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“Chandrakant Patil offered me money to join BJP”: Shivsena MLA

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“Patil offered me 5 crores and also assured that all the expenses of the election campaigning will be borne by BJP,” Harshvardhan said who represents Aurangabad’s Kannad electorate.

The stress between Shivsena and BJP does not seem to end soon. After a series of jibes and counter-jibes from state leadership of both the parties, now another statement from Shivsena MLA has created a storm.

Shivsena MLA Harshvardhan Jadhav has alleged that BJP revenue minister Chandrakant Patil had offered him money to join BJP. “During one of our visit he had offered money to me and other 25 MLAs of Sena to leave the party and join BJP,” Harshvardhan said.

Harshvardhan was talking to a news portal. “Patil offered me 5 crores and also assured that all the expenses of the election campaigning will be borne by BJP,” Harshvardhan said who represents Aurangabad’s Kannad electorate.

According to Harshvardhan, Patil made this offer during their meet at his bungalow in Mumbai on 27-28th last month.

When asked Chandrakant Patil refused to comment on this matter. BJP Spokesperson Madhav Bhandari told HW News, “These allegations are false and nothing but an attempt to tarnish the image of Chandrakant Patil. Everyone knows what is the trustworthiness of Harshvardhan Jadhav.”  The controversial statement has once again thrown light on the strained relationship of once allies.

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Upendra Kushwaha denies participation in NDA allies meeting

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Patna | Union Minister and Rashtriya Lok Shakti Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha on Monday added fuel to the rumours of his breakup with the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar.

Speaking to media, Kushwaha said,”He won’t be participating in the meeting of NDA allies held before the start of the Parliament’s winter session on December 11.”

According to sources, Kushwaha who is currently unhappy with the BJP over the sharing of seats for the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar will be announcing his parties departure from the NDA along with resigning from the post of Union Minister anytime soon. In a two-day Chintan Shivir of the RLSP being held in Bihar’s Motihari the party passed a 4 page resolution expressing a strong concern over many alleged objectionable and unnecessary decisions taken by the BJP and the central government in the recent past.

Earlier in November the RLSP chief expressing his grief over seat sharing in Bihar said that the BJP’s offer of seats to his party for the 2019 general election was “not respectable”. Kushwaha had also raised speculations of switching camps when he met Sharad Yadav in November over his differences with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

 

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Union Cabinet ‘biggest casualty’ in Modi government: Yashwant Sinha

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Kolkata | Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Sunday accused the Narendra Modi government of destroying various institutions in the country, including the Union Cabinet.

Speaking at a talk show, ‘Idea of Bengal’, organised by the ruling Trinamool Congress, Sinha accused the prime minister of trying to “undermine” the Rajya Sabha during the passage of key bills. “The Modi government has destroyed various institutions of the country. But the biggest casualty is the Union Cabinet,” the former Union minister alleged.

“I am saying this because several important decisions are being taken without informing the Cabinet, be it the Rafale jet deal or demonetisation,” added Sinha, who held the finance and external affairs portfolios in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Parliament was the “second casualty” as the Modi government has “tried to undermine” the Rajya Sabha, during the passage of several important bills, Sinha said.  The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not enjoy majority in the Upper House of Parliament.

Calling demonetisation a “disaster”, Sinha said the government was trying to “dress up” the figures of economic growth to hide the “failures” of its economic policies. “First they changed the methods by which GDP is calculated. Next when it came out that the UPA government performed better that the present regime, they withdrew the data from the website. Then the government fudged figures to put up a healthy picture of the economy,” he said.

The Modi government has a “habit” of blaming the previous governments for all the wrong things that had “either happened or are happening” in the country, he added. “In 2014, the government had given specific figures of the amount of NPAs, now again in 2018 they have come up with a new figure of NPAs till 2014. The idea is to put all the blame on the previous regimes,” he said further.

Sinha stressed that West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee had “all traits” to make a good prime minister. He hoped that West Bengal and TMC would play a major role in defeating Modi in the 2019 general elections.

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Rahul Gandhi asks Congress CM’s to support Women’s Reservation Bill

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New Delhi | Ahead of the upcoming Winter session in Parliament, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has asked the Chief Minister of the Congress-governed states to pass a resolution in their respective assemblies for one-third reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies.

In a letter to Congress and its allied Chief Minister Rahul Gandhi wrote,”In order to reaffirm our support for the passage of the Bill, it would be expedient for the state assembly to pass a resolution calling for the reservation of one-third of the seats in the Lok Sabha and legislative assemblies for women, in the next session.” Terming the situation  “even worse in state assemblies”, Rahul Gandhi wrote that India ranks 148 out of 193 countries in terms of the percentage of women in parliament.

In a letter dated December 6, the Congress president further wrote,” The lack of adequate representation of women in our polity undermines our democracy and perpetuates existing systemic injustices. Women in institutions of local self-governance have not only been effective leaders, but also challenged traditional gender roles that curtailed their participation in public life.” The Women’s reservation bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha in 2010 but lapsed after the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha in 2014

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