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Opposition flays govt for ‘security lapse’ in Uri



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New Delhi/Patna, Sep 18, 2016: After terror attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri, Several opposition leaders on Sunday sought to blame the Narendra Modi government for the incident and attributed the assault to “lapses” in stalling the infiltration of militants.

Congress leader and former Defence Minister A.K. Antony said the attack that left 17 soldiers dead was “a serious security lapse”.

Antony told media that the Kashmir issue was “drifting and reaching dangerous propositions”.

“This incident comes close on the heels of what happened in Pathankot. At both these places, the militants managed to enter military camps and this is a huge security lapse,” he said.

On the other hand, Congress President Sonia Gandhi described the terror strike as a “cowardly attack as a deplorable affront on our national conscience”.

She hoped that “the perpetrators of this dastardly act as also the forces behind them will be severely dealt with and brought to book”.

Read More: Sonia calls Uri attack a ‘cowardly’ act

In a tweet, former Home Minister P. Chidambaram said: “Government must mobilise all resources, manpower and material, to strengthen border defence to prevent infiltration of terrorists.”

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad went on to take a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said: “Soldiers are dying due to the failure and negligence of Modi; where is his 56-inch chest now.”

He said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India but the situation there is going out of control, thanks to “only big talk and no action” on the ground.

Read More: Lalu blames Modi for Uri attack

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) also condemned the killing of 17 Indian army personnel and maintained that Pakistan “must stop aiding and abetting the extremist forces”.

“Despite the deployment of a large number of security personnel, the government has failed to stop the continuing infiltration of militants,” the party said in a statement.

The CPI-M, which began its two-day Central Committee meet on Sunday in New Delhi, maintained that “for a longstanding solution of the Kashmir problem, political dialogue with all stakeholders as advocated by the all-Party delegation should be initiated without any further delay”.

In a tweet, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi “condemned” the militant attack and said: 

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Conspiracy being hatched against us: Chandrababu



Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. (File Photo: IANS)

Amaravati, March 23: Amid speculation that a CBI inquiry may be ordered into allegations of corruption against him, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday told TDP MPs that a ‘conspiracy is being hatched against us’.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief advised MPs and other top party leaders to remain alert and be prepared to face any difficulties.

In a teleconference with party MPs to take stock of the developments in Parliament, Naidu again voiced his apprehension that the BJP may target him, his son Nara Lokesh and other TDP leaders by slapping cases as they have pulled out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The TDP chief also alleged that the BJP was trying to weaken the political leadership in south India. He said since a strong TDP means a strong Andhra Pradesh, attempts were being made to weaken the party by using the YSR Congress Party and Jana Sena.

Naidu had earlier accused the BJP of trying to politically destabilize Andhra Pradesh by repeating what it did in Tamil Nadu.

“I have come into politics to serve the people and not for conspiracies and machinations. This should be kept in mind by the three parties,” he said referring to the BJP, YSR Congress and Jana Sena.

Naidu’s comments came in the wake of all the three parties making allegations of corruption against the TDP government, targeting him and his son Lokesh, who is also a cabinet minister.

On Thursday, BJP leader Vishnu Kumar Raju alleged that TDP government was involved in corruption in the Pattiseema project and cited the report of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

Speaking in the assembly, Naidu made a counter attack by claiming that same CAG found fault with the Modi government on many issues.

Naidu also slammed the three parties for making similar allegations on Polavaram project.

“There were no corruption allegations when we were in NDA. How could we suddenly become corrupt after leaving the NDA?” he asked.

The TDP pulled out of NDA over the latter’s refusal to accord special category to Andhra Pradesh and fulfill other commitments made at the time of state’s division in 2014.

The TDP has also moved a no-confidence motion against the Modi government in the Lok Sabha. It could not be taken up due to unending uproar in the House.


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I smell a rat in Mantralaya’s pest control scheme: Eknath Khadse

A survey revealed that there were 3,19,400 rats in the secretariat and a work order had been issued in the matter. 



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Mumbai,  March 23: Bharatiya Janata Party  MLA and Maharashtra minister Eknathrao Ganpatrao Khadse on Friday sought probe into a rat company given a contract to kill the rodents.

Questioning as to how the company, which was given a contract to Kill 3,19,400 rats in the secretariat accomplished the task in mere seven days, while the BMC took two years to kill around six lakh rats in Mumbai, ANI reported.

A survey revealed that there were 3,19,400 rats in the secretariat and a work order had been issued in the matter.

According to the minister, around 45,628 rats per day were killed (around 31.68 rats every minute).

The government could have deployed ten cats to do the job instead of hiring a private company, the former revenue minister stated.

Meanwhile, the BJP MLA demanded to know the technique used in this regard and also where did the dead bodies of the rats disappear.

The Maharashtra government has assured the minister of a thorough investigation into the matter.


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KC Tyagi says, Cambridge Analytica has no links with JD(U) nor his son



New Delhi, March 22: Senior Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi on Thursday rejected any links with the Cambridge Analytica (CA).

Speaking to Media, he stated that JDU has no relation with Cambridge Analytics, neither has its CEO ever met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish nor me. In any case, JDU is a Socialist outfit and we stay away from such things, except for maybe Prashant Kishore ji helping us during last assembly polls.

There was only a work relation between my son Amrish’s company and Cambridge Analytics , there is no financial transaction or shareholding, everything is open to probe. JDU also has no links with this, neither did they promote us in 2010 polls”, he added.

KC Tyagi’s son Amrish Tyagi owns Ovelina Business Intelligence (OBI), which was Cambridge Analytica’s associate in the country.

OBI in association with CA parent company SCL Group had formed a firm, SCL India.

Meanwhile hitting out at Janata Dal (United), RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, said the name of the company coming out in this matter is in the BJP client list, run by KC Tyagi’s son.

“JD(U) General Secretary’s son is involved and JD(U) is saying that we do not know anything”, he further asserted.

The alleged involvement of the data analytics company and Facebook has erupted a massive political debate across the world as well as in India with a big war-of-words breaking out between the ruling BJP and main Congress.


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