Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar, Dayanand Sopte Offered Rs 100 Cr to Join BJP?  

The Goa Congress hit out at the BJP for poaching their MLAs, alleging that the party had offered its MLAs Rs 100 crore each to join the party and also threatened them with imprisonment if they did not.

Two Congress MLAs Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar resigned from the party and are likely to join the BJP today evening.

A Congress leader in Goa who spoke to IndiaScoops.com on phone, said that the offer of Rs 100 crore was made to 3-4 Congress MLAs, after which two of them defected and resigned from the primary membership of the party today. BJP National President Amit Shah threatened our MLAs with dire consequences if they did not resign and join the BJP, the Congress leader said.

“Congress legislators Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte faxed their resignations as members of the Assembly to my office. We have received their resignations,” Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant told PTI.

“We are joining BJP today. We expect 2-3 more MLAs to come, not today but in the coming days,” Subhash Shirodkar told ANI after a meeting with the BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi today. Both the legislators had gone to the national capital Monday night, fueling speculation that they might quit the Congress and join the BJP, reported PTI.

While Sopte, who defeated former BJP chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar in 2017 State legislative assembly election, represents Mandrem constituency, Shirodkar was elected on a Congress ticket from Shiroda constituency.

With this, the Congress’ strength in the 40-member Assembly is reduced to 14.

The development comes at a time when the Congress is trying to prove its majority in the Goa Assembly. Claiming that not all is well in the BJP-led coalition government, the Congress had demanded a confidence vote in the Goa Assembly. The BJP, with 14 MLAs is in alliance with the Goa Forward Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, the NCP who have one member each. The alliance also has an independent candidate.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is currently being treated by doctors from state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital at his residence at Dona Paula. He returned to his home state on Sunday after brief treatment at AIIMS in Delhi.

with inputs from PTI

Rahul Gandhi says Modi Govt targeted official who raised objections on Rafale deal

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at the Modi government for reportedly targeting a Defence ministry official who allegedly raised “objections” over the price of the Rafale jets.

He took to Twitter to take a swipe at Prime Minister Modi with a poem in Hindi alleging that he gave benefits to “crony capitalists” at the cost of state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in the Rafale deal.

Gandhi also alleged that the officer who raised questions over the deal was penalized, while those who sided with the government were rewarded. He tagged a media report that alleged that the Defence ministry official who raised objections over the price of the Rafale jets “proceeded” on a month’s leave and the 36-Rafale deal was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council thereafter.

Citing the same media report, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, in a tweet, claimed that the Modi government “sent on leave the ‘whistleblower”, who questioned the loss to the state exchequer “by paying 300% extra for 36 Rafale”.

He also alleged that a senior officer, who overruled the official who raised questions over the Rafale jets pricing, was made a member of UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). “Perks of pleasing Modi govt cover corruption tracks,” he claimed.

The Rafale deal controversy took a new turn last week after Francois Hollande, who was French president when the Rs 58,000 crore deal was announced, was quoted as saying by French publication Mediapart that France was given “no choice” in selection of the Indian partner for Dassault and the Indian government proposed the name of Reliance Defence as offset partner for the French aerospace giant.

Modi had announced the procurement of 36 Rafale fighters after holding talks with Hollande on April 10, 2015, in Paris.

Congress leader Jaipal Reddy on Thursday alleged that French President Emmanuel Macron did not contradict Hollande’s claim on Rafale deal which was tantamount to the confirmation of his predecessor’s claim.

“It is for the first time that the present French president Macron while answering a specific question avoided the question. He said I was not incharge at that time. In other words, he did not contradict the version of former French president Hollande,” he claimed.

Even as the Congress steps up its attack on the government, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar told a Marathi news channel that people do not doubt PM Modi’s intentions and that the opposition’s demand to share technical details relating to the fighter jet made no sense.

BJP chief Amit Shah lauded Pawar’s statement and tweeted, “I thank Sharad Pawar, a former Defence minister and veteran MP, for placing national interests above party politics and speaking the truth. Dear Rahul Gandhi, you would be wiser by believing your own ally and a leader of Pawar Saheb’s stature.” He tagged the Congress president in his tweet.

Home minister Rajnath Singh asked Congress leaders to advise their chief against using “derogatory” language to target the PM, an apparent reference to Gandhi’s “chor” (thief) jibe at PM Modi in his tweet. “It is not Rafale. It is Ra-fail (Rahul-fail). He will be a failure. Rahul Gandhi is trying to mislead the people on the issue,” Singh said.

Source: Financial Chronicle

 

BJP President Amit Shah Drops National Flag, Tries to Hoist Tricolour Upside Down, Video Clip Goes Viral

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief, Amit Shah on Wednesday dropped the National flag of India, during the flag hoisting ceremony for the 72nd Independence Day function held at the party Head Quarters in New Delhi. The flag turned upside down, due to a technical error while it was being hoisted, resulting in a major embarrassment for the party.

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While pulling the rope, a gaffe on part of Shah resulted in the flag being dropped to the ground, which Shah immediately rectified.

It also resulted in the flag getting turned upside down, with the green on the upper side and the saffron on the lower side.

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The clip that was aired on the state broadcaster Doordarshan has gone viral on social media.

On Facebook the video has been shared thousands of times, claim media reports.

DD tweeted the clip, but deleted it soon after. By that time, hundreds of people had downloaded the video.

“Pin drop silence by DD News anchor/Commentator when Amit Shah dropped the National Flag while hoisting in BJP HQ. Oops I was Wrong. Someone in the Background uttered **Tcha Tcha Tcha Disaster**”, wrote one on a Facebook page known for scathing criticism of the BJP.

The Opposition Congress took a dig at Amit Shah regarding the incident and tweeted, “How will someone handle the country, when he can’t even handle the national flag properly?”

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The Congress tweeted the video from its official Twitter handle of Shah trying to hoist the flag which was got out of his control.

The party took a swipe at the BJP after the tricolour at the saffron party’s headquarters fell on the ground when Amit Shah was unfurling it, questioning how they planned to manage the country when they cannot handle the national flag.

The Congress posted a video on its official Twitter handle in which the BJP chief is seen unfurling the flag, which falls down soon after he pulls the string. However, he immediately caught hold of the string and pulled the flag up.

The Congress tweeted, “Those who cannot handle the flag, how will they handle the country?”

“Those that give ‘certificates of patriotism’ to people, do not know the etiquettes of the national anthem’, the Congress added.

Is making false promises to the poor to win elections Chanakya Niti, Shiv Sena asks BJP?

Taking a dig at BJP chief Amit Shah’s remarks that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governance is based on principles of Chanakya, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday asked the BJP whether making “false promises to the people in order to win elections” should be called ‘Chanakya Niti’.

In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana, the Sena said Modi’s promised ‘achhe din’ and the promise of bringing back black money remain unfulfilled. “What is the point in making false promises to come to power again and calling it Chanakya Niti,” it said.

It said the political scenario in Uttar Pradesh is a sign of trouble for Modi and Shah. “The big states such as UP, Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh will decide the country’s future. All things can’t be bought with money nor can women’s safety be ignored. Only speeches can’t solve the problem of unemployment. Raking up emotive issues leads to inciting riots. Lord Ram never said to play such kind of politics and win polls. This was not the formula of Chanakya,” said the editorial.

BJP President Amit Shah Meets Baba Ramdev, Seeks Support For 2019 Elections

BJP president Amit Shah met yoga teacher Ramdev today to seek his support for the 2019 national election, as part of a new “Sampark for Samarthan” campaign.

“I came to Baba Ramdev for his support. He patiently heard everything I had to say, I gave him literature about our work,” Mr Shah told reporters.

“If we get Baba Ramdev’s help, we can reach crores of his followers,” he added.

The BJP chief said through the “Sampark for Samarthan” or “contact for support” campaign, he and other leaders planned to meet 50 personalities who have backed the party earlier and give them a report card.

“We are seeking blessings of those who were with us in 2014. We will meet one lakh people and reach at least one crore households,” he said.

Mr Shah has also met former army chief General Dalbir Suhag, constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap and cricket legend Kapil Dev.

Ramdev, standing by the BJP president, showered praise on the four-year Narendra Modi government.

Gujarat election 2017: Chhotubhai Vasava demands his pound of flesh from Congress for saving Ahmed Patel

Bharuch: Cruising on the smooth Mumbai highway from Ahmedabad, one road turns left near the chemical hub Ankleshwar in south Gujarat to suddenly hit the sharp contrast of a bumpy tribal terrain. The road snakes through to Maljipura, and cuts across thin interior roads to enter the sprawling compound of a mansion with several cars of all sizes parked inside.

There, in the backdrop of a mango orchard, under a wide tin-shed sat uncrowned tribal king Chhotu Vasava, the man who pulled Congress veteran Ahmed Patel from the jaws of defeat in the 8 August Rajya Sabha election with his sole vote.

“I am myself the symbol,” he smiled nonchalantly looking up and not at this author, when told that the Janata Dal-United symbol, on which he won the last elections, was in dispute after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s alliance with the BJP.

Well, he is not wrong, for it is the party—whichever it is—that needs Chhotu Vasava, not the other way round. “I have my own party,” he puts his right hand on his chest, “It is the Bharatiya Tribal Party, so the JD(U) symbol does not matter for me.”

He goes on, “In any case, the JD(U) is remote-controlled by Amit Shah. But I don’t care, as my BTP has a mind-boggling eight lakh members together with the Bhilistan Tiger Sena.”

Bhilistan Tiger Sena is an organization run by his son Mahesh Vasava that has been demanding separate statehood for the tribal belt.

So, now that he has become the acting president of the Sharad Yadav-led splinter Janata Dal-United and has also bailed out Ahmed Patel, Vasava wants to call the shots in the projected alliance with the Congress. He wants a lion’s share among the 27 seats reserved for Scheduled Tribes, in which the Congress has 16 sitting MLAs, BJP 10 and one JD-U, that is Vasava himself. The seat share was similar in 2007 with Congress having 16, BJP 9 and Vasava one when there were 26 seats reserved for the Scheduled Tribes.

“We have demanded 25 seats. The influence of our Bhilistan Tiger Sena and our Bharatiya Tribal Party spreads across the entire belt of Gujarat. How long will parties run by Baniyas, Brahmins and Kshatriyas dictate the tribals?,” he asserts.

With the director of an upcoming feature film on him and a music composer watching, Vasava says, “In an ideal situation, seats reserved for tribals should be decided by tribals and only tribal parties should be allowed to field candidates there. Here, the people giving the mandate to tribal candidates are all non-adivasis.”

Sources close to Chhotubhai say he feels the Congress has a good chance to win this time and so is flexing his muscles to have a larger share of the cake. He has actually asked for 19 seats and is adamant on nothing less than 15.

It is precisely for this reason that the Congress is in no mood to relent in a hurry. “The tribal belt is our strongest base, while Chhotubhai has an influence over only a limited number of seats. We may give him those seats, but not 19 or even 15,” a senior leader, who is part of the negotiations with Vasava told Firstpost.

“Besides Chhotubhai’s own Jhagadia seat, we can at best leave four to five constituencies for him,” he said.

He is not wrong. Besides Jhagadia, Chhotubhai’s influence is limited to the five odd seats of Mangrol and Mandvi in Surat district, Dediapada and Nandod in Narmada and to some extent in Dahod. And then, despite fielding more than 15 candidates during the 2012 elections, the JD(U) could win only one seat of Vasava.

“A sizeable population of adivasis is a traditional Congress votebank. Through the RSS and the VHP, the BJP is making attempts to make inroads in the tribal belt, but that has met with limited success,” says Ashok Gamit, who is a veteran journalist with the Sandesh Gujarati daily in Vyara, 65 km from Surat. He says if the Congress gives in to Vasava’s demands and concedes more than four seats, it will anger its own ranks and this will prove counterproductive.

TV channels blackout Congress party’s LIVE press briefing on JKR’s Rafale expose. Fear of Indian government and Ambani?

The Congress party on Tuesday launched a stunning attack against the Centre’s Narendra Modi government on the Rafale fighter jets deal exposed by Janta Ka Reporter.

Speaking to media, the party’s head of communication, Randepp Singh Surjewala, said that Prime Minister Modi ought to have answered few questions on the purchase of 36 Rafale jets from France’s Dassault Aviation at inflated prices.

Surjewala also asked why Modi had promoted the interests of ‘one industrial group i.e. Reliance Defence Limited, which subsequently led to the company tying up and entering into a joint venture with Dassault Aviation worth Rs.30,000 crore.’

He was referring to Anil Ambani, who was reportedly present in France during the inking of Rafale deal between the Modi government and Dassault Aviation. The junior Ambani had later entered into joint venture with Dassault just 10 days after India signed the deal the French company.

He said, “Why was this done by Prime Minister bypassing the interests of a reputed public sector undertaking like HAL? Why has the joint venture for the biggest-ever Indian defence deal between Dassault Aviation and Reliance Defence Limited not gone through the proper procedure of approval by the Union Cabinet, Cabinet Committee on Security and
Foreign Investment Promotion Board?”

TV channels in India boycotted Surjewala’s press briefing largely because the prime minister and Anil Ambani were at the centre of his criticism. The India media has often been accused of having surrendered its editorial independence to the Modi government.

Tuesday’s development conclusively established the level of fear existing among Indian news channels, who otherwise waste no opportunity to flaunt their imaginary ‘high impact’ and ‘fearless’ journalism.

This is not the first time TV channels have ignored the press briefings by opposition leaders targeting the central government. Last month, TV channels had refused to show senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal’s press conference live on the mysterious growth of revenue in the company owned by the son of the BJP President Amit Shah.

SOURCE: JANTA KA REPORTER (Disclaimer)