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Modi an ignorant prachar-shastri, derailed economy: Congress

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New Delhi, Dec 6 : In the latest war of words between the Congress and BJP in the run-up to the Gujarat polls, Congress MP Anand Sharma on Wednesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi an “ignorant prachar-shastri” who was “less literate in economics”, leading to the country’s economy getting “derailed”.

“The Prime Minister is ignorant and disrespectful of history, less literate in economics,” Sharma said in a series of tweets.

“The economy stands derailed, jobs lost and businesses shut,” he said, blaming Modi for the slowdown.

“India had to suffer when an arth-shastri (economist) Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) was replaced by a prachar-shastri (publicist) Prime Minister (Narendra Modi),” Sharma tweeted.

“It is sad that India has a Prime Minister who is boastful, arrogant and in perpetual conflict with history, facts and ground realities.

“He has habitually insulted and misrepresented history, distorted facts and manufactured numbers,” the former Union Minister said.

The Congress and BJP have been sparing no efforts to attack each other, mostly on social networking sites, ahead of the Gujarat election.

The latest opinion poll on Tuesday predicted that it is going to be a neck-and-neck contest between the two parties in the state where the BJP has been in power for the last 22 years.

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Saffron should not spread all over tricolour: Kamal

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Chennai, Feb 22: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has said that saffron has its place in the national flag but it should not spread all over it, in a remark interpreted as an attack on the BJP and Hindutva forces.

“Even the Indian national flag has saffron. But it (the colour) should not spread all over the flag is what I am saying,” said Kamal, President of newly-formed political party Makkal Needhi Maiam.

In his latest column in a Tamil weekly magazine Ananda Vikatan, Kamal said he has not insulted the saffron band on the tricolour — which signifies courage and sacrifice.

Citing national leaders who fought for freedom, he said they had differed with each other but stood united to fight for the same goal, adding that this lesson should not be lost.

He said for the success of Indian democracy, one cannot forget the contributions of B.R. Ambedkar and Alladi Krishnaswamy Iyer in drafting our Constitution.

On the core political philosophy, Kamal said he does not want to be tied down to the narrow confines of any single ‘ism’.

“All ‘isms’ are for social reform. And it cannot be said all have succeeded. It cannot be agreed that a book written in some corner of the world will suit the whole world,” Kamal said.

According to him, one cannot equate Socrates’ Democracy with that of (US President Donald) Trump’s democracy as both are “different creatures”.

Kamal also said he met fellow actor Rajinikanth secretly near here — at the latter’s “Kaala” movie shoot — and told him about his plans to float the party.

Kamal said both agreed to maintain dignity in their political career and not indulge in the usual acrimonial politics.

On meeting DMK President M. Karunanidhi, Kamal said the veteran leader is his Tamil Guru and “he wished me good in my political journey with a smile”.

Kamal who also met DMDK leader A. Vijayakant, another Tamil movie hero turned politician, said he has not changed and continues to be the same old ‘Viji’.

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Owaisi hits out at Army chief, says Not your work to comment on political parties

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New Delhi, Feb 22: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday hit out at General Bipin Rawat for talking about the rise of Maulana Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) in Assam, saying that the Army chief should not interfere in political matters as it was not his work to comment on the rise of a political party.

Taking to Twitter, Owaisi stated the army chief should not interfere in political matters it is not his work to comment on the rise of a political party, democracy, and constitution also doesn’t allow it.

He further said, the army will always work under an elected civilian leadership.

While addressing a seminar on North-East organised at DRDO Bhawan on February 21, Army Chief had said AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) have grown in a faster time-frame than the BJP grew over the years. When we talk of Jan Sangh with two MPs & where they have reached, AIUDF is moving at a faster pace in the state of Assam.

Hours after a controversy broke out, the Army came up with a justification saying “there is nothing political or religious in the talk. Army Chief just mentioned amalgamation and development in the seminar.

The AIUDF was formed in 2005 with an aim to champion the cause of Muslim community. At present, it has three parliamentarians in Lok Sabha and 13 legislators in the state assembly.

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Government back-stabbing honest tax payers by lowering EPF interest rate: Congress

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New Delhi: Slamming the Narendra Modi government for lowering the interest rate on provident fund deposits, the Congress on Wednesday said it was “backstabbing” honest tax payers by the measure.

The party also accused the government of indulging in “organized fleecing” of ordinary citizens.

“Modi Government backstabs honest tax payers by lowering interest rates of 4.5 crore EPF holders. Burning holes in the pockets of already burdened people has become the single point agenda – ‘motto’ of Modi government,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala in a statement.

“Post the colossal loss of almost Rs 30,000 crore loot and scams being unravelled in the past seven days, Modi government has once again backstabbed the common people and honest tax payers of the country by reducing the interest rates in EPFO holders from 8.65 per cent to 8.55 per cent,” he added.

“Post 2014-15, this is the second such reduction… interest rate on EPFO has now been reduced twice from 8.75 (in 2014-15) now to just 8.55 per cent,” he said, adding that in December 2017, Modi government had cut the interest rate on small savings schemes, including Public Provident Fund (PPF), National Savings Certificate (NSC) and Kisan Vikas Patra.

The party also pointed out that the interest rate for savings bank accounts which was 4 per cent in May 2014 is now 3.5 per cent, PPF is down from 8.7 per cent (in May 2014) to just 7.6 per cent now and Kisan Vikas Patra, which was at 8.67 per cent then, is just 7.3 per cent now.

There are also multiple new bank charges that the Modi government has levied from time to time, he added.

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