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New Delhi, Nov 6: Asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologise to the nation for demonetisation that “wrecked” the economy, the Congress on Tuesday said it will observe a nationwide protest on Friday to mark the second anniversary of the note ban.

“Two years ago the Prime Minister announced demonetisation and gave three reasons for it – to curb black money, weed out fake notes and proscribe terror funding. Two years later, none of those objectives has materialised.

“In fact, there is more cash in circulation today than it was two years ago when Modi announced demonetisation,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told the media here.

The Congress leader said that Modi should apologise to the people of India on November 8 (on the second anniversary) for his “Tughlaqian decree” of demonetising Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, then in circulation.

“The Prime Minister should apologise to the nation on November 8, 2018, at same time for ruining and wrecking the Indian economy,” said Tewari, adding that Congress leaders and workers will come out on the streets across the nation in protest against the “complete demolition of the Indian economy by this Tughlaqian decree of demonetisation”.

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Rajasthan BJP MP Harish Meena joins Congress

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New Delhi, Nov 14: In a boost to the Congress ahead of the Rajasthan Assembly polls, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Hareesh Meena on Wednesday joined the Congress.

The Dausa MP and former Rajasthan Director General of Police, Meena was formally inducted into the party here in the presence of party leaders Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.

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130 candidates facing criminal cases in fray for Chhattisgarh polls

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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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It is raining resignations in Rajasthan BJP

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Jaipur, Nov 13: The release of the first list of BJP candidates for the Rajasthan Assembly elections has triggered a flurry of resignations in the party as many prominent names have failed to get ticket to contest.

State Minister Surendra Goyal has sent a curt resignation letter to Rajasthan party President Madanlal Saini saying he was resigning from the primary membership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has been a five-time MLA for BJP.

He has said he will contest the upcoming election as an Independent from Jaitaran seat.

Habibur Rehman, an MLA from Nagaur, has also quit the party. He is expected to join the Congress.

Kuldeep Dhankhar, a former General Secretary of the BJP, also quit after he was overlooked or the election on Monday.

According to him, he might contest as an Independent from Virat Nagar and insisted that the candidate chosen by the BJP in his place was a bad choice.

The names of Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf, Transport Minister Yunus Khan and Industries Minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat are also missing from the list of candidates and speculation is rife that they too can desert the BJP.

Meanwhile, Avinash Rai Khanna, the BJP’s election in charge of Rajasthan, told IANS that the party was doing all it can to end the dissidence.

“We are in the process of talking to the dissidents. Our leaders are trying to meet them and talk to them. We won’t allow any of them to leave the party,” he said.

Asked why no Muslim had been fielded, he said: “Our next list is pending and we shall speak on this issue once the list is out.”

The supporters of dissidents have been reaching the BJP headquarters here in large numbers to express their anguish over the decisions of the party.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said: “We shall sit together to fight such dissidence.”

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