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Let Bhutan handle border row, CPI-M tells Modi government

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New Delhi, July 13: India should let Bhutan take the lead in negotiating with China on the disputed Doklam Plateau and other disputed territories instead of getting involved itself, the CPI-M has said.

An editorial in the CPI-M journal People’s Democracy has also blamed India’s growing strategic ties with the US for the deteriorating relations with China.

The standoff between India and China on the Doklam Plateau, adjoining the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan, is now a month-old and shows no signs of ending.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist said the issue “has assumed more serious proportions… because of the deterioration in the overall relations” between India and China.

But it noted that the present dispute did not pertain to any border area between China and India.

“The Modi government must realise that there is no alternative to settling the recurring disagreements on the border except through negotiations,” the editorial said.

“It is also important to keep in mind that Bhutan is the main party in the dispute. Bhutan is not a ‘protectorate’ of India.

“It must be underlined that Bhutan has been negotiating with China directly on its border issues since 1984.

“It is better that India let Bhutan take the lead in negotiating with China on the Doklam Plateau and other disputed territories. India can lend support to Bhutan’s position.”

The CPI-M said the present border fracas had assumed greater salience because Sino-Indian differences had aggravated since the Modi government took power.

“The prime factor contributing to this divergence is India’s strategic alliance with the US. India has joined the US in its strategic designs in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region which is aimed at containing China.

“India has openly sided with the US position on the South China Sea; India has opposed the Belt and Road Initiative.

“Within the country, the Modi government has increased the profile of the Dalai Lama and the so-called Tibetan provisional government (which) are serious irritants for China.”

The editorial said India saw China as a stumbling block in its bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group and Beijing had not helped to get Pakistan-based Masood Azhar on the terrorist list notified by the UN.

“The erosion of trust and mutual confidence has contributed to the present tensions related to Doklam.”

The CPI-M quoted Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar as saying that India and China must not allow differences to become disputes.

“It will be good if this approach is put into practice by the Modi government,” it said. “Extraneous factors must not be allowed to interfere in the quest for better relations between the two neighbours in Asia.”

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BJP, EC delayed AAP MLAs disqualification to help them: Congress 

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New Delhi, Jan 21: The Congress on Sunday accused the BJP and the Election Commission for delaying the disqualification of 20 MLAs of Delhi’s ruling AAP in the office of profit case to help it get its nominees elected to the Rajya Sabha.

“The Election Commission and the BJP delayed the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs to help them.

“If decision would have come before December 22, then these 20 MLAs would have been disqualified. And thus they could not have voted in the Rajya Sabha election,” Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken told media persons here soon after President Ram Nath Kovind approved the disqualification.

Hitting out at the AAP and the BJP, the former Union Minister alleged: “There was a deal between them that is the reason why their disqualification was delayed by over a month.

“On December 22, the Election Commission announced polls for three Rajya Sabha polls. And the poll panel only sent its recommendations to disqualify the 20 AAP MLAs to the President on January 19,” he said, asking what had transpired between the BJP, AAP and the EC in this period.

Slamming Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for saying that they were not given proper hearing by the poll panel, Maken said: “The EC gave them 11 hearings. Even the High Court asked them to go to the EC instead of wasting their time in the court.”

He also accused the AAP convenor for creating 21 new Parliamentary Secretaries post against seven as per the Constitution, alleging that it was only done “to benefit” the party legislators, as they also attended meetings on behalf of the ministers.

Maken, who had also moved a petition before the EC for their disqualification, also said that the Parliamentary Secretaries enjoyed all facilities of the government and he has given all the details of their expenditure.

The Congress leader also demanded Kejriwal’s resignation saying that he has “no moral right to continue as the Chief Minister”.

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Delhi MLAs disqualification ‘Tughlaqshahi’, says Yashwant Sinha

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New Delhi, Jan 21: Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Sunday termed President Ram Nath Kovind’s approval of Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs as “Tughlaqshahi” (arbitrary).

“President’s order disqualifying the 20 AAP MLAs is complete miscarriage of natural justice. No hearing, no waiting for High Court’s order. It is Tughluqshahi (Tughlaqshahi) of the worst order,” he tweeted.

Following Kovind’s approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) act.

The Election Commission had on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries. It gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

The application by Patel said 21 AAP MLAs, including Jarnail Singh (Rajouri Garden) who resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls last year, were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers in the Delhi government in violation of the Constitution.

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Chidambaram slams Modi Govt. over diesel prices, says it is ‘anti-consumers’

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Former finance minister and senior Congress leader on Sunday slammed the central government over the increasing prices of Petrol and Diesel.

In a series of tweets, the Chidambaram stated that BJP government is anti-consumer. The leader while citing the ONGC’s step-top buy 51.1 per cent stake in HPCL said that it will not help in countering fiscal deficit.

The leader said, “Govt cuts borrowing by Rs 30,000 crore, but ONGC will borrow Rs 30,000 crore to pay govt for HPCL shares. It has the same effect.”

He added that Petrol and Diesel’s prices have hit the roof and the Government continues to squeeze the consumers which are absolutely anti-consumer. “Government has reaped a windfall through massive taxation of Petrol and Diesel. And the money was squandered on wasteful expenditure” he added.

He also questioned that why BJP is not bringing Petrol and Diesel under GST and give relief to consumers?

 

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