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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, deputy Sushil Modi tie rakhis to trees

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Patna, Aug 7: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi on Monday tied rakhis to trees here and urged people to protect the state’s green cover.

Clad in his usual white cotton kurta-pyjama, Nitish Kumar said: “It is a symbolism to protect trees to increase the green cover. It is important for the environment.”

He said from 2001 he has been tying rakhis to trees to spread the message. “In the last few years, Bihar’s green cover has increased. It is a positive change.”

The Chief Minister said people have to join hands for a new beginning to save the Earth and its inhabitants.

Nitish Kumar said his government had initiated the green drive to improve the state’s forest cover from nearly nine per cent to 17 per cent. Undivided Bihar had a forest cover of 17 per cent.

He reminded the people that Bihar had lost most of its green cover when Jharkhand was carved out of it in 2000. “We target 15 per cent green cover by the end of 2017.”

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi also tied a long cotton rakhi to the trunk of a tree in a garden here.

“All of us should plant at least one tree and protect it,” he said.

Many leaders from the ruling Janata Dal-United and its ally the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), government officials and school children also took part in the initiative.

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

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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

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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’

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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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