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Those in power are real tukde tukde gang: Chidambaram

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New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday blamed the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, a day after India slipped 10 places in the Democracy Index, and said democracy has been “eroded and those who are in power are the real tukde tukde gang”.

In a series of tweets, former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram said: “India has slipped 10 places in the Democracy Index. Anyone who has closely observed the events of the last two years knows that democracy has been eroded and democratic institutions have been debilitated those who are in power are the real tukde tukde gang,”

Hitting out at the BJP, Chidambaram said: “The world is alarmed by the direction India is taking. Every patriotic Indian should be alarmed too,” he said in another tweet.

His remarks came a day after India fell 10 notches to settle at 51st rank on the Democracy Index 2019, a listing of the most and the least democratic nations published annually by The Economist Intelligence Unit, a news and general affairs publication.

The BJP has been using ‘tukde tukde gang reference to target the Congress and others.

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15th G20 Summit: India exceeding Paris Agreement targets, says PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the virtual G20 summit Climate Change event highlighted that India is “exceeding” its Paris Agreement targets.

PM Modi also said that India is taking a number of “concrete actions” such as making LED lights popular which is saving 38 million tons of Carbon Dioxide Emissions per year and smoke-free kitchens being provided to 80 million households.

“Climate change must be fought not in silos but in an integrated, comprehensive and holistic way. Inspired by our traditional ethos of living in harmony with the environment, and the commitment of my Government, India has adopted low-carbon and climate-resilient development practices,” he said.

India has taken several measures such as elimination of single-use plastics, expansion of forest cover, restore 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030, achieve 175 giga watt of renewable energy aimed at reducing carbon footprint and prevent climate change.

PM Modi batted for the International Solar Alliance, pointing out how it is “among the fastest growing International Organizations, with 88 signatories” and has plans to mobilise billions of dollars train thousands of stake-holders, and promote research and development in renewable energy, the ISA will contribute to reducing carbon foot-print”.

The Gurugram headquartered alliance is an India initiated project aimed at using solar energy to reduce dependency on fossil fuel.

He said, “This is the best time for further increasing research and innovation in new and sustainable technologies. We should do so with a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.”

The side event saw the participation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud who is the host of G20, along with Italy’s PM Giuseppe Conte, Japan’s PM Yoshihide Suga, Australia’s PM Scott Morrison, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump.

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