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BJP unable to provide employment to youths, says Rahul Gandhi

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Dwarka (Gujarat), Sep 25, 2017: On first day of his campaign for the Gujarat Assembly elections, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took potshots at the BJP by saying Indian youth wants to work, wants to make the country, but this ruling party is unable to provide them employment opportunities. 

While addressing public in Bhatia village during his roadshow, he targeted ruling government over wide range of issues. He said ” PM without discussing with any one  dealt a severe blow to the nation’s economy, adding by implementing the GST he went on  to further hurt small businessmen.

“They have no space in heart for the weaker sections of the societ but they open all the doors for the rich people. (Hindustan mein jo kamzor, ghareeb hai…uske liye inke dil mein jagah nahi hai. Lekin ameer ke liye ye sab darwaaze khol dete hain).

Gandhi begun his three-day campaign for the Gujarat Assembly elections on Monday from the crucial Saurashtra region with the state police refusing him permission to hold an open-jeep road show, but leaving him with a consolation to take out a bullock cart yatra.

Congress Vice President commenced his election campaign by  offering prayers at the Dwarkadheesh Krishna temple, from where he drove down to Jamnagar, interacting with locals at various educational institutions, women and businessmen.

Over a fortnight after he held a lively interaction with thousands of party workers at Ahmedabad Sabarmati Riverfront, the 47-year-old Congress scion is going out on a whirlwind tour of the Saurashtra region, which sends one-third of the legislators in the 182-member State Assembly, from the famous religious town of Dwarka.

With the police refusing him permission to cover the 135 km stretch from Dwarka to Jamnagar by an open jeep and stage roadshows citing security reasons, Gandhi would now be taking a specially done up luxury bus for him equipped with CCTV cameras. The open-jeep connect with the people might not be possible for now.

However, this does not seem to have dampened the spirits of the Congress workers, for instance, in Hanjrapar village some 25 km from Dwarka, Gandhi will enter in a traditionally decked up bullock-cart.

“Not only his welcome, but we have also made all sitting arrangements for everyone here, including that of Rahulji, in typical Saurashtra cultural style,” Palbhai Ambaliya told IANS on Sunday night.

There are three levels of seating, says Ambaliya, who is also the party’s ticket aspirant to the Dwarka Assembly seat represented at present by the Congress’ Meraaman Ahir.

“The first level is people sitting on the ground, just like the beginning of our civilisation when there were no cots or chairs.

“Then at the next level are the traditional cots, just as our civilisation progressed. The last level of the seating for the people will be chairs, as is the modern world. For Rahulji, we have this special traditional cot when he interacts with us,” Ambaliya said.

From the village of Hanjrapar which has a voter population of 1,107 from the Ahir caste, the Congress Vice President is scheduled to meet bullion traders and representatives of Jamnagar’s widely known brass parts industry.

After a night halt at Jamnagar, on Tuesday morning he will drive down to Rajkot, the hometown of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and also the key nerve centre of the Saurashtra region.

Gandhi would also offer prayers at the Khodaldham Temple, the deity of Patidar community.

On Wednesday, the Congress leader will reach Surendranagar. Here, he is expected to climb the long-winding stone stairs to the popular hilltop Chotila Temple.

He will wrap up his tour at Viramgam on the entry to Ahmedabad district, which incidentally happens to be the native home town of the young Patidar (or Patel) agitation spearhead Hardik Patel.

The Saurashtra region has been electorally tough for the Congress for the last two decades and it won only 12 of the 52 seats here in the 2012 assembly elections.

This time the party is looking at significantly improving the tally given the Patidar sentiment against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the overall farmer distress owing to various issues.

Congress hopes that Rahul Gandhi’s staying put in the region for the first time for three days at a stretch will pep up the party cadres and energize them to work for victory sinking all their differences.

The Congress Vice President is also scheduled to make similar appearances in north, central and south Gujarat regions before the December elections.

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Prime Minister spoke with arrogance, says Chandrababu Naidu

Naidu alleged that the prime minister also spoke alightly’ and acheaply’. “By stating that I took u-turn he launched a political counter attack,”

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Amaravati, July 21 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with arrogance during the debate on no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha.

Naidu, whose party had moved the no-confidence motion against the NDA government, said that Modi spoke as if Andhra Pradesh was not part of India.

“His arrogance was because he had the numbers,” said Naidu while terming the no-confidence motion as a fight between majority and morality.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief was talking to reporters after the defeat of the motion in the Parliament.

Naidu alleged that the prime minister also spoke alightly’ and acheaply’. “By stating that I took u-turn he launched a political counter attack,” said Naidu.

On Modi’s comments that he had warned him that he was falling in the trap of YSR Congress, the TDP leader said the Prime Minister was doing injustice to the state for political mileage and resorting to blackmail. “It is unbecoming of a person holding the position of the Prime Minister to say such things,” he said.

The Chief Minister said the Prime Minister’s reply disappointed five crore people of the state and the entire country as they had hoped that he will show some repentance over no fulfilling the promises made to the state and correct his mistakes.

Naidu also took strong exception to Modi’s remark that he was picking up fight with Telangana and recalled that even before bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh he had been calling for an amicable solution through talks.

Stating that Andhra Pradesh has been cheated again, Naidu appealed to people to stage protest demonstrations on Saturday.

He claimed that for the first time a no-confidence motion moved by a regional party received support from several parties. He will be leaving for New Delhi on Saturday to thank the parties which supported the motion. Naidu said he would also tell the nation as to how the state was betrayed.

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Modi mocks at Rahul, says he’s power hungry

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New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday mocked at Rahul Gandhi for hugging him in the Lok Sabha, saying the Congress President was actually dreaming to be the next Prime Minister and had asked him to get up from his seat in the Lok Sabha.

“In the morning, the voting was not over, the debate was also not over, one member came runnig to me saying – Utho Utho Utho… What is his hurry to come to power,” Modi said, gesturing with hands and recalling how Gandhi came to hug him after his speech.

“Let me tell this member it is the people who elected us. That is how we have come here.”

He said the opposition was enacting a drama and coming together “to remove one Modi”.

“See who all they are trying to bring together. But they should know we are here because we have the blessings of 125 crore Indians. We are not here for selfish interests.”

The Prime Minister said the no confidence motion has exposed how the opposition is hungry for power.

“What we saw among members of the Opposition was sheer arrogance. The only thing they have to say – remove Modi. Today the nation has seen the negativity expressed by some members. They are playing negative politics. India saw how some people are so deeply opposed to development.”

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Not a naamdar, can’t see eye to eye with you: Modi taunts Rahul

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New Delhi, July 20 : Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that he indeed could not see eye to eye with the Congress leadership as he was not a “naamdar” (from a privileged background) like the Congress chief.

He said that there was long list of people who tried to see eye to eye with the “first family” and were “humiliated” as a result, including former President Pranab Mukherjee.

“He (Rahul) says I cannot see eye to eye with him. Yes, I cannot do so because I am not a naamdar. I come from a poor background, I am not privileged like you,” Modi said while replying to the no-confidence motion moved by the opposition.

“It is widely known what happened to those who tried to see eye to eye with you. What happened to Chadhary Charan Singh, to Chandra Shekhar, Deve Gowda and I.K. Gujaral. What happened to Sharad Pawar and even to Pranab Mukherjee?

“In the past too, those who tried to see eye to eye with you their fate was no different be it Sardar Patel or Subhash Chandra Bose. They were all thrown out, they were humiliated. I cannot see eye to eye with you,” Modi said.

Earlier in the day, Gandhi had said that Modi could not see eye to eye with him (for his alleged failure to fulfil his promises made to the public).

“And it was seen by the people what your eyes said today,” Modi said, blinking his fingers to portray Gandhi’s winking gesture.

At the end of his around 40-minute speech, Gandhi walked across to the treasury benches and hugged Modi who was surprised. Gandhi then returned to his seat amid applause from Congress MPs, and then winked at fellow Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia who was sitting next to him.

Modi said that the Congress was so power hungry that it had pulled the rug off the feet of any non-Congress government whenever any attempt to form such a government was made.

“What did the Congress do with governments of Charan Singh, of Chandra Shekhar and of I.K. Gujral? It pushed the country into phases of instability again and again for greed of power (by pulling out support from coalition governments),” he said.

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