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44 Gujarat MLAs return from Karnataka, Patel will meet in the evening



Ahmed Patel

Ahmedabad, Aug 7 : Expressing confidence of winning the upcoming Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, the Congress senior leader on Monday said that We are confident of victory, all MLAs are with us. Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala alleged that the Central government was indulging in vendetta politics but will not succeed.

“Let the BJP use all kind of cheap tactics, let them do how much ever political conspiracies they want to, they will never be successful. They can never get majority from the people. Therefore in both Rajya Sabha and in Gujarat’s Vidhan Sabha Congress will win and that is why t he BJP is panicking. All political parties along with NCP will support congress and Ahmed Patel will win,”  Surjewala added.

Forty-four Congress MLAs from Gujarat, who were flown to Karnataka to prevent “poaching” by the BJP ahead of Tuesday’s Rajya Sabha elections, returned to the state on Monday, officials said.

The MLAs were moved to a private resort near Bengaluru on July 29 following the resignation of six Congress legislators.

Of the 57 party legislators in the 182-member Gujarat assembly, the six quit the party on July 26 and three of them joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on July 28. Of the BJP’s remaining 51 MLAs, seven did not join those who came to Bengaluru.

The 44 MLAs are being lodged at the Nijanand Resort near Anand. Their family members will visit the resort for the Raksha Bandhan festival on Monday.

On Tuesday, the legislators will directly go to state capital Gandhinagar to vote for the party’s Rajya Sabha nominee Ahmed Patel.

Patel, political secretary to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, is seeking a fifth consecutive term.

Karnataka Minister D.K. Shivakumar was at the airport when the Congress legislatorstook a budget carrier after a week-long stay at a private resort near here.

“As all of us are united. The BJP cannot threaten any of our MLAs. Horse trading is not possible with those who are with us,” party’s lawmaker Shaktisinh Gohil told reporters outside the airport before leaving for Ahmedabad.

During the legislators’ stay in the Eagleton Golf Resort at Bidadi, about 40 km from Bengaluru, the Income Tax Department raided a deluxe suite where Shivakumar was staying as their host, in connection with the alleged tax evasion and amassing of wealth or assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The officials did not raid the Gujarat MLAs but whisked away Shivakumar to his bungalow in the city for questioning him following the seizure of documents, cash, jewellery and property records made in his house.

Searches and seizures were also conducted at the Energy Minister’s house at Kanakapura and his rented apartment in New Delhi, at the residences of his brother D.K. Suresh at Ramanagara in the adjacent Bengaluru Rural district, and his relatives and friends at Mysuru and Hassan in the state till August 6.

(Input from IANS)


BJP, EC delayed AAP MLAs disqualification to help them: Congress 



Ajay Maken
Ajay Maken, Delhi Congress President (File Photo)

New Delhi, Jan 21: The Congress on Sunday accused the BJP and the Election Commission for delaying the disqualification of 20 MLAs of Delhi’s ruling AAP in the office of profit case to help it get its nominees elected to the Rajya Sabha.

“The Election Commission and the BJP delayed the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs to help them.

“If decision would have come before December 22, then these 20 MLAs would have been disqualified. And thus they could not have voted in the Rajya Sabha election,” Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken told media persons here soon after President Ram Nath Kovind approved the disqualification.

Hitting out at the AAP and the BJP, the former Union Minister alleged: “There was a deal between them that is the reason why their disqualification was delayed by over a month.

“On December 22, the Election Commission announced polls for three Rajya Sabha polls. And the poll panel only sent its recommendations to disqualify the 20 AAP MLAs to the President on January 19,” he said, asking what had transpired between the BJP, AAP and the EC in this period.

Slamming Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for saying that they were not given proper hearing by the poll panel, Maken said: “The EC gave them 11 hearings. Even the High Court asked them to go to the EC instead of wasting their time in the court.”

He also accused the AAP convenor for creating 21 new Parliamentary Secretaries post against seven as per the Constitution, alleging that it was only done “to benefit” the party legislators, as they also attended meetings on behalf of the ministers.

Maken, who had also moved a petition before the EC for their disqualification, also said that the Parliamentary Secretaries enjoyed all facilities of the government and he has given all the details of their expenditure.

The Congress leader also demanded Kejriwal’s resignation saying that he has “no moral right to continue as the Chief Minister”.


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Delhi MLAs disqualification ‘Tughlaqshahi’, says Yashwant Sinha



Senior BJP Leader, Yashwant Sinha (File Photo)

New Delhi, Jan 21: Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Sunday termed President Ram Nath Kovind’s approval of Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs as “Tughlaqshahi” (arbitrary).

“President’s order disqualifying the 20 AAP MLAs is complete miscarriage of natural justice. No hearing, no waiting for High Court’s order. It is Tughluqshahi (Tughlaqshahi) of the worst order,” he tweeted.

Following Kovind’s approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) act.

The Election Commission had on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries. It gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

The application by Patel said 21 AAP MLAs, including Jarnail Singh (Rajouri Garden) who resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls last year, were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers in the Delhi government in violation of the Constitution.


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Chidambaram slams Modi Govt. over diesel prices, says it is ‘anti-consumers’



P Chidambaram
Former Finance Minister, P Chidambaram(File Photo)

Former finance minister and senior Congress leader on Sunday slammed the central government over the increasing prices of Petrol and Diesel.

In a series of tweets, the Chidambaram stated that BJP government is anti-consumer. The leader while citing the ONGC’s step-top buy 51.1 per cent stake in HPCL said that it will not help in countering fiscal deficit.

The leader said, “Govt cuts borrowing by Rs 30,000 crore, but ONGC will borrow Rs 30,000 crore to pay govt for HPCL shares. It has the same effect.”

He added that Petrol and Diesel’s prices have hit the roof and the Government continues to squeeze the consumers which are absolutely anti-consumer. “Government has reaped a windfall through massive taxation of Petrol and Diesel. And the money was squandered on wasteful expenditure” he added.

He also questioned that why BJP is not bringing Petrol and Diesel under GST and give relief to consumers?




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