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Uttarakhand trust vote victory for democracy : Sonia Gandhi

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi hailed as “victory for democracy” the high-stakes trial of strength in the Uttarakhand Assembly which her party clinched today and said that  it is befitting reply to Modi government .

“It is a victory for democracy,” she said after the floor test, outcome of which would be announced by the Supreme Court tomorrow.

It is being seen as a clear setback to the Modi government which had dismissed the state government and imposed President’s Rule on March 28.At the AICC briefing, party spokesman and senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi remarked, “We may have reason to exult.”

He, however, hastened to add that it is subject to the final result to be announced by the Supreme Court tomorrow.

Singhvi said that the Congress assessment is based on the verbal accounts of MLAs, the way they sat in the House and reports in the media and it should be taken with a “bucket full of salt”.

 

“The political process has worked itself out. If we win, it will prove such political misadventures are akin to a Himalayan blunder,” he said, taking a dig at the Modi dispensation.

 

He steered clear of a question whether after winning the trust vote, Harish Rawat should dissolve the House and order fresh election.Several leaders in the party have been advocating such a course of action contending that it would help the party to go to the people on the theme of “murder of democracy”.

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Goyal ‘forced’ NABARD to issue statement to hide demonetisation scam: Congress

Khera also said that RTI activists had exposed that the DSK Group had borrowed money, amounting to Rs 5,400 crore, from several financial institutions, and failed to return it.

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New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday alleged that Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had “forced” NABARD to issue a statement “to hide the demonetisation scam by BJP President Amit Shah” and demanded that audit reports, including those of NABARD, be made public.

Accusing the BJP government of giving “patronage to scamsters”, the Congress also said that another bank fraud worth Rs 2,000 crore, by the D.S. Kulkarni (DSK) group of companies, had come to the fore in Maharashtra.

“Piyush Goyal forced NABARD to issue a press statement, which far from addressing the core issue of the allegation looked like a BJP statement embedded on NABARD’s website since it only sought to defend Amit Shah,” Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said at a press conference here.

He alleged that NABARD deliberately omitted its own RTI findings which reflected that a whopping Rs 3,118.51 crore worth of old notes were deposited within the first five days of demonetisaton in 11 Gujarat Co-operative Banks “closely associated” with BJP leaders.

“District Co-operative banks in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states and its allies ruled states had received a massive 64.18 per cent i.e Rs 22,270.80 crore of the entire amount deposited in these banks in just five days,” Khera said.

The Congress leader’s remarks came a day after the National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) attributed the highest deposits at ADCB to the latter’s massive size and performance, saying it had conducted 100 per cent verification which revealed that the bank had complied with all the KYC guidelines of the RBI while accepting the demonetised notes.

IANS had done a story on Thursday based on a RTI reply which said that a bank with Amit Shah as a director collected the highest amount of banned notes among DCCBs (District Cooperative Central Banks).

Khera said: “Goyal tweeted a piece of ‘Yellow Journalism’ directly taken out of the Sangh eco-system and tried extremely hard to somehow clutch at straws by holding on to such childish gibberish – a hallmark of RSS-BJP intellectual universe.”

He said “it would have been pertinent for the Modi government to answer our simple questions and order a thorough investigation in the spike of demonetised note deposits in the district co-operative banks.”

He called on Goyal to “shed this holier-than-thou attitude and as temporary Finance Minister, order an impartial enquiry into the entire gamut of transactions during Modi-made disaster of demonetisation, which is now turning out to be the biggest scam of the century”.

Khera also demanded that NABARD “make public the audit report of the cooperative banks who received large amount of deposits during first five days of demonetisation”.

Khera also said that RTI activists had exposed that the DSK Group had borrowed money, amounting to Rs 5,400 crore, from several financial institutions, and failed to return it.

“Kulkarni had connections to RSS and BJP. This is 12th bank loot scam under the BJP government,” he said.

He also said that the DSK group duped around 8,000 homebuyers and investors in fixed deposits, majority of whom are senior citizens.

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BJP leader Lal Singh threatens journalists,draws sharp rebuke from Congress, NC

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New Delhi, June 23: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Choudhary Lal Singh on Friday threatened journalists to ‘fall in line & draw a line’ over their reporting on the Kathua rape and murder case,, with an apparent reference to the assassination of Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari.

Singh’s controversial reference that if media persons won’t mend the ways they will meet the fate of journalist Shujaat Bukhari drew sharp rebuke from Congress party who asked if BJP leaders have some information off the assassination of Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari.

Singh’s outrageous remarks were condemned by both the Congress party and  former chief minister and National Congress leader Omar Abdullah.

Referring to Kathua case, Singh told a press conference in Jammu on Friday that Kashmiri journalists had created a “wrong atmosphere” there.

Shujaat’s death is now being used by BJP as a tool to threaten other journalists.

Singh was the forest minister in the previous PDP-BJP government and was asked to resign from the cabinet in April after he participated in a rally in support of the accused in the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim tribal girl in Kathua.

“Now I will tell Kashmiri journalists to draw a line on the journalism you do and how you have to live. Do you have to live like what happened to Basharat, so that such a situation emerges?,” Singh said in an apparent reference to Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari who was assassinated by gunmen outside his office on June 14.

“So mend your ways and draw a line, so that this brotherhood remains intact and there is progress,” Singh said.

“Dear journalists, your colleagues in Kashmir just got threatened by a @BJP4India MLA. It seems Shujaat’s death is now a tool for goons to use to threaten other journalists,” Omar tweeted.

 

Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala questioned that it shows BJP leaders have some information  of the assassination of Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari.
“Shocking & reprehensible! BJP J&K MLA, Lal Singh openly threatens journalists to ‘fall in line & draw a line’. He horrifically says that otherwise they will meet the fate of Shujat Bukhari by naming his brother. Does BJP leaders have some special knowledge of the assassination?”, Surjewala tweeted.

 

 

 

Shujaat Bukhari’s brother Basharat Bukhari was law and parliamentary affairs minister in the PDP-BJP government before BJP withdrew from the alliance.

 

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Air India flights delayed at IGI Airport

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New Delhi, June 23: Several Air India flights on Saturday delayed at Indira Gandhi International Airport in the national capital after system failure of the airline server.

An airline spokesperson told news agency PTI that the departure timings of flights were affected and the delays due to the software malfunction stretched from 15-30 minutes.

“The software-related glitch affected operations from 1 PM to 2.30 PM during which period, check-in and other services were handled manually,” the spokesperson asserted.

System failure left hundreds of passengers stranded at the airport.

SITA, a global airlines IT services solution giant, which provides its check-in, boarding and baggage tracking technology, manages Air India’s software solution.

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