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Congress government in Himachal without credibility: Jaitley

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Shimla, Oct 29 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday slammed the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh, saying it was without credibility.

“It was a government without credibility and remained under a cloud,” Jaitley, who was here to release his BJP party’s vision document for the state that will go to the polls on November 9.

Without naming Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, he said it was the government to protect their near and dear ones.

“If the government is working to protect their self survival, it’s not possible to fulfill its promises.”

Indirectly slamming the Chief Minister who remained at the helm despite framing of corruption charges against him and his family, Jaitley said: “For five years it was a fight for self struggle.

Jaitley, who was accompanied by Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, who belongs to this state, and former Chief Ministers Prem Kumar Dhumal and Shanta Kumar, said: “We are going to contest the elections with an aim to re-establish the credibility of the government.”

Education, healthcare, transportation and employment are among the main focus areas in the vision document, he said the party, if comes to power in the state, would also focus on law and order as “there is a rise in cases”.

Clarifying on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council’s decision that businesses in the hill states with annual turnover below Rs 10 lakh would be out of the GST net, the Finance Minister said the hill states, including Himachal Pradesh, had asked for this limit. The threshold for the exemption in the rest of India is Rs 20 lakh per annum.

“It’s on their (hill states) demand the council has given this benefit. Some states, including Jammu and Kashmir, have demanded Rs 20 lakh. Himachal Pradesh has asked for Rs 10 lakh. It’s clear that the the council has given options to the state.”

“If the new government comes in and asks for Rs 20 lakh, the council will do it,” he said.

Hitting back at the Congress over its leader P. Chidambaram’s remark on greater autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, Jaitley said the “position in regard to autonomy goes contrary to India’s national interest” and questioned Chidambaram, who was also Union Home Minister, over his timings for raising the issue.

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Lok Sabha By-Polls: Congress announces candidates for Gorakhpur, Phulpur seats

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Lucknow, Feb 17: The state Congress on Friday announced faces for Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats, where by-elections are scheduled to be held on March 11.

The party named Dr Surheeta Chatterjee Kareem, a gynaecologist, as its candidate from Gorakhpur, while it chose Manish Mishra, son of former IAS officer J N Mishra, for the Phulpur seat.

Congress state president Raj Babbar confirmed the candidature of both nominees.

The by-elections in Uttar Pradesh were necessitated after Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister, while Phulpur MP Kehsav Prasad Maurya was appointed the Deputy Chief Minister.

Congress state president Raj Babbar confirmed the candidature of both nominees.

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US intelligence chiefs say Russia still meddling, threatening 2018 elections

In strong language, Coats said Russia President Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by Russia’s successful interference in the 2016 elections and is targeting the 2018 election cycle.

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WASHINGTON — Russia and other adversaries will continue to engage in cyber warfare to “degrade our democratic values and weaken our alliances,” the nation’s top intelligence official said Tuesday.

“Frankly, the United States is under attack,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee, adding that every facet of society is being targeted with cyber intrusions.

In strong language, Coats said Russia President Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by Russia’s successful interference in the 2016 elections and is targeting the 2018 election cycle.

“There should be no doubt that (Putin) views the past effort as successful,” Coats said.

The national intelligence director’s comments come against the backdrop of continuing congressional and criminal investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Kremlin coordinated their activities with President Trump’s campaign.

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UP, Bihar LS by-elections on March 11

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New Delhi, Feb 9: By-Polls in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur and Phulpur and Bihar’s Araira Lok Sabha constituencies will take place on March 11, the Election Commission announced today. 

The counting of votes will be held on March 14.

The by-elections in Uttar Pradesh were necessitated after Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister, while Phulpur MP Kehsav Prasad Maurya was appointed the Deputy Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, Araria seat fell vacant after the death of Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Mohammad Taslimuddin.

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