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BJP most welcome to make revelations, says Sonia on VVIP chopper deal

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Accepting the challenge from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on fresh revelations pertaining to the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said “they are most welcome” to present it.

On being told that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to come up with new revelations on AgustaWestland deal, Gandhi said: “They are most welcome.”

Defence Minister Manohor Parrikar will make a statement in the Rajya Sabha at 2 p.m. on Wednesday during a debate on AgustaWestland issue.

The Congress went into a huddle on Tuesday to chalk out a strategy ahead of the defence minister’s statement.

Senior Congress leaders went to Sonia Gandhi’s residence in the evening to discuss how to counter the BJP in parliament on the issue.

Read More: Parliament Live: Kirit Somaiya demands Rahul Gandhi to come clean on Emaar MGF issue

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Vasundhara Raje Govt orders Deendayal Upadhyay logo on letter pads

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Jaipur, Dec 15: The Rajasthan government has issued a notice, directing all government departments, municipal corporations, boards and self-governance organisations in state to use the logo (picture) of Deendayal Upadhyay on letter pads.

As per the, dated December 11 and signed by the principal secretary of the state general administration department, the change has to be implemented as soon as possible.

“Appropriate stickers of the size of the logo of Pandit Deendayal Upadhay should be put on existing letter pads and for the letter pads that will be printed in the future, it should be ensured that the logo is inserted in them.” the IndianExpress quoted citing the notice reads.

The circular has been sent to all respective government officials including the additional chief secretaries, principal secretaries, secretaries and departmental heads, including divisional commissioners and district magistrates.

“Yes, the order was issued a couple of days ago and each of the departments will print its own stationary with the logo of Upadhyay,” stated Shakti Singh Rathore, joint secretary to government, administrative reforms department.

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‘My role is to retire now,’ says Sonia Gandhi

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Before the winter session of Parliament and a day before Rahul Gandhi will formally be made the President of Congress, senior leader and acting party president, Sonia Gandhi indicated to reporters that she may be retiring from the politics.

She also informed media that Rahul Gandhi has been taking all the decisions for the party for last 3 years.

Rahul Gandhi has been appointed the President of Congress party, he would formally took on the post on 16th December two days ahead of Gujarat election results.

Sonia Gandhi has been the president of Congress party for last 19 years. She was appointed on the post of Congress president in 1998.

However on her announcement Congress party’s spokesperson Randeep Surjewala has said, Smt. Sonia Gandhi has retired as President of Indian National Congress and not from politics. Her blessings, wisdom and innate commitment to Congress ideology shall always be our guiding light.”

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Bank NPAs increased under Modi government: Congress

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New Delhi, Dec 14 : The Congress on Thursday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his charge that banks were forced to give loans to select industrialists during UPA rule, saying bad loans increased in his regime.

The Congress also demanded a probe by independent agencies into the issue.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) Modiji said that NPA is the biggest scam. We agree with it but we want to know who gave birth to it,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters here.

Attacking the Modi government, Surjewala said: “When the Congress lost power in 2014, as per the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), gross NPA of public sector banks in 2013-14 was Rs 2,27,264 crore.

“And as per PIB (Press Information Bureau) press release dated October 24, 2017, this has increased in June 2017 to Rs 7,33,137 crore,” he said. “The NPA in 42 months of Modi government increased by Rs 5,05,873 crore.”

He said the gross NPAs of scheduled commercial banks in 2013-14 was Rs 2,63,372 crore.

“And as per the rating agency CARE, gross NPAs of scheduled commercial banks has increased to Rs 8,29,338 crore. Thus, in 42 months of Modi government, it has increased by 5,65,966 crore,” he said.

Surjewala also said that under Modi government, a total of Rs 1,88,287 crore loans of the industrialists were waived off.

“In 2014-15, the NDA government waived loans of Rs 49,018 crore, in 2015-16 it waived off Rs 57,586 crore of loans and in 2016-17 it waived off Rs 81,683 crore loans of industrialists,” he said.

“If he described NPA as the biggest scam, he should then answer why is such a big scam happening under his nose?” the Congress leader asked.

“The Prime Minister must also tell as to why has his government waived loans of wilful defaulters worth Rs 1,88,287 crore in the last three years?”

He dared the government to order a probe by independent agencies into the same.

On Wednesday, Modi attacked his predecessor Manmohan Singh and the UPA government, saying some of its “people” had forced banks to lend to some industrialists, which he described as the “biggest scam”, bigger than the 2G, coal and Commonwealth Games scams.

The prime minister’s ‘antics’ are destroying democratic processes, he added.The Prime Minister is going against democratic processes, Surjewala says.

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