"Our party has always maintained that Mr Chidambaram's victory in the 2009 parliamentary elections was through fraudulent means... His continuance in the Union council of minsters is untenable," Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa told reporters
New Delhi: Otherwise appearing soft on Congress, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday attacked Union home minister P Chidambaram and demanded his resignation for his 'fraudulent victory' in the Lok Sabha election but he hit back saying her remarks were 'gross contempt of court', reports PTI.
"Our party has always maintained that Mr Chidambaram's victory was through fraudulent means... His continuance in the Union council of minsters is untenable," she told a press conference here.
"Mr Chidambaram was never elected to Parliament in 2009. He has played a fraud on the nation. Our party candidate won the election," she said.
Ms Jayalalithaa was asked a question whether her party has gone 'soft' on the case filed by AIADMK candidate Mr Rajakannapan against Mr Chidambaram's victory in Sivaganga constituency in the 2009 elections.
The chief minister alleged that Mr Chidambaram was announced the successful candidate because of a fraud committed by a data entry operator.
Reacting to Ms Jayalalithaa's statement, Mr Chidambaram said she has the habit of "starting on the wrong foot".
"She has always had utter contempt for court proceedings and hence her statement today is not at all surprising," he said in a statement.
He said, "She knows that her candidate Mr Rajakannapan has filed an election petition in the Madras High Court and that is pending since September 2009. Her statement is therefore in gross contempt of court."
The home minister said Mr Rajakannapan had also contested the assembly elections last month and lost from one of the segments falling under his parliamentary constituency Sivaganga.
"Perhaps, she would say that that election result was also fraudulent," he said.
Ms Jayalalithaa was carping in her criticism of Mr Chidambaram while she chose to be soft on Congress and the central government in response to various questions.
Bharti AXA Life Insurance, the private life insurance joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and AXA, world leader in financial protection, has appointed Sandeep Ghosh as the chief executive officer (CEO).
Sandeep Ghosh has over 20 years of experience in India and overseas, primarily in the financial services sector. Prior to joining Bharti AXA Life, he was with ANZ as the managing director, commercial banking head for Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong. During this time, he played a major role in building a commercial banking franchise for ANZ in Asia through organic builds and the integration of businesses acquired from RBS.
Announcing the latest appointment, Kevin Wright, CEO, South East Asia, AXA said, "We are delighted to have Sandeep on board. We are committed to building a strong franchise in India and I look forward to Sandeep to lead the Bharti AXA Life team to newer heights through his leadership, rich experience and market knowledge."
Sandeep holds masters in business administration from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
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Various housing schemes have fallen drastically short of the targets
The housing requirement by the end of the 11th Five-Year Plan in 2012 will pile up to 26.53 million units, an increase from the 24.71 million units requirement at the end of the previous plan in 2008, according to a government report.
The report, prepared by a technical group of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, attributed the increasing housing deficit to the failure of various schemes like the Interest Subsidy Scheme for Housing the Urban Poor (ISHUP) which had set a target of 3.10 lakh dwelling units, but has achieved only 5,038 units so far. A total Rs1,378 crore was allocated under the 11th Plan for ISHUP, which provides interest subsidy on housing loans to weaker sections and low-income groups.
The Affordable Housing in Partnership scheme that was launched in 2009 with a target of building one million housing units has seen 14 projects comprising 19,100 dwelling units approved so far. The project cost till now is estimated at Rs792.04 crore, with Rs53.96 coming from the central government. The scheme is meant to create a land bank for affordable housing projects and provide central government support on infrastructure connectivity.
The ministry has decided to enhance the schemes that provide affordable housing to urban poor and slum redevelopment. The original allocation of Rs18,141.34 crore under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) was enhanced to Rs23,184.66 crore, whereas Rs16,356.35 crore has been allocated for Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP) and Rs6,828.31 crore for Integrated Housing and Slum Development (IHSDP). So far, 15.6 lakh houses have been sanctioned under the schemes with the centre contributing Rs20,787.90 crore towards these schemes.