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•        The government has denied the reports of bugging the residence or office of Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari. Union Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley clearly rejected the reports and gave their statements in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha respectively calling the reports to be “speculative”. The issue was raised by the Congress in both the Houses of the Parliament which even saw adjournments during the Question Hour and the Zero Hour.

•        The Modi government has refused to offer any timeframe in the Rajya Sabha for settling the row over the UPSC issue. It has assured that it will solve the matter soon even though the Opposition has been coming up with several statements related to the issue.

•        A delegation of five members from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is to visit riot-hit Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. BJP leader Suresh Rana, who was charged in the Muzzafarnagar riots, is also a part of the delegation. The situation in the city has been improved since Tuesday and curfew relaxed for few hours now.

•        The Speaker of the Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan said that she will be taking a decision on the matter of Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the next four days. She said that the decision will be taken once she will go through the rules and the letter from the Attorney General over the issue. Ms. Mahajan had been facing a dilemma over this concern and has, therefore, consulted Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi’s views on this issue.

•        Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has recommended Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the issue of the fishermen with Sri Lanka. In a letter written to Modi, she has requested the PM to immediately take up the issue with the Sri Lankan government so as to release 93 fishermen from Tamil Nadu.

•        The NDA government has issued notice to 16 former ministers of the UPA government for overstaying in the government bungalows. The eviction notices were sent to UPA leaders like Kapil Sibal, Sachin Pilot, Ajit Singh and Farooq Abdullah.   These ministers are reported to owe a damage charge of over Rs 20 lakh.

•        Senior Congress party leader Birender Singh met BJP chief Amit Shah. There are speculations that Singh may join BJP after the assembly polls in Haryana. It was a brief meeting and was held in a local hotel post Shah’s meeting with state party leaders at Gujarat Bhawan. Recently, Singh revolted against Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and refused to contest assembly polls under his leadership. Since then, Singh is keen to join BJP.

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Last Updated on July 30, 2014, 5:42 pm