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Defence is not a political issue, says Jaitley

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New Delhi, March 17, 2017: National security is not an issue on which political parties should attack each other, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

“National security and national preparedness are not political issues…,” Jaitley said while intervening in a discussion on the demands for grant for the Defence Ministry.

“There are some problems that are there since decades, and there are some good systems as well which have been there for decades,” Jaitley said.

The minister assured the house that Indian forces are “fully prepared” to face any threat to national security.

He also said that the government is working on making procurements faster and there will be no compromise on the requirements of the forces.

“Procurement procedures are on. We are trying to make it fast. Any critical requirement of the forces will not be compromised with, even if we have to cut expenditure somewhere else,” Jaitley said.

Earlier, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia attacked the government over not paying attention to the Defence Ministry, and took a jibe at former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for not being present in Delhi.

“Want to ask the Prime Minister, where is your patriot government why could we not bring progress in Defence. The answer is not mysterious, problems can be solved only when the Defence Minister is in Delhi,” Scindia said.

As the treasury bench members objected, Scindia said: “I am referring to that Defence Minister, I knew you will jump.”

He also slammed the government for not taking action on a post-Pathankot attack report by a committee under former Vice Chief of Army Lt Gen Philip Campose (retd).

“Post Pathankot a committee was formed under Lt Gen Campose. He gave the report, it is still gathering dust and the nation got Uri and Nagrota,” he said.

The debate will be later replied to by Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre.

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Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain discharged from LNJP hospital

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New Delhi, June 19: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and  Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Tuesday discharged from the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital. 

Sisodia was admitted yesterday after his ketone level reached 7.4.

Sisodia announced his recovery on Twitter before getting discharged.

“With doctor’s care and your blessings, I am recovering fast,” he tweeted.

“Yesterday (Monday), my ketone level was 7.4 and BP reached 184/100, which was leading to renal failure. But now everything is under control. If doctors allow I’ll try to be back to work today only,” the Minister said.

He was on an indefinite hunger strike for the past 7 days at LG’s residence against the alleged strike by the IAS officers of Delhi government.

Late on Sunday night, Jain, who was also on an indefinite hunger since June 12, was shifted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital due to deteriorating health.

Kejriwal along with his cabinet colleague have been camping in the Raj Niwas, since June 11 protesting against IAS officers on de facto strike and seeking approval to the Delhi government’s proposal to supply ration to the poor at their houses.

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PM Modi turns blind eye to anarchy in Delhi: Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, June 18: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the BJP for their protests leading to a stalemate in the national capital, while accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of ignoring the crisis.

Gandhi tweeted “Delhi CM, sitting in Dharna at LG office. BJP sitting in Dharna at CM residence. Delhi bureaucrats addressing press conferences. PM turns a blind eye to the anarchy; rather nudges chaos and disorder”.

“People of Delhi are the victims, as this drama plays out,” he added.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday continued his sit-in protest at the Lt. Governor’s residence for straight eight days in a row, urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “give a nod” to the IAS officers to end their strike.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday also continued its counter-protest against Kejriwal’s stir.

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Manish Sisodia hospitalised

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New Delhi, June 18: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who was on hunger strike since June 13, was admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital in the national capital on Monday following a failing health, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.

“Sisodia being shifted to hospital,” Kejriwal tweeted.

According to the reports, Sisodia’s ketone level reached 7.4, following which the decision was taken to move him to a hospital.

Late on Sunday night, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who was also on an indefinite hunger since June 12, was also shifted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital due to deteriorating health.

In another tweet on Monday, Kejriwal said that Jain “is doing well”.

Jain and Sisodia were camping in the Raj Niwas along with

Kejriwal along with his cabinet colleague have been camping in the Raj Niwas, since June 11 protesting against IAS officers on de facto strike and seeking approval to the Delhi government’s proposal to supply ration to the poor at their houses.

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