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‘Why a double standard game in battle against corona?’

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Bhopal, March 24 : Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday asked his successor Shivraj Singh Chouhan why the BJP government is playing a double standard game against the coronavirus pandemic.

Chouhan, who took oath on Monday night, proved his majority by winning the trust vote in the Assembly on Tuesday.

Taking to Twitter, Nath said , “The trust vote was a formality and could have been held later. While others are being harassed for flouting the curfew norms, but the government chooses to defy them and calls a session to seek a vote. This is the first day. The government doesn’t practice what it preaches.”

The Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for March 26 across the country have been postponed due to COVID-19, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday.

However, in Madhya Pradesh, the irony could be underlined that despite curfew being imposed in Bhopal and Jabalpur which have together reported seven positive cases of the coronavirus and 45 districts placed under lockdown, the new Chief Minister chose to seek a trust vote on Tuesday in the absence of the Opposition after the Assembly was convened at a short notice of 12 hours.

The term of MPs Digvijaya Singh, Satyanarayana Jatiya and Prabhat Jha in Madhya Pradesh is also nearing end on April 9.

The Congress has nominated former Chief Ministers Digvijaya Singh and Phool Singh Baraiya for two seats, while the BJP has fielded former Union Ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sumer Singh. Both the parties are sure to get one seat each but the contest on the other is likely to be interesting, though according to the statistics, the other seat is also likely to go to the saffron party.

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UP suspends MLA fund, legislators’ pay to be cut 30%

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Lucknow, April 8 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, here on Wednesday, passed a resolution suspending the MLAs fund for one year, which will help the state garner Rs 1,500 crore for Covid-19 fund.

Each MLA gets Rs 3 crore per year for his/her constituency. There are 403 legislators in the Vidhan Sabha and 100 in the Vidhan Parishad.

The cabinet meeting, first through video link, also decided that all legislators and Ministers, including the Chief Minister, would take a 30 per cent pay cut and the money saved would go to the Covid-19 fund.

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Don’t communalise Tablighi Jamaat’s mistake: Pawar

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New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) At a meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with all political parties’ floor leaders in Parliament, here on Wednesday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar raised the issue of Tablighi Jamaat.

This was stated by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad while addressing the media after the meeting where the leaders suggested that a multi-party working group should be set up.

Rasing the the issue of Tablighi Jamaat, Pawar said the Covid-19 crisis should not be communalised. According to Azad, Pawar said “they erred. But the matter should be laid to rest. We should work together to contain coronavirus.”

However, the Prime Minister didn’t say anything on the issue, Ghulam, leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said.

Raising the issue of testing and equipping the frontline health workers with the personal protective equipment (PPE), the Congress leader advised the Prime Minister to take into consideration letters written by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

Azad said proper attention be paid to around 45 crore labourers in the country and added, MNREGA should have been used for harvesting of rabi crop to help farmers as well as workers benefit from the government schemes.

The Congress leader also advocated raising credit limit for farmers and waiver of farm loans.

Meanwhile, the government is exploring ways to keep farmers and farming activities, like harvesting of ready crops and procurement of grain, outside the lockdown purview, amid the demands for extension of the shutdown.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar is expected to discuss during the day the issue with farm ministers of states through video link.


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Support a poor family to show me your respect: PM

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New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Prime Minister Modi has urged Indians with economic means to financially support one poor family till the coronavirus outbreak continues.

“It has been brought to my attention that some people are campaigning to honour Modi by standing for 5 minutes. At first glance, it seems like a scandal to drag Modi into dispute,” PM tweeted.

Then he went on to add, “Maybe it is someone’s goodwill, yet I insist that if you really have so much love and want to honour Modi, then take the responsibility of a poor family, at least as long as the corona virus crisis is there. There can be no greater honour for me than this.”

This is not the first time he urged people to help the needy and deprived in this hour of crisis. India is amid a 21-day shutdown to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

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