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BJP, Congress try to cobble up numbers in Goa

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Panaji, March 12 : Even as the Congress and the BJP started hectic parleys with regional groups and independents in a bid to form a government in Goa, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday told Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar not to “fish” in the state’s troubled waters.

Singh, who is expected to oversee a meeting of newly elected Congress legislators and finalise an alliance before submitting a list of MLAs to Governor Mridular Sinha, also said that the Congress will not compromise on core issues while making a bid for power.

“My sympathies for Manohar Parrikar. But give him credit for his never say die spirit. In spite of losing badly he is still fishing in troubled waters! Come on Parrikarji, now relax in Delhi and prove to be a good Defence Minister. Who knows if you play your cards well, you may replace Modi!” Digvijaya said on his Facebook account.

“As we have a fractured mandate we are seeking support from all non-BJP MLAs without compromising on core promises made in our manifesto. We have learnt our lesson: corruption shall not be tolerated.

“We shall sincerely work for Goa and Goans. The Congress should also understand that the people of Goa have given us the last chance to perform or else perish. May God help us,” Singh added.

The Congress has emerged as the single largest party with 17 seats in the 40-member house and is expected to stake claim to form a government by Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, the BJP is also in a huddle with its MLAs in Panaji at which Parrikar and union minister Nitin Gadkari are present along with caretaker Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

The BJP, which won 13 seats in the February 4 election, needs the support of eight legislators to hit the simple majority mark.

“We are in touch with all the regional parties and independent candidates. We are confident of getting the numbers. MGP (Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party), which has three MLAs, has already been a part of our coalition while a senior Goa Forward leader has already said he prefers the Chief Ministership of Parrikar,” a BJP leader told IANS.

While the Congress and BJP have accounted for a bulk of the seats, Goa Forward and the MGP, both regional parties, have won three seats each. Three independents were also elected.

The NCP, wiped out in 2012, won one seat, with former Chief Minister Churchill Alemao bagging south Goa’s Benaulim constituency.

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Keeping out of RECP ‘backward leap’ for India: Anand Sharma

However, the Congress had raised concern over joining the RCEP, set to become the world’s largest trading body of 15 nations in the Asia-Pacific region.

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New Delhi: India’s decision to stay out of the transnational economic grouping RECP was “ill-advised” and a “backward” step, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said on Tuesday.

“India’s decision of not joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is unfortunate and ill-advised. It is in India’s strategic and economic interests to be a part of the process of Asia-Pacific integration.

“Withdrawal has negated years of persuasive negotiations for India to be accepted as part of RCEP. We could have negotiated safeguards to protect our interests. Keeping out of the RCEP is a backward leap,” said Sharma, who was Commerce Minister in the UPA government.

Sharma’s statement comes after former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram criticised the Modi’s government stand on RCEP but said that he will reserve his decision till the Congress takes official position on the issue.

Chidambaram had also expressed his dismay over the speech by Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar on Monday, where he railed against trade agreements and praised the virtues of protectionism.

“Mr Jaishankar is speaking in the language and in the words that I heard in the 1970s and 1980s,” Chidambaram said.

“There are pros and cons to India joining the RCEP. But the debate has never taken place in Parliament or among the people or involving the opposition parties. It is another bad example of a centralised decision-making unacceptable in a democracy,” he added.

However, the Congress had raised concern over joining the RCEP, set to become the world’s largest trading body of 15 nations in the Asia-Pacific region.

After eight years of hard negotiations, the ASEAN nations (comprising Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) signed the trade pact with five FTA partners — China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand — on Sunday.

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ARNAB GOSWAMI MOVES SUPREME COURT CHALLENGING BOMBAY HIGH COURT ORDER DENYING INTERIM BAIL

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Republic TV Editor-in-Chief, Arnab Goswami has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court order of November 9 declining him interim bail in the case of abetment to suicide of interior designer, Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik.

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The application filed through Advocate-on-Record Nirnimesh Dube comes on a day when Alibaug Sessions Court is hearing the revision application filed by Raigad Police seeking police custody of Goswami who is currently lodged in Taloja jail.

The High Court in its November 9 order had noted that Goswami has a remedy under law to approach the sessions court concerned and seek regular bail.

The High Court was hearing petitions filed by Goswami and two other accused Feroze Shaikh and Nitish Sarda challenging their arrest in the case and seeking interim bail.

Relative of Feroze Shaikh, Parveen Shaikh has also moved the Supreme Court seeking bail for the accused.

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Bombay High Court held that no case was made out for Goswami’s release under its extraordinary writ jurisdiction, thereby rejecting the interim application moved by the Republic TV Editor-in-Chief.

A Division Bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik also clarified that the remedy to apply for regular bail under Section 439 of the Code of Criminal procedure shall remain unaffected.,

“Petitioner has an alternate and efficacious remedy under section 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to apply for regular bail. At the time of concluding the hearing of Applications, we had made it clear that if the petitioner, if so advised, to apply for regular bail under section 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure before the concerned Court, then, in that case, we have directed the concerned Court to decide the said application within four days from filing of the same.”

Goswami has been in judicial custody since November 4 following his arrest in relation to 2018 case which was initially closed in 2019 before it was re-opened in 2020 based on a representation made by Naik’s daughter, Adnya Naik to the State Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh.

Goswami had sought interim bail on the ground that his detention was illegal.

The court refused to express their opinions on the merits of the case and the arrest stating that the prayers pertaining to these aspects will be considered when the main plea to quash the FIR is considered in December.

The High Court also clarified that the observations they had made in the order are prima facie in nature and confined to the adjudication of the interim application for bail.

Goswami was arrested on the morning of November 4 from his residence in Mumbai, Goswami and was taken to Alibaug, where the Chief Judicial Magistrate refused to remand him in police custody. Naik and his mother had committed suicide at their farm house in Alibaug.

The magistrate’s court remanded Goswami and two others who were named in Naik;s suicide note to judicial custody till November 18.

Goswami was initially kept at a local school which has been designated as a COVID-19 centre for the Alibaug prison.

On Sunday, he was shifted to the Taloja jail in Raigad district after he was allegedly found using a mobile phone while in judicial custody.

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Over 92K new corona cases in India, total over 54-lakh mark

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With another significant single-day spike of 92,605 coronavirus cases, India’s total tally on Sunday breached the 54-lakh mark to reach 54,00,620 cases even as 1,133 more COVID-19 deaths were recorded in 24 hours.

Of the total cases, 10,10,824 are still active, 43,03,043 patients cured and discharged, whereas another 86,752 lost the battle against the viral disease.

While the recovery rate stands at 79.68 per cent, the fatality rate has come down to 1.61 per cent, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state with 11,89,815 cases, including 32,216 deaths, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research data, India conducted 12,06,806 sample tests in a single day on Saturday, taking the total samples tested so far to 6,36,61,060.

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