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Govt lacked statecraft to deal with age row: Jaitley

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Govt lacked statecraft to deal with age row: Jaitley

Mumbai: BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday criticised the UPA government for ” not showing statecraft” in dealing with the age row involving army chief General V K Singh.

“The government should have shown some statecraft to sort out the issue behind closed doors,” the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said at the alt39 Express Addaalt39 interaction organised by the Indian Express Group here.


Gen Singh had on Monday moved the Supreme Court against the governments rejection of his claim on his date of birth.

” This should not have been allowed to precipitate for so long. Intervention at the highest level should have taken place earlier,” he said. Jaitley also accused the Congress of unleashing a divisive agenda in Uttar Pradesh. ” The minority quota issue has changed governance agenda. As per the Mandal Commission quota for backward castes exists cutting across all religions,” he added. On the induction of tainted former Uttar Pradesh Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha in the BJP, Jaitley said the former BSP leader was admitted in the party by party president Nitin Gadkari after consultations with some people.

” Correctives were done immediately because we are more vulnerable from within than outside,” he said. On BJPs Prime Ministerial candidate for the next general elections, he said the party had several efficient leaders all over the country.

” Decision will be taken at an appropriate time to chose first among the equals,” he said, adding that the BJP was different from family- owned political parties.

Live- in relationship is a fad, perceived as immoral: Court

New Delhi: Despite legal legitimacy, live- in relationships are largely perceived to be immoral and it is a fad visible only in urban areas, a Delhi court observed on Tuesday while dubbing it as ” infamous western cultural product”, reports PTI. In remarks that may stoke a controversy, Additional Sessions Judge Surinder S Rathi said, ” Traditionally speaking, live- in relationships were alien to our nation till late. Even today it is fad which is visible only in urban areas.” The judge made the observations while handing down a 7- year jail term and a fine of Rs 7 lakh to a woman hailing from Mizoram for killing her live- in partner, a Nigerian national, in north Delhi over three years back. ” Lately, not only the Honalt39ble Supreme Court gave a legal cover to this infamous western cultural product but our Parliament also accorded some degree of protection by including live- in relationship under definition of domestic relationships as defined in section 2 of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act,” he noted. The ASJ also said, ” despite all the developments granting a level of legal legitimacy to live- in relationship, it is largely perceived to be an immoral relation in our society.” The case pertains to 28- year- old Zarzoliani stabbing her live- in partner Victor Okon Efflong, 28, to death in 2008 as she did not approve his withdrawing money from her bank account.