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Same DNA for wrongdoings in all Congress leaders: Anil Vij

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Chandigarh: Haryana cabinet minister Anil Vij stoked another controversy on Wednesday by saying that the “DNA of all Congress leaders” is the same in doing wrong things.

Vij’s latest salvo on the Congress leadership came through his Twitter account, in which he took a dig at Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s comment that she was not afraid of anyone as she was the daughter-in-law of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

“Everyone knows that Congress leaders are not afraid of doing wrong things. The DNA of all of you (Congressmen) is the same,” Vij tweeted on Wednesday, responding to Sonia Gandhi’s remark.

The Congress President made the comment on Tuesday after the Delhi High Court directed her and her son Rahul Gandhi, who is the Congress Vice President, to appear before a lower court in the National Herald case.

Vij did not stop at that.

Taking on Indira Gandhi for imposing the Emergency in the country in 1975, Vij tweeted: “This is the same Indira Gandhi who crushed all democratic rights to impose Emergency. Her soul is still alive among all Congress leaders.”

A day earlier, Vij had taken on the controversial property deals of Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.

“Rahul should quit politics; open property dealer shop with Vadra. It should be called Rahul and Vadra property dealers,” Vij had tweeted.

Vij made national headlines recently when he openly admonished woman IPS officer Sangeeta Kalia in an official meeting in the presence of officers and other people for not dealing with liquor mafia properly. The entire episode was recorded on video.

Vij, an upright and outspoken BJP politician, has in the past not even spared his own party’s government in Haryana and the state’s first BJP Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

He recently demanded that the cow should be named the national animal instead of the tiger.(IANS)

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Brazil’s President Bolsonaro Faces First Defeat in Congress

The defeat on the floor of the house came one day after Bolsonaro fired a senior minister amid a scandal.

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro arrives at the inauguration ceremony of the new president of the Parliamentary Front of Agriculture (FPA), at the Clube Naval, in Brasilia, Jan. 19, 2019. VOA

Brazil’s lower chamber handed right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro his first defeat in Congress on Tuesday, the day before his government presents its most important legislative proposal to rein in a gaping budget deficit and spur growth.

The house voted overwhelmingly to suspend an executive order by the Bolsonaro government that altered Brazil’s freedom of information law to broaden the number of officials allowed to designate data and documents as secret or ultra-secret.

Lawmakers voted 367 to 57 to fast-track a bill overturning the secrecy measure and government whips were unable to muster votes to avoid defeat.

The bill must still be voted on by the Senate, but the reversal showed that Bolsonaro, who took office on Jan. 1, has not yet been able to organize a coalition in Congress to back his legislative agenda.

On Wednesday, Bolsonaro will send to Congress his plan to overhaul Brazil’s generous and costly pension system that eats up more than half of federal spending and is the main factor behind an unsustainable budget deficit.

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FILE – Gustavo Bebianno in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sept. 29, 2018. VOA

Approval of pension reform is vital for the recovery of investor confidence in Latin America’s largest economy.

The defeat on the floor of the house came one day after Bolsonaro fired a senior minister amid a scandal involving campaign financing for some of his party’s congressional candidates in the October elections.

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The ousted minister, Gustavo Bebianno, was instrumental in getting Bolsonaro elected but had a run-in with one of the president’s sons, triggering the weeks-old government’s first cabinet crisis.

In a note to clients, analysts at Eurasia Group said the scandal indicated the administration’s political team was in disarray, but they still expected the pension reform to get passed, albeit in a less ambitious version. (VOA)