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Meghalaya opposition hits out at Modi for withdrawing funds

“I am afraid since the manner in which the resources being transferred by the Central government are depriving the state and the people. Not only Meghalaya but in the whole northeast,” Leader of Opposition, Mukul Sangma said.

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Shillong, Sep 24 (IANS) Hitting out at the Narendra Modi-led government for withholding developmental funds in Meghalaya, the opposition Congress on Monday demanded that the House should pass a resolution to urge the Centre to immediately release funds in respect of the North Eastern Council (NEC) to ensure that the state is not deprived.

“I am afraid since the manner in which the resources being transferred by the Central government are depriving the state and the people. Not only Meghalaya but in the whole northeast,” Leader of Opposition, Mukul Sangma said.

Sangma was participating in a discussion on the overall development in the state and the need to seek more financial assistance from the centre, and earmark a budget provision for all the eleven districts in the state in the assembly moved by Congress legislator, Process Sawkmie.

Asking Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma to compare the difference of financial assistance that the state had received from the Centre between the past and the present, the veteran Congress legislator said: “The Centre is not forthcoming and the money is not coming because even entitlements of the state are being withheld.

“It is agonizing, painful, and unacceptable for small state like Meghalaya which depends on its minimum resources. We have to fight for our entitlements.”

Sangma pointed out that there was no momentum in as far as getting the Centre’s support on road projects, including the SARDP (North East) that had brought change to the road network.

Informing the Assembly that the centre did not sanctioned any projects in respect to roads since 2014 after BJP assumed power, the Leader of Opposition also pointed out that NEC schemes already sanctioned and first installment released, but the implementation was put on hold for want of compliance with NEC instructions.

“Why has the NEC instructed to put on hold these projects when the government had identified them based on priorities. What is going to happen to these projects? When projects are withheld, funds cannot be utilized. When the state government is not able to submit utilization certificates, the NEC also cannot release further funds,” he said.

On Development of North Eastern Region ministry and the status of projects in respect of NEC, Sangma alleged that a big manipulator is sitting in Delhi to deprive the state from getting funds.

“In the name of changing the guidelines, they (Centre) stopped sanctions until existing projects get completed. When will the projects be completed, when 2019 elections is knocking the door. The government of India has adopted a tactic how to deprive the state.

“I have a caution because I could see and read between lines about the actual intent. We are stepping into October but till now, clarity about NEC, NLCPR is not forthcoming. After December, they will be in a no sanction mode,” he said.

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Hiding truth ‘anti-national’, bringing it out ‘patriotic’: Rahul

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday sharpened his attack on the Modi government over the Chinese intrusions in Ladakh saying that hiding the truth and allowing China to occupy Indian land is anti-national and bringing it to people’s attention is patriotic .

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New Delhi: “The Chinese have occupied Indian land. Hiding the truth and allowing them to take it is anti-national. Bringing it to people’s attention is patriotic,” Gandhi said in a tweet attaching his fourth video in the series.

In the video titled ‘Tough questions on China’, the Congress MP from Kerala’s Wayanad said, “As an Indian, my number one priority is the nation and its people.”

Firing a salvo at the government, Gandhi said, “How do you react to people who say your questions to the Prime Minister on China, weaken India?”

The Congress leader said, “Now, it is pretty clear that the Chinese have entered our territory. This disturbs me. It frankly makes my blood boil. How can some other nation just come into our territory?”

He said “now if you as a politician want me to keep quiet and lie to my people, when I’m absolutely convinced I have seen the satellite photos.”

“I speak to the ex-army people. If you want me to lie that the Chinese have not entered this country I’m not gonna lie. I simply will not do it. I don’t care if my whole career goes to hell. I’m not going to lie,” the Congress leader said attacking the government over the military face-off with China in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan valley.

He said, “I think the people who are lying about Chinese entering our country are the people that are not nationalistic.”

“I think the people who are lying and who are saying the Chinese are not in India, they are the people who are not patriotic. So frankly, I don’t care if it costs me politically. I don’t care if I have no political career at all after that,” he said.

He also said “but, I’m going to say the truth as far as Indian territory is concerned”.

During the all-party meeting, the Prime Minister had said that China has not entered into India’s land. On July 17, Gandhi released his first video and questioned the government’s foreign policy.

He slammed the Modi government over the face-off with China in Ladakh. He said China chose this time to intrude in our land as India’s foreign policy, economy and relationship with neighbouring countries are disrupted.

In his second video released on July 20, the Congress leader said Modi fabricated a “fake” strongman image to come to power and now his biggest strength is “India’s biggest weakness”.

On July 23, in his third video the Congress leader attacked the Prime Minister over the India-China border face-off saying he is 100 per cent focused on building his own image and “one man’s image is not a substitute for a national vision”.

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Pilot breaks silence, says truth cannot be defeated

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Jaipur, July 14 : Minutes after the Congress party sacked senior party leader Sachin Pilot from all posts including that of Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and party state unit chief, he said that truth can be disturbed but cannot be defeated.

“Truth can be disturbed, but not defeated,” Pilot said in a tweet in Hindi.

His remark came soon after Congress media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala announced that Pilot has been sacked as the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and has also been relieved from his duties as chief of Congress’ Rajasthan unit.

Surjewala also said that the Congress made Pilot a Union minister in his 30s, a deputy chief minister in his 40s. “We have given Pilot many opportunities. He has been an MP, MoS and a state party president. I am sad that Pilot and some of his colleagues have fallen for a trap laid by the BJP… This is unacceptable,” Surjewala said at a press briefing.

The crisis in Rajasthan started on Saturday after Pilot along with his loyal MLAs went incommunicado. Pilot, son of former Union Minister and veteran Congress leader Rajesh Pilot, has not attended the two crucial Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meetings on Monday and Tuesday.

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Congress in Kerala accuses Modi Govt of playing foul in Italian marines case

Ramachandran in a statement wondered why this particular judgement surfaced only after a month since it was announced.

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Thiruvananthapuram, July 3 : State Congress president Mullapally Ramachandran on Friday accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government of foul play over the way the independent court of the United Nations came out with its judgment in the case of two Indian fishermen who were allegedly shot dead by two Italian marines who were on board the Italian tanker ”Enrica Lexie” off the coast of Kerala.

The Congress party has said that the case was seen only under the rules of navigation , while the criminal case was not looked into and this is a huge lapse on the part of the Modi government.

The incident took place on February 15, 2012. The Indian Navy intercepted the Italian tanker and detained the two marines, triggering an international conflict over legal jurisdiction and functional immunity.

The two marines were released and returned to Italy after two and four years, respectively. The Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations was tasked to resolve the conflict over jurisdiction.

Ramachandran in a statement wondered why this particular judgement surfaced only after a month since it was announced.

“This delay is purposefully done to escape the ire of the people and is also against the directive of the Supreme Court. The then UPA government and also then Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy did their best to ensure justice for the victims. But ever since Modi took over the reins, things went in the wrong direction as he and the Italian government had a secret understanding,” said Ramachandran.

Chandy reacted sharply by saying that justice has been denied to the two fishermen.

“The strong position taken by my government and the Centre led by Manmohan Singh enabled the positive judgement from the apex court of our country and the Italian marines did not get any respite in the criminal case. But it was after Modi took over things started to go in favour of the Italians. None will forget the canards then spread against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on this issue. We demand that India should go in for an appeal against this verdict,” said Chandy and asked the Pinarayi Vijayan government to put maximum pressure on the Modi government to go in for an appeal.

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