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Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan denied PM Modi’s appointment for fourth time

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New Delhi | Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has been denied permission to meet PM Narendra Modi by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for the fourth consecutive time.

CM Vijayan along with the party delegation wanted to meet PM Modi to discuss the disparities in the ration allocation to the state.

Vijayan had asked for an appointment to meet Prime Minister Modi to discuss the same issue. The Chief Minister’s Office had earlier wished to meet the Prime Minister to appraise about budget allocation to the state on March 20, 2017. On November 24, 2016, a week after demonetisation came into effect, Vijayana requested for an appointment with Prime Minister Modi to discuss the same.

Meanwhile, responding to the request, PMO said that the Chief Minister can meet Food and Public Distribution Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan if needed.

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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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JDU leader Pawan Verma criticise Farooq Abdullah over Ram Temple issue says, ‘Don’t give homilies to Hindus’

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New Delhi | Janta Dal-United (JDU) leader Pawan Verma on Sunday responding to Farooq Abdullah recent statement over the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid issue advised former Jammu and Kashmir CM should to not give homilies to Hindus.

Speaking to media the JDU leader said, “I would strongly advise Mr Abdullah not to give homilies to Hindus. He had said that since God is in hearts of people,why build a temple but that applies to all.What’s he trying to say? That because God is in your heart, you can’t build a temple?”


Criticising the Nation Conference Chief, Verma said,”First he has equated any desire to have a temple for Ram as a neglect of other issues which are plaguing the country and has said that because of that you don’t need a temple of Ram”.”Who is he to say that? It’s not an either-or situation,” he questioned. Verma further attacking Abdullah over his statement clamied that No country has ever posited a situation of faith vs development and we don’t want to hear such kind of advice from Mr. Abdullah. He said “People go as matter of their faith to worship. Governments and people have to pursue developmental agenda. Proportion must be right but we don’t want to hear this kind of advice from Mr Abdullah.”

Earlier former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah commenting onn the ongoing Ram Temple-Babri Masjid issue said, “You’re not fighting on issues that matter to people. You’re fighting for Ram. Is Ram going to come from heaven & give farmers something better? Or unemployment will disappear in a day because Ram is coming. They are fooling people.”

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