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Swamy withdraws application seeking Hooda as witness

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Subramanian Swamy

New Delhi, May 15 : BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday withdrew his application seeking summoning of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as witness in the National Herald case against Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

Swamy told Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen that he wants to withdrew his application moved last month where he has sought Hooda and three Haryana officials – Sandeep Singh Dhillon, then associated with Haryana Urban Development Authority, IAS officer Vineet Garg, and Shakuntala Jakhu, then Financial Commissioner, Town and Country Planning – as witness in the case.

The court allowed his plea.

Swamy also told court that he will file a fresh application seeking documents related the case.

The court listed the matter for July 1 for further hearing on Swamy’s plea seeking examination of Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi and others in the National Herald case.

Apart from the Gandhis, Congress party leaders Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey, and Sam Pitroda and Young Indian – are facing trial in the case.

Swamy had filed a complaint about “cheating” in acquisition of AJL, which published the National Herald newspaper, by Young Indian, “a firm in which Sonia and Rahul Gandhi each own a 38 per cent stake”.

He had accused the Gandhis of allegedly conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by just paying Rs 50 lakh, through which Young Indian obtained right to recover Rs 90.25 crore that the AJL owed to the Congress.

(IANS)

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Hospitals need PPE and poor need a package, not theatrics: Cogress to PM Modi

Venugopal said instead of addressing this unprecedented health crisis, the PM has come up with stage-crafted events like lighting lamps and clapping, one after another.

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New Delhi, April 4 : AICC General Secretary K.C. Venugopal said on Saturday that the spread of Covid-19 and consequent nationwide lockdown require practical interventions from the Prime Minister such as equipping hospitals and health centres, providing personal protective equipment (PPE), hazmat suits to health workers and increased testing, as well a comprehensive economic package to the state governments to deal with the emergency situation.

“Instead of addressing these crucial issues, the Prime Minister is coming up with mere dramatic acts simply to run away from his responsibilities and obligations,” said Venugopal.

He reiterated that people expected the Prime Minister to speak on pressing issues such as government’s efforts to curtail the virus transmission, initiating rapid testing, providing PPEs to the doctors, nurses and health workers.

“People across the country are reeling under the impact of the unplanned lockdown. They expect not a magic wand but a comprehensive and strategic approach from the PM to deal with the unprecedented migrant labour crisis, issues of daily wage workers, business community, people working in un-organized sector and the middle class”, he added.

Venugopal said instead of addressing this unprecedented health crisis, the PM has come up with stage-crafted events like lighting lamps and clapping, one after another.

“While motivation and unity is the need of the hour, the government’s response should not be limited to mere theatrics and rhetoric. It should rather focus on actions to motivate the people to face this unprecedented pandemic challenge”, he said.

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Digvijaya switches off cell phone after harassing calls

Sources said that the callers had used unparliamentary language for the senior Congress leader.

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Digvijay Singh

Bhopal, April 3 : Harassed by unsolicited calls on his mobile phone for the past four-five days, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said on Friday that he had complained to police and also switched off his cell phone.

“These phone calls were disturbing me for the last four-five days. I also complained to the state DGP and to the service provider, but with no results. So, I switched it off. However, I am available on my landline number in Bhopal due to the lockdown,” the senior Congress leader tweeted.

Sources said that the callers had used unparliamentary language for the senior Congress leader.

Efforts to contact Singh for comments on the issue were not successful.

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Opposition attacks Modi for failing to address economic woes

“People are disappointed at both counts. Symbolism is important, but serious consideration is equally important for ideas and measures”, said Chidambaram.

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New Delhi, April 3 : After Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people to light candles on Sunday at 9 p.m. for nine minutes amid the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, the opposition on Friday slammed him saying symbolism was important, but serious consideration was equally important to address financial anxieties of the people.

In a series of tweets, former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram said, “Dear Narendra Modi, we will listen to you and light diyas on April 5. But, in return, please listen to us and to the wise counsel of epidemiologists and economists.”

He said, “What we expected from you today was FAP II, a generous livelihood support package for the poor, including the categories of the poor who were completely ignored by Nirmala Sitharaman on March 25”.

Chidambaram added, “Every working man and woman, from business person to daily wage earner, has also expected you to announce steps to arrest the economic slide and restart the engine of economic growth.

“People are disappointed at both counts. Symbolism is important, but serious consideration is equally important for ideas and measures”, said Chidambaram.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) while attacking the Prime Minister demanded a fiscal package. TMC MP Mahua Moitra said in a tweet, “Turn out lights and come on balconies? Get real Mr Modi. Give India fiscal package worth 8-10 per cent of GDP.

“Ensure immediate wages to construction and other labour during lockdown –laws exist permitting this. Stop Gagging real issues in name of curbing fake news.”

Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP, Shashi Tharoor called the Prime Minister a showman and said that Modi was invoking Hindu Symbolism.

“Listened to the Pradhan Showman. Nothing about how to ease people’s pain, their burdens, their financial anxieties. No vision of the future or sharing the issues he is weighing in deciding about the post-lockdown. Just a feel-good moment curated by India’s Photo-Op Prime Minister,” Tharoor said in his tweet.

In another tweet, he said, “This is no accident: the PM spoke on Ram Navami at 9 am for 9 mins, asked us to light diyas & candles on 5/4 at 9 pm for 9 mins. He is invoking all the auspicious elements Hinduism associates with number 9. Back to Ram Bharose?! #COVID19 must be more serious than we thought!”

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal also criticised the Prime Minister and in a tweet said, “Modiji, learnt nothing about government’s steps to contain the virus, protect our medical practitioners, provide testing kits, reach food and supplies to the poor, finance migrant labour, the jobless.

“Light the ‘Diyaa’ of reason, not that of superstition,” Sibal said.

The opposition leaders’ remarks came after Modi on Friday once again reached out to the nation amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown and urged people to light a candle or “diya” on April 5 at 9 p.m. for nine minutes to dispel the darkness and gloom brought about by the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus.

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