Congress reveals power purchase scam in Gujarat
We will be a pro-poor government, says Rahul
We wont promise 15 lakh to everyone. It wont be a government for 10 industrialists. It wont be a land grabbing government. It will be a government which will be listening to the "mann ki baat" of the common man," Rahul said while concluding his speech.
Rahul targets Modi over "man ki baat'
"Modi likes to tell his man ki baat. This is going on since the last 22 years. But he does not want people to protest. If they do so then men will be beaten up. Their women will be harassed," Rahul said in Dhasa.
Modi failed to provide jobs to youth, claims Rahul
"Modi promised that two crore will get employment. But how many did people did get employment? I am giving a statistic: On each day, China will povide employment to 50,000 people. But Modi's government cannot provide so many jobs even in one year," Rahul Gandhi said.
Rahul Gandhi says Nano factory did not give any employment to anyone
"Have you every seen Nano car on the roads? There was no employment generation for the common man. Only land was taken away from five main villages for the Tata Nano factory. They were promised employment but none of them have got it. 6 lakh 50 thousand acres of land was taken away from common man,' Rahul Gandhi claimed in Dhasa.
Rahul Gandhi targets Modi over Mallya
"There is a problem of farmer suicide everywhere. When there is loan burden, these farmers are forced to commit suicide. When they have a debt of Rs 20,000, 50,000 loan, they commit suicide. But when Mallya has a debt of Rs 9,000 crore, he does not commit suicide. Such people are enjoying in London," Rahul said while tragetting Modi in Dhasa.
Rahul Gandhi reaches Dhasa, will be addressing a rally soon
However, before Rahul, Gujarat Congress Bharatsinh Solanki and state party in-charge Ashok Gehlot are addressing the gathering.
Congress calls Somnath temple controversy a 'distraction from real issues'
"The planted controversy over CVP Rahul Gandhi’s entry in Somnath temple's register is yet another attempt to distract the public from the real issues under this Govt," the Congress official Twitter handle said.
Rahul Gandhi's question to Narendra Modi
Rahul promised to ask one question every day in the run up to the polls His today's question is: In 1995, Gujarat had a total debt of Rs 9.183 crore. In 2017, it has risen to 2,41,000 crore. This means every Gujarati has a debt of Rs 37,000 on his head. Why should the people of Gujarat suffer for your economic mismanagement and publicity?
Every community is up in arms against Modi, says Rahul
"For the first time I see people from every community coming on the streets to confront the government. The only people who are not doing so are the rich businessmen who fly private jets," Rahul said.
Modi unwilling to discuss matters of national importance in Parliament, says Rahul
Congress vice-president accuses the prime minister of not bringing matters of national importance to the Parliament because the truth would have come out if matters were discussed in the Parliament. Rahul seeks explanation from the prime minister in the Rafale deal, asks on what basis was Rafale favoured over Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
Modi worked in favour of Rafale, says Rahul
"Initially 136 air planes had to be bought and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited had to be given the contract. But suddenly Modi goes to France and while he changes the contract in Rafale's favour, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was spotted buying fish at a Goa market, Rahul Gandhi said in Lathi
Modi does not want Parliament to run
"Modi does not want the Parliament to run as he does not want to discuss Jay Shah and Rafael deal," Rahul Gandhi said. While concluding his speech, Rahul added that his government will truly listen to the poor unlike Modi.
Rahul Gandhi raises Jay Shah issue once again
"It is indeed like magic that Amit Shah's company emerges. Modi says he does not want to be PM but instead wants to become India's chowkidaar. He says na khaunga na khane doonga..Do you really think Rs 50,000 can turn into Rs 80 crore rupees in three months? But interestingly the company closed down just within three years," Rahul Gandhi told the gathering in Lathi
Rahul promises loan waiver
"We will waive off all farmer loans in just 10 days of coming to power," says Rahul Gandhi in Lathi.
Corruption is part of everyday life in Gujarat, says Rahul
"He says he killed corruption through note ban.Can anything happen in Gujarat without bribing people?," Rahul asked the gathering as the people answered in the affirmative. Rahul added that everything is privatised in Gujarat .
Rahul Gandhi address a rally in Lathi
"Modi did not like Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes so he banned them.. Did you see BMW owners in the serpentine lines? These rich people were converting their black money into white. It was only a plan to help the rich. Over 100 died but did it you get your promised Rs 15 lakh?" Rahul Gandhi said in Lathi.
Rahul Gandhi to address rally shortly in Lathi shortly
Process to elect party president 'rigged' to favour Rahul Gandhi: Shehzad Poonawalla
As Rahul Gandhi gets ready to hold a series of rallies in Gujarat, he's met with dissent within the party, with Maharashtra Congress secretary Shehzad Poonawalla questioning the process to elect the party president, calling it "rigged", and saying he must first resign from his post. Poonawalla said he would also contest the election if it was conducted in a "genuine" manner. On Tuesday, he also wrote a letter to Rahul in this regard.
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Every Gujarati has a debt of Rs 37,000 crore: Rahul Gandhi
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that the state debt is so large in Gujarat that every citizen in the state is carrying a debt of Rs 37,000 crore on him/her.
In pics: Rahul Gandhi interacts with traders, discusses the 'issues' they face
Rahul Gandhi meets traders in Gujarat's Amreli
In Narendra Modi bastion, Rahul Gandhi is being drummed up champion merely for showing up
Some conventional political analysts see in this election Rahul's emergence as a formidable politician in his own right. There is nothing wrong if any person, let alone a politician, evolves in due course of time by dint of his hard work. And equally, one cannot grudge that a section of analysts find Rahul growing into a mature politician. These are subjective opinions which can be contested but have to be respected.
But that narrative is not limited just to Rahul's newfound mojo, as yet unproven. It is being amplified by the national media, that is eager to prop up an alternative to Modi, as a one-on-one Rahul versus Modi fight, with the challenger being drummed up as champion merely for showing up for the bout.
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Rahul Gandhi's rally at Lathi set to begin shortly
Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address a rally at Lathi at 11 am. The Congress vice-president had brought up the issue of Gujarat's rising debt in a tweet on Thursday morning, and may focus on the issue again at the rally.
Explain rising debt, Congress asks BJP
How did Gujarat's debt increase from Rs 9,183 crore in 1995 to Rs 2,41,000 crore in 2014 under BJP rule, Congress Gujarat state president Bharat Solanki asks Narendra Modi, retweeting Rahul Gandhi's early morning post.
Want BJP to respond to Rahul Gandhi's questions, says Congress
Congress spokesperson Deepender Singh Hooda said he hoped Modi and the BJP would answer Rahul Gandhi, after the latter said he would be asking one question a day, about '22 years of mis-governance' in Gujarat. "We expect the Prime Minister and BJP to find time and answer the questions asked to them by Rahul Gandhi," he said. "The BJP is working for the super rich and middlemen. The party's (BJP) economic policy was at the cost of the poor."
Mukul Sangma taunts BJP, says Rahul Gandhi is making them 'nervous' in Gujarat
Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma has said BJP's party machinery working overtime proves they are nervous.
Why is Gujarat paying for your publicity, Rahul Gandhi asks Modi
22 सालों का हिसाब,#गुजरात_मांगे_जवाब— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) November 30, 2017
गुजरात के हालात पर प्रधानमंत्रीजी से दूसरा सवाल:
1995 में गुजरात पर क़र्ज़-9,183 करोड़।
2017 में गुजरात पर क़र्ज़-2,41,000 करोड़।
यानी हर गुजराती पर ₹37,000 क़र्ज़।
आपके वित्तीय कुप्रबन्धन व पब्लिसिटी की सज़ा गुजरात की जनता क्यों चुकाए?
How long will it take to fulfil all promises, Rahul Gandhi asks Modi
"First question to the prime minister on the state of affairs in Gujarat — in 2012, promises were made to provide 50 lakh new houses but built 4.72 lakh in five years. Will the Prime Minister tell, whether it will take another 45 years to fulfil the promise?" Gandhi posted on Twitter.
Rahul Gandhi will ask Narendra Modi a question a day in run-up to Gujarat elections
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Wednesday said Gandhi would pose one question every day to the prime minister about governance in Gujarat. On on Wednesday, he wrote on Twitter: "22 salon ka hisaab, Gujarat mange jawaab. (Gujarat demands answers for 22 years of BJP)."
Congress will win in December. We will waive loans of farmers within 10 days. If govt will function, it will be for farmers, small and medium businesses and you. We will ask what you want and will run the govt accordingly.: Rahul Gandhi in Amreli #GujaratElection2017 pic.twitter.com/ClwtMU8wkn— ANI (@ANI) November 29, 2017
He is a terrific actor. You will see he will shed tears a few days before election. He will cry for everything but not for farmers. He will also not cry when students have to shell out money for taking admission in college or people have to go to hospital: Rahul Gandhi on PM Modi pic.twitter.com/dJddts5Zle— ANI (@ANI) November 29, 2017
Rahul Gandhi take dig at Jay Shah's company
"Both demonetisation and GST were introduced at 12am. But one company emerged through the storm and converted Rs 50,000 into Rs 80 crore through magic. Do you think a honest businessman could do this in three months," the Congress vice-president asked.
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul said: "First he (Modi) would say, 'na khaunga, na khane dunga'. Now he says, 'na bolunga, na bolne dunga'.
Rahul Gandhi slams Narendra Modi over unemployment issue
Addressing a public meeting in Amreli, Congress vice-president said, "Narendra Modi promised in five villages in Gujarat that he would provide employment to the youth in Tata Nano factory. Not a single person has been given employment in these villages yet."
Rahul said that Modi had promised to provide employment to 2 crore youth in state. "How many youth have you provided employment," he asked.
'Sinner' Rahul Gandhi must say who he is: Sambit Patra
They say this is a conspiracy but we say Congress is a conspiracy. The tip of the iceberg of their conspiracy is visible today. There is no conspiracy by anyone. You are a sinner, sin is yours. Rahul Gandhi must say who he actually is.: Sambit Patra pic.twitter.com/q4V7O2aNhF— ANI (@ANI) November 29, 2017
Sambit Patra demands clarity on Rahul Gandhi's religion
Why should there be a secretive air around Rahul Gandhi? He is one of the most important political person in Indian scenario. For Rahul Gandhi and Congress, religion is a matter of convenience and not devotion. Rahul Gandhi must answer this.: Sambit Patra, BJP Spokesperson pic.twitter.com/iEmdR2Osyo— ANI (@ANI) November 29, 2017
Visuals from Rahul Gandhi's rally in Junagadh
People of Gujarat accorded a warm welcome & came out in huge numbers for a rally that was addressed by Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi in Besan Vishwadhar, Dist. Junagadh in presence of congress leaders. #Congress_Aave_Chhe #GujaratElection2017#NavsarjanGujarat pic.twitter.com/PGjkYQhOWh— Rajeev Satav (@SATAVRAJEEV) November 29, 2017
Congress addresses controversy on Rahul Gandhi's signature in Somnath temple
Here is the original signature of Rahul Gandhi at Somnath Temple.Very clearly. The other signature is written as 'Rahul Gandhi ji', why would he write ji? Don't know who wrote it. BJP doing what it does best, diverting from real issues: Deependra Hooda,Congress pic.twitter.com/CeRqJnlA6A— ANI (@ANI) November 29, 2017
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will be arriving for the sixth time on a two-day visit to the poll-bound Gujarat on Wednesday. This is the first leg of Rahul's election campaign in the state.
Congress VP Rahul Gandhi returns to Gujarat to visit the districts of Gir Somnath, Amreli & Bhavnagar. He will interact with citizens and hold public meetings regarding the issues they are facing. pic.twitter.com/ZrvhmzU7kN
— Congress (@INCIndia) November 28, 2017
After starting his visit with a darshan at Somnath Mandir, he will address a corner meeting at Visavadar in Junagadh and attend two meetings in Amreli. On the second day of campaigning, Rahul will commence his rallies with a public meeting in Lathi. He is also expected to visit the cities of Dhasa, Gadhada, Barvala and Vallabhipur. Rahul will have another public meeting Botad and he will complete his campaign with a sabha in Nari Chokdi in Bhavnagar.
The highlight of Rahul's last two-day tour to Gujarat on 24 November was the visit to the Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK), a vocational training institute run by Dalit activists, near Sanand town of Ahmedabad district. Apart from interacting with Dalits in Sanand, Rahul also interacted with fishermen, doctors, teachers and villagers on his route covering Porbandar, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mahisagar and Dahod district.
In the last two months, not just Rahul, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national chief Amit Shah have been to the state several times.
Two days ago, Rahul targeted Modi in Gujarat and alleged that the latter did not want the "truth" behind the multi-crore Rafale deal and Jay Shah issue to come out before the Assembly election in his home state. He also alleged that the NDA government was delaying the Winter Session of Parliament as Modi was not ready to discuss the Rafale and Jay Shah issues in the House before the Gujarat polls.
With the Gujarat polls less than two weeks away, the BJP on Tuesday raked up the issue of an old US diplomatic cable which allegedly quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying that "Hindu terror is a bigger threat" in India than the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and sought his explanation. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday attacked Rahul in Ahmedabad and told him to "stop misleading the youth" in Gujarat.
According to this editorial in Firstpost, one of the principal tasks before Rahul Gandhi as Congress president will be to evolve strategies for countering Hindu nationalism without alienating Hindus and ensuring Other Backward Classes (OBC) politics doesn't affect the party.
Polling for the two-phase elections in the state, having total 182 seats, will take place on 9 and 14 December and votes will be counted on 18 December.
Eighty-nine seats of the Saurashtra and South Gujarat region are going to polls in the first phase, while the remaining 93 seats in the central and northern regions would go to polls in the second phase.
With inputs from agencies
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Published Date: Nov 29, 2017 22:26 PM | Updated Date: Nov 30, 2017 14:18 PM
Congress plenary session updates: Modi is not fighting corruption, he is corruption, says Rahul Gandhi
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Narendra Modi is not fighting corruption, he is corruption, says Rahul Gandhi at Congress' 84th plenary session