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Rahul is obsessed while Mamata is biased on demonetisation: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday has said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s seeking a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the government’s demonetisation drive is ridiculous and added that the former is obsessed with demonetization.”Rahul Gandhi is obsessed with demonetization scheme may be his party is deeply hurt with this move. Seeking reply from Prime minister is ridiculous because in every public meeting, Prime Minister is addressing, he is raising the issue and giving clarification to the people of India. It is more important to speak to the people than to these discontented elements,” said BJP leader S Prakash.He further said that more than Rs. 5 lakhs crores scandals were exposed by the CIG and other independent authorities during the Congress regime, but Rahul did not speak a word on any of scams adding,”Now when, there is no scam and only demonetization is taking place, commenting on the same issue repeatedly will not convince the people.”Congress vice-president, earlier in the day, escalated his attack on Prime Minister Modi, saying the goal of his ambitious demonetization drive has completely failed as people are continuing to suffer.Addressing the media after an anti-demonetization meeting which was attended by all the opposition parties except the Left, Janata Dal (United) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Gandhi said,”Demonetization has done absolutely nothing against corruption. What it has done instead is to leave people without any money.”Prakash also took dig at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who also went all guns blazing at the Prime Minister over his decision to scrap Rs. 500 and Rs. 000 currency notes and said that Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief?s demand is irrelevant and her crusade against demonetization is highly biased.”I think she should more focus on Saradha chit fund scam’s accused as her own MP is still in jail, may be, she has forgotten or dumped him. Let her stable it first and then look at national aspirations,? Prakash said.”Unfortunately, Mamata Banerjee’s mind is totally clouded with biased opinion over demonetization. I hope after December 31 she will realise her mistake and the benefit of demonetization will certainly be known to the people of India in coming days,” he added.

Opposition is fighting for its own difficulties and not for public: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Launching a scathing attack on opposition parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party has said that the the former is fighting for their own difficulties and not for the public.”Opposition has not remained opposition anymore. Their coalition has broken as many parties have left, this is their first failure. The opposition has decided to protest after 30th December and no one has stopped them for doing that, they should continue with their protest as they will move away from the people the more protest they will do,” said BJP leader Rahul Sinha.He said the opposition is not finding a way to get out of the loss caused to them because of demonetization and on the pretext of fighting for the people they are making unconstitutional statements.Responding to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s statement of labelling Modi government as faceless, Sinha said that Mamta herself is becoming faceless as her neat and clean political image was tarnished by the Saradha scam.He said it has also been proved that opposition’s fight against the demonetization is the fight for the black money and for the people who own black money.”The more the opposition will raise their voice, the more BJP will gain,” he said.Sinha said it is unfortunate that opposition has not learnt from the recent election results in which the people have approved that the decision of demonetization was right.He said the Prime Minister will not reply to Rahul Gandhi, he will respond to the people and people till now have supported him.”Prime Minister himself had said that he is ready to face any decision that the people of this country will announce for him. People are giving their verdict that they are with the Prime Minister in this fight against the Black money,” Sinha said.”People don’t have any interest in Rahul Gandhi allegations. Opposition does not have any issue and their protest on the demonetization has also not worked, they don’t have anything and are just making unconstitutional statements.

Demonetisation: Cabinet to decide on note ban ordinance today; another U-turn on cards?

The Union Cabinet meeting today is likely to take up an ordinance to end the legal tender of the demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, media reports say. The ordinance will also likely specify the date when the notes will become illegal, which is widely speculated to be 30 December.

There have also been reports saying the ordinance is likely to impose penalties on anyone possessing the junked notes beyond 30 December when the deadline to deposit them in banks expires.

However, there has not been any official word on the move.



The ordinance will formalise the demonetisation, which was an executive decision announced on 8 November. According to a report in The Indian Express, which quotes a government official, this is a requirement as otherwise the demonetised notes will continue as a legal tender.

“If we do not put an end date on the legal character of the old notes, then they can be infinitely valid as a legal tender,” the official has been quoted as saying in the report. Explaining the rationale, he also said ending the legal tender of all notes on 30 December is important as it will clear the uncertainty for the government on how much money has flown into the system.

The ordinance will extinguish the liability of the government and RBI towards the promise to pay the bearer of these notes their value because of a statutory requirement.

In 1978 a similar ordinance was issued to end the government’s liability after Rs 1,000, Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 notes were demonetised by the Janata Party government under Morarji Desai.

According to the official cited in the IE report, the deposit of old notes will be allowed after 30 only in cases of exigencies.

However, if the government decides the cut-off date as 30 December that will be another U-turn by the government and the RBI. Prime minister Narendra Modi had on 8 November said the RBI window to deposit these notes will remain open beyond 30 December until 31 March. An ordinance that seeks to end the deposits on 30 December would mean the government and the RBI are going back on another promise they made to the common man.

The government had while announcing the demonetisation of the old currency allowed holders to either exchange them or deposit in bank and post office accounts. While the facility to exchange the old notes has since been withdrawn, depositors have time until Friday to deposit the holding in their accounts at the bank branches.

Media reports earlier said there could be a cap of holding no more than 10 notes of each after 30 December and violation of the rule could draw a fine of a minimum of Rs 50,000 or 5 times the amount in question — whichever is higher. However, there was no confirmation on this.

For those depositing any accounted funds, or black money, it has offered them an amnesty provided they paid 50 percent of it as tax and penalties and parked a quarter of it in a zero-interest bearing deposit for four years.

Out of the Rs 15.44 lakh crore worth of 500 and 1000 rupee notes in circulation on November 8, close to Rs 13 lakh crore have been deposited in accounts or exchanged for valid currency.

With PTI

First Published On : Dec 28, 2016 08:37 IST

Opposition united, but some parties have local compulsions too: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said all opposition parties — even those who did not attend a joint press conference in Delhi — were united on demonetisation and Prime Minister Narandra Modi’s alleged corruption.

The opposition is united on demonetisation and Modi’s corruption, though every party has some local compulsions and he respects it, the Congress leader said at the joint press conference in Delhi.

Rahul Gandhi's Twitter handle was hacked on 1 December. PTI

Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter handle was hacked on 1 December. PTI

Out of 16 opposition parties that opposed the government on demonetisation in the winter session of Parliament, only eight attended the joint presss conference, including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, DMK, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal-Secular, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Indian Union Muslim League and All India United Democratic Front.

“Every day, during Parliament’s winter session, all parties were together on the issue of demonetisation. Not even one party was away.

“Every party said they are together on demonetisation and Modi’s corruption. But parties also have local compulsions and we respect those compulsions,” Gandhi said.

The Congress leader said: “Opposition unity is a process and it is going forward. You can ask all opposition parties — they will tell you uniformly that they agree on the stand we are taking on demonetisation and on the Prime Minister’s corruption.”

“There are slight differences in the perspective of these parties. We are happy to embrace them. We see all opposition parties as assets, as people who represent people in this country.

“Every party have some differences, but broadly, everyone will say that demonetisation is a failed experiment. All opposition parties believe in the democratic principles,” the Congress Vice-President added.

On meeting the Prime Minister on 16 December, the last day of Parliament session, which may have irked some political parties, Gandhi said: “I did a 30-day campaign where I committed to the people of Uttar Pradesh that I’ll take two crore of their forms they had filled up and submit to the Prime Minister. I only fulfilled that commitment.”

“I told them I’ll take these personally to the PM. It was a commitment to the farmers,” he added.

First Published On : Dec 27, 2016 22:25 IST

Beware! Ordinance likely to impose penalty for holding old Rs 500, Rs1000 notes post Dec 30

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government is understood to be mulling an ordinance to impose penalties on anyone possessing the junked Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes beyond December 30 when the deadline to deposit them in banks expires.There was no official word on the move which is likely to come up before the Cabinet on Wednesday but sources said penalties may be imposed on anyone holding more than 10 notes each of the old currency after December 30. The ordinance may also extinguish the liability of the government and RBI towards the promise to pay the bearer of these notes their value because of a statutory requirement.In 1978 a similar ordinance was issued to end the government’s liability after Rs 1,000, Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 notes were demonetised by the Janata Party government under Morarji Desai.The government had while announcing the demonetization of the old currency allowed holders to either exchange them or deposit in bank and post office accounts. While the facility to exchange the old notes has since been withdrawn, depositors have time till Friday to deposit the holding in their accounts.For those depositing any accounted funds, or black money, it has offered them an amnesty provided they paid 50 per cent of it as tax and penalties and parked a quarter of it in a zero-interest bearing deposit for four years.Reports said that there could be a cap of holding no more than 10 notes of each after December 30 and violation of the rule could draw a fine of a minimum of Rs 50,000 or 5 times the amount in question — whichever is higher, but there was no confirmation.Holders of such currency have an option to deposit them in RBI by March 31 but even that period may be curtailed, they said. Out of the Rs 15.44 lakh crore worth of 500 and 1000 rupee notes in circulation on November 8, close to Rs 13 lakh crore have been deposited in accounts or exchanged for valid currency.

PM Modi wishes Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 92nd birthday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended his warm wishes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 92nd birthday.”Wishing our most beloved & widely respected Atal ji a happy birthday. I pray that he is blessed with good health and a long life,” Prime Minister Modi said on Twitter.In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister also praised the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader for his service and leadership.”Atal ji’s exemplary service & leadership has had a very positive impact on India’s growth trajectory. His great personality is endearing.”Prime Minister Modi also tweeted out an old video of him meeting Vajpayee when the former was a ‘karyakarta’ of the BJP.”See what Atal ji does when he meets a party Karyakarta. This simplicity and warmth of Atal ji we all cherish,” Prime Minister Modi said along with the video.Vajpayee, the only non-Congress leader who served the nation as the prime minister and completed his full term, was born on December 25, 1924. He was among the founder members of the BJP.After former prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Vajpayee is the only prime minister to get three successive mandates.He was felicitated with country’s highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna, on March 27, 2015. His birthday is also celebrated as Good Governance Day.

Rajnath Singh expresses confidence about BJP sweeping UP polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday expressed confidence about the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sweeping the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year with an absolute majority.BJP will win the Uttar Pradesh election with an absolute majority, Singh said while en route to Lucknow.Singh, who will address parivartan rally in Lucknow, added, ‘BJP’s parivartan rally has laid the foundation of change in Uttar Pradesh and people of the state also believe that change is certain.”Speaking on demonetisation, Singh said the decision to impose a ban on Rs 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes should not be seen as an election issue.”Demonetization is not about electoral loss or victory. The demonetization decision has been taken keeping national interest in mind, and therefore, it should not be associated with the election,” Singh said, adding that the demonetization decision has been taken to curb corruption, black money and to strengthen the economy of the country.He further said that the demonetisation also helped fight terrorism as many accounts of the Naxalites have been seized post the announcement of the drive.

Prime Minister Modi has given a befitting reply to Rahul Gandhi: BJP

“With no document, no substantial evidence, Rahul is claiming that Modi has been paid Rs 40 crores by the Sahara group in 2012-13,” BJP leader S Prakash said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a befitting reply to Rahul Gandhi’s baseless allegations.”The Prime Minister has rightly ridiculed Rahul Gandhi’s charges, as with no document, no substantial evidence and just based on Prashant Bhushan’s applications, he is claiming that Modi has been paid Rs 40 crores by the Sahara group in 2012-13,” BJP leader S Prakash said.He said that UPA was at the helm of affairs in the country at the time and could have enquired at that time. “Unfortunately, he expects a very high response from the Prime Minister which he does not deserve and Supreme Court has already given a verdict about it,” he said.He said that repeatedly making charge that don’t hold water seemed to be an exercise in frivolity. Prakash said Rahul Gandhi should realise his agenda is not working with the masses.

Bhopal: IT officials raid office, residence of BJP leader Sushil Vaswani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Officials of the Income Tax Department on Tuesday conducted a raid at the office and residence of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Vaswani in Bhopal.At least 12 IT officials conducted raids at his residence, office and hotel here at around 7 amA case of disproportionate assets has come up against Vaswani and the officials are also probing money laundering case against him post the November 8 demonetization drive.Vaswani, who is also the chairman of co-operative bank, had a few months ago bought large acres of land.As of now, the tax authorities are investigating the case and the proceedings are on.Raids are being carried out across the country by the Income Tax Department in the wake of the burgeoning fake currency racket post demonetization.

Sometimes Rahul Gandhi speaks meaningful things: BJP leader on Cong VP’s kind gesture towards Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said it was surprised to see Rahul Gandhi extending a kind gesture towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he asked Congress supporters to restrain from raising ‘murdabad’ slogans against the latter at Congress rallies.”Sometimes ‘Pappu’ (Rahul Gandhi ) speaks meaningful things and we hope this gesture of respect towards the Prime Minister remains in his heart, otherwise he is the kind of person who is known to tear cabinet decisions passed by his own Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh,” BJP leader Prem Shukla told ANI.While addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Jaunpur district yesterday, Rahul Gandhi said, “We have a difference of opinion with Prime Minister Modi and the BJP. But let’s not say murdabad. That is the work of the RSS.”

Will return salary proportional to time wasted in Parliament: BJD MP Jay Panda

Sun, 18 Dec 2016-05:40pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Baijayant Jay Panda has said he will be returning part of his salary and daily allowance proportional to the time lost in the Lok Sabha due to disruptions as he had done in the past few years.”I have been doing this for several years now, I think about four or five years. At the end of every session, I have been returning (part of) my salary and daily allowance in the same proportion as the time that has been lost in the Lok Sabha due to disruptions,” he said, adding that it was his symbolic gesture. He admitted that this is nothing compared to the huge amount of money that has been wasted. “The country is losing lots of money because of the disruptions in Parliament. So, this is my symbolic gesture. Because conscience bothers me that we are all taking all these benefits and not doing the job which we are supposed to do,” he said.Panda asserted that he never disrupted Parliament. “I haven’t disrupted Parliament even once in my last 16 years. It is a matter of my personal conscience,” he said.

Waiting for Rahul Gandhi’s earthquake revelation, mocks BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reacting to Congress vice-President’s ‘Modi-made disaster’ remark, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Sunday that Rahul Gandhi is yet to make ‘earthquake’ like revelations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”I expected Rahul Gandhi to explode his earthquake statement in Belgaum, but I did not see any of it. Some of the Congress spokesperson were claiming on Friday that Rahul Gandhi will speak about it. What happened where is he going to explode that bomb,” BJP leader S Prakash.He said that making hollow and sensational claims is a very but it is difficult to prove them as is the case with Gandhi.”A person of his calibre should weigh every word before commenting or claiming something against the Prime Minister. Today, his reputation has been completely tarnished and his image is dented. So, he should bother about the disaster he has created for himself,” added Prakash.Yesterday at a rally in Belgaum, Karnataka, Gandhi dubbing demonetization as a “Modi-made disaster” and alleged that Prime Minister Modi would write off Rs. eight lakh crore loans of the 50 rich families who funded his election campaign from the money people have deposited in banks after the note ban.

Demonetisation: Govt responsible for no debate on note ban, alleges Opposition

New Delhi: Blaming the government for not allowing Parliament to work over demonetisation, some Opposition parties led by the Congress on Friday urged President Pranab Mukherjee to intervene.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

A host of Opposition leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Trinamool Congress lawmaker Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Sharad Yadav of the Janata Dal United met Mukherjee and submitted a memorandum.

“Because of the government’s attitude, no debate on crucial issue of demonetisation was possible during the winter session of Parliament,” the memorandum said.

“We made best efforts to ensure that the demonetisation issue is discussed but the government did not allow our adjournment motion,” Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told the media later.

“This government has endeavoured to break every principle of democracy and the entire responsibility of not allowing Parliament to function lies with the government,” he said.

First Published On : Dec 16, 2016 15:51 IST

Amit Shah to discuss strategy for upcoming polls with BJP national office bearers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah will have a meeting with his party’s national office bearers in the national capital on ThursdayShah and other leaders are expected to discuss strategy for the upcoming assembly elections with particular focus on the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.The meeting is also expected to discuss the BJP’s strategy to communicate to people about the benefits of demonetization.

Karnataka Excise Minister resigns over sex scandal, CM orders probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Stung by an alleged sex CD scandal, Karnataka Excise Minister HY Meti resigned on Wednesday with government ordering a CID probe into the entire purported episode over the charge that he sought sexual favour from a woman in return for help.Meti’s exit came days after the alleged scandal erupted with the 71-year-old minister, considered close to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, submitting his resignation to him, saying he was doing so of his own accord to avoidembarrassment to the government. Siddaramaiah said he has accepted the resignation and ordered a CID inquiry into the entire purported episode. He said, “Mr H Y Meti, Minister for Excise, voluntarily submitted his resignation to me. I have recommended his resignation to His Excellency Governor of Karnataka for acceptance. I have also entrusted the entire episode to CID and (asked it) give a report as early as possile, to know the truth about the incident.” “Meti is claiming it is a conspiracy, he is not involved in such an incident and has totally denied it. That is why I am entrusting the matter to CID to inquire into it,” said Siddaramaiah, who was under Opposition pressure to drop Meti.On allegations that he was in the know of the alleged incident but was trying to shield the Minister, he said “It is totally false. If I was aware I would have taken action immediately. I was not aware…” Meti said he resigned of his own volition to avoid any embarrassment to the government and the Chief Minister. “I have done nothing wrong. I have requested the Chief Minister to hold an inquiry,” Meti, who has been rubbishing the allegations against him, told reporters after submitting his resignation.Meti, considered close to Siddaramaiah from his Janata Dal days, was given a cabinet berth in June this year, when 14 ministers were dropped and 13 others inducted in a bid to give a face-lift to his more than three-year-old government. The alleged scandal has come as a huge embarrassment to the Congress government, close on the heels of another controversy stirred by Minister Tanvir Sait after video footage emerged showing him purportedly watching pictures of skimpily clad girls on his mobile on dais at a public function recently.The controversy involving Meti has been brewing since Sunday after RTI activist Rajashekar Mulali accused him of seeking sexual favour from a woman in return for help. There are contradictory reports about the woman allegedly involved as multiple videos have emerged with her claiming to be the Minister’s relative in one and retracting from it in another.Mulali had also claimed that some supporters of Meti had threatened him not to release the CD. An audio tape had surfaced in connection with the alleged sex CD where a man claiming to be a supporter of Meti is heard threatening the RTI activist. Speaking to reporters in Delhi, Mulali said he has information about more such incidents involving a couple of Ministers and at least three MLAs.Reacting to this, Siddaramaiah said “I don’t know, let him release.” Earlier Meti had rejected reports on the alleged CD, calling it false. He had also said none of his supporters had threatened the RTI activist.

Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans joins BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday in the presence of party President Amit Shah in Delhi. Praising PM Narendra Modi, the Padma Shri awardee said, “I will work wherever I will be asked to. Where there is Modi, there is no weakness. He is a lion.”Hans had earlier joined Congress in February before quitting the Shiromani Akali Dal.Hans had said, he had resigned from the Akali Dal about one and a half year ago as he had not found it coming to his expectations.

Why delay Kashmir’s integration with India? Jayalalithaa’s full speech in Rajya Sabha from 1984

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A lot has already been written about J Jayalalithaa since she passed away on December 5. Amma, as she was affectionately known, was a hugely popular leader who combined benevolence for the masses with complete ruthlessness. One of the first instances, when her brilliance came to nationwide prominence was in July 1984 when she ripped then recently dismissed Farooq Abdullah’s state government to shreds in an extremely articulate Rajya Sabha speech. The Abdullah government had been dismissed by Indira Gandhi, and the state was in turmoil. In the speech, Jaya pulled no punches taking the recently dismissed Abdullah government to task for the rise in secessionist incidents in the state, which included disruption of Independence Day celebrations and abuses being hurled at Indian cricketers during a match against West Indies. She took great umbrage at ‘secessionists and terrorists getting combat training in Kashmir’ which Abdullah had called ‘religious training’. The speech didn’t shy away from pulling punches against Telugu Desam Party’s NTR for badmouthing India and praising Yankee culture, and the DMK government for crying ‘death of democracy’.And she ended the speech with two hard questions about the state of Jammu and Kashmir which haunts India till this day: “Finally – I now pose 2 Questions to the Hon. Minister for Home Affairs – 1. Will the Centre consider placing Jammu & Kashmir under Governor’s rule? 61 2. Why delay Jammu & Kashmir being integrated with the rest of the Indian Union and why not bring it under the purview of the Constitution of India, – in conformity with all the other States of the Indian Union?”
ALSO READ Two Jayalalithaas: Autocratic leader, queen of the massesRead the full speech below: Calling attention motion on recent developments in Jammu & Kashmir, 26.7.1984
ALSO READ Amma laid to rest: Post Jayalalithaa, where does Tamil Nadu’s political future lie?At the outset I wish to make one point very clear. It is my own strong conviction as well as the staunch belief and precept of the A.I.A.D.M.K. – that such a constitutional provision should not be allowed to exist in a democracy whereby, a democratically elected government which has won the popular mandate of the people, can be dismissed and thrown out of office with a mere flourish of a pen on paper – with one single stroke of a pen – whereby the signature of one individual has the power to render null and void – the mandate – the sanction and authority to govern a State, which has been bestowed by several millions of people. Jammu & Kashmir is one of the most sensitive border States of India. It is an indisputable fact that various foreign powers have been consistently trying to infiltrate and utilise this State to achieve their own nefarious ends – detrimental to the interest of India. We are faced with the threat of destabilisation both in the North-East and the North-West where secessionist movements are being carried on – which amount practically to unending armed insurgency. Jammu & Kashmir is one such region. There can be no disagreement on the imperative need for particularly strong and tight security in this region. Anyone who has the welfare of India at heart will agree that we cannot afford any laxity in the matter of security and vigilance in this State. We must review some of the recent happenings in Jammu & Kashmir and the explanations that were given in relation to these incidents. Last year on August 15, during the Independence Day parade at the main stadium in Srinagar – when the then Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah was taking the salute, a crude bomb was hurled and went off in the midst of the stadium. One day earlier, on August 14th – Pakistan’s Independence Day – there were scenes of jubilation in various parts of Kashmir. The Pakistani national flag was hoisted on Indian Soil.
ALSO READ RIP Amma: Jayalalithaa’s unfulfilled dream – becoming Prime Minister But when our own Indian National Independence day was being observed the next day – bombs were hurled to disrupt the celebrations. Next, there was also an attempt to blow up a transmission tower on top of Srinagar’s Hari Parbat using high explosives. Again in October there was the infamous incident in Srinagar, when the one-day cricket match between India and the West Indies was nearly abandoned as agitating hordes broke through the fencing and pelted the Indian players with stones. These militant elements raised slogans of “Pakistan Zindabad” and attacked our Indian cricketers. “On that day our Indian players remarked “Are we in India or Pakistan? We really wonder whether we are playing in our own country.” Our cricketers could not go beyond making such mild comments. But when such disturbing incidents occur in succession, what is one to make of them? Are we not led to believe that anti-national elements were given a free hand to assert their presence and militancy in Kashmir? What was the action taken with regard to these incidents? The State Government took a very ambient, leisurely view of these matters. No timely action was taken. No proper investigation was conducted. Finally the Union Home Minister was compelled to begin an independent inquiry into the incidents. When Maqbool Butt the secessionist and terrorist was hanged for murder in Tihar Jail last February 11, he was glorified as a martyr in Kashmir by various groups, who led demonstrations protesting against his execution, and forced the closure of shops and offices. Now I personally, am not trying to insinuate that Dr. Farooq Abdullah has any covert or overt links with Pakistan – but it is very interesting to note that similar protests and demonstrations were held in Pakistan at the same time. All these happenings are a clear indicaion of the extent to which anti-national elements; secessionists, terrorists and’ extremists have been allowed to flourish and gain strength in Kashmir in recent times. So far 7 Indian Airlines planes and 2 Air India planes have been involved in hijackings. Five of them have been hijacked to Lahore in Pakistan. Out of these, in 3 incidents it is noteworthy that the hijackers boarded the plane at Srinagar airport in Kashmir. There were serious charges that secessionists and terrorists were being given combat training in several camps in Kashmir. To these accusations the then Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Dr. Farooq Abdullah replied, that it was only religious training and could not be interfered with or stopped. Afghan rebels are being given training in arms in Pakistan. We all know the identity of the foreign powers which are supplying the weapons and the finances for such training. When the Government of Afghanistan makes this charge what is the explanation that the Pakistan Government offers with regard to this? The same explanation that Farooq Abdullah preferred that it is only religious training. Does this not provide food for thought? With reference to the recent occurrences in Punjab – vast quantities of weapons and highly sophisticated arms were discovered which had been stockpiled by terrorists involved in the incidents there. There was another serious charge levelled by the Centre that the weapons were smuggled from Pakistan through Kashmir to reach Punjab. What was Dr. Farooq Abdullah’s reaction to this extremely grave charge? Dr. Farooq Abdullah replied that it was not the responsibility of the State Government. He contended that the State Police was responsible only for maintaining law and order in the State – and could not be expected to keep a watch over smuggling activities. He insisted that it was essentially the Central Government’s responsibility to maintain vigilance with regard to smuggling of weapons through the State of Jammu & Kashmir. Dr. Farooq Abdullah has been making repeated declarations about his undiluted patriotism, and his unshaken fervent belief in national unity and stability. Personally, I do not doubt Dr. Farooq Abdullah’s loyalty to the nation, to India. But does not his reply to the Centre contradict his own claim about his patriotism? How are we to reconcile his assertion of unshaken loyalty to India with his reply to the Central Government? When the Centre discloses that weapons have been smuggled from a foreign country into India through the State of Jammu & Kashmir – the then Chief Minister responds with the contention that it is not the job of the State Government to keep a watch over such activities. What conclusion would one logically deduce from an answer such as this? Is this the reply expected from a patriotic Indian citizen holding the responsible office of Chief Minister of a sensitive border State? I would request everyone concerned to carefully consider the sequence of events in Jammu & Kashmir during the past one year – and the explanations that were given in relation to those events by the persons responsible for the administration of the State. Because I say this, it does not mean that we support the dismissal of the Farooq Abdullah Government. The A.I.A.D.M.K. Government in Tamil Nadu was dismissed in 1980. Whatever feelings we experienced then, when our State Government was dismissed, we feel the same when we consider the fate of the Farooq Abdullah Government in Jammu & Kashmir. But we must also bear in mind certain other important points in this connection. With reference to the change effected in the Jammu & Kashmir State Government many political parties in the country are denouncing it as a “murder of democracy”. My question is this: How many of these parties have the moral right to do so? One of the parties which is crying itself hoarse about this murder of democracy is the D.M.K. It is the leader of the same D.M.K. who played a key role in bringing about the dismissal of the A.I.A.D.M.K. Government in Tamil Nadu in 1980. The D.M.K. leader camped in New Delhi for several days exclusively for this purpose. He persuaded those at the Centre to dismiss the A.I.A.D.M.K. Government. The very next day after the dismissal was announced, the D.M.K. leader returned to Madras triumphantly. The next morning, when he landed at Meenambakkam Airport in Madras he was accorded a rousing, tremendous reception and hailed as a conquering hero by his partymen. He was garlanded profusely. For what? For bringing about the dismissal of the A.I.A.D.M.K. Government, a Government democratically elected with the overwhelming support of the people. But the very same D.M.K. leader today denounces the change in the Jammu & Kashmir State Government as a murder of democracy. Is this not the greatest irony, the biggest, bitterest joke of the 20th century? The A.I.A.D.M.K. firmly believes in the principle that any democratically elected Government should be allowed to function for its full period. This is our firm policy. At the same time the A.I.A.D.M.K. also maintains that any activity which leads to the disintegration of the country or endangers the security and unity of the nation should not be permitted – not only in a sensitive border State – but in any State in the Indian Union. Another party which condemns this so-called murder of democracy is the Janata Party. The Janata Party, I presume, is a national party. At least that is what we were led to believe until recently. I have a great deal of respect and regard for the Janata Party leaders. But let us take a look at Karnataka. It is the Janata Party which is in power in that State. The Janata Government in Karnataka has decided to accept in toto – the recommendations of the Sarojini Mahishi Committee’s report on job reservation opportunities in public sector undertakings. The recommendations essentially boil down to two dangerously disruptive demands – namely – that in public sector industrial and commercial undertakings in Karnataka – 80% of jobs should be reserved exclusively for Kannadigas – and secondly – the remaining 20% jobs should be given only to those who know the Kannada language. Both demands are dangerously chauvinistic and parochial – containing every element guaranteed to undermine Indian unity and destroy the common rights of Indian citizenship. Yet the Janata Party Government in Karnataka has accepted these recommendations in toto. This is all the more amazing since the Janata party claims to be an all-India party and therefore answerable to the people living in the different States of the Indian Union. If all States were to follow this principle what would happen? The Indian Union would cease to be one country – but get reduced to different countries. Today, when the Farooq Abdullah government is dismissed in Jammu & Kashmir under the provisions of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir – the Janata Party denounces this as a gross violation of democracy. Yet when the same Janata Party came to power at the Centre in 1977 – did it not dismiss several non-Janata State Governments, making use of Article 356 of the Constitution of India? Arguments may be advanced, differentiating between the merits of each case. But the plain unvarnished truth is that when it had the power to do so – the Janata Party did not hesitate to make use of that power, to do exactly what it is protesting against so vehemently today. Next, let us consider the Telugu Desam Party, which is most vociferous in denouncing this murder of democracy. On his return from the United States of America, the Telugu Desam leader, Andhra Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao has gone on record saying that India has made no progress at all in the 37 years after Independence. The Telugu Desam leader is full of praise and is all adulation for Yankee enterprise and Yankee culture. He has gone to the extent of saying that the American roads are more beautiful than the bedrooms of Indian houses. Yet Mr. N.T. Rama Rao the leader of the Telugu Desam Party tries to project himself as a patriot and a national leader. One can say that one’s State, or one’s community or the poor and underprivileged sections of the country have not progressed sufficiently, but how can one say that the country as a whole has not progressed at all? It should be borne in mind that in 1947 the population of India was 30 crores. Today in 1984, it is 75 crores. In the 37 years since Independence India’s population has more than doubled itself. Despite the severe economical restraints – despite having to shoulder the massive burden of caring for, feeding and housing such a vast population – nearly one-sixth of the entire human race in the world today – yet, India has emerged as a colossus among developing countries. Today India is considered a major force to reckon with, respected even by the world’s super powers. India has taken gigantic strides forward in the fields of industry – energy – science and technology. Despite our enormous handicaps, still India has succeeded in establishing itself as one among the 10 nuclear countries in the world. We have sent a scientific team to Antarctica. We have sent an Indian into space. India has several magnificent achievements to her credit. How can anybody say India has made no progress at all? Unfortunately, the Telugu Desam Chief Minister does not seem to regard all this as progress. Does the leader of the Telugu Desam Party, who so openly declares that he is ashamed of his own country – have any moral right to speak about the murder of democracy in this country? Has he not murdered the image of India in the eyes of the world? Now Mr. N.T. Rama Rao has gone to the U.S.A. again for heart surgery. We extend our best wishes to him for a total recovery and for a long life. Before his departure, while referring to the daily allowance in foreign exchange permitted to him by the Government of India – Mr. N.T. Rama Rao angrily asked – “Am I a coolie to be given such a paltry amount as daily allowance?” Is this sort of attitude democratic? I have mentioned these issues only in order to make one point. 60 Amongst the various political parties which are raising a hue and cry about the murder of democracy in Jammu & Kashmir, and claim to be interested in national unity and the welfare of India – whether it be the D.M.K., the Janata – or the Telugu Desam – these parties should first do some soul searching themselves – and others should also give deep thought to the same question – as to whether these parties can truly claim to be national or democratic in character and outlook. I would like to remind them that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. It has been announced that a session of the State Legislative Assembly of Jammu & Kashmir will be convened very shortly – and an opportunity will be given to both groups of the National Conference – to prove on the floor of the House which group has a real majority and is constitutionally entitled to form the Government. Meanwhile – the main issue has yet to be resolved – as to which is the real National Conference – and whether the defectors have voting rights or not. Dr. Farooq Abdullah’s Government has been far from ideal. I am not holding any brief for Dr. Farooq Abdullah. However I do strongly submit that instead of allowing a government based on defections to administer Jammu & Kashmir – it would be better to place the State under Governor’s Rule – until such time as the Centre decides fresh elections may be held. In conclusion – I wish to point out that so long as such a provision which deals with dissolution of a State Assembly or dismissal of a State Government is retained whether it be the Constitution of India or the Constitution of Jammu & Kashmir it is bound to be used again and again by the Central Government – irrespective of which party is in power at the Centre. Given certain circumstances, no Central Government can resist the temptation to make use of this provision in the Constitution to suit its own ends. The Congress-I Party has made use of Article 356 to dismiss non-Congress-I State Governments. The Janata Party has also made use of it to dismiss non-Janata State Governments. As mentioned earlier, we ourselves, the A.I.A.D.M.K. have been victims of this provision in the Constitution. The dismissal of the Farooq Abdullah Government in Jammu & Kashmir under the provisions of its separate Constitution is nothing new. It is not the first, nor is it going to be the last such instance in Indian history after Independence _ as long as such a Constitutional provision is allowed to remain. Therefore – if we really want to prevent the recurrence of such undesirable events again – the one and only way is to abolish – to scrap – to completely do way with Article 356 of the Constitution. There is no other way. Finally – I now pose 2 Questions to the Hon. Minister for Home Affairs – 1. Will the Centre consider placing Jammu & Kashmir under Governor’s rule? 61 2. Why delay Jammu & Kashmir being integrated with the rest of the Indian Union and why not bring it under the purview of the Constitution of India, – in conformity with all the other States of the Indian Union?Source: AIADMK Website

After supporting demonetization, Nitish says cashless economy won’t work in India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After unequivocally supporting the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs1,000 notes, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said a cashless economy was not possible across the country and reiterated that it was the right moment to hit on “Benami” properties as “demonetization alone will not help in curbing black money menace in India.””The world is slowly moving towards cashless economy, but it is not possible completely in India. Our social environment and behavioural patterns is such that cash transactions will always be a part of day to day trade. I don’t think it will be possible to fully implement it,” Nitish said, while addressing media persons post the launch of his “Lok Samvad” programme in Patna.The statement comes in the backdrop of the NDA-led Union government encouraging people to move towards digital payments and has even formed a Centre’s committee of CMs to form a roadmap for implementing the digital payments system in India. Nitish, however, is not a part of it, as had been expected earlier.Nitish said that if PM Narendra Modi is serious about wiping out corruption and wants results, he needs to target “Benami” properties and enforce prohibition across India as a lot of fraudulent practices are adopted by liquor bootleggers. If he does that, people like me will rise above party and support him.Nitish also questioned the saffron party’s silence over BJP’s land deals in Bihar ahead of demonetization and said his government will act on the matter if it comes before it.The Bihar CM said the poor man is not complaining while facing problems in the cash queue because he feels the corrupt have been taken to task. “The common man is happy that money earned using unfair means holds no value now. Lekin agar corrupt ka paisa nahi dooba, to PM ko jawab dena hoga…” he said. Sources said he may be referring to the recent Income Tax Amendment bill which seeks to provide a window to black money hoarders by paying a levy of about 50% on the undisclosed income.About 35 people directly interacted with Nitish in the Lok Samvad programme on Monday. He also cleared the air about the new initiative being similar to his popular Janata Darbars, which were started when he assumed office in 2006 and discontinued in May this year with the enforcement of Bihar Public Grievance Redressal Act. “While Janata Darbars were grievance redressal forum, Lok Samvad invites ideas from people for better governance,” he said adding it till be held on the first three Mondays of every month, just like the Janata Darbars.

Giriraj Singh’s ‘mass sterilisation’ remark will back fire on BJP: JD (U)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reprimanding Union Minister Giriraj Singh over his assertion for ‘mass sterilisation’ in the country, the Janata Dal (United) on Monday said this move will definitely back fire on the ruling BJP that has created an environment of distrust and chaos in the country.”It is not sure whether there would be an increase in the number of people going for sterilisation, but it is sure that this will definitely back fire on the BJP (Bade paimaane pe nasbandi hone ki yojana laagu hogi ki nhi lekin BJP ki toh nasbandi ho jayegi is yojana se),”JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said.Anwar said the plan to conduct mass sterilisation will fall flat as similar exercise undertaken by Congress leader and former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s son Sanjay Gandhi did not succeed as well in the late 1970s.”If they want to run the Parliament then the government has to bring the opposition into confidence? Everyone wants the Parliament to run but the kind of situation that is prevailing is very gloomy. The PM is speaking outside the Parliament but not inside the House. This type of environment of distrust and chaos in country is not good,” he added.Giriraj Singh, who is the Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, on Sunday said after ‘notebandi’ (demonetization), there is an urgent need to make laws for ‘nasbandi’ (sterilisation) in the country.Singh said all sections of the society should adopt this practice to control population in the country.

Rahul Gandhi’s twitter account was not hacked by outsiders: Subramanian Swamy

Thu, 1 Dec 2016-02:32pm , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday claimed that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s twitter account was hacked by people who already knew the code and were frustrated because of him. Bharatiya Janata Party Leader Subramanian Swamy said, “This is done by the dissatisfied people with whom Rahul Gandhi has misbehaved. The people already knew the code have done this and not the outsiders.”Swamy further said that Rahul Gandhi has annoyed so many people in the office as his mood depends on what he eats. The Twitter account of Rahul Gandhi, @OfficeOfRG (Office of RG), was hacked on Wednesday evening. The hacker posted obscenities on the timeline.

Demonetization: In Patna, Mamata calls Nitish Kumar a traitor; says country in a state of ‘super emergency’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday called Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a ‘traitor’ for deserting the anti-demonetization camp. She alleged that the country was in a state of ‘super emergency’ due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy of banning high currency notes. Mamata, who was addressing a rally in Patna to demand rollback of Centre’s decision on demonetization, said financial emergency is worse than any emergency in the country where the government has even snatched the basic “roti, kapda and makaan” from citizens. Apparently miffed at Nitish, who is also the JD (U) president, for not participating in the Opposition’s anti-demonetization protests, Mamata said, “It is better for all parties to fight together. Lekin jo gaddari karega, janata use maaf nahi karegi (those who betray the cause will not be forgiven by the people).” The Bihar CM has supported demonetization since the beginning saying it will help in tackling black money menace. He has asked his party workers to stay away from any protests against demonetizations.In contrast, JD (U)’s ally and senior alliance partner Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) led by Lalu Prasad has opposed the demonetization policy due to the ‘inconvenience being caused to common man.’ RJD’s support was appreciated by Mamata several times during her speech. “I respect Lalu ji, because his party is with us in this fight against demonetization. In UP too, Akhilesh and Mulayam ji were with us. This is people’s battle not my individual one,” she said Mamata said she was happy for those who were with her. “I won’t take names, but I feel unhappy about those who are not with us,” said Mamata.

PM Modi asks BJP MPs, MLAs to disclose bank transactions since demonetization

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid criticism from Opposition parties over demonetization, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked all Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs, MLAs to submit details of their bank account transactions between November 8 and December 31 to BJP President Amit Shah, reported PTI.The decision comes a day after the government proposed to raise penalty under Income Tax Act for search and seizure cases by 3-fold to 30 per cent, a move aimed at deterring black money holders from misusing the provisions for turning their unaccounted cash into white.Last week, making an emotional address to BJP lawmakers, Modi asserted that the demonetization of high value currency is just a beginning of his government’s deep and continuous struggle against black money.Modi had said that the decision is in the interest of poor and middle class, adding that his government is dedicated to eradicate the evils of black money and corruption which have affected people in the last 70 years.Meanwhile, the opposition parties on Tuesday escalated their attack on the ruling dispensation and reiterated their demand for an apology from the Prime Minister over his unwarranted barb post the decision to scrap high-value currency notes.A united opposition is also adamant on its demand for discussion under Rule 56 in the Lok Sabha.

BJP understands the ‘pain’ caused to Mayawati by demonetization: GVL Narasimha Rao

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said it clearly understands the pain and agony of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati as she was unable to utilise her money collected from selling party tickets.”We understand the pain and agony of the leaders like Mayawati because she has sold all the tickets in Uttar Pradesh and collected large sums of money in cash and possibly she is unable to really utilise that money. We can understand her agony as this demonetization move will not only hurt all political leaders, but also the hoarders of black money,” BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said.He said that people have overwhelmingly supported the Centre’s decision while parties like the SP and the BSP, are only opposing because this move has hit them hard.Expressing similar views, BJP leader Manoj Tiwari said people have not complained about scrapping the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, as there is an overall consensus that this decisions will clean up the economy.”Yes, I agree, that there are inconveniences. I have been seeing a lot of people standing in queues, but they are also supportive of the Prime Minister’s decision. Although Mayawati alleges that demonetization is a decision taken for selfish interest, but if it helps in eradicating black money and helps the nation to progress then what is the harm. We are not bothered by the accusations made by her,” Tiwari said.The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief yesterday said demonetization has brought nothing but an economic emergency, as people are suffering due to it.She accused Prime Minister Modi of ?blackmailing? people by busting into tears on several occasions. “If riots and scuffles break out due to the prevailing condition, then only the Prime Minister will be responsible for that.” Mayawati said.

Demonetization: Amit Shah calls a meeting of office bearers ahead of Bharat bandh

Sat, 26 Nov 2016-07:05pm , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah has called a meeting of office bearers on Sunday to brief them on how to reach out to people on the demonetization issue so as to convince them about the Centre’s policy, sources said on Saturday.Meanwhile, a separate meeting of general secretaries (Organisation) of all states have also been called by the BJP president and national general secretary Ram Lal in this regard. The party’s initiative to reach out to the people to convince them came days after it was decided that the BJP ministers would be meeting lawmakers of their party in the coming days to brief them about the government’s demonetization drive.Around 12 ministers, who will be meeting the BJP MPs in batches, will give them tips with regard to what is to be told to the people of their respective constituencies on this move. They will meet in groups of 40. The meeting assumes significance as a united opposition is leaving no stone unturned in taking potshots at the BJP-led NDA regime in Parliament post this decision which they dub as against the common man of the nation.

PM Modi carried out world’s biggest ‘impromptu financial experiment’: Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Remaining firm on the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe over demonetization, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had carried out the world’s biggest impromptu financial experiment, without consulting with the economic minds of this own government.Speaking to the media here, Rahul alleged that even Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian were unaware of the massive decision, adding that the move had resulted in nothing but chaos and suffering across the nation.”He can give speeches at a concert, but he will not listen to the 200 MPs questioning him. It’s a crucial question as to why the Prime Minister fears from entering the Parliament. There has to be a reason,” Rahul said.Further accusing the Prime Minister of only letting in his inner circle within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the scheme, the Congress leader asserted that the entire development reeked of a scam and demanded a JPC probe.Earlier today, the Opposition parties put up a united front against the Centre over demonetization, as they formed a giant human chain outside the Parliament chanting slogans and carrying placards, fervently demanding Prime Minister Modi’s presence in the House.The chain began from the entrance of the Parliament near the media stand and stretched across the Mahatma Gandhi statue.”The nation is standing in line and we are doing just that here,” Rahul Gandhi said.Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O’Brien, Janata Dal (United)’s Sharad Yadav, and the DMK’s Kanimozhi were among the almost 200 Opposition MPs gathered in Parliament premises.”Not a surgical strike, but carpet bombing on people”, “Stop the persecution of common people” and “Save poor people”, were some of the slogans on the placards held by the leaders.Meanwhile, senior Union Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Ananth Kumar, are holding a meeting in Venkaiah Naidu’s chamber to decide the government’s strategy in Parliament.Later in the day, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) will stage a sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar here at 12:30 p.m. pressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rollback the policy in view of inconvenience caused to the general public.

Former UP CM Ram Naresh Yadav dies after prolonged illness

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and ex-Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav died on Tuesday after prolonged illness in Lucknow.Yadav (90) breathed his last at PGI Lucknow this morning, an official said here. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Public Relations and Water Resources Minister, Narottam Mishra have expressed grief over the demise of Yadav.Yadav held the post as the UP CM when he belonged to the Janata Dal from 1977 to 1979. He later joined the Congress and ran for CM in 2004 and lost.He was appointed as the MP Governor in 2011 by the UPA government. He was alleged to have been involved in the Vyapam scam.

Ministers had no business enjoying Coldplay concert when nation is suffering: TMC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday said ministers had no business enjoying Saturday’s music concert by British rock band Coldplay in Mumbai, when the common man was suffering due to the demonetisation of higher currency notes.”Why do they call every person opposing their ideas corrupt? They should listen to the plea of the people and should try to resolve it. They should not consider the pain of the common people as a joke. The common people are suffering and they are enjoying rock concerts,” TMC national spokesperson Derek O’ Brien told ANI.O’ Brien also accused the Centre of destroying the economy of the nation by their move.He was speaking as opposition parties in both Houses of Parliament are expected to meet at 9.30 a.m. today to discuss their strategy to counter the treasury on demonetization.”Monday morning plan. #Parliament Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha leaders of about 10 Opposition parties meeting at 930 a.m. Hmmm,” Trinamool Congress (TMC) national spokesperson Derek O’ Brien tweeted.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on the other hand, has issued a whip to its Rajya Sabha members, asking them to be present in the House for the next three days starting today.Both the Houses of Parliament have been witness to a stormy debate over demonetization during the winter session so far.

How Atal Bihari Vajpayee undid a Cabinet decision

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When Yashwant Sinha, the finance minister in 1998, went to meet the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to tell him about the need for re-introduction of Rs1,000 notes, he heard him and said ‘zaroor kijiye’.Interestingly, Vajpayee was undoing the decision of the Union Cabinet, of which he was a part, in 1978. Eighteen years later, another BJP Prime Minister has undone a decision by abolishing Rs1,000After the suggestion was made by RBI for higher denomination notes, Sinha went to meet Vajpayee to convey it to him. “After having concluded that Rs1,000 currency notes had to be issued I went to Vajpayeeji and after he was convinced, he said zaroor kijiye (definitely do it),” Sinha recalled.The draft legislation was then brought to Parliament in the Winter Session of 1998. Since it only involved re-introduction of Rs1,000 note, there was no need for secrecy, unlike in the demonetization move.While Sinha was not opposed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to demonetize 1000/500 rupee notes, he said government should take steps to attack the root of black money. “Demonetization is in order and will have the desired impact. But, at the same time, we must strike at the root of black money generation. I am sure the government is taking steps along these lines,” he told DNA.He said the government had already taken a step against benami property transactions. “Another important step was looking at the tax rates and improving compliance,” he said. Sinha also said that GST would help and recommended implementation of direct tax code.In 1998, the reason for re-introducing Rs1,000 note was that taking 1982 as base year, the value of the note was just Rs160, bringing down the purchasing power drastically. This had happened in a gap of 18 years and by 2016 it was another 18 years. The value of Rs500 notes would be even less.At that time, the Opposition took on the government for bringing back the high-denomination note. The government had argued that the Congress government had taken the decision in 1994 that Rs1,000 note should be printed.When the Bill was taken up, Sinha had rejected the argument of the Janata Party government for demonetizing. He said “members of this August House will share my view that the root cause for illegal transaction lies not in notes of high denomination but elsewhere.”Though Sinha refrained from being critical of the Modi government’s demonetization decision, his insistence on striking at the root cause of black money is reflective of his views then.

Govt’s war on black money no less than surgical strike: Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Welcoming the government?s decision to ban currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs 1000 from tomorrow, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah described the war on black money as being no less than a surgical strike.”I welcome the decision of the government to ban Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes. On behalf of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), I congratulate the Prime Minister for taking such a brave step. This fight against black money will continue. Decisions like forming SIT were earlier taken for the same,” Shah said.Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking forward the battle against corruption and black money. “I believe his step against black money is no less than surgical strike. It will not only be a problem to those keeping black money, but also give a major blow to those indulging in the business of fake currency. It will give a strong message to those having black money,” he added.In an unexpected address to the nation, Prime Minister Modi last night announced that from November 9, 2016, existing Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes will no longer be legal tender. Describing the move as essential to fight “the disease of black money?, Prime Minister Modi said all such currency notes must be deposited in banks and post offices starting Thursday (November 10) and through till December 30. A proposal for issue of new Rs. 500 and Rs. 2,000 notes has been cleared by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).”Your money will remain yours…you need have no worry on this account. The new notes will be in limited supply at first and will then be increased,” Prime Minister Modi said.

Prashant Kishor meets Akhilesh; Shivpal attacks UP CM again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Monday met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at the latter’s official residence in Lucknow. Earlier during the day, Akhilesh said any decision on a grand alliance for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls will be taken by Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and stressed that he would give his suggestions only at party platform. Kishor earlier on November 1 met Mulayam who is trying to cobble together an alliance of like-minded parties.Putting an end to all speculations over the Congress allying with the Samajwadi Party for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, party’s state in-charge Raj Babbar yesterday categorically stated that there has been no talk so far with regard to entering into an alliance to contest next year’s polls.According to reports, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has conveyed the message that his party is ready to form a grand alliance with Samajwadi Party if Akhilesh emerges as a consensus face within the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led party.On the possibility of a grand alliance, state Samajwadi Party president Shivpal Yadav said, “When it materialises, I will tell you.” Samajwadi Party, which was initially part of Bihars grand alliance, had walked out of it after it was offered only a handful of seats to contest the assembly elections there. The grand alliance of Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress had, however, scripted a major electoral victory, defeating the BJP-led NDA.Shivpal attacks Akhilesh againIn yet another salvo at nephew and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, ruling Samajwadi Party’s state unit president Shivpal Yadav on Monday said he was dropped from the ministry as he had opposed those doing illegal work.”I had protested those doing illegal work and land grabbing. That is why I am out of the ministry,” he said. Shivpal was sacked by Akhilesh from his ministry last month amid unprecedented crisis in the ruling party and the Yadav clan. “I will continue to raise my voice against those doing illegal works and am always with those who are doing good work — be it religious or anything else,” he said at Kalki Mahotsava here.Shivpal, the younger brother of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, has been at loggerheads with Akhilesh and two have sparred publicly in the recent past. On October 23, Akhilesh sacked Shivpal along with three other pro-Amar Singh ministers, pushing the ruling party to the brink of a split.The action stirred a political crisis in the party ahead of the Assembly polls in the state early next year as the tense stand-off between Akhilesh and Shivpal gave rise to intense speculation about a possible split in SP.

UP polls 2017: Prashant Kishor meets Mulayam Singh Yadav amid speculations of ‘maha-gathbandhan’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress’ poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Sunday met Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam in Lucknow, triggering speculation of a ‘maha-gathbandhan’ (grand alliance) ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.The marathon meeting, spread over two sessions and kept under wraps, came a day after top leaders of socialist-leaning parties attended SP’s silver jubilee meet here — a move seen as an attempt by Mulayam to forge an alliance ahead of the assembly polls hardly a few months away. There was no official word from either side as to what transpired at the meeting.State SP President Shivpal Yadav said he would tell the media when such a development took place.”When it materialises, I will tell you,” Shivpal said. This is for the second time in six days that Kishor met Mulayam, who is trying to cobble together an alliance of like-minded parties. The first meeting took place at Mulayam’s Delhi residence on November 1.Samajwadi Party, which was initially part of Bihar’s grand alliance, had walked out of it after it was offered only a handful of seats to contest the assembly elections there. The grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress had, however, scripted a glorious electoral victory, defeating the BJP-led NDA.The ruling SP is yet to open its cards though its main aim in the polls is to prevent split of Muslim votes for which it is looking for an alliance with secular parties. Congress, on its part, has not closed its doors for any possible grand alliance for the 2017 Assembly polls.But, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Raj Babbar has said that no initiative has been taken for an alliance either by his party or by any other political parties in the state.”No initiative for an alliance, either by us or by any other party in the coming polls has been taken, but Congress has not closed its doors for any such possibility which could benefit people of the state,” he had said on Friday.The UPCC chief, however, stressed his party “will not enter into an alliance or grand alliance only for numbers, as numbers were not important in UP polls.”At SP’s anniversary bash on Saturday, leaders of erstwhile ‘Janata Parivar’ underscored the need for unity to prevent the “communal” BJP from coming to power and spoke about the need for forging a coalition. RJD supremo Lalu Prasad declared his party will not contest the UP elections to prevent a split of secular votes. JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav hinted at his party’s readiness to form a coalition of socialist parties, while RLD chief Ajit Singh, whose party wields influence in western UP, highlighted the need for unity.Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, whose JD(Secular) hardly has any stakes in UP or the Hindi heartland, urged the ‘Janata Parivar’ leaders to “come together and unite” against the “communal” forces.”Senior leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad, Sharad Yadav…should come together in the fight against communal forces,” Deve Gowda had said.Six offshoots of ‘Janata Parivar’ had merged together last year ahead of the Assembly elections in Bihar to form a new party to take on a resurgent BJP. The merger took place almost two decades after the then Janata Dal disintegrated in the 90s.

JD(U), RJD, JD(S) grace Samajwadi Party’s silver jubilee function, mum on Mahagathbandhan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Samajwadi Party’s silver jubilee function, aiming to oust the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Uttar Pradesh, witnessed the grand attendance of the Janata family with veteran leaders like Lalu Prasad Yadav, former prime minister H.D. Devegowda, and JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav partaking in the event on Saturday.Expressing solidarity to the party, Sharad Yadav said , “Janata Dal has always taken part in Samajwadi movements, we have been invited to attend the Silver Jubilee function. We used to belong to one party, so we have had old ties, that is why we came here.” Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Yadav said there is an urgent need to oust the BJP. “Just like in Bihar, BJP will be ousted from Lucknow as well,” Lalu Yadav said.Meanwhile, former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Deve Gowda expressed delight over the Samajwadi Party’s internal truce. We have come for the SP’s silver jubilee function, no talk of alliance as of now,” Gowda told ANI. The ruling Samajwadi Party is celebrating its 25th anniversary of its founding day in Lucknow. The event is being seen as yet another show of strength in SP’s first family barely 48 hours after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav launched his ‘Vikas se Vijay Rath Yatra’. Akhilesh and Shivpal Yadav have asked their supporters to mobilise support for the silver jubilee function. Shivpal Yadav has said nothing tangible has, so far, been achieved in forging an alliance with like-minded parties. He said, Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav will take a final call for an alliance with Congress and other parties.

Members of Parliament may soon get 100% salary hike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Members of Parliament can soon expect a steep hike in salary as the Centre has decided to give a 100 % raise, taking their basic pay from Rs 50,000 to one lakh per month.The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is learnt to have agreed to consider a recommendation made by the Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament, which is headed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath.The PMO is believed to have agreed to revise not only the Parliamentarians’ salary but also their allowances.The government is also mulling over increasing the President’s salary from current Rs. 1.5 lakh per month to Rs. five lakh and the Governor’s salary from current Rs. 1.10 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakh.

Six hurt in stampede at UP CM Akhilesh Yadav’s Janata Darbar programme

Stampede at UP CM Akhilesh Yadav’s Janata Darbar programme


Etawah (Uttar Pradesh): Few people were injured in a stampede-like situation as a large crowd gathered at a Janata Darbar programme of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav here.

The crowd at the PWD Guest House became unmanageable and some people fell down while trying to push their way to hand over their applications to the chief minister, police said.

Some media persons covering the event were also injured in the melee, they said.

All the injured were rushed to a hospital in Saifai, police said.

Eyewitnesses said that when the chief minister was meeting people and exchanging pleasantries with them, the crowd surged towards him and in the stampede-like situation some fell down and got hurt.

Police had a trying time to manage the crowd as the number of people who had turned up at the Janata Darbar was far beyond their expectation.

Dalai Lama is free to travel any part of India: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday expressed that Dalai Lama is free to travel to any part of the country and added that these allegations by the China would not help Bilateral relations. “As far as whoever wants to visit any part of India, they can do so and these kinds of comments are uncalled for and they do not help in Bilateral relations in any way,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said.China on Friday warned India that bilateral ties may suffer “damage” and peace and stability of the border areas could be affected if it allows Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims is part of southern Tibet. China considers Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet and routinely objects to visits by Dalai Lama, Indian leaders as well as foreign dignitaries.The border dispute covers the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC). India asserts that the dispute covered Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during 1962 war.On October 24, China took exception to the visit by Richard Verma, the US envoy in India, to Arunachal Pradesh which it claims as southern Tibet, saying any interference by Washington in the Sino-India boundary dispute will make it “more complicated” and “disturb” hard-won peace at the border.

Sushil Modi should maintain his dignity: JD-U leader on BJP leader’s comments on Tejashwi Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Janata Dal (United) spokesperson Ajay Alok on Wednesday said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi should maintain his dignity. “Everyone should be careful with their language, especially the elders who are full of experience. If they will not mind their language, then what will the younger generation learn? Sushil Modiji should mind his dignity,? Alok told ANI when asked about the ongoing war of words between Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav and BJP leader Sushil Modi.The verbals started after Modi commented on Tejashwi Yadav reportedly receiving 44, 000 marriage proposals on Whatsapp, when his elder brother, Tej Pratap Yadav, is still unmarried. Tej Pratap Yadav, crossing all lines of civility, responded by saying that, “He (Sushil) should not be concerned about Tejashwi’s marriage, but should worry about his own son’s marriage and went on to say that the latter’s son is impotent.”

RSS men should guard borders instead of jawans: Cong MP mocks Parrikar’s comment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking exception to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar giving credit of the army’s surgical strikes in PoK to RSS teachings, the Congress on Wednesday said if that was the case, RSS workers should be guarding the borders instead of the jawans.”The Defence Minister has given credit of the surgical strikes to RSS teachings instead of the army…if this army action was really an outcome of RSS teachings, then its activists should be deployed on the borders to guard the country instead of the jawans,” Congress observer of the Lucknow district unit of the party Husain Dalvi said.The Rajya Sabha MP said it would be better if the RSS activists, “indulging in divisive activities” in the country, faced the “enemy”. Dalvi criticised the Defence Minister saying in spite of holding a “sensitive” post, he was making such “frivolous” statements.Speaking at a programme in Ahmedabad on Monday, Parrikar had appeared to have given credit for the decision to carry out surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to RSS teachings. Dalvi was confident about his party’s prospects in the upcoming Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh and said it would emerge as the “kingmaker” and no government will be formed without its “help”.The Congress leader dropped a hint of an alliance with the Janata Dal (United) and Peace Party for the polls but did not elaborate further. He claimed that the recently-concluded ‘Kisan Yatra’ of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had given a “new life” to the party and it had been strengthened further.

Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi joins BJP

Wed, 19 Oct 2016-01:43pm , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Popular Malayalam actor Suresh Gopinathan, commonly known as Suresh Gopi, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday.Earlier in April, Gopi sworn in as a Member of Parliament (MP) to the Rajya Sabha in the category of eminent citizens as per the provisions of Article 80 of the Indian Constitution.He opted for Thiruvananthapuram as the nodal district of operation as member of Parliament.He is also a philanthropist, social worker, and a strong advocate of environmental protection.He also won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his movie Kaliyattam in 1997.

Ram Temple part of BJP manifesto, cannot just run away from it: Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections polls due in 2017, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said the Ram temple is the part of BJP 2014 manifesto, added that it is the party’s obligation to the people to deliver the promise.”The Ram issue is a part of our manifesto in 2014, how can we run away from it? We have to deliver,” Swamy told ANI.Swamy said that the matter cannot be resolved forcibly, but the Supreme Court needs to take some action as the matter is pending from past six years.
ALSO READ Want Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, not ‘lollipop’: BJP leader Vinay Katiyar hits out at Mahesh Sharma’s museum project”Now it’s time for the matter to be heard and disposed off and the Muslim party is also agreeable for the hearing. I am filling an application on this main matter seeking the court to issue notice to the government,” he said.Yesterday, the Congress Party accused the BJP for selling the name of Lord Ram to siphon off a victory in Uttar Pradesh.
ALSO READ Ram temple is issue no. 3 in UP for RSS”The Congress has nothing to do with the BJP constructing a museum there (Ayodhya), or the Samajwadi party organising things for the Ramayana mela. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is selling the name of Ram in the wake of coming UP polls,” said Congress leader DP Singh.Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Katiyar, on the other hand, asked the BJP-led Central government to intensify its efforts to construct Ram temple in Ayodhya instead of giving ‘lollipop’ (Ram museum) to please the people, who are demanding the construction of the temple.”It’s a big mistake; effort should be made to construct the Ram Mandir (temple); this “lolipapi” (handing over Ramayana Museum as lollipop to please the people who are demanding the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya) won’t work. People ask when will be the Ram Temple constructed? This (Ramayana Museum) is a lollipop, it doesn’t have much importance, and thus, they should make positive effort. I would have said this had I been there. It’s good that I did not go there,” Katiyar told ANI.

PM Narendra Modi to address Parivartan Rally in Mandi in HP

Tue, 18 Oct 2016-10:17am , Shimla , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give address a rally in Mandi ​in Himachal Pradesh on Monday. During his visit, the Prime Minister will address a Parivartan Rally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and dedicate three hydro power projects. Unprecedented security arrangements have been made by the Mandi district administration. The whole area has been divided into thirteen sanitized sectors and policemen with automatic weapons have been posted at several sensitive places.

Former Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah subjected to secondary immigration check in the US

New York: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was subjected to a “secondary immigration check” upon his arrival in the US due to which he had to spend two hours at the airport.

“Another random secondary immigration check upon landing in the US. Thrice in three visits, the randomness is growing tiresome now,” Abdullah tweeted.

In another tweet he said, “I just spent TWO hours in a holding area & this happens EVERY time. Unlike @iamsrk I don’t even catch Pokemon to pass the time,” a reference to actor Shahrukh Khan, who was “detained” in August at the Los Angeles airport, third time in seven years that he had been stopped by US immigration officials at the country’s airports.

Khan too had tweeted that while he fully understood and respected security protocols, “to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks”.

Abdullah said he is in the US to speak at an event at New York University “but almost wish stayed at home instead”.

“Ah well, that’s two hours well & truly wasted!!” he said.

He is scheduled to speak at the event organized by the students of New York University on 21 October which is expected to be attended by former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy.

Salman Khurshid corners govt, backs Chidambaram’s assertion on Operation Ginger

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of the escalation of a war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress following a revelation that the Indian Army had conducted a surgical strike on Pakistani military outposts earlier in 2011, former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said his former cabinet colleague P Chidambaram made this disclosure to put the record straight as the incumbent regime was trying to create an impression that the UPA did nothing in its tenure.”This has been said very categorically by former home minister P Chidambaram and it’s also been validated and repeated by other people. This has been said only for this purpose that an impression was being created by the government of the day that we never did anything when we were in power, I think that was unfair,” Khurshid said.”And just to put the record straight, Mr Chidambaram and others have put this out in the public domain and I am glad it is being done,” he added. Stating that it would be unfair to discuss this matter any further, Khurshid said, “Since we have said that these are operational details that we don’t discuss, we only credit the army and give the army the opportunity to take whatever steps are to be taken whether it was then or now, we will leave it at that.” As per reports, the Indian Army had carried out surgical strikes across the LoC in 2011 in retaliation to a surprise attack on an army post in Gugaldhar ridge in Kupwara in July that year which led to the death of 13 soldiers and beheading of six of them. In revenge, the Indian Army planned Operation Ginger.

UP polls: BJP only option for Uttar Pradesh, says Shaina NC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday slammed Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati for criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not fulfilling poll promises and said the saffron party is the only option for Uttar Pradesh which will provide good governance. BJP leader Shaina NC condemned the death of three persons during Mayawati’s political rally and said that the BSP supremo has no position to point fingers at the BJP. “Look at the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, You have three people who die in a political rally and then you have the leader of the BSP commenting on the BJP,” said NC. “If at all, the people of Uttar Pradesh know that the only option to good governance, law and order situation and a stable leadership is that of the BJP in the days to come,” she added. Mayawati at a rally in Lucknow yesterday said that Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the state capital to attend Dussehra celebrations was “politically motivated”. The BSP chief also claimed that minorities were facing bias under the Modi government and sought the support of Muslims to “stop” the saffron party..

No middle path for China on Masood Azhar, says BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Sunday that terrorism and bilateral relations cannot go hand in hand, and thus, China will have to choose between India and Pakistan. The BJP made this comment after Beijing tried to defend its second technical hold to prevent a United Nations ban on Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar.”There is no middle path in the fight against terrorism and China will have to decide which side it is on. It will have to make up its mind whether it is going to side with terrorism just because they want to strengthen their relations with a particular country, and, how far is that going to serve humanity, and, how far is that going to serve Indo-China relations,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said.On October 1, China had extended its veto on India’s move in the United Nations to blacklist Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar and with this, Beijing for the second time prevented India’s efforts. China defending its move yesterday said that there were “different views” on India’s application and that its move will allow more time for the “relevant parties” to have consultations even when China is the lone member among the 15-member UNSC to oppose the ban on Azhar.

We are adamant about taking liquor ban forward: JD (U)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the Supreme Court stayed a Patna High Court order quashing the Bihar government’s ban on liquor, the Janata Dal (United) has said that the liquor ban cannot only be looked through a legal spectrum; it is also fundamentally wrong to consume alcohol.The JD-U said it is adamant about defending and taking their antiliquor campaign forward.JD (U) general secretary and spokesperson of Ajay Alok told ANI, “The Supreme Court has asked all stakeholders to present their cases after ten weeks. We do not comment on any orders given by the Supreme Court, but the liquor ban should not just be looked through the lens of legal procedures. It is wrong fundamentally to consume alcohol, it is wrong to store alcohol and that is why we have imposed a liquor ban and we are adamant to take this decision forward.”Yesterday, an apex court bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra and Uday Umesh Lalit gave the respondents six weeks time to respond, and four weeks to the state government to file its rejoinder.The stay on the high court order came on a petition by the government.The bench directed that hearing of the matter would take place after ten weeks.

SC stays order striking down Bihar govt’s liquor ban policy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court, on Friday, stayed Patna High Court’s recent judgement, setting aside Bihar government’s law banning the sale and consumption of liquor.The Bihar government had moved the apex court on Monday against the High Court order quashing the its April 5 order on prohibition, describing it as ultra vires of Constitution.After the HC order, the unfazed state government brought out a new law, banning liquor, with more harsh provisions like, the arrest of all adults in the event of recovery of contraband from their house on Gandhi Jayanti. But the new policy was also challenged.On April 5, 2016, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced a complete ban on alcohol in the state with immediate effect. Kumar was fulfilling a promise he had made to the women on November 26, before the state assembly elections.In June, Kumar had claimed that there was a drastic decline in the percentage of crimes in the two months after a complete prohibition was imposed in the state. “Heinous crimes have come down by 15% in last two months,” he had said.Meanwhile, the Supreme Court also dismissed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashwani Upadhaya’s plea, seeking a complete ban on liquor across the nation.

BJP demands Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation for ‘pro-Pakistan’ stance on surgical strikes

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party workers on Tuesday staged a protest outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal‘s residence accusing him of a pro-Pakistan stance on the recently conducted surgical strikes by the Indian army. They demanded his resignation.

File image of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

File image of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Hundreds of BJP supporters, led by Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay and Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta, gathered outside the Civil Lines residence of the Chief Minister and raised slogans against him.

They shouted: “Jo Hafeez Saeed ka yaar hai, desh ka gaddar hai (Those who are friends with Hafeez Saeed are traitors).”

Workers of the Bharatiya Janata Youth and minority morcha also joined them.

The Delhi Police had to resort to mild force to disperse the protesters.

This came a day after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Kejriwal on Monday urged Modi to “expose the false propaganda” being spread by Islamabad.

Despite differences, Kejriwal had hailed Modi for taking strict measures against Pakistan.

In a short video message, Kejriwal had focused on Pakistan’s claims that no surgical strikes were ever conducted on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control. He had urged Modi to fight Pakistan’s propaganda “just like we have been fighting Pakistan on ground”.

The special forces of the Indian army on 28 September night carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PoK) and destroyed seven terror launch pads.

Shahabuddin back in jail: SC verdict is a slap on Nitish Kumar government, says LJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Friday said the Supreme Court decision to cancel the bail of former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Member of Parliament Mohammad Shahabuddin is a slap on the Bihar government.”I think it is a tight slap on the so called ‘sushasan’ (Good governance) of our Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Repeatedly, he talks about ‘sushasan’ and we have seen that in his working period, only criminals like Shahabuddin gets bail so easily,” LJP leader Chirag Paswan told ANI. Paswan said the decision is a step towards making Bihar a crime free state.”I think in a way, the court has set a precedent that in coming days all culprits of the JDU also will have to face equal trials. So, I think, it is a good decision taken by the court, and we have always favoured that, and we dream of having a crime free Bihar. This decision is a strong steps towards that,” he added.Janata Dal United (JDU) leader Ali Anwar said the efforts of Bihar government have put, a criminal like Shahabuddin back in jail again. This exposes the false allegations of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government.An apex court division bench, headed by Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and Justice Amitava Roy, set aside the order of the Patna High court, which had granted bail to Shahabuddin and ordered that he must be taken into custody immediately. Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, had argued that Shahabuddin did not follow any rules and had walked out of jail at will on many occasions.The top court had on September 19 issued a notice to Shahabuddin while hearing pleas of the Bihar Government and Chandrakeshwar Prasad against the bail granted to him. The Bihar Government had earlier filed an appeal before the apex court challenging the Patna High Court’s order of granting bail to Shahabuddin. The petition was filed by Bhushan on behalf of the victim’s family, which was upset to see Shahabuddin walk free.Shahabuddin, who had been in jail for more than 10 years in connection with multiple cases, was granted bail by the Patna High Court on September 7 in connection with the murder of a man who witnessed the killing of two brothers in Siwan. Shahabuddin’s release from jail evoked widespread criticism of the grand alliance in the state with the opposition accusing the government of paving way for his release by not opposing the bail strongly in the court.

Supreme Court cancels ex-RJD MP Shahabuddin’s bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Friday cancelled the bail granted to former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Member of Parliament Mohammad Shahabuddin. The latter is facing criminal charges in around 50 cases.”He will be taken to jail forthwith,” said Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan .The top court directed Shahabuddin to surrender, and asked the Bihar government to take steps to take him into custody forthwith.The court also asked trial court to expeditiously conclude Rajiv Roshan murder case allegedly involving Shahabuddin.Bhushan, who has filed one of the petitions, had on Thursday argued before the apex court that Shahabuddin did not follow any rules and walked out of jail at will. Bhushan sought the cancellation of Shahabuddin’s bail on the grounds that if he was at large on bail, then the life of the last witness, who was to testify in a case, would be in danger.Bhushan had earlier told the apex court that there were 45 cases against Shahabuddin, out of which nine are related to murder and ten are related to convictions.The Bihar government had earlier filed an appeal before the apex court challenging the Patna High Court’s order of granting bail to Shahabuddin. The petition was filed by Bhushan on behalf of the victim’s family, who were upset to see Shahabuddin walk free.Shahabuddin, who had been in jail for more than 10 years in connection with multiple cases, was granted bail by the Patna High Court on September 7 in the case of the murder of a man who witnessed the killing of two brothers in Siwan.Shahabuddin’s release from jail evoked widespread criticism of the grand alliance in the state with the opposition accusing the government of paving way for his release by not opposing the bail strongly in court.

SC reserves verdict on appeals to cancel Shahabuddin’s bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict for Friday on appeals challenging the grant of bail to controversial Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Shahabuddin in a murder case by Patna High Court.A bench comprising justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy reserved the order after lawyers representing Shahabuddin and others wrapped up their arguments in the case.Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Shahabuddin, opposed the appeals challenging the grant of bail and said right to life and liberty should not be curtailed in normal circumstances.The apex court had on Wednesday come down heavily on the Bihar government for not placing facts before the Patna High Court which granted bail to Shahabuddin in a murder case and asking the state “were you in slumber till he got bail?”The counsel for Nitish Kumar government, which has RJD as its coalition partner, faced searching questions in the apex court which rebuked it for not being serious in pursuing the case against Shahabuddin.Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Siwan-based Chandrakeshwar Prasad whose three sons have been killed in two separate incidents, has sought cancellation of Shahabuddin’s bail and said enlarging him on bail was “travesty of justice”.Naphade had said his client has been suffering from media trial and said the state government has to be fair and cannot play with the liberty of an individual.

I’m against RSS’ divisive policy, will not be deterred: Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday went all guns blazing at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for their “divisive” ideology, saying he will not be deterred and will continue to fight for the poor, unemployed youth, for the unity and harmony of this country, no matter how many cases are filed against him.”I will not be deterred. I am happy. Let them put as many cases as they want, I will continue to fight for the unity of this country, for love and affection between the people of this country,” Gandhi told the reporters outside the court.On Thursday, Gandhi made a personal appearance in a Guwahati court over a case of criminal defamation against the Hindutva organisation. RSS volunteer Anjan Bora filed a criminal case against the Congress vice-president for making false statements to tarnish the image of RSS. Gandhi had said that women were made to sit at the entrance of a satara (a monastery) so that he would not be able to enter.”I would like to thank the people of Guwahati for the love and affection they have showed. I am against the ideology of the RSS and all such other organisation, which is there to divide India and are harmful for this country. Regardless of which religion they come from, I am for the unity of this country and for the love and affection between the people,” Gandhi said.”These cases are being put against me because I am fighting for the poor people of this country because I am fighting for the rights of the farmers, unemployed youth who have aspirations, who have dreams and who are being denied those aspirations because our government is running in the interest of 12 or 15 people. The idea is to make sure that I do not fight for the young, unemployed youth,” he added.The Congress vice-president is facing another criminal defamation charge because of the speech he made in Bhiwandi. The RSS, the ideological mentor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) filed a defamation case against Rahul Gandhi for his speech at a rally in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, in 2014. In the speech he had said that “people belonging to the RSS had killed Gandhiji and now they speak about Gandhi.”The case started in a court in Bhiwandi and then went to the Mumbai High Court before finally coming to the Supreme Court.

No more ‘janata darshan’ in future: Akhilesh Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday announced there will be no ‘Janata darshan’, a platform where he used to hear grievances of people, in future.”There will be no Janta Darshan from today onwards,” the chief minister’s office announced through its Twitter handle. Though no reasons have been cited, sources said the decision has been taken in view of approaching assembly elections and possible engagements of the chief minister in political events. Janata Darshan (meet-the-people) was started when party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav became the chief minister of the state for the first time.During the programme, the CM met the people, heard their grievances and directed officials concerned to take action. The practice was, however, discontinued when BSP was in power and Mayawati was the chief minister.The doors of the UP chief minister’s residence, 5, Kalidas Marg, were again opened on April 18, 2012 to let in people who visited the state capital for redress of their problems.It was a radical departure from the five-year stint of Mayawati in 2007-2012 when there was no direct interaction of the CM with the people. Akhilesh Yadav, who had promised a more responsive chief minister’s office, had deviated from Mayawati’s tradition and opened the door of his residence for people.

Supreme Court to hear petitions challenging Shahabuddin’s bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court will on Monday hear petitions challenging the Patna High Court’s order to grant bail to former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) parliamentarian Shahabuddin.The top court had on September 19 issued a notice to Shahabuddin while hearing pleas of the Bihar Government and Chandrakeshwar Prasad against the bail granted to him. The Bihar Government had earlier filed an appeal before the apex court, challenging the Patna High Court’s order of granting bail to Shahabuddin.Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan had also challenged the Patna High Court order of granting bail to the RJD strongman. The petition has been filed by Bhushan on behalf of the victim’s family, which was upset to see Shahabuddin walk free.Shahabuddin, who had been in jail for more than 10 years in connection with multiple cases, was granted bail by the Patna High Court on September 7 in connection with the murder of a man who witnessed the killing of two brothers in Siwan. Shahabuddin’s release from jail evoked widespread criticism of the grand alliance in the state with the opposition accusing the government of paving way for his release by not opposing the bail strongly in the court.

India to ratify CoP21 protocol on combating climate change on 2 October: PM Modi

India to ratify CoP21 protocol on combating climate change on 2 October: PM Modi


Kozhikode (Kerala): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that India will ratify the Conference of Parties (CoP) protocol on combating climate change on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on 2 October.

“Now the time has come to ratify the COP21 protocol. India will do it on Gandhi Jayanti on 2 October,” Modi said while addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) national executive meet here.

In the UN climate change conference COP21 in Paris, 195 countries adopted the first universal, legally binding global climate deal. The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. The agreement is due to enter into force in 2020.

Robert Vadra cries foul, says being ‘used for political gains’

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra has hit back at his critics and alleged that he is being used by the opposition parties for political gains. Vadra in a Facebook post said that all allegations being levelled against him are baseless. Vadra, who has recently issued a notice by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for his alleged involvement in a land scam in Bikaner, said that it has been a decade but no government has been able to prove any charges against him. “Almost a decade of government’s false and baseless accusations on me! They cannot prove anything without proof n there is nothing there to prove,” said Vadra.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I will always be used for political gains, I know … But I will walk with my head held high as in time and with the truth, which will conquer incorrect perceptions, created! about me,” he added. Vadra’s statement comes at a time when Justice SN Dhingra Commission, which was set up to probe land deals in Gurgaon, including one between realty major DLF and Skylight Hospitality of Vadra, has informed the Haryana Government that the probe has been completed. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had made Vadra’s land deals a prominent poll issue ahead of the general election and Haryana assembly polls.

Sonia cooked up ‘Hindu terror business’ in 2011-12 and wanted to declare Emergency: Subramanian Swamy

Mounting a scathing attack on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, BJP MP Subramanian alleged that she wanted to declare a state of emergency in the country by “cooking up Hindu terror business” in the period 2011-12. Inaugurating a meeting to mark the 41st anniversary of the Emergency here, Swamy said no more emergency could be declared in the country because of the significant constitutional amendment passed by the Janata government which had come into power after the Emergency had been withdrawn in 1975. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In 2011-12, Sonia Gandhi was planning to declare a state of emergency in the country and she had cooked up this Hindu terror business,” he said. Swamy said he would soon release further details in this regard.BJP state president Kummanom Rajasekaran and other party leaders were present during the programme held at Gandhi Park.

India’s NSG bid: JD(U) says Modi govt treating foreign policy as ‘event management exercise’

Indicting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA regime for treating foreign policy as an event management exercise, the Janata Dal (United) on Saturday said the Centre pursued their membership in the NSG elite group with inadequate backroom diplomacy and lack of preparation.”I think foreign policy is a matter of national consensus, so we should not try to see it in partisan political terms. But I do believe that the manner in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and this government pursued their membership of NSG showed lack of preparation, inadequate backroom diplomacy and too much hype in terms of possible results,” JD (U) leader Pavan Verma said. Verma further said that the main problem with the NDA Government is that they fail to realize that foreign policy is a calibrated, quiet and strategic doctrine and not an event management exercise.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yesterday, China said that the NSG will not discuss the membership bid, adding that New Delhi will first have to sign the NPT, as it is a must and a major criteria set up by the NSG. Earlier, highly placed sources told ANI that China is not the sole opponent to India’s member ship to the NSG, but Brazil, Austria, Ireland, Turkey and New Zealand too have opposed India’s entry, citing it’s not being a signatory of the NPT for nuclear weapons and weapons technology.Meanwhile, on a day on mixed developments for India Canada and Braxil have extended their complete support to New Delhi. According to sources, Brazil supported India’s bid but called for a common criteria for all non-NPT states. Brazil also said that India has by far a better nuclear proliferation record than Pakistan. However, in a complete shocker, Switzerland, who had earlier extended its complete support, has now opposed New Delhi’s bid citing it being a non NPT state.This comes as a jolt for India as earlier, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Switzerland, the European nation had extended its complete support.

Ajit Jogi names new political outfit

Former Congress leader Ajit Jogi on Tuesday formally named his new party as ‘Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (Jogi)’ even as he slammed the ruling BJP government for “lacking in vision” to take the state forward.The announcement was made by the seasoned politician at Thathapur village in Kawardha district, the home turf of Chief Minister Raman Singh. “After addressing a public meeting there, he formally launched his new regional party in the state,” said Jogi’s son Amit Jogi, a sitting MLA from Marwahi constituency in Bilaspur district. Jogi, who has been in sulk since his son Amit Jogi was expelled by Congress in January after his name figured in alleged fixing of an Assembly bypoll in BJP’s favour, resigned from the party last week, days after accusing it of working as the “B team” of ruling BJP.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress had dubbed Jogi’s exit as a “good riddance”. “After the declaration to float the new party at Kotmi village in Marwahi on June 6 there was a sense of excitement among the people of the state to know the name of this outfit which will be ‘Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (Jogi),” Amit said. The announcement of the new party’s name was made in a unique style.”The party’s name was first whispered into ear of a girl who was present at the public meeting and she then wrote the title on a blackboard,” he said. Addressing the gathering, Jogi senior targeted the Raman Singh government, saying the people want change and “it is my responsibility to cherish life of the people of Chhattisgarh”. “The ruling BJP in Chhattisgarh does not have any vision for the state. It is largely dependent on Delhi for taking decisions in the interest of the state. The common man is still lagging behind in this mineral and iron ore-rich state,” he said.Ajit Jogi, the first CM of Chhattisgarh after it was carved out of Madhya Pradesh, said his outfit will transform this system and work for the growth and welfare of each and every section of society.Meanwhile, Congress also held a division-level public meeting in Marwahi, the home turf of Jogis.