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Vibrant Gujarat Summit a platform for BJP’s corruption: Congress

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New Delhi, Jan 10, 2017: The Congress on Wednesday called the Vibrant Gujarat Summit “a platform for BJP’s corruption”

“Vibrant Gujarat is nothing but a platform for BJP’s corruption and companies have used Vibrant Gujarat as a platform to inflate their share value and attract financial institutions for more funding,” Congress spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil told reporters.

“Also, there have been cases of land grabbing through such project announcements,” he added.

The 8th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, a brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi when Gujarat Chief Minister is being held in Gandhinagar January 10 to 13 with the central focus on “Sustainable Economic and Social Development”.

“The nation is stuck in an economic crisis and has become more acute since the Prime Minister announced demonetisation. On one hand, the nation is still struggling to come to terms in the aftermath of demonitisation and on the other hand BJP government in Gujarat is busy celebrating so called festivals like Vibrant Gujarat summit, spending not lakhs but crores, collected from people,” said Gohil.

“Modi ji who initiated this summit as the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2003, launched the 2015 edition as the Prime Minister of India. This is for the second time that he is inaugurating Vibrant Gujarat as Prime Minister. This clearly shows that despite moving to the centre as the PM he continues to call the shots in Gujarat and this summit by all means is Modi’s affair,” he added.

Making public the official documents he claimed to have received under the RTI, Gohil said: “To give this land on lease, the government should have fixed a rent of Rs 21.67 crore on the basis of 15 per cent of the market price. This is clear from the notes of the finance and revenue departments. But going against the recommendations of its own departments, the government… gave the land on a lease of 35 years on a rent of Rs 4.02 lakh instead of Rs 21.67 crore.”

Calling Modi a “magician of corruption”, Gohil said “even after gobbling up lakhs of crores, he can boast of zero tolerance on corruption”.

While releasing details of power projects that hadn’t taken off after the MoUs were signed, Gohil said: “In the power sector alone, the Modi government claimed to have attracted investments worth Rs 2,11,895 crore that would generate employment for over 58,000 people. This was announced by the government at the 2009 Vibrant Gujarat summit. However, none of these 31 MoUs have yielded anything.”

Gohil also said Gujarat government’s claim of investment through Vibrant Summit is Rs.84.55 lakh crore agreements signed from 2003 to 2015, but the “real” and “authentic” data of Industries Commissioner Gujarat says industrial approvals in the state from 1983 to 2016 is only of 9.5 lakh crore.

“State’s BJP government makes high claims on the economic growth of the state through investment made in the Vibrant Summit MOUs but as per the official records published in the budget the state has witnessed lowest Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) rate in the last ten years according to the statement under Financial Responsibility Act(FRA) published with the last budget.”

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Truth will catch up with Amit Shah: Rahul Gandhi

Indians are deeply intelligent. Most Indians, including those in the BJP, instinctively understand the truth about Amit Shah. The truth has its own way of catching up with people like him.

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New Delhi, April 19 : With the Supreme Court dismissing pleas for an SIT probe into the death of Judge B.H. Loya, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said truth will finally catch up with BJP President Amit Shah.

“Indians are deeply intelligent. Most Indians, including those in the BJP, instinctively understand the truth about Amit Shah. The truth has its own way of catching up with people like him,” tweeted Gandhi.

At the time of his death, Judge Loya was presiding over the trial in a case related to the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in an alleged staged shootout in November 2005 near Gandhinagar in which the now BJP chief was an accused. Shah was later discharged from the case.

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Arvind Kejriwal discharged in DDCA defamation case

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New Delhi, April 19: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and suspended BJP parliamentarian Kirti Azad has been discharged in a criminal defamation complaint filed by the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and its then Vice-President Chetan Chauhan.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal allowed Kejriwal’s application for discharge, saying that there was not an iota of evidence that the DDCA or any official were personally defamed by his statement.

Chauhan, in February 2016, filed a defamation case against Kejriwal and Azad and accused them of defaming the cricket body by passing “scandalous” remarks.

Referring to Kejriwal’s interview to a news channel wherein he allegedly said that sexual favours were sought for selecting players, the complainant alleged that “false” charges were levelled against the cricket association.

The plea claimed that Kejriwal’s “false” statements were immediately endorsed and repeated by Azad.

The complainant said the accused (Kejriwal and Azad) had severely damaged the credibility and reputation of the complainant (DDCA) in the eyes of thousands of cricket lovers and citizens of India as well as internationally.

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Supreme Court verdict on Judge Loya case leaves many questions unanswered, fair probe needed: Congress

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New Delhi, April 19: Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Supreme Court verdict on Judge Loya death case has left many questions unanswered adding, there were discrepancies in the post-mortem report.

Addressing a press conference, the Congress leader stated “the verdict marks a sad day in India’s history. The Supreme Court verdict has left many questions unanswered. There were discrepancies in the post-mortem report, even in recording the name of the victim properly”.

Earlier in a day, the Supreme Court dismissed the petitions seeking an independent investigation into the death of special CBI judge.

Stating that the Congress reiterates demand for a fair probe into Loya’s death, Surjewala said the issue of criminality or lack of it can only be decided through an investigation.

“Loya’s sister gave an interview, alleging that he was offered a bribe of Rs 100 crore along with a flat in Mumbai if he were to deliver a verdict in favour of the accused”, he said.

His kin had publicly said that clothes had blood stains, especially near his neck, the Congress leader further said.

The ECG and histopathology report showed no evidence of a heart attack whatsoever. AIIMS doctor RK Sharma clearly stated that there was no sign of a heart attack and there was evidence that Loya was hit on the head by a blunt weapon,” Surjewala added.

Asking how there was no record of the judge travelling by train from Mumbai to Nagpur, the communications in-charge of All India Congress Committee (AICC) claimed that Loya had no security protection during his visit to Nagpur.

Surjewala said that there was no record of Judge Loya staying in the hotel and there was no reason for three judges to sleep in two beds during their stay when adjoining rooms were empty.

The Congress leader said ” the Post-Mortem was conducted without information and consent of any family member, adding there were discrepancies in recording the name of the victim properly.

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