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Digvijaya Singh claims Gadkari alleges corruption in Zoji La Pass tunnel , demands sacking

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Congress Party General Secretary Digvijaya Singh accused Road transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari of indulging in corruption while allocating contract for building the Rs 10,050 crore Zoji La Pass tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack the minister.

“Union minister Gadkari has given the Rs 10,000-crore tunnel building contract to IRB Infra, whose boss has business dealings with him,” said Congress veteran, who approached the CVC with evidence to probe charges against the minister.

“We urge PM Modi to see the documentary evidence for himself and sack Gadkari,” Singh said while adding that he would soon write to him on the issue.

According to the senior Congress leader, IRB Infra, contracted to build the sensitive Zoji La Pass tunnel, has limited experience in high-altitude projects. He further said Nikhil, the son of the minister, was a director and shareholder in a subsidiary of IRB Infra till 2011.

The contract violates CVC guidelines on procedures, said Singh adding when Gadkari was the PWD minister in Maharashtra from 1995 to 1999, all contracts were awarded to IRB.

Singh also cited a report in the Forbes magazine in 2012 to allege that there was a nexus between the IRB and Gadkari. According to the report, the owner of IRB D Mahaskar had lent money to Gadkari when he was the BJP chief and curried favours from him. He further said IRB had invested in Gadkari’s Purti group.

Earlier, in 2012, the Congress targeted Gadkari over Purti issue. The charges cost him a second term as party president.

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This is insult to Hyderabad, Aurangabad: Owaisi

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Hyderabad, April 5 (IANS) AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision not to invite him to the video conference with floor leaders of political parties on covid-19 is an insult to the people of Hyderabad and Aurangabad.

The Hyderabad MP tweeted that All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) not being invited to the video conference is an insult to the proud people of Aurangabad and Hyderabad.

“Are they lesser humans because they chose AIMIM. Please explain why they’re not worthy of your kind attention? As MPs it’s our job to represent to you the economic & humanitarian misery of our people,” said Owaisi who tagged Prime Minister’s Office.

Owaisi said people of Hyderabad and Aurangabad elected him and Imtiaz Jaleel respectively so that they will raise their issues. “Now, we’re being denied an audience with His Highness.

Hyderabad has 93 active covid-19 cases, I want to put forth our ideas on how we can fight this pandemic & identify areas where we’re lacking,” he added.

The Hyderabad MP also posted the press release from Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi. According to the release, Modi will be interacting with floor leaders of political parties (who have more than 5 MPs in Parliament combining Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha) through video conference at 11 a.m. on April 8.

This video conference pertains to covid-19 related issues, it said. AIMIM has only two members in Lok Sabha and it has no representation in Rajya Sabha.

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COVID-19: Increase funds to hotspot states: Ahmed Patel

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New Delhi, April 5 Congress leader Ahmed Patel has demanded that the central government increase disaster risk management funds to states with high number of cases of coronavirus.

“Central government must consider number of Covid-19 cases and hotspots to decide allocation of state disaster risk management fund to states,” he tweeted.

The Congress leader said that under the present situation, states like Delhi, Kerala and Punjab have a large number of positive cases but were receiving very little money from SDRMF.

“I request Union Home Minister Amit Shah to include Covid-19 as a criterion apart from the Finance Commission criteria for disbursement of funds to states,” said Patel.

The Health Ministry on Sunday said 77 deaths had been reported across the country due to coronavirus so far, with the total cases up to 3,374.

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Hospitals need PPE and poor need a package, not theatrics: Cogress to PM Modi

Venugopal said instead of addressing this unprecedented health crisis, the PM has come up with stage-crafted events like lighting lamps and clapping, one after another.

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New Delhi, April 4 : AICC General Secretary K.C. Venugopal said on Saturday that the spread of Covid-19 and consequent nationwide lockdown require practical interventions from the Prime Minister such as equipping hospitals and health centres, providing personal protective equipment (PPE), hazmat suits to health workers and increased testing, as well a comprehensive economic package to the state governments to deal with the emergency situation.

“Instead of addressing these crucial issues, the Prime Minister is coming up with mere dramatic acts simply to run away from his responsibilities and obligations,” said Venugopal.

He reiterated that people expected the Prime Minister to speak on pressing issues such as government’s efforts to curtail the virus transmission, initiating rapid testing, providing PPEs to the doctors, nurses and health workers.

“People across the country are reeling under the impact of the unplanned lockdown. They expect not a magic wand but a comprehensive and strategic approach from the PM to deal with the unprecedented migrant labour crisis, issues of daily wage workers, business community, people working in un-organized sector and the middle class”, he added.

Venugopal said instead of addressing this unprecedented health crisis, the PM has come up with stage-crafted events like lighting lamps and clapping, one after another.

“While motivation and unity is the need of the hour, the government’s response should not be limited to mere theatrics and rhetoric. It should rather focus on actions to motivate the people to face this unprecedented pandemic challenge”, he said.

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