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Gujarat doesn’t just belong to 5-10 big industrialists says Rahul Gandhi

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Rahul Gandhi in Porbandar (Photo-ANI)

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, addressing fishermen in Porbandar in poll-bound Gujarat, on Friday accused the ruling BJP in the state and Centre of working for a handful of industrialists and expressed confidence that the Congress would form the next government in the state.

On a two-day visit to the state, Rahul Gandhi was joined on stage by Bharat Modi, a leader of the fishermen community and till recently a senior BJP leader in the region.

Gandhi told the rally that a Congress government and Congress Chief Minister “will have their doors open for everybody in the state to listen to them”.

“Modiji tells you his ‘Mann ki Baat’ but nobody listens to your ‘Mann ki Baat’. Congress will win the December elections in Gujarat and will form a government which listens to you and works according to your needs,” he said.

“If the Congress comes back to power at the Centre, it would consider setting up an independent fisheries ministry,” he said, adding that the BJP government would not consider giving a subsidy of Rs 300 crore to fishermen but “waive Rs 1 lakh crore in debt to big business houses”.

He said that it is these industrialists who are “marketing for the Modi government”.

“This is interesting. A BJP worker here speaks out about your demands from the Congress platform. My dear friend, it is your government, the PM is yours, the CM is yours. Now that you have come here and Congress is going to win in Gujarat, we will listen to you,” Gandhi said addressing Bharat Modi.

He hit out at NDA government on the issues of GST and demonetization and how it had affected the common people.

The Congress Vice President landed in Porbandar in the morning and visited the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, the famous Kirti Mandir before addressing a public rally of fishermen.

The BJP, on the other hand, tried to lash out at the Congress leader on a very flimsy ground — of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi that almost slipped out of Rahul Gandhi’s hand when it was presented to him during his welcome at Porbandar. However, in a quick reflex action, Gandhi grabbed the statue before it fell to the floor and smashed.

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Modi sabotaging nation’s interest to favour crony capitalist friends: Congress

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New Delhi, Nov 15: The Congress on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of sabotaging country’s interest to favour his “crony capitalist friends” and claimed the agreement to purchase the 36 French Rafale jets from France was in violation of Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP).

Reiterating its demand for a JPC probe into the controversial deal, the opposition party also sought to know from the Prime Minister why he set a higher “benchmark price” and waived the bank guarantee or French government’s sovereign guarantee.

“The Prime Minister enhanced the benchmark price for Rafale by Euro 3 billion (Rs 22,743 crore). Why did he set a higher benchmark price of Euro 8.2 Billion (Rs 62,166 crore) from Euro 5.2 billion (Rs 39,422 )? Why did he waive the sovereign guarantee requirement,” Congress spokeperson Randeep Singh Surjewala asked at a press conference.

“The Prime Minister has gone as far as to sabotage the nation’s interests in favour of his crony capitalist friends,” he said.

The Congress leader said the only forum to investigate the acts of “omission, commission and corruption” in the “biggest defence scam” of India is to have a Joint Parliamentary Commission (JPC) probe.

Surjewala, later, in a statement said the negotiating team had a serious dispute on the fixing of benchmark price, which was referred to the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

“Parrikar as the head of Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) and the three armed forces chiefs also didn’t agree and decide on the higher benchmark price of Euro 8.2 billion (Rs 62,166 crore). DAC referred it to the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by PM Modi and he in CCS accepted the higher benchmark price,” he said.

Surjewala also sought to know why National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was allowed to negotiate with the French, and not the negotiations committee of IAF and the Defence Ministry.

“Did PM Modi ask him to do so and for what reason?” he asked.

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Latest skeleton in Rafale cupboard is ‘No guarantee’ by French govt, says Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, Nov 15: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning if the agreement to procure 36 Rafale jets from France was at all a government-to-government deal. 

“The latest skeleton to tumble out of the RAFALE cupboard: NO Guarantee by the French Government. backing the deal.

BUT, our Prime Minister says there’s a letter from the French promising to be faithful! That’s enough to call this a “Govt to Govt” deal?,  the Congress Chief tweeted along with an image “Titled MODI GOVT LIES AGAIN”.

Earlier in a day, Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told media that we have been saying for long that Rafale jet deal is a huge scam and will raise this issue in the winter session of the Parliament.

Gandhi’s fresh attack on Modi comes a day after the Centre told the Supreme Court that there was no sovereign guarantee by the French government backing the deal but only a letter of comfort.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal made the submission before a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K.M. Joseph, which reserved its verdict on pleas seeking court-monitored probe into the fighter jet deal.

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ABVP suspends DUSU president Ankiv Baisoya

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New Delhi, Nov 15: The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad on Thursday suspended  DUSU President Ankiv Baisoya till the inquiry in the fake degree case against him is over. 

Earlier, the ABVP had issued a statement saying Baisoya has been expelled from all the responsibilities of the organization.

Baisoya has been under a cloud over allegations of securing admission in Delhi University on the basis of a fake degree from the Thiruvalluvar University in Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

He is currently a student of Department of Buddhist Studies and is the centre of an inquiry by that department.

The controversy surrounding Baisoya’s certificates triggered when the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) circulated a letter in September, issued by the Controller of Examination of the Thiruvalluvar University dismissing Baisoya’s graduation mark-sheet bearing that varsity’s stamp and logo as “fake”.

Later, the troubles piled up for Baisoya after a letter issued by the Thiruvalluvar University Registrar surfaced stating that the education certificates provided by Baisoya from that university were “fake” and that he was not enrolled in the university.

In a letter on October 3 to the Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Tamil Nadu government, Registrar V. Peruvalluthi stated: “I hereby submit that Mr Ankiv Baisoya has not enrolled either in our university or in any of our constituent of affiliated colleges and is not our student at all.”

Taking cognisance of the media reports regarding Baisoya’s alleged fake degree, it further read: “The certificate he has produced is fake and not from our university. The Controller of Examination has issued a letter stating that the certificate is not genuine after official verification of records of the Controller of Examination office.”

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