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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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Election for 58 Rajya Sabha seats on March 23

The term of 58 Rajya Sabha members is due to expire in April and May this year.

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New Delhi, Feb 23 : Biennial election for 58 seats of Rajya Sabha from 16 states will be held on March 23, the Election Commission announced on Friday.

While the last date of nomination is March 12, counting of votes for all seats will be held on March 23, it said in a statement.

The term of 58 Rajya Sabha members is due to expire in April and May this year.

The retiring members include 10 from Uttar Pradesh, six each from Bihar and Maharashtra, five each Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, four members from Gujarat and Karnataka while the number is three each for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and Rajasthan.

Two members will retire from Jharkhand while Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have one retiring member each.

Also, bye-poll for a seat from Kerala will be held on March 23 due to resignation of M.P. Veerendra Kumar.

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BJP blames ‘anarchist’ Kejriwal for ‘Constitutional crisis’ in Delhi

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 New Delhi, Feb 23: Hitting back at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who accused the BJP-led central Government of trying to destabilise his government, the BJP on Friday said that it was “anarchist” Kejriwal who was responsible for a “Constitutional crisis”.

Its reaction came after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in a press conference, blamed the Central government of meddling in the state’s affairs against the backdrop of the alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by two AAP MLAs at Kejriwal’s residence on Monday night.

On Friday, police raided Kejriwal’s official residence to look for evidence including CCTV footage of the meeting where the incident took place.

“There is a situation of Constitutional crisis in Delhi. And who is responsible for this crisis? None other than Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“In the past too, Kejriwal has spoken against the basic ethos of Constitution of India and about anarchy. He himself has declared that he is an anarchist. I firmly believe that this kind of anarchist mentality will not be beneficial for Delhi,” BJP spokesman Sambit Patra said.

Noting that the AAP and Kejriwal always claim that the Central government is not allowing them to work, he said: “If that is true, then what achievements are being claimed through large hoardings and banners on every crossing in Delhi? Are they taking credit for real work or is it just an advertising scam?”

Patra termed it “surprising” that while the Delhi Chief Minister came out to defend a “corrupt” former Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar when the CBI raided him, he had turned against his own Chief Secretary when the latter tried to uphold the Supreme Court’s order on advertisements).

The Chief Secretary had reportedly stonewalled a video advertisement featuring Kejriwal highlighting his government’s achievements on the completion of three years, on the basis that none of the departments was ready to clear the opening sentence as required by apex court’s directions.

Patra said that while the AAP has blamed the Centre of “dadagiri” (highhandedness) and “goondagardi” (hooliganism), it should first clear what their definition of these terms is.

“Is it dadagiri or decency to call the Chief Secretary to your place and then get him assaulted by your MLAs?

The controversy had erupted when Delhi Chief Secretary complained to police that he was assaulted by two AAP legislators at Kejriwal’s residence around midnight the previous day. The two have been arrested and sent to judicial custody.

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Rahul Gandhi on three-day visit to Karnataka from Saturday

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New Delhi, Feb 23: As part of his poll campaign, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be on a three-day visit to Karnataka starting Saturday, the party said on Friday.

On his arrival, Gandhi will hold a public meeting at Athani in Belgaum district at 1.00 p.m.

Later, he will attend another programme “Sthree Shakti Samavesh” (women’s rally) at a public meeting ground in Tikota of Bijapur district at 3.15 p.m., followed by two other programmes in the district on Saturday.

During his three-day tour to the state, Gandhi will also pay a visit to Bagalkot and Dharwad districts, where he will interact with various groups in the state and address public meetings.

Karnataka assembly elections are likely to be held in April-May 2018.

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