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“GDP data fudged up; don’t rely on it”: Subramanian Swamy

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The Rajya Sabha MP and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy are known to be a headache for the opposition. But he is also known for ruffling feathers inside the party. From relentlessly pursuing the Sunanda Pushkar’s death mystery to taking the BJP government to task on Demonetization, Subramanian Swamy is a tell-it-as-it-is person.

His recent allegations may haunt his own party. Speaking to a crowd of Chartered Accountants in Ahmedabad, Swamy said that the GDP numbers were manipulated by the Modi led government. He said that the government pressurized the officers at Central Statistical Organization to not show the impact of demonetization on the GDP numbers.

He even called the quarterly GDP numbers bogus which are announced by CSO. He said, “Please do not go by the quarterly data; they are bogus. My father founded the organization.” Swamy also cited a recent incident when he went to CSO office with Union Minister Sadanand Gowda. “The pressure was mounting on the government to put out the data on demonetization. He(S. Gowda) called the CSO person. Later on, they published a data which clearly did not mention the fallout of demonetization,” Swamy said.

The BJP government has so far been in a denial mode claiming that there is no negative impact of demonetization on the country’s economy. But Swamy believes that certainly, demonetization has given a big blow to the Indian Economy.

He said that he confronted the director of CSO on this matter. Swamy asked him how did he calculate the GDP of the quarter the report of which was published in February 2017. “The demonetization happened in November 2016 and the printed survey came was submitted on February 2017. It means the report went in printing process three weeks ago,” Swamy explained. He further confronted the director and asked how come he prepared the report on quarterly GDP numbers and effect of Demonetization on it in the first week of January?

The directors answer stunned Mr Swamy. The director told, “The informal sector’s output last years as a ratio of the formal sector’s output last year; the same ratio was applied to the organized sector in the first month of 2017.” When Swamy reminded that the relationship has changed, he confessed that he was under pressure and thus gave fudged numbers.

This incident raises questions on the institutions that are tasked with giving out accurate statistics to measure the performance of Indian Economy. But most importantly, it exposes the government’s cover-up of a mess, in this case- Demonetization. A pertinent question we must ask our Government-Why are we being lied to? Why isn’t the government taking the responsibility of the declining economic conditions? Why instead of finding a way out from the mess, it is busy portraying a picture that this mess did not at all exist?

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MiG 21 fighter jet crashes in Himachal’s Kangra; no news on pilot

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A MiG 21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, the police said.

The accident took place after 1 pm. A video shows the wreckage of the jet which took off from Punjab’s Pathankot, a frontline Indian Air Force base. Visuals from the site of the accident showed a part of the aircraft engulfed in flames, lying in what appears to be a field.

Superintendent of police of Kangra, Santosh Patial said the pilot was missing. The rescue team is on the way, reported a news agency.

In another aviation accident this year, a small aircraft crashed in a crowded Mumbai neighbourhood on June 28, killing five people, including four crew members and a pedestrian.

The Indian Air Force has been the world’s largest operator of the jet, the first variants of which entered service with the air force in the sixties. This is the second Indian Air Force fighter jet crash in two months.

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Functioning of the state government is ‘completely paralysed’ despite SC verdict: Delhi government

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New Delhi | The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the functioning of the state government is “completely paralysed” and it can’t order transfer or posting of officers despite the recent Constitution bench verdict on the administration of Delhi.

The bench of Justices AK Sikri and Navin Sinha said it knows everything and the matter will be taken on July 26 since it is not a regular bench.

Senior advocate P Chidambaram who was representing the Delhi government said, “Functioning of the government is completely paralysed. We cannot post officers, we cannot transfer officers despite the recent constitution bench verdict which has explained every aspect. These issues needs to be adjudicated at the earliest.”

Senior advocate Indira Jaising, who also appeared for the Delhi government, said officers are not willing to file an affidavit on this matter and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had therefore filed the affidavit. “I just wanted to clarify the situation.”

Earlier a five-judge Constitution bench including Chief Justice Dipak Misra recently stated broad parameters for the governance of the Delhi which had a constant power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government since the election of Aam Aadmi Party in 2014.

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Swami Agnivesh files complaint against assault; blames RSS, BJP Yuva Morcha

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Ranchi | Social Activist and self-proclaimed spiritual leader Swami Agnivesh on Wednesday lodged a complaint with Ranchi Police stating that a couple of people belonging to the right-wing group RSS, and BJP Yuva Morcha (BJYM) entered the premises and assaulted him.

Earlier on Tuesday, Swami Agnivesh was allegedly attacked by a mob when he had gone to Pakur, a place 30 km away from the Ranchi to address the tribals residing in the region. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das after the attack provided safety to Agnivesh.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday while condemning the attack on the social activist took a jibe at the BJP in the form of a ‘pop quiz’ on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Tuesday condemned the rising mob violence and lynching incident and directed the Parliament to roll-out a new law to punish the defaulters.

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