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Rahul attacks ‘Saheb’ over Rafale, rupee, oil

Earlier, he has also slammed the BJP-led Central government over the falling rupee and the hike in fuel prices across the county.

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New Delhi, Sep 29 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale fighter jet deal, falling rupee and hike in fuel prices.

“See what wonders the Saheb (Modi’s) has done/ look at the Rafale murk/ the falling rupee, the rising oil,” Gandhi tweeted in Hindi verse.

“In Mumbai petrol at Rs 90.75, diesel at Rs 79.23 per litre. In Delhi, petrol at Rs 83.4, diesel at Rs 74.63 per litre,” he added.

The Congress chief has been repeatedly attacking Modi over the recent past on the Rafale deal, alleging scam in the purchase of 36 fighter jets from the French manufacturer Dassault Aviation.

Earlier, he has also slammed the BJP-led Central government over the falling rupee and the hike in fuel prices across the county.

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ED under some pressure, says Ahmed Patel after third grilling

A team of ED on Thursday grilled Ahmed Patel at his residence for the third time in less than a week”s time in connection with its probe into multi-crore bank fraud case by the Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech.

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New Delhi, July 3 : After hours of grilling by Enforcement Directorate (ED) on links with fugitive Sterling Biotech promoters, Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel said the financial probe agency is working under some pressure as no proof has been found against him despite answering 128 questions.

This is the third time the ED questioned Patel under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 . Earlier he was first questioned on June 27 and then on June 30.

“I was asked 128 questions based on allegations but yet no proof was found against me. The agency was satisfied by my replies but the questioning is a result of political vendetta. I don”t know under whose pressure they are working,” Patel told mediapersons.

Patel said he is ready to answer more questions.

A team of ED on Thursday grilled Ahmed Patel at his residence for the third time in less than a week”s time in connection with its probe into multi-crore bank fraud case by the Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech.

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Congress alleges PPP model in Railways is “jugglery of words”

It said that it plans to allow private entities to operate passenger trains and the project would entail private sector investment of about Rs 30,000 crore.

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Abhishek Manu Singhvi

New Delhi, July 2 : The Congress has said that the government is pushing railways into private hands and the Public Private Partnership is just “jugglery of words” after the government invited private participation in passenger train operations on 109 pairs of routes.

“Why did the government decide on privatisation in the midst of corona” asked Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

He said that “on March 17, 2020 the government said in Parliament that it is not going to privatise railways.”

The Congress apprehended that the government is moving towards retrenchment of employees. The Indian Railways employs up to 1.5 crore people.

“Is retrenchment next?” asked Singhvi.

The Congress said that Railways ferry 2.5 crore passengers daily and 7.5 billion annually.

“Rail is the only lifeline of the poor and the government is taking it away from them. Snatch whatever you want to. But remember – the people of the country will give a befitting reply,” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

The Railways on Wednesday announced that it has invited request for qualifications for private participation in passenger train operations on 109 pairs of routes through 151 modern trains.

It said that it plans to allow private entities to operate passenger trains and the project would entail private sector investment of about Rs 30,000 crore.

According to the railway ministry, this is the first initiative for private investment for running passenger trains on the Indian Railways network. The move was initiated last year with the introduction of the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

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Delhi Congress chief calls on MPs, MLAs to rise against fuel price hike

He said that the diesel price rise has adversely affected the farmers, transporters, businessmen and the common people, and both the central and Delhi governments are not taking any steps to reduce the prices.

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New Delhi, July 2 : Delhi Congress chief Anil Kumar has written to all MPs and MLAs from Delhi across parties, to rise above narrow political considerations to join hands with the Congress to prevail upon the Modi government at the Centre and the AAP government in Delhi to reduce the excise duty and VAT on petrol and diesel.

Kumar said that “petrol and diesel are selling at over Rs 80 per litre in Delhi, and for the first time in history, diesel has become costlier than petrol, as the central government has imposed an excise duty of almost Rs 32 and the Delhi government is charging almost Rs 18 per litre as VAT (Value Added Tax)”.

He said that the frequent hikes in the prices of petrol and diesel (23 times in June alone) has had a cascading effect on the prices of other essential commodities as the cost of transportation has steeply gone up and the common people have been hemmed in from all sides.

He said that the diesel price rise has adversely affected the farmers, transporters, businessmen and the common people, and both the central and Delhi governments are not taking any steps to reduce the prices.

Anil Kumar in his letter reminded the elected representatives of both the BJP and the AAP that they have a moral obligation to protect the interest of the voters who have elected them to power and wondered why they were keeping a studied silence on the price hike.

Kumar said that if other political parties join hands with the Congress to request the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister to reduce the prices of petroleum products, then it would be of great benefit to the people of Delhi, as pressure from all quarters will force the Centre and Delhi government to reduce the prices.

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