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Economy is Sinking, Finance Minister is defending Defence Deals: Congress

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New Delhi, Jan 3: The Congress on Thursday targetted the Narendra Modi government saying Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is more concerned about defending the Rafale deal instead of running the economy.

Addressing a press conference Senior Congress leader Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi said “While our Finance Minister is busy trying to defend the defenceless Rafale deal, fraudsters looted around Rs 41,167 crore from our banks in 2017-2018, a steep rise of 72 per cent over the previous year when the figure was Rs Rs 23,933 crore”.

In the past 4 years, Demonetisation, Gabbar Singh Tax and sheer fiscal illiteracy on the part of the Government has damaged the economy beyond recognition”.

“Lowest Capital Formation, depreciating rupee, rising fuel prices and allied inflation are just some of the few gifts that the BJP has given the nation under their program of ‘acche din”. Now, their mismanagement has brought us one more laurel in the form of investments hitting a 14-year low”.

Citing another report, the Congress leader stated “NPAs of MUDRA loans have doubled in a year”.

“Another report states that investments in the October-December quarter fell to a 14-year-low, with new investments being 55 per cent lower than the year-ago period. According to the Finance Ministry data, the amount of Mudra loans that turned into NPAs almost doubled in the year to Rs 7,277 crore from the Rs 3,790 crore of NPAs recorded in 2016-17.

“While the economy is in dire straits, neither Modi nor his government has bothered to give any response. This is what happens when the Finance Minister of country acts as a ‘defensive minister’ for the government instead of focusing on the economy,” Singhvi added.

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Like in 2018, Kamal Nath launches poll drive from Ujjain

Kamal Nath plans to list the achievements of his party and development works during the 15-month rule to seek return to power.

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Ujjain, July 7 : Former chief minister and Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath arrived here for ”Darshan” of Mahakal before the start of his campaign for the mini-midterm elections involving 24 assembly seats in the state.

The Ujjain visit was due on July 3 but was washed out due to heavy rains.

There are striking similarities between his present campaign and the one he led in 2018 to bring the Congress back into power after 15 years. He had started the campaign with a ”pooja” at Ujjain. The key difference of course is the absence of Jyotiraditya Scindia, who blindsided him and his departure with a big chunk of the party caused the current campaign. Scindia was the campaign convener then.

Kamal Nath has few more pilgrimages lined up in the next few days before he gets to the war-room to be set up in Gwalior, the Scindia bastion.

Shortly after the ”pooja” and meeting with the party colleagues, Kamal Nath left for Badnawar to address the first rally — ”Loktantra Bachao” (save democracy) rally.

Though Scindia and former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh were the senior leaders in the party, Jyotiraditya was presented as the youth face to draw the electorate. Singh was asked to bring about patch up between various factions. Kamal Nath was thus the key campaigner. He retains that status. Kamal Nath who drew good crowds in 2018 under Shivraj Chouhan”s rule has made a striking start with Ujjain Congress leaders responding in large numbers despite the lockdown curbs. The temple town, once part of the Gwalior state has responded with hundreds of billboards greeting him.

Kamal Nath plans to list the achievements of his party and development works during the 15-month rule to seek return to power.

Kamal Nath held a one-on-one discussion with prospective candidates to set the selection process rolling. The party plans to have 24 call centres, one in each constituency that will witness the by-elections. The party workers will receive voters” feedback and inputs for the prospective candidates and the agenda to be set on local issues. The same strategy will be adopted in all 24 constituencies this time also.

Unlike in 2018 when the main war room was at Bhopal, the party is expected to hire a bungalow in Gwalior where Kamal Nath plans to move to lead the campaign.

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Scindia’s PA tests Covid positive, has long contact trail

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Bhopal: Anil Mishra, personal assistant to BJP Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, has tested positive.

He has been accompanying Scindia throughout his tours post-corona infection.

His contact trail is longer than that of Scindia. He has been in touch with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Mishra was present during Scindia’s meetings with the MLAs and the swearing in ceremony of the MP ministry on July 2.

BJP sources say there is concern over the possible list of people who will be put in isolation to check the spread of the virus.

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Credit to armed forces for Chinese army retreat behind LAC: Congress

“The Prime Minister should himself come forward and tell what is the truth though in the all-party meeting, he had said that no Indian territory has been occupied,” he said

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New Delhi, July 6 : In wake of reports that Chinese Army has retreated two km behind the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Congress, which has been questioning the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Chinese transgressions, on Monday credited the armed forces for the development.

“We know that the PLA can”t withstand the Indian forces, so they have retreated but the Prime Minister has to reply to tough questions,” part spokesperson Pawan Khera said at a press conference here on Monday.

The Prime Minister should himself come forward and tell what is the truth though in the all-party meeting, he had said that no Indian territory has been occupied, he said.

“We demand that Prime Minister should tell the facts to the nation,” Khera said, assuring that his party will not raise questions if Modi says that his earlier statement in the all-party meeting was not correct.

On reports that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi after which Chinese forces withdrew, Khera said that this government has to decide that it needs ministers who should do their jobs.

“What is the Foreign Minister doing?” he asked.

Taking potshots at the Modi government, Khera said there is no system in the government as sometimes businessmen talk (in case of Pakistan) and sometimes foundations talk (in case of China).

“Why did the Prime Minister visit China without agenda?” asked Khera.

Indian and Chinese troops have retreated two kilometres behind the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley, where 20 Indian and unknown number of Chinese soldiers were killed in a violent face-off on June 15.

Top official sources told IANS that both sides retreated two km simultaneously on Sunday, following several rounds of talks which had begun after the clash on June 15. The disengagement between Indian and the People”s Liberation Army (PLA) happened as per the agreed terms in the Corps Commander”s meeting.

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