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Congress uproars in Rajya Sabha, demands PM to make remark over AgustaWestland



The Congress party on Monday interrupted the functioning of Rajya Sabha, demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for targeting Sonia Gandhi over the AgustaWestland scam.

Senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma led the offence against BJP in the Upper House and demanded the Prime Minister to attend the debates inside the Parliament, rather than making baseless allegations outside the House.

Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Prime Minister Modi while addressing a rally in Tamil Nadu attacked Congress President Sonia Gandhi, raking up her Italian connections. Modi said, ‘I have never been to Italy. But the courts of Italy have themselves exposed Sonia Gandhi’”. Azad urged the Chair to demand an apology from Modi, for the defamatory comments. “How can the Prime Minister of the nation make such loose remarks?”

Meanwhile, Anand Sharma demanded the BJP to convince their Leader of Lok Sabha, Narendra Modi to appear in the Parliament and take part in the ongoing debate. “Why doesn’t he speak inside the Parliament? In some cases, it necessary to be factual than being all rhetoric,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the “terrorised” Congress is trying to project the AgustaWestland scam as August revolution, adding that it won’t get any political benefit from doing so.

Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, P J Kurien appealed Congress to allow the Zero Hour to resume. However, the of protesting party MPs trooped into the well of the House slogans against Modi. Following the uproar, the Upper House was adjourned first till 11:42 am and later till 12:36 pm.

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Conspiracy being hatched against us: Chandrababu



Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. (File Photo: IANS)

Amaravati, March 23: Amid speculation that a CBI inquiry may be ordered into allegations of corruption against him, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday told TDP MPs that a ‘conspiracy is being hatched against us’.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief advised MPs and other top party leaders to remain alert and be prepared to face any difficulties.

In a teleconference with party MPs to take stock of the developments in Parliament, Naidu again voiced his apprehension that the BJP may target him, his son Nara Lokesh and other TDP leaders by slapping cases as they have pulled out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The TDP chief also alleged that the BJP was trying to weaken the political leadership in south India. He said since a strong TDP means a strong Andhra Pradesh, attempts were being made to weaken the party by using the YSR Congress Party and Jana Sena.

Naidu had earlier accused the BJP of trying to politically destabilize Andhra Pradesh by repeating what it did in Tamil Nadu.

“I have come into politics to serve the people and not for conspiracies and machinations. This should be kept in mind by the three parties,” he said referring to the BJP, YSR Congress and Jana Sena.

Naidu’s comments came in the wake of all the three parties making allegations of corruption against the TDP government, targeting him and his son Lokesh, who is also a cabinet minister.

On Thursday, BJP leader Vishnu Kumar Raju alleged that TDP government was involved in corruption in the Pattiseema project and cited the report of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

Speaking in the assembly, Naidu made a counter attack by claiming that same CAG found fault with the Modi government on many issues.

Naidu also slammed the three parties for making similar allegations on Polavaram project.

“There were no corruption allegations when we were in NDA. How could we suddenly become corrupt after leaving the NDA?” he asked.

The TDP pulled out of NDA over the latter’s refusal to accord special category to Andhra Pradesh and fulfill other commitments made at the time of state’s division in 2014.

The TDP has also moved a no-confidence motion against the Modi government in the Lok Sabha. It could not be taken up due to unending uproar in the House.


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I smell a rat in Mantralaya’s pest control scheme: Eknath Khadse

A survey revealed that there were 3,19,400 rats in the secretariat and a work order had been issued in the matter. 



BJP leader Eknath Khadse

Mumbai,  March 23: Bharatiya Janata Party  MLA and Maharashtra minister Eknathrao Ganpatrao Khadse on Friday sought probe into a rat company given a contract to kill the rodents.

Questioning as to how the company, which was given a contract to Kill 3,19,400 rats in the secretariat accomplished the task in mere seven days, while the BMC took two years to kill around six lakh rats in Mumbai, ANI reported.

A survey revealed that there were 3,19,400 rats in the secretariat and a work order had been issued in the matter.

According to the minister, around 45,628 rats per day were killed (around 31.68 rats every minute).

The government could have deployed ten cats to do the job instead of hiring a private company, the former revenue minister stated.

Meanwhile, the BJP MLA demanded to know the technique used in this regard and also where did the dead bodies of the rats disappear.

The Maharashtra government has assured the minister of a thorough investigation into the matter.


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KC Tyagi says, Cambridge Analytica has no links with JD(U) nor his son



New Delhi, March 22: Senior Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi on Thursday rejected any links with the Cambridge Analytica (CA).

Speaking to Media, he stated that JDU has no relation with Cambridge Analytics, neither has its CEO ever met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish nor me. In any case, JDU is a Socialist outfit and we stay away from such things, except for maybe Prashant Kishore ji helping us during last assembly polls.

There was only a work relation between my son Amrish’s company and Cambridge Analytics , there is no financial transaction or shareholding, everything is open to probe. JDU also has no links with this, neither did they promote us in 2010 polls”, he added.

KC Tyagi’s son Amrish Tyagi owns Ovelina Business Intelligence (OBI), which was Cambridge Analytica’s associate in the country.

OBI in association with CA parent company SCL Group had formed a firm, SCL India.

Meanwhile hitting out at Janata Dal (United), RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, said the name of the company coming out in this matter is in the BJP client list, run by KC Tyagi’s son.

“JD(U) General Secretary’s son is involved and JD(U) is saying that we do not know anything”, he further asserted.

The alleged involvement of the data analytics company and Facebook has erupted a massive political debate across the world as well as in India with a big war-of-words breaking out between the ruling BJP and main Congress.


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