05012019-TTC-01.qxd 05-01-2019 01:19 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.5 | 22 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, january 5,2019 Khaira says new set-up tomorrow, won’t quit as MLA Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January4 A day after Punjab MLA HS Phoolka quit Aam Aadmi Party, the party’s seven rebel MLAs led by Sukhpal Singh Khaira today said they would announce their new political formation on Sunday without resigning as MLAs. In Patiala, AAP’s suspended MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi said he was unsure on recontesting. “We will not resign as MLAs. Along with political groups having similar ideologies, we will unite under the aegis of Punjab Democratic Front,” Khaira said. Lambasting AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal, Khaira said they were upset over his “dictatorial attitude” and backing away from the principles on which the party was founded. Khaira said there would be no mergers, but Dr Gandhi and outfits like Lok Insaaf Party and BSP would contest the LS poll under the front. Today’s issue consists of 22 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. Bofors ‘sank you, Rafale will bring PM Modi back’ Nirmala: No scam, deal better than UPA’s on all counts Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 4 The government went on the offensive in Lok Sabha today, with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman trashing all allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal and tearing into the Opposition Congress, saying, “Bofors brought you down, Rafale will bring Prime Minister Narendra Modi back.” In a two-hour-long reply, a combative Sitharaman displayed a mix of emotions and manner to defend the Rafale pricing and processes and accused the erstwhile Congress-led UPA of never intending to buy the jets as the “deal didn’t suit them”. “I allege, I charge that they (the Congress) did not intend buying Rafale jets. They just kept the motions going through 10 years of their rule between 2004 and 2014. National security was not important to them. Their own treasury was ‘MoD WITHOUT DALALS’ Defence Ministry ❝run for 5 years was without dalalsand there’s no acquisition pending. Bofors was a scam. Rafale is not. Bofors sank you (Cong). Rafale will bring Modi back Nirmala Sitharaman, DEFENCE MINISTER more important,” she said. In reply, Congress president Rahul Gandhi dismissed it as “defence of a lie”, asking for a joint parliamentary commit- tee probe, which was rejected. The minister took rampant jibes on the Congress and the Gandhi family, saying on one occasion: “There’s a difference between defence deals and dealing in defence. We don’t do defence deals. We deal in defence in national interest, but they played with national security. Something about the deal did not suit them. Someone somewhere didn’t receive something… For every AA, there is an RV and a Q also.” Sitharaman’s reference was to Rahul Gandhi’s brother-inlaw Robert Vadra and Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrochi named in the Bofors scandal. She was rebutting Gandhi’s description of industrialist Anil Ambani as “AA” in Lok Sabha two days ago. Constantly interrupted by Congress MPs during the response, Sitharaman called NDA’s Indo-French Inter Government Agreement to continued on page 7 more on PAge 7 Ayodhya dispute: Supreme Court Bench by Jan 10 Intervene inSabarimala, no entry: Cong to Centre New Delhi, January 4 The Supreme Court is finally going to hear the politically sensitive Ram JanmabhoomiBabri Masjid dispute which has been hanging fire for months despite completion of procedural formalities, including translation of documents and filing of affidavits, counter-affidavits and rejoinders. During a hearing lasting barely 30 seconds, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Friday said the order on hearing cross-appeals against the 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court will be passed by an “appropriate Bench” on January 10. It means the CJI will constitute before January 10 a new Bench which will decide 14 cross-appeals against the HC order dividing the disputed land equally between Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Wakf Board. Earlier, a Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra (since retired) was hearing the matter, but after his retirement on October 2, the Bench had not been reconstituted. — TNS sabarimala/New Delhi, Jan 4 A Lankan woman below 50 years succeeded in gaining entry into the Ayyappa shrine today as stray incidents of violence were reported from various parts of Kerala, a day after the BJP-RSS and right wing outfits ran riot clashing with the ruling CPM. In the Lok Sabha, the Congress surprised everyone by demanding legislative intervention by the Centre to prevent the entry of women of reproductive age into Sabarimala shrine. The BJP accused the state government of “transgressing religious rights and spaces of people in the name of protecting women’s rights”. The Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the temple, sought an explanation from the priest for closing the temple and performing purification rites after two women entered the temple on January 2. Police said 1,718 persons have been arrested in connection with the violence. — PTI/TNS Edit: Sabarimala protests IN BRIEF Ajay Maken quits as Delhi Congress president New Delhi: Former minister and Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken on Friday quit as Delhi Congress chief, citing ill-health in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. PAGE 7 Afghan NSA appreciates India’s role in country New Delhi: Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib on Friday appreciated India’s role in reconstruction of the country during talks with counterpart Ajit Doval. His appreciation came in backdrop of US President’s comments mocking New Delhi’s role. PTI New Nepal law requires kids to deposit 5-10% of income in parents’ bank account Kathmandu, January 4 The Nepal Government is set to introduce a law which makes it mandatory for the children to deposit 5 to 10 per of their income into the bank accounts of parents to ensure their well-being. According to the Prime Minister’s press adviser Kundan Aryal, a Cabinet meeting has decided to present a Bill on amendment to the Senior Citizen Act-2006. “The main objective is to ensure the security of senior citizens,” Aryal said. “There have been reports that people who are rich have been neglecting their parents. We are introducing the law to discourage the practice and ensure security for elderly people,” Aryal said. According to the Senior Citizen Act-2006, people aged above 60 years have been defined as senior citizens. Those failing to adhere to these provisions will face a penalty. “It will be deposited in the accounts of the parents concerned,” he said. — PTI
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