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Jan Aakrosh Rally updates: Congress respects differences in opinion unlike BJP, says Rahul Gandhi
  • 13:50 (IST)

    BJP has maligned country's principles, culture: Jyotiraditya Scindia


    "Now is the time for change. This government has ruined the aspirations, hoeps and desires of the common man. Today, every farmer is disgruntled, every youth is unemployed, every woman feel unsafe. The BJP has worked towards maligning this country's principles, values and culture. The independent institutions have been defamed by the government," says Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia. 

  • 13:44 (IST)

    'We might have different opinions, but when talking about Congress, we are all one': Salman Khurshid

    "Just like our country, there will be a difference in beliefs and opinions and we respect everyone. In the same way, we might have different opinions in the party but when we talk about Congress, we all are one and that is the beauty of our party," said Salman Khurshid. 

  • 13:34 (IST)

    Congress is a party of truth and respects truth: Salman Khurshid

  • 13:27 (IST)

    Unemployment widespread in country after four years of Modi government, says Rahul Gandhi

    "He (Modi) had promised employment to two lakh people every year. People trusted him. But after four years what we have is widespread unemployment. Measures like demonetisation and the Gabbar Singh Tax (GST) have broken the back of the informal sector," the Congress chief said on Sunday.

  • 13:21 (IST)

    Mahila Congress workers demand fast track courts to bring justice to families of rape victims

    Workers of Mumbai Mahila Congress Committee raised slogans in favour of Congress and Rahul Gandhi. They demanded women safety and fast track courts to bring justice to the families of rape victims. 

  • 13:08 (IST)

    WATCH: Mumbai Mahila Congress vow to bring Congress back to power

    Office bearers and workers of Mumbai Mahila Congress Committee at the Jan Aakrosh rally said that they would put a united fight against the Narendra Modi government and bring back Congress under Rahul Gandhi's leadership.

  • 13:03 (IST)

    Congress workers listen to party leaders at Ramlila Maidan

    Image courtesy: Firstpost/Debobrat Ghose

  • 12:58 (IST)

    Congress workers at Jan Aakrosh rally

    Image courtesy: Firstpost/Debobrat Ghose

  • 12:48 (IST)

    Respect differences in opinion, will protect dissenters, unlike BJP: Rahul Gandhi

    "I respect differences of opinion and will protect any dissenters. However, the BJP neither appreciates different opinions nor does it respect its own elders," said Gandhi. 

  • 12:46 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi talks about plane incident, says he wants to go to Kailash Mansarovar

    "While in Karnataka, the plane nosedived 8000 feet and I thought, its over. As I thought that, it struck me I want to go to Kailash Mansarovar. And I'll need 10-15 days leave from you after the Karnataka elections," Gandhi said. 

  • 12:40 (IST)

    Congress welcomes different opinions within the party: Rahul Gandhi

    "In our party, we welcome different opinions. A few days back, Salman Khurshid expressed a different opinion. I want to say: I will be the first one to protect Salman Khurshid. But when we are fighting RSS, we have to be united," Rahul Gandhi.

    "In Narendra Modi's party, there is only one view point that is allowed: That of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. This is the difference between them and us," he said.

  • 12:37 (IST)

    Congress will win in 2019: Rahul Gandhi

    "The Congress worker is a lion's cub. We will win in 2019," said Rahul Gandhi. "Go to Assam and Punjab and ask how many Congress workers have given their lives for the country," he added.

    "Congress workers have given their lives for the truth. We will show them in 2019. Narendra Modi is worried now. He is hiding behind power," he said.

  • 12:34 (IST)

    All Congress workers stood up in Gujarat and Narendra Modi had to run away in a sea plane: Rahul Gandhi

    "Congress has worked to unify this nation. It has worked to protect the minorities of this nation," said Rahul Gandhi.

    "In 2014, the BJP and RSS machine did nothing but spread lies. And now, the truth is coming out. Now, the truth behind Narendra Modi is coming out," he said.

    "You stood up to this government in Gujarat. The press was saying that Congress could not get more than 50 seats in Gujarat. All Congress workers stood up in Gujarat and Narendra Modi had to run away in a sea plane. Now, you should see what we do in Karnataka," said the Congress president.

  • 12:31 (IST)

    BJP and RSS people spread hatred: Rahul Gandhi

    "In Doka La, China is making helipads. And the Indian prime minister is having discussions in China without any agenda," said Rahul Gandhi.

    "What kind of a prime minister is this?" Rahul said. "This is why the people of India are angry with the government today. BJP and RSS people try to spread hatred wherever they go. But this country is a place of love and peace," he added.

    "This government has given people unemployment. BJP MLAs attacked women. Narendra Modi gave Gabbar Singh Tax. He could not stand in front of China," said the Congress president.

  • 12:27 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi hits out at Modi govt over Kathua, Unnao rape cases

    "Narendra Modiji does not increase the MSP but then talks about farmers. Arun Jaitleyji says that loan waiver for farmers is not an option," the Congress president said.

    "Without the Congress party, farmers in this country wouldn't survive. Their land would be grabbed by the Narendra Modi government," said Rahul Gandhi.

    "Rohit Vemula committed suicide. Minorities are being targeted in most states. And Narendra Modiji is silent," he said.

    "For the first time in 70 years, the Indian prime minister had to speak about an issue in which a BJP MLA attacked a woman and a small child was attacked in Jammu and Kashmir," Rahul Gandhi said.

  • 12:24 (IST)

    Corruption has increased: Sonia Gandhi

  • 12:23 (IST)

    RSS people are being posted in all institutions in India: Rahul Gandhi

    The Congress president also referred to the graft allegations against Amit Shah's son.

    "For the first time in 70 years, four Supreme Court judges came in front of the people and asked for justice. Modiji was silent," Rahul Gandhi said. "People in the Supreme Court took the name of Justice Loya and said that the court was under pressure. Narendra Modiji was silent," he added.

    "RSS people are being posted in all institutions in India," he said.

    "It's been four years. In the last eight years, unemployment has never been higher. Demonetisation and Gabbar Singh Tax destroyed the economy. China gives employment to 50,000 people in 24 hours," said the Congress president.

  • 12:18 (IST)

    Did 'desh ka chaukidar' say anything about Nirav Modi, asks Rahul Gandhi

    "BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Karnataka has gone to jail," said Rahul Gandhi. "And on the other hand, Narendra Modiji keeps saying that he is fighting against corruption."

    "Piyush Goyal could not declare his own company. For the first time, the power minister sold his company to another power company. Nirav Modi took your money and ran away. This government put you in lines just so you could access your own money, all in the name of black money," he said.

    "Did the 'desh ka chaukidar' say a single word about Nirav Modi?" asked Rahul Gandhi.

  • 12:15 (IST)

    People are angry and afraid of this government: Rahul Gandhi

    "Whenever I ask people whether they are happy, they say they are angry and afraid of the government," Congress president Rahul Gandhi said.

    "Our prime minister keeps making speeches and false promises. He talks about corruption and farmers but there is no honesty," he said.

    "India is a dharmic country. We fold hands and bow our heads before the truth," he said.

  • 12:10 (IST)

    No-confidence motion in Parliament was suppressed by this govt: Manmohan Singh

    "The no-confidence motion which the Opposition wanted to bring about in the Parliament was suppressed," said former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

    "Democracy is a gift of the Constitution. We will have to work together to protect it," Singh said.

  • 12:03 (IST)

    Everyone suffering under this govt: Sonia Gandhi

    "Everyone is suffering under this government," said former Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

    "I am convinced that your voice will bring about change in the country," she said.

  • 11:45 (IST)

    Visuals of the gathering at Ramlila Maidan

  • 11:38 (IST)

    Ashok Gehlot on his way to Jan Aakrosh Rally

  • 11:32 (IST)

    Congress party workers from various party frontal organisations at the Ramlila Maidan

    Large number of Congress party workers from Delhi, NCR, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have gathered at the Ram Lila Maidan.

    The members from Congress' frontal organisations like Youth Congress, NSUI, Women's Congress, Seva Dal, SC/ST cell and others are at the Ramlila Maidan with placards and banners.

  • 11:22 (IST)

    Congress workers gather at Ramlila Maidan for Jan Aakrosh rally

  • 11:19 (IST)

    WATCH: Rahul Gandhi waving to crowds at Ramlila Maidan

  • 11:07 (IST)

    What is the Jan Aakrosh rally?

    The Jan Aakrosh (public anger) rally of Gandhi is seen as the virtual launch of Congress' campaign for next year's Lok Sabha polls. 

    Nearly 10,000 have gathered at Ramlila Maidan. People are raising slogans on a range of issues. 'Stop Rape' banners can be spotted at the rally. Several party workers have already arrived at the spot, including Sharmishta Mukherjee.

  • 11:05 (IST)

    Visuals of Congress workers on their way to the rally

  • 11:04 (IST)

    Visuals from of the rally from Ramlila Maidan

  • 11:03 (IST)

    Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on his way to Jan Aakrosh rally

  • 11:02 (IST)

    Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh expected to address Jan Aakrosh Rally

    The rally is expected to be addressed by top Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and others. "There is anger among all sections of society, the poor, the elderly, the youth, farmers, women... Hence the name Jan Akrosh Rally'," AICC General Secretary Ashok Gehlot told reporters.

    He said Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh would address the Congressmen and urge them to unite to oust the BJP, "which is causing social unrest and dividing society". Congress's communication in-charge Randeep Surjewala said a clarion call would be given to root out the BJP from Karnataka.

  • 11:00 (IST)

    BJP had no role in creating 'Powerful India': Priyanka Gandhi

    Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's sister Priyanka Gandhi said that the UPA helped create a "powerful India", not the BJP. "#PowerfulIndia is a truth that UPA helped in creating. BJP has had no role to play in it. When nothing works, unleash fake propaganda is BJP's mool mantra," she tweeted. 

  • 10:58 (IST)

    RECAP: Sanjay Nirupam flagging off 'Rahul Gandhi Super Fast Express' from Mumbai

  • 10:57 (IST)

    Congress leader Ashok Gehlot meets with people from Rajasthan before leaving for Jan Aakrosh rally

  • 10:56 (IST)

    Modi's tenure a disturbing saga of violence, betrayal on every front, claims Congress

    The Congress party on Twiitter said, "The Modi Govt's tenure has so far been a disturbing saga of violence, betrayal and failures on every front. Every section of the society is suffering and is angry. The nation stands united today to voice its anger against this insensitive regime."

  • 10:54 (IST)

    Visuals from Jan Aakrosh Rally in New Delhi's Ramlila Maidan

  • 10:54 (IST)

    'The people won't forgive you,' Congress tells Narendra Modi

  • 10:51 (IST)

    Delhi Congress issues more than 40,000 ID cards with barcodes to boost attendance at Rahul Gandhi's rally

    Ahead of the massive national-level Jan Aakrosh Rally in New Delhi, Congress's Delhi unit issued more than 40,000 identity cards with barcodes to keep a track of all those who attend the event on Sunday at the Ramlila Maidan.

    Party sources as saying that the ID cards will help keep a track of the number of workers each local leader has brought along with them as they often tend to cite exaggerated figures on how many people they were able to get.

  • 10:49 (IST)

    RECAP: Mumbai Congress books 18-coach 'Rahul Gandhi Super Fast Express' to ferry workers

    The Mumbai unit of the Congress is going all out to make party president Rahul Gandhi's 29 April rally in Delhi a success and booked an entire train to ferry party workers for it.

    Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam told PTI that the party unit had booked an 18-coach train and called it 'Rahul Gandhi Super Fast Express'. The train was flagged off from Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus on Friday by Nirupam who said over 1,200 Congress workers were expected to travel by it.

    The train was expected to reach New Delhi by the early hours of 29 April. However, Nirupam tweeted that train was still stuck at Agra on Sunday morning. 

  • 10:44 (IST)

    RECAP: Congress issues maximum participation in rally

    Ahead of Rahul Gandhi's maiden rally in New Delhi as Congress president, the party left no stone unturned to ensure a full house. After taking over charge of organisations and training in Congress from Janardan Dwivedi, Ashok Gehlot is seen pushing for structural changes in the party, in spite of the party’s poor performance in states against saffron surge.

    In a letter addressed to office-holders in the party across the country, Gehlot had asked them to mobilise party workers and ensure maximum participation at the national-level Jan Aakrosh Rally. 

  • 10:39 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi to speak on unemployment, MSP for farmers, Dalit rights

    Ahead of the Jan Aakrosh rally, party chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted that "Four years of Modi government — no jobs for youths, no protection for women, no right MSP for farmers, no rights for Dalits and minorities. Join the "mass-outrage" rally at the Ramlila grounds tomorrow morning at 9:30 am to reveal the huge outrage spread from this disappointment."

  • 10:34 (IST)

    Jan Aakrosh rally will show BJP 'mirror of reality': Congress member Jaiveer Shergill

  • 10:32 (IST)

    Amit Shah accuses Congress of not allowing Parliament to function, says nation tired of party's arm twisting tactics

    The BJP chief, Amit Shah, on Sunday demanded Congress provided answers over why they didn't allow the Parliament to function during the Budget Session. "If the Congress really wants to know why is there Jan Akrosh, they should answer in today’s rally why did they disallow Parliament to function. They should answer why has the Congress prevented the formation of an OBC commission that gives justices to backward sections?" he tweeted. 

    He also called Congress a "power hungry" entity and said the nation was tired of party's "arm twisting tactics." "I also hope the Congress President apologizes to the nation for the Party’s efforts to trample over every possible institution in the country just because of their power hungry nature. The country is tired of these negative and arm twisting tactics of the Congress," Shah added. 

  • 10:28 (IST)

    'People not tolerating Congress' lies,' claims Amit Shah

  • 10:25 (IST)

    BJP chief Amit Shah slams Rahul Gandhi's Jan Aakrosh rally

    BJP president Amit Shah castigated Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's Jan Aakrosh rally and said that the party pretends to represent 'Jan Aakrosh' while calling it a 'Parivar Aakrosh Rally'. "A dynasty and their courtiers, who were sent out of state after state by 'Jan Aadesh' now pretend to represent 'Jan Akrosh.’ Today’s Congress rally is nothing but a ‘Parivar Akrosh Rally’ which highlights their increasing irrelevance," Shah tweeted. 

  • 10:16 (IST)

    Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to address Jan Aakrosh rally today

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address a public rally at the Ramlila Ground in New Delhi on Sunday. Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken said that the 'Jan Aakrosh Rally' — Gandhi's first in the national capital since assuming the top party post, will be "historic".

Jan Aakrosh Rally LIVE updates: Speaking at the Jan Aakrosh rally, Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP forces and said, ""I respect differences of opinion and will protect any dissenters. However, the BJP neither appreciates different opinions nor does it respect its own elders."

In a dramatic speech, Rahul Gandhi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was hiding behind power and Congress was going to win in 2019.

Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi addressed the rally and said that the Narendra Modi government had made false promises to the people.

BJP chief Amit Shah called Congress a "power hungry" entity and said the nation was tired of party's "arm twisting tactics." "I also hope the Congress President apologizes to the nation for the Party’s efforts to trample over every possible institution in the country just because of their power hungry nature. The country is tired of these negative and arm twisting tactics of the Congress," Shah added.

Ahead of the Jan Aakrosh rally, party chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted that "Four years of Modi government — no jobs for youths, no protection for women, no right MSP for farmers, no rights for Dalits and minorities. Join the "mass-outrage" rally at the Ramlila grounds tomorrow morning at 9:30 am to reveal the huge outrage spread from this disappointment."

Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address a public rally at the Ramlila Ground in New Delhi on Sunday, the party's Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken said on Friday.

Maken said that the 'Jan Aakrosh Rally' — Gandhi's first in the national capital since assuming the top party post, will be "historic".

 Jan Aakrosh Rally updates: Congress respects differences in opinion unlike BJP, says Rahul Gandhi

File image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Twitter/@INCIndia

The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief in a statement said that 40,000 forms for identity cards from party workers have been received, while around one and a half lakh to two lakh Congress workers are expected to participate in the rally.

"Full preparations have been made for the Jan Aakrosh Rally to be addressed by Gandhi. Delhi will sound the bugle for Rahul ji's triumphant journey to the 2019 parliamentary elections," Maken said in the statement.

Delhi has seven Lok Sabha seats. In the last elections in 2014, the BJP had won all seven seats, as it stormed to power at the Centre putting to an end the 10-year rule of Congress.

He said 14 water dispensing stalls will be setup for the rally taking into consideration the prevailing hot weather. Maken said proper arrangements would also be made for the parking of vehicles coming from Delhi and outstation areas, and various committees have been formed, who have been meeting regularly.

Meanwhile, Maken also welcomed back former NSUI and Delhi Youth Congress president Amit Malik, former DPCC secretaries Jaikaran Choudhary and Parvinder Sharma into the party fold.

He said it was a matter of happiness that these leaders have returned to the Congress, adding that with the return of Malik, the party will be further strengthened in Delhi.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Apr 29, 2018 13:50:13 IST