Posts tagged ‘President’

July 25, 2011

President owns assets worth Rs 5.6 crore Delhi: Setting a precedent for all those who hold high offices, President Pratibha Patil, Monday, declared her assets.

The President has assets totalling 5 crore 61 lakh 1 thousand 639 rupees. She has Rs 1 lakh 87 thousand 166 rupees in cash. She also owns jewellery worth 31 lakh rupees. Besides these, she owns a house, a farmhouse, and has invested in bonds.

Patil took the decision though the Central Information Commission (CIC) had suggested that it is not mandatory for the President to declare her assets. The CIC made this observation even after assessing that various other functionaries like ministers, judges and election commissioners were making disclosures voluntarily.

Passing the order in this regard, Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi underlined that the commission is not expected to do so, as it is not mandated under the RTI Act.

President owns assets worth Rs 5.6 crore The observation came while hearing a plea of RTI activist Subhash Agarwal, seeking details of the assets of the President and her family.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had reminded ministers about the annual declaration of assets along with that of their spouses. Former cabinet secretary K M Chandrasekhar had also written to ministers in this regard on June 02.

More than 600 IAS officers of the 4,000-odd in the service have missed the May 31 deadline for declaration of assets, and the lists of movable and immovable properties of IPS officers are still trickling in.


July 14, 2011

President, VP, Sonia condemn Mumbai blasts Delhi: President Pratibha Patil, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and several other political leaders on Wednesday night condemned the terror attacks in Mumbai that have claimed at least 21 lives and injured over 100.

“The President is grieved to know about the incident of blasts in Mumbai and has condoled the loss of lives in these blasts”, a Rashtrapati Bhawan statement said.

“The President wishes speedy recovery to those injured in the incident in Mumbai,” it added.

“Vice-President Hamid Ansari expressed deep shock at the scale of the attacks targeted against innocent people causing numerous fatalities and casualties,” a statement from the Vice- President’s Secretariat said.

“Such acts are aimed at destabilising the nation,” he said and urged all citizens to unite in this critical hour.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly condemned the bomb blasts in Mumbai and appealed to the people of the megapolis to remain calm and show a united front.

Singh, who is monitoring the developments related to the three explosions, spoke to Home Minister P Chidambaram and also to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

He asked Chavan to do whatever is possible to provide relief to the injured and the families of the deceased.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi condemned the dastardly act of terror in Mumbai and said such acts of cowardice would be dealt appropriately.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari condemned the Mumbai blasts in the strongest possible terms and asked the government to take a clear stand in setting up an effective anti-terror infrastructure.

BJP veteran LK Advani also spoke with Chidambaram to seek an update on the developments.

Condemning the multiple blasts, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said the terrorists wanted to prove that present Union government is “not capable” to contain them.

“I condemn the blasts which has thrown the challenge to humanists forces of the country,” Modi said.

“By triggering these blasts, nefarious elements want to prove that the present Central government is not capable to contain them and they have the strength to destroy the country,” he said.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Samajwadi Party also condemned the blasts and has requested the citizens of Mumbai to remain calm and help the agencies to maintain law and order.

“Citizens are advised not to touch anything unidentified and report suspicious and unclaimed goods to the police,” said Mahesh Tapase, spokesperson, NCP Maharashtra.

Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi said the terror attacks deserved condemnation from all.


June 6, 2011

BJP to meet President on Ramdev, demand special Parliament session

Bharatiya Janta PartyNew Delhi: BJP on Monday said it will hold peaceful protests across the country against the crackdown on Baba Ramdev’s agitation and meet President Pratibha Patil to demand convening of a special session of Parliament to discuss the issue.

The party, whose top leaders including BJP president Nitin Gadkari are holding a satyagraha at Rajghat, accused the government of “shielding and protecting” the corrupt.

“We would seek the intervention of the President. We would meet her this evening. LK Advani had yesterday said that the BJP will demand a special session of Parliament to discuss the issue,” BJP chief spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad said.

Advani, Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley were among a host of leaders who were at the satyagraha site.

Prasad said the Congress should remember that the BJP had fought against the “godmother of India” Indira Gandhi and succeeded.

“One thing that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister should remember is that the BJP fought against Indira Gandhi and emerged victorious.

“People of this country had taught a lesson. They will also teach these people a lesson. The whole country is angry and in an agitating mode. The government has lost all its moral authority and is cracking down on peaceful protests like the one led by Baba Ramdev while giving permission for anti-India rallies and speeches like the one by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

The BJP had yesterday launched an agitation against the crackdown on Baba Ramdev’s supporters and asked the government to bring back black money parked abroad.