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Government lost high moral ground after defending Jay Shah: Yashwant

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Patna, Oct 11: Dissident BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday slammed the government for defending party chief Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah over allegations hurled against him and said it had thus lost its high moral ground.

“I don’t want to comment on the merit of the case as it is a matter of investigation but I would like to say the manner in which a central minister jumped into the fray… He is a central minister, not a chartered accountant of Jay Shah,” Sinha told NDTV.

Sinha also criticized the government for allowing Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to take on the case of Jay Shah.

“These were avoidable and should not have happened. The very special circumstances in which the Additional Solicitor General has been cleared to defend the concerned person also raises some issues and that was also to my mind avoidable.

“Looking at all these therefore perhaps the high moral ground that we had occupied all these months and years somehow appears to have been lost,” said the former Finance Minister.

Jay Shah’s company has reportedly recorded a turnover of Rs 80 crore in 2015 after showing just Rs 50,000 the previous year.

Sinha was asked whether the issue had dented the image of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“I am not going to those details. An episode takes place. Your reaction to that determines whether you are still occupying a high moral ground or you have quit that high moral ground. From the way we have responded the party and the government, it appears the high moral ground has been lost,” Sinha said.

He said the matter must be investigated. “We have lots of agencies which can do it.”

Asked about the defamation case filed against the website while reported the story, Sinha said: “Media is a very important integral part of democracy and that is why it is regarded as the fourth pillar. To try and supress the voice of media either directly or through any other means including for instance this defamation case of Rs 100 crore was also avoidable.”

Sinha created a furore after attacking the government’s management of economy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi clarified later that the economy was on sound track.

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PNB fraud case: Rahul attacks Modi asks, ‘where is the Chowkidar now?’

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday attacked prime minister Narendra Modi over the back to back reports of frauds by renowned businessmen.
Stating Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi the Congress leader asked Narendra Modi, where is the Chowkidar who said ” Na Khaunga Na Khaane Dunga”.

Rahul Gandhi also questioned his silence over the PNB banking fraud. He said that the citizens are curious to hear from you.

Rahul also said,” your silence is telling whose faithful are you.”

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Hardik Patel may Campaign for Madhya Pradesh Assembly Polls

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Bhopal, Feb 19: Gujarat’s firebrand Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Monday dropped hints that he may campaign for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls and also stated his intent to work for the youth and farmers of the country. 

The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader came up with these remarks here during his one-day tour in the city, news agency IANS quoted.

When asked  about his campaign plans, Patel told the media: “There is no problem in doing good work and will continue doing so.”

He also took potshots at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre and in the state for its divisive politics.

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BJP announces candidates for UP, Bihar by-polls

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BJP(Bhartiya Janta Party) on Monday announced its candidates for Uttar Pradesh & Bihar By-Polls.

KS Patel and Upendra Shukla will be BJP’s candidate from Phoolpur and Gorakhpur assembly seat respectively.

Whereas Rinky Pandey & Pradeep Singh will be BJP ‘s candidates for Bhabua assembly and Araria Lok Sabha seat respectively.

The election commission has announced that the election of the four constituencies will be held on 11th March.

The by-elections in Uttar Pradesh were necessitated after Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister while Phulpur MP Keshav Prasad Maurya was appointed the Deputy Chief Minister.

Araria seat fell vacant after the death of Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Mohammad Taslimuddin.

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