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Rahul Gandhi’s ‘JaitLIE’ tweet lands him in a trouble

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s twitter transformation was no less than astounding. From dubbing GST as Gabbar Singh Tax to the Vikas Gone Crazy one-liner, his Twitter activities have created a lot of buzz in the last three months. Though his Twitter activism is getting popular and is being well-received, it might also land him in trouble.

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The Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu has forwarded a privilege notice issued against Rahul Gandhi to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Rahul Gandhi is currently serving as a Lok Sabha member and is representing Amethi constituency. Vice president Naidu said that at first glance, the case looks like a breach of privilege.

Last month, the privilege notice was moved against Rahul Gandhi after senior BJP MP alleged a breach of privilege. The notice mentioned Rahul Gandhi’s tweet where he had spelt Jaitly as Jaitley, implicating that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley lies to the country. Yadav said that the metaphor was highly derogatory.

What exactly the incident about?

Rahul Gandhi on December 27th had tweeted “Dear Mr Jaitlie – thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means” with a hashtag #BJPLies. He also shared a video along with the tweet of PM Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. During the election campaigning of Gujarat, PM Modi had accused former PM Manmohan Singh and former Vice President Hamid Ansari of hatching a conspiracy against him with Pakistan officials at ousted Congress member Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house. The opposition has blocked the government over the issue demanding PM Modi to apologize for it.

How was the issue resolved?

The ruckus created by the opposition had stalled a session of parliament for days. However, both opposition and ruling parties came to an agreement after the leader of the house Arun Jaitley issued a clarification that PM Modi’s remarks did not mean to question Singh and Ansari’s loyalty and dedication towards India. The leader of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad too accepted the clarification and apologized for Mani Shakar Aiyar’s “Neech” remarks for PM Modi. The issue was resolved and the parliamentary proceedings were resumed.

What is the basis of Privilege notice against Rahul Gandhi?

According to sources, the Privilege notice was issued on the basis that Rahul Gandhi’s tweet misinterpreted Rajya Sabha proceedings in view of damaging the image of Government. Rajya Sabha chairman Naidu too, had last week said, “The opposition and the government had reached a mutual agreement to resolve the issue. All the members have endorsed it too. Anyone commenting outside on the agreement is not fair for the system as well as parliament house.”

What is Privilege motion and when is it moved?

Indian Parliamentarians such as MPs, MLAs and MLCs enjoy certain rights and privileges that help them to discharge their functions and responsibilities effectively. If any of the members feel that the other member has disregarded the rights, he can move a Privilege Motion against him. The Speaker/Chairman has authority to admit or dismiss the Privilege Motion. If accepted the Speaker can seek the services of “Committee of Privileges” to establish the allegations with facts. The committee may also recommend any punishment, which the Speaker may or may not accept.

 

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Jagdish Thakkar, PRO in Prime Minister’s Office dies, PM condoles death

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“Extremely saddened by the demise of Shri Jagdish Thakkar, the PRO in the PMO,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

New Delhi| Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the prime minister’s office and senior journalist Jagdish Thakkar passed away here Monday.

Thakkar, 72, who was unwell for some time, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his demise, saying he was a wonderful person who loved his work.

“Extremely saddened by the demise of Shri Jagdish Thakkar, the PRO in the PMO. Jagdishbhai was a veteran journalist and I had the pleasure of working with him for years, both in Gujarat and in Delhi. He was known for his simplicity and warm-hearted nature,” the PM tweeted.

He said several journalists would have regularly interacted with Jagdishbhai over the years. He had previously served with many chief ministers of Gujarat.

“We have lost a wonderful person, who loved his work and did it with utmost diligence. Condolences to his family and well-wishers,” Modi said.

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Bulandshahr violence: Court sent acccused armymen on 14 day judicial custody

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Lucknow | A local court on Sunday sent the accused army men in Bulandshar violence Jitendra Malik alias Jitu Fauji to a 14-day judicial custody.

Jitendra Malik allegedly involved in the killing of a police inspector during mob violence in Bulandshahr was arrested on Saturday night. “The Army handed over Jitendra Malik to UP STF team in Meerut yesterday late night,” IG STF Amitabh Yash told PTI here today.

On Monday, a mob of some 400 people rampaged through a village in Bulandshahr district apparently after cow carcasses were found in a jungle nearby. During the violence, Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a 20-year-old man died of gunshot wounds. Nine people have been arrested in connection with the violence. Earlier Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said Saturday that full cooperation will be extended in the investigation of the incident

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Pakistan issues visas to 139 Indian pilgrims to visit Katas Raj dham

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New Delhi | The Pakistan High Commission on Sunday said it has issued visas to 139 Indian pilgrims to visit Katas Raj Dham, the famous Shiva temple, in the country’s Punjab province.

Under the framework of a bilateral protocol on visits to religious shrines, Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from India visit Pakistan every year. Pakistani pilgrims also visit India every year under the protocol. “Another group of Indian pilgrims, comprising 139 people, have been issued visas by the Pakistan High Commission to visit Shree Katas Raj Dham in Chakwal district from December 9-15,” the Pakistan High Commission said.

Last month, Pakistan had granted visas to more than 3,800 Sikh pilgrims to visit the country. Some of the pilgrims had attended the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor on November 28 in Narowal. The corridor will link the Darbar Sahib shrine in Kartarpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district in India.

Earlier this month, over 220 Indian pilgrims were granted visas to visit the famous Hindu temple, Shadani Darbar, in Sukkur.  Katas Raj is one of the holiest places for the Hindu community in Pakistan. The temples form a complex surrounding a pond named Katas — which is regarded as sacred by the devotees.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood stated that the issuance of visas for yet another group of pilgrims from India was consistent with Government’s of Pakistan’s policy of promoting visits to religious shrines and was a reflection of its commitment to faithfully implement the 1974 Protocol, the High Commission said in a release. He said that Pakistan remained committed to providing all possible facilitation for the visiting pilgrims and strengthening people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

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