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Kerala CM: No need for Jaleel to resign, what’s the case against him?

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:

Kerala

chief minister

Pinarayi Vijayan

on Monday rallied behind beleaguered higher education minister

K T Jaleel

, asserting there was no need for him to resign, as being demanded by the opposition after he appeared before the ED over an alleged FCRA violation.

The opposition had been making “imaginary and fabricated” allegations and seeking Jaleel’s resignation, he claimed while seeking to know what was the case against the minister.

The Congress-led UDF and the BJP have been staging state-wide protests demanding that the minister put in his papers after he appeared before the

Enforcement Directorate

on Friday in connection with the alleged FCRA violation in getting consignments of Holy Quran through diplomatic channel.

Jaleel had earlier admitted that a consignment containing Holy Quran had been received from the UAE Consulate here, which a top Customs official had referred to as “prima facie violation of FCRA”(Foreign Contribution Regulation Act).

“There is no need for Jaleel to resign as there is no case against him. As part of a probe, some information was sought from him by the investigation agency”,Vijayan told reporters here on Monday.

“What is the case against Jaleel? The opposition have been making imaginary and fabricated allegations and are seeking Jaleel’s resignation,” he said.

Many complaints were sent to the probe agencies related to the Quran. Normally it was not a controversy. The Quran came through the UAE consulate.

“The probe agency sought certain information related to that. That’s what I understand”, the chief minister said, replying to a question on the issue.

Noting that Jaleel handled Waqf board department as well, he said the consulate general had approached him in connection with providing charity (sakkath) during Ramzan.

“It’s not a crime to help the consulate. Jaleel had even shown the messages related to that to the media. He publicly showed the details regarding the issue. What’s the crime?,” a visibly agitated Vijayan asked.

Spreading “fake allegations” seemed to be a hobby for some people in the state, he added.

Vijayan’s strong support to his cabinet colleague came a day after Jaleel defended his silence on the ED questioning him and said he was not prepared to reveal anything to those who were “fabricating lies” and spreading them without a prick to their conscience.

“What has to be kept under wraps will be concealed, what has to be revealed will be disclosed to whom it has to be divulged. This is the way all “Dharma Yudhams” (war of righteousness) have been won”, Jaleel had said, in response to criticisms that he had concealed information on the ED interrogating him.

Vijayan also brushed aside a media report that industries minister E P Jayarajan’s wife had violated Covid-19 quarantine protocol and visited a bank in Kannur after a probe was allegedly launched following circulation of a photograph of her son and Swapna Suresh, accused in gold smuggling case.

He wanted to know which agency was carrying out the ‘investigation’.

The minister’s wife had retired from the bank and has a locker there. “Yes, she went to the bank and might have used her locker. So, What’s the big deal about that?” he asked.

The minister’s wife

Indira Jayarajan

, in a video message, denied that she had gone to the bank while in quarantine.

She said she had gone there to collect some jewels of her grandchildren for their birthday.

The minister and his wife later tested positive for Covid-19 and are presently undergoing treatment in a hospital in Kannur.

Vijayan alleged that the BJP and the Congress have joined together to oppose the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government.

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Opposition members boycotted last day of session due to some political compulsions: Om Birla

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NEW DELHI: Opposition members boycotted the last day of the Monsoon Session due to some “political compulsions,” Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Friday, noting that they conveyed they have no issues with him.

Birla said he called the floor leaders of all opposition parties for a meeting over a cup of tea and requested them to attend the valedictory proceedings of the house.

“The opposition leaders boycotted the last day of the session due to some political compulsions, while they conveyed to me that they had no issues with me,” the Speaker said.

Birla was addressing a press conference here on the conclusion of the Monsoon Session.

Underlining that the productivity of the Lok Sabha was at a historic 167 per cent, he said that despite the threat of Covid-19, the average attendance of MPs in the Lower House, during this session, was more than 300 which sends a very positive message and strengthens peoples’ faith in democratic institutions.

He credited the cooperation from all political parties for higher productivity of the Lower House.

“The Lok Sabha sat for 60 hours instead of the allotted time of 37 hours. In fact, despite the curtailment of the session due to Covid-19, the Lok Sabha was able to function optimally with minimal loss of productivity,” Birla said.

Describing unruly scenes on the last day of the Rajya Sabha as “unfortunate,” Birla said he doesn’t want to comment on the proceedings of the other House and efforts should be made to further strengthen the democratic institutions.

On the issue of the Question Hour, Birla said that members were given ample opportunities to raise matters concerning peoples’ welfare through written questions and the Zero Hour.

Highlighting the enhanced participation of members during the Zero Hour, Birla said it shows that they were given enough opportunities to express their views and were encouraged to participate in the discussions.

Talking about curtailment of the session, Birla said the decision was taken with a consensus in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Monsoon Session of Parliament, which started on September 14, concluded on September 23, eight days before the scheduled end on October 1.

When asked about new Parliament building, Birla informed that the construction work has started and it will be completed within 21 months.

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PM Modi speaks to Japan’s Yoshihide Suga

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga and said they agreed that stronger India-Japan ties would help meet the challenges of the current regional and global situation.

“Had a very good conversation with PM Suga Yoshihide. We exchanged views on the tremendous progress in our relationship in the last few years, and the future direction of our Special Strategic and Global Partnership. @sugawitter,” Modi tweeted on Friday.

We agreed that stronger India-Japan ties would help meet the challenges of the current regional and global situatio… https://t.co/9PJijcN4jA

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1601034901000

He added, “We agreed that stronger India-Japan ties would help meet the challenges of the current regional and global situation. I look forward to working with PM Suga to further strengthen our all-round partnership.”

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Opposition members boycotted last day of session due to some political compulsions: Om Birla

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NEW DELHI: Opposition members boycotted the last day of the Monsoon Session due to some “political compulsions,” Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Friday, noting that they conveyed they have no issues with him.

Birla said he called the floor leaders of all opposition parties for a meeting over a cup of tea and requested them to attend the valedictory proceedings of the house.

“The opposition leaders boycotted the last day of the session due to some political compulsions, while they conveyed to me that they had no issues with me,” the speaker said.

Birla was addressing a press conference here on the conclusion of the Monsoon Session.

Underlining that the productivity of the Lok Sabha was at a historic 167 per cent, he said that despite the threat of Covid-19, the average attendance of MPs in the Lower House, during this session, was more than 300 which sends a very positive message and strengthens peoples’ faith in democratic institutions.

He credited the cooperation from all political parties for higher productivity of the Lower House.

“The Lok Sabha sat for 60 hours instead of the allotted time of 37 hours. In fact, despite the curtailment of the session due to Covid-19, the Lok Sabha was able to function optimally with minimal loss of productivity,” Birla said.

Describing unruly scenes on the last day of the Rajya Sabha as “unfortunate,” Birla said he doesn’t want to comment on the proceedings of the other House and efforts should be made to further strengthen the democratic institutions.

On the issue of the Question Hour, Birla said that members were given ample opportunities to raise matters concerning peoples’ welfare through written questions and the Zero Hour.

Highlighting the enhanced participation of members during the Zero Hour, Birla said it shows that they were given enough opportunities to express their views and were encouraged to participate in the discussions.

Talking about curtailment of the session, Birla said the decision was taken with a consensus in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Monsoon Session of Parliament, which started on September 14, concluded on September 23, eight days before the scheduled end on October 1.

When asked about new Parliament building, Birla informed that the construction work has started and it will be completed within 21 months.

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