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Govt economists critical of budget provisions, says Chidambaram

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New Delhi, Feb 13: Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said that government economists are speaking against the Union Budget provisions, leading to a chorus of dissent growing against it.

Taking to Twitter, Chidambaram stated “The chorus of dissent against budget provisions grows. Dr Arvind Panagariya (former NITI Aayog Vice Chairman) speaks against protectionist custom duties”.

“Dr Rathin Roy, Member, PMEAC (Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council) joins Dr Panagariya. Dr Surjit Bhalla, another Member, PMEAC, speaks against LTCG (long term capital gain tax),” he added.

Chidambaram further asserted: “Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, hopes that these measures are ‘temporary’!”

“Dr Urjit Patel, Governor, RBI (Reserve Bank of India), warns of five taxes on capital and how it will inhibit capital investment”.

Former Finance Minister said, “World stock exchanges protest government-inspired NSE/BSE restrictions on sharing data with other exchanges as protectionist.”

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BJP is expert in stealing and poaching MLAs: Congress

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New Delhi, May 21: The Congress on Monday hit back at BJP President Amit Shah soon after the latter addressed his first press conference post-Karnataka verdict. 

Levelling serious allegations against the saffron party, Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said the BJP spent around Rs 6,500 crore in the elections and had a provision of 4000 Cr for poaching MLAs.

“The BJP intimidated our legislators, withdrew their security, stopped them from flying. The BJP only did this to be able to abduct and poach our MLAs”, he added.

He further said that the BJP used all means to win Karnataka election but, they failed.

“The BJP has become a repeat offender when it comes to stealing mandate and Govt. Do their rules change with the states”, the Congress asked.

“Will the BJP give an account of its sources of money? On one hand, people’s money was snatched away by PM Modi, while on the other, BJP has all the money”.

Countering Amit Shah’s statement that the mandate in the state was against the Congress, Sharma said that the Karnataka mandate was for the Congress and the JD(S), adding two parties aligned to protect the social and secular fabric of the country.

He further added that he expected Shah to apologise for what the BJP did during the Assembly election and after polls. “But they are experts in stealing and poaching MLAs. On day of floor test too, 2 MLAs had to be protected by the police”.

In a scathing attack on Centre’s proposal of change in the allocation of services to successful candidates of the prestigious civil services examination, the Congress leader stated: ” After creating an environment of fear for Civil Servants, the Modi Govt is now interfering with the procedures of the Civil Services”.

“In the light of the Constitution, Modi Govt’s recent diktat compromises on the neutrality of the Civil Services and violates the constitutional principles”.

Taking a potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress said “No PM has ever distorted history and dragged the Indian Army in an election campaign with manufactured lies. This adds to PM Modi’s list of many firsts.”

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Palghar bypoll: CM accuses Sena of betrayal by fielding

In a jolt to its ally BJP, the Sena fielded Shriniwas Wanga for the by-election after his father and sitting BJP MP from the Palghar seat, Chintaman Wanga, died.

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Palghar (Maharashtra), May 21 : Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has accused the Shiv Sena of betraying the BJP by fielding the son of late MP Chintaman Wanga for the Palghar Lok Sabha seat bypoll.

He claimed the Sena knew that the BJP was already planning to nominate someone from Chintaman Wanga’s family for the by-election, scheduled on May 28.

Lauding Wanga’s association with the BJP, Fadnavis said the late leader represented the party’s ideology.

In a jolt to its ally BJP, the Sena fielded Shriniwas Wanga for the by-election after his father and sitting BJP MP from the Palghar seat, Chintaman Wanga, died.

Fadnavis, at an earlier rally in the district, said he had told Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray that the BJP was planning to give ticket to a member of Chintaman Wanga’s family for the by-election.

“Our ally (on one hand) was welcoming our decision to give ticket to the Wanga family and on the other hand hatching a conspiracy,” the chief minister said at a campaign rally in Palghar’s Nallasopara area last night.

Chintaman Wanga’s wife had yesterday filed a complaint of model code violation against the BJP, accusing the party of using her husband’s pictures on publicity material for the upcoming bypoll illegally.

However, Fadnavis said only the BJP had the right to use the late leader’s photos.

“Only we have the right to put up Chintaman Wanga’s photo. He wasn’t an individual but our ideology,” he said.

Urging the people of Palghar to vote fearlessly without succumbing to any threats, the chief minister said those come between the BJP and the people will be “crushed”.

Nobody should indulge in extortion in the name of the saffron flag, he said without naming any party.

Fadnavis said this was not an election of ‘galli’ (a local street), but ‘Delhi’ (Parliament), and asked other parties to do politics for the welfare of the society.

For the bypoll, the BJP has fielded Rajendra Gavit, who recently left the Congress to join the saffron party.

Fadnavis asserted that Gavit was the right successor to Chintaman Wanga.

“Why vote for those who don’t know whether they exist or not. Rajendra Gavit is like (Chintaman) Wanga who struggles for people…send him to the Modi team (Parliament),” he said.

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari also spoke at the rally.

Apart from the BJP and the Sena, the Congress is also in fray for the bypoll to the tribal-dominated constituency, located about 110 km from Mumbai, and has fielded former MP Damodar Shingda.

Local outfit Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA), which has three MLAs in total six Assembly segments in the Palghar constituency, has nominated former MP Baliram Jadhav.

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AAP leader joins SAD ahead of Shahkot bypoll

Welcoming Walia into the party fold, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the youth leader had made a name for himself in a short period of time and would be an asset for the SAD in Jalandhar district.

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Jalandhar, May 20 : In a jolt to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), its leader from Doaba region H S Walia today joined the Shiromani Akali Dal along with his supporters ahead of the Shahkot bypoll scheduled to be held on May 28.

Walia said he was joining the SAD due to its “pro-people” policies as well as the party’s desire to take all sections of society with it.

“I earlier joined AAP because it professed idealism. However I slowly realised that the party had become thoroughly corrupt and was not concerned about Punjabis and their problems. Moreover, AAP is being run from Delhi by Arvind Kejriwal who does not give any weightage to the local leadership,” Walia alleged.

Welcoming Walia into the party fold, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the youth leader had made a name for himself in a short period of time and would be an asset for the SAD in Jalandhar district.

Walia would be duly adjusted in the party organisation and would be given important duties, he was quoted as saying in a release.

The SAD president said the manner in which both the Congress and the AAP leaders were joining the SAD was indicative of the functioning of the Congress government as well as complete disillusionment with the Aam Aadmi Party.

Badal said political leaders usually changed parties towards the fag end of any government’s tenure, but presently leaders were “leaving the Congress in droves” because the party had “lost all appeal among the masses” after reneging on promises made to the people.

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