Breaking his silence on former union minister Jayanthi Natarajan's allegations, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that he had asked her ex-colleague to save the environment and adivasis.
The government will "trace" cases of "extraneous influence" in the clearance of specific files during Jayanthi Natarajan's stint as Environment Minister under the previous UPA government, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday.
A senior Congress leader on Monday said he saw the hand of a "syndicate" involving some party members behind former Union minister Jayanthi Natarajan's attack on Rahul Gandhi and called for identifying those who are making "concerted efforts to defame and weaken" the Congress vice president.
Union Minister and senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday termed as 'stunning' the revelations of former Congress Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, holding that they vindicated his party's charge that an extra- constitutional authority functioned under the UPA regime.
After former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, former union minister for environment and forests in the erstwhile UPA government Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday became the second senior politician to claim credit for the closure of Goa's tainted, multi-billon dollar iron ore mining industry.
Hours after Jayanthi Natarajan said she was ready to face a probe over green clearances granted by her, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday registered fresh three Preliminary Enquiries (PEs) in this regard.
Former Congress Working Committee member and ex-MP Jagmeet Singh Brar, who was suspended from the party last year, today backed former Union Minister Jayanthi Natarajan after she resigned from Congress membership attacking the party leadership.
In a blow to Congress, senior leader Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday announced her resignation from the primary membership of the party as she mounted a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi accusing him of interference in the Environment ministry during her stint and said she was ready to face a probe over green clearances granted by her.
In a scathing attack on Jayanthi Natarajan, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President E V K S Elangovan on Friday "thanked" her for quitting the party and said it would "purify" Congress manifold as she did not "serve it."
Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani triggered a new controversy by praising two Kashmiri militants who were killed in a recent encounter that also cost the life of gallantry award recipient Colonel MN Rai.
Jayanthi Natarajan quit the Congress on Friday, after a letter written by her to party president Sonia Gandhi on November 5, 2014 was published in the media. Jayanthi, in the letter, accused Rahul Gandhi of interference while she was environment minister in the Manmohan Singh government.
Apparently corroborating former union minister Jayanthi Natarajan's statement on Rahul Gandhi's intervention relating to rejection of green clearance to Vedanta's mining project, former party MP Pradeep Majhi on Friday said this speaks of the Congress vice-president's commitment towards the 'Dangaria Kondh' tribes in Niyamgiri hills.