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Kapil Sibal, Mocks FM Arun Jaitley For His Press Conference

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Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha M.P. Kapil Sibal reacting to a press conference by Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley wondered why the Finance Minister chose to put out a five year vision on the economy, after more than three and half years of NDA rule.

Mocking at the timing of the press conference, Sibal said, “It is most unfortunate that the Finance Minister has chosen a time for a five year plan for the economy, normally given when the government assumes power” and said that he “was surprised that such a press conference was  scheduled by the government after being in power for three and half years”. He linked the timing of the press conference with the impending Gujarat assembly elections saying ” that there is an ulterior motive behind this” as this is happening just before the Gujarat assembly elections when the ground seems to be slipping from the BJP in the state.

Sibal mocked Jaitley by saying that like the Prime Minister, the Finance Minister is also trying to sell yet another dream to the people of India little realising that dream sold earlier have fallen apart.

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Former LF minister Abdus Sattar joins Congress

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Kolkata, Dec 11 (IANS) Former West Bengal minister Abdus Sattar, who severed his long association with the CPI-M last year, on Monday joined the Congress, calling it the only party capable of challenging the communal policies of the BJP.

Sattar, who served as Minister of State for Minorities Development during the Left Front regime, was welcomed into the Congress by state party chief Somen Mitra and in-charge of Bengal Gaurav Gogoi.

“I decided to join the Congress after I became convinced it is the only party that can stand up to the communal onslaught launched by the BJP across the country,” Sattar told mediapersons at the state Congress headquarters Bidhan Bhavan.

Sattar had not renewed his membership of the Communist Party of India-Marxist in 2017. Since then, he had not been associated with any party.

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Election results in five states on Tuesday

The BJP is in power in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the Congress in Mizoram and the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) in Telangana.

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New Delhi, Dec 10 : The results of assembly polls in five states will be declared on Tuesday in what is seen as a major test of popularity of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The trends will start pouring in from 8 a.m and a clear picture is expected to emerge in all the states by 11 a.m.

The results will test the popularity of incumbent governments in Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana as also the potency of challenge of the opposition.

The BJP is in power in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the Congress in Mizoram and the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) in Telangana.

The Election Commission has set up a secure facility for disseminating trends and results through its new website http://eciresults.nic.in.

The link will start functioning from 8 am and will show updates continuously.

Exit polls conducted so far have predicted the Congress party’s return in Rajasthan and a clean sweep for the TRS in Telangana.

The exit polls have also given the Congress an edge over the BJP in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in fiercely-contested battles.

The surveys predicted that Mizoram, the only Northeast state now with the Congress, may see a hung Assembly with the Mizo National Front (MNF) holding the edge.

The outcome will be a test for electoral strategy of Congress President Rahul Gandhi who assumed office in December last year. It will also have a bearing on efforts to forge opposition unity for the 2019 elections and if the Congress will emerge as the natural leader of the proposed front.

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Economy is suffering, PM Modi thinks that he’s the biggest economist: Sibal

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New Delhi, Dec 10: Reacting to RBI Governor Urjit Patel’s resignation, Senior Congress leader  Kapil Sibal made a satirical attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying PM thinks that he’s the biggest economist and he doesn’t need them.

“People he (PM) appointed are resigning, first Arvind Subramanian left as CEA and now it’s Urjit Patel. Economy is suffering, Modi thinks that he’s the biggest economist and he doesn’t need them, so they are resigning”, the former Union Minister told media.

Earlier in the evening, the Reserve Bank of India Governor resigned from his post citing personal reasons.

“On account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down from my current position (RBI Governor) effective immediately. It has been my privilege and honour to serve in the Reserve Bank of India in various capacities over the years”, Patel said in a statement.

In June this year, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian also resigned due to personal reasons.

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