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  • Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind to be NDA's presidential candidate: Amit Shah

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     New Delhi: Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind will be NDA nominee for Presidential election, addressing a press conference in New Delhi, BJP chief Amit Shah announced his name. 

  • Cong: Asking jobless youth to sell pakodas is a shame on BJP


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    The Congress on Tuesday slammed Bhartiya Janata Parti national chief Amit Shah over his statement in his speech at Rajya Sabha on Pakoda sellers.

    “It is so disgraceful to learn that the unemployed youth of our country, who are extremely talented and decently educated are being asked to sell pakodas by our ruling party,” Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan said.

    “No one has gone to such depth in making this despicable and disgraceful remark,” he further added.

    Ranjan also hit out at Shah's statement that the GST was brought after all parties' consensus.

    "The fact that he has to give a justification is proof enough that he realizes he made a mistake. GST was Congress' proposal but we wanted to implement 14.5 percent and BJP took it to 28 percent. With the labour cost added, it increases to as high as 46 percent," he said.

    Congress leader Nasir Hussain also criticised Shah for including "vendors as jobs creation by their government."

    "Post GST and demonetisation, the employment has come down, so now they feel that even selling pakodas, rolling bidis, rolling incense sticks," Hussain added.

    Terming the GST a scheme to loot people, Hussain further said, "People of this country have realized what demonetisation and GST have done to them. This is why they (BJP) had come very close to getting defeated in Gujarat and they lost all the by-elections from Rajasthan to West Bengal."

    In his maiden speech at the Upper House on Monday, Shah hit back at former finance minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram for comparing pakora seller to a beggar, and said it was better to sell 'pakodas' than stay unemployed.

    In defence of the GST launched by the NDA government, Shah stated that the taxation system was implemented after everyone's consensus.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Don’t teach us ‘democracy’: PM slammed Cong

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    The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday slammed the oppositions in Lok Sabha by accusing them for dividing the country.

    The PM was reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Lok Sabha.

    Amid chants from the opposition, ‘stop giving false hopes, stop giving false speech’, PM also said, addressing Congress and the glorification of the Gandhi parivar “Despite you have divided Bharat Mata, we stood by you. You have ruled when you had almost no one as opposition to fight with.

    Adding further to it, he also said that “You spent your entire time to glorify one family. You spent your entire energy to make the country remember just Gandhi family. If your intentions were pure and right, this country would have been much ahead of where it is now." 

    “Democracy was never Congress or Nehru's charity. Rather it's in our blood, our culture," PM stated.

    He also said “Look who is talking about democracy? Your PM Rajiv Gandhi had humiliated a Dali CM of your own party. Please don't teach us lessons on democracy."

    In a direct attack to Congress party, PM also raised his voice and said that had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been our first Prime Minister, ‘entire Kashmir would have been ours.’

    The BJP has issued a whip asking its members to be present in the House today and tomorrow, as the government may introduce some important bill on Thursday in the Lok Sabha where the ruling NDA has a big majority. 

    The debate on the motion of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session began Tuesday. It was initiated by the BJP's chief whip Rakesh Singh.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Himanta backs Priyanka's Assam calendar controversy, says Cong seeking cheap publicity


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    State Tourism Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma came to actress Priyanka Chopra’s rescue right after the opposition Congress legislators in the Assam Legislative Assembly asked for the removal of actress Priyanka Chopra as the brand ambassador of Assam tourism.

    He also said that Congress is trying to get cheap publicity by doing this in the area.

    Congress legislators, including Nandita Das and Rupjyoti Kurmi, have very recently pointed out during an ongoing session of the Assam legislative assembly to a photograph of the Bollywood star in 'minimal clothes' as featured in a calendar of the Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) and asked Priyanka’s removal as the ambassador of Assam tourism.

    The Congress legislators also showed a copy of the ATDC calendar where Priyanka was seen wearing a frock and not the traditional dress of Assam — mekhela chador.

    "A section of Congress legislators in Assam are trying to get cheap publicity out of the issue. When we receive felicitation in some stage do we go wearing dhoti, the traditional dress of Assam or wearing pants and shirts? If someone comes to Assam from abroad will he be felicitated after wearing dhoti?," said Sarma while answering a journalist outside the House on Tuesday.

    Congress leader and Assam's Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia said that it would have been better if the brand ambassador had worn Assam's traditional dress during the photo-shoot for the calendar of ATDC. "I think that (wearing an Assamese traditional dress) would have been appropriate for the actor to promote the culture and tradition of Assam," he said.

    (With Agency Inputs)

  • K’taka to announce govt employees pay hike

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    Following the election year, Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah is likely to announce 25 to 30 per cent pay hike for its government employees and pensioners in the state budget next month.

  • NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind gets support of AIADMK & JD(U)


    New Delhi: NDA proposed Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind got a boost with the AIADMK (Amma) faction, led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami announced its support to him. 

  • Rahul Gandhi is now my boss too: Sonia

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    In an ongoing conversation with the party workers, former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi is her boss too and that there should be no doubt about that.

    Addressing a Congress Parliamentary Party meeting, Sonia said: "We have a new Congress president and on your behalf and my own I wish him all the best. He is now my boss too. Let there be no doubt about that."

    She has been the party president for 19 years before Rahul Gandhi took over the respnsibility from her. She remains the chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party.

    In the same meet where Gandhi made clear her position in the party, she also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that his government indulges in 'maximum publicity, minimum government' and 'maximum marketing, minimum delivery'.

    Launching an all-out attack on the BJP and the Modi government, Sonia Gandhi today said she would work with like-minded political parties to ensure its defeat in the next general elections.

    She also accused NDA government at the centre of polarising communities to milk out electoral benefit in poll-bound states. "Violence against minorities, Dalits not sporadic but orchestrated to polarise society for narrow political gains: Sonia Gandhi. I will work with like-minded parties to defeat BJP so India restore to democratic, inclusive, secular, tolerant and economically progressive path."

    Talking about the party's performance in the recently held elections, she said that there has been improvement and "winds of change are coming".

    "We performed very creditably under tough circumstances in Gujarat &recent by-election results in Rajasthan were huge. This shows winds of change are coming. I am sure Karnataka too will underline resurgence of Congress."

    (With Agency Inputs)

  • Rahul’s row over seat: He is not a VVIP, says BJP

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    BJP national spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao hit back at Congress over their objection on its President Rahul Gandhi’s allotted 6th row seat at the R-day parade, saying that he is not a super VVIP who should be put ahead everyone else.

  • Shiv Sena to make a world record, believes Congress MLA

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    NEW DELHI: Nitesh Narayan Rane, a Congress MLA took a dig at  Uddhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena chief, when he wrote a letter to Guinness World Record. Rane requested the Guinness World Record to register a record in Shiv Sena's name for its numerous empty promises to withdraw support from the government of Maharashtra.

  • State BJP prepared for mid term elections: Devender Fadnavis


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    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is prepared for mid-term polls.

    Responding to the reports of speculations that mid-term polls could take place in state following farmers' stir for loan waiver, the chief minister said if someone wants to impel the BJP to go for mid-term polls, he is confident that the BJP will be able to form the government again. 

    Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had recently said that if the government does not implement the provisions of loan waiver by next month, the party could withdraw support to the state government.

    Buoyed by the BJP's success in the recently held Maharashtra local governing bodies' polls, Fadnavis said that the success was unprecedented and no other party achieved such success. 

    Even the Congress-NCP couldn't attend the success even during their hay days. 

    So, people believe in the government. 

    The Fadnavis government had announced the long-standing demand of the farm loan waiver just last Sunday.