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PB’s twisty take on the top five headlines of the day.
1. Was asked to stay away from Punjab: Sidhu on quitting RS
During the last Lok Sabha election also, he didnt campaign for BJP or the ministers. Being in BJP for such a long tenure and doing nothing for party is equivalent to his absence in national politics. Along with this, Sidhu’s resignation from Rajya Sabha is justified. He was denied renomination from the seat which he represented multiple times. He was sidelined for long and nominated to RS under political compulsion. It is wrong for the party leadership to ask Sidhu to stay away from the state with which he has long long association as its native. The speed with which his resignation was accepted from the RS suggests that the party is no longer interested in him.
2. RJD, SP accuse govt of denying OBCs ‘chance’ to join IAS, IPS
Why should there be caste based reservations in group II & group I cadres. To resolve issue abolition of reservation in promotion, recruits for higher groups should be provided by UPSC exam with equal opportunity. Thankfully, the government hit back, saying the members of the two parties were trying to “portray a wrong picture”.
3. India will implement Social Security Agreement with Japan
“The comprehensive SSA between India and Japan will favorably impact the profitability and competitive position of Indian and Japanese companies with foreign operations in either countries by reducing their cost of doing business abroad,” the statement said. This should help workers realize better net salary.
4. SC notice to Vijay Mallya on plea of consortium of banks
Can there ever be a greater farce than this “pursuit” of Mallya? Do the banks and all the regulatory/law-enforcing authorities of India take a billion citizens to be total fools? Is it permissible in our constitution that an NRI with his wife and children as foreigners allowed to become an MP? This just goes to show how the rich and influential can bend rules and regulations for their own benefits.
5. Consensus On Tax Reform GST Appears To Crumble, Congress Furious
The Goods and Services Tax or GST Bill is in trouble yet again. In Rajya Sabha, the Congress disrupted proceedings over a private member bill for providing a special status to Andhra Pradesh after formation of the state of Telangana. There are apprehensions in the BJP that its loyal vote bank of traders may revolt against GST as it may bring greater accountability among those who do not pay taxes.