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Chidambaram attacks government on demonetisation

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New Delhi, Nov 8: Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday attacked the Modi government over demonetisation and questioned how it was being called an “ethical step” when jobs were destroyed and several businesses had closed down.

In a series of tweets, the former Finance Minister attacked the government decision of banning Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes exactly a year ago.

“FM (Finance Minister Arun Jaitley) says demonetisation was ‘ethical’. Was it ethical to heap misery on millions of people, especially 15 crore daily wage earners? Was it ethical to destroy 15 lakh regular jobs during Jan-April 2017?” Chidambaram said.

“Was it ethical to force thousands of micro and small businesses to close down? Was it ethical to damage vibrant industrial hubs like Surat, Bhiwandi, Moradabad, Agra, Ludhiana and Tiruppur?”

“Was it ethical to give an easy way for converting black money into white as now discovered by the government?” he said.

Jaitley on Tuesday had called demonetisation an “ethical drive and moral step”.

The Congress leader asked if anyone can deny the fact that lives were lost, small businesses had closed and jobs were lost due to the November 8 decision of last year.

He also said that cash in the hands of the public will soon reach the level of November 2016, when demonetisation was announced.

“Cash with public Rs 15 lakh crore and increasing, will soon reach November 2016 level of Rs 17 lakh crore!”

He added that how much cash should be in flow is a decision that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) should take, adding that artificial reduction in cash circulation led to “lower demand and lower growth”.

“In interest of transparency, Government/RBI should release RBI Board’s agenda, background note and Dr Raghuram Rajan’s note. If government is confident of its decision, why does it fear releasing these documents?” he said.

“Government says black money was laundered through note exchange after demonetisation. Who facilitated it? It was the same government,” he added.

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EC notice to Gujarat BJP in crucial Dec 20 Assembly by-election

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Gandhinagar, Dec 18 : Even as campaigning for the prestigious by-election to Gujarat’s Jasdan assembly constituency ended on Tuesday evening, the Election Commission issued notices to the state government on electricity bill exemptions announced on Tuesday for rural consumers.

The model code of conduct is in force in the Rajkot town since the by-election was announced.

The state government on Tuesday simultaneously made an announcement on setting up of a branch of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Rajkot.

The canvassing for the by-election to the seat in Rajkot district in the Saurashtra region concluded at 5 pm. Cabinet minister Kunvarji Bavaliya, who is a turncoat from the Congress, is contesting from Jasdan which he vacated after he quit the Congress to join the BJP recently.

The veteran Congress leader from the Koli community was inducted in the Vijay Rupani Cabinet within hours of joining the BJP.

Both the parties, the BJP and the Congress, have made it a prestige election since the opposition party as well as Bavaliya have seldom lost from there. While the BJP is trying to woo the influential Koli community in Gujarat through Bavaliya, the Congress feels energized after its recent poll victories in the neighbouring Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The Election Commission’s notices to the state energy as well as health departments seek state government’s explanation on making the announcements when the model code of conduct was in force in Jasdan.

The BJP government announced pending electricity bill waiver for all categories of rural consumers and the BPL families in urban centres in the state.

Energy minister Saurabh Patel said the state government had decided to exempt the rural consumers from pending electricity bills amounting to over Rs 650 crore.

In addition, the defaulters would also be provided new power connections on a payment of only Rs 500.

The opposition Congress promptly described it as a “lollipop” by the ruling BJP compared to the relief the Congress governments had granted in the other states.

On a trip to the constituency, cricketer-turned-politician and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Siddhu said: “It is as impossible to make the BJP speak the truth as to put an elephant in your lap and feed it.”

He cited the farm loan waiver by newly-formed Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, reminding the voters that Prime Minister Modi, despite making similar election promises, did nothing to waive the farmers’ debts in Gujarat.

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‘All women’ political party launched

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New Delhi, Dec 18: A “National Women’s Party” was launched here on Tuesday with the aim of ensuring 50 per cent representation for women in Parliament and other places.

Announcing the launch, the party’s national President Swetha Shetty said: “In a male-dominated political system, an all women’s party is important. Women and their issues are only raised during the mother’s day, the women’s day or during the election time. NWP will be a platform for women to raise their voices.”

The party, which started its ground work in 2012, was launched with the aim of getting 50 per cent reservation for women candidates in the Lok Sabha Election, she said adding they have applied for registration with the Election Commission.

With no prominent names to mention, the party claimed it has the support of 1.45 lakh women members of Hyderabad-based Telangana Mahila Samiti, “and their numbers are persistently increasing across India”.

“Even in 2018, women rights are avoided. I invite all the women, who feel the party can be a platform to improve the condition of women in present time, to join it,” Shetty said.

A doctor by profession, 36-year-old Shetty also heads an NGO in Telangana where she realised “the acute need to be a part of the system to bring the change”.

“We won’t be quiet until we see that women are represented equally in the Parliament.

“My initial aim will be to ensure 50 per cent reservations inside the parliament and slowly in all walks of life,” she said.

She also said the party will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and will support and seek backing from like-minded parties.

She said that the party also welcomes political support from men, “if they agree with our ideology”.

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Land Dispute Case: Non-Bailable warrant issued against BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj

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Prayagraj, Dec 18: A non-bailable warrant was issued against BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj in connection with land dispute case.

According to News 18, the Special Judge of MP-MLA Court in Prayagraj, Pawan Kumar Tiwari issued a warrant against him and five others on Monday and passed an order to arrest the accused.

As per the reports,  In 2012, Maharaj along with others had allegedly transferred a portion of land, which was originally a part of a cremation ground in their name.

In this regard, an FIR was filed against them by Jabar Singh and after due investigations, a chargesheet was filed before the court.

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