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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. File

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. File   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini

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Important for youth to know Nehru but certain powers misleading them: Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday said it is necessary to inform younger generations about former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, but certain “powers” did not believe in democracy and were misleading the youth through social media.

“Unfortunately there are people in the country who do not know who Pandit Nehru was. He was such a personality that those who want to destroy his legacy will get destroyed themselves. Pandit Nehru’s work and his personality will always be immortal,” Mr. Gehlot said.

Speaking to reporters after a programme organised on Children’s Day, he said it is important that the new generation learn about Nehru.

“The government will work so the coming generations can understand history in the right perspective and assimilate it. If you know incorrect history, then you don’t know what the picture of the country will be after 25 years,” he said, referring to the announcement on the formation of the Bal Sahitya Akademi in Rajasthan.

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There is scope for investigation into Rafale deal: Congress

After Supreme Court dismissed pleas seeking review of its judgment on Rafale deal, the Centre and the BJP demanded an apology from Congress.

However, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala has said the Centre and the BJP are once again trying to mislead the country. "The truth is that there are nine key questions that Congress and Rahul Gandhi kept answering but the government had not answered," Mr. Surjewala said.

On the Rafale judgment, the Congress spokesperson said: "Instead of celebrating, the BJP should note that the Supreme Court judgement has opened the door for an elaborate criminal investigation."

The Supreme Court has said their power to investigate is limited but it can be done by police, CBI or any other independent investigator, he noted.

The Congress reiterated that only an investigation and a JPC can shed light on Rafale.


What will one do if no party is able to form govt in Maharashtra, asks Nitish

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on November 14 virtually defended the decision to impose President’s rule in Maharashtra, saying what one should have done when no party was able to form the government in the state.

Mr. Kumar made the comment on Maharashtra issue while replying to reporters queries after paying tribute to the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his birthday at a function held near Patna railway station.

“What do I say. What will anyone do when no one is able to form the government (in Maharashtra)...Political parties should see the matter. We have nothing to do with it,” Mr. Kumar said when pressed by journalists as how he sees promulgation of president’s rule in Maharashtra.


Sena wonders if PM was informed about 50:50 formula

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said that had BJP president Amit Shah informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the “50:50” seat-sharing formula “in time”, Maharashtra would not have been facing the current political impasse.

Mr. Raut wondered if Mr. Modi was “kept away” by top BJP leaders from the decision taken over seat-sharing.

Mr. Shah on Wednesday said the Shiv Sena’s demands, including sharing the Chief Minister’s post, were “unacceptable” to the BJP.


Talks for govt formation at preliminary stage: Chavan

Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan has said talks for government formation in Maharashtra were at a “preliminary” stage and no decision was taken so far.

The Congress and NCP on Wednesday deliberated at their respective party levels and later jointly to work out a ’common minimum programme’ (CMP) and power-sharing formula, the former state chief minister said.

Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat, Ashok Chavan and ManikraoThakare also met Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at a suburban hotel on Wednesday.

“The Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena have so far held preliminary talks. A meeting will again be held today between the Congress and NCP, and later both the parties are expected to hold talks with the Shiv Sena. There is no decision as yet,” Prithviraj Chavan told PTI.

He said the details worked out will have to be approved by the Congress high command.


President’s rule in Maharashtra a ‘scripted act’, alleges Sena

The Shiv Sena alleged that imposition of President’s rule in Maharashtra was a “scripted act” and took a jibe at the governor, saying he has now given parties six months to form government.

It also said that former state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is shedding “crocodile tears” over the imposition of President’s rule as power is still indirectly in the hands of the BJP.

Criticising the governor for giving the Shiv Sena just 24 hours to stake claim and refusing it additional time to muster numbers, an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said, “It looked like some invisible power was controlling this game and decisions were taken accordingly.”


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