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Arun Jaitley will come out with flying colors in DDCA issue: PM Modi

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi supported Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying that the latter will come out of DDCA corruption charges with “flying colours”, a senior minister said.

“Arun Jaitley will come out with flying colours in the same manner as L K Advani (senior BJP leader) did in the hawala case. The Congress is raking up manufactured allegations to defame the government,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu quoted Modi as saying at a BJP parliamentary party meeting.

“They tried the same with Sushma-ji, Vasundhara-ji and Shivraj-ji… they (the
Congress) only want to defame the government,” he quoted Modi as saying.

BJP MP Kirti Azad, who had levelled corruption charges again Jaitley, did not attend the meeting.

Azad told reporters he could not attend the meeting due to “prior engagement” and did not boycott the meeting.

Jaitley had denied corruption charges levelled against him by the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress regarding the DDCA, which he headed for 13 years till 2013.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje were targetted by the opposition in the past over their alleged help for financial dealings with former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s resignation was sought in the wake of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board scam, popularly known as Vyapam scam.(IANS)

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Muslim women can now travel for Haj without Mahram

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1300 applicants after the new rule came in. Wikimedia commons
1300 applicants after the new rule came in. Wikimedia commons

In India, earlier it was mandatory for Muslim women to travel with mahram if they wanted to go for Haj. However, now Muslim women aged above 45 will now be allowed to go for the pilgrimage without ‘mahram’ in a group of at least four.

“1300 Muslim women have applied to perform Haj without ‘mahram’ and women from different parts of the country from Kerala to north India, have expressed their wish to go for the Haj pilgrimage,” said PM Modi on Mann Ki Baat.

A five-member panel

Earlier too, Centre had recommended women above 45 years to embark on haj pilgrimage in a four-member group without a male relative.

A committee was formed by Union ministry of minority affairs to review the existing haj policy and suggest a framework for new rules for 2018-22. It listed several recommendations which included permitting women to go for the pilgrimage without a male relative.

1.4 lakh people from India participate in Haj every year. Pixabay
1.4 lakh people from India participate in Haj every year. Pixabay

Controversy

In his last Mann Ki Baat address of the year on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to Muslim women, highlighting his government’s attempt at facilitating women’s travel for Haj pilgrimage without a male companion.

“For decades, injustice was being done to Muslim women but there was no discussion on it. Even in many Islamic countries, this practice does not exist,” the PM said.

“Our Ministry of Minority Affairs issued corrective measures and we eased this restriction by phasing out a tradition that had been in practice for the past 70 years,” Mr. Modi pointed out.

However, many claims that these rules are made by Saudi Arabia, not the Indian Government.

“It is the Saudi Haj authorities that have allowed any Muslim women above 45 years from any country without a Mehram to do Haj. It does not behoove the PM to take credit for what a foreign govt has done,” said AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.

Saudi Arabia had updated the rules on haj back in 2015, as their embassy website shows.

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