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JD-U Sharad faction says , Sure to get ‘Arrow’ symbol



Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar

New Delhi, Nov 9: The JD-U’s Sharad Yadav faction on Thursday said it was confident about getting the party’s “Arrow” symbol from the poll panel, which is hearing a dispute between the faction and the one led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Addressing media, Janata Dal-United General Secretary Arun Kumar Shrivastav said “We are sure the EC will allot us the Arrow symbol because we have the majority with us as per the party’s constitution. Nitish Kumar can’t override the National Council, which is the supreme decision making body of the party and whose majority is with us”.

The poll panel had held a hearing in the case on Tuesday where noted advocate Kapil Sibal counsel of the Sharad Yadav faction while senior advocate Gopal Singh represented the Nitish Kumar faction.

“Sibal argued that as per a Supreme Court ruling, if a party’s National Council is disputed, the previous National Council will prevail. Since in this case the National Council of 195 members shown by Nitish Kumar is disputed, the previous National Council should be recognised,” Shrivastav stated.

He said although the JD-U was active in 22 states, Nitish Kumar showed the National Council consisting of only 195 members from only five states which includes Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir and Daman and Diu.

“Of these states, the Kerala unit is with us. As for Jammu and Kashmir, Sibal argued that party elections were shown to be held during the days when there was curfew. How could they hold elections during curfew?

“Also, as many as 30 affidavits submitted by them (Nitish faction) were signed by persons on the 17th day of the month but they have been counter-signed by the notary on 22nd day of the month. How is it possible?” Shrivastav asserted.

JD-U General Secretary also said that “We want to contest the Gujarat Assembly elections on Arrow symbol. And we hope to get it by November 14, on the day when nomination for Gujarat polls will start”.

The next hearing is scheduled to be held on 13th of this month.

Wefornews Bureau 






Congress alleges open horse-trading by BJP in Karnataka



Bengaluru, Sep 22: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Dinesh Gundu Rao on Saturday alleged horse-trading by the Bharatiya Janata Party and said BJP national chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are directly responsible for creating instability in the state.

“Open horse-trading is going on. The central government is itself hand-in-glove. Amit Shah and PM Modi are directly responsible for creating instability in Karnataka. They don’t want this government to function”, he told news agency ANI.

The Congress leader further said, ” they are telling the MLAs, we have the central government with us, you come with us and we’ll do everything necessary”.

Rao revealed that former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa himself called the parliamentarians and said ‘don’t worry, the centre is ours’.

In this regard, the Congress party have complained to the Income Tax department that BJP people are trying to offer inducements to its MLA’s.


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Narendra Modi should resign as PM : Kharge



Launching a blistering attack on Modi, senior Congress leader, Mallikarjun Kharge said that   Narendra Modi is not suitable for the Prime Minister’s post and therefore he should immediately resign and  appoint any cabinet minister as Prime Minister.

Launching a blistering attack on Modi, Mallikarjun Kharge, said “It’s my personal demand that he (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) is not suitable for the post and therefore he should immediately resign & appoint any cabinet minister as Prime Minister. He is morally not suitable for the post now.”

The claim by the former French president has given fresh ammunition to the Congress party, which has been mounting an attack on the government, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Modi.

The controversy over the ongoing Rafale deal took a new direction when former French president Francois Hollande said that Dassault Aviation was given no choice but to partner with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence for the offset clause in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

In an interview to a French media house, Hollande on a question about who selected Reliance as a partner and why, said it was the Indian government that proposed Reliance’s name and Dassault had no choice but to take the company given to it.

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Is Former French President lying or our PM, asks Owaisi on Rafale



New Delhi, Sep 22: All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi today asked Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to throw a light on who is lying over Rafale fighter jet deal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Former French President Francois Hollande. 

“People of India would like to know who is lying. Is the former French President Hollande lying or our PM is not saying the truth?, asked  Owaisi.

He further said, “We want the Defence Minister to throw light on this”.

In an article published by French journal Mediapart, Hollande said that the Indian government had proposed Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Defence ‘Dassault’ as a service provider for the Rafale deal.

With his remarks, the controversy over the ongoing Rafale deal took a new direction.

The deal to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from France was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 and signed in 2016.

Earlier, the UPA government was negotiating a deal to purchase 126 Rafale jets, with 18 to come in flyaway condition and 108 to be manufactured by HAL under licence.

The Modi government has repeatedly said it was Dassault that chose its India partner for offsets and that the government had no say in the deal.

While, the Congress has been alleging irregularities in the deal, saying the UPA had finalised the price of each aircraft at Rs. 590 crore in 2012, and the price increased by 1690 crores in 2015 under the BJP-led government


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