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“Common man is feeling the pinch of rising costs all around”

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“Common man is feeling the pinch of rising costs all around”

Panellists say that a broad-based solution that lowers petrol and diesel prices should emerge from the government soon

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will brainstorm with chief executives of top global and Indian oil and gas companies amid spiralling oil prices and the US threat to impose sanctions on nations buying oil from Iran. APN’s Mudda discussed the issue. Anchorperson Anant Tyagi posed questions to panellists including BJP’s Ashok Pandey, economist Sharad Kohli, Congress’s Saif Khan, automobile expert Jagdish Khattar, NCP’s Sushma Kohli and APN consultant Govind Pant Raju.

Pandey said: “Diesel and petrol prices were recently lowered. Today PM is holding a meeting on this issue. In China too, diesel prices have gone up, the whole world is reeling under this. It is definite that prices will soon come down.”

Khan said: “The BJP has been making a killing on petrol and diesel prices. Congress would plan subsidies to ease the burden of common man. The current dispensation is not doing so. What will be the result of the meeting? I am waiting to know that.”

Khattar said: “Around 70-80 percent oil is imported, prices are going up internationally. Consumption is not going to go down. Spiralling prices will pinch the common man.”

Raju said: “Subsidies are populist measures. But the reason for doing away with subsidy is due to both local and international scenarios. The government is distributing mobile phones, now isn’t this a misuse of public funds? The Congress is more worried about the government walking away with glory than the plight of the common man. Rahul Gandhi finds it easy to say that on coming to power, he will waive loans for farmers. How can that happen without it having a fallout on the overall economic scenario?”

Sushma Kohli said: “Elections are round the corner, prices are going up, and this is why the PM has called a meeting; to show that the government is doing something.”

Sharad Kohli said:”Subsidies are not given so easily. Today, if Congress was in power, the discussion would have been the same.”

Khan said: “What can the government do to ease the stress of the common man? In some places excise duty is more than doubled. If petrol and diesel prices are down, it will have a cascading effect on all-round prices. Prices in Nepal and Pakistan are far less than in our country.”

Khattar said: “We can’t talk of electricity vehicles so far. R&D is still going on. Meanwhile, we should look at hybrid options like CNG and other choices.”

Raju said: “It will take ages before other viable options can emerge.  Even their effect will take a long time. We can increase CNG availability, as people want immediate relief. Common man is not bothered about relations with US as that’s the government’s responsibility. The government should look at the larger picture.”

Pandey said: “The government is considering all options before it to lessen the common man’s burden. The best solution available will be known to all.”

Khan said: “The Congress was utilising government funds properly. In the last four years, the government has only raised prices, metro fares and so on.”

Shard Kohli said: “The government should bring out a white paper to tell people where money had been invested and spent so that people feel that increase in prices is justified. Transparency is needed from the government so that people’s anger can come down.”

—Compiled by Niti Singh Bhandari

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PM Modi calls for a strong government, says even enemies think 100 times before doing anything

PM Modi pointed out that Pakistan had been troubling India for 70 years and it had bombs in its hands. But today the situation has changed and it has begging bowl in its hands. He said when there is a strong government, enemies tremble

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PM Modi calls for a strong government, says even enemies think 100 times before doing anything

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an election rally in Haryana’s Ambala on Saturday and said India’s enemies think 100 times before doing anything against the country when there is a strong government at the Centre. Haryana, which has a total of 10 Lok Sabha seats, will vote in the 6th phase on May 25. In 2019 elections BJP claimed victory in all 10 seats.

PM Modi pointed out that Pakistan had been troubling India for 70 years and it had bombs in its hands. But today the situation has changed and it has begging bowl in its hands. He said when there is a strong government, enemies tremble. Addressing the election rally at Ambala the prime minister asked if a weak government could have changed the situation in Jammu & Kashmir? He recalled the times when there was a Congress government and brave mothers of Haryana used to be worried day and night. He said it has been 10 years now and all of that has stopped.

PM Modi recounted BJP government’s achievements and said they had demolished the wall of Article 370 and Kashmir started moving on the path of development. The prime minister said that a total of 17 days remain to go for 4th June.  He further added that until now in 4 phases of elections, Congress and the INDI Alliance, chaaron khaane chitt ho chuke hain. He said whatever tactics the INDI Alliance used for the country have all been beaten by the public itself.

Addressing the election rally PM Modi said Haryana is a state which has patriotism in its veins and knows anti-national forces very well. The prime minister guaranteed to the people that their dreams are his resolution. PM Modi said there are 4 pillars of Viksit Bharat – poor, youth, women and farmers and he wants to strengthen all these pillars in such a way that the nation becomes strong.

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Mallikarjun Kharge accuses PM Modi of inciting people and dividing society through his election speeches

Kharge said no prime minister before Modi has ever indulged in inciting people like he has been doing. He said the prime minister speaks about democracy repeatedly but does not adhere to the tenets of democracy.

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Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inciting people and dividing society through his election speeches. Kharge was addressing a press conference of the INDIA bloc, where Shiv Sena (UBT) president, Uddhav Thackeray NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar and other leaders were present.

Kharge said no prime minister before Modi has ever indulged in inciting people like he has been doing. He said the prime minister speaks about democracy repeatedly but does not adhere to the tenets of democracy. Responding to PM Modi’s statement that the Congress will bulldoze the Ram mandir in Ayodhya and also restore Article 370 if the INDIA bloc is voted to power Kharge said, they have never used a bulldozer on anyone. The Congress president said PM Modi has the habit of lying and inciting people about things which Congress will never do or the things that are impossible to be implemented.

Kharge further added that he is not answerable to Modi and the Congress will implement what they have promised in their election manifesto. He accused PM Modi of creating divisions wherever he went he tries to create division, speaks of dividing society. Kharge further added that PM Modi had described the Congress manifesto as Muslim League manifesto, but now he is calling it as a Maoist manifesto.

The Congress President assured that reservation has been enshrined in the Constitution which will continue and nobody can touch it. Speaking at the press conference Thackeray said, Achche din are coming from June 4 (when Lok Sabha election results will be declared) when INDIA bloc-led government will come to power at the centre. Thackeray pointed out PM Modi calls Shiv Sena (UBT) as the nakli (fake) Shiv Sena, and there is a possibility that tomorrow he may call RSS as nakli Sangh.  

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Delhi Police arrest Bibhav Kumar for allegedly assaulting AAP MP Swati Maliwal

In her complaint, Swati Maliwal accused Arvind Kejriwal’s personal assistant of repeatedly slapping her and kicking her in the stomach and pelvic area when she went to the Delhi Chief Minister’s residence on May 13.

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The Delhi Police on Saturday arrested Bibhav Kumar, aide and former personal secretary of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the alleged assault of AAP MP Swati Maliwal. The development comes 2 days after Delhi Police registered a case against Kumar following a complaint by Maliwal. In her complaint, Maliwal accused Arvind Kejriwal’s personal assistant of repeatedly slapping her and kicking her in the stomach and pelvic area when she went to the Delhi Chief Minister’s residence on May 13.

On Saturday, AAP minister Atishi claimed the BJP made Swati Maliwal file the FIR using an old ACB case as leverage. She said Anti Corruption Bureau of the BJP has filed a case against Swati Maliwal regarding the illegal recruitment of contractual employees in Delhi Commission for Women. A chargesheet has been filed and the time of conviction is coming and the AAP party said that it believes that Swati Maliwal is being included in the conspiracy by using this case. Atishi said how the entire machinery of BJP, from Delhi Police to the MHA is working, was seen yesterday in Tis Hazari Court.

On Friday, the Delhi Police took Swati Maliwal to the Delhi chief minister’s residence to recreate the crime scene. Her statement was recorded before a magistrate at the Tis Hazari court. A counter-complaint has been filed by Bibhav Kumar with the Civil Lines police station in which he alleged that Maliwal had forcefully and unauthorised entered the Delhi CM’s residence.

 He also claimed that the former Delhi Commission for Women chairperson tried to create a ruckus and assault him. Kejriwal’s aide also claimed that the Rajya Sabha MP intended to harm the AAP chief and he strongly objected. Bibhav Kumar said a copy of the FIR has been sent to all the media houses by the BJP but BJP’s police are saying that they cannot give it to the accused.

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