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Yashwant Sinha’s Jibe: Arun Jaitely a burden on people of Gujarat

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Yashwant Sinha

New Delhi, Nov 15: Launching a scathing attack over implementation of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) , Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley  is a “burden” on the people of Gujarat. 

Sinha also said country can demand Jaitle’s resignation due to failures of  demonetisation and GST.

Addressing an event , the former finance minister stated Indian economy has received “two shocks” in the form of demonetisation and GST in quick succession.

Sinha was invited to poll-bound Gujarat by the activists associated with ‘Lokshahi Bachao Andolan’ (Save Democracy Movement) to express his views about the contemporary situation of the country’s  economy.

“Our finance minister is not from Gujarat, as he was elected to Rajya Sabha from here. And, he is a burden on the people of Gujarat. If he was not elected from here, a Gujarati would have got the chance”, Sinha was saying news agency PTI quoted.

The senior BJP leader said Jaitely believes in only one rule, “that is ‘chitt bhi meri patt bhi meri’, means heads I win, tails you lose.”

Taking a potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sinha said  even the 14th century sultan of Delhi, Muhammad bin Tughlaq, had implemented note ban 700 years back.

“There were many ‘shahensha’ (king) who brought their own currency. Some even kept old currency in circulation while rolling out the new one. But, there was a shahenshah 700 years back – Muhammad Bin Tughlaq – who introduced his own (currency) while discontinuing the old currency”.

“Thus, we can say that note ban was done 700 years back. Though Tughlaq is known  for shifting his capital from Delhi to Daulatabad, he has also done demonetisation,” Sinha added.

However, this is not the first time Sinha cornered  the ruling government over Demonetisation and GST.

Last week, he urged PM to sack Jaitely because of imposing  “deeply flawed” Goods and Service Tax in the system.

Wefornews Bureau 

 

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Congress goes to Election Commission with E-tendering scam in MP

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VIVEK TANKHA

New Delhi, Sep 25 : The Congress on Tuesday alleged an e-tender scam worth Rs 30,000 crore in last four years in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh and approached the Election Commission raising concern that it could impact the assembly elections in the state.

In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat, Congress leader Vivek Tankha alleged the people involved in the e-tender scam are close to state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the ruling BJP.

In his letter to Rawat, Tankha said, “It is billed as the e-tender scam and involves large-scale manipulation of the online procurement platform of the Madhya Pradesh government to allegedly favour a select few private companies in connivance with officers.”

“E-tenders of the estimated value of more than Rs 30,000 crore had been manipulated during the last four years in the state,” it said.

“The officers who purportedly manipulated the tendering process are perceived to be very close to the ruling party and especially to the Chief Minister,” it said.

In his letter, the Congress leader said that the matter came to light after a damning report was submitted by the Principal Secretary, Manish Rastogi MD of the MP State Electronics Development Corporation exposing the rot on May 5 this year.

“Even Chief Secretary Basant Pratap Singh was shocked by the findings of the report,” it said, adding that he ordered the economic offences wing to file an FIR against the delinquents inter alia for criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, fabrication under the Indian Penal Code and for commission of cyber crimes including hacking and manipulation of electronic records under the Information Technology Act, 2000.

The Congress leader also alleged that instead of promptly acting on the directions of the Chief Secretary, the state government “slept over the said directions for one month”.

“No effort to register a case or to take action for recovery of digital equipment, including seizing of servers, computers, hard disks, laptops, pen drives etc. was either initiated or attempted, offering ample time to the delinquents to tamper with/destroy evidence,” it said.

The Congress said a preliminary enquiry was ordered only on June 21 by the EOW of the state police.

The Congress also raised the question as to why the Managing Director who blew the lid off the scam was transferred. “Why has there been no punitive action against the beneficiary companies despite an internal inquiry pointing out the names of bidders who emerged as the lowest bidder by compromising e-procurement infrastructure?” it asked.

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Bengal town tension: ABVP burns Mamata’s effigy

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West Bengal School Violence

Kolkata, Sep 25 : The BJP’s students wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad on Tuesday torched an effigy of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and demanded resignation of state education minister in protest against the killing of two students in Islampur last week allegedly in police firing.

It also demanded a CBI probe into the killings.

ABVP activists assembled outside Swami Vivekananda’s ancestral home in north Kolkata’s Simla street and marched to the Dharamtolla crossing, where they were stopped by the police.

Some ABVP workers were allegedly injured when the police tried to disperse the agitators.

The police forcibly dispersed the crowd.

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Tejashwi mocks Sushil Modi over crime in Bihar

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Patna, Sep 25: Bihar Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday assailed Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi for remarking that criminals should keep off crime during ‘pitri-paksh’ when Hindus pay homage to ancestors through food offerings in Gaya, a holy town in the state.

“Sushil Modi is shamelessly begging before criminals not to commit any crime in the next 15 days. Does he mean that later in the festive season they are free to do whatever they would like to do?” asked Tejashwi, RJD leader and former Deputy Chief Minister.

Two days ago Sushil Modi, who is also a senior BJP leader, appealed to criminals to spare the ‘pitri-paksh’ period from crime. “Other days, you (criminals) do something or the other, but keep away from such activity during the holy period,” he said.

A day after former Mayor of Muzaffarpur and his driver were shot dead by assailants using AK-47, Tejashwi attacked the state government saying AK-47 has become a weapon of choice for criminals in Bihar.

IANS

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