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Rajnath hits out at Rahul over Rafale ‘puja’

Rahul has said that the Defence Minister had gone to Paris to receive delivery of the first Rafale jet because there was “guilt” in the minds of BJP leaders over the Rs. 59,000 crore deal for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets.

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Bawani Khera (Haryana), Oct 17 : Slamming Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over the Rafale puja (worship) controversy, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asked what should he have written on the fighter jet if not “Om”, a word with spiritual relevance.

“When I wrote Om on the Rafale jet, people said why did he write (the word). I would like to ask Rahul Gandhi if not ‘Om’, what should I have written on the aircraft,” Singh said at an election rally here in Bhiwani district of Haryana that will go to the polls for 90 Assembly seats in a single phase on October 21.

Rahul Gandhi has said that the Defence Minister had gone to Paris to receive delivery of the first Rafale jet because there was “guilt” in the minds of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders over the Rs. 59,000 crore deal for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, manufactured by Dassault Aviation of France.

At the election rally, Singh also accused the Congress of internationalising the Kashmir issue, saying “it is an internal matter”.

“I want to ask Congress leaders where human rights violations are taking place. Human rights violations were taking place when terrorist activities were occurring (in Kashmir). Why did you not speak at that time?” the senior BJP leader asked the Congress.

“I want a reply from the Congress. Kashmir is our internal matter. Will there be a discussion on it in other countries…Will you be discussing Kashmir matter in other countries?” he said.

Many people have lost their lives in terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.

“They (Congress leaders) have created a strange situation. What has happened to them? It seems they have lost their minds,” he added.

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CM should have sacked me: BJP rebel Saryu Rai

Asked about his chances in the Assembly poll he said “the voting has taken place in my favour and it will be known on counting date December 23.”

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Ranchi, Dec 13 (IANS) Rebel BJP leader Saryu Rai on Friday resigned as Jharkhand Food and Civil Supply Minister and handed over his resignation to Governor Draupdi Murmu.

“Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das should have sacked me. BJP will not get more than 15 seats in the Assembly polls,” said Rai after resignation.

He said “there was no moral right to stay as minister. I had resigned from Cabinet on November 17. I had sent my resignation letter to Raj Bhawan through fax. Raj Bhawan cold not get my resignation letter. Today I personally met the Governor and handed over my resignation. I should have been sacked as I fought against Chief Minister in the Assembly polls”.

Asked about his chances in the Assembly poll he said “the voting has taken place in my favour and it will be known on counting date December 23.”

Rai was expelled three days ago from the BJP. He had turned rebel after the BJP put his ticket on hold.

Rai, a BJP leader for many decades, fought against his own Chief Minister Raghubar Das from Jamshedpur east seat.

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Congress accuses Modi govt of diverting public attention

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New Delhi: Amid the ruckus over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s ‘rape remark’, Congress party national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala accused the Narendra Modi-led Central government of diverting the public attention from the “ongoing unrest in the country”.

“You (referring to Modi government) are disrupting Parliament from working in order to divert the public attention anarchy spread in the country. You must know that women of this country want a decisive action against rape,” Surjewala tweeted.

“Rape in India is unacceptable. Listen to your own statement regarding rape. If this (statement) is right then you should apologise first,” he wrote.

The Congress spokeperson also tagged a video in which the Prime Minister was speaking on the same issue that no policy had been made to stop crime against women saying “they made Delhi a rape capital. They have no policy to stop such crimes”.

The Bharatiya Janata Party MPs on Friday demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi in Parliament over his remark on the most heinous crime against women.

Gandhi took a jibe at the PM’s pet project ‘Make in India and said: “Earlier, it was ‘Make in India’ but now it is ‘rape in India’…” in Jharkhand during a rally.


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Priyanka Gandhi questions PM’s ‘silence’ over economy

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New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Friday questioned the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its economic policies and thus keepings it’s pressure on economy even in the face of a discourse dominated by the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

She tweeted: “Inflation has reached the highest level in last three years. Common men are finding it extremely tough to buy materials that is needed for day to day life.”

“Income is zero due to the slowdown caused by BJP’s economic policies. But the Prime Minister of the country is silent on this.”

India’s economy has in the past few months seen a particular slowdown with GDP projections tumbling to 5 per cent and reports of job losses.

Soaring onion prices has only added to the government’s worry.

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