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Modi capitulating to US while pretending otherwise: CPI-M

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New Delhi, July 19: The Modi government is getting ready to capitulate to the demands of the Trump administration while taking a public stand that seems otherwise, the CPI-M has said.

“The contradiction between the strategic alliance with the US and India’s national interest is coming to the fore,” an editorial in the CPI-M journal “People’s Democracy” said.

“The Modi government is not going to resolve this contradiction in the national interest. Rather, it is getting ready to capitulate to the demands of the Trump administration,” said the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

On the surface, the public stance adopted by the Modi government on issues such as maintaining economic and trade relations with Iran, or, buying sophisticated weaponry from Russia seems to be in consonance with national sovereignty and independent decision making, it said.

“However, the reality is that this public stance is only a camouflage for the pusillanimous and weak-kneed positions the BJP rulers are adopting.”

While External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stated publicly that India will accept sanctions only by the UN and not any country against Iran, New Delhi had already started cutting down on oil imported from Tehran, the editorial said.

Iran is the third largest supplier of oil to India. The US has announced it would re-impose sanctions on the Iranian petroleum sector.

The editorial said that on June 28, the Ministry of Petroleum told oil refinery companies to explore alternatives to Iranian oil imports and to prepare for the eventuality of drastic reduction in oil purchases from Iran, or, even zero imports from that country.

The CPI-M berated the Modi government for letting the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, tell Modi to re-think its relationship with Iran.

“The temerity of a junior US functionary conveying such a peremptory demand to the Indian Prime Minister was an affront which no self-respecting government should have stomached. But the Modi government, which is deeply entrapped in the subordinate alliance with the US, kept quiet.”

It said in June there was a 16 percent cut in oil imports from Iran compared to May. “This was obviously done in preparation for the visit of a US team which is coming to India on July 17.”

At the same time, India was being pressurised to buy more oil from the US, the CPI-M said.

It added that the US was pressing India to sign the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA). This will enable the installation of high end communication equipment on weapons platforms sold to India by the US.

“The US is making this communication systems agreement conditional for selling high-tech weaponry to India. Such an agreement will further bind the Indian armed forces to the US defence system.

“It will entail opening Indian military bases for US personnel to check the communication systems. It will also enable the US to monitor communications within the Indian military. Further, it will also make Russian equipment incompatible with other weapon systems.”

The editorial said the Modi government had already signed a logistics exchange agreement with the US in 2016 which would allow the US Air Force and Navy to use Indian bases for re-fuelling, maintenance and supplies.

Signing the COMCASA would be another step in undermining the independence and integrity of the Indian armed forces, it said.

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Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Kolkata during Durga puja cancelled

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Kolkata, Oct 17 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s proposed visit to the city during Durga Puja has been cancelled due to his campaign schedule ahead of the elections in the five states, said a senior state party leader on Tuesday.

Gandhi was supposed to visit the city on Ashtami (the eight Lunar day) on Wednesday.

“His visit has been cancelled. The central election committee has convened a meeting for selection of candidates for the upcoming elections in five states,” party’s West Bengal unit President Somen Mitra said.

Last month, Mitra was made West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee’s President replacing Adhir Ranajan Chowdhury who was bitterly anti-Trinamool Congress and pro-Left.

The Congress Chief, in a message, said, “I had wanted to be present in Kolkata to offer prayers to Maa Durga and to participate in the puja celebrations, in great city of joy, with all of you. Unfortunately, the upcoming state elections and crucial preparatory meetings for them, prevent me from travelling out of Delhi at this time.”

Gandhi regretted for not being able to visit the city but hoped to travel Kolkata soon.

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MP leads in unemployment, crimes against women & farmers suicide: Rahul Gandhi

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Sabalgarh, Oct 16: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday attacked the Shivraj Singh government over unemployment, crimes against women, corruption and farmers suicide in Madhya Pradesh. 

Addressing the gathering, Gandhi said that “Healthcare and education are expensive and unaffordable. MP leads in unemployment, crimes against women, and farmers suicide. This is the reality of Madhya Pradesh”.

“The Corruption is rampant in Madhya Pradesh. There is a hierarchy of corruption that reaches to the Chief Minister”.

Speaking on Vyapam scam, he stated “In Madhya Pradesh, if you don’t have money you don’t get an education. This is the definition of Vyapam. Shivraj Chouhan, RSS organisation are all involved in Vyapam. 50 witnesses were murdered”.

The Congress President told people that the Chief Minister had announced 21000 schemes, but we do not make any false promises.

Within 10 days of forming the govt, Congress party will waive off farm loans, he claimed.

Gandhi said “we will make ‘Made in India’ a reality. We will establish a food processing plant in every district”.

“Everything I have promised has been implemented. I don’t want to tell you about my ‘Mann ki Baat’. I want to listen to people’s needs and fulfill that. This is the difference between them and us., he added.

The Congress leader took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying “When PM Modi said “I’m not a Prime Minister, I’m a Chowkidar”, he meant he wanted to protect and serve 15-20 rich industrialists”.

Earlier in a day, Gandhi along with senior party leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath paid a visit to Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor in Gwalior.

The Congress Chief, who was on a two-day visit to poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, offered prayers at the famous Peetambra Shaktipeeth in Datia on Monday.

The assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh is scheduled to be held in November this year.

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“BJP ke Mantri se Beti Bachao”, Says Rahul Gandhi

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Sheopur (Madhya Pradesh) Oct 16: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a jibe at the Bhartiya Janata Party’s slogan of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” and said it should be “BJP ke Mantri se Beti Bachao”, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his silence over charges of sexual harassment made against his Union Minister M.J.Akbar.

Addressing a rally here, Gandhi targeted the Modi government at the Centre and the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in the state over rising unemployment, corruption and unabated farmer suicides.

“Fingers are being raised at Modi’s Minister (Minister of State for External Affairs M. J. Akbar), but our Prime Minister is silent.

“When BJP MLA (Kuldeep Singh Sengar) raped a girl in Unnao our Prime Minister and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister (Adityanath) kept mum.

“The BJP’s slogan of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (save girls, educate them) must now be reframed into ‘BJP ke mantri aur MLA se beti bachao’ (save daughters from BJP Minister, MLA),” said Gandhi.

The Congress chief’s remarks came in the wake of over a dozen journalists naming Akbar for sexual harassment and molestation during his long stint as editor of various publications.

Defying calls to resign, Akbar has rubbished allegations made by 14 journalists and has filed a criminal defamation suit against one of them.

Attacking both Modi and Chouhan over a host of issues, Gandhi said Madhya Pradesh topped the country in terms of malnutrition and was one of the least developed states.

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