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Congress may file petition for disqualification of Goa CM

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Manohar Parrikar

Panaji, May 16 : The Congress in Goa on Tuesday said it is taking legal opinion over filing a petition seeking disqualification of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who continues to be Rajya Sabha MP.

The party’s reaction came after Allahabad High Court issued notice to the Attorney General of India over a petition seeking disqualification of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Lok Sabha MP Yogi Adityanath for holding two posts.

“With regards to the developments which have taken place in Uttar Pradesh in the Yogi Adityanath case, the Congress in Goa is currently taking legal opinion over whether it can be done here,” Goa Congress spokesperson Sunil Kawthankar told IANS.

Parrikar, a former Defence Minister and a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, was rushed back to state politics in March this year, to head the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government in Goa.

Parrikar, however, continues to be a member of the Rajya Sabha and party sources here have suggested, that he is likely to relinquish his parliamentary position after the election of the President, scheduled to be held before July 25 this year.

On Monday, the Allahabad High Court issued notice to the Attorney General after hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) in which a social activist alleged that since both Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister K.P. Maurya were Lok Sabha MPs and were drawing salaries and other perks, they do not have a right to be in the positions of power in the state government.

The petitioner has cited the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act of 1959 and has called for nullifying the appointment of both Adityanath and Maurya.

While Adityanath is an MP from Gorakhpur, Maurya is a Lok Sabha member from Phoolpur in Allahabad.

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Digvijaya switches off cell phone after harassing calls

Sources said that the callers had used unparliamentary language for the senior Congress leader.

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Digvijay Singh

Bhopal, April 3 : Harassed by unsolicited calls on his mobile phone for the past four-five days, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said on Friday that he had complained to police and also switched off his cell phone.

“These phone calls were disturbing me for the last four-five days. I also complained to the state DGP and to the service provider, but with no results. So, I switched it off. However, I am available on my landline number in Bhopal due to the lockdown,” the senior Congress leader tweeted.

Sources said that the callers had used unparliamentary language for the senior Congress leader.

Efforts to contact Singh for comments on the issue were not successful.

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Opposition attacks Modi for failing to address economic woes

“People are disappointed at both counts. Symbolism is important, but serious consideration is equally important for ideas and measures”, said Chidambaram.

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New Delhi, April 3 : After Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people to light candles on Sunday at 9 p.m. for nine minutes amid the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, the opposition on Friday slammed him saying symbolism was important, but serious consideration was equally important to address financial anxieties of the people.

In a series of tweets, former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram said, “Dear Narendra Modi, we will listen to you and light diyas on April 5. But, in return, please listen to us and to the wise counsel of epidemiologists and economists.”

He said, “What we expected from you today was FAP II, a generous livelihood support package for the poor, including the categories of the poor who were completely ignored by Nirmala Sitharaman on March 25”.

Chidambaram added, “Every working man and woman, from business person to daily wage earner, has also expected you to announce steps to arrest the economic slide and restart the engine of economic growth.

“People are disappointed at both counts. Symbolism is important, but serious consideration is equally important for ideas and measures”, said Chidambaram.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) while attacking the Prime Minister demanded a fiscal package. TMC MP Mahua Moitra said in a tweet, “Turn out lights and come on balconies? Get real Mr Modi. Give India fiscal package worth 8-10 per cent of GDP.

“Ensure immediate wages to construction and other labour during lockdown –laws exist permitting this. Stop Gagging real issues in name of curbing fake news.”

Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP, Shashi Tharoor called the Prime Minister a showman and said that Modi was invoking Hindu Symbolism.

“Listened to the Pradhan Showman. Nothing about how to ease people’s pain, their burdens, their financial anxieties. No vision of the future or sharing the issues he is weighing in deciding about the post-lockdown. Just a feel-good moment curated by India’s Photo-Op Prime Minister,” Tharoor said in his tweet.

In another tweet, he said, “This is no accident: the PM spoke on Ram Navami at 9 am for 9 mins, asked us to light diyas & candles on 5/4 at 9 pm for 9 mins. He is invoking all the auspicious elements Hinduism associates with number 9. Back to Ram Bharose?! #COVID19 must be more serious than we thought!”

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal also criticised the Prime Minister and in a tweet said, “Modiji, learnt nothing about government’s steps to contain the virus, protect our medical practitioners, provide testing kits, reach food and supplies to the poor, finance migrant labour, the jobless.

“Light the ‘Diyaa’ of reason, not that of superstition,” Sibal said.

The opposition leaders’ remarks came after Modi on Friday once again reached out to the nation amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown and urged people to light a candle or “diya” on April 5 at 9 p.m. for nine minutes to dispel the darkness and gloom brought about by the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus.

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Congress stands with nation to fight coronavirus: Manmohan

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New Delhi, April 2 : The Congress on Thursday reiterated that it stood with the nation to take on the coronavirus threat amid a 21-day nationwide lockdown.

During the Congress Working Committee meeting held through videoconferencing in the morning to discussed various issues, including government response to the pandemic, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reiterated the party’s support to the government, earlier also voiced by the party leader Rahul Gandhi.

In her opening remarks, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said: “We meet today in the midst of an unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis. The magnitude of the challenge before us is daunting but our resolve to overcome it must be greater.”

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who was among the Congress CMs to attend the meeting, informed the CWC about the preparations and steps taken to fight COVID in his state, including provision of food and medication and preventive steps.

Praising the efforts of various organizations and Punjab Police during the lockdown, he pointed out to non-release of Punjab’s share of Rs 5,000 crore by the Centre as a hindrance in the fight against coronavirus.

He said he had taken up the issue with the Union Finance Minister.

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