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BJP reacts to ‘Lie Hard’ remark of Rahul Gandhi, says Congress President indulging in cheap barbs

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday accused Congress President Rahul Gandhi of indulging in cheap barbs and lowering political discourse in his bid to gain power.The attack from party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao came after Gandhi fired a fresh salvo at the saffron party, saying if the BJP had a film franchise it would be called “Lie Hard”.”Rahul Gandhi, is this the low level of political discourse that you are capable of? To gain power by all means, would you indulge in such cheap barbs?” Rao asked in a tweet.He claimed that whatever Gandhi might say, his party would not return to power as people know its “corrupt face”.Also readRahul Gandhi offers prayers at Somnath temple in GujaratCongress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday mocked at BJP and said if the party had a film franchise it would be called “Lie Hard”.Meanwhile, Rahul visited Gujarat’s Somnath temple on Saturday ahead of a review meeting with newly-elected MLAs and party workers following Gujarat assembly election results.After his Somnath Temple visit on November 29, a controversy erupted after Rahul’s name along with senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel was allegedly mentioned as non-Hindus in the visitor book of the temple. (With inputs from ANI)

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Gujarat Election 2017: BJP releases its manifesto; attacks Congress for making ‘false promises’

Ahead of the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections, BJP on Friday released its manifesto or ‘sankalp patra’.The cover of the BJP’s vision document has Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s picture along with chief Amit Shah and a slogan that reads “Darek Gujarati no ekaj aavaj; hun chu vikaas, hun chu Gujarat (Each Gujarati speaks in a single voice; I am development, I am Gujarat).” Jaitley also said that the release does not violate any ‘Model Code of Conduct’ as it does not carry any image of contesting candidates.Upon its release, BJP said they will ensure every district in Gujarat will have a medical college.Also readPM Modi blasts Mani Shankar Aiyar again, asks Congress to remove Kapil Sibal While releasing the document, Jaitley attacked Congress, saying they were making fictitious statements. “Congress’s vision for Gujarat is based on constitutional impossibility and financial improbability,” Jaitley said. Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | A storm is brewing as Congress will win the elections, says Rahul Gandhi”Gujarat’s GSDP growth is highest in India. In the last 5 years Gujarat grew at an average rate of 10% amongst large states,” Jaitley said.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Still under 25, but age is no bar for these two candidatesThe releases comes a day before the first phase of polling and at a time when Congress has criticised BJP for delaying its release. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said delaying the release of manifesto is an “insult” to the people, while, Hardik Patel said BJP delayed its release as they were too busy “making CDs”.While earlier on Thursday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi: “The BJP has shown unbelievable disrespect towards the people of Gujarat. Campaign is over and STILL no mention of a manifesto for the people, no vision and no ideas presented for Gujarat’s future. #BJPDisrespectsGujarat”Gujarat will see its first phase of polling on December 9 and the next on December 14.

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Congress leader decorates bungalow to celebrate Rahul Gandhi nomination

With Diwali no where round the bin, and new year much far away, one may wonder why the bungalow of a politician was illuminated. The answer to that is no cultural fest but the celebration of a political development. Rameshwar Dudi, Congress leader and Leader of Opposition was celebrating Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi filing nomination papers for the post of AICC president on Monday morning in New Delhi.Dudi decorated his bungalow situated in the Civil Lines with lights to celebrating Rahul’s imminent coronation. The enthusiastic leader has also plans to place bigger hoardings at his bungalow to congratulate the Gandhi scion.In a message circulated, a happy and zealous Dudi called Rahul’s move of filing the papers a historic moment in national politics. “It is not only important for the Congress, but for the whole country, as a new leader is about to emerge. Rahul has been fighting for the rights and respect of all sections of society — youth, farmers, poor, labourers, Dalits, tribals, minorities, women, etc, and has become their voice,” said Dudi.He further claimed that Rahul has the capability to help realize Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi’s vision of a New India. “The new president of Congress also follows the ideals and principles of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad, and Lal Bahadur Shastri,” he said.
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Rafale deal | ‘What’s shameful is your boss silencing you,’ Rahul Gandhi takes down Nirmala Sitharaman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman slammed the Congress over scam allegations in the Rafale deal, calling it ‘shameful’, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi hit out at the minister with a brutal tweet.In his takedown, Gandhi tweeted, “Dear RM (Raksha Mantri), what’s shameful is your boss silencing you (sic).”In a point-by-point rebuttal, the Gandhi scion questioned the government on a: Final price of each Rafale jet; b: Did PM take CCS permission before announcing purchase in Paris and c: Why PM bypassed experienced HAL & gave the deal to AA rated businessman with no defence experience.The Congress has been questioning the Dassault Aviation deal with Anil Amabani led company Reliance Defence Limited. The Opposition party asserts that its UPA-led government had negotiated a $10.2 billion deal for 126 Rafale jets, as opposed to the current government’s $8.7 billion contract for just 36 fighters without any provision for technology transfer.On Friday, Sitharaman defended the government over the Rafale deal and said that there was no overpricing as alleged by the Congress.”These allegations are shameful…The deal was finalised following a transparent procedure,” Sitharaman told reporters.The defence minister also called the bickering against the deal as “disservice” to the armed forces, asserting that urgent requirement of the Indian Air Force was the main reason for sealing it.The defence minister said the final agreement for 36 Rafale jets was signed in September, 2016, after five rounds of lengthy discussions between Indian and French sides and approval by the Cabinet Committee on Security.She said the UPA government had sat over the proposed procurement of jets for 10 years.

‘No controversy,’ says IAF Chief BS Dhanoa on Congress’ allegations of Rafale deal scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi continued targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale deal, the Indian Air Force Chief rebutted the allegations and said India got the combat jets and ‘fair price’.Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, who was in Punjab’s Adampur, addressed media after an event and said that there is no controversy over the deal.“There is no controversy. What is the controversy, I don’t understand! It (Rafale jets) are not overpriced. The government has negotiated a very good deal,” the Air Chief Marshal said.“I think we have negotiated a better deal in the Rafale contract than what we did in MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft),” he added.The comments come on a day when Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi slammed media’s silence. ‘Why don’t you question PM Modi about Rafale deal,’ Gandhi told reporters in Gujarat earlier today.He also alleged that the deal was done to favour just one businessman. In a tweet, he had raised concerns over Anil Ambani-owned company’s joint venture with Dassault Aviation.India is buying 36 Rafale combat jets from France in ready condition. The deal will help the Indian Air Force to amp up its flying power. At present the IAF has just 32 squadrons against an authorisation of 42.

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘chai pe charcha’ in Surat? Congress VP stops for a quick tea break, shares ‘bread-pakoras’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a quick tea break from his busy schedule at a roadside stall in Surat.Gandhi was seen having tea and ‘bread-pakoras’ at a roadside stall with his team and some locals during his Gujarat election campaign.On the first anniversary of Demonetization, Gandhi is in Gujarat to observe the day as ‘Black Day’ and participate in the candle-light vigil by Opposition parties in Vivekanand statue in Chowk Bazar area.Ahead of the upcoming state assembly elections, Gandhi had informal meetings with few industry workers, representatives and traders. Gandhi is likely to meet the traders in the Adajan area of the country’s textile and diamond hub.“There was an attack on India’s economy one year back,” Gandhi told reporters in the poll-bound state.”I interacted with the people here and they told me that notebandi (demonetisation) and then GST have broken Surat’s legs. The industry has been finished by the twin blows not only here, but in the entire country,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)

Demonetization Anniversary: Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi, says PM’s ‘thoughtless act’ destroyed livelihoods of honest Indians

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On demonetization’s first-anniversary, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi hit-out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, livelihoods of millions of Indians were destroyed by PM’s thoughtless act.”Demonetisation is a tragedy. We stand with millions of honest Indians, whose lives and livelihoods were destroyed by PM’s thoughtless act,” said Rahul Gandhi in a tweet.The Congress and other Opposition parties have also planned countrywide protests in the form of processions, rallies, and candle-light marches to mark the first demonetization anniversary on Wednesday, as their leaders would observe it as ‘black day’The Congress, which described the note ban decision as the ‘biggest scam’ and ‘the largest government-abetted money laundering scheme’, has asked all its state units to organise protests, processions and marches to mark the day.It has also asked all its leaders to participate in such protests and ‘strongly’ highlight the demerits of the decision, which it said is a ‘colossal and completely avoidable failure’.The Congress, on its website, also put out an article on demonetization, dubbing it as a “Modi-Made Disaster”.”Even the undeclared emergency in India’s newsrooms have failed to contain the news spreading like wildfire through India. Demonetisation was a colossal and completely avoidable failure and the largest government-abetted money laundering scheme in history,” the article said.It further alleged that demonetization failed to curb black money as 99% of banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were returned. This was expected as black money is not usually stored in currency, but property, bullion and more easily convertible currency like dollars.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley contested Congress leader Manmohan Singh for calling demonetization an ‘organized loot’, insisting the exercise was an ‘ethical drive and a moral step’ that made corruption difficult.The loot is what happened in 2G scam, Commonwealth games and allocation of coal blocks, whereas demonetization was an economic exercise based on ethical and moral rationales, Jaitley told reporters here.”An anti-black money drive is (an) ethical drive, a moral step. And what is moraly and ethically correct has to be politically correct,” the minister said, targeting the former prime minister.

‘Ma is much better, nothing to worry’, tweets Rahul after Sonia Gandhi hospitalised

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said that party President and his mother Sonia Gandhi was much better and there was nothing to worry.Sonia Gandhi, who was on a visit to Shimla, was on Friday rushed back to the national capital and admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital after she complained of stomach upset.”Ma was in Shimla and caught a stomach bug so we got her back,” Rahul said in a tweet.He added that there was nothing to worry, “Ma is much better. Thanks for the tremendous love and concern.”DS Rana, Chairman (Board of Management) of the hospital said that Gandhi, 70, is under observation.”Sonia Gandhi was brought to the hospital at 5 PM on Friday. She has been found to be suffering from stomach upset and has been admitted for observation,” said Rana in a statement.A team of doctors from the hospital was deputed to bring her back from Shimla.

What about marriage? ‘Jab hogi, hogi,’ Rahul Gandhi tells boxer Vijender Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’When will you get married?’ This is the question Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has been asked millions times.Usually, he has been seen brushing it aside or simply smiling, but when boxer Vijender Singh asked the same wedding question, it was a strong punch.Cornered, Gandhi tried with what many singles would do, invoke destiny.First he said this is an old question, but when Vijender insisted for an answer, Gandhi replied ‘Jab hogi, hogi’ (When it happens, it will happen).Rahul Gandhi was attending the 112th PHD Chamber’s annual session & awards for excellence 2017 in New Delhi.Asked what importance he gave to sports, the 47-year-old scion of the Gandhi family stressed sports would always be important to him.Watch the interaction between Rahul Gandhi and boxer Vijender Singh:

Mersal row: Criticising GST, demonetization does not make you anti-national: Senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday spoke out on the Mersal row that has triggered a nationwide storm, given that GST was criticised in a Tamil film.Some support GST,some don’t.Some support Demonetization some don’t. This doesn’t mean critics are anti-national,” he told news agency ANI.References to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in ‘Mersal’ have not gone down well with the BJP. The party objected to what it termed “untruths” about the central taxation regime in the film and demanded that the references be deleted. Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan demanded the removal of the “untruths” about the GST, rolled out by the BJP-led NDA government on July 1, while his party colleague H Raja claimed the film exposed Vijay’s “anti-Modi hatred”.In a scene in Mersal, where Vijay says people in Singapore get free treatment although the country charges only 7 per cent GST, whereas people are charged 28 per cent GST in India, but still don’t get free treatment. In another scene, the movie takes a swipe at the digital India policy.Meanwhile, actor Vijay’s father and film director SA Chandrasekhar said, “Censor board has members of all parties and it’s reviewed by them. If there is something objectionable they will inform. Once approved by the board no one can criticise the board’s decision.”Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, keeping in line with his new strategy on social media tweeted, “Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don’t try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal.”

GST reference in Mersal: Don’t try to ‘demon-etise’ Tamil pride, Rahul Gandhi tells PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the BJP demanded cuts in the latest Tamil movie Mersal starring popular actor Vijay, for making poor references to GST, the Congress has come out to support the filmmakers. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, keeping in line with his new strategy on social media tweeted, “Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don’t try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal.”Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram also tweeted, saying soon people would be allowed to only make films that did not criticize the government.Veteran actor Kamal Haasan had also thrown his weight behind the makers of the Vijay-starrer ‘Mersal’, saying, “Mersal was certified. Don’t re-censor it.” “Counter criticism with logical response. Don’t silence critics. India will shine when it speaks,” he added. ALSO READ BJP attacks Vijay over GST reference in filmReferences to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in ‘Mersal’ have not gone down well with the BJP. The party objected to what it termed “untruths” about the central taxation regime in the film and demanded that the references be deleted. Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan demanded the removal of the “untruths” about the GST, rolled out by the BJP-led NDA government on July 1, while his party colleague H Raja claimed the film exposed Vijay’s “anti-Modi hatred”. ALSO READ Film producer should remove untruths about GST: Union Min Radhakrishnan targets Vijay’s MersalIn a scene in Mersal, where Vijay says people in Singapore get free treatment although the country charges only 7 per cent GST, whereas people are charged 28 per cent GST in India, but still don’t get free treatment. In another scene, the movie takes a swipe at the digital India policy.Meanwhile, actor Vijay’s father and film director SA Chandrasekhar said, “Censor board has members of all parties and it’s reviewed by them. If there is something objectionable they will inform. Once approved by the board no one can criticise the board’s decision.” ALSO READ What do filmmakers know about economics: BJP angry with GST reference in Vijay’s Mersal(With Agency Inputs)

Congress wants Rahul to personalize his twitter handle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leaders closely working with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi want him to personalize his twitter handle from Office of Rahul Gandhi to Rahul Gandhi. DNA spoke to people working closely with Rahul Gandhi who confirmed that he has been requested to change the handle name. The clamour for him to personalize the handle has gone up as he is all set to be elevated as the President of the Congress Party by October end. His arch rival Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a personal twitter handle and his tweets carry an element of intimacy.Sources in the Congress also said that Rahul Gandhi was given similar suggestion by a senior leader to change his twitter handle but he did not positively respond to the idea.Rahul Gandhi and Congress Party have been late arrivals on the social media which BJP used to its great advantage during 2014 Lok Sabha elections.Sources say that Rahul’s twitter handle, the Office of Rahul Gandhi today almost functions like his personal handle so the change makes all the sense.Despite recent success tasted by Rahul Gandhi on social media, there is a perceptible difference between his and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s account. Rahul Gandhi has got 3.81 million followers whereas Narendra Modi has 35.6 million followers.The difference between the yesteryears and today is that engagement rate of Rahul Gandhi’s twitter account has risen substantially.Current social media platforms of the Congress are being managed by Divya Spandana former member of Lok Sabha from Mandya district of Karnataka. She has largely been responsible for turning around the moribund social media department of the Congress Party into a vibrant unit.

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah meets Rahul Gandhi, says Congress will get ‘comfortable majority’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Exuding confidence that the Congress will retain power in Karnataka, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said the ruling party will not solely rely on “failures of Opposition” to secure a victory in the 2018 assembly polls.The Congress will win the election on the development plank and get a “comfortable majority”, he said after discussing its poll strategy at a meeting here called by party Vice President Rahul Gandhi. He said tickets will be distributed to candidates early this time and the party will give opportunity to youth, sitting MLAs and even first-timers who can secure victory, he added. “We are not dependent on failures of Opposition to win elections. We have confidence in our strength. We will not fight (elections) on failures of Opposition,” Siddaramaiah told reporters after the meeting with Gandhi.The party will return to power with “comfortable majority” in 2018, he said and added: “we will get seats more than 121 out of 223 that we got in the previous poll. We will get (them) on our own strength”. Asserting that the election will be fought under his leadership, Siddaramaiah said there is no “confusion” anymore within the party.On poll preparedness, he said out of the 54,000 booths in the state, the party has set up booth committees for 51,000 and the rest will be done shortly. Siddaramaiah said a programme has been initiated to take the state government’s work and achievements to doorstep of citizens, and about 1.5 crore booklets highlighting this will be distributed. Also in the coming days, I will travel to each of the 224 constituencies to share our achievements. I plan to tour in December and January,” he said. The chief minister also dismissed allegations of corruption levelled by the BJP against his government, saying, “We need to talk responsibly.”

‘Kabhi shaakha mein mahilaon ko dekha hai shorts mein,’ Rahul Gandhi’s stinging attack on BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a stinging attack on the ruling BJP government, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi not only questioned the economic downturn but also the ideology of the party.“Inka (BJP) main sangathan RSS hai. Kitni mahila hain usme, kabhi shaakha mein mahilaon ko dekha hai shorts mein? Maine to nahi dekha (RSS is the main organisation of BJP. Have you ever seen any women in shorts at any shaakha? I haven’t seen one),” Gandhi said while interacting with students in Vadodara on Tuesday.

After Rahul’s Amethi visit, Amit Shah, Smriti Irani to unveil slew of projects in Congress bastion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani will unveil a slew of projects in the Congress bastion Amethi on Tuesday.Shah’s visit comes three days after Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi visited his Amethi constituency.Schemes and projects will be announced during Shah and Irani’s visit and beneficiaries of various schemes will be handed over certificates.Information and Broadcasting Minister Irani has already reached Amethi to oversee the preparations for Shah’s meetings. She will also attend the launch of a FM station at Gauriganj and an initiative to save Gomti river near Pipri village.Amethi has traditionally been a Congress bastion but witnessed a high-pitched electoral battle between Rahul Gandhi and Irani in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Though she lost, Irani managed to reduce the Congress leader’s victory margin from around 3.70 lakh votes in 2009 to 1.07 lakh in 2014.During his visit, Rahul Gandhi had accused the BJP governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh of re-inaugurating the projects launched by the previous UPA regime in the district.

Virbhadra Singhji, you will become Himachal CM seventh time: Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kicking off Congress’ campaign in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh, its Vice President Rahul Gandhi today announced that incumbent Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will be the party’s chief ministerial candidate.Addressing a rally at Paddal ground here, Gandhi also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of unemployment, demonetisation and “hasty” implementation of Goods and Service Tax(GST).Backing the chief minister, Gandhi said that Virbhadra Singh, 83, has ensured uniform development of the entire hill state and was confident that the Congress party would retain power.”Virbhadra Singhji, You became chief minister six times and I assure that you would become chief minister for the seventh time also and the entire Congress party stands behind you),” Gandhi said addressing the “Vijay se Vikas ki Aur” rally, four days after a BJP rally at Bilaspur that was addressed by the prime minister.Taking on the prime minister on the issue of unemployment, Gandhi alleged that the NDA government had failed to fulfill the promise to provide jobs to 2-crore people. “And the ground situation is that 30,000 job seekers are being added every 24 hours but only 450 persons are getting jobs per day while our competitor China is giving jobs to 50,000 persons every day.””The hasty implementation of GST resulted in loss of 30- lakh jobs,” he alleged, adding it caused inconvenience to traders. Demonetisation led to a drop in GDP and badly hit the common man, he said.Mocking at the Gujarat model, Gandhi compared the development of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat on different parameters to claim that the hill state fared better.Referring to the plight of farmers, Gandhi said that maximum suicides are taking place in the BJP-ruled states.Addressing the rally, Virbhadra Singh said that his government ensured uniform development without any other consideration and said that development would be the main election plank of the party in the upcoming assembly polls.Deputy leader of Congress party in Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma said that the credit for development of the country goes only to the Congress and asked the people to bring the party to power for the sake of the country. PTI PCL

Why Rahul Gandhi wasn’t wrong to call Mahatma Gandhi an NRI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It has become common fashion to pour scorn upon anything Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi does or says. Recently, the Congress scion came in for the usual criticism for saying that Mahatma Gandhi, along with many of India’s founding fathers were ‘NRIs’.He said at a gathering at Times Square, New York City: “The original Congress movement was an NRI movement. Mahatma Gandhi was an NRI, Jawaharlal Nehru came back from England. (BR) Ambedkar, (Abul Kalam) Azad, (Sardar) Patel they were all NRIs. Every single one of them went to the outside world, saw the outside world, returned to India and used some of the ideas that they had got and transformed India.”This led to a lot of commentators hitting out at Gandhi for his ‘gaffe’, but is it really one?From common parlance, an NRI is any Indian citizen who lives, earns his living or studies abroad. Strictly speaking, from a legal perspective the definition of NRI is stated by Section 6 of the Income Tax Act of 1961 which says that you are considered a resident of India if you’ve spent at least 182 days in the country. You would also be considered a resident if you’ve spent at least 365 days in four years preceding the financial year and at least 60 days in that particular year, in the country.Going by that legal definition, which is fitting since most of our founding fathers were barristers, anyone who spends less than 182 days, or less than 365 days in the last four years (plus 60 years), in India is then by definition a Non-Resident Indian or an NRI.Considering the aforementioned definition, many of our founding fathers were ‘NRIs’, during some parts of their lives.Years abroad:Jawaharlal Nehru – 1907-1912 in England studying and practising lawSardar Patel – 1910-1913 in England studying lawBR Ambedkar – 1913-1916 studying in US, 1916-17 and 1921-23 in EnglandAbul Kalam Azad – Born in Mecca 1888, came back to India in 1890None of them however spent as much time abroad as Mahatma Gandhi, who went to England to study law in 1888 and spent two years and eight months there.He returned to India to start his legal career but soon left for South Africa in 1893 to work for a law firm in South Africa. A one-year trip was extended to 20. In 1894, he was set to leave South Africa but decided to stay back when he learnt of a bill to strip Indians of their right to vote. He ended up staying there for over 20 years, his experiences of racism that he faced in South Africa and England shaping his world view and giving him the tools to lead a nation in the fight for independence. So incidentally, before we mock Rahul Gandhi for saying something, we ought to see if he’s right or wrong? But that would take some fact-checking, which is conspicuous by its absence in modern-day journalism and seems to be far less important than giving in to our pre-conceived notions.

Performance of India, China would fundamentally shape the world: Rahul Gandhi at Princeton University

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that notwithstanding the path chosen by them, the performance of India and China, would determine how the world would fundamentally be reshaped.Gandhi, who was interacting with students at the Princeton University noted that there was “a lot of synergy” between India and the United States.”There are two large migrations taking place – one is completely free and the other is centrally controlled. The systems respond differently. India and China are two huge countries that are transforming from agricultural countries to urban modern model countries. And that’s a huge chunk of the world population,” Gandhi said in his interaction at the Princeton University.”And how these two countries do is going to fundamentally reshape the world. It’s not my place to say that China should be democratic or not. They have chosen their path and we have chosen ours,” he said.But there is “cooperation and there is competition” between the two most populous countries of the world. We have to figure out how to get our jobs. We have to basically compete with China,” said adding that frankly India is not doing that well.China, he said, is entering spaces with One Belt, One Road (OBOR) venture.”And China has a particular vision of the world. It’s very clear. And from their perspective it’s a very powerful vision,” he said.Gandhi also raised a series of questions for India that he sought to be answered.”Does India has a similar vision? What does that vision look like? How much cooperation is going to be between us and them? These are basically the fundamental questions going forward. But the thing to realise is that China is moving with tremendous power and we have to work with that,” he said.Gandhi said there’s a lot of space for cooperation between the United States and India in the creation of jobs and in the education sector.”So I think a lot of synergy between the two countries. Also historically India has maintained balance (in relationship). So India has had a relationship with China and has had a relationship with Russia. It has had a relationship with the US and both the countries. To me the strategic relationship with the United States is important,” he said.The scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family underscored the need for a balance (of relationship) in terms of all the other countries.”But balance is also important in terms of all the other countries. So I would say there is a a slight difference between us and the government,” Gandhi said in response to a question.

Rahul Gandhi to address farmers on Sept 8

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address the farmers rally on September 8 at Parbhani in Marathwada.Maharashstra Congress Pradesh Committee president Ashok Chavan on Monday said that Gandhi will address the Shetkari Sangarsh rally at Parbhani. “We will have meeting of our party workers and local body contested representatives at Nanded on September 8. Gandhi will leave for the Parbhani for the farmers rally after that. He will highlight the farmers’ issues and will also talk on other burning issues like demonetisation,” Chavan said.He said that in Maharashtra, farmers suicides had increased manyfold. “The government has announced a waiver for farmers but farmers are hardly getting any benefit. The reason is its obstructive criteria. The present government is more interested in saving the money rather than giving it to beneficiaries. There is unrest among farmers, drought prone situations in some part of the state. But the government is not bothered. They are interested in event management,” Chavan said.Chavan added that they were getting good response from the all sections of the society. “Farmers are the most affected in this BJP-led government’s time. This government is neither giving them good rates for their crops, nor compensating them. The inflation has gone up. People are struggling to survive. Life is tough for the common man in the BJP regime,” Chavan said.Congress jabsThe Congress said that farmer suicides had increased but the government was more interested in other events. The party said that it was getting a good response from all sections

Rahul Gandhi leaves for Norway, to skip Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Sunday rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday left for the Norwegian capital Oslo, where he will meet political and business leaders, and will skip ally RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s opposition rally in Patna on Sunday.”On the invitation of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be travelling to Oslo for a few days,” he said on Twitter. “Looking forward to meeting and exchanging ideas with political and business leaders and research institutions.” Gandhi will miss RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s show of strength in Patna on Sunday, which Congress President Sonia Gandhi is also unlikely to attend.The Congress will be represented at the event by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, party sources said. Lalu’s Rashtriya Janata Dal is organising a “BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao” (Banish BJP, Save country) rally in Patna’s Gandhi Maidan on August 27, which is being touted as a major opposition show of unity. However, the rally is already under a cloud with BSP supremo Mayawati announcing she won’t attend the event without any seat-sharing understanding among the opposition parties.

After Prashant Kishor heartburn in UP, Congress not to ‘outsource’ strategy in Gujarat polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DNA has learnt that the Congress has decided they will not employ any agency from outside to manage their election campaign in Gujarat, where assembly elections are scheduled to be held in December.This decision was reached upon in a meeting attended by Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, and Ashok Gehlot, general secretary in charge of Gujarat, apart from others in the Congress war room.Though Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was not present since he was in Karnataka for organisational functions, the meeting was attended by Bharat Singh Solanki who heads the organisation of the Gujarat Congress.Sources said that Rahul Gandhi will attend the meeting with Congress leaders at 3.30 pm on Thursday to seal the deal. Sources also said that Bharat Solanki would be at the forefront of the elections, but the party would fight the elections collectively.Sources told DNA that on Wednesday, the meeting lasted for more than 8 hours and it was decided that the party would take major calls collectively and in case a survey needs to be done, it would be outsourced.“We decided that Congress would fight elections and not outsource its campaign to an agency,’ said Bharat Solanki to DNA.Earlier, in case of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, Prashant Kishore had been made incharge, which had caused a major heartburn to the party leaders. He was inducted after a stupendous win by Nitish Kumar who now happens to be the Chief Minister of Bihar heading a BJP government.The importance of this development is that Congress doesn’t want to outsource its election campign to people who are not clued in to the working of the Congress. In UP, it created a major problem which has left a lasting legacy.

PM Modi has created environment of hatred and anger in Kashmir: Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked Narendra Modi saying, the Prime Minister has created an environment of hatred and anger in Kashmir.”Modi’s policy has created space in Jammu and Kashmir for Pakistan to misbehave,” said Rahul Gandhi addressing a public rally in Bengaluru.The Congress leader also said that the Prime Minister represents spirit of people of India and it is time for Narendra Modi to start ‘acting and operating’ like a PM.Rahul Gandhi’s remark came a day after Narendra Modi reached out to strife-hit Kashmiris in his Independence Day address saying, bullets or abuses will not help resolve their problems and a change can take place by embracing all Kashmiris.”Na gaali se, na goli se, parivartan hoga gale lagaane se… samasya suljhegi har Kashmiri ko gale lagane se (problems of Kashmir cannot be addressed by either bullets or by abuses. The change can come by embracing all Kashmiris).”He said only a handful of separatists were resorting to different tactics to create problems in the state but the government is committed to making Kashmir a paradise once again.Modi said not only the Jammu and Kashmir government but the entire country is with the people of the state in helping them realise their dreams of development.He also said the government is committed to restoring the lost glory of Kashmir and again make it the ‘heaven on earth’s.

Girl Stalking Case: CCTV footage goes missing, BJP leader asks why was she out late night

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a woman accused the son of a senior Haryana BJP leader in Chandigarh of stalking, CCTV footage from five locations has reportedly gone missing.The girl has accused BJP leader’s son Vikas Barala (23) and his friend Ashish Kumar (27) of stalking her on Friday night after which they were arrested and released on bail.According to reports, police sources claim that CCTV footage which could be an important piece of evidence in the case, is missing.Meanwhile, the BJP state unit has blamed the victim for driving so late in the night.”The girl should not have gone out at 12 in the night. Why was she driving so late in the night? The atmosphere is not right. We need to take care of ourselves,” ​BJP state vice president Ramveer Bhatti told CNN-News18.
ALSO READ Stalking case: Accused using my pics to malign me, it won’t stop me from fighting, says victimThe victim had expressed her anguish in a social media post saying she was lucky not to be the daughter of a commoner or else who knows what her fate could be.”There were two guys inside the SUV, and they seemed to really be enjoying harassing a lone girl in the middle of the night, judging by how often their car swerved, just enough to scare me that it might hit me,” she said in a Facebook post. “I’m lucky, it seems, to not be the daughter of a common man, because what chance would they have against such VIPs? I’m also lucky, because I’m not lying raped and murdered in a ditch somewhere. If this can happen in Chandigarh, it can happen anywhere,” she added.
ALSO READ Girl stalking case: CM Khattar says ‘action will be taken’ against Haryana BJP chief’s sonOn Sunday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi hit out at the BJP government, saying “Condemn attempt to kidnap & outrage modesty of young lady in Chdgrh. BJP Govt mst punish the guilty; not collude W/culprits & mindset they represent.”Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar assured that the accused will be punished once found guilty.”I have complete faith on the Chandigarh Police. Justice will prevail. The accused will be punished once found guilty. This is my official stand on this matter. This case has nothing to do with Subhash Barala. Such act is highly condemnable if proved correct,” the Chief Minister told the media.

One Gandhi wanted to disband Congress after Indepedence, another doing it: Amit Shah mocks Rahul

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday, BJP President Amit Shah took a dig at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Haryana where he said that Rahul Gandhi was ‘responsible for finishing the Congress’.He said in Haryana: “Gandhi ji ne kaha tha azadi ke turant baad Congress ko bikhed dena chahiye… khair wo Gandhi ne nhi kiya ab koi Gandhi kar rha hai.” (Mahatma Gandhi had said that Congress should be disbanded after Independence. While that Gandhi couldn’t do it, but some other Gandhi is doing it).This isn’t the first time Amit Shah has spoken about Mahatma Gandhi. On June 10, Amit Shah had called Gandhi a ‘chatur bania’.He had said: “Mahatma Gandhi was a chatur baniya.. he knew what was going to happen” (Bahut chatur baniya tha woh, usko maloom tha aage kya hone waala hai.), said Shah speaking to a collection of “eminent persons” in Raipur.”After independence, he (Mahatma) wanted Congress to be dissolved. He didn’t do it, but some people are now doing that job,” Shah said.Shah had also claimed that Congress was a ‘special purpose vehicle’ to gain independence and not a party based on principles.As BJP chief Amit Shah began his Haryana visit, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today took people’s feedback on a range of issues concerning the state as he interacted with people during his morning walk. The chief minister said here was enthusiasm among the people in view of Shah’s visit to the state.”I went out for a round in the morning and was not accompanied by any security guard. I met some people and I talked to them on developmental issues pertaining to the state. I gathered their feedback on a range of issues and about what they thought about our government,” Khattar later said here.The chief minister said he was happy to know from the public that various citizen delivery services, “which we are trying to give in a transparent manner, were reaching them without any hassle.”Khattar said he also met some young sportspersons. “I also met some young wrestlers of an ‘Akhara’, they were happy with the steps our government is taking for the promotion of sports in the state. They also gave me a few suggestions and we will try to incorporate these,” the CM said.Shah arrived on a three-day visit to Haryana during which he will hold a series of meetings and also review the works undertaken by the M L Khattar government in the state. With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Shah is travelling across states to strategise and find ways to strengthen the party at the grass-root level.With inputs from Agencies

Rahul in Lucknow to demand compensation for Amethi farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is visiting National Highway Authority of India?s (NHAI) regional office in Lucknow on Tuesday to demand compensation for farmers in his constituency Amethi?s Jagdishpur in connection to the expansion of a highway towards Varanasi. He will demand along with the farmers that proper procedure should be adopted to either compensate the affected people or the bylane be shifted. The highway is being widened at the Kathora Gram Sabha in Jagdishpur block. Work had begun in this regard a year ago.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nitish Kumar-Rahul Gandhi meet to discuss Mahagathbandhan’s fate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The crisis plaguing Bihar’s ruling mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) further deepened on Saturday, when Bihar Chief Minister and JD (U) President Nitish Kumar called on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to seek his help to convey to alliance partner Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) to replace Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, whom the CBI has booked in a land graft case. Sources said that immediately after the one-on-one meeting, which lasted for 40 minutes, Rahul asked his trusted confidante and general secretary in-charge of Bihar CP Joshi to talk to the RJD chief and find a solution to save the alliance.Though the JD(U) officially sought to downplay the meeting, calling it as a courtesy call, insiders said Kumar reminded Rahul of the practice followed by earlier Congress governments, where a minister would resign once a probe agency files a FIR or a charge sheet against the individual.”Congress leadership must clarify their stand on Tejashwi, whom the CBI has booked in a land graft case,” a source in the JD (U) quoted Nitish telling Rahul.Congress leaders said Rahul was worried about the fate of the grand alliance in Bihar. He is believed to have told Kumar that an FIR lodged against Tejashwi should not be the reason for him to resign as union ministers Uma Bharti, UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya and a few other leaders are also facing investigations.Nitish Kumar also told the Congress VP that he will stand by the united opposition to confront the BJP, clarifying that his support for President-elect Ram Nath Kovind was based only on his credentials and his impeccable neutrality during his tenure as Bihar Governor.So far, the RJD is holding off against pressure that Tejashwi will quit after owning up to the corruption charges “This is an entirely hypothetical and unwarranted question,” a senior RJD leader . “Tejashwi is not resigning, because we believe he is the target of a political witch-hunt. There is no proof of corruption against him, where is the reason for such speculation?”

Cong’s Path Yatra from Tues to counter BJP’s Parivartan Yatra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress has decided to start a ‘Path Yatra’ (foot march) from July 18 to highlight the achievements of Virbhadra Singh government in Himachal Pradesh. The yatra will cover all the 68 assembly constituencies, 3,226 panchayats and about 20,000 villages in the state, the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) President Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu said here today. Exactly a month ago, the BJP had launched its ‘Parivartan Rath Yatra’ on June 18 in the run up to assembly polls slated later this year. The ‘Path Yatra’ would be launched in three phases and chief minister, ministers, MLAs, former MLAs and other senior leaders would participate in the yatra which would highlight the achievements of Virbhadra Singh government and UPA and also expose the NDA government for its failure to implement the poll promises, Sukhu said. Addressing the media persons here today, he said that the Yatra would pass through the roads constructed by the Congress government under different schemes and group of minimum 21 Congress leaders and workers would go door to door to reach out to the masses. The first phase of the yatra would start from July 18 to 25, second from August 1 to 7 and third from August 15 to 21 and on the last day rallies would be held in all the assembly constituencies which would be addressed by Congress leaders, he informed. All India Congress Committee Vice President Rahul Gandhi would also address a huge rally on the last day marking the culmination of the yatra, he added. Replying to a question, Sukhu said that in spite of some differences, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh would participate in the yatra as the detailed programme has been chalked out in consultation with the CM, cabinet ministers and other senior leaders. Referring to war of words between Virbhadra and senior Congress leader Vijay Singh Mankotia, he said that it is a fight between two elderly leaders and the party is not contemplating any action against Mankotia and added that all the rebels would be back in the party between the assembly polls.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP calls Rahul ‘immature’ over Kashmir comment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi tweets on Wednesday holding Prime Minister Narendra Modi directly responsible for the Kashmir mess, the BJP launched a vitriolic attack, calling him ‘an immature mind who doesn’t know the history of his own family’.In a series of tweets condemning Amarnath attack, Rahul said, Modi’s policies have created space for terrorists in Kashmir. Grave strategic blow for India: Short term political gain for Modi from PDP alliance has cost India massively.One of his tweets read, “Modi’s personal gain= India’s strategic loss + sacrifice of innocent Indian blood.”Responding in a holds barred attack, BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi said, “he doesn’t know what personal gains anybody would get from bloodshed… It only shows an immature mind who doesn’t know the history of his own family.”Lekhi asked him to take ‘history lessons’ from his staff to find out who exactly was responsible for the ‘Kashmir mess’.Joining the attack, BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said, “Rahul Gandhi has lost hope of reviving his party in India, and, therefore, is using this language of Pakistan to possibly get some twitter followers from Pakistan.””When Rahul Gandhi makes this kind of attack on the government rather than attacking the terrorist, he is acting as a mouthpiece of our hostile neighbour,” Rao added.

Vice-Presidential polls: Rahul Gandhi reaches out to Nitish Kumar over support to Gopalkrishna Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday reportedly reached out to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar seeking his support for Opposition Vice-Presidential pick Gopalkrishna Gandhi.On Tuesday, eighteen opposition parties chose former West Bengal governor as their joint candidate for vice president. Gandhi’s name was endorsed by all 18 opposition parties, including the JD(U), which had broken ranks with the opposition to back NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential election.Report said that Rahul Gandhi had a conversation with Nitish Kumar on phone, during which the Janata Dal (United) leader confirmed his support for the opposition’s candidate.Though Nitish Kumar didn’t attend the meeting of opposition parties, he sent one of the top party leaders Sharad Yadav.Gandhi was the only name reportedly discussed when opposition parties met on Tuesday to decide on their candidate.His name earlier had earlier done the rounds as a probable candidate for president, but the opposition chose former speaker Meira Kumar instead to contest against NDA’s nominee, Ram Nath Kovind.”I accept the nomination with all the seriousness that it calls for. I applaud the unity and conviction with which the opposition parties have asked me to be their candidate for the vice presidentship,” said Gandhi.The vice presidential election will take place on August 5 and votes will be counted the same evening.

Amarnath attack: oppn asks govt to introspect security failure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition parties today asked the government to introspect on its failure to prevent the “cowardly and ghastly” terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims despite advance intelligence inputs. Eighteen opposition parties, which met at Parliament Library to decide on their vice presidential candidate, unanimously passed a resolution against yesterday’s terror strike, which they termed an attack on humanity and on India’s plurality and diversity. “The government needs to introspect as to why, despite advanced intelligence inputs, was there a failure to prevent this attack?” the resolution said. “We the leaders of the Opposition parties strongly condemn the cowardly and ghastly terrorist attack on the Amarnath yatris,” the resolution said. The parties, the resolution added, extended their deepest sympathies to families of the victims with whom they stood in this hour of grief. “This is an attack on humanity. This is an attack on the plurality and diversity of India. This is an attack on the human values and Kashmiriyat. “We call upon the government to use all the resources at its command to bring the real masterminds and perpetrators of this inhuman act to justice.” Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also termed it a “grave and unacceptable security lapse” and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accept responsibility. “This is a grave and unacceptable security lapse. The PM needs to accept responsibility and never allow it to happen again… “India will never be intimidated by these terrorist cowards,” he tweeted. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the leaders of 18 opposition parties observed a two-minute silence at the start of the meeting in memory of the Amarnath yatris killed in Kashmir. Seven people, including six women, were killed last night when terrorists attacked their bus. The meeting was convened by Congress President Sonia Gandhi and attended by former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and H D Deve Gowda. Top opposition leaders, including JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s Sudhakar Reddy, TMC’s Derek O’Brien, SP’s Naresh Agarwal, BSP’s Satish Chandra Misra, NC’s Omar Abdullah and NCP’s Praful Patel, attended the meeting. Others who participated in the meeting included Jai Prakash Yadav of the RJD, Ajit Singh of the RLD and Hemant Soren of the JMM. Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ahmed Patel, were also present.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

My job is to be informed on critical issues: Rahul

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said it is his job to be informed on critical issues as he sought to defend his meeting with the Chinese Ambassador amid a border row with China. He also took a dig at Narendra Modi saying he was not like the prime minister who was “sitting on the swing” when Chinese soldiers were entering India. Rahul also questioned the government why three of its ministers were availing Chinese hospitality while tension along the border is on. “It is my job to be informed on critical issues. I met the Chinese Ambassador, Ex-NSA, Congress leaders from NE and the Bhutanese Ambassador. “If government is so concerned about me meeting an Ambassador, they should explain why three ministers are availing Chinese hospitality while the border issue is on,” he tweeted. Rahul also put out a picture of Modi in the swing with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the latter’s visit to Gujarat in 2014, and said, “And for the record I am not the guy sitting on the swing while a thousand Chinese troops had physically entered India.” Rahul’s meeting with Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui has raised eyebrows and is likely to generate a political debate.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amid Sikkim stand-off, Rahul Gandhi meets Chinese envoy, Congress calls it courtesy call

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the ongoing border stand-off, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday met Chinese ambassador Luo Zhaohui​.The meeting between Rahul Gandhi and the Chinese envoy comes a few days after the Congress leader launched an attack on Narendra Modi asking why the Prime Minister was silent on China.”Envoys met Rahul Gandhi ji, not only Chinese envoy but also Bhutanese envoy and ex NSA Shiv Shankar Menon,” said Congress leader Randeep Surjewala.”Various ambassadors and envoys keep meeting Congress President and Vice President time to time on courtesy basis. Nobody should attempt to sensationalize this,” said Surjewala.Earlier in the day, the Chinese embassy had claimed that Rahul Gandhi met the envoy to ‘exchange views on the current bilateral relations’, but later reportedly deleted the post from their website.The Congress had been questioning the ‘silence’ of the prime minister on Chinese aggression along the border and has asked the government to spell out its strategy to ease the tension in Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction.A stand-off erupted between the two militaries after the Indian Army blocked construction of the road by China in Doklam, a disputed territory between China and Bhutan also known as Donglong.Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

PM remarks against cow vigilantism publicity stunt: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today dismissed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s warning to those killing people in the name of cow protection as nothing but an eyewash and yet another publicity stunt. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said the prime minister’s remarks that killings in the name of cow protection was not acceptable, were “too little too late” and these words meant nothing as actions outdo them. “Too little too late. Words mean nothing when actions out do them,” he said on Twitter. At the AICC briefing, senior Congress spokesperson Ghulam Nabi Azad dubbed Modi’s remarks as “yet another publicity stunt” which had “no meaning”. He said the remarks have come after “public pressure” in the wake of yesterday’s countrywide protests against lynchings. The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said BJP state governments or the prime minister did not act against anyone in the last three years. “This statement has no meaning. It is an eyewash and we don’t believe in it. This is all just eyewash. Nobody has faith in this statement. When they will punish them, then we will see,” he said. “They merely stated on television and told their own people to continue doing what they were and no one will ask,” Azad said, lamenting that not even an FIR has been lodged against those who have been seen on television committing such acts. Addressing a public meeting in Ahmedabad to mark the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati ashram, Modi said killing people on the pretext of protecting cows is not acceptable and warned that no one has the right to take law into his hands. He said indulging in violence in the name of “gau bhakti” goes fully against the ideals of the Father of the Nation. Voicing his concern over the spate of incidents of lynching and violence over cow protection, he said nothing would will be achieved from such acts.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress appoints J&K’s Fairoz Khan as NSUI president

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress on Monday appointed Fairoz Khan of Jammu & Kashmir as the new president of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the party’s student wing.Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who is in-charge of the frontal organisations of the party, recommended his appointment after personally interviewing those who were shortlisted for the post.“Congress President Sonia Gandhi has accorded her approval to the appointment of Fairoz Khan as NSUI President for a period of two years with immediate effect,” a statement from AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.Rahul Gandhi had earlier formed a screening committee to shortlist deserving candidates for the post of President of all-India NSUI.He later personally interviewed the shortlisted candidates and in consultation with the committee decided to appoint Fairoz Khan, who hails from Jammu & Kashmir.

MP farmers’ agitation unfortunate: Agriculture minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Breaking his silence on the farmers’ protest in Madhya Pradesh, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today termed the agitation which has claimed the lives of five peasants “unfortunate” and said those “politicising” the incident were not concerned about the community’s welfare. The farmers have been protesting in Mandsuar district of Madhya Pradesh for over a week demanding debt relief. The protest got violent on June 6 as five farmers died in police firing. The situation is still tense in the region. “The Madhya Pradesh incident is unfortunate. Those politicising the issue do not want welfare of farmers and the country,” Singh tweeted. He said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was among the CMs who is most concerned about farmers. The Agriculture Minister’s tweet comes hours after Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi was detained when he tried to visit Mandsuar to meet the affected family members. He was later released. Singh had yesterday cancelled a press conference on the government’s cleanliness drive apparently to avoid possible questions on the farmers’ agitation. The briefing on the cabinet decisions on Kharif crop MSP was also cancelled. Despite bumper crops, farmers in many states are in distress because of sharp fall in prices in both domestic and global market.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rahul leaves for Mandsaur on bike, police to stop him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today rode pillion on a motorcycle and walked some distance to reach Mandsaur from Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh district. As he made his way to the epicentre of the farmers’ protest, the local police in Madhya Pradesh made it clear that he will not be allowed to enter the district. “Gandhi reached Udaipur from Delhi in a chartered plane and left for Madhya Pradesh by road.In Nimaheda town of Chittorgarh district, he rode pillion for 5-7 km and reached close to the border. After the bike ride, he walked toward the border, IG Udaipur Anand Srivastava told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Watch: Rahul Gandhi leaves for Mandsaur on a motorcycle to meet farmers, police say they will stop him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday left for Mandsaur where five farmers were killed during protests earlier this week even as the local police made it clear that he will not be allowed to enter the district.He left this morning for the district and would enter Madhya Pradesh from Rajasthan by road.A contingents of Rapid Action Force (RAF) were deployed in Mandsaur which has been on the boil since the violence two days ago.Two companies of RAF, comprising around 100 men each, have moved into Pipliamandi, the police said.”Gandhi arrived here in a chartered plane and left for Madhya Pradesh by road,” IG Udaipur Anand Srivastava said.Gandhi is accompanied by PCC Rajasthan chief Sachin Pilot and other party leaders, including Digvijay Singh, Girija Vyas, Kamalnath.Congressmen in several vehicles are accompanying Gandhi.However, Superintendent of Police of Neemuch Manoj Kumar Singh said the Congress leader will not be allowed to enter the violence-hit district where the situation remains tense.If the Congress leader tries to enter the district, he will be detained, the SP said.

BJP corners Rahul Gandhi over ‘Upanishad and Bhagwad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday cornered Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi over his reported statement on Upanishads and the Bhagwad Gita. Rahul reportedly told Congress workers in Chennai that he has been reading Upanishads and the Bhagwad Gita to take on the Rashtriya Swamyamsevak Sangh (RSS) and BJP. BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told ANI that Rahul?s statement reflected he had accepted that the ideology of BJP and the RSS reflects the true eternal element of India. ?Rahul Gandhi?s statement referring Gita and Upanishad in the context of the ideology of BJP and RSS suggests that now he has accepted that our ideology is inspired by those books, which are the symbol of eternal Indian wisdom since ages unknown inspiring the entire human race,? said Trivedi. The BJP leader mocked Rahul?s current ?mental status? and said it would have changed much before had he read teachings of the Bhagwad Gita earlier. ?It is unfortunate that until now he had no time to look into these books. Even if he would have got time to study the literature of his own party?s stalwart in freedom struggle; Bal Gangadhar Tilak?s Gita Rahasya, or various statements of Mahatma Gandhi on Gita, then he would not have been in the mental status he is in today,? said the BJP spokesperson.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP-RSS want to thrust one idea, opposition will defeat them: Rahul Gandhi in Tamil Nadu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today said the opposition would unitedly “fight and defeat” the BJP and RSS’s attempts to “thrust one idea” on a country that celebrates diversity.Each state had a “culture, (its) own thinking, own way of expression and food” and this diversity was India’s strength and not a weakness, he told reporters here. But the BJP viewed these as “weaknesses” that needed to be crushed, he said. “The BJP and RSS are under the impression that one idea can be placed on top of India,” Gandhi said, without elaborating.Opposition leaders at a DMK event here yesterday raised these issues, Gandhi said, adding, “But India is not one idea; India is thousands of different ideas and this one idea of the RSS will never ever crush the thousands of ideas (of India)”. Against the background of its ally DMK accusing the Centre of “imposing” Hindi on the people, the Congress leader, who earlier interacted with party workers and leaders here, said all languages needed to be respected.

BJP-RSS want to thrust one idea; Opp will defeat them: Rahul

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today said the opposition would unitedly “fight and defeat” the BJP and RSS’s attempts to “thrust one idea” on a country that celebrates diversity. Each state had a “culture, (its) own thinking, own way of expression and food” and this diversity was India’s strength and not a weakness, he told reporters here. But the BJP viewed these as “weaknesses” that needed to be crushed, he said. “The BJP and RSS are under the impression that one idea can be placed on top of India,” Gandhi said, without elaborating. Opposition leaders at a DMK event here yesterday raised these issues, Gandhi said, adding, “But India is not one idea; India is thousands of different ideas and this one idea of the RSS will never ever crush the thousands of ideas (of India)”. Against the background of its ally DMK accusing the Centre of “imposing” Hindi on the people, the Congress leader, who earlier interacted with party workers and leaders here, said all languages needed to be respected.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amarinder meets Rahul to discuss tainted minister, cabinet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and is learnt to have discussed expansion of his cabinet and allegations of benami transactions against state minister Rana Gurjit Singh. Sources said Amarinder Singh informed the Congress vice president about the judicial inquiry initiated into allegations that Punjab Irrigation and Power Minister Rana Gurjit Singh had acquired sand mines through his company’s employees during auctions held recently. The Punjab chief minister dismissed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Sukhpal Khaira questioning the integrity and honesty of Justice (Retd) J S Narang, who is probing all aspects of the recent sand mine auctions. A section of the media has levelled allegations of `benami transactions’ against Gurjit Singh. “Let the report of the judicial inquiry come in. Let us not crucify the minister without proof,” he said. He rejected Khaira’s contention that Justice Narang should recuse himself from the inquiry since his son had appeared as counsel for Rana Gurjit’s relative in some case. Describing his meeting with Gandhi as `routine’, Amarinder said it had been over a month since he had last met the party vice president and had hence called on him today. The two leaders discussed the expansion of the Punjab cabinet which is likely to happen after the budget session of the state assembly. The chief minister said the cabinet would be expanded in due course and the media would be informed as and when it happened.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Despite being denied permission, Rahul Gandhi heads for Saharanpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite being denied permission by the authorities, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday set out to visit riot-hit Saharanpur. On Friday, the Uttar Pradesh ADG Law and Order Aditya Mishra had requested all political parties to steer clear of the violence-hit area until the situation returns to normal. “We have requested all political parties not to visit the state until the situation is brought back to normal in Saharanpur.” Mishra said.Gandhi will visit Saharanpur to take stock of the prevailing situation, where a caste conflict had erupted in which many Dalits were allegedly targeted. Clashes occurred earlier after Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati’s visit to Saharanpur, where one person was killed and several others were injured.
ALSO READ Rahul Gandhi denied permission to visit violence-hit SaharanpurThe State Government also announced to give compensation of Rs 15 lakh to relatives of the person, who was killed during this incident. In the wake of clashes between two communities in Saharanpur, the Yogi Adityanath Government transferred 174 Sub-Divisional Magistrates.The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to submit a report on the recent worrisome clashes in Saharanpur. Earlier, Saharanpur District Magistrate Nagendra Parsad Singh was sacked after he was unable to control the clashes between two communities in the area.On May 5, one person was killed and 16 people, including a head constable, were injured in clashes between the Dalits and the Rajputs in Shabbirpur and Simlana villages. Reports said that the police stopped the Maharana Pratap procession after some Dalits informed the police. This angered Rajputs, who allegedly resorted to violence.

Opposition consensus for President poll gains momentum; Mamata Banerjee meets Sonia Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition efforts to put up a consensus candidate for the upcoming presidential poll gathered ground today when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Congress President Sonia Gandhi here.Banerjee said no names were discussed at the 40-minute meeting, which was also attended by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. It was, however, not known if the two leaders discussed the possibility of persuading the incumbent, Pranab Mukherjee, to seek a second term. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar yesterday urged the BJP to build consensus on the presidential candidate. He suggested that Mukherjee be given another term. After the meeting, Banerjee reiterated the need for consensus on the issue. “We want the entire Opposition to get together and come up with a candidate who will be good for the country,” she told reporters after the meeting at 10 Janpath, the residence of the Congress chief.”It was an important meeting. There are so many political equations. We will talk together, we will discuss together,” Banerjee said. She said if the Opposition wanted, it could set aside differences for this purpose.”There is still time and we will meet again. But the government should also take the initiative for a consensus candidate,” she said amid speculation that some Opposition leaders favoured another term for Mukherjee. The Congress meanwhile said its leadership was holding talks with various parties in a bid to agree on a common candidate for the president’s post. The meeting between Banerjee and Gandhi was part of a series of meetings that the Congress president has been holding with other political leaders on the issue.Asked if the Congress supported a second term for Mukherjee, AICC incharge of communications Randeep Surjewala said, “The Congress president and vice president will confer with various people and we will try and build a consensus.” He did not comment on another term for Mukherjee, but said the party was “extremely proud that the president comes from the pedigree of a thought process and ideology that has been a centrestage of this country from its formation till today and will continue in future.”He said the posts of president and vice president were “intrinsic to our democratic set-up”. The president was not just the commander of the armed forces, but also the protector of the Constitution, he said. “It is also the role of the president and the vice president to counsel the government when it loses its way. So bereft of political partisanship, you need on these two posts people who will be able to uphold the highest principles enshrined in the Constitution,” Surjewala said.Meanwhile, Banerjee, who also criticised the government for unleashing what she called a vendetta against its political rivals, accepted RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s invitation to attend an all-India rally of political parties opposed to the BJP-led central government on August 27. “Lalu Ji, We accepted your invitation to be there on August 27. We will be there,” Banerjee tweeted. Banerjee’s acceptance of the invitation came on a day when IT raids were carried out at various locations in Delhi and other areas over alleged benami properties linked to Yadav.Reacting to the meeting between Gandhi and Banerjee, a CPI(M) leader said, “She has pitched for a consensus candidate by the Opposition parties, which has been our position from the beginning. The TMC has joined the CPI(M) on the issue.” Sources in CPI said they did not object to Banerjee joining the Opposition rank on the issue. “The united Opposition will need votes. We do not object to the TMC being on the same page as other Opposition parties on the polls,” a top CPI leader said.

Rahul Gandhi condemns killing of Kashmiri Army officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said those who tried to defeat what slain army officer Umer Fayaz stood for, would be themselves defeated. Condoling the killing of Lt Fayaz by militants in Shopian of Kashmir, he said, “The entire nation shares the grief of Fayaz’s family, friends and colleagues. My heartfelt condolences.” “His memory will never be forgotten. Those who tried to defeat what he stood for, will themselves be defeated,” he said on Twitter. Lieutenant Umer Fayaz (23) was last night abducted by five to six militants from his relative’s house in south Kashmir’s Shopian where he had gone to attend the wedding ceremony. His bullet riddled body was found in Harmain area of Shopian this morning, a police official said. Hailing from Kulgam district, Fayaz, who studied at Navodaya Vidyalaya, a branch of government schools for gifted students, at Ashmuquam in South Kashmir, joined the Army after being commissioned in December last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Leading by example is overrated: Rahul Gandhi mocks PM Modi for asking bureaucrats not to use social media for self-praise

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked officers to not use social media for self-praise, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday mocked Modi saying, leading by example is clearly overrated.The Congress Vice President made remarks on Twitter, sharing a link of the story.At a meeting to mark Civil Services Day, Modi on Friday told bureaucrats that social media should be used for the welfare of the people and not for self-praise.He also stated that mobile phones were banned from his meetings because he often found officers checking social media sites in the midst of official discussions.”I see these days that district-level officers are so busy, busy, that most of their time goes into it (social media). I have stopped the entry (of mobile phones) in my meetings as they (officers) would take them out and start (checking out social media sites),” he said.The world was moving from e-governance to mobile- governance and the best equipment needed to be used for the welfare of people, he added. Social media sites were helpful when they were used for spreading information about the good work being done.”If I am informing the people about dates of polio vaccination through social media, saying that they should come out on a particular date for the vaccination, then it (social media) is helpful. But if during vaccination-related work, I am praising my own photograph on Facebook, then it puts a question mark (on the work done by civil servants),” he said.(With agency inputs)

Rahul Gandhi visits AIIMS, meets professor on hunger strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi tonight visited the AIIMS where he met the assistant professor of G B Pant Engineering College who has been on an indefinite hunger strike for the last two weeks. Joshil Abraham, who has been admitted to AIIMS since April 14 night, has been fighting for “lack of infrastructure”. Gandhi turned up at AIIMS at around 8 pm. Congress’ official account tweeted two pictures at around 10:24 PM in which Rahul Gandhi is seen having a conversation with the professor. “Rahul Gandhi met Prof Joshil Abraham of GB Pant Engineering College who is on hunger strike against corruption & lack of infra for students,” the tweet read. “Rahul ji said he will take up the issue as it was a legitimate demand and assured of a consecutive meeting if the issue is not solved,” Abraham told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Election to Congress president post to be held by October 15

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress has finally kicked off the process of its organisational polls long overdue that will culminate with the election of the Congress President by October 15. The process was set rolling after the Election Commission gave the party six more months time till December to complete its internal elections. With this the process of a possible revamp in the party, after its spate of drubbings at the hustings, has also gained momentum with insiders saying a meeting of the Congress Working Committee is likely soon. The party, however, is not clear about the elevation of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi as party chief. The CWC, the highest decision-making body of the party, had during its November 2016 meeting unanimously resolved and urged that it is time Rahul takes over as party chief. Senior party leader A K Antony had said that “it was the right time for him to take charge” as Congress chief and all CWC members would apprise Sonia Gandhi of their sentiments, but the final call will be taken by Sonia. The party’s internal elections which are due every five years have to end by December 31. The party has since sought three extensions from the Election Commission. The EC earlier turned down the party’s request for a year’s extension for completing internal polls and asked it to complete the formality by the end of June, but gave more time. According to the organisational poll schedule issued by Congress’ Central Election Authority chairman Mullapally Ramachandran, the election to the post of Congress president will be held between September 16 and October 15. Ramachandran has also asked the all district Congress chiefs to end by May 15 their primary membership enrolment drive that started in 2015. He also asked them to publish the list of members by May 30. In the second phase, the election of president, vice president and other office bearers of block Congress committees is required to be completed between August 21 and September 4, while those to district Congress committees are to be completed between September 5 and 15. After the election to state Congress committees and of AICC members and Congress president between September 16 and October 15, the election of CWC members by AICC members will be held during the plenary session, dates of which will be announced later.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Don’t talk of growth, create peaceful atmosphere first: Nitish

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an apparent dig at the Modi government, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said there will be no development in the country unless there is an atmosphere of peace and tolerance. Addressing a function to honour freedom fighters on the occasion of centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Champaran satyagraha’, he said an atmosphere of peace, love, harmony and tolerance can only take the country to the path of progress. “Only by talking of growth and success, there won’t be any growth. For this there is a need to create right atmosphere,” he said. The statement is seen as a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who often talks about the country’s development. Highlighting achievements of prohibition implemented by his government in Bihar, Kumar said an intensive campaign will soon start against social evils like child marriage and dowry system. Today’s programme was attended by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and RJD chief Lalu Prasad. The Bihar Chief Minister said Home Minister Rajnath Singh could not attend the programme despite being agreed to attend the function. “We had invited the Home Minister. He agreed to come to the event also. The intention behind inviting the Home Minister was that he is one of the senior-most ministers of the government of India and considered as the senior-most minister after Prime Minister (Narendra Modi)… But at the last moment, for whatever reasons he did not come,” Kumar said. He said all people across political lines were invited to the function. “I do not have any complaint who have come and those who have not. It is not a programme organised with political feelings,” he said. Lalu Prasad also objected to the Union home minister’s absence saying “if you don’t wanted to come, why did you commit it?”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Local Congressmen frown over internal polls for office bearers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A section of the Congress leaders here have expressed reservations over the party’s system of holding internal elections for choosing office-bearers, alleging that it is creating “fissures” within the party cadre and only candidates with money power are winning these polls. Holding organisational polls for election of office-bearers of the front outfits- Indian Youth Congress (IYC) and NSUI was the first major reform introduced by party Vice President Rahul Gandhi. According to party sources, the internal elections were meant to address the grievance that the culture of nominations had led to nepotism and crippled meritocracy in the youth bodies. However, some leaders are unhappy with the present process. Brijmohan Sharma, a local Congress leader said, “This exercise of electing the leader at local level is only creating fissures among the party cadre. It is creating a parallel force within the party. Ideally, senior political bosses should select the leaders directly after getting the credentials of the aspirant leaders.” Another senior leader, requesting anonymity claimed, “this exercise of electing leaders has actually backfired. The process is a farce and only candidates with money power are winning the elections.” Mumbai Congress in-charge Ritwik Joshi, however, dismissed the allegations and said the election process is the best way to create a leader who comes from a non-political background. Indian Youth Congress president Raja Brar recently began the process of electing the Mumbai Youth Congress Committees and the party has fixed April 24 as the deadline for the membership drive. However, considering the ongoing examinations in colleges and educational institutions, some leaders have demanded that the deadline for the membership be extended. Talking to(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

If EVMs were fixed then I wouldn’t be sitting here: Amarinder Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after petitioning the Election Commission, Opposition parties on Wednesday knocked the doors of President Pranab Mukherjee to appraise him of the alleged tampering of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and requested his intervention to “save democracy”. Led by Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, the team included Congress’s leaders in both Houses, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, and leaders of Trinamool Congress, CPI, Samajwadi Party, BSP, JD-U, DMK and NCP.But their demand was punctured by none other than Congress leader and Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh, who said: “If EVMs were fixed then I wouldn’t be sitting here. The Akalis would be.” The Punjab was the only state won by Congress in the recent round of assembly elections.Former Law Minister Veerappa Moily also asked his leaders to desist from censoring their own system. He, however, hastily added that there was a need for updating technology and an investigation by a high-powered committee into the allegations. “There was no question of going manually, it’s not a progressive step. I don’t think we should go back,” he said. He reminded that EVMs were launched when Congress was in power.Both these statements fly in the face of comments by top party leaders like Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad, who had demanded that the Election Commission ditch EVMs and revert to old ballot papers.The leaders told President in a memorandum that there were misgivings that the Bharatiya Janata Party had manipulated the EVMs to fraudulently win the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections and it would be an end of the democracy if such a fraud is perpetrated in the future elections. The leaders said they have already urged the Election Commission to better revert back to physical ballot paper voting in view of the public losing faith in the EVMs due to the recent allegations.”We drew his attention to the recent critical developments which have seriously undermined governance and institutional integrity,” Azad told reporters after the delegation’s meeting with the President. The delegation also apprised the President on the recent Alwar lynching by the cow vigilantes.

Pak will be condemned worldwide if Jadhav hangs: Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan will be condemned across the world if it hangs Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said today. “We leave their (Pakistan’s) people. They are not able to come out of their old habits. It is very unfortunate. Whole world is watching what is happening and and it will attract worldwide condemnation,” the information and broadcasting minister told reporters outside Parliament. A Pakistani military court has sentenced Jadhav to death in an alleged espionage case. Naidu also hit out at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for his remarks alleging BJP policies were to blame for poor voter turnout and violence in the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypolls. “Who is responsible for the Jammu and Kashmir problem?… Comments for short political gains are not good for anyone,” the minister said. He suggested that one should think carefully and speak in favour of the country on such sensitive issues. “One should keep in mind the country’s unity and integrity before speaking…Pakistan is creating problems and separatists are fuelling the fire,” Naidu said. Yesterday, Gandhi had said that decades of hard work to build trust in the democratic process in Kashmir has been reversed by the BJP government. Eight people were killed on Sunday in firing by security forces during the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll. Only 7.14 per cent of the electorate came out to cast their votes in the constituency.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tragedies happen when govt allows lynch mobs to rule: Rahul

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today attacked the Rajasthan government over the death of a man after a “brutal and senseless attack” by cow vigilantes in Alwar, terming it a “shocking breakdown of law and order”. “When government abdicates its responsibility and allows lynch mobs to rule, tragedies of immense proportion happen. Shocking breakdown of law&order in Alwar,” he said in a tweet. He also hoped the government would take stern action against those responsible. “We expect Government to take strict action against those responsible for this brutal and senseless attack…All right thinking Indians must condemn this blind brutality,” he said on Twitter. 55-year-old Pehlu Khan died at a hospital in Alwar district on Monday after allegedly being beaten by a group of cow vigilantes. The incident took place on Saturday when 16 people were allegedly transporting bovine animals from Jaipur to Haryana. The police yesterday arrested three persons in connection with the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rahul pays tribute to Jagjivan Ram on his birth anniv

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today paid tributes to Babu Jagjivan Ram on his birth anniversary. He described the dalit leader as one who gave voice to the oppressed and the marginalised in the country and who fought relentlessly for equality. “Babu Jagjivan Ram ji gave voice to the oppressed and the marginalised and fought relentlessly for greater equality. He remains an inspiration,” he tweeted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Narayan Rane rubbishes rumors of quitting Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran leader Narayan Rane today scotched rumours of quitting the Congress and alleged that such things were being spread by his detractors within the party. Talking to reporters here, Rane said rumours that he was leaving the Congress was a “conspiracy” by a section of people in the party. “I haven’t spoken or met any Shiv Sena or BJP leader. I will reveal the name of the Congress leaders spreading rumours about me at an opportune time. I don’t run after posts, they come to me. I have got posts based on my work and capability,” he said amid speculations that he was upset with the present state of affairs in the party. Rane said he is not disappointed with the Congress but with its few leaders. “What is happening in the Congress is not good for the party. Nothing is being done to stem the decline. Party workers are disappointed and quitting. It is not good to use party posts for self-interest,” he charged without taking any names. Rane said he had met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi before the civic and local body elections to apprise him of the party affairs in Maharashtra. He declined to comment on speculations about change of guard in the state unit and said he would convey his sentiments to the leadership if he is asked to step in. To a question on whether he was unhappy in the Congress, Rane said, “what is the use of remaining unhappy. Party doesn’t take note and understand reason of unhappiness.” Rane justified his son Nilesh’s resignation as State General Secretary recently, saying “the post of Ratnagiri district unit president has been lying vacant for the last one and half year…Similar is the case in nine to ten other places. How can a party function like this.” The former MP was allegedly upset with state party president Ashok Chavan over failure to fill some crucial vacant posts in Ratnagiri district unit, due to which it lacked leadership and direction.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indecisiveness led to Cong failure to form govt in Goa: Chavan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan today attributed his party’s failure to form government in Goa to its “indecisiveness”. The Congress, which emerged as the single largest party in Goa assembly polls, failed to form the government in the coastal state where the BJP, with the help of allies and independents, reclaimed power. “The CLP (Congress Legislature Party) could not choose the leader and I think it a collective responsibility of all the leaders in the state… and (the) party paid the price of its indecisiveness in Goa,” Chavan said at the India Today Conclave here. Meanwhile, admitting that his party was facing a “low patch”, Chavan said it “needs to do analysis”. “We have been through a low patch earlier also. We lost badly several times in the past including (that of) (Indira) Gandhiji. But we fought back. But this time, the crisis is real and we have to come out of it,” he said. “We lost Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and few other states. Few reason are obvious, while few are not,” the former Maharashtra Chief Minister said. Chavan also said that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has already expressed the need to restructure the party, while highlighted the role of the Gandhi family to keep it united. “When we were all over in the country, we needed glue to stick together. Gandhi family provided that glue and we still need it,” Chavan said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

The bellwether state of UP sends 31 members, maximum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>among all states, to the Rajya Sabha and the saffron party has presently only three from there. Four other states — Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur — have together only 12 members in the Uppar House. The Congress with 59 members is the largest party in the 245-member Rajya Sabha followed by the BJP with 56. However, a defeat will be a big loss of face for Modi who has invested a lot of political capital in these polls, especially in Uttar Pradesh where he addressed close to 24 rallies and often sought votes in his and his government’s name. If the alliance forged by UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi, seen as the BJP’s main rival, outscores it, then it will embolden opposition ranks unlike any other time since Modi stormed to power in 2014. If BJP’s debacle in Bihar gave opposition the belief that the saffron march can be slowed down, its loss in UP will be seen by the Congress and other rival parties as an evidence of public anger with the Modi government and a beginning of its downfall in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Union Minister Kushwaha condemns PM Modi’s road show in Varanasi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s road show in Varanasi, Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha on Saturday asserted that the former did not do the right thing by taking out a road show. ?Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is already leading in Uttar Pradesh and I feel that Prime Minister shouldn’t have done a road show in Varanasi, it’s just an assembly election then why to make it so big,? Kushwaha told ANI. ?I don?t felt right on the part of PM Modi doing a road show and making it so grand. I think this decision taken by BJP and Modi was not right,? he added. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi held a huge road show atop an SUV in Varanasi followed by his visit to the Kashi Vishwanath and Kaal Bhairav temples to offer his prayers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the rally cautioned the opposition to refrain from politicizing the surgical strikes by the Indian Army last year. “We are so proud of what our forces did. It was done after elaborate planning and is being talked about world over. Sadly, there are some people who are so driven by political considerations that they want to question our armed forces. Those who question surgical strikes- come to Jaunpur and ask the families of the martyrs. Why politicise issues of national security,” Modi said at rally here. Varanasi will be the most keenly watched constituency that will vote on March 8. Key contenders from BJP, Samajwadi Party-Congress and BSP will be battling it out for hot seat in the state. BSP chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav along with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi are also holding their high-octane rallies in the holy city.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP has violated EC rules, strict action should be taken SP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following, Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s road show in Varanasi, the Samajwadi Party on Saturday called the act ?shameful?. ?The way Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has violated the model code of conduct is shameful, they should have taken prior permission from Election Commission (EC) to organise it,? Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Choudhary told ANI. Choudhary asserted that by holding these road shows, the BJP only pressurise voters, make it look colourful and grand. ?BJP is trying to pressurise the voters as always, they don?t have a set of rules to follow. This road show was an extreme act, where PM Modi himself from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to the two temples took it without permission for which they should be punished. The Election Commission should take action against this,? he added. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi arrived in Varanasi and held a huge road show atop an SUV followed by his visit to the Kashi Vishwanath and Kaal Bhairav temples to offer prayers. Varanasi will be the most keenly watched constituency that will vote on March 8. Key contenders from BJP, Samajwadi Party-Congress and BSP will be battling it out for hot seat in the state. BSP chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav along with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi are also holding their high-octane rallies in the holy city.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

I’m not anti-national, nobody is polluting my mind–Gurmehar Kaur responds to Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Dismissing claims of being ?anti-national?, Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur defended her demand for a violence-free university campus, adding that she was not being influenced by anybody. ?I am not anti-national. My mind is not polluted. I have a mind of my own. I am an adult and can think and take individual decisions,? Kaur told ANI in response to the statement by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. Responding to cricketer Virendar Sehwag?s tweet earlier today in an apparent troll on her online campaign, Kaur expressed her disappointment saying that the cricketer had done so, ?at the cost of her father?s death.? ?It is very sad to see something like this being said by a man who we all cheer for during cricket matches. These are people who are looked up to,? Kaur added. Earlier today, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi expressed his complete support towards Kaur, who has allegedly received rape threats over her social media campaign in support of students of the Delhi University following unrest in Ramjas College. “Against the tyranny of fear we stand with our students. For every voice raised in anger, intolerance and ignorance there will be a Gurmehar Kaur,” tweeted Gandhi. Gandhi’s comments come in the wake of the Centre accusing the Opposition, especially the Congress, of giving a political tinge to the developments over the Ramjas College clash. Contrary to this, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Pratap Simha had earlier compared Kaur with fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, while Union Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted to suggest that Kaur was being influenced by someone or a group. A clash had broken out between the All India Students Association (AISA) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad ( ABVP) on February 21, 2017, after the members of the latter staged a protest outside Ramjas College against an event that had Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid as a speaker. The two-day seminar was organised by Wordcraft, the Literary Society of the College, on ‘Cultures of Protest’ a series of seminars exploring representations of dissent in literary productions. According to the college authorities, the event was cancelled to maintain peace in the campus.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Strong objection to even discussion of tie-up or indirect support to Shiv Sena in BMC, says Gurudas Kamat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid speculations whether the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena will join hands for control of Mumbai’s civic body, senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat on Saturday said he was against any kind of support to the Sena in BMC.”I take strong objection to any discussion even of having any tie up or indirect support to the Shiv Sena in the BMC,” he said.He said Congress has fought against both saffron parties all along for their divisive policies and people will not spare the Congress if the party even attempts to align with them.”Let them (BJP-Sena) sort out their problems by themselves and in the process expose themselves and their lust for power,” Kamat said.”I have also informed Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi of my opinion,” he added. In the bitterly fought BMC elections, Shiv Sena had won 84 seats (now 87), BJP secured 82, Congress was relegated to the third position with 31 seats, whereas the NCP and Raj Thackeray-led MNS finished with nine and seven seats respectively.Besides, AIMIM got two seats, Samajwadi Party 6, Akhil Bhartiya Sena 1 and Independents 5 (of which 3 have now joined the Sena).The tally of Shiv Sena, which emerged as the single largest party after the counting on Thursday, has risen to 87 corporators with three party rebels who won as Independent nominees returning to its fold yesterday.Senior Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde said the party is yet to take a decision on the issue, while MPCC chief Ashok Chavan chose to remain non-committal on making any open statement.

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