Parikar

Parrikar presents budget in state assembly

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Hours later, when Goa Chief Minsiter Manohar Parrikar, on Thursday got discharged from Mumbai's Lilavati hospital, tabled the budget in the state assembly.

Parrikar was facing a serious ailment of pancreatitis for which he was being treated in Mumbai since February 15.

The Budget session of the Goa Legislative Assembly, which began on February 19, saw an unexpected delay in wake of Parrikar's pancreatitis illness.

Speaker Pramod Sawant, who chaired a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC), after Governor Mridula Sinha addressed the House, however had indicated earlier that the Budget would be presented on the last day of the session i.e. February 22.

(With Agency Inputs)

BS Yediruppa

After Bringing ‘Bachha’ will win more than 150 seats: B. S. Yeddyurappa

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An election in Karnataka, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President of state B. S. Yeddyurappa, identified Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi as ‘Bachha’ on Wednesday and said that it would be easy now to defeat the ruling party from the state.

Former Chief Minister of State and BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Karanataka assembly election Mr. Yeddyurappa declared that his party now would win more than 150 seats in the state.

“By bringing that Bachha ‘Kid’ (Rahul Gandhi) in Karnataka, we now ensure that we will win more than 150 seats here,” Yeddyurappa said at a BJP social media conclave.

Previously, the Karnataka BJP chief had called Rahul Gandhi an ‘election Hindu’. Commenting on Rahul Gandhi’s religion, B. S. Yeddyurappa took to his Twitter account and in a ‘welcome’ message for Rahul Gandhi, he had said, “I heartily welcome #ElectionHindu Rahul Gandhi to Ballari.”

(With Agency Inputs)

Raje

Raj CM withdraws bill to protect judges, public servants

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Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje has decided to withdraw a controversial bill that sought to protect current serving and former judges after the protest.

The bill also included magistrates and public servants in the state from being investigated for on-duty action without its prior sanction. 

The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, promulgated on September 7, also sought to bar the media from reporting on accusations till the sanction to proceed with the probe is obtained. However after protests by the Opposition, journalists and lawyers, the Bill was later referred to a select committee in the Assembly.

In December, the ordinance lapsed as it couldn't be presented to the House on time.

As per the media reports, “We sent the Bill to the select committee, we let the ordinance lapse and today it is not law, what should we withdraw? But we are still withdrawing it,” Raje  replied to the Budget debate in the Assembly.

Under its provisions, the media could not report on the accusation against such a person till the prosecution was given the go-ahead from the sanctioning authority.

Recently, the government had granted the select committee more time to submit its report on the Bill. On February 5, home minister Gulab Chand Kataria had moved a proposal to this effect in the House on the first day of the Budget session, which the Opposition had opposed, added the report.

State Congress President Sachin Pilot said the bill should have been withdrawn “a long time ago”. “Rajasthan’s image has gone down because of the stubborn attitude of this government in not shelving the bill immediately after the ordinance lapsed,” Pilot said after the announcement.

(With agency inputs)

Kamlesh Paswas

FIR lodged against BJP MP

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On the charge of grabbing a piece of land in Rustampur area in Gorakhpur, police as lodged an FIR against BJP MP Bansgaon Kamlesh Paswan today, police said today.

According to police, on the basis of a strong source, police has registered an FIR against Paswan . However no arrests have been made till now, hinting that his arrest would be pondered over after the inquiry.

(With Agency Inputs)

Congs Attack

Cong attacked PM for PNB scam

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Congress leveled up with another salvo on Centre over the PNB fraud allegedly involving designer jeweller Nirav Modi, saying the country's "biggest bank loot scam" is pegged far bigger at Rs 21,306 crore with fresh revelations.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi fired yet pointed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Nirav Modi fleeing the country. Taking to Twitter, he posted, "The scamster's escape formula: La(Mo) + Ni(Mo) ---(with) Na(Mo)---> Bha(Go)", while using the hashtag "#ModiRobsIndia".

The opposition party hit out at the PM for his "silence" on the issue, alleging that he did not act on the scam even after his office was informed about it by one Vaibhav Khuraniya on May 7, 2015.

Releasing letters purportedly written to various agencies in this regard, Congress communications incharge Randeep Surjewala asked why the BJP and government were silent on the issue and how accused Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi were "allowed" to escape.

"India's biggest 'bank loot scam' has got bigger over the last 24 hours to Rs 21,306 crore as layers of the conspiracy got unearthed by the hour," he told reporters.

(With agency inputs)