India is that country which has always played a constructive role in the world arena: PM Modi

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that India has no purpose of exploiting any country’s resources and is not eyeing anyone’s territory, establishing its relationships not on “profits or loss” but on humanity. While addressing the first PIO Parliamentarians Conference, PM Modi said that India has always played a constructive role in the world arena.

He recognized that if any philosophy can counter extremism and radicalization, it is Mahatma Gandhi’s and India’s philosophy of non-violence and ‘Satyagraha’. The Prime Minister said, “We neither have the intention of exploiting anyone’s resources nor are we eyeing anyone’s territory. Our focus has always been on capacity building and resource development.” These comments come after the increasing border tensions in certain sectors of India’s border with China. “India is that country which has always played a constructive role in the world arena. We have not weighed our policy towards any country on profit or loss basis, but have viewed it from the prism of human values,” he added.

The PM Modi added that India’s model of development help is not based on give and take, but depends on the needs and priorities of countries. “At a time when the world is divided by ideologies, India believes in the mantra of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’,” PM Modi said. Modi told the parliamentarians that when worries over extremism and radicalization in the world are increasing, India’s message of inclusiveness can go out to the world. Modi said, “If there is any philosophy to counter radicalization and extremism, it is the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi and the philosophy of Indian values.” India has the power to lead and guide the world dealing with instability, Modi said.

The Prime Minister told the gathering that people of Indian origin can lead pride in the nation’s increasing strength worldwide. The 21st century is known as the Asian century and India has an important role to play in it, as per PM Modi. “India is changing, India is transforming. India has moved far ahead and Indian hopes are at the top and you will see the result of change in every sphere. A record USD 60 billion dollar FDI came into the country last year,” PM Modi added.

PM Modi, Yogi to inaugurate Delhi Metro’s magenta line, CM Kejriwal not invited

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to flag off Botanical Garden (Noida) to Kalkaji (Delhi) metro line on December 25. The Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath will also accompany PM Narendra Modi. The PM Modi and UP CM will inaugurate the first train from Botanical Garden in Noida, which is also the first interchange station in NCR.

Notably, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s name does not include on the list VIP invitees. The upcoming inaugurated stretch of 12.64 kilometers completes in the national capital. This stretch is part of longer 38.23-kilometer extension over an elaborate land area in Delhi. The Urban Development ministry and the concerned state government have 50:50 venture in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The funds for the Noida route were provided by the Uttar Pradesh government, whereas a big percentage of funds were collected from Delhi government for the ahead route.

The DMRC officials avoided any clear response to questions relating to inviting the Delhi chief minister. The doubt hinted that Kejriwal would not be present at the inauguration ceremony. The Delhi government sources affirmed that CM has no clue of the upcoming event. “The priority for our government is safe and reasonable travel for commuters. It is for the Urban Development ministry and UP government to answer why Delhi CM was not sent an invitation,” a top source in the Chief Minister’s Office told India Today. Ahead of the flag-off ceremony, the UP CM Yogi Adityanath arrived in Noida on Saturday afternoon.

This is not the first time when chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has been not invited for the inaugural ceremonies of new metro lines. In 2015, Kejriwal did not receive the information for the launch of an extended line between Faridabad-Badarpur. The event was mainly organized by the BJP-ruled Haryana Government.


Parliament Live Updates: Congress party protesting against Modi’s remarks on ex-PM Manmohan’s loyalty to country

The continuing winter session of Parliament started again on Tuesday following the Congress party demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for insinuating his forerunner Manmohan Singh conspired with Pakistan in Gujarat Polls. The winter session started on December 15 and it will complete on January 5 next year.

Live Updates:

12.15 pm: The MPs decided to take the matter of Modi’s allegations against Manmohan Singh outside the House.

12.10 pm: The Vice-President and RS Chairman Venkaiah Naidu decisively said to keep the holiness of the House and advised the parties to meet outside to talk over Congress’ displeasure over allegations against ex-PM Manmohan Singh.

12.04 pm: Disturbance in Rajya Sabha following MPs protest as Ghulam Ali Azad starts talking about Manmohan Singh. “His loyalty to the country has been questioned”.

11.45 am: The concern of special courts for criminal netas raised in Upper House, Congress MP Anand Sharma says, “The government should ensure allocation of adequate funds for setting up enough number of courts so that people do not remain in prison for long periods and the trial is done.”

11.40 am: The Congress Rajya Sabha MP Pratap Singh Bajwa brought the issue of financial help for farmers to avoid stubble burning. He said that it “should be done this year itself”.

11.36 am: In the midst of protests by the opposition, the Lok Sabha had been adjourned till noon.

11.20 am: The RS debates over initiating the special courts to try cases against politicians.

11.15 am: The CPI(M) leader MB Rajesh speaks about “ease of doing farming” in India and the frequency of growth of Minimum Support Price in the country. “Will the govt implement Swaminathan board’s recommendation in a time-bound manner?”

11.10 am: The parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar requests to Congress leaders to go back to their seats and join in the Question-Answer round instead of gathering in the Well of the house.

11.06 am: The opposition leaders started chanting slogans in Lok Sabha, asking PM Modi to apologize from Manmohan Singh.

11 am: The Rajya Sabha proceedings started. In the Lower House of Parliament, the Question Hour round begins.

PM is taking us back to the medieval times, said Rahul Gandhi after taking over as Congress chief

On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi said that “Like many Indians across the country, I’m an idealist” after taking over as Congress President from his mother Sonia Gandhi, who enjoyed the post for 19 years. The 47-year-old leader said in his first speech as the Congress President on the overcoming political atmosphere in the country and blasted an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Congress took India to the 21st century, but the PM, today, is taking us back to the medieval times,” Gandhi said without taking the name of PM Modi. Gandhi hit at the PM and said that he alone has become the “voice of reason”. “We are now being compelled to imagine that businesses can be built without harmony, that only one man himself is the voice of reason. Expertise, experience, and knowledge can be cast aside for personal glory,” Gandhi added. He later warned BJP against “setting the nation on fire” and alleged that they are blamable for spreading violence across the country.

“You have an example in front of you, once fire breaks out it is difficult to douse it, that is what we are telling the people of BJP, that if you set the nation on fire it will be difficult to control. Today BJP has spread the fire of violence across the country,” the 47-year-old leader said. He further asked the party workers and leaders of the party to come ahead and stop BJP’s “attempts to spread violence”. “And if there is anyone who can stop what the BJP is doing, it is the ‘pyara karyakarta and neta’ of Congress. We are going to make Congress, grand old and young party. We will fight the politics of anger,” Gandhi added.

At the AICC headquarters in Delhi, Gandhi received the Certificate of Election from the party’s Central Election Authority president Mullapally Ramachandran at a ceremony, The former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, current and former chief ministers, MPs, senior Congress leaders, and all PCC chiefs and delegates, as well as his sister Priyanka and brother-in-law Robert Vadra attended the ceremony.

Amit Shah makes his Rajya Sabha debut, will sit in front-row with PM Modi

The BJP President Amit Shah made his parliamentary debut, sitting on a front row on the opening day of the winter session in the Rajya Sabha. The 53-year-old leader, who was elected to the Upper House of Parliament in August, entered the parliament just minutes before the proceedings began. The front row members including several ministers stoop up to welcome the BJP President.

In a gesture to welcome the leader, some thumped desks and others clapped and Shah greeted them with a smile and folded hands. Shah later went straight to his assigned seat in the front row. Shah has been provided the passage seat next to the two-seat block were of Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Prime Minister Narendra Modi sit. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sit in the front row of the first block and Shah have been allotted the seat in the next block where he has the company of Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan and Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot.

The ministers including Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javedkar and I&B Minister Smriti Irani welcomed Amit Shah inside the house by thumping and clapping. The BJP President Amit Shah has been allotted the same seat that was previously occupied by M Venkaiah Naidu, who is now the Chairman of Rajya Sabha as he was elected as Vice President in August. The block next to Amit Shah has AIADMK and Trinamool Congress leaders in the front row seats. The BSP chief Mayawati quit the Rajya Sabha in July, accusing that her voice was being silenced. Mayawati’s seat has been given to her confidante and BSP leader Satish Mishra after her resignation.

PM Modi hopes for constructive winter session

Just a day before the start of the Parliament winter session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested all parties to come together and work constructively for the benefit of the country. The PM Modi told reporters outside the Parliament that “I am hopeful and urge all parties to come together, discuss debate and work for the betterment of the nation”.

“Generally Diwali marks the onset of the winter… but due to climate change and global warming, this winter has not been as cold as one would expect for this time of year,” PM Modi added. Modi called the winter session to be a major one in which “important bills would be discussed”. The session begins just a day after exit polls predicted victory for the saffron party in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh of which results would be out on Monday. The PM Modi said on Thursday that he welcomed discussion on “all issues” that the opposition wanted to raise in the session and also called for constructive discussion on government business.

The Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar announced on Thursday that “The government has requested all parties, especially the opposition, for their co-operation for the smooth functioning of the House”, post a meeting with all parties ahead of the winter session. The Parliament will hold 14 sittings in the session, which were 21 in the last year. It is expected that the Congress party is not going to let the allegation leveled by PM Modi against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pass so easily. While campaigning in his home-state Gujarat, PM Modi had alleged that senior Congress leaders including Dr. Manmohan Singh conspired with Pakistani officials in Delhi at a dinner event in an attempt to win the Gujarat voters.

Congress calls EC Modi’s ‘puppet’, alleges PM’s open care ride post casting vote a violation of code of conduct

The Congress party burst out PM Modi on violating election’ code of conduct when he traveled the streets standing in an open vehicle and waved to the crowd post casting his vote in Gujarat. The party defined the Election Commission (EC) as “BJP’s Puppet”. The saffron party responded Congress by saying that it is narrow-minded for calling the EC “names”.

Gujarat’s second and final voting phase is concluded by 5 pm. The basic code of conduct instructs that no one is permitted to campaign 48 hours before the polling. The Congress spokesperson Ashok Gehlot said that “PM Modi’s roadshow after casting vote is a clear case of violation of the model code of conduct”. “It was a roadshow and they were waving (EC) sent a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for giving interviews to television channels in the proscribed code of conduct period,” he added. The Congress party described the EC’s decision biased and said that it’s a “sad day” as the EC has “abdicated its responsibility”. While referring to PM Modi and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Gehlot said that “EC it seems is working under pressure from PM and PMO. It is taking orders from BJP office and PM, its actions are shameful”.

The Congress also questioned why the EC didn’t take any action against the BJP when they released their election manifesto just a day before the second phase of voting in Gujarat. Adding to it, PM Modi spoke at a business event yesterday, which was also ignored by the election commission, the Congress said. Yesterday, the EC had directed Gujarat’s chief electoral officer to file FIRs against media channels that showed Rahul’s interview across poll-bound districts in violation of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. The EC, on the other hand, also issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi to enlighten by December 18 why action shouldn’t be taken against him.