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Controversial BJP MLA Sangeet Som claims he got death threat from ISIS

Som said that he had received such threats in the past and has also been attacked once, but he is not afraid of such incidents. Earlier in August, Som had been accorded Z category security by the Centre based on intelligence inputs that the BJP MLA from Sardhana could be targeted by extremist elements.

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21 AAP leaders join Punjab Congress

“I was upset with Rahul Gandhi who always promised to bring honest and young people and qualitative change in the polity of India. Unfortunately, he compromised on his own principles and ideology by forming new Punjab Congress team including Amarinder Singh, Ambika Soni and Lal Singh just to win polls in Punjab,” Khaira said.

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BJP MLA Sangeet Som receives threatening call from ISIS

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Venkaiah Naidu rejects Robert Vadra’s accusation, says law to take its course

Robert Vadra, whose land deals are being probed in BJP-ruled Haryana and Rajasthan, had on Sunday contended that he was being subjected to a “political witch-hunt” and used as a “political tool”.

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Reacting to Robert Vadra’s claim that he was being subjected to a “political witch-hunt,” Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said the government is not vindictive but the law must be allowed to take its course.”I don’t wish to comment on Robert Vadra. Law will take its course. We don’t discriminate against anybody. We have not harassed any political opponents since we came to power. The law must be allowed to take its course. I don’t want to make any personal comments about anybody,” Naidu said here.Robert Vadra, whose land deals are being probed in BJP-ruled Haryana and Rajasthan, had on Sunday contended that he was being subjected to a “political witch-hunt” and used as a “political tool”. Son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the controversial businessman said a distinction should be made between him as an individual conducting business like anyone else and the politics of the family of his wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra “without constantly attempting to link the two”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Dhingra Commission will submit its report soon on Vadra land deal: Manohar Lal Khattar

The Commission was to probe subsequent transfer or disposal of the lands, allegations of private enrichment, ineligibility of beneficiaries under the rules, and other connected matters, bringing Vadra land deal under the scanner.

Justice SN Dhingra Commission, which is making inquiries into grant of land licences to some companies including that of Robert Vadra’s in four villages of Gurgaon, will soon submit its report, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said today. He said all “wrongdoings” of previous government would be made public and alleged scams, involving crores of rupees, be exposed so that the hard-earned money of the people could be returned in through development.Facts were being collected and those found guilty would be brought to book, he said adding that about 18 to 20 cases of corruption have come to the State government’s notice. Khattar said, of the three such cases, two have been handed over to the CBI. “The (Justice Dhingra) Commission would soon submit its report to the state government,” he said while addressing a public meeting after laying foundation stone of Government College for Women at village Alewa in the district. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Khattar government had in May appointed one-man Commission of Inquiry to probe about alleged irregularities in grant of license(s) by the Department of Town and Country Planning to some companies, including that of son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi Robert Vadra’s, in Sector 83 of Gurgaon for developing commercial colonies. The Commission was to probe subsequent transfer or disposal of the lands, allegations of private enrichment, ineligibility of beneficiaries under the rules, and other connected matters, bringing Vadra land deal under the scanner. Notably, BJP had made land deals under the previous Congress regime in Haryana a major poll issue during the last year’s election alleging that rules were relaxed to favour a few including Vadra.The Commission was to submit its report to the government within six months from the date of its first sitting. Khattar, whose government completed one year in office a fortnight ago, further said during the Congress regime “people had witnessed a fragmented Haryana”. He said a White paper on the economic condition of the previous government released prior to the first budget session disclosed that there was a huge difference in per capita income of two districts sharing borders. “While annual per capita income of Gurgaon district was Rs 4.40 lakh, it was only Rs 40,000 in Mewat district. If Gurgaon could be developed why not Mewat,” he pointed out. He attacked previous governments, without taking names of the chief ministers representing those areas, saying there were times when the development of only Bhiwani (Bansi Lal) was ensured, then of Hisar (Bhajan Lal), then Sirsa (Om Prakash Chautala) and later Rohtak (Bhupinder Singh Hooda). Khattar said he was not criticising the development taking place in these districts, but if that had been carried out in all districts, all-round development of the State could have been ensured. Taking a dig at opposition parties for criticising his government, he said, they have no issues to raise, therefore, their leaders were allegedly making baseless statements.Referring to the statement made by Leader of Opposition, Abhay Chautala, regarding INLD’s rally at Rohtak on November 1, Khattar said the Sonipat rally of the BJP organised on November 5 was much bigger in terms of attendance, in spite of being rally of only eight districts while that of the INLD was a state-level rally. The Chief Minister said during the last one year, “the State government covered pits dug by the previous government, be it nepotism in government jobs or corruption and lopsided development.”Asserting that complete transparency would be ensured in the recruitment process, he said advertisement has been issued for 50,000 posts and the recruitment process would be complete in the coming year to meet the requirement for employees in various government departments. Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Birender Singh, said “those who looted the farmers during their tenure were now posing as their well-wishers”. He said before pointing the fingers at the present government they should first introspect themselves.Singh, who joined BJP in August last year ending his 42 year association with Congress, said, during the previous Congress regime in the state, “about 20,000 acre land of poor farmers had been acquired and released to the builders and colonisers at throwaway prices”. Singh alleged that the previous government had done injustice with Jind district and urged the Chief Minister to ensure its development on priority basis. Speaking on the occasion, Haryana Agriculture Minister, O P Dhankar said the government would take the district on the path of development at rapid pace “as it has lagged behind during the tenure of the previous governments”.He said the government had ordered special girdawari (revenue survey) in the State to assess the damage caused to the cotton, bajra and guar crops due to whitefly attack. Dhankar said the affected farmers would get compensation for crop loss within the next three weeks. Earlier, Khattar laid the foundation stones of five projects, Government College for Women, worth Rs 64 crore in Jind district today.Addressing a gathering after laying foundation stone of Government College for Women at village Alewa in Jind, Khattar said while Jind is the centre point of Haryana, the district has always remained neglected in terms of development. The Chief Minister said in past one year his government has inititated development projects which were more than those initiated in the last 40 years.Stressing that his government was committed to ensure uniform development of the State by rising above the party politics, he said priority in development would be given to those districts which have so far been lagging behind. He also said that a college for women would be established at every 20-km in the state so that girls would not have to travel far to get higher education. The Chief Minister said this during the annual function of SD College at Uchana in the district.He said it was necessary to provide quality education to youth for the state’s development. “In future, this distance would be reduced to 10 km,” according to an official release here. The Chief Minister said with a view to improve level of education, the government has prepared a special action plan under which various institutions could adopt government schools. He also urged the office-bearers of ‘Vidya Bharati Shiksha Sansthan’ to adopt government schools.

Congress protest in reaction to probe into Robert Vadra’s land deals, alleges BJP

“This is not an ordinary march. This march is happening when you are going to get caught and investigation has come to your doorstep. Knowing very well that within a few days your story will be over and people of this country will know that you stand for corruption and corruption alone, you have started this farce of a march,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said at a press conference

Congress- Intolerance march

BJP on Tuesday sought to link Congress leaders’ march to the Rashtrapati Bhawan with the probe into controversial land deals involving Robert Vadra, claiming that the party started this “farce of a protest” in reaction to investigation “reaching the doorsteps” of the Gandhi family.”This is not an ordinary march. This march is happening when you are going to get caught and investigation has come to your doorstep. Knowing very well that within a few days your story will be over and people of this country will know that you stand for corruption and corruption alone, you have started this farce of a march,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said at a press conference here while hitting out at Congress.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Patra, along with another party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao, brought up the recent Enforcement Directorate raid on the premises of a company linked to the controversial land transaction of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law to allege that the march was a reflection of the party’s “intolerance to the ongoing probe”. Vadra, they alleged, bought chunk of government land in Bikaner through fictitious names and a shell company.Law is taking its course and the course of law will take its time but it will do justice, Patra said.”When India is marching ahead, the Congress chief was leading a ‘retrograde march’,” he alleged.

False accusations being concocted against me, says Robert Vadra

His reaction came a day after Agency sleuths searched the premises of a firm in connection with a money laundering case arising out of land grab charges in Bikaner.

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Robert Vadra on Tuesday dismissed as “false accusations” reports related to an Enforcement Directorate raid against a Delhi-based company. Vadra, Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, said on his Facebook page that the nation is not misguided by these tactics anymore. “Here they go again …Whenever they get insecure, they concoct some false accusations on me. The nation is not misguided by their tactics anymore,” Vadra wrote.His reaction came a day after Agency sleuths searched the premises of a firm in connection with a money laundering case arising out of land grab charges in Bikaner.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ED’s probe found that the firm was “involved” in purchasing land from companies, which had initially procured land from the border town of Rajasthan.”It is suspected that the firm acted as a dummy or shell company. Some documents and computer peripherals have been seized. The premises, which were brought under the search operation, belongs to a chartered accountancy firm,” sources had said.

Will add a white tape on my name on the VVIP list: Robert Vadra

The government had recently clarified that it had no plans of removing Robert Vadra from the no-frisking list.
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Robert Vadra on Facebook asked government to withdraw his name from the VVIP list. Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law has urged government to withdraw his name for the second time in two days. “Plans to visit every terminal in the Airports in India and add a white tape on my name from the VVIP list and my signature on top !! So look out ….” posted Vadra on Facebook. The government had recently clarified that it had no plans of removing Robert Vadra from the no-frisking list. Vadra said that he had earlier also consented to removing his name from the list. He said that it any case it just takes a minute to get frisked and he had no problem with subjecting himself to such checks like ordinary citizens. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Home Ministry has asked the Civil Aviation Ministry to go ahead with its plan to review the list of 33 categories of people, including the Dalai Lama and Vadra, who are currently exempted from frisking at airports in the country. The Home Ministry has said it does not consider the threat perception to Vadra serious enough to warrant his inclusion in the ‘no-frisking’ list but had advised the Civil Aviation Ministry to take a final call after consultation with the Special Protection Group, which guards his wife Priyanka Gandhi.Related Read: Govt decides to withdraw no-frisking privilege at airports to Robert Vadra

Govt decides to withdraw no-frisking privilege at airports to Robert Vadra

The Home Ministry has asked the Civil Aviation Ministry to go ahead with its plan to review the list of 33 categories of people, including the Dalai Lama and Vadra, who are currently exempted from frisking at airports in the country.
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Government has decided to withdraw the privilege of not being frisked at airports to Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, an action Vadra promptly welcomed saying he had been waiting for this as he was “no VIP”. A notification is being issued soon by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and sent to all airports, official sources said on Sunday.”Finally!! I am glad and have been awaiting this so called and never used, Security Exemption Privilege to be removed at Airports,” he said in a statement.”I am and have been more than ready to give a written consent to remove my name from this VVIP list. I am no VIP and I have expressed my view on this subject in the past as well. Please stop wasting people’s time with this news, every few days,” Vadra added. His reaction came in the wake of the government’s decision to strip him off the privilege.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Home Ministry has asked the Civil Aviation Ministry to go ahead with its plan to review the list of 33 categories of people, including the Dalai Lama and Vadra, who are currently exempted from frisking at airports in the country. The Home Ministry has said it does not consider the threat perception to Vadra serious enough to warrant his inclusion in the ‘no-frisking’ list but had advised the Civil Aviation Ministry to take a final call after consultation with the Special Protection Group, which guards his wife Priyanka Gandhi.As of now, Vadra is not frisked at airports if he travels with an SPG protectee. Once he is dropped from the elite list, he would be subjected to frisking at all airports even if he travels with an SPG protectee. The current no-frisk list includes the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Union Cabinet Ministers, Leader of Opposition, Supreme Court Judges, High Court Chief Justices, Chief Ministers and their deputies, Governors and Ambassadors. Those who are protected by the SPG such as Priyanka Gandhi and brother-in-law Rahul Gandhi are also not subjected to frisking at airports.

Even Gurdaspur fails to bring peace in House; but govt transacts business amidst furore

Day’s suspension for Cong MP for banging placard on speaker’s table, Notice to Vadra for Facebook post

In an attempt to prevent a complete washout of the monsoon session, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in consultation with government on Monday adopted a new strategy of persisting with business in the House despite Opposition ruckus and provocations. But, after introduction of two bills amidst disruptions and parties coming together briefly to condemn the terror attack in Gurdaspur, Lok Sabha adjourned on a bitter note. Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary banged his placard on Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s table, amidst slogan-shouting by Congress members demanding resignations of BJP leaders facing the heat of Vyapam scam and Lalit Modi controversy.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Upset over the Congress member’s behaviour, Mahajan named Chowdhury for disregarding the Chair and suspended him for the rest of the day. Rule 374 (1) authorises the Speaker to suspend a member for at least a day. The Speaker has also asked the House secretariat to seek explanation of Robert Vadra, the businessman son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, for his Facebook post dubbed as derogatory to Parliamentarians by two BJP MPs, before sending the complaint to the privilege committee. BJP chief whip Arjun Ram Meghwal, MP from Bikaner, and his party colleague Prahlad Joshi had filed a privilege notice on Thursday against Vadra for insulting Parliament and its members in his Facebook comment: “Parliament begins and so do their petty diversion political tactics … People of India are not fooled. Regret to see India led by such so called leaders !!” In Lok Sabha, the scenario turned ugly around 3 pm when Choudhary banged his placard on the Speaker’s podium. An angry Mahajan adjourned the House for an hour. BJP chief whip Arjun Ram Meghwal was quick to move a resolution to suspend Chowdhary, the West Bengal Congress president, for rest of the session. The Speaker was taken aback by the Opposition showing unity even in this matter as Trinamool Congress and CPM, the rivals of the Congress in the West Bengal politics, came to his rescue. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was seen playing an active role in guiding his party members in the protest. Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha was, however, adjourned without transacting any business as a mark of respect to sitting Biju Janata Dal member Kalpataru Das (65) who died in Delhi on Saturday. The Speaker reprimanded Trinamool’s old guard Saugata Roy for pleading Chowdhary’s case, saying he was insulting her. Roy was only trying to point out that Chowdhary was not alone but among around 40 members demonstrating in the well to exhibit their constitutional right to protest. Chowdhary, however, apologised to end the matter and the Speaker ordered his suspension from the House for the remaining part of the day that hardly lasted another 15 minutes. Meghwal, who had moved a motion for Chowdhury’s suspension from the House for the rest of the session, withdrew it on the Speaker’s request. Bills re-introducedAmidst the rucks finance minister Arun Jaitley re-introduced The Negotiable Instruments Bill, 2015, over which the government had brought ordinance last month. The bill provides for trial in cheque bounce cases at the place where the cheque was presented for clearance and not the place of issue. It had been promulgated as it could not be passed by Rajya Sabha during the last Budget session after being approved by Lok Sabha. Law Minister Sadananda Gowda also introduced The Repealing and Amending (Fourth) Bill, 2015 providing for scrapping of 295 obsolete laws, including an 1898 Act which discriminates against lepers. The House also took up discussion on The Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which once implemented, would allow transferring civil suits, valued up to Rs 2 crore, to the nine district courts in Delhi from the high court. The Speaker also allowed papers to be laid. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu laid a statement on excess grants for Railway budget for 2012-13.

Lok Sabha Secretariat seeks explanation from Robert Vadra on his Facebook post

Vadra, in his Facebook post on July 21, had taken a dig at the BJP-led NDA government, without naming it, before the Monsoon session began. The Monsoon session of Parliament started on July 21.
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Lok Sabha Secretariat has sought explanation from Robert Vadra over his remarks on social networking site that led to a controversy in Lok Sabha last week and BJP MP Prahlad Joshi moving a privilege motion against the son in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.Vadra, in his Facebook post on July 21, had taken a dig at the BJP-led NDA government, without naming it, before the Monsoon session began. The Monsoon session of Parliament started on July 21.”Parliament begins and so do their petty diversionary political tactics… People of India are not fooled. Regret to see India led by such so-called leaders !!,” Vadra had said in his post.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protesting against it, BJP MP Prahlad Joshi said in Lok Sabha that Vadra had “demeaned” Parliamentarians and wanted the issue be referred to the Privileges Committee of Parliament and he be brought before the House.The MP had later moved a privilege motion against Vadra. Sources say that the Lok Sabha Secretariat has given Vadra a week to explain on the BJP MP’s privilege motion.Speaker will take a decision on whether to refer the matter to the Privileges Committee after perusing Vadra’s response.”As per the standard operating procedure, we have asked for his remarks on his comments that led to a controversy,” Parliament sources said.At the AICC briefing, party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said he was not aware about the notice, but if was given, a proper reply would be given.Joshi had raised the issue in Lok Sabha on July 23 at a time when the House was already paralysed because of Opposition’s demand for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the Lalit Modi issue and Vyapam scam.In the din, Leader of Congress in the Lower House Mallikarjun Kharge had then demanded Joshi’s remarks to be immediately expunged as Vadra was not a member of the House.

Scams, posters, vitriol and Facebook post fuel House fire

After Rawat, BJP levels corruption, tax evasion charges against HP CM, takes on Vadra

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The Opposition-Government hostilities took a fiercer turn on Thursday, as BJP and Congress took on each other with scams, posters, vitriol and even a Facebook post.While the BJP gave a privilege notice in Lok Sabha against a Facebook post by Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra saying he had criticised the functioning of Parliament, outside the House Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”Parliament begins and so do their petty diversionary political tactics…. People of India are not fool. Regret to see India led by such so-called leaders!!” Vadra had said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Later, responding to comments on his post, he said “we need to win over this kind of dictatorship and intrusion in a democratic India. Have nothing to hide, so will fight this till they stop falsely accusing me.”When BJP members raised the issue in the House, Sonia Gandhi was seen shaking her head in disapproval. The Congress members raised the pitch of their slogan-shouting.In his privilege notice, Party’s chief whip Arjun Meghwal said Vadra’s comments were a case of breach of privilege and should be referred to the Privileges Committee. The BJP is arguing that AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal’s remarks against parliamentarians had also sparked off protests in the House and led to a debate.While this has peeved the Congress further, Rahul Gandhi’s carping attack on the Prime Minister has left the BJP infuriated. Gandhi questioned the Prime Minister’s silence on Vyapam scam and the Lalit Modi issue and said his popularity was eroding.”The PM is not just the PM of BJP, he is the PM of the country. The people of the country want to know what the PM is thinking,” he said.A senior minister said Rahul’s comments had further narrowed the scope for any let up in the face off between the two sides. The belligerence was seen on both sides. An all-party meeting called by finance minister Arun Jaitley was cancelled as Congress leaders refused to turn up for it.Meanwhile, BJP continued with its campaign of taking up graft charges against Congress chief ministers. Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accused Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh of accepting bribe from a private firm to buy a farm house in Mehrauli and of evading taxes through the aid of LIC agent Anand Chauhan. He alleged that the Congress leader received kickbacks from tidal infrastructure firm Venture Energy & Technology Pvt. Ltd.”This company was allotted time to complete the tidal infrastructure contract granted to the firm. However, the company failed to complete the work in the allotted duration. The company’s promoter V Chandrashekhar requested for renewal of the contract. The Himachal Pradesh government declined to renew the contract for years…. But days before the election, the chief minister renewed the contract and provided a four-year extension to the firm,” Prasad said. Further, he said, Chandrashekhar provided an unsecured loan to Singh’s wife Pratibha Singh.In the state, Singh has denied the charges saying it was political vendetta.Corrupt Congress CM BJP continued with its campaign of taking up graft charges against Congress chief ministers. Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accused Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh of accepting bribe from a private firm to buy a farm house in Mehrauli and of evading taxes through the aid of LIC agent Anand Chauhan. He alleged that the Congress leader received kickbacks from tidal infrastructure firm Venture Energy & Technology Pvt. Ltd.

Parliament logjam to continue until Sushma, Shivraj, Raje quit: Congress

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said he has regard for Jaitley and he would attend any meeting convened by him the day the deadlock is resolved by taking action against Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shivraj Singh Chauhan.

Congress on Thursday ruled out talks with the government for breaking the logjam in Parliament, making it clear that it will continue till its demand for resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and BJP chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan is met.”The solution to the deadlock in Parliament cannot be found in a meeting, but in action against a Union Minister and two Chief Ministers”, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said. He was asked as to why he did not attend an all-party meeting convened by the Leader of the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Thursday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Azad said he has regard for Jaitley and he would attend any meeting convened by him the day the deadlock is resolved by taking action against Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shivraj Singh Chauhan.Dismissing suggestions about lack of unity among the opposition parties on the issue, Azad insisted as far as Rajya Sabha is concerned, leaders of the SP, CPI, CPI-M, BSP and JD-U have all demanded resignations of those involved in the Lalit Modi issue and Vyapam scam.Apparently referring to the statement of senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar, he said there was support for the opposition’s demand also from “within” BJP. With BJP raking up the Robert Vadra issue in Parliament, he accused the government of pursuing “politics of revenge” against the opposition.Azad charged the BJP with raising the issue of alleged corruption by governments in Congress-ruled states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in a tit-for-tat action against his party and seeking to divert the attention of the people from the Lalit Modi issue and Vyapam scam.Azad’s remarks came after BJP hit back at Congress in the Lok Sabha by raking up certain comments of Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and demanded action against him for “demeaning” Members of Parliament.

No business in Parliament for third day as Oppn-Govt deadlock persists

The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day just after papers were tabled at noon, while the Rajya Sabha was adjourned at about 2.10 PM after two adjournments earlier.

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Parliament could not transact any business for the third day in a row as deadlock prevailed between the Opposition and the ruling side over the Lalit Modi and Vyapam issues, which aggravated on Thursday after BJP raised objection to certain comments by Robert Vadra.While the Opposition stuck to its demand for the resignation of Union Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the government rejected it and countered in the Lok Sabha by raking up a Facebook post of Vadra and seeking action against him for “demeaning” MPs.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day just after papers were tabled at noon, while the Rajya Sabha was adjourned at about 2.10 PM after two adjournments earlier.The Lok Sabha failed to transact any business for the second straight day as confrontation between ruling and opposition sides intensified with BJP hitting back at Congress by forcefully raising the Vadra issue and seeking action against Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law for breach of privilege.Rajya Sabha saw heated exchanges between the opposition and treasury benches, primarily over the modalities for a discussion on the Lalit Modi controversy, with members of the Congress, Left and other parties insisting “no resignation, no discussion.”The Upper House could not transact any business as it witnessed two adjournments – one till noon and the other till 2 PM. Similar scenes prevailed when it reassembled, forcing Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to adjourn it for the day.All hell broke loose in the Lower House when it met after the first adjournment at noon and BJP member Prahlad Joshi referred to Vadra’s Facebook post.The Lok Sabha, which was already paralysed since Wednesday due to opposition demands for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over the Lalit Modi controversy and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the Vyapam scam, then plunged into a turmoil.Joshi claimed Vadra had “demeaned” MPs and wanted the issue to be referred to the Privileges Committee of Parliament and he be brought before the House.His remarks angered Sonia Gandhi who rose to protest strongly, leading her party members to intensify their slogan-shouting against the government. Joshi’s remarks added fuel to the fire as the Congress members, who had already stormed the Well, shouted “no resignation, no discussion”.Amid the din, Leader of Congress in the House Mallikarjun Kharge went to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to say that Joshi’s remarks should be immediately expunged as Vadra is not a member of the House.Vadra, in the Facebook post, had taken a dig at the NDA government without naming it before the Monsoon session began on July 21. “Parliament begins and so do their petty diversionary political tactics… People of India are not fooled. Regret to see India led by such so-called leaders!!,” Vadra had said in his post.Acrimonious debate and, at times, heated exchanges between BJP and the opposition members were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha, primarily on procedural matters to discuss the Lalit Modi controversy.While opposition led by Congress pressed for suspension of business to discuss the issue and seek the resignation of Swaraj for allegedly helping the controversial former IPL head Lalit Modi, Leader of the House Arun Jaitley rebutted it saying the notice given by Anand Sharma (Cong) only sought a discussion without any condition or caveat like resignation of any minister.The Upper House was adjourned for the day as the ruckus continued soon after it reassembled at 2 PM after two earlier adjournments.

Congress- BJP war gets intense, privilege motion filed against Robert Vadra

A privilege motion was moved against Robert Vadra by the BJP’s chief whip Arjun Ram Meghwal who alleged that this amounted to ‘contempt’ and ‘clear cut case of breach of privilege’ and would be referred to the privileges committee for an ‘appropriate decision’.

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A privilege motion has been admitted in Parliament against Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law for his Facebook post. He had written on Facebook on Tuesday: “Parliament begins and so do their diversionary political tactics.”People of India are not fool. Regret to see India led by such so-called leaders!” Vadra stuck to his guns, saying: “We need to win over this kind of dictatorship and intrusion in a democratic India. Have nothing to hide, so will fight this till they stop falsely accusing me!” Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently taken a swipe at Robert Vadra: “Both (Dogra and Jaitley) took their own routes in public life. “Otherwise we all know what embarrassment sons-in-law have become for their in-laws nowadays.” <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Parliament begins and so do their petty diversion political tactics… People of India are not fooled.Regret to see India Led by such so called leaders !!
Posted by Robert Vadra on Monday, 20 July 2015Seeking to counter the opposition attack, BJP Chief whip Arjun Ram Meghwal told the Chair about his notice of breach of privilege against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.He alleged that Vadra has demeaned parliamentarians in his Facebook post. “He cannot do that…nobody can do that,” Meghwal shouted amid din. Meanwhile, the Congress asked the Speaker Sumitra Mahajan why BJP lawmakers were allowed to carry and wave placards in the house while raising anti-Vadra slogans. The BJP and the Congress are at loggerheads over various controversies which include the Vyapam scam, the Lalit Modi controversy and the death of witnesses in the Asaram Bapu case. They’ve been demanding the resignation of Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Chouhan.

Robert Vadra attacks BJP government on Facebook

In a Facebook post, Vadra wrote, “Parliament begins and so do their petty diversion political tactics… ”

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law hit out at the Modi government before the start of the Monsoon Session of the parliament, saying that the government’s diversionary tactics were on display. He went to add that he regretted that India was being ruled by leaders like that. In a Facebook post, Vadra wrote, “Parliament begins and so do their petty diversion political tactics… People of India are not fooled. Regret to see India led by such so-called leaders!!”Parliament begins and so do their petty diversion political tactics… People of India are not fooled.Regret to see India Led by such so called leaders !!
Posted by Robert Vadra on Monday, July 20, 2015<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress has been at the BJP’s throat about various incidents including the Vyapam scam, the Lalit Modi controversy, the Maharashtra chiki scam and the death of witnesses in the Asaram Bapu case. They’ve been demanding the resignation of Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan.In response, Arun Jaitley said in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that Sushma Swaraj will soon make a statement on the Lalit Modi row. “If Congress wants discussion, we are ready for it. We are ready to debate the Lalit Modi controversy in Parliament,” he said.

There he goes again: Robert Vadra takes to Facebook to slam Modi govt

Even as the Lok Sabha was adjourned on Tuesday, day one of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Congress President Sonia Gandhi‘s son-in-law Robert Vadra took to Facebook to criticise the ruling BJP saying he was disappointed to see the country being ruled by them.

Here’s what Vadra has said on Facebook:

Parliament begins and so do their petty diversion political tactics… People of India are not fooled.Regret to see India Led by such so called leaders !!

Posted by Robert Vadra on Monday, July 20, 2015

Why he put his own photo along with his comments, no body knows. But then again, all his Facebook posts are accompanied by his own pictures. The post right before this one had him complaining, “These Ppl are always after me !! Handsome Hona koi Paap hai Kya ?!”

Vadra’s post comes after there was uproar in the Rajya Sabha when the ruling BJP brought up the land deal in Haryana.

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Robert Vadra. PTI

As this earlier Firstpost article points out, the Vadra has built a reputation for himself with his posts on Facebook and also, of course, the contentious land deal.

It was only in May, 2015 that Vadra put up a ridiculous status update at a time when his brother-in-law Rahul Gandhi was taking on the Narendra Modi government calling it a ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’.

Suit Boot, Ji.

Posted by Robert Vadra on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

But this doesn’t really come as a surprise from Vadra,who from slamming reporters to calling the country a banana republic, has done it all.

In 2012, Indian Against Corruption (IAC), then newly formed movement (yes, the time when Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal were all still friends), alleged that the son-in-law of the country’s then ruling party chief Sonia Gandhi had indulged in real-estate corruption.

In a reply, Vadra put up a Facebook status saying: “Mango people in banana republic”.

With Ghulam Nabi Azad in tow, Narendra Modi uses ‘damaad’ barb apparently to hit at Congress

“Aaj kal hum jante hai daamadoun ke karan kaya kaya bataen hoti hai (We all know what kind of things are being said today because of the sons in law),” Modi in an apparent dig at Vadra said while addressing a gathering to mark the centenary celebrations of veteran Congress leader and former J&K financé minister Girdhari Lal Dogra in Jammu.

With leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad in tow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a jibe at the dynastic politics and invoked “damaad” apparently lampooning Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in law Robert Vadra who is facing enquiry into land deals.”Aaj kal hum jante hai daamadoun ke karan kaya kaya bataen hoti hai (We all know what kind of things are being said today because of the sons in law),” Modi in an apparent dig at Vadra said while addressing a gathering to mark the centenary celebrations of veteran Congress leader and former J&K financé minister Girdhari Lal Dogra in Jammu.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi’s ‘damaad’ jibe left the audience in splits with people clapping loudly before Modi again started his speech. Showering praises on Dogra, who is the father-in-law of union finance minister Arun Jaitely, Modi said his son-in-law kept himself aloof from his father-in-law and the late leader too kept him away.”That is why it is important in public life that we should not divide our legacy. Everybody works with certain ideology in his public life, but he lives and dies for the nation. We should be proud of them and have equal regard for anybody who has worked and died for the nation, irrespective of their political ideologies and affiliations,” Modi said.Modi opposed political unaccountability saying the contradictions are the beauty of democracy. To put across his point, Modi recalled the day when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee asked his deputy LK Advani to join the last rites of the leader of rival party.”Our heritage should not be divided. I know when Atal Ji became prime minister and on this day a leader, who was opposing us throughout, passed away on the day. Atal Ji asked Advani Ji to join his last rites because his contribution to nation is immense,” he said.Hinting at the stormy parliamentary session, Modi said there will be a “muqabala” (contest) in the coming monsoon session. “We all are sitting here but just wait to see the ‘muqabla’ we will have in some days,” he said pointing towards Azad.Modi also greeted the people on Eid-ul-Fitr but did not announce any economic package as was being anticipated in Jammu and Kashmir.

Congress, BJP spar over Modi’s ’56-inch chest’

It will turn into 5.6 inches in six months, says Rahul * Rahul baby in diapers, counters BJP
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Just two days before the monsoon session of Parliament begins, the antagonism between the Congress and the BJP got fiercer. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “we all know how political damaads can be”, in an apparent reference to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said Modi’s 56-inch chest will turn into 5.6 inches in six months. The BJP retaliated saying the opposition leader’s behaviour was like that of a baby in diapers.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Speaking in Jammu at the centenary celebrations of former Jammu and Kashmir minister Girdhari Lal Dogra, Modi praised him as a good judge of people and said “the example of his good judgment can be seen in the son-in-law he chose” referring to finance minister Arun Jaitley who was present on the dais. Rahul Gandhi, while addressing party workers in Rajasthan a little later, attacked the Prime Minister. “This 56-inch chest will turn into 5.6 inches in six months. And who will turn this into 5.6 inches? It is the Congress party, people of the country, farmers and labourers,” Gandhi said in Jaipur on Friday.He also took on the government over the land acquisition bill and called the Vasundhara Raje government a “Lalit Modi sarkar” and reminded Modi of his pre-poll promise of “na khaoonga, na khane doonga”. He said the remote control of the Raje government was in London. Within minutes, an infuriated BJP made a point-by-point counter-attack. “I can’t call him a toddler. He has to grow out of his diapers. But his behaviour remains that of a baby in a diaper,” BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said at a press conference here. Extending what Singh described as unsolicited advice, he told the Congress leader to engage in “constructive” politics. “The 56-inch chest is not because of you (Congress) but because of the blessings and pride of crores of people and the nation…. Rahul and Congress should not make the mistake of measuring it as it will turn out costly for them,” he said. On Gandhi’s tirade on the land bill, saying the Congress will not allow an inch of land to be acquired under it, Singh said the party should tell how Vadra got “vast properties” in Haryana. The political discourse between the two sides is a sign of the likely faceoff in Parliament when it meets next week. The Opposition is expected to up its ante questioning the Prime Minister’s silence on the Lalit Modi row and the Vyapam scam. While the BJP seems reconciled to the fact that the Opposition furore is likely to disrupt the session, it is keen on passing some bills, including GST, to boost investor confidence.

Narendra Modi takes a dig at the dynastic politics of Congress

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at the culture of dynastic politics and appeared to target Congress by taking a veiled swipe at Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra who is embroiled in controversies over his land deals

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at the culture of dynastic politics and appeared to target Congress by taking a veiled swipe at Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra who is embroiled in controversies over his land deals. He also disapproved of political untouchability, saying the national heritage should not be divided and all leaders who have worked and died for the nation should be given equal regard irrespective of their ideologies and affiliations. Modi, who was here to commemorate the birth centenary of late leader Girdhari Lal Dogra, hailed him for the selfless contribution to the society without indulging in nepotism.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
He noted that Dogra was Jammu and Kashmir’s tall leader who had presented 26 Budgets as Finance Minister of the state but never did any favours for his family members, including his son-in-law Arun Jaitley, now the union Finance Minister. “Both (Dogra and Jaitley) took their own routes in public life. But today, we know what kind of talk is going on because of son-in-laws,” he said, in an apparent reference of Vadra who is embroiled in controversies related to land deals. Modi disapproved of political untouchability as he addressed the function which was attended by Jaitley, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi and senior Congress leader Karan Singh. “Today in politics, there is a need to ensure that our heritage is not divided. This is a matter of concern,” he said, amid a tussle among political parties to claim the legacy of various national leaders.His remarks came after Azad said Dogra was “24 carot Congressman”, who never “compromised with regionalism, casteism and communalism”. Modi said public life cannot run by judging a person on the basis of his political party, ideology or leadership. “There should not political untouchability. Everybody in public life works with certain ideology but he lives and dies for the nation. We should be proud of them and have equal regard for anybody who has worked and died for the nation, irrespective of their political ideologies and affiliations.While disapproving political untouchability, Modi recalled that soon after Atal Bihari Vajpayee took over as Prime Minister, a senior Communist leader had died in Kerala. Vajpayee told L K Advani to attend his last rites even though the Communist leader had steadfastly opposed BJP, the Prime Minister said. Highlighting that such contradictions are the beauty of the democracy, he quipped, “we all are sitting here (including Azad), but just wait to see the ‘muqabla’ (contest) we will have some days”. He was clearly referring to the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning July 21 during which the opposition is expected to corner the government over various issues, including land bill. Talking about dynastic politics, Modi said that while seeing an exhibition on Dogra, he was happy to notice that none of his family members are in any picture with him, except during his last rites. “It is a difficult task. It is not easy. Everybody wants to do something for his relatives,” he said.

Give all info on Priyanka Vadra’s land purchase, says HP state info commission

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh State Information Commission today rejected the contention that information regarding purchase of land by Priyanka Vadra cannot be given for security reasons, and directed the concerned authorities to provide all information in this regard to an RTI activist within ten days.

RTI activist Debasheesh Bhattacharya had sought information about the land purchased by Priyanka at Chharabra, 12-Km from here, but the information was refused by Public Information Office which maintained that it cannot be divulged for security reasons as she was a SPG protectee.

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The Appellate Authority (the Deputy Commissioner) also rejected the appeal.

The RTI activist had filed appeal with the State information Commission division bench, comprising Chief Information Commissioner Bhim Sen and Information Commissioner K.D. Batish, which directed the Additional District Magistrate, Shimla, to give the information within ten days.

The Commission also issued notice to the Deputy Commissioner and the ADM that why penalty should not be imposed on them for delaying the information and fixed next hearing on July 23 next.

Priyanka Vadra is constructing a house near Chharabra and had purchased over 4.25 Bighas of land between 2007 and 2013 in an alleged relaxation of section 118 of Tenancy and Land  Reforms Act that bars any non-agriculturist from purchasing land without the permission of the government.

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Did not meet Lalit Modi in London, says Shah Rukh Khan

Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, co-owner of Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders, on Monday said he did not meet former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi in London.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. AFPBollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. AFP

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. AFP

The 49-year-old actor was asked whether he met Modi, embroiled in a row after it came to light that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had facilitated travel documents for him in London and that Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had reportedly favoured Modi’s immigration plea in a London court.

Modi has also been active on his Twitter page, alleging he had private meetings with Priyanka Vadra and husband Robert Vadra.

When asked during an interview to NDTV if he met the tainted former IPL boss during his stay in London, Khan said if he had met Modi, it would be out by now.

“No, I didn’t even have a vacation in London… I was shooting in Bulgaria… I finished in the evening, took the morning… (sic) After because it was the last night… we were awake till about 6 in the morning… chatting and talking… and just about we entered the plane at about 2 o clock landed in the evening and next day I had my daughter’s and son’s admission.

“So, I hardly had time there… No I did not meet Lalit Modi… If I had, he would have told everyone,” Shah Rukh said.

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Lalit Modi row: Sadananda Gowda slams former IPL chief for levelling ‘baseless charges’

Bengaluru: Amidst the Lalit Modi controversy, Union Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Friday trained guns against the former IPL Commissioner for creating confusion by levelling ‘baseless charges’ to rescue himself.

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DV Sadananda Gowda. Agencies

“on Friday Lalit Modi has dropped names of Priyanka Gandhi and Robert Vadra. On Saturday he may name somebody. Day after tomorrow he may name the owner of the channel which is telecasting everything.” he said.

“So, he wants to create some confusion so that somewhere the cases against him are dropped, and somewhere some political activity should go on – so that he can rescue
himself from the clutches of law,” Gowda told PTI in the city.

The former IPL chief claimed in his tweets on Thursday night that he met Priyanka Gandhi and her husband Robert Vadra in London. “Happy to meet the Gandhi family in London.

Asked if the people can expect the Central government to book Lalit Modi anytime soon, Gowda said, the former IPL Commissioner cannot escape from the clutches of law as he had “swallowed big money”.

“Certainly (we will book Modi). The man who swallowed so much of money and committed such a blunder, cannot escape from the clutches of law,” he said.

Flaying the previous Congress-led government, Gowda said unlike the UPA, NDA government had taken action by initiating an ED probe into the matter.

“This matter came to focus in 2010. For the last four years the then government did not take any action. Our Finance Minister has said that already some ED cases are going on and investigation is going on. So, after our government came to power, ED initiatives have been taken up. It will take its own course because it is the matter pertaining to ministry of finance,” he said.

Defending Raje and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Gowda said their actions do not amount to corruption as there were no money transactions between Modi and them.

“As far as Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhra Raje are concerned, there is practically nothing. Is there any money transaction between them and Lalit Modi? As far as Dushyant (Singh) is concerned, of course, he had his own company – that company had some relations with Lalit Modi company,” he said.

Singh, son of Raje, has been under attack over media reports that his company received Rs 11.63 crore in investments from Modi in 2008.

Gowda further said, “Corruption is somebody misusing government money. As far as personal dealings and commercial transactions – don’t come under corruption charges.”

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Target, Arvind Kejriwal: Don’t be naive; Jitender Tomar’s arrest is not justice

The alleged fake degrees of Jitender Singh Tomar should underscore to AAP that its weakness will be exploited by the System to retaliate against attempts to change it.

Indeed, the tussle between Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over who controls the Delhi government is no longer just a proxy war between the latter and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It’s about the System resisting and reacting to reform it.

Jitendra Singh Tomar. AFP imageJitendra Singh Tomar. AFP image

Jitendra Singh Tomar. AFP image

These reforms can’t be dubbed as revolutionary, but they are definitely of the order to upset the decades-old arrangement which enables officials and other interests to milk the System to their advantage, obviously, at the expense of the people.

Tomar and AAP may have lost this round of battle of perceptions, but there is no denying that the measures against him were disproportionate to the alleged crime. This was done to convey a message to Kejriwal – accept the System as is, otherwise expect a severe blowback.

You have to piece together seemingly disconnected elements of the Delhi drama to fathom its theme.

Despite a case against Tomar’s alleged fake degrees pending in a Delhi court, a posse of 35 policemen descended on him early morning to whisk him in custody. Such enthusiastic demonstration of force men in uniform display in nabbing a terror suspect – and Tomar isn’t one.

On the same day Jung appointed a joint commissioner of his choice to head the Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), which had over the last three months nabbed and instituted cases against several officials, including policemen.

Was this an ego battle over distribution of power between Jung and Kejriwal?

To answer this question, recall what happened when the ACB arrested a head constable for allegedly taking Rs 20,000 from a scrap-dealer. In response, the Delhi Police filed a counter-charge of abduction against the ACB, claiming the incarcerated constable’s wife had reported him missing.

Why did the Delhi Police file a charge of abduction against the ACB? This was because the Union Home Ministry issued in July last year a notification declaring central government employees were off-limits for the ACB. When the Hindustan Times filed an RTI asking for the documents which led to the notification, the newspaper was, not too surprisingly, denied access.

Since the Delhi Police comes under the Union government, the head constable was deemed a central government employee. He didn’t fall under the ACB’s ambit and, therefore, his arrest became abduction.

But what about the money he was allegedly extorting? In the System receiving money under the table is considered subservient to matters of jurisdiction! The Delhi High Court, however, rejected the bail application of the head constable. Whether or not the ACB’s ambit encompasses the Delhi Police is now for the judiciary to decide.

The parallel between police action against Tomar and the ACB’s against the head constable is too stark to ignore. Since the ACB swooped on the head constable, who was oblivious of the impending action against him, so must the Delhi Police on Tomar. Since the ACB boss, appointed by Kejriwal, was earnestly engaged in the anti-corruption drive, Jung had to supersede him.

This for you is what is called the System, the managers of which resist change not by invoking moral principles but by resorting to legalese and providing incentives to those who gain from status quo.

Here are the gains every actor in the Delhi drama hopes to reap from the crisis.

Considering the Modi government’s negligible progress in fulfilling its promise of bringing back the black money stashed abroad – on the issue of which Ram Jethmalani had quit the party – it wouldn’t want the Kejriwal government to succeed on its anti-corruption plank. This is because the BJP knows that it was Kejriwal’s drive against corruption in the 49 days of AAP government-I which turned the underclasses into the party’s mainstay in the 2015 election.

For the Delhi Police, the ACB poses a threat to the venal system from which they have gained immensely. From hawkers to three-wheeler drivers, from owners of kiosks to people in slums, to even those who break traffic rules but would want to be challaned, just about everyone has experienced the insatiable hunger of the Delhi Police to extort money. The crackdown on corruption in the 49 days of AAP governance last year was of immense relief to them – and of some pain to the Delhi Police. They wouldn’t want that pain to persist for five years.

Jung’s motivations are a tad more complicated. He has been arguing that the Delhi government can’t appropriate powers vested in him. Regardless of the debate on what his powers are, it does seem he wants power for power’s sake. Did we hear Jung argue that he superseded Kejriwal’s appointee at the ACB because of his deplorable performance?

Delhi loves to join the dots. People have marvelled at Jung’s ability to survive the Modi government’s culling of governors over the last 12 months. This ability includes preventing the smooth functioning of the Kejriwal government.

It works well for the BJP to have Jung do its dirty work. Jung was a Congress appointee, not the BJP’s, and therefore it helps to create the fiction that his over-the-top assertions are not at the Centre’s bidding. Over the next five years, Jung can hope his career graph rises.

But the Delhi drama is also about the Congress, which is the principal architect of the System. It is true the Congress must seek to wrest its support base which AAP has captured. But considering that the BJP has become an existential threat to the Congress, you’d have thought it would have found political language to oppose both the Kejriwal government and the BJP.

But the Congress won’t tread upon this path because it wants retribution. It was AAP which exposed Robert Vadra’s land deals and brought out into the public domain instances of crony capitalism, eroding the UPA government’s credibility. But for the secularism-communalism debate and relatively more welfare oriented than the BJP in policies, the Congress wants the System to exist as is, having gained from it. The Congress engineered the System to fashion its famed patronage system, of which corruption is an important element.

A year has passed and the nation isn’t yet wiser whether Vadra’s land deals were above board. IAS officer Ashok Khemka was the one who exposed the DLF-Vadra land deal, but he was chargesheeted for major penalities. None of the action against him has been reversed by the BJP government of Haryana or at the Centre. Instead, on April 2, he was transferred for the 46th time in his 22-year career.

This for you is the System, unchangeable and everlasting.

Then again, the alacrity shown by the Delhi Police, over which the Central government exercise control through the L-G, against Tomar stands in sharp contrast to the Modi sarkar’s inaction when Union Minister Nihal Chand Meghwal was summoned last year by a court in Jaipur in a rape case. The Rajasthan police reported they couldn’t find him though he was very much present in Delhi. Months later, he was again summoned and this time Meghwal sent his lawyer to the court. The lawyer said Meghwal hadn’t been served summons.

The System is inclined to acting selectively, only picking on those who challenge it.

This is quite true of Gujarat, where just about every police officer accused in the encounter cases walked out of prison in the months of the Modi government coming to power. That’s perhaps justifiable, but what is not are the promotions given to some of them.

Take a look at another set of statistics. The Association of Democratic Reforms says 112 members of Parliament have serious criminal charges against them, including murder, communal rioting and abduction of women. Of these 112, 63 are from the BJP, including 13 Union Ministers.

Securing a fake degree is both an offense and morally wrong, but not of the same magnitude as murder and rape and encounter deaths. Join the System to slip through the dragnet of laws.

As the nation moves closer to yet another anniversary of the Emergency, you can’t but help remember the poet Dinkar’s line, Singhasan Khaali Karo Ke Janata Aaati Hai (Leave the Throne the people are coming), which the JP movement appropriated to give a clarion call to people.

During those darkled days, Modi is said to have clandestinely passed messages from one leader to another; Finance Minister Arun Jaitley defied the police to hold a students meet in Delhi University; Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad belonged to the Bihar brigade of young Turks, of whom Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar too were a part.

In 2015, they all justify Jung’s highhandedness by quoting statutes. They forget Indian Constitution has the Emergency provisions, which Indira Gandhi invoked to subvert the democratic ethos of the country.

The anti-Emergency veterans now favour status quo in the System, which has retaliated against AAP because it has shown earnestness in reforming it.

Taking off from Dinkar’s famous line, a friend says the BJP’s theme for the summer – really, governance has now come to resemble event management – is: hum dilli sarkar ko kaam karne nahin deinge, aur hum India Gate pe yoga karenge. (We won’t let the Delhi government work and we will do yoga at India Gate.)

Take on the System, face the music.

Are you serious to Suit Boot Ji: The many hilarious missteps of Robert Vadra

Robert Vadra, the famous son-in-law of the Gandhi family, has over the years built a reputation for himself. His latest contribution to the headlines may be his Facebook post on the Haryana government probing his land deals in the state but he is now the stuff of legend on social media.

Much of it has to do with the infamous land deal but his eccentric style and mannerism has also contributed significantly.

In a recent one, he posted this picture of his on Facebook:

Suit Boot, Ji.

Posted by Robert Vadra on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

This, after his brother in-law Rahul Gandhi has been running around using ‘suit-boot’ as a catch phrase against the Modi government and a BJP leader hit back saying that the only person in a suit and boot was the Congress Vice President’s brother-in-law.

But this doesn’t really come as a surprise from Vadra, from slamming reporters to calling the country a banana republic, Vadra has done it all.

In 2012, Indian Against Corruption (IAC), a then newly formed movement (yes, the time when Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal were all still friends), alleged that the son-in-law of the country’s then ruling party chief Sonia Gandhi had indulged in real-estate corruption.

In a reply, Vadra put up a Facebook status saying: “Mango people in banana republic.”

In 2014, when the Congress were fighting for survival in the elections and tensions were high on polling day, Vadra stepped out donning pink pants paired with a skinny white tee and a navy blazer.

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Not sure how his mother-in-law felt about that.

Then in 2014, Vadra lost his cool and angrily pushed the microphone of an ANI reporter away when he was quizzed about his controversial land deals in Haryana.

The 4X ‘Are you serious?’, followed by ‘Are you nuts?’ and ‘What’s wrong with you?’ are the stuff of social media legend.

Goa Congress spokesperson Durgadas Kamat later apologized (since no one else in Congress would) for Vadra’s behaviour on Twitter, with the hash-tag #YesWeAreSerious. Seriously?

Real estate bill: BJP attacks Rahul Gandhi’s politics of ‘tokenism’

“Has Rahul Gandhi ever visited farmers in his own constituency Amethi, who have been affected by unseasonal rains and hail storm?” asked Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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BJP today hit back at Rahul Gandhi for attacking the government over the real estate bill, saying politics is a serious matter and and cannot be done through “rent a cause” or “tokenism”.Accusing Rahul of raising an issue and then “vanishing”, BJP asked whether he has visited hail-affected farmers in his own constituency of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.BJP also took a dig at the Congress Vice President saying his knowledge on real estate comes from within the family and named his brother-in-law Robert Vadra.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Politics and service to the nation are serious matters. They cannot be done through ‘rent a cause’ and ‘tokenism’. You cannot just disappear for 56 days while Parliament is on. You come one day, raise an issue and then vanish,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.He said Rahul has the right to go anywhere and meet anyone, “but I have one question for him. Has Rahul Gandhi ever visited farmers in his own constituency Amethi, who have been affected by unseasonal rains and hail storm.”Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “Rahul Gandhi and Congress Party are unfortunately giving misleading statements without checking the factual position. If they want, they can discuss the merits and demerits of the bill in Parliament instead of misleading people outside.”Defending the new bill, he said it has been brought forward after consultations with consumers, industry and experts and takes care of consumer interests.BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra defended the Real Estate Regulatory Authority Bill and said Rahul’s knowledge of real estate probably comes from his brother-in-law Robert Vadra. “Rahul Gandhi acquires his knowledge of real estate probably from within his family–Mr Robert Vadra and is speaking in favour of the fly-by-night operators,” he said.Firing yet another salvo at Narendra Modi government, Rahul accused it of diluting provisions of real estate bill, making the legislation pro-builders from being pro-buyers and met several NCR flat buyers. Naqvi said the Real Estate bill is “consumer-friendly and pro-people” and will put an end to such exploitation of common people at the hands of builders. He said after the report of Standing Committee that looked into the bill in February 2014, government initiated a dialogue with various stake-holders and there is no scope for any exploitation or manipulation in it now. “There is a provision to set up a Regulatory Authority at both central and state levels to take care of any frauds,” he said.Patra said the bill was brought after extensive consultations and termed it as a “pioneering initiative” of the Modi government, keeping in view the ‘Housing for All by 2022’ target and addresses concerns of consumers and prepares a ground for quick redressal of disputes and timely completion of projects.

Oh the irony: Robert Vadra criticises VIP culture of airports

New Delhi: Robert Vadra today took a swipe at Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju over his remarks that MPs and other VIPs will continue to enjoy facilities including free access to the airport terminal building.

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Robert Vadra. PTI

“Watched on electronic media discussions again about my name on a list for special privileges at Airports in India. I am glad that this formality has been removed, as this was created without my consent, by the security agencies, only to be followed when I would be travelling with SPG protectees. My existing security (personnel) are not allowed inside airports,” Vadra said on Facebook.

Vadra said since he was not SPG protectee, his children and he have always travelled like ordinary passengers, following all rules and norms of security checks, from removing of coats, belts, clearing bags, etc. like they would follow at any airport, world over.

“But the same minister and so called (important people in the ruling government) clearly admit to breaking all security norms and talk of complete entitlement, of all privileges. Hypocrisy of the highest limits,” he said.

The issue of exemption of Vadra from frisking and checking at airport has been raised many times.

Vadra’s reaction came a day after government told Lok Sabha that MPs and other VIPs will continue to enjoy facilities like being served tea, coffee and water free of charge at airports besides free access to the terminal building as there was no move to scrap these privileges.

They will also have reserved lounge facilities at international and domestic terminals, Raju said in a written reply.

Enumerating the facilities extended to the MPs, Raju said the personal staff of the MPs get airport entry pass–one in New Delhi and another for an airport nearest to their constituencies.

Besides, an airport official is designated as Protocol Officer to ensure that these these facilities and courtesies are extended to MPs, Raju said, adding the protocol is to be followed by all concerned, including private airports and airlines. PTI

Here is his Facebook post:

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Oh the irony: Robert Vadra criticises the VIP culture of airports

New Delhi: Robert Vadra today took a swipe at Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju over his remarks that MPs and other VIPs will continue to enjoy facilities including free access to the airport terminal building.

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Robert Vadra. PTI

“Watched on electronic media discussions again about my name on a list for special privileges at Airports in India. I am glad that this formality has been removed, as this was created without my consent, by the security agencies, only to be followed when I would be travelling with SPG protectees. My existing security (personnel) are not allowed inside airports,” Vadra said on Facebook.

Vadra said since he was not SPG protectee, his children and he have always travelled like ordinary passengers, following all rules and norms of security checks, from removing of coats, belts, clearing bags, etc. like they would follow at any airport, world over.

“But the same minister and so called (important people in the ruling government) clearly admit to breaking all security norms and talk of complete entitlement, of all privileges. Hypocrisy of the highest limits,” he said.

The issue of exemption of Vadra from frisking and checking at airport has been raised many times.

Vadra’s reaction came a day after government told Lok Sabha that MPs and other VIPs will continue to enjoy facilities like being served tea, coffee and water free of charge at airports besides free access to the terminal building as there was no move to scrap these privileges.

They will also have reserved lounge facilities at international and domestic terminals, Raju said in a written reply.

Enumerating the facilities extended to the MPs, Raju said the personal staff of the MPs get airport entry pass–one in New Delhi and another for an airport nearest to their constituencies.

Besides, an airport official is designated as Protocol Officer to ensure that these these facilities and courtesies are extended to MPs, Raju said, adding the protocol is to be followed by all concerned, including private airports and airlines. PTI

Here is his Facebook post:

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VIP facilities: Robert Vadra takes a swipe at Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju

I am glad that this formality has been removed, as this was created without my consent, by the security agencies, only to be followed when I would be travelling with SPG protectees. My existing security (personnel) are not allowed inside airports,” Vadra said on Facebook.

Robert Vadra on Tuesday took a swipe at Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju over his remarks that MPs and other VIPs will continue to enjoy facilities including free access to the airport terminal building.”Watched on electronic media discussions again about my name on a list for special privileges at Airports in India.I am glad that this formality has been removed, as this was created without my consent, by the security agencies, only to be followed when I would be travelling with SPG protectees. My existing security (personnel) are not allowed inside airports,” Vadra said on Facebook.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vadra said since he was not SPG protectee, his children and he have always travelled like ordinary passengers, following all rules and norms of security checks, from removing of coats, belts, clearing bags, etc like they would follow at any airport, world over.”But the same Minister and so called (important people in the ruling government) clearly admit to breaking all security norms and talk of complete entitlement, of all privileges. Hypocrisy of the highest limits,” he said.The issue of exemption of Vadra from frisking and checking at airport has been raised many times.Vadra’s reaction came a day after Government told Lok Sabha that MPs and other VIPs will continue to enjoy facilities like being served tea, coffee and water free of charge at airports besides free access to the terminal building as there was no move to scrap these privileges.They will also have reserved lounge facilities at international and domestic terminals, Raju said in a written reply.Enumerating the facilities extended to the MPs, Raju said the personal staff of the MPs get airport entry pass–one in New Delhi and another for an airport nearest to their constituencies.Besides, an airport official is designated as Protocol Officer to ensure that these these facilities and courtesies are extended to MPs, Raju said, adding the protocol is to be followed by all concerned, including private airports and airlines

Nitin Gadkari rakes up Robert Vadra issue to target Congress over land law

Gadkari questioned why Congress did not bother about Social Impact Assessment when Robert Vadra’s firm bought land in Haryana.
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Terming the Land Acquisition Ordinance as pro-farmer, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday attacked Congress for opposing the proposed law and sought to know why it was not bothered about Social Impact Assessment (SIA) issue when Robert Vadra’s firm bought land in Haryana.”Congress didn’t bother to talk about SIA when land was given to Robert Vadra (son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi) in Haryana,” he said.”But now when we acquire land for development projects, Congress remembers SIA. They have double standards,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Road Transport Minister said the opposition to Land Acquisition Ordinance was politically motivated and claimed it favours farmers. Gadkari rubbished suggestions that farmers would be forced to commit suicide if the amended land law being pushed by the Narendra Modi government comes into force.”No farmer will commit suicide due to land acquisition law. Those who are protesting are not the land losers. The land loser gets four times the price (post acquisition),” Gadkari maintained.The ordinance, which the NDA government could not get converted into a legislation in Rajya Sabha due its lack of numbers and stiff opposition, was re-promulgated on April 3. The fresh executive order incorporates nine amendments that were part of the Bill passed in Lok Sabha last month.SIA has been a key aspect of the land law. As per the amendments, SIA will not be applicable if the land is acquired for five purposes – national security, defence, rural infrastructure (including electrification), industrial corridors and building social infrastructure.

CAG report on Vadra deal vindicates Khemka, but ‘still suffering stigma of chargesheet’, he tweets

Chandigarh: The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on controversial land transactions in Haryana has almost vindicated the position of bureaucrat Ashok Khemka on the Robert Vadra-DLF land deal.

Tabled in the state assembly on Wednesday, it has accused the previous Congress government of showing undue favours to Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

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The CAG report has said that the “possibility of extending undue benefit to particular applicant (Vadra’s company) cannot be ruled out”.

It has also questioned the ‘distinction’ made by Hooda’s government for Vadra’s company in giving permissions. It had helped Vadra by giving sanction in haste to the permissions required, the report suggested.

Under the deal which had been under scrutiny for the last few years, Vadra’s company, Skylight Hospitality, had allegedly sold a prime 3.5 acre piece of land in Manesar in Gurgaon district to DLF in 2008 for Rs 58 crore when the land had only cost his company around Rs 15 crore, earning a cool profit of around Rs 44 crore. It was sold to DLF after obtaining change of land use (CLU) and other permissions from the Hooda government.

Senior IAS officer and the then Haryana Director, General Consolidation, Ashok Khemka, who was the first one to point out and object to this deal, had also ordered its scrapping. Khemka, who has been proved right now by the CAG, had claimed at that time that the deal was illegal and stood no chance of being allowed.

Khemka had alleged that the Rs 7.5 crore that Vadra used for buying the land in question, which he later sold to DLF, was not his own, as he had just Rs 1 lakh in his account at that time.

Khemka went on to cancel the land mutation of the Vadra-DLF land deal for development of a commercial complex at the venue, a step that saw him subjected to a lot of harassment by the Hooda-led government.

Asked for his reaction after his daring action against Vadra had been vindicated, Ashok Khemka told Firstpost that he had nothing to say as he had only done his official duty and nothing else. “I have no comment to offer now.’’ He, however said that, “there is much more than what the CAG has pointed out.”

However since then he has tweeted, saying that despite being vindicated, he continued to suffer the ‘stigma’ of the chargesheet filed against him:

The land deal controversy had become a national issue before both the general elections in the country in 2014 and also in the Haryana assembly elections.

The then government had fiercely defended the questionable land deal even as Khemka was taken to task. The opposition parties in Haryana had alleged that it was doing everything to help Vadra.

Earlier, Anil Vij, Haryana’s Health minister, had told Firstpost that there were discrepancies in the Vadra-DLF land deal and the former made profit illegally. The revenue he earned should have gone to the Haryana government according to rules. “After the Haryana government examines the CAG report, it will take necessary action in this regard,” he had said.

However, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has been non-committal on initiating an investigation into the deal. “The BJP government’s priority in Haryana is to implement its agenda and not to run a vendetta campaign,” Khattar had said in Chandigarh. “Law will take its own course in the Robert Vadra land deal case,’’ he said.

Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala was not available for comment. He had lashed out earlier at the BJP government for `unnecessarily questioning the land deal’. “Vadra is being hounded as part of political propaganda against the Congress,” he had said then.

Pawan Jain, Haryana Congress spokesman, said there was no wrongdoing in the Vadra case. “The Hooda government had not done anything wrong. We will challenge the CAG report to prove it.”

“This is just the beginning. We are not at all surprised. Many more scams in Haryana will come out in the days to come, especially those related to land deals. Not for nothing was the Congress government known to be a party of property dealers,” Dushyant Chautala, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MP from Hisar constituency, said.

Reports of undue favours to Vadra by previous Haryana govt based on half truths: Congress

New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday dismissed reports that CAG has found the erstwhile Congress government of Haryana granting “undue favours” to Robert Vadra‘s company and said “there is no such finding of wrongdoing”.

Congress dismissed reports of the previous Haryana government granting undue favours to Robert Vadra. PTI

Congress dismissed reports of the previous Haryana government granting undue favours to Robert Vadra. PTI

“Instead of proceeding to hold the previous Congress Government in Haryana guilty based on half truth, innuendos and insinuations, we must examine the facts,” party spokesman Randeep Surjewala said.

Surjewala said the Accountant General of Haryana has neither indicted the previous Congress government nor Robert Vadra or Skylight Hospitality Private Limited for any violation of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975 or any rules or policy.

“There is no such finding of wrongdoing as is being sought to be alleged,” he said.

In its report for the year 2013-14, tabled in the Haryana Assembly on Wednesday, the CAG has come down heavily on the Town and Country Planning Department.

“….the department neither at the time of granting in-principle approval nor at the time of formal approval for transfer of licenses ensured that net profit beyond 15 per cent of the total cost accrues to public exchequer.

“This enabled the developers to earn huge profits merely by selling the land while the government had to forego sizeable amount,” the CAG report said.

Surjewala said the deposit of profit beyond 15 percent applies only to completed projects and not to ongoing projects, which are permitted to be “sold/transferred in accordance with the Haryana Act of 1975”.

“As Skylight Hospitality Private Limited had sold/transferred its licence for 2.7 acres of land without completing the project, this condition did not apply at all. Hence, no law, rule or policy was violated by Government of Haryana,” he said.

Surjewala, who was a minister in the erstwhile Congress government of Haryana, claimed that since the inception of Haryana and the enactment of the Act of 1975, the state government has not received a “single rupee” in revenue towards 15 percent profit clause in last 40 years.

Surjewala claimed that as per his information, the principal accountant general of Haryana have sought clarifications on some issues by issuing due notices to the BJP government of Haryana.

“For apparent politically motivated reasons, they chose not to reply or bring on record the aforesaid incontrovertible facts and statutory provisions leading to finalisation of interim preliminary objections of PAG, Haryana,” he said.

Surjewala’s reactions came one a day when the Haryana Government during the Congress regime came under attack from the Comptroller and Auditor General for granting “undue favours” to builders, including Robert Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality.

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CAG nails irregularities in Robert Vadra company land deals

The Congress-led government in Haryana had flouted all rules in allotting a commercial plot in Manesar to Skylight Hospitality Pvt Ltd, belonging to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, says a Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report submitted in the state assembly Wednesday.

The Congress-led government in Haryana had flouted all rules in allotting a commercial plot in Manesar to Skylight Hospitality Pvt Ltd, belonging to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, says a Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report submitted in the state assembly Wednesday.Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Khattar has said his government would look into all the irregularities pointed out by the CAG report.Though the CAG’s fresh audit report does not name Vadra, it points to outright favours to the company where he is one of the directors.Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality was allotted a commercial plot of 3.5 acres at Sector 83 in Manesar, bordering the Delhi suburb of Gurgaon. Of this 3.5 acres, more than two acres was meant for roads and a green belt and the rest for commercial purposes. However, the previous Hooda-led Congress government gave the company a commercial licence to develop the 3.5 acres instead of 1.35 acres, the report says.Interestingly, while applying for the commercial licence, Vadra had not submitted any documents. Skylight Hospitality only made a mention of Vadra as a director. The law requires that each applicant must furnish documents proving his or her financial capacity, bank statements, promoter’s turnover and technical support for commercial operations.Moreover, the application for a commercial licence was received on March 10, 2008. The Hooda government made a special drawing of the Sector 83 area on October 21, 2008 to approve his commercial licence.

Cancellation of land deal in Rajasthan: BJP says ‘victory of law’

BJP on Sunday described the Rajasthan government’s move of seizing about 374.44 hectares of land, a part of which reportedly belonged to businessman Robert Vadra, as a “victory of law” and hinted at more such actions in the days to come. The state government has taken back possession of about 374.44 hectares land in Bikaner’s Kolayat region after cancelling 18-mutations (transfer of ownership) found to be “illegal in private persons’ name”.”We have said this from the start that people who are guilty, whether it is the matter of land acquisition or any other, law will definitely do its work,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said.He said, “this question has been asked from us time and again in Rajasthan that what is the action you are taking against Robert Vadra’s company.””The reports of the investigation had been submitted and the government has taken action on that. I feel that it is a victory for law and time will tell about the future activities,” the BJP leader said.However, AAP said that the Rajasthan government’s action is not “an action against Vadra” as no FIR has been registered against him.”I am surprised that for the last one year the Rajasthan government is probing and so far they have only been able to cancel a 300-acre land deal,” Manish Sisodia said.”Was no FIR is registered against the man who did this? Are you taking criminal action against that man or not?” he asked.Taking a potshot at the BJP, Sisodia said, “Is it a criminal offence in your eyes or not, or you just want to cancel land deal and bother the big family. “How can a common businessman is becoming a billionaire without investing any assets, we have taken out all these facts. All these things should be investigated but it is not being done. They have just cancelled the land which is not an action against Vadra.”

Rajasthan government cancels mutation of land purchased by Robert Vadra’s firm

The Rajasthan government has cancelled the mutation of a part of land purchased by Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s company Skylight Hospitality Private Limited in Bikaner district, on the grounds that it was bought from fake buyers.The I-T department has sought details of a number of official documents including sale and purchase agreements, list of sellers of the properties acquired, details of loans raised and details of the company’s board meetings.Sylight Hospitality’s transaction with DLF had been under the scanner for a long time and were asked to furnish “agreements to purchase and sale of immovable properties” since 2005-06. Earlier, a notice had been sent to Vadra’s firm, Skylight Hospitality, seeking details of its financial and land deals. The IT department had sent a 22-point questionnaire to Skylight Hospitality which seeks detailed information about minutes of meetings, the nature of assets, purchase and sale of deeds etc.BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said that the party, as promised, will not spare any wrongdoing.Days before the assembly election, the Haryana government led by Congress party legitimised the land deal between Vadra and DLF. Vadra through his company M/s Skylight Hospitality in 2012, sold three acres of land in Shikhopur village, Gurgaon to DLF. The then director general, consolidation, Ashok Khemka, had declared the deal as illegal and had asked for the cancellation of mutation. While Khemka was transferred out of the office, the Haryana government earlier this week legitimised the deal.

Proceeding in Robert Vadra land deal case as per law, says Manohar Lal Khattar

The Haryana Government on Thursday said it is proceeding in the Robert Vadra land deal case as the per law.”We are proceeding in the case administratively as well as under the law,” Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar told reporters here on Thursday after a function here. The Income Tax department has issued notice to a business firm owned by Vadra as part of its probe to understand the “financial structure” of the company and real estate projects undertaken by it. Alleging irregularities in the land deals involving Vadra company, BJP had raked up the issue during campaign of 2014 Lok Sabha polls and before the October 2014 Assembly polls to attack Congress.BJP stormed to power in Haryana for the first time in the history after the October 15 polls. Khattar said that the first priority of the state government was to ensure good governance, transparency and provide people a corruption-free system. Asked about his meeting with IAS officer Pardeep Kasni in Chandigarh on Thursday, Khattar said he had come to wish him on the New Year.In reply to another question, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ programme at Panipat on January 22. “The prime objective of this programme is to bring a change in people’s mindset towards girl child on or after her birth. Preventing determination of sex, female foeticide, ensuring safety of girls, their best possible care and providing quality education are integral part of this programme,” Khattar said.He said that a national-level media and multi-sectoral campaigns in 100 districts in the country would be carried out under this programme having adverse child sex ratio. Apart from this, awareness tours will also be carried out, he said. “‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ programme will be implemented in 12 districts of Haryana– Mahendergarh, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Rewari, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Rohtak, Karnal, Yamunanagar, Kaithal, Bhiwani and Panipat, which have the lowest child sex ratio,” the chief minister said.