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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.”




Setback for Arvind Kejriwal! Arun Jaitley to reject his apology, claims reports




New Delhi, March 20: In a blow to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley will reportedly not accept his apology in connection with  DDCA defamation case.

According to several media reports Jaitley is likely not to forgive Kejriwal and accept the request for an out of court settlement.

However, there is no official statement has been issued by both sides regarding the matter.

Kejriwal is fighting a defamation suit of worth Rs 10-crore filed against him in a Delhi court.

In December 2015, Kejriwal had cornered Jaitley, alleging that the CBI had conducted raids at his house to look into a file related to DDCA, which was once headed by the Union Finance Minister.


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Rahul blames BJP, RSS for beheading of Periyar’s statue



Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, March 20: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday blamed the BJP and RSS for the beheading of the statue of Dravidian icon Periyar in Tamil Nadu and said they had signalled their cadres to destroy statues of those opposed to their ideology by encouraging tearing down of Lenin’s statues in Tripura.

“When the RSS & BJP encouraged the tearing down of Lenin statues in Tripura, they signalled their cadres to destroy statues of those who opposed their ideology, like Periyar, the great social reformer who fought for the Dalits. His statue too was destroyed today in Tamil Nadu,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

A statue of iconic Dravidian leader E.V. Ramasamy, or Periyar, was found beheaded in Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday morning.

The incident took place even as Home Ministry has asked states to take strong action against those indulging in vandalism of statues while making it clear that District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police would be held responsible in case of any law and order disturbance.

Earlier this month, the statue of Communist hero Vladimir Lenin was brought down in Tripura after the BJP swept the assembly elections, ending 25 years of Marxist rule in the northeastern state.

Following the incident, a statue of Periyar, considered the father figure of the rationalist movement in Tamil Nadu, was vandalised.

In Kolkata, members of ultra-Left student outfit vandalised the statue of Jana Sangh founder and ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee at the Keoratola crematorium.

A statue of Dalit icon B.R. Ambedkar was vandalised in Meerut district in Uttar Pradesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had strongly condemned the incidents and warned of stern action against those found guilty.


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39 Indians Killed in Iraq: Surjewala hits back at Sushma, says Unfortunately EAM is playing politics




New Delhi, March 20: Congress leader Randeep Surjewala on Tuesday hit back at External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over the death of thirty-nine Indians in Iraq, saying, unfortunately, the one who is playing politics on this issue is the EAM. 

Surjewala told media persons that Swaraj misled the parliament and kin seven times. Today Martyrs Foundation announced they will hold a media briefing on the issue, so as a result the central government panicked and announced before them.

Congress has expressed condolence over the death of 39 Indians in Iraq. The Narendra Modi government has passed all limits of heartlessness, when the whole world was saying they have died, the Centre assured the country and the families seven times that they are alive:

While addressing the media in the evening, Swaraj said,”In Rajya Sabha, everyone listened to me very patiently and peacefully. Everyone paid tribute, I thought same would happen in Lok Sabha. But unlike the past few days of ruckus, today Congress led the protests under Jyotiraditya Scindia,” adding, “It was very unfortunate.”

She further stated, “Congress is doing a very low level of politics and it has crossed all limits in the lower house of Parliament”.

Earlier in a day, the EAM informed Rajya Sabha that the dreaded terror outfit Islamic State (IS) had killed all the Indian nationals.

The deceased persons, most of whom hailed from Punjab, were working on projects near Mosul, when they were abducted during their evacuation.


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