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‘PM Modi’ the main culprit in Vijay Mallya case: Congress

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New Delhi, Sep 14: The Congress on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being the main culprit in fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya case.

“Why is PM afraid to conduct a fair investigation in this matter”, asked Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, adding “it shows that PM Modi is not just a part of this crime but the main culprit”.

Addressing a press conference, he said “on 19 August 2014, the State Bank of India (SBI) issued a notice stating Mallya is “Willful defaulter”. On September 2014, United Bank of India also said the same. By 2015, the SFIO and  CBI registered complaints against him.

“How can CBI now say that they had no proof of his fraud?”

“Who ordered CBI to change the lookout notice from ‘to detain’ to ‘to inform”, he asked.

In an apparent attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre, the Congress leader asked “why did SBI, that was representing the 17 banks, not approach the Supreme Court immediately? Who ordered them to not approach?

“The apex court lawyer Dushyant Dave stated that he suggested a procedure to 17 banks on how to approach SC to seize Mallya’s passport”, he added.

Hitting out at Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over his meeting with the fugitive liquor baron, Surjewala said the silence from FM is pointing towards admission if guilt.

“PL Punia has asked CCTV footage to be released. He even offered to quit politics if he is wrong. But FM @arunjaitley and entire govt are maintaining complete silence not daring to rebut Punia”.

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Congress alleges open horse-trading by BJP in Karnataka

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Bengaluru, Sep 22: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Dinesh Gundu Rao on Saturday alleged horse-trading by the Bharatiya Janata Party and said BJP national chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are directly responsible for creating instability in the state.

“Open horse-trading is going on. The central government is itself hand-in-glove. Amit Shah and PM Modi are directly responsible for creating instability in Karnataka. They don’t want this government to function”, he told news agency ANI.

The Congress leader further said, ” they are telling the MLAs, we have the central government with us, you come with us and we’ll do everything necessary”.

Rao revealed that former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa himself called the parliamentarians and said ‘don’t worry, the centre is ours’.

In this regard, the Congress party have complained to the Income Tax department that BJP people are trying to offer inducements to its MLA’s.

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Narendra Modi should resign as PM : Kharge

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Launching a blistering attack on Modi, senior Congress leader, Mallikarjun Kharge said that   Narendra Modi is not suitable for the Prime Minister’s post and therefore he should immediately resign and  appoint any cabinet minister as Prime Minister.

Launching a blistering attack on Modi, Mallikarjun Kharge, said “It’s my personal demand that he (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) is not suitable for the post and therefore he should immediately resign & appoint any cabinet minister as Prime Minister. He is morally not suitable for the post now.”

The claim by the former French president has given fresh ammunition to the Congress party, which has been mounting an attack on the government, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Modi.

The controversy over the ongoing Rafale deal took a new direction when former French president Francois Hollande said that Dassault Aviation was given no choice but to partner with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence for the offset clause in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

In an interview to a French media house, Hollande on a question about who selected Reliance as a partner and why, said it was the Indian government that proposed Reliance’s name and Dassault had no choice but to take the company given to it.

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Is Former French President lying or our PM, asks Owaisi on Rafale

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New Delhi, Sep 22: All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi today asked Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to throw a light on who is lying over Rafale fighter jet deal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Former French President Francois Hollande. 

“People of India would like to know who is lying. Is the former French President Hollande lying or our PM is not saying the truth?, asked  Owaisi.

He further said, “We want the Defence Minister to throw light on this”.

In an article published by French journal Mediapart, Hollande said that the Indian government had proposed Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Defence ‘Dassault’ as a service provider for the Rafale deal.

With his remarks, the controversy over the ongoing Rafale deal took a new direction.

The deal to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from France was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 and signed in 2016.

Earlier, the UPA government was negotiating a deal to purchase 126 Rafale jets, with 18 to come in flyaway condition and 108 to be manufactured by HAL under licence.

The Modi government has repeatedly said it was Dassault that chose its India partner for offsets and that the government had no say in the deal.

While, the Congress has been alleging irregularities in the deal, saying the UPA had finalised the price of each aircraft at Rs. 590 crore in 2012, and the price increased by 1690 crores in 2015 under the BJP-led government

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