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Happy that Shiv Sena didn’t vote for Citizenship Amendment Bill: P Chidambaram

Speaking to media outside Parliament, Chidambaram said, “We got 105 votes and it is wonderful, 105 is a good number.”

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : Former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Wednesday appreciated the party’s alliance partner in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, for not participating in the voting on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha.

Speaking to media outside Parliament, Chidambaram said, “We got 105 votes and it is wonderful, 105 is a good number.”

The contentious CAB was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, two days after it got the nod from the Lok Sabha. As many as 125 members voted in favour of the Bill and 105 voted against it.

Earlier in the day, Home Minister Amit Shah had tabled the Bill in the House. The Bill seeks to give citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

When asked about the party’s alliance partner in Maharashtra, which is a part of the ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi,’ the Congress leader said, “We are certainly happy that Shiv Sena did not vote for the Bill.” Pressed further, he said, “They did not vote as they walked out.”

The Shiv Sena forged an alliance with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra to form a government in the state, where the President’s rule was imposed on November 12.

On the other hand, senior NCP leader Praful Patel when questioned about party’s two MPs — Majeed Memon and Vandana Chavan — remaining absent from the House on the crucial day, he said, “One of them is in poor health and the other has a marriage in her family. So they could not turn up.”

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Rajasthan Cong MLAs demand action against rebels including Sachin Pilot

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Jaipur, Aug 10 : Ahead of the Rajasthan Assembly session, Congress MLAs have demanded action against Sachin Pilot and other rebel MLAs at the Congress’ Legislature Party meeting for creating the political crisis in the state. The Congress has accused the BJP of indulging in horse-trading to bring down the Gehlot government.

State Congress in-charge Avinash Pandey said that he is not in favour of rebels and will convey to the party high command of the situation created by them.
“MLAs in yesterday’s Congress Legislature Party meeting demanded action against Sachin Pilot and other rebel MLAs. State Congress in-charge Avinash Pandey said he will not advocate for rebels in front of party high command,” ANI reported quoting sources.

Gehlot is likely to seek a trust vote during the session which is likely to start on August 14. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has already sent out a three-page communication urging all MLAs in the 200 member House to listen to the voice of the people to save democracy and stand with the truth in the interest of the state.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had on Sunday held CLP meeting at Hotel Suryagarh in Jaisalmer.
Gehlot has accused the BJP of horse -trading as Amit Shah led BJP has already taken down the Congress led governments in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and now Nadda led saffron party wants to forcibly install BJP government in Rajasthan.

Pilot was removed as the Deputy Chief Minister and as the state chief of the party on July 14. Pilot was reportedly miffed after the SOG sent him a notice to record his statement. Gehlot also targeted the 19 Congress dissident MLAs for wronly “creating the impression” that notices issued to them by the SOG which filed three sedition cases last month, had been engineered by state government but Gehlot said he also received a notice.


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BJP MP urges Modi to table Population Control Bill in Parliament

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New Delhi, Aug 10 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Anil Agarwal has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to introduce the Population Control Bill in the next session of the Parliament.

In a letter addressed to Modi, the BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP said “population explosion” needs to be checked, and the only way to make India ‘Atmanirbhar’ or self-reliant to is to introduce the population control law.

“Everyone wants the population control law… be Hindu or Muslim. This law will eliminate most of the country’s problems. China (the world’s most populous country) will soon be left behind by the rate at which the population in India is increasing,” Agarwal told IANS.

“Arable land in the country is also continuously decreasing. If there is no population control law in time, many problems will arise,” the BJP MP said.

The letter addressed to PM Modi reads: “On August 15, 2019, you talked about population control while addressing the country from the Red Fort. The time has now come… I urge you to bring an effective population control bill in the next session of the Parliament.”

Agarwal said Modi stays firm on his promise — whether it is on Triple Talaq, Article 370 or Ram temple.

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CISF orders inquiry after DMK MP Kanimozhi asked ‘are you Indian’ at Chennai airport

Tamil Nadu is tipped to go the polls in the first half of next year with the BJP looking to make an entry into the southern state.

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New Delhi, Aug 10 : After DMK leader Kanimozhi cried of Hindi imposition while narrating an incident in an airport where she was allegedly asked about her citizenship, the BJP took a sharp jibe at her, alleging that the southern party’s charge is motivated with electoral benefits in mind.

The saffron party fielded its tallest southern leader and General Secretary (Organisation) B.L. Santhosh who took to Twitter to counter Kanimozhi’s charge, saying “Assembly elections are 8 months away … Campaign starts.”

Tamil Nadu is tipped to go the polls in the first half of next year with the BJP looking to make an entry into the southern state.

This whole row erupted after the DMK leader said that a CISF officer allegedly asked her if she was an Indian after the MP asked to be communicated in either Tamil or English, citing her inability to talk in Hindi.

“I would like to know from when being an Indian is equal to knowing Hindi,” she said, sparking off a political row with other southern leaders like Karni Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, joining the bandwagon to ‘condemn’ the act.

While the CISF, which is entrusted with the security in most Indian airports, reached out to her seeking details, BJP’s Santhosh didn’t spare the opportunity, saying: “CISF has asked her to give details. Let her give the details. Action will follow. Let’s discuss about arrogance at that time.”

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