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Congress to stage protest against GST Rollout outside Parliament on July 18

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New Delhi, July 12 : Opposition Congress will stage a protest against Goods and Services Tax over its current format outside Parliament on July 18.

“A gherao of Parliament House would be held to protest against GST in its present form on July 18,” Congress’ Delhi Chief Ajay Maken told media at a press conference.

“Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has opposed the GST in its present form because the BJP-led central government has created six slabs in the GST with a 40 per cent outer limit whereas the party was in favour of GST with 14 per cent as the outer limit,” he asserted.

Maken also stated that thousands of people including traders, workers and common people demonstrated against GST in Gujarat’s Surat.

Not only Gujarat traders but the traders’ associations of Delhi had informed about their plight and problems, Maken added.

He said GST is not only adversely impacting traders but also the common people

Taking a jibe at the  Centre, he said: “The world over, wherever GST has been implemented, an outer limit has been set, but the BJP-led Central government has created six GST slabs with an outer limit of 40 per cent.”

With implementation of the GST by the BJP-led Central Government, the “roti, kapada aur makan” of the common people have been affected as prices have soared sky-high, and the prices of essential commodities have gone beyond the reach of the common people, Maken further stated.

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A go getter, Kamal Nath faces onerous task as MP state chief

Kamal Nath will be expected to replicate at state level his own expertise in repeatedly winning elections from Chhindwara.

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Kamal Nath Sciendia

Kamal Nath, who the Congress has appointed as the new Madhya Pradesh unit chief in a bid to break BJP’s hold in the state, is seen as a go-getter, a quick decision-maker and a smart tactician, who has won nine Lok Sabha elections.

He faces an onerous task in his new role to lead the party’s effort to unseat the well-entrenched BJP in Madhya Pradesh, where Congress has been out of power for the last 15 years.

With about seven months left for the assembly elections, Kamal Nath, 71, will need to take quick steps to galvanise the party unit and forge appropriate social and caste matrix for party’s success.

While his seniority and acceptability across different factions of the state unit is seen as an advantage, Kamal Nath will be called upon to use his resourcefulness to inject a momentum into the party’s as quickly as possible to face the poll change.

The central leaderhip took its time in announcing a leadership change in the Madhya Pradesh as it weighed various options.

There was speculation that Jyotiradtiya Scindia, 47, a four-time MP, would be declared the chief ministerial candidate.

Kamal Nath was in favour of an early announcement of the chief ministerial candidate and had gone on record to state that he would welcome announcement about Scindia being declared the candidate.

Scindia has now been made Chairman of the Campaign Committee for the assembly polls.

Though the party has not formally announced a Chief Ministerial candidate, Kamal Nath is seen as a front runner for the post in case the party gets a majority.

Kamal Nath has signalled that he will take along all leaders, including former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, in his efforts to unseat the BJP. Singh had embarked on a Narmada Yatra recently and has considerable support base across the state.

Among the factors that seem to have worked in favour of Kamal Nath are his vast organisational and administrative experience and his resourcefulness.

Kamal Nath’s appointment also signals Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s endeavour to give regard to experience of party’s senior leadership while making crucial election-related decisions.

There was speculation that young leaders will be appointed to key posts in states after Gandhi’s elevation as party chief in December last.

Kamal Nath not only has to take on three-time Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the electoral arena but faces a BJP election machinery which has shown considerable booth level dexterity under party chief Amit Shah. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP’s most popular campaigner, is also expected to campaign extensively in Madhya Pradesh in the run-up to the assembly polls.

Kamal Nath will be expected to replicate at state level his own expertise in repeatedly winning elections from Chhindwara.

He has undertaken several welfare initiatives in Chhindwara and maintained a connect with the voters. He retained his seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls despite the BJP sweeping the elections in Madhya Pradesh. He was later elected pro-term Speaker, being the senior-most member of the 16th Lok Sabha.

Kamal Nath has been a union minister in different Congress-led governments and has also held organisational posts including being in-charge of Gujarat and Haryana in his nearly four-decade political career.

Kamal Nath also has friends across the political spectrum. A friend of the late Sanjay Gandhi, he was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1980. He was Minister of Environment and Forests as also Textiles Minister during the Narasimha Rao government.

Kamal Nath was a key member of the two UPA governments and was Commerce and Industry Minister from 2004-2009. During the UPA-II government, he held portfolios of Road Transport and Highways, Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs.

As India’s Commerce minister, he championed the cause of developing countries at WTO ministerial meetings.

He also took initiatives for the protection of the environment.

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New US Visa Rules, huge setback for India: Rahul

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New Delhi, April 26: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday termed the proposed US visa rules as a “huge setback” for India.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress leader said “some things a hug can buy”, but for visas “you’re on your own”.

Gandhi tweeted, “New US Visa Rules, a huge setback for India…as Foreign Policy by Modi, Foreword by Trump”

His remarks come amid Donald Trump’s government plan to propose to end giving work permits to the spouses of H1-B visa holders to work in America, a decision that could have a devastating impact on scores of Indians.

Besides this, global entrepreneurs will not be able to apply for parole to nurture their startups for a certain period.

According to the reports, both of these Obama-era policies will be revoked in a bid to clinch the objectives of ‘Buy American, Hire Amercian’.

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PILs filed in Judge Loya case were politically motivated: Sibal

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New Delhi, April 26: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday said the PILs filed in Judge Loya case were politically-motivated.

Addressing a press conference, the former Union Minister stated ” After the investigation of Judge Loya case, there were several PILs lodged. But by the recent SC judgement, PILs have been considered to be politically-motivated”.

Sibal claimed that a PIL was filed in Nagpur bench by Suraj Lolage, who is an RSS ideologue, on 27 November 2017. Lolage had contested for a BJP ticket in Municipal elections.

“After the press conference in AICC on 30 Jan 2018, a phone conversation between Suraj Lolage and Satish Uke’s brother revealed that Lolage’s petition intended to elevate Judge Loya case to the apex court, where independent probe was rejected”, he added.

The Congress leader further stated that “What does this show? Clearly, Bhaiyyaji Joshi and the RSS were very keen that this matter be heard in the Supreme Court as quickly as possible because they are the ones who initiated the PIL.

Sibal cited two possibilities either RSS’s Bhaiyyaji Joshi wanted that an enquiry into Judge Loya’s death be conducted or wanted an outcome which ensures that the matter is closed without an enquiry.

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