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Rajanth To Head Manifesto Committee And Arun Jaitley To Take Care of Publicity And Dissemination

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) designated Union home minister Rajanth Singh to head the manifesto committee, while Union minister Arun Jaitley has the charge for the publicity and dissemination division as the party prepares to seek re-election in the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll.

Senior functionaries, including ministers have been given charge of various committees that would be involved in preparation of the manifesto, and undertake work related to the publicity, media and beneficiary outreach. The total number of these committees is 17.

As per the list issued by party president Amit Shah, Union minister Nitin Gadkari has been given charge of the committee that will establish contact with the non-government and social sectors. He has not been included either in the manifesto committee or in the publicity committee; both considered crucial for disseminating the party’s message to the electorate.

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Tharoor Says, It Is A Telling Sign That Friends Of BJP Started Deserting The Sinking Ship

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has said it was a “telling sign” that some friends of the BJP were beginning to “desert the sinking ship” asserting that there was a growing frustration among National Democratic Alliance (NDA) members with the “one-man show” at the Centre.

Tharoor also said the BJP must realise that when even “your friends are unhappy with you, the rest of the country will be even more negative about your performance”. “There is evidently a growing frustration among the members of the NDA, with the authoritarian one-man show that we have seen under the current government and the fact that some allies of the BJP are now beginning to desert the sinking ship is a telling sign that all is not well within the alliance,” he said.

The UPA has always been an alliance of collective and deliberative leadership, where all voices are heard and all concerns accommodated, the MP from Thiruvananthapuram said while contrasting the coalition’s style of functioning with what he said was a “one man show” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

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Akhilesh Yadav Says, Details Of Seat Sharing With BSP To Be Announced In A Week

New Delhi: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said that details of seat sharing with Mayawati’s BSP may be announced in a week or so, but kept cards close to his chest on the possibility of having any ties with the Congress.

The Samajwadi Party and the BSP have decided to fight the upcoming national elections together and have already worked out a seat sharing arrangement to take on the BJP, which along with its allies won 73 seats from the state in 2014.

“You will come to know about it (alliance) in a week or so,” Yadav said when asked as to when an official announcement will be made.

On the possibility of the Congress joining the alliance, Yadav said, “The two leaders of the ‘gathbandhan’ have to decide whether Congress will be there or not.” Yadav declined to elaborate further, leaving the opposition parties guessing on whether the Congress will be accommodated.

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Allegations And Counter Allegation Between Rahul Gandhi And Sitharaman Continues

New Delhi: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has hit back at Congress President Rahul Gandhi after he accused her of lying in Parliament about procurement orders worth Rs 1 lakh crore for state-run aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

In her counter offensive, Sitharaman said it was a matter of “shame” that the Congress president was misleading the country on the issue. She also tweeted details of contract awarded to HAL since 2014 when the BJP came to power.

“It’s a shame that the president of @INCIndia is misleading the nation. HAL has signed contracts worth Rs 26570.8 Cr (Between 2014 and 2018) and contracts worth Rs 73000 Cr are in the pipeline. Will @RahulGandhi apologise to the country from the floor of the house and resign?” the defence minister tweeted.

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CBI Joint Director Shifted From The Rakesh Asthana Case To Probe Coal Scam Cases

New Delhi: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Joint Director V Murugesan has been shifted to probe coal scam cases. He was leading the investigations into serious corruption allegations against the agency’s Special Director Rakesh Asthana.

The order shows that Murugesan, who was deputed by Director (in-charge) M Nageswara Rao to lead the investigation against Asthana, was transferred as part of efforts to give an “impetus to expeditious completion of coal scam cases”.

The order also says that Murugesan was “bogged down” by additional charge of Joint Director AC(HQ)-I zone which being a “heavy zone” takes away much of his “time and attention”.