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Cocktail of suspicion and distrust against govt: Congress

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Abhishek Manu Singhvi

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday launched a fresh attack on the Modi government on the issue of the National Population Register (NPR), Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The party alleged that in the present context, the NPR, CAA and the NRC are the same or a mixture of the three as they come in a package and the government has created an atmosphere of fear and trust deficit in the minds of the people.

Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said while speaking to the media that “There is a cocktail of suspicion and distrust against the government and this should be avoided. When the atmosphere is of fear, trust deficit is humongous and when you have such rules then fear increases ten times.”

Singhvi slammed Union Minister Prakash Javadekar who had said that certain columns in the NPR are only optional. “When it is optional then why is it there. Chances are that if the optional column is not filled, the person can be put in the doubtful list,” Singhvi said.

“It is the people who are afraid of this government while the government should have been afraid of the people, when it is called death of democracy its not sudden ambush but its slow extinction due to apathy, indifference and undernourishment,” Singhvi said.

When the Union Home Minister says there will be no rollback of the CAA, it shows its apathy towards the citizens of this country as “Bharatiya Jiddi Party”.

The Congress said that if any state is saying that it will not implement the CAA there is nothing wrong in it. When there are multiple petitions and many states are using the power under Article 131 of the Constitution then states are right in saying that they will not implement such a law which has been challenged by them in the apex court.

After the apex court decides either way then there will be no confusion.

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March to Shaheen Bagh postponed after talking to stakeholders: Delhi Police

Everyone agreed that they will stay peaceful and the protest will be postponed indefinitely,” said Southeast DCP amid Delhi violence.

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Delhi Southeast DCP RP Meena informed that police received info through social media that people will come to Shaheen Bagh on March 01. “We had received info through social media that a large group of people will come to Shaheen Bagh from Madanpur Khadar on March 1.

We took it seriously, in light of the current situation. We came to know that locals will join in and carry out a peaceful protest. We called a meeting of Aman Committee at different locations today, then all the stakeholders were called here at the DCP office.

Everyone agreed that they will stay peaceful and the protest will be postponed indefinitely,” said Southeast DCP amid Delhi violence.

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Protecting interests of 130 crore Indians is our priority: Modi

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Prayagraj, Feb 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Saturday that be it the senior citizens, divyangs or tribals, Dalits, or those who have been exploited or deprived, protecting the interests of 130 crore Indians and serving them is the top priority of his government. He was speaking after distributing equipment to differently abled people at the parade ground.

In his address, Modi said, “During the time of earlier governments, such camps were very less and such mega camps were hardly held. In the last five years, our government held about 9,000 such camps in different areas of the country because it is our top priority to protect the interests of 130 crore Indians.”

He said, “If anyone persecutes or makes fun of the disabled, the rules related to this have also been strengthened. A special drive for recruitment of the disabled has been launched and reservation has been increased from three per cent to four per cent. In higher education institutions, reservation has been increased from three per cent to five per cent for admissions. Skill training has been given to two lakh. Participation of divyangs in every field is a must, whether industry or sports.”

The Prime Minister said, “Around 27,000 people have been given equipment today. Some got tricycles, some hearing aides and some got wheel chairs.”

He said coming to Prayagraj is like a pilgrimage and always helps generate purity and energy.

Modi said, “I remember, in February last year, it was around this time that I came here during the Kumbh. As your Pradhan Sevak, I have the opportunity to serve thousands of divyangs and elders. And this time, I have got the opportunity to serve senior citizens.”

He said, “I believe that these tools are aides of your high spirits. Your real strength is your patience and your capability.

“During the rule of the previous dispensation, equipment worth less than Rs 380 crore was distributed to the divyangs, while our government has distributed more than Rs 900 crore worth equipment. That is, about two and a half times more. In the last four-five years, hundreds of buildings in the country, more than 700 railway stations and airports have been made accessible to the divyangs. The remaining ones are also being made accessible to them.”

He added, “The rightful participation of every differently abled youth or child is essential in the creation of a new India. Whether it is industry, service sector or sports, the skills of the divyangs are constantly being encouraged. We are constantly working to reduce difficulties in the lives of the senior citizens.”

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Congress attacks Centre over economy

He also raised concerns about the manufacturing sector saying it is in the negative. “This section provides jobs, and such performances are dismal.

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Anand Sharma

New Delhi, Feb 29 : The Congress on Saturday attacked the Centre over its performance in the economic sector. Raising the quarterly three performance of this financial year, Congress leader Anand Sharma cornered the government.

“Q3 results are generally very strong…But this year’s result has been the lowest in the last seven years,” said Sharma. Raising concerns over the deteriorating GDP trend, he stressed on the nominal GDP, which he claimed should be much higher than it is as of today.

He also called the budget “directionless” and claimed that it did not provide any incentive to either the investors or the manufacturers. “We reject the government’s claims that the economy is showing signs of coming back on track,” Sharma said.

He also raised concerns about the manufacturing sector saying it is in the negative. “This section provides jobs, and such performances are dismal.

“India does not benefit from the FDI numbers which the government is throwing at us,” he said.

He cited the NSO data to suggest that the demand has decreased.

“If government will only write off loans of the corporates and remain dismissive of the poor, the government’s intent becomes clear,” said Sharma.

He went on to allege that the present government has “ruined Indian economy”

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