JP Nadda – National President, BJP:
Now that Mr. Rahul Gandhi has returned from his monthly vacation, I would like to ask him some questions. I hope he will answer them in his today’s Press Conference.
When will Rahul Gandhi, his dynasty and Congress stop lying on China? Can he deny that thousands of kms, including the one in Arunachal Pradesh he is referring to was gifted by none other than Pandit Nehru to the Chinese? Time and again, why does Congress surrender to China?
Rahul Gandhi spared no opportunity to demotivate the nation in the spirited fight against COVID-19. Today when India has one of the lowest cases and our scientists have come up with a vaccine, why hasn’t he congratulated the scientists and lauded 130 crore Indians even once?
Does Rahul Gandhi have any intention to cancel the Congress Party MoU with China and their Communist Party?
Does he intend to return the Chinese largesse to trusts controlled by his family? Or will their policies and practices continue to be dictated by Chinese money and MoU?
When will Congress stop provoking and misleading farmers of India?
Why did UPA stall the Swaminathan Commission report for years and did not increase the MSP?
Why did farmers remain poor for decades under Congress Governments? Does he feel sympathy for farmers only in opposition?
Rahul Gandhi has been spreading lies that all APMC Mandis will be closed down. But wasn’t action against the APMC Act a part of Congress manifesto? Would that not have closed down mandis?
Rahul Gandhi enjoyed Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. Why did his party ban it and insult Tamil culture when they were in power? Is he not proud of India’s culture and ethos?
I hope Rahul Gandhi gathers the courage to answer these questions. If he doesn’t, I urge our hard-working media friends to ask him these questions.
Rahul Gandhi, Former Congress President via INC India:
There is a tragedy unfolding in our country today, the Govt wants to ignore this tragedy, it wants to misinform people but the truth is that a huge tragedy is unfolding
What we are seeing, in industry after industry be it airports, infrastructure, telecom, retail, across the board, what we are watching is the development of massive monopolies in this country. 3-4-5 people are now owning this country
This country is now owned by a limited small group of people who I term as crony capitalists who have a close relationship with the PM and who provide the PM with media support
Biggest business in India is agriculture, 60% of our people are in agriculture & in terms of value, agriculture is by far the biggest hit.
Agriculture is not just what the farm grows, it’s the machinery that moves that produce, the structure of how it is sold
The last bastion that was protected from monopoly is being overrun. 3 new laws have been passed, they are designed to destroy Indian agriculture, by destroying mandis, by destroying essential commodities act & by making sure that no Indian farmer can go to court
The country itself is not able to understand what is happening. The result of this is going to be 3-4 people are going to own entire agriculture system. Farmers will not get the value they deserve, mandi system will be destroyed
3-4 businessmen will be able to store millions and millions of tons of wheat, rice, other essential commodities and my friends in the middle class, you will be paying prices you have never imagined
The rice, the wheat you buy comes to you at the rate it comes because of the APMC, so this is not an assault on the farmers, this is an assault on the middle class and every youngster that will not be able to find a job
This is what I want to tell youngsters, realise your independence is being taken away, realise this happened before and we fought this and everything that we have today is because of the fight that we fought and the exact same thing is happening to India, today
Sarbananda Sonowal – Chief Minister, Assam:
Assam is all set to welcome PM Shri Narendra Modi ji on January 23 at the historic Jerenga Pathar, Sivasagar.
Along with National GS Shri Dilip Saikia, Min Shri Jogen Mohan, MP Shri Kamakhya Tasa and others, inspected the meeting venue this afternoon & reviewed preparations.
Ministry of Commerce & Industry via PIB India:
The Central Government has now decided to nominate the non-official members on the National Startup Advisory Council representing various stakeholders such as founders of successful startups, veterans who have grown and scaled companies in India, persons capable of representing interest of investors into startups, persons capable of representing interests of incubators and accelerators, representatives of associations of stakeholders of startups and representatives of industry associations.
The nominated non-official members are as follows:-
1. Shri Byju Raveendran, Byju’s
2. Ms. Shradha Sharma, YourStory
3. Ms. Lizzie Chapman, ZestMoney
4. Shri Abhiraj Singh, Urban Company
5. Shri Kunal Bahl, Snapdeal
6. Shri Deepak Garg, Rivigo Service
7. Shri Bhavish Aggarwal, Ola Cab
8. Shri Krishna Kumar, Cropln
9. Shri Sanjeev Bhikchandani, Info Edge IndiaShri
10. Sridhar Vembu, Zoho Corp
11. Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan, Axilor Ventures
12. Shri Dr Subba Rao Pavuluri, Anath Technologies
13. Shri Mohandas Pai, Aarin Capital Partners
14. Shri Gopal Srinivasan, TVS Capital Funds Limited
15. Shri Ramesh Byrapaneni, Endiya Partners
16. Shri Prashant Prakash, Accel
17. Ms. Vani Kola, Kalaari Capital
18. Shri Manoj Kohli, Softbank India
19. Shri Rajan Anandan, Sequoia Capital India
20. Shri Amitabha Bandyopadhyay SIIC, IIT Kanpur
21. Shri Kunal Upadhayaya, CIIE, IIM Ahmedabad
22. Ms. Renuka Ramnath, Indian Private Equity & VentureCapital Association
23. Shri Venkatesh Shukla,The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE)
24. Shri Sharad Sharma, Indian Software Product Industry RoundTable (iSpirit).
25. Ms. Debjani Ghosh, National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM)
26. Shri Uday Kotak, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
27. Shri Vineet Agarwal, Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM
28. Shri Uday Shankar, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
The term of the Non-official members of the Startup Advisory Council shall be for a period of two years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
Via Kiren Rijiju – Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports:
I’m very excited that our Indigenous game Kho-Kho has finally gained momentum.
National Kho Kho Camp was inaugurated today.
High performance and scientific analysis will be part of the camp.
Congratulations to Kho Kho Federation of India and it’s President Sudhanshu Mittal Ji and the team.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Former Union Minister :
BJP shoves Anti Farmer Laws on resisting farmers for their “welfare”.
Now Congress trying desperately to piggy-back on Kisan agitation with Rahul Gandhi posing as champion of farmers’ cause.
Will Mr Gandhi explain to Punjab farmers why Capt Amarinder in the first place gave his consent for these laws as part of the Central committee & also implemented them in Punjab as promised in his 2017 manifesto?
Aaditya Thackeray – Minister, Maharashtra Govt. :
This afternoon I visited the Vidhan Bhavan of Maharashtra to meet Speaker Nana Patole ji and discuss with him our department’s proposal to allow tourists/ students as visitors into Vidhan Bhavan for guided tours on weekends with full security protocols in place
This controlled access will help us give a boost to tourism, and at the same time make tourists and students aware of our parliamentary ethos, procedures and traditions.
May inspire many young women and men to aspire to be lawmakers in the coming times.
Ministry of External Affairs:
The Government of India has received several requests for the supply of Indian manufactured vaccines from neighbouring and key partner countries.
In response to these requests, and in keeping with India’s stated commitment to use India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity to help all of humanity fight the Covid pandemic, supplies under grant assistance to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles will begin from 20 January 2021.
In respect of Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius, we are awaiting their confirmation of necessary regulatory clearances.
Immunization programme is being implemented in India, as in other countries, in a phased manner to cover the healthcare providers, frontline workers and the most vulnerable.
Keeping in view the domestic requirements of the phased rollout, India will continue to supply COVID-19 vaccines to partner countries over the coming weeks and months in a phased manner.
It will be ensured that domestic manufacturers will have adequate stocks to meet domestic requirements while supplying abroad.
Prior to the delivery of vaccines, a training programme, covering administrative and operational aspects, is being conducted on 19-20 January 2021 for immunization managers, cold chain officers, communication officers and data managers of the recipient countries, both at national and provincial levels.
India had earlier supplied hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir and paracetamol tablets, as well as diagnostic kits, ventilators, masks, gloves and other medical supplies to a large number of countries during the COVID19 pandemic.
India has also provided training to several neighbouring countries to enhance and strengthen their clinical capabilities, under the Partnerships for Accelerating Clinical Trials (PACT) programme.
Separately, several training courses have been organized for healthcare workers and administrators of partner countries under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme, sharing our experience in dealing with the pandemic.
In an ongoing effort, India will continue to supply countries all over the world with vaccines. This will be calibrated against domestic requirements and international demand and obligations, including under GAVI’s Covax facility to developing countries.