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Sack Jaitley over GST: Yashwant Sinha to Modi

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New Delhi, Nov 10: Senior BJP leader on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a bid to improve the country’s financial system.

“Modi should remove or change the Finance Minister if we want to improve the country’s economic condition,” Yaswant Sinha told media persons.

He stated Jaitley should be succeeded by someone who can handle the Finance Ministry “efficiently”.

Hitting out at the Goods and Services Tax (GST), he said  that “GST ne desh ki arthik waywastha ko kabada kar diya” (GST has ruined the national economy).

Sinha said Jaitley had been repeatedly amending the GST but insisted that the tax regime would not work.

“Jaitely as the Finance Minister did not apply his brain when he prepared and implemented the GST. This is evident the way he has been tinkering it time and again. Even today some changes have been made. But any patchwork will not work. GST needs an overhaul.”

Sinha asked Modi to constitute a high-level committee chaired by economist Vijay Kelkar to study GST and suggest remedial measures.

Earlier in a day, the former finance minister rubbished Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that demonetisation was successful, saying the move had actually failed.

“Notebandi has failed as its objective was not fulfilled. There is no black money return,” Sinha asserted, adding that 99 per cent of the banned currency had returned.

Addressing an event organised by rebel Janata Dal-United leader Uday Narayan Choudhary, he said “But as usual the Central government has been taking help of lies to prove that it was a success”.

Accusing the central government of not being serious about tackling corruption and black money, he asked why has a probe not been ordered into the business dealings of Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah.

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Senior CPI-M leader Md Salim tested for Covid +ve

He said that the decision also aimed at avoiding all kinds of risks of infection amongst his friends, family and neighbours.

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Kolkata, Aug 4 : Senior Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader from West Bengal Mohammad Salim has tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday night.

The ex-MP tweeted, “I have tested positive for Coronavirus with very mild symptoms but I got myself admitted into a hospital as per the advice of my attending doctor”.

He said that the decision also aimed at avoiding all kinds of risks of infection amongst his friends, family and neighbours.

Senior Congress leader from West Bengal Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury wished a speedy recovery to Md Salim. “Get well soon,” Adhir tweeted.

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Karnataka Governor tests negative after recent meeting with CM

Yediyurappa, 77, and daughter B.Y. Padmavati who also tested positive, are under treatment at a private hospital though they are asymptomatic with mild symptoms.

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Bengaluru, Aug 3 : Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has tested negative for coronavirus, three days after meeting Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa who was diagnosed positive on Sunday, an official said on Monday.

“The Governor has undergone a corona antigen test and tested negative,” said a communique from the Raj Bhavan.

The Chief Minister, along with Home Minister Basavaraju Bommai, had called on the Governor last week to discuss the Covid situation in the state and measures being taken to contain the pandemic spread.

“The Governor’s ADC and Personal Secretary Tejas Bhatti have also undergone antigen tests, and were found to be negative,” the communique said.

Yediyurappa, 77, and daughter B.Y. Padmavati who also tested positive, are under treatment at a private hospital though they are asymptomatic with mild symptoms.

“The Chief Minister is doing fine and spoke with the hospital staff. He also held an informal meeting with the team of doctors and nurses treating him at breakfast and enquired about their work conditions and the pressure they have been under since the pandemic broke out in March,” an official said.

Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar, who is himself a medical practitioner, said: “The Chief Minister has a mild cough while his chest and respiratory system are normal.”

As the minister has been meeting Yediyurappa regularly in connection with the Covid crisis management in the state, he gave his swab sample for the test and will be in home quarantine.

Sudhakar had tested negative after his father, wife and daughter tested positive on June 22-23 and had isolated himself for over a week at home in the city.

Though the Chief Minister was mostly at his official residence since Friday, National Education Policy draft committee chairman K. Kasturirangan called on him that day.

The Chief Minister had also been to the Electronics City earlier that day to inaugurate the new building of the Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (Keonics), where he came in contact with many people though he wore a mask and maintained physical distancing.

Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan and other officials had accompanied him.

On July 30, the Chief Minister flagged off the tunnel boring machine for the second phase of the metro rail project at the city centre, where people were present in large numbers.

Meanwhile, best wishes and “get well soon” poured from all over the country for the his quick recovery.

Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, opposition Congress leader Siddaramaiah, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Ashwath Narayan, Bengaluru Mayor M. Goutham Kumar and others wished Yediyurappa a speedy recovery.

Yediyurappa is the fourth minister in the state to test coronavirus positive after Forest Minister Anand Singh, Tourism Minister C.T. Ravi and Agriculture Minister B.C. Patil last month.

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Bengal BJP urges Mamata to withdraw statewide lockdown on Aug 5

“The state government should not create an environment in which people can’t celebrate the occasion of Bhoomi Pujan,” Ghosh said.

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Kolkata, Aug 3 : The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) West Bengal unit has appealed to the Mamata Banerjee-led state government to withdraw the statewide lockdown on August 5, the day on which the ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ for the proposed Ram temple is scheduled in Ayodhya.

“Earlier also the dates were changed four times. There is no harm if it is changed once more. It’s a historic occasion and a proud day for all of us. We have urged the West Bengal government to reconsider and withdraw its decision of enforcing a lockdown on August,” said BJP’s state President Dilip Ghosh.

He said the people of Bengal are already saddened by the pandemic and the state government should not increase their burden any further.

“The state government should not create an environment in which people can’t celebrate the occasion of Bhoomi Pujan,” Ghosh said.

Earlier, the state government had declared a statewide lockdown on seven non-consecutive days in August. The first lockdown of the month is slated to be enforced on Wednesday (August 5).

The state BJP also urged people to play conch shells and ring bells to celebrate the occasion on August 5. In the evening, it requested people to light up earthen lamps or diyas at every home to mark the celebration.

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