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New Delhi, Aug 3: Hitting out at the government over handling of foreign policy issues in the Rajya Sabha, especially on Sikkim standoff, the Congress said national security and the nation’s interest were in danger on account of it.

Expressing concern on Sikkim standoff, Congress senior leader Anand Sharma asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi that what was discussed during his meeting with Chinese President  Xi Jinping, adding its a matter of national interest and it should be discussed.

Referring to PM Modi’s meeting with the Chinese President twice – on the sidelines of the SCO meet in Astana in Kazakhstan and G20 meeting in Germany’s Hamburg, Sharma stated, “Modiji met with Xi Jinping twice, once in Astana and in Hamburg, and we have been told that both of them had meaningful discussions.

“But why did China deny this? I trust my government, but what is their intent in denying?” he questioned.

Sharma further stated that PM Modi has not mentioned even once what bilateral talks he held with Chinese President.

He also accused Modi Government for  mishandling the issue of NSG membership.

“Even the National Security Advisors (NSAs) met; we are not asking them to divulge all the details of the meeting, but atleast we should know what is going on and how the ongoing stand off will be resolved”, Sharma added.

Speaking in Rajya Sabha, Sharma also assured that when it comes to national interest and sovereignty we are with the governmnet.

“But we want Foreign Minister Sushmaji (Swaraj) to give diplomacy a chance. We believe that all diplomatic channels should be kept open for negotiations and safeguarding country’s interest,” Sharma said.

“I hope the External Affairs Minister is fully aware about the confrontation with China in Doklam. Our security and national interest is at risk. China is acting unusually aggressive,” he said.

Highlighting Chinese President reaction on the issue twice, Sharma said we also want to know what our government’ stance.

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Please tell Davos about wealth disparity in India: Rahul to Modi

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New Delhi, Jan 23: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday in a jibe asked him to inform the top global forum “why one per cent of India’s population gets 73 per cent of its wealth?”.

“Dear PM, welcome to Switzerland! Please tell DAVOS why 1% of India’s population gets 73% of its wealth? I’m attaching a report for your ready reference,” Gandhi tweeted.

Gandhi attached a new survey by international rights group Oxfam in which it is mentioned that India’s richest one per cent garnered as much as 73 per cent of the total wealth generated in the country in 2017.

The report’s findings are in line with those of similar studies including the one published by renowned economists Lucas Chancel and Thomas Piketty last July, and give credence to the theory that the rich have disproportionately benefited from liberalisation while others have been left struggling.

Modi on Tuesday attended the WEF in Davos, Switzerland and gave the opening plenary speech. He is the first Prime Minister from India to participate in a forum meeting in two decades after the then Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda in 1997.

He interacted with 120 members of the International Business Council, which is a part of the WEF.

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Mamata Banerjee slams Centre for not declaring Netaji birthday national holiday

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Kolkata, Jan 23: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday lashed out at the Centre for not declaring Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary as a national holiday and lamented that the iconic freedom fighter is yet to get his due.

“The birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has not yet been declared a national holiday. Cannot we show this much respect to him?

“The state had announced public holiday on January 23 years ago,” Mamata said after offering floral tributes to Bose at Indira Gandhi Sarani here on his 121st birth anniversary.

“The people of this country want to know what happened to Netaji. There is a version which only a section believes.”

The West Bengal Chief Minister also cornered Modi-led Central government for abolishing the Planning Commission. “The Planning Commission was Netaji’s dream. But the BJP has abolished it after it came to power (in 2014)”.

She further said in a tweet “Netaji is a national hero, an epitome of patriotism, selfless service, courage, dignity and dedication. Today is the day for all of us, including our young generation, to take a pledge again to work tirelessly for the good of our country and the people. Jai Hind.”

Last week, the Chief Minister had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the birthdays of Netaji and Swami Vivekananda as national holidays.

At a separate programme celebrating Bose’s birthday, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi said it would be in the fitness of things if the Centre okays the state’s demand for a national holiday.

“The state has approached the Centre on the issue. It would be a good decision if the Centre gives the green signal,” Tripathi told reporters on the sidelines of the programme at Netaji Bhavan.

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Congress slams Kerala Governor, Vijayan government for skipping anti-Centre remarks

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 23: The Congress-led UDF on Tuesday slammed Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam for skipping references critical of the Modi government from his prepared speech in the state assembly and hit out at the Pinarayi Vijayan government’s silence over it.

The opposition was critical of the Monday incident when Sathasivam skipped three sentences critical of the Narendra Modi government from his 89-minute prepared speech when he addressed the Legislative Assembly on the opening day of the Budget session.

Addressing the media, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said it was improper on the part of the Governor to skip certain sentences, and the general norm when such an incident happens was also not followed.

“On the part of the CPI-M-led government, it’s even more strange that all along the CPI-M has always been contemptuous of the post of Governor, but still not a word has been spoken by them nor has the party organisation said anything.

“I have now given a letter to Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan to let them know that when the Governor’s speech is taken up for discussion — which is the one that should be discussed. Would it be the one that was given to us after the speech, which included the sentences that the Governor skipped, or would it be the one which he read out,” said Chennithala.

Deputy Leader of Opposition M.K. Muneer of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) said they wished to know if the Governor had written to the government, informing that he would not be reading out a few sentences. The party also wished to know if the Left Front government has written to the Governor asking to know what happened.

“As per the rules of procedure, now that the Governor himself has not made any statement on it, the government should find out and come out with a new resolution if they are planning to include the sentences that the Governor has skipped.

“We will wait to hear and then we will make our next move.

“As things stand there is a crisis and it’s for the state government to resolve it,” said Muneer.

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