turns accurate, Sharad Pawar sends sugar to IMD office as promised

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Few would have thought that former union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar would take his own sarcastic comment so seriously. After making a sarcastic comment on the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) stating if their prediction about rain would come true, he would distribute sugar from Baramati to IMD officials. When the prediction came true, Pawar sent a sack full of sugar at IMD’s Pune office on Wednesday.Parts of western Maharashtra, Vidarbha and even parts of Marathwada which is a drought-prone area, have witnessed good amount of rain over the past few days. IMD had predicted about the rain in these parts, however, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo seemed to have very little trust on IMD’s prediction.On Wednesday afternoon, Pawar actually kept his word as NCP workers entered the IMD office in Pune with sack fully of sugar brought from Baramati. Ankush Kakade, NCP’s spokesperson said, “Pawar had said that if IMD prediction comes true, he would give sugar to IMD in happiness of getting good rain in Maharashtra. Therefore, we had brought sugar to IMD office and we distributed it among the IMD officials.”When DNA contacted AK Shrivastava, he also confirmed saying, “IMD is using state of art technique to forecast the weather. However, analytical forecast can not be hundred percent accurate anywhere in the world. Most of the time our forecast come true but sometimes it fails. Now it is up to people to comment on IM

Corruption allegations: 10 days on, no probe against Maha ministers Subhash Desai, Prakash Mehta

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than a week after Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis promised independent probe into allegations against Industries Minister Subhash Desai, the government has failed to appoint a committee.DNA had exposed how Desai denotified thousands of acres of land violating stipulated conditions. The Opposition had raised the issue subsequently in the legislature session and had alleged a scam of Rs 50,000 crore. An embattled Desai even sent his resignation to the CM, but Fadnavis had rejected it saying he needn’t resign till the charges are proved against him. He had announced that the government will appoint an inquiry committee to probe into the charges in a bid to placate the Opposition.Apart from Desai, Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, too, had faced charges of corruption and CM had announced a probe by Lokayukta against him as well.But even a week later, there is no sign of investigation and the Opposition is now questioning the CM’s sincerity. Nationalist Congress Party state chief Sunil Tatkare said that the CM has made the announcement in the House and hence the Opposition wants to believe the government is committed, but the delay indicates otherwise.”On the last day (August 10) of the Monsoon session of the state Assembly, the CM promised impartial and independent probes against Desai and Mehta. It’s been 10 days since and there is no action on it,”We don’t know if the government has forgotten or the promise was simply a tactic to buy time. It shows how serious this government is when the charges are levelled against their own ministers,” said Nationalist Congress Party state chief Sunil Tatkare.”Is there some kind of political settlement being worked out between the two parties to save each other’s ministers? Silence on part of the CM will only erode his own credibility,” Tatkare said.Sachin Sawant, Congress spokesperson, said that neither Desai nor Mehta had resigned despite grave allegations and also raised doubts whether the probe was going to be indeed impartial and independent.UNDER SCANNERIn an exclusive report, DNA on August 7 had exposed that Industries Minister Subhash Desai had allegedly denotified 60,000 acres of land without mandatory auction.

Sharad Pawar breaks silence, claims NCP legislator voted for Ahmed Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Finally, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar broke his silence on Sunday claiming that the vote cast by his party’s legislator helped Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political advisor Ahmed Patel to win one of the most talked about and bitterly fought election to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat. He said of the two party legislators in Gujarat state assembly, one voted for BJP and another for Congress which proved to be the deciding factor in Patel’s victory. Pawar made this statement during a visit to Kolhapur.Pawar took swipe against Congress for allegedly spreading stories about NCP supporting BJP. NCP supremo without taking name snubbed Ahmed Patel who after his election had said whether NCP voted for him was a million dollar question.On the move to establish opposition unity to take on mighty BJP, Pawar downplayed developments saying talks in this regard have been going on for last three years but nothing substantial has happened so far. He blamed the Congress party for its blow hot blow cold policy.His statement is important as NCP had skipped meeting of opposition parties called by Congress President Sonia Gandhi on August 11 to discuss unity and chalk out a strategy against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. NCP’s absence resulted in talk about cracks in the joint opposition.Senior NCP leader Praful Patel had strongly justified NCP’s decision to boycott the meeting saying that it was to protest against the “lies” spread by the Congress that its legislators had voted against Ahmed Patel in Gujarat. Subsequently, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Gulam Nabi Azad clarified that NCP continues to be part of joint opposition and said Pawar had communicated his inability to attend due to ill [email protected]


<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday backed outgoing Vice-President Hamid Ansari?s statement over the growing uneasiness among the country?s minority community, stating that only because the latter is a Muslim so it?s creating a row otherwise wouldn’t have been noticed. Speaking to ANI, NCP leader Majid Memon said, ?Because Ansari is a Muslim and comments about the atrocities that the Muslim brothers face- this statement will be taken in a different way. If a non-Muslim would have commented then this row would have not taken place. We all have the right to freedom of speech and if Ansari has said it can either be true or false. All who have issues to his statement should have questioned him there and not creating a row later which is useless.” Similarly, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik stated that Ansari has expressed what Muslim brothers feel in the country. ?The way Hamid Ansari has put forward his opinion; the Muslims of the country feel insecure. He has actually expressed what the common Muslim brother feels in the country. People should not take it lightly but work on it seriously,? he said. Earlier this week, Ansari said in an interview that the Muslims in the country were experiencing “a feeling of unease.” “A sense of insecurity is creeping in as a result of the dominant mood created by some and the resultant intolerance and vigilantism,” Ansari told Rajya Sabha TV. Ansari referred to the incidents of lynching and alleged killings as a “breakdown of Indian values, breakdown of the ability of the authorities at different levels in different places to be able to enforce what should be normal law enforcing work and over all the very fact that Indianness of any citizen being questioned is a disturbing thought.” Ansari has been in the firing line of the other BJP leaders for his ‘Muslim comments.'(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)


<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday made a fervent appeal to former party leader Shankersinh Vaghela over the Gujarat Rajya Sabha Polls, reminding him not to forget what the grand old party has done for him over the past years. Singh took to his Twitter handle to remind Vagela of being a Rajput and said that he should stay true to his party. ?My fervent appeal to Bapu Shankar Singh ji Vaghela as an individual and his brother who hosted him in Khajuraho before he became CM. Don’t forget what Congress has done for you. You are a Rajput. Please ensure Ahmed Bhai’s victory. He has been our friend and supporter,? Singh tweeted. Singh further wrote that whatever issue is their will be resolved within the party and requested Vaghela to not to ditch the Congress. ?Whatever your issues in Congress we shall resolve within. Don’t ditch and support your old Chela who is taking the whole Country for a ride,? he said. However, despite Singh?s request, Vaghela did not vote for Patel and said there was no point voting for the grand old party as they are never going to win the elections. ?The entire nation will face the impact and effect of this election. I tried to explain a lot to the Congress party before the elections, they didn?t listen, following which I left the party. Now when the Congress Party is not going to win the elections, there was no point giving my votes to it,? Vaghela told the reporters after casting his vote. Expressing sorrow for not voting for Patel, Vaghela further said the Congress party shouldn?t have put the reputation of the former on stake, when the party knew that their MLAs were resigning. ?It is not even sure that all the 44 MLAs of the Congress will vote for the same person, they may also do cross voting. That?s why there is no chance of the Congress Party winning this seat. So, I have not given my vote to Ahmed Patel,? he said. However, Vaghela did not confirm whether he voted for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate or opted for NOTA (none of the above). Meanwhile, two Congress MLA Dharmendra Jadeja and Raghavji Patel have voted for the BJP. ?There are only two parties in Gujarat – Congress and BJP. If I’m not with Congress, you know where will I be,? Congress MLA Raghavji Patel said after casting his vote for BJP. Congress MLA Dharmendra Jadeja asserted that the Congress party hasn’t been listening to their leaders for a year and hence he voted for BJP. The voting for the crucial Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections for three seats began at 9 a.m. The voting will continue till 4 p.m. while the counting will be held from 5 p.m. Gujarat Assembly Secretary D. M. Patel, who is also the returning officer for the Rajya Sabha election said that after the resignation of six Congress MLAs, there are total 176 MLAs eligible to vote. The election has been necessitated following the completion of the tenures of three existing members Union Minister Smriti Irani and Dilip Pandya of BJP and Ahmed Patel of Congress. Meanwhile, the win of two of the three BJP candidates party president Amit Shah and Smriti Irani was almost certain, while the fate of the third party candidate Balwantsinh Rajput who joined BJP after resigning from Congress was hanging in balance along with the sole Congress candidate Ahmed Patel. Congress needs the support of 45 MLAs for victory of Patel who is contesting for his fifth term for the upper house. In 182 member assembly, BJP has 122 seats including dissident Nalin Kotadiya. While, Congress has 51 MLAs along with seven of Shankarinh Vaghela’s camp. NCP has two and JD(U) has one MLA in the house.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘No chance of Congress winning the seat’: Shankersinh Vaghela says didn’t vote for Ahmed Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela on Tuesday asserted that he did not vote for the saffron party Rajya Sabha candidate Ahmed Patel, adding that there was no point for the grand old party as they are never going to win the elections.”The entire nation will face the impact and effect of this election. I tried to explain a lot to the Congress party before the elections, they didn’t listen, following which I left the party. Now when the Congress Party is not going to win the elections, there was no point giving my votes to it,” Vaghela told the reporters after casting his vote.Expressing sorrow for not voting for Patel, Vaghela further said the Congress party shouldn’t have put the reputation of the former on stake, when the party knew that their MLAs were resigning.”It is not even sure that all the 44 MLAs of the Congress will vote for the same person, they may also do cross voting. That’s why there is no chance of the Congress Party winning this seat. So, I have not given my vote to Ahmed Patel,” he said.However, Vaghela did not confirm whether he voted for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate or opted for NOTA (none of the above).Meanwhile, two Congress MLA Dharmendra Jadeja and Raghavji Patel have voted for the BJP.”There are only two parties in Gujarat – Congress and BJP. If I’m not with Congress, you know where will I be,” Congress MLA Raghavji Patel said after casting his vote for BJP.Congress MLA Dharmendra Jadeja asserted that the Congress party hasn’t been listening to their leaders for a year and hence he voted for BJP.The voting for the crucial Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections for three seats began at 9 amThe voting will continue till 4 p.m. while the counting will be held from 5 pmGujarat Assembly Secretary D. M. Patel, who is also the returning officer for the Rajya Sabha election said that after the resignation of six Congress MLAs, there are total 176 MLAs eligible to vote.The election has been necessitated following the completion of the tenures of three existing members Union Minister Smriti Irani and Dilip Pandya of BJP and Ahmed Patel of Congress.Meanwhile, the win of two of the three BJP candidates party president Amit Shah and Smriti Irani was almost certain, while the fate of the third party candidate Balwantsinh Rajput who joined BJP after resigning from Congress was hanging in balance along with the sole Congress candidate Ahmed Patel.Congress needs the support of 45 MLAs for victory of Patel who is contesting for his fifth term for the upper house.In 182 member assembly, BJP has 122 seats including dissident Nalin Kotadiya.While, Congress has 51 MLAs along with seven of Shankarinh Vaghela’s camp. NCP has two and JD(U) has one MLA in the house.

MLA puts a lock on Mumbai University’s Kalina campus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the Mumbai University continously failing to meet the deadline to declare results of examinations conducted last acedemic year, Nationalist Congress Party MLA Jitendra Awhad put a lock on the Mumbai University’s Kanila campus main gate, Awhad’s PA Sushant Gudulkar told DNA.Awhad had recently tweeted that if university results are not declared by August 5, he will lock the university, his PA added.Mumvai University has initial deadline of July 31 then August 5 to declare results but it has failed. This year the online paper evaluation system has delayed the results. Students are suffering.

Ahmed Patel faces his toughest test

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Tuesday’s Rajya Sabha election may be the toughest test of his four-decade-old political career. Numbers suggest that Patel, who has been a Rajya Sabha member since 1993, and is eyeing a fifth straight term in the Upper House, may just scrape through, but a lot depends on ‘ifs and buts’. Patel needs 45 votes to win.While the strength of Congress MLAs in the Assembly is 51, seven MLAs, including Vaghela who has quit the Congress party, have not confirmed whether they will vote for Patel or not. This leaves the number of MLAs the party can count on at 44, one short of what is needed to win.Speaking with reporters at Ahmedabad on Monday, Patel expressed confidence that he would win.”I am going to win and one of the BJP candidates will lose. I trust my MLAs. They are very committed; they did not go home even for ‘Raksha Bandhan’. They don’t want to go anywhere and is keen to cast their votes first,” Patel said.Patel sounded hopeful that two MLAs of Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party and lone JD(U) MLA Chhotu Vasava will vote for him, which would be enough for his victory. However, late in the evening, NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja said he and his party MLA Jayant Patel would vote for Balvantsinh Rajput, the former Congress MLA who is contesting as BJP’s third candidate.Congress was also hopeful of getting the vote of Nalin Kotadiya, who was elected on Gujarat Parivartan Party ticket, which later merged with the BJP. Kotadiya, too, announced he would vote for the BJP candidates, and not Patel.Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar said Patel had the numbers to win.”All the 44 MLAs who had gone to Bengaluru will vote for Ahmedbhai. We believe the seven MLAs who didn’t go to Bengaluru will also vote for him. If they don’t follow the party whip, mandating that they vote for Ahmedbhai, they will be disqualified and barred from contesting any election for six years. None of them would want that,” said Parmar.However, the MLAs can avoid such a situation by submitting their resignations before the elections.Though Patel and others sound confident, insiders admit that the situation is fluid, and things could change if any of their 44 MLAs indulge in cross-voting.

Ahmed Patel confident of victory ahead of Gujarat RS Polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who is contesting for a Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat, on Monday said that he trusts his party MLAs commitment, adding he will definitely win the elections by defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). ?I trust my MLAs completely. Our MLAs are very committed as they did not leave even their homes on the occasion of Rakshabandhan, although we were keen to make every possible arrangement. They are not ready to go anywhere because they want to cast their votes first. I am going to win and BJP?s one candidate will lose,? Patel told media here. He added that the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has also announced its support towards him. ?The BJP not only wants a Congress free India, but they want to remove the SC and ST reservations and wants a minority free House,? Patel said. Meanwhile, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday said that it will support Congress in the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat. Speaking to ANI, NCP leader Majeed Memon said their party president Sharad Pawar has made it extremely loud and clear that they are going to support Congress candidate Ahmed Patel, who is contesting for a Rajya Sabha seat. However, earlier in the day, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani expressed confidence that the BJP will win all three seats and Congress? Ahmed Patel will lose in the upcoming Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections. ?The BJP will win three seats and Ahmed Patel will definitely lose,? he told the media here. He further said that at a time when people are dying due to floods, the Congress MLAs are hiding in resort. At least 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs were camping at a resort in Bengaluru since July 29 to prevent their possible poaching by the ruling BJP ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections. ?People are dying in flood and MLAs are enjoying in resort. Their (Congress) MLAs are not under their control. They don’t trust them,? he added. All the Gujarat Congress MLAs returned back to the state earlier in the day. All the MLAs were holed in to Bengaluru’s Eagleton Resort, after six of the Gujarat Congress MLAs quit the party and joined the BJP. As soon as the MLAs landed at the state capital they were taken to the Neejanand Resort in Gujarat’s Anand district, located 77 km from Ahmedabad. The Gujarat Rajya Sabha election is slated to be held tomorrow for three seats. The BJP has fielded party president Amit Shah, Union Minister Smriti Irani and Balwantsinh Rajput against Congress’ Ahmed Patel.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rahul Gandhi’s car attacked in Gujarat, Congress VP says ‘stones won’t stop him’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Friday, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s car was attacked in Dhantera, Gujarat. The rear glass of his car was damaged, confirmed Banaskantha SP. He told PTI that the Congress VP’s car was pelted with stones near Dhantera town. He added the people who pelted stones had been detained and that Rahul Gandhi escaped unhurt. Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to say that protests, black flags and even stones won’t deter him. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala attacked the BJP stating that ‘Godse culture was thriving under BJP’. He called the incident ‘disgusting and disgraceful’ and also criticised PM Modi’s ‘aerial survey’.
ALSO READ Rahul Gandhi to meet Banaskantha flood victims on August 4Earlier, Rhaul Gandhi addressed villagers. Amidst his speech, few people waved black flags to which he asked the guards to let them in, and saying, ‘I don’t care.’‘It’s a difficult and grievous time for all of you and so I wanted to come amongst you all,’ he said addressing the crowd.He added that many people lost their loved ones and homes due to floods and so he wanted to meet them to tell them that the Congress Party is standing with the people of Gujarat.‘It is not our government in Delhi or Gujarat, but we are standing here with you, I am standing here with you and we won’t back down due to a few black flags,’ he said.The Congress vice-president also visited Rajasthan flood affected areas on Friday morning and said that Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje-led Rajasthan Government is not taking adequate steps to provide relief to people of the state who have been affected by floods.Gandhi, who was Jalore to take stock of the situation, said he received poor response from people of the state as no rehabilitation work is being done, while adding that his party is trying to facilitate masses to the maximum extent it can.Thousands of people are still living in shelters in flooded areas. Since July 22, nearly 17 people have lost their lives in the state.Most of the roads of Rajasthan’s Sirohi, Pali and Jalore districts have been blocked and the traffic movement is badly affected due to the massive floods in the state.Earlier on Thursday Rahul Gandhi visited flood affected areas at Lakhimpur in Assam and said that Congress Party will pick up the issue and discuss about the flood situation in the Parliament.The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) says that 11,93,458 people have in 1,795 villages of 24 districts have been affected by the floods.As many as 79 people have lost their lives in the devastating floods, eight of them from Guwahati.Assam has been dealing with heavy floods since mid-July.

Congress concerned about Ahmed Patel, doesn’t care about MLAs Javadekar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress is only concerned about Ahmed Patel and doesn?t care about its other MLAs from Gujarat, said Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday. Javadekar was reacting on Congress? parading of its 44 MLAs in Bengaluru and its charge that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) offered Rs. 15 crore to Congress MLAs from Gujarat to desert the Congress. Talking to ANI, Javadekar said, ?Congress only tries to save Rahul Gandhi by all means, no matter what happens to the party. Even in Gujarat, they have only one face, they only want to save Ahmad Patel. They don?t have the time to know what their MLAs want.? He refuted Congress? charge of horse trading and said that some of the Congress MLAs from Gujarat joined BJP because they had lost faith in grand old party. ?All the people left the Congress because they wanted to do so and not because of money. Ram Singh is a leader of dairy movement, he does not need money. He himself left the party, because he knew the real face of congress,? Javadekar said. He also attacked Congress party for sending out its Gujarat MLAs to Bengaluru when the state is hit by floods. ?While the BJP led state government and forces were trying their best to save the flood affected people, the grand old party is busy doing press conference in lavish Bungalows in Bengaluru and accusing us of doing horse trading,? Javadekar said, and added it was like ?the pot is calling the kettle black? as they ran away from Gujarat when the state is suffering from flood. The Congress Party earlier in the day accused the BJP of buying and threatening their MLAs in Gujarat for Rs. 15 crore and paraded its 44 MLAs who are camping here. Addressing a press conference here, senior Congress MLA from Gujarat Shaktisinh Gohil said, “Ask these MLAs the way they are threatened, they chose to stand by party even when offered Rs 15 crore.” He said BJP is doing horse-trading and we are trying to protect the democracy. “BJP is hitting below the belt; we are fighting to protect democracy . We have required numbers. There is no need for us to stay here (Bengaluru) for even a minute if they (BJP) say, they won’t threaten,” Gohil said. Hitting back at the BJP, the Congress leader further said, “When there was flood in Banaskantha, my MLAs were there with people but no BJP minister, leader or chief minister was there.” Earlier, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had accused the Congress party of being insensitive and irresponsible, and said that they have sent their 40 MLAs to stay in a 5-star hotel in Bengaluru, while Gujarat is facing floods. Gohil further said that they have also managed to establish contact with seven Congress MLAs, who were reportedly inaccessible. “Seven MLAs (Member of Legislative Assembly) are in our contact, their conscience is awakening. We have requested them not to come in people’s tricky ways, stick to the party,” Gohil Said. Earlier, the Congress had said that BJP is using “money, muscle and state power” to engineer defections, after at least six of its MLAs (Member of Legislative Assembly) had resigned from the party to join the BJP. The party on July 28 flew 44 of its MLAs to Bengaluru to stop more of them from switching over to the BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CPI-M attacks Modi, says he does ‘Mann Ki Baat’ but does not listen to people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI-M on Sunday attacked Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and said that he delivers his ‘Mann Ki Baat’, but never listens to the people of the nation. PM Modi addressed nation with 34th edition of Mann Ki Baat. CPI-M leader D Raja told ANI, ?Modi has made it a practice. He is doing ?mann ki baat? but not listening to the people. He should listen to the people. Does he not know the organizations, which are killing the minorities.” Raja said that PM Modi?s rhetoric of ?casteism quit India? will not work, until he takes action. ?Why does he not take actions? The rhetoric of ‘Casteism quit India’ will not work. Does he not know which forces are speaking about Hindu rashtra? Does he not know the forces, which say that if you want to eat beef then you should go to Pakistan?, he said. Raja stated that the Prime Minister should speak about the Annihilation of caste like the father of Indian Constitution B.R. Ambedkar did. Earlier in the day, the Congress Party questioned PM Modi?s address about ?Quit India?. Congress said that where were the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) or other connected organisations in that struggle for India’s freedom. “Prime Minister Modi talks about ‘Quit India’, India’s struggle for independence, where was RSS or other connected organizations in that struggle for India’s freedom? What was the contribution of India’s right wing in India’s independence struggle?” Congress party leader Manish Tewari said. Meanwhile, another leader Renuka Chaudhary advised the Prime Minister to do more and talk less as “people are dying every day in the name of caste, cow and communalism”. “The very fundamental of this country is to remove casteism, it is known as secular credentials. You have to do more, than what you talk. People are dying every day in the name of caste, cow and communalism,” she said. Earlier in the day, while addressing his 34th edition of his monthly radio broadcast of ` Mann Ki Baat`, Prime Minister Modi said that the nation have to take pledge to quit un-cleanliness, poverty, terrorism, casteism and communalism from India. “This year we are celebrating 75th anniversary of ‘Quit India’ Movement. We should celebrate 15th August 2017 as the Sankalp Parva or the Day of Resolve. We have to take pledge to quit un-cleanliness, poverty, terrorism, casteism and communalism from India,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ministers, politicians watch ‘Indu Sarkar’, praise it

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Renowned filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar organised special screening of his latest movie ‘Indu Sarkar’ here, with some ministers and other politicians gracing the occasion and praising it. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, MP Amar Singh and Delhi BJP leader Satish Upadhyay were among those who attended the special screening in the Films Division Auditorium last evening. “After ‘Pink’ I saw #InduSarkar on invitation. Tempted to rate it high but I’m told a politician has reserved the right of reviewing a film,” tweeted Rijiju after watching the movie. In another tweet, he said, “What a film! Purely from artistic point of view #InduSarkar is a masterpiece. I don’t understand why Congress Party is threatening?” Apparently commenting on the opposition to the film by the Congress, he added, “Emergency was a reality, #InduSarkar is a film. No need to politicize. 1975-77 remains the darkest period of Independent India.” Amar Singh also tweeted, “Saw #InduSarkar movie with @imbhandarkar wonderful amazing and touching performance of @IamKirtiKulhari playing indu is more real then reel.” The film, which depicts the Emergency period under the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, is being vehemently opposed by the Congress. Bhandarkar has questioned the Congress opposition, saying he has not mentioned the name of any politician in the movie. “Kudos @imbhandarkar 4 highlighting horrors of emergency in #InduSarkar so vividly. A mst watch performance especialy for d award wapsi gang,” tweeted Upadhyay, former president of Delhi BJP. Bhandarkar has earlier made a number of hit movies like ‘Chandni Bar’ which had won the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues. He has also received the National Film Awards for the Best Feature Film and Best Director for ‘Page 3’ and ‘Traffic Signal’, respectively. ‘Fashion’ also was a major hit movie.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sonia Gandhi expresses distress over Himachal bus mishap

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi has expressed her distress and profound grief at the tragic bus accident near Rampur, Himachal Pradesh, in which 20 people have lost their lives. Conveying her deepest condolences to the families of the victims, Gandhi asked the Himachal Pradesh Government to take immediate relief and rescue measures. She also asked the Pradesh Congress Committee and Congress workers to contribute in providing assistance to the families of the bereaved. The death toll is expected to rise as injuries to some of the passengers are said to be serious. The private bus was proceeding towards Solan from Reckong Peo in Kinnaur district, when it skidded off the road and rolled down into a 300 metre gorge at Khaneri near Rampur in Shimla district on Thursday morning. According to sources, around 40 people were on board the private bus when the accident took place and it’s feared that the death toll could rise further. Bus driver and conductor were among the injured. Sources said that bus departed from Reckong Peo early in the morning and when it reached near Khaneri hospital, the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled down into the gorge at 9 a.m. Rescue teams comprising officials from police and district administration reached the spot and started the rescue operations. Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh directed the authorities to undertake necessary rescue and rehabilitation measures.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC issues notices to four AP ministers over defection to TDP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Hyderabad High Court today issued notices to four Andhra Pradesh ministers, asking them why couldn’t they be disqualified for defecting to the ruling TDP from the YSR Congress Party. A division bench of the acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganthan and Justice T Rajini, hearing a writ petition filed by journalist T Shivaprasad Reddy, issued the notices to the Andhra Pradesh chief secretary as well as the ministers N Amarnath Reddy, R S Krishna Ranga Rao, Bhuma Akhila Priya and C Adi Narayana Reddy. All of them got elected to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on the ticket of the YSR Congress Party, but joined the Telugu Desam Party government of N Chandrababu Naidu in April this year and subsequently became ministers. Challenging their induction into the Cabinet, the petitioner stated this action of the Andhra government was highly arbitrary, illegal and without any application of mind or authority of law and was in violation of Article 164(1B) of the Constitution and related norms. The petitioner requested the high court to restrain the four from discharging any function as ministers, pending disposal of his plea. The HC adjourned the case for four weeks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chhagan Bhujbal casts vote, pleads innocence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jailed Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal on Monday pleaded innocence and prayed for a healthy life to tackle the ongoing legal battle. The 69-year-old former Shiv Sainik was among the 287 legislators of the 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, who cast their votes for the Presidential elections.A visibly weak Bhujbal, who was dressed in white, was granted permission by the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court to participate in the election process.Bhujbal was brought to the Vidhan Bhavan in an ambulance, and was escorted by a police team.Bhujbal enjoyed a home-cooked meal on the first floor of the Vidhan Bhavan in the presence of party legislators. State Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan met Bhujbal and inquired about his health.Bhujbal has been serving time at Arthur Road jail since March 14, 2016 in connection with an alleged money laundering case. The Enforcement Directorate is inquiring alleged kickbacks received by Bhujbal and his kin for favouring contractors in the construction of Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi and the Kalina Central Library, works which were awarded when he was the state PWD minister from November 2004 to September 2014.The ED has alleged that the Bhujbals received money in lieu of projects awarded to contractors and channeled the illegal funds into various companies, and integrated it into business activities of companies they controlled.Meanwhile, NCP legislator Ramesh Kadam, who has been in police custody for about two years on charges of alleged embezzlement of Rs 141 crore from a state-run finance corporation for the Other Backward Classes (OBC), also cast his vote.

NCP denies supporting Kovind, says party has voted for Meira

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Amid reports of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) voting for National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, party leader Praful Patel on Monday clarified that all their MPs and MLAs have voted for Opposition candidate Meira Kumar. Patel said NCP chief Sharad Pawar had declared his support for Meira in the beginning itself. ?This is all baseless. NCP chief Sharad Pawar himself declared the party?s support for Meira Kumar. All the MPs and MLAs have voted for her,? Patel told ANI. Patel, however, also opined that the one, who can maintain the dignity of the President?s post, should win. ?This is the supreme post of the country. It is the President?s responsibility to safeguard the Constitution. We wish that the person who can maintain the dignity of the post and protect the Constitution wins,? he said. Earlier, as per reports, it was said that the NCP has extended its support to Kovind, leading to a huge gain for the NDA and loss for the Opposition. The polling for the Presidential election is underway. The verdict will be out once the counting takes place on July 20.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

First land deal inked for Mum-Nagpur E-way

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has earmarked Rs 10,000 crore for payment towards acquisition of 10,000 hectares of land for the ambitious 700-km Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway. The MSRDC formally started the payment process on Thursday with the signing of the transfer deed of 5.59 hectares of land by six farmers from Hingana near Nagpur. The state transport authority transferred a total of Rs 2.60 crore towards the land purchase in the bank accounts of the six farmers.Radheshyam Mopalwar, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, MSRDC, told DNA, “The process of registration of self deeds for land transfer will be carried out on a daily basis in all 10 districts through which the express way passes. We intend to complete this exercise in two and half months across 392 villages.” Mopalwar insists that individuals handing over their lands are not project-affected persons but beneficiaries of the expressway.The MSRDC’s move comes at a time when farmers from 20 villages in Nashik and Ahmednagar are protesting against the land acquisition and have threatened to step up agitation. The MSRDC has declared the land purchase price ranging between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 87 lakh per acre, and it varies from village to village.The rates fixed are for basic jirayat (non-irrigated dry) land. The rate for seasonally irrigated land be will be 1.5 times more, and it will be twice the amount for perennially irrigated land. The value of trees, structures, wells and orchards on these lands will be paid over and above these rates.Once complete, the MSRDC project will provide seamless connectivity across Nagpur, Wardha, Amravati, Washim, Buldhana, Aurangabad, Jalna, Ahmednagar, Nashik and Thane.Meanwhile…The Friday meeting between Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar on the expressway has been postponed owing to BJP’s Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind upcoming visit. Pawar has clarified that his party was not against development but was of the view that destroying the future of farmers for a project will not be fair.

Rahul Gandhi’s tweets highlight his immaturity-BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Responding to Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi?s recent tweet on the ongoing counting of demonetised currency, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said that it highlights his ?immaturity?. ?Rahul Gandhi?s recent tweet is perhaps the most eloquent, self-certification of the level of maturity and view on politics; this coming from the Vice President of a political party that governed the nation for six decades. He is taking serious national conflicts very lightly,? BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI. BJP leader Sudesh Verma said that the ?hilarious? Rahul Gandhi is not seen as a serious politician. ?Politics requires some amount of humour I suppose. Such is the nature of the tweets. I think Rahul Gandhi is hilarious. He is politically immature,? he said. The Gandhi scion has been drawing flak from the politicos as he took to twitter to mock Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that it is still counting the demonetised notes deposited in the banks. ?GOI looking for a Math tutor. Please apply to PMO ASAP (sic),” he tweeted. The sardonic remark emanated after RBI Governor Urjit Patel told a parliamentary panel on Wednesday that it could not provide an accurate amount of scrapped notes received by the banks, as it was still counting the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes. The members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Finance raised concerns over unavailability of the amount of currency returned after Patel had promised in January to provide the exact figure before his next appearance. On January 18, Patel made his first appearance where he sought exemptions twice. He was accompanied by RBI Deputy Governors S S Mundra, N S Vishwanathan and B P Kanungo.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong’s Shantaram Naik files papers for RS poll in Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sitting Rajya Sabha member and Goa Congress chief Shantaram Naik today filed nomination papers as the party candidate for the election to the upper house of parliament from the coastal state. Pitted against BJP’s state chief Vinay Tendulkar, Naik expressed confidence of winning the election with the “support of like-minded secular forces.” The Congress yesterday announced that Naik will be party’s candidate for the election to the state’s lone Rajya Sabha seat to be held on July 21. Naik, who was accompanied by Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar and other Congress legislators, submitted his form to state Legislature Secretary N B Subhedar. The two-time Rajya Sabha member from Goa said that though the Congress does not have the numbers to get him elected the secular forces who are with BJP would vote for him. “I am fully confident that I will be the winner. We will approach all the secular-minded people who are supporting the BJP-led alliance,” Naik said hinting at a possible dialogue with the BJP’s allies – Goa Forward Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and independents – for the support. Naik, who was recently appointed as the president of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee, said he was thankful to the party high command for choosing him as the candidate for the Rajya Sabha poll. Today is the last day for filing the nomination. Earlier in the day, the BJP state unit president, Vinay Tendulkar, filed his nomination for the election. Tendulkar has the support of 12 legislators from his own party, three each from allies Goa Forward party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and three independents. Naik is expected to get the support of 16 MLAs of his party and the lone Nationalist Congress Party legislator. The 40-member Goa Assembly currently has a strength of 38 with one MLA each from the Congress and the BJP having resigned after the state polls held earlier this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swamy questions Congress’ patriotism post Rahul-Chinese envoy meet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday questioned the patriotism of Congress leaders after party vice-president Rahul Gandhi met Chinese envoy Luo Zhaohui. ?This is not an issue of who meeting whom but to lie that this didn?t happen. It is shocking to involve China in internal affairs of India and in matters of national security. The patriotism of Congress leaders are at question and that is where they need to clarify,? Swamy told ANI. He further said hiding the meeting was an indication that something clandestine was planned and the Congress Party got caught in it. The Congress party landed in a soup yesterday when the grand old party first denied that Rahul met with the Chinese envoy, but later accepted and revealed that the party vice-president met Bhutanese envoy as well. “Various ambassadors and envoys keep meeting the Congress president and the vice-president from time to time on a courtesy basis, particularly those of G5 nations and also of the neighbouring countries – be it the Chinese Ambassador, or the Bhutanese Ambassador or the former national security advisor Shiv Shankar Menon,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told ANI. “Rahul Gandhi met all of them. So, nobody should try to sensationalise such normal courtesy calls or term them as events,” he added. Surjewala, in a series of tweets, had said ?some news channels were running fake news on Rahul’s alleged meeting with the Chinese Ambassador?. Congress leader Anand Sharma asserted that the meeting has been blown out of proportion and unnecessarily sensationalised. Speaking to ANI, Sharma said, “This is a non issue. I am surprised how it has been distorted and blown out of proportion since morning. The question is whether there was a meeting or not. We have regular diplomatic relations with China; there are no restrictions or embargo and therefore, the manner in which this issue has been dealt with and sensationalised, it is unwarranted and unnecessary.” The meeting came amid the stand- off between India and China that has been taking place for the past three weeks over the tri-junction area of Doklam sector near Bhutan. The stand-off emerged after the China’s People’s Liberation Army construction party attempted to build a road near the Doklam area. Bhutan recognises as Dokalam as its area while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. Doka La is the Indian name for the region.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress demands Jharkhand CM’s apology for letting women wash his feet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress Party on Monday condemned Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das for letting women wash his feet and demanded latter?s apology for his ?shameful act?. ?This is very unfortunate that Chief Minister has done such acts. This is very shameful and the Chief Minister should apologise,? Congress leader Shobha Ojha told ANI. Meanwhile, women activist Sandhya said that the Chief Minister by his act encouraged the anti-women ideology. ?Being a Chief Minister, how can he encourage such kind of practice, how can he involve in such kind of practice? We strongly condemn this .It is nothing but encouraging anti-women ideology,? she told ANI. Women in Jamshedpur city of Jharkhand on Sunday were seen washing the feet of state Chief Minister Raghubar Das. Women, in an event held on ‘Guru Mahotsav’ at Jamshedpur’s Brahma Lok Dham, washed Das? feet, on a plate full of flower petals. Das was the chief guest at the event.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Governors should not appear to be ‘agents’ -Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi of threatening her, the Congress Party on Wednesday said that state governors should not give an impression of being the agents of the political party. ?It?s a very serious matter, India is federal country. The states also have repositories of sovereignty. The Governor cannot be a third centre of power. The centre of power is the Chief Minister, because she is an elected leader. The governors should not give an impression of being the agents of the political party. This is a sad development and I hope that the governor will like to correct himself,? Congress leader KTS Tulsi told ANI. Governor Tripathi yesterday expressed shock over the language used by the former in her press conference and said there was nothing in the talks between the two for which she might have felt insulted or threatened. “I am surprised at the attitude and language used by Mamata Banerjee during the press conference today. The talks between us were confidential in nature and no one is expected to disclose it. However, there was nothing in the talks for which she might have felt insulted, threatened or humiliated,” the letter issued by the Governor stated. The letter further read that being the guardian of the state, it is the right of the Governor to bring the grievance of the people to the notice of the Chief Minister and Tripathi did the same. “The Governor, being the Head of the State, is the guardian of all the citizens of the State and not of any particular party or section of society. It is proper for the Governor to bring to the notice of the Chief Minister any serious grievance made by any member of public or any serious event happening in the State. The Governor cannot remain a mute spectator of the affairs in the State,” the letter quoted. It further added that Governor Tripathi just urged Mamata to ensure peace, law and order by all means in the state. Mamata earlier accused Governor Tripathi of making threats against her and abusing her. “He (the Governor) has threatened me. He has insulted me today. He cannot do that. I told him you cannot talk to me like this. I am an elected person. He is a nominated person,” she said in a press conference here. She even alleges that the Governor Tripathi was behaving like a “BJP block president”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Disability tax under GST ‘insensitive’: Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today accused the Modi government of being “insensitive” towards the most vulnerable sections of society by imposing “disability tax” on wheelchairs and Braille typewriters, and demanded its full rollback. The GST on Braille typewriters and papers, carriages for the disabled and wheelchairs and other assistive devices have been fixed at rates varying between 5 to 18 per cent. “GST on disability aids like wheelchairs and Braille typewriters, once again shows this government’s complete insensitivity towards our most vulnerable. “Congress Party demands a full roll back of this ‘disability tax’ that will put millions of our disabled people through further hardship,” he said on Twitter. The Congress party also put out a picture showing imposition of GST on wheelchairs and Braille paper. “By hastily rolling out GST, Modi Govt has abandoned those who need its support the most. #GSTTamasha,” said a tweet put out by the party on its handle.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Roll back ‘disability tax’ under GST: Rahul Gandhi tells Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday called on the insensitive Centre to roll back the ‘disability tax’ under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, stressing that it would lead the disabled people through further hardship.Congress Party demands a full roll back of this ‘disability tax’ that will put millions of our disabled people through further hardship, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.Venting his ire on the Union Government, Rahul said that GST on disability aids like wheelchairs and Braille typewriters shows Centre’s insensitivity toward the most vulnerable faction.The Indian National Congress also said in a tweet that Modi Government has abandoned those who need its support the most by rolling out the GST hastily.The GST on Braille typewriters and papers, carriages for the disabled and wheelchairs and other assistive devices have been fixed at rates varying between 5 to 18 percent.As per rates approved by the GST council, 18 per cent tax has been imposed on Braille typewriters, 12 per cent on Braille paper, five per cent on carriages for the disabled, wheelchairs and assistive devices, and 12 per cent on hearing aids.Prior to the new uniform tax regime, which was rolled out on July 1, these goods were exempt from any custom and excise duty.


<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the Janata Dal United JD (U) not attending the anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Lalu Yadav led party on Sunday made it clear that this development has no significance, as the rally is organised by their party and not the ?Bihar grand alliance?. ?This news has no basis. This was never meant to be attended by a grand alliance. It was RJD?s rally, where opposition parties from East, West, North and South were invited. Our banners would be used?, RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha told ANI. Jha said that there was no point hooking on to the matter, as the decision to conduct a rally was of the RJD president Lalu Yadav. Earlier in the day, JD (U) leader Shyam Rajak said that JDU?s absence in the event would not affect their alliance with RJD. “This is a rally entirely by the RJD and not by the alliance. We congratulate them on this front against BJP. JDU has no point of participating since it is not a joint rally. The alliance is undisturbed and strong but the two parties are different and are free to conduct their respective rallies,” Rajak said. Both the parties along with the Congress Party are partners in the ruling grand alliance government in Bihar. Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati are set to attend the rally. The RJD’s ‘BJP Bhagao Desh Bachao’ rally would take place on August 27 in Patna.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress demands probe into Amit Shah’s ‘illegal’ BJP meeting at Goa airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress Party has strongly condemned the public meeting held by the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Goa Dabolim Airport complex, branding it as a complete abuse of power.BJP president Amit Shah and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar besides other BJP Ministers and MLAs were present in the meeting.Terming this as a complete abuse of power by the “intoxicated BJP”, the Congress has accused the saffron party of having “lost all sense of good governance.”The Congress Party has demanded a thorough inquiry into this very unprecedented and unacceptable abuse of power.Condemning the BJP for illegally using the airport for a public meeting, AICC Secretary Girish Chodankar has demanded that all the airport authority officials who allowed this meeting should be penalized along with all the ministers and MLAs including Amit Shah for conducting the “illegal public meeting” inside the airport.Yesterday, a political meeting was held in the high security limits of Goa airport when the state BJP organised a welcome reception for Shah. Reportedly, a carpeted podium, a dozen chairs for the dignitaries and a sound system were set up at the entrance of the airport terminal before the party president”s arrival.

Congress baked GST for so long it tasted ‘burnt, ugly’ BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hitting back at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi?s jibe at the Centre on Goods and Services Tax (GST), senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Siddharth Nath Singh on Friday said that Congress baked the GST for so long that it burnt and tasted ugly. ?I would like to tell Rahul Gandhi that his party took a very long time to bake the GST. When you try to bake something for too long, it turns brown and tastes ugly. Therefore, a tasteless GST was being proposed by the Congress party,? Singh told ANI. He added that in the leadership of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the GST was pushed and brought to consensus, adding it is one of the greatest reforms that India is introducing. ?The world is looking upon India in this reform. More FDIs will be coming to India and there will be a single tax which will help the businessmen, traders, manufacturers and at the end it is going to help the consumers. The GDP will grow. I don?t think Rahul Gandhi understands because his party will always believe in half-baked things,? he further said. Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi said that it is a reform that holds great potential, but is being rushed through in a half-baked spectacle by an incompetent government. “A reform that holds great potential is being rushed through in a half-baked way with a self-promotional spectacle #GSTTamasha,” Gandhi tweeted. Hitting at the Central Government, he further said that the GST is being executed by an incompetent and insensitive government without planning foresight and institutional readiness. “Unlike demonetisation, GST is a reform that @INCIndia has championed & backed from the beginning,” Gandhi asserted. He added that India deserves a GST rollout that does not put crores of its citizens and traders through difficult time. The Congress Party yesterday said that it would boycott the midnight meeting, convened by the government, on the implementation of the GST. Besides Congress, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have also decided to boycott the event. Ahead of the historic rollout of the GST that is scheduled to take effect from midnight, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu earlier in the day urged the Congress Party to ‘realise and rethink’ their stand and join the government for the midnight Parliament session. The GST, which is slated to roll out today midnight, will bring the Indian economy under a single tax bracket.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Parliament has traditions, Centre making a ‘festival’ out of GST rollout Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma on Friday accused the Centre of treating the Goods and Service Tax (GST) rollout like a ?festival?, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was against the Bill when he was in the opposition himself. ?The GST was brought in by the Congress. It took us almost seven years to get a consensus on that. It was not possible to implement it at that time because of the revolt towards it. At first, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed it as against the conduct of the Constitution,? Sharma told ANI. Talking about the boycott by the grand old party against the rollout, he added that the Congress helped to bring the GST into action, and was not against it. ?Parliament has its traditions. After Independence, only three times a midnight event has been conducted. This is only a tax and there is no need to create a festival out of this. To compare GST with the independence of India and its struggle is saddening. We do not support this,? Sharma asserted. The Congress Party yesterday said that it would boycott the midnight meeting, convened by the government, on the implementation of the GST. Besides Congress, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have also decided to boycott the event. Ahead of the historic rollout of the GST that is scheduled to take effect from midnight, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu earlier in the day urged the Congress Party to ‘realise and rethink’ their stand and join the government for the midnight Parliament session. The GST, which is slated to roll out today midnight, will bring the Indian economy under a single tax bracket.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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