Congress has clarified that All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev has not resigned from the party. Speaking on the reports of her resignation, Congress leader and Member of Parliament, Pradyut Bordoloi said that Sushmita Dev is indispensable part of Congress and very much with us. "She is very much with us. She is a very indispensable part of Congress. She is respected leader of our party," said Congress Member of Parliament Bordoloi.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on February 25 said the Centre can never dare to make laws that will harm farmers. “In a democracy, a government can never dare to make laws that will harm farmers," said Narendra Singh Tomar at Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela 2021 in Delhi. Earlier on Feb 25, Tomar reiterated that the central government is ready to talk to protesting farmers at any time. This comes as farmer leader Rakesh Tikait announced plans of marching to the Parliament with 40 lakh tractors. Farmers have been protesting at Delhi borders against the new farm laws demanding that they be repealed. Discussion between farmer unions and the Centre were inconclusive. Watch the full video for more.
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While addressing the public gathering at Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela 2021 in New Delhi on February 25, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, "In democracy, a government can never dare to make such a law that will harm farmers."
Amid Maharashtra Covid spike, a mega wedding was attended by top netas. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, BJP's Devendra Fadnavis and Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala reportedly attended the wedding. A case was reportedly registered against ex-MP Dhananjay Mahadik for the February 21 event in Pune. Covid rules were allegedly flouted at Mahadik's son's wedding programme. Meanwhile, Covid rules were also being ignored by general public in Mumbai. Huge crowds were reported at Mumbai's Crawford market on February 22. Maharashtra saw 5,200+ new cases, while Mumbai had 760+ on February 22. Maharashtra CM Thackeray has warned of 'second wave' of Covid. Watch the full video for more details.
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Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari was denied permission to use a state government aircraft to travel to Dehradun on Thursday, triggering a row and inviting strong criticism from the opposition BJP which sought an apology over the incident. The Raj Bhavan secretariat and the state government sought to blame each other for the incident, which added a new chapter in the uneasy ties between the ruling coalition, comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress, and the governor. Watch the full video for more details.
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While addressing a press conference in Mumbai on February 09, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Minister of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection in Maharashtra government, Chhagan Bhujbal spoke on farmers' agitation. Bhujbal said, "People from across the world tweeting on this for some time now. Our celebrities should also say something as their opinion makes difference. They should have spoken earlier." "Even now they could speak freely and ask to find a solution," he added.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has warned the Modi government of a looming credit crisis that he said could badly affect medium and small industries. He said that unemployment is high and the informal sector is in shambles. The former Prime Minister also accused the Modi government of not consulting states on matters of the economy. ‘Federalism and regular consultation with states, which was the cornerstone of India's economic and political philosophy as enshrined in the Constitution, no longer finds favour with the present Central government,’ Singh said. Watch the full video for all the details.
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While addressing at the 'Pratheeksha 2030' Summit on in the national capital on March 02, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said, "Temporary measures by the Government of India and Reserve Bank to paper over the credit problems can not blind us to the looming credit crisis ahead that could affect the small and medium sector." "Unemployment is high and the informal sector is in shambles, a crisis precipitated by the ill-considered demonetisation decision taken in 2016," he added. "In Kerala and many other states, public finances are in disarray with states having to resort to excessive borrowing, which creates an intolerable burden on future budgets," Manmohan Singh further stated.
Union Minister Ramdas Athawale responded to Congress’ Nata Patole. Athawale said that his party will give protection to Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar. Congress’ Nana Patole had threatened to stop Big B and Akshay's film shoot. Athawale said, "Amitabh and Akshay had spoken on rising fuel prices during the Manmohan Singh government but that doesn't mean that they should also tweet now. Threatening them is not good on Nana Patole’s part. RPI stands with Akshay Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan. We will give protection to them." Patole had said that screening of Akshay and Amitabh's films will not be allowed in the state.
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Criticising Union Budget, Congress leader and former finance minister during UPA tenure, P Chidambaram called it a letdown like never before. "It was not a Budget like never before, it was a letdown like never before. The Budget like the previous one will unravel sooner than you think," said Chidambaram.
While speaking to media in Assam's Guwahati on January 28, the Deputy Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha (LS), Gaurav Gogoi spoke on farmers protest. Gogoi said, "Alliance parties of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) will be boycotting President's address in support of farmers' demands which are valid."
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on January 23 addressed the representatives of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Coimbatore. He said that when United Progressive Alliance (UPA) will come to power, it will restructure the GST, the indirect tax regime. "It is the commitment of the UPA government that when we come to power, we will restructure the Goods and Services Tax (GST)," Gandhi told the MSME people. Gandhi is on a three-day visit to Tamil Nadu ahead of the Assembly elections.
In the latest episode of On The Record, Hindustan Times’ Sunetra Choudhury speaks with Ex-leader of Trinamool Congress Dinesh Trivedi about the party, corruption and BJP’s offer. Trivedi said, “Why should I have to go by BJP? The people of the state are saying it. He added, “When asked I said it would be a privilege to join the BJP as it is the number 1 party in the world. Sitaram Yechury is also a good friend, so is Uddhav Thackeray. I met Sharad Pawar the other day. Everbody is a friend. I have seen it all.” Trivedi joined a long list of TMC leaders who have left the ruling party ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections. Watch the full video for more.
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Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar countered NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s tweets over farm laws. Tomar said that the ex-agriculture minister was 'misinformed'. "Sharad Pawar has been vocal on agricultural issues. He tried to improve agriculture when he was the minister. His tweets today were disappointing. Farm laws are to provide better prices to farmers. This bill doesn’t affect APMC or MSP,” Tomar said. Speaking on the laws, Sharad Pawar had said that the farm laws restrict powers of Mandi system. Pawar had tweeted that the new laws will adversely impact MSP procurement.
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As protests continue, government and farmers reached consensus on 2 issues during 6th round of talk. However, main points of farm law repeal & MSP legislation were unaddressed. Farmer leaders and union..
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