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AAP’s sit-in protest enters day 3, Manish Sisodia begins indefinite fast

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New Delhi, June 13: In a high voltage political drama, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues continue to stage a sit-in protest at Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s office for the third straight day on Wednesday.

To press demands, After Satyendra Jain, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia began an indefinite hunger strike.

Kejriwal, Sisodia, Jain and Gopal Rai has been camping in the Raj Niwas since Monday evening.

The Delhi Chief Minister stated he and his ministers would not leave Baijal’s office until their demands were met.

The demands include a direction to IAS officers working in the Delhi administration to end their “strike”, action against officers who have struck work for “four months” and a nod to his government’s proposal for doorstep delivery of ration.

However, All the four ministers were active on social media.

On Wednesday morning, Kejriwal tweeted that his “struggle” was on.

“Good Morning to all Delhites. The struggle is on to remove all the hurdles before the developmental works of Delhi. Our willpower is our strength,” he said.

Sisodia in a tweet said it was their third day in the LG’s office and “he did not have time to order the IAS officers to end their strike… This shows that the strike is being held on LG’s order”.

“To ensure the rights of the Delhites and to re-start their work, I am going on an indefinite hunger strike. Our willpower and the trust of people is our strength,” Sisodia tweeted.

Aam Aadmi Party MLAs and workers on Wednesday will march to Raj Niwas to protest against the bureaucratic crisis in Delhi. The AAP leaders also exhorted the common people through video messages to join the protest march.

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Financial experts of Modi government are completely fed up: Congress

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New Delhi, June 20: Reacting to  Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian’s decision to quit his post, the Congress took a swipe at the Centre, saying financial experts of the government were completely fed up by its “colossal economic mismanagement”.

“Financial experts of Modi government are completely fed up by its colossal economic mismanagement, tepid economic reforms and financial anarchy. CEA Arvind Subramanian’s resignation, after the stepping down of Niti Aayog’s Arvind Panagriya and RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, comes as no suprise,” Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted.

Earlier in a day, Union Minister Arun Jaitley took Facebook to inform that Subramanian’s term would not be extended as he wants to go back to the US due to family commitments. Subramanian had joined as the CEA on October 16, 2014 for a period of three years.

Subramanian, a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, was appointed as India’s Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) in October 2014.

His term was for three years, which was to end on October 16, 2017. He had got an extension of one year in September last year.

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Modi government cheated farmers on MSP to gain votes: Congress

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New Delhi, June 20: The Congress on Wednesday hit out at the Modi government over a range of farmer-related issues including “defrauding” peasants by giving them a false promise of paying 50 per cent extra for their crop above the minimum mandated by the centre. 

Targeting government, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a tweet, that it “sowed lies” which it “nurtured with rhetoric” only to “reap votes”.

Surjewala’s tweets were posted as an attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the day he interacted with farmers.

Modi interacted with select farmers across the country through “Narendra Modi App” during which he asked them about their success stories of increase in production and income.

The Congress accused the Centre of reducing expenditure on agriculture and allowing private firms to increase their profits through income from insurance premium and import from foreign countries.

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Swami Akhileshwaranand appeals for state cow ministry

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Bhopal, June 20: Following his elevation to the rank of a cabinet minister in the Madhya Pradesh (MP) government, Swami Akhileshwaranand on Wednesday requested Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to constitute a cow ministry in the state.

Akhileshwaranand was of the opinion that if there could be a cow secretariat in Rajasthan, a ministry for happiness in Madhya Pradesh, then a cow ministry should be formed in the state for the welfare of the state.

The newly appointed minister stated that the formation of the ministry will attract even more budget into the state and that he wanted the cow to be removed from the category of animal.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Akhileshwaranand said that he had previously spoken to Chief Minister Chouhan on this regard.

“He (the chief minister) told me that he will restore all the cow-houses, and there will be no shortage of funds, there just needs to be the willpower and commitment towards the cause. Now I am even more hopeful as he was made the chairman of National Agriculture and MGNREGA committee,” the minister said.

“The state gets 15000 Cr under the scheme. I asked them how much they spend, they told me they could hardly spend half of it. So I asked them why was there this lapse, you are a part of the Cow Protection Board, provide me with a budget of 1000 Cr, I have a strong willpower for my cause, they told me I was not making any unconstitutional demand, they will back me,” he added.

Last week, the MP government had elevated Akhileshwaranand, formerly the state’s Cow Protection Board chairperson, to the rank of a Cabinet minister.

Earlier he was granted Minister of State (MoS) rank.

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