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Apologise for ‘blunder of demonetization’: Kejriwal attacks PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tender an apology to the people during his address to the nation on New Year’s Eve on what he said was a “blunder of demonetization”.Kejriwal, also the national convener of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which governs Delhi, said Modi has committed a blunder by demonetizing high-value notes and pushed India into a deep economic crisis.”Modi had demanded 50 days to implement the exercise, but there’s no sign of people recovering from its after shocks,” he said and demanded a roll back, suggesting that Modi should make an announcement in this regard in his address on Saturday.”There’s no solution other than rolling back demonetization,” the former Income Tax department official told reporters. Alleging that the RBI was “tight-lipped” on the amount of money demonetized or black money recovered, he asked the prime minister to explain how much of illegal wealth has returned and what amount of money was being pumped into the system.Initial estimates by RBI suggest Rs 14 lakh crore (in high-value notes) was in circulation, which has returned to RBI, but only Rs 4 lakh crore of new currency of Rs 2,000 notes was available for circulation, said Kejriwal, who had criticised the drive soon after it was launched on November 8.Financial experts all across the world have spoken against demonetization, he said, but only BJP president Amit Shah and “his team of sycophants” were hailing the decision. He also challenged the prime minister to order “any probe” against him. “I am not scared of Modi threats and open to any probe of my accounts by any central agency,” he said.Kejriwal maintained that Modi accepted bribes from big corporates such as Sahara and Birla.Modi had taken Rs 40 crore from Sahara on October 30, 2013 and Rs 25 crore from Birla group on November 12, 2013, he claimed, adding that the IT department has seized relevant documents from Sahara and Birla offices but no notice was issued to Modi.He said under the IT Act section 132(4A), any document recovered during raid is deemed to be true unless proved wrong by the party accused. “Not even a notice was issued to Modi and all Income Tax Commissioners dealing with the case were transferred,” he said.

Congress should clarify if it thinks of Afzal Guru as terrorist or nationalist: Anurag Thakur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Alleging that Rahul Gandhi sides with those who raise anti-India slogans, senior BJP leader Anurag Thakur today said Congress should make it clear whether it thinks of Afzal Guru as a “terrorist or a nationalist”.”Gandhi sides with those who shout anti-India slogans in Jawaharlal Nehru University. It speaks about Congress’ ideology,” he said addressing the students of law college here. “Events are organised in JNU in support of Afzal Guru and Congress leaders can be spotted there. The party should make it clear if it thinks of Afzal Guru as a terrorist or a nationalist,” Thakur said. He said Congress was a “sinking ship” and it was evident from the result of various elections post demonetization.”In Chandigarh municipal corporation polls, BJP won 20 out of 26 seats. It shows people are with BJP and Prime Minister,” he said. Thakur said the Modi government is focusing on skill development programmes to help youths bag jobs. State Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf was in for some criticism from the students when he claimed that the Vasundhara Raje government gave jobs to more than 11 lakh youths.Hooted at by students, the minister said “they are not willing to listen to him” and returned to his seat.

Bhopal jailbreak: Many questions remain unanswered in SIMI encounter, says Mamata Banerjee

Wed, 2 Nov 2016-02:04pm , Kolkata , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alleging “political vendetta” in the recent encounter killing of eight SIMI activists in Bhopal, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said many questions remained unanswered. She tweeted: Eight SIMI activists pulled off a daring prison break in the wee hours on Monday after killing a security guard at Bhopal Central Jail. Within hours, they were hunted down and killed in an alleged police encounter on the city outskirts. The incident has kicked up a controversy with opposition parties seeking a judicial probe into the incident.

‘Pakistan will cease to exist on world map’: Jammu and Kashmir deputy CM Nirmal Singh

Jammu: Alleging Pakistan for “destabilising” Jammu and Kashmir, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Thursday said the neighbouring country is a “failed state” and time would come when it will “cease to exist on the world map”.

“Time will come when Pakistan will not be on the map of world. It will have similar fate as that in the period when Bangladesh was carved out,” Singh said. He said Pakistan has turned “jittery” following surgical strikes on terror launch pads by Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).

Representational image. Image courtesy: IBNLive

Representational image. Image courtesy: IBNLive

“It is now resorting to continuous ceasefire violations and pushing in militants to destabilise Jammu and Kashmir. It also engineering what is happening in Kashmir Valley,” Singh said.

“Pakistan has been isolated with the proactive and strong campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi across the globe. It has been isolated on the global map and has become a failed and a terrorist state,” he claimed.

He was speaking at a function to commemorate the 69th Martyrdom day of Brigadier Rajendra Singh (MVC posthumous), organised at latter’s birth place Bagoona at Rajinderpura village in Samba district.

Recalling the bravery and sacrifice of Rajendra, the Deputy Chief Minister said personalities like him inspire us to stand for the sovereignty and integration of the country.

He exhorted upon the youth to remember and emulate the bravery of such heroes. Singh said the government is committed to the welfare of soldiers and their families and informed that it was contemplating to formulate a policy for providing jobs and compensation for wards of martyred soldiers.

ACB summons former Delhi Waqf Board chief Amanatullah Khan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) has summoned former Delhi Waqf Board chairman Amanatullah Khan on Friday to appear before it in connection with the alleged recruitment scam in the body. Khan has been asked to join the enquiry and to be present on Friday for further interrogation. Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia has reached ACB to join the probe for alleged recruitment scam in Delhi Waqf board.Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had on October 7 dissolved the Board, constituted by the AAP government, and quashed all the appointments made by Khan. He also referred the whole matter related to Delhi Waqf Board to the CBI for investigation into the deliberate and persistent acts of illegality, violation of rules, allegations of corruption, possibility of malafide. Official said they had received two complaints against Khan, alleging that recruitments in the Board were made without following due procedure. Alleging that the ACB was targeting him, Khan said, the LG’s order will be challenged in the court of law.

Rahul Gandhi lauds Narendra Modi, calls surgical strikes first action worthy of stature as PM

Bulandshahr: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday lauded Narendra Modi for the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across LoC, saying it was his “first action” befitting of a Prime Minister in two-and-a-half years.

Rahul, who is in Uttar Pradesh for his Kisan Yatra, said at a road show that he and his party stand by the Prime Minister’s decision. “When the Prime Minister acts as the prime minister of
the country then I too support him…I want to thank him that in the past two-and-a-half years, this is the first action which can be termed as befitting of the prime minister,” the Congress Vice President said.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. File photo. PTICongress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. File photo. PTI

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. File photo. PTI

Rahul, who has been criticising Modi during his ongoing Deoria to Delhi ‘kisan yatra’, was all praise for the prime minister a day after India carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC with the Army inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK.

Rahul said, “He (Modi) has my full support and that of the Congress party…the entire nation is standing with him today.” He paid tributes to the jawans who were prepared to make the supreme sacrifice to safeguard the country.

In course of his ongoing kisan yatra, Rahul had alleged that Modi’s “short-sighted” political alliance with the PDP “opened the space” for terrorism in Kashmir. “I stand by our soldiers and I condemn what has been done to them by the Pakistanis. However, the space for that has been created by the politics that the NDA has carried out in Jammu and Kashmir,” he had said in Mati (Kanpur Dehat) on 20 September days after the Uri attack.

He had noted that the erstwhile UPA government had spent nine years fighting terrorism and curbing it. Rahul had accused Pakistan of being responsible for the attack while apportioning blame on the NDA government’s “politics” for it.

“The first responsibility is on Pakistan and the government’s politics,” he had told reporters. Alleging that the NDA had “no strategy” as regards Kashmir, Rahul had targeted the Prime Minister, saying he “goes from one event to another and this is no way of handling national security. National security cannot be handled like public meetings. This is a serious matter.”

He had also tweeted: “FYI Modiji: a Kashmir strategy cannot be developed using selfies and sound bites.”

SP, BJP and BSP have destroyed Gandhi’s legacy: Congress

Lucknow: Alleging that SP, BJP and BSP have destroyed the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh by dividing the society, UP Congress incharge Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday said his party would seek votes in 2017 assembly polls on Gandhi’s “principle of unity”.

Ghulam Nabi Azad. AFP

Ghulam Nabi Azad. AFP

“In past 27 years, SP, BJP and BSP have got several chances of forming governments in the state. In return the people got ‘Goondaraj’, ‘pariwarwad’ (nepotism), corruption and their biggest sin is to divide the society,” he said.

“These parties divided the society in the name of religion and caste to seek votes and formed government. They have destroyed legacy of Mahatama Gandhi and also Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi to unite the country. The people will not spare them for this,” he said.

Claiming that Congress always tried to unite people and worked in the interest of the country, Azad said, “the party will form government in the state on the principle of unity. We will give message that we want to form a sucessful government not by dividing but by uniting the society”.

“After 27 years, we are once again trying to form government. We are contesting for forming the government and not only to increase our numbers (in assembly),” he said.

Hailing the decision to portray Sheila Dixit as UP’s CM candidate, Azad said that she had made Delhi a “model state” in her 15 years regime.

“We want UP shining like Delhi and that’s why Sheila ji has been given this responsibility,” he said.

He said that in the first phast of “27 saal UP behal” yatra, 10 districts were covered and now it will be divided in two groups to be led by Sheila Dixit and Raj Babbar respectively.

Why was RJD’s Shahabuddin getting ‘VIP facilities’: Sushil Modi asks Nitish

The controversy over RJD strongman Md Shahabuddin getting ‘VIP facilities’ while being shifted to Bhagalpur jail from Siwan to die down with BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi questioning Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on why a luxury vehicle was used in the process and why it took 12 hours to reach Bhagalpur. “How come a convicted prisoner like Md Shahabuddin get a luxury vehicle and why did it take 12 hours for the police to shift the RJD strongman to Bhagalpur amid reports that he met a minister and some RJD leaders at Muzaffarpur?” Modi asked in a statement.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The former deputy Chief Minister also took the state government to task for reportedly allowing Shahabuddin to hold a ‘janata durbar’ at Siwan jail in violation of jail manual, which was found out by top district officials during inspection and the matter reported to IG, Prison Anand Kishore who subsequently issued a notification for the RJD strongman’s shifting to Bhagalpur jail at the earliest.Modi questioned the state government for lodging Shahabuddin in Siwan district jail when as per rules he should have been held at a central jail as he was convicted for more than five years by a court in a murder case. Alleging that Shahabuddin enjoyed “patronage of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad” who has nominated the former to his party’s national executive recently, Sushil urged the Chief Minister to take up the issue with Prasad.It may be mentioned that fingers have been raised at Shahabuddin in journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case in Siwan last week with his kins demanding security in view of threats from the convicted don.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee slams electronic media

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday attacked a section of the electronic media blaming them for showing old footage of arms brandishing men moving around polling booths during live coverage of today’s Assembly polls.”A particular TV channel is showing footage of armed men roaming around in areas where polling took place today. Who has given this channel the right to show old clippings of armed men of other parties? Who has given them the right to defame TMC in this way?” Banerjee told an election meeting here at Dabgram-Fulbari assembly constituency in the district.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alleging that a particular section of the media has joined hands with evil forces to defame the party and create disturbances, Banerjee said “this evil alliance (of Congress-CPI-M) are bent on spreading canards. But the people are not with them.”

Congress hasn’t taken defeat in right spirit: KN Govindacharya

Alleging that opposition parties have not taken the verdict of 2014 general elections in the right spirit, former BJP general secretary KN Govindacharya on Friday said their attitude would hurt the national interests.”Electoral mandate has gone in favour of nationalist forces in 2014 Parliamentary elections. It seems that has not been palatable to the opposition and they have not taken it in the right, sportive spirit. That is the reason that they have become impatient.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I think demands and dialogue will be the proper way… Instead of that, even the opposition parties, especially Congress, is behaving in an irresponsible manner with regard to these problems. That hurts the national interests. It may help the partisan interest (to) some extent for some time. But this myopic outlook will not help in long run even for the partisan interests,” he told reporters here on the sidelines of a talk on ‘Nationalism’.Asked about opposition’s allegation that BJP and RSS were trying to thrust its ideology on others, he said no thought can be thrust on others.

Manmohan Singh’s Gujarat visit cancelled over security concerns, Congress blames BJP

Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela has said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Gujarat on Saturday has been cancelled as the SPG and police gave a “negative” opinion about the security aspects, and alleged that it was done at the behest of BJP.Singh was scheduled to attend three different programmes in Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad on invitation of Vaghela, who runs several educational institutes. Alleging that SPG and Gujarat Police “deliberately gave negative opinion about the security aspects”, Vaghela, also the Leader of the Opposition in Assembly, said BJP cannot tolerate that a learned man like Singh will hog the limelight when BJP president Amit Shah is also in Gandhinagar for a programme.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I am informed today evening that our former PM is not coming tomorrow as SPG and state police cited security reasons. This has been done at the behest of BJP as their president is also coming tomorrow for a programme. This is done as part of a conspiracy and SPG became a tool in the hands of BJP,” Vaghela told reporters at a press conference. “Tomorrow is the anniversary of Godhra train carnage and Amit Shah is coming here to remind people about what had happened in 2002. It’s obvious that BJP cannot tolerate that the learned man like Dr Singh will take all limelight when BJP president is here,” he alleged.Among other events, Singh was scheduled to deliver a lecture at one of Vaghela’s institutes near Gandhinagar. Vaghela said Singh had agreed for the programmes. He alleged that SPG’s attitude was “suspicious” ever since the visit was planned a few months ago.”They first wanted us to cancel an exam in our college. When we agreed, they told us that it may not look good if we cancel exam. It shows that SPG was trying hard to harass us. Though we agreed to each and every condition of SPG, the agency gave a negative report. SPG never worked this way when UPA was in power,” added Vaghela.