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Paswan questions Nitish Kumar’s silence on Lalu



Ram Vilas Paswan
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Patna, May 13:  Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday questioned the silence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s alleged land deals worth Rs 1,000 crore and dared him to take action against Lalu.

Paswan, who is chief of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), an ally of the BJP-led NDA, told the media that Nitish Kumar should break his silence and prove his credibility by taking action against Lalu and his family members.

“Why is Nitish Kumar silent and not taking action against Lalu despite knowing everything?” Paswan said, adding that when crime is increasing in the state and law and order is only on paper, Nitish Kumar has failed to say anything on this issue.

This is the first time that after the BJP, its ally LJP has directly attacked Lalu and targeted Nitish Kumar for ignoring serious charges against Lalu and his family members.

Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party had questioned the silence of Nitish Kumar on the Supreme Court’s order in a fodder scam case involving Lalu Prasad.

Interestingly, two other BJP allies in Bihar — Rashtriya Lok Samta Party of Union minister Upender Kushwaha and Hindustani Awam Morcha of former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi — have so far not joined the BJP to target Lalu.

Senior BJP leaders like Ravi Shankar Prasad, Griraj Singh, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, have been repeatedly attacking Lalu and the silence of Nitish Kumar.

Prasad accused Lalu Prasad, his daughter and MP Misa Bharti and his two minister-sons Tej Pratap and Tejashwi of being involved in corrupt land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore and asked the Centre to probe one such transaction in Delhi.

Prasad dared Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to take action against Lalu and his family. He urged the Election Commission to take action against Misa Bharti, as she did not disclose the details of these assets in her affidavit at the time of the Rajya Sabha election.



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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Congress hits out at BJP, says Sabse bade data chor macha rahe hai zyada shor




New Delhi, March 22: Lashing out at the Bharatiya Janata Party for levelling charges over the alleged data theft, Congress on Thursday said the ruling government has become a manufacturer of fake news.

Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said the BJP Govt has become a manufacturer of fake news. Sabse bade data chor macha rahe hain sabse zyada shor”.

Taking a jibe the BJP-led government, he said, “Hitler had an associate called Goebbels, Narendra Modi has an associate called Ravi Shankar Prasad.”

His reaction comes soon after, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad retaliated his allegations of Congress’s links to political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) and claimed that the firm was involved in Rahul Gandhi’s social media campaign and there had been meetings too in this regard.

The minister, accepting full responsibility, said that CA had been managing the social media campaign for Rahul Gandhi and there had been meetings also in this connection.

“The Congress cannot run away from this fact. If the Congress maintains a conspicuous silence on such an important news of the involvement of a dubious social media company and does not counter it, then I am sorry. They don’t have any right to run the country,” he said.

Earlier on Wednesday also, the Congress denied links to CA that has been accused of data theft to allegedly influence the electoral process.


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Death of 39 Indians in Iraq: Congress to move Privilege Motion against Swaraj



New Delhi, March 22: The Congress will move a Privilege Motion against EAM Sushma Swaraj for misleading the kin of the Indians killed in Iraq by the Islamic State.

Speaking to media, Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni said: “We are going to bring a Privilege Motion against the External Affairs Minister for misleading the families of the 39 Indians as well as the House”.

EAM on Tuesday confirmed the death of missing 39 Indians who were abducted by ISIS in June 2014.

Former MoS for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, too, had cornered the ruling government for giving false hope to the families of the hostages all these years.

“Giving falsehood to people is actually cruel and suggests a certain level of lack transparency on part of the government, Tharoor asserted.

Echoing on similar views, another Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday asked the Central and State governments to provide financial assistance to the families of deceased and job opportunities in government sector.

The thirty-nine persons, most of them hailed from Punjab, were working on projects near Mosul, when they were abducted during their evacuation.


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