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75,000 Indian businessmen turned NRIs post demonetisation, says Mamata



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Kolkata, Nov 8: On the first anniversary of demonetisation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that around 75,000 Indian industrialists have left the country and turned NRIs after note ban due to harassment and recession, leading to a Rs 7 lakh crore loss for the exchequer.

“About 75,000 Indian industrialists have left the country and became NRIs, after witnessing harassment and recession. They could not take in the torture and mental agony”, Mamata said.

“Even if I consider they have invested between Rs 50 crore to Rs 500 crore, then that means more than Rs 7 lakh crore has already gone out of the country,” she added.

Taking a potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had promised to bring back black money from Indians living in abroad, Banerjee stated : “Instead of bringing black money, it is our money that has gone out of the country.

She also sought probe into why the government favoured the digital payments solutions app Paytm Mall, which is supported by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba was under investigation in China for “withholding information”.

“When the Chinese government itself is conducting investigation against Alibaba, because the company does not give full information, then why is it that in India, all business is going to them?”

“There must be some investigation. So long this ruing party (BJP) is in saddle at the centre, truth will not come out. But they are not going to be in power for ever. Then there will be inviesigation and the truth will be out in the public domain,” she said.

Hitting out at Modi’s decision of scrapping Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes from the November 8-9 midnight last year, Mamata asserted “More than 100 people died, 12,500 farmers committed suicide. Over 50 lakh people lost jobs. From textiles to the unorganised sector, all are suffering. No employment will be created for the next two years.

“It has been a bad decision for the country, politically and governance wise,” she further said.

Raising doubts about the BJP government’s intentions behind the note ban decision, Banerjee asked whether it was a planned exercise or “just a conspiracy to make black money white. Was it an innocent decision or a conspiracy?”

The Chief Minister argued that all the three benefits that Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of for undertaking the demonetisation move has proved null and void.

“They said demonetisation was a step against corruption. But all economists have said time and again that it is a bad move. He said it would end terrorism. But in Kashmir alone, terrorism has gone up by 38 per cent. There has been an 82 per cent increase in Maoist violence.

“As for the claims that the move will end black money and fake currency, we are all waiting for the Rs 15 lakh that would land in our pocket once the government gets black money hidden abroad back into the country. There has not even been an one per cent effect on circulation of fake currency.”

Not only this, Banerjee also targeted PM Modi for implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July, despite repeated pleas from the opposition to delay it.

“We asked them to wait and prepare that in a planned way and not to hurry. But they had to do it July itself. It seems they owe allegiance to some quarter”, she said.

Wefornews Bureau 


Narendra Modi should resign as PM : Kharge



Launching a blistering attack on Modi, senior Congress leader, Mallikarjun Kharge said that   Narendra Modi is not suitable for the Prime Minister’s post and therefore he should immediately resign and  appoint any cabinet minister as Prime Minister.

Launching a blistering attack on Modi, Mallikarjun Kharge, said “It’s my personal demand that he (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) is not suitable for the post and therefore he should immediately resign & appoint any cabinet minister as Prime Minister. He is morally not suitable for the post now.”

The claim by the former French president has given fresh ammunition to the Congress party, which has been mounting an attack on the government, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Modi.

The controversy over the ongoing Rafale deal took a new direction when former French president Francois Hollande said that Dassault Aviation was given no choice but to partner with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence for the offset clause in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

In an interview to a French media house, Hollande on a question about who selected Reliance as a partner and why, said it was the Indian government that proposed Reliance’s name and Dassault had no choice but to take the company given to it.

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Is Former French President lying or our PM, asks Owaisi on Rafale



New Delhi, Sep 22: All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi today asked Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to throw a light on who is lying over Rafale fighter jet deal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Former French President Francois Hollande. 

“People of India would like to know who is lying. Is the former French President Hollande lying or our PM is not saying the truth?, asked  Owaisi.

He further said, “We want the Defence Minister to throw light on this”.

In an article published by French journal Mediapart, Hollande said that the Indian government had proposed Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Defence ‘Dassault’ as a service provider for the Rafale deal.

With his remarks, the controversy over the ongoing Rafale deal took a new direction.

The deal to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from France was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 and signed in 2016.

Earlier, the UPA government was negotiating a deal to purchase 126 Rafale jets, with 18 to come in flyaway condition and 108 to be manufactured by HAL under licence.

The Modi government has repeatedly said it was Dassault that chose its India partner for offsets and that the government had no say in the deal.

While, the Congress has been alleging irregularities in the deal, saying the UPA had finalised the price of each aircraft at Rs. 590 crore in 2012, and the price increased by 1690 crores in 2015 under the BJP-led government


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Education system must be allowed to have its own voice: Rahul Gandhi



New Delhi, Sep 22: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that the Indian education system must be allowed to have its own voice and express its own opinion.

Addressing a gathering of academicians, Gandhi expressed his concern over the pressure and imposition of ideology on the professors.

Flagging concern over the pressure and imposition of ideology on academicians, Gandhi told the gathering “government has to move to see education as a central part of India’s strategic resource.

“I understand you feel under pressure,threat&that an ideology is being imposed on you and country of over a billion people can’t be run with one single idea”.

He further said “There are two visions of India. Our vision is India constitutes of people who live in it. The only way to understand India is talk to its people”.

There are two visions of India. Our vision is India constitutes of people who live in it. The only way to understand India is talk to its people:

Referring to BJP national chief Amit’s ‘golden bird’ remark, Gandhi stated “RSS view India as a product, how it is to be utilised and they decide on who utilises it”.

“What we are fighting is the attempted capture of this ‘golden bird’ by RSS. Education institutions, Supreme Court, ECI all these are systematically being captured”, he added.

Citing RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat speeches, Gandhi asserted ” Bhagwat said we are going to organise the nation”. Who is he to organise the nation? The nation will organise itself. In the next couple of months, their fantasy will be smashed”.

In his address, the Congress President also targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, “When Modi came to power, a person from Gujarat was chosen to head the SPG. In a short time, he left the position. He told me that he refused a list of SPG officers handpicked by RSS, and that is why he was sent home”.

The event is being held at Siri Fort auditorium in the national capital and several leading professors from across the country are present.


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