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Uttarakhand Congress rebel legislators likely to join BJP

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Nine rebel MLAs of Uttarakhand Congress is likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). These MLAs had stirred a political crisis in the hill state after they opposed the Appropriation Bill during the budget session of the state assembly leading to the Centre imposing President’s Rule.

“All of us are joining without any condition and will work for the forthcoming rally of Amit Shah in Dehradun scheduled for next month,” one of the rebel MLAs, Harak Singh Rawat, told media.

The local leaders in Dehradun are aware of the nine rebels joining the BJP and many have liked the development while a few in the party called it a move in haste. “The BJP does not have any candidates in the constituencies of the nine MLAs and it would boost the party’s performance in 2017 election,” Uttarakhand BJP leader Munna Singh Chauhan said.

The political crisis in Uttarakhand reached the doors of Supreme Court after the Congress-led state government declared Centre’s move as unconstitutional. A trust vote was carried out in the Uttarakhand assembly and the Harish Rawat government won it. The nine rebel MLAs of the Congress were not able to vote as they were disqualified by the Speaker.

These MLAs then approached the high court seeking a stay on their disqualification, but suffered a setback as the court dismissed their petition. These nine MLAs then moved the Supreme Court, which will hear the plea on July 12.

“It will go on and we will continue to stress that we did nothing wrong on March 18,” Rawat said.

Their leader and former Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna had mentioned earlier that they have no regrets as the outcome was expected.

Wefornews Bureau

Disaster

Rahul questions performance of ventilators funded by PM CARES

Quoting a former employee, the news article alleged that PM CARES Ventilator Maker AgVa has “fudged” software in order to hide “poor performance”.

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Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, July 5 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday alleged that the Central government is putting Indian lives at risk by purchasing sub-standard ventilators for the fight against coronavirus.

Quoting an article, Gandhi tweeted, “PMCares opacity is: 1. Putting Indian lives at risk. 2. Ensuring public money is used to buy sub-standard products.”

He even used a hashtag “BJP fails Corona Fight”.

Quoting a former employee, the news article alleged that PM CARES Ventilator Maker AgVa has “fudged” software in order to hide “poor performance”.

Gandhi”s tweet comes soon after Congress asked four specific questions to the Centre, mostly revolving around the makers, the tendering process and price.

Earlier on Sunday, Congress spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh asked, “Multiple government hospitals of repute and expert panel of doctors had reported that ventilators supplied by AgVa Health Care are of sub standard quality and are of no use. Why Government is compromising with the health of lakhs of patients with such sub standard equipment at such a critical time?”

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BJP’s Anil Baluni to reside at 35, Lodi Estate after Priyanka Gandhi

Baluni, who is not just the head of the ruling BJP’s media department but also known to be close to top party leaders, currently resides at 20, Gurudwara Rakabganj Road.

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New Delhi, July 5 : For years, 35 Lodi Estate has been the residence of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, while she was under SPG protection. But senior officials in the Ministry of Housing have told IANS that now, the sprawling government bungalow which came to be seen as a VVIP address, has been allotted to BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Anil Baluni.

This decision came soon after the government asked Priyanka Gandhi to vacate her sprawling 6B category bungalow by August 1. Though she did not occupy any government post, she, by virtue of her Special Protection Group (SPG) cover, was given a government bungalow. But after her SPG cover was withdrawn, that necessity of a government bungalow also faded away, government sources reasoned.

Baluni, who is not just the head of the ruling BJP’s media department but also known to be close to top party leaders, currently resides at 20, Gurudwara Rakabganj Road.

IANS has learnt that the BJP MP from Uttarakhand requested a change of bungalow and with Priyanka Gandhi about to vacate her Lodi Estate one, it was a mere formality. His health conditions were also a matter of consideration during the allotment of the bungalow to Baluni, said a government official. Baluni was diagnosed with cancer last year and has undergone treatment for it in Mumbai, according to multiple BJP sources.

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Congress raises questions over ventilator prices, quality

Citing the PMO release, he said ventilators were ordered at Rs 400,000 a piece. But at the same time, AgVa Healthcare quoted Rs 150,000 per ventilator.

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Gourav Vallabh Congress

New Delhi, July 5 : Taking a break from upping the ante on the India-China standoff, the Congress, here on Sunday, raised questions over availability and purchase of ventilators through the PM-CARES fund.

“On March 31, the government had placed orders to procure 40,000 ventilators from two domestic manufacturers. Skanray Technologies was given the order for 30,000 ventilators and AgVa Healthcare, 10,000 ventilators.

“Thereafter, the PM-CARES fund allocated Rs 2,000 crore for supply of 50,000 ventilators to the government-run Covid hospitals. Did the 50,000 ventilators ordered through the PM-CARES fund include the earlier order for 40,000 ventilators? Or they are separate,” said Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh.

According to the PMO release, only 1,340 ventilators had been delivered till June 23, he said.

Citing the PMO release, he said ventilators were ordered at Rs 400,000 a piece. But at the same time, AgVa Healthcare quoted Rs 150,000 per ventilator.

“When the ventilator is available at Rs 1,50,000 a piece, then why the PM-CARES fund had allocated Rs 4,00,000 per ventilator? Where is this extra money going,” the Congress leader demanded to know.

He also asked if the open tendering and competitive bidding process was followed in the placing of orders.

The Congress spokesman said when several government hospitals and panels of experts and doctors had said that ventilators supplied by AgVa Healthcare were sub-standard and of no use, why the government was compromising on health of lakhs of patients by ordering low quality equipment.

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