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Consortium of Indian Farmers Association not to vote for BJP in 2019 LS polls

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Chandigarh | Accusing the BJP-led central government of “betraying” the farming community, the Consortium of Indian Farmers Association (CIFA) announced on Wednesday its decision not to vote for the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“Our consortium comprising 13 farmers’ organisations has decided not to vote for BJP candidates in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Besides, we have also decided that farmers should also not vote for BJP contestants in coming assembly elections in some states including Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh,” CIFA president Satnam Singh Behru said at a press conference here.

He said their intention of boycotting BJP candidates should not be construed that farmers wanted to give benefit to any particular political party during polls.

“We have appealed to growers to vote for candidates of non-BJP parties or an Independent candidate. This decision was taken to teach a lesson to the BJP for betraying the farming community,” Behru said.

“The BJP had promised that it would implement Swaminathan Commission report in its poll manifesto in 2014. But after coming to power, the BJP government refused to implement it,” he said.

Alleging the government of being “anti-farmers”, Behru said the BJP government was “playing a cruel joke” with the community by hiking wheat minimum support price (MSP) “by just Rs 105 per quintal”.

“Farmers’ input cost has gone up considerably and the government has given just Rs 105 a quintal increase in wheat MSP which is grossly inadequate,” Behru said.

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BJP ally Om Prakash Rajbhar to give PM’s Ghazipur rally a miss

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Ballia (Uttar Pradesh) | Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) president Om Prakash Rajbhar has announced he will not attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Ghazipur, slated for December 29.

Rajbhar, who represents the Zahoorabad assembly constituency in Ghazipur district, is the Backward Class Welfare and Divyangjan Empowerment minister in the state government. His SBSP is an ally of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. “I will not attend the December 29 programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ghazipur,” Om Prakash told reporters here Saturday.

The prime minister is to visit Uttar Pradesh on December 29 to issue a commemorative postal stamp on backward caste Maharaja Suheldev Rajbhar and lay the foundation stone of infrastructure projects in Ghazipur.

An MLA from a constituency falling in Ghazipur and also a part of the state government, Rajbhar claimed he was never invited at the programmes of the prime minister held in that district and other parts of Poorvanchal.

Asked if he plans to go alone in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rajbhar said, “In case, there is no seat-sharing agreement with the BJP, the SBSP will contest on all 80 Lok Sabha seats from UP and 16 seats from Bihar.”

The SBSP chief said his party is preparing to contest the polls on its own.

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Rafale Deal: NCP chief Sharad Pawar raises concerns over CAG report allegations

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The statement from Sharad Pawar came after PAC chairman Mallikarjun Kharge said that the government lied in the Supreme Court about the CAG report. 

 

 

New Delhi| Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has raised concerns over the allegations on the Modi government regarding CAG report in Rafale deal. He was talking to reporters here.

He said that the SC judgment says the decision is based on the basis of information they got from Government. “The Government told them that CAG has studied it & Public Accounts Committee has also approved, those things are not correct,” said Pawar.

His statement came after senior Congress leader and PAC chairman Mallikarjun Kharge said that the government lied in the Supreme Court about the CAG report.

 

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Subramanian Swamy asks Kharge to file an Affidavit in court on the Rafale verdict

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Subramanian Swamy said, “PAC Chairman Mallikarjun Kharge saying he has not got CAG report then we have to take his word.”

 

New Delhi| The CAG report cited in the Supreme Court’s Rafale judgment has caused a lot of uproars from the opposition. While the opposition has attacked the government for lying about the CAG report in the Supreme  Court, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has asked opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge to file an affidavit in the court.

Talking to a news agency, he said, “PAC Chairman Mallikarjun Kharge saying he has not got CAG report then we have to take his word.” He further suggested that Kharge should file an affidavit or a review petition in the Supreme Court. “He should file affidavit or review petition in court saying I did not receive and the committee has not examined it,” Swamy said.


Earlier today, Kharge slammed the government for allegedly lying to the SC about CAG report in Rafale deal. He said the PAC had not received any such document. He also said the committee will summon Attorney General and CAG for further inquiry in the matter.

The Supreme Court in its verdict on Friday said that there was no occasion to believe that there were wrong-doings in the Rafale deal. The ruling BJP following the ruling had demanded an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

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