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Never misused public office: Manmohan Singh

When our government left, India was the second fastest growing economy, he said.

 

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday hit out at allegations of corruption and policy paralysis against his government, saying he never used public office to "enrich" himself or his family and friends.
 
"I say in all humility that I have not used public office to enrich myself, family or friends," Manmohan Singh said at the national convention of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) here.
 
He also said that allegations of "policy paralysis" being made against the UPA government were "untrue".
 
"When our government left, India was the second fastest growing economy," he said.
 
The former prime minister said that "BJP harps on corruption to divert people's attention to non-issues".

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AAP tears into Centre's notification, right to impeach LG sought

AAP tears into Centre's notification, right to impeach LG sought 

 

A resolution against the Centre's decree giving Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung the final say in transfers and postings of bureaucrats was moved on Tuesday in the Delhi assembly while an AAP lawmaker demanded that state legislatures should have the power to impeach governors.
 
Buoyed by the Delhi High Court's observation that the lt. governor must act on the advice of the council of ministers, Aam Aadmi Party legislators took turns to criticise the Narendra Modi government's order giving Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung the final say in matters pertaining to services, police, law and order.
 
The May 21 notification had also stripped Delhi's Anti Corruption Branch of its power to act against central government employees.
 
On the first day of the two-day special session of the assembly called by the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government to discuss the home ministry's notification, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia moved the resolution, saying the Centre had encroached upon the rights of the Delhi assembly.
 
"It (notification) is encroachment on the rights of the legislative assembly of Delhi. They (central government) have tried to dilute the spirit of the Constitution," Sisodia told the assembly.
 
He said the BJP-led government at the Centre was "unconstitutionally trying to impose President's Rule in Delhi".
 
"This government has taken corruption head-on and achieved unprecedented success. The Centre is trying to thwart Delhi government's attempts," Sisodia added.
 
Taking the tussle with Jung a notch higher, AAP legislator Adarsh Shashtri demanded that a resolution be passed in the assembly to amend the Constitution to enable state legislatures to impeach governors and Lt. Governors.
 
"We should pass a resolution asking parliament to review the recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission and the articles 155 and 156 of the Constitution to allow state legislatures to have the power to impeach governors and Lt. Governors," Shastri said.
 
AAP lawmaker Somnath Bharti moved a private member's resolution against the union home ministry's notification. The house will take up the resolution on Wednesday and it is likely to be passed.
 
The resolution moved by Bharti contended that the May 21 central notification was "contrary to and violative of the provisions of the Constitution of India".
 
"This house finds this act of the ministry of home affairs as an attempt on the part of the central government to encroach upon the legislative powers of this august house conferred by the Constitution."
 
The notification was issued following the ongoing tussle between the AAP government and Lt. Governor Jung over the appointment and transfer of bureaucrats. Both also approached President Pranab Mukherjee to seek his intervention for a resolution of the issue.
 
Meanwhile, BJP member O.P. Sharma was marshalled out of the assembly after he made critical remarks against Speaker Ram Niwas Goel.
 

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After stand-off, Kejriwal meets Jung
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday for the first time after a stand-off began between the two over postings and transfers of bureaucrats.
 
The meeting took place a few hours before the start of Delhi assembly's emergency session called to discuss the home ministry's notification that said the Lt. Governor will have the last word in bureaucratic postings and transfers.
 
Sources said Kejriwal showed Jung the high court order allowing Delhi government's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to investigate Delhi Police officials caught on corruption charges. He also apprised Jung about his views on the issue, sources added.
 
Dismissing the bail plea of a head constable arrested on graft charges, the Delhi High Court said the city government's ACB has "jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute" Delhi Police officials.
 
Kejriwal was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Chief Secretary K.K Sharma.
 
A tussle over bureaucratic appointments broke out between Jung and Kejriwal, triggered by the appointment of senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin as the acting chief secretary on May 15.
 
Kejriwal had accused Gamlin of lobbying for power distribution companies.
 
Consequently, the ministry of home affairs issued a gazette notification that vested power on public order and services issues in the hands of the Lt. Governor.

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