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Lalu warns BJP, RSS to drag them off their seat in Delhi

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Lalu denies 'benami' land deals, vows to 'uproot' Modi government

Patna, May 19: After RJD chief Lalu Prasad came under the Income Tax department scanner in alleged Benami land deals worth Rs 1000 crores, he warned BJP and RSS not to threaten him else he will drag them off their seat in Delhi.

RJD chief on Friday also quashed reports of IT raids on alleged “benami” property deals involving him and his family, and vowed to “uproot” the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre before it completes its five-year term.

“Listen, BJP and RSS people, Lalu will drag you off your seat in Delhi, whatever be my situation. Get it straight..Don’t you dare threaten me,” Lalu told reporters, in his first media reaction after the Income Tax Department conducted raids at 22 places in and around Delhi three days ago in connection with alleged “benami” property deals.

Lalu said in chaste Hindi: “Ab hum kendra sarkar ko tabah karke hi chodenge, usko ukhad phenkenge (Now I will destroy the central government, I will uproot it).”

Three years of BJP-led Narendra Modi government have been completed in office now, but it is not going to complete its full tenure, he said.

Lalu also cited a local saying from popular folklore to say that the “BJP’s youthful age is over”.

Lalu refuted reports that the Income Tax Department has conducted raids at 22 places related to him. “I want to ask the media as to how they have reported it without any verification and evidence. He also asked the media to provide the names of the 22 places where the IT conducted raids.

Lalu said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been conspiring to tarnish Lalu’s reputation among the people. “How can I and my family have become super rich and others are paupers? It is part of a political game.”

Lalu said that BJP leaders have been shouting loudly about “ghotala” (scam). “There is no such thing.”

Lalu said he and his wife Rabri Devi, former Chief Minister, his two sons Tejashwi Yadav, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister, and Tej Pratap, Health Minister, have been filing IT returns and have submitted affidavits to the Election Commission about their assets.

Asked about his proposed rally in Patna to showcase grand unity of non-BJP parties ahead of the 2019 polls, he said: “I have invited top leaders of all non-BJP parties for my rally in August. All of them would attend it.”

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Please tell Davos about wealth disparity in India: Rahul to Modi

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New Delhi, Jan 23: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday in a jibe asked him to inform the top global forum “why one per cent of India’s population gets 73 per cent of its wealth?”.

“Dear PM, welcome to Switzerland! Please tell DAVOS why 1% of India’s population gets 73% of its wealth? I’m attaching a report for your ready reference,” Gandhi tweeted.

Gandhi attached a new survey by international rights group Oxfam in which it is mentioned that India’s richest one per cent garnered as much as 73 per cent of the total wealth generated in the country in 2017.

The report’s findings are in line with those of similar studies including the one published by renowned economists Lucas Chancel and Thomas Piketty last July, and give credence to the theory that the rich have disproportionately benefited from liberalisation while others have been left struggling.

Modi on Tuesday attended the WEF in Davos, Switzerland and gave the opening plenary speech. He is the first Prime Minister from India to participate in a forum meeting in two decades after the then Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda in 1997.

He interacted with 120 members of the International Business Council, which is a part of the WEF.

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Mamata Banerjee slams Centre for not declaring Netaji birthday national holiday

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Kolkata, Jan 23: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday lashed out at the Centre for not declaring Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary as a national holiday and lamented that the iconic freedom fighter is yet to get his due.

“The birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has not yet been declared a national holiday. Cannot we show this much respect to him?

“The state had announced public holiday on January 23 years ago,” Mamata said after offering floral tributes to Bose at Indira Gandhi Sarani here on his 121st birth anniversary.

“The people of this country want to know what happened to Netaji. There is a version which only a section believes.”

The West Bengal Chief Minister also cornered Modi-led Central government for abolishing the Planning Commission. “The Planning Commission was Netaji’s dream. But the BJP has abolished it after it came to power (in 2014)”.

She further said in a tweet “Netaji is a national hero, an epitome of patriotism, selfless service, courage, dignity and dedication. Today is the day for all of us, including our young generation, to take a pledge again to work tirelessly for the good of our country and the people. Jai Hind.”

Last week, the Chief Minister had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the birthdays of Netaji and Swami Vivekananda as national holidays.

At a separate programme celebrating Bose’s birthday, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi said it would be in the fitness of things if the Centre okays the state’s demand for a national holiday.

“The state has approached the Centre on the issue. It would be a good decision if the Centre gives the green signal,” Tripathi told reporters on the sidelines of the programme at Netaji Bhavan.

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Congress slams Kerala Governor, Vijayan government for skipping anti-Centre remarks

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 23: The Congress-led UDF on Tuesday slammed Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam for skipping references critical of the Modi government from his prepared speech in the state assembly and hit out at the Pinarayi Vijayan government’s silence over it.

The opposition was critical of the Monday incident when Sathasivam skipped three sentences critical of the Narendra Modi government from his 89-minute prepared speech when he addressed the Legislative Assembly on the opening day of the Budget session.

Addressing the media, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said it was improper on the part of the Governor to skip certain sentences, and the general norm when such an incident happens was also not followed.

“On the part of the CPI-M-led government, it’s even more strange that all along the CPI-M has always been contemptuous of the post of Governor, but still not a word has been spoken by them nor has the party organisation said anything.

“I have now given a letter to Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan to let them know that when the Governor’s speech is taken up for discussion — which is the one that should be discussed. Would it be the one that was given to us after the speech, which included the sentences that the Governor skipped, or would it be the one which he read out,” said Chennithala.

Deputy Leader of Opposition M.K. Muneer of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) said they wished to know if the Governor had written to the government, informing that he would not be reading out a few sentences. The party also wished to know if the Left Front government has written to the Governor asking to know what happened.

“As per the rules of procedure, now that the Governor himself has not made any statement on it, the government should find out and come out with a new resolution if they are planning to include the sentences that the Governor has skipped.

“We will wait to hear and then we will make our next move.

“As things stand there is a crisis and it’s for the state government to resolve it,” said Muneer.

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