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BJP desperate over Rajya Sabha polls, says Gehlot, slams IT raids



Ashok Gahlot

Jaipur, Aug 2 : Congress General Secretary Ashok Gehlot, who is in charge of the party affairs in Gujarat, on Wednesday criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying it is hell-bent upon killing democracy in the Rajya Sabha elections.

In a series of tweets, the former Chief Minister of Rajasthan said: “Nobody could have thought, BJP would stoop so low. First elections were postponed, then NOTA was permitted and then they even started threatening MLAs in Gujarat, which led to defections from the Congress.”

“Now they have resorted to IT raids. It shows their frustration and that the BJP is ready to use every kind of manipulation to win election, which is condemnable.”

Later talking to the media, Gehlot said: “In spite of all the manipulations, we will win the Rajya Sabha poll in Gujarat.”

“just wait and see… On August 8, you will see how we win,” Gehlot said. Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s political advisor and close confidant Ahmed Patel is contesting the Rajya Sabha poll from Gujarat.

Replying to a question on Shankar Singh Vagehla, who recently quit the Congress in Gujarat, Gehlot said that Vagehla had declared he would vote in favour of the Congress candidate.

Gehlot also castigated the BJP government in Rajasthan. He said that for the first time in the history of state, farmers had committed suicide during the present BJP regime.

The government should declare loan waiver and provide compensation to the farmers, Gehlot said.

He said half the state was facing flood-like situation. “Relief measures should be taken up on priority.”


Setback for Arvind Kejriwal! Arun Jaitley to reject his apology, claims reports




New Delhi, March 20: In a blow to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley will reportedly not accept his apology in connection with  DDCA defamation case.

According to several media reports Jaitley is likely not to forgive Kejriwal and accept the request for an out of court settlement.

However, there is no official statement has been issued by both sides regarding the matter.

Kejriwal is fighting a defamation suit of worth Rs 10-crore filed against him in a Delhi court.

In December 2015, Kejriwal had cornered Jaitley, alleging that the CBI had conducted raids at his house to look into a file related to DDCA, which was once headed by the Union Finance Minister.


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Rahul blames BJP, RSS for beheading of Periyar’s statue



Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, March 20: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday blamed the BJP and RSS for the beheading of the statue of Dravidian icon Periyar in Tamil Nadu and said they had signalled their cadres to destroy statues of those opposed to their ideology by encouraging tearing down of Lenin’s statues in Tripura.

“When the RSS & BJP encouraged the tearing down of Lenin statues in Tripura, they signalled their cadres to destroy statues of those who opposed their ideology, like Periyar, the great social reformer who fought for the Dalits. His statue too was destroyed today in Tamil Nadu,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

A statue of iconic Dravidian leader E.V. Ramasamy, or Periyar, was found beheaded in Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday morning.

The incident took place even as Home Ministry has asked states to take strong action against those indulging in vandalism of statues while making it clear that District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police would be held responsible in case of any law and order disturbance.

Earlier this month, the statue of Communist hero Vladimir Lenin was brought down in Tripura after the BJP swept the assembly elections, ending 25 years of Marxist rule in the northeastern state.

Following the incident, a statue of Periyar, considered the father figure of the rationalist movement in Tamil Nadu, was vandalised.

In Kolkata, members of ultra-Left student outfit vandalised the statue of Jana Sangh founder and ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee at the Keoratola crematorium.

A statue of Dalit icon B.R. Ambedkar was vandalised in Meerut district in Uttar Pradesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had strongly condemned the incidents and warned of stern action against those found guilty.


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39 Indians Killed in Iraq: Surjewala hits back at Sushma, says Unfortunately EAM is playing politics




New Delhi, March 20: Congress leader Randeep Surjewala on Tuesday hit back at External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over the death of thirty-nine Indians in Iraq, saying, unfortunately, the one who is playing politics on this issue is the EAM. 

Surjewala told media persons that Swaraj misled the parliament and kin seven times. Today Martyrs Foundation announced they will hold a media briefing on the issue, so as a result the central government panicked and announced before them.

Congress has expressed condolence over the death of 39 Indians in Iraq. The Narendra Modi government has passed all limits of heartlessness, when the whole world was saying they have died, the Centre assured the country and the families seven times that they are alive:

While addressing the media in the evening, Swaraj said,”In Rajya Sabha, everyone listened to me very patiently and peacefully. Everyone paid tribute, I thought same would happen in Lok Sabha. But unlike the past few days of ruckus, today Congress led the protests under Jyotiraditya Scindia,” adding, “It was very unfortunate.”

She further stated, “Congress is doing a very low level of politics and it has crossed all limits in the lower house of Parliament”.

Earlier in a day, the EAM informed Rajya Sabha that the dreaded terror outfit Islamic State (IS) had killed all the Indian nationals.

The deceased persons, most of whom hailed from Punjab, were working on projects near Mosul, when they were abducted during their evacuation.


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