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Congress, a laughing club out on bail for corruption: Modi



PM Modi in Kangra HP
PM Narendra Modi Photo tweeted by ANI

Kangra, Nov 2 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday tore into the Congress government in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh, saying the party leadership had made itself a “laughing club” that vows zero tolerance towards graft but was out on bail on corruption charges.

“We all need to look at the Congress. We should appreciate their courage. Yesterday, they released a manifesto vowing zero tolerance on corruption if the Congress returns to power. They have a gall to claim there will be zero tolerance against corruption,” Modi told an election rally in this town ahead of Himachal’s November 8 Assembly polls.

He targeted Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who has been charged by the CBI of holding assets disproportionate to his known sources of income: “Singh ‘saheb’ is claiming there will be zero tolerance against corruption. Can anyone believe him? Can you digest it?”

Modi asked this to the crowd repeatedly.

“The Congress has become a laughing club. Their Chief Minister has a corruption case against him. He is out on a bail. Nothing is left for them and they have lost their hold from every part of the country.”

He said this was not the Congress of Mahatma Gandhi or of freedom fighters “but of corruption, dynasty politics and casteism.

“The Congress is an epitome of rotten thought. When we say we want the country rid of the Congress, we mean to rid the country of this rotten thought.”

Modi said the Congress needed to introspect why a “forgiving country like India” was out to punish its leaders “by turning away from them one by one”.

Donning a Himachali cap, the Prime Minister called the state a land of “martyrs and soldiers” and said the Congress government had patronised “mafias in the Devbhoomi”.

“There are five monsters in Himachal Pradesh – mining mafia, forest mafia, drug mafia, tender mafia and transfer mafia.

“These five monsters are looting your resources, future, spreading corruption and nepotism and snatching away the future of the youth.”

The BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal and former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar were present at Modi’s rally.

Trying to reconnect with voters, the Prime Minister said: “I have worked extensively in Himachal Pradesh, am familiar with its cities and know each and every street here. On November 9 you have the opportunity to bid farewell to the people who have looted the state.

“The lotus will bloom in Himachal and there will be an end to corruption,” he said.

He also took a dig at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for meeting the Chinese Ambassador at the height of a military standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam.

He alleged that Gandhi sought Doklam details from the Chinese envoy but didn’t believe what the government had to say about the disputed plateau.

“Instead of asking Indian diplomats and the foreign ministry, you go and ask the Chinese envoy. Isn’t it insulting when these people talked to Chinese on Doklam instead of asking the elected government?

“Sorry to say, this shows lack of primary understanding. The country knows how the Doklam issue was dealt with, but the Congress even questioned that,” he added.



130 candidates facing criminal cases in fray for Chhattisgarh polls



New Delhi, Nov 13 : As many as 130 candidates facing declared criminal cases, 90 of them involving serious charges like attempt to murder, are among the 1,079 candidates in the fray for the second phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls in 72 constituencies.

A total of 239 crorepati (multi-millionaire) candidates are contesting the second phase of polls to be held on Nov 20 in 19 districts.

According to an analysis by election watchdog the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the Congress with 18 such candidates leads the list of those with criminal antecedents followed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with 17 and the Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J) with 15. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 6 such candidates.

Of the 90 candidates facing serious criminal charges, 11 are from the Congress, 13 from the AAP and 14 from the Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J).

Congress’ Jaisingh Agrawal, vying for Korba seat, is among the candidates with the most number of criminal charges that include forgery, criminal conspiracy and obscene act. Another Congress nominee, Ashish Kumar Chhabra for the Bemetara seat is among those facing charges of attempt to murder.

Among the multimillionaires, 53 are from the Congress, 61 from the BJP and 35 from Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J).

Congress veteran T.S. Singh Deo, contesting from Ambikapur, is the richest nominee with assets in excess of Rs 500 crore. While 19 candidates have declared nil assets, independent nominee Rubeena Anjum from the Raipur City South possesses “assets” of just Rs 104.

599 candidates are school dropouts while 9 are illiterate. Only 111 female candidates are contesting in the second phase.

The first phase of polling in 18 constituencies spread across eight Maoist-affected district was held on Monday.

The results of the election to the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly will be declared on December 11.


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Telangana Assembly Elections: Congress-TDP candidates list out



Hyderabad, Nov 13: After keeping all waiting, the main opposition Congress and its TDP ally in Telangana have finally released their first lists of candidates for the December 7 assembly elections.

Both constituents of ‘Mahakutami’ or the grand alliance announced their candidates late on Monday.

While Congress released a list of 65 candidates, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) named nine.

The process of filing of nominations for the elections to 119-seat assembly that began on Monday, will continue till November 18.

The Congress, which is leading the four-party ‘Mahakutami’, plans to contest 95 seats, leaving the remaining for TDP, Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and Communist Party of India (CPI).

However, a formal agreement over seat sharing was yet to be reached.

Former union ministers, former state ministers, former MPs, sitting legislators and those who crossed over to the Congress from other parties have been included in the list of 65 candidates.

State Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy would be seeking re-election from Huzurnagar constituency, while his wife Padmavati Reddy would again contest from Kodad.

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader K. Jana Reddy (Nagarjunasagar) while its campaign committee chairman and working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka (Madhira), working presidents Ponnam Prabhakar and A. Revanth Reddy would be in the fray from Karimnagar and Kodangal seats.

Among former union ministers Sarve Satyanarayana (Secunderabad Cantonment), while P. Balram Naik (Mahabubabad). Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council, Mohammed Ali Shabbir is Congress candidate from Kamareddy.

Former Deputy Chief Minister and chairman of manifesto committee C. Damodar Rajanarasimha has been fielded from Andole.

Congress has named V. Pratap Reddy as its candidate against Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrashekhar Rao in Gajwel.

Pratap Reddy who had contested on a TDP ticket against Rao and finished runners up in 2014. He has just joined the Congress.

The TDP has also announced its first list of candidates. Prominent among them are former MP and senior leader Nama Nageswara Rao (Khammam), R. Prakash Reddy (Warangal West) and S. Venkat Verraiah (Sattupalli).

Former minister T. Devender Goud’s son Virender Goud will contest from Uppal constituency. The lone Muslim candidate in the list is Muzaffar Ali, who will contest from Malakpet constituency in Hyderabad.


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Locals threaten to boycott Madhya Pradesh elections



Bhopal, Nov 13: As Madhya Pradesh assembly elections are nearing, the residents of seven unauthorised colonies in Neemuch’s Baghana have threatened to boycott the polls.

They have pasted posters outside their houses stating they will boycott the forthcoming elections.

The locals are also opposing the entry of any political leader in the area, saying that till the time their colonies are not declared authorized and they are not provided with basic facilities, they would neither allow anyone to campaign in the area nor will exercise their franchise, news agency ANI reported.

” Five years back they promised us they’ll declare our colony authorised. But nothing happened. It’s been 30 years since the colony was established.  Won’t let any political leader come here. We won’t cast votes”, Mukesh Rao a resident told media.

The black flag was also seen outside their house as a sign of protest.

Madhya Pradesh will go to polls on November 28 and counting of votes will take place on December 11.


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