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2G scam verdict: ‘Vindicated’ Rahul Gandhi says BJP’s foundation based on ‘lies’

Launching a no-holds barred attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the saffron party’s whole architecture and foundation were based on “lies.””The whole architecture and foundation of the BJP are based on lies,” said Mr Gandhi. He was speaking after chairing his first Congress working committee (CWC) meeting as the Congress president with his mother Sonia Gandhi seated next to him.”I think 2G has been a vindication (of Congress’ stand),” Rahul Gandhi told reporters when asked about the special CBI court’s Thursday verdict acquitting all the accused. “Everyone knows about 2G, the truth has come out in front of you.”Also readRahul Gandhi chairs first CWC meeting after being elected Congress President “If you see the Modi model in Gujarat, it was a clear lie. When we went to Gujarat, the people said there is no model, they said what is going on is stealing of people’s resources. The promise of 15 lakhs in every bank account, Demonetisation, ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ everything is a lie,” he added.Rahul today chaired the CWC meeting for the first time after being elected as the party chief earlier this month. Also readGujarat Elections 2017: Rahul Gandhi says PM Modi has credibility problem, BJP ridicules Sonia Gandhi, who served as the party president for 19 years, arrived a little before Rahul for the meeting and was also felicitated by the CWC members. The CWC also paid their respects to former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi who passed away last month. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, senior party leaders Motilal Vora, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Janardan Dwivedi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Karan Singh, Anand Sharma, Mohsina Kidwai, Ambika Soni, CP Joshi, Kamal Nath, BK Hariprasad and Oscar Fernandes are also attending the meeting, along with party in- charges for various states.Rahul Gandhi was elected unopposed as the Congress chief on December 11 and assumed the party’s reins on December 16.(With PTI inputs)

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Gujarat ki goonj Rajasthan mein..

Gujarat touches 6 districts in Rajasthan. But it’s poll results will have impact on the entire state. A slim win in Modi’s bastion has sent warning bells ringing for BJP in Rajasthan. As the Raje government enters into the fifth year, Congress, post ‘moral victory’ in Gujarat, will go all out to oust the ruling party.Raje, on the other hand, has a tough task to counter anti incumbency factor while setting off on last minute development work for the public. Her immediate challenge is to win three byelections – one for assembly and the other two for parliament- which would disturb the tempo of Congress after its fighting performance in Gujarat.“If she is able to register wins in these elections, Congress will lose the edge which it has got after Gujarat elections. Also, it will send a message to high command that Raje holds the key for BJP in Rajasthan,” said a senior BJP leader.After facing tough fight in Gujarat, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah may change their strategy in coming state polls. They are said to keep complete control over ticket distribution in elections.“Now the duo may consider feedback of chief ministers and party chiefs of respective states in assembly elections lined up in 2018. This imminent flexibility may work well for BJP,” he said.For Congress, it is the golden chance to revive its fortune. The growing confidence and stature of Rahul Gandhi will imbibe confidence in his close aide Sachin Pilot also. After Ashok Gehlot proving his mettle in Gujarat elections, it is now up to Pilot to outsmart the strategies of the former chief minister, which foxed BJP in Gujarat.“Gujarat victory is morale booster for Congress, but Pilot will be under pressure. He is yet to showcase his leadership capabilities. With Gehlot winning crucial brownie points from Congress President, victory in by elections is the least Pilot needs to prove his point,” said a Congress leader.

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Gujarat Election Results 2017 LIVE: Rajnath Singh takes a dig at Rahul Gandhi, says ‘sar mundwate hi ole pade’

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday took a direct dig at newly appointed Congress President Rahul Gandhi after the assembly elections verdict in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.”Won’t say anything now as he has recently been made party president, ‘sar mundwate hi ole pade’ (Abhi toh kuch nahi bolunga kyunki woh haal hi mein adhyaksh bane hain lekin),” Rajnath Singh told ANI.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to form a government in the state of Gujarat for the sixth time and wrest power from Congress in Himachal Pradesh.However, Rahul Gandhi on Monday said he is not disappointed with the party’s loss in the state assembly elections.According to ABP News, the Congress President reportedly made the statement while interacting with party MPs inside Parliament in New Delhi.Rahul Gandhi had personally spearheaded the Congress’ campaign in Gujarat, which is home to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. He raised issues such as lack of jobs, Goods and Service Tax, and Demonetization. The Congress President, however, did not focus his energy on the Congress-ruled Himachal Pradesh.

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Assembly elections 2017 results: Not disappointed with results, says Rahul Gandhi in Parliament

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that he was not disappointed with the verdict in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.According to ABP News, the Congress President reportedly made the statement while interacting with party MPs inside Parliament in New Delhi.Rahul Gandhi had personally spearheaded the Congress’ campaign in Gujarat, which is home to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. He raised issues such as lack of jobs, Goods and Service Tax, and Demonetization. The Congress President, however, did not focus his energy on the Congress-ruled Himachal Pradesh.Earlier, Union Minister Smriti Irani said, ” Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar.” On Monday, ​I&B Minister hailed BJP’s win, “It’s a matter of happiness for us, this is the victory of development.”She continued, “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. It is a victory of every booth worker’s hard work and the people who trusted development.”Also readHimachal Elections: BJP’s Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing; who will be chief minister?BJP MP Madhya Pradesh unit president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan said the workers are excited by the increase in the party in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections. “Anti-incumbency is not working there. The prime minister’s popularity is intact. Amit Shah’s strategy has worked,” BJP vice president Shyam Jaju said.BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya also said, “There is nothing to worry. We will form government in Gujarat with comfortable majority.”Also readGujarat Election Results 2017 LIVE: Good news for Congress as Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani wins in VadgamHome Minister Rajnath Singh, too, had expressed confidence in BJP. “Will form Government in both Himachal and Gujarat with a clear majority,” he told news agency ANI. Singh later took a dig at Rahul Gandhi, says ‘sar mundwate hi ole pade’

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There are going to be new, exciting faces in Congress: Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has said that major changes will be undertaken in Congress under his leadershipIn his first exclusive interview since taking over as Congress President, Rahul Gandhi told NH that he would help the party embark on a path of greater democratisation & bring in interesting facesNewly-elected Congress President Rahul Gandhi says that the party will undergo major changes under his leadership, with more exciting people being projected in key positions.In his first exclusive interview since taking over as party president, Rahul Gandhi told National Herald that he would help Congress embark on a path of greater democratisation and bring interesting and young faces within the party fold.The 47-year old leader also rubbishes BJP’s claims that his party fought the recently held Gujarat state elections of casteist lines, instead highlighting that Congress brought the OBC, Dalit and the Patidar communities together on a Congress platform.Edited excerpts from Rahul’s interaction with National Herald’s Editor-in-Chief Neelabh Mishra and Qaumi Awaz’s Editor-in-Chief Zafar Agha. DNA present excerpts.Neelabh Mishra: Congratulations to you on being elected as President of the Congress Party. Thank you for giving this interview, which is the first since your appointment as party head.Rahul Gandhi: Thank you very much.NM: So, where do you go from here, in the Congress party as well as for the country?RG: I liked very much Mr Manmohan Singh’s formulations today, which is the politics of hope versus the politics of fear, or you can say the politics of anger. The BJP has divided the society. And they have created a false animosity between our people. I think Congress party’s role is to create a bridge between our people, start a conversation, where we can once again start to say that we all are Indian. Not a particular class, caste or religion, but our first identity is that of an Indian. And after that, come all other identities. And that is something that the Congress ideology can do.Zafar Agha: The problem is that Congress’ ideology of secularism and harmony is itself threatened now. There is tremendous fear and insecurity among the people. Isn’t this a great challenge before the country and the Congress?RG: Yes, periodically — look at Indian history — this has happened. A sort of polarisation you saw in the 1990s as well. But I primarily think that this country stands together, and we believe very deeply in love and affection. This country does not believe in hatred. And of course there has also been a large organised defamation campaign against the Congress party, carried out by the BJP and the RSS. Very organised, systematic, against its leaders, against its workers, against its ideas, against its past. I really felt this in Gujarat, that certain myths have been created, which are just lies. I mean, in Gujarat, the myth is that Sardar Patel and Jawahar Lal Nehru didn’t get along. It’s a lie. Jawahar Lal Nehru and Sardar Patel were friends. They spent time in jail together. They disagreed on certain things, but they were friends, and Sardar Patel had strong views against the RSS. He had also banned the RSS.As I said in my talk in the US and also during my campaign speeches in Gujarat, there is a central problem that India is facing, which is, India is simply not producing enough jobs, for the number of youngsters of this country.ZA: People say that Congress is not ready organisationally to take on the challenge posed by the RSS-BJP combine. Do you feel this is a problem for Congress?RG: There is lot of work that Congress has to do. There are a large number of new people that we have to bring forward. There is tremendous talent in the Congress party that we have to utilise. But one has to realise that there is a systematic campaign against the Congress party, and we are going to show to the country, the true face of the Congress Party. You are going to see a change in the Congress party, you are going to see more of people who excite you, people about whom you can say that they are somebody very interesting who have been put there by the Congress party. We would like to be associated with decent persons.NM: Will the Congress democratize itself more?RG: That is certainly my intention. We have done a lot of work in the Youth Congress and NSUI, and very successful work at that. We would like to bring in as many new faces, young faces, exciting faces and dynamic faces (as we could). That’s not to say that people who are experienced or older should not have space.

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‘I can’t speak’: Sonia Gandhi sees red after fireworks interrupt her last speech as Congress president

Sonia Gandhi, who led the Congress part for 19 years, on Saturday passed the baton to his son Rahul. During her emotional farewell speech, the outgoing Congress president was interrupted by noise erupting from incessant fireworks as party workers celebrated Rahul’s elevation outside the 24, Akbar Road headquarters. “Today I am addressing you for the last time as Congress president. A new era, new leadership before you,” Sonia Gandhi said. But she stopped as loud crackers outside the party office drowned her voice. “I can’t speak,” she said, turning to the dais where senior leaders of the party were seated. Also readPM taking us back to medieval times, says Congress President Rahul Gandhi Signalling to the workers to bring down the noise, she said, “I have to shout because of this.” An announcement failed to deter the workers and they continued with the crackers. She resumed after a few minutes even as the noise continued.Congratulating Rahul on his elevation, she said personal attacks on her son have made him fearless and voiced confidence that the young leadership will infuse new vigour in the party.Also readSonia Gandhi and the unexpected rise and stunning fall of CongressEarlier, Rahul Gandhi was handed over certificate of election as Congress president.Sonia Gandhi, who headed the 132-year-old Congress for the last 19 years, also thanked party leaders and workers for the support she received during her tenure as its chief.Sonia, who has been unwell over the past few year and had virtually handed over the charge of the party to Rahul, said she was proud of her son’s endurance and determination.”Rahul is my son and I don’t feel it is appropriate that I praise him but I will definitely say that since childhood he had faced the agony inflicted by violence.”In his political life, he faced vicious personal attacks which have made him more fearless. I am proud of his endurance and determination. I am fully confident that he will lead the party with courage and dedication,” she said.(With PTI inputs)

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From a reluctant politician to Congress president: Timeline of Rahul Gandhi’s political journey

Bringing a generational shift in the Congress, Rahul Gandhi was on Monday elected as the party president. It wasn’t much of a fight for him as the 47-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family was the lone candidate in the fray.Rahul Gandhi will collect the certificate formally declaring his ascension to the post on December 16, party’s central election authority head Mullappally Ramachandran said today. The son of Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi, Rahul will succeed his mother, who remained in the post for 19 years.Also readIt’s official! Rahul Gandhi is new Congress president, to assume office on December 16The political journey of Rahul Gandhi began in 2004 when he first contested Lok Sabha election from Amethi, a family bastion in Uttar Pradesh. Here is a timeline of Rahul Gandhi’s 13-year-long political journey: Also readGujarat elections 2017: No low blow, but we’ll defeat Modi with love, says Rahul Gandhi2004: After much convincing from mother Sonia Gandhi, Rahul contests the Lok Sabha election from Amethi.2006: Sonia Gandhi wins Raebareli by-election with a record margin of 4.17 lakh votes as Rahul leads her campaign. Mother indicates that Rahul “may” be given organisational responsibility soon. Also readRahul Gandhi only valid candidate in fray for Congress President post, says Returning Officer2007: Rahul Gandhi appointed Congress general secretary, takes charge of youth and student wings of the party. Promises to induct new leaders from non-political families.2007: His ‘star campaigner’ appeal fails to secure win for the Congress in UP Assembly polls as party wins only 22 out of 403 seats.2008: Rahul Gandhi defends UPA’s Indo-US nuclear deal in a landmark speech. He shares his experience of his visit to the house of ‘Kalawati’, a poor Dalit woman in Vidarbha, and makes the case how nuclear energy is crucial for eliminating poverty.2009: Rahul takes charge of Congress campaign during the Lok Sabha elections and addresses 125 rallies. Congress wins 206 seats in the Parliament. In Uttar Pradesh, the part wins 21 of 80 seats, with ally RLD winning 5. Watch: Celebration outside Congress headquarters after Rahul Gandhi elected Congress president2010: Bihar Assembly elections give a major jolt to the Congress party as it wins only 4 out of 243 assembly seats.2011: Rahul Gandhi joins farmers’ agitation against land acquisition in Bhatta Parsaul, Greater Noida. He rides pillion on motorcycle in the dark to visit villages in the area. 2012: Rahul addresses nearly 200 rallies during 2012 UP Assembly polls but Congress again fails to make inroads and wins only 28 seats. 2012: Clamour in the Congress rises over demands that Rahul Gandhi should join the UPA govt after Pranab Mukherjee resigned to contest the Presidential poll. Many party leaders, senior ministers and even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged him to take a role in the Cabinet. 2013: Congress president Sonia Gandhi appoints Rahul vice-president of the party. 2013: After taking over as the vice-president of the party, Rahul Gandhi makes his “power is poison” speech. “My mother came to my room and cried… because she understands that power is poison.” 2013: He hits out at own government at the Centre and tears up a draft ordinance that would have reversed a Supreme Court order barring convicted politicians from contesting elections.Watch: Rahul Gandhi’s 13-year political journey so far2014: Congress contests 2014 General elections with Rahul as unofficial PM candidate. The party records its lowest-ever Lok Sabha tally with 44 seats. The party also loses several state Assembly elections. 2015: Rahul Gandhi goes on a 57-day sabbatical in a politically-charged season. This gives rise to allegations of him being a “reluctant politician.”2015: He scores a major win after the Narendra Modi government drops its land acquisition ordinance. He tries to shed his “reluctant politician” image with back to back speeches, taking a jibe at the government and terming it a “suit-boot ki sarkar.”2015: Congress faces a string of defeats in state Assembly polls across the country barring Bihar where a “grand alliance” of Congress-RJD-JDU secures comfortable majority. 2015-16: Rahul Gandhi extends support to student protest across the country, including in FTII, Hyderabad University (After Rohith Vemula suicide) and JNU. 2016: With Sonia Gandhi in background, Rahul Gandhi takes charge of day-to-day affairs of the party. Speculations over his elevation gain traction.2017: Congress contests UP Assembly elections under his leadership, forms alliance with the Samajwadi Party but wins only seven seats.2017: Rahul Gandhi mounts an intense campaign in Gujarat against the ruling BJP, appointed Congress President just before the conclusion of the polls.

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PM Modi congratulates Rahul Gandhi for becoming Congress President, wishes him a fruitful tenure

On Monday, PM Modi put aside political bitterness and rivalry to congratulate Rahul Gandhi on his elevation as Congress President. He wrote on Twitter: “I congratulate Rahul Ji on his election as Congress President. My best wishes for a fruitful tenure. @OfficeOfRG.”Rahul Gandhi has been elected unopposed as Congress president, party’s central election authority head Mullappally Ramachandran announced here today. Rahul Gandhi will collect the certificate formally declaring his ascension to the post on December 16, he told reporters here.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Rahul Gandhi visits Dakor temple, continues attack on NaMoThe 47-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family was the lone candidate in the fray.Also readGujarat elections 2017 | Final leg: PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat todayRahul Gandhi succeeds his mother Sonia Gandhi, who remained in the post for 19 years.The CEA received a total of 89 nomination papers proposing Rahul Gandhi’s name for the top post. All the nomination papers were found to be valid, Ramachandran said.Also readGujarat elections 2017 | I am still your own Narendrabhai: PM Modi”Since the withdrawal of date/time is over and as there is only one candidate (Rahul), as per Article XVII (d) of the Constitution of Indian National Congress, I hereby declare Shri Rahul Gandhi elected as president of the Indian National Congress,” Ramachandran said.Rahul Gandhi became the vice-president of the party in January 2013.

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On Sonia’s 71st birthday, Congress leaders throng her residence to greet her

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who is set to handle over the party’s mantle to her son Rahul Gandhi after steering it for 19 years, today turned 71 and party leaders and workers thronged her residence to greet her on her birthday.Gandhi also met a number of leaders including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, and accepted their greetings.Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and several former chief ministers and officer bearers also greeted Gandhi.Congressmen gathered outside Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence since morning and celebrated her birthday by dancing to the beats of drums. Many carried posters and placards wishing Sonia Gandhi.Former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat tried his hands at the drums as folk dancers performed outside Gandhi’s house.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Touched by gift for Mom, Rahul gets Sonia to talk to temple trusteeFormer chief ministers Sheila Dikshit, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former Union ministers including Anand Sharma, Jyotiraditya Scindia and RPN Singh, and party general secretaries including Janardan Dwivedi, Ambika Soni and Mohan Prakash were also present.Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished Gandhi with a tweet, saying “Birthday greetings to Congress President Smt Sonia Gandhi. I pray for her long life and good health. Many Congress leaders also wished her with bouquets.Also readPM Narendra Modi wishes Sonia Gandhi on her birthday”I extend my warm birthday greetings to Congress President Smt Sonia Gandhi ji. Wish her a healthy, happy and long life, said Ashok Gehlot, party s general secretary incharge of Gujarat.Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also greeted Gandhi, saying, Warm birthday greetings to Congress President Sonia Gandhi ji. On the occasion of your birthday, I wish for your good health and long life.”Sonia Gandhi was born on December 9, 1946 in Lusiana, Vicenza in Italy.She has held the post of Congress President since 1998 and has been a Lok Sabha MP since 1999. She is all set to hand over the party’s reins to Rahul Gandhi.

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Only Rahulji can be Cong President: Party leader Ayub Ali claims his application for post was rejected

An Uttar Pradesh Congress leader on Thursday claimed that he had attempted to file his nomination as Congress president to challenge Rahul Gandhi for the top party post, but was rejected.Ayub Ali, the leader, claimed that he was rudely rejected by the chairman of the Congress central election authority M Ramachandran. “I told him I would like to stand for Congress president post. He got angry and told me there will only be one candidate that is Rahul ji. He then asked me to leave,” Ali added.Ali’s claims come a few days after Congress leader Shehzad Poonawalla questioned Rahul Gandhi’s elevation to the post of party president. “Enough of dynastic politics in the Congress. I am raising an issue nobody in my party — the Congress — will ever have the guts to raise. My conscience will not allow me to stay quiet anymore on dynasty and sycophancy,” Poonawalla told DNA.Poonawalla also said that he did this without the knowledge of Tehseen, a decision which had weighed long on his conscience and which he could defer no more. On a personal note, he told DNA, “Had I told Tehseen, he would have talked me out of it. But I am not ready for this any more. Congress had stood for open democracy since Gandhiji’s time and time has come to honour it in modern India.”Also readSardar Patel was insulted by Congress, feeling the same way now, says ‘whistleblower’ Shehzad Poonawalla Continuing his criticism of the grand old party, Poonawalla alleged that the organisation did not value merit as much as family relations or a ‘sycophant of the dynasty.’ He also claimed that if the Congress got rid of dynasty politics, there would be a 30 percent surge in the number of seats won by them.Poonawalla also opined that rather than blaming any other factors, the Congress must accept defeat on grounds of their leadership not being strong enough.Also readEntire party wants Rahul to become Congress President: Party’s Karnataka chief on Shehzad Poonawalla’s allegations‘The Congress leadership should not blame EVM or any other factor, but review their leadership, as this is what victory or defeat should be based on. Congress minus dynasty will get 30 percent more votes. Even in the upcoming polls in Gujarat, Congress will get 150 seats if they end dynasty politics.’ he said.Earlier this week, Poonawalla had claimed that the poll process to choose the Congress president was stacked in Rahul’s favour just because he belongs to the Gandhi family.Prime Minister Narendra Modi likened Rahul Gandhi’s imminent elevation as Congress president to “Aurangzeb Raj” or the rule of the 17th century absolutist Mughal emperor.”Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar today said there was no poll when Shah Jahan came in place of Jahangir, or when Aurangzeb came in place of Shah Jahan. It was known from the start that the Emperor’s son will be the heir,” he said.”This means that Congress’s senior leaders admit that Congress is not a party but a clan. And their coming to power means the emperor’s son taking the throne. Let them be happy with this Aurangzeb Raj,” Modi said in South Gujarat’s Dharampur on Monday, five days prior to the first phase of polls. Aiyar had also said, “…but in a democracy, elections are held.”
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Shehzad you have done a brave thing, but this is what has always happened in Congress: PM Modi

On Sunday, while addressing a rally in Surendranagar, PM Modi took on Congress over allegations of its internal poll being rigged.PM Modi said: “A few days back in Navsari I had said there are 3 polls whose results are certain- the UP local polls, Gujarat polls where I said BJP will win and the Congress President election where 1 family will win. We saw what happened in UP.”Speaking about Shehzad Poonawalla, the young Maharashtra Congress office-bearer who claimed that the Congress election was rigged.He further said: “A youngster Shehzad has exposed the rigging that is taking place in the Congress President Poll. And Shehzad is a senior Congress leader in Maharashtra. Congress has tried to muzzle his voice and wants to even remove him from their social media groups. What tolerance is this.”He added: “Those who have no internal democracy can’t work for people. I want to tell this youngster Shehzad- you have done a brave thing, but this is sadly what has always happened in the Congress. It was the Congress which made the nation a prison. Media had to ask Indira Ji before publishing something. So, what the youngster Shehzad is saying is not unusual it is the Congress culture.” Also readShehzad Poonawalla questions Rahul elevationIn the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) lead in the Uttar Pradesh civic polls, Maharashtra Congress Secretary Shehzad Poonawalla on Friday claimed that the losses incurred on the Congress party are due to their ‘dynasty politics’.‘The trends of polls show that the people do not want to hold the hands of the dynasty. It is a fact that the present UP government has not been doing too well. However, parties that do not accept dynasty as their principle are doing better than the rest. The loss in elections is due to dynastic politics,’ Shehzad had told ANI.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | PM Modi hits out at Congress; says they oppose for sake of opposingContinuing his criticism of the grand old party, Poonawalla alleged that the organisation did not value merit as much as family relations or a ‘sycophant of the dynasty.’ He also claimed that if the Congress got rid of dynasty politics, there would be a 30 percent surge in the number of seats won by them.Poonawalla also opined that rather than blaming any other factors, the Congress must accept defeat on grounds of their leadership not being strong enough.‘The Congress leadership should not blame EVM or any other factor, but review their leadership, as this is what victory or defeat should be based on. Congress minus dynasty will get 30 percent more votes. Even in the upcoming polls in Gujarat, Congress will get 150 seats if they end dynasty politics.’ he said.Earlier this week, Poonawalla had claimed that the poll process to choose the Congress president was stacked in Rahul’s favour just because he belongs to the Gandhi family.”Raising an issue nobody in my party – the Congress will have guts to raise- my conscience will not allow me to stay quiet anymore on Dynasty/ sycophancy,” he tweeted.Poonawalla had also told the media earlier that he would want to contest the party president election if it was conducted in a genuine manner.However, he has been receiving flak from his party members, including accusations of him not being a Congressman.Responding to the same, he categorically stated that he was a ‘Congressman for life,’ and alleged that such comments were a result of the party fearing Rahul Gandhi’s defeat, “even in a rigged election.” With inputs from ANI
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Rahul Gandhi will help BJP to make make India Congress-free, taunts CM Yogi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Congress readies for long-awaited anointment of Rahul Gandhi as its chief, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath taunted India’s Grand Old Party with ‘it helps us’ jibe.Speaking to mediapersons in Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath said the Congress has always promoted dynasty rule and nepotism. “There is nothing new. What else would you expect from a party which has always promoted dynasty rule and nepotism. Except for the members of the Nehru-Gandhi, there is no place or others in Congress,” he reacted when asked about Gandhi becoming Congress President replacing his ailing mother Sonia Gandhi.“I would like him (Rahul) to take over as soon as possible. It will help BJP campaign further to make the country Congress-free sooner than expected after he takes over as the Congress President,” said the Chief Minister.“Will any Congress leader dare to contest against Rahul? When they have to follow the dynasty rule then I don’t know why the Congress party was doing the drama of presidential elections and beating the drum about following the democratic process for his elevation as Congress President,” quipped the CM Yogi.He pointed that few other parties like the Samajwadi Party and the BSP to follow the suit. Akhilesh Yadav replaced Mulayam Singh Yadav while BSP has nominated his brother Anand Kuar as heir apparent.On Mulayam’s statement that Lord Ram is popular only in North India whereas Lord Krishna is more popular from North to South, Yogi Adityanath said “Mulayam should read and study Dr Ram Manohar Lohia ideology properly or else he would not have been making such ridiculous comments on Gods.”Renewing his attack on filmmaker of controversial movie Padmavati, the Chief Minister said that “Sanjay Leela Bhansali should be punished for distorting historical facts and demeaning character of Rani Padmavati who chose to perform ‘Jauhar’ to save her honour and modesty.“We will not allow anyone to hurt people’s sentiments. If people are protesting all over the country then the filmmaker should understand and respect their sentiments. We have already lodged our protest with the Information and broadcasting ministry and the CBFC in this regard,” pointed he.The movie has already been banned in Uttar Pradesh even after Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali agreeing to defer the release date. The film was to be released on December 1.The dputy Chief Minister Keshav PrasadMaurya, who also holds the entertain tax ministry has already announced that “the state government will not allow the movie to be released in Uttar Pradesh unless the controversial scenes and portions are removed from the film.Yogi Adityanath excuded confidence that BJP will win majority seats in local bodies going to polls. “Unlike previous regimes, our aim is to strengthen local bodies to act as self governments in their respective areas without looking for any help from the state government,” he promised.

When did they have polls for party President? Congress slams BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress said today that its organisational polls were on and there was no bottleneck holding up the process, even as it took a swipe at the BJP and asked the party when did it have such an election.”The Congress President and party vice president has already talked about the organisational polls. The election process is on and there is no problem or bottleneck in holding them,” Congress spokesperson R P N Singh told reporters.Asked about the BJP alleging that the result of the Congress president’s poll was already known, Singh said as far as the polls are concerned, “I would like to ask the BJP when was the last time that they had election for thePresident;s post.”Singh alleged that there has never been an election of the BJP President, while there have been many elections in the Congress party.”The BJP never actually had an election. So they should also talk about polls. When did they have polls for the President?” he asked.The Congress organisational poll process is on and the party has to complete that, including the election of the Congress President, by December-end.It is widely speculated that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will be elevated to the party’s top soon, with a number of state units having already passed resolutions urging him to take over the party’s reins.The Election Commission has given December 31 as the deadline for the party to hold internal elections. PTI SKC ASK ASK

Himachal Pradesh polls: Congress will win with handsome majority, says Sushil Kumar Shinde

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As in-charge of poll-bound Himachal Pradesh, former Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has an important task at hand –ensure that Congress wins Himachal Pradesh assembly elections again. Shinde has welcomed the imminent elevation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress President but believes Sonia Gandhi’s relationship with the Congress party cannot be broken. Sushil Kumar Shinde spoke to Kartikeya Sharma on Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections. Here are excerpts:Q: Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as Congress President is imminent. How do you see this generational change?A: We all welcome it and in fact, I would say that we were waiting for this occasion. Even the Congress Working Committee has passed a resolution asking Rahul Gandhi to be made President of the Congress Party. The resolution was sent to the Congress President Sonia Gandhi and she has rightly indicated that he would be elevated soon.Q: What role do you see for Sonia Gandhi post-Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as President of the Congress Party?A: Sonia Gandhi has been the President of the Congress Party for the longest time. Her relationship with the party and country cannot be broken.Q: You are in charge of poll-bound Himachal Pradesh and it is being said that the incumbent Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh called you a tourist. Is it correct?A: There is nothing like this. Even if he said something like this then I would dismiss it as a joke. He is a good friend of mine and this is all I have to say.Q: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took a meeting today and a presentation was made to him on elections in Himachal Pradesh. is it correct?A: There was no presentation made at his residence. All of us went to meet him and Rahul Gandhi asked us to work together and we assured him of that.Q: Is it correct that Congress is hiring an agency for the Himachal Pradesh elections?A: No. I’m not aware of any such suggestion.Q: When will Congress declare seats in Himachal Pradesh?A: We will do it soon. Once we receive the report from the scrutiny committee and the meeting takes place, tickets for Himachal Pradesh will be declared. We will try to finish our work before Diwali.Q: There is a lot of factionalism in Congress unit of Himachal Pradesh. The sitting minister defected to Bhartiya Janata Party? Sukhram wasn’t allowed to sit on the stage and it is being cited as a reason for his defection?A: There is no factionalism in the Congress Party. Even earlier people have left the Congress Party. I don’t want to comment further on this issue.Q: Can Congress win Himachal Pradesh again?A: People talk about anti-incumbency and constant rotation of power between Congress and BJP in Himachal Pradesh. I disagree. I have travelled through HP and the feedback I received from the public is that Chief Minister has worked well. I believe that we will come back with a handsome majority.Q: You effected a generational change in Maharashtra and Ashok Chavan could become the Chief Minister. Have you failed to do that in Himachal Pradesh?A: It depends. Maharashtra’s case was different. Even in my case, I got the party back to power in Maharashtra but I was sent away as Governor of Andhra Pradesh. Later I was recalled to Delhi as a minister. Virbhadra is contesting the assembly election for the 7th time. HP is a different case and anyways, Congress Vice President has already declared his candidature as the Chief Ministerial candidate.Q: What is your advice to senior leaders? Should all of them start playing the role of mentors?A: I don’t think Rahul Gandhi needs mentoring. Even Indira Gandhi was once also called kathputli (string puppet) once. Things changed later.Q: Don’t you think that corruption cases against the Chief Minister have become an electoral issue in Himachal Pradesh?A: Opposition has raised this issue but I don’t want to comment on it.

‘Self-appointed vigilantes are a threat to liberty’ Sonia Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said that ?self-appointed vigilantes are a threat to liberty and an enemy of pluralism and diversity? and expressed her anguish at the assault on freedom. Addressing a special Congress Working Committee meeting here on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, Sonia said, ?I am anguished by the assault on freedom. Self-appointed vigilantes are a threat to liberty and an enemy of pluralism and diversity. The party must always defend liberty and freedom of individuals and institutions?. Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was not present at the meeting as he is down with viral fever. The meeting was attended by senior leaders of the party.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sagarika Ghose mocks Rahul Gandhi for attending to ailing Sonia, gets trolled on Twitter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday, journalist Sagarika Ghose earned the ire of Twitterati for her comments on Rahul Gandhi. Reacting to a news piece about the Congress VP going abroad to come back with his mother, she tweeted: “Bye bye of office of RG, have a nice break. All this politics stuff is so exhausting.” Many, including Congressmen and their supporters on Twitter, felt the tweet was in extreme bad taste and hit out at Sagarika.Despite the fact that she deleted her initial tweet, Sagarika Ghose continued to defend her stance that for a politician the party must come first. She wrote among other things on Twitter: “Don’t mean to offend but when party faces FULL BLOWN crisis, a politician’s public duty has to come first. Sad, harsh, but undeniable. He happens to be VP of a national party which is unravelling & in panic mode. His public duty is uppermost at this time IMHO. Ma’am,am sure Cong Prez is not an “abandoned ill mother”. Whole country wishes her speedy recovery. Your MLAs are leaving: shldn’t VP be here? Public life has to be a 24*7 vocation. @MamataOfficial is a role model here. No holidays, no breaks, always there.Thats true public life.” (sic) She further added: “Hope @INCIndia does become power hungry! Maybe one day they’ll look up politics definition in dictionary,& say hey!it means pursuit of power! Whoa, impressed with @INCIndia assertion on social media. Does it have an SM cell at last? Goodness, what a barrage of reactions is coming my way. Profuse apologies if my tweet hurt sentiments, taking it down speedily. I think public life has to be end of family life. @narendramodi’s big plus for many: no grasping family around trying to milk benefits.”Congress president Sonia Gandhi is travelling abroad for a health check-up. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi would be accompanying Sonia. ‘Congress President,Smt. Sonia Gandhi, is traveling abroad for a health check-up. Congress VP Shri Rahul Gandhi, shall travel there today to be with her and accompany Congress President on the return journey,’ Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.Owing to her ill health, Sonia had not campaigned in the recently concluded five-state assembly elections.Rahul’s trip comes amid growing criticism both inside and outside party of his handling of the elections, where the Congress Party was crushed in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh and couldn’t form its government in Goa and Manipur despite emerging as the single-largest party. Rahul has, however, promised an organisational overhaul and introspection over the results.

Fight forces seeking to undermine constitutional values: Sonia Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said the intrinsic strength of Indian Republic lies in our constitutional values and asked the people to “fight forces which seek to undermine them”.Extending greetings on the occassion of the 68th Republic Day, Gandhi said that the Indian Republic’s intrinsic strength lies in our constitutional values.Today is the day to reinforce our indelible commitment to protection, preservation and practise of these constitutional ideals that comprise India’s true spirit and struggle against inequality and injustice, she said.”Paying respects to the freedom fighters and founding fathers of Indian Republic as also to those great men and women who drafted the Constitution,” Gandhi said, expressing hope that”every Indian will strive to fight for these values and forces that seek to undermine them.”

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