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Mamata Banerjee not allowing central schemes since no middlemen -Narendra Modi




Making a veiled attack on West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee-led government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the Centre’s welfare schemes like Ayushman Bharat and PM Kissan Samman Nidhi were not being allowed in the state as the money gets directly transferred to the beneficiaries, doing away with middlemen, and commissions and disallows syndicates.

The Prime Minister said he feels pain at people of the state not getting the benefits of such schemes.

“If the state government allows the Ayushman Bharat Scheme and the APM Kisan Samman Nidhi… I don’t know whether they will give, but if it does give, then people of the state will also start getting benefits of these schemes,” Modi said in address after inaugurating the sesquicentenary celebrations of the Kolkata Port Trust.

He said the Ayushman Bharat Scheme has ensured free treatment for around 75 lakh people suffering from serious illnesses, while almost Rs 43,000 crore have been deposited in the bank accounts of over 8 crore peasant families from the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi.

“There are no middlemen, no cut money. There is no syndicate. When the money reaches the beneficiaries directly, nobody gets a cut, syndicates’ writs do not run. Why should somebody allow such schemes to be implemented?” the Prime Minister asked sarcastically.

Syndicates in Bengal refer to cartels of muscle flexing youth, who enjoy political patronage and are said to force promoters and contractors to buy building construction materials often of inferior quality at high prices.

Without mentioning Banerjee, Modi hoped God would provide good sense to the state’s policymakers.

“The country’s eight crore peasants are getting so much help, but there will always be pain in my heart.. i will always want and pray to God, that He gives good sense to policy framers.

“Let the poor people of Bengal derive the benefit of Ayushman Bharat Yojana when they fall sick, and the peasants enjoy the fruits of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi which ensures peace and prosperity in their lives,” he said.

As the audience broke into rapturous shouts of “Modi, Modi”, the Prime Minister said the people of Bengal have made up their minds not to allow anyone to deprive them of the benfits of these schemes.

“It should be our priority to ensure the development of the brave sons of Bengal who raised their voices for the development of villages and poor people. It is not the responsibility of one individual, or any one government. Rather it is the collective responsibility, collective resolve and collective grit of the entire country,” he said.

Alleging that the Centre was neglecting the state’s contribution to the Ayushman Bharat scheme, the Mamata Banerjee government pulled out of the initiative early last year complaining that ithe project was being used by the Modi regime for its publicity ahead of the then approaching Lok Sabha polls.

Under the scheme, which seeks to bring 50 crore poor people under a medical insurance cover of Rs five lakh per year, the states are required to pump in 40 per cent of the funds.

On the other hand, the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi is a fully centrally funded scheme providing beneficiaries an income support of Rs. 6,000 per year, The entire responsibility of identification of beneficiary farmer families rests with the state/union territory governments.

Despite lakhs of farmers applying under the schme, the Banerjee government has refused to clear their names, calling the scheme as a propaganda vehicle for the Modi government.

The Banerjee government has come up with its own medical insurance and peasants’ income support schemes.

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95% people do not need BJP: Akhilesh





 Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday took a swipe at Uttar Pradesh Minister Upendra Tiwari for saying that 95 per cent people do not need petrol, and said ‘the truth is that those people do not need the BJP’.

Upendra Tiwari had said that prices of petrol and diesel were not increased much considering per capita income and added that 95 per cent people do not need the petrol.

“The BJP minister said that expensive petrol does not bother the general public because 95 per cent of the people do not need petrol. Now, even the minister will not need it as the people will soon put him out of power. The truth is that 95 per cent of the people do not need the BJP,” Yadav said in a tweet in Hindi.

The SP president also asked, “Does Thar need diesel?”

The obvious reference was to the recent Lakhimpur Kheri incident where four farmers were allegedly mowed down by a jeep (Mahindra Thar) owned by Union Minister Ajay Misra.

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Priyanka to flag off ‘Pratigya Yatra’ on Saturday




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 Congress General secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will flag-off the three ‘Pratigya Yatras’ from Barabanki on Saturday.

The yatras will be taken out from October 23 to November 1.

According to the Congress press release, the ‘Pratigya Yatra’ will commence from Barabanki in the Bundelkhand region and will end at Jhansi via Lucknow, Unnao, Fatehpur, Chitrakoot, Banda, Hamirpur and Jalaun.

Similarly, in the western Uttar Pradesh region, the yatra will start from Saharanpur and will move through Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Moradabad, Rampur, Bareilly, Badaun, Aligarh, Hathras, Agra and Mathura.

In Avadh region, the yatra will start from Varanasi and will end at Rae Bareli via Chandauli, Sonbhadra, Mirzapur, Prayagraj, Pratapgarh and Amethi.

During these ‘Pratigya Yatras’, Priyanka will hold several meetings.

Priyanka, according to party sources, is likely to make announcements like women’s reservation in education and jobs, free education for women, farmer’s loan waiver and rebate in electricity rates during the yatras.

She has earlier announced that the Congress will give 40 per cent of the total election tickets to women in the state.

Apart from this, she has also promised to give mobile phones and scooty to the girl students.

The Congress is also especially eyeing women voters and is making a conscious effort to neutralize caste-based politics.

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Congress damaged interests by not trusting me: Amarinder





 Two days after announcing to launch his own political outfit to serve the interests of the people, two-time Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday slammed AICC general secretary Harish Rawat, saying the party has damaged its own interests by not trusting him and giving the party into the hands of an ‘unstable person’ like Navjot Sidhu.

“Your apprehension is that I’ll damage @INCIndia interests in Punjab…. Fact is @harishrawatcmuk ji, the party has damaged its own interests by not trusting me and giving @INCPunjab into the hands of an unstable person like @sherryontopp who’s only loyal to himself: capt_amarinder,” media advisor Raveen Thukral quoting Amarinder Singh as saying in a tweet.

In a series of tweets, Amarinder Singh asked Rawat, who is Punjab affairs in-charge, “Today you’re accusing me of helping my rival @Akali_Dal for 4 and a half years @harishrawatcmuk ji. Is that why you think I’ve been fighting court cases against them for the last 10 years? And why I’ve won @INCIndia all elections in Punjab since 2017?”

Asking Rawat to stop talking about secularism, the former Chief Minister said, “Don’t forget @INCIndia took in @sherryontopp after he was with @BJP4India for 14 years. And where did Nana Patole and Revnath Reddy come from if not RSS? And Pargat Singh was with @Akali_Dal for 4 years!”

Amarinder Singh further asked Rawat, “And what are you doing with @ShivsenaComms in Maharashtra? Or are you saying @harishrawatcmuk Ji that it’s ok to join forces with so-called communal parties as long as it suits @INCIndia purpose.

“What’s this if not sheer political opportunism?” he asked.

The former Chief Minister’s reaction came a day after Rawat said Amarinder’s announcement of floating a new party will not hurt the Congress in Punjab.

It will actually divide the votes of Congress’ rivals in the state, Rawat said, adding, “Our votes will depend on the performance of the Charanjit Singh Channi government. The way Channi has started, it has created a good impression before Punjab and the entire nation.”

Meanwhile, state party President Navjot Singh Sidhu blamed Amarinder Singh the architect of three black farm laws.

“The Architect of 3 Black Laws… Who brought Ambani to Punjab’s Kisani… Who destroyed Punjab’s Farmers, Small traders and Labour for benefiting 1-2 Big Corporates!!” Sidhu said in a tweet with photos of the former Chief Minister meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah and others.

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