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India Front Line Report
SEAnews Issue:monthly
2019-01-06 ArtNo.46492
◆Modi govt gets big relief in Rafale deal

【Bengaluru】The Narendra Modi government on December 14 got a major relief as the Supreme Court dismissed a batch of PILs for a probe into the April 2016 deal to buy Rafale fighter jets.
 The deal has led the main Opposition Congress party to attack the Union government for not disclosing the price, reducing the number of aircraft from 126 to 36 and favouring Anil Ambani's company.
 The Court concluded the judgment with the following words: "We however make it clear that our views as above are primarily from the standpoint of the exercise of jurisdiction under Article 32 of the Constitution of India which has been invoked in the present group of cases."
 The Court's approach was pretty simple and straightforward: there are severe limits to the Court's jurisdiction while examining a case of defence procurement. The lesson is clear: the petitioners erred in invoking the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under Article 32 of the Constitution.
 A local English daily newspaper commented, "In case of Manohar Lal Sharma vs Narendra Damodardas Modi and other cases (Rafale deal cases) the judgment of the Supreme Court pronounced on December 14, 2018, will be remembered more for the questions that the Court did not decide than for the questions that were decided."

○Modi govt 'one-man show': BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha

【Thiruvananthapuram】BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on Dcember 24 took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, saying he was personally against the "one-man show and the two-men army".
 Sinha, who is known for his sharp attacks on the ruling BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, said in a democracy "a party is bigger than the individual but the nation is bigger than the party." "So, whatever I have said and done was in the national interest and certainly not in self-interest. So far, I have never asked for any favour or anything for me," the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.
 He was speaking here at the launch of the book 'The Paradoxical Prime Minister, Narendra Modi And His India', penned by Thiruvananthapuram MP and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. Sinha, the actor-turned-politician, said people can decide whether the prime minister was paradoxical or absurd after reading Tharoor's book.

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Modi govt gets big relief in Rafale deal

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