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BJP to play active role in ensuring transparency in political funding: Modi




New Delhi, Jan 7: Highlighting the need for electoral reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will play an active role regarding bringing in transparency in political funding.

Addressing the Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) two-day National Executive meeting, Modi also called upon party workers to reach out to the people at the grassroots with information about the central government’s various “pro-poor” schemes.

“An important thing that the Prime Minister talked in the meeting was the need to bring in transparency in the political process. When the country is embracing a culture of transparency, there is also a need for transparency in the funding of political parties,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said briefing the media about Modi’s address.

“He talked at lengths about political funding and said the BJP will play an important role in ensuring there is transparency in funding received by political parties,” said Prasad.

Modi asserted that his government is committed to improving the quality of life of the poor.

“Modi said that poor and poverty were not a medium for the BJP to win polls and said the government will work towards empowering the poor,” Modi added.

“The Prime Minister told party workers that more is the effort at booth level, better is the result of the polls,” added Prasad.

Earlier in BJP meet, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that demonetization as a “historic” and “bold” move towards the welfare of the poor, while serving as crippling blow to terror, fake currency note racket, and insurgency.

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that same as Jaitley adding that demonetization move “could only be taken by a visionary leadership”.

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Congress was not portraying ‘soft Hindutva’ with Rahul’s temple visits: Ahmed Patel




Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Monday said the party was not trying to portray a “soft Hindutva” face when Rahul Gandhi visited temples during the campaign for the Gujarat elections.

He said the Congress never had any intention to play a “Hindu card”.

“That was their (BJP’s) intention. Congress never wanted to play a Hindu card… There was no intention of soft Hindutva behind it,” Patel said in an interview to NDTV news channel.

He said during the campaign Rahul Gandhi travelled more through roads, and hence visited several temples.

On about the Congress’ statement that Rahul Gandhi is a “janeu-dhari Hindu”, he said: “After Somnath temple… whatever register they gave he signed. They twisted it as if he is non-Hindu. Therefore Congress party had to counter it.”

Patel said during the campaigning, the then party Vice President Rahul Gandhi got a good response from the people of Gujarat, and that in certain places “he was attracting more crowd than Narendra Modi”.

He also said that his being the Chief Minister of Gujarat was “out of the question”.

“I have always been low-profile… I don’t have any ambition for any government post, I have never been a Minister. It is all propaganda… these were gimmicks of Narendra Modi…” Patel said.

Patel alleged that the BJP, which has been in power in Gujarat for the past 22 years, misused the administration to influence elections, and also distributed liquor.

“The way they spent money, not just money but liquor as well. They even misused the administration,” he said.

Asked if Rahul Gandhi, who was made Congress President on Saturday, had emerged as a hero after the results, Patel said the poll was more about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah’s prestige.

“Gujarat is the home turf of the Prime Minister. It is the state of BJP’s national president. It is a prestige issue for them, they can’t lose this state,” he said.

To a question on whether Sonia Gandhi will continue in active politics or retire, Patel refused to answer.

“This question only she can answer… When elections come up in Rae Bareli she will decide,” he said.

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Nitish Kumar taunts Congress over defeat in Gujarat



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Patna, Dec 18 : BJP ally, Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U President Nitish Kumar on Monday taunted the Congress, saying the party had claimed victory in Gujarat and it lost Himachal Pradesh too. He also congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah over the party winning in both states.

“Claiming victory in Gujarat, Congress lost in Himachal Pradesh also,” Nitish Kumar said in a tweet reacting to the outcome of assembly polls in the two states.

He gave the credit of victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, a senior BJP leader, targeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi, saying: “Demonetisation of Gabbar had been done in Gujarat.

He was referring to Rahul Gandhi describing GST as “Gabbar Singh Tax” during the campaign in Gujarat polls to reach out to people about how badly it had hit them.

“People of Gujarat have put their stamp on GST and demonetisation. Gabbar has been demonetised in Gujarat. BJP victory in Gujarat is a victory of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” he said.

Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey, who is incharge of BJP in Himachal Pradesh,said people in Himachal as well as in Gujarat had voted for development and governance led by Modi and Amit Shah. “BJP victory in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat have made it clear that the days of caste and communal politics are over.”

Pandey said people have proved again that Modi is the most popular and accepted leader in the country.

Union minister Griraj Singh said Rahul Gandhi had tried to break the social fabric of Gujarat but failed to. “The people of Gujarat have voted against his attempt to break social unity.”

Actor-turned-politician and BJP MP Satrughan Sinha also congratulated Modi for his untiring efforts, sincerity, energy and his magic, which remains intact.

The BJP leaders and workers across Bihar are celebrating the victory of party in the two states.


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Satisfied, not disappointed: Rahul Gandhi



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New Delhi, Dec 18: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday, reacting to the verdict of the high-stakes assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, said  he was “satisfied, not disappointed”. 

Gandhi came up with this statement while speaking outside the Parliament.

After witnessing neck and neck fight, the Bharatiya Janta Party managed to reach the halfway mark.

Later in a day, taking to twitter the newly elected Congress President thanked people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for showing love. He also praised party workers for contesting with immense courage.

“The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal with all my heart for the love they showed me”, he tweeted.

“My Congress brothers and sisters, you have made me very proud. You are different than those you fought because you fought anger with dignity. You have demonstrated to everyone that the Congress’s greatest strength is its decency and courage”, Gandhi said.


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