Between 2003 and 2007, Modi, as Gujarat CM, took about 100 chartered flights worth Rs 16 crore. But Congress leaders have not been transparent about their use of charters either.
Two ‘private citizens’ are now in the eye of a political tug-of-war for their business dealings, one the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the other the son of BJP president Amit Shah.
The growing loss of faith in the prime minister arises from the same source from which faith had been generated: his self-centredness.
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“If information on the affairs of close relatives of powerful politicians is to be withheld by the media, the only result will be the secrecy of power that will spawn all manner of corruption,” say the DUJ and NAJ.
How does the Modi government fare on tackling cronyism within its ranks? Not well, it would appear.
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‘Please understand, he got a letter of credit, he did not get a loan,’ the BJP president told a TV channel on Friday.
“The IFJ is concerned over the misuse of the criminal defamation to harass journalists and media to stop them for investigating matters of public interest and publication of critical stories.”
If he pointed a finger towards Robert Vadra’s wealth increasing due to his proximity to the Congress president, shouldn’t he ask if the sudden rise in Jay Shah’s fortunes is connected to his father’s position as BJP president?
The diversity of voices and opinions on the likes of Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube is a refreshing antidote to the stultifying conformity of the big media.
Now that the government has stepped in to bat for BJP president Amit Shah’s son, it should clear up questions about Rajesh Khandvala’s KIFS – with which he has had business dealings.
With only 18 months to go for the general elections, the BJP seems to have decided to abandon the vikas plank and go back to full-throated Hindutva and minority baiting.
Growth in bad loans raises questions about due diligence measures followed by renewable energy, power PSUs over last five years.
Judge was told senior advocate S.V. Raju could not be present as he was busy in the high court.
BJP Reaction to The Wire Story on Jay Amit Shah Shows Loss of Moral High Ground, Says Yashwant Sinha
The BJP leader also described the defamation cases Jay Amit Shah is filing against The Wire as an attempt to “suppress the voice of the media.”
Vinod Dua compares the political reactions to Robert Vadra’s corruption scandal and Jay Amit Shah’s remarkable business growth, and discusses the Supreme Court’s ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR.
Arfa Khanum Sherwani discusses the dramatic increase in some of the businesses of Jay Amit Shah, son of BJP president Amit Shah, with Rohini Singh, author of the investigative report on Jay Shah’s business ventures.
Permission was sought – and given – two days before The Wire’s article on the BJP president’s son had even appeared.
Jay Amit Shah’s response to Rohini Singh’s report.
Manik Dogra, Jay Amit Shah’s lawyer, responds.
BJP president Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah, has seen a dramatic increase in some of his businesses since Narendra Modi became prime minister.
Congress held a press conference to ask whether Modi, who had earlier said he would neither take bribes nor allow it, would order a probe into Jay Shah’s firm.
While state-level leaders insist otherwise, Amit Shah’s early exit from the ‘Jana Raksha Yatra’ suggests even the BJP recognises its failure.
State BJP leaders have expressed their disappointment with Tathagata Roy for being proactive only on social media.
“Policies that ought to be implemented, and ought to implemented well, like GST, are being completely fumbled,” Shourie also said in an interview to NDTV.
With the Congress banking on anti-incumbency and the BJP seeing dwindled support among the dominant communities, the ruling party is unlikely to have an easy ride in Gujarat.
Maya Mirchandani discusses a new book on the Bharatiya Janata Party as India’s ‘greatest election machine’.
The single most important policy failure of most Indian governments has been the near-complete neglect of public health and education.
“Maya Kodnani was not present in Naroda Gam, she was inside the state assembly at 8:30 am. From 9:30 am to 9:45 am I was at the Civil Hospital and I met Maya Kodnani there.”
The Gandhi scion will first have to find complete acceptability within his party before he takes over from his mother.
On a petition filed by Kodnani, special SIT judge P. B. Desai summoned Shah to appear before the court on September 18.
The manner in which the state machinery, including the police, intimidates family members of whistleblowers or those who report scandals, has become a recurring pattern, one that should not go unpunished.
Shah’s statement came at a time when messages critical of the ‘Gujarat model of development’ in the poll-bound state were being circulated on social media.
At the heart of the work of both the Kannada journalist and the Pakistani human rights activist was a desire to eradicate class and caste divides.
Kodnani says she was with Shah when the riots took place, so he is crucial to proving her alibi.
When it comes to Kerala’s most important festival, Hindutva organisations, hyper-identitarian Islamist groups and anti-Left Dalit intellectuals are all working to rob it of its subversive, democratic essence.
At least five Union ministers tendered their resignations on August 31 after meeting with party president Amit Shah.
Narendra Modi has learnt never to engage with his opponents; he sets the agenda and a hapless opposition and media try to keep up.