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Granting ’eminence’ tag to Jio Institute brazen cronyism: CPI-M

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New Delhi, July 10: The CPI-M on Tuesday slammed the Centre’s decision to include the non-existant Jio Institute in the category of ‘Institutes of Eminence, and called it “brazen cronyism”.

“The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India-Marxist strongly opposes the move by the Narendra Modi government to accord ‘Institution of Eminence’ status to the Reliance Foundation’s Jio Institute.

“We condemn this move of the government which cannot be construed as anything but brazen cronyism,” the party said in a statement.

It said for an institution to stand the test of time and evolve into a truly ‘world class’ institution of higher learning and research is a challenging process.

“It takes great perseverance and creativity to earn that tag of eminence. It is bewildering that the Jio Institute, which is non-existent and notional, has been given that status solely on a ‘drawing board’ projection,” it added.

Some time back, the government had announced that 20 institutions, 10 each from the public and private sectors, would be selected as institutions of eminence.

A Committee headed by former Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami was tasked to identify these institutions.

The government released a list of six ‘Institutions of Eminence’ on Monday which included IIT-Delhi, IISc-Bangalore, IIT-Bombay, BITS Pilani and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, besides Jio Institute.

“The entire exercise and the considerations by the Gopalaswami Committee have remained largely outside the public domain.

“The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has now come out with an announcement that the total number will be reduced from 20 to just six and one of the chosen three private institutions is Reliance Foundation’s Jio Institute,” the statement said.

The Left party stressed that the decision would have a “debilitating effect” on the entire sphere of higher education “underlining the obsession of the government to promote privatisation and undermining public-funded higher education”.

Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac also on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Centre’s Jio institute move.

Issac wrote in his Facebook that the only comparison he can make with Modi is that of King Farouk I of Egypt who suffered from nightmares in which he was chased by an angry lion and haggard from loss of sleep, he went to the zoo and shot two lions in their cage.

“It’s only because it’s Ambani that Modi gave this on a platter and he gave it to an institute where not even the foundation has been laid.

“Even if Ambani desires for the moon, it will be brought to his residence in Mumbai by the Centre,” said Issac.

Issac pointed out that the “Institution of Eminence” has even excluded an institution like the Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi.

By this surprising move, Modi has replaced the legendary Delhi Sultan Muhammad Bin Tuglak and shamed India, said Issac.

The Indian Institutes of Technology at Delhi and Bombay, the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, the Birla Institute of Technology at Pilani, Rajasthan, which was set up in 1964, and the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, which began with Kasturba Medical College in 1953 are those in the list.

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Chidamabaram pitches for more alliances

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P Chidambaram

New Delhi, July 22 : Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram on Sunday told the Congress Working Committee that the party can win at least 150 seats on its own in 12 states where it is strong and it should forge alliances in other states in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to boost its numbers.

Sources said Chidambaram, a former Finance Minister, told the CWC, the party’s highest decision making body, that Congress should try for alliance with as many parties as possible, while strengthening the party in the 12 states to maximise gains.

The party has 48 members in the Lok Sabha at present.

Chidambaram’s views were echoed by several other senior leaders and with some of them emphasising that Congress should be the pivot of alliances and Rahul Gandhi should be the face of the coalition.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also pitched for a wider alliance with regional parties as well at the national level.

He said people were now showing confidence in Congress.

The CWC meeting was attended by all members, special invitees, former and present Chief Ministers and party secretaries.

Sources said party leaders Digvijay Singh and Janardan Dwivedi were also invited but they did not come.

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BJP-Congress war over Rahul hugging PM intensifies

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Rahul Modi

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took a dig at Congress President for “unwanted hug” during the no confidence motion in Parliament by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, the BJP and the Congress traded barbs over the issue.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) described Gandhi as an “incapable leader” to hold any public office, while the Congress said that Gandhi’s hug was full of grace and Modi’s attack on him exposes “politics of hate”.

Addressing a Kisan Kalyan rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur, Modi without taking any names mocked Gandhi for hugging him in the Lok Sabha on Friday during the no confidence motion against the NDA government, which it won easily.

“We asked the reasons for their no confidence motion but when they failed to give it and then they ended up giving an unwanted hug,” Modi said, referring to Gandhi’s embrace.

“Even a beginner in politics, but Gandhi being what he is I think he has demonstrated is irregibility and incapability to really hold any public office,” BJP leader G.V.L. Narsimha Rao said here.

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot hit back, seeking to remind the Prime Minister said that he has given hugs to various leaders across the globe.

“Modi has hugged various leaders during his visit to foreign countries. Were they unwanted hugs?” he asked.

Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said: “Modi is mocking Rahul Gandhi’s hug, which was given out of pure grace.”

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“This completely exposes Modi’s politics of hate,” he said.

Meanwhile, former Finance Minister and ex-BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who is a critic of the Modi government also took a dig at Modi over the hug.

“The serial hugger has been taken for a hug,” Sinha said in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, Gandhi said that he would tackle Modi’s “hate and fear” with love and compassion.

“The point of yesterday’s debate in Parliament…Prime Minister uses hate, fear and anger in the hearts of some of our people to build his narrative. We are going to prove that love and compassion in the hearts of all Indians is the only way to build a nation,” Gandhi tweeted.

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‘PM Modi Sabse Bada Hai Gappi, Dharam Sikhata Hai Usko Bhi Laga do Jhappi’

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Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, July 21: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday said that he’s saddened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s use of language during his speech at the no-confidence motion debate in Parliament. He further called PM Modi a “gappi” and said that the religion teaches everyone to hug such men.

“Ye jo bhasha maine dekhi kal Lok Sabha mein, mujhe dukh laga. Pradhan Mantri Modi desh mein sabsa bada hai gappi, dharam hamein sikhata hai ki usko bhi laga do jhappi,” Kapil Sibal said, adding, “Isliye Rahul Ji ne unko jhappi di, kyoki hum kisi se nafrat nahin karte hain,” he said.

Referring to Rahul’s accusations that the PM cannot see eye-to-eye with him, Modi said, “You are ‘naamdaar’ (dynast), “I am ‘kaamdar’ (worker). I cannot dare to see eye-to-eye with you”. Referring to Rahul’s wink after hugging PM Modi, he said, “Today, the whole nation saw it on TV.”

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