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No consensus, cooperation unless govt gives a name: Congress on Prez poll

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New Delhi, June 16, 2017: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence in Delhi to discuss a consensus with opposition parties on India’s new President. Their meeting lasted 30 minutes.

Singh and Naidu, who are part of the three-member team constituted by Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah for discussion with political parties reached 10 Janpath around 11 a.m.

Soon after the meeting, Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told media that ” BJP ministers did not give us any name, instead asked us for a name. We were expecting them to suggest a name. Then we would have discussed that within our own party and with other opposition parties.”

Saying that the BJP leaders met Gandhi seeking cooperation in the presidential poll, both Azad and party leader Mallikarjun Kharge said unless the government named a candidate there was no question of cooperation or consensus.

“Since there was no name suggested from the government, there is no question of cooperation or discussion,” said Azad.

“They are seeking cooperation and what I can make, they have got something in their mind, that is why they have not given any name and are seeking cooperation. But unless they give a name there can’t be any question of consensus or cooperation,” Kharge added.

Before the meeting, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told media that “The minutes of the meeting will be discussed with the rest of our party and the sub-committee that has been set up ahead of the polls. We will consider the opinion of all.”

Later, the BJP panel’s will be meeting CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.

Both the Union Ministers have already spoken to Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Praful Patel and Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) Satish Mishra.

Earlier, Naidu also spoke to NCP chief Sharad Pawar, and ally TDP’s chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu as part of its exercise to evolve a consensus on a presidential candidate.

Sources said Pawar told Naidu that he would be in Delhi for the next couple of days for the talks, while Chandrababu Naidu told him that his party would stand by the Prime Minister’s decision on the issue.

Read More: Process for President’s election begins: Here is all you need to know

The election to the post of President would be held on July 17. The votes would be counted on July 20.

Read More: Presidential election on July 17, Counting on July 20

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Prime Minister spoke with arrogance, says Chandrababu Naidu

Naidu alleged that the prime minister also spoke alightly’ and acheaply’. “By stating that I took u-turn he launched a political counter attack,”

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Amaravati, July 21 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with arrogance during the debate on no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha.

Naidu, whose party had moved the no-confidence motion against the NDA government, said that Modi spoke as if Andhra Pradesh was not part of India.

“His arrogance was because he had the numbers,” said Naidu while terming the no-confidence motion as a fight between majority and morality.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief was talking to reporters after the defeat of the motion in the Parliament.

Naidu alleged that the prime minister also spoke alightly’ and acheaply’. “By stating that I took u-turn he launched a political counter attack,” said Naidu.

On Modi’s comments that he had warned him that he was falling in the trap of YSR Congress, the TDP leader said the Prime Minister was doing injustice to the state for political mileage and resorting to blackmail. “It is unbecoming of a person holding the position of the Prime Minister to say such things,” he said.

The Chief Minister said the Prime Minister’s reply disappointed five crore people of the state and the entire country as they had hoped that he will show some repentance over no fulfilling the promises made to the state and correct his mistakes.

Naidu also took strong exception to Modi’s remark that he was picking up fight with Telangana and recalled that even before bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh he had been calling for an amicable solution through talks.

Stating that Andhra Pradesh has been cheated again, Naidu appealed to people to stage protest demonstrations on Saturday.

He claimed that for the first time a no-confidence motion moved by a regional party received support from several parties. He will be leaving for New Delhi on Saturday to thank the parties which supported the motion. Naidu said he would also tell the nation as to how the state was betrayed.

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Modi mocks at Rahul, says he’s power hungry

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New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday mocked at Rahul Gandhi for hugging him in the Lok Sabha, saying the Congress President was actually dreaming to be the next Prime Minister and had asked him to get up from his seat in the Lok Sabha.

“In the morning, the voting was not over, the debate was also not over, one member came runnig to me saying – Utho Utho Utho… What is his hurry to come to power,” Modi said, gesturing with hands and recalling how Gandhi came to hug him after his speech.

“Let me tell this member it is the people who elected us. That is how we have come here.”

He said the opposition was enacting a drama and coming together “to remove one Modi”.

“See who all they are trying to bring together. But they should know we are here because we have the blessings of 125 crore Indians. We are not here for selfish interests.”

The Prime Minister said the no confidence motion has exposed how the opposition is hungry for power.

“What we saw among members of the Opposition was sheer arrogance. The only thing they have to say – remove Modi. Today the nation has seen the negativity expressed by some members. They are playing negative politics. India saw how some people are so deeply opposed to development.”

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Not a naamdar, can’t see eye to eye with you: Modi taunts Rahul

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New Delhi, July 20 : Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that he indeed could not see eye to eye with the Congress leadership as he was not a “naamdar” (from a privileged background) like the Congress chief.

He said that there was long list of people who tried to see eye to eye with the “first family” and were “humiliated” as a result, including former President Pranab Mukherjee.

“He (Rahul) says I cannot see eye to eye with him. Yes, I cannot do so because I am not a naamdar. I come from a poor background, I am not privileged like you,” Modi said while replying to the no-confidence motion moved by the opposition.

“It is widely known what happened to those who tried to see eye to eye with you. What happened to Chadhary Charan Singh, to Chandra Shekhar, Deve Gowda and I.K. Gujaral. What happened to Sharad Pawar and even to Pranab Mukherjee?

“In the past too, those who tried to see eye to eye with you their fate was no different be it Sardar Patel or Subhash Chandra Bose. They were all thrown out, they were humiliated. I cannot see eye to eye with you,” Modi said.

Earlier in the day, Gandhi had said that Modi could not see eye to eye with him (for his alleged failure to fulfil his promises made to the public).

“And it was seen by the people what your eyes said today,” Modi said, blinking his fingers to portray Gandhi’s winking gesture.

At the end of his around 40-minute speech, Gandhi walked across to the treasury benches and hugged Modi who was surprised. Gandhi then returned to his seat amid applause from Congress MPs, and then winked at fellow Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia who was sitting next to him.

Modi said that the Congress was so power hungry that it had pulled the rug off the feet of any non-Congress government whenever any attempt to form such a government was made.

“What did the Congress do with governments of Charan Singh, of Chandra Shekhar and of I.K. Gujral? It pushed the country into phases of instability again and again for greed of power (by pulling out support from coalition governments),” he said.

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