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Government ready to face no-confidence motion: Ananth Kumar

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New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar on Tuesday said that the government has majority in the Lok sabha and it is ready to face the opposition’s no-confidence motion.

“The BJP and the NDA will face it the no-confidence motion, which the opposition wants to bring, under the leadership of Prime MInister Narendra Modi,” Kumar told media after a meeting of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) here.

He said that in the House, the NDA has huge mandate. “The people of the country have given a huge mandate to the NDA and it has a majority in the House. People have reposed faith in NDA in 21 states, so the government will face any motion which the opposition brings in the House,” he said.

Kumar’s remarks came soon after the Congress party announced that it will bring a no-confidence motion against the Modi government in the monsoon session of Parliament and that it is in talks with other opposition parties on the issue.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader also said that the Prime Minister has asked the NDA leaders to expose the opposition parties which are raking up several issues to take political mileage. “Modi also urged the NDA leaders to work unitedly,” he said.

The meeting was attended by Modi, the leaders of Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, Lok Janshakti Party, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, Janata Dal-United, Apna Dal and other NDA allies.

The NDA meeting was preceded by a BJP Parliamentary Party executive which was attended by Modi, party President Amit Shah, L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders.

Kumar further said that the NDA members in the meeting hailed Modi for his historic decision to increase the minimum support price of the produce of farmers.

“The NDA leaders told Prime Minister that through his decision to increase the MSP, farmers across the country are happy.”

The NDA leaders also lauded Modi over the Indian economy jumping to the sixth place in the fastest growing economy list.

“On recent reports of the India economy growing at the fastest rate as it climbed from ninth place to sixth place, the NDA leaders hailed the Prime Minister’s leadership,” the BJP leader said.

They also hailed the Prime Minister for Aayushman Bharat scheme which is popularly known as Modicare scheme.

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Simultaneous polls not possible, need legal framework : Chief Election Commissioner

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New Delhi , Aug 14 : Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on Tuesday virtually ruled out holding simultaneous elections, a day after the BJP made a fresh push to hold Lok Sabha and assembly polls together.

Election Commissioner Rawat said,”simultaneous elections are not possible without a legal framework as any extension or curtailment of the term of assemblies will require a constitutional amendment.”

 “But if polls are to be held in installments, like in 11 states at once, possibilities are there if all respective houses agree to dissolve and conduct polls together,” he added.

“Extra polling personnel, security, & VVPATs will also be needed, logistics arrangements with regard to 100 per cent availability of VVPATs (paper trail machines) will be a constraint,” he told reporters to a question on whether simultaneous elections can be held anytime soon.

“On the issue of ‘one nation one poll’, the Election Commission had given inputs and suggestions in 2015 itself… Other requirements of additional police force, polling personnel would also be needed,” he said.

The CEC said the poll panel would continue to deliver its responsibility of conducting elections whenever term of the state assemblies come to an end.

For conducting 2019 Lok Sabha polls, EC  requires new EVMs — 13.95 lakh ballot units and 9.3 lakh control units -and 16.15 lakh VVPATsbefore the end of November.

If simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies are held in 2019, the EC will require nearly 24 lakh EVMs, double the number required to hold only the Parliamentary polls.

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Jharkhand to cancel licence of 7 children’s homes run by Missionaries of Charity

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Ranchi, Aug 14 : The Jharkhand government will cancel the licence of seven children’s homes run by Missionaries of Charity in Ranchi but state Arch Bishop Felisk Toppo had alleged that the state had adopted repressive measures against the Missionaries in the name of investigating the NGOs. The state CID is investigating the funding of 88 NGOs.

The state BJP has rejected the Arch Bishop’s charges. “The investigation is going on at the directive of the the Union Home Ministry. The Missionaries should cooperate in the probe,” said Pratul Sahdero, Jharkhand BJP spokesperson.

“The Social Welfare Department has accepted a proposal of the Ranchi Deputy Commissioner recommending cancellation of the licence of seven children’s homes run by Missionaries of Charity,” an official of the Social Welfare Department told.

“A notification is likely to be issued after Independence Day,” said the official.

The Ranchi DC had ordered a probe into the children’s homes run by Missionaries of Charity. The district officials inspected the homes and recommended action as these homes did not follow the norms, the official said.

Two other institutions, Asha Sansthan and Kishori Niketan, have been given three months to improve their functioning.

“Of the seven children’s homes, one had no building, another was not following the guidelines prescribed under the Juvenile Justice Act. The third home kept 43 children in two rooms and the address of another was found wrong. The fifth home’s licence expired, while some discrepancies were detected in other two homes,” said the official.

The Missionaries of Charity came under the scanner after a controversy erupted in June over “selling” of four babies. A sister and an employee of the Missionaries of Charity were arrested on charges of selling the newborns to a childless couple.

 

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Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon passes away

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New Delhi : 14 August : Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon passes away at the age of 90. He was admitted to a hospital in Raipur yesterday.

Tandon was put on life support here early on Tuesday after his health condition turned critical, hospital sources said.

Tandon was admitted to the Raipur Medical College late on Monday. Earlier that day he had attended the dress rehearsal of the Independence Day parade. However, by evening he complained he was not feeling well.

On Tuesday, Tandon was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after his condition became critical.

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