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Congress slams Parrikar’s criticism of NGOs, green activists

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Panaji, June 22 

The Congress on Wednesday slammed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s recent criticism of a section of NGOs and green activists, and accused the former Goa chief minister of interfering in the state administration and matters of policy.

Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters in Panaji, Congress spokesperson Trajano D’Mello said that as Leader of Opposition in the Goa legislative assembly, Parrikar in the past used to encourage NGOs to agitate, which in turn had brought development in the state to a “grinding halt” back then.

“The defence minister’s attack on NGOs, that they are objecting every development, is an absolute lie. He should remember that as Leader of Opposition he was encouraging them to agitate, was participating in agitations and brought development to a grinding halt,” D’Mello said.

Addressing a government function in Panaji on Monday, Parrikar said that NGOs backed by vested interests were filing cases in court against government projects and were delaying creation of infrastructure.

“There are some professionals, who regularly file cases against government projects. That is why I urge state officials to take all the necessary environmental and other required clearances before starting work on a project, so that these so-called NGOs do not find the courage to file cases against us,” Parrikar said.

“This constant filing of cases against government projects has become a business. If we are wrong, punish us, but do not stop developmental projects unnecessarily,” he said, adding that such habitual litigants should be “exposed”.

D’Mello claimed that Parrikar was now crying foul because his party is in power.

“When he was doing it, it was to save Goa’s destruction. But now when rampant destruction has started and has been objected to legally, he terms it as obstructing development,” the Congress spokesperson said.

Reacting to another comment by Parrikar about his non-interference in key state issues, like the contentious medium of instruction policy for state’s schools, D’Mello said: “No one believes in Parrikar any more. He is and will continue to interfere in state government affairs.”

 

(IANS)

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AAP leader joins SAD ahead of Shahkot bypoll

Welcoming Walia into the party fold, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the youth leader had made a name for himself in a short period of time and would be an asset for the SAD in Jalandhar district.

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Jalandhar, May 20 : In a jolt to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), its leader from Doaba region H S Walia today joined the Shiromani Akali Dal along with his supporters ahead of the Shahkot bypoll scheduled to be held on May 28.

Walia said he was joining the SAD due to its “pro-people” policies as well as the party’s desire to take all sections of society with it.

“I earlier joined AAP because it professed idealism. However I slowly realised that the party had become thoroughly corrupt and was not concerned about Punjabis and their problems. Moreover, AAP is being run from Delhi by Arvind Kejriwal who does not give any weightage to the local leadership,” Walia alleged.

Welcoming Walia into the party fold, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the youth leader had made a name for himself in a short period of time and would be an asset for the SAD in Jalandhar district.

Walia would be duly adjusted in the party organisation and would be given important duties, he was quoted as saying in a release.

The SAD president said the manner in which both the Congress and the AAP leaders were joining the SAD was indicative of the functioning of the Congress government as well as complete disillusionment with the Aam Aadmi Party.

Badal said political leaders usually changed parties towards the fag end of any government’s tenure, but presently leaders were “leaving the Congress in droves” because the party had “lost all appeal among the masses” after reneging on promises made to the people.

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Floor test within 24 hours after swearing in : Kumaraswamy

Senior congress leader and AICC spokesperson Gulam Nabi Azad had indicated that the alliance with the JD(S) would continue in the 2019 lok sabha elections and beyond.

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Bengaluru, May20 : Janta Dal (Secualr) leader and Chief Minister designate H D Kumaraswamy on Sunday indicated that he woul prove his majority on the floor of the house within 24 hours after swearing in. Mr Kumaraswamy would be sworn in by Governor Vajubhai Vala on May 23 at the Sri Kanteerava Stadium.

He had invited senior Party leader, including Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh besides BSP supremo Mayawati for the swearing in. He will be visiting New Delhi to personally meet Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to invite them to participate in the swearing in ceremony. He would also be discussing about the formation of the new ministry in alliance with the Congress. The congress which had won 78 seats had extended support to Mr Kumaraswamy to form the Government.

He had been invited to form the government after former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa tendered his resignation without pressing for the vote of confidence in the newly constituted State Assembly on Saturday as he could not muster additional votes to prove his majority. The party which had won 104 seats was seven votes short to prove the majority.

Mr Kumaraswamy held discussions with the senior Congress leaders last night about the modalities for the formation of the Government. He had also called upon his father and former Prime Minister H D Devegowda at his residence this morning to seek his blessings and also about the formation of the new government.

Mr Kumaraswamy would also be visiting the famous vaishnavite pilgrimage centre Sri Ranganatha temple in Srirangam, located on an island of the river Cauvery to seeking his blessings. His brother and former Minister H D Revanna would accompany him. On his return he would hod a meeting with the party legislators.

Senior congress leader and AICC spokesperson Gulam Nabi Azad had indicated that the alliance with the JD(S) would continue in the 2019 lok sabha elections and beyond.

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Kumaraswamy to be sworn in as chief minister on Wednesday

HD Kumaraswamy, the JD(S) CM candidate will be sworn in as next chief minister of Karnataka on Monday morning. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati, Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi have been invited.

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This paved the way for JD (S)’ H D Kumaraswamy to be sworn in as chief minister and for the hastily-formed Congress-JDS alliance to form the government. Kumaraswamy’s oath ceremony was initially slated for Monday (between 12 noon and 1.05pm, apparently on the advice of his father Deve Gowda’s astrologer). However, he later deferred it to Wednesday as May 21 is the death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi.

Earlier, Yeddyurappa resigns as the chief minister of Karnataka. Congress president Rahul Gandhi says BJP MLAs disrespected the National Anthem and walked out of the Assembly after Yeddyurappa stepped back. JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will meet with the Governor of Karnakata Vajubhai Vala at 7.30 pm. The duo will meet to stake claim for forming the government. Ahead of Karnataka floor test on Saturday, Congress had accused the newly-elected Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa of bribing one of its MLAs.

The grand old party shared an audio clip of the alleged conversation between the two leaders on Twitter. This was followed by the allegation that two of its missing MLAs – Anand Singh and Pratap Gouda have been kept at the Goldfinch Hotel which is just 1 km away from the state Assembly.

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