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Congress must apologise over Rafale accusations: BJP

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New Delhi, Nov 14 : The BJP on Thursday demanded that the Congress party must apologise for alleging corruption in the Rafale deal in the wake of the Supreme Court dismissing a review petition seeking a probe into the fighter jet deal.

Addressing a press conference, BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the verdict “is a recognition of the honest decision making process of the Narendra Modi government. The Congress party must apologise and Rahul Gandhi in particular must apologise to the country.”

He accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of having “lied” in Parliament with his accusations against the government on the Rafale deal.

Targetting the Gandhi family, he said that those who have a “saga of corruption”, including the Bofors and AugustaWestland cases, were “masquerading” in the quest for justice.

“Raising false allegations on the Rafale deal was the lowest point of political discourse,” he said, referring to Rahul Gandhi.

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a review petition seeking a probe into the Rafale deal.

Justice S.K. Kaul while reading the judgement said that the review petition is without merit.

The top court dismissed a plea seeking the lodging of an FIR to probe the Rafale deal inked with Dassault Aviation.

The court also closed contempt proceedings initiated against Rahul Gandhi and said that being an important political person, he must remain more careful in this regard in the future.

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Happy that Shiv Sena didn’t vote for Citizenship Amendment Bill: P Chidambaram

Speaking to media outside Parliament, Chidambaram said, “We got 105 votes and it is wonderful, 105 is a good number.”

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : Former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Wednesday appreciated the party’s alliance partner in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, for not participating in the voting on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha.

Speaking to media outside Parliament, Chidambaram said, “We got 105 votes and it is wonderful, 105 is a good number.”

The contentious CAB was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, two days after it got the nod from the Lok Sabha. As many as 125 members voted in favour of the Bill and 105 voted against it.

Earlier in the day, Home Minister Amit Shah had tabled the Bill in the House. The Bill seeks to give citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

When asked about the party’s alliance partner in Maharashtra, which is a part of the ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi,’ the Congress leader said, “We are certainly happy that Shiv Sena did not vote for the Bill.” Pressed further, he said, “They did not vote as they walked out.”

The Shiv Sena forged an alliance with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra to form a government in the state, where the President’s rule was imposed on November 12.

On the other hand, senior NCP leader Praful Patel when questioned about party’s two MPs — Majeed Memon and Vandana Chavan — remaining absent from the House on the crucial day, he said, “One of them is in poor health and the other has a marriage in her family. So they could not turn up.”

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Modi Govt busy with divisive policies: Congress

“The Congress is fighting against the anti-people policies of the government over the issues of economic slowdown, high unemployment rate and farm distress.”

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : Accusing the government of being “busy with divisive policies”, the Congress here on Wednesday accused the central government of not being interested in solving the problems of citizens.

The Congress said its December 14 ‘Bharat Bachao’ rally at Ramleela Maidan, here, would demonstrate the people’s anger over issues like “economic slowdown and farmers’ distress”.

Speaking to reporters about preparations for the December 14 rally, Congress General Secretary (Organisation) K.C. Venugopal said, “The Congress is fighting against the anti-people policies of the government over the issues of economic slowdown, high unemployment rate and farm distress.”

The ‘Bharat Bachao Rally’ would highlight the real issues of the people and pointed to the spike in crime against women, inflation, rising onion and petrol prices.

Venugopal also released the logo of the rally. AICC General Secretary Mukul Wasnik and chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala were also present on the occassion.

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Citizenship Amendment Bill passage marks victory of bigoted forces: Sonia Gandhi

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : Soon after the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesdday, Congress interim Chief Sonia Gandhi described it as a “dark day” in the constitutional history of the country and said passage of the Bill marks the victory of “narrow minded and bigoted forces” over India’s pluralism.

In a statement, Sonia Gandhi said, “Today marks a dark day in the constitutional history of India. The passage of the CAB marks the victory of narrow-minded and bigoted forces over India’s pluralism.”

Her remarks came soon after the Rajya Sabha passed the CAB that seeks to give Indian nationality to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan though it was vehemently opposed by major opposition parties who described it “against Muslim community”, which the government rejected saying it does not affect the community residing in the country.

The Bill was tabled for discussion in the Upper House by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The CAB was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Hitting out at the government, the Congreess leader said that the Bill fundamentally challenges the idea of India that the forefathers fought for and, in its place, creates a “disturbed, distorted and divided India” where religion will become a determinant of nationhood.

She said the CAB is not just an affront to the eternal principles of equality and religious non-discrimination that have been enshrined in our Constitution, but represents a rejection of an India that would be a free nation for all her people, irrespective of religion, region, caste, creed, language or ethnicity.

Sonia Gandhi further said that in its design, its grave implications, this flawed legislation is antithetical to the “spirit of the freedom movement and violative of the soul of our nation”.

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