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Congress to move privilege motion against Swamy, Parrikar

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Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi, May 12 : The Congress on Thursday said it will move a privilege motion against Bharatiya Janata Party MP Subramanian Swamy and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar “for misleading parliament and the nation on AgustaWestland deal”.

“Both Swamy and Parrikar have been lying blatantly and brazenly,” senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh told reporters here.

“Swamy spoke against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other party leaders in parliament and kept referring to a document which, according to him, was an Italian court’s judgment. In reality, the 13-page document consists of two pages of emails from Swamy to himself. Nine pages were downloaded from www.pgurus.com and the remaining two are part of a news story run by an Indian news channel,” Ramesh added.

He said the motion against Swamy is likely to be filed with Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Friday, the last day of the ongoing session.

Ramesh said there was complete disconnect between the documents and what Swamy and Parrikar said in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha respectively.

“Parrikar kept referring to the Italian court judgment but what he has authenticated is not the judgment. What he has authenticated are the minutes of the meeting taken by former national security adviser M.K. Narayanan to determine the specifications of the VVIP helicopters,” he said.

Referring to www.pgurus.com, Ramesh said the website is a joint venture of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue Gurumurthy, former Indian Institute of Management professor Vaidynathan and Swamy.

“We will file a defamation suit against this website too,” Ramesh said.

He said there was no mention of any Congress leader’s name in any of the Italian court’s judgment.

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I have lost a comrade, colleague and friend: Sonia on Ahmed Patel’s death

Congress has lost one of its greatest son. I am at loss of words at his death. May his soul rest in peace. May god give strength to his family to cope up with this terrible loss.”

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New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday while condoling the death of Ahmed Patel said she has lost a dedicated Congress colleague.

“In Sh. Ahmed Patel, I have lost a colleague, whose entire life was dedicated to the Congress Party.” she said

She said, “His faithfulness and dedication, his commitment to his duty, his always being there to help, his generosity were rare qualities that distinguished him from others.”

“I have lost an irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague and a friend. I mourn his passing and I feel deeply for his bereaved family to whom I offer my sincere feelings of empathy and support,” she added

Scores of Congress leaders condoled Ahmed Patel’s death, “It is very hard to come to terms with Ahmed patel Ji’s passing. He was a political troubleshooter par excellence & will be sorely missed by all. “Ahmedbhai” was also a close friend of my late father’s & a mentor to me,” tweeted Milind Deora.

B.K. Hariprasad said in a tweet, “Its very saddening to know about the demise of Shri Ahmad patel ji. Congress has lost one of its greatest son. I am at loss of words at his death. May his soul rest in peace. May god give strength to his family to cope up with this terrible loss.”

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Ahmed Patel’s role in strengthening Congress will always be remembered: PM Modi

A top strategist of the Congress and a most-trusted ally of its president Sonia Gandhi, Patel (71) died in the early hours of Wednesday.

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Narendra Modi

Condoling the death of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his role in strengthening the opposition party will always be remembered.

Patel spent years in public life, serving the society, Modi noted.

A top strategist of the Congress and a most-trusted ally of its president Sonia Gandhi, Patel (71) died in the early hours of Wednesday.

He was admitted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram and had been critical for a few days. He had contracted COVID-19 and subsequently, developed complications.

“Saddened by the demise of Ahmed Patel Ji. He spent years in public life, serving society. Known for his sharp mind, his role in strengthening the Congress Party would always be remembered. Spoke to his son Faisal and expressed condolences. May Ahmed Bhai’s soul rest in peace,” the prime minister said in a tweet.

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Ahead of DDC polls, BJP targets Abdullahs over ‘land grab’

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Farooq Abdullah

New Delhi: Ahead of the District Development Council (DDC) polls in Jammu and Kashmir beginning Saturday, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad trained his guns on the Abdullahs for their alleged role in the Roshni scam.

Prasad alleged that the key leaders of the erstwhile state, including Farooq Abdullah, used their “influence and power for land grabbing”.

“In 1998, Farooq Abdullah had purchased 3 kanals of land but he encroached upon 7 kanals of land which were double the size of the purchase,” Prasad alleged while speaking to the media. He further said that under the Roshni scam, the name of Farooq Abdullah’s sister Suraiya Mattu has also appeared, who, the minister alleged, is also a beneficiary of 3 kanals of land.

“There was a conscious land loot by the powerful people of J&K who were getting benefits under the Roshni Act which was declared unconstitutional by the J&K High Court. This is low level politics by the powerful people of J&K and we condemn it,” alleged Prasad.

Prasad said the J&K High Court has declared the Roshni Act as unconstitutional and has stated that the names of people who have acquired land under this Act should be listed and made public.

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