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Modi finally admits Rahul is rival: Shiv Sena

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Mumbai, Dec 6: A poll-weary Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally acknowledged that Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi as a ‘serious competitor’ as the Gujarat battle enters the final stages, the Shiv Sena said on Wednesday.

Dismissed as a ‘Pappu’ barely four years back, Gandhi had now emerged as a leader in his own right and he was now ‘the Man to Watch’ for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Sena said in its mouthpieces ‘Saamana’ and ‘Dopahar Ka Saamana’.

“Whatever be the outcome in Gujarat, after the recent results in Uttar Pradesh civic polls, it is suspected that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are the biggest strength of the BJP,” the Sena said.

“Yet, Rahul has proved that he is no more a ‘Pappu’ and the BJP must accept this magnanimously. There can be differences and fights over ideology which are settled by elections. But creating an atmosphere that ‘nobody should oppose or stand against you in politics’ is shocking. Under such gloomy circumstances, Rahul is taking over as Congress President,” said the edits.

Attacking its ally in Maharashtra and at the Centre, the Sena said the BJP had started attacking and belitting Gandhi’s (expected) elevation as Congress President by labelling it as ‘Aurangzeb Raj’ and it had raised a hue and cry over Gandhi visiting a temple.

“Instead, the BJP should have welcomed Rahul’s temple trip, which signals a victory of the ‘pro-Hindutva’ forces and now he could guide the Congress to adopt a ‘soft-Hindutva’ line. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) should come forward and felicitate Rahul for this step,” the Sena suggested.

Attacking Modi for his ‘Aurangzeb Raj’ jibes, the Sena countered: “If you have so much aversion to Mughals, then you should order the Maharashtra Chief Minister (Devendra Fadnavis) to get the tombs of both Aurangzeb and Afzal demolished in this state.

“The ‘Mughal Raj’ type of rule should be avoided by not only by the Congress but by all other political parties. Rahul faces a massive challenge to revitalize the crumbling Congress. What he will do in this direction, everybody will keep a watch,” the Sena edit said.

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Modi sabotaging nation’s interest to favour crony capitalist friends: Congress

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New Delhi, Nov 15: The Congress on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of sabotaging country’s interest to favour his “crony capitalist friends” and claimed the agreement to purchase the 36 French Rafale jets from France was in violation of Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP).

Reiterating its demand for a JPC probe into the controversial deal, the opposition party also sought to know from the Prime Minister why he set a higher “benchmark price” and waived the bank guarantee or French government’s sovereign guarantee.

“The Prime Minister enhanced the benchmark price for Rafale by Euro 3 billion (Rs 22,743 crore). Why did he set a higher benchmark price of Euro 8.2 Billion (Rs 62,166 crore) from Euro 5.2 billion (Rs 39,422 )? Why did he waive the sovereign guarantee requirement,” Congress spokeperson Randeep Singh Surjewala asked at a press conference.

“The Prime Minister has gone as far as to sabotage the nation’s interests in favour of his crony capitalist friends,” he said.

The Congress leader said the only forum to investigate the acts of “omission, commission and corruption” in the “biggest defence scam” of India is to have a Joint Parliamentary Commission (JPC) probe.

Surjewala, later, in a statement said the negotiating team had a serious dispute on the fixing of benchmark price, which was referred to the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

“Parrikar as the head of Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) and the three armed forces chiefs also didn’t agree and decide on the higher benchmark price of Euro 8.2 billion (Rs 62,166 crore). DAC referred it to the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by PM Modi and he in CCS accepted the higher benchmark price,” he said.

Surjewala also sought to know why National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was allowed to negotiate with the French, and not the negotiations committee of IAF and the Defence Ministry.

“Did PM Modi ask him to do so and for what reason?” he asked.

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Latest skeleton in Rafale cupboard is ‘No guarantee’ by French govt, says Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, Nov 15: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning if the agreement to procure 36 Rafale jets from France was at all a government-to-government deal. 

“The latest skeleton to tumble out of the RAFALE cupboard: NO Guarantee by the French Government. backing the deal.

BUT, our Prime Minister says there’s a letter from the French promising to be faithful! That’s enough to call this a “Govt to Govt” deal?,  the Congress Chief tweeted along with an image “Titled MODI GOVT LIES AGAIN”.

Earlier in a day, Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told media that we have been saying for long that Rafale jet deal is a huge scam and will raise this issue in the winter session of the Parliament.

Gandhi’s fresh attack on Modi comes a day after the Centre told the Supreme Court that there was no sovereign guarantee by the French government backing the deal but only a letter of comfort.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal made the submission before a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K.M. Joseph, which reserved its verdict on pleas seeking court-monitored probe into the fighter jet deal.

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ABVP suspends DUSU president Ankiv Baisoya

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New Delhi, Nov 15: The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad on Thursday suspended  DUSU President Ankiv Baisoya till the inquiry in the fake degree case against him is over. 

Earlier, the ABVP had issued a statement saying Baisoya has been expelled from all the responsibilities of the organization.

Baisoya has been under a cloud over allegations of securing admission in Delhi University on the basis of a fake degree from the Thiruvalluvar University in Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

He is currently a student of Department of Buddhist Studies and is the centre of an inquiry by that department.

The controversy surrounding Baisoya’s certificates triggered when the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) circulated a letter in September, issued by the Controller of Examination of the Thiruvalluvar University dismissing Baisoya’s graduation mark-sheet bearing that varsity’s stamp and logo as “fake”.

Later, the troubles piled up for Baisoya after a letter issued by the Thiruvalluvar University Registrar surfaced stating that the education certificates provided by Baisoya from that university were “fake” and that he was not enrolled in the university.

In a letter on October 3 to the Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Tamil Nadu government, Registrar V. Peruvalluthi stated: “I hereby submit that Mr Ankiv Baisoya has not enrolled either in our university or in any of our constituent of affiliated colleges and is not our student at all.”

Taking cognisance of the media reports regarding Baisoya’s alleged fake degree, it further read: “The certificate he has produced is fake and not from our university. The Controller of Examination has issued a letter stating that the certificate is not genuine after official verification of records of the Controller of Examination office.”

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