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PM is corrupt, must go: Rahul on further Rafale revelations

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New Delhi, Oct 11 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi “corrupt” following fresh revelations by French website Mediapart that inclusion of a private defence partner from India was an “imperative and obligatory” condition for securing the Rafale jets contract.

Mediapart said the name of Reliance Defence was give to Dassault Aviation as “obligatory” offset partner.

Questioning Modi’s “deafening silence” on the issue, despite allegations of corruption directed at him, Gandhi said the Prime Minister must resign.

“The Prime Minister of India is corrupt, I want to tell the youth of the nation that he is corrupt,” Gandhi said at a special media briefing here.

“Allegations of corruptions are being directed at him and the Prime Minister is silent. He should resign if he cannot respond (to the charges),” he said.

Gandhi reading out excerpts from Wednesday’s Mediapart report on an internal Dassault document, said that the group accepted to work with Reliance as an “imperative and obligatory” condition for securing the fighter jet contract.

“Rafale’s senior executive has clearly stated that choosing Anil Ambani’s company was a compensation for the purchase of Rafale.

“Earlier former French President (Francois Hollande) had revealed that Indian Prime Minister had told them that Reliance should get a deal. Now Dasaullt’s second senior-most executive has said the same thing,” said Gandhi alleging that “Modi put Rs 30,000 crore in his industrialist crony’s pockets.”

In its earlier report the French website had quoted Hollande as saying that India had proposed Reliance Defence as the partner for the deal.

“There is a clear-cut case of corruption against the Prime Minister,” said Gandhi ridiculing the Modi government for shying away from a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the deal.

He also questioned the visit of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to France wondering if her three day trip from Wednesday was in connection with process to justify Modi’s decision to purchase the fighter jets.

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Karnataka opposition moves no-confidence motion, ruling BJP unperturbed

However, Siddarmaiah asserted that the motion moved by the Congress must be taken on a priority basis instead of delaying any further.

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Bengaluru, Sep 24 : The opposition Congress in Karnataka on Thursday moved a no-confidence motion against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, alleging rampant corruption and misuse of power in the state.

Without resisting much, the ruling party too conceded to the opposition party’s demand to move the motion.

The moment that Leader of the Opposition Siddarmaiah moved a no-confidence motion, Speaker Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri put to vote and presence of 23 Congress party legislators was mandatory to allow the opposition party to move this motion.

As the Congress party was able to muster more numbers than required, Speaker Kageri asserted that he would allow the debate on the motion before Saturday.

However, Siddarmaiah asserted that the motion moved by the Congress must be taken on a priority basis instead of delaying any further.

Intervening at this juncture, Revenue Minister R. Ashoka caustically remarked that though the ruling BJP would not fear losing votes but Congress party which is moving the no-confidence motion might end up losing its MLAs who would vote in favour of the BJP government.

Rebutting this, Siddaramaiah asserted that every day may not be the same, those who have voted for the BJP in the past may vote in favour of Congress too. “Only time will tell, who will win this vote,” he claimed.

Interceding at this juncture, senior Congress leader H. K. Patil strongly appealed that the ruling party should not take undue advantage of no-confidence motion and should not pass any Bill that has far reaching consequences.

Meanwhile, sources in the Congress told IANS the party wanted to move this no-confidence motion only to avoid an injunction order taken by Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa’s son B. Y. Vijayendra. “When debate on no-confidence commences, the party can raise every issue and most of the court orders do not come into effect, when charges are made in Assembly. Therefore, we have moved it,” a senior leader added.

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Sisodia’s Condition Stable, To Undergo Second Covid-19 Test Soon

Manish Sisodia was admitted to the LNJP Hospital on Wednesday.

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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party Leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, currently undergoing treatment for Covid-19, is stable and he will be administered another Coronavirus test in a couple of days, officials said on Thursday.

He was admitted to the LNJP Hospital on Wednesday after he had contracted the infection.

“He is in ICU since yesterday, but his condition is stable. The minister has been put on oxygen support as per requirement, and is under constant observation,” a senior doctor of the hospital said. “The Deputy CM will be administered an RT-PCR test in a couple of days,” the doctor added. Asked if the minister has any co-morbidities, the doctor said, “he has hypertension.”

The 48-year-old Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was admitted to the hospital after he complained of fever and low oxygen levels. In a video message, Sisodia praised the efforts made by doctors at the LNJP hospital.

“I have been brought to the LNJP Hospital after a need was felt for it. But, seeing the spirit with which the doctors and other healthcare workers are serving patients, I must say, as a deputy chief minister, it is very encouraging,” he said. The minister also said that he was proud of the health workers serving in the hospital. “It is a wonderful facility here and I am very proud of them. If you need any medical attention in this coronavirus time, LNJP is ready to serve you,” the minister said.

Sisodia had tested positive for COVID-19 on September 14 and was in home isolation. “He (Sisodia) was admitted to the hospital as a precautionary measure since he was continuously having a little higher body temperature and his oxygen level dropped slightly,” a senior official said on Wednesday.

Sisodia was unable to attend the one-day Delhi Assembly session on September 14 since he had tested positive for the disease. He is the second Cabinet minister in the Arvind Kejriwal government to contract COVID-19 infection after Health Minister Satyendar Jain. The health minister had tested positive for COVID-19 in June and was hospitalized. He was later administered plasma therapy.

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Ex-Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi in ICU after drop in oxygen level

Tarun Gogoi had tested coronavirus positive last month.

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Veteran Congress leader and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi was on Thursday admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH), following a drop in his oxygen saturation level. He had tested coronavirus positive last month.

According to reports, the 85-year-old, who was admitted at a private cabin of the hospital, was shifted to ICU to monitor him effectively. His condition is stated to be stable now.

“Visited the new ICU of GMCH to see ex-CM Tarun Gogoi, enquired about his health and prayed to God for his speedy recovery,” Assam Congress unit president Ripun Bora tweeted after visiting GMCH on Thursday.

Gogoi, who was CM for three consecutive terms from 2001 till 2016, was tested as Covid-19 positive on August 26, following which he was admitted to GMCH. The Assam government constituted an eight-member team of doctors to monitor his health parameters regularly.

There was a sudden drop in oxygen saturation level on August 31, but it again returned to normal after immediate intervention of doctors.

Gogoi was tested negative for Covid-19 last week, but has been staying at GMCH till his health recovers completely.

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