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Modi’s Advani analogy hint for Jaitley to resign: Opposition

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New Delhi: Was Prime Minister Narendra Modi subtly giving a hint to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to resign when he said that the BJP leader will come out with flying colours in the same manner as L K Advani did in the hawala case? At least, the Opposition believes so.

Congress and the Left reminded Jaitley on Tuesday that Advani had resigned when the hawala scam surfaced.

According to CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Modi gave a hint to Jaitley that “he should resign, get himself cleared and come back”. 

“If the Prime Minister is drawing a parallel between Jaitley and Advani in the hawala case, I do not know whether the Prime Minister is giving a hint to Jaitley that he should also resign, get cleared like Advani and come back. I read the Prime Minister’s statement in this manner. That this is the Prime Minister’s signal to Jaitley. Unfortunately… I am sure Jaitley may be missing the point,” Yechury reportedly said.

Congress leader and the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad: “Today the Prime Minister said that Jaitley will come out of this like L K Advani in the Jain hawala case. I want to remind Jaitley that Advani had then resigned and had fought elections only after he got a clean chit from the Supreme Court. So is the Prime Minister advising Jaitley that he should also resign like Advani and not come back till he gets cleared.”

Azad pointed out that “not even one BJP MP or minister stood up and contradicted what Kirti Azad said in Lok Sabha, which meant they were in agreement with what he had said.” 

Raking up Jaitley’s opposition to the inclusion of the BCCI in the ambit of RTI when he was the Leader of the Opposition, Azad asked whether it was because there was rampant corruption in the sports bodies.

“It is a known fact that Arun Jaitley has in the past been a crusader for accountability and repeatedly invoked the dictum that ‘Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion’. The recent developments and revelations, therefore, make it imperative that he lives by the dictum and does not make untenable arguments that this case should be treated as an exception to the established principles of accountability in public life,” he said.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi supported Jaitley saying that the latter will come out of DDCA corruption charges with “flying colours”.

“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. (With inputs from agencies)

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PM Narendra Modi Hails India’s Position in Astronomy in Mann ki Baat

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)