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BJP slams Cong for questioning Amit Shah’s appointment

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New Delhi: BJP today slammed Congress for questioning the appointment of Amit Shah as its chief, saying it reflects “frustration” of the Opposition party which is “still reeling under” the defeat of the Lok Sabha polls.

BJP said Congress should “look inwards” and conduct an “introspection” into why it lost the elections and “wake up Rahul Gandhi who is sleeping” rather than interfering in the affairs of other parties.

“This reflects their frustration,” BJP’s media cell in-charge Shrikant Sharma said after Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi questioned whether BJP had “limited talent” that it was forced to go in for an accused in a murder charge for the top post.


Sharma said Congress, when in power, had “misused” investigating agencies and levelled allegations against Shah “which it has been unable to prove in court of law”.

“Since it lost power, Congress has been only levelling allegations against BJP. They should look inwards and conduct an introspection into the reasons of defeat and wake up its sleeping leaders,” he said.

BJP accused the Congress of attempting to “cover up corruption and bad governance that dominated the UPA rule”.

“The Congress should first do some introspection of its defeat and find out the reasons, including the assessment of its appeasement policies as enumerated by former Defence Minister A K Antony. Rahul Gandhi is sleeping and Congress should first wake him up,” he said.

High speed rail coaches to be rolled out in Sept end

Kapurthala: A day after Railway Budget was presented in Parliament, Kapurthala based Rail Coach Factory (RCF) today said it will roll out first rake of coaches, capable of running at a high speed of 160 km per hour by the end of September or first week of October.

Making the announcement, RCF General Manager Parmod Kumar said a few changes in suspension, breaking system, automatic doors will be made in consultation with Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) to enable coaches to run at high speed.

Kumar said Railways has selected eight to ten routes on which high speed trains will be run.       

Initially the speed of these trains would be 160 km on select rail routes and gradually, the speed would be raised up to 200 km after upgrading the signaling system, he said.

Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda had yesterday stressed on the efforts being made to increase the speed of trains in select sectors to up to 200 km per hour.