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Suspending MPLAD scheme is undemocratic: Stalin

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Chennai, April 7 (IANS) The DMK President M.K. Stalin on Tuesday said the Central government’s decision to suspend the Members of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) Scheme for two years instead of allocating additional funds for Covid-19 relief work is not a democratic decision.

In a statement issued here Stalin said MPLAD scheme is not an allowance for MPs but allocation of funds for projects that are needed by the people in a constituency.

Instead of allocating additional funds towards relief works for Covid-19 affected constituencies, withdrawing the existing funds puts the MPs in a spot and is not democratic act.

Stalin also questioned the reason for Central government allocating just Rs 510 crore for Tamil Nadu towards Covid-19 relief work.

He said while Uttar Pradesh with 234 Covid-19 patients got Rs 966 crore, Tamil Nadu with 621 patients got only Rs 510 crore.

Stalin said the Tamil Nadu government had requested a total sum of Rs 12,200 crore from the Central government for Covid-19 relief. He said this clearly shows the Corona politics is being played by the Central government.


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BJP, RSS ‘destroying’ democracy: Raj CM Gehlot

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 Rajasthan Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot has said that the BJP-RSS combine is “destroying” Indian democracy through wrong policies and administrative measures.

Gehlot was addressing Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee office bearers at the party’s state headquarters here at Indira Bhawan.

Gehlot came down heavily against the central agencies and added that these agencies are dancing to the tune of their political masters. He also said that BJP is the Congress’ main opponent across the country and added that the BJP’s plank of “Congress-mukt Bharat” has to be opposed at any cost.

He said that the BJP and RSS are trying to unseat opposition state governments and added that by this method they are trying to “destroy” Indian democracy and the spirit of freedom.

He said the poll alliance in West Bengal between the Congress and CPM was for opposing the BJP in that state. However he said that the political conditions in Kerala and West Bengal are entirely different and hence in Kerala, the Congress is fighting the CPM.

Gehlot also expressed hope that in Kerala the Congress-led UDF will come back to power.

Speaking on the occasion, AICC general secretary (Organisation) K.C. Venugopal said that the Congress will field candidates on the basis of merit in the Kerala Assembly election and added that there will not be any compromise on the same.

He also said that winning is the main and only criteria and personal likes and dislikes do not matter in the crucial election.

Congress’ Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala said that the ‘Iswarya Kerala Yatra’ will be inaugurated at Kasargod on January 31 by former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The yatra will traverse through all districts of the state and will conclude at Thiruvananthapuram on February 22. Members of Parliament will be in charge of each district leg of the yatra.

Chennithala also said that the seat-sharing discussions with coalition partners including Muslim League and Kerala Congress have already commenced. He said that the discussions will not be spoken about in the open and added that the Congress will maintain a veil of secrecy on this.

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Netaji was true leader who strongly believed in unity: Mamata

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Paying homage to ‘Deshnayak’ Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that Netaji was a true leader and strongly believed in unity of all people.

“We are celebrating this day as Desh Nayak Dibas…He strongly believed in unity of all people,” Banerjee tweeted.

She said that her government has also set up a committee to conduct year-long celebrations till January 23, 2022 across the state.

“A monument, named after Azad Hind Fauj, will be built at Rajarhat. A university named after Netaji is also being set up which shall be funded entirely by the state, and will have tie-ups with foreign universities,” the Chief Minister said.

She also said that a grand padyatra will be held on the day. This year’s Republic Day parade in Kolkata will also be dedicated to Netaji.

“A siren will be sounded today at 12.15 pm. We urge everyone to blow shankh (conch shell) at home,” Banerjee said, demanding that the Centre must also declare January 23 as a National Holiday.

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Rahul seeks in-depth probe in Karnataka quarry blast

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Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday condoled with the families of the victims of the Karnataka mining quarry blast and demanded an in-depth investigation into the incident.

“The news of blast at stone mining quarry in Karnataka is tragic. Condolences to the families of the victims. Such incidents call for in-depth investigation so that similar tragedies can be avoided in the future,” the Congress MP from Kerala’s Wayanad said in a tweet. His remarks came after ten people were reportedly killed in the explosion.

“The news of blast at stone mining quarry in Karnataka is tragic. Condolences to the families of the victims. Such incidents call for in-depth investigation so that similar tragedies can be avoided in the future,” the Congress MP from Kerala’s Wayanad said in a tweet. His remarks came after ten people were reportedly killed in the explosion.

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