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Electoral bonds are crony capitalism of highest order, Violates Constitution: Yechury

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New Delhi, Feb 3: Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Saturday said the idea of electoral bonds are nothing but crony capitalism of the highest order and it violates the constitution.

His remarks came a day after the Supreme Court issued a notice to the central government after hearing a petition filed by Yechury challenging introduction of electoral bonds in elections.

Speaking about the plea, he said it has to be repealed and this is what we have appealed to the apex court.

CPMI leader further stated ” Situation must change as due to monetary pressure no small party can contest elections. Rates are so high that people come to us and say, ‘Comrade Ji why are elections held every 5 yrs? They must be held each year.’

“It is beneficial for those who get money from political parties” he added.

Earlier, he had described electoral bonds as “regressive” and pitched for state funding of political parties and a ban on flow of corporate funds directly to them.

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In a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Yechury demanded a rollback of policies vis-a-vis electoral bonds including retrospective amendment to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) to allow indirect political funding by foreign companies and lifting of maximum limit on corporate contributions to political parties.

“Contesting elections is now akin to a business enterprise, possible only for the wealthy. This needs stringent reform. At the outset, a good move will be to ban availability of corporate funds to political parties,” the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader said.

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Result of ‘Howdy Modi’, Trump calls India’s air ‘filthy’: Kapil Sibal

Trump described the air in India,China,and Russia as “filthy” as he defended his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord,lauded his decisions with regard to reducing carbon emissions

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New Delhi: Taking a jibe at the Centre, Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday said that US President Donald Trump said that India’s air is ‘filthy’, a result of ‘Howdy Modi’ event.

“Trump : Fruits of Friendship 1) Questions India’s Covid death toll 2) Says India sends dirt up into the air India “ air is filthy “ 3) Called India “ tariff king “ The result of “Howdy Modi “ Sibal tweeted.

US President Donald Trump described the air in India, China, and Russia as “filthy” as he defended his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord and lauded his decisions with regard to reducing carbon emissions at Thursday’s final debate before the November 3 election.

“Look at China. How filthy it is. Look at Russia. Look at India, it’s filthy. The air is filthy,” said Trump while speaking on carbon emissions as he countered Democratic rival Joe Biden at a final debate moderated by NBC’s Kristen Welker.

Trump further claimed that under his administration the US has had the lowest emission numbers in the last 35 years.

Earlier during his first presidential debate against his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, the US President said India, China, and Russia “did not exactly give a straight count” on deaths due to the novel coronavirus.

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Will visit Congress-ruled states, too, if they block justice: Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, Oct 24 : After coming under attack from BJP leaders for not visiting families of rape victims in Rajasthan and Punjab unlike Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said that the two of his party-ruled states did not deny incidents of rape and didn’t block justice and “if they do” he will go there to fight for justice as well.

“Unlike in UP, the governments of Punjab and Rajasthan are not denying that the girl was raped, threatening her family and blocking the course of justice. If they do, I will go there to fight for justice,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

His remarks came after Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Prakash Javadekar and Dr Harsh Vardhan questioned the Congress leader for not visiting Punjab and Rajasthan.

Rahul Gandhi, along with his sister and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had visited Hathras to meet the family of alleged gang rape victim.

He was roughed up by Uttar Pradesh Police on Yamuna Expressway when he started to march towards Hathras.

Earlier in the day, Congress leader Sushmita Deb also slammed BJP leaders for politicising the issue ahead of Bihar assembly polls.

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Independent MLA Geeta Jain joins Shiv Sena

On Friday, senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse joined the NCP, which is part of the ruling coalition in the state.

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Mumbai, Oct 24: Geeta Jain, an independent MLA and former BJP leader from neighbouring Mira Bhayander township, joined the ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra on Saturday.

Jain visited `Matoshree”, the residence of Chief Minister and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, where she was inducted into the party, a Sena source said.

She was accompanied by minister Eknath Shinde and Thane MLA Pratap Sarnaik.

Jain, a BJP rebel, won from the Mira Bhayander constituency last year by defeating the BJP”s Narendra Mehta.

After winning she had declared support to the BJP.

Recently, water conservation minister Shankarrao Gadakh, who had won from the Nevasa assembly seat as Krantikari Shetkari Paksh”s candidate, joined the Shiv Sena.

On Friday, senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse joined the NCP, which is part of the ruling coalition in the state.

But a Sena leader said that the entry of Gadakh and Jain into the party would not change its official tally in the assembly.

“They are not bound by the party”s whip as assembly records will continue to show them as MLAs who won on different symbols,” he said.

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