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Congress taunts Modi for letting off mining Reddy brothers

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Bengaluru, April 25 (IANS) The ruling Congress on Tuesday taunted the Narendra Modi government for letting off Karnataka’s infamous Reddy mining brothers and fielding three of them for the May 12 state assembly elections.

“The Modi government has become the benefactor, protector, defender of the Bellary Gang (Reddy brothers) for denuding Kannadigas of their rich natural resources through its puppet CBI,” Congress media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters here.

Terming the iron ore mining scam in the state biggest, Surjewala said the then anti-graft watchdog Justice Santosh Hegde exposed the unholy nexus of BJP’s chief ministerial face B.S, Yeddyurappa with the Reddy brothers.

“The state Lokayukta’s report of July 27, 2011 led to the removal of Yeddyurappa as the BJP’s first Chief Minister in the south on July 31, 2011. No wonder Yeddyurappa and Reddy brothers are jail birds,” noted Surjewala.

Accusing the BJP of betraying Kannadigas and protecting the Reddy brothers, the party official said iron ore valued at Rs 35,000 crore was mined, extracted and sold to domestic and export markets illegally, as revealed in the probe report.

On return to power after the May 2013 assembly elections, the Congress government asked the CBI on November 18, 2013 to probe into the brazen loot of iron-ore and siphoning off Rs 35,000 crore by sale and export of iron ore through 9 sea ports such as Karwar and New Mangaluru Port Trust on the west coast, in coastal Karnataka, Panaji and Murmagoa in Goa, Ennor and Chennai in Tamil Nadu and Krishna Pattanam; Vishakhapatnam and Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.

“Undeterred by the conspiracy to protect the Bellary Gang and put a lid on the illegal iron-ore mining scam”, our government has shown the courage of conviction to prosecute and punish the looters of precious natural resources of Karnataka,” added the party official.

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Congress’s Digvijaya Singh Demands Postal Ballots Be Cancelled In Madhya Pradesh

MP Bypolls 2020: Earlier in the day, Congress workers staged a protest outside the office of the state Chief Electoral Officer in Bhopal.

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Bhopal: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday demanded that the Election Commission cancel the postal ballots polled so far for the November 3 Madhya Pradesh by-elections as candidates have yet not been given the list of such voters.

Earlier in the day, Congress workers staged a protest outside the office of the state Chief Electoral Officer in Bhopal.

Later, a three-member delegation led by Mr Singh met the Election Commission (EC) officials.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Mr Singh said, “Our main demands were that postal ballots polled so far be cancelled and a list of such voters be provided to all candidates.”

The Congress leader said the officials informed that the EC is going to hold a meeting on the issue on Tuesday.

He also said the transfers of government officials in the bypoll-bound districts should be stopped and only those officials, against whom a complaint was lodged and was verified, should be removed.

Mr Singh alleged that some police officials were influencing voters in favour of the ruling BJP.

He thanked the EC for removing some police officials against whom complaints were made.

“We are keeping an eye on the police officers against whom complaints are reaching to us. We warn them that Congress leaders know how to deal with such elements whether we stay in the government or not, though we are returning to power,” the Congress veteran said.

Alleging that police officers in the Gwalior-Chambal region were doing “netagiri” (leadership), he said the Congress has been taking it seriously.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan accused state Congress president Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh of threatening the government officers and employees.

“Kamal Nath ji and Digvijay Singh ji are threatening the officers and employees nowadays after anticipating their possible defeat. Words like we will see, we will deal with it are being used,” Chouhan said in a tweet.

“We appeal to the Election Commission to take suo motu cognisance on this issue,” he added.

By-elections to 28 Assembly seats in the state are scheduled on November 3.

Twenty-five of these seats fell vacant after sitting Congress MLAs resigned and joined the BJP, leading to the collapse of the Kamal Nath-led state government.

Besides, three seats fell vacant due to the death of their sitting MLAs.

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Sonia Gandhi: JDU-BJP govt deviated from its path, high on power and ego

“A serious crisis has befallen the farmers of India. The lives of Dalits and Mahadalits have been destroyed and similar is the fate of the backward sections of society,” Sonia Gandhi said.

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A day before the first phase of voting for Bihar elections, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday alleged the JDU-BJP government has deviated from its path and was “high on power and ego”, saying the time has come for ushering in a change in the state.

In a four-minute video shared on the Congress’ Twitter handle, Gandhi said the Nitish Kumar-led government is “neither saying good nor doing good” and labourers are helpless, farmers are upset and youth disappointed with it.

“Drunk on power and arrogance, the government in Bihar has deviated from its path. Their words and deeds are suspect. The labourers are helpless, the farmers are upset and the youth are disappointed. People are bearing the brunt of the fragile state of the economy.

“A serious crisis has befallen the farmers of India. The lives of Dalits and Mahadalits have been destroyed and similar is the fate of the backward sections of society,” she charged.

“The people of Bihar are with the Congress Mahagathbandhan and this is the call of Bihar,” she also said.

She alleged that the NDA governments in Delhi and Bihar have brought demonetisation, Covid-19 lockdown, economic shutdown which affected employments in the state. She also called upon people of the state to build a “new Bihar” for the next generation and crop.

“Time has come for ushering in change in the state,” she said, noting that governments cannot be formed on fear and crime.

In its manifesto, the Congress has promised to review the decision to ban the sale and consumption of liquor in the state, saying it has hurt the exchequer. The party, which is contesting polls with Left parties and RJD, has also promised Rs 1500 monthly allowance to the unemployed youth.

Voting for the first phase of Bihar assembly elections is tomorrow with 71 constituencies going to vote in six districts, including some of the Naxal-hit areas. The second and third phase of polling will be held on November 3 and November 7 and the counting on November 10.

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Mr PM stop robbing public, be self reliant, says Rahul Gandhi

Mr Prime Minister, Quit robbing the public, Stop giving money to your friends, Be Self-Reliant, tweeted Rahul Gandhi

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Mr Prime Minister,
Quit robbing the public,
Stop giving money to your friends,
Be Self-Reliant, tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

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