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Rebel Congress MP Manish Tewari shares why his opinion is different on Agnipath scheme, backs defence reforms

Congress MP Manish Tewari shared pointers on why his opinion is different on the Agnipath scheme.

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Congress MP Manish Tewari has shown support for the Central government’s Agnipath scheme to recruit Army jawans. He shared a series of tweets in which he explained why his position is different on the Agnipath scheme.

Tewari said that for those who have been asking him repeatedly as to why is his position different. He explained his opinion in pointers and said that his answer is as follows.

Congress MP wrote that this will be likely impact of Agnipath scheme on the largest employer among armed forces- The Army over a 10-year horizon.

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What is different with regard to his position?

He shared a few pointers, which are as follows:

  1. In 2022, the total strength of the Army was 14 lakhs.
  2. 60,000 Personnel retire every year. In 10 years, 600,000 personnel will retire.
  3. Add 45,000 new recruits every year for 10 years which is equal to 4,50,000.
  4. Subtract 33,750 additional retirees after 4 years every year for the next 6 years which is equal to 2,02500.
  5. Add 8 lakhs + 4.5 lakhs subtract 2,02,500.
  6. Strength of the Army in 2032= 10,47500.
  7. Total attrition in 10 years is 3,52,500.
  8. Attrition per year= 35,200
  9. Total attrition per month= 2933.

He further said that he thinks the 2,02,500 who retire between years 4 and 10 that is 2026-2032 should be absorbed into the 10 Central Armed Police Forces or 36 State and Union Territory Police Forces so that they have a secure government job with all the Attendant benefits till 58-60 years.

Earlier, speaking to news agency IANS, he said that the process of Defence reforms, including right-sizing the military started in the US way back in 1975 when Donald Rumsfield was the Defence Secretary in the Ford Administration and every successive administration has seen it through.

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Bihar Grand Alliance 2.0: Nitish Kumar to take oath as CM for 8th time, Tejashwi Yadav as Deputy CM today at 2 pm

The swearing-in ceremony will take place at 2 pm today.

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A day after Nitish Kumar resigned as the Bihar Chief Minister and broke his alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Kumar is all set to take oath as the CM again for the eighth time in his political career. Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav will also take an oath as Deputy Chief Minister for the second time. The swearing-in ceremony will take place at 2 pm today.

Nitish Kumar announced a new grand alliance after resigning from the BJP. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress, and the Left parties would be Kumar’s strongest supporters during his upcoming second term as chief minister under Mahagathabandan. He is currently the leader of the Janata Dal (United).

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Mahagathbandhan, also known as the Grand Alliance, consists of political parties such as Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Indian National Congress (INC), Janata Dal (United), and Left parties including Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Liberation-CPIML (Liberation), and Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM).

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, members of the Congress, and members of the Left Front joined Kumar as he made his claim for government formation before the governor by presenting the letter of support from the MLAs.

Nitish Kumar after his first session with the Governor said he has resigned and has informed all his MLAs. He split from the BJP for the second time in nine years. He said his resignation from the party was based on the feedback he received at an interaction with his party’s legislators.

Nitish Kumar charged the BJP with engaging in horse trading by offering some party leaders lucrative positions as ministers.

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tests positive for Covid for second time in three months

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. She has quarantined herself at home.

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. She has quarantined herself at home.

Priyanka took to Twitter to share her health update. She wrote, Tested positive for covid (again!) today. Will be isolating at home and following all protocols, she added.

It is the second time the Congress leader has contracted the contagious virus in three months. She was diagnosed with Covid-19 on June 3, a day after her mother, Sonia Gandhi, tested Covid positive.

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Nitish Kumar: Who is the six-time Bihar CM who resigned? Know his political career, personal life here

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Nitish Kumar: Who is the six-time Bihar CM who resigned? Know his political career, personal life here

Amid the ongoing political agitation in Bihar, a look at Nitish Kumar’s political career and personal life.

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Bihar politics have always been a matter of debate across the country. Time and again, the state has grabbed eyeballs with its political turmoil and leaders. On Tuesday, Nitish Kumar, Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal (United) supremo resigned from the CM post and yet again served the nation with a topic of discussion.

Nitish Kumar was elected as the Chief Minister of Bihar for six consecutive years. He became the 22nd Chief Minister of Bihar as he joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party after four years in 2020.

The JD(U) supremo has always been in the headlines for his political game. Amid the ongoing political agitation in Bihar, a look at Nitish Kumar’s political career and personal life.

Political career

  • Born on March 1, 1951, in Bakhtiarpur, Bihar, Nitish Kumar has a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Bihar College of Engineering.
  • He started his political career with Ram Manohar Lohia’s Samajwadi Yuva Jansabha. He went on to join the JP Movement or Bihar Movement and got arrested in 1974.
  • Later in 1985, he became the Member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly for the first time.
  • In 1989, Nitish Kumar was elected as a Member of Parliament for the first time and then was appointed as the Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Cooperation.
  • In 2000, Nitish became the Chief Minister of Bihar but only for eight days as he failed to prove his majority.
  • In 2005, he was sworn in as the chief minister of Bihar. Later in 2010, he became the CM for the third time.
  • Kumar broke the alliance with BJP in 2014 after JDU was defeated in the Lok Sabha elections. He resigned as the CM of Bihar and was appointed again for the same post in 2015 by forming ties with the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal.
  • Nitish Kumar broke the mahagathbandhan with RJD after corruption charges levelled up against Tejashwi Yadav, then Deputy chief minister of Bihar.
  • He was succeeded by Jitan Ram Manjhi. Later, Nitish Kumar has sworn in as the CM again for the fifth time.
  • In the 2020 Bihar Assembly Elections, Nitish Kumar was appointed as the CM for the sixth time.

Personal life

Not much is known about Nitish Kumar’s personal life. His wife Manju Kumari Sinha passed away in 2007. The couple has a son Nishant Kumar.

There have also been several reports of Nitish Kumar and his closeness with Lalan Singh’s sister Archana. However, there has been no confirmation of proof regarding this and it is only considered rumours.

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