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Arun Shourie says ‘President’ Modi is running a one man show

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In an exclusive interview with India Today’s Karan Thapar, former Union Minister Arun Shourie said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is running a one-man “Presidential government” at the Centre.

Former Union minister Arun Shourie is upset with the performance of the Narendra Modigovernment which will complete two years in office next week. Shourie said PM Modi is running a one-man “Presidential government”.

While accepting that under Modi, corruption at the Centre had diminished or disappeared, Shourie stressed that nothing was ‘deliberately’ done in the states, citing Vyapam scandal in Madhya Pradesh, Lalit Modi episode and Saradha scam.

He compared Modi’s two years as prime minister “as a boxing match with everybody”. “This was a great opportunity completely missed”, Shourie said.

In an exclusive interview with India Today TV’s Karan Thapar, Shourie, who was Minister for Telecommunication and Information Technology in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet, criticised the Modi government’s handling of some of the raging controversies like the Agusta deal.

Shourie criticised the present BJP-led NDA regime for not appealing against the acquittal by the Italian trial court of Agusta’s two former chiefs Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini.

“It was like digging a mountain to find a mouse. But and invisible chuha (mouse),” the former minister said.

In the 40-minute interview, said that over the next three years he expected “a more systematic attempt to curb civil liberties” and an increase in “decentralised intimidation” besides “choking” of “inconvenient voices”.

This government is a Presidential government without checks and balances.

Modi’s two years as Prime Minister has been a boxing match with everybody. A great opportunity completely missed.

Imposition of President’s Rule in the two Congress-ruled states Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand was unconstitutional. The “deliberate” BJP policy of attracting and inviting defectors would “undermine” the party.

There is no consistency or logic to Modi’s Pakistan policy. The PM’s Pakistan policy has confused India. “We have made fools of ourselves in the eyes of Pakistan”.

Where is good governance? Don’t think individually, think of civilian, military relations in armed forces. Think of the way these paramilitary forces are trained.

Agree there is no corruption at the Centre but Modi government has failed to curb graft in states. What happened in Vyapam, PDS scam in Chhattisgarh? What happened to Lalit Modi? Nothing.

What happened to the Commonwealth Games loot? Is the government pursuing the case?

Why did the Modi government decide not to appeal against the acquittal by the Italian trial court of Agusta’s two former chiefs Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini? Modi government had two years to find new details in Agusta, but what it do?

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has not stated any new fact (in Agusta deal) which was not in public domain earlier.

Comparing Modi’s China policy to Jawaharlal Nehru’s, Shourie said,” Both men believed they could charm the dragon and both men turned out to be wrong.”

Modi is getting inputs from very few people and they are, additionally, the people he has chosen.

Source : India Today

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China must respect norms, use diplomacy to resolve border issue with India: Top US Congressman

Eliot L Engel, who heads the powerful House panel on Foreign affairs, said, “China is demonstrating once again that it is willing to bully its neighbours rather than resolve conflicts according to international law.”

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Washington, June 2 : The US censured China for resorting to aggression along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India and not resolving the conflict as per the international law.

In the first comments from Capitol Hill on the ongoing tension along the India-China border, a top US Congressman — who heads the powerful House panel on Foreign affairs — has expressed “concern”, called China a “bully”, and “strongly” urged China to “respect norms and use diplomacy” to resolve its border questions with India.

In a statement late on Monday night, US Congress’ House Committee chair Eliot L Engel said, “I am extremely concerned by the ongoing Chinese aggression along the Line of Actual Control on the India-China border.”

“China is demonstrating once again that it is willing to bully its neighbours rather than resolve conflicts according to international law. Countries must all abide by the same set of rules so that we don’t live in a world where “might makes right,” he said.

“I strongly urge China to respect norms and use diplomacy and existing mechanisms to resolve its border questions with India.”

Engel, an influential Democrat Congressman, has long been a supporter of India. However, External Affairs minister S Jaishankar had cancelled a meeting with Engel and other Congress members in Washington DC last December, over Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s inclusion into the delegation.

In July last year, after US President Donald Trump had falsely claimed that PM Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate on Kashmir, Engel had spoken with then Indian ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

“Engel reiterated his support for the longstanding US position on the Kashmir dispute, saying he supported dialogue between India and Pakistan, but reaffirmed that the dialogue’s pace and scope can only be determined by India and Pakistan,” he had said in a statement.

During the call, Engel “reaffirmed that in order for dialogue to be meaningful, Pakistan must first take concrete and irreversible steps to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure” on its soil, the statement had said.

Last week, on May 29, Trump had claimed that he spoke to PM Modi about the India-China border, but sources in New Delhi said there has been “no recent contact” between the two leaders and the last conversation took place almost two months ago, on April 4.

Trump had claimed that he had spoken to Modi, who was “not in a good mood” about what’s going on with China. The US President made those remarks in response to questions at the White House.

“They have a big conflict going with India and China. Two countries with 1.4 billion people. Two countries with very powerful militaries. And India is not happy, and probably China is not happy. But I can tell you, I did speak to Prime Minister Modi. He’s not — he’s not in a good mood about what’s going on with China,” the US President had said.

That had been the only comment so far from the US on the ongoing India-China border tension.

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Congress flays govt on MSP hike, demands further increase

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New Delhi, June 2 : A day after the central government announced increased MSP for Kharif crops, the opposition Congress on Tuesday flayed the move and claimed the farmers were being given too little and that input cost had not been taken into account for MSP calculation.

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Boycott, ban Chinese products in Goa: State BJP President

The state BJP chief also said that party workers and officials had been directed henceforth to address the media wearing India-made ”swadeshi” clothes only.

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Panaji, June 2 : Chinese products should be boycotted and banned in Goa, state BJP chief Sadanand Shet Tanavade said on Tuesday, urging people to buy and endorse India-made products only to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.

Addressing a press conference here at the Bharatiya Janata Party”s state headquarters, Tanavade also said, that China was indulging in ”masti”, but the Prime Minister has handled the situation adequately.

When asked if the BJP-led government in Goa should take cue and also wean off dependence on foreign, especially Chinese made articles and products, Tanavade said: “Such things cannot be done overnight, but we will succeed in the long run”.

The state BJP chief also said that party workers and officials had been directed henceforth to address the media wearing India-made ”swadeshi” clothes only.

Accusing China of unnecessary provocation, Tanavade said, that anger against India”s eastern neighbour had even irked young children in the country.

“Even children in India are angry with China over Covid. A father recently told me that his son had requested him not to buy Chinese products henceforth”, he added.

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