147

Congress, NCP Hold Their First Meeting To Discuss Seat-Sharing Arrangement In Maharashtra

New Delhi: After alliance in Telengana, the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) held their first meeting to discuss a seat-sharing arrangement for the forthcoming Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the state. This was done a day after the Opposition put up a combined show against Bharatiya Janata Party-led governments at the Centre and several states through a country-wide shutdown.

Both parties may from a grand alliance in the state, by getting smaller opposition parties on board, said state Congress chief Ashok Chavan after the meeting.

146

EC To Send Affidavits Filed By Candidates Of Rajya Sabha, Legislative Councils To CBDT

New Delhi: Affidavits declaring a candidate’s assets and other financial details could be scrutinised by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). Affidavits filed by candidates contesting elections to the Rajya Sabha and Legislative councils in states will now be sent to the CBDT by the election commission (EC).

So far, only poll affidavits of Lok Sabha and state assembly candidates that were submitted to the EC were sent to the CBDT, where they were scrutinised to ascertain if there were any discrepancies in disclosure or if there was an unusual spike in the assets of the candidates.

145

Modi Announces Substantial Increase In Honorarium For Anganwadi, Asha Workers

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a substantial increase in the honorarium for Anganwadi and Accredited social health activists (Asha) workers from October in a move that is expected to help millions of women from relatively poor households

All Asha workers will also get free coverage under the two flagship insurance schemes of the government, Modi announced during a video interaction with Asha, ANM (auxiliary nurse midwife) and Anganwadi workers from across the country.

144

BJP, Congress Train Their Guns At Each Other On The Basis Of Rajan’s Statement

New Delhi: The BJP trained its guns on the Congress on the basis of Rajan’s statement that most bad loans originated between 2006 and 2008 while the Congress on the BJP because Rajan said he set up a fraud monitoring cell and sent a list of high-risk offenders to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) but nothing much came of this. Rajan doesn’t mention when he sent the list to the PMO, although the fraud monitoring cell was set up in 2016.

132

Congress Attacks State Government, Centre For Release Of Rajiv Gandhi’s Assassins

New Delhi: The Congress attacked not just the state government but the centre also for, what it called, was an attempt to set the terrorists free. Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK government recommended release of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins.

“Unfortunately, the BJP is looking at terrorism too from a partisan perspective,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala at a media briefing on Monday. He claimed that the AIADMK was the BJP’s ally in Tamil Nadu and was acting in coordination with the BJP at the centre.