Sri Lanka Power Switch In The Works For 4-5 Months, Says New PM’s Son

Namal Rajapaksa said India had nothing to worry about the Sri Lanka switch.


Less than a week after what was seen as an abrupt move by the Sri Lankan President to replace the Prime Minister, Namal Rajapaksa, the son of the newly sworn-in Prime Minister, said that his father and the President had been in talks for around “four to five months”.

On October 26, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena fired the elected Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapaksa. On Thursday, Namal Rajapaksa said that his father was sworn in on the President’s “invitation and wish” and that the two leaders had been in talks for months.

“It was president Sirisena’s invitation and wish. And the discussion between two leaders, as to what they should do next to stabilise the economy and bring back the political, economic and social stability to the country, for the next few months. And then go back to national movement… As far as we know, (the discussion) goes back to four to five months,” said Namal Rajapaksa, while adding that, as old colleagues, they always had a working relationship and had been touch since the 2015 elections.

This runs contrary to Mr Sirisena’s assertion that the surprise move to oust the Prime Minister came after it came to light that a member of Mr Wickremesinghe’s cabinet had allegedly plotted to kill him. Mr Wickremesinghe has denied the allegations. However, Namal Rajapaksa questioned why he did not say anything about the controversy sooner.

“He never mentioned anything like that at that time. He kept quiet. Till everything escalated. And where there was a DIG who was involved, apparently who was involved, and who is remanded at the moment, and there are voice records, that has been given and the voices have been tallied… See, it is a serious allegation. And it is a serious investigation. Plot to assassinate a head of state. But I’m sure, what mattered to President Sirisena was not only that, but there are many other reasons,” said Namal Rajapaksa.

Mr Sirisena and the Rajapaksas were on the on same side of the political spectrum, until they had a falling out and Mr Sirisena joined arms with Mr Wickremesinghe to defeat the Rajapaksas in the 2015 elections. However, Namal Rajapaksa said that this partnership had never really worked.

“It never worked. From the first day, of course, we knew, that the alliance was not going to work… There is a friction. They both come from two different backgrounds. They have two different political ideologies, two different political parties, and totally extreme economic, social and political policies. So these things will never merge. But unfortunately, at that time, they saw this as an opportunity to defeat my father. And this came to… this entire coalition came together to go for 2015 elections. But what I should… what I must highlight is they never had a plan to govern the country,” he said.

The recent shifts in the political tides in the island country has raised concerns in India as well. While Mr Wickremesinghe is perceived to be more India-friendly, Mahinda Rajapaksa is seen to have pro-China leanings. However, Namal Rajapaksa reassures that India need not worry.

“There is no Chinese or any sort of foreign influence on any decision taken by my father or his government… We do know that in the past there was a misperception or misunderstanding, with India and Sri Lanka… India shouldn’t be worried at all. India will be a developing partner for us. India has been very closely working with my father, during the war. India helped us to defeat terrorism. And we fought India’s war. Prabhakaran assassinated Rajiv Gandhi. We all know that. So we fought not only our war, but we brought peace for the region. My father brought peace to the region,” he said.

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Sri Lankan Parliament May Reconvene After Top Judge Snubs PM’s Sacking

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe (R) was sacked by President Sirisena (L) on October 26. (File)


Maithripala Sirisena is likely to agree to reconvene Sri Lankan parliament next week, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s office said today, amid indications that a compromise is being worked out to avoid a showdown between the president and ousted premier Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Speaker Jayasuriya held emergency talks with President Sirisena today evening to convince him on the need to reconvene parliament to try and end the current political impasse over the sacking of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe on October 26.

The meeting came after Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya today refused to endorse the president’s dismissal of Mr Wickremesinghe for former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The attorney general refused to give an opinion to Mr Jayasuriya over the sacking of Mr Wickremesinghe, saying it would be “deemed inappropriate”. Some political experts have opined that it is clear sign that the attorney general considers the move as unconstitutional.

Mr Wickremesinghe’s sacking was carried out by President Sirisena inspite of the 19th amendment to the Constitution which had stripped president’s powers to sack a prime minister.

Immediately after Mahinda Rajapaksa’s appointment, President Sirisena suspended parliament until November 16, which experts said was meant to buy time to engineer crossovers from Mr Wickremesinghe’s side to Mahinda Rajapaksa in the 225-member parliament to reach the 113 working majority mark.

Mr Jayasuriya had insisted since the crisis broke out that it needs to be resolved in parliament with a floor test.

President Sirisena has faced relentless international pressure to reconvene parliament to allow a floor test. Countries other than China and Burundi have not recognised Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister.

The Speaker, seeking the AG’s opinion, had asked five questions including the one on the validity of President Maithripala Sirisena dismissing Mr Wickremesinghe as the premier.

The attorney general wrote to the speaker: “Having regard to the role of the Attorney General under the Constitution, I am of the view that expressing an opinion on the said questions would be deemed inappropriate”.

President Sirisena is under increasing political and diplomatic pressure to reconvene Parliament and resolve the Constitutional crisis.

Mr Wickramasinghe, who is refusing to accept his dismissal, argues that he cannot legally be dismissed until he loses the support of Parliament.

Yesterday, angry protests rocked Sri Lanka’s capital as thousands of demonstrators gathered for a rally organised by deposed prime minister Wickremesinghe’s party against what it said was a “coup” by President Sirisena, even as the opposing sides were engaged in efforts to secure their numbers in Parliament to end the country’s political crisis.

Amidst the political turmoil in Sri Lanka, a top UN envoy here met President Sirisena today and discussed the prevailing political crisis.

United Nations Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer met President Sirisena days after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed “great concern” over the deepening political crisis and called on the country’s government to respect democratic values and constitutional provisions and process.

New prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had assumed duties today as the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs.

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In PM’s Meet With Japan’s Shinzo Abe Today, Regional Security On Agenda

PM Modi described India and Japan as a “winning combination”.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said his meeting with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will add new vigour to the strong friendship between the two countries as he arrived in Tokyo to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit.

The two-day summit beginning today will seek to review the progress in ties and deepen strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship.

“PM Narendra Modi arrives in Tokyo to a warm welcome for his 5th Annual Summit with Abe Shinzo. Japan is one of the few countries that India has this mechanism of annual summits, reflecting the extraordinary depth of our engagement,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

“Landed in Tokyo. I am confident this visit will add new vigour to the strong friendship between India and Japan,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

In a statement on Friday, before leaving for Japan, PM Modi described India and Japan as a “winning combination” and said the island nation was New Delhi’s most trusted partner in its economic and technological modernisation.

PM Modi said it will be his 12th meeting with Mr Abe since he first visited Japan as prime minister in September 2014.

During the summit, PM Modi will engage with Abe on a range of issues including defence and regional security.

Mr Abe will host PM Modi at his holiday home in the picturesque Yamanashi prefecture for a private dinner today following which both the leaders will travel to Tokyo by train.

Yamanashi, around 110 km from Tokyo, is surrounded by several mountains including Mount Fuji – the country’s tallest peak at around 3,776 metres.

On Sunday afternoon, Prime Minister Modi will join his Japanese counterpart for an informal lunch at a hotel. The two leaders will then visit a company which is a leading manufacturer of factory automation.

 Besides bilateral issues, the two leaders are expected to deliberate on a range of regional and global issues including the situation in the Indo-Pacific region.

It is said the prime minister’s visit will reaffirm the traditional bonds of friendship between the two countries and strengthen their multi-faceted cooperation in diverse fields.

India is also hoping to have some kind of synergy or integration between PM Modi’s Ayushman Bharat scheme, which is the largest medicare programme of its kind globally, and the Japanese programme which is called Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative.

Prime Minister in his statement said projects such as Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail and Dedicated Freight Corridors reflected the high level and “strength of our economic engagement”. 

“Japan is also at the forefront of engaging in our national initiatives, such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Start Up India’… Japanese investors have faith in India’s economic future, which is marked with myriad opportunities,” PM Modi said.

PM Modi will also address the Indian community function in Tokyo and will attend a series of business events and address the business forum. 

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PM’s Office Called Me, Said ‘Why Are You Increasing Our Troubles’: Varun Gandhi

Varun Gandhi said he received a call from the PMO when he raised the issue of MPs’ salaries (File)


BJP lawmaker Varun Gandhi said on Tuesday that when he raised objections about increase in salaries of MPs, he got a call from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), asking “why are you increasing our troubles?”

During a programme in Model Women’s College in Bhiwani, the lawmaker from Sultanpur said, “I repeatedly raise my voice about the increase in salaries of MPs and not giving details of their assets. Employees of every sector get increase in their wages based on hard work and honesty. But in the last 10 years, MPs have increased their salaries seven times just by raising their hands.”

“When I raised this issue once, I received a call from the PMO,” he said. “Why are you increasing our troubles?” I was asked, he said, according to news agency PTI.

Questioning the education system of the country, he gave examples of schools in Uttar Pradesh.

“In Uttar Pradesh schools, except studies, all programs are held. Religious and marriage functions are organised, after funeral, the rituals are completed on its premises. Children play cricket and leaders deliver speeches in schools,” Mr Gandhi said.

He said “Every year Rs 3 lakh crore is spent on education, but 89 per cent of that money is spent on buildings, which cannot be called education.”

“Today, 40 per cent of farmers in the country take land on contract, which is illegal because they do not get any help from the government, neither do they get a loan or compensation if the crop is wasted. In the last 10 years, the input cost for farmers has increased threefold, causing distress which led to suicide by 17,000 farmers in Vidarbha,” he said.

Varun Gandhi also described the increasing pollution in the country as “dangerous” and suggested instead of giving a bouquet of flowers to somebody, give them a plant.

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PM’s Office Now Has To Disclose Corruption Complaints Against Union Ministers: Central Information Commission

The PMO also has to reveal the quantum and value of black money brought back from abroad since 2014.

New Delhi: 

The Central Information Commission has directed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to disclose complaints of corruption received against Union ministers between 2014 and 2017 and action taken on them.

Chief Information Commissioner Radha Krishna Mathur, while deciding a plea of Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, also directed the PMO to share information about the quantum and value of black money brought back from abroad during the tenure of PM  Narendra Modi, along with records of efforts made in this direction.

The order asked the PMO to disclose information related to deposits made by the government in bank accounts of Indian citizens from the black money brought from abroad.

The Prime Minister’s Office had termed the questions asked by Mr Chaturvedi, in his RTI application related to black money, as not covered in the definition of “information” which can be accessed under the Right to Information Act, but the commissioner rejected the contention.

“The respondent (PMO) has wrongly stated in his reply against point nos 4 (black money brought from abroad) and 5 (deposits made in bank accounts of Indian citizens from the black money recovered from abroad) of the RTI application that ‘request made by the appellant is not covered under the definition of ‘information’ as per Section 2(f) of the RTI Act’,” Mr Mathur said while ordering their disclosure.

In his RTI application, Mr Chaturvedi had also sought information on various schemes of the BJP government such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’, ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Smart City Project’ which were transferred to the ministry concerned by the PMO.

Not getting satisfactory response from the PMO, Mr Chaturvedi filed an appeal before the Central Information Commission, the highest appellate body on RTI matters.

During the hearing, Mr Chaturvedi told the commission that he had sought specific information regarding certified copy of complaints submitted to the Prime Minister against corruption of serving union ministers which should be provided to him.

“The commission further observed that the respondent (PMO) has not given correct and specific reply/information to the appellant on point numbers 1(b) (corruption complaints against ministers), 4, 5, 12 & 13 (related to corruption in AIIMS) of the RTI application,” Mr Mathur noted.

The commission also directed the PMO to disclose action taken on a letter of Mr Chaturvedi alleging corruption against officials of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and purported role of a union health minister in it.

Mr Chaturvedi had earlier raised the issue of alleged corruption in the erstwhile Congress government in Haryana and a forestry scam case in which fake plantations were allegedly carried out across the state.

Facing purported harassment from the state government, he appealed to the central government which formed a committee in union environment ministry in 2010. Its report found merit in the contentions of Mr Chaturvedi.

The ministry also confirmed the harassment of Mr Chaturvedi and recommended quashing of cases against him which were quashed by the President.

He was brought to AIIMS as Chief Vigilance Officer by the Congress-led UPA government and his work to contain corruption at the prestigious institute was termed outstanding by the then Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

In August 2014, Mr Chaturvedi was relieved from AIIMS and sent to Uttarakhand where he is serving as a conservator of forests.

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PM’s Appeal To Oil Producing Nations Gets A Negative From Saudi Minister

PM Modi meets CEOs and Experts from oil and gas sector from India and abroad in New Delhi

New Delhi: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today appealed to top oil producers, including Saudi Arabia, to help nations like India bridge what he called a “resource crunch” – a fallout of rising crude prices. At the third annual brainstorming session with chief executives of top global and Indian oil and gas companies, PM Modi underscored how high oil prices were hurting global growth and sought reasonable prices that work for both producers and consumers.

The rising crude oil prices have pushed the rupee down – this year it has fallen 14.5 per cent, making imports costlier. The country is heavily dependent on imports, with around 83 per cent of the fuel being bought from abroad.

“The oil market is producer driven and both the quantity and prices are determined by the oil-producing countries… Though there is enough production, the unique features of marketing in the oil sector have pushed up the oil prices,” a statement issued at the end of the meet quoted the prime minister as saying.

Saudi oil minister Khalid A Al-Falih, who was present at the meet, however, said oil prices were not within their control.

“Many factors lie outside the control of oil producers like us… we only control supply,” he told reporters. He, however, said he has met the Prime Minister and oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan and “assured them of full and continued commitment of meeting India’s oil demand and investing in India”.

The meet was held as petrol and diesel prices continued their upward march despite a drop in crude oil prices by 5 to 6 dollars a barrel. The hike has almost wiped out the Rs 2.50 cut made by the government last week.

Diesel now costs Rs 75.46 per litre in Delhi – slightly higher than Rs 75.45 a litre price when the government announced the excise duty cut on October 4. Petrol costs Rs 82.72 per litre and has witnessed an increase of Rs 1.22 per litre since the October 4 decision.

The Congress has kept up the pressure on the government over the oil price rise. “I don’t understand. World fuel prices are falling, how are the petrol prices rising? Modi-ji not putting money in your pocket, so whose pocket is he giving it?” party chief Rahul Gandhi has said.

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Jean-Claude Juncker, European Union Chief ‘Does A Theresa May’, Appears To Mock British PM’s Dancing Moves

EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker threw a little dance move before a speech on Monday

EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker threw a little dance move before a speech on Monday, raising a laugh in Brussels as he appeared to mimic Theresa May but angering supporters of the embattled British prime minister and her Brexit plan.

May sashayed on stage last week to the sound of Abba’s “Dancing Queen” – a self-mocking gag about a recent trip to South Africa where she had danced with schoolchildren. May then used the stage to rally her divided party behind her efforts to negotiate a smooth withdrawal from the European Union.

Preparing to speak at a conference on Monday, Juncker was unable to start as music continued to play in the hall. Looking up from his notes, the European Commission president, whose negotiators are locked in talks with May’s officials, spread his arms and moved his shoulders and hips in time with the rhythm.

A couple of seconds was enough to provoke laughter in the room as the music faded. Juncker gave a broad grin in response.

Britons were quick to spot how close his gestures were to May’s before her keynote speech last Wednesday at the annual conference of her Conservative Party.

The pro-Brexit Daily Mail said he appeared to “mock” May, while online comments on its website reflected anger over the EU’s refusal to accept the May government’s terms for leaving the bloc next March.

A spokesman for Juncker, a former premier of Luxembourg, said his improvised performance was “not directed at anyone” and repeated that the Commission president has “great respect” for May.

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Rahul Gandhis Fresh attack on PM Modi Calls Anil Ambani PMs BFF Over Rafale Deal – राहुल गांधी का नया आरोप, पीएम मोदी ने अपने दोस्त को दी एक और डील, बोले

खास बातें

  1. राहुल गांधी की मोदी सरकार पर ताजा हमला.
  2. जम्मू-कश्मीर में सरकारी कर्मचारियों के बीमा पर उठाए सवाल.
  3. अनिल अंबानी को फिर से बताया पीएम मोदी का दोस्त

नई दिल्ली: राफेल सौदे को लेकर मोदी सरकार पर हमलावर रुख अख्तियार करने वाले कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष राहुल गांधी ने एक बार फिर से सरकार पर प्रहार किया है. दरअसल, इस बार जम्मू-कश्मीर में रिलायंस इंश्योरेंस के माध्यम से अनिल अंबानी को फायदा पहुंचाने का आरोप लगाकर राहुल गांधी ने पीएम मोदी पर हमला बोला है. कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष राहुल गांधी ने उद्योगपति अनिल अंबानी पर एक बार फिर से प्रहार करते हुए शनिवार को कहा कि प्रधानमंत्री का ‘सदाबहार दोस्त’ होने पर किसी व्यक्ति को बगैर किसी अनुभव के ना सिर्फ ‘1,30,000 करोड़ रुपये’ का राफेल सौदे का अनुबंध मिल सकता है, बल्कि किसी राज्य के सरकारी कर्मचारियों पर उसकी कंपनी का बीमा खरीदने के लिए दबाव भी डाला जा सकता है.

राहुल गांधी ने जम्मू-कश्मीर कर्मचारी बीमा योजना को लेकर अंबानी पर निशाना साधा

राहुल गांधी राफेल सौदे से जुड़ी ऑफसेट डील अनिल अंबानी की कंपनी को दिए जाने को लेकर प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी की आलोचना करते रहे हैं.  इस बीच, राहुल ने मीडिया में आई एक खबर का जिक्र करते हुए एक ट्वीट में कहा कि जब आपका ‘बेस्ट फ्रेंड फॉरएवर’’ (सदाबहार मित्र) प्रधानमंत्री हो, तो आपको 1,30,000 करोड़ रुपये की राफेल डील भी बगैर किसी अनुभव के मिल सकती है. लेकिन और भी चीजें हैं. जाहिर तौर पर, जम्मू-कश्मीर के 4 लाख सरकारी कर्मचारियों पर भी आपकी ही कंपनी से स्वास्थ्य बीमा खरीदने के लिए दबाव डाला जाएगा. 

पेट्रोल की कीमतों पर जेटली का राहुल गांधी को जवाब, ट्वीट कर देने से कम नहीं होंगे तेल के दाम

गौरतलब है कि खबर में दावा किया गया है कि जम्मू कश्मीर सरकार ने अपने कर्मचारियों को स्वास्थ्य बीमा मुहैया करने के लिए रिलायंस जनरल इंश्योरेंस को चुना. वहीं, जम्मू-कश्मीर में राज्य सरकार के कर्मचारियों के लिए लायी गयी बीमा पॉलिसी के जरिए उद्योगपति अनिल अंबानी को फायदा पहुंचाने के कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष राहुल गांधी के आरोपों के बीच राज्य सरकार ने शनिवार को कहा कि यह योजना निष्पक्ष एवं पारदर्शी तरीके से लागू की जा रही है. एक आधिकारिक प्रवक्ता ने यहां शनिवार को कहा कि जम्मू-कश्मीर सरकार द्वारा लाई गई ग्रुप मेडिकल हेल्थ बीमा योजना निष्पक्ष एवं पारदर्शी तरीके से जरूरी प्रक्रियाओं का पालन करने के बाद लागू की गयी है.

अमित शाह का राहुल गांधी पर जोरदार हमला, बोले- PM से सवाल पूछने के बजाय अपनी चार पीढ़ियों का हिसाब दें

बता दें कि इससे पहले मध्य प्रदेश के एक दिवसीय दौरे पर गये मुरैना में राहुल गांधी ने मोदी सरकार को कई मुद्दों को लेकर घेरा. राहुल गांधी ने आरोप लगाया कि मोदी सरकार ने सिर्फ उद्योगपतियों को ही फायदा पहुंचाया है.  इस सरकार ने राफेल पर भी देश के साथ छलावा  किया है. अम्बेडकर स्टेडियम में आदिवासी एकता परिषद के सम्मेलन को सम्बोधित करते गांधी ने कहा कि मध्यप्रदेश, राजस्थान और छत्तीसगढ़ में कांग्रेस की सरकार आने पर आदिवासी अधिकार विधेयक लागू किया जायेगा। मालूम हो कि इन तीनों राज्यों में नवम्बर और दिसंबर में विधानसभा चुनाव होने हैं. 

मुरैना में राहुल गांधी ने की मोदी सरकार से मांग, उद्योगपतियों की तरह किसानों के भी 3 लाख करोड़ रुपये कर्ज माफ हो


राहुल गांधी ने सरकार से सवाल किया, ‘यदि आप अमीरों की मदद करना चाहते हैं तो करें, लेकिन इसके साथ ही किसानों और समाज के गरीब तबकों की भी सहायता करें. यदि अमीरों के तीन लाख करोड़ रुपये माफ किये जा सकते हैं तो किसानों और अन्य पिछड़े वर्ग के लोगों को भी इस प्रकार की राहत क्यों नहीं दी जा सकती.’ कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष ने कहा, ‘‘आदिवासी विधेयक आपको कोई तोहफा नहीं है, बल्कि यह आपका अधिकार है. आदिवासी लोगों को जमीन, पानी और जंगल पर उनका अधिकार अवश्यक मिलना चाहिये.’

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Year After PM’s Rebuke, Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge Questions Role Of RSS, BJP In Freedom Struggle

PM Modi had slammed Mallikarjun Kharge for a similar remark last year. (File)

New Delhi: 

More than a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi rebuffed him for similar remarks, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said on Thursday that “not even a dog” from the homes of RSS and BJP leaders had died for the country’s independence.

The AICC general secretary was speaking at a rally to launch the second phase of the party’s Jan Sangharsh Yatra in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district in Faizpur.

“We (Congress) gave our life for the country and made sacrifices. Indira Gandhi sacrificed her life for unity of the country. Rajiv Gandhi gave his life for the nation. Tell me, did even a dog die in a house of BJP, RSS (leaders) for the country’s freedom?” Mr Kharge said.

“Tell us, which of your people went to jail (for India’s independence),” Mr Kharge said.

In February last year, PM Modi had slammed Mr Kharge, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, for a similar remark.

“People such as Gandhi ji, Indira ji sacrificed their lives for the country’s unity, who was there from your side? Not even a dog,” Mr Kharge had said in the Lower House.

PM Modi later said during a speech in the Lok Sabha, “the Congress has never spoken of the contribution of freedom fighters such as Bhagat Singh and Chandra Shekhar Azad. They think only one family has given us freedom”.

Notably, Faizpur was the venue of the Congress’ first convention in rural areas in 1936. It was then attended by Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and other leaders.

As part of the yatra, Congress leaders are touring Maharashtra, covering almost 150 Assembly seats over three months, in what is being touted as the party’s largest mass outreach campaign in the state.

The first phase of the yatra, from Kolhapur to Pune across western Maharashtra, where the party lost its grip in the 2014 polls, concluded on September 8.

During the second phase, party leaders will campaign across north Maharashtra till October 9. 

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Rahul Gandhi Targets PM’s “Blue-Eyed Boy” For Diluted Vijay Mallya Notice

“CBI Jt. Director, AK Sharma, weakened Mallya’s “Look Out” notice”, Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday alleged that it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “blue-eyed boy” in the CBI who weakened the lookout notice against fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya and allowed him to flee the country.

In a tweet, Mr Gandhi alleged that it was AK Sharma, a Gujarat-cadre officer in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who played a crucial role in weakening the lookout notice against Vijay Mallya. He also alleged that the same officer played a key role in the escape plans of fugitive diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.

“CBI Jt. Director, A K Sharma, weakened Mallya’s “Look Out” notice, allowing Mallya to escape. Mr Sharma, a Gujarat cadre officer, is the PM’s blue-eyed-boy in the CBI. The same officer was in charge of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi’s escape plans. Ooops…investigation”, he wrote on Twitter. 

Congress has accused PM Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of “helping” Vijay Mallya flee the country after defaulting on bank loans. The Congress has demanded Arun Jaitley’s resignation over the issue and a probe into how Vijay Mallya escaped.



The 62-year-old tycoon, who is on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April last year, is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore.

Mr Gandhi’s tweet came days after Vijay Mallya claimed that he had met Arun Jaitley before leaving the country in March, 2016.

“I met the finance minister before I left,” the liquor baron had told reporters Wednesday outside the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, where his extradition case is being heard.

Arun Jaitley has, however, denied the charges against him. 

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