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Kuchh to Pak connection hai: BJP tears into Cong

He also resurrected the term “saffron terrorism”, a coinage Patra claimed, was invented at the behest of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

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New Delhi, Jan 14 : The BJP on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress after Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s statement giving a communal spin to Kashmir DSP Davinder Singh’s arrest, and said there should be a “democratic surgical strike” on the grand old party.

“Congress has done exactly what it is capable of — to attack India and save Pakistan,” alleged BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.

He also resurrected the term “saffron terrorism”, a coinage Patra claimed, was invented at the behest of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Patra used the opportunity to highlight the Congress’s stance on Batla House encounter, as well as Rahul Gandhi’s alleged statements on “Hindu terror” which were later released through Wikileaks. All this came just a month away from the Delhi Assembly polls.

“Dear Congress, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, do you have any doubt who launched the terror attack on Pulwama? I challenge you to come on camera and express that you don’t trust Indian Army and Indian Intelligence agencies,” said Patra, from the BJP podium.

This comes days after Rahul Gandhi dared Narendra Modi to enter any university in the country and appease the students and explain CAA-NRC, provided the Prime Minister did not have any police protection.

He further claimed this is an effort to give “clean chit” to Pakistan. He went on to allege: “This is not a slip of the tongue, this is Congress speaking in Pakistan’s words.”

BJP went all out to launch an offensive against the Congress party by using the opportunity to remind Chowdhury’s faux pas in the floor of the house during the debate of abrogation of Article 370.

“Kuchh to gadbad hai. Kuchh to connection Pakistan ke sath hai (There’s something is wrong. There’s some connection with Pakistan),” alleged Patra.

He went on to claim that by Tuesday evening, 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Sayeed might express his “love” for the Congress, as well.

Patra even insinuated that the Congress party is a “python” that wants to kill “its mother”.

The Leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha not only raised question on Pakistan’s involvment in Pulwama attack on February 14, 2019, that killed 40 Indian bravehearts, but he went on to communalise the incident.

Chowdhury earlier said: “Had #DavindarSingh by default been Davindar Khan,the reaction of troll regiment of RSS would have been more strident and vociferous.”

The blatant communalisation of the matter by the Leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha left not only the BJP stunned but the nation in disbelief.

Chowdhury didn’t stop at that. He went to claim: “The chink in the armour is exposed in the valley much to the consternation of us, we cannot afford ourselves to be penny wise and pound foolish.

“Now question will certainly be arisen as to who were the real culprits behind the gruesome Pulwama incident, need a fresh look on it.”

Such a senior Congressman raising question on Pakistan’s involvement in Pulwama attack that killed 40 Indian bravehearts has now given BJP a golden fodder ahead of the crucial Delhi elections.

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Decision to suspend MPLADS will hurt poor, rethink it: Tewari

These funds will be used to strengthen the government’s efforts in managing the challenges and adverse impact of Covid-19 in the country.

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New Delhi, April 7 : Congress leader Manish Tewari on Monday welcomed the government’s decision to cut 30 per cent salaries of MPs but urged the government to reconsider its decision to suspend the MPLADS fund for two years.

In a series of tweets, Tewari, who himself is a MP from Punjab said: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi -As an MP who represents a predominately rural constituency I fully support the 30 per cent cut in my salary.

“However the suspension of MPLADS is a bit of an overstretch. At this time of grave humanitarian distress that will get only worse in the months ahead.”

Tewari said that MPLADS is a targeted and “nimble instrument” to customise micro level interventions to alliviate distress.

“I think MPLAD funds need to be restored. Please re-think it once again. It is a knee jerk reaction much like the lockdown at a four hour notice. It will hurt poor most,” he added.

His remarks came after the Union Cabinet on Monday approved an ordinance amending the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 to reduce allowances and pension by 30 per cent with effect from April 1, for a year.

The Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister also approved a move to suspend the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) for two years (2020-21 and 2021-22) and this amount will also go to the Consolidated Fund of India.

These funds will be used to strengthen the government’s efforts in managing the challenges and adverse impact of Covid-19 in the country.

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UK PM Johnson in ICU, Foreign Secy to deputise

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been asked to deputise for the PM where necessary, the statement said.

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London, April 7 : Coronavirus-positive UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was admitted to a hospital here after his symptoms became “persistent”, was shifted the intensive care unit on Monday after his condition “worsened”.

Johnson, who had gone into self-quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus last month and exhibiting “mild symptoms”, was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital on Sunday evening.

“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital,” said a statement from 10 Downing Street, the BBC reported.

“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication,” it added.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been asked to deputise for the PM where necessary, the statement said.

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Congress welcomes cut in MPs’ grants, flays MPLAD’s suspension

Earlier welcoming the move, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said the government should also save money by scrapping the the central vista project in the national capital.

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Randeep Surjewala

New Delhi, April 6 : The Congress has supported the reduction in allowances of members of Parliament and pensions of ex-MPs for one year by the government to augment funds for the battle against coronavirus, but criticised suspension of MPLAD (local area development) funds as “a huge disservice to the constituents”.

It would undermine the role and functions of MPs, said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, here on Monday.

Stating that the MPLAD funds are meant to execute developmental works in the constituencies, Surjewala said, “It’s suspension was a huge dis-service to the constituents and will undermine the role and functions of MPs.”

The Union cabinet approved the ordinance amending the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954, reducing allowances and pension by 30 per cent from April 1 for a year.

It also approved temporary suspension of MPLAD funds for 2020-21 and 2021-22 for managing the adverse impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. The President, the Vice-President and the Governors have also voluntarily decided to take a pay cut.

Earlier welcoming the move, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said the government should also save money by scrapping the the central vista project in the national capital.

“Apart from cutting salaries of MPs and Ministers, the central government can save more than Rs 20,000 crore by scrapping the Central Vista redevelopment project & cutting down on non-Covid-19 publicity expenses,” Patel tweeted.

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