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Congress demands Gohain’s ouster as Minister over rape charges

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New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS) The Congress on Friday demanded dismissal of Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain as a case of rape was registered against him in Guwahati.

“(Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji, you have failed the test not once, not twice, not thrice, but almost a dozen times. Again there is a rape FIR against one of your Cabinet colleagues, Gohain,” Congress leader Pawan Khera said addressing a press conference here.

He said that if PM Modi does not act now, then he would lose the moral authority to stay in the office even for a day.

“Remove him from his office. You can’t allow him to be in a position of power and influence during the investigation. Please remove him if you meant anything that you promised before 2014,” he said.

“We demand from this government, from Modi, from (BJP President) Amit Shah to take immediate and strict action against rape accused Minister Gohain,” he said.

The Congress leader’s remarks came after a woman in Assam filed a case of rape with the Assam Police against Gohain.

Referring to the cases of rape in which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were allegedly involved, Khera mentioned the case of Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh and said: “We saw you were standing with the rapists of Unnao.”

Khera was referring to BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Senger, who has been charged for rape by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The Congress leader also questioned Modi’s silence on the Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes. “Your own government is there in alliance with (Bihar Chief Minister) Nitish Kumarji.”

Khera also questioned Modi’s silence over his party’s state ministers coming out in support of the rape accused in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua.

Slamming Modi, he said: “Last week, we saw reports from Deoria, from Pratapgarh, and again you remained quiet.”

“These are the same people who used provocative and emotionally charged slogans to woo the people of the country before 2014. And now, their Cabinet ministers are being charged with sexual assault and rapes, yet they maintain silence and action is hardly taken against those involved in such cases,” Khera added.

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Rahul rejigs Odisha state Congress body

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New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday reconstituted the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) including Vice Presidents, Treasurer, General Secretaries, Executive Committee members, Special Invitees, Secretaries, Disciplinary Committee, Election Committee and Campaign Committee.

While OPCC President Niranjan Patnaik will head the state’s Election Committee, Bhakta Charan Das has been appointed Chairman of the Campaign Committee. Ranjib Biswal has been made the Convener of the committee.

Kishore Chandra Patel has been appointed the Treasurer of the OPCC.

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Given up on ‘achche din’, people now await ‘sachche din’: Congress

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New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modis customary Independence Day speech, the Congress on Wednesday said all the Prime Minister said was “meaningless” for the common people who have given up on “achche din” (good days) promised by Modi in 2014 and are now waiting for “sachche din” (truthful days).

“The Prime Minister in his last address to the nation (before next Lok Sabha polls) on Independence Day did not utter a single word that would be meaningful to the common person. The people are now tired of the fake ‘achche din’ and are really waiting for ‘sachche din’ when Modiji will depart as the Prime Minister of the country,” Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

The Congress spokesman also challenged Modi for an open debate on issues of corruption, Rafale deal, Vyapam scam, “failing” economy, falling rupee, foreign policy, mob lynchings and woman safety, among others.

“In 2013, Modiji had challenged then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to an open debate on the issues of corruption, on China and Pakistan threatening the territorial integrity of India, on falling rupee and economy, on unemployment as also farmers and women.

“We ask Prime Minister Modi today, is he ready for a debate on those very issues with the Congress President Rahul Gandhi? Will he debate on the issue of corruption, Rafale and Vyapam? Will he debate on the failing economy and falling rupee? Rupee has hit a new low of 70 per dollar and trade deficit has gone over $18 billion,” Surjewala said.

“Will he debate on the manner China has occupied Doklam, and intruding into Ladakh and engulfing India from all sides? Will he debate on Pakistan’s sponsored terrorism? Will he debate on the rampant unemployment prevailing in the country?” he added.

Commenting on Modi’s observation that world leaders are acknowledging India’s prowess, Surjewala said that Modi should desist from “undermining Indians’ contribution to the world over the last 70 years”.

“Let Prime Minister not insult India and India’s entrepreneurial spirit. It has not happened in just the last four years. India was always a power and India is a power that the world reckons with,” the Congress leader said.

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Independence Day: Can’t Handle Tricolour, Let Alone Nation, Says Congress On Amit Shah

The Congress’ jibe came after Shah fumbled while hoisting the national flag at the BJP headquarters

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The Congress on Wednesday took a jibe at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, saying those who cannot handle the national flag cannot be expected to handle the nation.

The Congress’ jibe came after Shah fumbled while hoisting the national flag at the BJP headquarters. The Tricolour slipped down the pole to the ground as soon as Shah pulled the string.

“How could those who cannot handle the national flag would handle the nation? If those who derided the tricolour for over 50 years had not done so, things would not have come to such a pass,” the Congress party tweeted as it shared the video of the fumble.

“Those who give certificates of patriotism to others are oblivious of the etiquette of the national anthem,” it added.

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