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Congress counters BJP charges of hobnobbing with China

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Bhopal, June 28 : Former ministerial colleague Jitu Patwari has come forward to support former Chief Minister Kamal Nath after BJP national vice-president Prabhat Jha had called him a “Chinese agent”.

“During his stint as the minister for commerce and industry in the UPA government, Kamal Nath had acted at the behest of China,” Jha had said. Patwari said BJP has orchestrated a propaganda to divert people”s attention from the Chinese challenges at the border.

“During the UPA rule, there were many agreements between the Indian National Congress and the Communist Party of India. Despite the availability of certain items in India, at least 250 such items were imported from China. There was lesser import duty on such items. From the money thus earned, the Congress and the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation were given money, which is a crime. Only one person was responsible for all this — the then Commerce Minister. All this is on record,” Jha said.

Patwari hit back with some statistical ammunition, saying the average import from China during the UPA rule under Manmohan Singh”s leadership was about $3,24,5000 per month. It has increased to about $96,16000 during Modi regime.

Patwari said the BJP and the Modi government owe an explanation on how China”s trade with India suddenly increased three-fold in past six years and who is working as an agent of China. Patwari said BJP and the RSS were engaged in cultivating ties with the Communist Party of China in 2009 when they sent a team to China. In 2014 the BJP had sent a 13-member delegation to China to study the Communist party”s organizational structure in Beijing and Guangzhou. BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav had been to China in 2009 and in 2014. Taking a dig at BJP leader Prabhat Jha, Patwari said that he should explain why did Narendra Modi visit China so many times as chief minister of Gujarat and then as Prime Minister.

The BJP has been systematically targeting the Congress ever since Rahul Gandhi questioned Modi over his statement that China had not made any incursions against India. BJP president JP Nadda had on Saturday alleged that China had funded Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

The MP unit of Congress also saw a fall out of the recent verbal war between the two national parties. PCC chief Kamal Nath asked state Congress treasurer Govind Goyal to quit. His resignation was promptly accepted on Saturday. Prabhat Jha had a dinner invitation from Goyal on Thursday and Jha hit out at Kamal Nath on Friday. Goyal is a close confidant of former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh.

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A vote to confirm Barrett “is a vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act”: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said President Trump’s decision to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court has put “Americans’ healthcare in the crosshairs.”

“The American people should make no mistake — a vote by any Senator for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act and eliminate protections for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions,” Schumer wrote in a statement.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, unabated by this Administration, healthcare was already the number one issue on the ballot in November. President Trump has promised to nominate Supreme Court Justices who will “terminate” our health care law and decimate the health care system for American Indians and Alaska Natives. In Judge Barrett, President Trump has found the deciding vote.”

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments just after the November election in a case about the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans have indicated they may vote to confirm Barrett before Election Day — meaning she could be seated on the bench for that case.

In an early 2017 law review essay, reviewing a book related to the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, Barrett criticized Chief Justice John Roberts’ rationale that saved the law in 2012.

“Chief Justice Roberts pushed the Affordable Care Act beyond its plausible meaning to save the statute,” Barrett wrote. “He construed the penalty imposed on those without health insurance as a tax, which permitted him to sustain the statute as a valid exercise of the taxing power.”

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Biden urges US Senate not to confirm Supreme Court nominee before election

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Joe Biden released a statement reacting to Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination and focused on health care and protecting the Affordable Care Act.

“Today, President Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the successor to Justice Ginsburg’s seat. She has a written track record of disagreeing with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. She critiqued Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority opinion upholding the law in 2012,” Biden said.

He added that the Senate should not act on the vacancy until after the American people select their next president.

Senate Republicans have outlined a possible confirmation hearing for Barrett that could have her confirmed before Election Day.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments just after the election in a case about the Affordable Care Act. The case is brought by a coalition of Republican state attorneys general and the Trump administration, who argue the law’s individual mandate is unconstitutional, and the entire law must fall.

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BJP ready to contest on all seats in Punjab: Former minister

He has been claiming that the party has set up a strong base in the rural areas of Punjab.

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Chandigarh, Sep 27 : Minutes after the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) decided to quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on differences over the three ‘controversial’ farm sector Bills passed by the Parliament, senior BJP leader Madan Mohan Mittal said the party is ready to contest all the 117 seats in the 2022 Punjab Assembly polls.

He even claimed that several Akali leaders are in touch them and want to jump ship to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“The SAD would not get a majority if they contest alone,” Mittal told the media.

In the 2017 Assembly polls, the BJP had contested 23 seats, while the remaining 94 were fought by the SAD.

Out of the 13 Parliamentary seats in Punjab, the Akalis contested 10 in the 2019 general elections, while the BJP fought on the remaining three.

Former minister Mittal has been quite vocal against the SAD for quite some time now, and has been saying that the BJP should part ways with the Akalis with which the saffron party had an alliance for three decades.

He has been claiming that the party has set up a strong base in the rural areas of Punjab.

The relations between the old allies came under strain in December last when Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal slammed the BJP during the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) debate in the Parliament.

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