The Narendra Modi led NDA government was sort of embarrased in the highest court of the country today – in a blow to the dilly dallying approach of the centre making names public in a selective way, the court ordered that the list of black money holders, in toto, be handed over by tomorrow to the court.
The SC pulled up the government for seeking modification of its order on disclosing names of account holders in foreign banks.
The apex court also ordered the government to just pass the information of account holders and then await its orders on the matter. This decision by the Supreme court comes a day after the centre released eight names against whom it has started prosecution for allegedly stashing black money in foreign banks. Of the eight, three of them were said to have bank account in foreign banks.
This made the court to question the government as to why it was keen on providing a protective umbrella to foreign bank account holders. “We can’t leave the issue of bringing back black money to government. It will never happen during our time”, stated the SC said in its judgement.
This happening in the court is a huge embarrassment for the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has, as per even many NDA supporters, has been vacillating on the black money holder list being made public.
Shashi Tharoor, MP from Trivandrum, and presently persona non grata with the Congress leadership, thanks to his bipartisan views on the “Clean India” campaign call by PM Narendra Modi, in a sense has done it again, much to the chagrin of his party and party-men.
He extended his support to the clean India campaign of the PM by clean up the famous Vizhinjam beach, just 14 kms away from the center of his constituency, Trivandrum.
Apart from tweeting in reply to the Prime Ministers call for support to a Clean India, Dr Tharoor also posted a video of the event and his speech with an appeal to PM Modi that funds be allocated by the centre to help revive the polluted Parvathi Puthanar falling in his home constituency.
While many neutral political observers have indeed lauded Dr Tharoor for his support for the cause of a Clean India, the video and the MP’s speech has left many in the Congress circles wondering if its now a mere formality that the suave leader will formally exit the party, that is battered owing to a series of electoral debacles under the leadership of the mother-son duo, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.
PM Narendra Modi is likely to attend the swearing in ceremony of the BJP or BJP led government in Maharashtra, as and when it happens.
However, officials of the state governments protocol wing are in a quandary over how the seating arrangements are to be made, just in case Modi does attend the grand swearing in at the precincts of the Mantralaya.
Leaders of the state BJP seem to be of the opinion that the state officials must keep a watch on the swearing ceremony of the M L Khattar led government today, to see how the PM Modi is seated in that function.
“We suggested them that they should watch where PM sits during the swearing-in ceremony of Haryana government today and accordingly make seating arrangements here,” one leader stated.
Looks like the Haryana government officials did not ponder that much on the protocol challenge as this video of the today’s swearing in depicts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took time off from his hectic schedule to meet a host of media people at the BJP Party headquarters this afternoon (25th Oct). Most of the leading lights of prominent TV channels and print media were present there.
Party president Amit Shah welcomed and next to that PM Modi addressed the media – his brief speech focused on his Clean India campaign, and how the media was playing a very constructive role in informing people of the same, and propelling them into action.
After the speech, he mixed with those present for informal interactions.
While there was a promise from the PM of more similar interactions in the coming times, the event was marked by the lack of any serious attempt by Shri Modi to take up questions on more serious issues.
For most in the media, it was a good opportunity to wish the PM in person, and get a now in vogue ‘selfie’ shot. And none of them were complaining of content as per seasoned observers.