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Rahul hits back at Modi, says No word on Rafale deal, Employment in PM’s speech

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New Delhi, Feb 7: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he spoke for more than one hour but didn’t speak a word on Rafale deal, farmers or employment for youth.

Speaking to media outside Parliament, Gandhi said he can understand that before 2014 Modi was blaming the Congress for everything, but even after four years rule he was still questioning the opposition instead of giving answers to the people from the floor of the House.

“I can understand that before 2014, the Prime Minister was talking about the 70 years of Congress rule. But today, the BJP is in government, Modi is the Prime Minister not opposition,” the Congress President stated, minutes after Modi ended his speech in the Lok Sabha, in which he fiercely targeted the Congress, during his reply on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Speech.

“He can talk about this in a public meeting, but in Parliament, you have to answer to the nation,” Gandhi asserted.

The Congress President raised questions on the details of the Rafale fighter jet deal, alleging corruption, on the farmers’ issues and employment generation in the country.

“There is corruption in the Rafale deal, Prime Minister should speak on that,” Gandhi said.

The Prime Minister, in his more than one and a half hour long speech, questioned the previous Congress-led government and blamed them for “hastily” bifurcating Andhra Pradesh.

BJP ally Telugu Desam Party was staging a protest in the House as the Prime Minister came to reply. The TDP members later returned to their seats, but opposition continued to protest.

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Will visit Congress-ruled states, too, if they block justice: Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, Oct 24 : After coming under attack from BJP leaders for not visiting families of rape victims in Rajasthan and Punjab unlike Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said that the two of his party-ruled states did not deny incidents of rape and didn’t block justice and “if they do” he will go there to fight for justice as well.

“Unlike in UP, the governments of Punjab and Rajasthan are not denying that the girl was raped, threatening her family and blocking the course of justice. If they do, I will go there to fight for justice,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

His remarks came after Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Prakash Javadekar and Dr Harsh Vardhan questioned the Congress leader for not visiting Punjab and Rajasthan.

Rahul Gandhi, along with his sister and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had visited Hathras to meet the family of alleged gang rape victim.

He was roughed up by Uttar Pradesh Police on Yamuna Expressway when he started to march towards Hathras.

Earlier in the day, Congress leader Sushmita Deb also slammed BJP leaders for politicising the issue ahead of Bihar assembly polls.

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Independent MLA Geeta Jain joins Shiv Sena

On Friday, senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse joined the NCP, which is part of the ruling coalition in the state.

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Mumbai, Oct 24: Geeta Jain, an independent MLA and former BJP leader from neighbouring Mira Bhayander township, joined the ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra on Saturday.

Jain visited `Matoshree”, the residence of Chief Minister and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, where she was inducted into the party, a Sena source said.

She was accompanied by minister Eknath Shinde and Thane MLA Pratap Sarnaik.

Jain, a BJP rebel, won from the Mira Bhayander constituency last year by defeating the BJP”s Narendra Mehta.

After winning she had declared support to the BJP.

Recently, water conservation minister Shankarrao Gadakh, who had won from the Nevasa assembly seat as Krantikari Shetkari Paksh”s candidate, joined the Shiv Sena.

On Friday, senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse joined the NCP, which is part of the ruling coalition in the state.

But a Sena leader said that the entry of Gadakh and Jain into the party would not change its official tally in the assembly.

“They are not bound by the party”s whip as assembly records will continue to show them as MLAs who won on different symbols,” he said.

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Modi govt should bring white paper on demonetisation: Congress

Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh asked why is the government afraid to make public the names of entities involved in scams, the details of defaulters and transaction trails, since the Income Tax Department was probing all those with undisclosed incomes.

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Ahead of the 4th anniversary of demonetisation, the Congress demanded that the government bring a white paper on the benefits of its decision to ban notes of higher denomination.

Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh asked why is the government afraid to make public the names of entities involved in scams, the details of defaulters and transaction trails, since the Income Tax Department was probing all those with undisclosed incomes.

“In the next couple of weeks, when we will be commemorating the 4th anniversary, we demand that the government should come out with a white paper highlighting the cost and benefits of this ‘Tughlaqi decree’,” he said at a press conference.

The Congress leader said the government should answer how many such alleged defaulters has the Income Tax Department probed and what is the undisclosed income unearthed.

The Income Tax Department had announced that they would initiate assessment proceedings to check black money instances after demonetisation, but till date there has been no disclosure from the department.

“Demonetisation was an organised loot and legalised plunder,” he said.

“How much black money has the government recovered from such defaulters so far,” he asked.

Vallabh alleged that serious charges of tax evasion have come out in the wake of demonetization against a prominent jeweller of Surat, who made sales of Rs 96.3 crore post 8.30 pm on November 8, 2016, when noteban was imposed.

Subsequently, between November 10 and 12 the jeweller deposited close to Rs 110 crore cash in banks and the total tax paid as per allegations is only Rs 80 lakh.

He said what is surprising is that rather than acting on the complaint, the IT Department has been after the complainant itself, who is a former income tax officer.

“Why did the government decide to misuse the machinery to raid the whistleblower instead of instituting an inquiry against the alleged scam,” he asked.

Vallabh also accused the Modi government of being “autocratic in the garb of a democratic one”.

He said the Indian economy is still reeling with the aftershocks of this ill-advised move.

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