Panaji, July 23 : Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia today said that the party was analysing every Lok Sabha seat to decide on the ones the party intends to contest in the 2019 polls. "The team is working on analysing each and every seat to see which seat we should contest. We are focusing on Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Goa and maybe a few more seats around Delhi. We will be focusing on pockets," Sisodia today told reporters here. He is in Goa to participate in a lecture series. The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi also said that meetings were being held to decide whether AAP should contest the two Lok Sabha seats in Goa. "The situation in Goa is not stable right now. We dont know when Goa is going to have its next Assembly election. It would be premature to say anything right now," Sisodia said. He said that the 2014 Lok Sabha polls was an "experiment" for the party with workers wanting to contest just to establish themselves as leaders. "It was a successful experiment. We did not expect everyone to win. But most established themselves as leaders in their own areas," he claimed. Calling the party a "small" one with a "limited bandwidth", Sisodia said the AAP was contesting in different states depending on its leadership and strength of volunteers. "We are a very small party and have hopes from all across the country. We have people who look up to us. Our bandwidth is very limited. Establishing leaders is also helping us to grow in those areas," Sisodia said.
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After the forced hug on Friday, the BJP and Congress leaders trade barbs on alleged lynching a cattle trader to claim the championship for people’s cause. Mocking the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘New India’ scheme, Congress president Rahul Gandhi called the incident as ‘Modi brutal New India’. Replying this, the Acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal called Gandhi ‘Merchant of Hate’ and accused him of playing divisive politics. Rahul Gandhi asked the Modi government to explain on why it took cops three hours before the victim was taken to a hospital which was just a few kilometres from the lynching spot.
New Delhi, July 22 : Four BJP MPs have submitted a privilege notice against Congress President Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of "misleading" Parliament by making "false" allegations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman BJP MPs Nishikant Dubey, Anurag Thakur Dushyant Singh and Prahalad Joshi have given the notice to the Speaker. According to the rules of the House, Gandhi should have given prior notice before making any allegations against any member.
New Delhi, July 22 : Congress leader P Chidambaram today took a dig at the government for reducing GST rates on nearly 100 items ahead of assembly elections in four states, saying holding frequent polls is good for the people. In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said the present Goods and Services Tax regime is still "unreformed" and the government must notify three rates immediately and signal its intention to move to a single rate in the medium term, which will be the true GST. "When elections are around the corner, government cuts rates. I suppose that makes a good case for frequent elections in different states!," he said.
New Delhi, July 22 : As the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam is set to be published by the July 30 deadline, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said it was "only a draft" and people would be given "adequate opportunity for objections." The Minister said that the NRC is being updated in accordance with the Assam Accord signed on August 15, 1985, and that the entire process is as per the directions of Supreme Court, which is constantly monitoring the process.
New Delhi, July 22 : UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today lashed out at the Narendra Modi government, saying the people of the country have to be rescued from a "dangerous regime" that is "compromising" with India's democracy.
Srinagar, July 22 : Three militants, who tortured and killed a trainee police constable on Saturday, were killed on Sunday in a gunfight with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district, police said. A police statement said that in a significant breakthrough, concerted efforts of the security forces resulted in the elimination of the prime accused involved in Saturday's abduction and killing of Constable Muhammad Saleem. The constable had come home on leave from Kathua Police Training School. The security forces launched searches in Redwani area in Kulgam early in the morning after getting credible inputs about the presence of the terrorists in a cluster of houses. "As the security forces advanced, the hidden terrorists fired, resulting in a brief encounter in which the three terrorists were killed."
Raipur, July 22 : President Ram Nath Kovind is scheduled to visit Chhattisgarh's Naxal-affected Bastar division on July 25-26 and take part in several programmes. Chief Minister Raman Singh yesterday reviewed the preparations for the two-day tour of the president, during which the latter will visit Dantewada and Bastar (Jagdalpur) districts. According to an official, Kovind will interact with farmers involved in organic farming in Dantewada and talk to the students of the Jawanga-based Education City.
New Delhi, July 22 : Congress president Rahul Gandhi today alleged there was certainly a "scam" in the controversial Rafale jet deal with France and accused Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of doing a "flip-flop" on the secrecy clause. Gandhi also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue, alleging he "squirms" when asked about the prices of the fighter aircraft. "Our Defence Minister said she would, but now she won't. She flip flops between “it's-not-a-secret” & “it's-a-BIG-secret”. The PM squirms when asked about the price of RAFALE and refuses to look me in the eye.
Mathura, July 22 : Uttar Pradesh minister Srikant Sharma today termed Congress President Rahul Gandhi's statement on the pricing of fighter jet Rafale in the Lok Sabha during the no-trust motion against the NDA government "childish". "There is no truth in the allegation as the clarification has come from the French government itself," the state power minister said. Addressing the Lok Sabha during a the debate on the no-confidence motion on Friday, Gandhi said the French president had clearly conveyed to him during a meeting that there was no problem in sharing details relating to the Rafale deal worth Rs 58,000 crore. Hours after Gandhi's comments, a Spokesperson in the French Foreign Ministry said France had signed a security pact with India in 2008 which legally binds the two countries to protect the classified information which could impact security and operational capabilities of the defence equipment.