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BJP hits back at Rahul Gandhi for his criticism of NDA govt

Kochi: A day after Rahul Gandhi attacked the "procorporate" policies of the NDA government, BJP today hit back at the Congress vice president, saying it was the Manmohan Singh government "led by Sonia Gandhi" that favoured corporates and paved way for big scams, including 2G and coal.

Union Ministers and BJP leaders Ananth Kumar and Prakash
Javadekar also said the country is witnessing for the first
time in 10 years a scamfree government at the Centre under
the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi at a BJP function here,
Ananth Kumar asked the Congress vice president to compare the
way auctions of 2G spectrum and coal mines were held both in
UPA and NDA.

"2G...Rs 1,76,000 crore scam. How did you (UPA
government) distribute spectrum? First come first serve
basis. You thought 2G spectrum is some laddu. Therefore,
first come first serve. Whose property? Nation's property.
And now Rahul Gandhi is giving advise to us."

"Under Modi government, through a fair, transparent and
objective 2G spectrum auction... India got Rs 1,10,000 crore.
And during UPA, it was the corporates who got Rs 1,76,000
crore," said the Minister for Fertilizers and Chemicals.

He also said NDA government distributed just 35 per cent
of coal mines through transparent bidding and the country got
Rs 3,42000 crore.

Under UPA, these natural resources were distributed at
throw away prices to the corporates, Kumar said.

Meanwhile, Javadekar, who is visiting northern Kerala to
attend programmes to celebrate one year of the NDA
government, attacked Gandhi, saying the erstwhile UPA
government headed by his party was a "suitcase government".

Accusing the ministers in the UPA of "stealing" the
national wealth like spectrum and coal, Javadekar told PTI
that the then government headed by Manmohan Singh was a
"suitcase government".

He was responding to a query on Rahul Gandhi's criticism
that Modi government is a "suit boot government".

"BJP, under Modi, has given a clean, transparent
government. Ours is a propoor government," Javadekar said.

Addressing a fishermen rally in Chavakkad near Thrissur
yesterday, Rahul Gandhi had reached out to the fishing
community by attacking the Modi government's decision to
extend the ban on trawling, declaring "mother sea" cannot be
taken away from them.

"Land is the Kisan's mother, sea is your mother and they
want to take your mother and give it to someone else," he had
said, attacking the "procorporate" policies of the Modi

Jitan Manjhi meets Modi; asserts he is opposed to Nitish

New Delhi: Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, further fuelling speculation on a possible tieup with BJP when he said he will be with a formation that is opposed to incumbent Nitish Kumar postAssembly polls.

Parrying queries over any prepoll alliance, he told
reporters that he would partner with a formation which did not
include Nitish Kumar, his former mentor and now a bitter

Manjhi has launched his own outfit Hindustani Awam
Morcha, after an unceremonious exit from the post of Chief
Minister and JD(U).

Asked about RJD leader Lalu Prasad's overtures to him to
join a grand alliance, which is likely to include Kumar,
against BJP, he said a tieup between Prasad and Kumar is
unlikely to work as RJD voters would not support Kumar while
the JD(U) leader has a small voter base.

"If there is a need to ally with any party following the
election, I will go with a formation which does not include
Nitish Kumar," he told reporters.

He claimed he met Modi to raise the issue of farmers'
plight in Bihar and demanded a CBI inquiry into alleged
irregularities in paddy procurement.

Manjhi, a Mahadalit, is being eyed by the BJPled NDA as
well as Prasad as their new ally as the Mahadalit community
has the potential of tilting the scale in favour of whichever
major formation he chooses to align with.

Many believe that his populist policies when he was the
Chief Minister, besides his sacking from the hot seat by
JD(U), has generated some sympathy for him in his community
even though he remains an untested commodity in the
politically crucial state.

Prasad had recently proposed that Manjhi be included in
the grand alliance against BJP, inviting sharp response from

CBSE announces Class X results, girls outshine boys

New Delhi: Girls once again outperformed boys in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class X results today, which recorded a pass percentage of 97.32, about a per cent less than last year.

The last year's pass percentage was 98.87.

The pass percentage of girls in the 2015 examination was
97.82 per cent as compared to 96.98 per cent of boys.

According to a CBSE statement, Thiruvananthapuram region
witnessed highest pass percentage of 99.77 in the country.

In all, 13,73,853 candidates were registered for Class X
examination this year, an increase of about 3.37 per cent over
that of last year.

CBSE Class X results are reflected in grades.

A total of 94,474 students scored a perfect 10 CGPA
(Cumulative Grade Point Average), of them 49,392 were boys and
45,082 girls.

Chandigarh region fared the best with highest number of
students, a total of 15479, scoring perfect ten.

The results were delayed by about a week leading to
anxiety among the students and their parents.

Under the CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation)
system regular candidates appeared in both Board and School
based evaluation system.

The pass percentage of Schoolbased evaluation system was
better than that of Boardbased.

A total of 669721 students were registered under Board
based system out of which 640255 candidates qualified the
Class X examination this year, with a pass percentage of

In Schoolbased system, 696366 candidates were registered
out of which 642814 qualified taking the pass percentage to

The number of students who fell in Compartment category
stood at 41812 this year while six candidates were under
unfair means.

The candidates will appear in the Improvement of
Performance Test to be conducted by the Board or school in
July. The Boardbased improvement test will commence from July

Candidates seeking verification of grades will apply to
respective schools, under the Schoolbased system. The
applications of candidates in Boardbased system will be
submitted online only.

The Class X examination was held across the country at
41812 schools under ten regions of CBSE, said K K Choudhary
Controller of Exam.

Centre has no plan to ban beef across country: Venkaiah Naidu

Raipur: Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said here today that the Centre has no plan to ban beef across the country, amidst a row over Maharashtra government's decision to ban beef.

"The central government does not have any such plan.
Local government should take a decision on a local basis and
take care of sentiments of the people," he said at a press
conference here replying to a query whether the Centre would
enforce a beef ban across the country.

Naidu was here on a daylong visit of Chhattisgarh
during which he took part in a series of programmes in Durg
and Raipur districts, including inaugurating the 'Jankalyan
Fair' showcasing achievements of the Modi government.

Maintaining that the BJPled NDA government has
created an environment of trust and hope among people, he
alleged that the Congressled UPA government had left behind
an environment of despair.

"Development was on the backfoot during ten years of
UPA rule. Leadership was lacking and they were not in any
position to take any decision," he said.

"In the first year of the Narendra Modi government,
people witnessed that this government has a direction and
vision. It has ways and means to reach the masses. Global
recognition has gone up and investments are coming to the
country," he said.

Taking a dig at previous Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, without naming them, he said,
"Our PM is working, dynamic, dedicated and decisive. Earlier
PM used to preside and Madam used to decide, but now this
situation has changed. The PM presides as well as decides".

Attacking Congress for dubbing Modi government as a
"government of businessmen" in parliament, Naidu said that
businessmen are not the enemies of the country since both
industry as well as agriculture are essential for development.

"They were shouting in parliament that the government
belongs to businessmen. I ask Congress whether businessmen are
enemies of our country. Ambani and Adani's business tenure is
not merely of one year. Congress levels cheap allegations
against the government," Naidu, Urban Development Minister,

He also held a meeting with Chhattisgarh Chief
Minister Raman Singh, Public Works Department Minister Rajesh
Munat, Urban Development Minister Amar Agrawal and senior
officials at the Mantralaya to discuss various projects under
the urban development department and others.

Earlier during the day, at a public welfare exhibition
held at Bhilai in Durg district, he inaugurated the
DurgBhilai city bus service under which 40 public transport
buses will be operated.

Later, he inaugurated the Jan Kalyan Mela and an
exhibitioncumfair on the Centre's schemes and achievements
at Sector1 in Bhilai.

Sonia targets Centre as she visits her constituency

Rae Bareli: On a tour of Rae Bareli, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today accused the Centre of showing apathetic attitude towards her constituency, days after Rahul Gandhi alleged that the Modi government was pursuing "politics of vendetta" against them.

Gandhi, who reached here this morning for a daylong
visit, discussed with officials the progress of various
development works in the area.

She did not make any comment but Uttar Pradesh's Cabinet
Minister Manoj Kumar Pandey, who attended the meeting, said a
resolution was passed at the meet.

He said the resolution was proposed by him and read out
by Sonia Gandhi.

"The budget of roads under centrallysponsored schemes
and PM Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) for the district has been
reduced, showing apathetic attitude of the Centre for the
district," Pandey said, citing the resolution, and adding that
the Centre's action was condemned.

Gandhi's son and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi,
during his threeday tour of Amethi last week, had accused the
Modi government of pursuing the "politics of vendetta" against
his constituency.

Interestingly, the meeting hailed the Akhilesh Yadav
government of Uttar Pradesh for its initiatives taken for

"The resolution was put by me and read out by Sonia Gandhi
in which Akhileshji has been hailed for its initiatives for
the farmers of the district and that too without support of
Centre. The state government has given Rs 197 crore for
farmers affected by unseasonal rains of which Rs 22 crore
have been disbursed," the Minister said.

Soon after the meeting, Gandhi left for Bhuyemau guest
house where she met family members of the victims of the
recent Bachrawan train accident in which 30 people died.

She handed over cheques of Rs two lakh each to them with
the assurance of all possible help.

"Soniaji has assured us all possible help while giving
a cheque of Rs 2 lakh. She has asked us to be in touch and
let her know if we face any problem," said Ganga Sharan
Mishra, whose father had died in the mishap.

The engine and two coaches of the DehradunVaranasi
Janta Express derailed near Bachrawan Railway Station in the
district on March 20, leaving 30 dead and many others injured.

Gandhi also gave appointment letter to victim Shivendra
Singh's wife Sushma, who has been given a job in a school.

Gandhi had unveiled a plaque of Nagar Panchyat Bhawan,
constructed in Dalmau.

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