According to Shanti Bhushan, AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal lacks the ability to manage party affairs at the national level and under his leadership, the party failed to expand across India
Shanti Bhushan, senior leader and founder member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday criticised his party chief saying that Arvind Kejriwal lacks 'organisational skills' in party affairs and under his leadership AAP has failed to expand across the country.
Speaking to a news channel, Bhushan questioned Kejriwal's organisational skills, saying that there is no internal democracy in the party. "He is great leader, a great campaigner but in my opinion he lacks the ability to organize party affairs," Shanti Bhushan said adding, "AAP under him has failed to expand across India".
However, Shanti Bhushan's son and noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan has distanced himself from his father's statement. "Whatever Shanti Bhushanji has said are his personal views. It would have been better if he had expressed his views in the party forum," Prashant Bhushan told reporters.
Shanti Bhushan is considered a mentor within the AAP and has been associated with Kejriwal ever since the formation of the party.
Sparking open differences within the party, Bhushan advised Kejriwal to consult other leaders on important issues and to assign organisational work to some one else who has the time. However, despite ridiculing Kejriwal's organisational skills, Bhushan asserted that he is the right person to be the face of AAP and should remain the main campaigner.
BMW, Volkswagen’s Audi, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz, Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover, Fiat’s Chrysler, Toyota and Honda have all announced price cuts for vehicles or spare parts in July and early August
Over 1,000 domestic and foreign auto companies are facing anti-monopoly probes as the Chinese government has launched a crackdown on top overseas car makers like Mercedes and Audi for alleged violations of rules.
Anti-trust investigations already underway in the auto and telecommunications sectors have spread to other industries also, including a number of cement and medical companies, state-run China Daily reported.
Besides the recent high-profile cases, the probe into domestic companies are also being done and a monopoly case involving a state-owned company will be disclosed soon, an official at the National Development and Reform Commission was quoted as saying by the Daily.
The latest auto company involved in the probe is US manufacturer General Motors, which Tuesday said its passenger vehicle joint venture in China was contacted by the commission after at least seven foreign car makers cut prices amid the antitrust investigations.
BMW, Volkswagen’s Audi, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz, Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover, Fiat’s Chrysler, Toyota and Honda have all announced price cuts for vehicles or spare parts in July and early August.
Besides the auto companies, Chinese officials have placed companies like Microsoft under anti-trust violation probe.
FAW-Volkswagen’s Audi division may face a fine of 1.8 billion yuan ($292 million) for operating a monopoly, The Economic Observer reported.
The report said the punishment is equivalent to 1% of the company’s sales in 2013, which is the minimum level as the Anti-Monopoly Law states that violators can be fined between 1% and 10% of their sales revenue for the previous year.
Recent high-profile anti-trust cases have sparked concerns over China’s monopoly efforts, with some foreign businesses complaining that they are being targeted unfairly.
The NDRC official, however, said that the investigations, some of which began in 2011, are not aimed at any specific type of industry or a specific country.
“Investigations in many industries started with domestic companies and then spread to foreign companies,” he said.
He said investigations into state-owned or Chinese private enterprises are also underway and a monopoly case involving a state-run company will be disclosed soon.
He did not disclose the sector in which the state-owned company is and only disclose that it is not in the auto industry.
The official said many domestic automakers are under scrutiny, but the problem here is not as obvious as that involving their international peers, partly due to their small market share.
Domestic-brand automakers accounted for less than 20% of China’s auto sales in the first half of this year, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers says.
To deal with all the security related issues in sensitive areas like border and tribal areas, FDI proposals beyond 49% in railways will be cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security
The Indian government has imposed certain restrictions on foreign direct investment (FDI) in railways for projects in sensitive areas by stipulating that proposals seeking overseas investments beyond 49% will be cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).
Earlier this month, the Union Cabinet had cleared the long-delayed proposal for relaxing FDI policy in the cash-starved Indian Railways.
According to sources the Home Ministry had raised concerns with regard to rail infrastructure in border areas.
To deal with all the security related issues in "sensitive areas" such as border and tribal areas, FDI proposals beyond 49% will be cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), they said.
In all other areas such as high-speed train systems, suburban corridors and dedicated freight line projects, 100% FDI is permitted through automatic route.
The foreign investment liberalisation in the sector is aimed at helping in modernisation and expansion of the rail projects.
However, FDI will not be allowed in train operations and safety.
According to estimates, the sector is facing a cash crunch of around Rs29,000 crore and allowing of FDI will help mop up resources.
With the FDI nod, the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor is expected to get a push. The construction of exclusive rail corridor for freight movement is also likely to get a boost.