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Rahul Gandhi alleges Modi govt using CBI to defame P.Chidambaram

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Rahul Gandhi alleges Modi govt using CBI to defame P.Chidambaram

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed the Centre over the action of probe agencies against former Union finance minister P Chidambaram while he alleged that the government was misusing probe agencies.

Modi’s govt is using the ED, CBI, and sections of a spineless media to character assassinate Chidambaram. I strongly condemn this disgraceful misuse of power, Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

The Delhi High Court had on Tuesday refused to grant any protection from arrest to Chidambaram in the INX Media case, following which the CBI issued a notice to him asking him to appear before the investigation officer “within two hours” after failing to find him at his residence.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also issued a fresh lookout circular against the former Union minister.

Earlier, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi had alleged that Chidambaram was being “hunted down” as he speaks the truth which is “inconvenient to cowards”.

“An extremely qualified and respected member of the Rajya Sabha, P Chidambaram ji has served our nation with loyalty for decades including as Finance Minister & Home Minister,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet.

“He unhesitatingly speaks truth to power and exposes the failures of this government, but the truth is inconvenient to cowards so he is being shamefully hunted down. We stand by him and will continue to fight for the truth no matter what the consequences are,” Priyanka Gandhi added.

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ED told SC P Chidambaram not required to be arrested in this case

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ED told SC P Chidambaram not required to be arrested in this case

The Enforcement Directorate told a court here on Thursday that former finance minister P Chidambaram, lodged in Tihar jail in the INX Media corruption case, is not required to be arrested at this stage in the money laundering case.

Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar was informed by the ED that Chidambaram is already in judicial custody in the CBI’s corruption case and not in a position to tamper with the evidence.

ED said it will take him into custody in the INX Media money laundering case at an appropriate time. The court was hearing Chidambaram’s plea to surrender in ED’s money laundering case.

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Didi protests against NRC in West Bengal

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Didi protests against NRC in West Bengal

On Thursday  West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee led a protest march against the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Mamata Banerjee said that the BJP led government cannot shut Bengal’s mouth like they were able to do in Assam. She also said that she did not agree with the NRC for the sake of religion.

State BJP president, Dilip Ghosh had said that the NRC cannot be implemented under Trinamool Congress regime. However, Ghosh said that the NRC will be taken up in the state and illegal immigrants will be identified and driven out just the way it was done in Assam.

“You won’t be able to shut Bengal’s mouth as you did in Assam by using your police. Suddenly, you are teaching us religion as if we don’t celebrate Eid, Durga Puja, Muharram, and Chhath Puja,” Mamata Banerjee slammed the BJP’s claims on bringing NRC to Bengal.

She also said that if BJP leaders wished to come to see how Bengalis celebrated Durga puja, they were welcome. “They can come for khichdi, payesh as Prasad,” she said.

Both the Trinamool Congress and the BJP are engaged in competitive politics over celebration of Durga Puja in the state.

Mamata Banerjee said, “For the sake of religion, for the sake of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians, I don’t agree with the NRC.” She also said that they did not need lessons on religion from the BJP.

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INC appoints Pranab Mukherji’s daughter Sharmishtha Mukherjee and Anshul Meira Kumar as National Spokesperson

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On Monday the Indian National Congress has appointed two new national spokespersons.

The party has appointed Anshul Meira Kumar and Sharmishtha Mukherjee as the national spokespersons of the All India Congress Committee.

Releasing a press note, Congress Communication Department in-charge Randeep Surjewala said, “Congress President Sonia Gandhi has approved the appointment of the Shri Anshul Meira Kumar and Ms. Sharmistha Mukherjee as National Spokespersons of the AICC.”

Anshul Kumar is the son of former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar. He is the grandson of former Deputy Prime Minister of India and popular Dalit leader Jagjivan Ram.

Sharmistha Mukherjee is the daughter of former President of India and veteran Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee. She was previously a spokesperson for the Delhi Congress. She quit the post in February after Sheila Dikshit revamped the state unit.

The appointments come nearly a month after Sonia Gandhi took charge as the interim president of the Congress.

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