No corruption in Rafale deal: Athawale

No corruption in Rafale deal: Athawale
Ramdas Athawale (NP)
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/18/2019 11:46:59 AM IST

Dismissing allegations by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Union minister of state for Social Justice & Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale said there was no corruption in Rafale deal, adding that even Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report had clearly pointed out that there was no corruption.
Claiming that the NDA government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was clean, he also asserted that people would vote Modi back as Prime Minister, adding the NDA would form the government again.
The minister said this during his maiden visit to Nagaland. He was scheduled to visit Mon for distribution of assisted devices and appliances for empowerment of persons with disabilities and to senior citizens under the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana. However, due to inclement weather, his chopper could not land at Mon and had to return to the State Capital.
Addressing media persons at Raj Bhavan here Monday evening, Athawale said 600 wheel chairs were distributed to persons with physically disabilities in his absence in Mon.
He told reporters that there were more than two crore persons with disabilities in the country and claimed that the NDA government was fully supporting the disabled people. Athawale said the Central government had announced a hike of old-age pension from Rs 300 to Rs 3,000 in the 2019-20 Union Budget.
He also informed that the Parliament had passed a Bill enhancing their reservation to 4% and 5% in educational sector.
On the issue of realignment of political parties, Athawale remarked that the coming together of Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati for the Lok Sabha polls would not be much effective, adding that Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into politics would be more beneficial for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh than the Congress.
In Maharashtra, Athawale said BJP and Shiv Sena would form an alliance, to which his RPI would extend support and hoped the coalition would win 42 to 43 of the 48 seats.
Athawale is also scheduled to formally launch the Nagaland unit of Republican Party of India (RPI) in Dimapur on Tuesday and it will be headed by M. Aye as the State president.
He, however, said that RPI would not field any candidate In Nagaland and committed to support BJP or NDPP, whichever contested. But, he said the party would contest the next State Assembly election and claimed that many people were currently joining his party.
The minister informed the media that his party’s demand for 10% reservation for economically weaker section in general category was approved by Parliament, under which 10% seats would be reserved for economically weaker section in general category.
The minister assured to support the PDA government where BJP was a partner for development of the State and also committed to work for the pending schemes under the Union social welfare ministry.
To queries on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Athawale said “We take into consideration the sentiment of the people” and added that RPI supported the Bill when it was passed in Parliament. He, however, said his party would try to see if any change could be made in the law’s implementation for the North-eastern States.
But, interestingly, he contradicted his own statement later when he remarked that the Government of India must re-consider its stand on the Bill to respect sentiments of the people in the North East.

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