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We will overcome, Congress will have a new ‘uday’: Sonia Gandhi

Udaipur (Rajasthan) [India] – Congress acting president Sonia Gandhi, in her concluding statements at Chintan Shivir, on Sunday claimed that a task force would be formed in the next couple of days to apply the inner reforms which will certainly concentrate on the 2024 Lok Sabha surveys.

She likewise said that these internal reforms will cover all aspects of the organization including structure, regulations for appointments to party posts, interactions and also publicity, outreach, finances and also political election management.

” A compact plan by as task force will be established to drive the process of internal reforms that are important. These reforms will focus on the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and  will cover all challanges faced by the party. The composition of the Task Force will certainly be informed in the following two-three days,” stated Gandhi in Udaipur.

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi are trying hard to revive the organization

 

” We will overcome. That is our determination. That is our Nav-Sankalp. The Congress will have a brand-new Uday. That is our Nav-Sankalp,” she insisted.

The Congress president also announced developing an advisory team from among Congress Working Board (CWC) participants which would certainly meet routinely to go over political issues.

” I have also determined to have an advisory team from the CWC that would certainly meet on a regular basis under my chairpersonship to talk about and deliberate upon political problems and also obstacles prior to elections,” she said.

” We do have the CWC that meets periodically which will continue. The new group is not, nonetheless, a cumulative decision-making body yet but will help to get the advantage of the substantial experience of elderly coworkers. It too will certainly be informed very soon,” added Sonia Gandhi.

Sonia Gandhi additionally called three-day Chintan Shivir in Udaipur “beneficial as well as productive” as many party leaders had a chance to express their views as well as offer the ideas in a spirit of positive engagement. Sonia Gandhi likewise announced that Congress will certainly introduce connection drive with people as “Kanyakumari to Kashmir Bharat Jodo” yatra beginning on October 2, as a part of the party’s outreach program.

The three-day Navsankalp Shivir began in Rajasthan’s Udaipur on Friday.

 

Congress : Now ‘One family, One ticket’ rule, says Rahul Gandhi at Nav Sankalp Shivir

Udaipur (Rajasthan) [India]- Hours after the Congress Working Board (CWC) gave its authorization to the organisational reforms, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday insisted that ‘one family, one ticket’ rule should be applied in the pary from now onwards.
Dealing with the wrapping up session of the ‘Nav Sankalp Shivir’ being held in Udaipur, Rahul Gandhi stated, “We should make certain the suggestion that individual per family should get a ticket (to fight elections). I additionally advise the inclusion of the youth in the Congress party. Likewise, just one participant of a family should be provided a ticket.”

The Udaipur Nav Sankalp Shivir declaration has been taken on by the CWC at its conference commanded by president Sonia Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi discussed issues with grassroot level leaders

” It is extremely important that we limit the number of member of the family that are involved in our party, as well as let them function as well as let them join the organization. However we must not have a scenario where 5-7 participants of a family members are in the organization and also getting tckets for elections. ,” stated Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

On May 13, Congress had actually placed a motion on the ‘one family members, one ticket’ proposition mooted by a panel established for the Udaipur Chintan Shivir.

The primary condition is that loved ones of Congress leaders that desire to contest elections should have worked for the party for at the very least 5 years.

Gandhi said, “The formula will not be used if the 2nd member from a family members is proactively working for the party for at the very least five years.”

The ‘organisation’ panel has made numerous pointers consisting of the tenures of AICC office-bearers and other issues.  The information on the ‘one household, one ticket’ idea clears the way for leaders who might have been neglected of the race for election tickets.

From Gandhi Family, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, that had stayed behind the curtains before joining national politics, was appointed party general secretary in 2018 and also will certainly be finishing 6 years in her brand-new duty when basic political elections are in 2024.

The three-day Navsankalp Shivir began in Rajasthan’s Udaipur. Six committees have actually been established and 430 leaders discussed strategies to take on emerging challenges.

Rahul Gandhi seen at nightclub in viral video?

New Delhi [India]: Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was seen in a viral video at a nightclub in Kathmandu.

The viral video seemingly has a discotheque as its background with people around him seen consuming liquor.
The viral video has come at a time when Congress is seen to be in deep leadership crisis, with the party’s bid to onboard the poll strategist Prashant Kishor having failed.

Rahul Gandhi, who is in Kathmandu, reportedly attended the wedding of a friend a day ago. In the purported video, the Congress leader is seen attending the party. The video has gone viral on various social media platforms.

According to a report in Kathmandu Post, Rahul Gandhi had landed in Nepal’s capital city on Monday afternoon. The daily cited Bhim Udas, former Nepali ambassador to Myanmar, as saying that he had extended an invitation to Rahul Gandhi to attend the wedding of his daughter.

Udas’s daughter Sumnima, a former CNN correspondent, is getting married to Nima Martin Sherpa, according to the Nepali publication.

Kathmandu Post report said that in August 2018, Rahul Gandhi had visited Kathmandu on his way to Kailash Mansarovar.

Rahul Gandhi was apparently in the viral video at a Lord of Rings, a nightclub. However, there is no independent authentication of the contents of the viral video.

Rahul Gandhi has even during the Galwan crisis when Indian and Chinese troops faced each been in controversy by calling on the Chinese envoy.

Congress is widely being commented in the political circles to be in a leadership crisis. Only a few days ago, the long discussions with the poll strategist Prashant Kishor abruptly ended.

Rahul Gandhi has recently been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Central government on various issues, including the price rise and unemployment. He has been actively tweeting against the government. Yesterday, Rahul Gandhi had hit out at the Centre for “job crisis, power crisis, and inflation”.

Meanwhile, while taking potshots at Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday called him a “full-time tourist and a part-time politician, who is filled with hypocrisy”.

“Pappu ji (Rahul Gandhi) is a full-time tourist and a part-time politician who is full of hypocrisy. After getting time from travelling, Rahul Gandhi fabricates fake stories and remarks and tries to mislead the people of this country,” Naqvi told ANI.

He further added, “His remarks (Rahul Gandhi) misleads his own party members, not the people of this country. The situation will remain the same if he will walk on this path only.” (ANI)

Only 8 days of Coal stock left with states, BJP talks big, does nothing : Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi [India]: A day after the Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting on the coal and power crisis in the country, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that only eight days of coal stocks are left in the country.

Rahul said, “Eight years of big talk has resulted in India having only eight days of coal stocks.”
He asked the “Centre to switch off the bulldozers of hate and focus on the power plants in order to prevent the loss of small scale industries leading to more job losses”.

“Modi Ji, stagflation is looming. Power cuts will crush small industries, leading to more job losses. Switch off the bulldozers of hate and switch on the power plants!” tweeted Gandhi.

The Congress leader also shared a picture quoting PM Modi’s announcement on June 18, 2020, to auction 41 coal mines for commercial mining in order to make India self-reliant in energy by reducing imports. He compared it with the current coal crisis situation in the country.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday held a meeting with Power Minister RK Singh, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav amid reports of ongoing coal and power situation across the country.

The meeting was held in the wake of several states warning of a possible power crisis due to the shortage of coal supply to power plants, officials said.

There are reports of depleting coal inventory of domestic thermal power plants in 12 states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Jharkhand and Haryana which are facing power cuts ranging from 3 to 8.7 per cent.

In the first fortnight of April 2022, domestic power demand reportedly hit a 38-year high for the month.

While there was a 1.1 per cent power shortage in October 2021, this shot up to 1.4 per cent in April 2022.

Union Power Minister R. K. Singh has blamed the steep rise in the prices of imported coal on the Russia-Ukraine war. This is because of the inadequate availability of railway wagons to transport coal. (ANI)

2024 polls: Sonia Gandhi brainstorms roadmap with Prashant Kishor

New Delhi [India]: Gearing up for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Congress top brass, including interim president Sonia Gandhi, is holding another meeting with poll strategist Prashant Kishor here on Tuesday.

Sources said that Congress leaders, including Kamal Nath, Digvijaya Singh, Mukul Wasnik, KC Venugopal, Jairam Ramesh, AK Antony, Ambika Soni and Randeep Surjewala, are also taking part in the meeting at Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence.
This is the third meeting between Sonia Gandhi and Prashant Kishor in the last four days amid speculation that the poll strategist may join the Congress. The first meeting took place on April 16 while the second was held on April 18.

According to the sources, two more such meetings are scheduled in the coming days.

Earlier, Venugopal had said that Kishor had given a detailed presentation with a road map for the 2024 General elections.

Answering queries, he said the role of Kishor in the Congress party will be known within a week.

Sources told ANI that Kishor, in his presentation, suggested that Congress should fight alone in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha, and it should form alliances in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Maharashtra to which Rahul Gandhi has agreed.

Kishor is learnt to have said that Congress should focus on 370 Lok Sabha constituencies for the 2024 general elections.

These meetings are also taking place in the backdrop of Congress’ poll preparations for Gujarat and Himachal Assembly elections this year.

After the recent poll debacle in five states, Congress is seeking to restart negotiations with Kishor. The results of five Assembly polls came as a shock to Congress which was hoping to do well to revive its prospects for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and to fend off the emerging challenge from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Trinamool Congress to replace it as the fulcrum of anti-BJP politics in the country. (ANI)

Congress slams KCR on paddy procurement, Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Kisan Sangarsh Sabha’ on May 6

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Telangana (Hyderabad) [India], April 17 (ANI): Hitting out at Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao over the paddy procurement row, former Congress MP Madhu Yashki on Saturday said that party leader Rahul Gandhi’s “Kisan Sangarsh Sabha” in Warangal will expose “nexus” between Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“Rahul Gandhi’s trip has been finalised. On May 6, he is visiting Warangal, we are going to have a Raithu Sagarshana Sabha. The farmers have been looted by CM K Chandrashekar Rao, he made false promises of Rs 1 lakh loan waiver and paddy procurement. He asked the farmer not to sow paddy during this season. After two months of protest now, he decided to procure paddy. BJP and TRS looting the Telangana farmers,” Yashki said.
Gandhi’s public rally is going to attend will expose the “TRS-BJP nexus” and particularly the “loot” by the Kalvakuntla family in Telangana, he added.

The Congress leader said that the party will highlight unemployment, corruption, and the education issues which CM never discussed.

Rahul Gandhi will be visiting Telangana on May 6 and 7 to participate in a ‘Kisan Sangarsh Sabha’ in Warangal. (ANI)

 

Rahul Gandhi to meet Telangana Congress leaders today, Assembly elections, Paddy procurement top agenda

 

New Delhi [India], April 4 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will meet party leaders of Telangana today in the evening and discuss the political situation prevailing along with brainstorming on the Assembly elections scheduled next year in the state, said the sources.

Discussion over the Paddy procurement issue will also be on the top agenda of the meeting.
The meeting with the senior leaders of the party will take place at Rahul Gandhi’s residence.

This is Rahul Gandhi’s second meeting with the Telangana party leaders in the last seven days. The meeting comes at a time when state Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is nourishing his national ambitions and calling on the parties to form a non-BJP and non-Congress alliance for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Notably, in the last Assembly elections in 2018 in Telangana, Congress had an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party, however, could not stop the return of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s KCR government.

Earlier last month, Telangana Congress chief Revanth Reddy dismissed possibilities of forging an alliance with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi party and said the grand old party will form an alliance with any party but Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s as “he is not trustworthy”.

“Congress would not forge an alliance with KCR and his party TRS at any cost because he is not trustworthy. We have seen him in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019. We can trust any other leader or party, but not KCR and TRS,” Reddy told ANI. (ANI)

Rahul Gandhi visits late actor Puneeth Rajkumar’s family in Karnataka

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday visited the residence of late actor Puneeth Rajkumar here and paid tribute to the late Kannada superstar.

The MP, who is on a two-day visit to the state was accompanied by the Congress state unit President DK Shivakumar and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah.
“I paid my condolences to Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar and other family members of famous Kannada actor late Puneeth Rajkumar after visiting their home. Puneeth left unforgettable memories for all Kannadigas at a young age,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Kannada after his visit.

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, the party’s Campaign Committee chairman M B Patil, and former union minister KH Muniyappa also accompanied Rahul Gandhi.

Puneeth Rajkumar, known had passed away on October 29 last year at the age of 46 following a cardiac arrest. He was admitted to Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru, after experiencing chest pain, where he breathed his last. Son of matinee idol Rajkumar, Puneeth was fondly called ‘Appu’ by his fans.

The Congress leader had earlier taken part in the 115th birth anniversary event of late Siddaganga Mutt seer Shivakumar Swamiji.

Speaking to ANI on Thursday, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had said that Gandhi will be meeting senior leaders, frontal organisation members, party executive committee and will be looking to strengthen the party for the upcoming polls. He will also visit the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office.

The Congress leader is scheduled to today visit the KPCC office and attend the executive meeting with the frontals.

Rahul Gandhi’s visit comes at a time when the state is debating issues like the Hijab ban, restrictions on non-Hindu traders conducting business inside temple premises and the Halal meat row. (ANI)

Rahul Gandhi to meet Telangana Congress leaders in Delhi 

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will meet senior party leaders from Telangana at his residence on Wednesday.

A discussion is likely to take place on the political situation in the state and also about digital membership in the state, said sources.
Telangana Congress leaders including state party chief Revanth Reddy, MPs Uttam Kumar Reddy, Komatireddy Venkat Reddy among others will be present. AICC in-charge of the Telangana Manickam Tagore will also attend the meeting.

With Congress making efforts for the success of its membership drive, the party’s Telangana unit is ahead of other southern states in enrolling new members, party sources said.

The membership drive began on November 1 and the emphasis seems to be on digital membership to make the party better prepared for electoral challenges.

The sources said around 40 lakh members had enrolled in Telangana, 34 lakh in Karnataka, 15 lakh in Maharashtra, 10 lakh in Gujarat, 10 lakh in Kerala, five lakh in Chhattisgarh, four lakh in Bihar, three lakh in Delhi and three lakh in Rajasthan.

The southern states appear to have an upper hand in terms of Congress membership drive. Party leaders are trying to boost the ‘digital membership’ drive in all states including the five where assembly polls were held in February-March.

Congress is keen that those who have taken membership via ‘paper’ are also part of the digital register. This, the party feels, will help in better preparations for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

The party’s membership drive is expected to be completed on March 31.

Sources said about 4.5 crore people have become members of Congress so far with options available for enrolling through paper and digitally. (ANI)

Rahul Gandhi to meet Haryana Congress leaders on March 25

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will hold a meeting with senior party leaders of Haryana on March 25 to discuss programmes and strategies as part of preparations for assembly polls in 2024, sources said.

Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, AICC in-charge of state Vivek Bansal, party general secretary Randeep Surjewala, state party chief Kumari Selja, party MP Deepender Hooda and party leader Captain Ajay Yadav will be among those present in the meeting, the sources said.
They said senior leaders from the state have been called to the meeting to discuss and formulate strategies for the assembly polls. The Congress has lost two consecutive assembly polls in Haryana and fared poorly in the Lok Sabha polls also.

Having faced drubbing in assembly polls in five states, the Congress is keen to start preparing early for the forthcoming polls.

At the meeting of Congress Working Committee meeting (CWC) held to review the party’s performance in the assembly polls, some leaders are believed to have emphasised that changes in the organisation should be made at least one year ahead of elections.

A meeting of Congress leaders from Haryana was also held at 15, Gurdwara Rakabganj Road earlier this month. (ANI)

After poll debacle in five states, Congress G-23 leaders to demand reforms

New Delhi [India]: Congress G-23 leaders, who are members of the Congress Working Committee, are set to raise their demand for reforms in the party during the CWC meeting to be held in the next few days to discuss the poll debacle in the five states, sources said on Friday.

Congress G23 met at senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s residence in the national capital on Friday.
The Congress has said that party chief Sonia Gandhi will call a meeting of the working committee soon to discuss the party’s preparations.

Congress leaders Bhupender Singh Hooda, Manish Tewari, Kapil Sibal and Anand Sharma, Akhilesh Prasad Singh are among those present at the meeting. Sources said some other G-23 members have joined the meeting virtually. The G-23 leaders had written to party chief Sonia Gandhi in August 2020 calling for sweeping reforms in the party including direct election at various levels.

Congress had said on Thursday that the results of five states have come against the expectations of the party.

The party had also indicated that the clashing ambitions of its leaders had hurt the party’s prospects.

Party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said there was a need to “seriously introspect, re-examine, re-think” whether the race for political positions “is undermining the position of the party to an extent where we end up helping the cause of our opposition and where we end up causing loss to the Congress party”.

He said this question needs to be answered “not only in Punjab, not only in Uttarakhand, not only in Goa, but across the country”.

Surjewala also talked of anti-incumbency in Punjab, which was ruled by Congress.

“In Punjab, Congress presented a new leadership through Charanjit Singh Channi who is the son of the soil, but the entire anti-incumbency of 4.5 years under Captain Amarinder Singh could not be overcome and hence people voted for AAP for change,” he said.

Party leader Shashi Tharoor had on Thursday called for reforming the party’s “organisational leadership in a manner that will reignite those ideas and inspire the people”. “One thing is clear — Change is unavoidable if we need to succeed,” he said in a tweet. (ANI)

Loss in five states, AAP’s rise in Punjab exacerbate challenges for Congress

By Prashant Sood

New Delhi [India]: The results of five assembly polls came as a shock to the Congress which was hoping to do well to revive its prospects for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and to fend off the emerging challenge from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Trinamool Congress to replace it as the fulcrum of anti-BJP politics in the country.
The Congress was on the right side of “anti-incumbency” in Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur as it was the major opponent of the ruling BJP in these states. And in the electorally-crucial Uttar Pradesh, the party was hoping to turn the tide in the election effort led by party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Congress leaders also strongly spoke against the farm laws which were eventually repealed by the Centre. The party was reduced to a historic low in Uttar Pradesh, making the task of its revival even more difficult if not impossible.

The rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab is another worrying signal for Congress. The Congress finds it difficult to revive itself in a contest that has strong local players and the BJP, Delhi being the latest example. Now with AAP sweeping Punjab and top leaders of Congress including Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and state PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu losing their seats, the task of revival in Punjab will also be a big challenge.

With their success in Punjab, AAP leaders are talking about the party being a “national force” and it emerging as a “national and natural replacement” of Congress. They also say that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal “will be the principal challenger of the BJP” in the future. AAP leader Raghav Chadha has talked about Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal “being in bigger role of Prime Minister in 2024 if people give an opportunity”.

The Trinamool Congress leaders want to see West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in this role and she has talked about the need of broad opposition unity against the BJP. She has met leaders of Shiv Sena and NCP and has also interacted with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin. There appears to be competition as also churning in opposition ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha polls and both AAP and Trinamool Congress are keen to be seen as the prime challengers of BJP, a role that Congress has been espousing so far.

The BSP’s decimation in the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh also points to the party’s dwindling strength and polity in the state getting increasingly bipolar between the alliances led by BJP and Samajwadi Party.

Congress will hold a meeting of its working committee soon to analyse the election results. Upset over the results, Congress G-23 leaders, who had written to Sonia Gandhi seeking widespread reforms including elections at various levels, are slated to meet in the next 48 hours.

Party leader Shashi Tharoor, a member of G-23, on Thursday called for reforming the party’s “organisational leadership in a manner that will reignite those ideas and inspire the people”. “One thing is clear — Change is unavoidable if we need to succeed,” he said in a tweet.

The Congress has to elect a president at the culmination of organisational elections this year and the poll outcome will cast a shadow on the process. It remains to be seen if suggestions continue to be made by a section of the party for Rahul Gandhi to again take up the role.

Rahul Gandhi, who lost the Lok Sabha election from Amethi in 2019 and won from Wayanad, said on Thursday that the Congress will learn from the poll results “and keep working for the interests of the people of India”.

The Congress has seen some of its young promising leaders and even a few among the old guard leaving the party over the past several months.

While BJP increased its vote share in Uttar Pradesh in this poll, the Congress vote share declined though it was fighting almost all 403 seats after a long gap. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra gave 40 per cent tickets to women candidates and held nearly 200 rallies and roadshows in UP. The party also came up with a youth manifesto. The party won just two seats and 2.33 per cent votes compared to seven seats it won in 2017 when it had fought on 114 seats as part of an alliance with the Samajwadi Party. The Congress had got 6.25 per cent vote in the previous assembly election.

Congress had won 28 seats with 11.65 per cent votes in 2012 assembly polls and 22 seats with 8.61 per cent votes in 2007.

The Congress indicated on Thursday that the clashing ambitions of its leaders had hurt the party’s prospects.

Party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said there was need to “seriously introspect, re-examine, re-think” whether the race for political positions “is undermining the position of the party to an extent where we end up helping the cause of our opposition and where we end up causing loss to the Congress party”.

He said this question needs to be answered “not only in Punjab, not only in Uttarakhand, not only in Goa, but across the country”.

Surjewala also talked of anti-incumbency in Punjab, which was ruled by Congress.

“In Punjab, Congress presented a new leadership through Charanjit Singh Channi who is the son of the soil, but the entire anti-incumbency of 4.5 years under Captain Amarinder Singh could not be overcome and hence people voted for AAP for change,” he said.

In the results of five elections declared on Thursday, Congress won 18 seats in Punjab, 19 in Uttarakhand, 11 in Goa, and five seats in Manipur.

Congress will face a tough test this year in assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. The party has not been able to oust BJP from power for over two decades in Gujarat though it put up a spirited fight in the last polls. In Himachal Pradesh, BJP will seek to buck the pattern of alternate turns at power and replicate its victory in Uttarakhand. Apart from putting its house in order in the two states, Congress will also have to watch for challenges from a resurgent AAP. (ANI)

 

Channi as CM face: Punjab needs someone who understands poverty, hunger, says Rahul Gandhi

               

Ludhiana (Punjab) [India] (ANI): Declaring incumbent Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi as the chief ministerial candidate from Congress for the upcoming Punjab polls, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that the state needs someone who understands poverty and hunger.

“People of Punjab said that they want a Chief Minister who comes from a financially poor family. We want someone who understands poverty, hunger, and the anxiety the poor face because Punjab needs that person to lead them. Punjab CM candidate will be Charanjit Singh Channi,” Rahul Gandhi said.

Rahul Gandhi made the following announcement in his rally in Ludhiana.

The announcement came after months of speculation around the Chief Ministerial face of Congress between Channi and state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

After the announcement, Channi while extending courtesy to everyone involved in the decision of making him CM face said, “This is a big battle which I can’t fight alone. I don’t have the money, courage to fight it. The people of Punjab will fight this battle.”

Ahead of the announcement, Sidhu while addressing the rally had said that he will accept Rahul Gandhi’s decision.

“If I am given the decision-making power, I will finish the mafia, improve people’s lives. If not given power, I will walk with a smile with whomever you make CM, I accept Rahul Gandhi’s decision,” Sidhu said.

Channi was picked up as Chief Minister after Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from the post in September last year amid unending infighting in the party. The parting was on a bitter note and Amarinder Singh has formed his own party to fight the polls.

Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress Party is contesting the election in alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt).

Punjab will go to the polls on February 14 and the counting of votes will take place on March 10.

In the 2017 Assembly polls in the state, Congress won an absolute majority by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government which had been in power for 10 years. (ANI)

India facing highest unemployment in 50 years: Rahul Gandhi slams Centre

           

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Slamming the central government over the faulty policies, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said India is facing the highest level of unemployment in 50 years under the current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre.

Rahul Gandhi said, “Government speaks of providing employment. 3 crore youth lost their jobs in 2021. Today India is facing the highest unemployment in 50 years. You talk of Made-in-India, Start-Up India, but the youth did not get the employment they were supposed to. The one they had has disappeared. The government pushed 23 crore people back into poverty.”
The Congress MP said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had pulled 27 crore people out of poverty in 10 years.

“There was not a single word on unemployment in the President’s Address. The youth across the country is looking for jobs. The government is unable to provide them with one. They talk about ‘Made-in-India’. But there cannot be Made-in-India today. The matter has ended because who are the people involved in Made-in-India? Small and medium industry, unorganized sector – whom the Centre has finished. Made-in-India is not going to take place,” said Rahul Gandhi while addressing Lok Sabha during the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address.

Gandhi further slammed the government for having made huge strategic mistake in foreign policy which brought China and Pakistan together.

“The single biggest strategic goal of India’s foreign policy has been to keep Pakistan and China separate. But what you have brought the two countries (Pakistan and China) together. This is the single biggest crime you have committed against the people of India,” says Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha.

Criticizing the President’s address that marked the beginning of the Budget Session of the Parliament, the Wayanad MP said the speech had no strategic vision and did not touch upon the main challenges that our country is facing currently including the growing gap between the extremely rich and the poor in the country.

“Unfortunately, the President’s Address was a long list of things that the government claims to have done but did not really contain the deeper strategic issues that we would have liked to see. It did not touch a couple of central challenges facing our country.”

“To me, it seemed that Presidential Address was a list of bureaucratic ideas instead of a strategic vision. It looked to me as if it has been constructed not by a vision of leadership but by a group of bureaucrats who had to simply put something down on paper,” stated the Congress MP.

He further said that the Presidental Address did not mention the idea of “two Indias”.

“I think there were three fundamental things that were not spoken about in the Presidential Address. First, and what I consider to be the most important, is the idea that there are now two Indias. There is now no longer one India,” said Rahul Gandhi.

“One India is for the extremely rich people – for those who have immense wealth, immense power, for those who do not need a job, those who do not need water connection, electricity connections, but for those who control the heartbeat of the country. And then another India for the poor. The gap between these two Indias is widening,” he added.

The 2022 Budget Session of the Parliament commenced on January 31 with President Ram Nath Kovind’s address. The first part of the budget session is being held from January 31 to February 11 and the second part will take place from March 14 to April 8. (image -instagram)

Modi govt’s ‘zero sum budget’ has nothing for poor, farmers, MSMEs: Rahul Gandhi

             

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Tuesday slammed the Centre over the Union Budget and said that it does not have anything for the salaried class, middle class, poor, youth, farmers and MSMEs.

“M0di G0vernment’s Zer0 Sum Budget! Nothing for–Salaried class–Middle class–The poor and deprived–Youth–Farmers–MSMEs,” tweeted Rahul Gandhi.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday tabled Union Budget 2022 in the Lok Sabha and later in Rajya Sabha.

While presenting the Budget in the Lower House, the Finance Minister said that India’s economic growth in the current year is estimated to be 9.2 per cent, the highest among all large economies. She also said that Union Budget 2022-23 seeks to lay the foundation and give a blueprint of the economy over the next 25 years.

The budget session of Parliament began on Monday with the address by President Ram Nath Kovind to both Houses in the Central Hall.

The first part of the Union Budget Session of Parliament will be held from January 31 to February 11 and the second part of the Budget Session will take place from March 14 to April 8. (ANI-image InstagramRahul)

Rahul Gandhi kicks off Punjab Assembly polls campainging with Golden Temple visit

               

Amritsar (Punjab) [India](ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is on a day-long visit to Punjab for campaigning of the upcoming assembly polls, visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.

The Congress leader was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and the party’s state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Following his visit to Golden Temple, Rahul Gandhi will pay obeisance at Durgiana Mandir and Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal along with all the 117 candidates in an apparent show of strength ahead of Assembly elections that are due next month.

Gandhi will then travel to Jalandhar by road where he would address the virtual rally “Navi Soch Nava Punjab” at White Diamond, Mithapur, Jalandhar.

Notably, this is the first visit of Rahul Gandhi since the imposition of a ban on physical rallies by the Election Commission of India at the start of the month.

Punjab will go to the assembly polls on February 20. The counting of votes will take place on March 10. (image -instagram)

Delhi: Punjab teachers hold protest outside Rahul Gandhi’s residence over pay scale

New Delhi [India]: Teachers from Punjab staged a protest outside Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi over the pay scale issue.
The protest was called off after Rahul Gandhi’s representative Harshvardhan met the protestors and assured them that their demands will be met and sought a time for three days.
Speaking to ANI, Kamal Thakur, president, ETT TET Pass Union said, “Rahul Gandhi’s representative Harshvardhan came to meet us and mentioned that he has already spoken to Punjab Education Minister Pargat Singh and Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal. We have been told that our demands will be met in the next 2-3 days. I also spoke about the code of conduct that can be implemented anytime in Punjab and our demands should not just be mere words. He had assured us and said he has come on behalf of Rahul Gandhi. He had promised justice will be served to us.”

Thakur said he has faith in Rahul Gandhi that he will give 180 teachers their rights.
“If our demands are not met, all the ETT teachers will gather here. We have come here with Gandhi’s ideology, with a flower in hand. We did not even raise any kind of slogan against the Congress party, Rahul Gandhi or the Delhi administration because we have come here with hope and now we will see how much Rahul Gandhi can live up to the trust of 180 people. If our work is not done in the next three days, then on the fourth day, you will be seeing all of us here again. We are right now calling off our protest,” Thakur said.
About 180 regular ETT teachers out of 4,500 ETT teachers recruited in 2016 by the Punjab government and are forced to accept Central Pay Scale after regular services of complete five years.

Hindus follow path of truth, Hindutva loots under guise of religion: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi [India]: Refering to a news report claiming a rush to buy land around Ram Janmbhoomi Temple in Ayodhya, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday drew a comparison between Hinduism and Hindutva saying Hindus follow the path of truth whereas Hindutva loots under the guise of religion.
Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi said, “Hindus follow the path of truth. Hindutva loots under the guise of religion.” The Congress leader also shared the news report that claimed many BJP leaders and some officials of the Uttar Pradesh government have bought land around the under-construction Ram Janmbhoomi Temple in Ayodhya at throwaway prices.
Following the report, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered an inquiry after names of relatives of several state ministers and officials appear in Ayodhya land deals. Special Secretary Revenue will investigate the matter and present a report to the government in a week.

Rahul Gandhi chairs crucial meet on Punjab assembly polls

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi met state Congress in-charge Harish Chaudhary and party leader Ajay Maken on Tuesday at his residence in the national capital.
Denying the buzz of several Congress leaders joining the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), Chaudhary said that not a single Congress leader joined the BJP. “First, find out who is spreading such information. No one from Congress will join any other party or BJP, in fact, many people want to join Congress said senior Congress leader,” he said.
Reacting to Congress MLA Rana Gurmeet Sodhi joining the BJP, Chaudhary said, “Rana Gurmeet Sodhi has left Congress as the party was not able to give him ticket from where he wanted.”

He further said that the BJP’s political management will not work in Punjab at all.
“BJP will not succeed. We will get more seats than the previous election this time,” he added.
According to sources, the Punjab Congress Campaign Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday in Delhi and after that Screening Committee meeting will also be held.
Punjab assembly polls are scheduled to be held in 2022.
In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly. The SAD could manage to win only 15 seats while the BJP secured 3 seats.

Hindus believe every person’s DNA is unique, Hindutvavadi says all Indians have same DNA: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi [India]: Continuing the Hindu versus Hindutvavadi debate, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that Hindus believe that every person’s DNA is unique and different while a Hindutvavadi believes that all Indians have the same DNA.
Taking to Twitter, the Wayanad MP said, “Hindus believe that every person’s DNA is different and unique. Hindutvavadi believes that all Indians have the same DNA.” Earlier on Saturday, he said that a Hindutvavadi could be described as someone bathing alone in the Ganges while a Hindu is one who takes crores along.
Addressing a rally in Jagdishpur in his former Lok Sabha constituency of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress MP said the true meaning of a Hindu is that one follows only the path of truth and never converts his fear into violence, hate and anger.
Reacting to his comment on Hindus versus Hindutvavadi, Vishva Hindu Parishad Central Working President Alok Kumar said Rahul Gandhi pretends to be a Hindu but commits a mistake every time.
“Congress has lost its way and Rahul Gandhi tries hard to pretend to be Hindu but commits a mistake every time,” the VHP working president said.
“Rahul Gandhi needs a new writer. He says he is a Hindu but doesn’t believe in Hindutva. This is like you are human but don’t believe in humanity. Did he forget the number of bodies in the 1984 riots and how AICC people supported partition in 1947 and killings that happened later?” he asked.

‘Hindutvavadi’ bathes alone in Ganga’, Rahul Gandhi takes dig at PM Modi

Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday again spoke about Hindu versus Hindutvavadi stating that while a Hindutvavadi could be described as someone bathing alone in the Ganges while a Hindu is one who takes crores along.
Addressing a rally in Jagdishpur in his former Lok Sabha constituency of Amethi, the Congress MP said that the true meaning of a Hindu is someone who only follows the path of truth and never converts his fear into violence, hate and anger. “A ‘Hindutvavadi’ bathes alone in Ganga, while a Hindu bathes with crores of people… Narendra Modi says he is a Hindu, but when did he protect the truth? He said he would give two crore youth jobs, where did he do so? He asked people to bang thalis to get rid of Covid… Hindu or Hindutvadi?” the former Congress president said.
PM Modi ahead of inaugurating the first phase of the Kashi-Vishwanath corridor in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi had been seen taking a dip in the Ganga.
“For the first time I saw just one person taking bath in Ganga, removed Yogi Ji, sidelined Rajnath Singh….Remember when Narendra ji was young he fought with a crocodile, I thought he didn’t know swimming…struggling with his hands…” Rahul Gandhi said today.
“Is Hindu a liar? Hindu is the one who walks on the path of truth throughout his whole life. On one side, there is truth, Mahatma Gandhi, a Hindu who spent his whole life understanding truth, and then there is Nathuram Godse, a Hindutvawadi. Nobody calls him (Godse) a Mahatma, because he killed a Hindu who always spoke the truth. Godse was a coward, a weak man he could not confront his own fears…” the Wayanad MP said.
“I will tell you the meaning of Hindu. It is someone who only follows the path of truth, the one who never gives up to fear, and the one who never converts his fear into violence, hate and anger… It’s best example is Mahatma Gandhi.”
Rahul Gandhi further slammed the prime minister for the farm laws and said that he brought in the laws to benefit the industrialists despite the protest of the entire country’s farmers.
“PM introduced farm laws and said that they are going to benefit farmers. After one year when all farmers stood together against the laws, PM had to apologise. We questioned about the compensation for farmers who died in the protest, he said no farmers died in the protest,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Addressing the gathering with his sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi by is side,Rahul Gandhi said: “You are aware of the situation today. Unemployment and inflation are the biggest questions that neither the CM nor PM will answer. PM was taking a dip in Ganga a few days back but won’t talk about unemployment. I’ll tell you why the youth is deprived of employment.”
“Middle-class people and the poor were badly affected by some of the decisions taken by the PM, which also resulted in large-scale unemployment. Demonetisation, wrongly implicated GST, no help during the Covid-19 crisis are some of the major reasons for unemployment in India,” the Congress leader said.
The Congress leader also attacked the Centre and the Prime Minister for the border dispute with China.
According to party sources, Rahul Gandhi was visiting Amethi after almost two and a half years.
“Every lane in Amethi is still the same. Only that there’s anger against the government in people’s eyes. In the hearts, there is space just like before. We are still united against injustice,” he said.
“I came into politics in 2004. Amethi was the city where I contested my first election. People of Amethi have taught me a lot about politics. You have shown me the way to politics and I want to thank each and everyone,” he said.
Rahul Gandhi had represented Amethi for 15 years in Lok Sabha before he was defeated from the constituency in the year 2019 but had won from Wayanad in Kerala from where he had simultaneously contested from.
The visit of the Congress leaders to Amethi comes ahead of Assembly polls in the state slated to be held early next year.

2022 UP Elections: Rahul Gandhi to visit Amethi

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be on a day-long visit to Amethi in the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.
As per the party, the Congress leader will participate in “BJP Bhagao, Mehangai Hatao” ‘padyatra’ in Amethi as a part of the Congress party’s ongoing nationwide campaign ‘Jan Jagran Abhiyan’. The Congress party had launched a countrywide agitation program, ‘Jan Jagran Abhiyan’ on November 14 to expose the mismanagement of the economy by the Centre.
The Wayanad MP is scheduled to participate in the ‘padyatra’ from Jagdishpur to Harimau with local Congress leaders in Amethi tomorrow.
Rahul Gandhi will also hold ‘chaupals’ in rural areas.
According to party sources, Rahul will be visiting Amethi after almost two and a half years.
Rahul had represented Amethi, a bastion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, for 15 years in Lok Sabha. He fought from two constituencies in 2019 and was defeated in Amethi but won from Wayanad in Kerala.
Following Rahul Gandhi’s visit, party national general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be in Amethi on Sunday.
The visit of the Congress leaders comes ahead of the Assembly polls slated to be held early next year.
In the 2017 Assembly elections, the BJP won a landslide victory winning 312 Assembly seats. The party secured a 39.67 per cent vote share in the elections for 403-member Assembly. Samajwadi Party (SP) bagged 47 seats, BSP won 19 while Congress could manage to win only seven seats.

2022 UP Assembly polls: Rahul Gandhi to visit Amethi tomorrow, Priyanka Gandhi on December 19

New Delhi [India]: Former Congress National President Rahul Gandhi will be on a day-long visit to Amethi in the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh on December 18, Saturday.
As per the party, the Congress leader will participate in “BJP Bhagao, Mehangai Hatao” ‘padyatra’ in Amethi tomorrow as a part of the Congress party’s ongoing nationwide campaign ‘Jan Jagran Abhiyan’. The Congress party had launched a countrywide agitation program, ‘Jan Jagran Abhiyan’ on November 14 to expose the mismanagement of the economy by the Centre.
Following Rahul Gandhi’s visit, his sister and party national general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be in Amethi on December 19, Sunday.
The Wayanad MP is scheduled to participate in the ‘padyatra’ from Jagdishpur to Harimau with local Congress leaders in Amethi tomorrow.
Rahul Gandhi will also hold ‘chaupals’ in rural areas.
According to party sources, Rahul will be visiting Amethi after almost two and a half years.
Rahul had represented Amethi, a bastion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, for 15 years in Lok Sabha. He fought from two constituencies in 2019 and was defeated in Amethi but won from Wayanad in Kerala.
The visit of the Congress leaders comes ahead of the Assembly polls slated to be held early next year.
In the 2017 Assembly elections, the BJP won a landslide victory winning 312 Assembly seats. The party secured a 39.67 per cent vote share in the elections for 403-member Assembly. Samajwadi Party (SP) bagged 47 seats, BSP won 19 while Congress could manage to win only seven seats.

Rahul Gandhi, other Cong leaders move adjournment motion in LS over Lakhimpur Kheri incident

New Delhi [India]: Several Congress MPs in Lok Sabha, including Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday have moved an adjournment motion in the House over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident demanding the removal of Ajay Kumar Mishra as Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs.
MOS Home Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra is involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident which took the lives of eight people including four farmers, earlier in October. In his letter to Secretary-General of Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi said, “I hereby give notice of my intention to ask for leave to move a motion for the adjournment of the business of the house for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent importance namely: the UP Police SIT report has highlighted that massacre of farmers at Lakhimpur was a pre-planned conspiracy and not a negligent act.”
“The SIT has recommended for the modification of the charges against all the accused. The Government should immediately sack the MoS Home Affairs, Ajay Kumar Mishra and ensure justice is delivered to the families of the victims,” the Wayanad MP stated in his letter.
Speaking to ANI, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “Rahul Gandhi has given an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. We will demand that the Government sack the minister.”
“If PM Modi has even an iota of devotion for Ganga Mata, he must advise his minister (Ajay Misra Teni) to resign or he himself should decide and sack him. I think it will further enhance his image because he is working on an image makeover right now,” he added.
Other than Rahul Gandhi, Congress Chief Whip in Lok Sabha K Suresh and Congres MP Manickam Tagore and Deepender Singh Hooda have also given the adjournment motion over the issue.
K Suresh demanded MoS Home Ajay Misra “to step down immediately so that a fair investigation is carried out (in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident), culprits are brought to book, and farmers are delivered justice.”
Suresh added, “Revelation of SIT that a planned conspiracy to murder farmers protesting in Tikunia (Lakhimpur Kheri) on 3 October and SIT seeking permission to book Ashish Mishra, is an expose of those behind the intentional attempt to murder protesting farmers.”
On October 3, a vehicle allegedly crushed down farmers who were protesting against the farm laws. Reportedly, the vehicle belonged to Ashish, who is the son of Union MoS Ajay Mishra.
Uttar Pradesh police have so far arrested three people including Ashish Mishra.

Opposition not allowed to raise issues in Parliament, says Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday termed the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs as the “symbol of the crushing of the voice of people of India” and said that the Opposition is not allowed to raise any issue of national importance in the Parliament.
Speaking to the media at the Vijay Chowk, the Wayanad MP said, “Suspension of 12 MPs is a symbol of the crushing of the voice of people of India. Their voices have been crushed. They have done nothing wrong. We are not allowed to discuss important issues in Parliament.” “Bill after Bill is being passed in Parliament in the din. This is not the way to run the Parliament. The Prime Minister doesn’t come to House. We are not allowed to raise any issue of national importance. It is the unfortunate killing of democracy,” he said.
The Congress leader further called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Rajya Sabha Chairman “just implementors” of a power that wants to steal farmers’ income.
“A minister killed farmers. The Prime Minister is aware of it. Truth is that 2-3 capitalists are against farmers… These MPs were not suspended by the Rajya Sabha chairman or the Prime Minister but by the power that wants to steal farmers’ income. The Prime Minister and the chairman are just implementors,” he added.
The Opposition leaders in both the Houses held a march from Parliament to Vijay Chowk demanding to revoke the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs.
Meanwhile, The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm on Tuesday as the Opposition parties disrupted proceedings of the House seeking revocation of suspension of 12 MPs from the House. The Upper House has witnessed continuous adjournment since the first day of the ongoing Winter Session over the suspension of the 12 members.
The winter session of Parliament began on November 29 and will continue till December 23.

Rahul Gandhi to visit Prayagraj today

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will reach Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday evening, sources said on Saturday.
Sources said that Rahul Gandhi will take part in a public program in Prayagraj, after which he will rest for the night at Swaraj Bhavan. Uttar Pradesh is scheduled to go for Assembly polls in 2022.
Previously, in the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party bagged 312 seats out of the 403-seat Uttar Pradesh Assembly while Samajwadi Party (SP) bagged 47 seats, Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) won 19 and Congress could manage to win only seven seats. The rest of the seats were bagged by other candidates.

Rahul Gandhi asks Punjab leadership to focus on upcoming assembly elections, stay united

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday held a high-level meeting at his Delhi residence to address internal issues of the state’s party unit.
Gandhi, according to sources, asked the state leadership to focus on the upcoming elections and to unitedly fight the assembly elections in Punjab. Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and former Punjab Congress Chief Sunil Jakhar attended the meeting.
As per the sources, Sunil Jakhar had also met Rahul Gandhi separately for almost an hour and expressed his views regarding the infighting in Punjab Congress.
The former Congress president had also met each leader individually. Gandhi’s meeting with Punjab CM Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu lasted for almost four hours.
Punjab is scheduled to go to Assembly polls in 2022.
In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years.
Aam Aadmi Party had emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats while the BJP secured 3 seats.

Sonia, Rahul Gandhi to address Congress’ Mehangai Hatao Rally

New Delhi [India]: Taking its protest further against price rise and inflation, Congress will hold a massive public meeting “Mehangai Hatao Rally” on December 12 at the national capital.
The rally will be addressed by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and party MP Rahul Gandhi and Congress leaders from across the country. Congress said it shall continue to raise these issues both inside and outside the Parliament to challenge the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre.
“The real issues affecting people of India are the backbreaking prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas, which have had a spiralling effect on the prices of all foods and other consumable items. Every home is affected by the merciless rise in prices of cooking oil, pulses and other food items. Perhaps for the first time, the price of tomato has surpassed the price of petrol and diesel in India. Construction material like cement, iron and steel has seen a rise of nearly 40 per cent to 50 per cent. Everything is gradually going out of the reach of the common man,” read the Congress statement.
The party said that the central government either remains indifferent to the woes and agony of common people or mocks it on other occasions.
Earlier in November, in a significant decision, the Centre reduced excise duty on petrol and diesel to bring down the prices of the two petroleum products which had been seeing an upward trend.
The relief to consumers came on the eve of Diwali. The Finance Ministry said that excise duty on petrol will come down by Rs 5 and that on diesel by Rs 10.
It urged the states “to commensurately reduce” VAT on petrol and diesel to give relief to consumers. Following the Centre’s suit, many other states have also announced a reduction in Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel.

Rahul Gandhi alleges corruption in Jan Dhan accounts

New Delhi [India] : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday, citing a media report attacked the central government over alleged corruption in the transfer of money in Jan Dhan accounts.
According to media reports, the State Bank of India had deducted a total amount of Rs 164 crore from Jan Dhan account holders. The report quoted a study by IIT Bombay. The media report said between 2017 and September 2020, the bank had collected a total of Rs 254 crore from Jan Dhan account holders for transactions through UPI and Rupay card. The bank had collected Rs 17.70 from each account holder during this period.
On this, Gandhi wrote on Twitter, “Who is responsible to keeping the accounts of these monies?”
The Congress leader has been attacking the Modi government for corruption. Ahead of the 2019 General Elections, Congress had alleged corruption in acquiring Rafale Jet from Dassault.

As farmer’s agitation continues, Rahul Gandhi says people not ready to trust PM’s words due to ‘false rhetoric’

New Delhi [India]: Following the Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s (SKM) announcement to continue the protest till farm laws are repealed, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said people are not ready to trust the words of the Prime Minister due to “false rhetorics”.
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said, “jhoothe jumale jhel chukee janata pm kee baat par vishvaas karane ko taiyaar nahin! kisaan satyaagrah jaaree hai. #FarmersProtest continues. (The public who has suffered due to false rhetoric is not ready tp trust the words of PM! Farmers Protest continues). Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of over 40 protesting farmer unions on Monday held an all delegation meeting and announced that the agitation will continue as per the schedule while adding that it will write an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Minimum Support Price (MSP).
Briefing media persons, farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said, “We will write an open letter to Prime Minister mentioning the pending demands including MSP Committee, its rights, its time frame, its duties; Electricity Bill 2020 and the withdrawal of cases against farmers. We will also write to him to sack Minister Ajay Mishra Teni over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
“However, the farmer leader welcomed the step of farm laws rollback announced by Prime Minister Modi and said, “It was a good step, we welcome it. But a lot of things still remain.”
“We discussed repeal of farm laws. After this, some decisions were taken. SKM’s predecided programs will continue as it is – Kisan panchayat in Lucknow on November 22 gatherings at all borders on November 26 and a march to Parliament on November 29,” he said.
Rajewal said that another meeting of SKM will be held on November 27 to discuss way future course of action.
Notably, the Union Cabinet is likely to take up the withdrawal of the three Farm Laws for approval on November 24, the government sources said.
The Bills for withdrawal of the laws will then be introduced in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to commence from November 29.

Rahul Gandhi expresses condolence over lives lost in Andhra Pradesh floods

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday expressed condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the Andhra Pradesh floods and appealed to the party workers to provide help in the crisis.
“Floods have been causing serious damage in Andhra Pradesh. My condolence to those who’ve lose loved ones. Dear Congress workers, please help in all ways possible,” tweeted the Wayanad MP. As many as 20 people have lost their life due to floods in Andhra Pradesh, while over 30 people are still missing.
“The death toll rises to 20 due to floods in Andhra Pradesh. Over 30 still missing,” Andhra Pradesh Government officials had said on Saturday.
The Indian Coast Guard Station Krishnapatnam was deployed to the two flood-relief teams in Nellore district for augmenting flood relief operations and rendering assistance to the stranded personnel in Kollagatala village amid heavy rains across the state.

Through Satyagraha, farmers made arrogance bow its head: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi [India] : Congratulating the farmers of the country, shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation announced the repeal of the three Central farm laws, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that farmers’ ‘Satyagraha’ forced arrogance to bow its head.
The Congress leader tweeted in Hindi, “With their satyagraha, annadata of the country made arrogance bow its head. Congratulations on this victory against injustice.” The announcement of the repeal of the three farm laws comes ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur scheduled to be held early next year.
Among these states, farmers from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh were protesting across Delhi’s borders for the past one year.
Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and UP had arrived at the Delhi border on November 26, 2020, demanding the repeal of three farm laws — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.

No forgiveness for intentionally planned step by govt in interests of its friends: Rahul Gandhi on demonetisation anniversary

New Delhi [India]: Hitting out at Center on the fifth anniversary of demonetisation, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the “note-ban” was a planned step by the government in the interests of “its friends” for which there is no forgiveness.
“People would have forgiven the government had it been a mistake but it was an intentionally planned step by the government in the interests of its friends for which there is no forgiveness,” the Wayanad MP tweeted in Hindi.
On Monday, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit out at the Centre for calling demonetisation a success and asked if the step had been successful, why hasn’t corruption ended and black money failed to return to the country.
“If demonetization was successful then – Why hasn’t corruption ended? Why didn’t the black money returned? Why hasn’t the economy gone cashless? Why nothing has been done to stop terrorism? Why inflation has not been controlled? #DemonetisationDisaster,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted in Hindi on the fifth anniversary of demonetisation.
On November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a televised address to the nation declared the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 as part of the government’s efforts to crack down on black money.

Congress slams Centre for Suicides

New Delhi [India]: The Congress slammed the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for the death of over 9.5 lakh people in the last seven years who allegedly committed suicide, saying it came to power with the promise of ‘Acche Din’ but forced people into “suicidal hopelessness”.
The opposition party also said that farmers were forced into committing suicide and in the past 7 years due to the “crony capitalist friendly and anti-farmer” policies of the Modi government. Citing the recent National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) report on “Suicides and Accidental Deaths in India”, which states 9,58,275 Indians ended their lives by committing suicide between 2014-2020.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala in a statement said that there was an increase of 55 per cent in the number of students committing suicide, 58 per cent increase among the unemployed, and 139.37 per cent increase among farmers, labourers and daily wagers and overall the number of suicides across categories increased by 16.24 per cent, as per the report.
“The report, with its figures regarding suicide, underlines the unprecedented tragedy that is ruining India. Hapless citizens, being ground under extreme apathy and insensitivity of the government, are losing the last hope and taking their own lives. Be it ‘annadata’ (farmers), toiling labourers, daily wagers, housewives or unemployed educated youth, it is a saga of unending hopelessness all across. Opportunities for the aspiring have been converted into cesspools of suicidal depression,” said Congress spokesperson.
“During the last 7 years Between 2014 -2020 the failed and insensitive policies of the Modi government pushed 9,58,275 Indians into ending their lives by committing suicide. Today in an attempt to mask its failed anti-people policies the government is nakedly resorting to perpetuating divisiveness, negativity, hopelessness amongst the people,” he said.
Surjewala further said that the NCRB data displays the ‘Yamlok Sidhar’ picture of the government rather than that of ‘Lok Sudhar’.
He said that farmers were forced into committing suicide and in the past 7 years due to the “crony capitalist friendly and anti-farmer” policies of the Modi government, 78,303 farmers committed suicide of which 35,122 were farm labourers.
The Congress leader said that there was an increase of 19 per cent in the number of suicides from the year 2019 to 2020. The government literally forced the farmers into committing suicide, citing the rising input costs, absence of minimum support price (MSP), and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana which benefited private insurance companies and finally the three “black” farm laws as the main reasons.
“Even as students and unemployed are forced into committing suicide, India’s future is nothing but dark. During the Modi government’s tenure from 2014 to 2020, 69,407 students were forced to end their lives,” he added.
Surjewala further citing the OXFAM report said that the hundred richest Indians wealth was increased by 13 lakh crores while the 12 crore Indians lost their jobs.
He further said that 1,52,127 housewives committed suicide between 2014 to 2020.
The rate of suicide in India has gone up by 16 per cent in 2020 in comparison to the year 2014, he added.

Rahul, Priyanka: Tribute to Sardar Patel

New Delhi [India], October 31 (ANI): On the occasion of National Unity Day which is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took to Twitter to remember the first Deputy Prime Minister of independent India.
On the 146th birth anniversary of India’s first Deputy Prime Minister, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra while remembering Sardar Patel talked about his fight for the farmers in 1928 Bardoli Satyagraha. “Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel strengthened the voice of farmers demanding their right and self-respect during the Bardoli Satyagraha,” tweeted Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
“His struggle inspires us to stand like a rock in the fight for justice against the oppression of farmers and their rights,” she added.
“Today when all the pillars of our democracy are being weakened, we have to remember the contribution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He is one of the important voices amongst the Congress leaders who built these pillars of democracy,” said Rahul Gandhi in a tweet.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also paid his tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and tweeted, “On the birth anniversary of Iron man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel I pay my tributes to the man who tied the nation in the one thread of unity. The efficient leadership and ability of Sardar Patel will continue to inspire all of us in the making a united India.”
National Unity Day is celebrated in India on October 31. It was introduced by the Central government in 2014. The day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel who had a major role in the political integration of India.

Kharge pays tribute to Sardar Patel on his 146th birth anniversary

New Delhi [India] : Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge paid respect to India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 146th birth anniversary on Sunday.
“Remembering the Iron Man of India, Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, on his birth anniversary. He unified over 550 princely states into one nation & paved the way for a fully integrated India. His contributions towards nation building and strengthening India will always inspire us,” he tweeted. On the occasion of the 146th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday paid floral tributes to the First Deputy Prime Minister of independent India at his statue at Sardar Patel Chowk in the national capital.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and other leaders also reached the Parliament House to pay floral tributes to Sardar Patel.

Rahul slams Centre

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who was on a day-long visit to poll-bound Goa on Saturday alleged the BJP-led government in Centre is “attacking” small and medium businesses and empowering ‘richest’ businessmen.
“The government of India is handing over the country to a few limited businessmen. Their plan is to attack small and medium businesses and to empower the richest and powerful sectors,” he said. He claimed that the “lives of millions of people is being destroyed systematically”.
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi promise of ‘achhe din’ (good days), Gandhi said, “The PM said ‘achhe din’ will come if BJP comes to power, but he did not tell you whose ‘acche din’ will come.”
“If you would have asked who he is talking about, he would have replied he is talking about Adani and Ambani,” he said.
“If airports, ports and coal hubs belong to Adani then what Goans are going to get?” Gandhi asked further.
Slamming the Centre over unemployment in the country, the Congress leader said “when youths are unemployed today, and BJP leaders only give long speeches.”
“Today I asked Chidambaram Ji about the ways to provide sustainable jobs to Goa. He said that by making Goa an educational hub, health care hub, tourism hub, Goa’s youth can be offered jobs,” Gandhi added.
He recalled that under the UPA regime, Congress brought Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) 2005. “PM Modi called it worst scheme. However, the Centre still uses the scheme.”
“This time, I’ve told Chidambaram that the Congress party should work on the basis of what is in the heart of our workers. There are two fights – one at the national level and the other is the fight of Goa which you know better than me,” he stated.
The Congress leader also congratulated every party worker for fighting against the ideology of BJP and fighting for public issues. “I want to promise Congress workers and people of Goa that defectors won’t get any space in the party,” he added.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister and All India Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is also in Goa and interacted with party workers and the fishermen community here on Friday.
Assembly polls in Goa are scheduled to be held early next year.
Goa Assembly has a strength of 40 members out of which BJP currently has 17 legislators and enjoys the support of legislators from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three independents. GFP and MGP each have three MLAs.
Congress, on the other hand, has 15 MLAs in the house.

Rahul Gandhi rides on traditional motorcycle taxi ‘Pilot’ in Goa

Panaji (Goa) [India]: On his visit to poll-bound Goa, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hopped on a traditional motorcycle taxi locally known as ‘Pilot’ for a ride in state capital Panaji.
In a video, Gandhi is spotted donning a helmet and face mask and riding pillion on the ‘motorcycle taxi’ on a ride from Bambolim to Azad Maidan in Panaji. Following this, Rahul Gandhi gave floral tributes at the Martyrs column.
He also interacted with fisherfolk at Velsao beach in the state.
Gandhi had arrived in Goa on Saturday for a day-long visit, kickstarting the campaigning for the Conress party ahead of Assembly polls in the state that are scheduled to be held early next year.
Goa Assembly has a strength of 40 members out of which BJP currently has 17 legislators and enjoys the support of legislators from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three independents. GFP and MGP each have three MLAs. Congress, on the other hand, has 15 MLAs in the house.

Rahul Gandhi In Goa, attacks BJP for Fuel Price Rise:

The Congress leader is in the coastal state for a day-long visit ahead of assembly elections due early next year.

Panaji (Goa) : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today hit out at the BJP on increasing fuel prices. He pointed out that crude oil prices were much higher when the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was in power and yet, people are forced to pay more now when fuel prices in the international market are lower.

“During the UPA government, international fuel prices reached $140 per barrel. Today, fuel prices are much lower in the international market but still, you pay more. Today India is taxing fuel at the highest rate in the world,” he was quoted . The Congress leader is in the coastal state for a day-long visit ahead of assembly elections due early next year. Many experts have also suggested that India lower its taxes on fuel, which at around 54 percent is one of the highest in the world.

Mr Gandhi also launched a veiled attack at businessmen who are seen as close to the Prime Minister. “If you look carefully, there are 4-5 businessmen who are benefitting from this,” he reportedly said.

Fuel prices in India have seen an almost continuous hike in prices recently, and the opposition parties have been quick to criticise the BJP-led government for it. Consumer fuel prices continued to surge to record high levels on Friday, October 29, for the third straight day. In the national capital, petrol and diesel rates soared 35 paise to cost ₹ 108.64 and ₹ 97.37 per litre respectively, according to Indian Oil Corporation.

Petrol now costs 37.52 per cent more than the price at which aviation turbine fuel (ATF or jet fuel) is sold to airlines. ATF in Delhi costs ₹ 79,020.16 per kilolitre or roughly ₹ 79 per litre.

The Congress leader also claimed that his party has delivered on what they promised in their manifestoes while asking for people’s votes. “We fought elections in Chhattisgarh and promised to waive the loan of farmers and we did it. You can go and confirm it in Punjab and Karnataka as well. Whatever goes in our manifesto is a guarantee, not only a promise,” news agency ANI quoted Mr Gandhi saying.

Mr Gandhi’s Goa visit comes days after Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee started her three-day visit to campaign for her party in the state. 

Dhanush pays heartfelt condolences to late ‘friend’ actor Puneeth Rajkumar

New Delhi [India] : Social media has been flooded with heartfelt condolences to late actor Puneeth Rajkumar’s family as he left for heavenly abode at the age of 46 following a cardiac arrest on Friday. National-award winning actor Dhanush also remembered his ‘friend’ with a moving tweet.
“Puneet my friend, this is so heartbreaking. Rest in peace my friend. Hope you are in a better place. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans,” the ‘Raanjhanaa’ actor wrote adding broken heart emoticons to the tweet.
Apart from Dhanush, many actors from the south film fraternity including Mahesh Babu, Mohanlal, Jr NTR, and Ram Charan among others also expressed grief over the untimely demise of the ‘Appu’ actor.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other noted politicians including Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai, Rahul Gandhi, Prakash Javdekar and Nirmala Sitharaman also mourned his demise.
Son of matinee idol Rajkumar, Puneeth passed away following a cardiac arrest on Friday. He was admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru after experiencing chest pains.
Lovingly called ‘Appu’ and ‘Power Star’ by his fans, Puneeth was associated with the silver screen since he was a toddler.
The 46-year-old actor has been the lead actor in 29 films since his 2002 hero debut in ‘Appu’, with his last release being ‘Yuvarathnaa’, which hit the screens in April earlier this year.
‘Raam’, ‘Hudugaru’, and ‘Anjani Putra’ are some of his memorable movies.

Rahul Gandhi offers condolences to late Puneeth Rajkumar’s family

Kannada star Puneeth Rajkumar’s untimely death has left everyone shocked. After learning about the news, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to pay his condolences to Puneeth’s family.
“My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans of Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar. Gone too soon,” he tweeted. Puneeth, the son of iconic actor Rajkumar, passed away on Friday after suffering from a heart attack.
Speaking about Puneeth’s professional journey, he began his career as a child with ‘Bettada Hoovu’ and even bagged a National Film Award for Best Child Artist for it. He marked his last acting presence in ‘Yuvarathnaa’, which was released earlier this year.

Channi meets Rahul

New Delhi [India] : Amidst the political turmoil in Punjab, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday in the national capital.
As per sources, in the crucial meeting at Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi, Congress discussed the upcoming strategy for the Punjab election. The meeting came after former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced that he will form a new political party that will field candidates on all 117 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections in 2022.
In the meeting that lasted for about 2:30 hours, Congress leaders discussed the strategy for the upcoming Punjab election.
Apart from Channi and Gandhi, Congress organization general secretary KC Venugopal, Punjab in-charge Harish Chaudhary were also present in this meeting.
Meanwhile, Congress Punjab In-charge Harish Chaudhary met Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi yesterday at 10 Janpath.

Assembly polls 2022: Rahul Gandhi to visit Goa on October 30

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of the Goa Assembly elections due early next year, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit the state on October 30.
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Girish Chodankar informed about s visit during the press conference on Wednesday. Goa Assembly has a strength of 40 members out of which BJP currently has 17 legislators and enjoys the support of legislators from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three independents. GFP and MGP each have three MLAs.
Congress, on the other hand, has 15 MLAs in the house.

SC order for probe into Pegasus row is a big step, says Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi [India]: Welcoming the Supreme Court decision to constitute a three-member committee for probe into the Pegasus spyware case, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the alleged surveillance “was an attempt to crush Indian democracy”.
Addressing a press conference here, he expressed confidence that the probe will bring out the truth and termed the order as a “big step”. “Pegasus was used against the chief ministers, former prime ministers, BJP’s ministers among others. Was Prime Minister and Home Minister getting the data obtained through the use of Pegasus? If the data of phone tapping of Election Commission, Chief Election Commissioner and Opposition leaders are going to Prime Minister, then it is a criminal act,” he said.
“We are happy that Supreme Court has accepted to look into the Pegasus issue. Pegasus is an attempt to crush Indian democracy. It is a big step that the Supreme Court has said that they will look into this matter. I am confident that we will get the truth out of this,” he added.
The Congress leader said that the party will try to have a debate over the issue in the winter session of Parliament.
He said the Congress, which raised the issue in the monsoon session of parliament, has been asking the government to answer who authorised Pegasus.
“We will raise this issue again in Parliament. We will try to have a debate in Parliament. I am sure the BJP will not like to have a debate on this. During the last Parliament session, we raised the Pegasus issue. Today, SC has given its opinion and supported what we were saying. We were asking three questions — who authorised Pegasus? Who was it used against and did any other country have access to information of our people,” he said.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday formed a three-member technical committee for probe into Pegasus spyware case.
The committee will be supervised by retired judge Justice R V Raveendran andwill examine the allegations thoroughly and expeditiously and place a report before the court.
The court will hear the matter again after eight weeks. The Technical Committee includes Dr Naveen Kumar Chaudhary, Dr Prabaharan P and Dr Ashwin Anil Gumaste.

Sonia Gandhi asks Congress leaders to frame policies to percolate down party’s messages to grassroot level

New Delhi [India]: Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday stated that the All India Congress Committee (AICC) releases important and detailed statements every day over the issues in the country but it fails to percolate down to the party’s grassroot cadres at the block and district level and she asked party leaders to frame policies over the matter.

Addressing the General Secretaries, In-Charges and PCC President of the party, during a meeting at the party headquarter here, Sonia Gandhi said, “The AICC releases important and detailed statements almost every day on issues that the nation is facing. But it is my experience that they do not percolate down to our grassroot cadres at the block and district level. There are policy issues on which I find a lack of clarity and cohesion even amongst our state-level leaders.”
She also asked the party leaders to train the workers to take on the unceasing onslaught of malicious disinformation campaigns at the behest of the BJP and RSS.

“You must train our workers to take on the unceasing onslaught of malicious disinformation campaigns at the behest of the BJP/RSS. And you must train our people to fight it while upholding and projecting the core Congress ideology,” the Congress interim President said.

Launching a scathing attack on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government in the Centre, the senior leader said, “The Modi Government has sought to erode our institutions so it may evade accountability.”

“Our own history bears witness to the fact that if an organisation is to succeed against injustice and inequality. If it is to effectively champion the rights of the marginalised, it must become a widespread agitation down to the grassroots,” she said.

Terming the new members in the party as the “lifeblood” of any political movement, the senior Congress leader said, “Young men and women across the nation seek a movement to give voice to their aspirations. It is our duty to provide them with a platform, as we have done for generations past.”

Sonia Gandhi also gave emphasis on identifying and assigning Congress leaders and office bearers for the task of enrolling members in the party in a transparent fashion. She also talked about the training programmes for the party workers.

“You must ensure the clear delineation of the responsibilities of these individuals at the state, district, block, ward and village level. This is a vital responsibility that you are entrusted with,” she said.

“Training programmes for our workers are therefore an absolute necessity. I want to emphasise that you should take it on priority. The fight to defend our democracy, our Constitution and the Congress Party’s ideology begins with being fully prepared to identify and counter false propaganda,” she added.

Earlier in the day, Sonia Gandhi presided over a meeting with core party leaders to discuss the upcoming Assembly elections to Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, among other issues.

The meeting was held at party headquarters. (ANI)

Rahul Gandhi: ‘Made in India’ is Jumla

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused the Centre of “doublespeak” over the reports of an increase in trade deficit with China and dubbed the “made in India’ slogan as ‘jumla’ (rhetoric).

New Delhi [India] : Citing a media report, Gandhi tweeted, “The Usual Doublespeak. #MadeInIndia #Jumla.” Gandhi’s remarks came after Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla on Thursday noted that despite the growth in the volume of the trade between the two neighbours, the trade deficit has increased and the imbalance has widened.
Speaking at a seminar on “Leveraging China’s Economy”, Shringla also raised concern about the trade imbalance that has continuously been widening despite growth in the overall volume of the trade.
“Our trade deficit concerns are two-fold – the first is the actual size of the deficit. The trade deficit for the nine months period stood at USD 47 billion. This is the largest trade deficit we have with any country. Second, is the fact that the imbalance has continuously been widening,” said Shringla.
“We have highlighted that widening deficit and increase in trade barriers are issues of concern. These have been regularly flagged at the highest level, most recently at the 2nd Informal Summit between our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) and the Chinese President (Xi Jinping) in Chennai in 2019,” he added.
Foreign Secretary stated that bilateral relations generally followed a positive trajectory since 1988 when we re-established contacts at the highest level and advancement of ties was clearly predicated on ensuring that peace and tranquillity were not disturbed.

‘Brother-sister would have fled to Italy ‘

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said that if pandemic had occurred during the Congress regime then the “brother-sister duo would have fled to Italy”.

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : While addressing at the Samajik Pratinidhi Sammelan, the UP Chief Minister slammed the Opposition parties and said, “When COVID-19 struck, if there had there been a Congress government, then brother and sister would have fled to Italy. If there had been Samajwadi Party (SP) government, then there would have been a competition between the uncle and the nephew to misappropriate aid and the poor would not have been cared for. God knows what would have happened under ‘Behenji’.” Further attacking the Samajwadi Party, the Chief Minister said, “No one would have dared to open fire at Ram Bhakts on November 2, 1990, had there been a BJP government. They were ‘Ramdrohi’ who ordered firing at Ram Sewaks for vote-bank. Those who do not belong to Ram, do not belong to us.”
He further questioned the recent meeting of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav with the family of student leader Umar Khalid and said, “An anti-national had given the slogan ‘Desh ke tukde honge’, and after giving this slogan recently his family members met the chief of a political party (SP). Umar Khalid’s family members met this party’s chief. What does this prove? This proves the party’s intentions for the state.”
The Chief Minister further added that the Central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking steps to alleviate the status of backward castes.
“The Constitutional right given to the OBC Commission was an important step towards empowering backward sections,” he said.
He further said that various government schemes were being implemented for the welfare of various communities without discrimination.

Yediyurappa condemns Karnataka BJP state chief

Vijayapura (Karnataka) [India]: Former Karnataka chief minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader BS Yediyurappa condemned the “drug peddler” and “drug addict” remarks made by state BJP state president against Rahul Gandhi stating that no one should speak so disrespectfully.
While addressing a by-election campaign in Sindagi of Vijayapura district, Yediyurappa said the “statement made by BJP state president related to Rahul Gandhi is not correct, no one should speak disrespectfully.” Kateel on Tuesday had told a gathering of BJP workers that “Rahul Gandhi says he will become president. Tell me what is Rahul Gandhi? Rahul Gandhi is a drug addict and drug peddler. I do not say this, it has appeared in news reports. They are unable to run the Congress party. Those who cannot run a party, how can they run this country?”
Further, attacking Congress leader HD Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah for criticising RSS during the election campaign, Yediyurappa said: “Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah are unnecessarily dragging the RSS name into the election campaign but they will gain nothing by bringing RSS name, people will give them a proper answer in the bypolls.”

Flags off Shobha Yatra on Valmiki Jayanti

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday flagged off Shobha Yatra, an annual parade that takes place on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti, from the party’s headquarters in Delhi.

New Delhi [India] : Speaking on the occasion, Gandhi said, “Greetings on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti! Maharishi Valmiki propagated the idea of love and brotherhood. Our constitution is based on the ideas of Maharishi Valmiki.” “However, these days we can observe that his ideology is being attacked. The interest of minorities in the country is being suppressed. On behalf of the Congress party, I would like to say that we will not let this trend of suppressing minorities continue,” he added.


Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute to Maharishi Valmiki on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti and recalled his seminal contributions towards chronicling our rich past and glorious culture.
“I bow in reverence to Maharishi Valmiki on the special occasion of Valmiki Jayanti. We recall his seminal contributions towards chronicling our rich past and glorious culture. His emphasis on social empowerment keeps inspiring us,” tweeted PM Modi.
Every year, Valmiki Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day of the Ashwin month to mark the birth anniversary of Maharishi Valmiki. 

Congress demands an apology from Karnataka BJP chief

Vijayapura (Karnataka) [India]: Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala has hit back at Karnataka BJP chief President Nalin Kumar Kateel for levelling drug use allegations against party leader Rahul Gandhi.

Addressing media in Sindhagi, the Congress leader also demanded an apology from Kateel for the alleged statement.
“Instead of making such derogatory comments, they must tell if they are in a hangover of drugs which were found at the Adani port in Gujarat, worth 2 lakh crore. Kateel must have taken that drug, that’s the reason in a hangover of it, he is speaking like that.” Surjewala said.

Further slamming the BJP, Surjewala said that by making derogatory comments against Rahul Gandhi BJP leaders show their ‘culture’ and ‘mentality’.

“It is an uncultured statement made by the BJP leader in Karnataka which cannot be acceptable. Nalini Kumar Kateel being president of the party in Karnataka must apologize for his statement,” he said.

Condemning Kateel’s statement, former Chief Minister and Congress legislative party leader Siddaramaiah said, “He (Kateel) is an immature and uncultured politician who must take treatment in NIMHANS (centre for mental health).”

Yesterday, Kateel while launching a smeared attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, said, “Rahul Gandhi says he will become president. Tell me what is Rahul Gandhi? Rahul Gandhi is a drug addict and drug peddler. I do not tell this, it has appeared in news reports. They are unable to run the Congress party. Those who cannot run a party, how can they run this country?” (ANI)

Crisis in Chhattisgarh Congress

Amidst the ongoing political turmoil in the Chhattisgarh unit of Congress, the state Health Minister TS Singh Deo on Monday reached Delhi.

New Delhi [India] : As per sources, after arriving in the national capital, the first thing the Congress leader did was to pay obeisance at the Chhattarpur temple. “TS Singh Deo will stay in Delhi for one or two days and may meet some senior leaders of Congress,” said sources.
The comes after Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel met Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday after the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in Delhi.
Speculation about a possible change of guard in Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh has been going on for the past few months.
As per party sources, the pro-Baghel camp has been expressing displeasure over a possible change of guard in the state as Congress leader TS Singh Deo has allegedly been pitching for a rotational tenure of the chief minister.
After the Bhupesh Baghel-led government completed two-and-a-half years in office in June, the supporters of TS Singh Deo raised the issue of rotational chief ministership.
Congress won the Chhattisgarh assembly polls held in December 2018 with a thumping majority. Then, the state Congress president Baghel was made the chief minister. TS Singh Deo was the head of the manifesto committee in the election

Rahul Gandhi attacks Centre over fuel price hike

Attacking the Centre over the fuel price hike, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the only growth the country is witnessing is that of inflation.

New Delhi [India] : Citing a news report about the hike in fuel prices, the Congress leader tweeted “Destruction of all. Growth of inflation (Sabka Vinash. Mehangai ka Vikas) #TaxExtortion,” tweeted Rahul Gandhi. His remarks came as petrol and diesel prices continued to rise across the country for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday.
Petrol and diesel prices reached an all-time high as fuel rates continued to rise by 35 paise/litre across the country for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday. With the latest hike, the petrol price becomes Rs 105.84/litre while diesel will now cost Rs 94.57/litre in Delhi today.
Oil companies started raising auto fuel prices last week.
Meanwhile, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said that the consumption of petrol and diesel has increased as compared to the pre-COVID times, and the government is working towards price stability.
Commenting on the continuous price hike of petroleum products, the Minister said, “Today, the consumption of petrol and diesel is higher by 10-15 per cent and 6-10 per cent respectively compared to pre-COVID times. I’ll not go into the price issue. We continue to work towards the price stability.”

‘Will consider becoming Chief again’

New Delhi [India] : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said he “will consider” becoming party chief again as senior leaders urged him to take the mantle at the meeting of Congress Working Committee, according to sources.
“I will consider,” Rahul Gandhi is learnt to have said at the meeting at the request of senior leaders who urged him to become the party chief again. Sources said Rahul Gandhi also said he needs clarity at the level of ideology from party leaders.
Some leaders said that till the polls, he should be made the working president, the sources added.
Sonia Gandhi had agreed to become interim party chief after Rahul Gandhi resigned following the Congress debacle in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Senior party leader Ambika Soni said after the meeting that everyone in the party is of the opinion that party Rahul Gandhi should become the party president.
“Everybody agreed unanimously, whether he (Rahul Gandhi) will become (the party president) or not is up to him. Everybody is of the opinion that Rahul Gandhi should become the party president,” she said.
Congress on Saturday announced that elections to elect a new party chief will be held next year between August 21 and September 20.
The announcement was made by party general secretary KC Venugopal after a meeting of the Congress Working Committee.
“Election of the AICC president will be held between August 21, 2022, and September 20, 2022,” Venugopal said.
He also said that the party is going for a massive training programme from top to bottom.
“Workers and leaders at all levels will be trained in party ideologies, policies, expectations of Congress workers, grassroots messaging, election management, failure of the present government and countering propaganda,” he said.
The membership campaign begins on November 1 and will continue till March 31 next year. The elections for the block committees will begin from April 1, 2022.
Members of G23 have been pressing for elections to elect a new party chief and also for Congress Working Committee.

Everybody is of the opinion that Rahul Gandhi should become Congress president: Ambika Soni

New Delhi [India]: Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni said on Saturday that everyone in the party is of the opinion that party leader Rahul Gandhi should become the party president.

While speaking to ANI, Soni said, “Everybody agreed unanimously, whether he (Rahul Gandhi) will become (the party president) or not is up to him. Everybody is of the opinion that Rahul Gandhi should become the party president.”
Her remarks came after the conclusion of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting held in the national capital today.

Sonia Gandhi was made interim president by CWC after Rahul Gandhi stepped down as the president of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) accepting the responsibility of poll debacle in the 2019 general elections.

Congress’s supreme body, the CWC, met on Saturday at the AICC headquarters here today to discuss the organisational elections, forthcoming Assembly polls and current political situation. (ANI)

I am full-time, hands-on Congress President, says Sonia Gandhi at CWC meeting

In her remarks on Saturday, Sonia Gandhi also said the party is ready for the internal elecAddressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, interim President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday slammed party leaders for speaking to the media. In her opening remarks, Sonia Gandhi said: “I have always appreciated frankness. There is no need to speak to me through the media. So let us all have a free and honest discussion. But what should get communicated outside the four walls of this room is the collective decision of the CWC.”

News Delhi, India : Sonia Gandhi’s statement came after senior party leader Kapil Sibal had recently said that “there is no president in our party, so we do not know who is taking all the decisions. We know it, yet we don’t know, one of my senior colleagues perhaps has written or is about to write to the interim president to immediately convene a CWC meeting so that a dialogue can be initiated”.

In her remarks on Saturday, she also said the party is ready for the internal elections.

“Today is the occasion for bringing clarity once and for all. A schedule for the full-fledged organisational elections is before you.”

She also praised young leaders for taking over leadership role

“In the last two years, a large number of our colleagues, particularly the younger ones have taken on leadership roles in taking party policies and programmes to the people, whether it be the agitation of farmers, provision of relief during the pandemic, highlighting issues of concern to youth and women, atrocities on Dalits, Adivasis and minorities, price rise, and the destruction of the public sector. Never have we let issues of public importance and concern go unaddressed.”

CWC meet – What Sonia Gandhi said on farmers’ protest, Kashmir killings, fuel price hike

Regarding the farmers’ protests, the Congress interim President said: “The shocking incidents at Lakhimpur Kheri betrays the mindset of the BJP, how it perceives the Kisan Andolan, how it has been dealing with this determined struggle by Kisans to protect their lives and livelihoods.

She said that the economy continues to be a cause of great concern in spite of the government propaganda and the only answer the Centre seems to have for the country’s economic recovery is selling off national assets built with great effort over the decades.

“The public sector has had not just strategic and economic objectives, it has had social goals as well, as, for instance, empowerment of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and development of backward areas. But all this is in jeopardy with the Modi government’s single-point agenda of ‘Becho, Becho, Becho’.”

She said that prices of essential commodities, including food and fuel continue to rise unabated.

“Could anyone in the country ever imagine that petrol prices would be over 100 Rs rupees a litre, diesel would be nearing the Rs 100 a litre mark, a gas cylinder would cost Rs 900 and cooking oil would be Rs 200 a litre. This is making life unbearable for people across the country.”

Sonia Gandhi also condemned the killings in Jammu and Kashmir and said minorities clearly have been targeted.

“This must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. We have done so and I do so again this morning. Jammu and Kashmir has been a Union Territory for two years. The entire responsibility for bringing the perpetrators of these barbaric crimes to justice is that of the Union government. Restoring social peace and harmony and confidence amongst the people in Jammu and Kashmir rests with the Modi government too.

“There has always been a broad consensus on foreign and neighbourhood policy in our country. But that consensus has been damaged because of the Prime Minister continued reluctance to take the Opposition into confidence in any meaningful manner. Foreign policy has become a diabolical instrument of electoral mobilisation and polarisation. We face serious challenges on our borders and on other fronts. The Prime Minister telling the opposition leaders last year that there had not been any occupation of our territory by China and his silence ever since is costing our nation dearly,” she added.

The Congress faces many challenges but, “if we are united, if we are disciplined and if we focus on the party’s interests alone, I am confident that we will do well”.

Centre’s foreign policy diabolical instrument of electoral mobilisation, polarisation

Claiming that India’s foreign policy has become a diabolical instrument of electoral mobilisation and polarisation, Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said the consensus between government and Opposition on diplomatic issues has been damaged because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s continued reluctance to take the Opposition into confidence.
Speaking at the Congress’ Working Commitee meeting, Gandhi said PM Modi’s silence on borders issues is costing the nation ‘dearly’. “There has always been a broad consensus on foreign and neighbourhood policy in our country. But that consensus has been damaged because of the Prime Minister’s continued reluctance to take the Opposition into confidence in any meaningful manner. Foreign policy has become a diabolical instrument of electoral mobilisation and polarisation. We face serious challenges on our borders and on other fronts. The Prime Minister told the opposition leaders last year that there had not been any occupation of our territory by China and his silence ever since is costing our nation dearly,” she said.
She also slammed the Centre’s National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) scheme, and said the country’s social goals are in jeopardy because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government’s single-point agenda of “Becho, Becho, Becho” (sell, sell, sell).
The Congress chief said the economy continues to be a cause of great concern “in spite of the government propaganda to make us believe that it is not.”
“As we all know, the only answer the government seems to have for economic recovery is selling off national assets built with great effort over the decades. The public sector has had not just strategic and economic objectives—it has had social goals as well, as, for instance, empowerment of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and development of backward areas. But all this is in jeopardy with the Modi government’s single-point agenda of Becho, Becho, Becho,” she added.

Sidhu meets Rahul Gandhi, withdraws resignation as Punjab Congress chief

Rawat also claimed that Sidhu will consider the party high command’s decision to be final.

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday reached the national capital at the residence of senior leader Rahul Gandhi to meet him, after which AICC General Secretary Harish Rawat announced that Sidhu has withdrawn his resignation as Chief of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. The move comes one day after Rawat’s statement that a big decision is upcoming in the Punjab Congress politics.

Earlier today, Rawat had claimed that Sidhu will consider the party high command’s decision to be final. “Sidhu has said that his leaders are Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and he will follow whatever they say and will continue working for the party”, Rawat had told the media.

On Thursday, Rawat had met Sidhu along with General Secretary KC Venugopal at the AICC headquarters in Delhi. He then said that the high command will take a decision pertaining to the party’s organisational matters in the state today. 

Meeting Sidhu in Delhi, who earlier resigned as Punjab Congress Committee Chief earlier amid power tussle with Captain Amarinder Singh and Charanjit Singh Channi being appointed as new CM, other issues, senior party leader Harish Rawat said, “he (Sidhu remains) chief of Punjab Congress.” Sidhu’s resignation has not been accepted by the party so far.

However, speaking to India TV, Harish Rawat denied that he said Sidhu remains to be PPCC chief. Rawat explained what he meant was that Sidhu should do his work with full strength as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and strengthen the organizational structure.

“The entire picture will be clear by tomorrow… Sidhu has said that whatever decision high command will take would be acceptable to him… his message is loud and clear,” Harish Rawat told reporters.

everything has been sorted out : Sidhu

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu after meeting party leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that “everything has been sorted out.”
“I shared all my concerns with Rahul Gandhi. Everything has been sorted out,” said Sidhu while speaking to reporters after meeting Rahul Gandhi. The meeting was also attended by AICC in-charge of Punjab Harish Rawat.
“He (Sidhu) shared his concerns with Rahul Gandhi. We have told him that his concerns will be taken care of here. He assured Rahul Gandhi that he has withdrawn his resignation and he will resume his duties as the PCC president,” Rawat told reporters here.
The meeting of the two leaders came at a time when Sidhu’s rebellious attitude towards the recently appointed Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi is quite visible.
Sidhu who is in the national capital had also met Congress in-charge of Punjab Harish Rawat and party general secretary KC Venugopal on Thursday.
Sidhu had tendered his resignation as Punjab Congress chief on September 28. He was reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after Cabinet expansion in Punjab. But his resignation was not accepted by the party.
According to sources in the party, the high command was not happy with the resignation of Sidhu and no such meeting with central leadership happened after his resignation.
Sidhu, after his resignation, had said he will always stand by party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi visits former PM Manmohan Singh at AIIMS

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday visited former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi and enquired about his health.

He also wished him a speedy recovery.
Singh was admitted to AIIMS, Delhi yesterday.

Earlier today Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished for the speedy recovery of former PM Manmohan Singh, who was admitted to AIIMS on Wednesday.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also prayed for the speedy recovery of Singh.

The eighty-nine-year-old Congress leader had complained of weakness and is stable and under the observation of doctors, hospital sources said.

Earlier in the day, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya visited the hospital to meet him. (ANI)

Lakhimpur Kheri incident : Cong delegations meet President Kovind, seeks probe by SC judges, removal of MoS Teni

A Congress delegation, led by Rahul Gandhi, met President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday in Rashtrapati Bhavan and submitted a memorandum on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident seeking an independent inquiry into the matter and removal of Minister of State Home Ajay Mishra Teni. President Kovind assured he will discuss matter with Centre today, says Priyanka Gandhi

New Delhi [India], October 13 : The delegation which included Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AK Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge, and Ghulam Nabi Azad requested the President “direct an independent judicial investigation by a Commission comprising of two sitting judges of the Supreme Court of India or the High Court,” says the Memorandum. The memorandum submitted by the Congress party expressed an apprehension that no “police official would dare to fairly investigate the son of Union MoS Home Affairs with the father occupying a position of such high influence and who enjoys continued endorsements from both the Central and the State Governments.”
Therefore, Congress requested the president “to immediately dismiss Union MoS Home Affairs, Sh. Ajay Mishra Teni,” mentions the Memorandum submitted to the President.
The memorandum also included the criminal history associated with the MoS Home Affairs Teni and his reportedly viral controversial speech given before the October 3 incident.
“It is pertinent to note here that the Union MoS for Home Affairs, Sh. Ajay Mishra Teni also stands accused of murder. While the District Court had acquitted him, a criminal appeal (no. 1624 of 2004) against his acquittal is pending in Allahabad High Court since 2004. What is even more shocking and unbelievable is that the High Court had reserved judgment in the Criminal Appeal on March 12th, 2018 but hasn’t delivered the verdict till date. 3 years and 7 months have passed since. Justice has been delayed to the point where it has effectively been denied,” says the Memorandum.
“It is important to note that on September 27th, 2021, the day of the Bharat Bandh called by protesting farmers against the three black laws, Shri Ajay Mishra Teni, MoS Home Affairs, in a public function openly threatened the agitating farmers and even boasted about his dubious antecedents,” It added.
Referring to the protest against the three farm laws that has been going in some parts of the country for some time now, Congress accused the central government of refusing to have a meaningful conversation with them and appears to be applying the policy of “tire & retire” the farmers.
“Lakhs of farmers have been protesting the three “black farm laws” at the doorstep of the National Capital of Delhi for close to a year now. They have braved extreme weather – rain, extreme heat and cold, yet their resolve remains undiminished. Close to a thousand farmers have lost their lives but their determination to seek justice in a Gandhian way remains firm. The Modi Government has refused to relent or have a meaningful conversation with them. Their policy appears to be “tire & retire” the Anndatas, a strategy doomed to failure,” said the formal submission by the Congress party.
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi have earlier visited the family of victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. As many as eight people including four farmers had died in the violence that took place on October 3. Uttar Pradesh police have so far arrested three people including the son of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a body of several farmer unions, had issued a statement regarding the incident and alleged that one of the four farmers was shot dead by Ashish Mishra, while the others had been allegedly run over by the vehicles of his convoy.
Refuting SKM’s allegations, MoS Teni said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants merged with protesting farmers and pelted stones on the car, which lead to the ‘unfortunate incident’. Ashish Mishra also refuted SKM’s allegations and reiterated his absence at the spot where the incident took place.

Congress to meet President

The Congress delegation led by Rahul Gandhi will meet President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, the sources informed.

New Delhi [India], October 12 ): The party, earlier on October 10, wrote to the Rashtrapati Bhavan seeking an appointment with the President for a seven-member party delegation to meet him. The delegation will present a detailed memorandum of facts in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri incident that claimed the lives of eight people earlier this month. The Congress delegation will consist of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AK Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury besides Rahul Gandhi who will lead the delegation.
As many as eight people including four farmers had died in the violence that took place on October 3. Uttar Pradesh police have so far arrested three people including Ashish Mishra.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), a body of several farmer unions, had issued a statement regarding the incident claiming the death of four farmers and alleged that one of the four farmers was shot dead by Ashish Mishra, while the others had been allegedly run over by the vehicles of his convoy.
Meanwhile, refuting SKM’s allegations, Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants merged with protesting farmers and pelted stones on the car, which lead to the ‘unfortunate incident’. Ashish Mishra also refuted SKM’s allegations and reiterated his absence at the spot where the incident took place.

Sonia, Rahul Gandhi to inaugurate photo exhibition on 1971 war tomorrow

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi will inaugurate a photo exhibition on the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office on Wednesday.


The Bangladesh Liberation War was fought in 1971 for the independence of Bangladesh from Pakistan. After facing defeat in the 1971 war, the then Army Chief of Pakistan General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with his 93,000 troops, surrendered to allied forces which also comprised of Indian Army personnel.
Every year on December 16, Vijay Diwas is celebrated to mark India’s triumph in liberating Bangladesh from Pakistan.

Rahul Gandhi should lead Congress: Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : Former Karnataka Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah extended his support to party leader Rahul Gandhi while echoing his long standing demand for Gandhi to take over the post of party president.
“I have been saying for (a) long time that Rahul Gandhi should lead (the) Congress party. I urge him to take charge at the earliest,” Siddaramaiah, the leader of the opposition said in Bengaluru on Monday. “It is not that Sonia ji is incapable of discharging her duties of the president. Sonia ji is not keeping good health. That is why I suggested Rahul ji to take over as early as possible,” he added.
On the question of him eyeing for a big role in central politics, Siddaramaiah said that he has no interest in the central politics and he has already conveyed that to interim party president Sonia Gandhi.
“Some people made strategy against me, that is the reason some publications are publishing that I am going to national politics. There is no such talks as of now and I have no interest in going to central politics,” the Congress leader said.
Notably, these statements of his came at a time when Congress’ supreme body Congress Working Committee (CWC) is slated to hold a meeting on October 16 in New Delhi to discuss the current political situation, forthcoming Assembly polls and organisational elections.
It remains an unanswered question whether prior to that Rahul Gandhi will take over the post of party president or will contest for party president post. But the Youth Congress, National Students’ Union of India, Mahila Congress and Social Media’s National Executives have passed a resolution to make him party president.
Sonia Gandhi was made interim president by CWC after Rahul Gandhi stepped down as the president of AICC accepting the responsibility of poll debacle in the 2019 general elections.

Lakhimpur Kheri incident: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to take part in ‘antim ardaas’ of deceased farmers

New Delhi [India]: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will visit Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri on Tuesday to take part in the ‘antim ardaas’ of farmers who died in the violence there on October 3.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had visited Lakhimpur Kheri along with Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and party leader Deepender Hooda and met families of deceased farmers earlier on October 6.
A total of eight people including four farmers died in the violence that took place in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni arrived with three vehicles around the time that farmers were dispersing from their protest at the helipad and mowed down farmers and towards the end also attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk directly, by trying to run a vehicle over him.

However, Ashish Mishra refuted SKM’s allegations and said he was not present at the spot where the incident took place.

MoS Teni also said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants mingled with protesting farmers and pelted the stones at the car which lead to the ‘unfortunate incident’. (ANI)

Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi on the murder of farmers, inflation, unemployment

New Delhi [India], October 10 : Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that the former is silent over the alleged murders of farmers and BJP workers in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, rising inflation, the surge in the oil price, and unemployment in the country.
“PM silent- Rising inflation – oil price, unemployment, farmer and BJP worker murdered, PM violent- Lack of camera and photo ops, true criticism, Question on friends,” tweeted the Wayanad MP. Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni arrived with three vehicles around the time that farmers were dispersing from their protest at the helipad and mowed down farmers and towards the end also attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk directly, by trying to run a vehicle over him.
However, Ashish Mishra refuted SKM’s allegations and said he was not present at the spot where the incident took place.
Meanwhile, Petrol and diesel prices were hiked across the country for the sixth consecutive day on Sunday.

Congress delegation including Priyanka, Rahul Gandhi proceeds to Lakhimpur Kheri

Sitapur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: The five-member Congress delegation including party leader Rahul Gandhi and party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra left from Sitapur for violence-hit Lakhimpur Kheri district on Wednesday.
The delegation also included Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and party general secretary KC Venugopal. The delegation is likely to meet three families of those who died in Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday approved the visit of the Congress delegation led by Rahul Gandhi.
“We have received approval from the government for the visit of Rahul Gandhi-led delegation,” Lakhimpur Kheri District Magistrate (DM) Dr Arvind Kumar Chaurasiya told ANI.
A total of eight people including four farmers died in the violence that took place in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3.
Earlier, Trinamool Congress MPs Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Dola Sen, Pratima Mondal, Abir Ranjan Biswas and Sushmita Dev met with the families of the victims of Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight people died.

UP govt allows Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to visit Lakhimpur Kheri

The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday gave permission to Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi to visit Lakhimpur Kheri, where 8 people lost their lives in a violent incident.

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], October 6 : Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi have boarded a flight for Lucknow from New Delhi. “The state government has given permission to Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and three other people to visit Lakhimpur Kheri,” informed the Home Department of the Uttar Pradesh government.
Sources had earlier said a 5-member delegation of the Congress Party led by Rahul Gandhi is likely to visit Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday to meet families of victims killed in a violent incident.
Earlier the Uttar Pradesh government had denied permission to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to visit the Lakhimpur Kheri district in wake of a law and order situation.
“The government has denied permission to Rahul Gandhi. If he arrives in Lucknow, we will request him at the airport not to visit Lakhimpur Kheri and Sitapur. Superintendent of Police (SP) and District Magistrate (DM) of Lakhimpur and Sitapur urged us to stop him from coming in wake of local law and order situation,” Lucknow Police Commissioner had said.
Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been imposed in Lucknow.
The District Magistrate of Lakhimpur Kheri has also imposed section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which prohibits assembly of five or more people at a time, following the Sunday incident. Soon after the violent incident at Lakhimpur Kheri, political leaders made a beeline to visit the site and expressed their desire to meet the families of the victims.
Earlier, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, who was scheduled to go to Lakhimpur Kheri, on Tuesday claimed that he was not being allowed to leave the Lucknow airport.
Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday registered an FIR against Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Varda and 11 others for “disturbing the peace” in the state.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had claimed that she has been detained for the last 40 hours without any order or FIR.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni arrived with three vehicles around the time that farmers were dispersing from their protest at the helipad and mowed down farmers and towards the end also attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk directly, by trying to run a vehicle over him.
However, Ashish Mishra refuted SKM’s allegations and said he was not present at the spot where the incident took place.
As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday, said Uttar Pradesh police.
MoS Teni also said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants mingled with protesting farmers and pelted the stones at the car which lead to the ‘unfortunate incident’.

Job of Opposition to create pressure on govt, raise issues: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi [India], October 6 : While addressing the media persons here, Rahul Gandhi said: “The job of the opposition is to create pressure on the government as it is doing injustice with the farmers. We had created a pressure during the Hathras incident and that is why action was taken.” “The government does not want the issue to come into the light. This is why the opposition is creating pressure,” he said.
The Waynad MP further said, “It is the responsibility of the media to raise the issue, but when we (Opposition) ask questions, raise the issue, then, you (media) say that we are doing politics.”
He also said that there is no democracy in the country as the Opposition leaders are barred from entering Lakhimpur, where 8 people, including 4 farmers, died on Sunday.
“Earlier, there was democracy in the country. Today it is a dictatorship. The government is insulting the farmers. The opposition leaders are barred from entering Lakhimpur. This is what happens in a dictatorship.”
“We are trying to tell the government to let the country function according to democratic processes . It is a safety valve,” he added.


A 3-member delegation of the Congress Party led by Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday to meet families of victims killed on Sunday.
“Today, with two CMs we will visit Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh to understand the situation there and support the farmers’ families,” he said.
However, the Uttar Pradesh government has denied permission to the Congress delegation in the wake of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) that has been imposed in Lucknow.
“The government has denied permission to Rahul Gandhi. If he arrives in Lucknow, we will request him at the airport not to visit Lakhimpur Kheri and Sitapur. Superintendent of Police (SP) and District Magistrate (DM) of Lakhimpur and Sitapur urged us to stop him from coming in wake of local law and order situation,” said Lucknow Police Commissioner.
The District Magistrate of Lakhimpur Kheri has imposed section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which prohibits assembly of five or more people at a time, following the Sunday incident. Soon after the violent incident at Lakhimpur Kheri, political leaders made a beeline to visit the site and expressed their desire to meet the families of the victims.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni arrived with three vehicles around the time that farmers were dispersing from their protest at the helipad and mowed down farmers and towards the end also attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk directly, by trying to run a vehicle over him.
However, Ashish Mishra refuted SKM’s allegations and said he was not present at the spot where the incident took place.
As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday, said Uttar Pradesh police.
MoS Teni also said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants mingled with protesting farmers and pelted the stones at the car which lead to the ‘unfortunate incident’.

Rahul Gandhi boards flight for Lucknow ahead of his Lakhimpur Kheri visit

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday boarded a flight for Lucknow ahead of his visit to Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district, where 8 people lost their lives in a violent incident on Sunday.
Several Congress leaders along with Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi also boarded the flight. Sources had earlier said a 5-member delegation of the Congress Party led by Rahul Gandhi is likely to visit Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday to meet families of victims killed in a violent incident.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Government has denied permission to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to visit the Lakhimpur Kheri district in wake of a law and order situation.
“The government has denied permission to Rahul Gandhi. If he arrives in Lucknow, we will request him at the airport not to visit Lakhimpur Kheri and Sitapur. Superintendent of Police (SP) and District Magistrate (DM) of Lakhimpur and Sitapur urged us to stop him from coming in wake of local law and order situation,” said Lucknow Police Commissioner.
Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been imposed in Lucknow.
The District Magistrate of Lakhimpur Kheri has also imposed section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which prohibits assembly of five or more people at a time, following the Sunday incident. Soon after the violent incident at Lakhimpur Kheri, political leaders made a beeline to visit the site and expressed their desire to meet the families of the victims.
Earlier, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, who was scheduled to go to Lakhimpur Kheri, on Tuesday claimed that he was not being allowed to leave the Lucknow airport.
Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday registered an FIR against Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Varda and 11 others for “disturbing the peace” in the state.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had claimed that she has been detained for the last 40 hours without any order or FIR.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni arrived with three vehicles around the time that farmers were dispersing from their protest at the helipad and mowed down farmers and towards the end also attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk directly, by trying to run a vehicle over him.
However, Ashish Mishra refuted SKM’s allegations and said he was not present at the spot where the incident took place.
As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday, said Uttar Pradesh police.
MoS Teni also said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants mingled with protesting farmers and pelted the stones at the car which lead to the ‘unfortunate incident’.

Lakhimpur Kheri incident: Rahul Gandhi calls Priyanka “true Congress leader”, says she won’t give up

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was allegedly detained on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri, would not give up as she is a “true Congress leader”.

New Delhi [India], October 5 : “The one who is kept in custody is not afraid – she is a true Congress leader, will not give up! Satyagraha will not stop,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday claimed that she has been detained for the last 28 hours without any order or FIR.
Taking to Twitter, she demanded the arrest of the accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, where 8 people, including 4 farmers, died on Sunday.
“Narendra Modi sir, your government has kept me in detention for the last 28 hours without any order and FIR. But the person who crushed the farmers has not been arrested yet,” she tweeted in Hindi.
Meanwhile, Congress supporters continue to protest outside the PAC guest house in Sitapur where the party leader is allegedly detained.
As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday, said Uttar Pradesh police.
“Four farmers and four others have died (in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident). Probe underway. It’s an unfortunate incident, should not be politicised,” Lakhimpur Kheri District Magistrate Arvind Kumar Chaurasiya told reporters.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) issued a statement regarding the incident claiming the death of four farmers and alleged that one of the four farmers was shot dead by Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni’s son, while the others were allegedly run over by the vehicles of his convoy.
Refuting SKM’s allegations, MoS Teni said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants mingled with protesting farmers and pelted the stones on the car which led to the ‘unfortunate incident’.

‘One who is silent, is already dead’: Rahul Gandhi calls Lakhimpur Kheri incident as ‘inhuman massacre’

New Delhi [India]: In a veiled attack at the ruling party following the death of eight persons including four farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that the one who is silent on the incident is already dead.
Terming the incident as an “inhuman massacre” he tweeted, “The one who is silent even after seeing this inhuman massacre, he is already dead. But we will not let this sacrifice go in vain – Kisan Satyagraha Zindabad! #FarmersProtest” As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday, said Uttar Pradesh police.
Additional Superintendent of Police, Lakhimpur Kheri Arun Kumar Singh confirmed eight deaths including four farmers and four occupants of the vehicle(s) that allegedly ran over the farmers.
Commenting on the incident, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted, “How much does BJP hate the farmers of the country? Don’t they have a right to live? If they raise their voice, will you shoot them, will you trample on the car? Enough. This is a country of farmers, not a fiefdom of BJP’s brutal ideology. Kisan Satyagraha will be strengthened and the voice of the farmer will be louder.”
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrived in Lucknow on Sunday evening for her scheduled to visit Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh on Monday. She is likely to meet the victims’ families who died in the incident.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will also visit Lakhimpur tomorrow.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) issued a statement regarding the incident claiming the death of four farmers and alleged that one of the four farmers was shot dead by Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni’s son, while the others have been allegedly run over by the vehicles of his convoy.
They also called upon farmers’ organisations across the country to hold protests at District Collector’s and District Magistrate’s, offices in all districts on October 4 between 10 am and 1 pm over the death of the farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri incident in Uttar Pradesh.
SKM also demanded that the episode be investigated by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.

Meghalaya: Rahul meets Mukul Sangma

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of Meghalaya by-polls, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday met former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and Lok Sabha MP Vincent H Pala.

All Indian Congress Committee in-charge for Meghalaya Manish Chatrath and former Union Minister and General Secretary in-charge of Organisation KC Venugopal were also present in the meeting.
“Shri Rahul Gandhi met INC Meghalaya President Shri Vincent Pala

, CLP Leader Shri Mukul Sangma, in charge Shri Manish Chatrath

along with General Secretary I/C Organisation Shri K C Venugopal,” tweeted Congress on Sunday.

Earlier on September 28, the Election Commission of India announced by-polls for three parliamentary and 30 assembly seats across 15 states and Union territories (UTs) in the country including Mawryngkneng (ST), Mawphlang (ST), and Rajabala in Meghalaya. (ANI)

“Will stand by Rahul, Priyanka”

New Delhi [India]: Amidst political jostling in ruling Congress in Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), stressed that he does not aspire to be at a throne and will stand by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
While extending his greetings on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Sidhu tweeted, “Will uphold principles of Gandhi Ji and Shastri Ji … Post or No Post, will stand by @RahulGandhi and @priyankagandhi! Let all negative forces try to defeat me, but with every ounce of positive energy will make Punjab win, Punjabiyat (Universal Brotherhood) win and every Punjabi win !!” On September 28, Sidhu resigned as the chief of the Punjab Unit of Congress. However, party sources say that his resignation has not been accepted yet.
“The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner, I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab. Therefore, I hereby resign as the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress,” Sidhu said in his letter after resigning.
Sidhu was appointed as the President of PPCC on July 23 following months of turmoil in the state Congress unit.
This came as a big blow to the Congress high command that was hoping to resolve the turmoil in the Congress unit of Punjab ahead of the Assembly elections early next year.
After the tussle in Punjab Congress between Sidhu and Captain Amarinder Singh escalated in August, the party had appointed Sidhu as the Congress chief apparently against the wishes of then Chief Minister.

PM is breaking relationships between Indian people: Rahul Gandhi

Congress MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi accused PM Modi of breaking the relationships and “bridges” between the people and claimed that this was leading to “shattering” of the idea of India.

New Delhi, India, September 29 : Congress MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of breaking the relationships and “bridges” between the people and claimed that this was leading to the “shattering” of the idea of India. Rahul Gandhi, in Kerala for a day, also alleged that it was “arrogance” on the part of the Prime Minister to claim that only he knows or understands India and no one else, especially when he was making the claims without finding out about the culture, language, way of life and problems of the people of the various states and religions.

The Congress leader, while speaking at the inauguration of a dialysis centre in Malappuram district of Kerala, said that India was not just a geographical territory, it was the people living here and the relationships they have with each other. “My problem with the Prime Minister is that he is breaking these relationships. If he is breaking the relationships between people of India, then he is shattering the idea of India. That is why I oppose him,” he said.

“When he (PM) breaks the relationships between Indians, it is my duty, my job, my commitment to repair the bridges between the people. Every time he uses hatred to break bridges, it is my duty to repair them with love and compassion,” he added.

The Congress MP further said that he cannot build the bridges without understanding the different traditions, ideas, religions and cultures in the country and for that one needs to visit the various states and religious places in the country with humility and the willingness to understand.

“If I go to these places with arrogance, then I am a fool. How can I go to people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, who have a history of thousands of years, and claim to know them. I have to go there with humility. Otherwise, how can I define what India is?”

“Imagine the arrogance of that person who claims — ‘I know what India is. I know what people of Kerala need. I know what people of Tamil Nadu need’. Imagine the arrogance of such a person who claims that only he knows what India is and what people of India need. This is another problem that I have with Prime Minister Modi. He is convinced nobody understands this land like he does,” the Congress leader said. Therefore, the fight here is between humility and arrogance, between temper and compassion, between self interest and welfare of others, he added. 

Rahul Gandhi reaches Kerala for one day visit

Kozhikode (Kerala) [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived at Kozhikode airport in Karipur for his one-day visit to Kerala.
During the course of the day, the Wayanad MP is scheduled to visit Kozhikode and Malappuram. The Congress leader will be laying the foundation stone and inaugurating various developmental projects during his visit.
“He will be inaugurating the HIMA Dialysis Center in Malappuram and a recreation centre for senior citizens in Kozhikode,’ said sources.
They said Gandhi will also be laying the foundation stone of AIMER Business School in Kozhikode.
The Congress leader is scheduled to return to the national capital on Thursday morning, added sources.

Have joined oldest, most democratic party as country can’t be saved without Congress, says Kanhaiya Kumar

New Delhi [India]: Soon after joining the Congress, former CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar said that he has joined the country’s “oldest and most democratic” party because he and many youngsters like him feel that the nation cannot survive without saving the Congress.
In a veiled attack at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kumar said, “I am joining Congress because I feel that an ideology is trying to ruin the values, culture, history, and future of this country… Crores of youngsters feel that this country can’t be saved without saving Congress.” Addressing a joint press conference after joining the party, he also said, “I am joining Congress because it’s not just a party, it’s an idea. It’s the country’s oldest and most democratic party, and I am emphasising on ‘democratic’…Not just me, many think that country can’t survive without Congress.”
Kumar said that if the Congress is saved, the aspirations of many people along with the oneness of Mahatma Gandhi, the courage of Bhagat Singh and BR Ambedkar’s idea of equality will be protected.
“Congress party is like a big ship, if it’s saved, I believe many people’s aspirations, Mahatma Gandhi’s oneness, Bhagat Singh’s courage and BR Ambedkar’s idea of equality will be protected too. This is why I have joined the party,” said Kumar.
Further paying tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh on the freedom fighter’s birth anniversary, Kumar said, “Today is a historic day. Today is the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bgahat Singh. He is Shaheed-e-Azam. I pay my hearty tributes to the ‘icon of the youth’, Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his birth anniversary today.”
Former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Kanhaiya Kumar joined Congress in the presence of party leader Rahul Gandhi at AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Kumar met Rahul Gandhi earlier today at Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh Park, ITO, Delhi on the 114th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

Rahul Gandhi extends support to Bharat Bandh

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday extended his support to Bharat Bandh called by the protesting farmers against three farm laws passed by the Centre last year, and said non-violent satyagraha of farmers is intact even today.

“Farmers’ non-violent satyagraha is intact even today. But the exploitative government does not like this. That’s why Today there is Bharat Bandh,” he tweeted adding, “I Stand With Farmers.”
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), a coalition of farmers’ unions, has called a Bharat Bandh today to mark the first anniversary of the enactment of the three farm laws.

So far, left parties like the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, All India Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party and many other parties like Indian National Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Samajwadi Party, Telugu Desam Party, Janata Dal (Secular), Bahujan Samaj Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, SAD-Sanyukt, Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Swaraj India and others have extended their support to the Bharat Bandh.

SKM has said that a nationwide strike will be observed from 6 am to 4 pm today.

During this period, all government and private offices, educational and other institutions, shops, industries and commercial establishments will be closed and public events and functions will be not be held throughout the country, the SKM said.

However, exemptions to the bandh include all emergency establishments and essential services, including hospitals, medical stores, relief and rescue work and people attending to personal emergencies.

The Bharat Bandh has garnered support from more than 500 farmer organizations, 15 trade unions, political parties, six state governments and varied sections of society.

State governments of Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Punjab, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh have extended their support to the Bharat Bandh protest.

Farmers have been protesting at different sites since November 26 last year against the three enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Farmer leaders and the Centre have held several rounds of talks but the impasse remains. (ANI)

Rahul Gandhi stresses Congress has to work for all irrespective of their caste, says Punjab party leader

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Ahead of Punjab’s new Cabinet formation, Congress leader Amarinder Singh Raja quoted party leader Rahul Gandhi as saying that the party has to work for the last person standing in the queue irrespective of their caste.

“Rahul Gandhi has always said that Congress has to work for the last person standing in the queue, be it Dalit, Jatt Sikh or Hindu. People should think that the government is of common people. Work should be done in the welfare of the common people,” he told ANI on Sunday.
Raja, who is an MLA from Gidderbaha, also said that now there is nothing left for any political party other than Congress to do in Punjab.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal had promised 300 units of free electricity to people in Punjab, as the party geared up for the upcoming 2022 Assembly elections. However, in a bid to bring relief to the people, Raja said that the Punjab Government is set to bring in new reforms regarding domestic electricity for the welfare of the people.

“As soon as our Chief Minister took charge, he removed electricity meters. I believe the Chief Minister is set to make a big announcement regarding domestic electricity,” said the Congress leader.

Newly-appointed Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has done a lot of work in just five days, he noted.

Channi took oath earlier this month as the 16th Chief Minister of Punjab and succeeds Captain Amarinder Singh, who resigned from the topmost position in the state following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

“Channi ji and Sidhu Sahab will create a new environment in Punjab,” said Raja.

Referring to the tenure of Amarinder Singh, he further said that for the first time in the history of Punjab, a chief minister served for 9.5 years. “Now, he should stand behind the new Punjab government and shower his blessings. He should assure that he would be available whenever he is required,” concluded the Congress leader.

Meanwhile, the Punjab cabinet expansion is currently underway at Raj Bhawan. (ANI)

Congress can’t grow under Rahul-Athawale

Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], September 26 : Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Athawale said: “When Sonia Gandhi was elected to the Lok Sabha, I had proposed to the UPA that she should be made the prime minister. When Congress was in majority, she was the capable candidate to come to power. But now, the party cannot grow under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi,” he added. The Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and the President of Republican Party of India (RPI) said “If Kamala Harris can become the Vice-president of America, then why could not Sonia Gandhi a citizen of India, wife of Rajiv Gandhi and elected Lok Sabha MP, become the Prime Minister.”
He also said that if Sonia Gandhi was not willing to accept the PM’s post then she should have made Sharad Pawar, the next best-suitable candidate as PM instead of Manmohan Singh.
“If Sharad Pawar had been made the prime minister instead of Manmohan Singh earlier, then the condition of Congress would not have been so bad. The party had insulted Pawar many times,” Athawale said.
The minister further suggested that Pawar and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis should form a coalition government with his RPI party in Maharashtra. He also extended the proposal of the alliance towards Shiv Sena too.
“Nowadays Shiv Sena is being targetted by Congress, so the party can form a coalition with my party. Following this, Uddhav Thackeray and Fadnavis can assume the post of chief minister for 2.5 years each. If they both do not agree, then I can become the chief minister,” Athawale said.
Speaking on the speculations of former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh joining BJP-led NDA, Athawale said that Punjab Congress has insulted its leader in the past few days which led to his resignation.
Athawala also appealed to Amarinder Singh to join the BJP’s National Democratic Alliance.
“No other party can benefit Captain now. He should join BJP-led NDA because it is the only option that will benefit him,” Athawale said.
Amarinder Singh recently resigned as Chief minister of Punjab after a prolonged power tussle in the state unit of the Congress with infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Congress to release first list

Congress’ “Mission Uttar Pradesh” gets momentum as the party is all set to release the first list of candidates for the upcoming Assembly polls in the state during the Navratras starting from the second week of October.

New Delhi [India], September 23 : This poll season, Congress party is probably breaking the traditional trend of announcing the candidate list at the nick of time. According to top sources in the Uttar Pradesh Congress, the party has scrutinised the probable candidates for 150 Assembly seats. Out of the 150 seats, Control Rooms have been set up already on 78 Assembly segments for the poll strategy and operations.
Elections in the state are due in early next year.
Sources said on few seats, candidates have been given a green signal by the party and have been asked to hit the ground zero and start preparations for the poll battle. The poll performance of Congress this time is crucial as Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is the party’s in-charge of the state.
“Although the poll dates have not been announced, we are committed to fighting the elections to win. We are announcing the list much before the time so that the candidates get enough time to reach out to the voters,” sources told ANI.
Preparations are going on in Congress at the different layers. The workers training campaign with the slogan “Prashikshan se parakram tak” has already completed two stages where party workers at the district and block levels were trained by the team.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be heading to Lucknow soon for week-long marathon programmes and meetings with Pradesh Election Committee members and other committees and office-bearers. Further, she is likely to steer the “Pratigya Yatra” from October 7 along with public rallies in Meerut, Gorakhpur and Prayagraj, sources said.
Notably, Congress has constituted Screening Commitee for UP Assembly polls under the chairmanship of Bhawar Jitendra Singh. Deepender Hooda, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Varsha Gaikwad and Ajay Singh Lallu are the members of the Committee.
On the other hand, Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has been given a task to prepare a “People’s Manifesto”, which will be the vision of party for the state. For this purpose, national spokesperson Supriya Shrinate and AICC Co-In-charge of Uttar Pradesh Rohit Chaudhry and Dheeraj Gurjar are visiting various districts across the state and holding meetings with different sections of the society.
In the 2017 Assembly elections, the BJP won a landslide victory winning 312 Assembly seats. The party secured a 39.67 per cent vote share in the elections for 403-member Assembly. Samajwadi Party bagged 47 seats, BSP won 19 while Congress could manage to win only seven seats.

Rahul Gandhi will Visit Chattisgarh

Surguja (Chhattisgarh) [India], September 23 : Chhattisgarh Congress chief said on Wednesday that the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi would soon visit the state and he would tour Bastar and Surguja districts.
Ahead of the Chhattisgarh election, due in 2023, Markam came to the Marwahi Assembly segment in order to form the booth-level committees and strengthen the party. Talking to reporters here, Chhattisgarh Congress Pradesh Committee president Markam said, “Rahul Gandhi would soon come to the state and he might tour to Bastar and Surguja districts.”
Speaking on the rift between Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and health minister TS Singh Deo over the chief ministerial post, he said, “I am neither in the Bhupesh Baghel’s camp nor in Deo’s camp. I am a member of the organisation and being the head of the organisation, it is my duty to play the role of guardian. Elections keep on happening, chief ministers will come and go. I am working as a chief of an organisation.”
Talking about efforts to put a full stop to the tussle between the CM and the health minister, he said that the high command of the party will decide on this matter.

Punjab govt standing with farmers, common man, says Charanjit Singh Channi after taking oath

Soon after taking the oath of office, the newly-sworn in Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said his government is standing with farmers and will appeal to the Centre to withdraw the three farm laws.

Chandigarh [India], September 20: In his first interaction with media after taking the oath, Chief Minister said he is representative of poor sections of society including daily wage labourers and farmers. “I am not the representative of rich. I am representative of common man of Punjab,” he said. Channi also said his government will immediately waive the water and electricity bills of farmers. “Punjab government stands with the farmers. We appeal to the Centre to withdraw the three farm laws…We will waive water and electricity bills of farmers,” said the Chief Minister.
A seemingly emotional Channi said he comes from a poor family, and “Congress has made a common man the chief minister.”


Thanking Congress high command for the decision to name him as the Chief Minister, he said, “Rahul Gandhi is a revolutionary leader. He read the mind of common people.”
The new Chief Minister also praised the predecessor, Captain Amarinder Singh. “Captain did a lot of good work for the people of Punjab. We will take his work forward,” he said.
“The new government does not have any vendetta against anyone. We will work on all the agenda’s proposed by the Congress party,” stated Channi.
He added that the party is supreme, not the Chief Minister or the cabinet. “The government will work as per the party’s ideology.”
Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, party’s state in-charge Harish Rawat, along with Ministers Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and OP Soni accompanied the New Chief Minister during the media interaction.

Major administrative reshuffle by new Punjab CM

Soon after taking oath as Punjab Chief Minister, Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday ordered a major administrative reshuffle.
Senior IAS officer Hussan Lal has been appointed as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister in place of Tejveer Singh. Rahul Tiwari has been appointed as Special Principal Secretary replacing Gurkeerat Kirpal Singh, a close aide of former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
Channi was sworn in as Chief Minister of Punjab on Monday. The three-time MLA from Rupnagar’s Chamkaur Sahib is the state’s first Dalit Chief Minister.
On Sunday, after several rounds of parleys, Channi was selected for the post by the party high command, following Captain Amarinder Singh’s resignation.
Amarinder Singh on Saturday submitted his resignation to state Governor Banwarilal Purohit, following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
These development came months before the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections.

Sukhjinder Randhawa, Brahm Mohindra to be Deputy CMs of Punjab, says Pawan Bansal

New Delhi [India], September 20 (ANI): Congress leader Sukhjinder Randhawa and Brahm Mohindra will be two Deputies to Punjab’s Chief Minister-designate Charanjit Singh Channi, said party leader Pawan Kumar Bansal on Sunday.

Taking to Twitter, Bandal also congratulated Charanjit Singh Channi for his elevation as a Punjab Chief Minister.
“Heartiest congratulations to Charanjit Singh Channi for elevation as PunjabCM and Brahm Mohindra and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa as Dy CMs. Best wishes for their grand success in the service of Punjab under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi,” he tweeted.

On Sunday, Channi was unanimously elected as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party of Punjab and is set to take over as next Chief Minister following Captain Amarinder Singh’s resignation.

After the announcement of the new chief minister, Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Rawat said that there will also be two deputy chief ministers in the state.

“One deputy chief minister will be from the Jat Sikh community and the other will be from the Hindu community,” Rawat told ANI.

Sources had earlier said among one would be a Jat Sikh for which MLA from Dera Baba Nanak Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa’s name is being considered while from Hindu community probables include Brahm Singh Mohindra (MLA from Patiala rural), Vijay Inder Singla (MLA from Sangrur) and Bharat Bhushan Ashu (Punjab Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Minister).

Channi, 49, is slated to take oath as Punjab’s 16th Chief Minister today, a few months before the 2022 assembly polls in the state. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at 11.00 am in Chandigarh.

Amarinder Singh on Saturday submitted his resignation to state Governor Banwarilal Purohit, following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Channi, a three-time MLA from Rupnagar’s Chamkaur Sahib – will be Punjab’s first Dalit Chief Minister. (ANI)

Rahul Gandhi congratulate Punjab CM-designate Charanjit Singh Channi for new responsibility

Chandigarh [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi congratulated the Chief Minister-elect of Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi on Sunday for the new responsibility, and said Congress will continue to fulfil the promises made to the people of the state.

“Congratulations Charanjit Singh Channi Ji for the new responsibility. We must continue to fulfill the promises made to the people of Punjab. Their trust is of paramount importance,” tweeted Gandhi.
Manish Tiwari, Congress leader and MP from Punjab’s Anandpur Sahib constituency also extended his greeting and said, “Please accept my heartiest congratulations on becoming the Chief Minister of Punjab.”

Congress MLA Charanjit Singh Channi will take the oath as the new Chief Minister of Punjab on Monday at 11 am on Monday.

Addressing media after meeting Governor Banwarilal Purohit, the Chief Minister-designate of Punjab said, “We have presented our stance, unanimously supported by party MLAs, before the Governor. Oath taking ceremony will take place at 11 am tomorrow.”

Taking to Twitter, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi congratulated Channi for the new responsibility.

“Congratulations to Shri Charanjit Singh Channi Ji for the new responsibility. We must continue to fulfill the promises made to the people of Punjab. Their trust is of paramount importance,” Gandhi tweeted.

Earlier today, Congress’ in charge of Punjab Harish Rawat said Channi has been unanimously elected as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party and is set to take over as next chief minister.

“It gives me immense pleasure to announce that Charanjit Singh Channi has been unanimously elected as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party of Punjab,” tweeted Rawat.

Channi, a Dalit leader, was Technical Education Minister in the outgoing Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s cabinet.

After the party announced his name as Punjab CLP leader, the Chief Minister-designate Channi, while leaving from JW Marriott Hotel in Chandigarh for Governor’s House, said, “I will speak after leaving from Governor’s house.”

According to the official website of the Punjab Government, Channi remained Municipal Councilor for three terms and moved on to become the President of Municipal Council Kharar for a two-term.

He was elected to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha from Chamkaur Sahib Consistency for the first time in 2007. He was elected to the assembly seat again in 2012 and then in 2017.

In 2015, Channi was elected as Leader of the Opposition in the 14th Punjab Vidhan Sabha. In 2017, he was appointed as the Cabinet Minister for Technical Education and Industrial Training, Employment Generation and also Science and Technology in the government of Punjab.

Channi will succeed Captain Amarinder Singh, who resigned as the chief minister of Punjab on Saturday following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

These development came months before the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections. (ANI)

Cong likely to appoint two Deputy CMs along with CM in Punjab: Sources

After Congress MLAs passed a resolution allowing Sonia Gandhi to name Captain Amarinder Singh’s successor as he stepped down as the Chief Minister of Punjab, sources have indicated that there is a possibility of appointing two Deputy Chief Ministers along with the Chief Minister.

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], September 19 : Captain Amarinder Singh resigned as the chief minister of Punjab on Saturday following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. Sources close to Sidhu said, “Whatever name is agreed for the Chief Minister, it will be accompanied by two deputy Chief Ministers. However, the decisions of Deputy Chief Ministers will depend on who has been named as the Chief Minister.”
This development is witnessed just months before the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections

Ambika Soni cites health reasons; declines Punjab CM post offer: Sources

Congress leader Ambika Soni on Sunday declined the offer for the post of the next Punjab chief minister, sources said. Citing health reasons, Ambika Soni today said she is not keeping well and does not wish to take up the post. This came after Amarinder Singh on Saturday resigned as Punjab chief minister, saying he felt “humiliated” at the way the party handled the infighting in the state unit.

A resolution requesting Sonia Gandhi to pick the next chief minister was passed unanimously in a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party. Party sources said the name of the new leader is likely to be announced in a CLP meeting on Sunday.

Meanwhile, former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, current state unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa are frontrunners for the post of the CLP leader, the sources said.

Names of Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Brahm Mohindra, Vijay Inder Singla, Punjab Congress working president Kuljit Singh Nagra and MP Partap Singh Bajwa are also doing the rounds.

Some sources, however, have said the Navjot Singh Sidhu was not in contention for the next CLP leader.

Senior Congress leader Ajay Maken, who was one of the two central observers deputed by the party, informed the media after the meeting Saturday evening that 78 out of total of 80 party legislators were present in the CLP meeting, which he called was “very important”.

He said a resolution praising and thanking the contribution of Amarinder Singh towards Punjab and the Congress was also unanimously passed at the meeting.

BJP-RSS ‘fake Hindus’, they ‘use’ religion, says Rahul Gandhi

Addressing the foundation day of the All India Mahila Congress, Gandhi said that the ideology of the Congress was completely opposite of the BJP-RSS and only one of the two ideologies can rule the country.

New Delhi, India, September 15 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the BJP-RSS, alleging that they were “fake Hindus” who use religion for their benefit. Addressing the foundation day of the All India Mahila Congress, Gandhi said that the ideology of the Congress was completely opposite of the BJP-RSS and only one of the two ideologies can rule the country.

Asserting that Goddess Lakshmi stands for the power that helps one attain one’s goals and Goddess Durga stands for the power that protects, the former Congress chief said while his party had strengthened these powers when in government, the ruling BJP dispensation have diminished these powers.

Ye kis prakar ke Hindu hain. Ye choose Hindu hain. Ye Hindu dharm ka prayog karte hain, ye dharm ki dalali karte hain, magar ye Hindu nahin hain (What kind of Hindus are they? They are fake Hindus. They use Hindu religion, they are brokers of religion, but they are not Hindus,” Gandhi said, attacking the BJP-RSS. 

‘…bulldozing of criminals’ property will continue’: Yogi Adityanath’s stinging reply to Rahul Gandhi’s tweet

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were involved in an intense verbal duel on Tuesday. It all started with Rahul Gandhi’s tweet mocking the BJP leader.

Lucknow, Uttar pradesh, India, September 14 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were involved in an intense verbal duel on Tuesday. It all started with Rahul Gandhi’s tweet mocking the BJP leader.

“Jo nafrat kare…wah Yogi kaisa! (What kind of a Yogi is someone who hates!),” the former Congress president tweeted without elaborating any further. 

Responding to the tweet in the same vein, Adityanath quoted a line from the Ramcharitmanas and said that if demolishing the property of criminals and miscreants is hate, then this ‘hate’ will continue relentlessly.

Rahul Gandhi’s dig at Yogi Adityanath was an apparent attack over the UP CM’s ‘abba jaan’ remark that charged up the state’s politics ahead of next year’s Assembly election. 

“…prior to 2017, those who say ‘abba jaan’ used to devour the free ration sent for the poor and cornered government jobs meant for the poor by indulging in corruption,” Adityanath said addressing a public gathering on Sunday. 

Though the chief minister did not name any particular party, it was clear that he was referring to the Samajwadi Party since he had earlier referred to Samajwadi patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav as ‘Abba Jaan’ in a TV programme.

The chief minister also said that leaders like Akhilesh Yadav earlier did not visit temples for the fear of offending their Muslim vote-bank.

Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party has slammed Yogi and the BJP for trying to divert people’s attention ahead of polls.

Samajwadi Party spokesperson Juhie Singh said that the BJP had always diverted the attention of the people from the core issues of the state. The situation during Covid-19, inflation, unemployment, and social injustice has never been the party’s priority, she said.

China Encroached Ladakh: Rahul

New Delhi [India], September 11 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, during a meeting with National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) members alleged China has encroached into Indian territory in Ladakh on a landmass as wide as the national capital Delhi, said sources on Saturday.

Sources said that while addressing the meeting, Gandhi also alleged that the media is keeping silent on the BJP-led government’s action, contrary to its constant criticism of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government during its tenure.
“Rahul Gandhi while addressing NSUI leaders today said China has encroached on Indian land, as much land as Delhi, in Ladakh. He said if this had happened during the UPA government, the media would have criticised it 24X7. He said the media would have said the UPA government has destroyed the country, but today, it is keeping silent,” sources said.

Sources said that recalling the media coverage after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Gandhi said, “Media termed former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as useless after 26/11 terrorist attack, but it called Prime Minister Narendra Modi as fearless after Pulwama attack.”

“He said media will be left useless the day we decide to go to the public directly,” sources claimed.

Sources said that the Congress leader went further to attack the media and claimed, “Before independence, leading newspapers supported the British government during the freedom movement, as they are supporting the government today. In sections of the media during the British rule, Mahatma Gandhi was abused 24X7.” (ANI)

I belong to family of Kashmiri Pandits, will show BJP how to help the community: Rahul Gandhi in Jammu

Rahul Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu, said he belongs to a family of Kashmiri Pandits, adding that he would help the community.

Jammu, India, September 10 : From asking the crowd to chant ‘Jai Mata Di’ to calling himself a Kashmiri Pandit, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi sought to establish a connect with locals as he addressed a  public gathering in Jammu on Friday. Rahul Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu, said he belongs to a family of Kashmiri Pandits, adding that he would help the community. 

The former Congress president also made it a point to target the BJP, RSS. “The BJP-RSS is trying to break the composite culture of Jammu and Kashmir,” Gandhi said. 

“Whenever I visit Jammu and Kashmir, I feel have come home. My family has a long relationship with J&K. Today, a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits met me…they told me that Congress implemented many welfare schemes for them, but BJP lied to them,” he said.

“I promise my Kashmiri Pandit brothers that I will do something for them,” Rahul Gandhi went on to add. 

Gandhi arrived in Jammu on Thursday and paid obeisance at the Mata Vaishnodevi temple after undertaking a foot journey to reach the cave shrine atop the Trikuta hills in Reasi district.

Rahul Gandhi’s Jammu Visit

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will go to Mata Vishno Devi Temple on foot from Katra during his Jammu visit beginning Thursday, said party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit President Ghulam Ahmed Mir.
Speaking to ANI on Wednesday, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee President Mir said that Gandhi has special faith in the holy temple and he wanted to visit Vishno Devi Temple for the past many years. “We have been asking Rahul Gandhi for the past three years. He also wanted to come, but the political situation was such that he cannot visit. Now that the situation has slightly improved, he visited Srinagar last month and will visit Jammu on September 9 and September 10. The first this he will do is that he will pay obeisance to Mata Vaishno Devi,” said Mir.
“Though many leaders visit the holy temple, they use choppers and horses. We believe Rahul Gandhi has made his mind that he will walk on foot from Katra to the temple, pay obeisance, and participate in the Arti. The next day he will again come down on foot. He has special faith in Mata Vishno Devi, that is why we have not scheduled any political engagements for him on the first day of his visit,” he added.
Further informing about Gandhi’s panned political engagements in Jammu, Mir said from Katra, the Wayanad MP will go to Jammu by car and attend a small party function there.
“We have not stopped any Congress worker to organise small programmes to welcome Gandhi on his way to Jammu from Katra. After the party function in Jammu, Gandhi will also interact with some local party leaders,” he said.
Mir further informed that after this short visit to Jammu, Rahul Gandhi is also planning to visit Ladakh.
“He also plans to visit all districts after the situation is better in the areas and try to highlight the people of problems on the ground,” he added.
Notably, this will be Rahul Gandhi’s second visit to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370. Earlier, he visited the union territory on August 9.
During his last visit, Rahul Gandhi inaugurated the new party office in Srinagar. He also visited Kheer Bhawani temple and Hazrat Dargah Sharif.
In August 2019, the Centre had abrogated Article 370 which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the region into two territories– Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Rahul Gandhi to visit Vaishno Devi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will pay obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu on Thursday.

New Delhi, India, September 8 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit Jammu for a two-day, starting tomorrow. He will pay obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi temple on Thursday. After Darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi, Rahul Gandhi will stay the night in Jammu.

On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi will address party workers at a resort in Jammu and have lunch with the delegation of the local leaders.

According to GA Mir, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president, Rahul will also interact with the members of the extended working committee including former ministers, legislators, AICC members, PCC and District Congress Committee delegates.

This will be Rahul Gandhi’s second visit to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370.

Rahul Gandhi had visited Kashmir on August 9-10 and paid obeisance at the holy shrines of Mata Khir Bhawani and Hazratbal, and held interactions with party leaders and activists. During the inaugural function of the new building of the party office at Srinagar, Rahul had announced that he would visit Jammu and Ladakh in near future.

‘BJP can talk to Taliban but not Farmers’

The Congress has mounted further attack on the BJP-led government in Haryana for suppressing the voice of the farmers by blocking internet in Karnal.

New Delhi, India, September 7 : The Congress has mounted further attack on the BJP-led government in Haryana for suppressing the voice of the farmers by blocking internet in Karnal.

Congress chief spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala said in a statement, “The Khattar government has lost the confidence and the mandate of the people and it should leave. When your party can talk to the Taliban, why not farmers.” He added that it’s dictatorship to block the internet.

Multi-layer security has been deployed at the spot where Mahapanchayat is to be held. Around 30 battalions, including the central forces have been deployed to ensure security and to avoid any untoward incident.

Though there are multi-layer barricading to stop people from moving towards the Karnal mandi, the agitating farmers said they will reach the spot at any cost. “If needed, we will break the barricades. No security can stop farmers from attending the mahapanchayat,” said Jagdeep Singh Chaduni, a Karnal-based Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU).

Chaduni told that a large number of farmers across the State will gather for the meet. “People have started coming and they will reach the mandi soon. All farm leaders will reach the spot by noon and then mahapanchayat will start,” he added.

Farmers gathered here at Karnal mandi said they want action against the IAS officer who had ordered police action on August 28. They said the official should be suspended and the families of all the farmers who have sacrificed their lives during the protest should be compensated.

The farmers mahapanchayat is at the grain market of Karnal and then they will take out a protest march on NH 44 before proceeding towards the mini-secretariat.

Let students have a fair chance: Rahul Gandhi to govt

Rahul Gandhi’s tweet comes a day after the Supreme Court had turned down a petition to defer the NEET exam, which is scheduled for September 12.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday called for the postponement of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-UG examination. The former Congress chief also urged the government to let the students “have a fair chance” in the exams. Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi alleged the government is blind to the distress of students. 

“GOI is blind to students’ distress. Postpone NEET exam. Let them have a fair chance,” Gandhi tweeted.

Rahul Gandhi’s tweet comes a day after the Supreme Court had turned down a petition to defer the NEET exam, which is scheduled for September 12. Giving its order, the top court said it does not want to interfere with the process and it will be “very unfair” to reschedule it.

A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar said if students want to appear in multiple exams, then they need to prioritise and make a choice as there may never be a situation where everyone is satisfied with the date of exams.

The apex court, however, said the petitioners will be at liberty to make a representation before the competent authorities on the issue and the same may be decided at the earliest in accordance with the law.

The apex court was hearing a petition seeking deferment of the examination on the ground that several other exams are scheduled during the period.

Last year, the NEET was conducted on September 13 amid strict precautions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 13.66 lakh candidates had appeared in the exam of whom 7,71,500 qualified.

In a first, the NEET-UG exam 2021 will be conducted in 13 languages with Punjabi and Malayam being the new additions, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had announced in July.

He had also said that a new exam centre for the NEET has been opened in Kuwait to facilitate the Indian student c

The apex court was hearing a petition seeking deferment of the examination on the ground that several other exams are scheduled during the period.

Last year, the NEET was conducted on September 13 amid strict precautions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 13.66 lakh candidates had appeared in the exam of whom 7,71,500 qualified.

In a first, the NEET-UG exam 2021 will be conducted in 13 languages with Punjabi and Malayam being the new additions, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had announced in July.

He had also said that a new exam centre for the NEET has been opened in Kuwait to facilitate the Indian student community in the Middle East.

ommunity in the Middle East.

Rahul Gandhi to visit Jammu

New Delhi [India], September 5: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit Jammu for a two-day tour starting from September 9.
This will be Gandhi’s second visit to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370. Earlier, he visited the union territory on August 9. The Congress leader is likely to visit Mata Vaishno Devi Temple on September 10, sources said.
During his last visit, Rahul Gandhi inaugurated the new party office in Srinagar. He also visited Kheer Bhawani temple and Hazrat Dargah Sharif.
In August 2019, the Centre had abrogated Article 370 which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the region into two territories– Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

JEE (Main) Exam has been breached, Centre better at providing cover-ups: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi [India], September 4 : A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation arrested seven people in connection with alleged irregularities in the JEE (Mains) exam this year, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took a jibe at the Centre and said it is better at providing “cover-ups”.
“JEE (Main) Exam has been breached. Students appearing for such competitive exams prepare very hard, battling difficulties of various kinds. We, as a nation, owe them a fair exam. GOI is better at providing cover-ups,” tweeted Rahul on his official Twitter Handle. CBI raided 20 locations across the country in a case relating to alleged irregularities in the ongoing IIT-JEE (Mains) exam 2021, committed by a private institution.
According to CBI, the investigating agency has registered a case against the private company and others including its Directors, 3 employees, and private persons (conduits).
Searches were conducted at locations including the national capital region, Pune, Jamshedpur among others, the agency said.

Sonia Gandhi to take final call on Prashant Kishor’s induction into party as dissent grows

As Prashant Kishor wants a full-fledged role and decision making authority on election-related issues, party leaders are averse of giving free hand to one person on the selection of candidates.

New Delhi, India, September 2 : Congress President Sonia Gandhi will take a final call on inducting election strategist Prashant Kishor in the party as Congress leaders are divided over the issue. According to party sources, Sonia has already started the consultation process. Kishor has more recently worked with the Trinamool Congress and has been credited as the man behind the thumping victory of the party in the West Bengal assembly elections.

As Kishor wants a full-fledged role and decision-making authority on election-related issues, party leaders are averse of giving free hand to one person on the selection of candidates.

After two poll debacles, the congress is in search of advisors. With the demise of seasoned leader Ahmed Patel, Congress has already lost an ace strategist.

Kishor has met Congress leader and party’s former president Rahul Gandhi quietly a few times to discuss the party’s revival ahead of several Assembly elections — including Uttar Pradesh, scheduled to be held next year, sources said.

Rahul has informally discussed the plan with the Congress leaders and sought their view for Kishor’s entry into the party, and to what extent he can be given responsibility for the party’s poll strategy, said party leaders who were part of these deliberations.

Kishor who has also met General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and interim chief Sonia Gandhi in these deliberations, has given a plan to the Congress leadership and the talking points are being discussed among the senior leaders.

Kishor is likely to take political plunge soon in the Congress.

Sources said that Kishor may be appointed as General Secretary in charge of election management, but party seniors insist that giving sole responsibility of elections to one person is not a good idea as Kishor cannot be trusted in totality. However, nobody is against his induction in the party.

Since Kishor met Rahul Gandhi on July 13 and submitted his plan, many rounds of meetings have taken place within the Congress setup, and some party leaders feel his skills may be used in the elections.

The Congress is preparing for polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and some northeastern states next year. Kishor has recently handled campaigns of the Trinamool Congress, the DMK and the YSRCP and has relations across party lines.

‘Rafales have landed but Rahul Gandhi yet to take off’

Slamming Congress and the Gandhi family for institutionalising corruption, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday pointed out that while Rafale had landed in India Rahul Gandhi is yet to take off.

Kevadia (Gujarat) [India], September 2 : Addressing the inaugural session of the three-day Gujarat state executive in Kevadia, Narmada, the Minister targeted the Congress leadership over defence equipment procurement and said, “Congress and Rahul Gandhi made Rafale an issue. These aircraft have now landed in India while Rahul Gandhi is yet to take off.” Referring to the recent washed out monsoon session of Parliament he said, “Opposing for sake of opposition led to interrupted Parliament session. We should devote time and energy to dealing with opposition to a limited extent if you do it in excess, the result will be Rahul Gandhi.”
The Union Minister in his address said that Congress indulged in self-promotion and forgot about the welfare of people and is misusing Mahatma Gandhi’s surname.
“Congress used Gandhi surname to the maximum extent. So much so that they even adopted Gandhi as their own surname. But they forgot to work on tasks Mahatma Gandhi left for them. They indulged in prospering themselves and Congress. In fact, they institutionalised corruption,” said Singh.
Comparing the transparent and accountable tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with that of former PM Rajiv Gandhi, “earlier there were complaints about 16 paise out of 100 paise reaching the beneficiaries. Now the money goes directly in the account of beneficiaries through DBT.”
While calling BJP a machine that wins the trust of people in elections he said, “not just Indians but political analysts abroad too are keenly watching the developments in the poll-bound states of UP and Gujarat.”
While listing failures of Congress in removing poverty, Singh cited the example of the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
“Take an example of farmers. The country’s first Prime Minister used to say that everything can wait but not agriculture. Despite that Congress remained ignorant of the problems of small scale farmers. Deendayal Ji in 60s used to say that every field should get water and every hand should get work,” said Singh.
Singh slammed Congress for not heeding to a few of its leaders’ vision and ignoring plights of ‘Kisan and jawan’ and praised the Modi government for ensuring one rank one pension.
Speaking on security preparedness, the Defence Minister said that in past seven years country hasn’t witnessed any big terrorist strike.
“We didn’t let terrorists succeed. Today even terrorists know that they aren’t even secure in their safe houses. One incident took place in Uri and our army took revenge by entering their houses across borders in Balakot,” said Singh while assuring that the country is prepared to deal with those who wish to create terror in the country.
The Union Minister also spoke of sacrifices made by the BJP to ensure their commitment to the construction of Ayodhya’s Ram Janmbhoomi Temple.
“There are many organisations affiliated to BJP that too have sacrificed a lot. In fact, we too have sacrificed our state government’s for this cause,” he pointed out. The minister also gave credit to the BJP government for the abrogation of 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We had ideological commitment towards full integration of the Jammu and Kashmir,” said Singh.
Present at the state executive meet were CM Vijay Rupani, deputy CM Nitin Patel, State chief BJP CR Patil along with Union minister and Gujarat in-charge Bhupendra Yadav, union minister Parshottam Rupala, Darshana Jardosh, Devusinh Chauhan and MPs and MLAs along with other state executive members.

Rahul Gandhi slams Centre over LPG price hike

New Delhi [India], September 1 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the Centre over the price hike of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder by Rs 25 on Wednesday.
Taking to Twitter, the Wayanad MP alleged that the public was forced to sleep on an empty stomach. “The one who is forcing the public to sleep on an empty stomach is resting under the shadow of his friends,” the Congress MP claimed.


He added that “the country is uniting against this injustice.”
With the hike of Rs 25, the price of a non-subsidised 14.2 kg cylinder is Rs 884.50 in Delhi.
The price of a 19-kg commercial cylinder has also been increased by Rs 75, which will now cost Rs 1,693 in Delhi.
Earlier on August 11, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had slammed the Central government over the issue of inflation and also asked the Centre to give subsidies to the poor on Ujjwala LPG cylinders.

‘It looks very nice’: Amarinder on Jallianwala Bagh

​Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday termed the government’s revamp of the Jallianwala Bagh memorial “very nice”. Singh’s remark came hours after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called it an “insult of martyrs”.

Amritsar, Punjab India, August 31 : Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday termed the government’s revamp of the Jallianwala Bagh memorial “very nice”. Singh’s remark came hours after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called it an “insult of martyrs”. “I don’t know what has been removed. To me it looks very nice,” Amarinder remarked.

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi on Twitter tagged a media report on the outrage on social media over the alleged changes at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial complex with many claiming that it was “destroying history” in the name of a makeover.

Gandhi’s attack came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday dedicated to the nation the renovated complex of Jallianwala Bagh memorial.

During the event, Modi also digitally inaugurated the museum galleries at the memorial. The event also showcased the multiple development initiatives undertaken by the government to upgrade the complex.

Congress leader Jaiveer Shergill alleged the BJP-led central government project giving a makeover to the “Jallianwala passage is not to preserve but erase the marks of atrocities committed by General Dyer during British rule”.

As part of the inaugural event, a wreath-laying ceremony was also held and two-minute silence was observed in the memory of those killed in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

A sound and light show was held to depict the events of the day of the massacre.

Over 1,000 people were killed and hundreds wounded on April 13, 1919 when British troops fired indiscriminately on an unarmed gathering of thousands who had assembled in Jallianwala Bagh amid nationwide protests against the Rowlatt Act which had extended wartime repressive measures.

‘Insult to martys’, Rahul Gandhi slams Jallianwala Bagh Smarak renovation

Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a dig at the Centre as he slammed the renovation of Jallianwala Bagh Smarak.

New Delhi, India, August 31 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a dig at the Centre as he slammed the renovation of Jallianwala Bagh Smarak. Sharing a news clip on Twitter, he said that he will not tolerate disrespect of the martyrs. His tweet came up after some social media uproar against the recent virtual inauguration of the memorial helmed by PM Narendra Modi.

In a tweet in hindi on Tuesday Rahul Gandhi said, “Disrespect to Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs will be done by those who do not know the meaning of martydoom. I am the son of a martyr and will not tolerate disrespect at any cost. I am against this cruelty.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday dedicated the renovated complex of Jallianwala Bagh Smarak to the nation. During the event, he also inaugurated the Museum Galleries at the Smarak. The event showcased the multiple development initiatives taken by the government to upgrade the complex.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said the dreams of the innocent boys and girls, of the sisters and brothers are still visible in the bullet marks in the walls of Jallianwala Bagh. He added that today, we are remembering the love and lives of countless mothers and sisters which were snatched away in that Shaheedi well.

In Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on April 13, 1919, General Reginald Dyer ordered firing on the peaceful protest against the arrest of two nationalist leaders. Hundreds of Indians were killed that day when British soldiers blocked all exits and started firing on them. In the renovation, the walls of the narrow lane through which the General Dyer led the troops in the area have been embossed with sculptures.

The points of entry and exit to the Bagh have also been changed. Professor of Global and Imperial History Kim A. Wagner first posted a picture on Twitter on Saturday about the makeover of the walls in the lane connecting to the Bagh.

“Devastated to hear that Jallianwala Bagh, site of the Amritsar Massacre of 1919, has been revamped, which means that the last traces of the event have effectively been erased. This is sadly just part of the general Disneyfication of the old city of Amritsar.”

Chhattisgarh: CM Baghel’s show of strength

Sources said that Baghel has been called to Delhi by Venugopal for further talks to resolve the crisis in the Chhattisgarh Congress.

Raipur, Chhattisgarh, August 27 : Ahead of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s meeting with the top Congress leadership, a section of party MLAs known to be loyal to him staged a show of strength on Friday. Amid a talk of leadership change in Chhattisgarh, a number of legislators from the state arrived in the national capital in support of Baghel, who is also reaching Delhi.

The chief minister also arrived in the capital to meet  AICC general secretary K C Venugopal. Upon arrival in Delhi, Baghel said, “There may be a meeting with Rahul Gandhiji today. The Congress government in Chhattisgarh is safe with 3/4th majority, we have 70 MLAs .”  Around 20 party legislators called on AICC in-charge for the state P L Punia and are learnt to have told him that the Baghel government was working well.

Sources said that Baghel has been called to Delhi by Venugopal for further talks to resolve the crisis in the Chhattisgarh Congress.

The state’s Health Minister T S Singh Deo has been seeking the rotation on the chief minister’s post, claiming there was an agreement made in this regard when Congress assumed power in 2018. Deo has also said that every member in a team aspires to be the captain, making it clear that he is eyeing the top post in the state. 

Earlier, Baghel and Deo had met Gandhi Tuesday before holding discussions with Venugopal the next day. 

Chhattisgarh: CM summoned to Delhi again

The Congress leadership has again summoned Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel for discussions a day after he returned to Raipur after a marathon session with Rahul Gandhi on the power tussle with Health Minister TS Singh Deo.

New Delhi, India, August 27 : Amid reports of a continuing rift in Congress in Chhattisgarh and Punjab, senior leader P Chidambaram has said that there is no rebellion in the party and went on to describe the ongoing ‘crisis’ as an internal matter. He exuded confidence that leadership’s intervention will put all the speculations to rest.

“There is no rebellion in Chhattisgarh & Punjab. These are internal matters which are discussed within the party. Did you describe the Karnataka change of guard as a rebellion?” he said.

Meanwhile, the Congress leadership has again summoned Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel for discussions a day after he returned to Raipur after a marathon session with Rahul Gandhi on the power tussle with Health Minister TS Singh Deo. According to reports, Baghel will visit Delhi today, his second visit this week. He will meet senior Congress leaders. Baghel had earlier rejected talks about a rotation of the CM’s post.

According to Congress sources, a PTI report said, several party MLAs who are close to Baghel have started leaving for Delhi, while two ministers including Deo and some legislators are already camping in the national capital.

Baghel had returned to Raipur from Delhi on Wednesday evening after former Congress president Rahul Gandhi held meetings with him and minister TS Singh Deo in a bid to resolve power tussle between the two senior leaders.

On Wednesday itself, over a dozen Congress MLAs and functionaries held a meeting at New Circuit House in Raipur.

The Congress party came to power in the state in December 2018, ending the BJP’s 15-year-long rule. When the Congress opted for Baghel for the top post following its victory in the 2018 assembly polls, there was speculation that Deo, another contender in the fray, would be allowed to take over as CM after two and a half years. Baghel completed two and a half years in office in June 2021.

The Congress party is in power in six of 31 states. It has CMs, however, only in three states — Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Rajasthan. In Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu, the Congress plays a role of a junior partner.

Rahul Gandhi slams Centre over ‘anti-agriculture laws’

New Delhi [India]: Amid the ongoing farmers’ protest, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday termed the new farm laws as “anti-agriculture laws” and accused the Centre of promoting capitalism, demanding the withdrawal of the laws.
“Will not let the fields become sand, will not let them gift it to their friends. Withdraw the anti-agriculture laws! #FarmersProtest,” said the Congress MP in a tweet today. Earlier, the Wayanad MP had attacked the Centre on several occasions for passing the new agri laws accusing the central government of “designing them to destroy the agriculture business” and “hand it over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s friends”.
While addressing an event in Wayanad in February this year, he had said, “The entire world can see the difficulty faced by Indian farmers, but the government in Delhi is unable to understand the pain of the farmers. We have pop stars who are commenting on the situation of the farmers but the Indian government is not interested. They are not going to take back these three new laws unless they are forced and there is a reason for it.”
“The reason is that these three new laws are designed to destroy the agricultural system in India and give the entire business to two or three of Narendra Modi’s friends,” he had alleged.
The Congress leader’s remarks came as farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Farmer leaders and the Centre have held several rounds of talks but the impasse remains.

Rising COVID-19 numbers worrying, govt busy with sales: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took a dig at the Central Government amid the rising cases of COVID-19 and alleged that it is busy with sales.

New Delhi [India], August 26 : “Rising #COVID numbers are worrying. Vaccination must pick up the pace to avoid serious outcomes in the next wave. Please take care of yourselves because the Government of India is busy with sales,” the Wayanad MP tweeted. Earlier on Tuesday, the Congress leader termed the Centre’s National Monetisation Pipeline as a “huge tragedy” saying that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government had mishandled the economy and the move was aimed at creating monopolies in certain sectors.


Meanwhile, Union Health Ministry informed that 46,164 fresh COVID-19 cases and 607 fatalities were recorded in the country in the last 24 hours.
As of today, as per the health ministry, the total cases in the country jumped to 3,25,58,530 including 3,33,725 active cases. Active cases account for 1.03 per cent of total cases.
The overall recoveries mounted to 3,17,88,440 including 34,159 new recoveries. With this, the recovery rate is currently at 97.63 per cent in the country.

Rakshabandhan: Rahul Gandhi says Priyanka holds special place in his life

Wishing younger sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Rakshabandhan, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that she holds a special place in his life.

New Delhi [India], August 22 : Further, he said that they (Rahul and Priyanka) are both friends and protectors of each other. Taking to Facebook, the Congress leader wished everyone a happy Rakshabandhan while sharing a picture with sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. “There is a special place in my life for my sister’s affection and support. We are each other’s friends and protectors. Best wishes to all of you on the occasion of Rakshabandhan today,” he posted in Hindi.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also extended wishes to all on the occasion and shared a picture Rahul Gandhi writing that she hopes that every brother and sister would look out for each other, and share love and laughs as she does with hers.
“Best wishes for Rakshabandhan. Happy Raksha Bandhan to all you brothers and sisters out there…may you always look out for each other, love each other and make each other laugh as much as we do,” she tweeted.

Rakshabandhan, a festival that celebrates the bond between siblings, is celebrated with enthusiasm across the country. Traditionally, on this day, sisters symbolically express their love by tying a sacred thread around their brother’s wrist.

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