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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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Cong to build alternative narrative based on fairness: Chidambaram

Congress is for inclusive politics and it respects all Indians that extends even to the ruling party.

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New Delhi, Dec 17 : Former Union minister P Chidambaram has said that the Congress will create an alternative narrative based on fairness, equal opportunity and jobs for the youth under the leadership of new party chief Rahul Gandhi.

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said Gandhi’s inaugural speech yesterday laid down the contours of an alternative narrative that the Congress will put forward before the people.

“The Congress will build an alternative narrative based on fairness, equal opportunity, jobs for the youth, and lifting 250 million people out of poverty,” he said.

The senior Congress leader said that his party’s recall of India’s history was different from that of the BJP.

“Our idea of India is different from the BJP’s. Mr Rahul Gandhi called upon India’s youth to defend our idea of India, and I am sure the young will respond,” Chidambaram said.

In his first speech to party workers after his formal takeover as the Congress president yesterday, Gandhi set the tone of the future course and how the party would take on its arch-rival BJP.

He said the Congress is for inclusive politics and it respects all Indians that extends even to the ruling party.

Stating that his party brought India into the 21st century, Gandhi alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking India back to the medieval times.

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Rahul Gandhi invites Party MPs, Office bearers and others for dinner today

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New Delhi,17th December: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has invited Party MPs, Office bearers,PCC leaders and Congress Legislative Party leaders for dinner on Sunday (17th December) evening in Delhi.

Rahul Gandhi on Saturday (16th December) took over the post of Congress President.

In his first speech as Congress President Rahul said that it is a ”It is with the deepest humility, that I accept this position (of Congress President) knowing that I will always be walking in the shadow of giants.”

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BJP won’t win enough seats to form government in Gujarat: BJP leader Kakade

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Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha and Bhartiya Janta Party leader Sanjay Kakde, has claimed that Congress will be the Major party with maximum votes in Gujarat elections.

Talking about Gujarat election the BJP rajyasabha member from Pune said, “BJP would’nt win enough seats to form its government in Gujarat.”

The Bjp leader also stated,”If Congress wins this election, it will be because the BJP did not conduct a good election campaign.”

Kakde has claimed that his team has done a survey of Gujarat election which are the basis of his purport.

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